MODESTO – At any given time more than 100 trucks are crisscrossing Northern California on their way back to the Blue Diamond processing facility in Modesto.
Although classes started only a few short weeks ago, California State University, Stanislaus students have already found the perfect places to hang out - some for relaxation and socialization, and others to get a jump on their studies.
STOCKTON – Students may come and go.
STOCKTON - Alexander Lacey is the big cat among the big cats.
MURPHYS - The Ironstone Concours d'Elegance takes place each year on the last Saturday of September. It's held at the Ironstone Vineyards, just outside the historic Gold Rush town of Murphys, California.
SONORA - Sierra Repertory Theatre will open its 2013 season with the biographical musical BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story. With nine shows in all, the recently announced 2013 season will also include a summer performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, a fall performance of the comedic play Harvey, and a special Christmas run of It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, which will close the season. Season tickets are now on sale, and general admission tickets go on sale to the public October 1.
NAPA (AP) - The tiki tasting hut in the barrel room of the Judd's Hill winery is a tipoff: This isn't your old-school faux chateau.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey searched far and wide, from north to south and east to west, to bring audiences spellbinding acts, including:
STOCKTON - The KungFu Girls String Band is playing the Bob Hope Theatre, 248 W. Fremont St, on Saturday, Sept. 22.
For many college students, stress has become the norm in their everyday lives. Whether they're studying a couple of hours before final exams, or staying on top of a pile of homework, hanging out with friends in between classes has become a necessity. Many Modesto Junior College students choose from a slew of entertainment options to unwind and enjoy quality time with friends.
STOCKTON – Take away all of Stockton's ills – the foreclosures, a homicide rate that surpasses that of Chicago and a city filing for bankruptcy – and you end up with a bustling and vibrant town with a lot to offer.
PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT - A puzzle to California's vast and awe-inspiring geology smorgasbord is just a few hours away.
MODESTO - In 1912, the city of Modesto held a contest to pick the slogan that would adorn an arch spanning the entrance to the Valley town. "Nobody's Got Modesto's Goat" was the winner. I'm sure residents of today's seat of Stanislaus County are extremely grateful that prior city leaders decided to go with the second place winner - "Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health."
Stanislaus County is the third richest agricultural land in the nation, with farmers growing over 250 different kinds of crops from almonds to zucchini and melons. This fertile Valley was settled long ago by farmers, but has since grown not only in agriculture but also in culture and community.
STOCKTON - The Port City gets a bad rap, no doubt.
For decades, Tom Canales has traveled the Central Valley and Mother Lode by vehicle, using Highway 108 as a portal to the mountains.
To get the most of out of an urbanized hike through Turlock, look no further than Califia.
MODESTO – The hulking glass windows of the Gallo Center for the Arts loom in the background.
This is the story of two friends, both mothers of two-year-old tots. One lives in Ripon. The other lives in Lathrop.
On the way back to family court which was once the JC Penney building I walked the downtown streets of Stockton, getting ready to pick up a dear friend who was there on a summons.
Taking a walk, a bike ride or a healthy jog around the Ripon community can be a pleasant experience.
When Vicente Sconza opened a candy kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1939 as an Italian immigrant he was living the sweetest life possible.
Owner Eddi Marie Julian chuckles every time the sign displayed outside of her Downtown Modesto candy shop causes a passerby to do a double take.
What's sweeter than Toot Sweets?
Nestled amidst the dairies and orchards that line W. Main Street between Turlock and Patterson is the Farmers' Den. Just as the name implies, the restaurant is a gathering place for the area's farmers and ranchers - and on weekends also for those traveling to Interstate 5 or State Route 156.
Sometimes it takes an out of towner to make you realize that some of the finest places to dine are in your own backyard.
Hangouts are those places where friends hang out with friends and Ripon has many from the old Odds Fellow Hall to the ice cream shop, a favorite for school children walking home from school.
TRACY – Mario Figueroa had the mushroom burger.
WALNUT GROVE - A touch of Italy served with a romantic Sunday brunch awaits those venturing into heart of the Delta at the Grand Island Mansion.
Love is in the air with the "Love You Baby Lunch" on Friday, Feb. 13, made possible by the Downtown Stockton Alliance.