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Susan Laird

LUNAFEST film festival showcases the value of empowering women

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 […]

March 30, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Young virtuoso and famous violin make U.S. debut in Folsom

Patrons of the Folsom Lake Symphony are in for a rare treat next month.  Not only will the music and the performances be remarkable … so will the appearance of a talented soloist and his historical violin. The Spirit of Freedom is the theme for The Folsom Lake Symphony’s upcoming concert on Saturday, April, 2 […]

March 23, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

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

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 […]

March 16, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Amador County wine tour beckons to the Cellar Door

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 […]

February 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Folsom Lake Symphony dons new name, romance and destiny

As Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches, one of the more romantic activities available to folks in our neck of the woods — a musical evening at the The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom — is nearly sold out. Always entertaining, this musical season holds some surprises. Name changes Last year, the host of this event […]

February 03, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Documenting at the speed of life: Social media yearbooks

In this day and age, many agree: Life is what you make of it. Parents and grandparents for centuries admonished the young to mind their “Ps and Qs.” In other words, “practice good manners, make a good impression, stay honest and keep your integrity.” The faith community makes it even more specific: follow the Ten […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Art of the app: Roll up your Christmas list with a few

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. As we go to press, Advent is nearly over, Christmas is around the corner and New Year’s Day is just a little over a week out. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping is done by now. But just in case you forgot someone, here are a few iOS […]

December 23, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,
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