FRENCH CAMP - The oldest settlement in the 209?
RIPON - The harvest from 80 acres of almond orchards supports the Ripon High School student farm on North Ripon Road at South Clinton Avenue.
Manteca Unified Ag teacher Jaime Sanchez and his group of five FFA students made the school district mighty proud last year.
LODI – Students of Maria Brown's third-grade class at Stockton Collegiate International School got a sample of a classroom setting during much simpler times.
KIRKWOOD – Kirkwood is a small alpine community that is home to less than 200 people.
NAME: Jeff Liotard
TURLOCK - Grammy nominated harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, creator of the electric harness-harp and the re-invention of this venerable instrument, will share her genre-defying program to the historic Turlock Community Theatre on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.
MODESTO - Tickets are now on sale for singer/songwriter Mat Kearney's upcoming performance at the State Theatre on April 12.
STOCKTON - Comic Carlos Mencia is appearing Friday, March 4, at the Bob Hope Theater. Doors opens at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Chorale celebrates its 60th anniversary performing works by Bach and Schubert in concert, accompanied by an orchestra that helps bring the works of these masters alive.
MODESTO -The Gallo Center for the Arts welcomes comedian Colin Quinn, performing his highly acclaimed show, "Long Story Short," directed by fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld on March 15 at 8 p.m.
SONORA - A burst of trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.
It's a scene that proves art imitates life – and vice versa.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The muralist selected by the Manteca Historical Society to create the mural in Library Park that deals with Manteca's industrial past researched the city's industry history prior to submitting his proposal. The following is his research and how he intends to incorporate it into the mural. Altogether five murals are being added to Library Park.
Many of the artists are gone, but their works linger on for others to admire, enjoy and gain some inspiration.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.
MODESTO – How much for those Superman comics?