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Folsom Symphony kicks off 10th season with free EDH concert

Town Center will be the setting for an evening of great music and culture this Thursday, Sept. 19, as the Folsom Symphony kicks off a decade of bringing beautiful music to the region.  Free concert Bring your chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert. And what a concert it will be…no “mini sampler concert” this. It […]

No Comment / September 15, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘All Aboard!’ for 4th annual Folsom RailFest 2013

Enjoy a ride on the Skagit – a motorized railcar – at the Fourth annual Folsom RailFest, Sept. 21-22. Photo courtesy PSVRR

Imagine a time before modern engines. Travelers to California came here through the use of muscle — human and animal. Technology helped some, via sailing ships (and more human muscle). But once you landed here … you walked, rode or drove animals hitched to something. Even Native Americans, who came here via the Bering Strait […]

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

Consider native plants for your garden

By Deborah Nicolls El Dorado County Master Gardener If you are thinking about putting in new landscaping or just enhancing your existing yard, why not consider native plants? There are native plants for every situation in your garden. There are plants that do well in shade, many that do well in full sun and others […]

No Comment / August 29, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Cyclebration – fun for the entire family

School may be under way or starting for most, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get out with the entire family this summer. Folsom celebrates its sixth annual bike festival, Cyclebration, Sept. 6–8. For three days, bike enthusiasts can enjoy 10 events and lots of family fun. Members of the public are welcome […]

No Comment / August 25, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

And now for something completely different … Folding Paper at the Crocker

Paper is a part of the human experience. Whether you hold it in your hands as you enjoy your coffee or employ it in your tablet’s printer, this “consumer staple” is an ancient companion. The First Dynasty Egyptians used the fibers of the papyrus plant to jot down their accomplishments some 6,000 years ago. It […]

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

Soil for gardeners, gardeners for the soil

Only 10 percent of the Earth’s surface is soil. It feeds all of us who grow and move around on the land and air. No soil, no food. Good soil for plant life — including gardening — is about 45 percent minerals (broken down rock) and 4 percent organic material (decomposed plant and animal matter). […]

No Comment / August 04, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Equestrian Excellence’ raises the bar at The Gallery at 48 Natoma

"The Mountain Man" is a bronze statue by Northern California artist Keith Christie. Many of his bronzes and oil paintings, as well as the watercolor paintings of Kara Castro, are on exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Photo by Susan Laird

Folsom is always full of little surprises. In many ways, it’s a microcosm of the Sac Metro area but with a fiercely pioneering and independent flavor. Let me show you the ways: Sacramento has a zoo. Folsom has a zoo. Sacramento has museums. Folsom has museums. Sacramento has branch libraries. Folsom purchased and built its […]

No Comment / July 28, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »