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Enjoy traditions of the season, with nary a smartphone in sight

Experience an old-fashioned holiday season in Folsom’s Historic District. Anthony Ikeda Kolar, executive director of the Family of Folsom Historical Society Museums, invites everyone to come experience the sights and sounds of the season along Sutter Street. Photo courtesy Tom Paniagua

For an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of the season like it’s 1899, look just down the hill to the Folsom Historic District. True, the dirt streets are now paved. There are a few nods to technology. Yet, it is still possible to take the family out to experience the Christmas season without a smart […]

No Comment / December 04, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Music of the season for family, friends and neighbors

Folsom Lake Symphony's Holiday Cheer concert, featuring a mix of Christian, Jewish and secular music, is Dec. 3 at 4 at the Harris Center. Courtesy photo

This past year is spinning to a close. The hectic holidays are upon us. Yet this is the best season of all. For this is when people come together. Homes twinkle with lights signifying hope. Shoppers seek gifts for friends and loved ones. And the music of the season reminds us all to pray for […]

No Comment / November 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Helping hands — and feet — for neighbors in need

The rhythms of autumn are many. Fall colors reach their peak. Leaves fall. The air turns crisp with early morning frosts. Clothing turns to layers and thoughts turn to the needs of neighbors. Saint Mother Teresa famously told a young person who wanted to serve in India, “Go find your own Calcutta.” Now, that may […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Preserve our local treasure with a Night at the EDH Library

The El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library will host its annual Night at the EDH Library on Nov. 13. America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, promoted public libraries as a resource for the good of all Americans.  Photo courtesy White House Historical Association
 

Not so long ago, pundits proclaimed “the end of the library.” E-books and Wikipedia were the wave of the future, “doncha know?” Today, over 65 percent of Americans own a tablet or smartphone. Access to knowledge exists as never before. And how is this machinery used? Sadly, many use this technology for watching videos of […]

Comments Off / October 30, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

California Museum celebrates life with Día de los Muertos exhibit

California artist David Lozeau is inspired by Evel Knievel to be daring with his art. The Día de los Muertos art exhibit at the California Museum in Sacramento showcases the work of five California artists as they reflect on humanity’s journeys into the past, the present and beyond. Photo courtesy David Lozeau

 

 

In mere days we celebrate Halloween — also known as All Hallows Eve. It’s a fun, sometimes creepy holiday. But there’s more to this seasonal favorite than meets the eye. In the ancient Christian tradition All Hallows Eve is the vigil, or day before, All Saints Day — Nov. 1. The next day, Nov. 2, is […]

1 Comment / October 23, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony autumn offering to be a Rhythmic Heat

Natsuki Fukasawa will join Folsom Lake Symphony Oct. 22 as they open their concert season with Rhythmic Heat. Photo courtesy Howard George Photography

Works dedicated to the New World by two North American composers and a Frenchman take the stage at the Harris Center, as the Folsom Lake Symphony performs its Rhythmic Heat concert on Oct. 22. A living composer Arturo Márquez is regarded as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — Mexican composers of […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Abundant autumn activities in our own backyard

Getting outside the four walls of daily assaults on our sensibilities is not only healthy, it adds meaning and zest to life. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to get outside and away from the chaos. Charge the batteries. Embrace the good things in life. Big Crush This weekend, Oct. 1–2, is the […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »