KNIGHTS FERRY - It is a magical time along the Stanislaus River.
It's an eye-opening revelation of what Central Valley vets suffered in their Vietnam service where they felt they were braving their fears in combat for their country as they witnessed many of their comrades dropping to their deaths beside them.
On July 7 1944, Charles "Chuck" Walker vividly remembers being sent on a long-range bomber escort mission over Hungary. Just as the young pilot was focusing on driving off German Messerschmitt 109s, his plane was hit in the left engine. Mistakenly, Walker separated from his squadron, which left him weakly in the midst of a number of German aircrafts.
Private First Class John Burch Mooney, Jr. received a number of decorations during his time serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment during World War II, including an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, a Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal.
Paying it forward.
One of the best decisions Denise Johnson ever made was joining the military.
In the heart of the town that labels itself as the Gateway to Yosemite, aka Groveland, is a quaint cottage where you can relish being pampered by almost everything that is traditional English before you head out to the wilds. That place is Dori's Tea Cottage & Café at 18744 Main Street, which is also Highway 120. The famous
MODESTO – You need your porcelain. You need your finest china. And you absolutely need your tea.
ANGELS CAMP -Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times. These massive relics, which can reach a height of 325 feet and a diameter of 33 feet, are descended from trees that were standing when dinosaurs roamed Earth, and birds, mammals and flowering plants began to appear. Some of today's trees are thought to be as old as 2,000 years.
TURLOCK – With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, the city of Turlock has both children and canines covered with events including BARKtoberfest, a downtown trick-or-treating event, and Haunted Housing at California State University, Stanislaus.
LATHROP – Trick-or-treating is so passé.
STOCKTON – Halloween in Stockton has something for folks of all ages.
Most Halloween celebrations last for just a day. At Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center in Manteca, it will be double the fun in two days full of costumes, cupcakes, and live entertainment.
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.
The Manteca Kiwanis free community Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. sharp at the Northgate Sports Complex in Manteca. Kids get a chance to collect candy filled plastic eggs and win prizes.
At first glance, the immense nature of Turlock's Our Lady of the Assumption, a Roman Catholic parish of the Diocese of Stockton, can make it difficult for onlookers to notice all of the little details.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ripon was created in 1874 when the pastor of St. Mary's in Stockton gifted land for a new "mission" to the community.
What makes a church?
A building is a building, said the Rev. Karl Hauser, pastor of Manteca Presbyterian Church in Manteca. It's the people who "make the church," he said by way of prefacing his comments about one of the Family City's visually prominent places of worship, particularly in the downtown district, and stating his order of priorities first.
The Cathedral of the Annunciation is a jewel of the Central Valley.
The annual green day, better known as St. Patrick's Day, is happening close to mid-week this year. But that's not stopping those who have shamrock celebration in their minds and hearts. There are plenty of places to go to grab a green beer, but only two places – that we know of – to treat one's palate to the day's traditional food fare – corned beef and cabbage – and, maybe, even listen to bagpipe music played by a bagpipe player in complete kilt gear.
It's the one day of the year that everybody is Irish.
For Finnegan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, it's that time of the year.
For those looking to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day without having to leave the comfort of their home, Neto's Catering is the place to go with their annual drive thru event, where customers can pay just $12 for the perfect St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.
For David and Melinda Si, first came marriage then a small family business.
It is widely accepted advice to not judge a book by its cover.
When it's time to make a donut run, I know my go-to place in Stockton – Donut King at 6323 Pacific Ave.
For decades, Tom Canales has traveled the Central Valley and Mother Lode by vehicle, using Highway 108 as a portal to the mountains.