GROVELAND - It was summertime and the peak of the tourist season for the Sierra foothills town of Groveland. Two men dressed in shorts and hiking boots, and carrying serious backpacks, entered Dori's Tea Cottage causing co-owner Greg Jones to be a little apprehensive.
It's all about bonnets and boas and strainers and spoons.
I carefully composed the picture I wanted take with my camera. I was not using a tripod. So, to help steady my grip, I leaned heavily against my car from my driver's seat with the window down, and secured a firm foothold for my arms.
ANGELS CAMP - Beginning Friday, April 6, visitors will have a new way to experience Gold Country's emerging food and wine scene when Sacramento-based Local Roots Food Tours start to offer weekly tours in the historic town of Murphys located in Calaveras County.
MODESTO – Outside one of the front doors to the Gallo Arts Center, scores of young students stand in line waiting for the sign from their teachers to enter. Once they get the green light, they walk in through the door quietly like soldiers on a mission and go straight into one of the Arts Center's spacious and well-appointed theaters.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at East Union High School has reached the gold standard of proficiency under the leadership of drill instructor/teacher First Sergeant Karl Knudsen (ret.) over the past 16 years.
Cadet Battalion Commander for the JROTC unit at Manteca High School, Lt. Col. Sean Skelly, leads nearly 80 members of his unit in building character and performing community service.
LATHROP – Marc Kelly gets up by the crack of dawn every morning.
LATHROP – Alexandra Floresca admitted she knew very little about the Junior Reserved Officers Training Corps at Lathrop High.
Q: What is the role of NJROTC at Turlock High School?
STOCKTON - It has been a while since Chris Isaak has played in Stockton.
MODESTO - Marcelo Solis, a judge for the USA branch of the Argentine Tango World Cup competition, returns to lead two workshops and perform at a milonga (Argentine tango dance party) on Saturday, April 14, at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave.
TUOLUMNE - Nationally known comedian Mark Pitta will take the stage on April 19 at Black Oak Casino. Pitta has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and has made guest appearances on Mad About You and Third Rock From the Sun.
MODESTO - Two special 'Spring Break' performances of the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences production of 'Locomotion' at the Gallo Center for the Arts have just been made available to the public. Originally only offered to students through the arts education program, the Center opened the 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. shows on Tuesday, April 3, to the community to accommodate others interested in attending the play, including children and their families who may be on spring break vacation at that time.
JACKSON - Celebrate Spring by going Up, Up and Away and Letting the Sun Shine In with Florence LaRue & the Fifth Dimension live at Jackson Rancheria on Friday, April 6.
Who says dining alfresco has to be pricey?
BIG OAK FLAT – There's no pot of gold at the end of the climb up winding Old Priest Grade in Tuolumne County.
RIPON – Every inch of the Canal Street Grille is spiced with its own charm and elegance, from the wine cellar to its formal dining room to the frosted glass.
Since 1980, El Jardin has been a favorite destination for patio dining and great Mexican cuisine in Turlock. Although diners can opt to eat inside, it is what is on the outside that attracts customers to El Jardin time and time again.
Finding fresh produce isn't hard in the 209.
Do you enjoy a challenge? What if that challenge also raises funds for an environmentally friendly cause? If you answered yes, then Tuolumne River Trust's Paddle to the Sea paddle-a-thon is for you.
STOCKTON – I've gotten to know the Calaveras River quite well over the years.
It's too bad the Mokelumne River is identified as an underutilized recreational resource with little public access.
Summer heat got you down?
Boogie the night away.
Luis Martinez has played in a few bands in Stockton.
MODESTO – Every generation had its idea of what a dance club should look like.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Buddhist Church's annual Bon Odori and Cultural Bazaar is Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 2-3, at the temple grounds located at 2820 Shimizu Drive.
COLUMBIA - The foothills will come alive with The Sound of Music when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical runs through August 31 at Sierra Repertory Theatre's historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia.
BIG PINE - Inyo County is a place of extremes.