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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

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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 »

California State Fair raises a glass to 161 years of agriculture, fun

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The California State Fair opens this Friday, July 10. For 17 days, visitors to Cal Expo can see farm animals, view crafts and inventions, eat amazing foods on a stick — and sample some fine wines produced by El Dorado County winemakers. Great tastes Our region produced an impressive number of winners in the wine aisle. […]

Comments Off / July 02, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Putting the ‘Pro’ in the Folsom Pro Rodeo

Folsom Rodeo (courtesy photo)

“Well it’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd, it’s the white in his knuckles The gold in the buckle he’ll win the next go ’round It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats It’s spurs and latigo, it’s the ropes and the reins And the joy and the […]

Comments Off / June 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Straw bale gardening is worth a try

Straw bale gardening is a new method taking the country (and the planet) by storm. It is efficient and fun. Straw bales must be “conditioned” to serve as a safe planting medium for vegetables and flowers. The straw retains water, making it a drought-friendly way to have a veggie garden. Photo by Sue Laird

Last January, as I was reading the latest happenings on Facebook, an interesting item caught my attention. A Master Gardener in the Midwest shared that he is using straw bales to grow produce. This method results in less-to-no weeding, less bending, fewer bugs and bountiful produce. Because straw absorbs and retains water, this is a […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »