Rowena Tebaldi is no stranger to Black Friday, widely considered in the United States as the traditional first day of shopping for the Christmas holidays with consumers taking advantage of such enticements as double-digit discount coupons and price slashes offered by retailers.
Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford had to buy a gun when he first got involved with city government.
When John Lazar goes grocery shopping on the weekends, he typically spends over an hour at the store. He isn't buying food in bulk or scouring for rare brands, instead he is chatting with citizens of the community over which he presides. As mayor of Turlock, it is these unexpected run-ins that show Lazar how in touch he is with his community.
You're supposed to have a grand vision when you're the mayor of a community.
America is known internationally as a country with a diverse and nomadic population, so it is rare when someone can say that their family has been living in the same town for over 100 years, but for Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra that is the case.
SONORA - Sierra Repertory Theatre brings the spirit of the holiday season to its East Sonora stage with Joe Landry's live 1940s radio broadcast version of the beloved film "It's A Wonderful Life", playing now through Dec. 22.
Thanksgiving is a busy holiday for both professional and amateur bakers; but for the pie makers at Turlock's Latif's Restaurant, it's the pinnacle of their whole year.
STOCKTON - Ever hear of a pumpkin walnut pie?
MODESTO – Let them eat pie.
Thanksgiving dinner, for many traditional families, would not be complete without that main dessert staple – pumpkin pie.
Food brings friends and families together around the table throughout the year, and a Thanksgiving feast is no exception. As people across the nation tuck into a good meal at home on this holiday, several local community members in need are not able to experience the quintessential Thanksgiving flavors. Local chiropractor David Dubyak is pairing up with the United Samaritans Foundation for the 18th year to provide pumpkin pie for those in need this Thanksgiving.
(Family Features) When creative inspiration strikes, you need to seize the moment and create. But if supplies are strewn from one end of the house to the other and clutter reigns, you may battle a real cramp in creativity.
A windshield tour of Manteca's churches reveals a hodge-podge of architectural forms.
With hundreds of Indian-American residents in Turlock, the Gurudwara Sahib Sikh Temple is the place of worship for members of the Sikh community.
STOCKTON - From historic to modern, there are over 400 churches listed in Stockton.
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.