Driving through California's Central Valley it's easy to speed right on by Bakersfield, the southernmost of the Valley's good-sized cities and the last one you'll pass before you head up the Grapevine toward Los Angeles. But next time, consider this: You're passing through Music History and it just might be worth your while to stop.
MERCED - The Merced National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 10,258 acres of wetlands, native grasslands, vernal pools, and riparian areas. It was established in 1951 under the Lea Act to attract wintering waterfowl away from adjacent farmland where foraging ducks and geese were causing extensive damage to crops.
MEFRCE - The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 26,600 acres of wetlands, riparian forests, native grasslands and vernal pools. A thriving population of tule elk is showcased by one of three auto tour routes. The refuge is host to significant assemblages of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants; some of which, such as the tiger salamander and San Joaquin kit fox, are endangered species.
COLUMBIA - Glorious songs, a moving story of love and redemption and a robust, seaside setting have kept Carousel among the most beloved American musicals ever created.
JACKSON – Enjoy some of the greatest hits from the swinging sixties through today when Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, July 13.
MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Foundation will offer "A Hair Raising Good Time" at this year's Summer Sonata which is slated for Thursday, July 19 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in downtown Modesto.
STOCKTON - Country superstar Alan Jackson takes his tour to the Stockton Arena in Stockton on Friday, July 27.
JACKSON – The all new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is celebrating the opening of new restaurants and new gaming areas with a summer series of great concerts including country star Sara Evans on Sunday, July 1.
OAKDALE – There are some museums that dig way back into the history of a given area.
Nurses are doing it. Administrative managers are doing it. Even a former chief of police is doing it. In fact, it's a modern-day phenomenon that's kicking up a storm.
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 - 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