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New rides, competitions and exhibits at 2016 California State Fair

Hot summer nights are a staple at the California State Fair. This year, four new rides will give fairgoers thrills and chills. Susan Laird Arts & Entertainment columnist The hot days of summer are now upon us, and that can mean only one thing: the California State Fair must be right around the corner. This […]

June 29, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Grow for it! Should I avoid parasitoids?

Mary Tran UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County No, but the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug definitely should. You already know from the last update that the BMSB is an invasive pest that arrived from Asia in the 1990s. It is a problem because it eats (actually, it sucks out the juices of) many kinds […]

June 08, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Warhol: Portraits speaks to the creative mind in Crocker exhibit

It seems like only yesterday that I was walking through the “bones” of the new expansion to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Wearing a hard hat and with a photographer in tow, we heard promises of amazing exhibits to come. There would be expansive galleries and appropriate archival lighting. Six years later, the promise […]

June 01, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Folsom Lake Symphony to close season with Hollywood Hits

Many of us grew up listening to famous conductor Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. As a kid, I always wondered why it was called a “Pops” orchestra. Did it have something to do with popcorn? I never heard any popping sounds. What was the deal? Well, to put it simply, the “pops” stands […]

May 25, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

UCCE Master Food Preservers: Dehydrating herbs

Geny Cassady UCCE Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County Spring brings the beginning of the growing season in our area. You might be planning your garden or even already starting seedlings inside. With all of your vegetables, be sure to include some herbs. They are easy enough for the beginning gardener to grow and […]

May 04, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Grow for it! Geraniums and pelargoniums

Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Geraniums and pelargoniums are easy to grow perennials and familiar to both gardener and flower lover. The most common geraniums are pelargoniums. True geraniums are called geraniums or cranesbills. Both geraniums and pelargoniums are in the Geraniaceae family, but each is a different genus and with […]

May 04, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Experience California’s connection to the Run for the Roses

The first weekend in May in America is reserved for the Sport of Kings — thoroughbred horse racing. For 142 years, aficionados of this pastime have turned their eyes to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is the first jewel in the Triple […]

May 04, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,
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