By JASON CAMPBELL
The common adage, "when one door closes, another one opens," rings true for the ladies of Off Center Thrift & Gift in downtown Turlock, who brought not only a boutique style thrift store to the area, but kept several local volunteers' hobby alive.
It's the ultimate fashion paradox.
One… two … three… Drive down McHenry Avenue in Modesto and you will lose count trying to keep track of the number of thrift shops that line the street. As a recent addition to the McHenry thrift scene, Endless Possibilities Thrift Store is expanding its presence in Modesto.
Alexandra may be considered a savvy shopper.
New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to a new one, but it is also time to do one thing: party. Whether it's a restaurant or a church, a nightclub or a bar, Modesto offers a host of events to make ringing in 2014 a memorable experience.
Say goodbye to an old friend with fun, food, friends and everything else on the New Year's side of happy.
Three. Two. One.
What better way to make a splash for 2014 but with the Polar Run and Dunk.
A healthy start to a new year
SAN JOSE - Perched high on Mount Hamilton above San Jose is the Lick Observatory.
It's impossible to miss the Marsden home in the neighborhood off Crom Avenue just north of the Manteca Golf Course. It literally outshines all the houses at Greenview Place. The entire length of the house facing the street is dripping with all kinds of Christmas bling – blinking lights, chasing lights, dancing diode lights, a lighted choo-choo train, a red snowman, and Frosty the Snowman sporting a top hat. Proudly occupying a central location among all the outdoor decoration is a lighted American flag handmade by Alan Marsden.
"Okay everybody, it's time to go into the closet."
Whether it's Rockefeller Square in New York City or San Francisco's Union Square, Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday season found in cities and homes across the world. While Turlock's community tree may not tower in comparable sky scraper heights, it is a staple of the Central Valley town's annual holiday traditions since the early 1920s.
Yuletide memories of years past include heart and soul reflections of family life under living room Christmas trees, church time together and the special gifts of long ago.
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.