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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 »

Discovering ‘California’s Gold’ at the State Fair

The big fun during the month of July in our region is, without a doubt, the California State Fair. Moved from the end of August three years ago to mid-July so more youngsters could attend during their summer vacations, the fair is still all about celebrating family, agriculture and the Golden State. This year marks […]

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

Gardening with ease

By Barbara Finley UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener The hands ache, the knees creak, the poor aching back — but look at that beautiful garden! The roses are blooming and oh, so many bees around the lavender … and, yes, there is a butterfly! Plums ripen, pears and apples coming along, but the grass […]

No Comment / June 30, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘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 »