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Burn calories as you stroll through neighborhoods, global wonderland

Walking in a Global Wonderland — There are lots of exercise options available to families this Thanksgiving, including two regional fun runs and a new venue at Cal Expo. The Global Winter Wonderland will feature holiday themes as well as lantern designs of famous world landmarks. Courtesy photo

It’s here: that time of grocery store endcaps filled with stuffing, Jell-O, savory spices and decadent desserts. Two weeks and counting to Thanksgiving in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Bring on the pumpkin pie … and the inevitable calories. This a feast. A time of celebration and family. It’s a time to celebrate the good in […]

No Comment / November 09, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Autumn MORE

As the days grow shorter and nights longer, the garden needs different attention for the autumn season and to prepare it for winter. Clean up under trees and shrubs and in flowering beds to reduce the risk of future diseases, weeds and pests and apply organic mulch to protect roots. Remove all spent plant parts […]

No Comment / October 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Soar above Northern California with a ‘Bird’s Eye View’

“Delta Reflections” by Elaine Bowers, watercolor

Soaring high above the Sacramento Valley, the fields and farms below appear as a massive patchwork quilt. It’s quite magical … and filled with surprises. Clouds reflect their majesty in the rivers, streams and rice paddies below. The beauty is stunning. But only for a rare few: those who fly by nature – birds – […]

No Comment / October 12, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony opening season with Majesty

An evening of truly illustrious music opens the 2014-15 season of the Folsom Symphony with the performance of the Majesty concert at the Harris Center on Oct. 25. Maestro Peter Jaffe will conduct three stately works by Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven and Ottorino Respighi. Pianist Frank Wiens is the evening’s featured soloist. The Barber of […]

No Comment / October 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! A new twist for your garden journal — go digital

Ola Jane Gow, UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County

By Ola Jane Gow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County June 17, 1974. It is hard to get fertilizer in bags. Found one place on corner of Main and Central Ave. He has fertilizer for groves in 50-lb sacks. It is $6.50 a 50-lb. bag. Crescent City, Florida Do you keep a journal of your […]

No Comment / September 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Find something extraordinary at Folsom History Museum

Wild, wacky and wonderful — Folsom History Museum hosts its fourth annual Extraordinary Collections exhibit this fall. Eighteen local residents share their interests with the community. Photo by Susan Laird

One local museum delights in discovering what folks in the tri-county area enjoy collecting. Every fall, these entertaining curiosities are put on show for the rest of us to enjoy. Folsom History Museum’s Extraordinary Collections exhibit celebrates four years of the fun and the funky. This year, 18 “ordinary” citizens generously share their extraordinary interests […]

No Comment / September 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow For it: Cool, clear water

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County           So, here we are at the end of summer and you have been diligently saving water, or so you hope. Some of us stumble along thinking we are doing so very well; then we receive the first summer season water […]

No Comment / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »