About three years ago, I took my son to Yosemite National Park for a day hike. Josh was a high school freshman back then but had done a few mountainous hikes including Sierra Nevada's Horsetail Falls and a few along the Santa Cruz Mountains. He just graduated but wasn't too old to join me on a return visit last week along one of popular Yosemite trails – Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. This nearly seven-mile ...
The Ripon Community Fireworks Committee is gearing up for an action-packed day this Fourth of July. Events include a parade, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, photo booth, food vendors, concert and, of course, a 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza. Below is a list of the day's events with times and locations.
MODESTO - More than 20,000 people expected to line the streets of downtown Modesto for the Valley town's 139th Annual Fourth of July Parade.
Might there be a real-life zombie apocalypse one day? Not likely, but then again, the way zombies have chomped their way into our pop culture the last several years, it's maybe a bit less implausible than it once was. What IS increasingly quite plausible, alas, is a scary global pandemic, and "World War Z," the long-awaited Brad Pitt thriller, cleverly melds that real-life threat into the more fanciful zombie premise. Talk about more bang for ...
By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer "Beverly Hills Cop." ''Lethal Weapon." ''48 Hours." ''Tango & Cash." The buddy cop movie is a reliable mainstay of our popular culture. And the cops are pretty much always guys. So the fact that BOTH the cops in "The Heat" are women would be reason enough to welcome it to the genre. Beyond that, though, the movie is undeniably entertaining - if quite uneven, and sometimes truly over-the-top. The ...
Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" is refreshingly dumb. Refreshing because carefree action absurdity, once the province of the summer cinema, is on the outs. Solemnity - even for caped, flying men in tight-fitting trousers - is in. But there's an inarguable, senseless pleasure in watching Jamie Foxx, as the president of the United States, kicking a terrorist and shouting: "Get your hands off my Jordans!" Hail to the chief, indeed. "White ...
SACRAMENTO – The fiberglass tubes peek over the tree line, giving flip-flop and bikini-clad visitors their first glimpse of the fun that waits ahead.
With summer now in full swing, a quick getaway to the lake is one way to escape the heat. Fortunately, there's no need to travel far. The 209 has quite a few bodies of water for swimming, fishing, boating or a leisurely float.
LODI - Lodi Lake recently received high marks from the Sunset Magazine website. "You'll find clean water and a well-run public beach at this manmade lake fed by the Mokelumne River," said www.sunset.com on a review of inland beaches in Northern California. From lifeguards on duty to the wading pool for the little kids, Lodi Lake also earned high praises for its setting made up of the surrounding oak trees. No alcohol or glass containers ...
LEE VINING - Highway 120 is a magical ribbon of asphalt. Not only does it take you to the Cathedral of the Sierra - Yosemite National Park - it winds through the Yosemite High Country and peaks at the loftiest section of pavement in the Sierra at 9,600 feet before descending down the stark granite beauty of the Lee Vining Canyon. But the real visual, one-of-a-kind treat awaits on the five miles of your descent ...
MURPHYS - In 1989, a team of miners using pickaxes and dynamite set to excavate wine-aging caverns on a ranch in Murphys, at the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills. So hard were the limestone and Calaveras schist the miners were working through that, on some days, the team progressed only one, two or three feet. It was like cutting through iron, the miners said.
Ticket for the Ironstone Vineyards concert series can be purchased through Etix.com. The 2013 Summer Series includes: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - SATURDAY, JULY 20 Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." ...
As the school year ends and summer plans are being made, it's time to get the kids outside and play. Swimming lessons can be a great way to get the kids exercising while helping them be safer in the water.
Interested in scuba diving? Curious about what lifeguard training involves? Want to swim laps for exercise? Need to learn how to swim? Or do you just want to splash around and have fun?
OAKDALE - On a regular sunny summer day, the water atop Woodward Reservoir is calm. It might ripple if a breeze blows up, as it's known to do in the late afternoon as the air that comes off of the San Joaquin Delta makes its way through the Central Valley and out onto the closest body of standing water to more than 100,000 area residents. Those conditions make it ripe for skiers, wakeboarders and fishermen ...
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.
MODESTO - St. Stanislaus Catholic Church has made a memorable mark on the Modesto landscape with an $18 million construction project that now affords the congregation the luxury of attending services in a church rather than the nearby school gym.
Retired Lathrop Reverend Lou Davis calls it a science.
The aroma coming from The Ripon Road House rib orders is enough to tempt the taste buds of any restaurant connoisseurs coming through the front door of the downtown Main Street façade.
DENAIR - You can smell Earl's BBQ in downtown Denair long before you see it. As the season chills, the smoky smells of Earl's BBQ is a beacon in the Valley.
STOCKTON - It's the same barbecue place along Stockton's Miracle Mile.
TUOLUMNE – Exile will be coming to Black Oak Casino Resort in November.