STOCKTON – Two-year-old Brandon Lugo was like a child in a fairy tale, playing and enjoying every toy dear to his young heart.
SANTA CLARA - If California theme parks conjure up images of long lines for attractions and food, visitors to the San Francisco Bay area will find nirvana with a stop at California's Great America, a Santa Clara sister park to famous Knotts Berry Farm. Even in August, the lines were short for what any theme park junkie would consider a high-quality product.
COLUMBIA - Love roses?
HILMAR - This summer there will be plenty of fun on tap for the whole family at Hilmar Cheese Company's visitors' center.
RIPON – The blueberry bushes are full and ripe with fruit and in abundance.
You can go to the grocery store anywhere in the United States and if you buy a dairy product, namely cheese, there is a one-in-five chance the product you buy came from the Hilmar Cheese Company.
JACKSON – Enjoy some of the greatest hits from the swinging sixties through today when Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, July 13.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) led by Steve Reineke conducting his final concert as Principal Pops Conductor of the MSO, will present Cirque de la Symphonie on Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
SONORA - Beautiful spies, cloaks and daggers, speeding trains and a mystery man with a missing pinky. Those ingredients whirl into one wild adventure in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Broadway's hilarious, high-speed thriller sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays at Sierra Repertory Theatre's East Sonora stage June 1 through July 1.
TUOLUMNE – Hit musician Edwin McCain will be coming to Black Oak Casino in June. McCain is known for his top 40 hits "I Could Not Ask for More" and "I'll Be," and his songs have been featured on major movie soundtracks. McCain will be performing at the casino on June 21.
LIVINGSTON - Life can be sweet - especially if you grow cherries. Cindy Lashbrook has been growing cherries and blueberries on her Livingston organic farm since 1987.
RIPON – Bill Poot knows where everything is at his Ripon nursery.
ESCALON - You don't have to cross the pond by plane and travel miles to France to "experience the allure of lavender."
If Todd Rodden sells it he grows it.
STOCKTON – Daniel Martinez settled into his chair and eyed the clear pieces on the chess board.
Since its inception over four years ago, Lulu's Ice Cream Parlor and Treatery in Turlock has served up mouthwatering burgers and satisfying salads, tantalizing curly fries and delectable sundaes to old and new faces alike.
Milkshakes are kind of like pizza – even when they're not very good, you're still drinking a milkshake.
Have you ever tried a Nutella banana milkshake?
MODESTO – There's a special relationship between Modesto and the milkshake.
The Creamery was "the place" to stop in Manteca for generations of Bay Area travelers going to and from the Sierra on weekends.
Fourth of July will culminate with a bang - literally - in Turlock this year as the annual fireworks show will once again be welcomed at California State University, Stanislaus after a five year hiatus - thanks to the collaborative partnership between the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, the City of Turlock and the university.
The forecast calls for 101 degrees in Manteca on the Fourth of July.
The Ripon community Fourth of July carnival is scheduled for three days at Mistlin Sports Park on River Road, east of Jack Tone Road and beyond Highway 99.
Fireworks shows are awesome.
The Fourth of July pyrotechnic display is back in downtown Stockton.
MODESTO – For 140 years Modesto has celebrated 4th of July with a parade through the streets of downtown.
Finding fresh produce isn't hard in the 209.
Last summer I wasn't able to attend Manteca's Farmers Market (revamped as Market & Music in Manteca) and I wasn't about to have a repeat of that great loss this year. So on Tuesday afternoon I hopped into my old car and putt-putted my way down to Library Park for some fresh produce adventure.
What makes a good farmer's market?
Stouffer's Park in Ripon provides a lush green carpet for the Thursday farmers market from 4 to 7:30 p.m.