In the decade since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the winner of the first season of American Idol, she’s put out four albums and racked up four Grammys, two AMAs, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Entertainment Weekly placed her on its list of 30 Greatest Music Artists Right Now not only for her pop prowess but because "she makes her own rules," branching out into country sounds and serving as a guest mentor on The Voice. Her voice slashes and soars through her anthemic breakout-breakup hit “Since U Been Gone,” and the resilience and maturity gained from a decade in the sometimes-harsh public eye peek through her recent chart-topper “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”
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Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, which is the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, also sees its anthemic tunes represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Australian wunderkind Cody Simpson starts the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
With roots stretching back to 1933, the Marysville Stampede barrels forward each Memorial Day weekend with two days of rodeo festivities. The Marysville Stampede, backed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, showcases modern-day ranchers who ride bulls and break broncs to the thundering sound of cheers. Competitors also mount horses bareback, wrestle steers with their bare hands, spur steeds around barrels, and rope cattle in teams or using tie-down techniques. Youngsters can take part in the Mutton Buster event, in which junior ranchers aged 4 to 7 gain bravery from the encouraging roar of spectators.
The California Beer & Wine Festival expands the palates of visitors with unlimited samples of beers and wines. Plus, 100% of the profits from ticket sales are donated to local non-profits. Inside the festival, craft breweries showcase their creations, with participants such as Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, and Lost Coast. A number of wineries also pour vintages for sipping, while a live cover band provides a lively soundtrack for the yearly ritual of inadvertently bathing yourself in red wine while dancing.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, “awards don't greet you at the door.” Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 16 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
Compared with other areas around California?or the world, for that matter?gravity doesn't seem to have quite the same pull on the students at Free Flow Academy. Inside the training facility, you might see youngsters leaping from wall to wall or teenagers twirling gracefully through the air. Before you lodge a formal complaint with NASA, know that Free Flow is home to an array of hardcore exercises such as parkour, aerial silks, and mixed martial arts. For those looking to burn calories in a more traditional way, the instructors also lead kettlebell and strength-training classes. Its 20-deep team of instructors even teaches more grounded activities such as acting and music, uniting myriad art forms.