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Old Sacramento has just the ticket for family fun

SACRAMENTO — Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style. Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on April 4 & 5, with each program offering fun new […]

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

A heartwarming tale woven at Harris Center

California Theatre Center presents "Charlotte’s Web" at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in the City Studio Theater. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Wilbur is an ordinary pig. That is, until he meets Charlotte. His friendship with the uniquely talented spider exposes him to kindness, fame and a love that is willing to make the greatest of sacrifices. The nationally recognized California Theatre Center returns to Harris Center for the Arts for another outstanding performance this […]

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

Straw bale gardening

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Get a bale of straw. Add sun, water and fertilizer. Get it cooking. Plant and watch things grow. This is straw bale gardening (SBG). Maybe it’s not quite that simple; however, I have a young friend who had no prior gardening experience and her first […]

Comments Off / March 29, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Dry Diggings Distillery will lift your spirits

Dry Diggings Distillery owners Cris Steller, left, and Gordon Helm recently opened their craft distillery in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Had they known then what they know now, Cris Steller and Gordon Helm confessed that they probably wouldn’t have made the career move that transformed Steller’s office into an Old West saloon. They didn’t know it would take years to turn “Why couldn’t we?” into “We did it.” Raise a shot glass to that, and […]

Comments Off / March 26, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

René Marie celebrates Eartha Kitt

Versatile singer René Marie will perform four shows at Harris Center for the Arts this week. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — René Marie, singer, actress, writer. Eartha Kitt, singer, actress, writer. Never before has there been a vocal recording devotion to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery sensual, and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, Marie is without a doubt the right artist to […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

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

‘Spamalot’ — a show full of laughs

Minstrels leap in the air  at a "Spamalot" rehearsal at Imagination Theater. Left to right are: Carrie Liebrich, Paul Bott, Hannah Bush and Karen Wolfe. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

For its 50th production, as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty Python romp that leaves audiences roaring and having so much fun that it has to be a crime. “This is our 50th show and we’ve never been arrested,” quipped Director Peter Wolfe, […]

Comments Off / March 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »