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Folsom Lake Symphony to close season with Hollywood Hits

Maestro Peter Jaffe polled patrons of Folsom Lake Symphony to help him select the theme for this season’s final concert.  Village Life file photo by Jackie Penn

Many of us grew up listening to famous conductor Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. As a kid, I always wondered why it was called a “Pops” orchestra. Did it have something to do with popcorn? I never heard any popping sounds. What was the deal? Well, to put it simply, the “pops” stands […]

Comments Off / May 22, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

UCCE Master Food Preservers: Dehydrating herbs

Sturdy herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, summer savory and parsley can easily be dried in small bundles and hung in a dry environment. Photo by Kerdkanno

Geny Cassady UCCE Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County Spring brings the beginning of the growing season in our area. You might be planning your garden or even already starting seedlings inside. With all of your vegetables, be sure to include some herbs. They are easy enough for the beginning gardener to grow and […]

Comments Off / May 01, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Geraniums and pelargoniums

Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Geraniums and pelargoniums are easy to grow perennials and familiar to both gardener and flower lover. The most common geraniums are pelargoniums. True geraniums are called geraniums or cranesbills. Both geraniums and pelargoniums are in the Geraniaceae family, but each is a different genus and with […]

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Experience California’s connection to the Run for the Roses

California’s champion racehorse, California Chrome, is celebrated in a special exhibit at The California Museum. His trophies and other memorabilia are on display through Sept. 25. Photo courtesy Forestbird Photography/Kathleen Waldvogel Palma

The first weekend in May in America is reserved for the Sport of Kings — thoroughbred horse racing. For 142 years, aficionados of this pastime have turned their eyes to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is the first jewel in the Triple […]

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UCCE Master Food Preservers: Drought-tolerant canning

Sue Mosbacher UCCE Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County Are you planning your summer gardens? If so, you’re probably including a low-water irrigation system. El Dorado County is still in a Stage 2 water warning. Even though we’ve received lots of wonderful rain recently we are still in a drought. How can home canners […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Kit Carson Mountain Men step back into California’s past 

This pioneer family from the 1800s faced many challenges as they headed west in hope of a better life. The Kit Carson Mountain Men will host a living history wagon train re-enactment for four days in Amador County, April 28 through May 1. Courtesy photo
 

California is rich with history, and the pioneer days of the mid-1800s are no exception. As the springtime weather continues to improve, the Kit Carson Mountain Men will host their living history Days of ’49 Wagon Train re-enactment in Amador County, just to the south of El Dorado Hills. For four days, April 28 to […]

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Pushing the envelope: Auto design drives the future

The Lincoln Navigator concept SUV features dramatic gull-wing doors, a staircase and a large closet in the back. Photo by Susan Laird
 

The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” This is especially true when it comes to the vehicles Americans drive. Auto design is iconic in our history. Think of it: the early horseless carriages in the rolling […]

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