OAKDALE - With its unspoiled scenery, the Sierra Railroad is singled out by movie producers from around the world as a preferred location for filming.
OAKDALE - The Sierra is third the oldest railroad in North America and besides carrying freight and passengers, Sierra became famous as "The Movie Railroad" for making over 300 movies, commercials and television shows. In the 1970s the railroad launched an industry when it operated the nation's first dinner train. In 1995 the railroad was rejuvenated by new ownership and experienced a remarkable decade of growth and expansion.
GROVELAND - Along with Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, Yosemite is one of my favorite national parks. Unfortunately, more than 4 million annual visitors share my sentiments.
The Crossroads of California Street Faire - Manteca's first big outdoor gathering of spring - returns for its 16th run on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, in downtown Manteca.
LIVINGSTON - The City of Livingston is inviting Valley residents to go fly a kite - or rather come to the town's first annual Kite Festival and fly one together.
JACKSON - As a five-time Grammy award-winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray's impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
MODESTO - The Modesto Garden Club's Annual Spring Tour takes place Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LATHROP – At more than 350 miles long, the San Joaquin River, from its source in the Ansel Adams Wilderness to its mouth in the Suisun Bay, covers a large portion of the Central Valley.
GROVELAND - Cherry Valley Reservoir is a gem of a lake that sits at 4,700 feet between Dodge Ridge and Yosemite in the Stanislaus National Forest.
SUTTER CREEK - Tea Eras located at 34 Main Street (Highway 49) in Sutter Creek is an enchanting tea house where lunch is a languorous delight including high tea. Dinners are also available for 10 or more.
GROVELAND - It was summertime and the peak of the tourist season for the Sierra foothills town of Groveland. Two men dressed in shorts and hiking boots, and carrying serious backpacks, entered Dori's Tea Cottage causing co-owner Greg Jones to be a little apprehensive.
It's all about bonnets and boas and strainers and spoons.
I carefully composed the picture I wanted take with my camera. I was not using a tripod. So, to help steady my grip, I leaned heavily against my car from my driver's seat with the window down, and secured a firm foothold for my arms.
ANGELS CAMP - Beginning Friday, April 6, visitors will have a new way to experience Gold Country's emerging food and wine scene when Sacramento-based Local Roots Food Tours start to offer weekly tours in the historic town of Murphys located in Calaveras County.
MODESTO – Outside one of the front doors to the Gallo Arts Center, scores of young students stand in line waiting for the sign from their teachers to enter. Once they get the green light, they walk in through the door quietly like soldiers on a mission and go straight into one of the Arts Center's spacious and well-appointed theaters.
JAMESTOWN – Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown this holiday season.
PATTERSON - Alongside harvest season comes football, and Fantozzi Farms in Patterson is ready for both with its 25-acre corn maze inspired by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
A happy Halloween is a scary Halloween. For that celebration formula to be complete, add safe to the ingredient to make the popular dress-up annual occasion a truly family-oriented entertainment.
STOCKTON - There's a pumpkin patch out there that may be ideal for young children.
Editor's Note: This is a profile on florist and amateur makeup artist Cheryl Airrington, who was recruited to turn Managing Editor James Burns into a zombie for this weekend's 209 edition.
"We can make your eye pop out of the socket and hang there up against your cheek. ... I've got a brain you can carry around. ... We can also make it look like the bone is popping out."
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Remember Miley Cyrus' VMA performance with Robin Thicke?