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Susan Laird

Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

Music engages the mind and spirit in a way few art forms do. It stimulates multiple areas of the brain. Scientists believe it enhances mathematical and logical talent. Theologians praise it as “praying twice.” When a young person takes up an instrument, the potential for personal growth is virtually unlimited. But those who mentor these […]

December 09, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Holiday home tours inspire spirit of the season

One of the delightful aspects of the holiday season is the creativity and effort folks put into decorating their homes. There are neighborhoods throughout the region decorated to the hilt. It’s fun to look at them as you drive by. But wouldn’t it be more fun if you could walk inside? Three holiday home tours […]

December 02, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Italian tenor to perform in Folsom Symphony’s ‘Bianco Natale’

In business — and in life — it’s always a good idea to “under-promise and then over-deliver.” This ensures that others are happy with your work. And it keeps expectations in line. So, I begin this column on the Folsom Symphony with just a bit of anxiety. Because it is just knocking it out of the ballpark […]

November 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Running and walking to put turkeys on the table

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Plans to lose 20 pounds by Nov. 26 may be a forlorn hope at this point. But fear not. The 9th annual Folsom Turkey Trot and Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento are great places to reboot your good health resolutions. Not only will you find encouragement from an incredibly […]

November 11, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Make this an autumn to remember

Autumn is finally here. After a never-ending summer, the trees are finally putting on a bit of a show, although not as spectacular as in years past, due to the drought. But still a tip of the hat to nature’s beauty. And the hope that we will experience a good El Niño storm season soon. […]

October 21, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Folsom Symphony presents a tribute to ‘Masterpieces’

It seems odd to introduce the Folsom Symphony’s first concert of the season but that is exactly what the “Masterpieces” concert is. The first official concert. The other events — the free “Larger than Life” concert at Town Center on Sept. 3 and an inaugural family concert ([email protected]) on Oct. 3, not to mention the annual benefit gala last August — were wildly […]

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Walk on the ‘wild’ side with the crypt keepers in Sacramento

America is a nation rich in history. To get a feel for that history it is often necessary to travel east. But not always. Today’s activities column takes a look westward. To, of all places, the Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento. There is some amazing stuff buried there amidst the lilies and the wild flowers. […]

September 23, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,
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