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 - 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.
Who says dining alfresco has to be pricey?
BIG OAK FLAT – There's no pot of gold at the end of the climb up winding Old Priest Grade in Tuolumne County.
RIPON – Every inch of the Canal Street Grille is spiced with its own charm and elegance, from the wine cellar to its formal dining room to the frosted glass.
Since 1980, El Jardin has been a favorite destination for patio dining and great Mexican cuisine in Turlock. Although diners can opt to eat inside, it is what is on the outside that attracts customers to El Jardin time and time again.
Finding fresh produce isn't hard in the 209.
Do you enjoy a challenge? What if that challenge also raises funds for an environmentally friendly cause? If you answered yes, then Tuolumne River Trust's Paddle to the Sea paddle-a-thon is for you.
STOCKTON – I've gotten to know the Calaveras River quite well over the years.
It's too bad the Mokelumne River is identified as an underutilized recreational resource with little public access.
Summer heat got you down?
Boogie the night away.
Luis Martinez has played in a few bands in Stockton.
MODESTO – Every generation had its idea of what a dance club should look like.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Buddhist Church's annual Bon Odori and Cultural Bazaar is Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 2-3, at the temple grounds located at 2820 Shimizu Drive.
COLUMBIA - The foothills will come alive with The Sound of Music when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical runs through August 31 at Sierra Repertory Theatre's historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia.