Deepak Kumar is happy with the park that he has in his backyard.
STOCKTON – Two-year-old Brandon Lugo was like a child in a fairy tale, playing and enjoying every toy dear to his young heart.
SANTA CLARA - If California theme parks conjure up images of long lines for attractions and food, visitors to the San Francisco Bay area will find nirvana with a stop at California's Great America, a Santa Clara sister park to famous Knotts Berry Farm. Even in August, the lines were short for what any theme park junkie would consider a high-quality product.
COLUMBIA - Love roses?
HILMAR - This summer there will be plenty of fun on tap for the whole family at Hilmar Cheese Company's visitors' center.
RIPON – The blueberry bushes are full and ripe with fruit and in abundance.
You can go to the grocery store anywhere in the United States and if you buy a dairy product, namely cheese, there is a one-in-five chance the product you buy came from the Hilmar Cheese Company.
JACKSON – Enjoy some of the greatest hits from the swinging sixties through today when Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, July 13.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) led by Steve Reineke conducting his final concert as Principal Pops Conductor of the MSO, will present Cirque de la Symphonie on Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
SONORA - Beautiful spies, cloaks and daggers, speeding trains and a mystery man with a missing pinky. Those ingredients whirl into one wild adventure in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Broadway's hilarious, high-speed thriller sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays at Sierra Repertory Theatre's East Sonora stage June 1 through July 1.
TUOLUMNE – Hit musician Edwin McCain will be coming to Black Oak Casino in June. McCain is known for his top 40 hits "I Could Not Ask for More" and "I'll Be," and his songs have been featured on major movie soundtracks. McCain will be performing at the casino on June 21.
LIVINGSTON - Life can be sweet - especially if you grow cherries. Cindy Lashbrook has been growing cherries and blueberries on her Livingston organic farm since 1987.
RIPON – Bill Poot knows where everything is at his Ripon nursery.
ESCALON - You don't have to cross the pond by plane and travel miles to France to "experience the allure of lavender."
If Todd Rodden sells it he grows it.
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.