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Folsom Symphony kicks off 2015-16 season with free concert

Autumn may not officially start until September, but it certainly seems to be here. The kids are back in school, most college students are back on campus (or headed there) and Apple Hill farms are opening for business. It’s fall, y’all. Which means it’s time for another beloved El Dorado Hills tradition: the annual free […]

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Summertime, anytime hobbies and interests: There’s an app for that

Keep the brain active and you keep your soul young. A few weeks ago, I noticed my next door neighbor, Mark, setting up a large telescope on his driveway. “What’s up?” I asked. “I’m setting this up so I can look at Jupiter tonight. It will be just down the street.” Now, I’m a fan […]

Comments Off on Summertime, anytime hobbies and interests: There’s an app for that / July 29, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Dealing outside the box: See Europe in your own car and save

I like to plan in advance. It’s no secret. Planning any project ahead saves time, money and frustration. And if you add a little buffering for the unforeseen… a plan is a very good thing. It’s a true deal. A little artistic creativity helps. Sometimes you can combine projects and end up with an amazing […]

Comments Off on Dealing outside the box: See Europe in your own car and save / July 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

California State Fair raises a glass to 161 years of agriculture, fun

The California State Fair opens this Friday, July 10. For 17 days, visitors to Cal Expo can see farm animals, view crafts and inventions, eat amazing foods on a stick — and sample some fine wines produced by El Dorado County winemakers. Great tastes Our region produced an impressive number of winners in the wine aisle. […]

Comments Off on California State Fair raises a glass to 161 years of agriculture, fun / July 02, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Putting the ‘Pro’ in the Folsom Pro Rodeo

“Well it’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud It’s the roar of a Sunday crowd, it’s the white in his knuckles The gold in the buckle he’ll win the next go ’round It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats It’s spurs and latigo, it’s the ropes and the reins And the joy and the […]

Comments Off on Putting the ‘Pro’ in the Folsom Pro Rodeo / June 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Straw bale gardening is worth a try

Last January, as I was reading the latest happenings on Facebook, an interesting item caught my attention. A Master Gardener in the Midwest shared that he is using straw bales to grow produce. This method results in less-to-no weeding, less bending, fewer bugs and bountiful produce. Because straw absorbs and retains water, this is a […]

Comments Off on Straw bale gardening is worth a try / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Organic images by El Dorado County artists on display

Two El Dorado County artists share the spotlight in the latest offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, with stunning displays of organic art in “Organic Origins,” starting Friday. “Organic art? What’s that? Is it veggie art that’s GMO-free?” quipped my hubby. “Silly,” I told him. “Organic art is a vital new movement […]

Comments Off on Organic images by El Dorado County artists on display / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »