LATHROP – Imagine this. It's summertime in the valley. The days are oppressively hot. But the nights are cool with a hint of Delta breezes, and the soft Bermuda grass carpeting the spacious back yard conveniently conspire to create an attractive cocoon for a rendezvous with Morpheus right there under the stars.
It isn't by chance that a baseball field is a common element of Del Webb communities such as Manteca's Del Webb at Woodbridge.
Victor Gully grew up in a much different Manteca.
Sharon and Dino Cunial bought their first home in 1964 on the northern edge of Manteca.
Nicole Vega remembers the day that her job as a server changed forever.
Name: Jeff Lund
MT. DIABLO - The best place to take in all of the 209 is without a doubt high atop Mt. Diablo.
CALAVERAS COUNTY – The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 16th annual Presidents' Wine Weekend Feb. 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all member wineries. Weekend festivities include new release and barrel tastings, food and wine pairings and live music, as well as a number of special discounts on wines and gifts. Two full days of special offerings can be purchased for $10 per person which includes a commemorative wine glass.
JAMESTOWN - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will offer special, behind-the-scenes Shop Tours of the historic site on three upcoming Fridays in 2012: Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon each day.
COPPEROPOLIS – Copperopolis Town Square – the events, shopping and entertainment gathering place in Calaveras County – will host the "4th Annual Copper Chili Cookoff" Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., bringing together cooks of all styles.
MODESTO - (Big League Productions Inc. presents a sparkling new production of the musical by which all others are measured, "My Fair Lady", at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto for four performances on Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m..
MODESTO – Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Feb.1, at 7 p.m.
MODESTO – Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts for a night of comedy on Saturday, Jan.14, at 8 p.m.
Joan Tilton takes her own advice to heart.
Jack Tone Road at roughly 40 miles is the longest north-south road in San Joaquin County.
Ronald Reagan loved California.
MODESTO – It dominates the block.
Transforming the Written Word is the theme of the art exhibit running through Nov. 1 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy.
Archery enthusiasts who are interested in sharpening their shooting skills and connecting with fellow archers do not need to look further than the Yahi Bowmen Archery Club of Modesto. Since its foundation in 1954, the club has been serving the archery community of all ages.
They say circuses are for kids.
Nock the arrow. Pull back. Release. They're the same basic steps that thousands of people that attended camp as kids took during an activity that was always one of the most popular. But those standard "recurve" bows – that straight piece of fiberglass bent when a high-tension cable is attached at either end – have given way to much more sophisticated and accurate equipment that is not at all unlike the guns that they're supposed to replace.
Zack and Seth Jacks needed to blow off a little steam last Thursday.
For over a year, Green Grub in Turlock has been satisfying the appetites of vegetarians by providing delicious and healthy options for their sandwiches, salads, and drinks.
"Eat your vegetables!" This is the message that greets diners at the door to the GK Mongolian Barbecue on South Main Street in Manteca.
MODESTO – Alright. We get it. You don't want a steak and you don't want chicken and fresh salmon – covered in lemon and butter and roasted over an open flame in foil – is out as well.
Greek cuisine is ideally suited to vegetarians and vegans.
The Canal Street Grille in Ripon is not without sumptuous non-meat, vegetarian selections in its lengthy menu of more than 60 items including steaks and prime rib.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson's "The November Man," playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. "November Man" won't do anything like Bond's box office, but will satisfy the actor's fans and moviegoers ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below." But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of "The Descent" and "(Rec)," not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.