Botha Walters could be working today as a pharmacist. That's what she studied and trained for when she was living in Southern California.
Lathrop's most enduring landmarks – the Mossdale railroad bridge across the San Joaquin River and the brick silos on the nearby Dell'Osso Farms – once were not part of that community. Instead they were built as part of the river outpost named after the river crossing.
Panaderia La Trigueña has been a fixture in downtown Manteca for nearly 30 years.
RIPON - The tiny Burgess Bakery is nestled in the heart of the old Ripon business district that has often been referred to as a page out of Mayberry RFD.
Michelle Gallon was age 7 when she first baked a Boston brown bread.
Chris Bickle has worked at Pizza Guys long enough to know that this weekend promises to be a busy one.
OAKDALE – They traveled near and far to sample or take home some of the finest Gouda or Edam.
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STOCKTON - The Tidewater Art Gallery will host the 11th annual Souper Supper event on Friday, Feb. 24.
ANGELS CAMP - The Golden Bough and the McGrath Irish Dancers perform during the Celebrate Ireland event on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Bret Harte Theater in Angels Camp.
MURPHYS - Gary Zucca of Zucca Wines is hosting a Port and dessert wine pairing with chocolates, sweet treats and cheese on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Murphys Historic Hotel, 457 Main St.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) presents its first pops concert to begin an annual tradition, on Saturday, Feb.18, at 3:00 p.m. at Gallo Center for the Arts.
STOCKTON - Stockton Civic Theatre will present two performances only of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," on Sunday, Feb. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 19, both at 2:30 p.m.
MODESTO – Mike Super, the winner of NBC's hit television show, Phenomenon, will make a special appearance at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 PM. The matinee performance promises jaw-dropping illusions to boggle the mind. Super's mystifying tricks delight audiences. This "Magic and Illusion" show is one all ages will enjoy.
Pat Metzler is a retired registered nurse.
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.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.