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love Story 28. JENNIFER & TIM


design 34. SMALL BATHROOMS with Personality

16... food & flavor 16. SUMMER TREATS Carole Morris 20. CHEESE THAT APPLES LOVE Cindy Della Monica

education 40. DECLUTTER YOUR HOME 42. 10 FALSE ASSUMPTIONS Justin Pinnell 44. SAVE YOUR ASSETS Stephen Baker 46. THE DO'S AND DON'TS Car Accidents 50. WHAT I’VE LEARNED CT Morris

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contents health 52. TURNING BACK TO SCHOOL STRESS INTO SUCCESS Kaiser Permanente 72. WHAT SHOULD I REALLY EAT? Tonya Gonzales 74. SUGAR Rejuvenation Wellness 76. WHAT DO YOU VALUE? Chris Tanaka

history 24. HISTORY & HOPS Elizabeth Pinkerton




58. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 81. DATEBOOK

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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.

Stephen Baker

Your local Farmers® insurance agent in Elk Grove and all around good guy.

Sabrina Danielle

Owner of The Health Alley, Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, in Elk Grove.

DeAnna Gallardo

I am a wife, Mom of three, photographer and a peanut butter lover.

Tonya Gonzales

Tonya an inspiring nutrition educator, energetic fitness coach and passionate public speaker on a variety of relevant health and wellness topics!

Kerrie Hertel {Pea+Nut Portraits}

Philosophy-to create photographs that are pure and meaningful. Previously, a Creative Director in Fashion, now capturing special moments through my lens.

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.

Nan Mahon

Is an author and journalist. She is a member City of Elk Grove Committee for the Arts and received the Elk Grove 2011 Mayor’s Award for volunteerism in the Arts.

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.

Kristyn Nelson

Public Affairs Manager of the City of Elk Grove, CA.

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?”

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.

Justin Pinnell

Justin is not just another pretty face in Real Estate. He enjoys long walks on the beach and high mountain sunsets.

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.

Zina Sheya

Has been in Interior design for 18 years. Award winning and featured in multiple publications. She is the owner of Zina Sheya Designs.

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past four years.

Chris Tanaka

Owner/Senior Instructor of Sher Khan Karate. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate.

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For full bios of our contributors, please visit www.ardentforlife.net.



Community Corner...


DeAnna Gallardo DeAnna Gallardo Photography

Stephen Baker Profession:

Mommy and Photographer. Notable Accomplishments:

Farmers Insurance, Elk Grove.

Does never giving up on a challenge count? I've survived a grueling 5 1/2-year adoption process (and picking out throw pillows with my husband).


Secret Talent:

Notable Accomplishments:

I help people transfer their risk of loss and work with them to reduce those risks.

My friends call me the baby whisperer. I can get the fussiest of babies to fall asleep.

I found a job that I love and was a Cheerleader at WSU

Apps I can't live without:

I am the best at stating the obvious

Google Play, Instagram and Timehop! What is the most important man-made invention:

It's a tie between Electricity and the Internet. Both, I couldn't live without.

My bucket list includes doing this next year:

Going to Greece!

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Do you have a secret talent?

I can’t live without these apps on my phone:

Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon

What is the most important invention man has made?

The Telephone

My bucket list includes doing this in the next year:

Visiting Italy and skydiving

Brendle Wells

Adult Materials Selector for the Sacramento Public Library Profession: Librarian and Adult Materials Selector for the

Sacramento Public Library

Notable Accomplishments:

If you count reading as notable, the fact that I read 277 books last year is probably worthy of mention. Do you have a secret talent?

I can work a personalized book recommendation into pretty much every conversation that I have no matter the age or interests of the person I am speaking with. Hmm…that might not actually be that secret! I can’t live without these apps on my phone:

Libby by Overdrive. I listen to audiobooks on my way to work. Libby provides 24/7 mobile access to the Library collection of ebooks and eaudio which means I can download books and listen on the go. I’ve even used it to download books while traveling overseas. What is the most important invention man has made?

The printing press, hands down.

My bucket list includes doing this in the next year:

I actually just checked a big item off my bucket list this June with a two-week trip to Japan. I’ve wanted to go there since I was a child and it turned out to be everything I had ever dreamed of and more. I cannot recommend it highly enough as a destination. subscribe and find us at www . ardentforlife . net

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Eathan and Elias Vavak Robby and Malachi Robinette Ryan and Casen Robinette COVER PHOTO BY: DeAnna Gallardo Photography deannagallardophotography.com

creative director

executive editor

business manager




Sara Pinnell

Carole Morris

art & production


Justin Pinnell



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Oh, no! It's August…summer is almost over. Where has summer gone? Staying up late, exploring unknown places, and eating at bizarre restaurants… it’s all coming to an end. For students, parents, and teachers school is about to begin. The stress of schoolwork and studying will resume for students of all ages. Parents, once again, will be driving their kids to school—every day. However, we don’t have to get stressed out! There are a lot of awesome stress-free things to love about late summer. The first thing to love? The fact that we can restock our family’s closets with wonderful summer clothing that is on sale. You want to get the bounce back in your step? Find a bargain. The other positive? Having a routine again, it’s fun to fly by the seat of our pants…for a while, but it’s nice to have a schedule again. So, keep calm my friends and enjoy the last weeks of summer. executive editor

Carole Morris What did we learn after reading this issue? This issue of Ardent has a lot of articles that truly are heartwarming. The article about Pygmy Goats, who may be small in stature but big in personality, is endearing. All of us, who are animal lovers, will enjoy looking at these sweet goats and reading about their owners. We all know that Elk Grove is known for its “Family Friendly” atmosphere. We have an article that tells us why it’s also a fantastic place to be a Grandparent. We have several articles that are health related in this issue. One of the articles tells us about the numerous problems that sugar can cause in our body. Have you heard that the average person eats 152 pounds of sugar a year? That is a lot of sugar; read the article and you will see the variety of foods that sugar hides in. Take a break from yardwork…the grass and weeds can wait. Put your feet up, sip some lemonade, and enjoy reading about your neighbors and friends in this issue of Ardent for Life magazine.


Sherbet & Sorbet

Rock as a Summer Treat By Carole Morris

First, I must confess that throughout my whole life I have mis-pronounced sherbet. Hopefully, there are others who have pronounced it sherbert…so I don’t feel alone. If you are a mis-pronouncer—I’m sure you’re as shocked as I am! Nobody has ever corrected me on my lack of knowledge; I have been clueless my whole life. I cringe when I think of how many people have heard me say, “S h e r b e r t.” Never again, my friends…I have been educated.

With that confession off my chest, I can move forward and discuss the difference between sherbet and sorbet. They are totally dissimilar products. Sherbet classically is a fruit flavored, frozen product with dairy in it (that is low in fat). In fact, to be a true “sherbet” it must include dairy ingredients such as milk (or cream) so that it has a milkfat content. Sherbet is almost ice cream and has a creamier texture than sorbet.

Sorbet, on the other hand, is made from water and fruit puree or juice. It is comparable to Italian ice. It doesn’t have milk or cream in its ingredients. Moreover, it is one of the oldest forms of frozen desserts. There are records of frozen desserts that are sorbet-like which date back to the ancient Romans and Chinese. They were made with fruit pulp, snow, and honey. Now that we know the difference between the two, let’s look at some yummy sherbet and sorbet recipes to help cool us off this summer; then you’ll see why they totally rock as a summer treat!

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Pomegranate Sherbet Ingredients ½ tsp. gelatin 2 Tbsp. water 2 whole pomegranates (1 ½ cups pomegranate juice) ¾ cup sugar a pinch of salt ½ cup heavy cream

Directions Juice your pomegranates or use commercial pomegranate juice to measure 1 1/2 cups. Pour water into saucepan, then sprinkle the gelatin on top of the

water. Let gelatin soak for a few minutes. Cook on low heat for two minutes, then stir the pan. The gelatin should be blended, and no longer look grainy. Pour in the pomegranate juice. Add the sugar and salt. Whisk until the sugar and salt is fully dissolved. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled (a couple of hours). Stir in the cream. Freeze in an ice cream maker until fluffy, put it in the freezer until firm.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour mixture into shallow pan and freez for 2-3 hours (until almost firm) beat with a mixer in chilled bowl until smooth…then freeze solid. Serves 6


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BlackberryRaspberry Sorbet Ingredients

2 ½ cups water 2 cups raspberries 2 cups blackberries 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 3/4 cup sugar

Directions Rinse the blackberries and raspberries thoroughly. Mix the berries in a blender with water and lemon juice. Blend until smooth, then press the mixture through a strainer to get the seeds.

Whisk the blackberry-raspberry juice and sugar together in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes, until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a container; chill completely in refrigerator (a couple of hours). Next, freeze the sorbet mixture according to your ice cream maker’s directions. If you are not using an ice cream maker, place the mixture in a shallow pan and freeze. Once frozen, break into pieces and blend in a food processor (or blender) until creamy. Serves 6

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Cheese That Apples Love!

You Will, Too By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central

Working in a Connecticut cider mill as one of his first jobs, John (my lifetime “squeeze,” pun absolutely intended) LOVED apples. The taste and aroma of a good fresh apple brings him back to those cold afternoons in the mill, sticky with apple juice, and the warmth of some hard cider going down his throat midway through his shift. Great memories…so much so that we planted a “cider grove” of four heirlooms in our backyard, and last year was our first harvest.

My experience with apples is different. As a child, I HATED the browned wedges of Red or Yellow Delicious apple that my mom put in my school lunch bag. The poor things were unappetizing to look at, and usually mushy in their waxed paper bag (yes, waxed paper… plastic baggies weren’t even a thing way back then!) So, I stopped eating fresh apples. Instead, I brought them home from school and fed them to the horses before my ride. But, I loved apples cooked—just not fresh. So now I’m all grown up. I have learned to appreciate apples again—however, I only eat fresh apple wedges with cheese. What a great combination; crisp, sharp, sweet, or tart. Every one of the great apple varieties makes cheddar its most natural partner without even thinking about it. Other apple varieties and cheese combinations are well worth trying, too. You know, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and even HE will tell you that cheese in moderation is a healthy habit! Braeburn and Gala apples, from 1950’s and ‘60’s New Zealand, are wonderful snacks with sharp cheddars. Crisp and juicy, they are sweet varieties. The sweetness complements the sharpness of the cheddar. Try these with a creamy goat cheese, too, as it makes the apples taste even sweeter. Granny Smith apples are a really old variety! Discovered as a stray sapling in 1868 by “Granny Anne” Smith in New South Wales,

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we have adopted these delicious green, tart apples for many purposes. As a snack, try it with a really good Jalapeno Jack. For dessert (I love these apples in pies) I shred the cheddar cheese into the pastry crust! Have you ever heard this? “Apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze.” Whether the cheese is in the crust, or a wedge on the side of your plate, this should be your new mantra. McIntosh apples with red/green peels, are sweet and extra juicy. Ripening in early September, they are only available for a short while. This is a fun pairing—try it with spicy cheese such as an artisan, hot Habanero Cheddar! Spicy and sweet are natural partners, right? Honeycrisp apple is fairly new, developed by the University of Minnesota in the 1970s. About 20 years later, we could find them in our markets, and we started eating them with cave-aged Gruyere. At the other end of the cheese spectrum, Havarti-- smooth, creamy and buttery—(a very mild cheese that melts very well).  Honeycrisp apples have a mild flavor that won’t overpower this Danish specialty. Try making a grilled cheese sandwich with thin slices of Honeycrisp and shredded Havarti, on good wheat or walnut bread. Now, THERE’S breakfast! Asian cultures do not include dairy in their cuisines. However, the Fuji apple hit our markets in the 1960’s, and we found that Japan’s crunchy, sweet beauty makes this apple a great partner with the rich and salty blue cheeses of Italy and France, such as Gorgonzola Dolce, St. Agur, and Bleu d’Auvergne, or California’s Point Reyes Original Blue. As you know, my thoughts on raw ingredients of any type wander into the question of how many things can I COOK with them. Transforming fresh apples into dishes such as a creamy, savory risotto; a sweet tart, cheese crusted pie; a nut and raisin studded apple muffin; or a thick chunky applesauce is what I dream about. A delightful first course of salty prosciutto and sweet apples with Parmigiano will set off a summer dinner.

Last year’s cider apples did become a single gallon of cider to share at Thanksgiving, but I found that the skins and cores packed into Mason jars with water and a slightly warm dark cabinet made my very own apple cider vinegar.

A trip to Apple Hill yields several mixed crates of apples, and the crockpot helps turn some of them into smooth and spicy apple butter. I love this spread and find that it matches well with French Mimolette cheese and toasted pecans on a cheese board. The caramel/toffee flavors in the cheese and the schmear of apple butter on a good cracker will almost remind you of caramel apples!

Wine and cheese. Beer and cheese. Been there, do those frequently. Now, I want you to find a really good hard cider—Irish Magner’s with its blend of 17 different kinds of apples, would be a great start. Most grocery store ciders are too sweet, or “flat” in their flavor— no sweet/tart balance. Go to your local cheesemonger and ask for samples of a few cheeses to put on your cider-pairing board— an aged cheddar, a double crème brie, a fresh and crumbly chevre, a delightfully rich gouda, a stinky camembert. Normandy, France, is famous for apples and camembert—a classic pairing—hard cider and cheese. Try it with friends and be the hit of the next party. This school year is the perfect time to suck up to your child’s teacher with apple treats galore. An after-school activity with your children can include making teacher gifts of Apple Pie Jam, apple muffins, or Apple Cheddar Soup. Your boss may enjoy a bit of Mimolette, with those toasted pecans and the apple butter you made. Heck, treat yourself—it may be the best company you’ve had all day! 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 www.cheesecentrallodi.com


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Apple and Prosciutto “Carpaccio�

On a large plate, scatter fresh baby arugula leaves. Arrange very thin slices of prosciutto in a slightly overlapping circle over the arugula. Cut paper-thin slices of an unpeeled sweet apple, such as Fuji or Honeycrisp. With a potato peeler, shave off long curls of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and scatter them over the apple slices. A drizzle of walnut oil and freshly ground black pepper will complete this dish.

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APPLE PIE JAM A seasonal treat, great for gifts (that you can in small batches). A trip to Apple Hill is in order! Makes 7 half-pint jars 4 C peeled, cored, chopped apples ¼ C lemon juice 1 t butter 1 box powdered fruit pectin 5½ C sugar ¾ t nutmeg 1¼ t cinnamon Combine apples, lemon juice, butter and pectin in a large pan. Bring to a full boil (some apples have very little moisture content, which will actually keep them from boiling; but be sure they’re at the boiling point before adding sugar). Add sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Return to a boil, and boil hard for 1½ minutes, stirring constantly. Skim off foam and discard. Pour jam into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within ¼” of rim. Wipe rim clean, and place hot lids and ring bands.

APPLE CHEDDAR SOUP 2 T vegetable oil

2 shallots, chopped 2 medium sweet apples, such as Braeburn, peeled and chopped 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped 2 t fresh thyme leaves, chopped 3 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 8 oz shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese 2 slices rye bread, toasted Dijon mustard for spreading on the rye bread ½ C shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese 1/3 lb. honey ham, in ¼” slices, diced Chopped fresh chives, for topping In soup pot, heat oil until it shimmers. Add shallots, apples and potato. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples and shallots are soft, 10-12 minutes. Add chicken broth and apple juice. Bring to a simmer, cooking until the all ingredients are soft, 15 minutes or so. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese a handful at a time, making sure each handful is melted before adding more. Puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to the pot and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, spread the bread with mustard. Divide the ½ C cheese between the two slices. Broil until the cheese melts, then cut into 1” squares. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the dice of ham, chives, and cheesy bread squares. Serve immediately.


History & Hops By Elizabeth Pinkerton Historical Photos Courtesy of Elk Grove Historical Society

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History Week in the Greater Elk Grove area will be here the last week in September of 2018, and there will be historical activities and events taking place every day and evening. The schedule includes a Plow to Plate dinner on Saturday, September 22, and Pinkerton Picnic in the Park on Sunday, September 23. Both will be at the Elk Grove Historical Society Museum in Elk Grove Regional Park. There will be Cemetery Tours during the week – Sloughhouse on Monday, Elk Grove on Tuesday, and Franklin on Thursday. The Old Town Elk Grove Walking Tour and dinner at the Brickhouse will be on Thursday evening, September 27. On Friday, September 28, will be the Hops & Brewfest at the historic Mahon Ranch on Grant Line Road. The last event is Saturday, September 29, and it will be the Rotary Beef and Reef at the historic Lent Ranch. Find out more and get tickets for all events at the website of the Elk Grove Historical Society www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com. History Week was the brilliant suggestion of David Lema, and with the help of many community members such as Jim Entrican, Louis Silveira and Angela Perry—it continues each year.

Above pictures from left to right: Beitzel Ranch ready for picking. Casselman's load ready for hauling to the market at Bridgehouse, Elk Grove. Gypsy workers ready for harvest.


This is a perfect time to celebrate the long history of hops in Elk Grove and Sloughhouse. Our hops disappeared many years ago, but they are making a comeback, and it is exciting to hear about it.

Here is the history of hops along the Cosumnes River. You will find that the story goes back a long, long way… to the mid 1800s. There are many of us who remember our Valley of the Hops, but new residents will find this story surprising. August was the traditional hop harvest time in the Cosumnes River Valley. Hops were an important part of the Elk Grove and Sloughhouse communities, and they played an important role in our local agriculture history. Here is the hops story as collected by Tom Mahon of the Mahon Ranch. He is the great-great grandson of John Mahon, the hop man of Grant Line Road, Elk Grove. “In 1882, John Mahon came out to the Cosumnes River valley to raise hops after growing them for many years on the American River near present day Cal Expo. In the Garden of the World, a biographical account of early pioneers written in 1890, he is listed as one of the largest hop growers in the county. His next-door neighbor, Sam Hoover, is also listed as a hop grower with a vague reference to when he started growing them, leaving one to ponder if he learned the craft from John Mahon who was an expert in the field.  “The sandy loam soils and unique microclimate along the Cosumnes River bottomland are perfect for growing the fragrant buds and will lend a unique flavor to the brew that we can truly call locally sourced. Hops were an important agricultural component of the Mahon Ranch, along with horses, cattle, fruit and grains. “In 1920, with Prohibition, the hop fields were taken out of production to be replaced with beans and corn. This year, after a 98-year absence, hops will come off the fields again, thanks to the efforts of Jeremiah Sheckler and Joseph Paredes of Triple J Brewing and the Mahon Ranch crew. We feel that this is worthy  of a celebration – especially during Elk Grove History Week 2018 - for the community and the local craft breweries that will be brewing beer from the first hops. These brews will be available at the inaugural Mahon ardentforlife.net   25



Ranch Hops and Brew Fest. Breweries participating will be Dreaming Dog Brewery, Sac Town Union Brewery, Tilted Mash Brewery and Waterman Brewing. Activities will include docent led tours to the new hop field on a vintage tractor and wagon, and a  historical hop tool and photo exhibit. We will have local craft beers, and down-home BBQ. There will be  two live bands, The Bucket List, and Sixth Hour, and they will be performing live music during the event. There will be fun and games for all ages. Everyone is invited to attend. Please come out and help the Linda Mae Mahon Lema (LMML) Foundation, the Elk Grove Historical Society and the City of Elk  Grove celebrate the past, present and future of the hop industry at the Mahon Ranch Hops and BrewFest, down by the creek where it all began. Mahon Ranch, 10171 Grant Line Road, Elk Grove 95624, September 28, 2018, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tickets: $45.00 per adult  - Tickets available at: www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com. Established as 20th century hop growers on the Cosumnes River were these families and companies whose names are synonymous with hops: Beitzel, Blodgett, Bradley, Brooks, Dauenhauer, Flint, Grimshaw, John I. Haas, Horst Company, Jerry Johnson, Ledbetter, Madison, Peterson, Penabaker, Pierson, Pudge, Signorotti, Riley, Rooney Brothers, Francis Rooney, Ross and Ransom, and Westerberg. Hops had their good times, and they also had their bad times. Like the wine grapes, hops took a hit during Prohibition—when beer was on the illegal list in the U.S.A. Tom Mahon’s father, Lester Mahon, whose grandfather, John Mahon, was the Grant Line Road hop grower mentioned earlier, told me many stories about the hops years ago. He had his ups and downs with hops, and when the hops went out, that was the end of hop growing for a while.

“When the hops came back, my uncle wanted to put some in, but they could not get roots. We had hops running wild on the borders of the field on our ranch. So, when we finished milking, we would go and dig hop roots. We would get female and male roots and bundle them together and we would do pretty good. We would get ten dollars a day. 26. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

“My dad told a story about his uncle Charley Chalmers. Hops were $1.00 a pound and he was asked what he thought about selling. He said: I think we can do better. Put them in a warehouse. He did and two years later, the hops were selling for five cents a pound!” Mr. Mahon also told of the hop buyers that came each year from England to purchase their hops. There was a year when the hop folks did not come to Elk Grove. “The buyers never showed up, and we found out later that the Titanic had gone down, and they were on it.” Here is another story from Henry Olvera who remembered picking hops by hand and placing them in baskets in 1939: “They were put into large gunny sacks that would be weighed, and then they were taken to the kiln to dry. When some vines were missing, I would add an extra string to every tenth vine. I knew what to do because I spent a lot of time out in the fields, both in the day and night. Workers would work in the fields all summer and return to Mexico when the season was over. A season ran from March until sometime in September or October. Stringing took place in April which was to train the new hops that grew in the month of May. Working in the fields, the first step was to plow the field around the roots in rows. Then we would grub them with hooks to clean them off. Later we would use an air pressure hose instead of grub hooks, which made it easier and faster. In August, the hops were in full swing. I was the foreman on the Beitzel Ranch, and I would oversee the hiring of workers and keep records when the season started. Gypsies brought their families to live at the ranch during this time. They would work throughout the season. During the War in 1944 and 1945, Mexican nationals came to work in the hop fields. All along the Cosumnes River, there were also berries growing in the fields. Many families came to pick the berries, including my own family. We picked berries and we picked hops.” If you have ever seen a hop ranch, you still remember it and remember it well because hops are unlike any other agricultural crop. Those vines of the hop are enormous, gigantic ones, almost jungle-like in their growth. The 20-foot monster vines were well trained to reach for the trellises that held them up, and it was

that wooden framework that allowed the hop vines to do what needed to be done to bring forth a good hop harvest.

Our hop farmers developed unique ways to raise their hops and creative methods that captured the tiny hop buds for processing and marketing. It is not the vine that is of value - it is the delicate and fragrant little bud that is known as the kiss of the hops. Hops are a major component of the beer industry, and that is what has made the hops so important as a market commodity. California once had hundreds of hop growers, and harvest time was the first step of the hop bud’s march to America’s breweries. It will be interesting to see if we are on another march toward a hop industry in the Cosumnes River area of Elk Grove—and maybe in other parts of California. To find out more about the history of our local hop industry, go to History Happened Here, Book 2, Fields, Farms, Schools, my book. You will find an entire chapter on hops.


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. Make your check payable to Laguna Publishers and send to 9227 Lamprey Drove. 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, and tell me who you want the books signed to. For more information call me at 916-685-0606 or email at elizabethpink@gmail.com.

You can also get the books at my web page,




Jennifer & Tim Photographed by Pea+Nut Portraits


Who are you?

Jennifer: I was born and raised in Sacramento. I've lived in a few different cities so far, such as Atlanta, and in the Southern California region, but always find myself back in Sacramento; I just love my hometown. I'm a country girl at heart, but also love to head into midtown on the weekend for some fun with our friends. I love the outdoors, camping and boating are some of my favorite things. I'm an RN and have been in the medical field for 17 years, I enjoy caring for my patients and making a difference in their lives during a difficult time. I love to travel, entertain, and bake during my down time. Tim: I was a military brat born in Minnesota but raised in many areas. Moving as much as I did helped me realize that family is everything. You can have many friends, but at the end of the day your family is what keeps you together and motivated. I went to school at Sacramento State and finished in 2005, while working retail. I found myself enjoying it a lot and pursued my career in retail management. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time on the lake, and camping.

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How did you meet?

We both swiped right on Tinder and it was a match! We messaged for a few weeks before we first met up for bowling, Tim admits, “I got my butt kicked…I scored a 167, and still lost. Haven't been back since!”

The Proposal?

We want on a trip to Reno and I had the ring in my pocket for two days, "trying to find the right time." On the way home, I planned on proposing in El Dorado Hills (on top of a hill) however, as we came down the mountain toward Sacramento, a torrential downpour started—which meant there was no way we were getting out of the car, so we kept driving. When we got home, the anxiety was killing me… I couldn't take it anymore. When I came in the apartment (after I took the dog out) Jen was already in her pjs. After two days of trying to find the right time, I realized that no time was better than now, in our own home. So, in the middle of our apartment, I got on one knee and asked her to marry me because I knew there would never be a more perfect time. Jen said, “yes” and was crying; I was crying at the same time. Afterwards we

were so excited we wanted to celebrate, so we headed to our favorite wine and cheese bar, The Rind, and had a few cocktails and a cheese board. While we were there, people could tell how excited we were, and Jen was staring at her new ring…so, they started buying us drinks. Other patrons even picked up our tab! It was a perfect night, such an amazing evening.

What is love?

Jennifer: Love is beautiful and a wonderful thing to be in. When it's the right love, it just feels easy. It's never “work” to be with your soulmate; sure, you have disagreements, but it's like having your best friend right next to you for life, and life just flows easily. Love never gives up, works hard, laughs easy, and gives you a certain peace that transforms you.

What is love?

Tim: I think it is when you'd rather spend your time with that one person, than anyone else in the world. You're excited to come home to share your day. You can go out to the store, to dinner, or wherever… and no matter



Love is

beautiful and a wonderful thing to be in. When it's the right love, it just feels easy.

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I love his amazing attitude, he loves to have fun, and he's always down for an adventure. He's just such a joy to be around every single day, he makes life so much fun!

what else is going on in the room, the only thing that matters is the person sitting next to you. Seeing my parents hold hands, the way they look at each other (since I was a small child) and how they interact is hard to live up to, but at the same time, it’s something to strive for. To have that kind of love for another person, to prefer to only spend time with that person... rather than anybody else in the world.

Tim: I knew I was in love with Jen at my sister's wedding. I could tell by the way she looked at me and everybody else could tell the way we would look at each other (because we got about 6-7 comments on how in love we looked) and what a great couple we made. Even the photographer took several photos of us, because she said it was sweet to see two people care so much about each other.

I love his amazing attitude, he loves to have fun, and he's always down for an adventure. He's just such a joy to be around every single day, he makes life so much fun! I love being his wife—I feel so lucky.

Tim played in the Junior League World Series in 1994, for the Europe team.

What do you love most about him?

What do you love most about her?

She's very caring and thoughtful, no matter what she has going on in her day; if she sees something that will make me happy, even though she's going completely out of her way, she will get it because she knows I would enjoy it.

When did you know you were in love?

Jennifer: We were at a country concert in Elk Grove, we went to hear Craig Campbell, and it ended up being just plain magical that evening. We danced, sang, and laughed and had an amazing night. That night I knew, he had stolen my heart.

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Fun facts

Tim's football team won the state championship his senior year, for Northern California Division Four. Both our mothers are twins.

Jennifer is the third generation of vegetarians in her family.

We both LOVE country music and concerts, our second date was a concert to see Garth Brooks.


We went on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean (and were chased by Hurricane Nate on the way home) but we had a good time and had so much fun!

Wedding details

Our wedding was at Forest House Lodge, we picked that venue for two reasons, we had an immediate gut feeling after looking at a ton of venues, that this was the place. They were so inviting and down to earth! It also could host a large wedding and out of town family could stay on site and we would be able to spend more time with them. We got married on a Friday and the party lasted until Saturday morning.

Photographer Pea+Nut Portraits Kerrie is simply the best! Venue, Rentals, Cake and Caterer Forest House Lodge Wedding Coordinator Brie- fantastic! DJ Optimum Entertainment

Hair/Makeup All Dolled Up Florist Morningside Florist - amazing! Tux Rentals Men's Warehouse Dresses David's Bridal Rings Bride: Shane Co. Groom: Jared

Recovering your Relationship from the Summer Slide By Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling

It’s official, school is back in session; and it’s back to the daily grind of packing lunches, managing homework and reinstating reasonable bedtimes. One of my biggest goals, this summer, was to have fun and find every possible way to avoid a rigid schedule or a plan… within reason.

My kids will be heading into first grade this year, and I’m still getting used to all the demands of having school-aged kids. In fact, I became versed in a term I’d never heard before; and honestly when I first heard it, I thought someone was talking about playground equipment (which I was embarrassingly wrong about). It’s the old summer slide and it refers to previous school year learning that is lost over the summer—because well you know, it’s summer and anything goes. And in my humble opinion, I think that the summer slide refers to more than just the kids. I really believe that we, as couples, can experience a summer slide in love. I don’t know about all of you and your summer, but for me it was a nice break from the routine of go, go, go. And with the reprieve from the usual fast pace of life, you can find yourself being less intentional about spending time with your partner—or forgetting about setting time aside for just the two of you. 32. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

Summertime feels like there’s an abundance of time spent with others and that often leaves little time for just you two as a couple. Whether it’s an invitation to a backyard bar-b-que, going camping with friends or traveling with family, it all equals fun time with many, and potentially little time for just the two of you. Along with the change in routine, couples can quickly realize that they’ve lost sight of one another. It didn’t happen on purpose, or in an intentional way, but just because the pace shifted… they overlooked each other in the process. A true summer slide. The connection you two share may have slid backwards a bit, because you enjoyed a little too much basking in the sunshine. Maybe there’s been less family dinners in order to squeeze in extra daylight hours in the pool, or a bit more zoning out to mindless summer television in order to escape the heat (Bachelorette Season 14, anyone?) Whatever the reason, summer slide in love can be easily recovered from.

Let’s also pause for a second to reinforce that it’s completely unrealistic to expect yourself to always keep moving at a breakneck speed, BUT it also doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of where you’re going just because you slowed down. If you’re goal is to grow and sustain a connected long term relationship, then you’ve got to put your work in.

If you’re realizing that you feel a bit disconnected from one another, lean into these tips and see how it helps you slide back to each other. · The first thing to do is to give yourself some grace. There is a natural ebb and flow to your partnership and love doesn’t mean you’re striving for perfection. Once you’ve got the awareness that the two of you have ebbed a bit, you can use that to your advantage and begin finding your way back to your shared connection. · Second, focus on small things often. Seattle based couple’s researchers, John and Julie Gottman, have decades of research to support that it’s the small things done often that make the biggest difference in our love relationships. Yes, it’s great to plan vacations and time away in the future, but those far distant plans won’t sustain you on a day to day basis. You need a regular practice of gratitude and appreciation to withstand stress that inevitably presses up against your relationship. Starting with small things often allows you to do just that. Start small. Be intentional. Whether it’s the way you greet each other in the morning or say goodnight at the end of the day. Share your daily appreciation and gratitude for one another. You will never be sorry for saying “thank you, I appreciate you,” I promise.



I think that the summer slide refers to more than just the kids. I really believe that we, as couples, can experience a summer slide in love. · Next, Practice patience. Just like you should (and will) practice patience with your kids as they relearn some of the things they lost over the summer, be patient with your partner as you reattune to one another. Attunement is the ability to read each other and that takes practice. When it’s been a while since you’ve spent time just the two of you, it can take a bit to get back into your regular rhythm. Be patient and intentional, and it will return before you know it.

· Lastly, have fun with it. Just like summer, a slide back to one another can be full of fun and planned spontaneity. And yes, planned spontaneity is a real thing. We all know that if it’s not on the calendar it won’t happen and yet you don’t want to be so overscheduled or over-planned that it takes the fun out of your adventure together. Put time together on the calendar, create a loose plan and make it happen. Open yourself up to adventure and see what kind of fun planned spontaneity brings to your connection. Bring on the adventure, bring on the gratitude, and bring on the grace. Here’s to the two of you, finding your way back to each other… and cheers to next summer, when the only sliding going on will be breaking out the slip’n’slide in your backyard!

Anna Osborn, LMFT, is the owner of Life Unscripted Counseling. She works with couples to improve communication, deepen intimacy and heal from betrayal. Anna was born and raised in California and lives in the Elk Grove with her husband, school aged twins and boxer dog. She is an avid sports fan and can often be found at the ballpark cheering on her local team. ardentforlife.net   33


Creating Small Bathrooms with Personality By Zina Sheya Designs Photos by Mason Sheya

In my daily life, as an interior designer, I get the privilege to create some spectacular bathrooms within large spaces‌ but not everyone has large spaces. So, I wanted to focus this article around sharing a few tips on creating the luxury budget-friendly SMALL bathrooms. Let’s face it, bathrooms are a room that everyone visits a few times a day, and small spaces can end up being cluttered or stylish.

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Lets start with SPACE

One thing all luxury bathrooms have in common is the feeling of being spacious. Not the actual square footage itself, but the feeling of the space. Most people do not remember the square footage or size of the room but rather the way the room made them feel. Use these tips for giving the illusion of a larger space. Add storage but rather than adding large cabinets or vanities (which take up so much space) use storage which is visual as well as functional. Showcase your towels in open shelving, or floating shelves; roll your towels and place in large woven baskets on the floor (or a large woven beach bag will also work well). Mount wood boxes, or metal baskets on walls to create an open shelving for storage above the toilet or on walls. This will add interest, texture and eliminate large furniture pieces or oversized vanities for your needed storage. I find the wall behind the toilet is one of the most underused walls in a small bathroom space. Incorporate open wood shelving to create an area for extra storage and functional space, for items such as cotton balls, and extra hand soap in cute glass jars.


Light is one of those magical things, and in small bathrooms it is an important consideration when trying to create that luxury feeling. Opt for adding interesting lights such as small ceiling chandeliers rather than bowl lighting. Add LED can lights for a primary light. Use pendants or sconces (rather than the traditional bar light) and make sure to add these on a separate switch or a dimmer; this will add the option of using them as evening accent lights. Use mirrors, they are generally used in a utilitarian way rather than a visual way. It is important to keep in mind mirrors hold not only a level of interest by their design and material—but also using them to reflect into the space (which helps make the space feel larger). 36. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

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The right material combination is an area, which can really let your creativity and personality shine through. When you think about high-end bathrooms, they all incorporate unique tiles or tile patterns that add interest. Bathroom tile (in the past) was the least expensive and simple, but in todays designs this is where you can add some serious wow factor with your material selections. I love to mix between 2-4 style of tiles and patterns within a cohesive color scheme for flooring and the shower. For example (on the floor tile and marble subway) the shower main walls a simple grey subway and the shower floor in a pebble—all flowing seamlessly together with both a textural and visual interest. Other materials which are important are the mirror, toilet, vanity cabinet, hardware, counter top, etc. These all contribute to the feel of the luxury bathroom. A simple white subway tile (as seen on page 34) can be boring, but when paired with marble in a herringbone pattern, a sloped concrete sink, industrial modern pendant lighting, shiplap on walls, and an open metal vanity… it becomes a simple, yet elegant, well-appointed small bathroom.


Every Luxury bathroom needs a feature- it could be the tile, however, one that screams luxury is the free-standing tub. If you have the space to add this one element do it! If you do not have the space for a free-standing tub, opt for smaller features; such as a feature wall (possibly behind the toilet), shiplap, or a wood plank wall. Another powerful feature is the selection of faucets and sinks, select ones of interest… to add a simple yet eyecatching element that screams luxury. For questions or design needs contact me at Zs@zinasheyadesigns.com www.zinasheyadesigns.com 38. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

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Declutter Your Home

Declutter Your Mind

We all know it feels

great to come home to an organized living space. No one likes to see an overflowing closet or a table with papers spread all over it. But did you know that a clutter-free home has legitimate health benefits? An organized space will help you feel better, live happier, and be more productive.

Do It for Your (Mental) Health Making sure your living space is clutter-free can be a tremendous help for those suffering from anxiety. The sight of a disorganized and messy area often leads people to subconsciously worry and to feel stress. They feel pressured by the time it will take to clear up the chaos, or the lack of time they have to do so. As clutter accumulates, it can make a person feel overwhelmed and irritable. Some people even suffer from self-esteem issues when their living space becomes disorganized. Getting rid of unused items and organizing your home will make you feel better, not only about the place you live in, but about yourself as well. Provide yourself with the space you need to perform your daily activities, and you will notice your stress level decrease. You will be able to take pride in your living conditions.

The Simple Way to Look at Decluttering

While the task at hand may seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. The project can be broken down by room, type of possession (such as clothing or toys), or importance of the items (sentimental items, etc.). Will it make you feel good to donate any excess items to a local shelter or charity? Or would extra cash in your pocket from hosting a garage sale be your motivator? Having an idea of what to do with the things you don't need is a fantastic way to remain focused. For the things you decide to keep, make sure each item has its own place. Don't keep items you don't use or haven't looked at in ages. Remember, materials are only things, and if they serve no purpose in your daily life, it's time to let go.

Okay, You're Done...Now What?

So, you managed to get your space clean and clutter free. How do you keep it that way? Hopefully you've learned how to let things go while working on organizing your space. A good rule of thumb is that if you buy something, such as an article of clothing, you then donate or toss out two pieces that you haven't worn in a while. This can work for most things around the house and is a great way to keep your space free and clear of the clutter that used to plague you. Remember, possessions are only things. Our mental and physical health is more important than any piece of material. Freeing up space frees up your life, health, and happiness. 40. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

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10 False


Assumptions People Make About Real Estate Agents Let’s face it, everyone either knows a real estate agent or is connected to one through six (probably less) degrees of separation. Between friends and relatives, and the stereotypical representation of real estate agents on television and in pop culture, the public has adopted some assumptions about agents that are very far from the truth. Here are ten things that people assume about real estate agents that just aren’t true:

1. They make “easy money”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. The only people who could ever possibly make the case that being an agent is an easy way to make money are those who have never done it. It’s hard, uncertain work, with many instances of months wasted on a deal that doesn’t even close. The only thing easy about it is reading the Lighter Side of Real Estate.

2. They are required to show you houses even if you’re not pre-approved

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qualification), but an agent is not required to, and most experienced agents probably won’t. The ability to qualify for financing dictates whether a deal is even possible, so an agent is simply saving you from disappointment (or worse) by asking you to get preapproved.

3. Zillow is more accurate than they are

It would be wonderful if Zillow (and similar websites) were accurate in their home valuations, but if you compared their results to actual appraised values, in most cases you’d burst out laughing. Real estate agents want you to get as much money as possible for your house, but oftentimes reality gets in the way. Trust your Realtor to give you a fair market assessment for your house…at least more than you trust Zillow.

4. They make huge commissions

The popular real estate flipping shows on cable, and Million Dollar Listing have given everyone the impression that real estate agents are rolling in the dough. Most real estate agents wish that this was true, but reality is very different. The median U.S. existing home sale price in December 2016 was $234,900, which means after splitting the commission and paying their broker, an agent took home about $3500

on the transaction, not including all marketing and related expenses. As a monthly income, this adds up to about $40,000 per year. Not exactly huge.

5. They’re an unnecessary evil

Many people have made the argument that real estate agents are unnecessary and are merely an impediment to a more efficient “for sale by owner” model of real estate. The best way to eliminate this misconception is to try selling your house yourself. There is nothing more sobering than desperately Googling state and federal real estate laws as some unkempt stranger is knocking on your door asking you questions about your FSBO house.

6. They’re sleazy

Unfortunately, real estate agents have joined the ranks of lawyers, politicians, and salespeople in some of the public’s assumptions about their trustworthiness. The financial collapse of 2008 exacerbated this perception. Thankfully, the market correction also weeded out most of the unsavory elements in the business. The truth is, real estate agents are honest, hardworking people, making a living like any other profession. And just like any other profession, there are a few bad apples that unfairly give the others a bad name.



7. They’re uneducated

This misconception really gets under most agents’ skin, because not only do many agents have degrees (and advanced degrees in quite a few cases), but the knowledge required to pass a real estate exam is substantial. There are many people who are unable to get their licensing because of an inability to pass the licensing tests, which makes the concept of an “uneducated” agent laughable.

8. They want you to pay more for a

house, so they can make more money

If you truly looked at the math involved in calculating real estate commissions, you’d never utter this falsehood again. An agent getting you to pay $10,000 more for a property will net that agent approximately $150, which barely covers the cost of gas required to drive to and from your appointments. The truth is that an agent absolutely wants you to buy a house. What’s not true is that they want you to pay more for one.

9. They’re mostly part-timers or bored housewives

If you ask the average person to describe the archetypal real estate agent, they’ll probably say it’s an older married woman who is looking for something to do in her free time. Ugh. This is stereotyping at its finest, and ignores the hundreds of thousands of male agents, the hundreds of thousands of full-time agents, and the hard-working primary breadwinners that make up the real estate workforce. Sure, the stereotypical agents do exist, but they’re the exception to the rule.

10. All they want from you is the deal

Yes, agents want your business. But true professional real estate agents want to be your lifelong real estate advisor. They want you to think of them whenever you or your family and friends have any real estate questions. They want to see you and talk to you more than once a decade, and they want to make sure that you remember your interactions with them as being absolutely delightful. If you have questions regarding investment properties or real estate in general contact Justin Pinnell BRE- 02045095, M&M Real Estate at (916) 812.0576 www.jpsellscalifornia.com ardentforlife.net   43


Give Me 15 Minutes and I’ll

Save Your Assets! By Stephen Baker, Farmers Insurance

In 1993, I was assigned an auto accident claim on Highway 405, in Bellevue WA. I was supposed to take pictures of the vehicles involved and of the scene of the accident. At the time, I was a claims adjuster for Liberty Northwest (a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual). I had to figure out who caused the accident and how it had occurred. The accident was already cleaned up when I arrived, but I took pictures of the area and then went to the tow yard for pictures of the vehicles. I am not going to go into the specific details; but there were two killed in the incident and one of them was our insured. Of the three people involved, the only one who survived was the person who caused the incident. He is considered the claimant and his vehicle slid sideways in the rain, hitting the front end of our insured’s car causing it to careen into oncoming traffic. The claimant was cited for the incident. Three families destroyed in a millisecond. Two lost loved ones and the claimant lost everything that he owned. You just never know if, or when, this might happen; so make sure your auto insurance coverage is in place and with correct limits. Remember the Boy Scout Moto; Be Prepared. 44. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

Auto insurance protects you, your family, and your assets. It is there to make sure that if you hurt someone, the proceeds of the insurance will take the place of your assets and pay for injuries and damages. Insurance is a necessary evil in our society; and you want to make sure you are covered correctly, but what does “covered correctly” mean? In the state of California, the required minimums are 15/30/5. This means 15 thousand per person (liability), 30 thousand per accident (liability), and 5 thousand property damage. These minimum coverages don’t really cover anyone, they just keep you from getting a ticket. In our state close to 40% have either no coverage or minimum coverages. If you want to make sure you have coverage, you must set your limits as though you would use them yourself. Always assume you will be using your own coverages (whether you are at fault or not). Your coverages are the only ones that you know will be there to protect you. You can’t depend on the other person that just hit you! The best way to protect yourself is to set your coverages as high, or higher, than your net worth. If you are worth 500k then you need a 500k of coverage on your autos. The rule of thumb, in



the industry, is always have your insurance look better than you do. If you are worth more, you might want to look into an umbrella, and if you are worth less, you might still need the 500k. The reason for this is if you are ever critically injured or disabled in an auto accident, will 500k be enough get you better, retrain you at work, or take care of your family? Always remember that you can’t go back and get the higher coverages after the incident. This limit must be set beforehand. So, your next question is how do I keep my costs down with these higher limits? This is an excellent question. The best way to manipulate your auto rates is by increasing your deductible. If you’re going to pay for insurance, make sure it protects you. Self-insure a little bit because chances are you will never have to pay your deductible. I listen to other companies play down higher deductibles with the higher limits. Many insurance carriers want to stick you into minimum coverages with low deductibles which do not protect you. This helps keep their liability exposure down. You know how many times a week I ask new clients how their agent came up with their liability limits. Usually the client has no idea, because the agent or company never asked any questions about what they wanted

to protect. They just gave them minimums or coverages just above the minimum range. Giving someone coverages without asking about what they want to protect is like having your doctor prescribe pain killers to cure cancer. It may stop the pain now but what about the future? One pill does not fit everyone and neither does one liability limit. Prescription without diagnosis is malpractice and should not be used in any industry, especially insurance. As professional Insurance experts we need to ask the correct questions to protect you, our insureds.

So, what do you do next? Please look at your auto policy, really look and make sure your limits are protecting you. Think about what you are worth and estimate your earning potential (in the not so distant future). This will help you decide what liability limits you might need—and if you ever have questions give an agent a call. Then increase your deductible and save your money with your higher limits. Good Luck and God Bless!


The do's

and don'ts By Sabrina Danielle

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a car accident, the following are some "do's and don'ts" to help you (or your love one) in the event of a car accident. A car accident can leave even the most seasoned driver frazzled; follow these steps to help protect yourself from unnecessary worries. Be prepared, ahead of time, by printing out the Accident Information Form (found at www.healthalley.net under the free downloads tab, on the homepage). Store the form in your glove compartment. It has itemized steps you can check off, as well as an area where you can clearly fill out relevant information after an accident.


DON'T move your vehicle after an automobile accident, unless necessary for safety or required by law. DON'T put yourself at risk of being injured by standing or waiting in an area with traffic or other safety hazards.

DON'T leave the scene of an accident, until the police tell you it’s okay to do so; unless, you are seriously injured and must be transported to a hospital immediately. Otherwise, you must NOT leave the scene of the accident (often called a “hit-and-run”). Doing so can result in a misdemeanor, felony charges, or hefty fines—all depending on the state laws.

DON'T throw away any potential evidence in the case, such as defective products, torn or bloodstained clothing, or car parts that came off the car during the accident.

DON'T engage in discussions about who was at fault in the accident with anyone, and make sure you don't apologize for anything - it can be considered evidence that you were legally at fault. DON'T agree to settlement terms without contacting your attorney and having him or her review the settlement offer.

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DON’T allow anyone to take pictures of your driver’s license, insurance cards, or any other personal information. It is so easy (in this era of technology and convenience) to just take a picture with your phone. Once you allow this, you just opened yourself up to possible identity theft, or even the possibility of a stalker. DON’T post your accident on social media.


DO seek medical attention, if you or anyone involved is injured. Call 911 if needed. DO call the police to the scene of the accident, in appropriate cases. DO cooperate with all law enforcement and emergency personnel who respond to the scene.

DO get the license plate numbers of all other vehicles involved in the car accident and the drivers' names, addresses, telephone numbers, and insurance information, name of insurance company and policy number’s.

DO write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all potential witnesses to an accident before the witnesses leave the area where the accident occurred.

DO take photographs of all the following, as applicable, as soon as possible after the accident: The scene of the accident, from all angles. The surrounding area. All vehicles or objects involved. Your injuries, including taking pictures over the time it takes your injuries to heal. Any property damage DO keep track of all work missed because of the accident and follow-up medical appointments, all medical treatment received, and how you felt physically and emotionally because of your injuries.

DO consult an attorney before you discuss your accident with anyone other than the police, emergency personnel at accident location, and your medical providers for treatment of your injuries.

Here are some common questions people have after being in a car accident. 1. Should I admit fault for the accident?

No, never admit fault for an auto accident. While



you may believe you are at fault for the accident, you may not be aware of all the facts and circumstances that were at play. Fault will be determined upon further investigation.

2. Should I always see a doctor after a car accident?

For purposes of your health and any insurance claims you file, it's best to always seek medical attention as soon as possible following a car accident.

3.Should I continue driving my car?

Even if the damages seem minor (for example, you can spot only a few dings and scrapes on the bumper), you should have your vehicle inspected by an auto repair mechanic before you resume using your car as you normally would, there might be unseen damage to your vehicle. Some insurance companies work exclusively with certain mechanic shops, so call your insurance provider first and ask about which shops you can visit.

4. Who is responsible for car repair costs?

Generally, the insurance company of the party at fault is responsible for paying car repair costs; however, some factors could affect this. For example, if fault isn't yet determined, you might file a claim with your own insurance company and, after determining the other party was at fault, your insurance company might file for reimbursement.

5. When should I hire an attorney?

While you should consider hiring an accident

attorney if there's severe property damage and you don't feel the insurance company is fairly compensating you, you should hire a personal injury attorney if you've been injured in an accident.

Car accidents—especially those involving bodily injury—can bring about stressful times; add to that multiple insurance companies with teams of skilled adjusters and attorneys, you could find yourself in completely uncharted territory. Many (not all) accident attorneys don't require payment unless you receive compensation. THEIR ASSISTANCE HELPS YOU WITH: Handle legal procedures and terms, process paperwork, and make sure you meet any statute of limitations deadlines your state might have. See things more objectively. Car accidents bring a range of emotions and an attorney can help you think more clearly. Find courtroom alternatives, such as mediation and arbitration. Communicate with the insurance company's attorneys. Receive the best possible settlement. As mentioned earlier, attorneys see things more objectively; so, instead of letting emotions get in the way and causing you to accept a lesser settlement, your attorney can help you hold out for the highest possible payout.

Prepare for court. In the event your car accident needs to go to court, your attorney will represent you using a legal strategy best suited to your situation.

6. How should I choose a car accident attorney?

LOOK FOR A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY WHO: Focuses on personal injury or property damage, depending on your situation. Has a good reputation among both other clients and other attorneys. Has experience with your specific circumstances. Shows dedication to your case (i.e. regularly updates you). Makes you feel comfortable. This article is intended for educational purposes to aid the reader to be more prepared if they are involved in a car accident. The author is not an expert on car accidents or legal matters regarding car accidents.

Sabrina D. Alley, C.M.T., M.M.T. Sabrina has been a Certified Massage Therapist (C.M.T.) for over 20 years, a Medical Massage Therapist (M.M.T.) for the past 19 years and serving patients and their families who are on hospice. She has treated many patients over the years who have been in car accidents. Contact her at 916.421.4117 for more information.


What I’ve Learned About

s r e h c a e T

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

I have learned quite a bit about teaching…during the 40 years that I have taught. I am thankful teaching has continually evolved, because it truly is a living, breathing work of love.

Forty years ago, students sat in desks that were in straight rows; and teachers used direct instruction (as their method of teaching). The teacher stood at the front of the classroom, lectured, described how to solve problems, and wrote examples on the chalk board. Students dutifully copied the information into their notebooks. A normal school day consisted of the teacher talking and students listening. Students weren’t allowed to discover information themselves or to form an opinion that wasn’t mainstream. Teachers reigned supreme over their classrooms. I am glad that classrooms are no longer functioning the way they did in the “good old days”. 50 50. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net-- Late Late Summer Summer 2018 2018


I have observed many teachers, and teaching styles, in my lifetime; some awful, some good, and some amazing. It’s easy to spot an awful teacher…they don’t know the curriculum and don’t take the time to help their students. They don’t treat students with respect, and they have pitiful classroom management skills. However, figuring out what separates the good teacher from the amazing is a lot more complicated! Good teachers look at the past wondering if their students completed what was asked of them. In contrast, great teachers are looking at the future; and wondering if their students will be able to succeed on their own. Good teachers cover a lot of information while trying to make the content interesting. Great teachers, on the other hand, choose what not to teach and highlight important information to ensure students have lasting memories. Good teachers feel threatened by skeptics and students who don’t fit in a mold. Contrariwise, great teachers find joy when teaching skeptics (and the opinionated) knowing that student has the talent to think outside the box…because great teachers are in the talent development business. Moreover, great teachers don’t throw out everything from the past that pertains to teaching. They look back in time to megastar teachers like Socrates. A teacher whose ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. Thankfully, in classrooms today many megastar teachers are using his question-and-dialogue-based teaching style called the Socratic method to develop 21st Century Skills. This style of teaching promotes critical thinking and creates an environment where all students feel safe to share ideas.

What I’ve learned about teachers? If they are a great teacher, they have the best career... there is absolutely no career that can match it. They are teaching the next politicians, doctors, lawyers, social workers, nurses, moms, dads, and teachers. Great teachers touch every aspect of our world's future…no other career positively impacts so many lives. What’s there not to love about being a teacher? ardentforlife.net   51



Stress into

SUCCESS By Hillary Van Horn-Gatlin, PhD, Kaiser Permanente

Concerns about going back to school are common in both children and their parents. Children of all ages can be impacted, particularly those transitioning to new schools or grades in which the school work is about to get more difficult. Some of the more common concerns children express include: · Who is my new teacher? Is he or she nice? What if they don’t like me? · Will any of my friends be in my class? · Will others like me? Will I fit in? Will I look different than the other kids? · Who will I sit with at lunch? Who will I play with at recess? · What if I miss the bus? · What if I can’t understand the new schoolwork or can’t keep up with everyone else? · What if something bad happens while I am at school? At times like this, it is particularly important for parents and caregivers to be aware of both worries 52. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

and appropriate responses. Your role is to help your child understand, manage and overcome these feelings. Often, with a small amount of extra effort, you can make going back to school a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone. This primarily comes down to planning and communication!

Before school starts

Prepare your child for the new routine: Before school starts, have your child follow a regular routine. Go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. Start the day with a good breakfast. Gradually help children readjust to their school eating schedule, too. Also, be aware that the more nervous your child is, the more likely his or her eating behaviors (and sleep) are being disrupted. Make sure your child has frequent and nutritious snacks. Help your child understand that she or he is not alone with these feelings: Everyone is nervous before the first day of school.

Tour the school: This is especially important for younger children. Visit your child’s classroom. Together, locate the bathrooms, the administrative offices and the cafeteria. If possible, schedule a visit with your child’s teacher. Deal with the “unknowns” ahead of time: Talk to your child’s teacher or school counselor. Let them know that your child is experiencing back to school concerns. Many schools have systems in place for these transitional times, and often will assign a peer “buddy” to help your child transition to school. This will also ease your anxiety by knowing that your child has some help. Build some excitement about going back to school: Talk about your child’s past experiences, about learning new things, reuniting with old friends. If possible, build up the excitement by taking your child with you when shopping for  school supplies. Encourage your child to re-direct attention away from the worries, and towards the positives.

health} Talk to your child about his or her fears: Ask questions; find out why your child is scared. A common concern in younger children is the uncertainty as to who they will play with. If possible, help your child get re-acquainted with friends and classmates through visits to the park, pool, or movies. These activities with old friends— and new ones, too—can make your child feel more comfortable when he encounters peers at school and more excited about school in general. Plan a playdate two weeks before school starts. This can be a positive use of social media if your neighborhood has a private page. Avoid giving reassurance, instead, problem-solve and plan: Children often seek reassurance that bad things won’t happen in order to reduce their worry. Don’t say “You’re fine!” “Don’t worry!” Instead, encourage your child to think of solutions to any worries. In this instance, role playing can be especially helpful and allows your child a greater sense of control in future stressful situations as well. Get ready for the first day of school: The night before school, organize your child’s backpack, including some special treats. For younger children who are nervous about separating, suggest taking a special object to school that reminds him of home. For an older child, a reassuring note in his or her lunch can help.

The Big Day

Praise and reward your child for hard work: Set up a “First Week of Treats” to celebrate the first week of school and the many brave behaviors shown during an important and challenging transition Also, it is important, as a parent, to be aware of your own emotions: Children can perceive when a parent is nervous, worried or scared. Parental stress can turn into anxiety and affect your child’s emotional wellbeing. Stay calm, watch what you say and show confidence in front of your child.

When It’s Time for More Help

Don’t ignore behavior that lasts well past the start of the school year. If you are noting behavior that is not normal for your child, including disruptions in sleeping or eating, refusing to go to school, emotional outbursts or temper tantrums… get feedback from others. Discuss this with a teacher or school counselor. Speak with your pediatrician. You can better judge if he or she needs more help or may be dealing with an anxiety disorder or other significant stressors. As child psychologists, we note that it is important that children be in school as much as possible, as they are not only missing school work, they are missing out on valuable opportunities to develop and practice

social skills. These are important opportunities for overcoming anxiety and to be praised for talents that help maintain self-esteem. It’s also in school where students create close friendships with classmates. Planning and good communication can help ensure a successful back to school transition for everyone.

Psychologist Hillary Van Horn-Gatlin, PhD joined Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento in 2011 and works in the Department of Adult Medicine and Women's Health as a Behavioral Medicine Specialist. She works alongside physicians and staff in various departments serving Kaiser Permanente members and patients. She is a wife and a mother. She has been a speaker or presenter on topics related to the impact of health conditions on family functioning, grief and loss, women's and children's health issues and parent-child support. She enjoys spending her spare time with her familyparticularly outdoors when the weather cooperates!

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Great Grandparenting in Elk Grove


By Susie Franklin Roeser Photos by DeAnna Gallardo Photography

Elk Grove is known for its “Family Friendly” atmosphere. This trait also makes it a fantastic place to be a Grandparent or even a Great-Grandparent. Beautiful parks, high quality education, and a wide variety of home sizes and prices draw young families to the area, but have you ever thought of the fantastic assets Elk Grove offers to those fortunate enough to have grandchildren? Meet three families that are making the most of life in Elk Grove by sharing it with family members across the generations.

Anita Cardenas 2006 was a life-changing year for Anita Cardenas. Her husband Bob had just passed away and shortly after, her first grandchild was born. Now that she had both a daughter and granddaughter in Elk Grove, Chico no longer felt like home. Therefore, Anita moved to Elk Grove, so she could spend more time with family. Granddaughter Ali is now 12 years old and grandson Luke is 10 years old.

Since moving to Elk Grove, Anita has not only been “Nannie” as she is affectionately called by Luke and Ali, but also her grandchildren’s childcare provider while their parents work full-time. Anita takes Luke and Ali to school in the morning and picks them up after school. She also helps with homework and getting them to all of their extra-curricular activities. Anita especially enjoys the opportunity to cheer her grandchildren on at their cheerleading and sporting events, not to mention school performances and award ceremonies. Speaking of school, Anita is a generous volunteer who shares her time and talents by regularly working in her grandchildren’s classrooms and helping with school and PTO events. On more than one occasion students at the school (other than her own grandchildren) have been overheard calling Anita Nannie, proving her grand-mothering talents are having a far-reaching effect in the Elk Grove community. Anita says, “Grandparent playdates have been a great time to enjoy friends.” Anita also enjoys the Sacramento theatre scene, but she has put it on the back burner to allow more time for attending local school performances and games—which have proven to be a great and inexpensive evening of fun for their whole family.

“I have found immense pleasure in volunteering at the children’s school. I love getting to know the classmates as well as the teachers. Since I help with homework after school, being involved with the class has been a great asset. It has been very rewarding to me.” 54. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

“For us, it has always been about making memories. We want our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren to remember our house as a safe place where they were loved unconditionally, to know they have grandparents who want to spend time with them and share fun experiences together.”


Greg & Melissa Zermeno A job transfer in 1991 was the catalyst for Greg and Melissa Zermeno to move to Elk Grove. Even more motivating was their desire to be a part of their children and grandchildren’s lives who already lived in the Elk Grove area. The Zermeno’s grandparenting experience began 30 years ago with the birth of their first Granddaughter. Nine years ago, they made the leap to Great-Grandparenthood with the birth of a great-granddaughter. The count as of today? Six Grandchildren, and four Great-Grandchildren.

Greg and Melissa care for their greatgrandchildren weekly, giving them the opportunity to bond and enjoy each other’s company. (It also allows for a weekly check in with their grandchildren - the parents of these wonderful little people too.) They care for Madeline Nieto (2 ½ yrs.) and Branden Vasquez (3 mo.) every Tuesday. During the school year, they pick up Vanessa Barrientos

(9 yrs.) and Lisandro Barrientos (8 yrs.) from school three days a week and care for them until their parents get home from work. These great-grandchildren know they are in for a good time when they see Grammy and Grandpa. Monday is “Fun Day” which could be anything from a $2 shopping spree at Goodwill to roasting marshmallow Peeps over candles. Tuesday is “Turkey Bacon Day” where kids are welcomed by the scent of their favorite treat which they will devour. Wednesday is a short day that has garnered the name “ChickFil-A Day” and includes plenty of time in the play area there. Both grandchildren and great-grandchildren can count on creativity, laughter and love (in large amounts) when they spend time with Greg and Melissa. When not on Grandparent duty, you might find Greg and Melissa walking their dog Sophie on the Camden Lake trail, participating in a Spin or Zumba class, shopping the farmer’s market, or dining at one of Elk Grove’s delicious restaurants.

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“Grandchildren are wonderful and full of energy, so get lots of rest. Take advantage of the many age appropriate activities in Elk Grove. Give lots of hugs and kisses, encouragement and support.” featured}

Tom & Sandi Higgins Tom and Sandi Higgins’ daughter Shannon was born one week after they moved to Elk Grove from Austin, Texas because of Tom’s job transfer 35 years ago. They raised Shannon and her older sister Sarah in Elk Grove. After going away to school and marrying, both daughters returned with their husbands to start their own families in Elk Grove. With the birth of Sarah and Matt McReynold’s son Eli in 2016, and Shannon and Sal Poti’s daughter Makenzie in 2017, Tom and Sandi became official Elk Grove Grandparents.

Tom and Sandi spend time with their family weekly, sometimes even multiple times throughout the week. They care for Eli every Friday during the school year. They also watch Makenzie as needed, depending on her parents work and school schedule. Eli and Makenzie love to visit Grandma and Papa’s house where they get to see goats, chickens, miniature pigs and other farm animals around the neighborhood. They also enjoy time in the yard, playing with riding toys on the driveway and pool time in the summer. Favorite outings include the zoo, Children’s Museum and Imagine Play in Elk Grove (when the weather isn’t nice enough to be outside). “Elk Grove has wonderful parks for children. We are enjoying discovering them with our grandchildren as most of the parks are new. Derr-Okamoto Park is one of our favorites.” notes Sandi. When not on Grandparent duty, Tom and Sandi enjoy going to their son-inlaw’s softball games, dinner with friends at a variety of restaurants, going to movies and being active members of Creekside Christian Church.

In honor of Grandparent’s Day,

the CSD is hosting a “Pop-Up” Teddy Bear Picnic, this September. Watch for details on their social media feeds to learn how grandparents and their families can enjoy an evening of Teddy Bear themed games, crafts and stories at a local park. Just another reason it’s great to be a Grandparent in Elk Grove. 56. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

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Bluebird, Bluebird

By: Attica Locke Book Reviews by BRENDLE WELLS The heart of Bluebird, Bluebird, the start of a new series from Attica Locke, is the east Texas setting. The book is not about the land, though. Instead, it’s about people and their connection to a place. Darren Matthews lives and serves as a Texas Ranger in a state that seems to hate him, but it’s his home and he sees no reason why he should be the one to leave. When he arrives in the small town of Lark to investigate two murders and a possible gang connection as a favor for a colleague, he expects to be in and out in a day. Instead he becomes entwined in an impossibly interconnected web of relationships and committed to solving a crime others seem determined to sweep under the rug. For Matthews, justice has been too long ignored. In Lark, and other places in the region, the past never dies, no questions are asked and no truths are told. The lies are so much easier to accept. The story of Matthews and his investigation is a cauldron of injustice, courage, loyalty, property, poverty, race, love, and hate that builds a strong sense of dread through powerful writing. Attica Locke is one of the best literary crime novelists working today. This book, winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for best Mystery, demonstrates why. Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Prairie Fires: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

By: Caroline Fraser The 2014 release of Pioneer Girl, the unpublished and unedited autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder revived interest and questions about The Little House book series, a classic of children’s literature that has been a favorite of youth for several generations. Of those beloved books, Wilder said “All that I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth”. The whole truth is what you get in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning biography Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser. Using the historical record, Fraser traces Wilder’s life and that of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, who collaborated with her mother on the Little House series, but who was also a well-known author and journalist in her own right. The tale Fraser tells is both enlightening and enriching. Placing events into historical context so the reader can clearly see the blend of fiction, reality, nostalgia and politics that came together to create not only the book series, but the TV adaptation that followed. The book also shines a harsh light on the relationship between Laura and Rose, which was often fraught with tension. As with the historical, Fraser, again puts the personal into context, both intimate and social, and the result is engrossing. This book is a deep and detailed exploration, and at 515 pages, a challenge for some. But for anyone who read the books as a child or has an interest in American history, this biography is a must. Metropolitan Books, 2017

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Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur

Author: Cirocco Dunlap Illustrator: Greg Pizzoli

Children's Book Reviews By JUSTIN AZEVEDO The title character of this fun picture book is first introduced as a pair of wide eyes peering out from the bushes because, of course, he is painfully shy. What follows is a hilarious interplay between the book’s narrator and reader, as poor Crunch is coaxed out by instructions to say hello or sing happy birthday, only to go scrambling behind a tree again when such greetings are given just a bit too loudly. Award-winning illustrator Pizzoli’s bold, pastel artwork lends both expressiveness to Crunch’s mood swings and a cartoonish setting for him to hide in, while Dunlap’s narration injects the right mix of patience and exasperation as she tries to keep Crunch from getting scared yet again. The most notable feature of this book is the ease with which it prompts interactivity, as almost every page invites the reader/listener to talk to Crunch or, crucially, stay still and quiet while he works up the courage to come back out. A spirited reading at storytime or bedtime will not only induce laughter, but also possibly impart a few lessons about being shy and making friends. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Random House Children’s Books, 2018

How We Roll

Author: Natasha Friend Quinn McAvoy is starting over. In order to enroll her autistic younger brother in a school more attuned to his needs, Quinn’s family moves across the country to Massachusetts. This suits her just fine; after losing her hair to alopecia in middle school, followed by a cloud of cruel rumors born from a disastrous party with supposed friends, Quinn is ready to be someone new. With expensive wigs and no history, she walks boldly into high school as a regular girl with nothing strange or notable to tease. But as she makes friends and gets more comfortable in her new town, the strain of keeping secrets begins to weigh on her. As she gets closer to a bitter young ex-football star who lost his legs in an accident and learns about what he has had to endure, she eventually must decide whether she really wants to hide the things that define her from those who seemingly accept her. Friend writes a deeply relatable story of teenagers becoming comfortable with who they are, given weight by depictions of disability and trauma. Best of all, the story ends on a comforting note as typical YA tropes of cliques and social pressure are turned neatly on their heads. A strong, enjoyable entry in a popular genre of teen fiction. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2018

Visit WWW.SACLI BRARY.ORG For details, telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.

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Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

As their name implies, Pygmy Goats may be small in stature, but these little pets are BIG in personality! Not unlike potato chips, once you have one (or two) it’s hard to stop yourself from wanting more. That’s exactly what happened with the Braziel Family, whose passion for Pygmy goats now spans three generations. Daughter Courtnie, began raising animals her freshman year at Elk Grove High School in FFA (Future Farmers of America). She started with a single market lamb. Sophomore year she added Suffolk breeding sheep and a horse in the 4-H program. Junior year, in addition to her own animals, she began helping her sister, Whitney, show Hereford cattle. It was the summer between Courtnie’s junior and senior year in high school (while showing at the State Fair) that her mom, Lynn, met a Pygmy Goat breeder and the family brought home their first two Pygmy Goats. Two Pygmy Goats, just as pets, no breeding. That was the plan… It took some convincing on mom’s part to get her daughters to show these new acquisitions the following year at Sacramento County Fair, but Mom persisted, and as it turned out, they did really well. Encouraged by this success, they exhibited their goats at more shows throughout the state. Not only did the Braziel family have continued success in the show ring, they also ended up having a lot of fun! They were impressed by how nice the other exhibitors and breeders were. When their goats were of breeding age, Lynn decided they would breed them - but just this one time. Courtnie showed all the goats, including the 62. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

new babies her final year in 4-H and FFA. She stopped showing the sheep and the horse and focused all her attention on Pygmy Goats. The Braziel’s continued to breed their females but vowed they would never own a smelly male goat.   After traveling through California, Oregon, and Nevada showing goats for a few years, they realized they had become serious about this hobby and if they were to continue this adventure, it would be more cost effective to own some bucks of their own.  Bringing home smelly bucks confirmed an unyielding passion for Pygmy Goats that has continued for 27 years. The Braziel’s herd now numbers approximately 60 goats. As the Braziel family started showing at more competitions, they decided to join the Sierra Pacific Pygmy Goat Association (SPPGA). Lynn and Courtnie have both held officer positions in the group and helped host numerous events. In 2015, the California State Fair offered the SPPGA to hold their own show while the State Fair was in progress. Guess who was asked to be in charge? Lynn and Courtnie have been hosting the annual SPPGA State Fair show ever since. Although this mother-daughter pair clearly have a passion for Pygmy’s, they aren’t content to keep this passion to themselves. Since 2012, Courtnie

Lynn Braziel with one of her favorite “kids” at State Fair.

“One of my favorite parts of raising Pygmy Goats is the babies…. It is like opening a gift each time a kid is born. You don’t know what you are going to get until they arrive.” has been introducing the next generation to the joy of Pygmy Goats as a 4-H Leader. The leader of the Pygmy Pride 4-H group of Sacramento County was going to be retiring and asked Courtnie if she would be her replacement. Courtnie was concerned—she didn’t have any experience as a 4-H leader. The older leader reassured her it was fine, because Courtnie had plenty of experience as a Pygmy Goat breeder.  Fast forward to 2018 - Courtnie holds monthly meetings at the family ranch where Sacramento County 4-H members, between 5 and 18 years old, come to learn everything they need to know about raising and showing Pygmy Goats. Members don’t have to own a goat to be a part of the group - they are welcome to just attend meetings and share in the Pygmy Pride. Courtnie feels fortunate that, while in high school, she had someone to mentor her in raising Pygmy Goats.  In return, she offers to mentor anyone interested in the Pygmy Goat project.  She sees the importance of educating and encouraging the next generation of Pygmy Goat owners.  “They will be the ones to continue the breed when our generation has passed.”  Pictured below: Courtnie’s 4-H members Ava, Jason and Laurelyn took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 4-H Jr. Pygmy Goat Showmanship class, at the California State Fair.



Hearing group names like 4-H & F.F.A. often elicit visions of farming and livestock. Agriculture was the starting point for both of these excellent hands on learning programs. But today, in addition to plant and animal science, 4-H offers an expansive selection of learning opportunities for 21st century kids. From Guinea Pigs to Cake Decorating and Personal Finance. The 4-H program is run by volunteers, so possible learning experiences are limited only by the number of adults willing to share their time, knowledge and skills with the next generation. What are you passionate about? Would you be willing to spend a few hours a month mentoring young people, so they can learn and enjoy that experience with you? If your answer is Yes, contact Jennifer Henkens at: sacramento4h@ ucanr.edu or (916)-875-6530 and she can help you find a local club where you can help members “Learn by Doing.” ardentforlife.net   63


How to Make Physical Activity Fun for You and Your Kids in Elk Grove It’s pushing mid-to-late morning on a Saturday and your kids are still in their jammies. You want to go do something outside, but you’re not sure what to do. You know you have to decide soon, because it’s only getting hotter. If you don’t make a decision, you’re all headed for a long day of just sitting around. Has this ever happened to you?

Many parents are concerned that their children aren’t getting enough physical activity. Often the hardest part of being active can be figuring out what to do, and how to get the rest of the family excited and engaged.

During the summer months, there is definitely room for beating the heat with a couple of lazy days inside. However, you don’t want that to become how your child spends their entire summer.

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Now, imagine if your son or daughter was running, jumping and brimming with excitement all while achieving tremendous amounts of the healthy exercise they need. The picture you envisioned is probably a lot more gratifying, as a parent, than the thought of them in front of the television or an electronic device.

We’re Families for Physical Activity and we have a passion for strengthening family connections through play and physical activity. We’re a group of four fathers, who grew up in Elk Grove, and share a joint nostalgia around our childhood experiences in this city. We want to invest in the next generation of Elk Grove youth by providing families with information, education and support on how to connect with their children and build lifetime bonds through play and physical activity. To help you make enjoyable physical activity a reality, we’ve developed a list of some of our favorite parks along with engaging activities that’ll be sure to get your family excited about moving their bodies.

The Three Best Parks to Get Active with Your Family

Elk Grove Regional Park 17 Reservable Picnic Areas ● Aquatic Center Barbeque ● Baseball Fields ● Bike Park Dog Park ● Horseshoe Pits ● Pavilion Playground ● Sand Volleyball ● Youth Center Scenic Lake - allows fishing ● Multi-Use Trail Shaded Picnic Areas ● Softball Fields Elk Grove Regional Park has been a staple part of the Elk Grove community since long before Elk Grove became a city. One fun activity for younger children is feeding the ducks at the scenic lake. We have learned that the park’s ducks always seem to bring their appetite (to the delight of all children). So, make sure to bring at least one full loaf, otherwise, the bread will be gone in a flash.

For older children, you can also use the park’s ninehole disc golf course. We are amateur disc golfers at best, but the course itself is designed for beginners and newbies alike (due to very little change in elevation and lack of obstacles). You can purchase a set of discs for under twenty dollars and use them time and again for family outdoor fun.

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George Park exemplifies how far park design has come in recent years. A lifesaver for us parents; the park leaves the kids worn out from play and satisfied with the adventure they just embarked on.

Derr-Okamoto Park

Adult Fitness ● Barbecue ● Basketball Parking ● Picnic Areas ● Playground Recirculating Spray-ground ● Restrooms Shaded Picnic Area ● Skate Park Soccer ● Walking Track Derr - Okamoto Park (or as we call it) . . . THE WATER PARK. When looking for activities that the whole family can enjoy, we think Derr is one of the best. If you have young ones, an easy way to stay active is just by following them around as they play and physically showing them how each thing works. If you have older kids, a good way to stay active is to walk the perimeter of the playground as the kids play or join them on the playground in a made-up game using your imagination. They’ll love it!

George Park Adult Fitness ● Barbeque ● Basketball Bocce Ball ● Cornhole ● Jogging Trail Open space ● Picnic Areas ● Playground ● Sand Play ● Shaded Picnic Area Spray-ground ● Swings

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This is the modern park we dreamed about when we were kids. From the prehistoric theme (aka “the dinosaur park”) to the builtin corn hole set and zip line (yes, a zip line!); George Park exemplifies how far park design has come in recent years. A lifesaver for us parents; the park leaves the kids worn out from play and satisfied with the adventure they just embarked on.

with your family. We believe some of the best moments, for any child at any age, are ones where they are enjoying time outside with their family. *Amenity information courtesy of yourcsd.com

Parents seeking shade congregate under the multiple, large covered areas. Often, we utilize this area to go through a simple fullbody stretching routine while the kids play. A great way to get a good stretch and to introduce your children to this healthy habit is by doing a family stretch to warm up before you play. George Park is always a unanimous “YES” when we offer up a list of entertainment options. We get almost as excited for “park time” as the kids… almost.

Remember That A Family That Plays Together Stays Together.

Don't view going to the park as another thing you have to do to get your kids to run out their energy (although it’s an added benefit). Start viewing it as an opportunity to do something to strengthen your relationship and bond

From left to right: Christian Zamora, Tyler Zehnder, Joel Hull, Charlie Zamora

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This community event has been going on for decades. It is such a fun and convenient way to introduce residents to camping and encourage them to take a little time to connect with nature and each other. Families slept under the stars in one of the most beautiful and spacious parks in Elk Grove. The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) and Boy Scout Troop 007 hosted this fun and memorable event. Families and friends gathered and enjoyed the serenity and inspiration of nature through this low-cost camping experience. After setting up their tents, campers enjoyed campground favorites including swimming, crafts, campfire songs and s’mores. Dinner and breakfast was prepared by the Elk Grove Lions Club. Check-ins began at noon on Saturday, July the 14th and the event lasted until 11 a.m. on Sunday. A big thank you goes out to the Boy Scout Troop 007, Elk Grove Lions Club, and the CSD for such a great event! If you’re interested in participating in the Community Campout, which is held each year during the second weekend in July, registration opens April 2019.

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What Should I Really Eat? Written by Tonya Gonzales, Holistic Nutritionist

Most of us know that a healthy diet should include all the foods groups. We should fill our plates like the color-coded sections of the USDA’s MyPlate, right? Oh, wait, we’re avoiding certain food groups altogether, like dairy and grains. Or is it meat we’re not eating? Confused yet? Not surprising, especially with Dr. Oz going on and on about being “pegan”. What’s that you’re thinking? Is it a cross between vegan and paleo. More confusion? Let me clear things up for you.

Paleo: The Old-New Diet

Also referred to as caveman, primal, huntergatherer and Stone Age, the Paleolithic, “paleo” for those who practice this lifestyle, refers to eating anything a caveman would eat. That means “anything that comes in a box, jar, or bag should be avoided on the paleo diet—

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as should anything that just wasn't consumed back then. That means no grains, dairy, added salt, or legumes (including peanuts, beans, lentils, and soybeans)”, according to Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist, paleo expert, and author of The Paleo Solution. The focus is to choose  pasture-raised  and  grass-fed  meat from local, environmentally conscious farms. If not possible, choose lean cuts of meat and supplement fat with coconut oil, butter or clarified butter. Also, preferable are organic, local and/or seasonal fruits and vegetables, when available.

Vegan: Don’t Eat the Animals!

Vegans do not eat anything that comes from an animal. No meat, fish, fowl, dairy and all their by-products, (ice cream, eggs, cheese) ever cross their lips. Refined white sugar (whitened with bone char) and honey are also no-nos. It is easy to live on peanut butter crackers and potato chips and call yourself a

vegan. However, to be a healthy vegan one is consuming a wide variety of vegetables and fruits and finding their protein primarily in beans, soy products, quinoa, and other whole grains, as well as nuts and seeds. Some may add supplemental bars and powders to get a sufficient amount of protein. B12, D3, and Omega 3’s need to be supplemented as they are an integral part of optimum health and are not a natural part of a vegan diet.

Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Fruitarian, Breatharian

Yes, you read that last word right. There are certain people who believe that it is possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can obtain all sustenance from the air or sunlight. I love food too much, so that is NOT for me. As far as the rest, vegetarians don’t eat meat. Pescatarians don’t eat meat but DO eat fish. Fruitarians live

health} Eat real food. If it comes in a box or a bag, don’t eat it. If it IS a packaged product, make sure it is a single item, like olives or tuna. Or make sure it has less than five ingredients with things you can read and pronounce. exclusively or mostly on fruit, typically raw fruit to be more exact. Some fruitarians include nuts and seeds in their diets, but vegetables, grains and all animal products are typically off limits. And about being pegan? That is eating a plant-strong diet AND consuming quality meat and fish but still avoiding dairy and grains.

Still Confused?

Eat real food. If it comes in a box or a bag, don’t eat it. If it IS a packaged product, make sure it is a single item, like olives or tuna. Or make sure it has less than five ingredients with things you can read and pronounce. Even bread should be simple: flour, water, yeast, salt. Read the label on any loaf of commercial bread the next time you’re at the store. Some have 18 or more listed on the label! Let vegetables be the star of your meals and accessorize with what fuels your body the best.

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Sugar By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

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Is your only concern with sugar intake limited to weight gain or tooth decay? These are only a couple of the many problems that sugar can cause in your body. Sugar also causes inflammation, weakens your immune system, leads to mineral imbalances, allergies, heart disease, abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, arterial plaques, increases the aging process, fatty liver and much more havoc to your bodies systems. Have you heard that the average person eats 152 pounds of sugar a year? I have yet to find a single person that believes they could possibly eat that much sugar a year. But the truth is that sugar is ubiquitous. It can be found in probiotics, bread crumbs, canned soups, tomato sauce, beef jerky, seasonings, crackers, bacon, teriyaki sauce, smoked salmon, salad dressings, deli salads, deli meats, many snacks and other items you would never expect to find sugar. You must read the label of each and everything you purchase to eat. Did you know that fast food places put sugar in the hamburger meat, so it doesn’t shrink as much when it’s cooked? It’s not the sugar you put in your coffee, it’s the sugar that is added to many items, that don’t even need sugar, by the manufacturers. Why? Because sugar makes them taste better. Then corporations will sell more of their product. The food industry has poisoned us for their own profit margin.


Sugar is ubiquitous. It can be found in probiotics, bread crumbs, chicken soup, tomato sauce, beef jerky, seasonings, crackers, bacon, teriyaki sauce, smoked salmon, salad dressings, many snacks and other items you would never expect to find sugar. The Sugarholic

Make no mistake about it: Sugar is addicting. Just like nicotine and cocaine. This has been scientifically proven. The truth is that sugar can alter your metabolism and brain chemistry causing you to suffer intense cravings. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that demonstrated that sugar increased blood flow the same part of the brain as does alcohol when given to an alcoholic, or cocaine when given to a drug addict. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews concluded that sugar produced binge-like behavior and stimulated the same area of the brain, “the classic effect of most substances of abuse.” The effect of sugar on our brain chemistry is powerful and breaking away can be challenging. But as soon as you quit sugar, your health will rapidly improve. It takes just 10 days without sugar to see substantial metabolic and neurological benefits.

Sugar and Diabetes

Sugars are quickly absorbed into the blood steam, which sets of a spike of insulin released from the pancreas, which plunges the glucose levels and leads to more cravings for sugar and starches. Over time, the pancreas gets “worn out” and stops producing as much insulin or the body’s receptors stop responding to the insulin and you are on the path to diabetes. But this does not have to lead to diabetes, a person can change their diet and life style and reverse the initial stages of diabetes. In the pre-agricultural period of human existence, which is by far the greatest time, sugar was rare and mainly consisted of wild fruits and honey that provided quick energy. For the vast majority of human existence, we were hunter-gatherers, eating wild meat, fish, some vegetable, fruits and tubers. The agricultural revolution dramati-

cally altered the human food supply, introducing grains, legumes, meat from domesticated animals and dairy products. In evolutionary terms, the eleven thousand years of the agricultural age is less than 0.5 percent of the time recognized as the existence of human beings. That is not long enough for humans to completely adapt to this new diet. This is the premise behind the current Paleo Diet, which is not about losing weight, but about returning to the foods of our ancestors, regaining our health and living into an older age free of modern chronic diseases, with sharp minds and still active. Who wouldn’t like that? If we go back to nutrient dense, non-processed, organic, low-glycemic index foods, we can change our bodies, our health and our future. Rejuvenation Wellness and Aesthetic Medicine: 9180 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA. 95624 (916) 670-7601 www.RejuvenationElkGrove.com

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What Do You

VALUE? By Chris Tanaka, Sher Khan Karate, Owner/Senior Instructor

Allow me to begin with a disclaimer: the subject of this article may be a bit touchy for some of you; however, hopefully it will serve as a motivational step in the right direction. The prioritization of our time, energy, and money can be a struggle for most of us. Moreover, where we spend our time, energy and money determines what areas of our life we prioritize and find valuable. Two areas of my life that are at the top of my priorities list are self-defense, health and nutrition. I have the profound privilege of speaking with people regarding both topics on a daily basis. If I were to pose the question, “what is your number one priority in life?” more often than not, “family” will be the number one answer. Family is at the top of my list, as well, and is intricately intertwined with selfdefense, health and nutrition. I understand that I have the ability to be proactive in my endeavors to positively impact my family by placing a value on these two other areas of my life.

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When most people begin their journey in martial arts, they do so as a hobby or perhaps as an avenue towards better health. Self-defense, ironically, tends to be a secondary reason they start. Regardless of their initial reason, they are solidifying their ability to protect themselves and their family. If you choose to focus on your own self-defense skills, you are prioritizing your family by allocating time, energy, and money on your martial arts training. You have placed value in your training and in turn, placed value in your ability to effectively protect your number one priority…family. As we see daily occurrences of thoughtless violence in our society, we can no longer take the lackadaisical stance that “it” won’t happen to me or my family. Proactively taking steps to ensure your safety, and the safety of your family is important. Enrolling in a regular martial arts class as an individual (or family), sign-

health} If I were to pose the question, “what is your number one priority in life?” more often than not, “family” will be the number one answer. Family is at the top of my list, as well, and is intricately intertwined with self-defense, health and nutrition. ing up for a self-defense seminar, and simply teaching yourself to be aware of your surroundings are all a great step in the right direction.

In addition to concentrating on self-defense, a general focus on overall health and nutrition is also a means of prioritizing your family. The lack of proper health and nutrition has become one of the most serious medical and social issues in America. Convenience and instant gratification play a pivotal role in the declining health of our society. We have been conditioned to believe we shouldn’t deny ourselves; and we are targeted by companies with this mentality through advertising. Unfortunately, people also tend to purchase unhealthy foods because it is often more affordable than its healthy counterpart. Regardless of the reasons why, poor eating habits and excess weight are detrimental to your health. I ask you to consider this; if our number one priority is our family, how can we choose to be unhealthy ourselves and set that negative example for our family? Establishing and building upon productive healthy habits and choices are central to a sustained and happy quality of life. Speaking from a place of personal experience, I learned the hard way through a medical diagnosis, that to truly put my family first I needed to put my own health and nutrition first. I can say for myself and my family the results, so far, have been overwhelmingly positive.

Give your family, and yourself, the gift of a healthy you and begin to target those areas of your health, nutrition, and physical fitness that you can improve on. Set a goal to reallocate where you spend your time, energy and money. If family is your number one priority, understand that by placing value in yourself, you are placing value in them. Your newfound path won’t be without its difficulties, however, the reward of accomplishing your goals will be immense. If I can help you with either of these areas, please feel free to contact me.

Chris Tanaka is the owner and senior instructor at Sher Khan Karate. He has 26 years of martial arts experience and 20 years of teaching experience. Sher Khan Karate has been in business for 23 years offering the highest level of quality martial arts instruction. Sher Khan Karate, 8932 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, CA. 916.686.6552

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Elk Grove

Summer Fest Photos by Adam Smarte and Rebecca Gordon

July 14th was the second annual Elk Grove Summer Fest in Elk Grove Park. The event

featured more than 70 varieties of beer, wines, and ciders. Guests enjoyed live music by the band Branded; in addition to great food from local food trucks, vendors, and fun games while kicking back under the canopy of old oak trees on their own blankets and lawn chairs. The beneficiaries of this year’s event were Runnin’ for Rhett and Elk Grove-Galt CERT.  Next year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  Tickets will go on sale in February. 

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History Week In Elk Grove

September 22nd - 29th History Week will annually always be the last week of September to highlight and share Elk Grove history throughout the community. Business, organizations, schools, or anyone are encouraged to produce and schedule anything related to that goal on any day they please. There is no specific reoccurring or continuous event at this time other than the Plow to Plate Dinner and Entertainment venue on the first day (Saturday) of celebration and Pinkerton Picnic in the Park on the second day (Sunday). Other than the dinner, it is up to others to develop their own traditions. Plow-to-Plate

Chamber of Commerce Luncheon               

Saturday, September 22 Plow-to-Plate Dinner and Entertainment (6:00 – 9:00 pm). It will be held at the Elk Grove Historical Society’s Heritage Park Museum. The Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation has partnered with the Elk Grove Historical Society to produce an evening of fine dining using only high-quality produce from our area with entertainment using the foundation’s collection of oral histories from local families. ($80/ person). For tickets visit   www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Friday, September 28 The Chamber of Commerce Luncheon (11:30 pm – 1:30 pm). Held at the Valley-Hi Country Club. Tom Mahon will be speaking about the history of hops and the influence of hops in our area. It will be a very entertaining presentation. Don’t miss it. Visit www.elkgroveca.com for tickets.

Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest          

Pinkerton Picnic              

Sunday, September 23 Pinkerton Picnic at the Park honoring the Herburger Family (10:30 am – 1:00 pm). Is an Elk Grove Historical Society event, originally created by the leadership group of the Chamber of Commerce to honor local history and education icon, Elizabeth Pinkerton. It has evolved into adding another deserving community member to honor each year and this year; it is the Herberger Family. The ceremony starts at 11:30 and the picnic lasts until 1:00. The museum events, tours, historic children activities and games are free starting at 10:30. There will be an ice cream social available to make your own ice cream sundaes for $2 each. For more information visit   www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Sloughhouse Cemetery Tour

Monday, September 24 Sloughhouse Cemetery Tour (4:00 pm – Dusk). (Free) Open for tours and hosted by area historian Roberta Tanner. 80. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

Elk Grove Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, September 25 Elk Grove Cemetery Tour (4:00 pm  – Dusk). (Free) -Open for tours and family members of the deceased will be on hand to tell stories of their ancestors.

Old Town Foundation Walking Tour     

Wednesday, September 26 Old Town Foundation Walking Tour of Old Elk Grove (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and dinner following at the Brick House. Meet at the Wells Fargo Stagecoach at the Old Town Plaza. (Tour is Free, dinner at your cost)

Franklin Cemetery Tour             

Thursday, September 27 Franklin Cemetery Tour (4:00 pm – Dusk). (Free) Open for tours and family members of the deceased will be on hand to tell stories of their ancestors.

Friday, September 28 Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest (4:00 pm – 10:00 pm). will be an afternoon and evening celebrating the history of hops. It will be held at the Mahon Ranch at 10171 Grantline Road, Elk Grove. Featuring displays and activities that will depict the historic hops farming operations of the area. First brewing of beer produced from local hops will be available in addition to other brew vendors, food, hayrides, music and dancing. Proceeds will go to the LMML Foundation to help continue their efforts to record local histories from families and individuals of the community. ($40/person covers all activities except purchase of beer and food) For tickets visit   www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Rotary Club Beef and Reef Dinner             

Saturday, September 29 Rotary Club Dinner (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm) at Lent Ranch, West Stockton Blvd, West of Highway 99, South of Grant Line. Dinner and display of historic photos from Elk Grove and the area. For tickets visit www.elkgroverotary.org

save the date Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Down the Dirt Road

Bring the whole family out to enjoy this fun lineup: August 3: CODE BLUE – Classic Rock August 10: GOTCHA COVERED – Today’s Hits August 17: DONGATO LATIN BAND – Salsa/Cuban August 24: FBI BAND – Motown, Soul and more August 31: CRIPPLE CREEK BAND – County and Country Rock

3rd Annual Back to School Celebration and Teacher Appreciation event

Every Friday in August, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave. Elk Grove. Warm nights and great tunes are back! The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Park and Recreation Department is bringing the Hot Summer Nights concert series back every Friday in August.

Bring your own food and beverages or purchase from local vendors. Children’s activities and other concessions will be offered at varying costs. Please note only blankets and low-back chairs are allowed, smoking is not permitted, and pets are not permitted (except service animals). This free concert series is sponsored in part by the City of Elk Grove. For more information, visit www.yourcsd. com, follow Cosumnes CSD Parks and Recreation on Facebook, or call 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300.

Free Music at McConnell Estates Winery, on Friday Evenings! Runs May 4th through September 21st, every Friday evening at McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 W Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove. Check weekly for our featured musicians. Call 916-685-5368 for more information.

Cornhole Tournament Friday, August 24th at 6 p.m. during free music night, open to the first 16 teams to sign up (free to participate).

Elk Grove Soccer Jamboree

Saturday, August 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk GroveFlorin Road, Elk Grove. Elk Grove Soccer’s event is the largest gathering of soccer players in the greater Sacramento area. This is considered soccer’s opening day. Players will come together for their first games and pictures, enjoy music, food and BBQ, skill challenges, and other family soccer related fun.

McConnell Estates 15th Anniversary

Saturday, August 18th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery. Save the date! There will be live music, food pairings, and fabulous wine. Come celebrate our 15th Anniversary with us, here at McConnell Estates. Open to the public with no charge, come one come all. Call 916-685-5368 for more information.

August 24th at the Chicks in Crisis Ranch 9455 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove. Julie and the Jukes (Chicago blues) will be playing. FREE admission - Friday evening just got a little more exciting - dust off those boots and head over to the ranch for our FREE summer music under the stars! Food, drinks, and a good time to be had by all. For more information call 916-441-1243

Saturday, August 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove. For families, we will have demonstrations/ hands-on activities featuring educational toys and games that make learning and practicing skills fun. For teachers and home-schoolers, we will have special discounts and curriculum ideas and giveaways that go with some of our popular book series. We will have a door prize drawing, Jelly Belly Guessing Game and special catalog ordering privileges & prices for EVERYONE! For more information Susie at 916-7140914 or visit our website at www.giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove.weebly.com

Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 25th, at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Free Parking and Admission. Join the City of Elk Grove and the Multicultural Committee as you learn about other cultures through music, art, food, entertainment and much more at the 7th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival. Enjoy two stages of musical and dance entertainment, local artistry on display, cultural displays and booths, a kids’ craft area, car show and much more. Free admission and parking. Celebrate our diversity and travel the world without leaving Elk Grove!

Comedy Under the Stars

Friday, September 7th. Seating opens at 6 p.m. & show starts at 8 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove. Call 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300 for more information.

Rhythm Vandals Viva Santana Concert

Saturday, September 8Th. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery. The Rhythm Vandals “Tribute to Santana” is a fiery tribute to the classic Santana sound, with a set list that plays like a Greatest Hits” CD! From searing guitar solos, to smooth vocals and the rhythmic beat of the congas, timbales and drums, you’ll hear everything from "Black Magic Woman” to “Jingo”, “She’s Not There”, “Smooth” and much more! Call 916-685-5368 for more information.

Party on the Palms p

Saturday, September 8th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove. Free Admission. This teens-only event brings you a party like no other! Leave the parents behind and dance the night away to DJ music, splash around in the foam dance party, hang out in the “teen scene” social media lounge, geek out in the on-site game truck, snack on food and drinks, and show your skills at foosball, corn hole, ping pong and a special carnivalstyle game. Admission is free with valid school ID for those 13-18. Party on the Palms will be #amazing!

M&M Real Estate's Chili Cook-Off

Friday, September 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at M&M Real Estate, 9008 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove. Please join us for M&M Real Estate’s Chili Cook Off. Free to attend and to participate. Everyone gets a vote. Cornbread and drinks will be provided by M&M Real Estate. Participants will need to register by September 14th by emailing Jessica at jessica@mmrealestate. net. Participants must bring their homemade chili in a crock pot, any additional fixings, and a serving spoon. Participants must be set up by 5:45 p.m. on September 21st. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place chili! We look forward to seeing you!

2nd Annual Family at the Farm table

Friday, October 5th, starting at 6:00 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery. Call 916-685-5368 for ticket information.

Blue Collar Men Concert

Saturday, October 6th, Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery. Starting in 2008, and originally formed as "Renegade", Blue Collar Men, A Tribute to Styx have fast become one of the most sought after and favorite classic rock tribute bands in the Northern California. They accurately recreate the music of STYX as you heard on the records, plus, all the great rock classics are included in their repertoire with covers from Journey, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Night Ranger, The Beatles, and much more. Call 916-685-5368 for more information. ardentforlife.net   81

community} HAPPENINGS Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival

Saturday and Sunday, October 6th-7th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - FREE Admission $10 Parking - Located in Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Giant Pumpkin & Produce Weigh Off Pumpkin Food Court Pumpkin Regatta and Pumpkin Carver Kids Zone, Children's Arts and Crafts Contests, Demonstrations, and Musical Performances Pumpkin Patch and Agricultural Area The festival has something for everyone with attractions including a pumpkin food court, a pumpkin kitchen with food demos and a pumpkin recipe contest, scarecrowmaking contest, kids’ zone, live entertainment, an art walk, crafts and a race across the lake between giant pumpkin boats!

Stay Alive: Elk Grove Zombie Tag

Saturday, October 13th at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Registration: 3:30 p.m., Zombie Tag: 5:00 p.m. Movie: 7:00 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Zombie Tag Registration: $5 (must be 10 years of age or older) Dodge the undead and Stay Alive Elk Grove – an event geared for those who love zombies. In this live action zombie tag game, the undead will chase those seeking shelter at several designated checkpoints. This year we’ve added a special treat for everyone – following zombie tag, we’ll be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. Cost is $5 to participate in the zombie tag event and the movie is free! Would you like your event mentioned? Email submissions to us at info@mrsandmrpublishing.com

School of Rock Season Four Show

Saturday, September 22nd from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pins N Strikes, 3443 Laguna Blvd Ste 150, Elk Grove. End of Season Four Show - All day music festival featuring 11 bands.

School of Rock Staff Band and House Band at Brick Yard Kitchen & Bar

Saturday, August 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brick Yard Kitchen & Bar, 1475 Eureka Rd Ste 120, Roseville. School of Rock Elk Grove House Band and Staff Band share stage at Brick Yard Kitchen & Bar. Join us for a great evening of live music! No cover, great music, food & drinks.

School of Rock Adult Band Trip Hazard at 2nd Saturday Art Walk

Saturday, September 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Barber's Shop Automotive & Scooter, 1116 18th St, Sacramento. Midtown is the place to be in the evenings on 2nd Saturday. Come join School of Rock Elk Grove adult student band Trip Hazard for live music, parties, and experience the amazing energy! 82. ardentforlife.net - Late Summer 2018

Public Eye at McConnell Estates Winery

Friday, September 28th 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 W Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove. Free, live music by School of Rock Elk Grove House Band Public Eye. A time to wind down & kick your weekend off the right way! No Cover - All Ages

Gearfest 2018

Saturday, September 29th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra, CA Sacramento. Gearfest is back with more bands, more cars and more opportunities to win the Ms. Gearhead title! All rides are welcome 1978 and earlier and will be part of the blessing of the cars by minister Rev. Michelle. Bands: The Woolly Bandits, Tilli, Color TV, The Infamous Swanks and Elk Grove School of Rock's In-house band Public Eye! Fund raiser for the Sacramento SPCA's Behavioral Management Dept. Culinerdy Food Truck will be on hand serving up tasty sliders and fries.

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