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Walk on the ‘wild’ side with the crypt keepers in Sacramento


America is a nation rich in history. To get a feel for that history it is often necessary to travel east. But not always. Today’s activities column takes a look westward. To, of all places, the Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento. There is some amazing stuff buried there amidst the lilies and the wild flowers. […]

No Comment / September 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Pigskin Peanuts’ brings a fall classic to Sacramento


This fall marks a milestone anniversary for the comic strip “Peanuts.” It was created 65 years ago on Oct. 2, 1950 by artist Charles Schultz. Like most Americans I can’t remember a time without it. This strip blazed a pioneering trail that went on to influence future cartoonists. The simplicity of the drawings, the thoughtful […]

No Comment / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Toy with ‘Delight’ at Folsom’s newest museum


“You don’t stop playing because you grow old…You grow old because you stop playing.” These words are most appropriate for the Folsom Historic District’s newest attraction: the Museum of Wonder & Delight. A grand opening celebration sponsored by the Folsom Historical Society is slated for Sept. 11, 12 & 13. The one-of-a-kind museum is filled with […]

Comments Off / September 03, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Backyard summer gardens provide safe places for birds

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Mixed annual and perennial flowers are beautiful substitutes for a lawn. Imagine a meadow outside your home inviting birds. Choose according to sun, soil and climate. If the area gets less than six hours sun, select part sun or shade plants. Retain plants with berries, foliate fruit and nectar and those that bloom at different […]

Comments Off / August 30, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony kicks off 2015-16 season with free concert

Maestro Peter Jaffe returns to El Dorado Hills Town Center with the Folsom Symphony next month. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Autumn may not officially start until September, but it certainly seems to be here. The kids are back in school, most college students are back on campus (or headed there) and Apple Hill farms are opening for business. It’s fall, y’all. Which means it’s time for another beloved El Dorado Hills tradition: the annual free […]

Comments Off / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Brightening up entryways during drought

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During the heat of summer there are many plants that can still add a little color to your landscape. A favorite and easy to grow is salvia, or sage, in hundreds of species. Salvia has fragrant foliage and flowers. Pineapple sage is stunningly bright and does smell like pineapple. Salvia prefers well-draining soil and some […]

Comments Off / July 30, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Summertime, anytime hobbies and interests: There’s an app for that

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Keep the brain active and you keep your soul young. A few weeks ago, I noticed my next door neighbor, Mark, setting up a large telescope on his driveway. “What’s up?” I asked. “I’m setting this up so I can look at Jupiter tonight. It will be just down the street.” Now, I’m a fan […]

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