MODESTO - One of the most unique museums in the 209 - the Hillier Air Museum - is located in Hangar 7 at the Modesto Airport.
The Manteca Historical Museum offers plenty of things for visitors to discover.
LODI – The past lives on at the old Calaveras School at Micke Grove Regional Park.
STOCKTON – Whether it's artwork or artifacts, the Haggin museum has a little bit of it all.
TURLOCK - Turlock's history is being kept alive at the Historical Society Museum in downtown Turlock. The evolution of the Valley city is available for all to see through a number of displays and memorabilia that represent over a hundred years of history.
MODESTO - Great places where you can get the best bang for your buck, and you don't even have to bankrupt your pocketbook when it comes to putting gas in your tank.
RIPON - Ripon's Historical Society's Clarence Smit Museum and the nearby Military Museum and Veterans' Wall are just a block apart. Both are open on Saturdays and by special appointment.
ESCALON - The Escalon Historical Museum holds a "reminisce day" on the first Wednesday of the month when many of the old-timers and the younger set turn out to chat about the formative years of the farm community.
SACRAMENTO - If you thought Sacramento was just any old state capital, be sure to plan an extra couple of days next time you're driving through the area. The city is like a theme park for historians, art lovers and just about anyone who wants to know more about the Golden State.
TURLOCK - During this economic recession, discount stores throughout the Valley have been increasing tenfold. More than ever, people are finding new ways to shop efficiently and save money along the way. Consignment shops have the unique advantage of making and saving money for the seller, buyer, and shop owner.
MODESTO - The Modesto Film Society's 2012-13 season kicks off in July so the time to become a member, or renew your membership, is now. This is the club to join if you want to fully indulge your passion for film by seeing some of the most significant titles from the past and present on the Big Screen in the company of hundreds of other like-minded film fans.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria will proudly present multi-platinum country artist Dierks Bentley on Saturday, September 1.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria's own Rich Hoffman can now add hosting a weekly TV movie series to his extensive list of accomplishments.
STOCKTON – It's not uncommon to see the parking lot at Delta College full of cars on any given day.
GALT – There are flea markets.
RIPON – Ripon Christian Schools has consistently sent 98 percent of its graduates on to college – a record that has continued into the 21st century.
TURLOCK - Not everyone who goes to a Christian school is Christian.
MODESTO – There it was right there practically in his backyard.
MODESTO - When Melissa Besseling came to Central Catholic High School in 1996 as a mid-year replacement math teacher, she did not anticipate that she would become principal.
For as long as she can remember, Kathy Rich has been good with her hands.
RIPON – Ripon veterinarian Ann Scearce stops by once every four weeks for facials with aesthetician Edy Fowler.
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