Name: Jasmine Ivey
TUOLUMNE – Try out to be an international karaoke star at Black Oak Casino in March. Qualifying nights for the World Karaoke Championships will be held every other Thursday, starting in March at Black Oak Casino's Willow Creek Lounge.
STOCKTON - In a wonderful blend of two religious traditions, the Jewish Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff of Temple Israel recently met with a roomful of Christian students at St. Mary's High School.
RIPON - The Ripon Arts League has one program left in the season.
MODESTO – Mike Super, the winner of NBC's hit television show, Phenomenon, will make a special appearance at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. The matinee performance promises jaw-dropping illusions to boggle the mind. Super's mystifying tricks delight audiences. This "Magic and Illusion" show is one all ages will enjoy.
MODESTO – Lorna Luft, the daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, will perform her multi-media production Songs My Mother Taught Me – A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
MODESTO – Composer Marvin Hamlisch, one of the only few people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards collectively, will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
Botha Walters could be working today as a pharmacist. That's what she studied and trained for when she was living in Southern California.
Lathrop's most enduring landmarks – the Mossdale railroad bridge across the San Joaquin River and the brick silos on the nearby Dell'Osso Farms – once were not part of that community. Instead they were built as part of the river outpost named after the river crossing.
Panaderia La Trigueña has been a fixture in downtown Manteca for nearly 30 years.
RIPON - The tiny Burgess Bakery is nestled in the heart of the old Ripon business district that has often been referred to as a page out of Mayberry RFD.
Michelle Gallon was age 7 when she first baked a Boston brown bread.
Chris Bickle has worked at Pizza Guys long enough to know that this weekend promises to be a busy one.
OAKDALE – They traveled near and far to sample or take home some of the finest Gouda or Edam.
NAME: Jaime Hernandez
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.