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Holiday home tours inspire spirit of the season

Three holiday home tours take place in early December. A holiday home tour is the perfect place to get decorating ideas, do a little shopping, and enjoy the spirit of the season. This Tudor home on 38th Street in East Sacramento is one of five in the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour this weekend. Courtesy graphic by Patt Illouli houseportraitsusa.com

One of the delightful aspects of the holiday season is the creativity and effort folks put into decorating their homes. There are neighborhoods throughout the region decorated to the hilt. It’s fun to look at them as you drive by. But wouldn’t it be more fun if you could walk inside? Three holiday home tours […]

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

Italian tenor to perform in Folsom Symphony’s ‘Bianco Natale’

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In business — and in life — it’s always a good idea to “under-promise and then over-deliver.” This ensures that others are happy with your work. And it keeps expectations in line. So, I begin this column on the Folsom Symphony with just a bit of anxiety. Because it is just knocking it out of the ballpark […]

No Comment / November 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Running and walking to put turkeys on the table


Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Plans to lose 20 pounds by Nov. 26 may be a forlorn hope at this point. But fear not. The 9th annual Folsom Turkey Trot and Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento are great places to reboot your good health resolutions. Not only will you find encouragement from an incredibly […]

No Comment / November 08, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Make this an autumn to remember

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Autumn is finally here. After a never-ending summer, the trees are finally putting on a bit of a show, although not as spectacular as in years past, due to the drought. But still a tip of the hat to nature’s beauty. And the hope that we will experience a good El Niño storm season soon. […]

Comments Off / October 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony presents a tribute to ‘Masterpieces’


It seems odd to introduce the Folsom Symphony’s first concert of the season but that is exactly what the “Masterpieces” concert is. The first official concert. The other events — the free “Larger than Life” concert at Town Center on Sept. 3 and an inaugural family concert (“Connections@Symphony”) on Oct. 3, not to mention the annual benefit gala last August — were wildly […]

Comments Off / October 11, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Walk on the ‘wild’ side with the crypt keepers in Sacramento


America is a nation rich in history. To get a feel for that history it is often necessary to travel east. But not always. Today’s activities column takes a look westward. To, of all places, the Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento. There is some amazing stuff buried there amidst the lilies and the wild flowers. […]

Comments Off / September 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Pigskin Peanuts’ brings a fall classic to Sacramento


This fall marks a milestone anniversary for the comic strip “Peanuts.” It was created 65 years ago on Oct. 2, 1950 by artist Charles Schultz. Like most Americans I can’t remember a time without it. This strip blazed a pioneering trail that went on to influence future cartoonists. The simplicity of the drawings, the thoughtful […]

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