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Folsom Lake Symphony to close season with Hollywood Hits

Many of us grew up listening to famous conductor Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. As a kid, I always wondered why it was called a “Pops” orchestra. Did it have something to do with popcorn? I never heard any popping sounds. What was the deal? Well, to put it simply, the “pops” stands […]

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Experience California’s connection to the Run for the Roses

The first weekend in May in America is reserved for the Sport of Kings — thoroughbred horse racing. For 142 years, aficionados of this pastime have turned their eyes to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is the first jewel in the Triple […]

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Kit Carson Mountain Men step back into California’s past 

California is rich with history, and the pioneer days of the mid-1800s are no exception. As the springtime weather continues to improve, the Kit Carson Mountain Men will host their living history Days of ’49 Wagon Train re-enactment in Amador County, just to the south of El Dorado Hills. For four days, April 28 to […]

Comments Off on Kit Carson Mountain Men step back into California’s past  / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Pushing the envelope: Auto design drives the future

The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” This is especially true when it comes to the vehicles Americans drive. Auto design is iconic in our history. Think of it: the early horseless carriages in the rolling […]

Comments Off on Pushing the envelope: Auto design drives the future / April 10, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

LUNAFEST film festival showcases the value of empowering women

Years ago I read about a man who put his daughter through college debt-free. His friends ridiculed him. They told him: “You will never get a return on that money. She will just get married and have kids. If you had a son, he could have joined the family business with a college education.” The […]

Comments Off on LUNAFEST film festival showcases the value of empowering women / March 27, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Young virtuoso and famous violin make U.S. debut in Folsom

Patrons of the Folsom Lake Symphony are in for a rare treat next month.  Not only will the music and the performances be remarkable … so will the appearance of a talented soloist and his historical violin. The Spirit of Freedom is the theme for The Folsom Lake Symphony’s upcoming concert on Saturday, April, 2 […]

Comments Off on Young virtuoso and famous violin make U.S. debut in Folsom / March 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Celebrate ‘the craft’ of fine furniture and Oak Ridge art at 48 Natoma

No matter what area of human endeavor one looks at, one eventually finds those who pursue excellence to the point where that field becomes a true art form. Or, as those perfection seekers call it, “the craft.” This week, a group of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will display the work […]

Comments Off on Celebrate ‘the craft’ of fine furniture and Oak Ridge art at 48 Natoma / March 13, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »