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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. […]

No Comment / 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 […]

No Comment / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Toy with ‘Delight’ at Folsom’s newest museum


“You don’t stop playing because you grow old…You grow old because you stop playing.” These words are most appropriate for the Folsom Historic District’s newest attraction: the Museum of Wonder & Delight. A grand opening celebration sponsored by the Folsom Historical Society is slated for Sept. 11, 12 & 13. The one-of-a-kind museum is filled with […]

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

Fifth dimensional spirit of art soars at 48 Natoma

We live in a world of three dimensions. Up and down, side-to-side. Width, height, depth. We can spin and appreciate the beauties of radial architecture, such as the views beneath the domes of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the State Capitol in Sacramento. Yet, we humans can conceive of a fourth dimension. One […]

Comments Off / August 23, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom Symphony kicks off 2015-16 season with free concert

Maestro Peter Jaffe returns to El Dorado Hills Town Center with the Folsom Symphony next month. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Autumn may not officially start until September, but it certainly seems to be here. The kids are back in school, most college students are back on campus (or headed there) and Apple Hill farms are opening for business. It’s fall, y’all. Which means it’s time for another beloved El Dorado Hills tradition: the annual free […]

Comments Off / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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

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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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / July 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »