MODESTO – Jamie Harwood throws a vest over her shoulder and readjusts it. She looks down and checks her gun – making sure that everything is working the way that it's supposed to – and gives everything a once over as a huge roll-up doors starts to creak and moan in the darkness. Harwood is ready for war. But this isn't the kind of war where she has to brace for flying projectiles. There won't ...
Paintball has made its mark as the third most popular extreme sport behind in-line skating and skateboarding since 2009 because it offers a safe adrenaline rush for all ages in any terrain.
MODESTO – Boomers! may not rhyme with fun. But this recreation attraction in the 209 is a boomtown of fun for families, excitement seekers, and those who just want to get away from the boredom of daily doldrums.
LODI - Max Garrido had a 50th birthday to remember. That was a few years ago when the Stockton native received an invite by a friend to the Parachute Center just north of Lodi to mark this milestone occasion. "It was winter (in February) yet it was a clear day," Garrido recently recalled. He had a similar request to skydive from the same friend a year earlier but balked. Garrido had a change of heart ...
The Turlock De Forcados will be looking death in the face as they gear up for another year of traditional Portuguese bullfights at the Stevinson Pentecost Bull Fighting Arena and the Gustine BellaVista Park Arena. The group has previously appeared in Canada, Portugal, and other countries around the world.
BICYLCE RIDES SNELLING Saturday, April 27 • Healing Nations, a non-profit organization that benefits underserved and at-risk children in Stanislaus County, will hold its 8th annual bike ride on April 27. Start time is between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. depending on the route you choose. The Covered Bridge Bike Classic commences in Snelling at Henderson Park. There are four route options ranging from 10-100 miles with a total elevation of 1,040 feet on the century ...
Got cabin fever? Are the cold temperatures, overcast skies and perpetual morning dew taking their toll on your overall psyche? You're not alone. Seasonal affective disorder – known more commonly as "the winter blahs" – is common among people who are active during the summer months and suddenly find themselves confined to their homes for a long period of time. The absence of sunlight and the chemical processes that it spurs in the brain, experts ...
With foul weather afoot, many are seeking solace inside and dreaming of finer days. But thanks to local BBQ eateries, the tastes of backyard summer barbeques can be had any time of year.
FRENCH CAMP - A stock car sits atop Club Maccao. That's the French Camp drinking establishment located at 8275 S. El Dorado St. owned by Marina and Louie Torres. "(Car) 66 is my good luck," Marina said on Thursday. She noted that the stock car was actually the legacy of the father of her grandson, Freddie. Torres might be right as far as luck extending to the business. The shell of the car coupled with ...
JACKSON - The Gold Rush cities of Jackson and Sonora have a lot to offer the motoring tourist from the Central Valley and beyond.
Looking for a killer tan in the middle of winter? Ready for a summer vacation, but worried about time and money? Or do you just need an escape from the coarse winter cold? Look no further than Planet Beach Contempo Spa, a wellness center with all the amenities necessary for renewing the skin and relaxing the body.
CRAB FEEDS LATHROP Saturday, Feb. 9 LATHROP HIGH ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CRAB/TRI TIP DINNER: The Lathrop High School Athletic Boosters Crab/Tri Tip Dinner Dance is Sunday, Feb. 9, at the FESM Hall, 252 North Main St., Manteca. The dinner is for those 21 and older only. No-host bar is at 5 p.m. with dinner and dancing from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $40 before Jan., 31 and $45 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 8. For ...
In the last two years, Charla Carpenter-Ortiz has become a new person in more ways than one.
What started as a fitness resolution soon became the pride of the Turlock community as Bell Real Estate owner Robert Bell launched a cycling team that promotes community involvement, team camaraderie, and charity.
The start of the New Year is a time to reflect on what matters most and apply a resolution to obtain goals. For Turlock resident Roy Huffman, implementing a fitness resolution meant more than losing weight; it meant saving his life.
STOCKTON – John, Michael and Wendy happened upon their fantasy land after a chance encounter with a flying boy dressed all in green.
MODESTO - Ice cream is nearly synonymous with summer. Nothing soothes the discomfort of a sizzling summer day better than a scoop of your favorite chilled dairy dessert.
LODI – Ever seen a golden mane tamarin?
COLUMBIA - Oklahoma! – Rodgers & Hammerstein's first masterpiece – sweeps onto the Fallon House stage this summer. Sierra Repertory Theatre is proud to present an outstanding cast in this finely crafted classic, a celebration of the American spirit of courage, independence and feisty good fun. It plays at the Fallon House theatre in Columbia State Historic Park from June 28 through August 18.
HILMAR - Looking to go on a picnic? Well, instead of scouring the aisles of conventional supermarkets why not add a local touch to create that perfect picnic basket? The Hilmar Cheese Company visitors center offers an array of meats, cheeses, spreads and other delectable delights that will make your picnic basket so tantalizing that Yogi Bear might even steal it.
CERES - Summer has often been considered to be the perfect time of the year for family bonding. No school means more time to take vacations, visit theme parks, or even just stay at home and barbeque with loved ones. For Greg Mathews, however, summer bonding with the family takes on a different form-the destruction derby.
STOCKTON - You can take Dad out to the ball game, to a soccer game, to the golf course, or to the movies.
STOCKTON - When Banner Island Ballpark opened some eight years ago, I quickly found Home Run Hill to my liking, especially on those warm summer evenings.
MURPHYS - Calaveras County has so many things to offer tourists, frog jumping, gold panning, cave tours, golf, boating, antiquing, but wine is one of the largest draws. Visitors may be surprised to find out that vines are hardly a newcomer to Calaveras. The oldest vines in the county are 110-year-old Zinfandel, organically dry-farmed in the old Italian tradition. Today, there are nearly 700 acres of vines and a yearly production of about 275,000 cases--still ...
The kids will vote for Disneyland every time but if you want to try something different this year – if only for a night – try stopping at the Seven Sycamores Ranch on your way up or down the San Joaquin Valley. It's a fun destination that will show your youngsters a little about farm life and help them understand the importance of California's agriculture.
They never talk about why Opie and Andy are walking down to the fishing hole in the opening credits of the "Andy Griffith Show."
MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."
MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.
Frank Vieira is there. So is his best buddy Frank Brazil.
When Don Harmon hopped in his 1955 red and white Plymouth for the very first time, it was love at first drive. His passion for domestic cars has transcended well over six decades through collecting, remodeling and assembling the classic wheels.