STOCKTON – The shouts from the floor usually tell you everything you need to know.
Turlock elementary school principal Tami Truax has an unabashed love for farm animals. The self-proclaimed "animal freak" shares her passion by bringing her very own petting zoo to schools, farmers markets and nursing homes.
STOCKTON – It's become somewhat of a tradition for my father and me.
Kathleen Tone Hammer, unlike most of us, does not have to relive the good old days.
STEVINSON -After years of conceptual planning and a combined 11 months of actual construction, Stevinson Ranch unveiled its Performance Center and Golf Academy to a group of excited golf enthusiasts in mid-July. The state-of-the-art facilities comprise of a one-acre short game course, which includes an 11,000-square-foot green and a 2,800-square-foot bunker, which is used in conjunction with the three-bay performance center that was erected in October.
MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts' third annual Valley's Got Talent contest will be presented on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. Both performances begin at 7 pm. The shows will have 25 acts, comprised of 118 performers, for the Center's live stage variation on popular television shows such as 'America's Got Talent' and 'American Idol.'
ESCALON - Summer offers a unique opportunity to find solitude along the length of the Stanislaus River in the unique string of recreation areas stretching from Knights Ferry east of Oakland to Caswell Park west of Ripon and south of Manteca.
RIPON - The Ripon Garden Club invites the public to its annual September Stroll on Saturday, Sept. 8. Six gardens owned by Ripon homeowners will be open for touring, inspiration and delight.
SAN PEDRO - If you're looking for a chance to walk through history, you could hardly do better than Southern California's latest tourist attraction – the battleship USS Iowa, a vessel with a World War II pedigree as well as a rich history fighting America's enemies for many decades. Visiting a warship like the USS Iowa is a perfect family adventure and appeals to Dad's fascination with all things military yet has enough wow factor to please the kids. Even Mom can appreciate the ship's contribution to history and will grow more and more fascinated as she ...
LATHROP – Della Gaar-Todeschini has a lifetime experience working with horses.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Civic Theatre continues to be an important part of San Joaquin County.
On Dec. 3, 1926, the curtain rolled up on a production of "The Prince Chap" at what was then known as the Turlock High School Auditorium. It was the first show at the theatre that would one day be renamed as the Turlock Community Theatre. From headlining acts to the local youth theater troupe, the Turlock Community Theatre has been bringing entertainment to Turlock for decades and looks to be around for many more.
MODESTO – If The State Theatre could talk, the stories would be as immense and detailed as its iconic interior.
STOCKTON – For decades, it was simply referred to as The Fox. And it's still The Fox as far as some locals are concerned.
SALINAS- They were the stuff of another America: Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath." George and Lenny in "Of Mice and Men." Lee Chong, Doc and the delightfully larcenous Mack and the bums in "Cannery Row." Danny and Pilon in "Tortilla Flat." Adam and Cal Trask in "East of Eden."
In the heart of the town that labels itself as the Gateway to Yosemite, aka Groveland, is a quaint cottage where you can relish being pampered by almost everything that is traditional English before you head out to the wilds. That place is Dori's Tea Cottage & Café at 18744 Main Street, which is also Highway 120. The famous
MODESTO – You need your porcelain. You need your finest china. And you absolutely need your tea.
ANGELS CAMP -Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times. These massive relics, which can reach a height of 325 feet and a diameter of 33 feet, are descended from trees that were standing when dinosaurs roamed Earth, and birds, mammals and flowering plants began to appear. Some of today's trees are thought to be as old as 2,000 years.
TURLOCK – With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, the city of Turlock has both children and canines covered with events including BARKtoberfest, a downtown trick-or-treating event, and Haunted Housing at California State University, Stanislaus.
LATHROP – Trick-or-treating is so passé.
STOCKTON – Halloween in Stockton has something for folks of all ages.
Most Halloween celebrations last for just a day. At Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center in Manteca, it will be double the fun in two days full of costumes, cupcakes, and live entertainment.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.