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160th California State Fair features major improvements, upgrades and bigger fun

After enduring many years of challenge, the Golden Bear at the 160th California State Fair is roaring back. New CEO, new team Led by a new CEO, Rick Pickering, this year’s fair enlisted a new marketing firm, a new website and new talent You won’t believe your eyes. The changes for this year were long […]

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Tropical breezes bring Hawaiian views to Folsom

The Gallery at 48 Natoma knocks another one out of the ballpark this summer with the opening of “Hawaiian Summer” this Friday. This is sure to be a fun event, and a very enjoyable exhibit over the summer. More on the party in a moment. Let’s talk about the art first. From painted surfboards to […]

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Grow for it! Your own vegetable Garden of Eden: companion planting

By Betty Hensley UCCE Master Gardener of Tuolumne County Just as there are many wonderful benefits to finding that right companion in life, there is also something special and fascinating about companion planting. According to the Cornell University Gardening Resources Ecogardening factsheet No. 10, Companion Planting: “Plants are very active in ways that are not so […]

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Hit the rails for summertime fun

Summer is officially here and there’s lots to do in the tri-county area. California’s beautiful golden hills beckon with their inspirational views. One of the unique ways to take in the natural beauty of our region is to take a ride on the local Skagit Train. Wait. Train? Local? How is that? Yes. It’s true. […]

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The best quilt exhibit Susan Laird ever rated: Folsom History Museum delivers a true ‘Bundle of Joy’

On Saturday, May 31, the Folsom History Museum opened its 34th annual vintage quilt and clothing exhibit, “A Bundle of Joy.” I got a sneak preview of the exhibit the day before. And this collection took my breath away. In the five decades I’ve attended quilt shows — starting at my mother’s knee — this […]

Comments Off on The best quilt exhibit Susan Laird ever rated: Folsom History Museum delivers a true ‘Bundle of Joy’ / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Ode to dads

Sarah Preiss-Farzanegan, M.D. Master Gardener of El Dorado County As Father’s Day 2014 approaches, I feel a sliver of anxiety at the thought of picking out yet another gift for my dad. What is the best way to show my love and appreciation for the man who taught me how to drive, how to get […]

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Folsom Symphony transitions with ‘Out of this World’

Music reflects historical change on various levels. In less than two weeks, Peter Jaffe will guest conduct the Folsom Symphony and give us a foretaste of what to expect in the fall season when he officially takes over the baton of Michael Neumann, emeritus musical director. According to my sources at the symphony, rehearsals are […]

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