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Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages

Violinist Linda Wang is the soloist at the Folsom Symphony’s Tales of Love concert on Feb. 14. She joins the orchestra for the second selection, “The Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto. It is the first Chinese composition the Folsom Symphony has performed. Written for a western-style orchestra, the flowery, melodious piece is played using some Chinese techniques.

Classical music is for every age. It stirs the passions of the young. It revives the memories of the old. And it’s certainly not boring. Some 15 years ago, I attempted to get this concept across to my third-grade daughter. For her very first concert, I took her to a matinee at the San Francisco […]

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Grow for it! Is that plant out of place?

By Penny Villanueva UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Remember the hidden picture games children play? Sometimes out-of-place plants in gardens are hidden to one person, yet to another they can stand out like a burnt tree. Noticing misplaced plants in the garden depends on the observers’ perspective. Even the mention of “exotic plants” […]

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Ring in the New Year with glamour and glitz

We can’t all travel to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City. Not all of us would want to deal with the hassle anyway. Fortunately, there is an elegant option that is just a few miles from El Dorado Hills. The Rotary Club of Folsom is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration in that […]

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Santa Claus, Santa Paws and chilly December delights

Ah, December. The kids are finishing up school before the winter break. College students will soon return home. There will be hot cocoa, the scent of Christmas trees and cinnamon in the air … and lots to do in and around town for the entire family.   Where the wild things are I have it […]

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Grow for it! Identifying conifers in your neighborhood

The most common pine trees in El Dorado Hills are the Pine, Fir, Spruce and Douglas Fir. And the most familiar species are the Ponderosa, Scotch and Digger pine and White Fir and Douglas Fir. Pinacaea, pine trees, are one family in the Coniferophyta Order. Conifers bear seeds on cones or cone-like structures and their […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Burn calories as you stroll through neighborhoods, global wonderland

Walking in a Global Wonderland — There are lots of exercise options available to families this Thanksgiving, including two regional fun runs and a new venue at Cal Expo. The Global Winter Wonderland will feature holiday themes as well as lantern designs of famous world landmarks. Courtesy photo

It’s here: that time of grocery store endcaps filled with stuffing, Jell-O, savory spices and decadent desserts. Two weeks and counting to Thanksgiving in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Bring on the pumpkin pie … and the inevitable calories. This a feast. A time of celebration and family. It’s a time to celebrate the good in […]

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Grow for it! Autumn MORE

As the days grow shorter and nights longer, the garden needs different attention for the autumn season and to prepare it for winter. Clean up under trees and shrubs and in flowering beds to reduce the risk of future diseases, weeds and pests and apply organic mulch to protect roots. Remove all spent plant parts […]

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