Buttered and Salty: Only The Brave

ONLY THE BRAVE *  *  * PG-13,  2 h 13 min – Biography, Drama  “Only the Brave” is a well-made, although routine, film that is enhanced by the casting of its 20 firefighters who battled one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history. The film — based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots — […]

EDH Friends putting on the ritz with A Night at the Library

This year marks the fifth anniversary for the El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library fall fundraiser. This year, the volunteers selected a “Great Gatsby” theme for the Night at the Library on Nov. 12. The event features wine tasting from six local wineries (“giggle water” in 1920s slang), appetizers from a dozen restaurants, a […]

Buttered and Salty: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 *  *  *  1/2 R, 2 h 43 min – Sci-fi, Thriller  “Blade Runner 2049,” like its predecessor, is about what it means to be human. Unlike the original “Blade Runner” (1982), the advent of social media, advanced artificial intelligence, virtual reality, operating systems that feed us information and self-driving cars have made this film […]

October 11, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Preserve it! Olives

By Sue Hale UCCE Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County Last year my husband and I picked olives from a local farm. The owners were not producing olive oil that year, so they opened it up for picking. We were very excited since we had seen a UCCE Master Food Preserver demonstration the year […]

October 11, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Leap into fall with these colorful events

Autumn is here at last. While June may be “ busting out all over,” October is one of the most colorful months of the year. There is so much to see and do. Up the Hill The family farms at Apple Hill in Camino are ready to welcome you with a steaming cup of hot […]

October 04, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Grow for it! Sneaky weeds

By Joye Gephart and Susan Corey-McAlpine UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” — Doug Larson Admirable? Without a doubt: weeds outcompete the seedlings of desirable species for soil moisture, crowd out native plants, change the structure […]

October 04, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Buttered and Salty: ‘Wonder Woman’

Wonder Woman * * * 1/2 PG-13, 2 hours, 21 minutes Action, Adventure, Fantasy New home video release — Blu-ray, DVD, Streaming Not since Christopher Reeve donned the bright red boots of the Man of Steel in “Superman: The Movie” (1978) has an actor been born to play a role like Gal Gadot has in […]

September 27, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,