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.
For the better part of a century, about 80 years, the Turlock Sales Yard has hosted the Tuesday Flea Market, located at the corner of East and Berkeley avenues.
Modesto's historic McHenry Mansion may be down but is not completely out.
YOSEMITE VALLEY - It's a world renowned hiking destination for a reason.
Who was Oramil McHenry? Who was he named after? Where and when was he born? What business did he own where he had the controlling interest but was named after someone else? Where is he buried? Why is his name synonymous with a library?
That was 100 years ago.
Patricia Jimenez often drove along Lincoln Street in Stockton, passing many of the less fortunate in the area near the St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Room located directly underneath the Highway 4 crosstown freeway.
A favorite destination in the winter for a day or weekend playing in the snow along Highway 108 above Sonora is the family-owned and -operated Leland High Sierra Snow Play. The family likes to call their tourist attraction with a cozy Alpine feeling "the biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra."
The best time to visit Yosemite Valley? It's now. Although the approach of spring in April usually means incredible waterfalls with relative sparse crowds, nothing beats winter for solitude on the valley floor. And with the storm that just passed by dumping plenty of snow, Yosemite Valley is a feast for the eyes with snow blanketing meadows, accenting trees, and softening the surrounding granite outcroppings.
The first big winter storm of the season is just a few degrees too warm to pepper the ski resorts closest to home with enough snow to open for the season.
You want to take the kids for a snow play date. Let's see, depending upon where the snow line is on any given day and how much of the white stuff is on the ground that is easily a two-hour one-way drive. That means traffic, driving in dangerous conditions, and dealing with anywhere from one to five kids inside a two-ton rolling box of steel. That winter family outing is starting to look less and less appealing. But you don't have to head up the mountain in search of snow fun. All you have to do is head ...
With the holiday season in full swing, blue donation barrels are popping up all over Turlock with the start of Turlock Together's collection efforts for families in need.
On Steve Parsons' desk you'll find paperwork that has each applicant assigned a number before it's catalogued and computerized.
Santa has his eye on the Hope Ministries and the Raymus House while garnering the support of Manteca churches and service clubs to add Christmas cheer to the non-profit's mission launched by the late developer Antone Raymus and his wife Marie 21 years ago.
Many people equate charity to financial donations. But individuals can be charitable with their time as well.
Royce Farms BBQ once again provided a generous donation to the Mary Graham Children's Center.
Donating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable.
Statistically speaking, Americans are extremely generous. Consider the fact that in 2008, charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row -- despite the fact that many people in every part of the country are feeling the strains of recession and job loss.