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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 »

Grow for it! Should I avoid parasitoids?

Mary Tran UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County No, but the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug definitely should. You already know from the last update that the BMSB is an invasive pest that arrived from Asia in the 1990s. It is a problem because it eats (actually, it sucks out the juices of) many kinds […]

Comments Off / June 06, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Warhol: Portraits speaks to the creative mind in Crocker exhibit

Andy Warhol, "Self-Portrait," 1986. 
Photo courtesy of the Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

It seems like only yesterday that I was walking through the “bones” of the new expansion to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Wearing a hard hat and with a photographer in tow, we heard promises of amazing exhibits to come. There would be expansive galleries and appropriate archival lighting. Six years later, the promise […]

Comments Off / May 26, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 […]

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