GROVELAND - It was summertime and the peak of the tourist season for the Sierra foothills town of Groveland. Two men dressed in shorts and hiking boots, and carrying serious backpacks, entered Dori's Tea Cottage causing co-owner Greg Jones to be a little apprehensive.
It's all about bonnets and boas and strainers and spoons.
I carefully composed the picture I wanted take with my camera. I was not using a tripod. So, to help steady my grip, I leaned heavily against my car from my driver's seat with the window down, and secured a firm foothold for my arms.
ANGELS CAMP - Beginning Friday, April 6, visitors will have a new way to experience Gold Country's emerging food and wine scene when Sacramento-based Local Roots Food Tours start to offer weekly tours in the historic town of Murphys located in Calaveras County.
MODESTO – Outside one of the front doors to the Gallo Arts Center, scores of young students stand in line waiting for the sign from their teachers to enter. Once they get the green light, they walk in through the door quietly like soldiers on a mission and go straight into one of the Arts Center's spacious and well-appointed theaters.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at East Union High School has reached the gold standard of proficiency under the leadership of drill instructor/teacher First Sergeant Karl Knudsen (ret.) over the past 16 years.
Cadet Battalion Commander for the JROTC unit at Manteca High School, Lt. Col. Sean Skelly, leads nearly 80 members of his unit in building character and performing community service.
LATHROP – Marc Kelly gets up by the crack of dawn every morning.
LATHROP – Alexandra Floresca admitted she knew very little about the Junior Reserved Officers Training Corps at Lathrop High.
Q: What is the role of NJROTC at Turlock High School?
STOCKTON - It has been a while since Chris Isaak has played in Stockton.
MODESTO - Marcelo Solis, a judge for the USA branch of the Argentine Tango World Cup competition, returns to lead two workshops and perform at a milonga (Argentine tango dance party) on Saturday, April 14, at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave.
TUOLUMNE - Nationally known comedian Mark Pitta will take the stage on April 19 at Black Oak Casino. Pitta has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and has made guest appearances on Mad About You and Third Rock From the Sun.
MODESTO - Two special 'Spring Break' performances of the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences production of 'Locomotion' at the Gallo Center for the Arts have just been made available to the public. Originally only offered to students through the arts education program, the Center opened the 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. shows on Tuesday, April 3, to the community to accommodate others interested in attending the play, including children and their families who may be on spring break vacation at that time.
JACKSON - Celebrate Spring by going Up, Up and Away and Letting the Sun Shine In with Florence LaRue & the Fifth Dimension live at Jackson Rancheria on Friday, April 6.
As a shy, introverted little girl, scared of her own shadow, Jolynda Lyon grew up feeling as if it wasn't safe to express her thoughts and feelings for fear of being judged or rejected but then she committed her heart to God and things began to change.
Although this year marks the first time that Backstage Academy of Dance students have competed in the Rainbow National Dance Competition in Sacramento, audience members probably could not have guessed as the dancers stole the spotlight and secured a number of awards.
Dance is alive and kicking in the 209.
SONORA – The Bureau of Reclamation is offering summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County.
Redwoods in California's coastal mountains get more of the glory including being the official state tree but they are babes and petite in terms of age and girth compared to their giant sequoia cousins in the Sierra.
ARNOLD - Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times.
People who think that being a stay-at-home mom is not considered a job obviously have never met Jennifer Gonzales.
One set of great grandparents stands tall in their family for giving their all to a pair of great grandsons.
Rachel Castillo and her husband were well on their way to an empty nest.
She's a mother but she also fills the role of the father.
Hob Nob's renowned Casper hot dog comes with mustard, relish and onions, "and anything else you want to put on it," quipped owner Rick Atwell.
About a year ago, I took my son to DAD's Hot Dogs to experience a real Stockton treat.
Just ask anyone in Turlock where they can find the best hotdog in the 209 and odds are they'll say Main Street Footers.
It's sacrilegious to even think that there is good news in the ongoing severe drought plaguing the Golden State. Yet, apparently, there's a bit of good in this bad situation of historic proportions. More appropriately perhaps, just a bit of silver lining.
The lawn in the front and back yards of Tom and Rita Canales home in Manteca was, at one time, their pride and joy. But in the face of the ongoing drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to put California on a state of emergency, the couple decided to do their part in the statewide water-conservation. They ripped out their lawns and, in their place, they now have drought-resistant plants in addition to utilizing non-plant garden accessories.