Author, newspaper fishing columnist and sometime lobbyist Don Moyer of Ripon has an imaginary creel filled with early memories of trout and bass fishing trips and locations of his favorite fishing holes in the valley and foothills.
It's Manteca's Fisherman's Warehouse. And it lives up to its name. It's where anglers can find everything and anything they need to go fishing, except the boat. But they do carry accessories for your water vessel.
If you're just a beginner angler, or maybe even just thinking about pursuing this relaxing hobby, there are a number of things that you can do to make your introduction to this pastime as pleasant as possible, financially and otherwise.
As a youngster growing up in Stockton, Jerry Mullen had an early introduction to fishing.
ANGELS CAMP - If you're looking for the Wild West, you could do no better than to go to a place that was once the home of Mark Twain and even memorialized in one of his short stories. Lucky for California residents, Calaveras County is a reasonable drive from both north and south and puts a lot of Gold Rush history all within a few square miles.
STOCKTON - Memories of World War II, photographs from the archives of The Associated Press is a spectrum of 126 photographic reproductions from all theaters of the war and the home front, ranging from photographer Joe Rosenthal's classic Iwo Jima flag raising in 1945 to scores of pictures not seen in decades.
MODESTO – It's one thing to stare up at the artist's name you're seeing that night on the marquis out front. It's another when his tour bus is parked right outside the front door.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will once again present Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on Saturday, June 2. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel.
The Manteca Sportsmen's facility on South Airport Way is a beehive of activity year-round.
The Turlock Concert Association will close this season with a performance by the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra at the historic Turlock Community Theatre located at 1574 E. Canal Drive in Turlock on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
JACKSON – As a five-time Grammy award winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray's impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
First time visitors to the Turlock Gun Show might be surprised at what they see, said the event's organizer, Peggy Smith of Code of the West Promotions.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Civic Theatre will present the popular production of "On Golden Pond" beginning Wednesday, May 2, and running through Sunday, May 27.
Sonora - If stories of Donner's Pass and snowy blizzards in the Sierra Nevada are keeping you at lower elevations during the winter months, try venturing just a little ways into the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
NEWMAN - Trapshooting - which began in the early 1790s as a sporting event where gunmen would shoot passenger pigeons - is one of the country's oldest sports.
At first glance, the immense nature of Turlock's Our Lady of the Assumption, a Roman Catholic parish of the Diocese of Stockton, can make it difficult for onlookers to notice all of the little details.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ripon was created in 1874 when the pastor of St. Mary's in Stockton gifted land for a new "mission" to the community.
What makes a church?
A building is a building, said the Rev. Karl Hauser, pastor of Manteca Presbyterian Church in Manteca. It's the people who "make the church," he said by way of prefacing his comments about one of the Family City's visually prominent places of worship, particularly in the downtown district, and stating his order of priorities first.
The Cathedral of the Annunciation is a jewel of the Central Valley.
The annual green day, better known as St. Patrick's Day, is happening close to mid-week this year. But that's not stopping those who have shamrock celebration in their minds and hearts. There are plenty of places to go to grab a green beer, but only two places – that we know of – to treat one's palate to the day's traditional food fare – corned beef and cabbage – and, maybe, even listen to bagpipe music played by a bagpipe player in complete kilt gear.
It's the one day of the year that everybody is Irish.
For Finnegan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, it's that time of the year.
For those looking to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day without having to leave the comfort of their home, Neto's Catering is the place to go with their annual drive thru event, where customers can pay just $12 for the perfect St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.
For David and Melinda Si, first came marriage then a small family business.
It is widely accepted advice to not judge a book by its cover.
When it's time to make a donut run, I know my go-to place in Stockton – Donut King at 6323 Pacific Ave.
For decades, Tom Canales has traveled the Central Valley and Mother Lode by vehicle, using Highway 108 as a portal to the mountains.
To get the most of out of an urbanized hike through Turlock, look no further than Califia.
MODESTO – The hulking glass windows of the Gallo Center for the Arts loom in the background.