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Azerbaijan Observatory Mission

The website of the Informational Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries was created according to the principles and objectives of the Washington Declaration adopted at the GUAM Summit held on 24 April 1999; the Protocol on Cultural Co-operation among the GUAM partners, signed on 20 July 2002 in Yalta; the decision adopted at the GUAM Summit on 3-4 July 2003 in Yalta; International conference, entitled "East-West Intercultural Dialogue: creation of a cultural corridor" held on 9-10 July 2003 in Baku; as well as the recommendations adopted at the International Conference on Creation of Europe-Caucasus-Asia Cultural Policy Observatory of GUAM Countries held on 5-6 May 2005 in Baku.

unesco LogoThe Protocol on co-operation of the Organization for democracy and economic cooperation - GUAM member-states in the cultural field for 2007-2010 years also implies improvement of regular exchange of information in order to widely lighten up the actual events of the cultural life and strengthen historical ties of nations in the frames of the Informational Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries.

The main goals and targets of the Informational Observatory on Cultural Policy of GUAM countries:

Support regional cultural co-operation through preservation of cultural heritage and promotion of art creativity;
Consolidate the understanding of common cultural and heritage values as contribution to the reinforcement of existing regional co-operation;
Promotion of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and social stability of GUAM countries;
The study of the cultural policy innovative approaches in order to promote at national and international levels;
Provision of an operative exchange of information in the spheres of cultural policy, management and marketing as well as cultural tourism;
Contribution to realization of the Action Plan of UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

Azerbaijan Expected results:

Mainstreaming cultural diversity into cultural policy agendas at national and international levels, promotion of intercultural dialogue;
Contribution to the social stability and prosperity of the region by developing and implementation of common cultural programs and projects as well as cultural tourism routes;
Contribution to development of the traditional arts, crafts, languages and copyright by the means of promotion, legal protection and virtual marketing;
Effective co-operation between GUAM countries in the field of culture and tourism, exchange of information, experience and specialists, safeguarding of common cultural and natural heritage in Azerbaijan


Folsom's Favorite Night Out!

Folsom LIVE returns to rock Historic Folsom for one night only on Saturday, September 22. An awesome lineup on 4 outdoor stages.

Dennis Jones Band

Island of Black and White

The Nickel Slots

Randy McAllister & The Scrappiest Band in the Motherland

Earth To Mars, The Bruno Mars Experience

When Doves Cry, Prince Tribute Show

Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Bad Mother Nature



Dennis Jones Band

Island of Black and White

The Nickel Slots

Randy McAllister & The Scrappiest Band in the Motherland

Earth To Mars, The Bruno Mars Experience

When Doves Cry, Prince Tribute Show

Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Bad Mother Nature


Gates open at 5PM. Ride Regional Transit or local shuttles FREE with ticket purchase.

Make Folsom LIVE a fun filled weekend with a lodging package at an area hotel. Most packages include easy access to shuttles and restaurants.

Business & Real Estate

Jeweler got its start during the Gold Rush. Its closure is the end of an era for Placerville

Randolph Jewelers in Placerville open since the Gold Rush, will close in February 2019 after Valentine’s Day sales. It’s the oldest continuously operating jewelry store in California.



In 1994, a group of Folsom residents interested in the performing arts formed the first Board of Directors of a fledgling concert association. Out of their interest and willingness to serve their community has grown the Folsom Lake Community Concert Association (FLCCA). Today, in partnership with Live on Stage of Nashville, TN, the FLCCA continues its dedication to bringing concerts of the highest quality to the greater Folsom area. In addition to the artists from Live on Stage, the FLCCA contracts with local talent to provide a diversified genre of music for their patrons and guests.




Rose Oil - A Beauty Secret

Rosehip oil is cold-pressed and is a gift from nature for skin imperfections, scars, and wounds. The seeds on the sides constitute about 70% of the fruit and these seeds are crushed to produce oil. These omega-3 oils have shown remarkable benefits for the skin, sunburn, age spots, and old scars.

Rose oil  has a high content ratio of all-trans retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A that our body needs to fight the effects of pigmentation, sun damage, dehydration, and premature aging.

Benefits of Rose Hip Oil

You will see benefits after only four months, but this oil is not only beneficial for skin problems, but also for protection against aging, radiation burns, and dermatitis. If you want smooth skin without wrinkles and discoloration, this oil is the solution.

Rosehip oil contains essential nutrients that nourish the skin. It also contains vitamins such as A, D, and E and is a natural source of Retin-A. Vitamin A retards aging because it promotes cell regeneration, making the skin more elastic, soft and supple. The skin looks younger because the cells are exchanged faster: It helps produce new skin.

It is also a very effective moisturizing cream. It penetrates the skin quickly and is ideal for cosmetic products. It does not leave grease or sticky. This oil can be found in many products, such as creams and lotions, as well as in the form of essential oils, which are good for massage and only a small amount is needed to achieve great results. Rose Oils are probably one of the most effective natural products on the cosmetics and skincare market.

Freezing away fat cells with CoolSculpting®

Whether you’re looking to enhance your body shape, get rid of stubborn fat, or just look and feel comfortable in your clothes again, CoolSculpting® could be the answer. The CoolSculpting® fat-freezing procedure destroys fat cells in different areas around the body.*  CoolSculpting® is a leading non-invasive fat-reduction treatment.† It's an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat. It involves no surgery and minimal expected downtime. With more than 5 million CoolSculpting® treatment cycles performed worldwide, ‡ people everywhere are getting a different view of themselves.

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Abdomen. Thigh, Bra fat, Double chin, Flanks/Sides Upper arms opens a select box Abdomen Thigh Bra fat Double chin Flanks/Sides Upper arms before treatment about CoolSculpting® is a leading non-invasive fat-reduction treatment.† It's an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat. It involves no surgery and minimal expected downtime. With more than 5 million CoolSculpting® treatment cycles performed worldwide, ‡ people everywhere are getting a different view of themselves.

How it works

CoolSculpting Freezes & Eliminates Stubborn Fat

This is a non-invasive procedure. During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the specified area. This delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat.  About the treatment Why wait? Find a clinic near your location today. Have questions? Find the answer in our FAQs.  When your health and beauty regime is important to you, you work hard to look good to project the best version of yourself. Now, with CoolSculpting®, there’s a way to help perfect your ideal look. If you’re looking for a fat-reduction treatment that can help meet your body goals, then CoolSculpting® could be for you.

Individual patient results may vary. Images for illustrative purposes only.*Data obtained from cryolipolysis investigations using a pig model.‡American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Survey on Dermatologic Procedures. Data were collected for the 2016 experience and generalised to represent all ASDS members. 177, 000 cryolipolysis procedures out of 387, 000 total body sculpting procedures.†From 2009 - September 2017.

If you look up the phrase "skin care" using any search engine, you end up with literally hundreds of thousands of results. There is plenty of advice out there. But, unfortunately finding the advice you actually need is actually still quite difficult.

Part of the problem is that everone wants to sell you something. Often, you feel like that the advice you are getting is not impartial. Usually, you are right. That does not mean that the advice is not right, but what you don't get to know about is the alternatives to buying expensive skin care products.

So, what do you do? Where can you find impartial, yet effective beauty advice? 

Ask your friends and family for skin care advice

The best place to start is your friends and family. Whether you are suffering from acne or eczema, the chances are that somebody in your family or circle of friends has had similar problems. So, why not get a couple of recommendations from them. You can be sure that they have your best interests at heart. So, you will get good advice, that actually works.

Home remedies for skin issues


Often, home remedies work really well. Going online and searching for help on natural living websites can be a great way of finding an affordable and healthy soloution to your skin care issues.

In truth, most of the skin care products that are available in the shops contain the same plants and natural compounds you are going to be using. It is just that these have been produced on a commercial scale.

Check out mum blogs for skin health suggestions

Mom blogs are a great source of all kinds of information. If you are working with a tight budget their suggestions are especially good.

The vast majority of these mum bloggers have to watch what they spend. So, they do not have the budget to waste money on really expensive skin care products. Instead, they make their own and share how they did it with their readers, as well as before and after photos and videos. This mum blogger gives particulalry good advice about food intolerances and skin care.

Smart Snacking

Small Portions

Firstly,  consume small portions- nutritious snacks are not meant to substitute regular meals, but rather supplement them. The snack should be smaller than a regular meal but big enough to boost your energy levels. They should also be taken a couple of hours before the main meal so as not to interfere with meal times. This small portions should contain the nutrients you are unlikely to get from the main meal e.g. if the meal will be chicken and vegetables, the snack should be a fruit.

Organic foods

While it is easier to purchase processed snacks from the store, it is healthier to make a snack from organic foods. Processed foods are usually high in processed sugars and fats, and low in nutritional value. A snack made of fruits or oatmeal is healthier than a bag of potato chips. Processed foods could also contain allergens and nuts which is why it is better to make ones’ snack instead of buying packaged ones.


Today more than ever the finest most nutritious foods from around the world are readily available such as Goji Berries,  Sacha Inchi Seeds,  White Mulberries.   These foods have been utilized and extolled by ancient cultures and offer superior and wide ranging nutritional benefits frequently not found in foods sourced locally while offering greater variety of tastes and flavors.   Consider incorporating superfoods into your diet.

Benefits of Healthy Snacking

A nutritious snack helps in sustaining energy levels and increasing the intake of nutrients. Healthy snacks come in handy for people working all day, immediately after a workout session or for children who have a high energy requirement. When snacking, people should not only consider their level of hunger, but also the nutritional value of the snack. In case one purchases a processed and packaged snack, they should ensure they read the labels containing the nutritional information.

Mistakes People Make When They Want To Lose Weight

If you're interested in losing weight, make the process much, much easier by avoiding these simple mistakes.

1. Going on a low-calorie diet.

Assuming that healthy foods are [always] low in calories could be the number one biggest weight-loss mistake people make, The truth is, you could eat French fries all day and still lose weight if you cut enough calories. But clearly that’s not sustainable—or good for your health.

Low-calorie eating plans can also screw up your willpower. When people put themselves on a low-calorie diet, they tend to become ravenous after a few days, then go overboard on unhealthy foods. Not only that, extreme calorie restriction can mess with your metabolism long-term.

2. Thinking it comes down to one nutrient or food.

You’ve heard the story of your coworker's sister who cut out dairy and lost a ton of weight, but this really isn’t the best way to go because most of us just end up eating more of something else. So many people obsess about cutting carbs, sugar, or fat, so they miss the bigger picture of how much they’re eating.  

3. Working out too hard.

It’s possible, and there’s no benefit in pushing yourself to the max every day. You will get hurt and you will get burned out. If that happens, you won’t be in great shape or feel your best—and that kind of defeats the purpose.

4. Treating fat like the plague.

While fat has gotten a bad rap in the past, it’s making a comeback—and with good reason. We need it for normal bodily functions, and it gives our meals staying power.  A lot of people who want to lose weight will shun fats—even healthy fats—and have a really hard time staying full as a result. In the end, they overeat on other things like carbs and have way more than they would if they had more fat.

5. Expecting too much too soon.

It’s completely unrealistic to think that you’re going to shed weight overnight that took years to gain, especially since our bodies are programmed to fight weight loss.  People set really high expectations for weight loss timelines and amounts only to get discouraged and quit when they don’t meet them. Instead of looking for extremes, look for an eating plain that's sustainable (and healthy) in the long run.

6. Taking extreme measures.

People often focus on one thing to lose weight and take it to an extreme and it is unsustainable and not fun.   instead make lots of small changes that are easy. That can mean walking instead of taking the bus, having one slice of bread on your sandwich, opting for sparkling water instead of soda, and making plans with friends that don’t revolve around drinking or eating.

7. Not eating before you work out.

You need energy in order to have a good workout, and that means eating something before you break a sweat. You should go into every workout feeling good and energized, not light-headed, weak, and foggy because your calories are so low.

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Azerbaijan sphere of culture

culture in azerbejanThe Republic of Azerbaijan has made human values its priority, and has set out to build a democratic, secure and law-based state.  This involves asserting and upholding the rule of law, which is the essential pre-condition for membership of the world community, and for the normal functioning of all the state's vital activities, including culture.  Our society is agreed that a centralized command structure will not work for culture, either as a whole or in its separate phases - the creation, preservation, dissemination and assimilation of cultural values.  It has recognized that culture itself and its use of resources - facilities, funds and information - must be regulated, and that laws which are balanced, carefully thought out and geared to modern requirements are needed for this purpose.  This is why drafting, passing and enforcing effective legislation has such a vital bearing on cultural policy.

Creativity and Arts in Azerbaijan

the Opera HouseMusic. Musical activity on the territory of the present-day Azerbaijan is first reflected in cave-paintings of ceremonial dance scenes, found in Gobustan, and dating from the 8th-10th centuries B.C.  The heroic epic, "Kitabi Dede-Gorgud", gives us valuable indications concerning certain aspects of music and its role in early medieval Azeri society.  The renowned medieval scholars, Safiaddin Urmavi and Abdulgadir Maragi, went on to explore the theoretical foundations of Azeri music. Azeri music itself developed in two directions up to the beginning of the 20th century.  On the one hand, there was the music of the professional musicians, who transmitted the mugam and ashug oral traditions.  On the other, there was folk music, embodying a wide range of genres.  A new era in the musical life of our country was ushered in by the brilliant composer and teacher, Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948), who laid the foundations of modern, professional Azeri music, essentially based on a fusion of the world and national musical traditions.

The 1920s and 1930s saw musical life in the country take off.  The Conservatoire was founded in 1921, and many other colleges of music and music schools (including the ten-year school which opened at the Conservatoire in 1938) were established.  The Opera and Ballet Theatre was founded in 1920, bringing together a number of existing troupes.  At Uzeyir Hadjibeyov's initiative the following collectives were founded: a symphony orchestra in 1920, the national orchestra in 1931, the state choir in 1936.  The Union of Composers of Azerbaijan was founded in 1934. The national vocal tradition was founded by the outstanding singer, Byul-Byul, who successfully married the best of the national style with Italian "belle canto" and European professionalism and technique. The national symphonic movement started in the 1940s with outstanding Azerbaijan composer Gara Garayev, whose music also fuses foreign styles and native traditions, as do many of the works of his pupils and successors.  Around the same time, the other brightest Azerbaijan composer Fikret Amirov invented a new genre - the symphonic mugam - which made him famous.

A qualitatively new stage came in the 1960s

A qualitatively new stage came in the 1960s,when Khruschev's "thaw" gave Azeri composers a measure of freedom and released their creative potential.  The result was a number of innovative works, which took the latest compositional techniques and adapted them to fit the national lexicon. In 1969, for the first time the piano player Farhad Badalbayli was conferred the rank of laureate in the international competition, being at present the head of the Baku Music Academy. Susequently, this list was filled up with the famous names such as Vasif gasanov, Elvina Zeynalova, rauf Gasimov, Valid Rasulov, Arzu Aleskherova, Murad Adigozalzadeh, Murad Guseynov and others. The Azerbaijan vocal school was highly represented by Fidan Gasimova, Khuraman Gasimova, as well as by Ali askherov, garina Kheromova, Gasn Enami, Farida Mammadova, Dinara Aliyeva, Avez abdullayev, Makhira Guliyeva and others in the international area.

Quality and openness to the outside world have always been the hallmarks of Azeri culture, and Baku's long-standing cosmopolitan tradition, and the country's geographical situation, have both been major contributory factors. From the 1960s through the 1980s, these features were enhanced and illustrated by numerous concerts, festivals and competitions.  There are countless types and styles of music, and different traditions - classical, jazz, the oral tradition and the avant-garde - can coexist happily.  The festival movement peaked in the second half of the 1980s, when the various genres all got large-scale events - the Gara Garayev Festivals of 20th-Century Music (1986, 1988, 1990), the Khari Byulbyul International Folk Music Festival, and the Vagif Mustafazadeh Jazz Forums.  The 12th Glinka competition for singers from all parts of the Soviet Union (1987) and the "Towards the Zenith" new music festival (1989) were both held in Baku.