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Pushing the envelope: Auto design drives the future

The Lincoln Navigator concept SUV features dramatic gull-wing doors, a staircase and a large closet in the back. Photo by Susan Laird
 

The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” This is especially true when it comes to the vehicles Americans drive. Auto design is iconic in our history. Think of it: the early horseless carriages in the rolling […]

Comments Off / April 10, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Gardening with a Mediterranean thumb

By Alice Cantelow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County You’ve probably heard the term “Mediterranean climate” bandied about. Yes, that is the official name for the pattern of cool, wet (usually) winters and hot, dry summers found in our area below about 3,000 feet. But did you know just how rare our climate is? […]

Comments Off / March 31, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

LUNAFEST film festival showcases the value of empowering women

“First World Problems,” directed by Hanna Maylett, is a film from Finland about a tired homemaker. She loses her car in a shopping mall and discovers that sometimes problems can open a door to a whole new world. Courtesy photo
 

Years ago I read about a man who put his daughter through college debt-free. His friends ridiculed him. They told him: “You will never get a return on that money. She will just get married and have kids. If you had a son, he could have joined the family business with a college education.” The […]

Comments Off / March 27, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Master Food Preservers: The best time of the year — for lemons

By Sari Cochrane A winter garden is beautiful, especially to a UCCE Master Preserver. The season’s bounty can be found in a search among the gothic branches and bramble of the foothills and unpruned gardens. Rosehips and kiwi are at their best, but both put up a fight so wear long gloves. Another garden warrior […]

Comments Off / March 20, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Celebrate ‘the craft’ of fine furniture and Oak Ridge art at 48 Natoma

“Rocking Chair” by Gary Foster. The fine furniture craftsmanship of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, March 18 to May 5. Courtesy photo

No matter what area of human endeavor one looks at, one eventually finds those who pursue excellence to the point where that field becomes a true art form. Or, as those perfection seekers call it, “the craft.” This week, a group of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will display the work […]

Comments Off / March 13, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for It! Planting in containers

Sue McDavid UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Do you love lots of colorful bloom and foliage but only have a small plot for gardening? If that is the case, container gardening is the answer. So many different and colorful plants can be used, which can easily be changed out for the different seasons. […]

Comments Off / February 29, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Amador County wine tour beckons to the Cellar Door

Enjoy wine tastings, great food and even an opportunity to take scenic photos on the wine trail of Amador County’s “Behind the Cellar Door,” March 5-6. Photo by Susan Laird

Easter is early this year, but spring is right on time. The daffodils are blooming in El Dorado Hills, and that is a sign that it must be time for Amador County’s famous annual wine tour. Behind the Cellar Door This annual wine event is held in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley just to the south […]

Comments Off / February 21, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »