Completed in 1911, the Woodland Branch is a 16-mile stretch of railway that connects West Sacramento with Woodland, California. At the branch's peak, passenger trains were running eight times a day, nine times on leap-days, but it all came to an end in 1940 with the start of World War II. The tracks were still used for freight, but it would be more than 60 years before passengers began using the railway again with any frequency. When the scenic stretch of rail was absorbed by the Sierra Railroad Company in 2003, it wasn't long before it took the name Sacramento RiverTrain and began running luxury coaches complete with rattan furniture, wood paneling, and state-of-the-art sound systems. Today, passengers board these trains to savor Sunday brunch, murder-mystery dinners, and other events while train tracks softly clack in the background.
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.
Goalgetters' seasoned, kid-minded coaches lead tots 3–9 in age-specific clinics, introducing them to the worldwide phenomenon of soccer and instilling life lessons such as sharing, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Classes, comprising 8–12 students, allow younger groups to get a feel for the most basic of skills and older pupils to run, kick, and electric boogaloo to the more advanced stylings of European and Brazilian small-sided soccer. In addition to imparting the fundamental concepts, the coaches ensure pint-size Beckhams receive a high percentage of contact with the polygonal orb as they buzz about the 3,200-square-foot indoor facility that offers protection from ball-snatching pterodactyls.
Breaking a sweat at most gyms requires at least a few minutes on a bike or a treadmill. But at The Oasis Club & Spa, ladies also have the option of releasing toxins while seated, soaking up the soothing heat of the sauna. Members gain access to a full range of fitness and spa services, from cardio equipment and dumbbells to tanning beds and massages. Group fitness classes, boot camps, and personal-training sessions keep exercise sessions fun and varied, and facials help women to feel beautiful even if they aren’t coordinated enough to apply makeup on the treadmill.
The streets of downtown Sacramento's Capitol Mall flood with caped crusaders and masked vigilantes on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, when runners don the garb of their favorite comic-book characters for the Superheroes 5K. The course circles Capitol Park from 15th Street to 4th Street, with miles marked by comic-book scene re-enactments. At the finish line, race staffers wait with awards to shower on the top three finishers and runners who put together the best costumes. After the race, a live band will perform as adults enjoy drinks in the beer garden or try to turn water into their favorite Kool-Aid flavor with their nonexistent superhuman powers.
Since 1981, the family-owned-and-operated Davis Athletic Club has served as a multipurpose fitness stop for visitors of all ages. Its gym equipment inhabits specialized facilities for strength training, cardio workouts, and martial arts drills, and the indoor soccer field and basketball court accommodate both casual and competitive players. With two heated pools—one for laps and one for functional exercise—members can practice aqua aerobics or earn a master’s degree in floating from swim school. Nearly every room of the 24,000-square-foot space also hosts group classes, channeling the power of camaraderie to transform physiques through Zumba, yoga and Les Mills’s BodyPump routines.
The staff, from certified personal trainers to childcare supervisors, all devote individualized attention to each guest. With amenities including a CrossFit gym and hair salon, the club unites its members under a roof that covers countless approaches to health.
The Davis Musical Theatre Company, one of the longest running nonprofit amateur musical-theater companies in California, embarks on its 27th season with a winning calendar of notable Broadway favorites. This season's lineup boasts a bevy of sing-along classics brimming with comedy, romance, and dialogue spoken in falsetto. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (September 9—October 2) spins a timeless tale of romance and internal romantic struggles, strung with a songbook that eternally leases the ears. Bye Bye Birdie (November 4–27) lovingly skewers the golden salad days of rock 'n' roll in an Elvis-haunted musical tribute to sock hops and bomb shelters made out of red meat. The New Year brings a flock of warmth to the season, with the fiery runs of Chicago (January 6–29) and Faust-tinged Damn Yankees(February 24–March 18). Rounding out the season is the unsinkable drama of the Tony winning Titanic – The Musical (April 13–May 6), followed by the scale-tipping comic shindigs of Hairspray(June 22–July 15). The intimacy of the Performing Arts Center's 238 seats allows musical-theater fans of all hat sizes to absorb the roaming melodies without the obstruction of a cartwheeling Nathan Lane.