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Enjoy a girls night out at LUNAFEST

Looking for a good girls night out event? One that is entertaining, yet thought provoking? Then look no further than LUNAFEST in Cameron Park on Thursday, April 6. This 15-year old mini-film festival, hosted by Soroptimist International of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills, features short films by female filmmakers. The touring film festival promotes […]

No Comment / March 22, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Straw bale gardening is a creative, fun activity

Art is defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.” My guess is that gardening is one of the most ancient arts out there. About the same time the first hunter/cave painter spread ocher on a rock, some gatherer took notice of the connection between seed and soil. The ancient gardens […]

No Comment / March 08, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Save the date? Yes, but take action

  Life gets complicated.   Our agendas are full and moving at light speed.   It’s like packing for a weekend trip. You want to stuff 20 outfits into a single overnight bag to be prepared for every possibility. But it just doesn’t work.   So, to simplify our lives, someone invented “save the date.” […]

Comments Off on Save the date? Yes, but take action / February 22, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Fiber arts, quilts converge at Folsom Civic Center

 Every February, one of the significant quilt and fiber exhibits in the Western U.S. comes to the Folsom Civic Center: the annual quilt show of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. The show is at the Folsom Community Center on Natoma Street the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of February. This year, the FQFG is […]

Comments Off on Fiber arts, quilts converge at Folsom Civic Center / February 01, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony concert testifies to ‘Russian Romance’

There is a certain emotional appeal in Russian music. A tortured, bittersweet, triumph of the human spirit in vibrations that travel from a musical instrument to the human ear. A Slav who yearns for release. Invisible — even secret — until it communicates with the heart. In February Maestro Peter Jaffe and the Folsom Lake Symphony bring […]

Comments Off on Folsom Lake Symphony concert testifies to ‘Russian Romance’ / January 25, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Techno fabulous apps to kick off the New Year

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 […]

Comments Off on Techno fabulous apps to kick off the New Year / December 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Casting light on collecting desires in ‘Extraordinary Collections’

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 […]

Comments Off on Casting light on collecting desires in ‘Extraordinary Collections’ / December 18, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »