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Soil for gardeners, gardeners for the soil

Only 10 percent of the Earth’s surface is soil. It feeds all of us who grow and move around on the land and air. No soil, no food. Good soil for plant life — including gardening — is about 45 percent minerals (broken down rock) and 4 percent organic material (decomposed plant and animal matter). […]

No Comment / August 04, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Rock on for New Morning

Remember the ‘60s? OK, trick question — but chances are if you lived in that crazy, colorful decade you at least recall the vivid, psychedelic record album covers that you studied for hours as the Grateful Dead, the Doors and countless other legends filled your days with glorious rock ‘n’ roll. Now you can own […]

No Comment / August 04, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Tower of Power comes to EDH

Musical powerhouse Tower of Power will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s Steven Young Amphitheater. Each year Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include “Great American Soulbook,” a collection of classic soul tunes, […]

No Comment / August 04, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Win cash for your best poem

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a free contest sponsored by the Famous Poets. There are a total of 50 prizes totaling more than $4,000 in cash and book prizes. Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style will be judged by the […]

No Comment / July 30, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Auburn Art Walk celebrates 20th anniversary

"Irises" by Connie McLennan

AUBURN — In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Auburn Art Walk, PlacerArts and the Auburn Art Walk Committee present special activities throughout downtown and old town on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. ceremony honoring long-time artists and venues at The Arts Building. Commemorative cakes are served at The Arts Building […]

No Comment / July 28, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘King and I’ comes to Sacramento

“The King and I,” one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most treasured musicals, is the next show in the 2013 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, Aug. 6-11. With book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers, the show features the classic songs “Shall We Dance?,” “Getting to Know You” […]

No Comment / July 28, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Equestrian Excellence’ raises the bar at The Gallery at 48 Natoma

"The Mountain Man" is a bronze statue by Northern California artist Keith Christie. Many of his bronzes and oil paintings, as well as the watercolor paintings of Kara Castro, are on exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Photo by Susan Laird

Folsom is always full of little surprises. In many ways, it’s a microcosm of the Sac Metro area but with a fiercely pioneering and independent flavor. Let me show you the ways: Sacramento has a zoo. Folsom has a zoo. Sacramento has museums. Folsom has museums. Sacramento has branch libraries. Folsom purchased and built its […]

No Comment / July 28, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »