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Central California Life Magazine

A Few Cool Things

Jun 28, 2014 06:35PM ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine


Full Moon Paddle on the San Joaquin River

            Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the San Joaquin River at night? If the thought has crossed your mind, then you’re in luck. The San Joaquin River Stewardship Program is offering monthly Full Moon Paddle sessions from June through September.

Participants will kayak from Lost Lake Park to Cobb Ranch under the moonlight as they take in the serene beauty of the River’s nightlife during a guided tour. Challenge your senses during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure where beavers, deer and egrets are right around the bend.

Don’t have a kayak? No worries! The Stewardship Program will provide kayaks and life jackets.

To participate in the event, the Stewardship Program requires that attendees be at least 16 years of age and in good physical condition. Previous kayaking experience is necessary.

Tours start at about 7 p.m. and last until about 11:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or call Steve Starcher at (559) 289-8874.


Golden Chain Theatre Summer Shows

            If you didn’t think it was possible to travel back in time, think again. Established in 1968, the Golden Chain Theatre brings 19th-century theatre to the present day with its old-fashioned shows that are fun for the whole family.

Located off of U.S. Highway 41 in Oakhurst, the nonprofit community theatre also performs melodramatic theatre, musicals, original productions, historical dramas, mysteries and much more. But the Golden Chain Theatre doesn’t limit itself to the stage alone.

Each year, the theatre pairs with the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad to present a special outdoor melodrama among the pines at the Lewis Creek Canyon Amphitheatre. The event also features dinner and gives patrons the opportunity to ride on an old steam train. For 2014, this special event will take place on July 20 and Aug. 10.

Future shows at the Golden Chain Theatre include “Song of the Mounties,” “The Boardinghouse,” “Gas Light/Angel Street” and an all-new original production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

For more information and show times, visit


Garden Parties at Gazebo Gardens Nursery

The Gazebo Gardens Nursery in Fresno has been bringing fresh, local horticultural supplies to the Central Valley since 1922. Now, the nursery is adding gourmet food carts, entertainment and beer to the mix every Friday and Saturday during its hyper-local garden parties.

            From 5-9 p.m., attendees can get down to local bands, enjoy about 60 choices of craft beer and purchase food from several local gourmet food carts, all while taking in the beauty of the nursery’s two acres of roses. Regular food vendors include Dusty Buns, Eat Street Bistro, Casa de Tamales, Summertime Pies, Gorilla Gurt, Benaddiction and Raw Fresno.

            The nursery features seating for about 150 people. Space fills up quickly for this in-demand event, so be sure to grab a spot while you can.

            For more information, visit


Warbird Adventure Rides Over the Beach

            Calling all daredevils! If you’d like a bird’s-eye view of the stunning landscape of Pismo Beach, Banner Airways in Oceano Beach can make your dreams come true with its Warbird Adventure Rides.

Patrons can hitch a flight in an open-cockpit World War II biplane and choose from two different tours. One flight highlights the Pismo Beach Pier, and the other includes the impressive Oceano Dunes. Listen to the roar of a 1943 Boeing Super Stearman as you fly over the Pacific Ocean and imagine a day in the life of a World War II cadet pilot.

            For this sky-high adventure, Banner Airways provides passengers with a leather jacket, helmet, googles and life jacket so they can have a safe, authentic experience. Best of all, these scenic flights are good for all ages.

            For more information, visit