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When you’re in the market for beautiful shoes, casual but stylish outfits, or a “knock out” dress and assessories to wear out on the town, take a stroll down Main Street. Stop in Shoe Candy unannounced, or call Lucille in advance and make an appointment for her to share her stylish expertise and help you pick out a perfect ensemble just right for you. Learn more about Lucille’s ‘dream come true’ boutique, Shoe Candy of Los Gatos.

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’m extremely excited when I look at the lineup for this magazine issue. It has been a while since we have included travel options in LG Magazine but we have a new relationship with Hoberg’s Club Resort and they have chosen to present their beautiful property membership opportunities to our readership. The resort is tucked away in Lake County near the largest natural lake in California, Clear Lake (home of the Clear Lake Hitch and Prickly Sculpin) nestled amongst Mount Konocti. Whether you want to get back to nature, where Tule Elk and well over 100 different avian species abound, or just get away and enjoy occasional concerts or trips to their spa coming this summer, a visit is welcome. Before vacation season however, we have important and fun upcoming events. Make sure to get involved with the library opening, and support the many beneficial events and offerings they have scheduled. Did you know that the Rotary has plenty to celebrate this year? On February 21st Mayor Steve Rice will read a specially prepared Rotary Proclamation announcing that each year the town will honor the community services of both Morning and Noon Rotary Clubs by naming February 23rd Los Gatos “Rotary Day” – this coincides with the 107th Birthday of Rotary. Don’t forget to sign up for the Los Gatos Rotary “Great Race” in April and check out additional Save the Date calendar items on page 18. You may have heard all the rage about sugar lately in the media, specifically how the consequences of sugar consumption is not quite as sweet as most thought. Health advocates have been avoiding excess sugar intake and trying to improve their diet and lifestyle for years now. Sometimes it takes a little EDITOR PHOTO

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Being raised in Portugal from a family with seven sisters, I walked barefoot until I was nine and that’s one of the reasons why I’m attracted to shoes. Two years ago after I found out that I had cancer, after treatment, I decided to accomplish my goal and open a shoe store. I did this towards the end of 2009 and never looked back. In 2011, I moved my store location to Main Street in Los Gatos and added apparel to my store. I want to thank all of my Los Gatos and Bay Area customers for supporting me ... — Lucille Mendes

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Lifetime memberships are available now! Join us in celebrating the grand reopening of this historic Northern California resort. Located in gorgeous Lake County, with 55 acres of tall pines and rolling green hills, Hoberg’s has been restored to capture all the charm of the original resort and reimagined to include the best of modern lodging.

Member Benefits • Lifetime membership • 1-2 weeks per year stay in 2-3 Bedroom ridge Chalet • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included to members • Full use of all on-site resort amenities • Discounted rates at the Hoberg’s spa • Discounted rates and concierge services for off-site activities • Full housekeeping services • Invitation to many special events • Advance purchase opportunity for all Hoberg’s special events including concerts and festivals • Access to special VIP seating at Hoberg’s concerts • A special gift package of Hoberg’s branded merchandise • 30 day passes per year available to all members

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They work towards creating a great customer experience, and in fact conduct monthly free seminars to help potential clients learn about how to plan and budget for remodeling. Jim adds, “It was clear that to deliver anything more than a simple ‘pull and replace’ bathroom, we needed to help homeowners visualize the possibilities by presenting options for both layout and final design details. Initially, we did this through a combination of in-house and partnerprovided design resources. It soon became clear we could make this easier for our clients through a one-stop, design-build business model.”

Enter Ramona Tan, the CASE in-house Project Designer. Ramona is a degreed, certified interior designer with past experience in designing model homes and custom furniture. She earned a CAPS certification in Universal Design from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Says Jim, “Ramona is the perfect designer for our company. She is exceptional at not only space planning and layout but is very knowledgeable about the pros and cons of different fixtures, finishes, and soft-treatments for a wide range of client needs. She produces all our final Computer Aided Design system drawings to document details for the building department, our team, our partners, and most importantly, the homeowner.” At CASE, they strive to improve. “We’ve assisted four of our employees to become certified in their fields and three more are planning to do so in the next year,” shares Jim Kabel. This ultimately benefits their customers. “Case gave us what we wanted—a ‘Wow’ kitchen. Plus it was a pleasure to work with all of the people. They were wonderful!” – Diane Tanda CASE San Jose’s record is highly recognized: Fourteen NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) design awards in the past 6 years, a Guild Quality GuildMaster award in 2010 and 2011 for quality and customer satisfaction, Top 500 recognition from Qualified Remodeler Magazine for the past 5 years, and induction into Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 in 2010 as one of 50 US companies recognized each year for their excellence in a number of operational areas. LG Almaden Lifestyle Magazine

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This page: Wayne and Diane wanted to update the kitchen to reflect their new lifestyle which included hosting large family gatherings and spending more time in the kitchen baking. By removing the wall cabinets and reconfiguring the layout to include an expansive peninsula, the kitchen was able to capture the natural light that flowed in from the nook window and patio door. The long peninsula now provided abundant prep area and cooling areas for baking and also opened a larger walk aisle to allow multiple people in the same space.

To view more client testimonials visit: www.sanjose.CASEremodeling.com/client-testimonials, or scan this QR Code 4 with your smart phone.

Jim Kabel, Owner, CASE Design/Remodling, San Jose Community: Along the way, running a local business has enabled the Kabels to be even more active in the community. Jim is active in the Chamber of Commerce, a Tabard Theatre board member, and provides high school student internships.

Personal: Outside of work, we’re avid San Jose Sharks fans. Rachel (their daughter) and I play the guitar and piano respectively and we’ve formed a small band with some of our employees with Mike Brennan on drums, Chip Utley on lead guitar and Eric Copus on bass. But don’t look for us to play in public anytime soon– we only play for pizza and beer!

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oised for flight, racers took off as starting guns sounded in neighboring Saratoga and Los Gatos. Headed in both directions, the runners traveled the scenic 4-mile course, passing each other at a midway point on Highway 9 in Monte Sereno. It was 1978 when the first Great Race was run. Created by Saratoga mayor Bill Glennon to foster community participation in training for marathons, the town boasting more participants was awarded the Glennon Cup. Through the years, the Great Race has become a T A local tradition. G Presented by the Rotary Club of Los Gatos, the 35th Annual Saratoga to Los Gatos Great Race will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM. The race starts at 14420 Big Basin Way in front of Little Amsterdam Coffee Shop in Saratoga and ends in front of Travel Advisors on Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos.

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The Great Race 2012 Sunday, April 29, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

Help us celebrate the 35th Annual Saratoga to Los Gatos Great Race. Whether you are looking for a great course for your best time, or a fun individual or family run, this is the event for you. This 4-mile run takes you from downtown Saratoga, down Highway 9 and finishes on beautiful N. Santa Cruz Ave. in scenic Los Gatos. Fun & Fitness Fair follows the race.

Fourth family member is free! Registration is $35 after April 1. After April 1, bring your race confirmation to Athletic Performance or Runners Factory in Los Gatos or The Running Revolution in Campbell to pick up your dry fit t-shirt. They can also be picked up after the race at the Fun & Fitness Fair. Results at: www.losgatosrotary.org.

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT: • Los Gatos High School Student Scholarships • Los Gatos High School Students • RYLA Boy Scouts • Girl Scouts • Hope Rehabilitation Services • Second Harvest Food Bank • Live Oak Senior Nutrition Center

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“It’s a beautiful course whether you run or walk it,” says Dyer. “It’s great to hang out in Los Gatos and enjoy all of the post-race festivities with the fellow competitors. What better way is there to spend a weekend morning?”

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For five years the course went in both directions. Norcia ran the race when he was a Junior High School student in the late 70’s. “I ran towards Saratoga,” he says, “That was the cool way because it was uphill.” Dyer enjoyed passing the runners coming the other way. “I’d like to see them bring that back,” he says. That’s not likely to happen due to the complexity of logistics, electronic timing, the double expense of police and having to close two lanes of Highway 9. “It’s a better experience for runners to all finish in the same place and time,” says Norcia. The Great Race raises about $30,000 for scholarships for local high school students and more than a dozen charities supported by the Rotary Club of Los Gatos. “Our many projects are our attempt to live the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self ” says Norcia. “Without the Great Race and Crab Fest we wouldn’t be able to do nearly what we’re able to.” All 120 members of the Rotary participate in putting on the race. Many ran it when they were in middle or high school. Norcia believes this race is special due to its longevity, the fact that it runs through three towns and because its logo is designed by a Los Gatos High School student. “It supports local restaurants and businesses,” he adds, “and the causes of one of the best service organizations in the South Bay.”

With her little boy in a jogging stroller, Margaret Bennett Almaden Lifestyleenjoyed Magazine participating in the race with her Las Madres Playgroup. “We had been walking and jogging together for a few months and one of the women suggested we do the race together,” she says. “We got up at the crack of dawn with our babies in strollers. It was very familyoriented and supportive. We turned the corner at Santa Cruz with a crowd of people lining the streets cheering on our baby brigade. It sure was a lot of fun!” For Bennett and her Las Madres group, it was also a fond memory. “We all wore our t-shirts for months, if not years afterwards,” she says.

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April Earth Month Fundraising Event & Fashion Show Hosted at Nirvana Aveda Concept Salon For more information visit: www.nirvanasalon.com or email Laure Chicoine at blissful@nirvanasalon.com April 29 The Great Race by Rotary of Los Gatos A 4-mile scenic footrace/walk along Highway 9 from Saratoga to Los Gatos. More information at www.losgatosrotary.org

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May 20 5th Annual Great Silicon Valley Caper Opera House, 140 W Main St, Los Gatos. 11:30am-4:30pm. Benefiting the Children and Families of EMQ FamiliesFirst. (408) 364-4044 www.greatsiliconvalleycaper.org

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