RIPON - George Buzzini - golf pro and owner of the Jack Tone Golf course - gets a kick out of joking with his customers while his wife Sharon shoulders the chief financial officer responsibilities of keeping the business side on track and profitable.
FRENCH CAMP - Elmer Weintz has a great love for the game.
Q: What's your favorite aspect of your job at the Turlock Golf and Country Club?
MODESTO - Golfing options in Modesto.
Need to work on your short game?
JAMESTOWN - Beginning the weekend of Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
JACKSON - Take a trip back to the great R&B sounds of the '60s when Little Anthony & the Imperials perform live at Jackson Rancheria on Thursday, April 26.
SONORA - Reclamation's Interpretive Speaker and Hike Series returns this Spring at New Melones Lake.
MODESTO - Otto Preminger's Exodus, dramatizing Israel's struggle for independence, will screen this Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at Modesto's Historic State Theatre.
MODESTO - Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, will play at the Gallo Center for the Arts April 13 through 15.
STOCKTON – All that Kellie Craig-Jacobs needs to do to gauge how well she's doing as a business owner is look towards her bar.
TURLOCK - Some sons play catch with their fathers. Others work on cars.
MODESTO - More and more beer lovers are taking their passion to the next level and brewing their own craft beers. Homebrewing clubs and competitions have grown rapidly since the legalization of homebrewing in 1978. In 2011, there were an estimated one million homebrewers and over 1,000 homebrew clubs in the United States, according to the American Homebrewers Association.
TURLOCK - Turlock resident Mark Ranes is one of the thousands of people who brew their own beer as a hobby. The technology manager said what started out as an extension of his love of cooking has turned into a full-fledged passion.
SACRAMENTO - Beneath the Golden Dome in Sacramento is a building worthy of the world's sixth largest economy.
STOCKTON – The patio at Valley Brew during the summertime is fickle.
RIPON – Water parks do a great job of copying it.
When the weather sizzled up to 106 degree last week, Wendy Deulus took her workout to the swimming pool.
Locals looking to beat the heat without traveling to a nearby lake or pool can still cool down at the local parks in Turlock, two of which boast water facilities.
Lake Don Pedro is a favorite summer hotspot for locals looking to beat the heat and enjoy several activities lakeside but this year the ongoing drought has posed a small impact on the lake's recreational facilities.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.
LATHROP – You'd notice that big, toothy grin anywhere.
Weber's BBQ & More may be still considered "out of sight, out of mind."
Mark Twain mined – pun intended – the foothills of Northern California for inspiration.
Venture to the Southern Golden Country in the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
It's a city with a small-town charm. And that's just scratching the surface when it comes to the mining of all the visual and historical – among many other things – attractions that draw visitors in droves to the city of Jackson nestled in the heart of the Mother Lode. The proof is in the numbers. While this quaint and quiet city in Amador County is home to just 4,300 residents, the number swells up to more than 15,000 on the weekends when the tourist traffic is at its busiest.
Columbia State Park just outside of Sonora is a gem of a tourist attraction with its stage plays in the Fallon House Theatre in addition to its Main Street "City Hotel" and restaurant, gold panning and an occasional stage coach ride.
The cruising excitement of past years continues to be an integral part of Manteca's history as three longtime members of the community recalled where they were in the 1940s to the 1960s and what they were doing.
MODESTO - The spirit of vintage cars and cruising is eternally captured in Modesto: the hometown of George Lucas and location where famous film American Graffitti was shot just over 40 years ago. While Lucas' famed film may not be in theaters anymore, locals keep the spirit of American Graffiti alive through the annual summertime American Graffiti Festival presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club.
If you squint your eyes you can see a little bit of Al Nunes in Paul Le Mat's character from American Graffiti.