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Santa Claus, Santa Paws and chilly December delights

Ah, December. The kids are finishing up school before the winter break. College students will soon return home. There will be hot cocoa, the scent of Christmas trees and cinnamon in the air … and lots to do in and around town for the entire family.   Where the wild things are I have it […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Burn calories as you stroll through neighborhoods, global wonderland

Walking in a Global Wonderland — There are lots of exercise options available to families this Thanksgiving, including two regional fun runs and a new venue at Cal Expo. The Global Winter Wonderland will feature holiday themes as well as lantern designs of famous world landmarks. Courtesy photo

It’s here: that time of grocery store endcaps filled with stuffing, Jell-O, savory spices and decadent desserts. Two weeks and counting to Thanksgiving in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Bring on the pumpkin pie … and the inevitable calories. This a feast. A time of celebration and family. It’s a time to celebrate the good in […]

Comments Off / November 09, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Soar above Northern California with a ‘Bird’s Eye View’

“Delta Reflections” by Elaine Bowers, watercolor

Soaring high above the Sacramento Valley, the fields and farms below appear as a massive patchwork quilt. It’s quite magical … and filled with surprises. Clouds reflect their majesty in the rivers, streams and rice paddies below. The beauty is stunning. But only for a rare few: those who fly by nature – birds – […]

Comments Off / October 12, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony opening season with Majesty

An evening of truly illustrious music opens the 2014-15 season of the Folsom Symphony with the performance of the Majesty concert at the Harris Center on Oct. 25. Maestro Peter Jaffe will conduct three stately works by Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven and Ottorino Respighi. Pianist Frank Wiens is the evening’s featured soloist. The Barber of […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Find something extraordinary at Folsom History Museum

Wild, wacky and wonderful — Folsom History Museum hosts its fourth annual Extraordinary Collections exhibit this fall. Eighteen local residents share their interests with the community. Photo by Susan Laird

One local museum delights in discovering what folks in the tri-county area enjoy collecting. Every fall, these entertaining curiosities are put on show for the rest of us to enjoy. Folsom History Museum’s Extraordinary Collections exhibit celebrates four years of the fun and the funky. This year, 18 “ordinary” citizens generously share their extraordinary interests […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Town Center celebrates American freedom with free Folsom Symphony concert

Freedom isn’t free. Purchased at a high price, freedom is the birthright of every American. As a people, we are unique. We love our freedom. We also love peace. It is a sad truth; freedom must be repurchased in every generation — sometimes by standing up for the rights of men and women to be […]

Comments Off / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spectacular exhibit of historical East Coast quilts at the Crocker

Medallion Quilt, attributed to Elizabeth Welsh (American), circa 1830. Cotton, 110 ½ x 109 in. (280.7 x 267.8 cm). Part of the Brooklyn Museum collection, Gift of The Roebling Society. Photo by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

As August draws to a close, this is the perfect time to take in the last weeks of an amazing, historical exhibit on loan from the Brooklyn Museum in New York to the Crocker Art Museum. “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” is an exhibit of 35 of the oldest and remarkably well-preserved […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »