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Ardent content feature 16. Elk Grove FFA


& flavor 18. Summer Cheese & Produce Cindy Della Monica 22. Eggs Benedict Casserole Carole Morris 24. Fisherman’s Stew & Moist Carrot Cake World Spice Merchants 28. Prosciutto Flatbread & Crostini with Sun-dried Tomatoes Bogle Vineyards

22. love

32. Haley & Ryan


36. Mixing your own Chalk Paint® Colour Red Door Antiques

education 38. What I’ve learned CT Morris

art 40. Book Reviews Sacramento Public Library

health 46. Social Atrophy Anna Osborn 50. Diabetes Elk Grove Vitamins 52. Back-To-School Anxiety Kaiser Permanente 54. Lower Blood Pressure Rejuvenation Wellness 56. Time Management Switch Fitness

history 60. Walking Tour of Old Town Elk Grove Elizabeth Pinkerton


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64. Old Town Plaza & Railroad Street 66. Chicago Fire

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.

Kelly Burns

Owner of Kelly Marie Photography

D’Lee Daleo

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

Aaron Andrew Grove

Serial Entrepreneur and Owner of Purely CBD of Elk Grove

Scott and Dana Halvorson

We are Sacramento photographers, shooting everywhere from Tahoe to San Francisco, and we have a love for travel beyond.

Tra Huynh

Owner of Two Twenty Photos is a Fun Wedding and Family Photographer.

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.

Jamie McCalman

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

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.

Anna Osborn

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

Amanda Perry

Marketing Manager at McConnell Estates Winery

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.

Louis Silveira

Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, and Archivist at the Elk Grove Historical Society

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past six years.

Kristin Thébaud

An award-winning writer, photographer and publicist, Kristin Thébaud is a marketing and fundraising consultant for nonprofits in the greater Sacramento area.

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?”

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there are 432 students in Elk Grove’s FFA? Read about this amazing program on page 16.

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Late summer is upon us! When I hear the words LATE SUMMER…my mind jumps to harvesting food. In fact, I feel like the little therapy hamster that I have in my classroom. Rosy (the hamster) presides on the table that my students work at for group time. They watch her stuffing her little cheeks with food… then they giggle as she frantically scampers around hiding it (to eat later). The late summer garden reminds me of all the wonderful foods that I can harvest to eat later. Some of the bounty includes onions, potatoes, garlic, shallots, leeks, cabbages, celery, eggplant, tomatoes, melons, winter squashes, pumpkins, and peppers. Just like Rosy, I collect my favorites.

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Carole Morris What did we learn after reading this issue? Elizabeth always writes amazing educational articles about Elk Grove. In this issue she gives us a Walking Tour of Old Town. We have unique recipes that will make your mouth water and motivate you to try making something new for your family and friends. Bogle has two recipes Prosciutto and Pea Flatbread and Toasted Crostini with Sun-dried Tomatoes. They are both perfect for a late summer dinner outside. In addition, Cindy (Cheese Central) shares how to make an appetizer cheese board with Ricotta Salata, and a no-cook cheesy dessert…I’m inspired! Put on your flip flops, pour yourself a cool beverage, and dive into our newest issue of Ardent. Always remember that “Summer is a state of mind".


The city of Elk Grove is nestled in the heart of California, positioned between wine country and the waterways of the California Delta. Until the early 80’s, the Elk Grove community had a strong agricultural base in ranching and farming, boasting a small town feel and 340 square miles devoted to agricultural economies. While most of the community is now devoted to suburban environments, there is still a strong interest in agriculture and a wellestablished agriculture business base that is firmly connected to the Elk Grove FFA and agriculture program. “Part of our role as an agriculture education program is to provide students opportunities to experience success in diverse industry sectors, so that they realize pathways to future career options,” said department chair Mike Albiani of the purpose of Career Technical Education and agriculture programs. He continued, “through rigorous curriculum delivery, supervised projects that align with industry standards, and leadership development in the FFA, our students make this a reality.” Founded in 1929, the Elk Grove FFA has been the cornerstone of agriculture education and leadership development in the community for over nine decades. In its early years, Elk Grove FFA had a reputation of producing outstanding young farmers who returned to 16. - Late Summer 2021

Leaving a Legacy Through Leadership and Innovation

Elk Grove FFA By Brendan Latronica, Elk Grove FFA Reporter Photos courtesy of Elk Grove FFA

the family farm. In the last thirty years, the program’s emphasis has been on developing students’ leadership skills, community engagement, personal growth and career success in diverse occupations. Today, the program serves 432 students both inside and outside of the traditional classroom.

This past year, the agriculture classroom faced one of its toughest roadblocks--delivering problem-based, hands-on learning in a virtual environment. The status quo would never be accepted, so Elk Grove FFA faced this challenge head on. The in-person monthly FFA meetings were delivered on zoom and included virtual escape rooms, game nights, guest speakers from the industry, and drive-through food donations. At a time when so many programs struggled to maintain engagement, the members of Elk Grove FFA continued not just to show up but to persevere. Each year, approximately three percent of graduating seniors enrolled in agriculture education across California earn the State FFA Degree (the highest honor bestowed on students by the California FFA Association) the degree was awarded to 30 seniors of the Elk Grove chapter. After nearly 18 months of isolation and distance learning, the highlight of the year was experiencing the

Sacramento County Livestock Exposition in person. Students and advisors alike, enjoyed six days filled with what many in agriculture education love most-livestock, competition, and some good old-fashioned fun! Throughout the week students cleaned and prepared their animals for the exhibition, participated in market and showmanship classes, and even got to cheer on parents and advisors who competed in adult showmanship as a fundraiser for the Junior Livestock Auction. More than 140 Elk Grove FFA members went to county fair, earning numerous best in shows, champion animals, and novice and advanced showmanship winners. Elk Grove FFA was also proud to have champion public speakers at the Sectional, Regional, and State levels, State Agriscience champions, and State Proficiency Award winners. Looking back at the accomplishments from the past year, Elk Grove FFA members continue to strive to improve themselves, the chapter, and the community. Elk Grove FFA President Sophie Albiani, had this to say about the coming school year, “We have always strived for excellence and innovation. This year we are excited to go back to our traditions, as well as continue to improve our program with the lessons we've learned from having faced the challenges of this past year.”


Elk Grove FFA

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Summer Cheese and Produce By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central

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food} If I were a poet, I would write an ode to “Summer”. Rife with passages extolling the pure joy of warm breezes smelling of dusty foothill paths, finding polliwogs in the creek, mowed golden pastures, tree-climbing kids and hammock swinging, cold lemonade and a good book under a shade tree. You notice none of these activities includes cooking! I DO take a cooking break occasionally, filling mealtimes with simple Mediterranean inspired dining. As we live in this expansive “fruit bowl” called the Central Valley, there is no reason to venture too far outside of our local bounty for soul-satisfying hot weather meals. Summertime cheese choices are simple ones, usually fresh and tangy, easy to present with chilled bottles of locally-produced wines—whites, roses, and bubblies are my go-to sips. An early morning continental breakfast of toasted good bread topped with freshly made ricotta (which we make in-house at the shop all summer), and fresh berries of choice with a drizzle of local honey…you bet. If you have homemade jam, give that a schmear over the ricotta. Beats the heck out of a cream cheese bagel, though that has a place in my heart if topped with sliced garden tomatoes and chopped fresh summer herbs! Treat your guests by serving the ricotta in a pretty bowl, garnished with fresh garden flowers, with glass bowls filled with berries and jam. Absolutely open a chilled bottle of sparkling and enjoy “brunch” on the patio.

Later in the day, simply boiled pasta tossed with a fresh ricotta “sauce” (recipe follows), grilled garden vegetables and sliced melons will complement a chilled glass of local Albarino or Vermentino. Again, very little cooking time to interrupt a good book!

An appetizer cheese board might hold Ricotta Salata, a semi-firm sheep’s milk cheese from Italy (a cheese identical to Greek Myzithra, but much easier to find). Be sure to properly cut the cheese wedge by laying it flat on its cut surface, and slice evenly to form six or seven triangles. Fan them out, overlapping onto your board or plate (with a small lip) then drizzle will olive oil, balsamic vinegar and top with roasted red pepper strips. Great with garlic rubbed crispy baguette slices. Use this same cheese cutting technique on fragrant wedges of Manchego of any age. Slicing this way is traditional for presentation of Spanish small plates called tapas, and delightful accompaniments of jamon serrano (Spanish version of prosciutto), figs, grapes and honey that will make this cheese a hit of the party. Everyone knows feta. You see it on your salad in many restaurants. But feta, either tradition goat/ sheep mixed milk or pure sheep, is an exciting cheese that should be showcased in other ways! Salty and crumbly textured, it is a terrific cheese to serve carefully placed on your board as a solid small block, guests slicing to fit a cracker with enough room for an accompanying hot pepper jelly or fresh mixture of Peach and Blueberry Salsa (recipe follows). The salty/sweet combo is addictive!

If the temps haven’t topped 90*, one of my goto recipes is Romesco Sauce with Goat Cheese Croquetas. A fabulous Spanish recipe presented by Liz Bokisch, of Bokisch Winery, in her lifestyle blog Most of this dish can be made in advance, but serve the classic Romesco at room temperature, and fry the Croquetas at the last minute so that they are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. A good baguette and a green salad are all you need, along with a bottle of Bokisch Rose. Whew! That was enough cooking …

How about a no-cook cheesy dessert? A sweet summer treat that couldn’t be simpler than a trip to the Farmer’s Market and CHEESE CENTRAL? Showcase cow’s milk burrata—the soft ball of fresh mozzarella filled with “stracciatella” which is similar to ricotta—that acts just like a lava cake when cut into the shell. To present this dessert, slice up fresh ripe peaches into a pretty, shallow bowl. I like to stir in a tablespoon of sugar just to “juice” them up for half an hour. Place a burrata ball in the middle of the peaches, toss on a handful of coarsely chopped toasted almonds or pecans, and drizzle well with honey. Serve with biscotti or shortbread cookies… mmmm, peach cheesecake with no baking! Scoop into the burrata with a spoon, through the peaches and juices and fill your little dessert bowl. Be sure there are enough crunchy cookies to finish the plate as you won’t want to leave a single drop behind. If you want to gild this lily, serve a nicely chilled Orange Muscat, a match made in heaven. Thank goodness there are still many long days of summer left! 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

Blueberry-Peach Salsa Delicious served with summer cheeses!

Ingredients 1 1/2 C fresh blueberries Zest and juice of 1 lime 1 large peach, peeled and finely diced 1 small shallot, finely chopped 3 T chopped fresh basil 3 T chopped fresh chives 2 T hot pepper jelly 1 T olive oil Instructions Coarsely chop half of blueberries. Toss chopped blueberries with whole blueberries and remaining ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 24 hours.

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Fresh Ricotta Pasta “Sauce” Ingredients

½ C walnuts ½ C fresh ricotta Zest of 1 lemon 1 garlic clove, finely grated 2 t finely chopped oregano 2 oz Parmigiano-reggiano, finely grated, plus more for serving

¼ C extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 1 lb tube- or rod-shaped pasta (such as rigatoni or spaghetti) Instructions Heat oven to 350*.

Toast walnuts 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Cool, finely chop. Mix together nuts, ricotta, lemon zest, garlic, oregano and 2 oz Parmigiano in a large bowl until well combined. Add oil slowly while whisking to combine completely. Season with salt and pepper. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Scoop 1 C pasta cooking liquid into the bowl with ricotta mixture, stir energetically until sauce thickens enough to lightly coat pasta, about 1 minute. Toss with hot pasta, and serve immediately, passing extra Parmigiano. 20. - Late Summer 2021


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Eggs Benedict Casserole Have you ever had the opportunity to eat Eggs Benedict? If you have tasted this delightful breakfast dish, it was probably in a fancy restaurant (or on a cruise). As you were savoring the unique flavor, did you wonder whose recipe it was originally? I did a little digging and here’s what I found… Back in 1894, Lemuel Benedict worked in New York as a Wall Street broker. After partying one night, he stumbled drunkenly into The Waldorf Hotel and asked for buttered toast, poached eggs, and bacon (topped with a hollandaise sauce). The maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Oscar Tschirsky adapted the recipe and replaced the bacon with Canadian bacon and used English muffins instead of buttered toast. A cook after my own heart, don’t you love changing up recipes? Now that you have the answer to a trivia question… you can wow your family with this delightful casserole (that has the unique flavor of Eggs Benedict) and your newfound knowledge! You can even make this casserole the night before.

By Carole Morris


Eggs Benedict

(made in the oven) 7 toasted English muffins (cut into 1-inch cubes) 14 ounces Canadian bacon (cut into 1-inch pieces) 9 eggs

2½ cups whole milk 1½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper

Hollandaise Sauce

2 packages of Hollandaise Mix (prepare according to package instructions) 2 tablespoon lemon juice 6 tablespoons cream cheese 3-quart baking dish (buttered)

Directions 1. Cut English muffins in

half and toast in toaster oven. Cool and cut into 1-inch cubes.

2. Cut Canadian bacon into 1-inch pieces. Place half of the Canadian bacon in a buttered 3-quart baking dish. Top with all the English muffin cubes, then layer the remaining Canadian bacon on top of English muffin cubes.

3. Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour the egg mixture over the top of English muffin cubes and Canadian bacon. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (minimum) or overnight.

4. Remove baking dish from refrigerator, place on counter.

5. Heat oven to 375°.

6. Bake 40 minutes. Casserole is cooked when toothpick inserted comes out clean (edges are brown). Hollandaise Sauce 1. Prepare hollandaise

according to package instructions (2 packages).

2. Stir in cream cheese and lemon. Cook hollandaise sauce until cream cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

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Fisherman’s Stew with Harissa Recipe by World Spice Merchants Photography by Charity Burggraaf

This is a great seafood stew to make any time of the year. Serve it with a green salad and warm rustic bread. The harissa gives this stew the perfect amount of heat without overpowering the seafood. Ingredients

Makes 6 servings

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

World Spice at Home

by Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne

World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes is the inspired collaboration between World Spice Merchants owner Amanda Bevill, and author, Julie Kramis Hearne. World Spice at Home demonstrates the elevation of dishes from everyday to inspired with the addition of unexpected exotic spice. Featuring 13 of Bevill and Hearne's favorite spice blends such as za'atar, besar, baharat, and ras el hanout used in new and unexpected ways. Available at World Spice Merchants began as a sole proprietorship in 1995 and remains a small family business today. We offer over 300 selections of pure herbs and spices, handcrafted blends and estate teas. We cater to everyone who loves food and flavor! At World Spice, our values are rooted in the importance of relationships and responsibility in all aspects of our business. We embody our values by acting with integrity, kindness and respect. These are the imperatives of ethical business. World Spice Merchants provides superior quality herbs, spices, teas and service to discerning chefs and home cooks worldwide. We go to the ends of the earth to get the freshest spices possible and bring them home to create original blends inspired by regional traditions and international cuisines. Shop our selections online at

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1 cup finely chopped onion 2 small red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic 1 strip thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons ground harissa 6 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped (or fire-roasted diced tomatoes; we recommend muir glen) 1 bay leaf, crumbled 1 large pinch saffron threads, crushed in a mortar and pestle 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cups fish or chicken broth, or water ½ cup dry white wine 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 16 mussels, scrubbed and debearded 16 small clams, scrubbed 16 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact ½ pound sea scallops, halved 2 tablespoons roughly chopped italian parsley 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for garnish In a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, red pepper, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the vegetables are soft but not brown. Stir in the bacon and harissa and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, saffron, salt, and pepper and cook until most of the liquid in the pot evaporates and the mixture is thick enough to hold its shape lightly in a spoon.

Add the fish broth, wine, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Stir thoroughly, then add the mussels and clams. Cover the pot tightly and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and scallops, cover, and cook 5 minutes longer. Discard any clams or mussels that do not open. To serve, sprinkle the stew with parsley, taste for seasoning, and ladle into bowls, passing the lemon wedges on the side.

(c)2014 By Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. All rights reserved. Excerpted from World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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Moist Carrot Cake with Kashmiri Garam Masala Recipe by World Spice Merchants Photography by Charity Burggraaf

Sometimes change is good—and in this case the flavor is what’s new. Fans have deemed this the best carrot cake they’ve ever had! Serving a favorite dessert that is known and loved, like carrot cake, with a new twist is the joy of exploring with spice. Kashmiri garam masala lends roasted spice flavors of pepper, cardamom, and clove to this classic preparation, and the coconut oil adds wonderful moisture and a velvety texture. Ingredients

Makes One 9-inch Layer Cake

For the cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons ground Kashmiri garam masala 4 large eggs ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1½ cups coconut oil, melted 3 cups grated carrots 1½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans, plus more for garnish

For the frosting: ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9-inch round cake pans with greased parchment paper. To make the cake, in a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and garam masala.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars. Add the melted coconut oil and whisk 1 minute more. Using a spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture. Fold in the carrots and walnuts. Fill the cake pans with equal portions of the batter and bake for 30 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes spring back to a light touch. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove the cakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely. To make the frosting, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with an electric mixer), beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and continue mixing until the frosting is thick and smooth. You can adjust the consistency by adding a little milk if it is too stiff, or more sugar if it is too runny.

We recommend a rustic presentation for this cake, so frost only between the layers and on top, leaving the beautiful colors and texture visible on the sides. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve. *(c)2014 By Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. All rights reserved. Excerpted from World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes by permission of Sasquatch Books.   27



and Pea Flatbread By Bogle Vineyards

Who's ready for cooler weather and twilight evenings in the backyard? I know that I am totally ready for both! Bogle Vineyard is here to help with two of our favorite recipes for those relaxing dinners outside. The first recipe is a fabulous Prosciutto Flatbread. It's best when enjoyed with our crisp and refreshing Rosé. The second recipe is Toasted Crostini with Sun-dried tomatoes and is paired perfectly with Bogle's Sauvignon Blanc. Are you ready to dine al fresco?

Ingredients Crust 3 T. olive oil 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup warm water 2 tsp. salt Cornmeal, for dusting

Toppings 1/4 c. olive oil 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese 3/4 c. fresh peas 6 oz. sliced prosciutto 1 ball (9 oz.) burrata cheese 2 T. honey 1 t. crushed res pepper flakes

Cooking Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place pizza stone on bottom rack of oven and heat for at least 30 minutes.

2. For the Crust: Combine olive oil, flour, water, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer; mix using dough hook attachment until ball forms. Transfer dough to floured countertop; knead for 8 minutes, adding flour if needed to make smooth dough. Cover with tea towel and let rest for 30 minutes. 3. Toppings: In small saucepan, heat olive oil and

garlic; simmer gently on medium-low for about 15 minutes or until very fragrant. Set aside.

4. Form dough into 14-inch rectangle. Spread

cornmeal on pizza peel; arrange dough on top.

5. Spread garlic-infused olive oil and garlic evenly over dough. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan, and peas. 6. Slide flatbread onto pizza stone and bake for 13-15 minutes or until cooked as desired.

7. Arrange slices of prosciutto evenly over top. Tear burrata into pieces; arrange evenly over top. 8. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.


Use store-bought dough, if desired. For an extra-special presentation, decorate with edible flowers.

RECIPE NOTE: Light and savory with loads of flavor! Serves 2 as a main dish, or 4 as a side.

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Patty's Toasted Crostini


Sun-dried Tomatoes By Bogle Vineyards

Ingredients 3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes cut in julienne strips ¾ cup rice vinegar 7 cloves garlic 2/3 cup virgin olive oil

¼ tsp. basil ¾ tsp. fresh thyme ¼ tsp. dried marjoram

6 capers, rinsed 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

¼ cup Bogle Sauvignon Blanc ¼ tsp. course ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions

In a bowl, pour rice vinegar over sun-dried tomatoes. Let sit for approximately 40 minutes, tossing by hand every ten minutes or so. While waiting, combine Parmesan cheese, garlic, fresh thyme, and basil in a food processor and mince well. In a separate bowl, blend the olive oil, tarragon, marjoram, capers, pepper, and Sauvignon Blanc. After vinegar is well soaked into the tomatoes, blend the minced herbs and cheese by hand into the bowl. Next, blend the oil and wine mixture into the tomatoes. Tossing the tomatoes by hand is the best way to make sure all the tomatoes are well marinated.

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RECIPE NOTE: Let sit overnight, but do not refrigerate. Serve at room temperature on top of toasted bread with or without goat cheese.





Photographed by Weddings by Scott and Dana

Who are you? Haley and Ryan Phelps

How did you meet? The most basic way to describe how we met is that we started hanging out with our friends who got married (my best friend from high school Kristyn married Ryan’s good friend from high school Tyler). Tyler and Kristyn had been dating since 2011, but Ryan and my paths had never crossed because we both moved away from home for our undergrad and graduate programs. So, we didn’t meet throughout the time Kristyn and Tyler were initially dating. We believe the first time we met was at Kristyn and Tyler’s wedding in October 2016 – However, I had a few too many glasses of wine and so I don’t particularly remember meeting Ryan (whoops)! Shortly after their wedding, we started hanging out more often in a group with our joint friends - and one thing led to another and we started dating in the middle of 2017!

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truly feel that God always had planned for us to be together - He just had to work a little extra hard to get us to meet in the first place!

BUT...we should have met long before all of this - so I’ll give you some back story:

My mom grew up in the small town/city of Redding, California...and when Ryan and I first started talking/dating, I found out that his dad also grew up in Redding. But my mom is about three years older than Ryan’s dad, so they didn’t know each other. One day I was trying to show Ryan a picture of my parents’ dog on Facebook, and he noticed that my mom’s maiden name was Grover. He said “wait... is your mom related to Kent Grover?” And I said “um, yes... that’s my uncle who lives in Orange County!” Well, it turns out that my uncle is the same age as Ryan’s dad, and they were good friends in high school (and are still good friends to this day)! So that was one of the first major “small world” connections we found out about!

Around the same time, we found out about Ryan’s dad and my uncle Kent, we also realized that Ryan and I both grew up in the VERY small country town of Wilton. We attended the same tiny elementary school (CW Dillard), however, I am six months older than Ryan, and so he was in the grade below me throughout school. Therefore, we may have played   33




main goal was for everyone, including ourselves, to have a GOOD TIME. We wanted our wedding to feel elegant yet relaxed, traditional yet lighthearted, and ceremonial yet fun.

together during recess, but we did not knowingly meet. We also went to the same high school (Elk Grove High School) for one year, but we didn’t have any classes together, and then Ryan started at a new high school that opened (Pleasant Grove High School) and he finished high school there!

We truly feel that God always had planned for us to be together - He just had to work a little extra hard to get us to meet in the first place! The Proposal? Ryan and I both grew up in Sacramento and have come to love our city (after leaving for college) then returning to be close to family and for our careers - and later finding one another. Ryan proposed in front of the State Capitol building in Downtown Sacramento with its annual 65-foot-tall, decorated Christmas tree in the background. It was the perfect spot to represent the city that made us who we are, which happened to be perfect for one another.

When did you know you were in love? Haley: I was already falling in love with Ryan, but one little silly gesture solidified that I knew I loved him: we were walking back to Ryan’s old apartment from dinner on a weeknight, and I would

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typically stay the night at his apartment and then drive to my apartment the next morning to get ready for work. Ryan knew I liked to drink coffee in the morning, but he always drank his coffee black, and he learned that I liked almond milk and creamer in my coffee. So, as we were walking home, he told me that he had gone to the grocery store and picked out things to add to my coffee. I know this seems like a very small gesture to most people, but for some reason I just pictured him at the store not really knowing what to buy since he only drinks his coffee black, and I imagined him taking the time to decide between different flavors, etc. and it just really hit me right in the heart that he cared for me that much to make sure I enjoyed my coffee in the morning! Ryan makes me a better version of myself, therefore, I love myself more because of the way Ryan loves me.

Ryan: I knew she would be the one early on, from spending late nights together (driving home at 3:00 a.m. on works nights) to enjoying new experiences and life together. She just makes everything better, from a simple morning cup of coffee

together to late night bar shenanigans. While she’s completely out of my league, I somehow piqued her interest, and I guess from here on out the rest is history! Fun facts We always try the Brussels sprout dish on any menu, we are self-proclaimed water tubing experts, and we never turn down a glass of red wine!

Honeymoon We spent 12 days at a picturesque all-inclusive resort in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic! We had a blast trying new foods, learning to roll Cuban cigars, speaking a little Spanish while getting to know the resort staff, and we even went deep sea fishing and managed to catch a few “Dorado” (mahi-mahi)! With Ryan being a red-head, we spent a lot of time in the various pools, meandering from one shady spot to another - many bottles of sunscreen were put to good use!


Wedding details Our main goal was for everyone, including ourselves, to have a GOOD TIME. We wanted our wedding to feel elegant yet relaxed, traditional yet lighthearted, and ceremonial yet fun.

Looking back on our wedding day, it’s hard for me to choose my favorite elements because everything felt so perfect. But I think what stands out to me the most (when it comes to design) was our stationery, florals, and tablescape layout. Each individual aspect was purposeful, yet all together the details were cohesive - which made the whole experience feel personal and flow with ease.

Photographer Weddings by Scott & Dana

Makeup Joleen Schultz

Full Service Wedding Planning Jenn Robirds Events

Florist Blossoms by Lisa

Videographer Everlasting Motion Pictures

Undoubtedly, both Ryan and my favorite moment of our wedding day was our first look at the Kimpton Sawyer where we had all gotten ready. The anticipation to see each other had been killing both of us, and we both wanted and needed our sense of comfort - which we happen to get from one another. The first look is the only time in the entire day that you get to be oneon-one as a couple, so it was incredible to be able to soak up that moment together. Plus, Ryan is my best friend...and I couldn't stand spending a minute longer without him by my side!

Venue The Maples Woodland Rentals Celebrations! Party Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen, Stevenz Company

What you think you want may not end up being what is best for the overall design, so keep an open mind and listen to your coordinator! He/she is the best at tying everything together so you can focus on tying the knot!


Groom’s Suit Bonobos Groomsmen Suits The Black Tux Bride's Dress Bridal Boutique: La Soie Dress Designer: Enzoani Bridesmaid's Dress The Dessy Group

Caterer Farm to Table Catering

Engagement Ring Kenny G & Co;

Cake Above & Beyond Cakes

Wedding Bands Costco

DJ Extreme Pro DJs - Matt Brys

Signage Shimmer & Stain

Hair Jessica Weirich

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Tips for Mixing your own Chalk Paint Colour ®

By Annie Sloan Sponsored by David Hipskind, Red Door Antiques

Learn how to use the colour wheel to mix colours from the Chalk Paint® palette.

It’s easy to mix and combine paint if you know how colour works. Using a colour wheel can help you find your way. You can use it as a springboard to launch you into a whole world of colour. It will help you darken a colour, make a colour warmer or cooler, or to find colours that will complement each other (essential if you’re using more than one colour on your project!).

Tips for Mixing

1. If you wish to create your own colour, start out by mixing different paints together with your fingers on paper or on a MixMat. 2. You don’t need much paint at all – use teaspoons

or half teaspoons at a time. Once you’ve found the colour you want, you’ll be able to scale up to make larger quantities.

3. Mix your paints in daylight. This will help you see how they will look in natural light – their character will change under artificial light. 4. The three primary colours are opposite each oth-

er: red, yellow and blue.

5. Tertiary colours (green, orange and purple) sit between them. You can make them by mixing primary colours together. 6. To find a complementary colour, look at the other side of the colour wheel at its opposite. 7. If you want clashing colours, use adjacent primary and secondary colours, such as Emperor’s Silk and Emile.

8. You can lighten a colour by adding Old White. 9. You can darken a colour by adding its complementary (for example, you can use a little Emile to darken English Yellow).

As you experiment with colour mixing, let go of any anxieties about making mistakes. This playful experimentation is a great way of learning. It will help you find the colours and colour combinations that suit you and your tastes. Besides, if it really does all go horribly wrong, you can always paint over any mistakes with ease.

Once you’re ready to get started, be sure to visit your local Annie Sloan Stockist to get all the supplies you need. Not only are they trained to advise you on colour selection, but supporting them means supporting a small independent business in your community.

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What's New

My name is Dave Hipskind owner of the Red Door Antiques. As certified “Stockists” for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, we can help you with any of your paint projects. We have new colors and a new and improved formula that assures you the finest results. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the “Original” (don’t settle for imitations). There is only ONE Chalk Paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was introduced over 30 years ago. I have been painting for more than 50 years. With that kind of experience, we can assist in answering all your questions. We also offer monthly workshops. We offer the Annie Sloan Method. We focus on four techniques for a more rounded approach. Plus, we apply those techniques to repurposed frames that you get to take home when the workshop has concluded. Call the store for more information and to register.

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What I’ve Learned About

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

Well, it’s that time of the year again! Teachers everywhere have had staff meetings in preparation for the upcoming school year. Most of the meetings (I’ve attended) have been about the emotional needs of the students in our classrooms. After distance learning for a year and the stress of COVID, I agree, students need support emotionally from their teachers while they are being inspired intellectually. One of the presenters brought up the topic of customer service. You know…how we are treated when we go to the doctor, restaurant, or various places where we do business. Discussing the topic “ customer service ” is really apt, because it is something that we’ve all looked for in different capacities. As teachers or parents how is our customer service?

Did you know that the dictionary lists “customer service” as a noun not a verb? However, to me the words represent action (a verb) because even the definition is about doing, “the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services. Usually when we hear the words “customer service” our minds go to the dark place and we immediately recall instances such as—a salesclerk that ignored us and talked to their co-workers instead. The waitress or waiter that had the power to ruin a meal simply by their bad attitude and their inattention to your needs as a customer. Consequently, a meal that should have been a good memory with a loved one, leaves a bad taste in your mouth. 38. - Late Summer 2021

Many times, poor customer service has such a negative impact on us that we resolve to never step foot in that place, EVER AGAIN. The truth of the matter is customer service is a fundamental part of all our jobs. Every company’s most important asset is its customers. Without customers, businesses would not exist. Whether we work in a college, school, hospital, business, or government office; we need to have excellent customer service skills. Every teacher and parent should have the qualities that entail excellent customer service. The first attribute we need to have is to be a good listener.

Listening to what the student (or your child) is really saying. Focus on their words, and their demeanor. Are you giving them your undivided attention? How do you feel when you’re talking to someone and they are looking at other people or their phone? Slighted is how I feel, which turns into annoyance at their rudeness. Children (no matter their age) require attention…attention that is focused on them when they are talking. If you are a teacher and know the child’s first name use it, all of us feel good when someone remembers our name.

If something goes wrong, or you make a mistake, apologize.

Remember that communication is the key every time. Handle any problems that may occur immediately and keep children/students informed. Allow them to complain, without becoming defensive. Complaints really are valuable because they give us a chance to improve. We all make mistakes, have false expectations, and just plain have a bad day. We really are only human. Truly it all boils down to, “how do I like to be treated”? Having that mindset makes is easier to smile at my students, even when I don’t feel like smiling. To choose the words that I am going to say carefully. To be sincere and to speak with compassion and to try to understand where each child is coming from. We are all a work in progress.

As Steve Maraboli said, “When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile. When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too. When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best. Dare to be the best you can – At all times, dare to be!” What I’ve learned about customer service is…we can turn a bad situation around by having a positive attitude.

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Empire of Pain: the secret history of the Sackler dynasty

By: Patrick Radden Keefe Book Reviews by Brendle Wells

I’m not going to lie. This is a big, long book full of page after page of upsetting details and unpleasant facts. The utter disregard for the lives of others, the disregard for the truth or the law, the sheer greed and entitlement, the complete lack of remorse that is on display; all of it will nauseate you. But here’s the thing: it’s an astonishing work of nonfiction that you will be unable to stop reading. It features meticulous research and reporting that is both enlightening and enraging. It clearly shows the Sackler family, the owners of Purdue pharma, the makers of Oxycontin, willing to lie and cheat as a whole in order to exploit every opportunity to enrich themselves and subsequently do everything they can to avoid responsibility for all that followed. The history of the family and their business practices as detailed by Keefe offers valuable and fascinating context of the perfect storm that was Oxycontin and the opioid crisis. There is tremendous storytelling talent on display here. It is no dry recitation of facts. The reader is compelled to turn page after page to discover exactly how deep the deceit and deception goes. Put simply, this is a story you cannot turn away from. For so many reasons, it belongs in the hands of every nonfiction reader out there. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Doubleday, 2021

Crying in H Mart

By: Michelle Zauner In a memoir both beautiful and devastating, Zauner, a writer and the musician behind the group Japanese Breakfast, reflects on her experience growing up in the Pacific Northwest. The child of an American father and Korean mother, she had an idyllic and difficult childhood, in part because of the relationship between mother and child. Her mother was struggling to hold on to her culture while Zauner often wanted to push away from it. But when her mother was diagnosed with cancer when Zauner was just 25, there was suddenly no time to work through the difficulties. Zauner details the ravages of cancer in honest and heartbreaking detail along with the pain and struggle of grief in the aftermath. In her pain and fear of losing the Korean heritage that she lived and shared with her mother, she finds a new connection in food. Throughout the book Zauner describes memorable meals shared with family and friends, but none are so important as those prepared for her mother to eat during her illness. Alone, she begins to cook for herself via online video recipes, finding comfort in the tastes of the familiar foods. Each item is described in mouth watering detail that will have you searching out the nearest Korean restaurant or market to prepare your own feast. Memoir readers, foodies, music lovers, millennials—really, pretty much everyone should check out this book. Knopf, 2021 40. - Late Summer 2021

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Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend

Don’t Hate the Player

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Author: Dawn Quigley Illustrator: Tara Audibert

Children's Book Reviews By Justin Azevedo Emilia Romero is all about keeping up appearances. She has perfect grades and is a field hockey star with scholarship potential, guided by a coach with exacting standards who also happens to be her mother. However, nobody at school knows about her most formidable skill and greatest passion: her role as the only female player on a highly competitive team for the eSports game Guardians League Online. Her determination to keep her two lives separate has a little to do with her family and friends not understanding, and a lot to do with keeping herself safe in the male-dominated gaming community. When a high-profile eSports tournament comes to town, she finally has a chance to make her mark… until she is recognized by a player on a rival team. Specifically, by Jake Hooper, her childhood friend who has quietly had a crush on her since they were ten years old. As their rekindled friendship starts to possibly become something more, the high stakes of the tournament bring Emilia’s carefully guarded secrecy crashing down. Nedd chronicles the budding romance between Emilia and Jake through both of their points of view, and infuses the setting with gaming references and lingo which are so authentic that not only will teen gamers appreciate them, but some legitimate gaming knowledge is actually useful to follow some of the proceedings. The story tackles themes of misogyny, toxic masculinity, sexual harassment, and the pressures of living up to parental expectations— heavy motifs, but all carried wonderfully by deeply layered characters, a fast-paced story, and plenty of humor. A great read for fans of both romance and eSports, recommended for ages 13-17.

Josephine Makoons Azure (Jo Jo for short) has an irrepressible spirit, even if there are a few things that are beginning to concern her. First and foremost, her “home” best friend Mimi needs shots (as cats sometimes do) but Jo Jo heard somewhere that her feline friend might deflate like a balloon if she gets them. Meanwhile, her “school” best friend Fern is starting to ignore Jo Jo at lunchtime, or so it seems to Jo Jo, anyway. Keeping Mimi safe by sneaking her to school seems like a good way to address both concerns, and of course it only complicates everything further, with delightful results. Set on a fictional Ojibwe reservation, Jo Jo’s hijinks are deeply informed by her Ojibwe culture and way of life— a funny, clever bout of wordplay provides the framework for a cultural misunderstanding between Jo Jo and her well-meaning white teacher, and the heartwarming resolution to Jo Jo’s friendship troubles relies on the strength of the connections in her community. Jo Jo herself is a frank, loveable seven-year-old protagonist expertly depicted by Audibert’s illustrations, whose humor and interests will resonate with all young readers. The short, easy-to-read story provides an upbeat slice of life that will be familiar to fans of other beginning chapter-book series, and it is bookended with an Ojibwe/Michif glossary and an author’s note which provides more cultural context. A fun, lighthearted chapter book with sequels to come, perfect for newly independent readers ages 6 to 9. Heartdrum, 2021

Bloomsbury YA, 2021

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By Anna Osborn, LMFT, Relationship Therapist and Coach

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How are you doing as the world begins to open back up?

I was so relieved to know that I wasn’t the only one.

Although possibly, at the time of this printing, we may be in the middle of another swing towards more opening or more closing…who really knows.

Because if there is one thing to add to the list of “things the pandemic has ruined” it’s our emotional intelligence. Our ability to be self-aware AND socially aware while also managing all of that in our relationships.

But regardless of whether the open or closed sign is up…how are you doing?

Maybe “ruined” is a bit harsh…. “messed up” might be a bit more accurate.

To be completely honest, I had a very uncomfortable realization this summer…I’ve developed social atrophy.

Luckily, the awesome truth about emotional intelligence is that we can relearn and improve it…constantly. Emotional intelligence is lifelong learning folks. And if you’ve found yourself deskilled over these last 18+months, then you’re in good company.

Yup…social atrophy. It’s most easily described as the inability to engage in typical social interactions without completely fumbling over your words, over talking; or becoming so awkward that you stand there silent, making the entire interaction even more uncomfortable for those involved. Yup…social atrophy. I had the pleasure of discovering this unfortunate truth when I attended a work conference late this summer. I was standing there with colleagues… mostly strangers along with a few folks that I hadn’t seen in many, many months. And then it just sort of happened. Me, the social butterfly, the extrovert, the confident communicator…became so anxious (and in my own head) that I lacked any of the social graces I used to believe I actually once had. And it was bad.

I talked loudly. I talked waaayyy too much. I sat there stunned and silent when someone asked me a question. I completely belly flopped. I was mortified. I walked away really concerned about my overall ability to be social again. And then I started to talk to other people and asked them how they were doing with the reentry into expanded socialization…and they all echoed my own awkward and uncomfortable experience. They all shared about their own social atrophy.

The anxiety. The uncertainty. The struggle on how to find natural timing in the flow of a conversation. The panic about what to say and how to express themselves.

If you’re suffering from social atrophy, you too can relearn how to exercise those muscles of communication and really sharpen your skills of connection.

cobwebs of quarantine and really enjoy what connecting has to offer you! I’m here cheering you on!

And if you’re interested in learning more about emotional intelligence (especially when it comes to your relationship) please reach out…I’d love to help.

Anna Osborn, LMFT, is a relationship coach and therapist. You can reach out to her by calling 916.955.3200 or visiting her website at

Remember, just because you’ve noticed or experienced the awkward and uncomfortable when it comes to socializing, it doesn’t mean it’s here to stay.

Here’s three simple tips on increasing your emotional intelligence and decreasing your social atrophy. 1. Before you communicate, ask yourself, “how am I feeling?” As basic as this may seem, if you DON’T know how you’re feeling, you’re likely to communicate with a higher level of anxiety and a lower amount of self-awareness. Take a moment to ask yourself how you’re feeling and be aware that you’re bringing that energy and/or emotion into the conversation you’re about to have. 2. Take a look around. In order to be socially aware, you need to observe what is happening around you. When you’re out of practice of socializing, you can tend to be overly focused on what you want to say and unaware that you’re shutting down the other person with your communication. Or maybe struggling to read the nonverbal signs within the conversation. Slow down and look around as you engage with others. 3. Give yourself a break. Look, as much as we all crave some sort of human connection, you may be a bit out of practice in connecting with your larger support system. If you feel like you’ve completely goofed up and ruined a conversation, remind yourself that you’re human, you’re coming out of a pandemic AND you just need more practice on relearning some emotional intelligence skills. Remember, just because you’ve noticed or experienced the awkward and uncomfortable when it comes to socializing, it doesn’t mean it’s here to stay. The biggest encouragement we can give to each other (and ourselves) right now is the reminder that we’re ALL learning how to connect again. Isolation and fear do some really crazy things to your brain and the more you can ground and reassure yourself, the more you’re going to be able to shake off the   47   47

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Prevent or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Lower A1C Levels Written By Terry Lemerond Sponsored by Dianna Singh, Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins

If you’ve ever wondered why we’re seeing such an epidemic of diabetes and prediabetes, all you have to do is look at our diets. In a very short time, we have dramatically increased our consumption of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and refined carbohydrates, like white flour and white rice. The Sugar and Insulin Connection

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It picks up sugars in the bloodstream and carries them into the cells for energy. The more starch you eat, the more insulin your body needs to produce. High-sugar and high-carbohydrate diets put a huge burden on your insulin production. There is simply too much sugar for insulin to process, and increasingly higher levels of sugar remain in the bloodstream. There’s another complication. Because high-sugar and refined carbohydrate foods cause inflammation, the body’s own natural inflammatory reaction can impair the ability of insulin to do its job, so cells become starved for energy. If cells start to ignore insulin (called “insulin resistance”), they do not respond to insulin’s signals to accept sugar into the cell for energy production. Starved too long, cells start to die. Ironic, isn’t it, that a disease we associate with overeating actually causes starvation at the cellular level? But high blood sugar and diabetes is not inevitable. Despite the statistics, you can stabilize and reverse your high blood sugar levels with diet, exercise, and an amazing herbal extract. This remark50. - Late Summer 2021

able botanical for blood sugar control has been clinically shown to treat mild and moderate type 2 diabetes. It is a traditionally used plant found in Mexico and Central America called Hintonia latiflora.

Hintonia latiflora—Herbal Rescue for High Blood Sugar

The dried bark of Hintonia latiflora has been traditionally used to support healthy blood sugar balance, and, in fact, it is commonly found in marketplaces in Mexico. It grows in the desert, where it has to withstand an intense climate. Toughing out monsoon-like rainy seasons and scorching dry spells has created a powerful defense mechanism within the plant itself. Much in the same way that concentrations of anthocyanins (protective compounds found in berries) increase after a plant is stressed, the beneficial features of Hintonia are made all the stronger by its ability to survive and thrive in a difficult environment. While Hintonia has been traditionally recommended for diabetes and gastrointestinal complaints, it has shown some exciting clinical results as well.

Impressive Clinical Results

Hintonia latiflora has been clinically studied in Germany for over 60 years in individuals with type


Type 2 diabetes and high blood sugar have been described as a “preventable epidemic.” I believe that’s true. Sensible adjustments to diet and exercise can go a long way towards reversing the disease, but you should also consider an amazing herbal discovery that helps keep your blood sugar levels where they should be throughout the day.

This remarkable botanical will: • Safely reduce blood sugars to a healthier level • Help metabolize carbohydrates and sugars • Keep sugar levels stable throughout the day

When you essentially “train” your body to stop using glucose as its primary source of energy, you help break the addiction to sugars and carbs and reduce your risk of diabetes. son’s blood glucose levels have been. When it comes to A1C, tiny reductions in levels can equal big benefits. A 1% (1 percentage point) decrease in A1C can lead to a:

• 19% reduction in risk of cataracts • 16% reduction in risk of heart failure • 43% less risk of amputation or death from peripheral vascular disease Ideally, nobody would have to be on a prescription drug to control their blood sugar. But after 60 years of research, studies on Hintonia have shown that it can safely reduce blood sugar levels and delay the need to start prescription drugs or, if drugs are needed, allow for a lower dosage to be used that is still effective. Of course, I always recommend you discuss use of any supplement with your healthcare practitioner.

Clinical Results Have Also Shown...

Hintonia latiflora combined with key nutrients for blood sugar control can:

• Improve fasting and postprandial blood sugar by 23% and 24%, respectively • Balance total cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels • Prevent hypoglycemia—undesirable drops in blood sugar

• Reduce medication use (39% of patients reduced medication—some didn’t need it at all!)

Why Does Hintonia Work? 2 diabetes and shows impressive results. In clinical trials, patients with mild to moderate type 2 diabetes saw significant reductions in their daily blood sugar levels. Many of the people in the studies who were using insulin or oral medications to reduce their blood sugar levels were able to reduce the dosage of their prescription medications or insulin after adding Hintonia, and some were able to go off oral medications entirely. In a long-term follow up, Hintonia was still effective after three years of use, and no serious side effects occurred. These studies have also demonstrated the ability of Hintonia latiflora to lower A1C levels by as much as 10%. A1C (Hemoglobin A1C or HbA1C) is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood sugar over the past three months. The higher the test results, the higher a per-

Plants and plant extracts are complex, and the reasons behind their benefits can be a challenge to unlock. However, scientists have been working diligently to discover the keys to Hintonia latiflora’s success. Hintonia bark contains compounds that help keep blood sugar levels stable. Clinical work with the ingredient has shown it was so effective that individuals could reduce or entirely dispense with their insulin medication in type 2 diabetes. Hintonia is also an inhibitor of alphaglucosidase, an enzyme that releases sugar from foods, particularly carbohydrates. And coutareagenin, a polyphenol found in the bark extract, appears to be responsible for other blood sugar-controlling benefits. For the best results, look for an extract standardized for this compound. Hintonia is able to slow sugar metabolism, delaying the release of sugar in the bloodstream and keeping glucose levels down, rather than allowing them to spike as often seen in cases of type 2 diabetes.

What You Can Do

I would encourage those with blood sugar issues to consider adopting a low-carb paleo or a ketogenic diet. These diets provide sufficient daily fats and proteins—but very few carbs— which means the body’s energy comes from using body fat and fats from the diet. These fats provide ketones, which are used for energy rather than glucose. When you essentially “train” your body to stop using glucose as its primary source of energy, you help break the addiction to sugars and carbs and reduce your risk of diabetes. I would strongly urge you to add a clinically studied Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen. The form I recommend is combined with trace amounts of B vitamins, folic acid, chromium, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These ingredients can help to protect against oxidative damage to blood vessels, stop nerve damage, and keep metabolism functioning well.

Reverse High Blood Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is an epidemic, but you don’t have to become a statistic. By changing your food choices, getting sensible exercise, and adding the clinically studied power of Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen, you can fight back against diabetes and look forward to a healthy future. To help safely reduce blood sugars to a healthier level, I recommend adding the clinically studied power of Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

Terry Lemerond has over 45 years of experience in the health food industry as an owner of several health food stores and dietary supplement manufacturing companies. He has researched and developed over 400 nutritional and botanical formulations that continue to be top selling products on the market today.   51


Children Experiencing Back-To-School Anxiety? Here’s How to Help Manage it.

New backpack? Check.

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

Pencils, paper and pens? Check. Healthy, happy mindset for returning to school? That may be a bit more challenging. COVID-19 made the past 16 months difficult for everyone, but particularly for students. Classrooms were closed and distance learning became the new normal. Students were isolated and missing their friends. Many school milestones and traditions like proms and graduation could not be held. The good news is there are some things students and families can do to manage back to school anxiety and set themselves up for a successful school year. As a psychologist and a mother of school-aged children myself, I wanted to address some com52. - Late Summer 2021

monly asked questions and help you plan for a successful start to the school year.

Q: Why does this school year have the potential to cause anxiety?

The beginning of every school year is difficultnew teachers, new classrooms, new classmates, and a new schedule. This school year, however, may be particularly challenging because our children have experienced an incredible amount of change and uncertainty over the past 16 months and both our children, and ourselves as parents, are feeling the stress and uncertainty acutely.

Q: What are some general causes of stress brought on by a new school year? How do stressors differ between younger kids and older kids?

All the “newness” is exhausting, but there are certainly differences in the way stress and anxiety may affect children based on their age. For younger children, it may be stressful as they adjust to new schedules, expectations and meeting new people. For older children, they may feel

anxious about starting new schools, adjusting to new social groups and the pressure of increasing academic and extracurricular responsibilities.

Q: How can parents help kids manage the stress and anxiety they may feel?

As parents it is important to manage our own stressors first. Our children know when we are worried or uncertain, especially with the pandemic and the time we’ve spent together at home. It can be challenging to understand the everchanging guidelines and what adjustments may need to be made around masking, vaccinations, social distancing, and in-person learning. As a parent, managing and predicting what is next, and how to keep our children safe physically, as well as socially and emotionally, can be difficult and frustrating. But by focusing on our own wellness, our own response to stress and focusing on what we can control in relation to our children’s safety and wellbeing can make a difference. It can also help to speak with your children about all the feelings they’re having - the good and the bad. The goal is to empathize with them and

The beginning of every school year is difficult- new teachers, new classrooms, new classmates, and a new schedule. This school year, however, may be particularly challenging because our children have experienced an incredible amount of change and uncertainty over the past 16 months. ask what solutions can help to ease those difficult feelings. Other ways to support your children, is to plan for adjustments to sleep schedules, activities, academic needs, and school/social adjustments that may occur. Start that process early to ensure the first few weeks of school go smoothly as they adjust to their new schedule and get more familiar with their school, teacher, and classmates.

Q: What are some tangible specific things parents can say or do?

It’s a good idea to check in with your children early and often, especially this year as many are returning to in-person learning for the first time. Ask your children: “How are you feeling about the change? What is the most exciting thing about going back to school in person? What do you think will be hardest?” Normalize their feelings by acknowledging you understand and can relate by providing similar examples like returning to work in-person or seeing old friends again for the first time after restrictions were lifted. Then get to work on solutions that are driven by your child. If they are worried about wearing a mask all day, for example, then practice wearing one at home or make a game of it: the more hours they wear the mask, the more stickers they receive. Look into playdates or other social opportunities to boost their confidence and introduce more socialization.

Q: What are some signs that a child is struggling and might need some extra help?

It’s important to watch for changes in sleep, appetite, emotions, or further isolation. But remember change is hard for all of us, and we are all adjusting. We have been through an incredibly difficult 16 months and have faced a lot of uncertainty. However, it’s also important to recognize the resilience we have all shown. We have kept trying, we have learned new things, found new gifts among the chaos, and likely thrived in ways we did not know possible. It is important to recognize those things, and our internal fortitude- and that of our children, as we move forward. Psychologist Hillary Van Horn-Gatlin, PhD, joined Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento in 2011.   53


Nutritional Strategies to

Lower Blood Pressure By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

Seventy-five million American adults, almost one in three, have high blood pressure. Another one in three have prehypertension. Most hypertensive patients are treated with blood pressure-lowering medications, but is a prescription the best course of action? Read on to discover which nutrients, as part of a healthy Paleo diet, can help lower blood pressure naturally and what options are available for patients who don't respond well. Avoid sugar

Excess sugar is related to increased blood pressure, and reducing it lowers blood pressure. Although many studies focus on sugar-sweetened beverages, the results apply to any large excess of sugar; these beverages are just one of the easiest ways to consume a ton of hidden sugar. The mechanisms by which sugar increases blood pressure are not entirely known. Sugars may increase insulin and reduce sodium excretion, which in turn would increase blood volume and therefore blood pressure. Added sugars can also lead to obesity, which is usually accompanied by increased blood pressure.


It is well accepted that higher potassium intake is associated with lower blood pressure. For every 600mg increased daily potassium intake, systolic blood pressure could be reduced by 1 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure could be reduced by 0.52 mmHg. The average American only consumes 2,800 mg/day, well below the adult RDA of 4,700 mg/day, while Paleo dieters on average consume 10,500 mg/day. 54. - Late Summer 2021

Bananas are a well-known source of potassium, but avocados, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, halibut, beet greens, and spinach are other rich sources. In contrast, grains have very little, which is just another reason to choose quality carbohydrates and replace grains with root vegetables. Potassium-rich foods can be relatively high in carbohydrates. If you are extra-sensitive to weight gain on a moderate-carbohydrate diet, a low-carb Paleo diet might be best.


Many prospective studies show that consumption of fish, rich in EPA and DHA, is related to lower blood pressure. Dietary analyses from Cyprus, China, and Iran found lower blood pressure in those who consumed the most fish. Serum measurements of DHA/EPA, another measure of fish intake, demonstrated a similar trend. Controlled trials ranging from two to 12 weeks have shown that increasing fish intake reduced blood pressure. Fish oil supplementation has also been proven to lower blood pressure, but the large doses required (3–4g/day) are not easily obtained through normal diet. That level may be obtained through nutraceutical supplementation.


Most Americans are deficient in magnesium, a nutrient required for billions of reactions within our cells each day. Increased dietary magnesium is correlated with lower blood pressure. For every 10 mmol/ day increase, blood pressure could be lowered 4.3 mmHg / 2.3 mmHg. Increasing both magnesium and potassium while moderating salt could lower blood pressure as much as a single medication. Nuts, seeds, spinach, beet greens, and chocolate are good sources of magnesium. Mechanistically, magnesium stimulates the production of vasodilators to reduce blood pressure. It also may inhibit free radical formation by blood vessels and prevent arterial thrombosis.


Patients usually love when I recommend chocolate therapy, but I am specifically referring to the superdark varieties, at 80 percent cocoa and above. Cocoa is generally recognized as blood pressure-lowering from controlled trials and meta-analyses, and the effects are most pronounced in hypertensive patients.

health} The polyphenols and flavanols abundant in cocoa increase the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Chocolate is also believed to improve overall endothelial function in blood vessels.


The American Heart Association recommends under 2,300 mg of salt per day, and under 1,500 mg per day for those over age fifty with hypertension. In 2013, the Institute of Medicine said that there was very little evidence to reduce salt that drastically. Lowering salt too much is linked to greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease, premature death in type 2 diabetics, and increased falls and cognitive problems in the elderly. Decreasing salt can lower blood pressure, but it might be more due to the foods it is in (overly salty, fried, take-out, etc.) than the salt itself. Another hypothesis puts salt and sugar hand in hand. Salty foods increase thirst, and so people consume more beverages that are often sugar-sweetened, which leads to weight gain and increased blood pressure. Overall, it appears that only a subset of people that suffer from hypertension are “salt-sensitive” and would thus benefit from sodium reduction.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for hypertension. In prospective studies, vitamin D intake is inversely re-

lated to hypertension. In vitamin D-deficient patients, large doses (50,000 IU per week) for eight weeks lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. To increase vitamin D, I recommend that patients go outside daily for about half the time it takes for their skin to turn pink. Or, if preferred, and you are justifiable concerned with skin care, a supplementation of Vitamin D will work as well.

Vitamin K2

Its main job is to make sure calcium goes where it should, such as bones, and doesn’t end up where it shouldn’t, like blood vessels. Therefore, vitamin K2 is important for preventing vascular stiffness and calcification, which can lead to hypertension and heart disease. From an analysis of 168 countries, deaths from cardiovascular disease are higher in people who consume less vitamin K2. Peripheral arterial disease is also more common in hypertensive patients with lower vitamin K2 intake. Vitamin K2 can be difficult for some to obtain through diet, but the richest sources are natto (fermented soy), some cheeses, butter from grass-fed cows, goose liver, and egg yolks.

Other foods

A myriad of other whole foods may also be beneficial for hypertensive patients, including nuts, beet juice, blueberries, and seaweed.

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Supplements to try before prescriptions

Before resorting to prescriptions, you may want to first try the following:

• CoQ10 (100–300 mg/day) • Garlic (10,000 units allicin/day) • Vitamin C (250 mg twice daily) • Potassium (2,000–3,000 mg/day) • Magnesium (200-500 mg/day) • Omega 3 FA (1g-3g/day) Pharmaceutical grade nutraceuticals can be purchased though Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine. Some patients may not respond adequately to diet changes or even supplements. Because elevated blood pressure is a huge risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death, these patients may in fact be candidates for traditional blood pressure-lowering drugs.

Although not the focus of this article, lifestyle matters too! Regular exercise, avoiding tobacco products and alcohol, managing stress, acupuncture, and meditation can all improve blood pressure. Dayle A. Imperato, M.D. Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (916) 670-7601 - 9180 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove.   55


Time Management Written by D’Lee Daleo & Jamie McCalman, Switch Fitness

Time is something we all want more of. It often feels like there is never enough time to get everything we need to do done, let alone all the things we want to do.

Trying to balance work, kids, family responsibility, and extracurricular activities can feel overwhelming. Managing a household is very time consuming. When we start to feel over booked we have to decide where to make cuts. Things like work and school are not typically things we can control and take up a large part of our day most days of the week. Weekends are supposed to be our time to relax and unwind but are often filled with more things that have to be done. Shopping, yard work, cleaning, sports practice or games for the kids can easily fill up what was going to be a relaxing weekend. Therefore, when we feel like our plate is too full we have to decide what to take off. For many what gets removed are the things we need the most, but are commonly seen as luxury things or not essential. Things like working out, reading 56. - Late Summer 2021

a book, meditating, taking a long bath, or making a healthy meal can seem like things we do to spoil ourselves, and tend to be the first to go. The problem is, those things are not something we should only do “when we have time”. Things like working out, reading, or making home cooked meals, are all things that can greatly improve mental and physical health and actually help with feelings of stress and anxiety but are things we often say we don’t have time for. How often have you said or heard someone say, “I want to work out, I just don't have time”? As the saying goes, if it’s important you will find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse. While we may know this to be true, it doesn’t make it any easier to find time to do these things. So what do you do? Where do you start? Time management is something most people strive to get better at but don’t know how to make it happen. The first step is to be honest about where you are wasting time. We all do it. Spending what should be a few minutes but quickly becomes much more on social media. Playing video games, allowing your phones to distract you, or sleeping

in as late as possible are all things that over the course of a day or week add up. Acknowledging these little time suckers is the first step to being able to control them. Getting rid of them or at least limiting them will free time for other tasks. This may only be 10 minutes a day, but you have just created more time.

Many of us use things like video games or scrolling through social media to help unwind or decompress. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is important to limit time spent on these activities if you are trying to make room for things that you have determined are more important. Setting time limits for your tasks or activities can be helpful. Setting an alarm can help keep you on track and let you know when you have exceeded the amount of time you designated on a task. If you want to find time for something, the first thing you have to do is be honest with yourself.

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One of the easiest ways to make more time for yourself is in the morning. The truth is, most of us could wake up 30 minutes earlier. It may be hard at first, but those extra minutes can be spent working out, meditating, organizing your day, or meal prepping. Things that will make you feel good, can free up more time throughout your day, and also set the tone. Starting your day with something that makes you feel good can set the rest of your day up for success. Waking up early can be really helpful especially if you have kids or other family responsibilities. Getting up even just 30 minutes early can give you some very important time to yourself with far fewer distractions. If 30 minutes feels like too much, start by setting your alarm five minutes earlier. Then, over the course of a couple weeks, work your way up to 30 minutes. Once you get used to those extra quiet moments, it will become worth giving up sleeping in. Planning out your day or week can also help. There will likely be unexpected things that come up over the course of your week so planning as much as possible can help when not everything goes according to plan. If working out is something you are trying to do more of, take a look at your week and schedule it. If you know Mondays tend to be busy, scheduling a workout for Monday (when it is unlikely to happen) isn’t effective. If meal prepping is something you want to

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How often have you said or heard someone say, “I want to work out, I just don't have time”? As the saying goes, if it’s important you will find a way, if not, you’ll find an excuse. While we may know this to be true, it doesn’t make it any easier to find time to do these things. So what do you do? Where do you start? incorporate, set aside time on Sunday to make meals for the entire week. Whatever your goals are, prioritize those items. Make sure to schedule them in. Use a calendar or set reminders if that helps ensure that you make time. Taking 30 minutes on your Sunday to schedule out your week can be a huge time saver and can help keep you focused. The better you plan your week, the easier it is to handle an unexpected event without it creating more stress. Everyone is given the same 24 hours a day, what you do with your time is your choice.

While this may sound overwhelming or like it's more work than it's worth, give it three to four weeks before deciding it’s not worth it. At first making these changes may seem hard or take up more time then you want, but you will become more effective. Changing a routine can be hard. Starting a new routine can be even harder, however, once you make these changes part of your routine, you start to do them without even thinking about it. It also helps when you see the benefits of the changes you made. Giving up too soon may mean you don’t get the benefit of the new routine. Notice how you feel the rest of the day when you take ten to fifteen minutes each morning reading a book or drinking your coffee and tea (while planning your day). At first you may just focus on how tired you feel getting up earlier. After a few weeks, you will likely adjust to the change and really start to enjoy the few extra minutes in the morning. Time management is something that you can take control of. All it requires is that you are self aware and intentional about what you want and where you can make improvements. Focusing on the tasks you want to prioritize helps to appropriately schedule your day and week. Creating a routine and structure will make the process much easier and feel more attainable. Bad habits can be hard to break but staying committed to the end goal keeps you on track. If you are struggling to find motivation to take the first step, think about what you are giving up by staying in your comfort zone. It can feel safe to stay where you are and to keep telling yourself you don’t have time. But the comfort zone can create more stress and anxiety. You do not need to implement every tip above. Making one small change may be all you need. Maybe making that first change will inspire you to do more. The point is, taking control of the time you have can have many positive benefits.

With improved time management many people find they are better able to achieve their goals, have lower stress levels, and improved sleep habits. What have you got to lose? Switch Fitness (916) 838-1456

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Walking Tour of Old Town Elk Grove By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos courtesy of Louis Silveira, Elk Grove Historical Society

We are the City of Elk Grove that has existed for the past 20 plus years, but much of our long-ago history can be found in what we refer to as Old Town Elk Grove. We began as a stage stop, but when the railroad came through the area in 1868, the town of Elk Grove grew up around the railroad tracks. Elk Grove Boulevard (east of Elk GroveFlorin Road) was known as Main Street. The properties of Joseph and George Harvey Kerr (who were brothers) covered this area. The dividing line between their properties is what became Main Street. The Walking Tour of Old Town History has four sections, and as you stroll down Main Street, you can see what is there today and what was at each site in past years.

Let's start at 8986 Elk Grove Blvd on West Main Street. Begin on the south side of street and walk east. This was originally the property of George Harvey Kerr. His home was on what is now Elk Grove Florin Road, south of Main Street. 8986

PRESENT Methodist Church 1965-1990s Community Methodist Church 1900-1940 Churches combined, new bldg. 1922 1880 Presbyterian church, 1816


PRESENT Elk Grove Lock and Safe Co., Paula Maita & Company 1965-1990s Meyer Ford, Frank Cate Ford


PRESENT Foundation Real Estate 1880 Chinnick’s Blacksmith


1900-1940 Hayes House


1965-1990s Lewis Pump Service Kolb’s Auto Repair 1900-1940 Hayes Meat Market 1880 J. T. Chinnick residence


The oldest list is from 1880. The information listed is based on a book about Sacramento County history.

PRESENT Sign Center 1965-1990s Campbell Auto Parts 1900-1940 Daddy Howe’s Bakery

The next category tells what was there between the 1900s and 1940s. The information was provided for me by longtime residents of the Elk Grove area.

PRESENT True Salon & Spa 1965-1990s Fire House

The information that is listed for 1965 is what I recorded as I walked down Main Street during that time period. I also collected information from local business owners. The present category is updated every few years as changes continue to be made. 60. - Late Summer 2021


PRESENT The Red Door Antiques, 8998 Dave’s Barber Shop 1965-PRESENT EG Citizen Office 1965-1990s Hardware Corral, Fire Chief’s house 1900-1940 Taverner Residence 1900-1940 Hotel burned down in 1892, was rebuilt and burned again in 1922. Rebuilt in 1923 - Judge Everson’s House 9008 1880 J. N. Andrews, Post Office, PRESENT M & M Real Estate Railroad House, and Toronto Hotel 1965-1990s Pioneer Vocational Rehabilitation 1900-1940 Dr. Hugh



PRESENT Railroad St 1965-1990s Gibson Winery 1900-1940 Siding/spur to Elk Grove Winery 1880 Elk Grove Mill - Built by H.S. Hill in 1877


PRESENT Union Pacific Railroad 1965-1990s Southern Pacific Railroad Station moved locations in the 1970s 1900-1940 Southern Pacific Railroad 1880 Central Pacific Railroad Depot west of tracks, burned; rebuilt on east


PRESENT Cava & Faulkner 1965-1990s Citizen’s Utilities Company 1900-1940 Bank of Elk Grove – 1912


1965-1990s Blue and Gold Realty, Plantation Coffee Roaster, Drug Store, Paula Maita & Co. 1900-1940 Brick building; Post Office


1965-1990s Poston Building Group -1914

Fun Fact



Old Town Elk Grove is actually the third site of the town and may have once been referred to as “New Elk Grove”. The town’s original location was just south of where Elk Grove Boulevard meets Highway 99. The second site was where the two meet before the Railroad brought the town close to the railroad tracks in today’s Old Town location. Much of today’s Old Town Elk Grove exists on the former Main Street which was renamed Elk Grove Boulevard in 1954. 9082-9084

PRESENT Vintage Soul 1965-1990s Herb Grosz Barbershop 1900-1940 Dr. Charles S. Bradford’s


PRESENT Dream Girls Fine Hair Imports Salon 1965-1990s Warren’s Shoe Repair 1900-1940 Two beehive arches, 1920s


1965-PRESENT Elk Grove Grange Hall 1900-1940 Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)


PRESENT Herberger Funeral Chapel 1965-1990s Batey Chevrolet


PRESENT Lola’s Lounge, Kreative Design and Marketing, Camarillo Salon 1965-1990s Original building still stands; Belongs to Ernestine Springsted Smith 1900-1940 Hasman Building - built in 1885 Later - Smith and Welch 1880 Cement Building, Constructed by J. L. Hasman



PRESENT Happy Garden Restaurant 1965-1990s Elk Grove Club Gung Ho Café, Kirschbarm’s Bakery 1880 Harness Shop - J. L. Hasman

PRESENT Residence 1965-1990s Warren House 1900-1940 Built in 1889, Spanish Colonial



1965-1990s Country Grove Antiques 1900-1940 H. L. Stitch resident, 1889 1880 Tinsmith & Hardware

PRESENT Old Town Mercantile Building 1965-1990s Masonic Hall, Hobby Barn 1900-1940 Italianate – 17th century Italy Buildings in back 1965-1990s J. M. Derr Lumber Yard 1880 Iron Jaw Saloon


1900-1940 Residence of Brainard-Markofer, Residence of George Markofer


Let's cross the street and head west through Elk Grove Boulevard, on the north side of the street. This side of main street was originally the property of Joseph Hampton Kerr. 9129

PRESENT Stanley Real Estate and Investment 1900-1940 Elk Grove Union High School; 1893; First County Library, 1908 1880 Slaughterhouse was on today’s Locust St.

Batey Bros. Chevrolet

Order of Odd Fellow’s Lodge

PRESENT Flowers by Fairytales, Golden Years Senior Care 1965-1990s Real Estate Office 1900-1940 “The Old Parsonage” 1880 Methodist Church - 1875


PRESENT Custom Fireside 1965-1990s Batey Chevrolet 1900-1940 Batey Brothers 1880 Aldrich House


PRESENT Elm Hotel–shops & offices 1965-1990s The Elm Apartments 1900-1940 The Elm – Alpha Adam Macy 1912 Candycraft Ice Cream Parlor 1880 Two story house Later moved to back of lot


PRESENT School of Rock 1965-1990s O.O.F. Building - Haynes Mercantile, Entircan Grocery, Red & White Store, Elk Grove Justice Court and Jail (Moved to EG Park) 1900-1940 Burned in 1892 and was rebuilt 1880 International Order of Odd Fellow’s Lodge – I.O.O.F/ Julius Everson   61

Fun Fact

The Bob’s Club building is the oldest structure in Old Town Elk Grove that still exists in its original location. According to the National Register of Historic Places, the building was built in 1876. The building originally featured the Elk Grove Hotel which had a continuous operation of more than 50 years. It was one of only two buildings to survive the 1892 fire and also survived the second fire in 1922. In 1930, it became Idzinga’s Café and in 1950 it was sold to Bob Parker who renamed it Bob’s Club.



Bob’s Club

We send many thanks to the City of Elk Grove for helping us to keep our history known to everyone. We also thank the Old Town Foundation members for the work they do to preserve our history. Callit Main Street, call it Old Town, or call it our treasury of history. Whatever name you give it, this special place is the heart of our great city of Elk Grove!


PRESENT Bob’s Club 1965-1990s Bob’s Bar 1900-1940 Oldest Building in Elk Grove 1880 Elk Grove Hotel – 1870s

Not only did many of our businesses get started on that long ago Main Street, but so did our fire department, our water service, and our chamber of commerce. Our first high school was on Main Street, and so was our first library. As you walk down Main Street, you will find many historical markers and you will take a trip to the past!


1965-PRESENT Mitchell’s Auto Body Shop 1900-1940 Ehrhardt & Rhoades – 1919 1880 Barber shop operated by Mr. Poyer


PRESENT Mystical Celtic Heart, The Stafford House 1965-1990s Plumber, Bob C. Stafford 1900-1940 Midwife, Granny Witt 1880 Residence of the Witt family


PRESENT The Doll House 1965-1990s Peek A Boo cottage; Fire Dept office 1900-1940 Bldg moved from across the street 1880 Judge Everson house and office 1892


PRESENT Brick House Restaurant 1965-1990s EG Meat Service; Green’s Food Locker 1900-1940 Ehrhardt-Rhoades Model T Ford- James Lillico 1920 1880 House - Joseph Maitland


PRESENT El Dorado Savings Bank, Babe’s Lounge 1965-1990s Bank of America, 2nd site Van’s, Depot Café and Old Town Grilll 62. - Late Summer 2021

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

All book proceeds go for student scholarships, and I thank the many purchasers who have made possible the 80 scholarships with each one $1,000. Five more will be awarded in 2021 to seniors at Elk Grove high schools. To purchase books, make your check for books payable to Laguna Publishers and send to me at 9227 Lamprey Drive, Elk Grove CA 95624. Books are $20 apiece and California sales tax is included. Add $3 for shipping of one book; $5 for 2-3 books. Call me at 916-685-0606 or email me at

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Old Town Plaza & Railroad Street

Everything old is new again at Elk Grove’s historic gathering space. City officials joined the community in celebrating the reopening of the Old Town Plaza and Railroad Street, on July 21. Old Town Elk Grove continues to transform... and the City’s beloved historic district is expected to play an important role in the future of the local economy. The City has invested more than $12 million to revitalize the area with infrastructure and amenities to attract new businesses and visitors. Food trucks returned on opening night and Mayor Singh-Allen and Elk Grove City Council Members hosted a short ceremony with a ribbon cutting and confetti cannons. A trackless train and community coloring mural offered kids (of all ages) free fun to enjoy while other guests grooved to music provided by Todd Morgan and the Emblems.

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Out and About... Elk Grove Paint Night: August 16th at 6pm & September 20th at 6pm, $75 Join us for our next night of drinks, food, and an amazing time painting! August 16th at 6 pm & September 20th at 6 pm. Purchase tickets by calling: 916-667-8370

Cocktail Class:

August 23rd at 6pm & 8pm, $55 Purchase tickets by calling: 916-667-8370

Live Music: Every Thursday at 6pm

Join us at our Elk Grove location for our Music At The Patio series! Every Thursday we'll have tunes from a local artist starting at 6 pm.

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