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Fairytale Town to transform into Winter Wonderland

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Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days, Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 10-13 and 17-20. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event from 1 to 7 p.m. The […]

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Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

The Sacramento Youth Symphony has a membership of over 400 young musicians led by Maestro Michael Neumann who is now in his 37th year as artistic director and conductor. Courtesy photo

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 […]

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Perfect recipe for ‘A Hometown Christmas’ brewing

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All the phones are abuzz in Baxter Springs, Mo., this Christmas season because Bobby is coming back to town. That’s Bobby Turner — the same young man who left sweet Donna Winters behind, even though absolutely everyone in town knows the attractive young people are meant to be together. Just ask all the guys at […]

Comments Off / November 29, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Holiday home tours inspire spirit of the season

Three holiday home tours take place in early December. A holiday home tour is the perfect place to get decorating ideas, do a little shopping, and enjoy the spirit of the season. This Tudor home on 38th Street in East Sacramento is one of five in the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour this weekend. Courtesy graphic by Patt Illouli houseportraitsusa.com

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 […]

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‘Great Christmas Giveaway’ takes stage at Lakehills Church

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Lakehills Covenant Church has produced dozens of musical productions since 2001. Their musical program, Kids of the Kingdom and Sonbeam Singers, welcomes kids from all over the community in their spring and winter productions. These musical productions are free to the community, with four scheduled showtimes. “Kids of the Kingdom is our theatrical, musical outreach program inviting children […]

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

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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 […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Indy film tinsels Town Center

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For two weeks this fall, El Dorado Hills Town Center became the set for the full-length independent romantic comedy film “Not Your Year.” Visitors to Town Center may have noticed film crews at a concert in the Steven Young Amphitheatre by indi-folk musicians Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes. The Austin, Tex.-based couple received national recognition […]

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