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Heard Around Folsom – Full Lake, Red’s Blues, Wine and Dine,

Have you seen or heard? Folsom Lake is 96% full, which is 120% of the average for this time of year.  The lake level usually peaks about June 1, and the dam operators draw down from there, usually bottoming around December 1. I don’t know if this means a nice long boating season, as we still

Heard Around Folsom…Runnin’ with Mom… WB5… Art, Wine and Beer

It’s Mother’s Day Weekend, and Heard Around Folsom’s got some great tips for you! Celebrate mom all weekend, and kick it off at the Powerhouse Pub to with the Wonderbread 5. WB5 is Sac’s fun and favorite party band, playing the hits from the 70’s to now. Come see how mom used to dance. You

Folsom Home Prices Surge – Highest in 12 years

It’s time once again for a quick look at Folsom housing numbers. The train keeps on rolling, and despite rising interest rates and low inventory, more buyers are jumping on board, and driving prices higher. According to TrendGraphix,  for April 2018, Folsom home prices sold for an average of $262 per square foot.  That is

Heard Around Folsom – Cinco, Cars, and Cops

Well folks, it’s Cinco de Mayo weekend, and the margaritas will be flowing. Lots of parties to choose from. Hacienda del Rio‘s got live bands from 5 to 10p in their parking lot… Powerhouse Pub‘s got Inspector 71 playing, with dj at Scarlet’s… Cantina Alley in Sac has a party goin’ on from 3 to

For Better or Worse, LimeBike is Coming

LimeBike Bikeshare is coming to Folsom, and my guess is you’re either going to love it or hate it. What’s a limebike? LimeBike is a dockless bike-sharing company based in San Mateo, and they have plans on bringing 200 bikes to Folsom and Rancho Cordova. What’s dockless bike-sharing?

Dinner and a Movie, Garden Tour, and Murder…

Hey Folks, Heard Around Folsom’s got some tips for a great weekend… The Back Bistro is now open in their new location at the Palladio Center. Congrats to Jeff and Gail Back for successfully serving outstanding food, wine, cocktails and company for 10 years! They’re next door to the movie theater, making it great for

Wine Tasting, Cars, Coffee, Antiques…

Spring has kicked into high gear, and this will be a great weekend to get out and celebrate it… Let’s start with our weekly car show. Did you know we’ve got one? That’s right, ‘Cars and Coffee’ happens every Saturday from 8am to 10am at the Palladio Center, and features classic cars from the 20’s and

Changing of the Guard at Folsom PD, Arts and Crafts Fair, Dancing, Folsom Expo and More

  Interesting stuff going on around town… I popped by the Folsom Community Center yesterday to join about 50 others in saying goodbye to Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud. Among the crowd were some of her officers, some city workers, and regular citizens who wanted to show appreciation for her 7 years of service. She’s

Folsom River District Community Workshop

What do you think should be done with the land along the American River/Lake Natoma in Folsom? Do you envision parks? Housing? Retail? Restaurants and bars? Maybe you think it should be left alone. Whatever your opinion, here’s your opportunity to share it tonight, at the Folsom River District Community Workshop. This is your opportunity

Term Limits, Campaign Contributions and How We Select our Mayor to be Discussed Tonight

Judging from the pre-game buzz, expect a large vocal crowd at tonight’s City Council meeting. At stake are revisions that could change the face of Folsom politics for years to come. Mark Twain once said, ‘politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.’

Trails…Easter Eggs…Beer…Love and Theft

Spring has Sprung! Folsom is beautiful year round, but especially in spring. Flowers and trees blooming, sun shining, and the trails full of runners, walkers and cyclists, which reminds me; be nice to each other and share the trail. Slow down, and pick up after yourself and your dog…Spring also means it’s time for the

Snow Pack Gets Huge Boost – Is it Enough?

At the end of February, the Sierra Snow Pack was a dismal 22% of normal. The media and social networking sites were abuzz with predictions of gloom and doom. Then March came along, with a series of storms dumping massive amounts of snow, bringing the statewide average to 58%.

Heard Around Folsom…new bike bridge…art exhibit…more…

Interesting stuff coming up…Folsom Parks & Rec is hosting a community workshop for the Proposed Humbug-Willow Creek Trail Crossing. They’re considering erecting a bridge to enable cyclists and pedestrians to cross Folsom Blvd to access the trails. As one who’s been frequently stuck at that crossing signal long after a cyclist has passed, I’m all

March Miracle? Storms Bring Relief to Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake’s storage has risen by a whopping 78,000 acre feet over the past week, as storms brought much-needed rain to the region. Current storage is at about 610,000 acre feet, which is 104% of the average storage for this time of year, with more rain expected next week. Better yet, the storms dumped several

Guest Blogger Seth Murphy on 8 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Recent news suggests that due to rising mortgage rates, a labor shortage, building fees, regulations, and other factors, there may be fewer homes for sale in the near future. This can mean a quick and easy sale if you decide to sell, or that you may find yourself unable to find the right home, and

Folsom’s Roundhouse, featuring Scott’s Seafood and Willamette Wine Works Coming Soon

A project over 10 years in the making, the Folsom Round House is finally taking shape. This mixed-use building is the brainchild of developer Jerry Bernau, and is part of the multi-phase project known as Historic Folsom Station, known locally as ‘the Railroad Block’. The first phase was the public parking garage, followed by the

Tap into a Cold One Festival Kicks off Folsom Beer Week

Tap Into A Cold One is the kickoff to Folsom’s first annual beer week! January 27th from 4-7pm 40+ breweries will take over the parking garage at the Palladio at Broadstone. These 40+ breweries will have a chance to showcase their new brews for 2018 and highlight what they have going on in Folsom for

Cajun Night Returns! Michel Doucet with Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Two of the finest roots music fiddle players on the planet — Michael Doucet and Tom Rigney — are joining forces for a series of live performances in Northern California and making a stop at Harris Center in Folsom! Backed by Rigney’s hot band, Flambeau, the show will feature material from their critically acclaimed CD,

New Book Chronicles “THE STORY OF EL DORADO HILLS” by one of its Founding Fathers

Carl Kowall has the notable distinction of being one of the first eight residents of El Dorado Hills, and one of the men who helped create what is today one of the Sacramento Region’s most thriving communities—one that almost never came to be. “My wife and I were one of the first four families who

MyFolsom’s Predictions for the 2018 Local Housing Market

Well, it’s that time of year, when all of the experts, naysayers and blowhards come out with their predictions for the housing market. I fall into one or more of those categories, so I thought I’d toss in my two-cents. I take all of my experience,  my observations, market trends, news reports, rumors and scuttlebutt,

Folsom Housing Market Holding Steady

The November Folsom real estate numbers are in, and there’s little surprise.  It is typically one of the slowest months of the year, with cooler weather,  fewer daylight hours, and folks taking time off and turning their attention toward the holidays. Pending home sales were up slightly, at 59, compared to 54 for the same

Folsom’s Curtis Gaesser Nominated for Grammy

Folsom High Music Teacher Curtis Gaesser has been named a finalist for the Grammy “Music Educator of the Year” Award. Mr. Gaesser was named one of ten Finalists out of more than 2300 applications for the esteemed Educator of the Year Award for 2018. The honor is presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy

Fantastic Folsom Family Friendly Christmas Events this Weekend!

Christmas time is here, and Folsom does it right! Kicking things off tonight is our annual tree lighting celebration. Taking place at the amphitheater in the Historic District, this family-friendly event features, train rides, visits with Santa, face-painting, caroling and more!  Be sure to visit the Greater Folsom Partnership booth for treats and a great

More info on Palladio Robbery Suspects

  The suspects from Friday morning’s robbery at the Palladio Center are described as Hispanic males in their late teens. The attached photo shows their appearance just before the robbery. They are both thin, one was described as 5′-10″ and the other was described as 5′-7″ tall. Detectives are following leads but anyone with information

How Desperate are Buyers in the San Francisco Real Estate Market?

We’ve heard it all before, a ‘tear down’ sells for $800,000 here, a small house with bay views sells for $2,000,000 there, but for me this San Francisco real estate story takes the cake. I just sold a smelly, 117 year old, 1200 square foot, major fixer of a home, only steps away from a homeless

What’s Folsom’s Own Christina Mendonsa been up to Since Leaving News10? Check it out!

When veteran journalist and Folsom resident Cristina Mendonsa left News10 in June,  many of us wondered about her next move.  Would she go to another station? Another career? Another town? We caught up with Cristina today, and she said that although she’s currently interviewing in other media markets, she is happily producing a new series on Folsom, because,

Take Me to the River! Legends in Concert!

Coming to Folsom’s Harris Center October 12 is a show you don’t want to miss! Inspired by the award-winning documentary of the same name, Take Me To The River brings the masters of blues, soul and R&B together on one stage for an unforgettable journey through the Soul of American Music. This show features legends

How to Settle in to Your New Neighborhood

Whether you are moving to the other side of town or relocating half-way across the country, moving can be a bit nerve-wracking. The United States Census Bureau reports that 11.2 percent of the population moved in 2016 – that adds up to a lot of people who need to become acquainted with a new community.

Five tips for a Fabulous Folsom Live!

Folsom Live is happening September 23, and it just may be the best one yet. They’ve got a great lineup of everything from blues, to country and even disco.  There will be food trucks, cocktails, craft beers and more.  To get the most out of Live!, you may need a little advice. I’ve volunteered for,

Killer Lineup for Folsom Live!

Folsom Live! returns the Folsom’s Historic District this coming Saturday, September 23rd. The band selection crew never ceases to amaze in their ability to put together something for everyone, and this year is no exception. You’ll find blues, classic rock, funk, and reggae and more. Headlining this year is the soulful blues rock Tommy Castro and

Folsom Home Sales Drop 30% – Dip or Blip?

Folsom home sales declined sharply in August, closing only 74 units, compared to 105 in July, and 105 for August 2016. What’s the cause?  I’m not quite sure. Interest rates remain low, as does unemployment, and the experts say the economy is steadily improving.

Which Wich Opens in Folsom

Which Wich Superior sandwiches opened their latest newest location, here in Folsom today. Owner Hitesh Patel and his two extended family members, Amit and Dipan Patel, are excited to bringing the first Which Wich to the Folsom community.  Which Wich is known for its ordering system, in which customers use red sharpies to mark up and customize their

3 New Restaurants Coming to Palladio

Palladio Center is growing again with three new restaurants opening soon. Jeff and Gail Back, owners of the Back Bistro, have announced that they will be moving their restaurant to the center, near the Palladio 16 movie theaters.  Construction has just begun. www.backbistro.com Lazy Dog, a Huntington Beach based chain, which has menus for both

Hot Nights, Cool Jazz – Ray Obiedo Comes to Folsom

MyFolsom.com is proud to present internationally known contemporary jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo in concert on Friday August 25 at 630pm, at Folsom City Lions Park. Whether through his solo work, playing as a sideman, touring or producing, Obiedo has carved out a musical career spanning over four decades. With a wide range of influences, from