NAPA - The grapevine has an amazing power to transform reasonably attractive countryside into an oasis of culture and beauty that speaks to all of one's senses – and no place is that better manifested than in the famed Napa Valley.
MODESTO – Marcia Tobin loves to recycle.
For many shoppers, old is the way to go. Looking for the perfect piece to complete a vintage sign collection or a 1900s pressed glass door knob that will adorn a new home is heaven for antique collectors. Local antique shoppers don't have to look far to find antique gold, Turlock is filled with many antique stores that fit the specific needs for every antique shopper.
One-time Manteca Police dispatcher Betty Castle has been a collector from the time she was a child. Today she runs the Antique Avenue mall in the former Big Boy Market building at Yosemite and Powers avenues.
STOCKTON – Tom Lawson recently refurbished a nickel-plated Magic Chef oven.
JACKSON - The rock band WAR will perform their greatest hits at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, Nov. 3.
JACKSON - One of today's top touring rock bands, The Guess Who, will perform their greatest hits at Jackson Rancheria on Friday, Oct. 12.
STOCKTON - As one of the most experienced aerial acrobats in the world, Vitali Tomanov will be drawing attention above the concert stage when the Stockton Symphony opens its Stockton Pops season on Saturday, Sept. 15, with the Autumn Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie.
PLEASANTON - Only in Pleasanton, a sight seen and heard nowhere else in the world, a U.S. military band and world renowned pipe band interacting together in marching formation and spirited musical presentations.
COLUMBIA - Button collecting is alive and well in the Gold Rush era town of Columbia.
TWAIN HARTE - The Film Fest Twain Harte Committee takes place Labor Day Weekend – Aug. 31 through Sept. 3.
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.'
COLUMBIA - The Sonora Writers Group is now accepting registration for the Tuolumne Writers retreat in the Historic of Columbia.
MODESTO - The Modesto State Theatre kicks off the 2012-12 concert season next Friday night with Western swing band Asleep At The Wheel.
There's a Dennis the Menace doll in my spare bedroom closet.
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.