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Third annual LUNAFEST film festival to benefit community

One of the great things about America is that when we want to bring awareness to an issue (or issues), we take can use the medium of film. The Soroptimist Club of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills, which focuses its efforts on improving the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spring into action with these Amador County activities

Thousands of blooms perfume the air when spring comes to McLaughlin's Daffodill Hill Ranch in Amador County. The popular venue opened on Monday, due to the early warm weather. Photo courtesy of Amador Chamber of Commerce

There are always things to do in and around our community, but once the weather starts warming our soil … activities seem to take off as fast as a gardener’s weeding schedule. If you’ve never driven through the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County in the spring sunshine, you haven’t experienced God’s Country yet. This place […]

2 Comments / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Marcelle Lender," 1895, color lithograph. Private collection, Amsterdam

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Calling all citrus lovers

By Phyllis Lee UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Do you love the smell of citrus? Citrus can be grown in our county’s lower elevations or in microclimates where there aren’t cold air basins. Before you buy this decorative, fruiting tree there are several things to take into consideration. There are many varieties of […]

Comments Off / February 01, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Quilt Show to mark 30 years of excellence

It takes talent and a lot of effort to put on a quilt show. It takes even more to produce a show that draws visitors from all over the western United States. Now, keep that up for three decades … and you have the remarkable members of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. On the […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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” […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »