Spend Smart This Season

Local gift and specialty shops are super helpful if you’re short on ideas this holiday season. While Amazon’s vast selection and unparalleled convenience are understandably tempting, the volume of cheap knock-offs and reviews of questionable authenticity can be a bit much to weed through.

Dec 7, 2018 Allison Joy

Working On the Railroad

The California State Railroad Museum curates one of the world’s largest toy train collections. 

Nov 30, 2018 Fred Greaves

Art Exposed: Sarah Golden

Oak Park surface designer on the business of art

Just three years after Sarah Golden shared the first block-printed fabric she ever made on Instagram, she has amassed nearly 35,000 followers and established a successful creative career in surface design. Today, Golden works full-time producing her signature simple, muted designs in both fabric prints and original paintings from her Oak Park studio. “I love a real simple two-color print and I will work a polka dot into every project, unabashedly,” she jokes.

Nov 28, 2018 Eva Roethler

Acting Out

Grant funding allows local youth the opportunity to experience free community theater  

Community theater, often known for supporting and encouraging aspiring young artists, has a new home in the greater Sacramento area. Thanks to a new Youth Theatre For All program, launched by the Natomas Arts and Education Foundation, more than 50 children ages 10-18 were afforded the opportunity to participate in a production of “Bye Bye Birdie” for free for three performances in July.

Nov 26, 2018 Christina Kiefer

The Long Pint of the Law

McGeorge professor develops unique course on the legalities around craft beer

In 1971, UC Davis became the first university in the country to add a fermentation science major to its undergraduate course catalog. However, even though — nearly five decades later — California is nearing 1,000 craft breweries, and despite the legal and regulatory morass that awaits every new brewery owner, Dan Croxall believes that earlier this year, he conducted the first-ever craft beer law class at an American law school.

Nov 16, 2018 Daniel Barnes

How Corti Brothers Got With the Times

The ever-bustling Rick Mindermann assumes myriad roles as the store director of Corti Brothers, the old-fashioned specialty grocery store in East Sacramento known for its eclectic array of high-quality products from around the world.

Nov 12, 2018 Allen Pierleoni