RIPON - George Buzzini - golf pro and owner of the Jack Tone Golf course - gets a kick out of joking with his customers while his wife Sharon shoulders the chief financial officer responsibilities of keeping the business side on track and profitable.
FRENCH CAMP - Elmer Weintz has a great love for the game. As a golf instructor at French Camp RV Park Resort and Golf Course, he's battled back from a recent illness to resume his duties at the nine-hole facility. "My love for golf has kept me going all these years," proclaimed the 81-year-old Weintz, who is currently working with the Lathrop High golf program along with that of a nearby charter school. French Camp ...
Q: What's your favorite aspect of your job at the Turlock Golf and Country Club? A: "Variety every day, the outside tournaments to memberships." Q: Who is your favorite group of players to instruct? A: "Kids are the most fun, because they absorb everything." Q: What are some useful tips you would suggest to beginners to improve their skills? A: "Definitely using lineup sticks during practice sessions." Q: What is the new computerized swing analysis ...
MODESTO - Golfing options in Modesto. Creekside Golf Course 701 Lincoln Ave, Modesto CA (209) 571-5213 Directions: From Highway 99 take the Tuolumne Blvd. exit and turn left on 9th Street. Make the next right on D Street and continue north until you reach Yosemite Blvd. Turn right. Continue down Yosemite Blvd. and make a left onto Lincoln Avenue. The street runs straight into the golf course. Cost: 9-hole weekday – $17.50 for adults ...
Need to work on your short game? Look no farther than the Escalon Golf Course. This nine-hole course plays the same for men, women, and children regardless of skill level. Electric-powered golf carts are available for those with physical disabilities. The longest hole on this par-31, 1,520-yard golf course is the No. 7 hole. This 260-yard green is one of four par-4s on this course designed by Ken Johnson. Escalon opened in 1984. The course ...
JAMESTOWN - Beginning the weekend of Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
SONORA - Reclamation's Interpretive Speaker and Hike Series returns this Spring at New Melones Lake.
MODESTO - Otto Preminger's Exodus, dramatizing Israel's struggle for independence, will screen this Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at Modesto's Historic State Theatre.
MODESTO - Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, will play at the Gallo Center for the Arts April 13 through 15.
STOCKTON – All that Kellie Craig-Jacobs needs to do to gauge how well she's doing as a business owner is look towards her bar.
TURLOCK - Some sons play catch with their fathers. Others work on cars. But Don Oliver, brewmaster for Turlock's Dust Bowl Brewery? His dad taught him how to homebrew beer. What started as a small hobby, doing simple extract-based brewing, soon grew into a full-blown passion for the Hilmar native. He bought book after book on brewing, gradually learning the fine art of all-grain brewing. "I really got into it," Oliver said. "I enjoyed the ...
MODESTO - More and more beer lovers are taking their passion to the next level and brewing their own craft beers. Homebrewing clubs and competitions have grown rapidly since the legalization of homebrewing in 1978. In 2011, there were an estimated one million homebrewers and over 1,000 homebrew clubs in the United States, according to the American Homebrewers Association.
TURLOCK - Turlock resident Mark Ranes is one of the thousands of people who brew their own beer as a hobby. The technology manager said what started out as an extension of his love of cooking has turned into a full-fledged passion.
SACRAMENTO - Beneath the Golden Dome in Sacramento is a building worthy of the world's sixth largest economy.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.
LATHROP - Give Every Child a Chance is staging the Ropin' on the River Rodeo hosted by Dell'Osso Family Farm today and Sunday.
MODESTO - Before there was American Graffiti there was Louie Wyrsch.
STOCKTON – He's revived asphalt racing in San Joaquin County, introduced a dirt track to its fans and may one day lay down a drag strip.
Mike Drake grew up with dreams of becoming a race car driver. The allure of finely tuned machines, high speeds, and cheering fans excites most young boys, but the source of Drake's racing dreams didn't stem from TV or the movies, it came from watching his father circle the track at the Merced Speedway.
LODI – Back in the 1970s, Kingdon Drags was the place where Corvettes, Challengers, GTOs, Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs and other muscle and fast cars of those days were in abundance.
Jason Webb knows high performance machines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prolific documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the front lines of the information wars in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Exhaustively researched and balanced in its view of the controversial key player, the film slips in ahead of DreamWorks' dramatic take on the exploits of Julian Assange, "The Fifth Estate," which is currently shooting.
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By JOCELYN NOVECK
SONORA - When dance teacher Michael Minetti first meets his elderly student Lily Harrison in her Florida-coast high rise, it seems pretty clear these two will barely make it past 'Hello,' let alone their first full lesson. Besides their 30-year age difference, they clash at every turn. A former teacher and minister's wife, she's guarded, uptight and suspicious. A former Broadway dancer, he blurts out jokes and insults and swings from glib to desperate to ...
TUOLUMNE – It's a month of great tribute shows at Black Oak Casino Resort.
STOCKTON - Jerry Seinfeld is appearing on stage on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.
STOCKTON - Frankie & Annette are in concert Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Coffee House at the First Unitarian Universalist, 2737 Pacific Ave.