BIG OAK FLAT – There's no pot of gold at the end of the climb up winding Old Priest Grade in Tuolumne County.
The main entrance of Manteca's Bass Pro Shops stopped Ivan Soto like a deer caught in headlights.
MURPHYS - Tickets are now on sale for three more acts which have been added to the line-up of world-class performers for the 2012 Ironstone Vineyards Concert Series.
CERES - Ceres will host the 24th annual Ceres Street Faire, a free venue in Whitmore Park next to Highway 99, the weekend of May 5-6.
MODESTO - Scotland's highly acclaimed Puppet State Theatre company will bring Jean Giono's story The Man Who Planted Trees, to the Gallo Center stage on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
STOCKTON - San Joaquin Delta College's Center for the Arts presents Arthur Miller's dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials in "The Crucible" at Delta's Tillie Lewis Theater, April 27 & 28, May 4 & 5 at 8 p.m., as well as April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m.
MARIPOSA - The Mariposa County History Center is offering the first "Young John Muir" tour of the season on Saturday, May 12.
COLUTERVILLE - The 27th Annual Coyote Howl & Car Show, Saturday, May 19, at the Coulterville Park is an old-fashioned, family oriented event.
If you're looking to "strike gold" in your next vacation experience, you might consider a houseboat getaway in California's Gold Country. New Melones Lake just happens to be situated in a scenic part of the state that is almost like a giant theme park focused on some of California's most interesting tourist attractions.
OAKDALE - Oakdale police officers from the "Cowboy Capital of the World" saddle up every year on their own time to assist Ripon with its Almond Festival at the Mistlin Sports Park.
OAKDALE - The appeal of dining on the Sierra Railroad hits you as you scan the wide open countryside absent of telephone poles and any signs of civilization save an occasional farm house as you rumble along east of Oakdale.
From Bakersfield to Sacramento and Oakland, the mighty Amtrak San Joaquin chugs through all of the Central Valley's most memorable sights.
JAMESTOWN - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in the heart of the Sierra foothills invites visitors to experience the thrill of traveling back in time to the era of steam railroading.
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.
Beer and football is a classic tradition for a lot of Americans, which makes The Brew House at Hero's a natural place to post up for Super Bowl Sunday.
Several parties for the National Football League's big stage are planned for this Sunday.
LATHROP – The Big Apple is expected to be above freezing when the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, and the South County will be recovering from a brief storm that brought the first rain in nearly two months.
When watching the Super Bowl, there's one thing other than the actual game and the anticipated commercials that takes center stage: the food.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Naked Cowboy of Times Square plays a mean guitar.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jermaine Kearse smiled before the question was even finished.
It's early Thursday afternoon. Schools are still in session.
In a small community like Turlock, parks play a large role and provide an outdoor meeting ground for families, friends and even work gatherings.
Getting the family together outdoors is a great way to get healthy, especially while healthy New Year's resolutions are fresh, and Modesto offers a multitude of parks for a family outing.
For those who grew up in Stockton, Victory Park had arguably one of the best playgrounds.
The 100-acre Mistlin Sports Park probably offers the most to more people than the 19 other play areas in the Ripon community that range in size from a quarter of an acre to the near 28-acre Mavis Stouffer Park along the Stanislaus River.
Since taking over as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick has come to be an icon in his hometown of Turlock. More than an inspirational sports figure, he has also been a boost to the local economy. From signature dishes, Kaep-inspired treats and even clothing, Turlock has become the epicenter of Kaepernick mania.
There are red flags everywhere you look around the O'Neill household. But just in case you weren't sure how deep their love for the San Francisco 49ers runs, Kevin O'Neill raised another.
Anthony Martins' blood is red, but if you look closely you will probably find some gold too. Having attended more than 40 games, Anthony's diehard passion for the San Francisco 49ers long precedes the team's national attention for success in recent years.
Think of Lloyd Gleaves as the 49ers' good luck charm.