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Master Food Preservers volunteer training set for next year

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train as a UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based information and then share that knowledge through public classes, community events and articles. The 2016 UCCE Master Food Preserver […]

Comments Off / December 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Keyboard Conversations explore Splendor in Silence

Splendor from Silence will feature works written after deafness by famed composers Bedrich Smetana, Gabriel Fauré and Beethoven. Photo by Peter Schaaf

Jeffrey Siegel’s unique concerts are a joy for both the piano aficionado and novice alike with a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format. Captivating remarks precede the virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces and the concert concludes with a lively Q-and-A. Siegel returns for his second concert of the season presenting Splendor from Silence on Saturday, Jan. 16, […]

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Holy Trinity Children’s Choir performs at Town Center

The Holy Trinity Children's Choir performed Christmas carols Dec. 12, bringing a little extra holiday cheer to Town Center. Courtesy photo

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the shoppers at Town Center in El Dorado Hills experienced a little extra holiday cheer while running their errands. The children’s choir and honor choir from Holy Trinity parish performed together in the plaza for about 45 minutes. Led by Holy Trinity music director Rob Sabino, the choir entertained shoppers with […]

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‘Pippin’ is coming to Sacramento Community Center

The company of the national tour of "Pippin" presented by Broadway Sacramento Dec. 29 through Jan. 3 features breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main. Photo by Joan Marcus

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical in a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 29 through Jan. 3. The cast includes Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player; Brian Flores as Pippin; John Rubinstein, who played the role of Pippin in the original Bob Fosse-directed Broadway production, as Charles; Sabrina Harper as Berthe; Bradley […]

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Art of the app: Roll up your Christmas list with a few

Radio waves power the electronics that drive our smart devices. These invisible waves surround members of society everywhere they go. The free Architecture of Radio app allows anyone to "see" this "secret" world. Screenshot by Susan Laird

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. As we go to press, Advent is nearly over, Christmas is around the corner and New Year’s Day is just a little over a week out. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping is done by now. But just in case you forgot someone, here are a few iOS […]

Comments Off / December 17, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas’ brings warmth to Sutter Street

The cast of "Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas" includes the talent of young stage actors Mordecai Gutierrez, Hannah Hurst, Adele Trapp and Brooke Smith, pictured left to right. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

In their poorest winter ever, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa to take over the running of a hotel. When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Grow For It! Poinsettias year round

Once the holidays are behind us, there really is no reason to toss out those beautiful poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). With a little attention throughout the year, you can get these tropical plants to re-bloom for next years’ holiday season. Growing poinsettias throughout the year is also a great way to involve children in calendar-driven activities, […]

Comments Off / December 13, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »