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Jaxx — rock and roll lives on

JAXX is, left to right, Kyle Maxwell, Jack Petterle, Nikkos Savas and Alan Petterle. Courtesy photo

With the current assault of digitized, auto-tuned, drum-machined, salon-styled and eyeliner-wearing hit manufacturers dominating airways, cable TV and You Tube, it’s a relief to know there are still kids out there strapping on guitars and cranking out timeless rock and roll riffs that stand up long after one-eyed emo hairstyles have gone the way of […]

1 Comment / December 06, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Town Center coffee shop one artist’s studio

PIANO BLUES by Ana Rincon

Swing by Town Center’s Olympus Caffé this month and you’ll likely notice something new: An easel and canvas set up in the south corner of the coffee shop and, if you’re lucky enough, Fair Oaks-based artist Ana Rincon hard at work on one of her brilliantly colored renditions. The oil on canvas painter has been using […]

6 Comments / November 29, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Locals win gold in charity run

Courtesy photo

WORKING UP AN APPETITE — John Mansoor and Amjed Aboukhadijeh of El Dorado Hills and Kevin Pool of Folsom joined 28,000 fellow runners in the 17th annual Thanksgiving Run to Feed the Hungry on Thursday. It may have been one of the coldest Thanksgivings in Sacramento’s history, but all three men brought home gold. Pool, 27, finished in just over […]

2 Comments / November 26, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Holiday Magic comes to Fair Oaks


CHROMA GALLERY — Fair Oaks’ Chroma Gallery will feature stunning scenes of winter life during December’s “Holiday Magic” show, opening Dec. 10 and continuing through Jan. 3. The gallery will showcase paintings frosty vistas, warm sunsets and imaginative renditions of a variety of subjects by artists working in oils, acrylics and pastels. A special Second […]

Comments Off / November 26, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

STAR award nominees sought

The annual youth STAR awards sponsored by of El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition will take place on Friday, Dec. 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. The group will roll out the red carpet for 150 guests to recognize youth for their outstanding contributions to community through leadership, mentoring, […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Big shoes to fill for Oak Ridge girls basketball

DAKOTA MCLARNAN, shown here in action during last season's monumental State Championship game, is one of Oak Ridge's stronger returning players this season. Mother Lode News file photo by Megan Jeremica

Oak Ridge High School’s varsity girls basketball team begins pre-season play next week, taking to the court for the first time after winning last year’s state championship upset over the longtime dominant Long Beach Polytechnic. With several strong players returning this year, the team has the means to go far — perhaps even another trip […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Sac holiday home tour full of decorating tips

SPARK THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON and enjoy walking through homes in the "Fabulous Forties" in East Sacramento at the 37th annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. Photo courtesy of The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

When taking a day trip to Sacramento it’s always fun to drive through the “Fabulous Forties.” The upscale neighborhood of custom homes built in East Sacramento during the post World War II years is considered a jewel among architects, and the gardens that grow beneath the spreading ancient sycamore and elm trees are the stuff […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »