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‘A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas’ brings warmth to Sutter Street

The cast of "Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas" includes the talent of young stage actors Mordecai Gutierrez, Hannah Hurst, Adele Trapp and Brooke Smith, pictured left to right. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

In their poorest winter ever, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa to take over the running of a hotel. When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Perfect recipe for ‘A Hometown Christmas’ brewing

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All the phones are abuzz in Baxter Springs, Mo., this Christmas season because Bobby is coming back to town. That’s Bobby Turner — the same young man who left sweet Donna Winters behind, even though absolutely everyone in town knows the attractive young people are meant to be together. Just ask all the guys at […]

Comments Off / November 29, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Rodgers and Hammerstein love story at Music Circus

Lt. Joseph Cable (Eric Kunze) and Liat (Briahna Yee) fall in love in "South Pacific," produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 22-27. Photo by Charr Crail

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific,” a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22-27. A love story for the ages, “South Pacific” features some of the most beautiful music […]

Comments Off / July 17, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Madeline’s story: Volunteer’s life changed with Mexico experience

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Rolling Hills Christian Church sent its largest-ever mission team to Antochistas, Mexico, right outside of Tijuana earlier this year; 200 kids and 58 adults built eight homes and a church campus. Volunteers also hosted Vacation Bible School and a soccer tournament. Madeline Lenz, 17, was one of those lucky volunteers whose life has forever changed thanks to this experience. The El […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

The best quilt exhibit Susan Laird ever rated: Folsom History Museum delivers a true ‘Bundle of Joy’

On Saturday, May 31, the Folsom History Museum opened its 34th annual vintage quilt and clothing exhibit, “A Bundle of Joy.” I got a sneak preview of the exhibit the day before. And this collection took my breath away. In the five decades I’ve attended quilt shows — starting at my mother’s knee — this […]

Comments Off / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Pioneer Jews of the Gold Rush’ a treasured gem of history

The Gold Rush of 1849 brought people of virtually every race, nationality and ethnicity to the Golden State. If you were ambitious and willing to work hard, you came to the Mother Lode. Among those who came were people of a small, ethnic community. A people historically without a country during that time. A people […]

Comments Off / April 24, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Lincoln returns for Living History Day

In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, Feb. 16. To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Pacific Railroad Act more than 150 years ago, will roam […]

Comments Off / February 06, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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