Kids & Family

The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is considered the best railroad museum in North America. Photo California State Railroad Museum.

Vacation in Sacramento 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Sacramento is more than just the state capitol of California, it is a diverse region with attractions ranging from the Gold

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” which opens June 2, may be among the top grossing films of the summer. Courtesy Sony Pictures.

Summer Movie Entertainment 

By Michele E. Buttelman  The effects of the current Writers Guild of America strike won’t be felt in the movie theaters, or on television, this

One of the most picturesque spots for Mother’s Day brunch is Le Chene French Cuisine on Sierra Highway. Photo Le Chene.

Make it a Memorable Mother’s Day 

By Michele E. Buttelman  In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. This year’s celebration

Professional musician Lance Allyn plays frequently in the SCV and at Salt Creek Grille. Courtesy photo.

Santa Clarita Entertains 

By Michele E. Buttelman  The loss of the Canyon Club at Valencia Town Center struck a blow to entertainment options available to Santa Clarita Valley

The city of Santa Clarita will host the annual Neighborhood Cleanup on April 29. Register at to participate. Photo city of Santa Clarita.

Celebrate Earth Day April 22 

By Michele E. Buttelman  Every year it seems Earth Day events become larger and more important. Once a fringe, “tree-hugger” celebration, Earth Day has become

Asilomar designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987 for the significant role it played in work of the YWCA and as an outstanding example of master architect Julia Morgan’s work. Born in San Francisco, Morgan was the first female architect to be licensed in California. Photo California State Parks.

California State Parks are Home to History

By Michele E. Buttelman  California State Parks are the home of 29 National Historic Landmarks, significant historic places designated by the United States Secretary of

Enjoy chef demos at the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival held Memorial Day weekend.

Foodie Festival Fun 

By Michele E. Buttelman  California’s food festivals are back! Last year many food festivals returned to operation, but some were scaled back events and other

Aerial view of Palomar Observatory atop Palomar Mountain near San Diego. Photo Palomar/Caltech.

Take Time to Go Out of This World 

By Michele E. Buttelman   From sci-fi to fantasy to real life science Southern California has numerous destinations for your inner “geek” to explore. There is

The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is making its return in April after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 

By Michele E. Buttelman  After three years of no cowboy peach cobbler, no cowboy trick roping, no cowboy gunslingers or cowboy crooners, the Santa Clarita

How to Attend Live Shows

A Day trip to Los Angeles is not complete without a bit of Hollywood show business on your itinerary. Luckily, there are multiple opportunities to

The California Strawberry Festival, May 20-21, is a celebration off all things strawberry, including strawberry funnel cakes.

Fabulously Fun Festivals

By Michele E. Buttelman   With each passing month since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of some of our favorite festivals and attractions more and

Super Nintendo World will open Feb. 17 at Universal Studios Hollywood as the first Super Nintendo World in the nation. Courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood.

What’s New in California Travel

By Michele E. Buttelman  California invites travelers to discover a wealth of new offerings coming to the Golden State in 2023, ranging from theme park

Take a ride in a Mammoth Mountain snowcat for one of the most unique excursions in the Eastern Sierra. Visit one of Mammoth’s most scenic spots, Minaret Vista.

Family Fun Winter Adventures

By Michele E. Buttelman  If the recent 80-degree holiday weather made you long for cooler winter family fun, it’s time to plan a trip to

Heavenly features 34 miles of groomed trails covering 4,800 skiable acres, making it the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area.

Winter Ski-tastic

By Michele E. Buttelman  Weather forecasts are encouraging for an improved winter snowpack this season, which means that California ski areas may expect new dustings

Raise your voice and your spirit in this annual holiday tradition at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles that offers fun, cheer and a whole lot of music for the entire family.

Ring in the New Year 2023

By Michele E. Buttelman  The New Year is almost here. Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in SoCal style. This year New Year’s

Give Something Different this Year

An experience they’ll always remember  By Jim Walker  Recent psychological research indicates that experiences bring more happiness than possessions do. And so, following that thinking,

Julefest in Solvang features thousands of lights illuminating the Dutch village and hundreds of small Christmas trees outside of local businesses.

California Christmas Towns

By Michele E. Buttelman One moment you’re basking in the sun, frolicking at pool parties and gasping at the cost of your summer air conditioning