MODESTO - More and more beer lovers are taking their passion to the next level and brewing their own craft beers. Homebrewing clubs and competitions have grown rapidly since the legalization of homebrewing in 1978. In 2011, there were an estimated one million homebrewers and over 1,000 homebrew clubs in the United States, according to the American Homebrewers Association.
TURLOCK - Turlock resident Mark Ranes is one of the thousands of people who brew their own beer as a hobby. The technology manager said what started out as an extension of his love of cooking has turned into a full-fledged passion.
SACRAMENTO - Beneath the Golden Dome in Sacramento is a building worthy of the world's sixth largest economy.
COLUMBIA - The Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park hosts its traditional St. Patrick's Day celebration, free to the public, Saturday March 17.
TUOLUMNE – Country favorite Restless Heart will be coming to Black Oak Casino on April 11.
SONORA - A burst of the trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.
MODESTO – The Gallo Center for the Arts will bring The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers to Modesto for two performances on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m.
OLD SACRAMENTO - Coinciding with the beginning of Easter week, Old Sacramento officially springs into action for a new season of excursion train service on the Sacramento Southern Railroad and Old Sacramento Underground tours, both of which resume the weekend of Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1.
SAN JOSE - The Tech Museum of San Jose draws a wide array of reactions from adults.
Photographers – professionals and hobbyists alike – flock to the Northern San Joaquin Valley every year in spring. Mainly for one reason: the world famous almond blossoms that are in full bloom at this time of the year.
Ruthanne Bassett always knew that she belonged in a library.
The Creamery was "the place" to stop in Manteca for generations of Bay Area travelers going to and from the Sierra on weekends.
RIPON - The Ripon Branch Library is seen as an awesome find for residents who have yet to walk through its doors with its 15,000 square feet of floor space and some 40,000 books, 18 computers along with a spacious children's section.
The Lathrop Branch Library has been in operation since 2005.
NAME: Brent Ward
So what are we doing for Thanksgiving?" my girlfriend asked.
It is nothing short of a miracle that 19-year-old Tyler Murphy
Not too long ago, Jason White and Lisa Perez took their road bikes out and took a spin along San Joaquin County's wine country region.
LOCKEFORD – It starts with the meats.
Although a majority of individuals only drive through Hilmar as a means to get to Interstate 5, the small community in Merced County has proven to be much more than a pit stop along the way.
KNIGHTS FERRY - It is a magical time along the Stanislaus River.
It's an eye-opening revelation of what Central Valley vets suffered in their Vietnam service where they felt they were braving their fears in combat for their country as they witnessed many of their comrades dropping to their deaths beside them.
On July 7 1944, Charles "Chuck" Walker vividly remembers being sent on a long-range bomber escort mission over Hungary. Just as the young pilot was focusing on driving off German Messerschmitt 109s, his plane was hit in the left engine. Mistakenly, Walker separated from his squadron, which left him weakly in the midst of a number of German aircrafts.
Private First Class John Burch Mooney, Jr. received a number of decorations during his time serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment during World War II, including an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, a Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal.
Paying it forward.
One of the best decisions Denise Johnson ever made was joining the military.
In the heart of the town that labels itself as the Gateway to Yosemite, aka Groveland, is a quaint cottage where you can relish being pampered by almost everything that is traditional English before you head out to the wilds. That place is Dori's Tea Cottage & Café at 18744 Main Street, which is also Highway 120. The famous
MODESTO – You need your porcelain. You need your finest china. And you absolutely need your tea.
ANGELS CAMP -Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times. These massive relics, which can reach a height of 325 feet and a diameter of 33 feet, are descended from trees that were standing when dinosaurs roamed Earth, and birds, mammals and flowering plants began to appear. Some of today's trees are thought to be as old as 2,000 years.
TURLOCK – With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, the city of Turlock has both children and canines covered with events including BARKtoberfest, a downtown trick-or-treating event, and Haunted Housing at California State University, Stanislaus.