The Rawhide continue to stampede through the 2012 season while carrying on a tradition of baseball in Visalia that stretches back more than 100 years. As a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rawhide have helped nurture 175 players from their humble beginnings as buried sunflower seeds into fully grown big leaguers, including current stars Justin Upton and Evan Longoria. Through 44 games this season, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Jonathan Griffin have pummeled opposing pitchers, combining for 17 home runs and 50 RBIs while claiming real estate among the California League’s leading sluggers.
At Central Sierra Fly Fishing Adventures, guides teach students the basics of fly fishing. The staff pools their collective 75 years of knowledge of the area’s rivers, lakes, and streams, tailoring lessons and expeditions to the skill level of each student.
With the Pacific Ocean on one side and scenic Strathcona Park on the other, Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a sought-after creative destination for writers and cinematographers. But the natural beauty and winter bounty of the area—which includes an impressive 11 average metres of annual snowfall—has been made even more accessible and skier-friendly since the privately owned resort opened in 1979. What began as two double chairlifts and a single rough road has evolved into more than 1,700 acres of skiable terrain with five lifts and four magic-carpet conveyors, all reached by the paved Strathcona Parkway. The park’s crystalline snow glitters under the stars during night skiing, acts as fodder for nordic skis and snow tubes, and covers rails, decks, and boxes at The Stomping Ground terrain park.
To further familiarize guests with the mountain slopes, trained snow-school instructors lead programs designed for beginners, as well as group and private lessons. Adults can drop off snowmen prone to separation anxiety at The Bear's Den daycare center before sitting down for burgers and craft beers at Fat Teddy's pub or quick bites at a number of grab-and-go eateries. The resort also offers accommodations ranging from private chalets to vacation condos and breathtaking chairlift rides in the summer.
The mission of the Fresno Philharmonic is to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Inherent in this statement is a commitment to education and outreach, and a requirement that the mission be carried out in a financially responsible manner.
Saunas. Spas. A caf? and lounge. There are plenty of places to relax within?Sierra Athletic Club, but its members have a hard time sitting still. Also inside the club, certified personal trainers guide clients through high-intensity workouts in the 3,000-square-foot Power Plant. Work out mavens congregate for cross training classes, incorporating the likes of kettlebells, TRX straps, bands, wall balls, plyo boxes, rowing machines, and other equipment designed to keep workouts fresh and engaging. Individual athletes or teams can also come together for sport-specific training exercises led by trainers who specialize in everything from sport/position-specific training, rehabilitation, weight loss and senior fitness.
?On the other side of the athletic club, clients have access to two weight rooms, cardio machines, and areas?for?athletic competition. Nine tennis courts stand outside next to a?swimming?pool, where members can practice laps or train for a run on the underwater chess circuit. Indoors, rubber balls?bounce around seven?racquetball courts and a full basketball court makes the perfect place for a pickup game. Sierra Athletic Club keeps its workouts flexible. Members can exercise on their own, or enroll in more?structured programs. The training staff leads swimming lessons and energetic group fitness classes, such as Zumba, cycling, yoga, and seven different styles of martial arts.
McDermont Field House wears a lot of hats. It's a fitness center that houses more than 50 cardio machines. It's an indoor soccer field that hosts open play and league games and a skate park that lures skateboarders with ramps and rail slides.
Elsewhere, its Eagle Mountain rock-climbing wall challenges visitors to scale more than 50 feet. But it's not a traditional wall. Instead of colorful foot and handholds, the indoor wall looks much like a real mountainside: the grey, cragged peak is unmarked, and climbers must figure out their own ways to the top. The field house also brings the ocean to the San Joaquin Valley with a FlowRider wave simulator that buoys surfers and body boarders.
Festive lights transform Fresno Chaffee Zoo into a winter wonderland during Zoo Lights, a holiday celebration with sparkling displays and live music performances. Patrons can stroll the illuminated grounds and drink in the breathtaking exhibits while gargling "The Little Drummer Boy" with free hot cocoa. Each evening, local groups take the stage and showcase homegrown talents. After munching a cookie, visitors can create a holiday craft or snap their own photos with Santa. For $2 each, guests can don a pair of Holospex glasses, which sport holographic lenses that create a kaleidoscopic pattern around every bright light and tiger-striped candy cane.