San Francisco celebrates 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love. There will be many stories written and told about it. This almost certainly will be the only such story that won't mention singer Scott McKenzie and the John Phillips lyric, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."


72 hours in Atlanta

I never had a yearning to visit Atlanta. It just wasn't a city on my radar. I'd flown through it a few times on my way to other cities, but hadn't ever considered it as a travel destination. But when my mother, sister and I were trying to decide where to meet up for our annual girls' weekend, we decided, why not try out Atlanta? Flights to the city are cheap from Los Angeles and New York, our respective towns, and in February the weather was perfect for a visit.


St. Marks Place – three famous, hip blocks of New York City

Early on a mild September morning, an elderly man on a black bicycle meanders along the paths of Tompkins Square Park, in New York's East Village. A cassette tape player balanced on the bicycle's crossbar plays tinny Asian music that grows louder as he approaches and then fainter as he pedals away. The only other sound is birdsong.


Feasting in Verona, where tradition and creativity intersect

It was a chilly Tuesday afternoon in a giant shopping center in Verona, Italy, and there was a feast before me: a plate of tagliatelle strewn with saffron, spec and mushroom; oversized raviolis packed with scampi and artichoke. The raviolis on my friend's plate were stuffed with polenta and ossobuco. It was disorienting to be in a mall because this was some of the most excellent pasta I'd eaten in recent memory.


Marfa, Texas – unvarnished

You may have read, or more likely heard, all kinds of things about Marfa, Texas. That it's super cool. That it's a foodie destination. That it's right next to Big Bend. That it's completely overrated.


Highway 101: Best hotels between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

The stretch of Highway 101 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara offers a vast array of lodging options, from chain motels to boutique inns. Sure, you could do the 300-plus miles in a single day, but it's more fun to dabble along the way. You can go tasting at some of the stunning wineries in Paso Robles, Pismo or down near Los Olivos or Los Alamos. Grab lunch or dinner at a terrific roadside spot and then bed down at one of these wonderful inns. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.


Highway 101: The best roadside eats between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

There was a time – a very long time – when anyone traveling down Highway 101 faced a dearth of dining possibilities. That San Francisco-Santa Barbara trek was fueled by golden arches and Denny's knockoffs. Now there's no need to resort to such desperate measures, not when you can pull off the freeway and nosh in style at Paso Robles' Kitchenette and Arroyo Grande's Comfort Market. Here's where to grab a bite, no matter what time you fly through town.


Game review: 'Just Dance 2017,' you should be dancin', yeah!

"Just Dance" is a baffling series, and "Just Dance 2017" is no different. It's always been available on consoles that have never quite nailed full-body tracking (the Wii comes to mind). When it did make its debut via the Xbox's Kinect peripheral, the game improved slightly with the ability to include your entire body into the mix. The Switch's iteration feels just as crippled as ever, with a release that didn't really seem as though it had a legitimate reason to be made other than to cash in on the fact that Nintendo has released a new console. While it's functional and includes a decent smattering of songs to dance to, there are also tracking issues, some bizarre design decisions, and the general question of "why does this exist when there's better technology to play it on?" Despite all of this, I just danced.


Merced Montessori program taking applications

The Merced City School District is now accepting applications for the only public Montessori program in Merced County, Merced City School District officials said Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Sara Sandrik Merced City School District
Merced Montessori program taking applications 1:01

Merced Montessori program taking applications

Fatal crash near Dos Palos 1:41

Fatal crash near Dos Palos

Truck ends up on its side in Merced crash 0:17

Truck ends up on its side in Merced crash

2 killed in fiery crash north of Merced 1:24

2 killed in fiery crash north of Merced