FRENCH CAMP - The oldest settlement in the 209?
RIPON - The harvest from 80 acres of almond orchards supports the Ripon High School student farm on North Ripon Road at South Clinton Avenue.
Manteca Unified Ag teacher Jaime Sanchez and his group of five FFA students made the school district mighty proud last year.
LODI – Students of Maria Brown's third-grade class at Stockton Collegiate International School got a sample of a classroom setting during much simpler times.
KIRKWOOD – Kirkwood is a small alpine community that is home to less than 200 people.
NAME: Jeff Liotard
TURLOCK - Grammy nominated harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, creator of the electric harness-harp and the re-invention of this venerable instrument, will share her genre-defying program to the historic Turlock Community Theatre on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.
MODESTO - Tickets are now on sale for singer/songwriter Mat Kearney's upcoming performance at the State Theatre on April 12.
STOCKTON - Comic Carlos Mencia is appearing Friday, March 4, at the Bob Hope Theater. Doors opens at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Chorale celebrates its 60th anniversary performing works by Bach and Schubert in concert, accompanied by an orchestra that helps bring the works of these masters alive.
MODESTO -The Gallo Center for the Arts welcomes comedian Colin Quinn, performing his highly acclaimed show, "Long Story Short," directed by fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld on March 15 at 8 p.m.
SONORA - A burst of trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.
It's a scene that proves art imitates life – and vice versa.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The muralist selected by the Manteca Historical Society to create the mural in Library Park that deals with Manteca's industrial past researched the city's industry history prior to submitting his proposal. The following is his research and how he intends to incorporate it into the mural. Altogether five murals are being added to Library Park.
Many of the artists are gone, but their works linger on for others to admire, enjoy and gain some inspiration.
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