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City Scene: There’s no place like Folsom for summer fun

By: Kerry Miller, Folsom City Manager
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Folsom offers an abundance of cool summer activities for residents and visitors of all ages and interests. This is the perfect time of year to stay in town, save gas and take advantage of a multitude of extraordinary offerings within our city’s boundaries. For many, Folsom’s summer kicks off with the Cattle Drive and Folsom Pro Rodeo. Tomorrow evening’s Cattle Drive and parade down Historic Sutter Street are a warm-up for the 51st Annual Folsom Pro Rodeo, and a perfect place to celebrate patriotism. The popular Rodeo features an incredible fireworks display, mutton busting, roping and riding events and live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. As temperatures soar, many feel the draw of cooling water. Our Aquatic Center’s three pools and shaded lounging areas provide a wonderful respite for families and beginning-to-advanced swimmers. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, including Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake, attracts water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking and fishing enthusiasts. Music fills the air at City Lions Park during the free Concerts in the Park series offered by our Parks and Recreation Department. After taking a break tomorrow night, the concerts resume on July 8 and continue on Friday evenings through the end of July. I have taken two of my grandchildren to the concerts and we had great fun. Those interested in the arts may choose to explore the City’s exceptional Gallery at 48 Natoma Street. Our upcoming exhibit, open to all with free admission, showcases “Pastels in Light” from the Pastel Society of the West Coast beginning July 15. Art lovers may also enjoy the Second Saturdays on Historic Sutter Street featuring art walks, tastings and live entertainment on July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. Our revitalized Historic District also offers Thursday Night Markets and a Sunday morning farmers market. Stop by to support your favorite merchants, discover new businesses, dine outdoors or explore the wonderful Folsom History Museum. Folsom has approximately 34 miles of recreational trails that meander through our community and link to the American River Parkway. These picturesque trails offer an ideal location for a peaceful early morning or evening walk, bicycle ride or run. Escaping with a good book is a summer ritual for many of us. The Folsom Public Library offers an abundance of reading material and special programs for toddlers, teens, adults and seniors. Stop by to learn more about book clubs and special programs. The remarkable Three Stages at Folsom Lake College kicks off its 2011-12 season next month. This beautiful new facility has greatly enriched the performing arts experience in our community. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to visit this dynamic facility. Folsom is indeed a unique community that provides a wonderful quality of life for those of us lucky enough to live here, and an enjoyable destination for visitors. I welcome your comments at kmiller@folsom.ca.us. Kerry Miller is the city manager for Folsom.