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Techno fabulous apps to kick off the New Year

This original image is of an American flag aboard a whale watching boat in Monterey. Photo illustrations by Susan Laird

Computers, smartphones and tablets are a daily fact of life for the majority of Americans in 2017. And so are program applications simply referred to as “apps.” “There’s an app for that” is a common phrase in the lingo nowadays. And it’s hardly surprising: more than 1,000 new apps are uploaded to the iTunes App Store […]

No Comment / December 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Casting light on collecting desires in ‘Extraordinary Collections’

Vintage street lights from the early 20th century are on display at the Folsom History Museum as part of a new exhibit, Extraordinary Collections: Spectacular Finds from the Private Collections of Unique Treasure Hunters. Photo courtesy of Tom Paniagua

Every two years, the Folsom History Museum opens its exhibit hall to the collections of area residents. Called Extraordinary Collections, the result is always unique, fascinating and completely unduplicatable. This year is no exception. Did you know, a whole set of three or more items is all you need to have a collection? Some 19 […]

No Comment / December 18, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 of 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 »