Photographers – professionals and hobbyists alike – flock to the Northern San Joaquin Valley every year in spring. Mainly for one reason: the world famous almond blossoms that are in full bloom at this time of the year.
Ruthanne Bassett always knew that she belonged in a library.
The Creamery was "the place" to stop in Manteca for generations of Bay Area travelers going to and from the Sierra on weekends.
RIPON - The Ripon Branch Library is seen as an awesome find for residents who have yet to walk through its doors with its 15,000 square feet of floor space and some 40,000 books, 18 computers along with a spacious children's section.
The Lathrop Branch Library has been in operation since 2005.
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KNIGHTS FERRY - Don't wear bicycling cleats - or high heels for that matter - into the Knights Ferry General Store.
STOCKTON – The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, under the artistic direction of conductor Timothy Seelig, will be performing in concert at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave., on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. to benefit the AIDS Walk San Joaquin.
SONORA - America's original Celtic Faire, featured on National Geographic Television, returns to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on March 9 to 11.
MODESTO - Roach Gigz performs Friday, April 6, at 8:30 p.m. at the Fat Cat Lounge in downtown Manteca.
STOCKTON - Roberto Perlas Gomez, an opera performer who has delighted local audiences with his roles in five Stockton Opera productions (including Figaro in Barber of Seville), returns for an encore in "Melodies of Spring," the 37th annual Stockton Opera Guild Gala.
MODESTO – The unique Broadway explosion of Music and theatre, Blast!, arrives at the Gallo Center for the Arts for two performances on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.. This astonishing, exuberant production bridges classical, blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll and techno-pop music.
JACKSON - Take a trip back to the great R&B sounds of the '60s when Little Anthony & the Imperials perform live at Jackson Rancheria on Thursday, April 26.
Saturday, March 3, is not just a red-letter day for the Manteca Unified School District School Farm.
FRENCH CAMP - The oldest settlement in the 209?
You want to take the kids for a snow play date. Let's see, depending upon where the snow line is on any given day and how much of the white stuff is on the ground that is easily a two-hour one-way drive. That means traffic, driving in dangerous conditions, and dealing with anywhere from one to five kids inside a two-ton rolling box of steel. That winter family outing is starting to look less and less appealing. But you don't have to head up the mountain in search of snow fun. All you have to do is head ...
With the holiday season in full swing, blue donation barrels are popping up all over Turlock with the start of Turlock Together's collection efforts for families in need.
On Steve Parsons' desk you'll find paperwork that has each applicant assigned a number before it's catalogued and computerized.
Santa has his eye on the Hope Ministries and the Raymus House while garnering the support of Manteca churches and service clubs to add Christmas cheer to the non-profit's mission launched by the late developer Antone Raymus and his wife Marie 21 years ago.
Many people equate charity to financial donations. But individuals can be charitable with their time as well.
Royce Farms BBQ once again provided a generous donation to the Mary Graham Children's Center.
Donating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable.
Statistically speaking, Americans are extremely generous. Consider the fact that in 2008, charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row -- despite the fact that many people in every part of the country are feeling the strains of recession and job loss.