Ardent for Life Holiday 2019

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Ardent content featured 18. WHY GO GREY? 32. DR. JACQUELINE Jax Chronicles 46. OPEN HEARTS An Adoption Story 74. THE ZEHNDER FAMILY

food & flavor 22. SCOTTISH BEEF BARLEY SOUP Carole Morris 24. THE DECEMBER & JANUARY LIST Cindy Della Monica







nonprofit 58. CATHY’S CLOSET Elk Grove Food Bank


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68. HOLIDAY CHEER Styles with Heart

contents education 62. WHAT I’VE LEARNED CT Morris

health 56. THE GIFT IN EVERY MISTAKE Anna Osborn 64. PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS Rejuvenation Wellness 66. DO WHAT YOU LOVE Kaiser Permanente 70. ONE STEP AT A TIME Kaiser Permanente 72. IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR Switch Fitness

70... art 48. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 82. DATEBOOK

community 52. 2019 SOCCER SEASON Cosumnes River Recreational Soccer League 78. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 80. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Celebration

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Community Cornerq a &

Hillary Jeanne Photography Cover Photographer

What are some of your favorite family holiday traditions?

Christmas Eve with my huge family. My extended family gets together in the bay area. My dad is one of eight siblings and they all had children around my age, so we're very close. We do appetizers, play games, and have a themed gift exchange that gets pretty hilarious. What is your favorite holiday food and what is your least favorite?

Favorite holiday food is probably stuffing and any homemade desserts. I'll also get a gingerbread latte from Starbucks at some point in the season. Least favorite... gosh I love them all... Well, if it's cranberry sauce from a can then I'll skip that. 10. - Holiday 2019

Community Cornerq a &

D’Lee Daleo

Owner of Switch Fitness, Elk Grove. Story on page 72. What are some of your favorite family holiday traditions?

Every year around the holidays my husband and I spend a couple of nights in Tahoe. On our way up we stop in Placerville to have lunch and enjoy a walkthrough old town. In Tahoe, depending on the weather, we might ski or just hangout and enjoy everything Tahoe has to offer. What is your favorite holiday food and what is your least favorite?

I love all the traditional holiday foods, but I really love the appetizers and snacks that lead up to the main event. One of my favorite appetizers is shrimp cocktail, a tradition that I carried over from my Mom Laverne. I’m not a big fan of fruit cakes or Jell-O molds, sorry fruit cake and Jell-O mold lovers!   13

Contributor’s Corner Justin Azevedo

Justin has been a Youth Services Librarian for Sacramento Public Library since 2010, and is currently the Youth Materials Selector for the system.

D’Lee Daleo

Switch Fitness Owner with a passion for life, family, friends and fitness. She's never met a stranger, loves the movie Elf and is living proof that fitness can be fun.

Denise Henderson

Denise is a creative thinker who loves building relationships! She has great ones with her husband and her two sons!

Two Twenty Photos by Tra Huynh

Fun & Energetic Wedding and Family Photographer with a studio located at the corner of Elk Grove & Elk Grove- Florin Rd.

Dr. Dayle A. Imperato

A Board Certified physician, she has served the Sacramento community for the past 20 years. Owner of Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine in Old Town, Elk Grove.

Hillary Jeanne Photography

Is a lifestyle photographer based in San Francisco. Hillary loves connecting with people and telling their stories with her camera.

Jamie McCalman

Switch Fitness Owner and Mom to Braden, Kyla and Lea. Some Moms can juggle a lot, Jamie can literally juggle her three kids; yeah, she’s that strong.

Scott Molinari

Is the IR Academy of Soccer Recreational Director that enjoys sharing the passion and experience of youth sports.

Cindy Della Monica

Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.

Carole Morris

Instructional Specialist, Author and Adjunct Professor. She is married to an outstanding, brilliant man and the mother of two grown awe-inspiring children, and grammie to three flawless grandchildren.

Josh Myer

Is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, he has a passion for coaching families and individual investors to achieve their financial goals. He loves being part of the Elk Grove community and spending time with his beautiful wife Molly and their two kids Riley and Jackson.

Anna Osborn

Anna lives in Elk Grove with her husband and school aged twins. She owns Life Unscripted Counseling in Midtown Sacramento.

Elizabeth Pinkerton

Teacher and Administrator for 40 years, she is now a historian and author.

Susie Franklin Roeser

Owner & full time employee of Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove. Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mom x2, Carpool Minivan driver, 4-H Leader and lover of all things creative.

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past four years.

Sarah Steffens

Is a food stylist, lifestyle photographer and private health foods chef specializing in Paleo, Keto and Whole30 meals.

Brendle Wells

Is a librarian and lifelong reader who has a passion for sharing books with pretty much anyone she meets. She currently works as the Adult Materials Selector for the Sacramento Public Library and asks, “What have you read lately?”

Lilly Wyatt

Lilly Wyatt is a Public and Media Relations consultant with Kaiser Permanente serving the South Sacramento and Central Valley Service Areas. Besides handling PR and Media, Lilly writes articles for internal and external audiences and produces videos for the organization.

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"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home." Edith Sitwell There are no truer words spoken, because those are the things that matter in life. We all know the importance of family and how our family members helped shape who we are. In fact, research shows that children who have a solid family narrative have a healthier emotional well-being. So, sitting around the table with your children and sharing stories about family history is healthy; and a great bonding experience for everyone. What better time to share family stories than over the holidays? Retelling the good things that have happened in our lives (and past generations’ lives) is a gift that we can pass down to our children and grandchildren.

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WHAT DID WE LEARN AFTER READING THIS ISSUE? There are many wonderful events coming up! What could be better than seeing your neighbors and friends at the Old Fashion Christmas? You can enjoy the Holidays at the Stage Stop Museum with free tours, beautiful Victorian decorations, garland, several lighted Christmas trees, much merriment, and a visit with Santa Clause. Children can even decorate a large cookie with frosting and edible decorations. We have many more delightful winter activities listed in the magazine that are sure to give you the holiday zing. The article in this issue on Homeless Children is something that is close to my heart. There are many children who don’t have a home or a stable family. We have some great recipes that will inspire you to “get cooking”. We have put together an enchanting edition of Ardent for you to enjoy during the holidays. So, put your feet up, sip your hot beverage, and immerse yourself !



Seymour Park Greyhound Group: Susan with Daphne, Janice and John with Chili and Sage, Sandra with Sky, Greg with Manny, Barbara with Abby, Dildi with Lola, Bridget and Bruce with Jake, and Julie with Zach.

Why Go

Grey? Photos and Story by Denise Henderson

If you ask most people where they last saw a Greyhound, they may reply that it was rolling along Interstate 5 transporting Californians up or down the state. If you ask people (who are in the Pocket/ Greenhaven area) they will likely say they have seen a pack of 8-12 Greyhounds parading regally through Seymour Park on a weekend morning. 18. - Holiday 2019

Most people automatically think of the well-known national bus company Greyhound Lines Inc. that has the iconic symbol showcasing the sleek, slender and powerful profile of a greyhound dog caught in mid-racing stride. The symbol induces thoughts of streamlined speedy travel in its customers. In addition to the tail, the dogs share a very distinctive silhouette. Even from a distance, one can distinguish the tall, slender and graceful physique of a Greyhound. The people from Seymour Park are, of course, referring to the actual dogs from which the icon is derived. Several greyhounds (and their owners) meet regularly each weekend day to stroll together along the serene shady path the park has to offer. The owners look forward to the opportunity to meet and share their experiences as greyhound owners, adopters or rescuers. It is apparent the dogs are happy to see other dogs that have the shared experience of being bred for the sole purpose of taking part in the once prevalent greyhound racing industry. Greyhounds were primarily bred for racetracks all over the world due to their swiftness, made possible by powerful legs,

deep chest, flexible spine and aerodynamic shape. The number of Greyhound racing facilities is decreasing as laws prohibiting the practice came into being. Some northern Californians may know that Greyhound racing started in Emeryville. California was the first US state to ban dog racing—and Florida, where dog-racing was once big business, is set to eliminate it completely by 2020.

Long before the closing of such tracks, there was a large community of people who were willing to adopt “rescued” or “retired” former racers as they outlived their purpose in the racing world. Associations like the Golden State Greyhound Association have worked with track-owners to build a system which links adopters with dogs needing homes after they are released from the track. This is how each of the Greyhound owners (from the Seymour Park group) came to adopt their dogs.



The Golden State Greyhound Association, GSGA supports the adoption of the greyhounds in several ways. Members Janice and John are integral in organizing “meet and greet” opportunities on a regular basis. This provides interested parties an opportunity to see the breed up close and ask any questions they may have.

Most people assume that Greyhounds, by nature, would require a very active lifestyle. Quite the opposite is true. They are often referred to as “couch potatoes” and are very content to lounge all day! Some initially sought a way to adopt a Greyhound specifically… such as Susan, who spent some time in Florida. She was aware of the need to adopt Greyhounds from a large sign in the airport several years ago. She adopted “Daphne”, formerly known as “Backwoods Donna,” who is a brindle-coated Greyhound. Most of the dogs come with quite interesting names, that are often replaced with more statuesque or graceful

names. Other adopters like Bruce and Bridgette (who had Shar-Peis for years) were looking for something different and started going through an alphabetical list of dog breeds and stopped after “Great Dane” at “Greyhound”. Upon investigating the breed, they decided a Greyhound would be perfect for them. Recently retired, they didn’t want an overly active dog who requires a lot of physical activity. Most people assume that Greyhounds, by nature, would require a very active lifestyle. Quite the opposite is true. They are often referred to as “couch potatoes” and are very content to lounge all day! They also knew they didn’t want to do the rigorous work of training a puppy so the option to adopt a fellow “retiree” was perfect for them. They have had a few Greyhounds become part of their family and are happy to bring “Jake” to the park meet-up. Bruce is the organizer behind the park the meet-ups. Bruce and Bridgette met Julie who has a similar breed of site hound dog called a “Borzoi” or Russian

wolfhound named Zach. You can tell Zach apart because of his long coat of hair. They started walking together and soon spotted other Greyhound families around the Sacramento area and invited them to join in the informal walks. On any given weekend day there can be up to 13 dogs, most of whom are “greys” however the group is not exclusive to greyhounds. Along with Zach the Borzoi there is also Abby, a German Shepherd, and Margo with her Saluki (named Nejma). The walkers do form quite a sight as they stroll through the park in a calm leisurely manner. Members of the group come from all over the Sacramento region including greys Chili and Sage (owners are Janice and John) who live in Natomas as well as others from Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville and Natomas. The Golden State Greyhound Association, GSGA supports the adoption of the greyhounds in several ways. Members Janice and John are integral in organizing “meet and greet” opportunities on a regular basis. This provides interested parties an opportunity to see the breed up close and ask any questions they may have. The dogs are first vetted for appropriateness for placement, including a test   19



If the dogs have had a racing career, they have likely been crated for up to 20 hours a day. Because greys are not raised in home environments, they may need to be taught many things that dogs raised to be family pets learn as puppies. which assesses their current reaction to play (including other small dogs and cats). After applying to adopt, candidates and their homes are also vetted to ensure that homes and lifestyles are appropriate for the needs of the greyhounds. Greyhounds have a unique set of needs based on their breeding and experience in racing. They are placed with their new owners with the understanding that they will be in-door companions (they have little body fat and do not tolerate heat well). Likewise, they do not make good guard dogs because they bark less than other breeds. In addition, Greyhounds are not recommended for families with children under five. This is not due to any known issues—but because they can be skittish due to limited contact and socialization early in life. If the dogs have had a racing career, they have likely been crated for up to 20 hours a day. Because greys are not raised in home environments, they may need to be taught many things that dogs raised to be family pets learn as puppies. They may not know what toys are for or how to “play�. They may not be able to maneuver stairs, etc. They are by nature very gentle and calm, smart, astute dogs and can acclimate easily to family living and enjoy lazy days as retirees. Find out more information at the Golden State Greyhound website

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Beef Barley Soup By Carole Morris

In past issues, I’ve talked about the wonderful European Vacation that my family embarked on during the summer. I shared a unique French recipe (with savoir-faire) and a simply “brilliant” English recipe.

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food} Now, we are ready to serve up the “bonnie” and “braw” Scottish soup that my mum loved. Have I happened to mention that she was born and raised in Scotland? She truly was one of the best cooks that I have ever known. Therefore, I guarantee this soup will warm your soul…as the winter weather blows in. Dinna fash (don’t worry) even Sassenachs (such as Claire from Outlander) will enthusiastically savor this hearty soup. After making this delicious recipe, your family will feel close to all things Scottish. Moreover, if you cook Scottish Bannocks (recipe included) with the Scottish Beef Barley Soup, you will be transported into the world of Jamie; and your wee cridh (heart) will leap in your chest.


Scottish Beef Barley

Ingredients Melt 1/2 stick of butter in the pan Add 2 medium onions (chopped) 2 lbs. of roast beef (cubed) 1 tbsp. mustard (coat beef) BROWN THEN ADD: 6 cups of water 1 cup barley 6 red potatoes (diced) 2 stalks of celery (sliced) 2 carrots (sliced) 1 tbsp. black pepper

3 tbsps. garlic (minced) 1 large can tomatoes (crushed) 6 tsp. beef bouillon 1 tsp. rosemary Salt to taste Directions

1. Melt butter in a large pan, add onions and beef cubes (coated with mustard). Cook until beef is brown on both sides.

2. Add all remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, or until meat is completely tender.

Scottish Bannocks Ingredients 1 cup oats 2 cups flour 1 ½ tbsp. baking powder 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. salt 4 tbsp. butter 1 ¼ cups half and half Directions Heat oven to 400° F Cook Bannocks on middle rack in oven.

Mix oats, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl. With pastry blender, blend in butter. When thoroughly blended, stir in half and half. Place dough onto lightly floured surface, knead dough (sprinkling with flour) until dough isn’t sticky. Roll dough into a square (about ½ inch thick). Cut into rectangles and place on cookie sheet. Bake until lightly browned (approximately 15 minutes). Serve warm with butter.

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December & January


By Cindy Della Monica,

Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central


List, List, List...

November 20-something, post-turkey dinner: The List starts when we close the door on guests going home to tryptophan dozing in their own Lazy Boy. The holidays can’t begin without this first step, or I’m totally “two-left-feet” throughout the season. “Miracle on 34th Street”--press play.

Next, I pay homage to Christmas’s Past by individually unwrapping ornaments from tattered tissue paper and placing the chosen ones on the table amongst its tree mates to await tree-trimming evening. Some of them get a nod and re-wrapping to be boxed until its turn on the tree another year. I treasure the few left from Great Grandma’s tree— mercury glass bead strings, and tarnished sparkles still glued onto funky golden orbs. The real feathered birds who have lost their tails over the decades have the clips on their feet that hold them to the branches. Childhood rice wreaths with photos in the middle, clay handprints, and wooden clothes pin Rudolph’s share the branches with the crystal, sterling, Radko and other blown glass sparklers. Every one of them holds a treasured memory, to be relived while listening to Scrooge bedevil the heck out of poor Fred!

I haven’t a thought about Black Friday or Cyber Monday. My shopping has been complete and wrapped since early November (see the January List). I have my own secret for de-stressing The Holidays.

Next, we host several large meals over December. The first: extended family, complete with gag gifts, yummy corked bottles and White Elephants. The dreaded ceramic bathroom pictures may be “regifted” this year, decorated in crisp White Elephant trimmings, but haven’t surfaced for a couple of years—just long enough so no one remembers who was unfortunate enough to have “received” them last! But a jolly good meal, a year’s worth of catching up, and plenty of wine and Port leaves the DD in silence to concentrate on the road home. The second meal hosts our staff at the company party. Nice to see them in holiday finery, sans the shop uniform! I’d barely recognize them on the street! And, last, Christmas Eve—or John’s birthday, as we celebrate it. My wonderful John has put up with a lot of food drama over the years. I always ask him what he wants for his “birthday dinner”. He knows my penchant for a lovely meal on the Christmas Spode—yet he will try to “spare” me the “work” and ask for two of his favorite dinner things… raviolis and Brussels sprouts! A festive meal? NOT! I make him pick again, noting ravioli are everyday food and I HATE Brussels sprouts but will make them for him, just once a year. He hmmms and haaas until I start to suggest his favorites. He gets mad and says, “make what you want, I never get what I ask for!” (Not true…except for the ravioli bit above). He loves what I will end up making. This is just our annual ritual, part of HIS list for December, I’ll wager! As a Christmas Eve baby, much of his childhood birthday was lost in the shuffle of Christmas. Though birthday presents were always given, often it was a two-fold present. As our family grew, the

young kids couldn’t understand why Dad could open presents on Christmas Eve, but they couldn’t. So, the “birthday tree” was devised—a 2-foot-tall fresh tree was placed on a table in the bedrooms’ foyer. Whatever the kids wanted to decorate the tree with was perfect—no Christmas ornaments allowed! The girls loved to string popcorn and cranberries, but our son (Adam) would put action figures into the branches. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, green army men, and Lego pillars may all end up amongst the greenery, themed differently each year based on the kids’ interest, or teenage lack of it! Only birthday presents were allowed under the Birthday Tree. A problem solved! We still have the Birthday Tree, but it proudly stands on the buffet in the dining room where the grandkids can now be part of this tradition. So, as we watch George C. Scott’s “Scrooge,” the house is dim with twinkly lights and fire glow. Pizzelles, the snowflake-shaped Italian cookie dusted in powdered sugar, wait on Santa’s plate with Rudolph’s carrot. They should be along anytime now…zzzzz

The January List

Years ago, I figured out how I can have Life Beyond “The Holidays,” you know – “the on-rushing freight train!” That joyful, exciting, wonderful family time of the year………………… with out-of-the-norm responsibilities, not-in-the-budget purchases, and difficult-to-control calorie-laden treats. So far away at Labor Day Weekend, but way too close in midOctober! By Halloween, the sheer abundance of holiday sweets and savory treats can send your daily diet into a tail-spin! Food stores are showcasing Christmas goodies and tempting photos are on every magazine at the check stand. Catalogs in the mailbox, or the trickle of Christmas commercials making Rice Crispy Treats! The bombardment has begun. Deep breath, and we’ll make it through! New Year’s Day, always a quiet one by ourselves… No resolutions for me (too hard to keep just through the month). Instead, I get out crisp lined paper, a newly sharpened pencil placed next to my hot cider. I find last year’s Master List…any changes to make? I photocopy a calendar page for November and December. Ready, set, go… I prepare the first two pages: Christmas Day Menu, and Christmas Day Gifts. The Menu page lists breakfast and dinner in two columns. The Gifts page is blocked out in squares, each with a family member’s name at the top and “Stocking” to the side (even the adults get goodies in stockings to this day).

A menu page for each of the other holiday meals I am responsible for is titled at the top. An Other Gifts page, with columns blocked out and names filled into each square: i.e. Aunt/Uncle Smith, Aunt/ Uncle Woods, Hafner Household, all the little kids we gift individually, my hairdresser, the postman. Gift ideas, tip amounts, favorite chocolates, special hobbies—the squares are ready for filling in during the year as I find what fits each recipient. A midsummer recipe idea? A photocopy is attached to the appropriate menu page. When the time comes for shopping this menu, the recipes are attached, and the shopping list can be made on the back of the menu. Hostess Gifts and Potlucks. Invited to a holiday meal? Add it to the calendar page, and my requested contribution is noted in the Hostess Gifts and Potlucks page. This packet is stapled at the top corner, folded neatly in half, and placed in a quart-sized Ziploc bag. It goes into my purse—I carry it all year, and can look at it any time. Found a cool science kit gift in May? Purchase, hide it away, and note on the appropriate page. I usually have my shopping done and ready to wrap by Halloween. Meals are planned, invitations sent, and more!

That’s how to de-stress The On-Rushing Train called The Holidays, my way. Cheers to each of you, and Happy New Year! As always, our staff at CHEESE CENTRAL is ready to help you with samples of our 100+ cheeses at the counter. Visit us at 11 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240 or visit our website at


3 eggs 3/4 C sugar Dash of salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 -1 tsp. anise seeds 1 ¾ C flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/3 C melted butter In large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the anise, flour, baking powder, and butter. Batter will be soft. Let stand for 30 minutes, allowing batter to thicken a bit. Drop onto hot pizzelle iron, per your manufacturer instructions. Cook about 1 minute, or until golden brown. Remove from iron, cooling on a rack. Do not stack as they will steam and soften. Dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar. Store in cookie tins to avoid softening of the snowflakes   25   25


Healthy Alternative Recipes for the


Recipes and Photos by Sarah Steffens

Holidays and celebrations are filled with delicious and indulgent ingredients that may you leave you not feeling your very best, which is why this acorn squash soup, full of nutrient-dense vegetables, needs to get on your menu as soon as possible! Blending a giant pot of veggies that have simmered in gut-healing bone broth creates a smooth and velvety texture you will definitely love!

Creamy Acorn Squash Soup Makes 6 servings Cooking Time: 40 minutes


1 acorn squash, halved and seeded 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 tablespoon ghee 2 teaspoons sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 4 cups chicken bone broth ½ cup parsley, minced

Instructions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the halved and seeded acorn squash flesh side up. Allow to roast in the oven until very

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soft and its edges have begun to brown, about 40 minutes.

Line an additional baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped celery, carrot, apple and red bell pepper on the sheet. Toss with ghee, sea salt and black pepper and roast in the oven with the acorn squash until all of the veggies are very soft and browned, about 40 minutes.

Remove everything from the oven, and when the squash halves have cooled some, carefully remove their tough skin and discard. Transfer the peeled squash and veggies to a blender and blend with the chicken bone broth until everything is combined and creamy.

When ready to serve, garnish with minced parsley. Make this recipe up to 2 days before serving to save on time. Calories: 130 - Fat: 3 g Carbs: 18 g - Protein: 5 g

Moroccan Cauli Rice

Moroccan food is a fantastic combination of flavors, making each dish special. This dish is savory from garlic and turmeric and sweet from cinnamon and cloves. Its texture is soft and crunchy and each bite is an explosion of flavor that supports optimal health. Experimenting with spices makes getting all of your veggies even more enticing, why not put this on your menu for tonight?

Makes 4 servings Cooking Time: 15 minutes


1 16-ounce bag of cauliflower rice 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon ghee 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried turmeric powder 1 teaspoon ground chili pepper 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves Pinch of ground nutmeg ¼ cup raisins or pitted, minced dried dates ¼ cup parsley, minced 2 whole scallions, minced ¼ cup pumpkin seeds


Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a large skillet on the stovetop set to medium heat.

Add a peeled and chopped onion (white or yellow onion works well) and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

Add cauliflower rice, seasoning with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder and stirring often until the cauliflower is soft, about 3 minutes. Season with turmeric powder, chili pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Stir in raisins or dried dates and half of the minced parsley and scallion. Garnish with the remaining parsley and scallion and optional pumpkin seeds. Calories: 159 - Fat: 7 g Carbs: 20 g - Protein: 8 g

Roasted Parsnips with Basil Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Parsnips are often overlooked as those funny white carrots, but get to know them and you’ll find their distinct nutty and sweet flavor and impressive list of health benefits as inspiration to keep these root veggies on your Autumn menu. High in potassium and folate, parsnips aid in increased focus and improved mood, they contain manganese, aiding in digestion, and have historically been used as an aphrodisiac!

Makes 6 servings Cooking Time: 40 minutes


PARSNIPS: 6 large parsnips, peeled and sliced lengthwise in quarters 2 tablespoons ghee 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper Pinch of ground nutmeg BASIL PESTO: 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups fresh basil leaves 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 3 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 4 tablespoons pumpkin seeds 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange peeled and sliced parsnips in a single layer on the baking sheet. Toss parsnips with ghee, sea salt, black pepper and a quick sprinkle of ground nutmeg.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing after 15 minutes, or until the parsnips have caramelized and are tender when pierced with a fork. While the parsnips are roasting in the oven, prepare your basil pesto by blending all of the pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor, scraping down the sides of the blender with a baker’s spatula as needed. Set the pesto aside or pour it into a chef’s squeeze bottle. Remove the parsnips from the oven and garnish with basil pesto. Prep this dish up to 2 days in advance to save on time, and garnish with pesto just before serving. Calories: 233 - Fat: 19 g Carbs: 14 g - Protein: 5 g

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Buttercream Red Velvet Cake

The holidays are a wonderful time to cook delicious meals and special treats with loved ones. I’m not a baker myself, but my niece is, so we teamed up this year. I made the veggie dishes and she created a beautiful gluten-free red velvet cake! What a gift to grow closer with family and friends as you cook together!

Makes 6 servings Cooking Time: 40 minutes


RED VELVET CAKE: 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour 3 tablespoons tapioca starch ½ teaspoon sea salt ¾ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 5 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature ¾ cup coconut sugar 2 large eggs at room temperature, beaten ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¾ teaspoon apple cider vinegar ½ cup whole milk Optional: natural red food coloring CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 5 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease one 5x4-inch round baking pan, and set aside In a medium-size bowl, place the flour tapioca powder, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder, and whisk to combine well. Set the bowl aside.

To make the cake batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a handheld mixer), beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the coconut sugar, followed by the eggs and vanilla, beating to combine well on medium-high speed after each addition. Add the vinegar and then about a scant 1/8 teaspoon of the food coloring, if using, and beat to combine very well. The mixture may look a bit curdled, and that’s fine. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, and beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing to combine after each addition. The batter should be smooth and relatively thick.

To bake the cakes: Smooth the cake batter in an even layer with a wet spatula. Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once during baking, for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs attached. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before inverting the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting: In the clean bowl of a stand mixer or a clean large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and sea salt, and beat to combine. Add about half of the confectioners’ sugar, and beat on medium-low speed until the sugar has been absorbed by the butter and cream cheese mixture. Add the rest of the confectioners’ sugar about 1 cup at a time, beating on medium speed to combine after each addition. Once all of the sugar has been absorbed into the mixture, increase the mixer speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. The frosting should hold its shape when scooped, but should not be completely stiff. To assemble the cake: place one of the cooled cake upside down on a serving platter and slice in half, lengthwise, so that you have two identical 5x4-inch cakes. Place about 1 1/4 cups of frosting on top and spread into an even layer. Invert the second cake place on top of the frosting and press gently to adhere and cover the top and sides with the remaining frosting, spreading into an even layer. Swirl the frosting around randomly with a butter knife or offset spatula. Top your cake with a festive topper (we printed an image of a deer and colored it with a bit of frosting colored with a little food coloring). Refrigerate the frosted cake for at least 15 minutes before slicing with a sharp knife into generous slices, and serving. Calories: 160 - Fat: 8 g Carbs: 20 g - Protein: 7 g


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Local Blogger & Writer

Dr. Jacqueline “Jax” Cheung

of Jax Chronicles Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

Meet Dr. Jacqueline “Jax” Cheung, an award winning blogger “Jax Chronicles” and Editor-In-Chief of Elk Grove Tribune. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jacqueline (Jax) Cheung’s family moved to the Greenhaven area of Sacramento in 1982. Jax started her blog “Jax Chronicles” in 2003, primarily focusing on food reviews and local events. She became well known as a local foodie blogger. Jax received a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from University of California San Diego, an MBA from University of California Davis, and a DrPH (doctorate in Public Health) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was while attending UC Davis, she met her future husband, now Dr. Kenneth Cheung, a neurologist, who was a medical student at the time. Kenny and Jax were married in September of 2009 and purchased a home in Elk Grove with the goal of starting a family of their own. While struggling to have children on their own, they agreed that adopting a child from China was something they really wanted to do. With Jax and Kenny’s medical background, they specifically wanted to adopt a child with medical needs that might preclude that child from being adopted otherwise. The adoption of their daughter Roxana Jade, also known as Roxy (22 months old at the time of her adoption in January 2014) was truly a labor of love right from the start!

“If my writing inspires even one family to adopt, or one more person to try to lift up others in their community, then it’s all worth it. Writing for me was never about making money. I just wanted to tell my truth about my life and the world, give a voice to others, and empower others.” 32. - Holiday 2019

Jax and Kenny did not have any easy time adopting their daughter. Chinese culture is not very open to the idea of adoption. Thus, it was a challenge for Jax and Kenny to adopt because not all of their family members and friends were supportive. After the adoption, all family members came to accept and love Roxy. However, Jax and Kenny both note that it was very difficult to be the first one among their group of friends to adopt or do something “outside the norm”. The Cheung family credits God with helping them get through this period and found a supportive church community in E2 Church. As Christians, they believe in the power of prayer. This new chapter in the Cheung Family’s life quickly took center stage on “Jax Chronicles” which began focusing more on adoption, parenting and her new Mommy lifestyle. Not long after Roxy’s arrival “life got interesting” when Jax became pregnant with daughter Carissa who was born in February 2016. Roxy is now seven years old and in 3rd grade. Carissa is three years old and attends preschool.



From February 2008 to June 2011, Jax worked as a manager for the Network for a Healthy California. In 2011, Jax left her job and began her own company called Go Jade Solutions Writing business plans for local businesses. August 2017 was when Jax made a full career switch from business owner and entrepreneur and closed Go Jade Solutions to begin writing for the Elk Grove Tribune. By November, she was made Editor-in-Chief of the publication. Elk Grove Tribune was founded by former Mayor of Elk Grove Gary Davis, and it is currently a joint collaboration between Gary Davis and Jacqueline Cheung.

2017 was also the year Jax monetized her blog and it was converted to “Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry” because the Cheung family realized how their experience and unique skills could fill an often unmet need in the adoption community. Now, in addition to her adoption and Mommy blogging that made the blog so popular, Jax and Kenny also offer translation and medical review services to families pursuing adoption. With his medical expertise, Kenny (also known as Dr. Kenneth Cheung of Dignity Health) and a few other doctors who volunteer their time help interested families review medical records of adoptable children. Jax assists with translations (she is fluent in Cantonese and works with a friend who is


WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECTS TO BLOG ABOUT? *Family (Especially Her Daughters) *Food *Local Events & Businesses

HAS THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNITY BEEN A SUPPORTIVE INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE? “Definitely! I don’t know where I’d be without my followers on Instagram and Facebook. I actually love meeting people in person so if you see me out and about, please come up and introduce yourself.”

Jax has more than 70,000 followers on Instagram alone! She was also voted “Best of Elk Grove” Best Blogger in both 2016 & 2017 and chosen for “Sacramento Area A-List” Local Best Blogger in 2014 ,2015, 2017 & 2018. In 2019 she was given an award for her outstanding service and dedication to Elk Grove and an award of recognition from the California State Senate. WHAT DO FAMILY & FRIENDS THINK OF YOUR BLOGGING AND WRITING? “They have been so supportive! They are happy I have found my passion where I can write, entertain, and inform. It’s not necessarily the most traditional career or lifestyle but I thank God for surrounding me with the loving and supportive “tribe” I need. There is no way I could do this without them!”

A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN YOUR WRITING CAREER? A stand-out memory for Jax was when she received an award for outstanding service and dedication to the City of Elk Grove and an award of recognition from the California State Senate. “I wouldn’t have thought blogging or writing for a newspaper would be something that would bring such a big recognition. I was so honored and proud to be standing up there alongside other amazing leaders in our community.”

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR BLOG COMMUNICATES TO THE PUBLIC? “One of the best things that ever happened was when one of my readers told me that reading my blog had inspired them to pursue adopting a child. It just made me happy and I was able to truthfully tell Roxy how her adoption had also inspired others to adopt. I want for our family and my blog to continue to inspire others to adopt. ” “If my writing inspires even one family to adopt, or one more person to try to lift up others in their community, then it’s all worth it. Writing for me was never about making money. I just wanted to tell my truth about my life and the world, give a voice to others, and empower others.”   33



Jax and the Elk Grove Tribune staff fluent in Mandarin). The adoption ministry’s language translation services are not only for paperwork, but also by Skype and Facetime or in person when families need help communicating with newly adopted children who usually don’t know English. Jax also helps families with adoption fundraising.

On a more personal note, meeting families and their adopted child in person after Jax and Kenny have helped them over the internet with preparing paperwork, reviewing medical records and sometimes even translating is a thrilling and an unforgettable experience. Moments like these make it all worth it and encourage Jax to continue on with her mission to “get more kids adopted!” Jax works full time as the Owner of Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry and Editor-In-Chief of Elk Grove Tribune. On the side, Jax also sells Young Living Essential oils, Perfectly Posh bath and beauty products, and is licensed to sell life insurance in the State of California. In addition to her passion for international adoption, Jax loves her life in Elk Grove and takes pride in the diversity of her community as evidenced on her blog Jax Chronicles and on Elk Grove Tribune. She credits her family, her good friends, her Elk Grove Tribune staff, her church community at E2 Church, and her readers with helping her to achieve success, as well as lift up her community. Now that you’ve met Jax, think of her as your go to personal reference on anything to do with Sacramento, Elk Grove, Nor Cal eats, family friendly recipes, parenting hacks, child adoption, or local events.

Want to get in contact with Jax? Here’s where to find her: Jax Chronicles website Jax Chronicles Facebook Jax Chronicles Instagram @jaxchronicles Jax Chronicles Twitter @jaxchronicles Linkedin Youtube jaxchronicles Pinterest

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Debra Devin


Photographed by Two Twenty Photos


Debra Morrow (formerly Debra Terrill) and Devin Morrow

How did you meet?

In the fall of 2013, we both started college at Chico State. We ended up joining the same club on campus, so we would frequently see each other at large events. We didn't officially meet until a dodgeball tournament. As each of us are incredibly competitive, we came ready to win. Our friendship started when we each saw the other's ridiculous dodgeball attire. We hung out a few times after that, but everything was put into motion after a romantic trip to IKEA. Sure, IKEA might not be the epitome of romance, but it showed us yet again that we were both well-equipped with a sense of humor.

The Proposal?

We found ourselves on a beach in Santa Barbara. We were there with friends for spring break. The weather was less than favorable, but the rain cleared up enough for us to take a walk on the beach. At one point, we were separated from the group and left with only us and our photographer friend, Luis. It was getting late at this point, so we started heading up. As the sun was setting and we found ourselves on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Devin got down on one knee and popped the question. There were tears, there was laughter, and a lifetime of love in that, "Yes!"

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What is love?

Debra: Love is more than just a feeling. When you’re in love, there is no one you would rather be around. Being in love is beautiful; it is full of trust and compassion. Love is when you know you want to spend your life with that person because they are the person you turn to first in times of joy or sorrow—laughter or in tears.

What is love?

Devin: Love, in the romantic sense, is finding someone you enjoy being around and wouldn’t mind spending your life with. Some-

one to whom you look to for support and guidance, but also who you would support and look after yourself.

What do you love most about him?

He is always able to make me laugh. He cares about me and we tease each other, but everything he says is so loving. He has the best intentions with every word he says. He has the remarkable ability to be someone who cares and someone who teases and makes jokes all in the same sentence. I know that I can always count on him to make me smile.


Love is when

you know you want to spend your life with that person because they are the person you turn to first in times of joy or sorrow, laughter or tears.




I knew I was in love when I could see myself with him forever.

What do you love most about her?

I love that she complements me socially. I tend to be somewhat of an introvert, but she is very much an extrovert. She is full of life and passion, allowing me to enjoy the company of others without feeling awkward or overburdened. We make a great team at parties, especially those we host ourselves.

When did you know you were in love?

Debra: I knew I was in love when I could see myself with him forever. When I was able to turn to him first whenever I needed someone, I knew that I loved him. I also turned to him first when I wanted to celebrate. When there was big news, I wanted to express all my joy with him before I told anyone else. I wanted to be with him and be happy together. He made me smile from the first day I met him, but that smile eventually turned into heartmelting happiness whenever I saw him.

When did you know you were in love?

Devin: I knew I was in love when I stopped

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feeling the need to hide around her; when I was able to truly be myself, open and honestly. I just felt so comfortable around her, and I really enjoyed spending time with her. Even when we were doing nothing, we were doing nothing together.

Fun facts

Both of us had chinchillas as pets.


We went to Ireland and Cancun. We started out in Dublin to explore the city life. We drove ourselves on the back roads to see all the scenery and take as much of it in as possible. We visited as many castles as possible, but that’s hard to do when there are over 3,000. Dublin’s city life was exciting, but we moved on to Galway to explore the coast a bit more. We went on a ferry, drove it ourselves for a bit, and then moved on once more to Cork. We spent a little bit of time in Cork as well, but then we flew out for the second week of our honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico! After an eventful week of walking

around and sightseeing in Ireland, we were excited to have a week of relaxation at a resort in Cancun. The week was everything we hoped for in an all-inclusive resort. These were completely opposite vacations, but we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Wedding details

Our wedding was a beautiful event. We had the ceremony outside under a gazebo. The flowers were perfectly framed above us and in the aisle as well. The ceremony was elegantly accompanied by a string quartet who played to perfection. After our outdoor ceremony, we moved to the back of the mansion for a lovely dinner. Our head table was set up so we had our bridesmaids on one side and groomsmen on the other, and we were able to see everyone in the crowd. Of course, the wedding wouldn’t have been complete without our packed dance floor. Every moment was beautiful, memorable, and unforgettable. From rowdy friends to first dance, every moment will live on in our hearts forever.



Every moment of our wedding was beautiful, memorable, and unforgettable. Photographer Two Twenty Photos

Musician Camellia String Quartet

Venue Grand Island Mansion

Hair and makeup Mai Makeup Artistry

Caterer Grand Island Mansion

Florist Design With Florae

Desserts/cake Grand Island Mansion

Bride's Dress A Touch of Class Bridal

DJ Showtime Entertainment

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Jobeth Jason


Photographed by Two Twenty Photos

Who are you? My name is Jobeth Valles Vu and I was born in San Diego, California. Since I was five years old, I moved around every three years and attended 12 different schools as my dad served in the U.S. Navy. Moving around place to place, meeting many different people along the way really helped shape the independent woman I am today. I love traveling and experiencing new things, fashion, and movies. My name is Jason Vu and I was born in Vietnam. I came to the States when I was three years old. I grew up in Sacramento and lived here most of my life. I’m an entrepreneur and an aspiring fashion designer. When I’m not working hard, I enjoy staying active and spending time with family and friends.

How did you meet?

Although we met back in 2012 at our first job out of college, our story didn’t begin until two years later. Jobeth was definitely the flirty type, yet would always try to play hard to get. Little did she know, I was a competitive man that loved the thrill of the chase. There is a saying in basketball, “if you are a shooter, you always shoot your shot.” So in

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2014, I decided to shoot my shot. During one of our friend’s birthday get togethers, I approached Jobeth to spit some game. Who would have thought that all it took was just a few drinks to get her out of her shell and drop the charades. We really hit it off that night and decided to go on a date the next day when we were sober to see if it was real. Needless to say, we never looked back after that…

The Proposal?

I am a planner. I have a back plan, upon back up plan. So of course, Jason and I planned to wait two years from the year 2017 to get engaged as we had so much student debt to pay off and on top of that, we wanted to save enough money to pay off our dream wedding. With that said, on my 28th birthday celebration (this was in 2017), I planned an intimate brunch with a few girlfriends and their significant other at the Cafeteria in downtown Sacramento. Little did I know, Jason had other plans for that day. During brunch, he kept disappearing to the restroom, but I never put two and two together. Once we were all done eating breakfast, Jason mentioned he had one last surprise for me.

He led my friends and I into the dance floor area where he had a video presentation waiting for us. To my surprise, he created a video comprised of my childhood video clips to us being together for the past three years. Once the video concluded, I turned to him and I noticed all our family and friends were behind us (I literally started bawling). He mentioned that he loved me and he believed in us. After, he got down on one knee and ask if I will marry him. I said “Yes!” - Jason hired a videographer for our proposal. The video is available on Facebook.

What is love?

Jobeth: I believe love is unconditional, caring, forgiving, being emotionally supportive, and feeling valued. Love is being selfless and thinking of the other person and their needs over your own.

What is love?

Jason: To me, love is self-sacrificing. To love someone means you are able to put the other person before yourself in all aspects. You think about their emotions before yours, their wellbeing before yours, and most importantly their


Love is self-

sacrificing. To love someone means you are able to put the other person before yourself in all aspects.




Iandknew I was in love when I saw how caring and loving she was to my parents family. Being raised by immigrant parents, family means a lot to me. She is a very family orientated person and that was very attractive to me.

happiness before yours. True love is selfless through thick and thin.

What do you love most about him?

I love his drive and ambition to support his family. I love how caring he is not just to me, but to everyone I love in my life. He is very genuine and tries to always help me in my time of need or if I’m not feeling well. He has a very kind heart and is so generous and loving.

What do you love most about her?

Behind every successful man is a strong and supportive woman. Everything that I am is because of her. The thing I love about her the most is how she supports my dream and passion and continues to push me every day.

When did you know you were in love?

Jobeth: I knew I was in love the moment he accepted me for who I am. When I met Jason, I was skeptical about love and being in a relationship. I had broken up with my first ever love six months before I met Jason. I was lost and in the middle of figuring out who I was, what I liked, and Jason just made everything so simple and easy.

When did you know you were in love?

Jason: I was in love when I saw how caring and

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loving she was to my parents and family. Being raised by immigrant parents, family means a lot to me. She is a very family orientated person and that was very attractive to me.

Fun facts

- We love watching scary movies or any movie. We are definitely movie buffs.

- We love to eat. I particularly drag Jason to all the instagramable dessert places while he like to actually eat real meals.

- We just purchased our very first home together which will be ready and fully built by May 2020. - Jason is a diehard Sacramento Kings fan and drags me to all the games.

- Jason and I both love fashion, this is why we needed a his and her walk in closet.

Honeymoon plans

Jason and I plan to go to Bora Bora. We had planned to go early next year, however, we just purchased our very first home together recently. So that trip is currently postponed until later of next year. In the meantime, we will be taking a pre-honeymoon trip to Oahu, Hawaii in March.

Wedding details

Jason and I were engaged for two years which means we had a lot of time to plan our wedding. We definitely wanted all our friends and family to have an amazing time while incorporating our own style and twist to our wedding. We chose the Croatian American Cultural Center for our venue as I wanted a European Estate vibe with romantic and modern elements. Also, it truly helped that it was super affordable and allowed for us to spend more on decorations to spruce up the place. This was definitely a hidden gem. Our motif was white, gold, and hints of mauve. Again, I was very interested in modern meets romantic, elegant, and timeless. I worked with Mary Lee with Amour Florist and Bridal. She was amazing, she understood exactly what I was envisioning from my flower wall to all the center pieces. Even just the tiniest details, she was able to capture and incorporate these into the center pieces, our sweet heart table, and the cake table. Everything was so light, airy, and romantic. Additionally, I did not want our first dance to be like any other. So, we hired BTS Sound who normally DJ and hosts at events, but they also included our backlighting and dancing on a cloud feature. I think this provided that extra romantic feel to the room as our song “Why I Love You� by Major was playing in the background. Moreover, Jason



and I have attended other weddings where food and drinks were ok, but for us, we wanted to ensure everyone left fully satisfied. Therefore, we had selected many different food options from roasted/grill quarters chicken, tri tip, seafood risotto, shrimp boat platters, and more. Also, we had open bar available all night where I actually created two signature drinks featured as “The Cosmo Bride” and “The Gentleman.” Another huge factor for us, was being able to publicly thank our parents in a way that no one has seen before as they have helped and supported us throughout our lives. So, we hired JMar Presents to put together several videos compiled of childhood images to at home videos of me and my dad and Jason and his mom to play during our father daughter dance and the son and mother dance. We also did not want to leave out my mom and Jason’s dad. Therefore, we also had videos created for both my mom and Jason’s dad. Our wedding was beautiful and full of so much love and support for Jason and I. This was definitely an unforgettable experience.

Photographer Two Twenty Photos

Florist Amour Florist and Bridal

Videographer Tim Fox

Tux Rentals Men's Warehouse

Venue Croatian American Cultural Center

Bride's Dress Maggie Sottero

Caterer Continental Cuisine Corporation

Bridesmaid's dress David's Bridal Rings Derco

Desserts/cake Freeport Bakery

Photo booth The Photospot

DJ BTS Sound

Hotel The Sawyer   43




It may be hard to believe, but we’re getting close to wrapping up 2019. And if you have a year-end to-do list, here’s one more item you might want to add: Lower your investment-related taxes. To help meet this goal, consider these moves you could make before year-end: 44. - Holiday 2019

Increase your 401(k) contributions.

If your employer allows it, add some money to your 401(k) before the year is out. (You can put up to $19,000 in your 401(k) or similar plan for 2019, or $25,000 if you’re 50 or older.) If you fund your 401(k) with pre-tax dollars, the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. After-tax contributions, such as those for a Roth 401(k), won’t result in tax savings for 2019 (but should reduce taxes in future years).

Add to your IRA.

You’ve got until the April tax filing deadline to contribute to your IRA for 2019, but why wait until the last minute? You can put up to $6,000 in your IRA for the year, or $7,000 if you’re 50 or older. With a traditional IRA, your contributions may be deductible, depending on your income; with a Roth IRA, contributions aren’t deductible, but your earnings can grow tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions.

Donate some investments.

Recent tax law changes have resulted in far fewer people itemizing their deductions. However, if itemizing still makes sense in your situation, you might want to consider donating an investment that has gained value since you purchased it to one of the charitable groups you support. You will generally be able to deduct the fair market value of the investment, and you can avoid paying capital gains taxes on the appreciation.

finance} Consider selling investments to realize capital losses.

You may have taxable capital gains, either from selling investments that have increased in value or simply from owning mutual funds (mutual fund managers constantly buy and sell individual investments within the funds). These capital gains could increase the amount of taxes you owe. If you own some investments that have lost value since you purchased them, selling them would generate capital losses that could be used to offset capital gains. Further, if you have more losses than gains, you can use up to $3,000 of your losses to offset ordinary income. Keep in mind that selling an investment may change the allocation and performance of your portfolio. Also, just because an investment is down in value is not necessarily a reason to sell. And once you sell an investment to generate a capital loss, you need to wait at least 31 days to repurchase it to avoid incurring what’s known as a “wash sale.” Your financial professional can help you determine if

selling any investments makes sense for your situation. Before making any of these moves, you’ll also want to consult with your tax professional. And remember that while taxes are a consideration, they should not necessarily drive your investment decisions. When investing, you need to build a portfolio that’s appropriate for your risk tolerance and time horizon and that can help you achieve your goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

Keep in mind that selling an investment may change the allocation and performance of your portfolio. Also, just because an investment is down in value is not necessarily a reason to sell.

Still, if you can make some tax-smart investment moves before the year is out, you may well reap the benefits next April. JOSH MYER- As an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, I believe it's important to invest my time to understand what's most important to you before you invest your money. We'll use an established process to build personalized strategies to help you achieve your goals as well as partnering together throughout your life to make sure we help you stay on track. Josh Myer, Edward Jones, Elk Grove. 9401 E Stockton Blvd Suite 250, Elk Grove. (916) 685-6753   45


Open Hearts An Adoption Story Written by Carole Morris

DeAnna Gallardo, the first cover model for Ardent for Life Magazine, is now the author of a lyrically written children’s book. The book is called, Open Hearts: An Adoption Story. DeAnna is a wife, mother of three and lover of all things peanut butter. She was inspired to write this book after adopting her son from Haiti. The book’s story is told from the parent’s perspective regarding the process of adopting a little boy internationally; this story is sure to become a family favorite.

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The charming and colorful illustrations, in the book, were created by Audrey Sherlock. Remarkably, Audrey is only 14 years old, and attends Franklin High School in Elk Grove. It is obvious that she is an extremely talented artist.



We are all familiar with the impact that adoption has on families, extended family, and community members. I have known children who were adopted and as they grew up, they positively influenced future generations of the family they were adopted into. Therefore, adoption not only gives the child love, personal care and stability, it becomes a blessing for families. No matter what leads a family to adopt, they can use their adoption story as a way to educate the community. This is exactly what the book, Open Hearts: An Adoption Story is doing for families. Whether you have walked alongside a family who has adopted or you are part of a family who has adopted; this book tells the story of one family’s journey to adopt internationally. The story starts from the beginning of the process, to the day they bring their sweet child home. As parents we know that reading to our children helps create a bond with them and encourages positive growth and development. Reading this book with your child will be a great conversation starter for kids who want to know more about what adoption is. Additionally, it is a beautiful tool that can be used to remind your adopted child how loved they truly are.

Family photo by Bobbi Photo

No matter what leads a family to adopt, they can use their adoption story as a way to educate the community. This is exactly what the book, Open Hearts: An Adoption Story is doing for families.   47

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The classic thriller plot of a good man protecting a woman against a very bad man has been upended in recent years, thanks to the prominence of the domestic thriller and a wealth of female protagonists (Think The Girl on the Train or authors like Ruth Ware). The Whisper Network is something different still. A corporate thriller as told by women. It starts with suspense—someone has died, but the reader doesn’t know who or why— and then flashes back to tell a story centered around current issues and events. Ames Garrett is suddenly in line to take over Truviv, a major Dallas sportswear company. Four female employees of the company, each in various professional positions, career and life stages, know that this would be disastrous given his long history of inappropriate behavior towards women. When Garrett’s name is added to an anonymous online spreadsheet of bad behaving men the situation explodes. The question of who is the victim and who is the aggressor adds an additional spin on this tale. Add in the stresses of societal expectations of modern womanhood and it becomes refreshingly original. And I haven’t even mentioned the dramatic ending yet! This is a highly entertaining contemporary work of suspense that is also surprisingly thought provoking. Suspense readers, contemporary fiction readers, and book groups should check this out. Flatiron Books 2019

The Secrets We Kept

By: Lara Prescott

In World War II women were found in a number of key positions, many of which were lost to history once men began telling the official story. After the war, their wealth of experience was ignored in favor of traditional gender roles. For the most part, former spies and code breakers were only allowed to work as secretaries in the newly created intelligence agencies. It is these women who form the background for this story based on the real life tale of the effort to smuggle the Soviet banned Doctor Zhivago (by Boris Pasternak) through the Iron Curtain. Sally, a former spy, and her protégé Irina, a woman of Russian descent pulled from the typing pool, are given the task. But both have secrets of their own to hide which complicate affairs. From Russia, where Pasternak’s lover Olga pays a terrible price, to the halls of the CIA in Washington, to the World’s Fair in Vienna, this story is epic in scale, but also quietly domestic. It is a rich tapestry of women’s lives and sacrifices as well as the belief in the essential power of literature in the fight to change hearts and minds. Through it all the women of the typing pool watch, listen, and learn secrets they will never tell. This engaging read will definitely make you want to know more about their lives. Knopf 2019

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Author: Kate Hoefler Illustrations by: Sarah Jacoby Children's Book Reviews By JUSTIN AZEVEDO


Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrations by: Faith Erin Hicks

Rabbit is comfortable living in his quiet field. He sometimes thinks about the nearby road, but he wouldn’t think of actually going there. He doesn’t have to; his old friend, Dog, tells him every day about the places he’d go on his motorbike, and Dog’s stories make Rabbit feel like he had been to those places, too. Then, one day, a bad story rather than a good one— Dog doesn’t come to visit, and Rabbit finds himself the owner of the motorbike. At first, Rabbit can hardly bring himself to look at the motorbike, much less get on it. But day by day, little by little, Rabbit convinces himself to take the bike out, just for a ride down the road. Roads are long, though, and if Rabbit can create his own stories to tell, maybe it will feel like Dog is there with him, too. This beautiful picture book takes the heavy subject matter of grief and anxiety and turns it into a sweet, graceful story that ultimately takes a joyful and redemptive path. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations alternate between small, intimate portraits and double-page spreads, adding emotional depth to the gentle prose. The result is a multifaceted book that can be offered to a child in need of stories about loss, or just a sweet bedtime book that is nevertheless sure to start a conversation. A definite tearjerker of a book, recommended for ages 4 to 7.

For the past four years, Deja and Josiah have worked the biggest, most spectacular pumpkin patch for miles around. They greet each other at the beginning of each fall, sling food at the Succotash Hut during two months of autumnal bliss, and say goodbye on Halloween. The thing is, they are seniors in high school this year. This is their last year at the patch. Josiah approaches this fact with his usual melancholy, made worse by the fact that he never talked to the cute girl at the Fudge Shoppe. Not that he would ever actually work up that kind of courage, but the point remains. Deja, on the other hand, is not about to let the evening go by without an adventure. Her insistence on setting her pumpkin patch buddy up with his crush turns into a sprawling quest that spans an astonishing breadth of fall-flavored snacks and attractions, ending with both of them realizing that their relationship doesn’t have to end at the pumpkin patch. This comic is a must-read for the fall season, not only for the setting but for Hicks’ rich artwork that perfectly sets the mood with deep golds, reds, and purples. The achingly cute fledgling romance at the heart of the story is made better by the norms it subverts— Black, bisexual, plus-sized Deja turns out to be the perfect counterpart to Josie, a tall, handsome, cornfed blonde boy who is also consistently a blushing pile of awkward. This is a perfect seasonal read even for those who don’t usually pick up graphic novels, recommended for ages 12 and up.

Chronicle Books, 2019

First Second, 2019

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The CRRSL Fall 2019

Soccer Season By Scott Molinari

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It was another successful year for all of the players and their families that participated in the Cosumnes River Recreational Soccer League (CRRSL) for the fall 2019 soccer season. The established league comprised of multiple clubs, working with different communities and regions, with the goal of giving children in our community the opportunity to be involved in a sport, providing them with the best possible learning environment, while teaching them teamwork and sportsmanship. CRRSL makes soccer fun and creates a lifelong passion for the game in young players, as well as creates a pathway to U9-U19 competitive club soccer. Our age-appropriate curriculum focuses on individual technical development, building confidence in young soccer players, improving cognitive development, and increasing imagination, by allowing players to learn the game gradually in a fun, exciting, and competitive environment. Cosumnes River Recreational Soccer is open to boys and girls of all levels of ability and development. Our recreational program starts in July and ends in November. Consumnes River

Soccer offers recreational soccer programs for ages 6 through 18. Teams practice two evenings per week while playing one game on Saturday during a 10 week season starting after Labor Day Weekend and finishing before the Thanksgiving Holiday. We provide our volunteer coaches with classes, clinics, licensing, lesson plans, evaluate on feedback, and on field assistance from our competitive partner, IR Academy of Soccer. IR Academy of Soccer has provided the Elk Grove Community (over the past decade) with low cost competitive soccer training, state championships, national rankings and student-athlete college placements for players that want to further their

CRRSL makes soccer fun and creates a lifelong passion for the game in young players.

career in soccer. Throughout the year, IR Academy of Soccer offers free clinics for those players that desire additional skills training and enhanced competitive edge to help advance in their soccer path. Their continued enjoyment of partnering with CRRSL benefits the community recreational soccer players with improved balance and coordination, thus increasing their confidence while allowing them to improve as a team player. Cosumnes River Soccer hosted its annual soccer jamboree on October 12, 2019, in Elk Grove. With players, families and spectators the much anticipated event reached over 5,000 people in attendance. During this time, players and families enjoyed music, team photos, food, skill challenges and other soccer related activities. This community event marks the middle of the season as the younger groups continued with their fall league schedule. The older teams showcased their level of play in an additional exhibition game entertaining all of the spectators. The soccer jamboree is a venue where all of the participants can realize how many teams and clubs are involved in order to understand they are part of something valuable in our community. The jamboree allows us to focus on the fun of all youth sports, while building memories for our children and their families.

For more information on the clubs involved as well information on the 2020 Fall Soccer Season, please contact the follow soccer clubs: IR Academy of Soccer ( Thundering Herd ( Calvine Soccer Club ( Delta United Soccer ( Cosumnes Oaks Soccer ( 54. - Holiday 2019


The Gift in Every Mistake By Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling

Here we are again; closing out one year and flying into another. And this one feels so much bigger because it’s not only a new year, it’s a new decade too. I’m going to take a moment and assume that your calendar and inbox are looking a lot like mine right now; with multiple invitations and evites to holiday gatherings, end of the year parties, and beginning of the new decade celebrations.

In this New Year, I’ll be celebrating my 10th year as a business owner; and throughout all that time in business, I’ve joined many networking, business development and mastermind communities. Along with the social invitations I’ve been receiving, my inbox is also getting flooded with lots of reminders to celebrate my year, highlight my wins and share my successes. Which feels both parts overwhelming and exciting. Now to clarify, I’m all in on these things. There isn’t a scrooge bone in my body that’s not happy to look at the past year (or more) and really highlight my accomplishments and celebrate those successes. In fact, I love a good celebration. I believe the desire to celebrate is part of my DNA, as I come from a long line of women in my family that love any reason to throw a party. You can give me pretty much any invitation to show up (and cheer you on) and not only am I there, but I’m likely to bring a side dish to share. 56. - Holiday 2019

But the truth is, I don’t want to be in the habit of ONLY celebrating the wins. The wins are great and all, but they’re typically focused on ONLY the things you did right and not the whole story of what you had to overcome to get there. It is very rare to hear somebody celebrate their success by sharing ALL the things they had tried (and failed) along the way. Instead you really only get the highlight reel. The problem is when I’m called to “highlight my wins”, I always feel like it leaves me feeling a bit lopsided and uneasy. Because the truth is when it comes to noticing my “successes”, I really believe they don’t show an accurate picture of who I am. You see, I’m incredibly imperfect. And I’m not just writing this to seem more likeable. I’m serious when I say I make mistakes all the time. ALL THE TIME. As a wife, a mom, a couple’s therapist, a daughter, a sister, a friend….I’ve made so many mistakes. In fact, you can pretty much name any hat I wear and I can guarantee you I’ve made not just one, but multiple mistakes in that area. I don’t write this to appear a bit more humble, I write this

because it’s the truth. I write this because if I only told you the good stuff, I wouldn’t be honest. I also write this because I want to encourage a collective voice that gets more vulnerable sharing their own mistakes and failures in hopes that we might all feel a bit more comfortable in discussing them together. Now I’m not so naïve as to ignore the fact that when you share your mistakes or highlight your failures that you’re at an increased risk of judgment or criticism from others. Or, that others don’t see it as an opportunity to offer that dreaded “helpful” advice—what you should have done to avoid messing up in the first place. Yes this can and does happen. But if you can get past that part, really incredible things can happen. When you slow down to look at your list of screw ups, you learn a million percent more from them than reviewing any list of wins. AND it’s when I look at my list of mistakes that I learn from them. Not when someone points out what they would have done or what I should have done. This process can’t be about anyone else. If

I can get still enough to see my failures for what they really are, I can learn really valuable things about myself. Whether it’s identifying negative habits, flimsy boundaries, or other areas… it all gives me really powerful AND helpful information. Reviewing your own lists of losses is the most rewarding when you keep your eyes on your own paper and see what gifts and messages can be found in those mistakes.

health} You see, I’m incredibly imperfect. And I’m not just writing this to seem more likeable. I’m serious when I say I make mistakes all the time. ALL THE TIME.

If we all accepted the challenge to end this year and step into the new one with honest conversations about our failures and mistakes, there would be an incredible impact on our relationships. If you took the opportunity to look at your losses as a way to connect through vulnerability and honesty, I guarantee you would learn so much more about yourself and your partner, your child, or your parent then if you just sat around, sipped a glass of champagne and cheered to your wins. Your failures have the great opportunity to show you some of the most intangible strengths you posses….resiliency, drive, feistiness, and moxie. There is a gift in every mistake my friends and all you need is the courage to dive in there and receive them. Are you with me?   57


Cathy’s Closet

Elk Grove Food Bank Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

Cathy O’Neil

When you think of a closet, what immediately comes to your mind? Storage? A place to hide things away? A catch-all? Something that’s always in need of cleaning out? Although Elk Grove isn’t a house, it has a closet in which its residents can take pride. In 1994, Cathy O’Neil, a recently retired special education teacher for Elk Grove Unified School District, saw the need in our community for “a closet”. A place where those with clothing to spare could share it with others who might be in need. Cathy worked tirelessly to make this “give and take” closet a reality. In 2004, Cathy combine her “closet project” with the Elk Grove Food Bank and became a member of its board of directors. This convenient pairing allows for those in our community (who may be facing financial 58. - Holiday 2019

difficulties) to have two of their most basic needs met in one spot. Clients of the Elk Grove Food Bank are not the only ones who benefit from the closet. With Cathy’s connection to E.G.U.S.D, a referral process was created where teachers working at Title 1 schools in the district can request clothing to be delivered from the Food Bank to the school site for students (and their families) when there is a need. Cathy worked tirelessly to organize coat and shoe drives when the closet’s stock was running low. In times of surplus, she facilitated extra

items being passed on to local churches and other groups invested in helping the needy in Elk Grove. She volunteered for nearly 25 years working in the Clothes Closet and at the Food Bank in its various forms and locations. Cathy O’Neil passed away in 2016; therefore, at that time the Clothes Closet was official named “Cathy’s Closet” in her honor. Food Bank Director Marie Jachino recalls Cathy as an amazing woman and a role model for our community. Cathy’s legacy will live on with each piece of clothing that comes in and goes out of “Cathy’s Closet.”



Follow in Cathy’s footsteps and become a regular volunteer at the Food Bank.

Want to help? F.Y.I. about Cathy’s Closet

Clothes are free of charge to all clients of Elk Grove Food Bank Services & Families and children in partnership with the Elk Grove Unified School District Student Support Services and Homeless Program. Location: 9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140, Elk Grove, CA, 95624 Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-3PM and Saturday 9AM-12PM

Clean clothes in good condition can be donated to “Cathy’s Closet” during regular business hours. The greatest areas of need are children’s and men’s clothing. If you would like to buy items to donate, underwear and shoes are always welcome. Another way to help is to follow in Cathy’s footsteps and become a regular volunteer at the Food Bank. To do this, visit where you can download a volunteer application. By filling out and turning in this application, you can let the Food Bank staff know when you are available and what areas of expertise you have so they can best schedule your volunteer time to maximize your skills to meet their needs.   61


What I’ve Learned About

Homeless Children By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.

As homelessness swells, residents’ open-mindedness and sympathy has decreased; because neighborhoods are becoming crowded with shopping carts and tents. Some embittered people call out insults to the homeless, while others have thrown rocks. Property owners erect fences and other obstacles to keep the homeless off their sidewalks and lawns. There are even citizen patrols that have been organized to walk the streets and push the homeless out. Across the country, record levels of homelessness has prompted a hostile response against those who live on the streets. I am dismayed because homeless children are never mentioned by individuals who care or are concerned about the homeless. The individuals who are disgusted and angered by the homeless don’t even consider the children who have been impacted. It’s as if the children are unimportant; you know the old adage “seen and not heard”. People would be amazed to hear the depressing news that in the 2016-17 school year, 1.4 million students (ages 6 to 18) experienced homelessness. Why don’t we see these children? The reason—the majority of the students, experiencing homelessness, double up with other families (75 percent), while others were in shelters (15 percent), a small percentage (7 percent) were in hotels and motels and (4 percent) were unsheltered. 62. - Holiday 2019

As a teacher at a Title 1 school, I don’t receive data on homeless students (who are in my classroom) until the end of the first quarter. It’s ridiculous…waiting three months for data; because I need to give these students support immediately. Therefore, the first day of the school year, I really look at my students. One indicator that I look for—they come extremely late or extremely early to school. Another indicator, the child falls asleep in class and is hungry and anxious. These children often struggle academically because they’ve moved around a lot and attended a variety of schools. They don’t have the skills that other students have. They constantly fail to complete or turn in homework. I individually ask my students, “Was there a reason you couldn’t do your homework?” My homeless children will tell me they have nowhere to do homework. They are sleeping on couches, in cars, or on the floor of a relative’s house. There has to be interventions made, so that these children can be successful

in school and ultimately in life. I don’t understand how homeless children have fallen through the cracks of our society. They not only need educational assistance, schools (and our society) should be providing an atmosphere that welcomes and gives them a sense of belonging. They did not choose to be homeless, children are impacted by their parents’ choices. I’ve learned a lot from the homeless children in my classroom. They’ve taught me to communicate with each student as individuals, with individual needs. They’ve also taught me the difference between sympathy (feeling pity) and empathy which is putting myself in their shoes. When I have empathy for the hardships of others, it causes me to take action and intervene on their behalf.

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Proton Pump Inhibitors By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

What are PPIs and how do they work?

PPI’s inhibit the action of proton pumps, specifically the proton/potassium pump of the parietal cells in the stomach. It is a common belief that acid reflux (heartburn) is due to excess production of acid in the stomach. This is a misnomer and the fact is that low stomach acid can cause gastric acid reflux. PPI’s are the most common drugs used to block the production of gastric acid and millions of Americans uses them, sometimes for years. It has been recognized by the FDA that continual use of PPI’s can lead to other problems and they recommend limited use, up to six weeks. But proton pumps aren’t limited to the stomach, all of your cells (except red blood cells), have mitochondria that allow your body to produce energy. They do this by pumping protons across the membrane to generate ATP, the body’s main storage form of energy. Without an efficient proton-pumping system, the body must rely on anaerobic systems for energy production, leading to rapid fatigue.

PPIs Alter the Gut Flora

The composition of microbes that inhabit your gut is incredibly sensitive to changes in the local environment. pH, a measure of the acidity of an environment, is an important part of gut health. PPI use reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach, causing a significant shift in the pH of the intestines. 64. - Holiday 2019

Studies have shown that PPI’s alter the gut microbiota by reducing its overall diversity. As stomach pH becomes less acidic, many ingested microorganisms that would normally be destroyed are able to make their way into the gut. Opportunistic pathogens, including Enterococcus, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli, tended to be more prevalent in the guts of PPI users. A 2013 study also found a significantly increased percentage of individuals with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) among PPI users.

PPIs Impair Nutrient Absorption

Stomach acid is essential for the absorption of many macro- and micronutrients. PPI users have been shown to have an increased risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including vitamin B12, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Achlorhydria (a lack of stomach acid) and atrophic gastritis (stomach inflammation) allow for the overgrowth of bacteria, which compete with the host for consumption of micronutrients like vitamin B12.

These micronutrients are particularly important for bone health. Studies have found an association between PPI use and total bone fractures in the elderly. The findings were significant enough that the FDA felt it necessary to issue a news release in 2010 warning of the possible increased fracture risk. Osteoclasts, the bone cells responsible for the resorption of calcium, also possess proton pumps, and their activity is thought to be directly affected by PPIs.

PPIs Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Events

PPI users have been shown to have a significantly greater risk of heart attack than those on other antacid medication. PPIs also reduce production of nitric oxide, a natural substance that promotes the dilation of blood vessels and improves blood flow.

PPIs Harm the Kidneys

The kidneys are also affected by PPIs. A study published in 2016 compared patients using PPIs to patients using H2 blockers, another common antacid

health} drug. They showed that over the course of five years, those in the PPI group were 28 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease and 96 percent more likely to develop end-stage renal disease.

PPIs Impair Cognitive Function

A 2016 study found that regular PPI users had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia compared with those not using the drugs.

Several commonly prescribed PPIs, such as lansoprazole and omeprazole, have been reported to cross the blood-brain barrier. In mice, PPIs were observed to result in increased levels of amyloid β, a protein fragment that forms the plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, communication between brain cells requires the action of proton pumps. When a neuron is stimulated, the vesicle releases these neurotransmitters into the synaptic space, where they can then interact with receptors on other nearby neurons, transmitting the signal down the line. The neurotransmitters must then be taken back up by the neuron so that they can be released again in response to the next stimulus. The energy required for this reuptake process is driven by proton pumps. If PPIs bind to these proton pumps, cognitive abilities would certainly be impaired.

PPI Withdrawal Can Lead to Rebound Reflux

Your body is acutely sensitive changes in your physiology and is constantly trying to maintain a stable equilibrium. In the case of PPIs, when it senses reduced stomach acid production, your body produces the hormone gastrin which stimulates gastric (stomach) acid production. In addition, parietal cells (responsible for stomach acid production) undergo hypertrophy, or an expansion in the size of each cell. Larger parietal cells have more proton pumps and can produce larger amounts of stomach acid. This is termed “rebound hypersecretion,” or an overproduction of stomach acid after taking PPIs. Luckily, parietal cells are constantly undergoing renewal, with an average lifespan of only 54 days. So just because you took PPIs does not necessarily mean you are destined to rebound hypersecretion forever, as after a few months your stomach cells should have largely turned over.

Alternatives to PPIs

PPIs are not as safe as they are made out to be. The FDA should not allow these drugs to be available over the counter, where they may be used for decades by the unknowing public, given the number of studies that document the potential harm of long term PPI use.

If you’re convinced you should avoid PPIs, there are some alternatives. Always consult with your medical practitioner before discontinuing the use of PPIs and be sure to reduce your dose gradually to avoid any withdrawal symptoms.

1. Eat a low-carb diet

Malabsorption of carbohydrates can lead to bacterial overgrowth, resulting in the bloating and increased abdominal pressure that drives acid reflux.

2. Resolve low stomach acid and treat bacterial overgrowth

Contrary to conventional wisdom, acid reflux is often due to too little stomach acid, which results in bacterial overgrowth. Making diet and lifestyle changes is crucial for dealing with any type of digestive issue, GERD included. Switching to a low-carb diet and eating for gut health are generally much safer and more effective than taking acid-blocking medications like PPIs. Dayle A. Imperato, M.D. Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (916) 670-7601 9180 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove.   65


DO WHAT YOU LOVE Finding meaning in the work that you do

By Angie Yu, MD, Internist/ Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento

We’re getting ready for a new decade! 2020 and the years that follow can be transformational years - years of positive change for your physical and mental wellbeing. But where can we start? How about at work? Since we spend most of our waking hours at work, what we do and how we feel while we are there can impact wellbeing outside of work.

Meaningful work

Meaningful work is significant, facilitates personal growth, and contributes to the greater good. And we know that this fulfillment arises when an organization can match its employees’ values, interests and needs. Meaningful work has been linked to greater life satisfaction, positive impact, and life meaning as well as lower anxiety, hostility and depression. On the other side, high stress jobs that we don’t find any meaning in are very likely to lead to disease like chronic stress, hurt our immune response, cause cardiovascular problems, obesity, lower energy and more. Studies in medical and social science literature show that when we are satisfied or when we have meaning in our jobs, we have more confidence, are motivated to learn, and have purpose. These psychic rewards can follow us home and allow us to have more patience and energy to spend with our loved ones. This, in turn, will improve our relationships and health in general, creating an ecosystem of wellness. 66. - Holiday 2019

Job Satisfaction

Employees who have opportunities to fully use their skills and talents experience both higher job satisfaction and better mental health and, in the end, tend to deliver high productivity and efficiency. Supervisors can be trained to identify and encourage various strengths in employees, and work processes can be arranged so that employees’ strengths are fully applied. Organizations can encourage their employees to be engaged, motivated and proactive.

My area of special interest is in serving mental health care needs in primary care, as most mental health conditions first present in primary care. This is what drew me to train in combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. In doing this work, my employer, The Permanente Medical Group, has been extremely supportive of my ideas and allowed me to practice at the top of my training. I look forward to going to work every day because I feel valued and get to work with coworkers who are talented and extremely passionate about what they do. I find tremendous meaning and purpose at work and feel incredibly lucky.

Find More Meaning at Work It’s about people. Human beings appreciate a sense of community. At work, we have a great opportunity to create community by building relationships with our co-workers. Even finding one or two people that we can connect with can really create an anchor to a feeling of having a work family as opposed to “this is just a place that pays the bills.” Try new experiences. Don’t be afraid of taking on responsibilities and try something new. Maybe that could lead to your next promotion or being recognized as an expert in that area which could lead to feeling more purposeful. Invest in yourself. We must think of ourselves as a worthy investment. If you want to take an online class or attend a seminar or conference in an area that piques your interest, do it! The investment of time and money could help you in the long run. Bring fun to work. Got a green thumb? Like organizing parties? Bring your interests outside of work to your work environment. Maybe you can see if anyone else wants to start a planter box or a community garden. =This allows you to meet other people who are likeminded and can lead to rewarding relation-

ships. Creating a green space for others or improving the work place in some way allows you to leave a legacy of something bigger than yourself.

Get moving. Research shows that being sedentary more than 6 hours 5 days a week is as bad for you as smoking. Remember there’s a physical and mental connection. When we are at work, we need to get up and stretch and go for walks. Go with your colleagues to create a higher sense of connection and wellness. Try the pomodoro style of working if your work environment allows you to, 25 minutes of concentrated time followed by a five-minute break.



It’s about people. Human beings appreciate a sense of community. At work, we have a great opportunity to create community by building relationships with our co-workers.

Reign in negativity/complaining. A little level of venting might be healthy, but on the other hand, if we relish and stay in a world of negativity, it creates a rabbit hole that’s hard to escape. When you feel you are getting in the hole, try the gratitude exercise – find a few things that you’re grateful for, say them out loud and write them down; smile and shake it off (physically too). If we are kind to ourselves, we will be kind to other people. Live the Moment. The spirit of mindfulness is anything that allows us to really enjoy the moment, doing one thing at a time; unfortunately, all the technologies available are creating a generation of inattention which take away from wellbeing. Whether you are at work, or home, find moments in a day to be mindful as it really elevates your sense of wellbeing. Mindfulness can calm down our heart rate, and it can help us feel centered and connected to the rest of the world. Dr. Angie Yu is an internist and psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.   67





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One Step at a Time By Lilly Wyatt, PR and Media Relations, Kaiser Permanente

Here’s one New Year’s resolution that might be the easiest to incorporate into your life as you kick off 2020… walk more often or, even better, walk outside. I sat down with Jason Gritti, MD, who practices internal medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South Sacramento. Dr. Gritti is passionate about lifestyle medicine, fitness and exercise (especially walking) to improve the wellbeing of his patients, some of whom have eradicated disease with simple lifestyle/ diet changes. 70. - Holiday 2019

“Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated,” exclaims Dr. Gritti. “Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier and longer life.” The unpretentious form of physical activity you have been doing since you were a oneyear-old has the following benefits:

In Your Body

Prevents heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

“Taking a stride improves circulation lowering blood pressure and therefore diminishing your chances of experiencing heart disease.”

Strengthens your bones, joints, muscles and helps reduce/ prevent arthritis.

“Walking reduces arthritis-related pain. In fact, walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place.”

Boosts the Immune system.

“Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less.”

Helps with weight challenges.

“Walking counteracts the effects of weightpromoting genes. There’s a study from Harvard that looked at 32 obesity-promoting genes in over 12,000 people to determine how much these genes contribute to body weight. They discovered that, among the study participants who walked briskly for about an hour a day, the effects of those genes were cut in half !”

In Your Mind Improves your mood.

“Exercise at a certain level can actually be, for some people, the equivalent to taking an


“Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated,” exclaims Dr. Gritti. “Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier and longer life.” antidepressant. What’s more, walking outside increases blood and energy flow to the brain, improving mental acuity and overall wellbeing. So, if you are ever upset about something, just go walk around the block… breathe in the fresh air and feel the changes in your mind and body.”

Slows mental decline or memory loss.

“Age-related memory decline is lower in those who walk more. Men and women who walk 2.5 miles per day had a 17 % decline in memory, as opposed to a 25 % decline in those who walked less than a half-mile per week.”

Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk.

How much should you walk, you wonder? While the 10,000-step recommendation has been mainstreamed for some time, it doesn’t have any scientific evidence. In fact, it turns out the number has roots to a Japanese company that in 1965 was selling pedometers, and they gave it a name that, in Japanese, means ‘the 10,000-step meter’.

Starting a walking program takes initiative and sticking with it takes commitment, so Dr. Gritti suggests the following tips to stay motivated. Just 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week is relatively easy and doesn’t cost much as compared to the cost and time spent dealing with a chronic illness.

“The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, or roughly 1.5 to 2 miles,” affirms Dr. Gritti. “It's a good idea to find out how many steps a day you walk now as your own baseline. Then you can work up toward the goal of 7,000 steps or more and aiming to add 1,000 extra steps a day every two weeks.”

small 5-10-minute walks during your lunch break, then when those walks become a habit, then expand. You can also park farther and take the stairs.

“A study from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those who walked less.”

plan several different routes for variety.

4. Take missed days in stride. If you find

yourself skipping your daily walks, don't give up. Remind yourself how good you feel when you include physical activity in your daily routine, and then get back on track.

Increase creativity.

Research has shown that you can add up to seven years to your life by exercising daily, regardless of what you weigh. Even better, those extra years will be good ones as folks who walk (or exercise) are happier.

2. Make walking enjoyable. If you don't like walking alone, ask a friend or neighbor to join you, or walk a dog. If you're energized by groups, join a health club or walking group, or listen to music or inspirational podcasts during your walk. 3. Vary your routine. If you walk outdoors,

“Whether you need a solution to a problem at work or you’re looking for inspiration for your novel, walking gets your creative juices flowing in all areas. Walking can boost creative output by 60 percent. The same results were found for both indoor and outdoor workouts, and the creative boost lasted after the walk itself.”

Walking for life

1. Set yourself up for success. Start with

5. Be safe. Have the right gear, choose your

The basic finding in one study was that at just 4,400 steps per day, women had significantly lower mortality rates as compared to the less active women. Mortality rates continued to drop, or benefits improve until these women reached about 7,500 steps.

path and share it with your family/friends, carry a cell phone for emergencies, warm up, cool down, stretch, and most importantly, hydrate. Always remember that exercise should not be optional, it is required for your health. Tell yourself: I need to do this, I can do this! Consequently, if you make a resolution this year, make it simple, meaningful, and achievable— one step at a time.   71


It’s That Time of The Year Written by D’Lee Daleo & Jamie McCalman, Switch Fitness

The year is coming to an end and now is the time when many people start thinking about getting fit and living a healthier lifestyle. If you are one of those people, take a deep breath and think about your decision. You might be ready to make a commitment but who are you committing to and why? The following are some tips to help make your decision to live fit and be happy, a long-lasting lifestyle choice.

1. Be honest and kind to yourself

If you are really honest with yourself, you know you have been putting this off for a long time and you may have tried and failed several times before. So why now, why again, and what do you need to do differently this time? Everyone has their own motivation to get fit and no matter what anyone tells you, any motivating factor that gets you started will work. The question you need to ask yourself is whether or not you want a long-term lifestyle change with long term benefits? Get fit to feel better and live longer, but more importantly get fit for you because you deserve it. Make a mental commitment to yourself and allow fitness to become one of the priorities in your life. You might not see results as fast as you want, you might get off track a little from time to time, and all of that is okay. What matters most is keeping the commitment you made to yourself. You are not going to get there overnight so be patient and allow yourself to enjoy the journey.

2. Set realistic, actionable goals

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Getting fit or healthy is a great idea but it is not very specific. Set yourself up for success by choosing short term, actionable goals that you can track, build on and celebrate. Goals like reducing or eliminating fast food, working out or walking around the block two or three days a week are examples of short term, actionable goals that you can track and celebrate. You will be more inclined to keep the commitment to yourself if you reach your goals and celebrate your achievements.

3. Find your community and have fun

One way for many people to achieve their goals is to socialize around healthy habits. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a social person, being around like minded people adds an element of accountability, motivation and fun. Finding an inclusive accepting environment where you feel like a member of a community will make you comfortable and keep you coming back. Joining the right gym or studio with group classes can not only provide that sense of community and

motivation, but also give you access to trained instructors that can safely and effectively guide you on your journey.

4. Mix it up

Variety might be the spice of life but when it comes to fitness it should be the main ingredient for several reasons.

· Varying your workout routine will keep you engaged and eliminate boredom which will improve your odds of sticking with it.

· Switching things up will keep your mind and body from adapting to your routine which will lower the odds of experiencing plateaus. ·Doing the same exercises over and over could lead to overuse and injury.

· Mixing it up is fun and if fitness can be fun, it will get done!

5. Maximize your time

Most of us have busy schedules with limited time to dedicate to fitness. If you’ve ever walked into a gym early in the morning or after work you know it isn’t easy to find an available piece of equipment. For some people, the best way to maximize their valuable workout time is to sign-up for a group class. With group classes, you can sign-up in advance so

you know for sure that you have a space, you know you will get in and out on time and since the class is instructor led you know the work out will be challenging. Another hurdle for some might be trying to squeeze a workout in around kids. There aren’t many gyms or studios with child care options but there are a few and if child care is an issue for you, having that option is a big deal to consider when choosing where to spend your time and money.


6. Set the right expectations

Not everyone is going to uncover six pack abs or be able to run a marathon. Magazine covers and social media flaunt unrealistic images of genetically gifted people who spend their days working out, watching every little thing they put in their body, taking selfies at the perfect angle with the perfect lighting not to mention the airbrushing, filters and special effects. The fact is fit and healthy bodies come in many different shapes and sizes and it does not mean you have to completely eliminate the food and drink you love. Believe it or not you can be fit and healthy and enjoy all that life has to offer. Ignore the images you see unless you are looking in the mirror. Compare how you look and feel to you and only you.

It’s never too late to start, and there are a lot of ways to get the results you are looking for. Spend some time thinking about your motivation, your goals and how you are going to get there. Elk Grove has a lot to offer, take advantage of this great community we live in. Switch Fitness - (916) 883-BFIT 9632 Emerald Oak Dr suite k, Elk Grove, CA   73

The Zehnder Family

The Zehnder family at John and Nancy’s 65th Anniversary Party


By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos courtesy of Louis Silveira and the Zehnder family

John and Nancy Zehnder and their family members have been an integral part of the Elk Grove community for many decades. They have been active in agriculture, education, fire department, and business. Community service has been part of the lives of all the Zehnders, and it continues in many forms with each generation. The Zehnder ranch was located along what are now Highway 99 and West Stockton Blvd. -near today’s Auto Mall. Dairying and the raising of beef cattle were the two areas of focus. John and Nancy Zehnder lived on the ranch with their seven sons. They are the focus of this story.

Zehnder Park Opening We have two great reminders of the Zehnder family in Elk Grove. John L. Zehnder Park is in the north Laguna area, and it was created in 1993 by Elk Grove’s park district, the Cosumnes Community Services District (CCSD). The Zehnder Ranch Elementary School is in the south Laguna area, and Elk Grove Unified 74. - Holiday 2019

School District (EGUSD) opened it in 2017. The scoreboard timer (for more than 50 years) during school serves pre-kindergarten through 6th grade football games of the EGHS Thundering Herd. students. He was awarded the Fred Anderson Memorial Award in 1998 and was listed in the EGHS Hall John Zehnder was born in Sacramento to Louis of Fame. and Anna Zehnder in 1927. The family, John, Louis and Joanne, moved to Elk Grove in 1942. Other involvement included the Elk Grove John grew up on his family's dairy farm. After Softball Association; the Boy Scouts of America; graduating from Elk Grove High School (EGHS) in 1945, John served in the U. S. Navy and spent some time in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1947. John and Nancy (Bunney) were married in 1950. Nancy is an EGHS graduate, 1947. Her family had lived in San Francisco and moved to Elk Grove after the War. In addition to his work on the ranch, John was a stockbroker and businessman. He was greatly involved in community activities and service. He was a lifetime member of the Elk Grove Lions Club and received several important awards for his work. He was with the Elk Grove Fire Department as a volunteer for 43 years and served as president of the Firemen's Association. His love of sports continued over the years, and he was well known for operating the John and Nancy's wedding and 65th Anniversary Party



The family at Zehnder Ranch Elementary Opening, 2017

Above and right: John with his sons

Nancy (Bunney) & John Zehnder on a cruise

Pop Warner football, Little League, soccer, Basketball, Western Festival, the California Cattlemen's Association, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and the Knights of Columbus. John also served on the board of directors of First Security Bank of Elk Grove for 20 years. He was a member of the Cosumnes River College Agricultural Board, served on the Cosumnes CSD board and the Northern California Peace Officers’ Association.

John Zehnder Jr. graduated from EGHS in 1969 and taught history, government, and economics at the school. He recently chaired his 50th high school reunion event. John is married to Linda (Wood), a 1971 EGHS graduate. Linda and her parents moved to Elk Grove from El Paso TX in 1969. Linda taught business and vocational education at EGHS and at CRC. John coached wrestling and football at EGHS when he was teaching there, and he is a member of EG Lions club. These are John and Linda’s children: Anna is married to Ben Gravenkamp, and their children are Finn and Ryan. Anna is a teacher; Krista is married to James Casey, she is a nurse, and their children are June and James Paul Casey IV; Lauren worked for Mraz Brewery as general manager and now works for Monk Brewery and is president of the Sacramento Brewers Guild. Tom Zehnder graduated from EGHS in 1970, and his wife is Nancy (Rush). Tom graduated from veterinary school in 1979 and bought Bradshaw Veterinary Clinic in 1984. He started Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital and Hotel in 2007. Nancy is a retired cardiac care nurse.

In addition, he was Elk Grove's Citizen of the Year in 1969. John and Nancy Zehnder’s seven sons are John Jr., Tom, Mike, Dan, Steve, Bryan and Paul. They have continued the family traditions of community involvement, and so have their wives and children. They participate in local businesses, education, the fire department, and many community groups. There are 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren in the Zehnder family, and most of them live in Elk Grove. Sadly, John Zehnder Sr. passed away in 2018 at the age of 91. He is greatly missed by everyone. But, Nancy and the family members continue the Zehnder tradition of community service and Tom and Nancy have four children: Genna is involvement in a variety of programs and activities. a hair stylist, Tessa is a dental hygienist, Shelby

will graduate from veterinary school in June, and Robert (Robby) is doing commercial real estate management. Mike Zehnder is a 1972 graduate of EGHS and is married to Kathy (Holmes) who graduated in 1973. Mike worked for Elk Grove/Cosumnes Fire for 36 years and retired in 2009 as a battalion chief. He was known as “Fireman Mike” and was named Elk Grove Citizen of the Year in 1992. He continues to volunteer in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation. He also volunteers at Zehnder Ranch Elementary School. Kathy worked for EGUSD for 36 years as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. Mike and Kathy’s children all graduated from EGHS. They are: Kelly (Zehnder-Olson), a counselor at Sheldon HS; Julie (Steffen) who teaches at Elitha Donner Elementary; and Tracy (Lesher). Son-in-laws Jason and Tim are with the Cosumnes Fire Department, Son-in-Law Matt is a teacher at Cosumnes Oaks HS. Mike and Kathy have eight grandchildren. Dan Zehnder is a 1975 graduate of EGHS, and his wife, Richelle (Turner), graduated in 1976. Dan worked at the First Security Bank of Elk Grove and in the banking industry for 21 years. He opened Elk Grove’s first drive thru yogurt shop   75



John and Nancy Zehnder’s seven sons are John Jr., Tom, Mike, Dan, Steve, Bryan and Paul. They have continued the family traditions of community involvement, and so have their wives and children.

Party Pyramid 2006 Above: Original Pyramid 1967

The Zehnder family Christmas Party 2010

in 1994 and operated it with the help of his family and EGHS students until 2010. After a career in banking, Dan went to work in the healthcare consulting industry. Richelle worked as a pharmacy technician and was instrumental in the operation of the yogurt shop. Dan and Richelle have four children, and they all married EGHS graduates and live and work in the Elk Grove area. They have 9 grandchildren. These are their children: Brandon is a mechanic at CarMax and is married to Paula (Courtwright), a nurse. Their children are Evan and Harper. Scott is an engineer for CSD Fire Dept. and is married to Shannon (Rose), a pediatric oncology nurse. Their children are Ally and Brynn. Danelle is a teacher at Zehnder Ranch Elementary and is married to Joel Smith, an attorney with the Franchise Tax Board. Their children are Ilia and Baron. Tyler is a teacher at Florence Markofer Elementary and is married to Amanda (Sheldon), a teacher at Carroll Elementary School. Their children are Conner, Addison, and Ava. Steve Zehnder is a 1978 graduate of EGHS and is married to Paula (Sheroan), a 1983 graduate. Steve’s community involvement includes being a volunteer fireman, help with Western Festival, Fire Prevention Public Education, serving as a Rotarian with many community functions, Firefighter with West Sacramento, volunteer on the DART (Drowning Accident Rescue Team) as a rescue diver, and the US&R (Urban Search and Rescue) team. Steve is a firefighter with CCSD and started the Santa and Sirens parade which collected toys

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for the toy drive. He also started the Kids Triathlon to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He also served on the Trails Committee and was appointed by Elk Grove City Council to create multi use trails through the city. Paula was a substitute teacher in EGUSD schools and a volunteered at several schools. She was in the Women’s Auxiliary Committee of the Elk Grove Fire Department, and she worked for Lyon Real Estate. The children of Steve and Paula are: Kash who works as a Production Assistant for Disney Channel; and Kendal who works for an accounting firm in Portland. Bryan Zehnder graduated from EGHS in 1979 and is married to Colleen (Garrison), a 1980 graduate. Bryan worked as a carpenter and opened his own company, Zehnder Construction, and built homes in the Elk Grove area for 18 years. In 1997, he went to work for Elk Grove Fire Department and is currently a captain there. He continues with building and construction projects. Colleen retired recently from teaching in EGUSD. Bryan and Colleen have four children: Grant is with the law firm O’Brien, Zehnder and Associates in Elk Grove; Logan works for Ozark Trucking, Greyson works for Kiernan/West Development in San Diego; and Morgan works for a tech company in San Francisco. Bryan and Colleen have two grandsons, Johnny - named after great grandpa, and Ryder. Paul Zehnder is a 1984 graduate of EGHS, and he is married to Shelly ( Jefferies) who also graduated

in 1984. Paul was hired by the Elk Grove Fire Department in 1988, and is now the Deputy Fire Chief for the department. Paul and Shelly’s children are Matt, Trevor and Erica. They are all employed at technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area. Zehnder Family memories of life on the ranch continue - milking cows, hauling hay, and driving tractors. But, those days are long gone, and today, Zehnders are part of the great City of Elk Grove!

BOOKS By ELIZABETH PINKERTON History Happened Here, Book 1 – River, Oaks, Gold Book 2 – Fields, Farms, Schools We the People, a Story of Internment in America

All book proceeds go for student scholarships, and I thank the many purchasers who have made possible the 75 scholarships with each one $1,000 – Make your check for books payable to Laguna Publishers and send to me at 9227 Lamprey Drive, Elk Grove CA 95624. Books are $20 apiece and California sales tax is included. Add $3 for shipping of one or two books; $5 for 3-6 books. Call me at 916-685-0606 or email me at   77

Festival of Lights


Photos by Dave Soto

Hundreds of community members came to the 3rd annual Festival of Lights celebration held at Laguna Town Hall on October 22. The City’s Diversity and Inclusion Commission hosted the event in partnership with the Cosumnes Community Services District. The celebration marks the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil for people of the Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist faiths. Festivities included cultural dances and refreshments. Diversity and Inclusion Commission Vice Chair, Dr. Bhavin Parikh, city and CSD staff and community volunteers organized the festivities. Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly provided welcoming remarks and assisted with the lighting of the Diya lamp to kick off the celebration.

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration Photos by Dave Soto

Everyone was invited to the first-ever Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Movie Night. The celebration was held at Derr-Okamoto Community Park on November 2nd and hosted by the Cosumnes CSD and City of Elk Grove. Our community came together to celebrate with festive activities, which included dancers, arts and crafts, food trucks, face painting, and a viewing of Disney-PIXAR’s “Coco”. Guests were encouraged to bring a picture or memento of a loved one to honor their memory at a community ofrenda. It was a great celebration and time for remembrance of the loved ones we hold close.

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Santa will be at the museum on Saturday’s and Sunday’s until 5:00 pm. Please have children signed in by 4:45 (if they want to see Santa). Professional photos available for $15.

Jazz/Blues Vespers

An Old Fashion Christmas

First Sunday of every month at 4 pm at the Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd, Ste. 50 Elk Grove. For more information email Nan Mahon at

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Open Daily, November 1st through January 20th. 7th & K Streets – 701 K Street, Sacramento, CA. For hours and general information, visit

See their website for the full schedule at

Every weekend in December. Fridays from 6 pm to 8 pm Saturdays & Sundays: Noon to 5 pm at the Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum, 9941 East Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove. Museum entrance fee is $5.00 per person. Free parking. Enjoy the Holidays at the Stage Stop Museum with free tours, beautiful Victorian decorations, garland, several lighted Christmas trees, much merriment, and a visit with Santa Clause. Children can decorate a large cookie with frosting and edible decorations. 82. - Holiday 2019

Join the City of Elk Grove, the Cosumnes CSD, the Elk Grove Diversity and Inclusion Commission in the time-honored celebration of family, food, and good wishes at the inaugural Lunar New Year Festival. Celebrate the New Year and diversity in Elk Grove, and learn more about the many cultures that make up our community. Schedule of Events: 6pm-7pm: Learn about the various cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year. Visit community tables, sample traditional Lunar New Year treats, and visit our photo booth

Winter Wonderland

Saturday & Sunday, December 14, 15, 21 & 22, starting at 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA. Weather permitting Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town! The Town will be trimmed with festive holiday décor and lights, starting at dusk each night. Enjoy Elf themed hands-on activities throughout the event. Listen to strolling Victorian carolers, and shop for gifts from local vendors. Don’t miss a flurry of snow falling nightly at 7 pm near the Mother Goose Stage. And step inside a giant snow globe! Santa will be making a special stop at Fairytale Town and will be available for visits and photos in his workshop, located in the Children’s Theater, from 3 to 6 pm. A visit with Santa is included with admission; printed photos by Clementine Photo Booths are $5 per photo. Please Note: The Santa line closes at 6 pm promptly. Adults must be accompanied by children and children must be accompanied by adults in order to gain admittance to the park.

An Old Fashion Christmas

Tuesday, January 31st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Elk Grove Community Center at District 56, 8230 Civic Center Drive. Free admission

7pm - 9pm: Sit back and enjoy performances from different cultural groups as you learn all about Lunar New Year

Holiday Music at the Capitol

November 30th through December 23rd. Festive music and celebration began at our Capitol as early as December 1869, during its triumphant opening. The halls of the Capitol were festooned with flowers and two musical bands performed. Fourteen years later, amid much fanfare, D.O. Mill’s gift of the statue Columbus at the Court of Spain was officially presented to the State of California in a generous holiday gesture.

Lunar New Year Celebration

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Fairytale Town Free Admission Day

Tuesday, December 24th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive Sacramento. Weather permitting. Happy Holidays from Fairytale Town! Guests who visit on Christmas Eve receive free admission. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with a day of free play for the whole family.

Family Dance

Glow in the Dark Party Friday, February 21st from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove, CA. Put on your dancing shoes! Get Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, the grandparents, and all the kids out on the dance floor for some fun at the CSD's Family Dance. This glow-in-the-dark party will feature a DJ playing upbeat, dance tempo songs that are familyfriendly. This awesome night out will take parents zero planning time, as the CSD will offer a pizza dinner, photo op and face painting. Party guests are encouraged to wear glow-in-the-dark or black light reactive clothing and accessories for extra fun! Space is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance to secure your spot! All ages welcome. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration: Cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door, if space is available. Register online or by phone at 916-405-5600, or in person at a CSD registration location.

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