LATHROP – Imagine this. It's summertime in the valley. The days are oppressively hot. But the nights are cool with a hint of Delta breezes, and the soft Bermuda grass carpeting the spacious back yard conveniently conspire to create an attractive cocoon for a rendezvous with Morpheus right there under the stars.
It isn't by chance that a baseball field is a common element of Del Webb communities such as Manteca's Del Webb at Woodbridge.
Victor Gully grew up in a much different Manteca.
Sharon and Dino Cunial bought their first home in 1964 on the northern edge of Manteca.
Nicole Vega remembers the day that her job as a server changed forever.
Name: Jeff Lund
MT. DIABLO - The best place to take in all of the 209 is without a doubt high atop Mt. Diablo.
CALAVERAS COUNTY – The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 16th annual Presidents' Wine Weekend Feb. 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all member wineries. Weekend festivities include new release and barrel tastings, food and wine pairings and live music, as well as a number of special discounts on wines and gifts. Two full days of special offerings can be purchased for $10 per person which includes a commemorative wine glass.
JAMESTOWN - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will offer special, behind-the-scenes Shop Tours of the historic site on three upcoming Fridays in 2012: Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon each day.
COPPEROPOLIS – Copperopolis Town Square – the events, shopping and entertainment gathering place in Calaveras County – will host the "4th Annual Copper Chili Cookoff" Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., bringing together cooks of all styles.
MODESTO - (Big League Productions Inc. presents a sparkling new production of the musical by which all others are measured, "My Fair Lady", at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto for four performances on Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m..
MODESTO – Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Feb.1, at 7 p.m.
MODESTO – Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts for a night of comedy on Saturday, Jan.14, at 8 p.m.
Joan Tilton takes her own advice to heart.
Jack Tone Road at roughly 40 miles is the longest north-south road in San Joaquin County.
STOCKTON – The patio at Valley Brew during the summertime is fickle.
RIPON – Water parks do a great job of copying it.
When the weather sizzled up to 106 degree last week, Wendy Deulus took her workout to the swimming pool.
Locals looking to beat the heat without traveling to a nearby lake or pool can still cool down at the local parks in Turlock, two of which boast water facilities.
Lake Don Pedro is a favorite summer hotspot for locals looking to beat the heat and enjoy several activities lakeside but this year the ongoing drought has posed a small impact on the lake's recreational facilities.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.
LATHROP – You'd notice that big, toothy grin anywhere.
Weber's BBQ & More may be still considered "out of sight, out of mind."
Mark Twain mined – pun intended – the foothills of Northern California for inspiration.
Venture to the Southern Golden Country in the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
It's a city with a small-town charm. And that's just scratching the surface when it comes to the mining of all the visual and historical – among many other things – attractions that draw visitors in droves to the city of Jackson nestled in the heart of the Mother Lode. The proof is in the numbers. While this quaint and quiet city in Amador County is home to just 4,300 residents, the number swells up to more than 15,000 on the weekends when the tourist traffic is at its busiest.
Columbia State Park just outside of Sonora is a gem of a tourist attraction with its stage plays in the Fallon House Theatre in addition to its Main Street "City Hotel" and restaurant, gold panning and an occasional stage coach ride.
The cruising excitement of past years continues to be an integral part of Manteca's history as three longtime members of the community recalled where they were in the 1940s to the 1960s and what they were doing.
MODESTO - The spirit of vintage cars and cruising is eternally captured in Modesto: the hometown of George Lucas and location where famous film American Graffitti was shot just over 40 years ago. While Lucas' famed film may not be in theaters anymore, locals keep the spirit of American Graffiti alive through the annual summertime American Graffiti Festival presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club.
If you squint your eyes you can see a little bit of Al Nunes in Paul Le Mat's character from American Graffiti.