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Prepared youthful artists can meet opportunity in Young at ART

Success, we are told, is where “preparedness meets opportunity.” Or, as one wit put it, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Those in the arts world often work behind the scenes. They work hard. And it is only after much work that the final creation comes forth at an art gallery. If the […]

1 Comment / December 30, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow For It!: Garden resolutions

As 2013 came to a close and we are inspired to do better this year, let’s not forget our gardens. This is a wonderful time to pause, reflect and plan. Stop and consider: Is your garden meeting your needs or are there fundamental changes you want to tackle this year? Are you using resources wisely […]

No Comment / December 27, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘The Art of Life’ is what really matters

The best things in life, they say, are free. That isn’t to say that they are cheap, however. Nothing worth having ever seems to come easily. As we say “good-bye” to 2013, I’ve done some reflecting. What are the things that really matter? For me, this goes beyond my quarterly business planning and goal setting. […]

No Comment / December 18, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Mediterranean herbs

By Joan Jenkins UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener Mediterranean herbs originated around the Mediterranean Sea in Greece, Italy, France, Spain and other lands with a warm sunny climate. They like the alkaline, fast draining soils with good mineral content common to the area. They also prefer full sun, meaning a minimum of six hours […]

No Comment / December 01, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Bagpipes highlight Folsom Symphony Christmas concert

There’s just something about bagpipes. Whether it’s the skirl of the melodies they share or the rhythmic drums that often accompany them, “the pipes” have a romance about them that is undeniable. Scotland’s national instrument is rarely seen outside of Caledonian festivals and funeral services for fallen heroes. And that’s a shame, because this instrument […]

No Comment / December 01, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Giving thanks as we burn calories, benefit community

Autumn is, without question, one of the most beautiful times of the year. The fall color is simply amazing and the crisp morning air just begs us to get out for a morning walk. There is an exterior beauty to be found in our community. Two fall events bring out an interior beauty that is […]

No Comment / November 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Peach Leaf Curl

By Kit Smith UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener Peach Leaf Curl is a fungus called Taphrina deformans. It infects both peach and nectarine trees. Overhead irrigation and rain wash the fungi onto buds and new leaves and from leaf to leaf. The Peach Leaf Curl fungus spores infect the trees through bud scales as the […]

No Comment / November 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »