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Susan Laird

California’s state fair a real honey

This year the focus is on agriculture at the California State Fair. To be sure, there are concerts and entertainments galore. Deep-fried goodies on a stick, too. When you meander through the indoor and outdoor exhibits, though, it is rather refreshing to see a focus on what foods are produced in the Golden State, the […]

Wholesome family fare at Northern California’s ‘other’ big fair

On Friday two of Northern California’s biggest fairs open to the public. Both offer unique experiences. Both have long traditions. The one I’m sharing with you today, however, is “the little fair that delivers” — in a big way — for 10 full, fun-packed days. And it’s got shade. Path to adventure The Stanislaus County […]

Untold stories of El Dorado Hills, Folsom revealed

Once upon a time, there was a group of people that wanted to preserve the history of the tri-county area. Some were the sons and daughters of pioneers. Others were newcomers who fell in love with this region. All were committed to preserving the stories of Folsom, Clarksville/El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova and the […]

The art of living life to the full

It’s funny how we humans pursue success. There are many ways to go about it. No matter the approach, a successful life (from what I’ve also observed) takes tremendous heart. It requires action and a level head. And it’s not easy. So, what are some of the fundamentals in crafting the “life of no regrets?” […]

June 21, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Folsom Lake Symphony’s ‘Festa Italiana’ a feast for the musical soul

In Italian “festa” simply translates as “festival.” But in actuality an Italian festa is so much more. Within the culture it celebrates the life of a Christian saint. The faithful joyfully attend Mass. Homes and plazas sport decorations. Traditional foods, with recipes handed down for generations, comfort the body as well as the soul. Small […]

May 24, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Celebrating a decade of beauty in Folsom’s Civic Center

One of the blessings of living in the tri-counties area is the vast amount of opportunity to experience life to the fullest. Whether your interests lean to the great outdoors or to the infinite worlds of the arts, there is something for you. This week, our focus is on the Gallery at 48 Natoma in […]

May 10, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Bridge tournament revival in the cards for EDH Library

Life is like a game of cards, said Jawaharlal Nehru. The hand you are dealt represents determination. The way you play it is free will. The El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library took that saying to heart. In 2011 the group shut down its annual bridge tournament fundraiser. Times were tough. It was time to give […]

April 12, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,
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