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Find fresh fruit and family fun at Apple Hill

 Baked goods abound at Apple Hill. These treats — apple pie, apple donuts, apple strudel and even a blueberry dumpling came from Boa Vista Orchards in Camino. Photo by Susan Laird
 

Labor Day weekend is behind us. The kids and grandkids are in school. The days are alternating between warm and cooler. Sunsets are earlier. The rhythms of autumn are here. And so are time-honored local traditions. One of these hallowed customs is an annual trip up the hill to Apple Hill. A little history Sixteen […]

Comments Off / September 08, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony will have you Dancin’ in the Street

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Put on your dancing shoes, the Folsom Lake Symphony is kicking off the 2016–2017 season in Town Center with a selection of toe-tapping favorites that will have you Dancin’ in the Street. The annual symphony al fresco is on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Steven Young Amphitheater in El Dorado Hills. It […]

Comments Off / August 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Master Food Preservers: What happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen

One of the first unofficial lessons UCCE Master Food Preservers learn is there are few failures, just product redefinitions. Jams and jellies that refuse to set are relabeled syrup; if they set too hard they become candy. If a jar doesn’t seal, it goes in the fridge. However, there are strict processing rules as defined […]

Comments Off / August 11, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

California Museum tells the story of Golden State voting

AND IN THE FUTURE? — This prototype voting machine, in development for Los Angeles County, may be how Californians vote in the future.

If you think this year’s election cycle is wild and wooly, you ain’t seen nuthin’ ’til you see the featured exhibit at The California Museum in Sacramento. A chronicle of over 165 years of the Golden State’s election history, the exhibit explores the evolution of how Californians vote. From campaign materials to ballots to voting […]

1 Comment / August 07, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it!: Don’t miss the big “demonstration”

The Cottage Garden at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville features beautiful plants that can grow in small spaces. Courtesy photo

Kate Halvorson UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County There’s a weekly demonstration in El Dorado County that you shouldn’t miss: It’s free and guaranteed to “plant” passion in your soul. The demonstration is the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County’s Sherwood Demonstration Garden, located behind Folsom Lake College – El Dorado Center, 6699 […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

David Vs. Goliath: Relax and imagine the fun at the Stanislaus County Fair

Enjoy traditional rides, shade trees, and food on a stick at the Stanislaus County Fair.
Photo by Susan Laird

 The California State Fair opens just 33 minutes down the hill from us on Friday, July 8. There will be big fun at the fair — lots to see and do. Our county fair, held just a few weeks ago, is now a memory. But did you know there are more county fairs out there? […]

Comments Off / July 05, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

New rides, competitions and exhibits at 2016 California State Fair

Hot summer nights are a staple at the California State Fair. This year, four new rides will give fairgoers thrills and chills. Susan Laird Arts & Entertainment columnist The hot days of summer are now upon us, and that can mean only one thing: the California State Fair must be right around the corner. This […]

Comments Off / June 23, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »