STOCKTON - The Stockton Symphony continues its wildly popular Pops series with a romantic concert for you and your valentine, when it presents the Valentine Pops: Steve Lippia in "Simply Sinatra," on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets are selling quickly for this concert which begins at 6 p.m. at the Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton.
MODESTO - Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in 'TAO: The Art of the Drum,' performing at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than four million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming, has massive international appeal.
STOCKTON - The hilarious comedy Dearly Beloved is being stagged at the Stockton Civic Theatre through Feb. 5.
RIPON - Fern Bugbee didn't look her age as she played a favorite tune on her violin this week recalling the 1950s in Ripon, mentioning her upcoming birthday bash at Spring Creek Country Club in March when she will turn 90.
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..
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.
MODESTO – How much for those Superman comics?