STOCKTON – Two-year-old Brandon Lugo was like a child in a fairy tale, playing and enjoying every toy dear to his young heart.
SANTA CLARA - If California theme parks conjure up images of long lines for attractions and food, visitors to the San Francisco Bay area will find nirvana with a stop at California's Great America, a Santa Clara sister park to famous Knotts Berry Farm. Even in August, the lines were short for what any theme park junkie would consider a high-quality product.
COLUMBIA - Love roses?
HILMAR - This summer there will be plenty of fun on tap for the whole family at Hilmar Cheese Company's visitors' center.
RIPON – The blueberry bushes are full and ripe with fruit and in abundance.
You can go to the grocery store anywhere in the United States and if you buy a dairy product, namely cheese, there is a one-in-five chance the product you buy came from the Hilmar Cheese Company.
JACKSON – Enjoy some of the greatest hits from the swinging sixties through today when Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, July 13.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) led by Steve Reineke conducting his final concert as Principal Pops Conductor of the MSO, will present Cirque de la Symphonie on Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
SONORA - Beautiful spies, cloaks and daggers, speeding trains and a mystery man with a missing pinky. Those ingredients whirl into one wild adventure in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Broadway's hilarious, high-speed thriller sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays at Sierra Repertory Theatre's East Sonora stage June 1 through July 1.
TUOLUMNE – Hit musician Edwin McCain will be coming to Black Oak Casino in June. McCain is known for his top 40 hits "I Could Not Ask for More" and "I'll Be," and his songs have been featured on major movie soundtracks. McCain will be performing at the casino on June 21.
LIVINGSTON - Life can be sweet - especially if you grow cherries. Cindy Lashbrook has been growing cherries and blueberries on her Livingston organic farm since 1987.
RIPON – Bill Poot knows where everything is at his Ripon nursery.
ESCALON - You don't have to cross the pond by plane and travel miles to France to "experience the allure of lavender."
If Todd Rodden sells it he grows it.
STOCKTON – Daniel Martinez settled into his chair and eyed the clear pieces on the chess board.
For over a year, Green Grub in Turlock has been satisfying the appetites of vegetarians by providing delicious and healthy options for their sandwiches, salads, and drinks.
"Eat your vegetables!" This is the message that greets diners at the door to the GK Mongolian Barbecue on South Main Street in Manteca.
MODESTO – Alright. We get it. You don't want a steak and you don't want chicken and fresh salmon – covered in lemon and butter and roasted over an open flame in foil – is out as well.
Greek cuisine is ideally suited to vegetarians and vegans.
The Canal Street Grille in Ripon is not without sumptuous non-meat, vegetarian selections in its lengthy menu of more than 60 items including steaks and prime rib.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson's "The November Man," playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. "November Man" won't do anything like Bond's box office, but will satisfy the actor's fans and moviegoers ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below." But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of "The Descent" and "(Rec)," not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.
One of the most magical rides in California can be taken on the 206-mile long Highway 120 that runs from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gay couple who have been together for almost four decades are separated - at least physically - by factors beyond their control in "Love Is Strange," the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On," ''Forty Shades of Blue").
After being clonked over the head in 1944's "Murder, My Sweet," Raymond Chandler's immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: "A black pool opened up at my feet. I jumped in."
In its third incarnation, "The Expendables" has become, well, expendable.
'Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.
Manuel Laguna shared his ideal day in downtown Stockton.
Occasionally, folks of visitstockton.org will take the guise of tourists.
Stockton has warts and so does Modesto.