Never wear your hair loose. I learned that lesson the painful way while trying to capture photographs of bees gathering pollen from the sweet-smelling almond blossoms in full bloom.
Roasted, coated in chocolate or in popcorn. Almonds are available in every which way. Just ask the folks at Denise's Farmers Market at 16569 E. Highway 120 in Ripon. With the Almond Blossom Festival fast approaching, the family-owned business is fully stocked with over 20 different almond confections. It is one of a number of produce stands that line East Highway 120 between Manteca and Escalon that offer a wide variety of almonds from natural ...
The month of February is not only known for the matters of the heart on Valentine's Day, it is also dedicated to heart health among men and women. With February being American Heart Month, raising awareness about heart disease and its dangers is essential to help prevention.
Everyone has heard of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, through medical TV shows or from real-life experiences; but not enough know how to perform it during an emergency. The American Heart Association estimates that about 30 percent of the population is able to perform CPR in a critical situation.
WALNUT GROVE - An easy drive and great food. What better way is there to spend a lazy Sunday morning? It is about an hour drive 43 miles from central Manteca to the heart of the Delta where you'll find the Ryde Hotel in art deco pastels with the required palm trees hugging the Highway 160 levee three miles south of Walnut Grove. The Ryde Hotel has a rich history as a Speakeasy. Today it ...
WALNUT GROVE - Want a romantic Sunday brunch with a touch of Italy? Look no further than the Grand Island Mansion. The unique and historic 58-room Italian Renaissance villa is part of the largest private estate in Northern California. The four-story, 24,000-square-foot villa was built in 1917 for Louis Meyers and his wife Audrey, daughter of Lubin of the Weinstocks Lubin department stores. The mansion was built by European craftsmen. The mansion has been the ...
With Valentine's Day a week away, planning a romantic evening for your loved one can be a daunting task. The traditional dinner and movie can often become tiresome options for couples who have been in a relationship for some time. Think outside the box this Valentine's Day with an unforgettable evening you can both enjoy.
"The best things happen while you're dancing;" or so the old Irving Berlin song goes. To make this Valentine's holiday weekend a trip through the light fantastic, join the Modesto Ballroom Club for a special evening event.
The name exudes romance, Old World charm, tradition, and history – The Victorian Gold Bed and Breakfast. This eight-bedroom inn located in the heart of historic Jamestown in the Sierra Foothills was built in the 1890s, but offers every modern amenity there is to make your visit both memorable and comfortable. These creature comforts include central heating and air conditioning, private baths, plus television and Internet access. Even the rooms are named after different rose ...
LODI - Wine and Roses in Lodi can easily be described as being luxurious, elegant and intimate as a romantic venue in the Central Valley as well as being a desired location for business meetings.
Culture is alive and booming at California State University Stanislaus this spring with a series of events that community members can enjoy.
STOCKTON – He's the National Basketball Association all-time leading scorer not to mention best-selling author and historian.
STOCKTON – The sound of a symphony playing some of Broadway's biggest hits. A jazz pianist carrying on in the proud local tradition that spawned legendary composer and performer Dave Brubeck. Thespians showing their chops in productions like "Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are Dead" and Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Sound like something you'd find in San Francisco right? Wrong. Try San Joaquin Delta College's Center for the Arts and its robust lineup of events that help ...
MODESTO - What do George Lucas and Kim Komenich have in common? Both attended Modesto Junior College. No introduction is necessary for the renowned film producer and director of "Star Wars" fame, who is also MJC's most famous alumnus. But the Manteca native and Manteca High graduate may need a few words of introduction to some. The photojournalist, and now photojournalism professor at California State University, San Jose, is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Lucas and ...
MERCED - Just as winter is winding down, Merced College is heating things up with a slew of community events that the general public can enjoy this spring.
Looking for a midweek respite from your usual evening routine?
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.
LATHROP - Give Every Child a Chance is staging the Ropin' on the River Rodeo hosted by Dell'Osso Family Farm today and Sunday.
MODESTO - Before there was American Graffiti there was Louie Wyrsch.
STOCKTON – He's revived asphalt racing in San Joaquin County, introduced a dirt track to its fans and may one day lay down a drag strip.
Mike Drake grew up with dreams of becoming a race car driver. The allure of finely tuned machines, high speeds, and cheering fans excites most young boys, but the source of Drake's racing dreams didn't stem from TV or the movies, it came from watching his father circle the track at the Merced Speedway.
LODI – Back in the 1970s, Kingdon Drags was the place where Corvettes, Challengers, GTOs, Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs and other muscle and fast cars of those days were in abundance.
Jason Webb knows high performance machines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prolific documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the front lines of the information wars in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Exhaustively researched and balanced in its view of the controversial key player, the film slips in ahead of DreamWorks' dramatic take on the exploits of Julian Assange, "The Fifth Estate," which is currently shooting.
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SONORA - When dance teacher Michael Minetti first meets his elderly student Lily Harrison in her Florida-coast high rise, it seems pretty clear these two will barely make it past 'Hello,' let alone their first full lesson. Besides their 30-year age difference, they clash at every turn. A former teacher and minister's wife, she's guarded, uptight and suspicious. A former Broadway dancer, he blurts out jokes and insults and swings from glib to desperate to ...
TUOLUMNE – It's a month of great tribute shows at Black Oak Casino Resort.
STOCKTON - Jerry Seinfeld is appearing on stage on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.
STOCKTON - Frankie & Annette are in concert Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Coffee House at the First Unitarian Universalist, 2737 Pacific Ave.