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Folsom Lake Symphony dons new name, romance and destiny

The Folsom Lake Symphony performs an evening of Romance & Destiny at the Harris Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5” is featured.

As Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches, one of the more romantic activities available to folks in our neck of the woods — a musical evening at the The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom — is nearly sold out. Always entertaining, this musical season holds some surprises. Name changes Last year, the host of this event […]

No Comment / January 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Documenting at the speed of life: Social media yearbooks

Yearbooks are making a comeback, but not just for the academic set. It is now possible to publish social media posts in hard copy as a keepsake item. Photo by Susan Laird

In this day and age, many agree: Life is what you make of it. Parents and grandparents for centuries admonished the young to mind their “Ps and Qs.” In other words, “practice good manners, make a good impression, stay honest and keep your integrity.” The faith community makes it even more specific: follow the Ten […]

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Art of the app: Roll up your Christmas list with a few

Radio waves power the electronics that drive our smart devices. These invisible waves surround members of society everywhere they go. The free Architecture of Radio app allows anyone to "see" this "secret" world. Screenshot by Susan Laird

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. As we go to press, Advent is nearly over, Christmas is around the corner and New Year’s Day is just a little over a week out. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping is done by now. But just in case you forgot someone, here are a few iOS […]

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Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

The Sacramento Youth Symphony has a membership of over 400 young musicians led by Maestro Michael Neumann who is now in his 37th year as artistic director and conductor. Courtesy photo

Music engages the mind and spirit in a way few art forms do. It stimulates multiple areas of the brain. Scientists believe it enhances mathematical and logical talent. Theologians praise it as “praying twice.” When a young person takes up an instrument, the potential for personal growth is virtually unlimited. But those who mentor these […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 […]

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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 […]

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Running and walking to put turkeys on the table

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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 […]

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