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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 »

Dealing outside the box: See Europe in your own car and save

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I like to plan in advance. It’s no secret. Planning any project ahead saves time, money and frustration. And if you add a little buffering for the unforeseen… a plan is a very good thing. It’s a true deal. A little artistic creativity helps. Sometimes you can combine projects and end up with an amazing […]

Comments Off / July 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

California State Fair raises a glass to 161 years of agriculture, fun

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The California State Fair opens this Friday, July 10. For 17 days, visitors to Cal Expo can see farm animals, view crafts and inventions, eat amazing foods on a stick — and sample some fine wines produced by El Dorado County winemakers. Great tastes Our region produced an impressive number of winners in the wine aisle. […]

Comments Off / July 02, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »