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Life transitions, the art of living simply and the importance of ‘The Present Moment’

Generations that cared for their children often need to be cared for by their children and grandchildren. Susan Laird, the toddler in this photo from 1967, is caring for her mom, Janet Laird, who is recovering from transverse myelitis. Photo courtesy of Susan Laird

There are stages in all of our lives: a time to be born, a time to die. Between those two points in time there is the “stuff” life is made of: childhood, school, the high school and college years, family life, friends, growing older. The list goes on and on. I’m now at the “sandwich” […]

No Comment / June 07, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sacramento area museums offer fun camps

SACRAMENTO — In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. And while all the 29 participating local museums offer a wealth of […]

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Crocker presents creative summer family fun

SACRAMENTO — This summer, families can beat the heat and keep children  creatively engaged with new and exciting programs at the Crocker. The museum’s programs offer families more ways than ever to enjoy summertime together. Two new programs for the whole family are free with museum admission and center on art and music. June 15 kicks […]

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‘Gin Game’ explores age with humor

Weller Martin (Stephen Kauffman) and Fonsia Dorsey (Hazel Johnson) bond over cards in "The Gin Game," coming soon to Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Sutter Street Theatre in Historic Folsom will be opening “The Gin Game” by D.J. Colburn and directed by Janelle Kauffman at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, “The Gin Game” uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of […]

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Comedy is murder in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Eileen Beaver and Susan Madden star in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Chautauqua Playhouse. Photo by Ron Edington

Chautauqua Playhouse announces their summer show, the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring, opening on June 22 at the playhouse. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 22. All performances will be held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road in […]

No Comment / June 05, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

El Dorado Dance Academy hosts summer workshop

Young dancers perform at the El Dorado Dance Academy. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Dance Academy presents Summer Dance Experience 2012, Monday through Thursday, July 9-12. The class is open to all dancers ages 5 to 11 years old. Dancers will participate in hip-hop/jazz, lyrical/ballet and musical theater classes. Sample schedule:  8:45 a.m. — Arrival and Check-In 9 a.m. — Hip-hop/jazz 10 a.m. — Lyrical/ballet 11 a.m. — Musical […]

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Sac Philharmonic music director promises outstanding season

SACRAMENTO — After a cliff-hanging spring, the Sacramento Philharmonic successfully reached its phase one $150,000 fundraising goal and has raised 30 percent of its phase two $150,000 goal. Encouraged by these promising signs, the board of directors authorized moving forward with a 2012-13 season. “We know the struggle is not over,” said board fundraising chair Sandy […]

No Comment / June 01, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »