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There’s no shortage of things to do, taste or sip in Sonoma, where wineries line the lanes and cute boutiques and bistros crowd town squares. It’s tempting to scamper here, there and everywhere. But a single multiple-attraction destination can be appealing, especially when the weather turns drippy and damp. That’s …

Entrances to Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks remained open and free to motorists entering the parks on Monday morning. By the afternoon, Congress reached a deal to end the federal government shutdown and President Trump pledged to sign such a plan. The National Park Service was waiting …

Women’s conference Aspire 2018 will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Bridge, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave. The event designed for women features comedy by Anita Renfroe, speaker and author Arlene Pellicane and music by Dianne Michelle. Tickets cost $25-$35. Details: 480-812-1100, www.eventbrite.com/e/aspire-2018-fresno-ca-tickets-39296287253?aff=es2. Celebrate Recovery Harvest of …

The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs. It’s Get Organized Month! ▪ “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,” by Margareta Magnusson. Or, how to eliminate …

Q: You recently made an excellent point that the only one who can decide who someone dates is themselves. However, I am a woman with many male friends I won’t “allow” my sisters to date, and I would like to share that someone may have other reasons to step in. …

Pope Francis’ fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as leader of the Roman Catholic Church demonstrates his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the church in the region. During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope’s message often has stood in marked contrast …

Yosemite National Park’s concessionaire was hopeful that hospitality services – including restaurants, lodges, stores, and an ice rink and free shuttle service in Yosemite Valley – would remain open if the federal government shuts down early Saturday. Yosemite Hospitality, a subsidiary of the concessionaire, Aramark, was working on an agreement …

Never heard of the TTLA sandwich? You will now, thanks to a viral video, some social media marketing and a growing demand for vegan food. The TTLA is Whole Foods Market’s take on the classic BLT. But this updated sammie is made with tempeh bacon – a soy bean product …

Anyone who wants to accomplish a water-wise yard renovation on a small budget should take a lesson from Happy Aston. When her family purchased a home in the College Area in 2015, Aston knew she’d need to make the front yard makeover a priority. The yard was filled with dying …

Friday is National Popcorn Day and several Fresno-area businesses are giving away free and half-price stuff. Grandpa’s Popcorn and Sweets, 673 E Nees Ave, Fresno, is celebrating with a free snack-sized bag of their new “top secret seasonal flavor.” The event is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies …