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Melinda Watts: Spreading Gospel

Melinda Watts is a singer, a worship leader, an influencer and a mom.Getting her start at a young age in church, Watts knew in high school that she wanted to pursue singing as her...
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Queens and Kings

In Sacramento, life can be a real drag—but in a positive way. The county is a haven for drag culture, with weekly shows and a deep-rooted scene many may not know exists. Drag culture...
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Keeping Beer Alive

With approximately 80 breweries in the Sacramento region, it’s no surprise beer is one of residents’ (and visitors’) favorite local products. The Sacramento Area Brewers Guild was formed in 2005 to bolster Sacramento’s position...
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Cuddle Therapy

It’s time to get snuggly.Ever wonder why a good hug can cure a bad mood (or at least lift your spirits)? For many of us, cozying up to someone we love can give us...


Imagine scaling trees, rushing down high-flying zip lines and facing your biggest fears with family and friends among 150-year-old heritage oak trees. At TreeTopSac, customers can choose their own adventure, with the most popular...
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Dinosaurs at the Zoo

The Sacramento Zoo has long been the place we journey to catch glimpses of our favorite animals—from bright, bold and winged to slimy and green to furry. In October, the zoo launched a new...
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A Rolling Adventure

During a year of closures and business shutdowns, a new outdoor venture quietly launched in June 2020. The River Fox Train took advantage of people’s increased desire to get outdoors and launched an activity...
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Pay Phones

Pay phones—defunct, often crumbling, not-in-service. Some have become their own forms of artwork covered in stickers and graffiti, often politically charged. Others remain as relics in their communities, outfitted as a nod to the...
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LGBT Center Opens in South Sac

Sexual health services with a civic mission—that’s the goal of Marsha P. Johnson Center South, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s new location in South Sacramento, which opened in June. “The new center was built...
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Sarah Steffens, Chef for Hire

If you’ve ever flipped through a Whole30 or Primal Kitchen cookbook, you may have stumbled across one of Sarah Steffens’ photographs. As a recipe developer, food stylist and photographer, Steffens often shoots photos for...