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.
RIPON – Commander Ernie Tyhurst of the Clinton McCausland Post 190 of the American Legion has a history of service to his community and to his country during his colorful lifetime. He joined the Legion four years ago and is in his second year in its leadership. He is now a life member.
RIPON – Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Post 1051 in Ripon, John Franscella, has served three tours aboard the U.S.S. Hancock assigned to the F-8 Fighter Squadron in the Gulf of Tonkin between 1968 and 1970.
While Memorial Day allows locals to take a moment to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice, several veteran organizations continue to contribute year-round to the community. From supporting sober graduate nights to hosting flag retirement ceremonies, veteran societies such as the American Legion support and further the goals of the community through their financial contributions.
LATHROP – Charles McGonegal is looking to boost membership at the Sharpe General Depot American Legion Post 632.
MANTECA – The briefcase sits on a ledge near the front window of the Village Sandwich Shoppe, open and overflowing with folders and paperwork.
The impact the American Legion has had on the lives of veterans – even those who don't know that the organization exists – is unquestioned.
When you visit the famous wine-growing region of Napa, perhaps there is no local attraction that captures the spirit of your journey better than a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Hop on board this historic train and you'll chug your way through scenic vineyards to wine-lover's heaven.
Zombies are on the horizon for the Sierra Dinner train chugging out of its Oakdale station this summer. Also new to the long established attraction that featured a Murder Mystery and a Christmas Train is a Beer Train that is coming in mid-August.
The last time I rode aboard the ACE train was five years ago.
Kick your seat back, look out of the window and witness the hills and mountains of the Central Valley unfolding around you - this is the experience of riding the San Joaquin Amtrak Train.
The area had all of the makings of a perfect western movie set.
Edythe Sealey Myer and Lottie Zumwalt are about to celebrate this weekend's Mothers' Day - one their families will never forget as they soon mark their 100 years. They were both born on June 9, 1914 in Nebraska and later moved to California.
Being the child of a working mom can be hard, but it's a little easier when your mom is involved in a local family business.
STOCKTON - The Fruit Bowl at 8767 E. Waterloo Rd. is getting ready for pie season.
The San Joaquin Valley - the most productive farming region on the planet - is America's food basket.
Five days a week, a small fleet of the United Samaritans Foundation's Daily Bread Mobile Lunch Program food trucks make their way across Stanislaus ...
While post people think of family feasts as the holidays approach, there are plenty of people among us that have to worry every night about ...
Our Lady of Guadalupe is currently in need of donations for the food pantry.
So you need a place to relax and do some work?
After opening earlier this year, Cafe Rome in downtown Turlock not only provides the community with a place to get a taste of Middle Eastern ...
The Ripon Café – formerly known as Jake's Coffee Shop – in the Schemper's Shopping Center at the corner of Main Street and Wilma Avenue ...
What is orange, round and 10 feet in diameter that can get a 60-year-old farmer that's 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds and arguably the biggest ...
MODESTO – So you've got your costume picked out and you're certain that it's going to wow the crowd.
So you can't get out of town for Halloween to some of the larger parties that are going on elsewhere.
Two longstanding Manteca Halloween traditions - Downtown Safe Halloween and the Boys & Girls Club carnival and haunted house - are Saturday, Oct. 22.
I recently took a week off and went relatively unplugged. For a few days I was out of cell range and without electricity or running ...