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Ardent content featured 30. REUSE ROOM 46. JOHN LESCROART 68. ELK GROVE ROCKS!

love Story 32. LAUREN & JOHN




food & flavor 16. AN ODE TO SPRING Cindy Della Monica 20. GALETTES Carole Morris


48. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 80. DATEBOOK

education 44. WHAT I’VE LEARNED CT Morris 36. REAL ESTATE Justin Pinnell

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contents health 54. HOW TO AVOID THE MEDICAL TENT Kaiser Permanente 56. HEALTH FINDS Elk Grove Vitamins 60. FIBER, INSOLUBLE & SOLUBLE Rejuvenation Wellness 62. SABOTAGING WEIGHT LOSS? 66. STRETCH OUT THE STRESS



72. NAMES PART 2 Elizabeth Pinkerton

profile 52. JESSICA GAUNA-MILLER Volunteer

community 74. WALLS OUT LOUD


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Contributor’s Corner Justin Azevedo

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

Kelly Burns

Owner of Kelly Marie Photography

Sabrina Danielle

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

Tonya Gonzales

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

Jim Hooker

Owner of Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in Elk Grove.

Dr. Dayle A. Imperato

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

Nan Mahon

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

Cindy Della Monica

Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.

Carole Morris

Instructional Specialist, Author and Adjunct Professor. The proud mom of two perfect children and grammie to three flawless grandchildren.

Margaret Munson

EGA Art Director and Show Curator.

Kristyn Nelson

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

Barrie Olmstead

Adult Materials Selector at Sacramento Public Library.

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.

Bruce Robinson

Owner and photographer at Bruce Robinson Photography.

Susie Franklin Roeser

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

Zina Sheya

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

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past four years.

Chris Tanaka

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

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Community Corner...



What is your favorite activity that your family does in the spring?


Ashley Newell

Local Blogger - www.ashleynewell.me

In spring, our family loves to explore all the great parks in Elk Grove. We like to pack a picnic and make a day of playing, exploring, and hanging out. We feel so lucky to live in a town where there are so many cool parks!

Kate Towson

Grant writer in partnership with Kristin ThĂŠbaud Communications

My husband and I are big travelers and hikers—in fact, we just got back from a sixmonth trip across the country. We lived in a little white passenger van (named Van Morrison) and traveled more than 18,000 miles and 20 states, as well as Canada. We did what we loved, which is being outside, hiking, biking, kayaking, and drinking beer by beautiful bodies of water. The photos shown are of me at Crater Lake in Oregon, Rob hiking toward Mt. Rainier in Washington, and us overlooking Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. For us, spring time is the start of our season of adventure.

Photos by Jeff Bravo Photography

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Carole Morris Editor, Ardent Magazine

Springtime, to me, is a time to reflect on all the things that I’m thankful for. I don’t need to go anywhere, I just enjoy the simple pleasure of having my family around me. I am thankful, for the newness of life that God has given me and the renewing of my mind…every day.

Deborah George

Deborah George, Arts, Media & Entertainment Sector Coach, EGUSD

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On the Cover

“Behold, my friends,

the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! -Sitting Bull-

COVER MODEL: Lori Phillips Image on the left: Lori with her daughters, Malelany and Emery Location: Bare Ranch, Lodi


Kelly Marie Photography www.kellymariephotography.com

creative director

executive editor

business manager




Sara Pinnell

Carole Morris

art & production


Justin Pinnell



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Checking In Spring has arrived! Even though it is here for a short time, it’s a season overflowing with promise. This is the season that’s not too hot or too cold; and I love seeing the landscape glowing with green plants… everywhere. I am always excited to see the new leaves and buds come out on the tree branches; because there isn’t a smell that’s comparable to the fragrant blooms we sniff on flowers and trees. Also, I have missed seeing all the birds that we have in California. It seems as if they have been gone for a long time! I am so thankful they are back, building their nests and singing their sweet songs. Now, we can feel healthy and active as we work outside in our yards. Sit under a favorite tree—and take a break from your yardwork, breathe deep, and enjoy the latest issue of Ardent for Life magazine. executive editor

Carole Morris What did we learn after reading this issue? There are some amazing events coming up in the upcoming months—kicking it off is Free Music at McConnell Estates Winery, on Friday evenings (starting May 4). That’s just the beginning, there is a list of upcoming events, in this magazine, that are guaranteed to keep you and your family entertained this spring. We have an encouraging article about John Lescroart, the author who believes in hard work and single-minded perseverance. John is living proof that determination and focus pay off, because he is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries. Check out the article about The Kindness Rock Project that was started a little over two years ago, by Megan Murphy. It’s about giving a message to a person at the right time, by rock! Kindness is something that our world needs right now.


An Ode to

SPRING By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central

Daylight Savings Time, Pi Day, the First Day of Spring, Easter and Mother’s Day… all springtime celebrations. I can’t wait for the season’s first asparagus and strawberries, or the aroma of blooming citrus trees, and lily-of-the-valley flowers. Thankfully, my chickens start laying again late in February. Now, I can have colored fresh “Easter eggs”, whose blown-out shells adorn the grass-filled baskets on my dining table. Our shop’s counter has a fresh batch of light and bright cheeses—tongue-tingling, with yummy flavors such as lavender, grapefruit, chives, dill and fenugreek. Fenugreek seeds lend a light maple flavor to a young cow’s milk gouda (from a Dutch family’s Wisconsin creamery). Delicious chevres (locally produced) have been flavored with pink grapefruit and figs—a surprising twist—or dill, or an “Herb de Humboldt” featuring lavender buds. Nothing more is needed than a butter knife, and a plate of crackers—or baguette slices to celebrate Spring, in the garden, for any of the above-mentioned special days. Crème fraiche and mascarpone, fromage blanc, and fresh ricotta and chevres…oh my! Go-to cheeses for coming out of winter’s heavier recipes for family meals. A wonderful example of lightening up the winter menu is to substitute out rigatoni (with Bolognese meat sauce) for rigatoni dressed in mascarpone, toasted pine nuts, squeezes of fresh lemon and fresh baby arugula. Or, start your Easter dinner with a fragrant, sweet, pureed soup of fresh carrots and a dollop of mascarpone mixed with Greek yogurt, curry powder, honey and lime juice. Then, zest a lime right over the top to highlight the bright “green-ness” of the lime. Could the Easter Bunny resist that? My friend has a cherry orchard. We sat, one afternoon, chatting in the warm breeze while the kids played in the yard. We dipped fresh cherries, on the stem, right into a tub of crème fraiche. A quick bite around the pit, chew-swallow-repeat, and the whole tub of crème fraiche disappeared! Didn’t miss sugary pastry or pie crust at all. The “Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying Crème Fraiche” for this season… suggests spooning it onto scrambled eggs or omelets, and garnish with chopped herbs; spreading on toast and adding smoked salmon,

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topping with capers and chopped red onion or shallots; garnishing baked potatoes with crème fraiche, green onion or chives and crisp bacon or pancetta. Need I say more? A favorite treat for Mother’s Day are Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. The fresh ricotta makes the lightest lemony discs! My mother preferred fresh strawberry puree on her pancakes, but I love spooning on the stewed rhubarb straight from my garden. A dusting of powdered sugar and a garnish of the pinched top of the crisp new mint stems really set off a lovely morning plate. Fromage blanc is a simple white cheese prepared one day and left overnight to drain. The resulting soft cheese is deliciously fresh and ready to eat on the next day. Try stirring in honey to spread it on your toast or bagels, and top with fresh fruit or jam, or make it savory with pressed garlic and fine mince of herbs. A few dollops over brownie batter transforms the finished treat into something sublime!

Though feta is a brined cheese meant to last a long time, it is a lovely cheese to complement many spring flavors. A vinegary cucumber salad (with feta crumbles and soft, fresh dill fronds) is a yummy accompaniment to a cold, poached salmon fillet. We highlight a whipped feta dip during these bright months because of its affinity to all the fresh raw vegetables that make a colorful crudité platter. Try it for yourself!

We lighten dessert, too! Instead of cheesecake, try a fromage blanc tart topped with lemon curd and fresh berry or edible flower garnish The garden’s JohnnyJump-Ups, nasturtiums, and germanium flowers make this dessert look so special. In no time at all, family meals will reflect the change of season, and warm weather celebrations will be anticipated with the joy that spring usually brings! As always, our staff at CHEESE CENTRAL is ready to help you with samples of our 100+ cheeses at the counter. Visit us at 11 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240 or visit our website at www.cheesecentrallodi.com


8 oz feta cheese, softened at room temp 4 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temp 1-3 Tbsp. milk 1 lemon, zested ¼ C finely chopped chives, or green onions ¼ tsp. salt, if desired freshly ground black pepper, to taste olive oil, to garnish cayenne pepper or paprika, to garnish Blend the feta cheese in a small food processor until it breaks up. Add the cream cheese and continue blending, adding milk if necessary, to keep the mixture smooth. When the cheese is whipped and very smooth add the lemon zest, chives, salt and a generous quantity of black pepper. Blend to combine, then transfer to a serving dish and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Dust with cayenne or paprika, and serve with fresh vegetables, or crunchy bread.


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3/4 C flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 C ricotta cheese 2 eggs 2/3 C milk 1 lemon, zested and juiced Butter, for griddle 11 oz jar prepared lemon curd Fresh raspberries or puree of strawberries, for garnish Confectioners' sugar, for garnish Mint tips, for garnish

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Preheat a nonstick griddle. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk together the cheese, eggs, milk, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Whisk the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Brush the hot griddle with butter. For each pancake, pour approximately 1/4 cup of the batter on the griddle and cook on both sides until light golden brown. Repeat. Empty the contents of the lemon curd into a small saucepan and warm over low heat. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the curd over the pancakes, top with fresh raspberries or pass strawberry puree, and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. A sprig of mint finishes your plate!


Galette for every Palate By Carole Morris

There are many things to love about France, especially in the spring. Trees in bloom, spring flowers in the gardens and fields—and people sitting in terraces eating unique and exceptional food…such as the galette. A galette is a flat, free form tart that is made with a flaky pastry crust. The filling is placed on top of the rolledout pastry, then the edges of the pastry are folded up and around the filling. Galettes can be created for dessert or they can be savory and served as a main course. Hold up a minute, our trees are in bloom, and our spring flowers are budding everywhere. We just need the glorious galette, and we can save the airfare to France. So, clean off your picnic table 'Tout de suite', and invite your friends and family over for a French treat. We have some recipes you’re going to love!


Ingredients for pastry

With Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

1 ¼ cups flour


4 tablespoons water

½ teaspoon salt

Cook Time: 50 mins

1/3 cup shortening

1 ¼ cups sliced Brussels sprouts

Egg Wash for top of pastry crust

12 ounces butternut squash

1 beaten egg

4 ounces feta

Instructions For the Brussels Sprouts and Squash

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1. Preheat oven to 400ᴼ degrees.

2. Slice Brussels sprouts into thin slices; then peel and seed squash, cut into approximately 1/4-inch cubes. In a bowl, cover and stir squash with half of the oil and seasonings. In a separate bowl stir the Brussels sprouts with the other half of oil and seasonings. Roast squash for 15 minutes on cookie sheet, then add Brussels sprouts and roast another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside to prepare pastry.

For the Galette

1. Lower oven temperature to 375ᴼ

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Toss roasted veggies with feta. Adjust seasonings to your taste. 4. In a bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, until fully blended. Sprinkle flour mixture with water…stir with fork until all is moistened, then form into a ball. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to approximately a 9-inch diameter.

5. Place the pastry onto parchment paper. Mound the veggies on top of the pastry and fold up the edges of the pastry. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash. 6. Put the galette in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.  'Bon appétit' my friends.

BRUNCH GALETTE Baking time 38 minutes

Ingredients for filling

½ cup onion, chopped ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped ¾ cup ricotta cheese ¾ cup parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped finely

½ teaspoon oregano

2 cups spinach (chopped) 1 cup cooked, sausage

Ingredients for pastry 1 ¼ cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening 4 tablespoons water

fully blended. Sprinkle flour mixture with water…stir with fork until all is moistened, then form into a ball. On a floured surface, roll out the pie crust to approximately a 11-inch diameter. Place the pastry crust on a baking sheet.

Egg wash for top of pastry 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon water

5. Spread the ricotta mixture evenly onto the crust (leaving a 3-inch border). Top with chopped spinach, cooked sausage (crumbled), onions, bell peppers, and green Chile. Sprinkle with Monterrey Jack cheese.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté the bell pepper and onion over medium heat until brown. Remove from heat.

1 teaspoon black pepper

3. In a bowl, mix together the Parmesan, ricotta, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic clove, salt, pepper and oregano. Set aside to prepare pastry.

3 large eggs

4. In a bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, until

3 tablespoons green Chiles

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese

6. Pull the edges of the crust over the mixture leaving the center open. 7. Beat together the egg yolk and water. Brush the top of the pastry crust with the egg wash. 8. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes. 9. Remove from oven and carefully crack the 3 eggs over the center of the galette. Return to the oven for approximately 8 minutes, (until crust is golden brown and egg whites are cooked).

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Black Currant Galette Baking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients for filling 4 cups black currants 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch Ingredients for pastry 1 ¼ cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening 4 tablespoons water Egg wash for top of pastry 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon water

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

11-inch diameter. Place the pastry crust on a baking sheet.

2. Place black currants into a bowl, sprinkle with sugar and cornstarch. Stir ingredients together (gently turning currants) with a spoon until they are all coated with the sugar and cornstarch. Set aside to prepare pastry.

4. Spread the black currant mixture evenly onto the crust (leaving a 3-inch border).

3. In a bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, until fully blended. Sprinkle flour mixture with water…stir with fork until all is moistened, then form into a ball. On a floured surface, roll out the pie crust to approximately a

5. Pull the edges of the crust over the mixture leaving the center open. 6. Beat together the egg yolk and water. Brush the top of the pastry crust with the egg wash. 7. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes, until the filling is bubbling, and the pastry is golden brown. Served warm with ice cream, délicieux!


VEGETARIAN GALETTE Leek, Feta and Butternut Squash Galette Cook Time: 35 minutes Ingredients for filling

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups butternut squash (cubed)

4-ounces feta

3 medium leeks (thinly sliced)

½ cup sliced almonds

1 tablespoon thyme 3 cloves minced garlic 3 tablespoons cornmeal

¾ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tbsp Butter for garnish

Ingredients for pastry 1 ¼ cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening

4 tablespoons water


1. Preheat oven to 375ᴼ.

2. In a bowl, mix butternut squash (cut into ¼ inch cubes) with 2 tablespoons olive oil, black pepper and salt. Then place on a baking sheet. Cook for 15 minutes, stir ingredients, then cook for another 15 more minutes (until squash is easily pierced with a fork). Let cool and drain off any excess oil. Adjust seasonings to your taste. 3. In a skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter. Stir in the leeks, garlic and thyme…reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often until soft, about 25 minutes (do not brown). Cool and drain off any excess fat, set aside to prepare pastry.

4. In a bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, until fully blended. Sprinkle flour mixture with water…stir with fork until all is moistened, then form into a ball. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to approximately a 9-inch diameter. 5. On a non-stick baking sheet, sprinkle cornmeal.

6. Place the pastry on top of the cornmeal. Spread the leek mixture over the crust to about 2 inches from the edge. Sprinkle leek mixture with feta, and then top with butternut squash.

7. Pull the edges of the crust over the mixture leaving the center open. Brush off any excess cornmeal. Brush the top of the pastry with olive oil.

8. Bake for 35 minutes (or until crust is golden brown). Garnish with sliced almonds. servir tiède (serve warm).

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Elements of the

Cottage Style DĂŠcor By Zina Sheya Designs

Who doesn’t love the Cottage Style? It reminds us of vacation cottages with its clean lines, and aged weathered light tones, combined with casual and comfortable elements. With spring in the air, let me share a few elements that go into the cottage style, so you can start creating. 24. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018


Neutral Color Palettes White is the central (and most important color in a Cottage Style Home) the first layer, complimented by neutral earthy tones. My favorite white, for this style design, is Benjamin Moore Simply White.

PAINTED WOOD FLOORS Yes, you heard me correctly, pull up that old carpet, reveal those old weathered wood floors. Rather than refinish, in the Cottage Style Décor we would paint them with a white washed detail… or grab a simple stencil (maybe a diamond) and paint the floors with a pattern. I would recommend using Annie Sloan Chalk paint for this (can be found at Red Door Antique’s); the colors are fitting for this style and the tonal finish is flat and soft. Also, as the floor wears naturally, and the paint starts to fade and chip away… you are left with the perfect worn aged floor that is authentic to the design. ardentforlife.net   27



Linen in white, natural, soft grey, and soft blues. Cottons in similar colors- Small stripes, the less pattern the better for the tranquil effect.

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I know… me and texture! But, texture in any design is key to creating depth. In the Cottage Style we would create layers of texture with natural materials; linens and cottons in furniture, window treatments and pillows. Natural wicker and woven fibers for baskets, accent chairs, window shades, rugs and lighting.


The Cottage Style is perfect for old furniture. Re-make wood furniture to a lighter worn look, (go see my talented friend over at Red Door) the chalk paint and milk paint is the perfect solution for this.

Upholstered furniture should be light in fabric colors, whites, linen in oatmeal tones, soft blues, and soft greys. Skirts and slipcovers are also popular, but don’t go too crazy on these because then you cross over to Shabby Chic style. Sofas, chairs and benches with soft cures and off the floor legs are perfect for the Cottage Style. I like to combine wicker chairs in the dining room for added texture. If you have questions or need assistance with your project, feel free to contact us at zs@zinasheyadesigns.com 916-704-0400

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Reuse Room Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Nowhere is this truer than at the City of Elk Grove’s Reuse Room. Here, residents will find a treasure trove of FREE products just waiting to be discovered!

Photo by Joe Worsley

Fortunately for Elk Grove residents, unlike legendary pirates’ treasure, you won’t have to go digging around in the dirt to find something of value at the Reuse Room because it is neatly organized (with like items gathered together) and displayed on easy to reach shelves. A strategy (you can pilfer from pirates of the past) is to bring along a bag, box or even a chest to help you carry home your newly discovered treasures. The Reuse Room is conveniently located at the City’s Special Waste Collection Center (S.W.C.C.) Just off Highway 99 and Grantline Road, at 9255 Disposal Lane. Rather than being marked with an “X,” this spot is easily recognized by the oversized work of art (made from recycle items) nicknamed “Carl the Cart” that stands guard in front of the facility.

So how do all of these “treasures” end up in the Reuse Room? No, they weren’t smuggled in by pirates. Here’s the story of how the Reuse Room is stocked: When Residents and businesses bring items to the City’s Special Waste Collection Center, hazardous materials specialists evaluate if the items are suitable for “reuse”

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and if so, place them in the Reuse Room where Elk Grove residents can take home up to 10 of these items per month FREE of charge for personal use. The selection of products available is always changing, since

it just depends on what is dropped off at the S.W.C.C. Antique encyclopedias, ski boots, golf clubs, trophies, and even vinyl records have been known to turn up there. It is truly like a treasure hunt each time you visit the Reuse Room. Monday’s tend to be the busiest day at the Reuse Room (since many residents clean out their garages or complete their home improvement projects over the weekend.) The Reuse Room’s hours are Sunday - Wednesday, 9AM-3:30PM Elk Grove’s Integrated Waste Manager, Heather Neff, was inspired by the supplies she found in the Reuse Room to craft magazine storage containers to perk up her home decor. How will the free Reuse Room resources inspire you? Will you try your hand at creative book folding, give the kid’s playhouse a makeover, or maybe create a piece of garden art from cast-off sports equipment? There’s no telling what kind of creative adventure you might embark upon after a visit to the Reuse Room. Since 2014, the Reuse Room has been used by 5,103 Elk Grove residents who have helped to keep more than 32,060 household products out of the landfill. It is truly a “win-win”



Heather Neff, Elk Grove’s Integrated Waste Manager.

Since 2014, the Reuse Room has been used by 5,103 Elk Grove residents who

have helped to keep more than 32,060 household products out of the landfill. opportunity for residents to help take care of our environment, while at the same time sharing useful resources with our “neighbors”. As the weather starts to warm, and “Spring Fever” leaves you itching to do some spring cleaning—keep the Reuse Room in mind as you come across items you no longer need, but don’t know what to do with (such as leftovers from a home improvement project, the bag of lawn fertilizer you no longer need, or your pie eating trophy from back in the 1900’s.) Gather these items up in the trunk of your car, and bring them down to the Special Waste Collection Center where they just might become “another man’s treasure” in the Reuse Room.

Carl The Cart Photos by Joe Worsley

Elk Grove Waste Management’s "Carl the Cart" was created by metal artist Gina Rossi as part of a youth interactive recycled metal sculpture project. “This was an epic experience, teaching kids someone else's junk is someone else's treasure!” (From http://www.rossisculpturaldesigns.com/community.html)

Typical Household Items available for reuse may include: Paint - Cleaners - Pool Supplies Solvents - Home Improvement Items Lawn and Garden Care Products Wood Working Supplies

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Lauren& John Photographed by Kelly Marie Photography


Who are you? I'm Lauren, a high school biology teacher at Bear Creek (in Stockton) and intermittent endurance athlete.

I'm John, a high school history teacher at Bear Creek (in Stockton) and cross-country coach at Franklin High in Elk Grove, and triathlete.

How did you meet?

We met in the seventh grade at Elkhorn Middle School. We were partners in science class and remained friends throughout our high school years.

The Proposal?

We love Disneyland and planned to go during our spring break. At least a year before, John

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had created a bumper sticker with us in Disney hats in front of the castle. He told me he wanted to re-create that picture for real, and one of my best friends was there to take the picture. I had my favorite Dole whip float and he had his churro. We took the picture, then John got down on one knee and pulled the ring out from under his Mad Hatter hat. I said yes, and we were engaged! I had some suspicions as we were planning the trip that he might propose, but the big surprise was being bombarded by the rest of our closest friends! He had secretly invited them, and they were all hiding and waiting for the big moment. We spent the day chatting in line, eating our way through Disneyland, and riding all our favorite rides. It was truly the happiest place on earth.

What is love?

Lauren: Today, love means supporting each other through whatever new goals we set for ourselves. We’re young and still working on defining what makes us who we are, individually and as a couple. So, for the moment‌ love is providing all forms of support, so your partner has the liberty to take risks. I look forward to learning what love means for us in years to come!

What is love?

John: Love is being with someone because of their imperfections, rather than in spite of them.

What do you love most about him?

John forgives and moves on quickly and


Love means supporting each other through whatever new goals we set for ourselves.




I knew I loved John for real when

I couldn’t picture any of my future life milestones without him. I knew I wanted him to be a part of everything. easily. I know myself to be sometimes impatient and short tempered, but he always lets it go. He just wants to fix whatever is making me upset. He wants to be whatever I need, and I couldn’t ask for anything better than that.

What do you love most about her?

I love being able to be myself with Lauren, and simply spending time doing totally mundane things that are fun because we are doing them together. We love going to Disneyland and just hanging out in lines talking and people watching.

When did you know you were in love?

Lauren: I knew I loved John for real when I couldn’t picture any of my future life milestones without him. I knew I wanted him to be a part of everything.

John: I knew that I was in love soon after we started dating. We went from being best friends to being in a relationship, and it opened my eyes and made me see Lauren in a whole new way. I don't think it was a single moment, just a realization that I was in love.

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Fun facts

During the pictures, one of the groomsman had his fly down for almost all the pictures. It didn’t show up or anything, but our lovely photographer has pictures of him, and the other guys, realizing that it was down. I think the candid shots of their laughter are some of our favorites of the night! On another note, John insisted on selecting the first dance song as a surprise for me. I wasn’t happy about it (I’m big on planning, not on surprises), but it ended up being my favorite thing about our wedding. He picked “Boxes” by The Goo Goo Dolls. I'm glad his romantic side persisted over my practicality!

We were also training for an Ironman 70.3 triathlon leading up to our wedding. So, it was crazy trying to put in the time to train and plan the last details.

Honeymoon plans

We took a mini-moon to stay at Grandpa Clemons’ home in Sea Ranch for a week after our wedding. It’s a beautiful location, and we spent our time running, biking,

taking walks, and reading books by the fire. We took our big honeymoon a few months later and spent a day at Universal Studios and three days in Disneyland. We loved Harry Potter World and seeing World of Color from the splash zone.

Wedding details

Our wedding had hints of Disney (OK, maybe more than hints). I (the bride) walked down the aisle to “How Does A Moment Last Forever” from the live action Beauty And The Beast, and we exited as bonded for life to “Married Life” from Up! Each table was a different Disney couple and we even had childhood pictures of us in Disneyland with our families. We had so much fun planning all the details for our guests to find! It was also so, so hot in Lodi in the days leading up to the wedding. Like 105+ heat. We were stressing a bit having an outside wedding in the worst heat of the summer but got lucky and the weather dropped to mid-90's the day of. Only in The Valley are temperatures like that considered a stroke of luck.



Our processional included a petal toss that was lots of fun. We had wanted audience interaction for our ceremony; because a wedding is about our commitment to each other, and also about appreciating the love and support we receive from all our favorite people, so we wanted everyone to be included in some way. Each color petal represented a different wish for our marriage (rose for health, red for romance, white for harmony). The pictures Kelly captured were picturesque and romantic. It was one of our favorite elements. The details are getting extensive, but I'm having trouble narrowing down the best parts! I also loved our ceremony back drop, which doubled later as our photobooth back drop. We strung carnations to hang in front of white sheers. It was stunning, and relatively simple. With a little faith, trust, and pixie dust, all the details came together to create the overall experience for our guests, and the most memorable evening for us. Because we didn't have a wedding planner, it was a huge undertaking that included full days of work‌ leading up to that evening from all of our parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, bridesmaids, and several former students. It was a team effort but being together made it easier to whistle while we worked!

Photographer - Kelly Marie Photography Venue - Harmony Wynelands Rentals - Bella Festa Caterer - Addy's Paella Desserts/cake - Velvet Grill & Creamery Wedding Coordinator - Mom (Lisa Fromm) is the best trial by fire, reluctant wedding coordinator! DJ - Elite Entertainment Hair - Crystal Addington Flaherty (Salon Sirah) Makeup - Natasha Dowd (Ulta Beauty) Florist - Bella Festa Tux Rentals - Impressions Tailor (Custom suits) Bride's Dress - BHLDN, alterations at Sheryl Giles Bridal Couture Bridesmaid's Dress - Azazie Rings - Brilliant Earth ardentforlife.net   35





Finding the house of your dreams might seem pretty easy. You know what you want and like. You feel like you will know the perfect house when you see it. The minute you find “the one”, it will be love at first sight. It will just feel right, like it was meant to be. Kind of like the notion of finding your soulmate. Back in the day, finding your ideal house or soulmate was a lot trickier. Until…the Internet. Nowadays, there are tons of websites for people to find the love of their life…and just as many to help people find the home of their dreams. The Internet has made it easier to f ind “the one”…in love, and in housing. But just because it is easier for you to f ind your soulmate, or your “soul house”, doesn’t mean you are in any position to do something about it. 36. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

Fate can only take you so far. Reality has to be dealt with… Your “relationship” status (in terms of housing) has to be considered.

Are you “married”? Let’s say you are married…

All of a sudden, you stumble into your someone (who you feel is your soulmate) somewhere. Could be at work, online, at a bar, or at the gym. Doesn’t really matter. Let’s put all debate about “right” or “wrong” aside… You decide to ditch your significant other, and follow the passionate path, and marry this new man or woman. You’re going to have to deal with your marriage. You can’t ignore it. It is an issue. You can’t still be married, and actually marry your newly found soulmate. You could fool around. You could have an affair. But you aren’t getting married, without ending the marriage you already have. It’s kind of the same thing if you find the house of your dreams…

If you already own a house, it’s like being married. Most people don’t have the ability to buy another house, without selling the house they already own. So, what do you do? Should you sell the house you already own first, and just hope your dream house appears once your house is sold? Or, do you keep your eyes open for your dream house; find it, fall in love, and then scurry to get your house sold as quickly as possible, before your dream home gets scooped up by someone else? There is no easy solution to this.

Are you seriously “dating”?

There is a lot more to ending a marriage than there is when you are simply dating someone. So, if you are dating someone, and you fall head over heels for someone else, you can end things a little more quickly and easily. But, of course there will most likely be some headaches and heartaches to deal with.

Before you know it,

there you are…in love with the house of your dreams. So, you call a real estate agent who “introduces” you to the house in-person.

Renting is like dating.

If you are renting a house (or an apartment) and you come across the house of your dreams, you are probably not going to find it is perfect timing. Maybe you will have to try and end your lease early. Or maybe you will have to continue paying your rent until the lease ends. But these are not huge issues in the grand scheme of things. You are in better position to go after the house of your dreams, than someone who is married to a house they already own.

Are you “single”?

A lot of people look at being single as undesirable. Even more so if you are living at home still with your parents. Let’s face it, if you’re looking for your soulmate, you probably don’t want to fess up to living in your childhood bedroom, or your parent’s basement. It doesn’t sound all that impressive or intriguing. (Whatever…if someone is truly a soulmate, they should be totally cool with you being a cellar dweller.)

Not owning a home, or even renting your own place is like being single.

As unimpressive as this scenario sounds to some people, this is the best scenario to be able to act upon finding your dream home. You have nothing to sell, and no lease to worry about. This is as good and easy as it gets.

Did you get “divorced”?

Things happen in life. Life throws curveballs. People grow apart. People make mistakes. People split up. People hurt each other. And people who go through a breakup often have “emotional baggage”. Plenty of people end up getting “divorced” from their own home…

Having a short sale, or a foreclosure in your past, is like you have been divorced.

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Get some pre-“marriage” counseling.

Most people do not really consider their current housing “relationship” when they start looking for their dream home. It usually starts off as some wishful thinking. Maybe browsing a few websites…just seeing what’s out there. Then it progresses to flirting with possibilities, perhaps. Before you know it, there you are…in love with the house of your dreams. So, you call a real estate agent who “introduces” you to the house in-person. Sure enough, it’s “the one”! Maybe you’re in position to jump on the chance to follow your heart… But, unless you’re “single”, most likely you are not. And it is absolutely heartbreaking. You aren’t ready for the new relationship. You need to deal with the one you already have. The best way to avoid any heartache is to put yourself in the best possible position to grab your dream home when you find it. This doesn’t mean you need to be absolutely “single” before you start looking for your dream home. But you do need to have a plan in place as to how you will transition from your current housing relationship, into one with the home of your dreams. There is no one solution, or even an easy solution.

The best solution is to call a real estate agent before you start your search.

Let your agent put on his or her “marriage counseling” hat, and advise you on the best way to plan for and make the transition from your current housing relationship, to the one of your dreams. If you have questions regarding investment properties or real estate in general contact Justin Pinnell BRE- 02045095, M&M Real Estate at (916) 812.0576 www.jpsellscalifornia.com 38. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

education} TAX

Tax Pros Find Hidden Credits and Deductions Examples of commonly overlooked tax credits and deductions for 2017 returns. 40. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

By Jim Hooker at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services

Jackson Hewitt Tax Pros help Elk Grove and Sacramento clients get their maximum refund by finding each credit and deduction available to them, including the lesser known ones such as changes to medical deductions – part of the tax reform that affects 2017 filings.

Here are five examples of commonly overlooked tax credits and deductions that Americans should be aware of – and that the pros at Jackson Hewitt always ask their clients about:

"Many of our clients are aware of common deductions they claim every year, like home mortgage interest and self-employment expenses," said Jim Hooker, Franchisee of Jackson Hewitt in Elk Grove and Sacramento, "but they visit my tax pros because we’re able to find less-common tax deductions, credits, and offer strategies that can lower taxes owed or increase a refund.”


Earned Income Tax Credit This credit is worth up to $6,318 this year. Unfortunately, nearly one in five people who qualify, fail to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Just because a taxpayer didn’t qualify last year, doesn’t mean they don’t qualify this year; one-third of the EITC-eligible population changes each year based on age, marital, parental, and financial status.

education} TAX While toning and fitness workouts to improve general health are considered personal expenses, some taxpayers may be able to deduct their gym membership as a medical expense. Moving Expenses l If a taxpayer moves for a job that is at least 50 miles away

from their original home and held that job for at least 39 weeks, they can claim their moving expenses - even if the taxpayer doesn’t itemize deductions.

Big Life Changes If taxpayers got married or had children, they qualify for credits and deductions. Plus, if a couple got married in a church or historical site, the fees paid to the venue may be considered a charitable donation for tax purposes. l

Improving Health While toning and fitness workouts to improve general health are considered personal expenses, some taxpayers may be able to deduct their gym membership as a medical expense. For example, if a doctor diagnoses their patient with a medical condition such as obesity or hypertension, or a physical or mental illness, and prescribes workouts at a gym or participation in a weight-loss program to treat the illness, the membership dues may be tax-deductible. l

Additional Medical Expenses l Many taxpayers don’t know that their medical transportation

expenses, including tolls, parking, and mileage for trips to health facilities and doctor's offices, are all tax deductible – as well as medical aids such as crutches, canes, orthopedic shoes, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and contact lenses. Due to tax reform, taxpayers who itemize their deductions are able to write off qualifying medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income, which is a change from 10 percent, for tax years 2017 and 2018.

About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is an innovator in the tax industry, with a mission to provide its hard-working clients access to simple, low-cost solutions to manage their taxes and tax refunds. Jackson Hewitt is devoted to helping clients get ahead with Maximum Refund and 100% Accuracy Guarantees. With close to 6,000 franchised and company-owned locations, including 3,000 in Walmart stores, and online and mobile tax solutions, Jackson Hewitt makes it convenient for clients to file their taxes. For more information about products, services, and offers, or to locate a Jackson Hewitt office, call our local office in Sacramento at 916-685-8551.

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"This year is unique because we are getting a lot of questions from our clients about the recent tax reform,” said Hooker. "While most changes won’t affect 2017 taxes, there are changes that might be noticed more immediately, like a difference in paycheck amount due to the new withholding tables.” Taxpayers should see my tax pros at Jackson Hewitt today to find out what additional tax deductions and credits are available to them. Call 916-685-8551 to an office near you.


What I’ve Learned About

Social Media

I have some astonishing news for you… social media is here to stay! 14 years ago (when Facebook was launched) I’m sure Mark Zuckerberg, and his fellow Harvard College students, questioned if Facebook would take off (let alone endure throughout the years). Remarkably, in 2018, Facebook has over 2.13 billion users worldwide.

Next in line, Twitter—created in March 2006. People (even our president) interact through tweets. Originally, messages were restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, the limit was doubled to 280 characters. Probably because politicians use Twitter, and they notoriously have “just one more thing to say”. In fact, when the 2016 presidential election was happening (in the United States) Twitter was the largest source of breaking news! Twitter has over 330 million monthly active users. Let’s not forget You Tube—a video sharing website that was created in November 2006. People can upload, remark on videos, view, report, rate, share, and subscribe to other users. You Tube has over 1.5 billion people who use it on a regular basis. That’s not all, we have blogs and video blogs… truly the list is endless! Therefore, because children and students are a part of these online communities, we need to explore the good, the bad, and the ugly…regarding social media and children. Let’s start with the “good”. The positive impact social networking has on children. Children learn how to upload their images, stories and videos quickly and easily, by using social media. Schools do not have the time to teach students how to do this…teachers barely have time to teach the content in their curriculum. Therefore, when children get instant feedback from family and friends—it gives them the confidence to develop those skillsets. Additionally, it is a way 44 44. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net--Spring Spring 2018 2018

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

for students to collaborate. They can work on class projects by communicating information quickly. Collaborative teamwork in school, or at the workplace, has been verified to increase effectiveness and improve communication. Today, it is imperative for individuals to be able to work with others—to survive in the business world. Creating and maintaining connections to a variety of people is vital to developing a career. Moreover, children who spend time on electronic devices build skills that they will use throughout their lives. Creating a resume and their own website is a piece of cake for children who have been creating their own profiles on social media. One of the “bad” or negative aspects of social networking is the fact that students who spend a lot of time on social sites aren’t spending any time with “real people”. Therefore, they don’t know how to read body language, or simple verbal clues. We learn voice inflection and tone from having face to face conversations with people. You know, the old… “it’s not what you say that matters, but how you say it”. Another negative aspect is children rely on their social media to provide answers. Many times, the information isn’t correct and therefore they have a skewed view of life or historic events. Also, there has been many studies done on the impact of reading information off the web. It is a known fact that individuals who read (and study) using the web, have a reduced focus on learning and retaining information. Interestingly, students who multitask, looking at their phone, or social media sites, while studying—have reduced academic performance. The “ugly” or scariest negative factor (regarding social networking) is the ease in which private information is available online. Children do not have the filter needed to wisely post information about themselves. They feel safe because they are in their own home and the obscurity of the internet causes them to forget the need to filter the material they post. A

study showed that nine out of ten teenagers post photos of themselves online or use their real name on their profile. This kind of action makes kids easy targets for online predators. Another “ugly” is cyberbullying, a new manifestation of bullying that came with social networking. It takes place when children share private or personal information about someone else…causing humiliation or shame. However, cyberbullying doesn’t only hurt the victim, the content a cyberbully shares online – whether it’s personal content, or negative, mean, hurtful content– creates a permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record becomes an online reputation, which is accessible to schools, employers, colleges, and others who may be researching that individual in the future. In fact, most colleges (and employers) investigate an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews.

LET’S END WITH “THE GOOD” CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS Be aware of what your kids are doing online, stay involved.

Make it clear that you expect your kids to

never post cruel or embarrassing messages about others. Keep lines of communication open so your child will share any bullying messages that others may post.

Before hitting enter remind your kids that what they post can be used against them.

Privacy settings are important, so make sure your kids understand each one.

Passwords should never be shared with anyone, not even their best friend.

Don't ever friend strangers. Make it your child’s rule of thumb.

Social media agreement a real contract,

create it together (your kids and you both sign it).


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John LESCROART A Man Who Persevered Written by Carole Morris

John Lescroart believes in hard work and single-minded perseverance. He is living proof that determination and focus pay off, because he is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries. He is known for his series of legal and crime thriller novels that feature the characters Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wyatt Hunt. John wrote his first novel in college and the second one a year after he graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1970. The only hitch was that he didn’t even try to publish either of these books until fourteen years later, when finally, at his wife Lisa’s urging, he submitted Son Of Holmes to New York publishers—and got two offers—one in hardcover, within six weeks. However, it wasn’t until 1989 (at the age of forty-one) that he had a turning point in his career. While taking a break from his day job to go body-surfing at Seal Beach, he contracted spinal meningitis. Unbeknownst to him, the sea water where he’d been surfing was contaminated. Doctors gave him two hours to live.

Looking back on his 11-day battle with death, John saw it was the motivator for dramatic changes that occurred in his life. Prior to his sickness, John and his wife Lisa lived in Los Angeles. John wrote several screenplays and published three more books while he held down a job as a word

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processing supervisor at a downtown law firm. He rose each day at 5:30 and went to a room they’d built in their garage, where he wrote. Then he worked his nine-to-five, ate a bag lunch, and stayed downtown, typing briefs and pleadings at various other law firms until 10:00 or 11:00 at night. He was publishing books, but he wasn’t making a living.

Therefore, after miraculously recovering from spinal meningitis, he quit the last of his day jobs and moved back to Northern California to write full-time, with intense focus and a renewed dedication. The resulting books, richer in terms of theme and story, found a devoted readership and propelled him into the elite circle of bestselling authors—only twenty years to overnight success!

Remarkably, the journey that John traveled to become a novelist began when he turned 30. At that time, he was known as Johnny Capo of Johnny Capo and His Real Good Band. He’d been performing his own songs for several years at clubs and honky-tonks in the San Francisco Bay Area. On his 30th birthday, he figured that if he hadn’t made it in music by then…he never would. Consequently, he retired from the music business.

He’d been writing all along, although his emphasis changed from music first, prose second, to the other way around. Within two months of his last musical gig, he finished a novel, Sunburn that drew on his experiences in Spain. Since John didn’t know anyone in the publishing world, he sent the manuscript to his old high school English teacher (who was not enthusiastic). Fortunately, the teacher left the pages on his bedside table, and his wife picked them up and read them. She loved the book and submitted it in John’s name to The Joseph Henry Jackson Award, given yearly



Q&A WAS THERE A PARTICULAR AUTHOR OR BOOK THAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING? I don't know that there was any one single book that inspired me. I've always been a voracious reader, even from a fairly young age. I read Tom Sawyer when I was in third grade and I think from about that time, the idea of being a writer started to fester in my brain. Later, Sherlock Holmes made a huge impression, which led to Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe. At about the same time, I read Hemingway for the first time when I was 18, and that kind of sealed the deal.

by the San Francisco Foundation for Best Novel by a California author. Much to John’s astonishment, Sunburn beat out 280 other entrants, including Interview With A Vampire, for the prize.

Though Sunburn wasn’t to be published for another four years, the award changed John’s approach to writing. He started to think he might make a living as an author, something he’d never previously believed possible for a “regular guy with no connections”. He started paying for his writing habit by working a succession of “day jobs”—everything from a computer programmer with the telephone company, to Ad Director of Guitar Player Magazine, to moving man, house painter, bartender, legal secretary, fundraising executive, and management consultant writing briefs on coal. John’s life experiences, and talent, have given him the dialogue that delivers unforgettable thrillers that are fastpaced. He is currently The New York Times Bestselling author of twenty-eight novels. Moreover, Libraries Unlimited has included him in its publication "The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors".

I encourage you—take a break from planting your spring flowers, and read one of John Lescroart’s novels. Put your feet up, enjoy the quiet around you, and immerse yourself in an enthralling read.

WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING? As noted above, I'm a voracious reader. I love "literary" fiction, mysteries and thrillers (of course!), biographies, history, memoir, and science. About the only books that don't make my "to read" list are horror, Gothic, fantasy and sci-fi.

WHAT HAVE YOU EDITED OUT OF YOUR BOOKS, AND WHY? Hemingway once famously said that you can cut out anything you want in any of your books, just so long as you know why you're doing it. I have found these words to be wise. In my own case, I've learned that I often write stuff to explain to myself what I'm hoping to convey. Sometimes these will be entire scenes that don't work because I'm explaining instead of telling the story that I've just gone to some lengths to describe. When I recognize these, I cut them. The most dramatic cut I ever made was in my book GUILT, where I spent about 140 pages "getting to know" my bad guy, Mark Dooher. At the end of those pages, I knew him well enough, but finding out all about him didn't advance the plot, so I cut out those 140 pages. Ouch, that hurt! HOW DO YOU CREATE THE  CHARACTERS FOR YOUR BOOKS? First, I use a lot of dialogue, because dialogue reveals character in a wonderfully immediate way. People who are talking are in action, and you want to show characters in action. Beyond that, I try to create one interesting scene after another, making the action (action again!) of the scene reveal character traits. It's all about people doing things that we can see and with which we can identify.

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Fire Sermon

By: Jamie Quatro Book Reviews by BARRIE OLMSTEAD Fire Sermon is an appropriate title for Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, as the subject itself, and the language it renders, are incendiary. Maggie, a religious scholar and poet, is a married woman who is devoted to her husband and children but sexually stultified. She and her husband share neither passion nor the intellectual kinship Maggie craves. She writes a fan letter to a fellow poet and academic, James, and they begin a correspondence that is at first tentative but grows increasingly feverish over time. They discuss their children, poetry, faith and the nature of religious passion. Maggie’s story unfolds through these letters, as well as from emails, prayers and snippets of therapy sessions. She seeks to grapple with infidelity and sin, attraction and duty. Raised in an evangelical household, Maggie rejects the religion of her upbringing; intent on a faith that feels truer and more privately reverent. The novel hinges on the physical consummation of Maggie’s affair, which occurs when she and James finally meet at a conference in Chicago; the fervency of their one night together continues to play in her mind. Maggie’s moral reckoning is at the novel’s core, exquisitely playing out in its fierce and slender pages. Grove Press, 2018

An American Marriage

By: Tayari Jones   Roy and Celestial, a prosperous newly married black couple living in Atlanta, find their lives cleaved apart when Roy is accused of a crime he did not commit. The couple had traveled to Roy’s home state of Louisiana to visit his parents and the tension in the first two chapters is palpable, as Roy and Celestial give their accounts of a prickly dinner and an ensuing argument in a hotel room. Even so, Roy remembers it as “the last happy evening I would experience for a very long time." The next morning Roy is arrested and ultimately sentenced to 12 years in prison, despite Celestial vouching for his whereabouts. Celestial’s realization is haunting: “What I know is this: they didn’t believe me. Twelve people and not one of them took me at my word.” The splintering of the marriage is revealed through their correspondence, as Celestial stops visiting and seeks comfort from a childhood friend named Andre. When Roy’s conviction is vacated and he is released after 5 years, he and Celestial struggle to come to terms with the devastation his imprisonment has wrought. Jones is skilled at illustrating the ruinous effect mass incarceration has on black families. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018

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They Say Blue

Author/Illustrator: Jillian Tamaki A young girl examines all the colors of the spectrum as she moves through her day, relating to them in all the ways a child does. Some colors are easy and comforting to identify, like the bright purple of a flower. Others she knows instinctively, like the red blood rushing through her body as she runs and plays. Still others are a mystery; she’s never seen a blue whale to confirm it is blue, but she knows water isn’t actually blue when she cups it in her hand to look at it. The gentle prose uses the procession of colors to vividly render the girl’s mood as she progresses from excited to downcast and back to contentment. Tamaki’s first picture book is filled with lush, dynamic illustration, which pairs perfectly with a lyrical story that swings from basic observations to soaring flights of imagination. Though it can be read as a simple book about colors or feelings, there are deeper meanings waiting to be found by insightful children, such as the fleeting nature of time and the disconnect between truths you know and truths you see. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018

Te s s o f t h e R o a d

Author: Rachel Hartman Children's Book Reviews By JUSTIN AZEVEDO The first in a new duology set in the world of Hartman’s Seraphina and Shadow Scale, this book focuses on seventeen-year-old Tess Dombegh, the younger sister of the previous books’ heroine. Tess is trapped in a life that seems to have no place for her, as past troubles have relegated her to being handmaiden to her “proper” twin sister and her prospects for a good marriage. After said wedding descends into disaster, Tess finally flees her household, disguises herself as a man, and sets out to prove a wild theory she discovered during her younger days of sneaking into university lectures. As her journey stretches on, though, she realizes that she has to face what she is really running from: her family? The prospect of a dreary, unsatisfying life? Or, perhaps, the excuses to drown herself in stolen wine in order not to think too hard about her “past troubles”? The book is slow and winding for a fantasy novel, as any road novel will be, but what emerges through Tess’s episodic journey is a powerful story of trauma and self-acceptance. Hartman uses dragons and Victorian fantasy as a backdrop to examine how young women internalize the terrible things that happen to them in order to survive, and creates a deeply moving and empowering coming-of-age story that will resonate with young adults. Recommended for age 13 and up. Random House Children’s Books, 2018

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JESSICA Gauna-Miller UNITED WAY Jessica Gauna-Miller, an Elk Grove resident, received United Way California Capital Region’s Women United Member of the Year award in 2017. She was one of five United Way donors and volunteers honored by the local nonprofit for their commitment to United Way’s Square One Project (that is ensuring local students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and beyond). "I'm a Sales Manager for Nationwide, where I've worked for 13 years," said Jessica. "One of the things I love about working for Nationwide is that they encourage their leaders to do great work in their community through volunteering. We receive company time to give back, which I think makes such a big difference." Jessica’s passion is in the four tiers of the Square One Project, keep kids in school, keep them on track, set high expectations, and ensure strong support. In pursuing this passion, Jessica serves on the leadership council for United Way’s Women United action group. Through her work on the council, Jessica has helped raise thousands of dollars to support local foster youth and help them graduate from high school (prepared for success in college or career). Turning her 52. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

trials in the foster care system into something positive, Jessica shares her own unpredictable and often turbulent childhood that included child abuse from the ages of 9 until she was 12. She had to live with physically abusive foster parents until she was finally able to be emancipated from the system at age 17. United Way California Capital Region President and CEO Stephanie Bray told guests and honorees at Antiquité Maison Privée in Midtown Sacramento. “I know we have a bright year ahead as we continue to work together to make sure kids succeed in school and beyond. But it’s going to take all of us. I hope you will continue or step up your commitment to the exciting work we are all doing together through the Square One Project.” United Way California Capital Region is leading the Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college, and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties; United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. The Square One Project has four action groups to work in the community. You can get involved with the Woman United, Student United Way, Retirees, or the Young Leaders Society. Go to www. yourlocalunitedway.org to donate or volunteer.

Q&A How could United Way’s

Square One Project have helped you, as a child growing up in the foster care system? A: I went through many homes while in foster care. Unfortunately, being a foster child meant I was a paycheck for some of the foster parents and there wasn’t much guidance provided at that time stating the importance of getting good grades or encouragement to go off to college. I was in survival mode when I emancipated, and I had to work to support myself and that came before continuing my education. Statistics are sobering for our foster youth, and without structure, guidance and people truly investing their time and showing them that they matter, it can often lead them to drugs, prostitution, homelessness and jail. Programs like the Square One Project will help our foster youth aspire to earn good grades, go to college, and earn a degree and a good wage… so they aren’t living in poverty, and not a statistic. It is important to me that I lead by example, and show our foster youth that success is within their reach and that their circumstances do not define who they are. I intend to spend my life dedicated to raising awareness and helping influence our local communities, to lift up our foster youth so they achieve success and live happy, productive lives.




Common Reasons People Visit the Medical Tent and How You Might Avoid It. By Scott Meier, MD Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine

I have worked in medical tents at running events for more than 10 years, as a physician providing aid to runners in need of first aid or medical care. There are common reasons runners seek care at a medical tent, and proper planning and training can go a long way on race day to help runners avoid a visit to the medical tent.

1. Blisters, abrasions

Make sure your shoes fit correctly and support your feet to avoid excessive movement and sliding. Wear new running shoes for at least two to four weeks before an event. If your shoes are rubbing you in the wrong spot, get moleskin or a similar pad to decrease friction in that area. Make sure the clothing you are wearing is appropriate to avoid rubbing on your nipples or inner thighs. You can also wear pads, use tape or Vaseline, and other items to decrease friction. If you have a big blister or abrasion that concerns you, get help from the medical staff at the finish line. 54. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

Running is an excellent form of exercise and has many health benefits. Follow these suggestions to ensure that you get the benefits of a run, and avoid any unpleasant or harmful "side effects".

2. Collapse, dehydration

A runner collapsing after the finish is more common than you think. After running and moving for a long time, all the body’s blood is being pumped to the muscles and away from the center of the body. When you stop at the finish line, less blood is being pumped back to the heart, leading to less blood available to your head. Feeling faint, and collapsing, is the body's response, and makes it easier for the heart to get needed blood to your head. When you finish the race, do a light jog or walk to cool down. That will help keep the blood pumping until your body acclimates to the slower pace.

4. Leg cramps

These can be incredibly painful for any person. Dehydration is a common cause for cramps but so are poorly conditioned muscles. Be consistent with training to build up the muscle endurance and strength to last you through a long race. On race day, a proper warm-up will go a long way to prevent leg cramps. Practice different warm-up routines to find out what works for you and then maintain a consistent routine to avoid cramping on race day.

5. Worsening of a medical condition

Write down your medical history, allergies, medication, contact numbers, and other important information on your bib. This could potentially save your life. If you have any special medications you need, bring those with you. The medical team will usually have most medications needed, but it’s best to be prepared. For example, if you have asthma, carry your inhaler in case you have an attack midrace. Always talk to your doctor about running and what that means for your current medical condition. Even healthy runners should have regular checkups to ensure that they are running without risk. Running is an excellent form of exercise and has many health benefits. Follow these suggestions to ensure that you get the benefits of a run, and avoid any unpleasant or harmful "side effects".

Dehydration can also play a part. It is helpful to keep hydrated, balancing water and electrolyte intake. Practice your race day hydration plan during your training.

3. Diarrhea

While running, blood flow needed for digestion is decreased to the stomach and intestines. This makes your stomach less tolerant to stress. Something as simple as a new or heavy meal can lead to diarrhea. This can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. It can also lead to dehydration. Pick a pre-race meal and snacks during a race that your stomach can handle. Try your pre-race meal during training runs, especially on your long runs to see how your body handles it.

Dr. Scott Meier has been a part of Kaiser Permanente since 2009. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans. He is board certified in both pediatrics and sports medicine. He treats both competitive and recreational athletes in the sports medicine department at the Kaiser Permanente Promenade Medical Offices in Elk Grove. In his spare time, Dr. Meier enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, rooting for his local baseball and basketball teams, and being active in a few different sports. https://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/provider/scottmeier ardentforlife.net   55


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Insoluble & Soluble By Dayle A. Imperato, MD, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

We all have heard that fiber is good for you, but what types? Why? What is the best source for this fiber, supplements or food? Which foods? All these questions cause confusion. There’s also soluble and insoluble fibers. What’s the difference, what’s the best source, and is it possible to take too much? I know that I struggled with these questions for years, taking fiber supplements on occasion…and other times none. Let’s look at some answers to these questions.

tomatoes, and peppers), cauliflower, onions, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and whole grains. It adds bulk to the stool, increasing regularity and helps food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines. Excessive insoluble fiber, however, can bind to nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron, preventing their absorption. A high intake of insoluble whole grain fibers may be harmful, based on one study that showed a 22% higher death rate from a heart attack in subjects with a high fiber intake. So, grains that are high in insoluble fiber and low in bioavailable nutrients should probably be avoided.

First, I want to define the difference between insoluble and soluble fibers. Insoluble fibers are non-digestible fibers that often come from vegetable sources. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, adds bulk to the stool and (with some exceptions) have low fermentation in the colon. Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, peas, celery, corn, nightshade family (eggplant, potatoes,

Insoluble fiber may be irritating to a gut that is inflamed. If you have irritable bowel syndrome or disease, you may want to limit your intake of insoluble fiber. You may also want to see a Functional Medicine doctor (like myself ) to help you heal your gut, decrease the inflammation and improve your immune system. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Other steps

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to decrease the irritation, that insoluble fibers may have on your gut, is to remove stems and peels from insoluble vegetables (never eat them on an empty stomach) dice, chop or grate them into smaller pieces or ferment them first before eating. Soluble fibers, in contrast, dissolve in water. They are fermented in the intestinal tract and form a gelatinous, viscous substance in the colon. While we cannot digest this gellike material, the bacteria in the GI tract can. Intestinal bacteria digest the soluble fibers by fermenting them. In this fermentation process, the bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, propionate, and acetate. These short-chain fatty acids are the main source of energy for intestinal cells. Butyrate is a fatty acid that is associated with anti-inflammatory effects, increases in insulin sensitivity and slows the development of neurodegenerative diseases. It also plays a role in healthy metabolic function, stress resistance, and the immune response.

Every bite you eat is sending information to your cells. Food literally is

responsible for every function in your body, from gut to brain health. Food is medicine for your body. Good nutrition is the first step toward a chronic-disease free life. health} Studies show that soluble fiber increases satiety (the feeling of fullness) by slowing digestion, resulting in lower overall calorie intake. Soluble fiber also protects against heart disease, decreases LDL cholesterol (by increasing the activity of liver LDL receptors) and binds cholesterol. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, split peas; and some fruits and vegetables, such as parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, beets, plantains, taro, yucca and avocado. It is also found in psyllium, a common fiber supplement. Fiber, like most nutrients, can cause problems if there is too little or too much. Many whole-foods, such as yams, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, carrots, other root vegetables, fruits with edible peels (such as apples and pears), berries, seeds and nuts, contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. So how much fiber should a person get each day? The Institute of Medicine recommends 38 grams daily for men and 25 grams daily for women. This is probably too low. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate 100-150 grams daily. We haven’t changed metabolically that much from our ancestors. It takes thousands of years for adaption to occur. The industrialization of agriculture and increased consumption of highly processed, nutrient depleted, and sugar laden foods no longer provide the human body with the nutrition it needs. It is difficult to get even 25 grams of fiber daily from the Standard American Diet (SAD). What to do? One can always use supplements and that might be a good start. But the best way to get enough fiber, both soluble and insoluble, is to eat whole foods that are highly nutrient dense, minimally processed, organic, without added sugar and artificial ingredients. Your plate should be ¾ vegetables. If it comes in a bag or a box, don’t eat it. Every bite you eat is sending information to your cells. Food literally is responsible for every function in your body, from gut to brain health. Food is medicine for your body. Good nutrition is the first step toward a chronic-disease free life.

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Are You Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?

Sponsored by Chris Tanaka, Sher Khan Karate, Owner/Senior Instructor

Losing weight is an obsession that consumes the lives of many women and men. However, sometimes even the best weight loss efforts prove completely ineffective. Are you trying to lose weight? Are you finding that you aren't as successful at shedding the pounds as you should be? You might just be undermining your own efforts. Check this list to see if you are guilty of any of these dietsabotaging behaviors.

Calorie Crushing

One common myth says that losing weight is a game of numbers. Simply take in fewer calories than you burn, and you will lose pounds.

Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Your metabolism, or the way your body processes calories, makes a huge difference in whether or not you drop excess weight. Extreme calorie restriction can actually trick your body into holding on to the weight. When you make a weight loss plan, be sure you are giving your body enough calories to

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keep it from thinking you are starving. The average person consumes about 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, depending on size and gender. Dropping below 1,000 may be stalling your weight loss.

Forbidding Food

Human beings naturally want what they can't have. Denying yourself something you enjoy is only going to make you crave that food more.

You don't have to go cold turkey on pizza, ice cream and other high-calorie foods. Just make them a rare treat and eat them in small portions.

Meal Skipping

You may think you are cutting calories when you skip a meal, but the truth is that your body will want to replenish that lost energy the next time you eat. This often leads to eating even more later in the day.

The worst meal to skip when you are trying to lose weight is breakfast. If you give yourself a healthy, high-protein start to the day, you are setting yourself up for success.

Squandering Sleep

It's hard to understand how sleep has any-

thing to do with weight, but research has shown, time and time again, that it's hard to lose weight when you don't get enough sleep.

Healthy sleep patterns are important to many different body systems, and metabolism is no exception. A tired body is less efficient at regulating blood sugar and processing fats. Being sleepy may also cause you to be weaker when it comes to making the right food choices.

Post-Exercise Eating

Working out can make you hungry. Just be careful of what and how much you eat after you've exercised. Don't fall into the trap of filling up on carbs after an intense workout. Instead, opt for proteins that will help you build muscle and increase energy. Pay attention to portion size, and avoid stuffing yourself.

Bad Goal Setting

Increase your chances for successful weight loss by creating reasonable and achievable goals. When you set goals that are unreasonable, you can easily become discouraged and give up. Embark on your path to weight loss success by taking one step at a time. Move from one small goal to the next, celebrating each victory.



You probably pay a lot of attention to calories consumed during a meal, but you may let other dangerous foods enter your body throughout the day. Standing for Meals

Research shows that people who stand up while eating are less satisfied than those who sit down to a meal. This is probably because you are less focused on your food when you eat on the run. Take the time to sit down to a meal and enjoy your food, rather than scarfing down calories as an afterthought.

Disregarding Portions

Portion size matters. You are getting far more calories than you realize when you don't pay attention to how much of a particular food you are consuming. Read labels to discover the appropriate portion size, and measure your food before you eat.

Indulging with Friends

We tend to mirror our friends when it comes to eating. If you are trying to lose weight, it's best to limit the amount of time you spend going out with friends who consume a lot of high calorie foods. You may find it difficult to refuse a food your friends are indulging in or to say no to dessert when everyone else at the table has ordered some. Talk to friends about your weight loss efforts, and make lunch plans with people who have the same goals. That way you can encourage each other.

Salad Sabotaging

Salads can be much more dangerous than they appear. While a bowl of veggies is definitely a great choice for a meal, some salads include a lot more than that. High-fat dressings, cheese and meat can seriously sabotage your salad. Also watch out for high-fat additions like avocado and olive oil, which can be fine in moderation but problematic in high amounts.

Food Rewarding

Once you've lost some weight, it's natural to want to celebrate your success. However, it's a mistake to reward yourself with food. Don't start to slack on your efforts when you begin to see success. Find other ways to reward yourself, and double your efforts to keep your mind on your goals.

Premature Quitting

Making a weight loss mistake can make you feel bad about yourself, and sometimes a lack

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of success can cause you to decide that the sacrifices aren't worth it. Guard against quitting on yourself when you've have a bad day. One mistake does not negate your hard work and effort, and not losing weight fast enough is no reason to go back to your old ways. If you feel your weight loss is at a standstill, think of ways to jump start your efforts. Try a new kind of exercise, or make a small change in your eating habits to see if it makes a difference. Remember that quitting guarantees you won't meet your goals. You owe it to yourself to keep trying.

Falling for Tricky Packaging

Be skeptical of claims made on food packaging. Just because a product is organic or low in fat, or has other purported health benefits, it is not necessarily low in calories. Be sure you are reading labels for fat content and calories rather than relying on any deception from the front of the box.

Dismissing Protein

Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent foods for getting healthy and losing weight, but don't forget your lean protein. Protein is what makes you feel full, builds muscle and keeps your energy levels high. Be especially careful

to eat enough protein in the morning to keep you going until lunchtime.

Sipping Calories

It's easy to let excess calories slip into your diet through what you drink. Most of us know that alcohol is especially high in calories and that soda contains far too much sugar. However, even supposedly health choices like fruit juice can blow your diet too. Stick to drinking water as much as you can.

Day Grazing

You probably pay a lot of attention to calories consumed during a meal, but you may let other dangerous foods enter your body throughout the day.

Eating just a small bite of someone else's dessert or goodies left in the break room can foil your weight loss efforts. Those calories add up faster than you can imagine. Also be cautious of eating while you cook or taking bites from snacks you make for your kids.

Weight loss isn't easy, but you can do a lot to set yourself up for success. Be sure to avoid these weight loss dangers, and you will find yourself winning the war against extra pounds.

Chris Tanaka, Sher Khan Karate (916) 436-8391 8932 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624



out the Stress By Sabrina Danielle

Stress is an incredibly important factor in your health, that kicks your immune systems into overdrive. Studies have found chiropractic, and massage, can help improve our overall health. Chiropractic adjustments affect how our body copes and interprets pain, which helps its response to diseases and injuries. Some recent studies have shown that chiropractic and massage can alter the body’s immune function, affect heart rate, and reduce blood pressure. According to the National Institute of Health, chronic stress causes anxiety, depression, and heart disease. Chiropractic and Massage is an effective way of stress reduction and management, helping relax tight and painful muscles, increasing circulation, improving range of motion in the joints, and lowering stress levels.

Chiropractic and Massage Care can… RELIEVE PAIN – Caused by chronic pain, muscle

tension due to stress, Soft-tissue injuries to name a few. Soft-tissue injuries can take months before they fully heal. Chiropractic and massage can provide pain relief; some auto accident victims report up to an 80% reduction in their pain and discomfort in just a matter of a few weeks.

SUPPORTS LONG- TERM HEALING- Muscle weakness resulting from chronic pain, stress, and injuries can leave patients feeling vulnerable to reinjury. Rehabilitative exercises that improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles, especially the ones surrounding the spine, should be incorporated into your chiropractic care and massage therapy plan. RESTORE MOBILITY – Chiropractors and massage therapists work with patients to get them moving again as quickly as possible. Helping them regain full range of motion before scar tissue develops. Working with patients to educate them on how to utilize self-care, exercises, and stretches to help them in their healing process.

Here are some helpful and simple stretches

You can start doing these simple exercises and stretches practically anywhere, helping you reduce your stress and to feel better in just a

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few seconds. Muscle tension and restrictions can be debilitating, making you lose range of motion and can even cause headaches. Luckily these simple stretches can relieve the tightness when you are between treatments.

NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN Sit forward in a chair with a straight back and your feet flat on the floor. l With left arm reach over your head and touch your right ear with fingers. Gently tilt your head to the left side, bringing your ear towards your shoulder, until you feel the stretch. l Hold stretch for 20-30 seconds. l Slowly release your head back to center. l Repeat on other side. l Repeat 3 times on each side. l

SHOULDER SORENESS l Take a deep breath in as you shrug your shoulders up towards your ears. l Hold this position for 3 seconds. l Slowly exhale while you release your shoulders to staring position. l Repeat 10 times. UPPER BACK AND SHOULDERS Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and back straight. l

Turn your right hand, palm facing your ear, raise your hand straight up towards the ceiling and keep your shoulder down. l Hold 20-30 seconds then return to starting position. l Repeat on other side. l Repeat 3 times each. l

UPPER AND MID BACK Place your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder. l Take a deep breath into your back. l Hold for 20-30 seconds. l Slowly release your arms back to your sides. l Repeat 3 times. l

UPPER AND MID BACK Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. l Slowly hunch over towards the floor, while allowing your arms to dangle. l Still hunched over, with your back rounded, start to sway your upper body and arms gently from side to side. l Do this for about 20-30 seconds. l Slowly return to starting position standing. l Repeat 3 times. l

health} CHEST PAIN

Internal chest pain can be extremely serious and should always get medical attention. However, if your chest muscles are sore try this simple stretch either sitting down or standing up.

Place your hands behind your head, keeping your elbows out. l Reach your elbows towards the back while squeezing your shoulder blades together. l Hold stretch for 20-30 seconds. l Slowly return elbow to staring position, and relaxing your shoulder blades. l Repeat 3 times. l

LOW BACK PAIN Sit forward on a chair. l Bring one knee into your chest using your hands to grasp back of your thigh. l Pull your thigh gently towards your body. l Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds. l Slowly release your leg back to the floor. l Repeat with other leg. l Repeat 3 times. l

LOW BACK AND HAMSTRINGS Sit on floor with your feet shoulder width apart and your back straight. l Tighten your abdominal muscles as you bend at your waist, reaching for your toes. l Trying to rest your head in your lap. l

Hold 20-30 seconds. Return slowly to your sitting position, keeping your abdominal muscles tight. l Repeat 3 times. l l

GLUTE PAIN Sit forward in a chair. l Bring your right ankle up onto your left knee. l Keeping your back straight, lean forward until you feel the stretch in your glutes. l Hold 20-30 seconds. l Slowly sit back up and release your leg back to normal sitting position with your feet on the floor. l Repeat on other leg. l Repeat 3 times. l

HIP PAIN Sit forward at the edge of a chair. l Sitting up tall, rotate your torso slightly to the right. l Take your left leg and extend it as far as you are able behind you. l Keep your right leg bent in a right angle. l Left your chest, while pressing your lift hip towards the floor. l Hold for 20-30 seconds. l Slowly release your left leg and return to starting position. l Repeat same thing on other side. l Repeat 3 times. l



Elk Grove

ROCKS! Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

Sure, you know Elk Grove Rocks. It is a vibrant community with so much to offer citizens and visitors alike. What about a much more literal interpretation? Do you know #ElkGroveRocks? #Elk Grove Rocks is a local Facebook Group dedicated to posting the whereabouts of decorated rocks, hidden all around the city of Elk Grove, as a part of the Kindness Rock Project. The Kindness Rock Project was started a little over two years ago, in the Cape Cod area, by Megan Murphy. Megan’s parents passed away when she was in her twenties. Sometimes, when she was struggling with the stresses of life, she would walk on the beach near her home and talk to her parents in her head, seeking their guidance. Whenever she found heart-shaped rocks or pieces of sea glass on these walks, they felt like signs to her that she wasn’t alone. The uplifting and comforting feeling these beach treasures brought to Megan were the catalyst for The Kindness Rock Project. One day when she reached a rock filled stretch of beach, she decided to write words of encouragement on five rocks with a Sharpie Marker. Later, a friend (who knew Megan often walked that stretch of beach) texted her a picture of one of the rocks asking if she had made it and telling her how finding the rock message had made her day. The idea that something as simple as a rock, with a message on it, had the power to spread happiness encouraged Megan to start leaving more rocks for strangers to find. Eventually,

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she began creating “gardens” with a few dozen rocks grouped together in high traffic areas that included a sign explaining The Kindness Rock Project and encouraging others to take part. “One rock, one person,” Murphy explains. “If a message hits a person at the right time, or they join—and they drop a message that hits somebody when they need it, it’s like a huge connection. It’s what our world needs right now.”

The Kindness Rock Project has two main goals: Goal #1: Inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way…

Goal #2 Recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness

Since its inception, The Kindness Rock Project has spread from “Sea to Shining Sea” across the United States and beyond to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Thailand, Haiti, Italy, and England. For more information about The Kindness Rock Project you can visit their website at: http://thekindnessrocksproject.com

Now that you know about The Kindness Rock Project, are you ready to “Rock n’ Roll” making kindness rocks of your own?

Here’s How 1.

Start with clean, dry rocks. Fist size circular river rocks are ideal, but any rock will do. Don’t happen to have a pile of rocks laying around? You can pick some up at a local home improvement store. 2. Paint! Acrylic Paint works well. If you happen to have left-over house paint or spray paint, those will work too. You can even use Sharpie paint markers, if you feel more comfortable with a pen than a brush. How you paint your rock/s is completely



"The great thing about this project is there is no wrong way to paint a rock. The fact that you are making an effort to put something out for someone else to enjoy is what is important." up to you. Some participants paint the entire rock to look like an object, while others create graphic designs or messages just on the top of their rocks. Some rocks contain a combination of words and pictures, while others have strictly one or the other. The great thing about this project is there is no wrong way to paint a rock. The fact that you are making an effort to put something out for someone else to enjoy is what is important. Still feeling a little uneasy about the whole “art part” of this project? There are thousands of fantastic examples on the internet (especially on Pinterest). Just type in “Rock Painting” or “Painted Rocks” and be prepared to be amazed and inspired. Find a style or technique that appeals to you and go for it! Once you get started, you will find what works best for you and develop a Rocking style all your own. 2a. Still not feeling comfortable with the idea of painting? You can also use Mod Podge to attach stickers or paper cut-outs to rocks for a slightly simpler project. 3. After your paint dries, add some key information on the back of your rock to let the finder know it is part

of The Kindness Rock Project. Megan Murphy encourages people to write #thekindnessrocksproject on the back of their rocks and check in on social media. #Elk Grove Rocks is the local Facebook Group that posts about painted rocks being hidden and found all over Elk Grove. If you like, you can sign your name or initials (although it isn’t necessary). Using a fine tip permanent marker or paint pen is the easiest way to do this. 4. Once paint is completely dry, it is recommended to brush on a coat of Mod Podge over the entire rock, let dry and then spray with a clear acrylic sealer to help your art withstand the elements. 5. Now, pretend you are the Easter Bunny and go hide your rock where someone else can find it, and be inspired. Looking for a “Rocking” adventure? Check out the #ElkGroveRocks Facebook page for recent postings of “Rock Drops,” then go visit the listed location and see what you can find… Once you find a Kindness Rock, it is up to you whether you want to keep it or re-hide it for someone else to find.

Can you believe it? Kindness Rock Project - There’s an App for that! MyRocks is a free app available at the App Store and Google Play. With this app, you can share your rocks with the world. The app assigns each rock with its own unique code which can then be written on the back of your rock and will allow users to tag it when they find it. MyRocks can then show where each rock has been, who has found it, and where it's currently hidden. Want to go searching for Kindness Project rocks? This app can help you find them whether you are in Elk Grove or anywhere else in the world. There are newly painted rocks all over the place waiting to be found! Visit:https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=ZTtGK6mYTEU to watch a video about the app and how it works. ardentforlife.net   69


Names How We Got Them


By Elizabeth Pinkerton Historical Photos Courtesy of Elk Grove Historical Society

How did we get the names that we have for our roads and streets? That is a question that many people ask, and fortunately, we have some answers for them. In the last Ardent magazine, I told readers about many of our names and how we got them. Some went back to the days of our Miwok people, some are from our Spanish and Mexican years, and some came from our days of Gold.

I wrote about these names in the last issue: Cosumnes, Omochumnes, Mokelumne, San Joaquin, Laguna, Grant Line, Sloughhouse, Michigan Bar, Stockton, Sheldon, Jackson, Dillard, Franklin, and Elk Grove. Now, here are more names and how we got them. Our country roads are crowded these days as hundreds of busy folks hurry down them every day. We stop at our busy intersections and we wait, but we should look around. What is the name of that road and what does it mean? Was this some historic trail, an important part of our history? Was this road an extension of a farm or ranch? Did horse drawn wagons lumber by this very spot? Did a stage coach travel through here long ago? Did little children walk through here on their way to the country schoolhouse that once stood in that field? Let’s find out the stories behind our roads. Some have become urban streets, but some are still kind of country and unique in 2018. Alta Mesa Road – this is the road that runs from Dillard Road to the San Joaquin County line. It starts out in an eastward direction, but only for a short way, for it takes an abrupt turn south and then goes on and on. It passes through the community of Alta Mesa in the southern part of our county. It was settled by a group of survivors of the San Francisco earthquake of 1903, they called themselves the Don Ray Colony. When the Traction Line railroad came through the area in 1910, the new colonists decided to raise grapes.They designed a marketing label called Alta Mesa, which, in Spanish, is high and dry, a perfect description of the land they had chosen to live upon. The railroad stop was called Blake’s Crossing, but it 72. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

was not long before it became known as Alta Mesa. The grape venture did not work out due to the lack of water, probably. But the colonists turned to raising chickens and dairying, and they were very successful in this. The new rail line provided the Alta Mesa farmers with a great way to ship their fresh eggs and milk to people in Stockton and Sacramento. Arno Road - When you cross the Cosumnes River, on your way to Galt, you will notice that the second exit is Arno Road. However, there really is no Arno— at least not now. When the Central Pacific Railroad put its tracks in, heading south from Sacramento, this was a station stop. Alice and Pio Valensin, our Count and Countess of the time, chose not to have the station called Hicksville; which was the name of the settlement there. They chose a fancier name, one that would remind them of their favorite places in the Arno River Valley in Italy. That is how we got the name of Arno. Hicksville continued to exist on the east side of Stockton Road, and Arno was the place on the west. All we have there today is the Hicksville Cemetery. Bond Road - On the west side of Highway 99, is Laguna Boulevard which is fairly new, but the road on the east has been with us for a long time. Bond Road was a short road – from Stockton Road to the farm of pioneer Augustus Bond at today’s Elk Grove-Florin Road. The road was later extended eastward to Grant Line Road, south of Sheldon. Mrs. Bond was related to the Donner family. Bradshaw Road - This road runs all the way from Grant Line Road to Highway 50 and Folsom Road, but its name is somewhat of a mystery. There was a

Bradshaw family that lived around the north end of the road, but we do not know much about them.

Bruceville Road – Surprisingly, we get the

name from Bruce, the King of the Scots! He was an ancestor of Mrs. Bradford; whose husband gave up gold mining to settle there in what is now the south Franklin area. Today the road leads from Kaiser and Methodist Hospitals to the Sacramento County Branch Jail. The Bradfords were very influential in both agriculture and politics. They were even able to arrange for a special railroad track to come directly to their vineyard and winery, just north of Twin Cities Road. Calvine Road - This road was originally known as the California Vineyard Road because it went from Stockton Road to the headquarters of a large grape growing enterprise, The California Vineyard Company. It covered a large amount of land around the Traction Line, north of Grant Line Road, and although there were many people employed there; the company had very little to do with the communities around it. Workers came to the company by train, the products were shipped out, but not much is known about the company. Over the years, the name of the road was shortened to Calvine so that it would fit on the street sign. We now have Calvine High School today. Clay Station Road - It is only fitting that we should celebrate the clay that made our early farmers become the creative and ingenious agriculturists that they were. Clay Station Road connects Dillard Road with Twin Cities Road, at the spot where the Central Pacific Railroad (now the Southern Pacific)

During the Japanese Internment, 1942.

Bradford Winery - Bruceville, CA



intersected. This branch of the line was put in later to connect up with the main line. Eagle’s Nest Road - One can easily imagine that it was a long ago eagle that gave this road its name. The road begins at Grant Line and goes north to Douglas Road, just east of its intersection with Sunrise Boulevard. Elder Creek Road - This road and the creek received their names from the Elder family. Turner Elder settled there in 1846. Polly Elder was one of the daughters of Thomas and Elizabeth Rhoads, the Mormon family that came overland to California by wagon train. The group traveled for the first half of their journey with the Donner Party, but then separated and went on the Oregon Trail to Sutter’s Fort.

South from Elk Grove Boulevard, the road was called Parkway until the first traffic light was installed in 1977. The northern part, that eventually became South Watt, is a fairly recent addition. This two-town name for a road was fairly common in California, but we don’t know how the custom began. In early days, there were three roads that led out of Elk Grove: Elk GroveFlorin Road went north, Elk Grove-Sheldon Road went east and Elk Grove-Franklin Road went west.

Excelsior Road - It is likely that this road got its

name from Jared Sheldon and William Daylor… who had a wagon making business at what is now Sheldon (during the gold days). This was the route that would be taken to get to, and from, Jackson Road and Sutter’s Fort-Sacramento. The name Excelsior showed a connection to riches (the gold from the Cosumnes River) and the intent of early settlers was to let everyone know this was a great place. The Excelsior School was located near Jackson Road. It was called Bailey School when it opened in 1859, but a few years later (in 1863) it was renamed Excelsior School. The school served the area until 1946, when it merged with Enterprise School (that later became part of Sierra Enterprise of today).

Florin Road - Although it is the

Elk Grove-Florin Road - When you are in Elk

Grove, you say—Elk Grove Florin Road, but when you are in Florin, you say Florin-Elk Grove Road.

longest east-west road in Sacramento County today, Florin Road started out as a little trail leading eastward from Upper Stockton Road to the railroad stop (that received the name of Florin). It is said that it was Judge Crocker who called the railroad stop Florin, naming the railroad station for the many wild flowers of the area. Old Town Florin grew up around the railroad tracks, where it still exists today, although not everyone

would recognize it as a once growing town. Florin was once the Strawberry Capital of the world. If that was Florin’s greatness, then its sadness was the removal of thousands of its residents (in the hysteria of 1942) when all people of Japanese ancestry were sent to internment camps. Today, we have both Florin Elementary School and Florin High School. Enjoy traveling around and knowing the history of the names of the roads. And… read more about Names in the next edition of Ardent!


Book 1 – River, Oaks, Gold

Book 2 – Fields, Farms, Schools We the People, a Story of Internment in America

All book proceeds go for student scholarships. Make your check payable to Laguna Publishers and send to 9227 Lamprey Drove. Elk Grove CA 95624. Books are $20 apiece and California sales tax is included. Add $3 for shipping of one or two books; $5 for 3-6 books, and tell me who you want the books signed to. For more information call me at 916-685-0606 or email at elizabethpink@gmail.com.

You can also get the books at my web page,


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Walls Out Loud

The Arts Advocacy Project (TAAP) here in Elk Grove, hosted its inaugural event ARTSbeat, a month-long celebration of the vibrant art scene in the Elk Grove community during March 2018. As part of this event, we invited the community to view “Walls Out Loud,” an exciting collaboration between Elk Grove muralists and our high school art programs. The muralists and students joined forces to create murals that focus on the themes of Unity and Diversity and their vision of how they see this reflected in our schools (and within the community). Each team of art students represented 5 EGUSD high schools, and were partnered with a local muralist, who has mentored the students through the process.  The art students brainstormed images that symbolize unity, diversity, and tolerance—then they created compositions to depict their ideas.  The students painted their images for the public to view at the event “Walls Out Loud,” which took place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Lent Ranch, (a special thank you Squeeze Inn Food Truck for serving delicious burgers). There was something for everyone—art, food, family, and fun! For more information, contact dgeorge@egusd.net or www.theartsadvocacyproject.com Photos courtesy of Gerry Simpson and Deborah George.

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Extravaganza Fair

Written by Margaret Munson, EGA Art Director and Show Curator

The Elk Grove Artists, Inc. (EGA) sponsored the Inaugural Art Extravaganza Fair—Show and Competition on Saturday, March 24, 2018. This is an ARTSbeat calendared event that has inspired artists, in the local and surrounding community, to exhibit their original collectable art.  Artists also furnished vendor booths with original works of art on exhibit (and for sale).  We had over 100 works of art in the competition, four workshops for visitors… instructed by award winning watercolor artist David Peterson and Joy Kuo.  We had live music, which gave the event a spring time boost (in spite of the light rain).  Food and wine was supplied by Chicks in Crisis of Elk Grove. EGA artist Darlene Delorenzi celebrated her 60th Anniversary in the Arts with her fellow artists. EGA artists made a team effort to set up and arrange the art exhibit.  We were so pleased that residents of the Elk Grove community came out to support the arts, we look forward to making this an annual event in Elk Grove.

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Elk Grove's New Community Center Photos by Joe Worsley

City leaders, Veterans, and Elk Grove seniors came together to celebrate the start of construction on Elk Grove’s next major gathering space during a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, March 20 at the civic center property located at the corner of Civic Center Drive and Big Horn Blvd. Construction of a 32,187 square foot community center will feature a new space for the Senior Center of Elk Grove, the city’s first Veterans Hall, a café, and a main hall capable of accommodating celebrations of up to 500 guests. The Community Center, Aquatics Center, and the outdoor event space connecting these facilities, referred to as the commons, are all part of the Phase 1 amenities planned at the civic center property. The facilities will serve residents of the Laguna Ridge neighborhood and provide a city-wide and regional resource for events, competitions, and social gatherings. The aquatic center and commons spaces will open later this summer.  The community center is expected to open the summer of 2019.

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During the Community Day of Service SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST STARTING AT 8.A.M.

You can help protect natural resources, and enhance the quality of life, in the community by joining Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) and JustServe for the Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 21. Hundreds of volunteers will be joining together on this day to clean and beautify the landscape of their community’s parks and trails. The annual event will include various creek clean-ups, park enhancement and playground beautification projects in Elk Grove. Projects begin at 8 a.m.

Taste of Elk Grove

Saturday, April 21st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation, 9040 High Tech Ct. Elk Grove, Ca. If you love food, wine, craft beer, and live music, you don't want to miss this event! The best restaurants in Elk Grove will be there offering samples of their menu. You never know, you might discover your new favorite place! There will be several local wineries providing tastings. We have craft beer makers too offering you a huge selection of local beer. Play the wine barrel raffle or participate in the silent auction. Enjoy the live music and dance the night away! Don't miss this great night out in Elk Grove that benefits many local non-profit organizations!

Third Annual Primavera Mexicana

Saturday, April 21st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S Hutchins St. Lodi, Ca. Join us for our third annual Primavera Mexicana! Mexican Folklore regional dances (commonly known as Folklorico) along with its history and legends. Folklorico is a tradition of the Mexican Culture that is exciting and fun! Performed by Grupo Folklorico Calli. Call 209.333.5550 for more information.

Community Day of Service is a perfect opportunity for students to earn community service credits and for people of all ages to give back to the community. All volunteers must sign a Hold Harmless Agreement which will be provided on-site or can be downloaded at www.yourcsd.com/volunteer. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Projects may require volunteers to bring gloves, a wheelbarrow, or other tools. After completing the morning’s work, volunteers are invited to attend an appreciation picnic at Rotary Grove in Elk Grove Regional Park.

Emerald Park Plaza Earth Day Art Show & Community Event

Sunday, April 22nd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Emerald Park Plaza. Individual and Community Group Recycled Art Competitions Maker Station to create your own art ”Green Themed” Artist Trading Card Swap

To volunteer for one of the spring clean-up projects, click the sign-up link at www.yourcsd.com/volunteer.

Educational & Vendor displays *Recycled Craft Fair

Individuals, families and service groups are welcome. If you are forming a large group, please contact Heather Shortino at 916-405-5300.

Ask how you can be a part of the Earth Day Festivities call Susie at Gifts From the Heart of Elk Grove at (916) 714-0914 or e-mail: giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove@gmail.com.

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save the date Beats on the Boulevard

Saturday, April 28th from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Town Plaza in Elk Grove.

Get Fit, Get Healthy and Be Happy at Elk Grove FitFest

Sat. April 28th. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park. Join the movement toward a healthier, active lifestyle at Elk Grove FitFest! The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) and the City of Elk Grove will host this new fitness special event. Families can stroll through the free Fitness Festival to learn about healthy habits, fitness and nutrition, and take part in class demonstrations and activities. The event will feature the third annual Elk Grove Gauntlet adult fitness competition and the Kids Warrior Challenge course. The Elk Grove Gauntlet is a one-day fitness competition open to men and women, Scaled (novice), Rx (Open), and Masters (40+). Participants must be 18 years or older. An award ceremony will follow the competition with prizes given in each category. Cost is $100 per team of two males or two females. Details and advanced registration is available at www.elkgrovecity.org.

Join us for the first annual Beats on the Boulevard. It is proudly presented by the Old Town Elk Grove Foundation! This is an "all day" music festival for people 21 and older. Tickets are non-refundable. The event will take place rain or shine. This is an ADULT event and no one UNDER 21 will be admitted (no infants please). No animals (service animals will be allowed). Bands include: JOURNEY REVISITED, THE CRIPPLE CREEK BAND, and RHYTHM CITY ALL STARS. You can purchase tickets at: https:// oldtownelkgrove.ticketspice.com/2018-beatson-the-blvd

Running of the Elk

Saturday, April 29th Start & Finish at 10305 Promenade Pkwy, Elk Grove, Ca. Running of the Elk Half Marathon, PLUS 10K: 7:30 a.m. sharp! THRIVE 5K 7:45 a.m. sharp! Kids Fun Run 10:30 a.m. sharp! Cheer on your favorite runner, or join us for the 5K,10K, or Kids’ Fun Run during the Running of the Elk Half Marathon. Afterwards, hang around for some post-race food and entertainment. Your participation supports the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation.

Bike and Bite

Farmers Market

Ride your bike to the monthly Food Truck Mania event and receive a $2 coupon to enjoy some tasty, discounted bites. The first 100 people to arrive on two wheels can pick up a coupon when they valet their bike with the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA). Then, grab some food, and check out the May is Bike Month Energizer Station. Admission is absolutely free, and open to all ages.

Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Town Plaza, Elk Grove, Ca.

Friday May 4th through Sunday May 6th at Elk Grove Regional Park. The 61th annual Elk Grove Western Festival celebrating this year’s theme How the West Is One. Join us for a weekend filled with fun and excitement and help us celebrate the 5th annual Elk Grove Western Festival & BBQ Championship brought to Elk Grove courtesy of the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS). The Carnival starts things off Friday night, and the festivities continue with the Western Festival Parade on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Parade starts on Elk Grove Blvd, at the corner of Emerald Oak Drive, and ends at the Elk Grove High School back parking lot. Come and join us for three days of family fun and excitement at Elk Grove Regional Park. It will be a weekend filled with wonderful entertainment, great food, classic cars, art exhibition (showing the talents of your local High School Students), the Kid's Zone, Crafter's, and our fabulous carnival of fun. www.elkgrovewesternfestival.org/

Free Music at McConnell Estates Winery, on Friday Evenings!

3rd annual Mother Son Wacky Golf Tournament

Event organizers are currently seeking vendors and sponsors to help FitFest promote health, fitness and family fun. For more information, contact the CSD at 916-405-5300.

Old Town Elk Grove Farmers Market

Elk Grove Western Festival

Runs May 4th through September 21st, every Friday evening. At 10686 W Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, CA. Check weekly for our featured musicians. Call 916.685.5368 for more information

Kids Warrior Challenge will give young athletes a chance to test their mental and physical abilities as they conquer challenging obstacles on an inflatable course! Registration is limited to the first 225 children ages 6 to 12. Cost is $25 per participant and includes a T-shirt and one hour on the course. Details and advanced registration is available at www.yourcsd.com.

Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Laguna Gateway Shopping Center (At Big Horn Blvd. and Laguna Blvd.)

Mother Son Wacky Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 2nd from 5p.m. to 8p.m. at Old Town Plaza, 9615 Railroad Street, Elk Grove, CA.

Sunday, May 6th from 9a.m. to 12 p.m. at Emerald Lakes Golf Course, 10651 E. Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, Ca. Calling all mothers and sons! The CSD is hosting the 3rd annual Mother Son Wacky Golf Tournament this spring! Not a golfer? Not a problem! This isn’t your ordinary golf tournament. Leave your golf clubs at home because we will provide the equipment. You'll make your way down the fairway with tennis racquets, baseballs, Frisbees and other sports equipment. Register online, by phone at 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300, or in person at a CSD registration location. ardentforlife.net   81

community} HAPPENINGS The excitement of having both the Men and Women race through our beautiful city is growing as the City hosts the Overall Start for the Women, and the Stage 5 Finish for the Men.

Saturday, May 12th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Elk Grove Historical Society, 9941 E Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove, Ca.

The women's opening stage will begin and end in front of the new Aquatic Center and Commons on Civic Center Drive. The race will head west, then south to the Sacramento River and the California Delta region. This is an 80-mile day with two Sprints and no Queen of the Mountain climbs (QOMs) - a very fast and flat route that should guarantee a day for the sprinters and an exciting finish back in Elk Grove. Soon after, the finish of the men's Stage 5 will come from Stockton through the City and down Civic Center Drive.

Raffle, silent auction, professional photos in the gazebo, wine will be available.

Big Truck Day

Mother’s Day Tea at Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum Garden

For more information and tickets visit www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com/teatickets

Amgen Tour of California 2018

May 17th. The City of Elk Grove is proud to once again be among 11 host cities for the Amgen Tour of California, as both the Men and Women make their way to Elk Grove on May 17th.

Wednesday, May 23rd from 11a.m. to 4p.m. at the Laguna Reserve Market Place, 10000 Bruceville Rd. Elk Grove, Ca. Free Admission Celebrate National Public Works Week with the City of Elk Grove at Big Truck Day. Honk the horn on the bus, get behind the wheel of a semi-truck, build a castle in the sand, play with GIANT bubbles and learn about the vehicles involved in maintaining a city at this free event geared to kids 2-6.

Big Crush Concert

Saturday, June 2nd from 6:30 to 9:30p.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park- Strauss Island. The Parks and Recreation Department invites you to a free concert in Elk Grove Regional Park. Come enjoy the band Big Crush playing top charts, Classic Rock, R&B, Motown, Disco, Jazz and Swing. This is the event’s third year, for our community to come together and enjoy great tunes and a warm summer evening in Elk Grove. Pack a picnic for the whole family, or purchase food and refreshments from a variety of local vendors. Access to the concert seating area begins at 5 p.m. For the comfort and safety of all guests, please note only blankets and low-back chairs are allowed, smoking is not permitted, and pets are not permitted (except service animals). The CSD and Elk Grove Police Department reminds residents that the 10 p.m. city curfew for minors will be enforced during this event.

Comedy Under the Stars

Friday, June 8th - Friday, July 13th - Friday, September 7th. Seating opens at 6 p.m. & show starts at 8 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove, Ca. The Cosumnes Community Services District and Sacramento’s Laughs Unlimited are partnering once again to bring the Comedy Under the Stars summer series back to Elk Grove. Bring a picnic dinner, blanket and a group of friends to laugh under the stars. This show is suitable for adults only. No high-back chairs. No pets permitted, with the exception of service animals. Call 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300 for more information.

Color Me Crazy Fun Walk/Run

Sunday, June 10th from 8a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S Hutchins St. Lodi, Ca. This colorful, family-friendly event is a great excuse to get out and get active, doing something everyone will love! The "run" starts at Hutchins Street Square, loops through the Downtown, and ends back at Hutchins Street Square for entertainment and a color celebration. Inspired by the popular Color Run, there will be fun pops of color along the route and lots of entertainment. This is not a timed event, and you don't need to be a runner to join the fun. This event is a great excuse to get out with your friends and family to have a great time. Call 209.663.8171 for more information. Would you like your event mentioned? Email submissions to us at info@mrsandmrpublishing.com 82. ardentforlife.net - Spring 2018

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