SANTA CLARA - If California theme parks conjure up images of long lines for attractions and food, visitors to the San Francisco Bay area will find nirvana with a stop at California's Great America, a Santa Clara sister park to famous Knotts Berry Farm. Even in August, the lines were short for what any theme park junkie would consider a high-quality product.
COLUMBIA - Love roses?
HILMAR - This summer there will be plenty of fun on tap for the whole family at Hilmar Cheese Company's visitors' center.
RIPON – The blueberry bushes are full and ripe with fruit and in abundance.
You can go to the grocery store anywhere in the United States and if you buy a dairy product, namely cheese, there is a one-in-five chance the product you buy came from the Hilmar Cheese Company.
JACKSON – Enjoy some of the greatest hits from the swinging sixties through today when Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, July 13.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) led by Steve Reineke conducting his final concert as Principal Pops Conductor of the MSO, will present Cirque de la Symphonie on Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
SONORA - Beautiful spies, cloaks and daggers, speeding trains and a mystery man with a missing pinky. Those ingredients whirl into one wild adventure in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Broadway's hilarious, high-speed thriller sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays at Sierra Repertory Theatre's East Sonora stage June 1 through July 1.
TUOLUMNE – Hit musician Edwin McCain will be coming to Black Oak Casino in June. McCain is known for his top 40 hits "I Could Not Ask for More" and "I'll Be," and his songs have been featured on major movie soundtracks. McCain will be performing at the casino on June 21.
LIVINGSTON - Life can be sweet - especially if you grow cherries. Cindy Lashbrook has been growing cherries and blueberries on her Livingston organic farm since 1987.
RIPON – Bill Poot knows where everything is at his Ripon nursery.
ESCALON - You don't have to cross the pond by plane and travel miles to France to "experience the allure of lavender."
If Todd Rodden sells it he grows it.
STOCKTON – Daniel Martinez settled into his chair and eyed the clear pieces on the chess board.
The Tuolumne River Regional Park (TRRP) consists of over 500 acres of parkland that runs along seven river miles of the Tuolumne River from the Mitchell Street Bridge east to the Carpenter Road Bridge in Stanislaus County.
TURLOCK - Not everyone who goes to a Christian school is Christian.
MODESTO – There it was right there practically in his backyard.
MODESTO - When Melissa Besseling came to Central Catholic High School in 1996 as a mid-year replacement math teacher, she did not anticipate that she would become principal.
For as long as she can remember, Kathy Rich has been good with her hands.
RIPON – Ripon veterinarian Ann Scearce stops by once every four weeks for facials with aesthetician Edy Fowler.
Locals looking for a calming reprieve from the stress of daily life won't need to look far as The Spa of Turlock has all of the offerings of a quiet oasis.
Upon entering The Heavenly Spa in Modesto, clients may be surprised that the relaxing environment is actually a popular hotspot for locals.
LODI - One of the best spa getaways in the 209 just might be in Lodi.
Lexy Nicole pulls the microphone in.
Give the gift of music.
Want to learn the harmonica? The ukulele? Maybe some Spanish instruments? Dale's Guitar in downtown Turlock offers much more than its title indicates.
By VINCE REMBULAT
By GLENN KAHL