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Young at Art 2013 competition open to creative minds

Sophie Hill of Shingle Springs was the Best in Show winner of the 2012 Young at Art competition held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento. The school is calling for entries in this year's event. Photo by Susan Laird

The arts bring an added element to life: creativity. To misquote Shakespeare, art is twice blessed: It blesses those who view it and those who create it. Art is a vital expression of the creative mind. It encourages solutions-oriented thinking. Students who take art in school can experience greater results in their other classes. If […]

No Comment / January 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Living her life in the light: A tribute to Kathy Carlisle

A few weeks ago, I wrote about fate, joy and sadness as they relate to the arts. “All mortal life is ‘fated’ to have a beginning and an end,” I wrote in Village Life on Nov. 28. “(But) between those fixed points in time are all the things that go into life: good and evil, […]

No Comment / December 16, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom’s Historic District launches inaugural Holiday Home Tour

One of the fun traditions of the season is to visit homes decorated to the hilt for Christmas. For many, many years, one had to either be a) well-connected to influential people to gain access to their homes, or b) drive outside the area. Well, no longer. Last weekend five beautiful homes in El Dorado […]

No Comment / December 02, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony to perform ‘Of Joy & Fate’ holiday concert

Fate, according to my 1892 Webster’s Common School Dictionary, is considered to be “a decree; (an) inevitable necessity … supposed by the ancients to determine the course of human life.” Few would argue that, in its strictest definition, all mortal life is “fated” to have a beginning and an end. Rail about it as you […]

No Comment / November 25, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

There’s no place like ‘Homes for the Holidays’ in EDH

The Roberts' home features beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a Santa's Wonderland "man cave." Visit it and other homes on the Homes for the Holidays tour Dec. 1 & 2. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

That “Winter Wonderland” month is nearly here: December. Soon, the joyous strains of Christmas music will be heard over the radio. Kitchens will be filled with the scents of holiday feasts and treats. Children will share games and family traditions, such as dreidel, with school chums. Stores already have their holiday décor up. There is […]

2 Comments / November 18, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Thousands to participate in Thanksgiving events to feed families

What has 8,000 legs, more than 4,000 smiles and burns lots of calories? If you guessed the sixth annual Folsom Turkey Trot, you guessed correctly. Held every year on Thanksgiving Day, participants agree, it’s a great way to give back to the community … and burn a few calories before indulging in a piece of […]

No Comment / November 04, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Time to get out and make memories

Flames of fall color are appearing along Highway 50. In El Dorado County a lot of that color is Western Redbud. Whenever I see that along the roadside, I smile. It means that autumn is finally here. Time to make memories! There’s just something extra special about an apple fritter and a steaming cup of […]

No Comment / October 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »