California Museum celebrates life with Día de los Muertos exhibit

In mere days we celebrate Halloween — also known as All Hallows Eve. It’s a fun, sometimes creepy holiday. But there’s more to this seasonal favorite than meets the eye. In the ancient Christian tradition All Hallows Eve is the vigil, or day before, All Saints Day — Nov. 1. The next day, Nov. 2, is […]

October 26, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Folsom Lake Symphony autumn offering to be a Rhythmic Heat

Works dedicated to the New World by two North American composers and a Frenchman take the stage at the Harris Center, as the Folsom Lake Symphony performs its Rhythmic Heat concert on Oct. 22. A living composer Arturo Márquez is regarded as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — Mexican composers of […]

October 12, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Grow For It! Unearthing the secrets to healthy soil

Ola Jane Gow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Are you thinking of removing your lawn for a more drought tolerant landscape? Perhaps you have recently moved and want to start a garden. Maybe your flowerbeds are tired and need a facelift. The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County will host an in-depth workshop […]

October 05, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Abundant autumn activities in our own backyard

Getting outside the four walls of daily assaults on our sensibilities is not only healthy, it adds meaning and zest to life. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to get outside and away from the chaos. Charge the batteries. Embrace the good things in life. Big Crush This weekend, Oct. 1–2, is the […]

September 28, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Find fresh fruit and family fun at Apple Hill

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 […]

September 14, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Folsom Lake Symphony will have you Dancin’ in the Street

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 […]

August 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

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 […]

August 17, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,