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‘Daycation’ right here in the El Dorado County area

Summer is here, and that means abundant activities for everyone in the family! Some of us will spend the next month or so travelling to wild, exotic locations. Others can visit equally wild, exotic locations within an easy drive of home. After all, we live in one of the most desirable locations on planet Earth. […]

No Comment / June 23, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Film not quite “Epic” but good

“Epic” is a mixture of several stories we’ve seen before — “The Littles,” “Avatar,” “The Wizard of Oz” and ”Honey I Shrunk The Kids.” Teenager Mary Katherine (aka M.K., played by Amanda Seyfried) goes to live with her eccentric father (Jason Sudeikis) after her mother dies (which is barely mentioned so it will go right over most […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Strolling Through the Garden’ a reflective feast for the eyes

Antique quilts, vintage clothing and sewing tools (from patterns to notions and more) are all part of the celebration of an American art form on show right now at the Folsom History Museum. Photo by Susan Laird

Quilts are many things to many people. They are tactile — physically warm and cuddly. Quilts are visual, sometimes colorfully patterned. Oftentimes textured with thousands of tiny stitches, they feature intricate patterns in neutral spaces and highlight focal points. Some quilts smell of lavender, rose or cedar from the linen cabinets where they are stored. […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘A Night in History’ dedicated to preserving our region’s history

We live in a part of the world that is rich in natural wonders. Men and women came here for nature’s bounty, beginning with the ancient Maidu Indians. Pioneers followed in the 1800s, establishing ranchos and eventually gold mines. Aerojet, Intel, DST and other companies followed in the modern era, leading to a new kind […]

No Comment / May 14, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony kicks off summer with ‘Made in America’

Time certainly flew this arts season. The Folsom Symphony will be closing out its 2012-13 season on May 17 & 18. But with its emphasis on “Made in America,” it actually feels more like a celebration of the beginning of an American summer. Think about it: high school and college commencements, family gatherings on the […]

No Comment / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

May gardening in El Dorado Hills

By Kit Smith UCCE/ El Dorado County Master Gardener Happy May Day! Here are some tasks to get your garden started and to keep it thriving. Plant summer bulbs such as dahlia, gladiolus, canna and tuberose. Start feeding roses with a complete fertilizer. Test and repair your irrigation system. Keep feeding acid-loving plants such as […]

No Comment / April 24, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

The art of simply ‘letting go’

When my daughter was born some 20 years ago, Mom and Dad came to stay with us for those first days at home with the new baby. I’d had a high-risk pregnancy and a difficult, 19-hour delivery. My husband and I were exhausted. I was scared to death by the responsibility of taking care of […]

3 Comments / March 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »