New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to a new one, but it is also time to do one thing: party. Whether it's a restaurant or a church, a nightclub or a bar, Modesto offers a host of events to make ringing in 2014 a memorable experience.
Say goodbye to an old friend with fun, food, friends and everything else on the New Year's side of happy.
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What better way to make a splash for 2014 but with the Polar Run and Dunk.
A healthy start to a new year
SAN JOSE - Perched high on Mount Hamilton above San Jose is the Lick Observatory.
It's impossible to miss the Marsden home in the neighborhood off Crom Avenue just north of the Manteca Golf Course. It literally outshines all the houses at Greenview Place. The entire length of the house facing the street is dripping with all kinds of Christmas bling – blinking lights, chasing lights, dancing diode lights, a lighted choo-choo train, a red snowman, and Frosty the Snowman sporting a top hat. Proudly occupying a central location among all the outdoor decoration is a lighted American flag handmade by Alan Marsden.
"Okay everybody, it's time to go into the closet."
Whether it's Rockefeller Square in New York City or San Francisco's Union Square, Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday season found in cities and homes across the world. While Turlock's community tree may not tower in comparable sky scraper heights, it is a staple of the Central Valley town's annual holiday traditions since the early 1920s.
Yuletide memories of years past include heart and soul reflections of family life under living room Christmas trees, church time together and the special gifts of long ago.
In the mad, mad world of retail, the Christmas season starts right after back-to-school sales.
While hanging lights during the holiday season is an annual tradition for many families, it is often met with mixed feelings: Children love seeing the various lights while parents often find the task a dreaded duty.
Every year since 1961, Henry and Vaughn streets in Ceres have been transformed into a holiday wonderland. This year, Christmas Tree Lane was celebrated with a little something extra - snow.
The Brock family Christmas Lights which literally dominated the scene for weeks during this time of the year is gone for good. But there are still some in the Family City that's worth a gallon of gas to see and admire with the kids tow, or just for your own personal windshield viewing.
STOCKTON – Some of the most beautifully decorated places on this side of the 209 along this stretch near West Hammer Lane.
In celebration of the upcoming Cesar Chavez holiday, California State University, Stanislaus students had the opportunity to witness and learn from one of Chavez's right hand men and a significant leader in Chicano culture: Luis Valdez.
The regular school year in Manteca Unified runs from August to May. That's the norm for the majority of the 23,000-plus elementary and high school students in the district. That holds true for other public schools in San Joaquin County as well.
Agriculture is the dominant industry in the Central Valley, where the legacy of Cesar Chavez still hangs in the air for families of migrant workers across the state.
Students at Cesar Chavez High in Stockton are learning more about their school namesake.
DELANO (AP) - In California's fertile Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They're mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun - not your typical crowd for a Hollywood movie premiere.
NEW YORK (AP) - Playing renowned civil rights activist Dolores Huerta in the new biopic "Cesar Chavez" doesn't seem to be enough for Rosario Dawson. The actress, who knows and has worked with Huerta, would now like to bring her friend's life to the screen.
An Arizona man once set out to visit all of what's left of the A&W restaurants with carhops.
Where in the Central Valley can you find five Elvis impersonators, vintage cars, and a root beer float made from root beer brewed daily? The A&W Drive in in Modesto.
Burgers, fries and shakes – can you get more American than that? Not at the Sno-White Drive-In in Modesto.
Foster's Freeze in Manteca has a 54-year history, but the presence of a drive-through restaurant at the corner of Yosemite and Walnut avenues dates back to the 1930s.
In a remote place called Volcano in the Sierra foothills, Mother Nature every year magically lays out a thick carpet of golden yellow made even more vivid by spring's solid sunshine.
Spring has sprung – well, not exactly but it sure feels like it. As locals head outside to enjoy the pleasant weather and put their concerns about the ongoing drought in California to the back of their minds, the outdoor parks are an excellent place to ring in the new season.
It's a hit-or-miss proposition.
While many children enjoy playing in the backyard as the weather warms up, the City of Modesto offers locals a slightly more unique outdoor experience: 500 acres along the Tuolumne River.
RIPON – Ripon Christian Schools has consistently sent 98 percent of its graduates on to college – a record that has continued into the 21st century.