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.
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.
COLUMBIA - The Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park hosts its traditional St. Patrick's Day celebration, free to the public, Saturday March 17.
TUOLUMNE – Country favorite Restless Heart will be coming to Black Oak Casino on April 11.
SONORA - A burst of the trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.
MODESTO – The Gallo Center for the Arts will bring The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers to Modesto for two performances on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m.
OLD SACRAMENTO - Coinciding with the beginning of Easter week, Old Sacramento officially springs into action for a new season of excursion train service on the Sacramento Southern Railroad and Old Sacramento Underground tours, both of which resume the weekend of Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1.
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