STOCKTON – All that Kellie Craig-Jacobs needs to do to gauge how well she's doing as a business owner is look towards her bar.
TURLOCK - Some sons play catch with their fathers. Others work on cars.
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.
As manager of Krier's Cards and Comics, John Krier does not just view his store as a place to secure comics books and related merchandise, but as a social hub for friends to gather in a casual gaming environment.
The east wall in the parking lot of Athen's Burgers on West Yosemite Avenue in Manteca is a gigantic mural depicting a bucolic, rustic scene aptly titled "Cow-munity."
They call them the "Power 9."
By VINCE REMBULAT
STOCKTON – It's tough living life with a secret.
TURLOCK – Both Hanna Renning's and Dieter Renning's love for books sparked at a young age.
LATHROP – Books were everywhere for Lathrop librarian Suzanne Sutterfield.
MANTECA – The story of Ruthanne Bassett's career journey is a simile of sorts. It turned out to be like a shopping trip to the mall. You go there with a specific item in mind to purchase. But other things grab your attention while you are browsing, and end up settling down on something totally different from what you initially had in mind to buy and go home with that.
RIPON – Dorothy "Dot" Veltkamp always has a couple of books on her night stand – a woman with a passion for reading since her childhood – has completed more than 25 years as a librarian mostly in Ripon.
TURLOCK – In an area filled with seemingly endless burger joints for hungry customers to choose from, it may be a difficult task for a mom-and-pop restaurant to stand out. However, AJ's Café and Grill has managed to do just that with their locally and freshly made burgers.
RIPON – It's a classic burger at the downtown Ripon Roadhouse sure to leave egg yolk running down your fingers and hands with the first bite.
MANTECA – Suzette Frese sums it up in one sentence as to why her favorite restaurant in Manteca is a dining destination.
MODESTO – It's hard to mess up a hamburger.
STOCKTON – So what makes for a good hamburger?
LODI - Want a real root beer float?