So you're looking for a Fourth of July celebration that's different than the same one that you've been bringing your family to for the last decade.
About three years ago, I took my son to Yosemite National Park for a day hike.
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.
By JOCELYN NOVECK
Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" is refreshingly dumb.
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.
LEE VINING - Highway 120 is a magical ribbon of asphalt.
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.
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?
RIPON – Dorothy "Dot" Veltkamp always has a couple of books on her night stand – a woman with a passion for reading since her childhood – has completed more than 25 years as a librarian mostly in Ripon.
TURLOCK – In an area filled with seemingly endless burger joints for hungry customers to choose from, it may be a difficult task for a mom-and-pop restaurant to stand out. However, AJ's Café and Grill has managed to do just that with their locally and freshly made burgers.
RIPON – It's a classic burger at the downtown Ripon Roadhouse sure to leave egg yolk running down your fingers and hands with the first bite.
MANTECA – Suzette Frese sums it up in one sentence as to why her favorite restaurant in Manteca is a dining destination.
MODESTO – It's hard to mess up a hamburger.
STOCKTON – So what makes for a good hamburger?
LODI - Want a real root beer float?