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Preserve our local treasure with a Night at the EDH Library

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 […]

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California Museum celebrates life with Día de los Muertos exhibit

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 […]

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Folsom Lake Symphony autumn offering to be a Rhythmic Heat

Works dedicated to the New World by two North American composers and a Frenchman take the stage at the Harris Center, as the Folsom Lake Symphony performs its Rhythmic Heat concert on Oct. 22. A living composer Arturo Márquez is regarded as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — Mexican composers of […]

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Abundant autumn activities in our own backyard

Getting outside the four walls of daily assaults on our sensibilities is not only healthy, it adds meaning and zest to life. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to get outside and away from the chaos. Charge the batteries. Embrace the good things in life. Big Crush This weekend, Oct. 1–2, is the […]

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Find fresh fruit and family fun at Apple Hill

Labor Day weekend is behind us. The kids and grandkids are in school. The days are alternating between warm and cooler. Sunsets are earlier. The rhythms of autumn are here. And so are time-honored local traditions. One of these hallowed customs is an annual trip up the hill to Apple Hill. A little history Sixteen […]

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Folsom Lake Symphony will have you Dancin’ in the Street

Put on your dancing shoes, the Folsom Lake Symphony is kicking off the 2016–2017 season in Town Center with a selection of toe-tapping favorites that will have you Dancin’ in the Street. The annual symphony al fresco is on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Steven Young Amphitheater in El Dorado Hills. It […]

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California Museum tells the story of Golden State voting

If you think this year’s election cycle is wild and wooly, you ain’t seen nuthin’ ’til you see the featured exhibit at The California Museum in Sacramento. A chronicle of over 165 years of the Golden State’s election history, the exhibit explores the evolution of how Californians vote. From campaign materials to ballots to voting […]

1 Comment / August 07, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »