The national weather service says there’s a chance of rain before 10pm, then rain and snow between 10pm and 4am, then snow likely after 4am. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
So, cover your kumquats, and any non-frost-resistant plants tonight, and please bring your furry friends inside. They get cold, too.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the historic district goes off rain or shine.
Stay safe and warm!
Does anyone remember the last time we had snow here?
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The Holiday Season is in full swing, and there are lots of fun activities and events scheduled right here in Folsom.
Here are a few:
Friday December 6 – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Historic District. Events run from 6 to 9 and includes train rides on Sutter Street, Santa photos at Sutter and Decatur (bring your own camera), entertainment at the ice rink at 630, and the tree lighting itself at 730. Stick around and enjoy the shops and restaurants along Sutter, and of course, a visit Snook’s for some chocolate. www.historicfolsom.org
Saturday, December 7 - The annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair is a Folsom family tradition. From 8AM to 4PM, Sutter Street is filled with quality arts, crafts and gifts, from over 150 vendors. The fair is the perfect place to complete your holiday shopping plus fun for the whole family! Live music, carolers, face painting and so much more! www.historicfolsom.org
Every weekend until Christmas – Santa Carriage Rides – Palladio Center – 1 to 4pm Saturday and Sunday – Free – www.gopalladio.com
Folsom Zoo – Has their 4th annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights featuring thousands of environmentally-friendly bright and colorful LED lights adorning the Zoo’s grounds, buildings and animal exhibits, and a beautiful enchanted forest of lighted and decorated trees. There’ll be carolers, seasonal refreshments, visits from Santa Claus and the Zoo’s holiday bear mascot, Santa Paws (great photo ops!), animal presentations by Folsom Zoo Docents, and you can ride the miniature live steam Starlight Express train (tickets $4pp) Dates: December 7-8 and December 13-23 Hours: 5-8 p.m. Admission: $5pp (ages under 2 years free) - www.folsom.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation/zoo/calendar.asp
Harris Center for the Arts - Has several holiday presentations, including the Folsom Lake Symphony performing ‘Music of Many Lands’, ’A Charlie Brown Christmas’ with the David Benoit Quartet playing the music made famous by the Vince Guaraldi Quartet on the Charlie Brown Christmas specials. There are two presentations of ‘The Nutcracker’ and more. www.harriscenter.net
December 22 - Powerhouse Pub Blues Christmas Party – 3 -6pm – www.powerhousepub.com
Historic District Ice Rink – Open daily 10am to 10pm through January 20
I think there’s something for everyone in there. Did I miss anything? Post here in the forum:
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Elk Grove resident Maria Kang, the ‘Fit Mom’ previously in hot water for allegedly ‘fat shaming’ women, is back in the news again.
This time, Facebook shut down her page for ‘hate speech’.
What did she say that was so hateful? She reacted to a ‘selfie’ photo campaign for ‘Curvy Girl Lingerie’ in which ‘plus sized’ women were encouraged to photograph themselves in lingerie.
Among other things, Maria wrote, “I woke up this morning to news stories about how overweight nearly obese women should be proud of their bodies. I think we should all accept how any healthy body through good nutrition and exercise manifests but I’m starting to get annoyed and here’s why…”
She went on to decry the rate of obesity in this country, and that it is unhealthy and shouldn’t be celebrated. She listed some facts about obesity and the harm it can cause.
While many supporters agreed and ‘liked’ her comments on Facebook, someone at Facebook did not, and shut down her page.
When word got out, Facebook restored her page (they said it was shut down due to human error), but the post about obesity had been deleted.
What do you think? Is Maria right, or should we accept ourselves and each other the way we are, even if we’re overweight?
Discuss in the forum: http://www.tomatopages.com/folsomforum/index.php?showtopic=39894
Full text of her post:
Last week we asked 3 local chefs to give us their best advice for preparing a the best Thanksgiving dinner. It was great to hear the different opinions of seasoned pros.
Now I know what to do with my turkey, and I’ve got my sides lined up, but what about wine?
My plate is usually loaded with sweet, savory, spicy, creamy, light and heavy goodness. It’s a thing of beauty. Facebook-worthy, really, but I digress. Is there anything that will do all of these flavors justice? Does it even matter at all what you drink?
To find out, I asked 3 local wine experts to weigh in with their opinions. I was pretty surprised at some of their answers. Maybe you will be too. Remember these are only their opinions. They don’t know what you like, but they do have a lot of experience, so I might take some of their advice.
First up, David Dagnino.
by Steve Heard
Thanksgiving is just about here, and if you’re serving turkey, you know that it can be a challenge to get it just right.
I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving turkeys for many years, and though I’ve hit a few home runs, I also recall the time I stuffed one but didn’t know enough to allow for extra time (or just not stuff it at all), and ended up getting the family sick, and I think I followed that up the next year by cooking every last bit of moisture out it leaving it almost inedible. Even my gravy couldn’t save it.
There has to be a happy medium right?
Whether you consider your self a babe lost in the turkey recipe woods, or an expert looking for different turkey recipe or unique sides to rock your Thanksgiving table, this article is for you.
I’ve asked 3 Folsom-based chefs to lend me their expertise and give us tips, tricks and advice on the best turkey recipes, along with their favorite Thanksgiving sides.
What they’ve come up with has me tempted to make them all.
First, a little about our chefs.
by Steve Heard
A few years ago I wanted to sell my car, and to avoid the hassle of having strangers coming to my home to see it, I went to a dealer.
The dealer offered me $3300. When I told him that Kelly Blue Book put the value at closer to $5000, he asked me why I hadn’t sold it to them. I replied that Kelly Blue Book doesn’t buy cars, and he said, ‘I do, and to me it’s worth $3300!’
I often use that example when people tell me what a home is worth according to Zillow ‘Zestimates’. Zillow doesn’t buy homes.
Millions of hopeful home buyers and curious home owners visit Zillow each month, seeking home values and information. Zillow is rich with community information, market data, maps and more, but please don’t rely on it to tell you what your home is worth.
Their ‘Zestimates’, by their own admission, are terribly inaccurate in many cases. These inaccuracies can cost you money. Big money.
The difference between what their Zestimates said properties were worth and what they actually sold for can be vastly different. Take a look at the chart. In Sacramento County for example, they rate themselves 2 out of 4 stars for accuracy. They state that they were within 5% of actual sales price on only 14.9% of homes, and their average margin of error is 15.4%.
That means that if they show your home’s value to be $500,000, they could be off high or low at 15%. There are too many market and property variations that Zillow can’t see or calculate, and it’s just not a reliable source for property values.
This is why when want to take out a loan, whether it be a purchase or a refinance, lenders require you to pay for a professional appraisal costing $400 to $500, and it is why before a bank lists a foreclosed property or accepts a short-sale offer (more…)
Oil and acrylic paintings by Michael Sacramento and mixed media assemblage by Rebecca Casey.
Opening reception, Friday, November 15, from 6:00-8:00pm with refreshments and live music
Also this evening shop early for holiday gifts at the annual Holiday Student Art Sale, and see the winning shots from the Folsom Focus Photography contest.
The holidays are filled with gift-giving and nostalgic memories of childhood toys; for those we wished and for those we received. Perfect for this time of year, the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom will feature “Playtime: the Art of Toys.” Two artists will bring to life those holiday dreams with large-scale acrylic paintings by Michael Sacramento and mixed-media toy assemblages by Rebecca Casey. The exhibit opens on November 15, 2013 and continues through January 9, 2014.
The themes in Michael Sacramento’s work are based on the idea of memory and emotional connections. Each subject is tied to a particular experience – whether childhood, environmental or heritage. The resulting body of work forms the unique representation of his artistic perception. “My paintings of toys are an investigation of the intersection of formalism, pop art and realism as well as an amusing way for me to remember my childhood.” The paintings are created as colorful but slightly aged artifacts that seem like they have been cut from walls and retained for posterity. His work had been in more than twenty exhibitions and featured in various media including the international publication, Filipinas Magazine. In 2009, Michael was offered a solo exhibition in the U.S. national historic landmark International Hotel in San Francisco.
Folsom’s annual 1.5 mile parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the Home Goods/Target parking lot near Blue Ravine and East Bidwell, and ends at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St.
“Remembering our Korean War Veterans” is the theme, and the grand marshal is Purple Heart recipient Retired Army
Sgt. Major Charles Linden.
Come on out and bring the family. This is a fun and at the same time solemn event.
Remember those who served so that we can enjoy the freedom and lifestyle that we do.
The Folsom Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a suspect in an Indecent Exposure case. The suspect pictured below exposed himself in a sexual way to a female employee in a tanning business in Folsom in October 2012. He has been seen at tanning salons throughout the Sacramento Valley area. Police detectives would like to identify and interview this person.
He is described as a white male, 30-35 years old, blonde/light brown hair, blue eyes,5’8″ to 5’10″, 180 lbs, sometimes wears prescription glasses, usually wears casual business attire.
Anyone with information about the identity of this man is asked to contact Detective Timothy Galovich at (916) 355-7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For full details, view this message on the web.
America’s premier cycling event coming to Folsom next year The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will begin in Sacramento and travel through 11 cities during the eight-day, 700-mile event. Folsom is one of 12 host cities.
“The City of Folsom is honored to host the Individual Time Trial of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Mayor Steve Miklos. “Folsom is well known as a cycling community with more than 35 miles of scenic trails along two lakes and a river, across four bridges and through our revitalized Historic District. We look forward to providing a first class welcome to the world’s best cyclists, as well as cycling fans from near and far.” Race organizers announced the host cities at a news conference in Sacramento on Nov. 5.
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