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.
COLUMBIA - The Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park hosts its traditional St. Patrick's Day celebration, free to the public, Saturday March 17.
TUOLUMNE – Country favorite Restless Heart will be coming to Black Oak Casino on April 11.
SONORA - A burst of the trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.
MODESTO – The Gallo Center for the Arts will bring The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers to Modesto for two performances on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m.
OLD SACRAMENTO - Coinciding with the beginning of Easter week, Old Sacramento officially springs into action for a new season of excursion train service on the Sacramento Southern Railroad and Old Sacramento Underground tours, both of which resume the weekend of Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1.
SAN JOSE - The Tech Museum of San Jose draws a wide array of reactions from adults.
Photographers – professionals and hobbyists alike – flock to the Northern San Joaquin Valley every year in spring. Mainly for one reason: the world famous almond blossoms that are in full bloom at this time of the year.
Ruthanne Bassett always knew that she belonged in a library.
The Creamery was "the place" to stop in Manteca for generations of Bay Area travelers going to and from the Sierra on weekends.
RIPON - The Ripon Branch Library is seen as an awesome find for residents who have yet to walk through its doors with its 15,000 square feet of floor space and some 40,000 books, 18 computers along with a spacious children's section.
The Lathrop Branch Library has been in operation since 2005.
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LATHROP – Trick-or-treating is so passé.
STOCKTON – Halloween in Stockton has something for folks of all ages.
Most Halloween celebrations last for just a day. At Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center in Manteca, it will be double the fun in two days full of costumes, cupcakes, and live entertainment.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.