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Summertime, anytime hobbies and interests: There’s an app for that

Keep the brain active and you keep your soul young. A few weeks ago, I noticed my next door neighbor, Mark, setting up a large telescope on his driveway. “What’s up?” I asked. “I’m setting this up so I can look at Jupiter tonight. It will be just down the street.” Now, I’m a fan […]

No Comment / July 29, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Dealing outside the box: See Europe in your own car and save

ENT Laird driving

I like to plan in advance. It’s no secret. Planning any project ahead saves time, money and frustration. And if you add a little buffering for the unforeseen… a plan is a very good thing. It’s a true deal. A little artistic creativity helps. Sometimes you can combine projects and end up with an amazing […]

No Comment / July 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

California State Fair raises a glass to 161 years of agriculture, fun

Ent-StateFair Food cmyk

The California State Fair opens this Friday, July 10. For 17 days, visitors to Cal Expo can see farm animals, view crafts and inventions, eat amazing foods on a stick — and sample some fine wines produced by El Dorado County winemakers. Great tastes Our region produced an impressive number of winners in the wine aisle. […]

No Comment / July 02, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Putting the ‘Pro’ in the Folsom Pro Rodeo

Folsom Rodeo (courtesy photo)

“Well it’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd, it’s the white in his knuckles The gold in the buckle he’ll win the next go ’round It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats It’s spurs and latigo, it’s the ropes and the reins And the joy and the […]

Comments Off / June 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Straw bale gardening is worth a try

Straw bale gardening is a new method taking the country (and the planet) by storm. It is efficient and fun. Straw bales must be “conditioned” to serve as a safe planting medium for vegetables and flowers. The straw retains water, making it a drought-friendly way to have a veggie garden. Photo by Sue Laird

Last January, as I was reading the latest happenings on Facebook, an interesting item caught my attention. A Master Gardener in the Midwest shared that he is using straw bales to grow produce. This method results in less-to-no weeding, less bending, fewer bugs and bountiful produce. Because straw absorbs and retains water, this is a […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Organic images by El Dorado County artists on display

“Green Venus,” Anton Nemeth, porcelain sculpture.

Two El Dorado County artists share the spotlight in the latest offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, with stunning displays of organic art in “Organic Origins,” starting Friday. “Organic art? What’s that? Is it veggie art that’s GMO-free?” quipped my hubby. “Silly,” I told him. “Organic art is a vital new movement […]

Comments Off / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Sports Night’ at the Folsom Symphony

Folsom Symphony celebrates American and international sports with Sports Night at the Symphony, June 6 & 7. Tin Pan Alley favorite “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is just one of the treats at each performance. Photo public domain

What a season we’ve experienced with the Folsom Symphony. Our new maestro Peter Jaffe continues to amaze and delight. At the most recent concert, he conducted Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” without a score. Yes, he memorized it. The entire thing. So, it should come as no surprise that the Folsom Symphony is flexing its “muscles” at […]

Comments Off / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »