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Ardent content featured 40. MUSICAL MAYHEM

food & flavor 16. PEACHY KEEN Carole Morris

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24. THE PRODUCERS Raley's 26. Barrel Aging Tilted Mash 28. CHEESEBURGERS Cindy Della Monica 32. GRILLED CAPRESE KABOBS Leslie Budewitz

Design 44. LET'S TALK TILE Zina Sheya

love Story 52. GINA & DANIEL

History

74. THE CITY OF ELK GROVE Elizabeth Pinkerton

Art

34. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 38. MATT TRAMMEL

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80. A NANNOSECOND in Art and Music 80. DATEBOOK


contents business 50. JENNY SHIMADA Shibue Couture

Health

20. HEALTH LESSON Elk Grove Vitamins 56. MEN’S HEALTH Kaiser Permanente 58. BOUNCING BACK Tonya Gonzales

...20 education 64. SUMMER ACTIVITY Sher Khan Karate 68. WHAT WISDOM HAS TAUGHT ME CT Morris 70. DEATH BY 1000 CUTS GradePower

Community 30. CHILI FESTIVAL

66. AMGEN TOUR The City of Elk Grove 78. 20TH ANNUAL SPRING TEA The Elk Grove Historical Society

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60. BLOOD PRESSURE Rejuvenation Medical Spa 62. OFF BALANCE Keep Moving Mama


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.

Nina Baldwin

Nina Baldwin is Chief Operations Officer at Pallino Restaurants. She is the author of Helping Women Succeed in Business, in addition to being a speaker and business coach.

Jenn Bartell

Owner of Jenn Bartell Photography

Tonya Gonzales

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

Wendy Hoag

Owner of Keep Moving Mama, Elk Grove.

Kendra Holman

Is the owner of Love Junky Boutique in Elk Grove, California. Before becoming a business owner, she was an Associate Professor of English at Folsom Lake College.

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.

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.

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.

David Vallerga and Lindsey Peralta

Owners of Grade Power Learning in Elk Grove.

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Meet Some of the Talent...

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Jenn Bartell

What local activities or events do you like to engage in during the summer?

Jenn Bartell Photography We love taking the kids on "Adventure Days”; usually on a Friday when they are both home with me all day, or on the weekends when we all have a free day and Dad can come too! Calvin is really getting into them now that he is four years old. Archie, however, just goes along for the ride since he’s only 1.5 years old. Every week when we ask Calvin if he has ideas for adventure day, he always says whatever we did the week before… ha-ha. I’m guessing in his mind, whatever we did last week, can’t be topped. Which is very sweet.

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Some of our frequent summer activities and adventure days have been… Bike rides on our Yuba bike, where the kids can sit on the back and sometimes ride to local restaurants with great patios that are kid friendly (like Oak Park Brewery, or the R street area in Midtown).

Rick’s dessert diner for ICE CREAM

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I really enjoy sitting on the deck in our backyard together and watching the kids play.

Lindsey Peralta & David Vallerga GradePower Learning

During the spring/summer time we usually look for activities that involve either vehicles or animals. With a four and two year old in tow I try to find activities that interest them. My favorites are "Big Truck Day" where kids can learn about all of the vehicles involved in maintaining a city. We also like the county fairs, smaller than the State Fair so it gives us plenty of opportunities to meet and greet all the farm animals.


Ireen & Derrick Prasad Tilted Mash

There are so many things we do during the summer: food truck meet-ups, concerts in the park, and hop into our favorite local breweries (Hint: Tilted Mash and Flatland) for events. There’s so much to do around this city, which makes for a fun, and very full summer.

Our son and daughter have both been involved in summer sports around the Elk Grove area. When our son, Xander, started playing recreational baseball with the Laguna Youth Baseball league we were amazed by the number of parks within the borders of Laguna Blvd. to Bilby Road. The ballparks, the spray grounds, and the dog parks are a few of the ways to enjoy a nice summer evening.

This summer, we’re looking forward to a summer session of basketball with CYBL and some great training at Elk Grove Muay Thai. We’re hoping for a summer fight card to be held at Pins and Strikes.

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Checking In Summer is here; and colors are lively as we observe the fields and plants around us. As I watch children playing in the dazzling sunlight, they invigorate me. Their endless laughter, and energy, makes it impossible to do anything but smile in return. Enjoying the little things in life are what makes living worthwhile. Therefore, while you bask in the summer sun, sip a refreshing cold beverage and take a moment to read our newest issue of Ardent for Life magazine. I promise that it will be a breath of fresh air! executive editor

Carole Morris What did we learn after reading this issue? We have a thought-provoking article from Elk Grove Vitamins about vital health lessons that are learned from a garden, by Carolynn Fox, M.H., I.D. In addition, we have a wonderful article about Musical Mayhem Productions (MMP). It was founded to fill the need of theater arts for the children of Elk Grove, CA. Over the past five years, they have worked with hundreds of young stars from Elk Grove and surrounding areas. Check out all of the marvelous upcoming events that will be taking place in our community. We have included a substantial list, which is located in this issue of the magazine. If you, and your family, attend half of them you will be very busy this summer!


Peachy Keen By Carole Morris

Where did Peaches come from?

The poor confused peach has the botanical name Prunus persica which means Persian plum and refers to Persia. Therefore, its roots (literally) were thought to have come from that area. However, genetic studies suggest peaches originated in China around 2000 BC. From there, the peach was brought to America in the 16th century by Spanish explorers. A world without peaches would be a world without peach cobbler, which would be a travesty! Peach cobbler, there is nothing better on a summer day‌especially when served with peach ice cream.

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Peach Cobbler

Preheat oven to 4000 (Serves 6)

INGREDIENTS

Topping 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ c sugar 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground cinnamon (1 tsp for filling and 1 for topping) ¼ tsp nutmeg (for filling) 3 tbsp. butter 1 egg (beaten) 3 tbsps. milk

Fruit bottom 4 cups fresh or canned peach slices 2/3 c sugar 1 tbsp cornstarch stirred into ¼ cup of water In a saucepan, combine 2/3 cup sugar and cornstarch (mixed in water) and 4 cups peach slices. Cook and stir until bubbly. For topping, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg all together. Cut in butter (with fork or pastry blender) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix together egg and milk, then add them to four mixture. Stir just to moisten.

Spray 8x8x2-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Put hot peach filling in the pan first, then drop flour mixture in mounds on top of the hot filling (approximately 6 mounds).

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Cook for 20 minutes (or until toothpick, inserted into topping, comes out clean).


food} Peach Tea Popsicles INGREDIENTS 10 black tea bags 2 1/2 cups boiling water 3 peaches, peeled and puréed in blender 2 peach sliced 1/2 cup cane sugar 1/2 cup water Steep tea bags in boiling water for 10-12 minutes. In a saucepan, combine peach purée, cane sugar, water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Simmer until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove tea bag from the tea. Stir to combine. Add sliced peach pieces to popsicle molds. Pour over peach tea. Insert sticks and freeze. Ahh! refreshing! *for an adult twist replace 1/4 cup of water with peach schnapps, or bourbon

Peach Ice Cream INGREDIENTS 2 cups chopped fresh peaches 1 1/4 cups sugar (divided) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 egg yolks Combine peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight, stir intermittently. Remove peach mixture from refrigerator. Drain juice into a cup and return peaches to refrigerator. In a saucepan mix 3/4 cup sugar, milk, heavy cream and vanilla. Bring to a boil, remove from heat. In a bowl whisk egg yolks, then whisk in about 1/4 of the boiled cream mixture. Continue whisking egg into the cream mixture, until all is mixed in. Return combined mixture to the heat and continue stirring until mixture thickens, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl set over ice. Next, add the reserved peach juice.

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The Vital Health Lesson I Learned From My

Garden By Carolynn Fox, M.H.,I.D.

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For the past thirty plus years,

I have been an avid gardener. Starting without any know-how other than beloved memories watching my grandfather planting his small garden each spring. No tilling, just a spade and shovel as his tools. Through trial and practice, I eventually learned how to grow most of our fruits and vegetables. From this foundation a love and deep appreciation for medicinal plants and nutritional health evolved, and I eventually became a practicing Herbalist, Naturopath and Iridologist.

By Dianna Singh, Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins

To our delight, I would love to introduce the next member of EGV- Health Committee: Carolynn Fox, M.H.,I.D. Carolynn has 17 yrs. of private practice as a Master Herbalist, Iridologist and Kinesiologist. Her passion carries through her and is deep in her soul. I am humbled by her presence here at Elk Grove Vitamins. My continued efforts for Elk Grove to become the healthiest city becomes evident with every employee that we have. Carolynn will share another beautiful aspect of health. Stay tuned for our next issue... With sincere gratitude, Dianna Singh, Owner

In this last decade, my attention has once again returned to the soil. Or, as some people like to refer to her, “Mother Earth” or, “The source of all life.” Even my bookshelves reflect this evolution. Where originally there were only a variety of books on Organic Gardening and Companion Planting, shelves were added for books on Health, Herbs and Nutrition. Then, the evolutionary process continued with books on “Sustainable Agriculture” and “Livestock Rotational Pasture Grazing” and books by Joel Salatin on Holistic farming at his Polyface Farm. And now, what it all really comes back to, to make this journey complete; and holding the highest place of honor in my library, are a host of books by world renowned soil microbiologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD, and others such as, “Teaming with Microbes” by Jeff Lowenfels. Books (and Dr. Ingham’s online course) which help me learn how to be first and foremost, a “Soil Doctor!” These books contain full instructions on how to change the biology of your soil by adding the types and ratios of beneficial organisms most needed for the grasses, trees, plants and vegetables you want to grow and flourish. Wow! Where once my prize gardening possession was my Troy Built Rototiller, now it is my Microscope, my compost pile, a five gallon bucket, and pump set up for making aerated compost tea, and a simple sprayer to spray my compost tea. Add a couple pitch forks, and a shovel…simple. Easy. No more chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides. No more bags of minerals needed to apply to my soil! Here under my microscope, the exciting world of Protozoa, Nematodes, Flagelletes, Fungi, Bacteria, Amoebae, Microarthropods, Lactobacillus and a host of organisms live out their lives. Did you know Nematodes (they look like little snakes,) have male and female parts, have “sex” and the female lays eggs? All this LIFE under the microscope, eating each other, being eaten and multiplying! First hand, I have observed over time how when I shift the biology of my aerated compost teas that I spray on my soil and trees, to more bacteria ratios of beneficial organisms and less fungi organisms, that in a few months, I see more Bermuda grass and weeds in my garden and pastures. When I shift the biology to more fungi and less bacteria ratios, I eventually see less Bermuda grass, more clovers and fine grasses and alfalfa. Less noxious weeds.

Fascinating, that I can prevent diseases and even change what grows and flourishes in my soil by spraying the beneficial microbes that I brew in a five gallon bucket, from the compost I make!

I confess, I am only a beginner. Nevertheless, this Soil-Food-Web relationship outlined by Soil Microbiology pioneer Dr. Elaine Ingham PhD, who for the last forty years has been putting her knowledge and discoveries into practice and training gardeners and farmers across two continents, to become “Soil Doctors” and thereby have the potential to increase rooting depth of pasture grasses and an increase of their protein content 5 to 25%, as well as simultaneously decreasing water usage up to 70%, is revolutionary!

Always a skeptic myself, I heard Dr. Ingham talk at a fundraiser hosted by a local farm. Just a short one hour lecture. However, the principles she outlined, and the simple instructions she gave, on how to make a microscopically fungal dominated compost; and then from that, to make aerated compost teas to apply to the soil, in the soil, and on the leaves of my plants and trees, which would give me the CONTROL to grow whatever I wanted, and to dissuade whatever I did not want, inspired me (an avowed control freak,) to make my first compost pile the next day! The first season my husband and I couldn't believe the difference in the taste (and yield) of our tomatoes, garden vegetables and fruit from our trees!

Since joining Dianna Singh and her highly qualified team at the Elk Grove Vitamin Store last summer, I have been able to share some of these seasonal fruits and vegetables with Dianna and Olivia, and even they, who only buy “organic,” have been amazed at the full flavor, as my husband and I have. In the past, I had heard Dr. Ingham say, “The most important tool a gardener or farmer can have is a microscope.” Now, I believe it!

Here at “The Elk Grove Vitamin Store,” we are always talking NUTRITION. More and more research has been coming to light about the vital connection between our own gut flora (microbiome) and our health, our memory, our endocrine systems, our immune systems, digestion and even our weight! I will never forget talking to a woman who said she was fighting a severe sinus infection. To naturally assist her body into wellness, she chose to purchase at least five different pro-biotic brands. I commented on “Wow, you get it! Her answer? Yes, I am a biologist!

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My own daughter, an ICU nurse, has told me about patients at death’s door with Cdiff, which was not responding to antibiotic therapies, essentially recovering from fecal transplants received from a healthy donor, in a matter of days! So, how does the soil in my garden and compost pile, and its healthy microbial life, teach me one of the greatest health lessons I have ever witnessed to date?

Well, simply put, just as in nature, plants use sunlight to make sugars, right? Most of these sugars, they send to their roots as exudates (different substances which ooze out of the plant tissues and roots, which in turn, attract the specific aerobic bacteria and fungi that plant or a specific part of that plant needs.) Fungi and bacteria are then attracted by the exudates (Dr. Ingham refers to them as the plants version of “cakes and cookies,”) around the roots and wherever the plant needs them, do these three things: 1) They form a protective army to fight off un-beneficial organisms. 2) They contain the necessary enzymes and acids to break down and transform inorganic nutrients in the soil to organic nutrients the plants can use. 3) They are critical to the formation of soil structure so that water is retained (thus less water and irrigation is needed) and the leaching of nutrients is prevented. Well, very cool you might think. However, this is just the TIP of the iceberg! Did you know all the specific nutrients our plants and trees need are

LOCKED UP in these various micro-organisms? No matter how much beneficial bacteria and fungi is amassed around the plant roots, the specific nutrients and minerals our plants and trees need, is still UNAVAILABLE to it! No matter how many “cakes and cookies” that plant puts out to draw nutrient dense fungi and bacteria to it, it still can't unlock those nutrients.

Then comes the Calvary! Instead of horses, they are funny looking microscopic predators! Snake like looking Nematodes, protozoa that love to chomp on bacteria (and reminds me of “PacMan.”) Micro-arthropods which love to feast on fungi, etc. As this orgy of feasting happens around the soil roots, guess what happens next? Well, just like us, these predators then excrete, (go poop)! But what they excrete, (poop out) are the excess nutrients the plant needs, now in a bio-available form the plant(s) can use and uptake! This process of eating and being eaten, creates a replenishing source of nutrients creating a food chain that ensures a constant supply of the specific nutrients the plant needs, exactly at the time and in the amount the plant needs them! Here we see nutrient recycling at its finest! Divine! So, just as the “good guys” (beneficial organisms) in the soil promote and protect soil and plant health, we see the parallel of the beneficial microbial flora in our own gut (micro-biome) are JUST AS ESSENTIAL in promoting and protecting our digestive health and boosting OUR immune system and so much more!

So, how does this lesson from the soil CHANGE my daily life? My daily food intake now consists of non-canned and non-processed, fermented veggies/sauerkraut which I make myself and enhance by adding a Knetic pro-biotic culture too (we sell this from Dr. Mercola,) or you can buy refrigerated fermented vegetables and kraut from health food type stores.) In addition, some Kefir, yogurt, prebiotic fiber and a Pro-biotic capsule or two, at least daily, and to enjoy fermented drinks like Kombucha.

Here at Elk Grove Vitamins, we strive to talk nutrition and educate about foods. We do this in a variety of ways. Every third Friday, at 6:30 p.m. (next door) we have “movie night” with free popcorn and health related gifts and together learn and inspire each other nutritionally. We also try (every couple of weeks) to do a demonstration on “How to make your own Sauerkraut/fermented veggies” and have some out for tasting. Give us a call at (916) 686-4488 or drop in, 9647 E. Stockton Blvd., anytime. We'd love to meet you! (For more information on Dr. Elaine Ingham PhD, and how to DVD's, books, etc. to learn for yourself, you may enjoy, soilfoodweb.com and, farmingsecrets.com. For an excellent, beneficial organism rich, aerated compost tea concentrate, ready to spray on your own garden, amazon.com “Nature's Solution NTCOMTEA Organic Compost Tea Fertilizer, (makes two and ½ gallons, $24.52.) For more information on human micro-biome and related studies, you may enjoy drperlmutter.com and Mercola.com.)


The Producers By Michael Schutt, Raley's Produce Expert


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IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED why Sacramento is America’s Farm-to-

Fork Capital, consider the region. Surrounding us is some of the best farming land in the nation. It’s no wonder more than two-thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. The Central Valley is even the world’s largest patch of Class 1 soil – yes, there is a classification system for soil quality.   As Produce Buyer for Raley’s, one of my great pleasures is establishing relationships with farmers in the region. We take pride in working with family owned farms within a 50-mile radius of our stores. Along with our proximity to farms, it’s these relationships that allow Raley’s to fill our stores with the season’s best produce at the best prices. 

green stem means they’re fresh. And, in general, the darker the cherry, the sweeter the flavor.    Emmie loves cherries because their natural sweetness is balanced out by the fiber they provide, making them the perfect snack to keep you feeling satisfied.   

Apricots

Farming roots run deep in the Jackson FamilyDavid Jackson is a seventh-generation farmer, who runs his business with his children and grandchildren in the Central Valley. Family Tree Farms’ nectarines, assorted peach varieties and pluots- a hybrid of plums and apricots- are a long-time, sweet summer favorite. Most stone fruit continues to ripen after being picked. Keep them uncovered at room temperature or on a sunny windowsill for a day or two. You can use a simple test to see if it needs to ripen a little longer: press the top of your finder softly near the stem of the fruit. If it dents easily, it is ripe.   Like other bright orange fruits, nectarines are a good source of Vitamin A, promoting healthy aging and a strong immune system.   

Lucich-Santos Farms in Patterson has been family-owned for more than 90 years. For Dave Santos, selecting the best apricots for Raley’s means a sweet smell and a bright orange or slightly green suture – where the two halves meet.  If you need to ripen apricots, place them in a paper bag at room temperature. Or, they’ll keep, uncovered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.     And when it comes to nutrition, these stone fruits are small but mighty. Raley’s Wellness Evangelist, Emmie Satrezemis, says apricots are loaded with antioxidants vitamins A and C to boost immunity, give skin a healthy glow and protect against many age-related diseases.     

Cherries

The Costamagna family has been farming throughout the San Joaquin Valley for over three generations. Berton Costamagna is Vice President of Delta Packing Co. out of Lodi and their cherries are one of the most highly anticipated crops to come out of the region. When choosing cherries, Berton says to look at the stem. A

Stone Fruit

This summer, Raley’s is bringing you our Summer Best. Through the longtime relationships cultivated with our farmers, Raley’s is happy to offer the summer’s best produce at the best prices. Thanks to lifetime relationships with farmers such as these, Raley’s is able to offer the season’s best produce at the best prices!

Michael Schutt Michael Schutt’s passion for produce has been evident since he began his career with Raley’s, back in 1986. He’s held many roles in the company, including produce clerk, produce manager, produce quality control… and currently, produce buyer. Michael has an interest in organics that led him to pioneer Raley’s organics program in the 1990s. As a produce buyer, his top measure for success is flavor - “that’s what customers will remember and what will bring them back.”

Michael lives in Sacramento with his wife Xenia, who also works for Raley’s, his stepson Jaron and daughter Noelia. If he’s not visiting local growers, you may find him hiking or tent camping in the region.

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BARREL

Aging for Special Release Beers

By Tilted Mash Brewing Photos by Derrick Prasad

Why are so many special release beers barrel aged?

brettanomyces, and other unique expressions of those styles, but the best beers for aging tend to be above 8% ABV and commonly not considered The main reason for the barrel aging of special “hoppy” beers. Stouts, Porters, Belgian strong ales, release beers is simple…anticipation! As you look Barley wines, and Imperial Brown Ales are just a around the brewery during a visit you may notice few of the styles that may benefit from and extended barrels in a corner or stacked up along a wall. You aging period. inquire about the barrels to the Brewmaster, who then informs you that within those stacked rum barrels is a new beer slated to be released in the fall. What barrels are used? Now every time you visit the brewery and you see Barrels can be of any variety, from fresh Oak with those barrels, you know that something special is varying levels of char (that act of introducing fire happening inside, and you’re anxiously awaiting for to the inside of the barrel to facilitate reactions that release date to pop up on your social media feed. between the aging liquid and the oak in the barrel) to an endless number of used spirit barrels. Wine and Bourbon barrels are most common and available for use, as each batch of Bourbon must be made only in What is Barrel Aging? charred oak barrels. Other spirit barrels such Barrel aging is the act of storing a beer in one of new Rum, Gin and Tequila usually start off their lives many types of wooden barrels for an extended aging as Bourbon barrels and then are reused for the new period. This process is done to allow the beer to take as in an effort to create new flavor combinations. on some of the flavors and characteristics present in spirit barrel must be chosen with the end product in the wood itself, the char level of the wood, or from The Also, when using used spirit barrels you want the previously held spirits. Since barrels are not mind. source them as freshly emptied as possible in watertight the beer in them causes the wood to swell to to maximize the flavor impact in the minimum but still allows the elements to effect the character order of the finished product. The changes in temperature amount of time. and the small amount of oxidation from exposure to oxygen (which is usually avoided at all costs) can How long does the beer age? change the complexity during the aging period. How does the Brewer know it is ready? The process is simple to determine when barrels are ready to keg or bottle…taste! Each month a sample What types of beer are suitable for aging? is pulled from each barrel in order to take notes on While you can age just about any type of beer, there the progress. Usually many barrels of the same type, are certainly beers that aren’t suitable for barrel or varying types, will be filled with the same batch programs. Typically beers that are best enjoyed of beer for aging. Using these notes the Brewer is fresh like wheat beers, light alcohol beers or IPAs able to create a blend of the various barrels in order are not good candidates for extended barrel aging. to create the taste profile that he or she was seeking. There are always exceptions, like aging an IPA with Plus this allows the Brewer to pull out any barrels

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that aren’t working and dispose of the product. Sadly, each barrel is different and there is no way except tasting and time to find out what is good and what is bad. So what type of barrel aged beer is your favorite? Elk Grove has some exciting barrel aged offerings coming from Tilted Mash Brewing and Flatland Brewing Company, so stay tuned and follow along on Social Media! @tiltedmash


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Fire it up!

Cheeseburgers are on the menu By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger

and Owner, Cheese Central

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It is 3:57 pm. Summer time. Hungry... Members of the American work force have started eyeing the clock—almost 5 p.m. The airconditioned office has made them long for warm, fresh air…and the aroma of dinner and wood smoke. Just the thought of a hot juicy burger (right off the grill) dripping with cheese, and the juices of garden ripe tomato makes the clock s l o w d o w n. Will this day ever end! At last! An icy cold beverage in hand and the aroma of the patio grill heating up. What makes your perfect dream-burger? Are you a traditionalist—“don’t mess with my all-beef patty, ketchup/mustard, cheese, pickle, tomato, and lettuce on a sesame seed bun?” Or do you look for opportunities to play with the flavors and textures of other cuisines? Our American melting pot allows for the introduction of foods, from around the world, to influence traditional burger-mania. So, I say to the traditionalist—go forth and make it the best cheeseburger ever! To everyone else, read on for some interesting ideas and commentary on the Cheeseburgers of the World! For the burger patty itself, ground beef chuck or short rib with a nice ratio of fat to lean is classic. Try adding a bit of ground bacon is a trendy twist. Beef with ground pork or chorizo? A butterflied chicken breast or ground chicken thighs? Ground turkey or ground lamb? Exotic--some farm-raised gator, ostrich or even kangaroo! In any case, handle cold burger meat gently to avoid a tough finished patty. And hold the seasoning until you are ready to grill. My mom always used dry oatmeal as a binder for the juices in ground meat, however, I use freshly ground breadcrumbs. Crushed corn chips lend a Southwestern flavor, but any dry carb will work. Get this--a Midwestern burger joint uses crushed Captain Crunch cereal! Hmmm Burgers should be put onto the grill refrigerator cold— the hot grill will form a nice crust on the exterior, letting the middle warm up gradually to produce a nice medium pink center (after a single flip to fire-crust the other side). Liberal seasoning, just before grilling, will keep the meat juices intact. Use a heavy hand-the seasoned meat will hold its own with the other components. Buns and bread in all forms make it a true grilled sandwich: pretzel rolls, potato buns, pita breads, and Hawaiian rolls; branch out to charred tortillas, brioche or Kaiser rolls. Sturdy bread slices work great (I’m a sourdough fan for my burger creation). Here’s an idea—good sandwich bread made into grilled cheese sandwiches… one on either side of your burger taking care of the bread and cheese in one fell swoop! Way out there is a split glazed raised donut for the bun—to bring the savory/sweet/ saltiness of umami to the table—so the donut would be the “sweet” says fans of Portland’s Voodoo Donuts! What type of spread compliments your burger choice? A mopping of barbeque sauce from any region in our country will bring different sweet, smoky, or vinegary components. A creamy horseradish schmear, cilantro pesto mayo, garlic aioli; or maybe salsa and sour cream for a Mexican twist. How about spicy chutney, Asian-barbeque sauce, or homemade blackberry

Korean BBQ Sauce INGREDIENTS

1/2 C soy sauce 1/4 C brown sugar 1½ T sriracha 2 cloves garlic, pressed 2 T freshly grated ginger 2 T rice vinegar 1 t crushed red pepper flakes 1 T cornstarch 1 T water 2 fresh green onions, sliced very thinly In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, Sriracha, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water and add to saucepan. Reduce heat to low and let thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in sliced green onions. Refrigerate, until ready to use. or tomato jam where an over-easy egg would love to be part of this stack?. Garden vegetables add the “fresh” to cut the richness of meat and cheese, but can also add crunch. Fresh tomato (or a fried green tomato slice), thin slices of jalapeno, crisp lettuce, and red or white onion are classic. Paired with Southern-style or Korean-style slaw, chow chow and piccalilli, or homemade quick pickled vegies, the tangy texture is brought to the party instead of the same old limp dill pickle. For me, of course, the biggest decision is cheese--there is so much wonderful flavor packed into melty gooey cheese—hard to resist. We call it “puddles” of cheese when you cut into cubes a creamy but firm cheese (mild Cotswold or a hot habanero cheddar) to combine with the raw meat for your burger. Because “puddles” are what you get when the burger is perfectly cooked. Real Italian Provolone has the sharp and naturally spicy flavor that aging gives cheese—enhancing fresh Italian seasonings like basil, oregano, and parsley that are added to the patty. Cheese to complement the Asian-inspired flavors is limited, but try a crumble of sheep’s milk feta or a classic chevre: both salty and creamy, creating that umami effect. Blue cheese dressing fits a “buffalo” grilled chicken breast, but a nice pat of double crème St. Agur will melt to buttery blue goodness on a hot burger! Hearty cheddars will be tangy; smoothly melting Alpine cheese, such as Gruyere, will bring sweet nuttiness to enhance caramelized onion or sautéed mushroom topping. Ostrich burger, “beefy” and lean, will take kindly to any cheese you might want to try—a rich and creamy Taleggio from Italy would offer the fattiness that the burger itself doesn’t have. Farm-raised alligator tail meat is flavorful like chicken, you KNEW that was coming, didn’t you? It takes well to sauces and seasonings. I would suggest flame-grilling fresh pineapple and onion rings to top this burger, maybe a schmear of pasilla chili puree, some roasted red peppers, jalapeno jack and a dash of garlic salt will finish it nicely. Kangaroo burger? Well, that is another story…maybe eat out at Cookie’s Drive-In, East Sacramento. Their 4-star Yelp review about their exotic burgers will give you the courage to give this burger a try!

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10TH ANNUAL ELK GROVE

Chili Festival

2017 brought several changes to this very popular event. First, it marked our 10th year in Elk Grove. It's hard to believe 10 years have passed and the community continues to support and love the fun family atmosphere of our "All American" chili cookoff. In fact, it has become so popular that we out grew our space in Old Town. In addition, the renovation of Old Town Plaza and the growing interest made it clear that we needed a new venue. With lots of back and forth deliberations, we found a new home at the 60th Annual Western Festival. Elk Grove Regional park is the perfect place for a chili cookoff. Lots of grass, trees and space. The cooks loved the park and the fact they could bring their RV, was icing on the cake. It was very easy to slide right in next to the Kansas City BBQ cooks. Another change the park afforded is a two day event. We had two separate regional events. Many chili cooks travel great distances to compete in a sanctioned (International Chili Society) ICS event such as ours. So, with two days it makes it more enticing to make the trip to Elk Grove. As a sanctioned event, our winners advance to the 2017 World's Championship Chili Cookoff. The ultimate goal is to win the bragging rights as the "BEST CHILI COOK IN THE WORLD" and the grand prize of $25,000. Another addition this year was our "Youth Division." We invited local young budding chefs to try their hand at making the best chili their imaginations could muster. All in all, EVERYONE had a GREAT time. We look forward to seeing you all again next year at the 11th Annual Elk Grove Chili Festival to be held at the 61st Annual Western Festival.

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Grilled Caprese Kabobs The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries Recipe by Leslie Budewitz

A few years ago, Mr. Right and I spent a month in France. Monet’s studio and gardens are amazing, the house charming, but what do I remember most? The fruity-nutty taste of the olive oil on the Caprese salad in a small café on Giverny’s main street. And on a lovely September day in Paris, we ventured to Montparnasse Cemetery to visit the grave of an early endocrinologist who is one of Mr. Right’s heroes. The grave was not well-marked, and we were told to come back later when the historian returned from lunch and could help us find it. Lunch—what a great idea! On the street-side patio of an old brasserie, we ate the most wonderful tomatoes I have ever had. Ripened to perfection, still warm from the sun, they could have been picked moments after we placed our order. Unlikely—we were in the middle of a busy city—but I can still see them, taste them, and feel their texture on my tongue. That’s the power of food, and memory.

In Treble at the Jam Fest, my fourth Food Lovers’ Village Mystery (out June 2017), my main character, Erin Murphy, hosts a gala in the courtyard behind her shop, the Merc, before the opening concert of the annual Jewel Bay Jazz Festival. Her mother, a veteran caterer, shares these grilled Caprese kabobs, the taste of summer on a stick. With a chunk of bread, a glass of something crisp and cool, and a good book, they’ll take you to paradise.

Grilled Caprese Kabobs

A drizzle of balsamic vinegar brings all the flavors together in a burst on the tongue. Try blackberry balsamic if you have it. Plan on two kabobs per person, as an appetizer. Choose cheese balls in their own herb marinade for an extra dash of flavor.

FOR EACH KABOB

3 small tomatoes, cherry or grape 2 fresh mozzarella balls, herbed or plain 3 fresh basil leaves olive oil, if you’re using plain cheese salt and pepper Balsamic vinegar a metal or bamboo skewer (soak bamboo skewers first)

True confession: I track my travels by what we ate.

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat your grill. Use a perforated grill sheet or rack, if you have one; otherwise, grill directly over the heat.

Thread the skewers, starting with a tomato, a basil leaf, a cheese ball, another basil leaf, and so on, until you’ve threaded three tomatoes and two cheese balls, with a leaf between each. If your basil leaves are large, fold in half. If you’re using water-packed cheese, brush with olive oil.

Lay on the grill or grill sheet and close the grill lid. Grill 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and the cheese begins to melt. Don’t let your cheese fall off! Remove from grill and place skewers on serving plate. Season with salt and pepper if you’d like and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Bon appetit! 32. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

From the back cover

Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kickoff concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident? Or did someone even the score? Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.


Excerpt from TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST The door chimed and Sally Grimes marched in, grabbed a bag of chai mix, and plopped it on the counter. I excused myself and went to help her. “My daughter’s coming up today, and she loves this stuff. It’s too spicy for me.”

“How is Sage? And the baby?” I broke open a new roll of nickels to make her change. Sally runs the children’s clothing store, and had almost lost her nickname of “Sally Sourpuss” since reconciling with her daughter. Sally’s face lit up. “She’s such a good mother. And Olivia is the most beautiful little girl. I’ve got to run—town is hopping. Since when do we have a parking problem at ten-thirty in the morning? Doesn’t help to have all those fire engines and ambulances blocking the River Road.” My hands froze above the change drawer. “What’s going on?”

“Oh, who knows—some idiot in trouble on the river, I suppose.”

“The river? Oh my god, no.” I threw her change on the counter and slammed the cash drawer shut. Adam was on the river today.

I ran out the door. Ran up Front Street to Hill, a block and a half from the shop, and made the turn. Part way up the hill, my Mary Jane clogs not meant for running, I slowed to keep myself upright. A red fire engine crept toward me. No lights, no rush, no need. The engine was headed home. I squeezed past the moving truck and made for the trailhead. Half a dozen walkers, some with strollers and dogs, stood by. The River Road hasn’t been a road in decades—it’s officially the Jewel River Nature Trail, but no one who’s been in town longer than five minutes calls it that. It’s a gem, for walking, running, and sight-seeing, high above the river. The sometimes-treacherous Jewel River, with its stretch of Class IV rapids known as the Wild Mile. It draws kayakers from all over the world during whitewater season. Which we were smack in the middle of. I grabbed the arm of the EMT standing guard by the gate, now unlocked, meant to keep out all but emergency vehicles. “What’s going on?” “Body on the rocks. Our guys have already checked him.” He shook his head. “We’re waiting for the sheriff.” I took off, pounding up the dirt trail.

“Hey!” he called. “You can’t go in there.”

But when a Murphy girl is on a mission, there’s no stopping us. Recipe and excerpt from TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST (Midnight Ink, June 2017)

Leslie Budewitz writes two nationally-bestselling mystery series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, set in fictional Jewel Bay, Montana. The first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction, she lives in NW Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their gray tuxedo, an avid birdwatcher. She served as the 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime. Visit her at www.LeslieBudewitz.com or on Facebook as LeslieBudewitzAuthor ardentforlife.net   33


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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

By: Kate Moore Book Reviews by BARRIE OLMSTEAD Women who worked with radium during World War I, recounts Kate Moore in this engrossing history, glowed in the dark. These “shining women,” many of whom were the hard-working daughters of immigrants, used radium powder to paint luminous numbers on watch dials and clock faces. They dipped the paintbrushes in their mouths, called lip pointing, to make their work as fine and accurate as possible. They were told, by their employers in New Jersey and Illinois, that the work was harmless. Then the girls began to fall ill, losing teeth and whole jawbones, as well as developing excruciatingly painful sarcomas. Even as many women died, the company continued to deny that the work with radium was unsafe. In 1928, a group of women succeeded in filing suit but the road to justice would be long and hard. The company knew the girls were being poisoned but obstinately refused to acknowledge it or agree to enact work-place safety standards. With the help of a couple of tenacious lawyers and the determination of the women themselves, the harmful effects of working with radium were finally brought to light, resulting in an important revision of labor laws. This book is the riveting story of an overlooked, but pertinent, piece of history. Sourcebooks, 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

By: David Grann Grann, author of The Lost City of Z, is back with a gripping tale about the murders of Osage Indians in the 1920’s. The tribe had been herded onto a reservation in northeast Oklahoma, a seemingly undesirable area until oil was discovered there. The Osage retained mineral rights to the land, which would be passed on to their heirs. Mollie Burkhart, one of such beneficiaries, married a white man, Ernest Burkhart, whose uncle was an influential settler. Mollie’s family, including her sisters and mother, were murdered one by one. Mollie inherited all of the headrights, making her a prime target. J. Edgar Hoover, looking to prove himself as head of the newly created FBI, sent a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, to Oklahoma to investigate. White, who put together a team that worked undercover and utilized forensics, discovered that most of the victims could be traced to one man. White also discovered that the entire community was in on the murders, including police, oilmen, attorneys, doctors and morticians. Local corruption reinforced the need for a federal law enforcement agency but the crimes, though initially perceived as solved by White, were actually much more insidious and far-reaching than even the FBI realized. This powerful and harrowing tale is sure to provoke discussion. Doubleday, 2016

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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

By: Drew Daywalt Illustrations by: Adam Rex

Real Friends

By: Shannon Hale Illustrations by: LeUyen Pham Children's Book Reviews By JUSTIN AZEVEDO

Every kid knows how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, but how many know the story of when these timeless warriors first met? This picture book, created by a superstar author and illustrator team, offers a hilarious look into the game’s origin. The story focuses on the three anthropomorphic titular characters as they cruise through round after round of gladiatorial combat in yard, office, and junk drawer, undefeated but secretly unfulfilled. When they finally meet and realize that each can finally be defeated by one of the others, they gleefully leap at each other in an imitation of the hand signs kids will recognize. The book blends a structured, sequential adventure story with the repetition and full-page action spreads of a picture book, and Daywalt’s uproarious funny dialogue pairs well with kinetic, cartoonish art from Rex. The story runs a little long for a picture book, but is fun from cover to cover and has enough humor to keep the attention of older kids. Be prepared for a few rounds of the game after finishing. Recommended for ages 5-10. Balzer & Bray, 2017

The newest entry in the popular genre of kids’ biographical comics details author Hale’s childhood from 1st to 5th grade, as she attempts to navigate murky waters filled with mean girls, BFFs, and cruel older siblings. The authenticity of the memories on display is what makes this book notable; there are no easy resolutions, and the web of poor decision-making in which all well-intentioned kids get caught is unflinchingly portrayed. Despite the somber moments, though, Hale’s easy humor and Pham’s bright illustrations come together in an ultimately sweet story that tackles some complex subjects with gentle aplomb. The story will speak to young readers experiencing their own insecurity while trying to figure out what friendship really is in the fickle currents of the playground. Fans of authors like Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, and Victoria Jamieson will eat this one up. Recommended for ages 8-12. First Second, 2017

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

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MATT trammel Written by Nan Mahon

Matt Trammel was that kid in the seventh grade sketching out an action figure during class, using his No. 2 pencil to shade in background, while the teacher was explaining math. It was not until his freshman year in Laguna Creek High School, that his creative ability was taken seriously. That was when his art teacher, Ms. Mackey, recognized his talent. “She was an inspiration for me,” Trammel said. “She helped me realize I had talent and encouraged me to enter art shows.” Now Trammel’s murals are the focal art in several Elk Grove restaurants, including Bull Wings Sports Club and Texas Roadhouse.

“My first mural was to paint all the local sports teams on the walls in Bull Wings,” he said. “It got a lot of attention and consequently, I received offers from other establishments to paint for them.” Before long, he was painting on the walls of churches, hotels, restaurants, and individual residences. “I have done sports figures, Disney characters, and large animals,” he said. “The range is from simple colorful designs to elephants.” Once the theme is set, Trammel will measure, then outline. He works out of his head, freehand, using acrylic paint. “I like to be alone when I work,” He said. “So I normally work at night. I put on some crooner music like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin to keep me company.”

Trammel’s collection of work ranges from his murals to canvas, including bright abstract fusions, pop art, Disney images, and portraits. His preference is realism. 38. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

“I do a lot of family portraits,” he said. “What I really like to do is the Disney images.”


art} MATT TRAMMEL His fantasy characters have caught the attention of people at Disney Studios and he is discussing contracting with them. That, he says would be his dream come true.

Last year, the artist began Paint and Sip parties. He organizes gatherings in bars, restaurants, or private homes. He paints with the participants, teaching them basic-art skills while they enjoy wine and conversation. “It’s been very successful and a lot of fun,” he says.

When he is not working at his job at Tesla or painting at a site, the 35-year-old Trammel likes to spend time outdoors with his two sons, ages 11 and 1. Their favorite outings are bicycling, water sports, or just hanging out in Land Park. He plans in the future to collaborate with his brother, Brandon, a photographer, to pair their work.

Trammel finds time in his busy schedule to work with charities, painting live for fundraisers such as—The Fulsome Symphony Evening under the Stars and for CBS radio events.

Trammel’s work can be viewed at several Elk Grove restaurants, on Facebook, or his website at http://mtpaintdesign.com. Top Mural located at El Dorado Hills library. Bottom photo shows Matt’s art on the walls of Yakitori Yuchan Restaurant in Davis California. Photos courtesy of Matt Trammel.

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Cast of Urinetown The Musical

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On with the show … Musical Mayhem

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The Tony awards are just around the corner (June 11th) and the media world will shift from the red carpets of Hollywood to the “Great White Way” of New York - BROADWAY. You might think you have to travel cross country to see award winning plays and musicals, but think again - Elk Grove has its very own award winning theatre group, and even more amazing, all of its performers are between the ages of five and 19.

Musical Mayhem Productions (MMP) was founded in April of 2012, to fill the need of Theater Arts for the children of Elk Grove, CA. Over the past five years, they have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of  young stars (from Elk Grove and surrounding areas) and have brought the magic of live theater to thousands more!

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By Susie Franklin Roeser Photos courtesy of Musical Mayhem

Musical Mayhem is the brainchild of AnneMarie Pringle. Growing up right here in Elk Grove, where her Grandfather farmed land in the Laguna Creek area, she participated in theatre classes hosted by the local parks & recreation program when she was a child. In high school and college she was active in band and choir groups, but it wasn’t until she had children of her own that she began to delve into the world of musical theatre. Musical Mayhem Productions is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation. It is truly a family owned, and operated, “show” business providing quality theater education for children and adults with special needs— through rehearsal and workshop classes. The educational classes enrich participants by expanding creativity and enhancing confidence, while conveying the importance of Theater Arts to the community through fun and entertaining performances. MMP offers multiple programs, allowing students of different ages, abilities, and interests to find a fit just right for them. MMP’s biggest program, Broadway Stars (ages 8-18) aims to

challenge its performers to be actors, and put on a great production! Students participating in these productions must have been in a previous production (at any theater) to be eligible for this group.  The Broadway Bound program is designed for kids’ ages 5-12, this unique class allows all actors to shine, regardless of experience.  Actors learn the basics of a show, and perform to enthusiastic audiences. Master Academy is designed for the dedicated performer. The Master Academy is a yearlong training course with weekly classes in acting, dancing and singing. This audition only class includes field trips and theatre competitions. That brings us to the close of Act 1, but don’t take your cell phone off “silent mode” just yet, MMP has an impressive Act 2 you won’t want to miss! Home School Courses let students learn all sides of theatre production.  From helping with the set, inputting costume design ideas, making props, and starring in the show, these students have a well-rounded experience, concluding with public performances.


Musical Mayhem Productions was founded to fill the need of Theater Arts for the children of Elk Grove, CA. Over the past five years, they have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of  young stars (from Elk Grove and surrounding areas) and have brought the magic of live theater to thousands more!

Photos- Upper left: Cast of All Shook Up. Upper right: Sarah Edwards and the Cast of Shrek Jr. Lower right from left to right: Joy Nelson, Jacob Kennedy, Olympia Stevens, Emily Kennedy - Rodgers and Hamerstien's Cinderella G2K. Lower left from left to right: Molly Newman, Natalie Leon, Caitlin Skinner and Mckynz Jackson (hiding are Emily Bunje and Elizabeth Bailey) - Hot Box Girls from Guys and Dolls Jr.

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MUSICAL MAYHEM

This past year, Musical Mayhem also ran their After School Program at five different Elk Grove Unified Elementary Schools, therefore, a Musical Mayhem Production may well have been performed on a stage near you! This summer, MMP is offering four different themed camps to give youngsters an introduction to the world of live theatre. Wednesday evening’s Tap Dancing Classes are offered at MMP. Oh, and did we mention MMP also offers costume rentals? So, if you are thinking of staging a play of your own, you might want to check out their extensive collection of attire. That concludes Act 2, so now you can turn your cell phone ringer back on, and while you’re at it why not pull up your calendar app (or get your calendar down off the wall for those of us who are “old school”) and make note of these upcoming MMP shows. Attending these shows not only supports the continuing mission of MMP to provide theatre arts education to the Elk Grove community, but also gives you the opportunity to “come on along and listen to, the lullaby of Broadway.”

Who knows, one day when you are watching the Tony Awards, you might be able to say, “I remember seeing her/him, when they were just a kid, in a Musical Mayhem Production!”

Photos from top to bottom: Kathleen Flint and Michael Stark - Excellence in Ensemble Award - Junior Theatre Festival Sacramento. Middle: Master Academy Students after seeing Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway. Photo on right: Master Academy student Alli Meusling and instructor Micaela Muro Dimos with Musical Theatre Composers Flaherty and Aherns (Seussical, Ragtime, Once on this Island, Anastasia) - Excellence in Music award - Junior Theatre Festival, Atlanta. Below photo: Linnea as Baloo & Laurelyn as a Vulture" in MMP’s production of “Disney’s The Jungle Book Jr.”

Q&A

with Musical Mayhem performers

What is your most memorable MMP moment?

“Making special friends and giving each other nick-names - I still remember and use those names to this day.” -Laurelyn Age: 11 - After School Program at Raymond Case Elementary School.

“I liked the pre-acting games we did at the beginning of rehearsals.” -Matthew Age: Almost 12 - After School Program at Feickert Elementary School

“The teachers are amazing! I have learned a lot and I’m so grateful for my experiences with the company.” - Whitney Age: 11 - Master Academy Program

What would you say to someone who was thinking about getting involved with a MMP production? “It’s worth giving it a chance.” -Laurelyn 42. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net- -Summer Summer2017 2017 42

Up-Coming Musical Mayhem Productions: Spamalot - September 2017 Lion King Jr. - September 2017 White Christmas - November 2017 Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. -December 2017 Dear Edwina Jr. - December 2017 Curtains - January 2018 Disney’s Aladdin Jr. - March 2018 Godspell - April 2018 Seussical Jr. - May 2018 Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. - June 2018 Once On This Island - June 2018 Check out their website at: www.mmpkids.com for audition dates, theatre locations and ticket sales.


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Let's Talk Tile By Zina Sheya Designs

Penny Tile-

You got it, they are the size and shape of a penny, hence the catchy name. They are a throwback to the 1900’s. These timeless accents are now being seen in nearly every style from Bungalow, midcentury modern, contemporary, and Victorian. Penny tiles were originally used for flooring but have become a great choice for backsplashes and bands within a floor, shower, or backsplash in the kitchen. I like to incorporate these for the entire backsplash above the counter on a coffee bar, or on powder room floors, and as borders. If used right, the penny tiles can create a subdued textual interest (as shown). It is a small tile that does not become too busy when used for a full wall or backsplash. 44. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017


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Wood Look Tiles-

One of my all time favorite new trends is the wood-look tile. I not only like using the tiles as flooring material, I love using them on fireplaces. You can run the tiles in an offset brick pattern, horizontally or vertically, from floor to ceiling. (Note: a few of my favorite tile layouts are shown below) This provides a clean, yet warm, modern look to any space. With all the colors of wood tiles coming out in the market place, they are easy to incorporate into any style. I also am a big fan of using these wood- look tiles in the large format plank size in both mountain home or country home showers (the vintage barn wood is one of my favorites). Locally, Bedrosians and Dal-Tile are good sources to take a peak and get inspired. ardentforlife.net   45


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Subway Tile

I have always loved the subway tile, so I will spend a bit more time talking about them. What I love about subway tile is the fact that they are easy to work with and they incorporate all the fun mosaic and decorative accent tiles without the overall design getting to busy. It is no wonder that in today’s market the subway tile is front and center again. Some ask, why? Let me start by giving you a brief history lesson about subway tiles. In the early 1900’s, when the New York subway station was being built, many of the walls were covered in this understated 3x6 tile. Because of the sleekness of the tile, its easy installation, easy clean ability, and its timeless character, the subway tile quickly rose in popularity in the United States and has remained a staple in the tile industry. You will see the subway tile in many commercial applications as well as residential. Some might say classic and some might say boring (let me sway those with the mind-set of “boring”). Today’s subway tile comes in many sizes, colors and materials—all the more reason to get creative. Elongated - Glazed Terra Cotta (Spanish style) - Marble (honed white Carrara is my favorite) - Concrete - Matt Finish - Crackle Finish - Horizontal texture - Beveled Edge (a popular request) - Faded edged colors - Glass - Large format subway tiles (once only the standard 3x4 were available)

Let those creative juices flow

1- Use subway tiles in the bathroom, the kitchen, or the laundry room. Use them on the shower walls, or bathroom wainscot. 2- Use different color grout for a more dramatic look or a subtle look with matching grout color. 3- The patterns are endless—Traditionally, you see subway tiles installed in a running board pattern, but here are a few of my go to layouts (with the Herringbone pattern being my all-time personal favorite). 4-Traditional herringbone

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Mosaic Tiles

I personally love Incorporating Mosaic Tiles into my design projects. But I know many people are afraid of using mosaic tiles in fear that they will over do it or they will get bored with the design or it will become to busy, and although this can all be true its in how you put them together. Mosaics can be used to add color and textural interest in almost any room. The key to using mosaic tiles is to choose the right size and color for the space. I especially like the clean classic look that the White Carra Marble offers. DESIGNER TIP- The mosaic tiles are often times sold in 12x12 netted backed sheets, I like using the herringbone on bathroom floors, and in shower floors I think they add such an elegant interest in these application.

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Jenny Shimada

CEO and Founder of Shibue Couture Interviewed by Nina Baldwin Photography by Justin Hebert Photography

Have you ever put on a pair of slacks and everything looked good except the panty lines that were showing? So you thought, okay I’ll try another pair of panties; and that didn’t work, next nylons, yea nylons—that will work. Then, no panty lines BUT the nylons cut into your waist and now it’s bulging here and there, no matter what you do. The “little” extra you have is showing up – back fat – waist bulge - augh – you know exactly what I’m talking about. Jenny knows all too well, because in 2003 she had just had her third baby and was trying on her bridesmaid’s dress for her sister’s wedding and the panty lines were unacceptable. She looked everywhere for an alternative, but could not find one. Well, except to go without any panties at all and she was not doing that, so Jenny decided to create her own. She cut the sides out of her panties and taped it to her skin. That way she had panties on, but no lines. Genius! That’s when she decided there is a need for strapless panties, and I am going to fill it. That’s when her journey began.

We all know how important it is to have your idea patented so no one can steal it, tell us how did you file for a patent?

Thank you, Jenny, for this interview. I know you are very busy because your product line has taken off. I’d like to ask you a few questions about how you started your business.

Jenny “It is a lot of work, a lot of money and it’s hard

a dear friend. She believed in me and worked with me. Together we wrote the patent and submitted it in 2005. I did not receive my patent until 2010, yes… it takes a long time, a lot of money and an “I’m not giving up!” attitude.”

Why do others give up? Why didn’t you?

Jenny you were a successful real estate agent for almost 20 years; so you know about business, what was your first hurdle once you decided you were going to make the strapless panty?

to develop a product that no one believes in but you. You have to find a company to manufacture your product, and get it to the audience that needs/wants it. So I believe women get frustrated, and run out of money. They have to continue to work their regular job, be a mom and a wife and everything else; so it’s hard to keep going. However, I believed there was a huge need for my product… so I decided early on I would not quit; I would make this happen.”

Jenny “Getting someone to be able to make a proto type.

How did you come up with the name Shibue?

All I kept hearing was “what you want is not possible” I talked to anyone who I could get to listen and worked with different clothing manufacturers. However, they could not think outside the box enough to make it happen. I worked for a few years here in the U.S., then I finally had to go to China to get it done.”

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Jenny “I met a lady who was a patent lawyer who is now

Jenny “The first three letters of my maiden name and

the first three letters of my married name = Shibue. I did research on the meaning as I wanted to make sure I didn’t offend anyone and it means “understated elegance” in Japanese. JACKPOT!”

Above photo: Jenny speaking at the 2nd Annual Beauty/Brand/Believe Expo in Bellingham, WA. Telling all the ladies her story – from idea to entrepreneur. Photo on left courtesy of Jenny Shimada.


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What advice do you have for other women who want to turn their ideas into a reality? Jenny “Realize it’s not going to be easy! You have to be in for the long haul, because it takes a lot of time and a lot of money. Try out your ideas to make sure there’s a market for it, once you know there is, don't let anyone stop you. All the naysayers will say "it can't be done." You just keep telling yourself, "Yes it can and I am going to do it!”

We see that Hollywood is wearing your products. How do you feel about the everyday women wearing your products? Jenny “Shibue is for All women, All sizes and All ages, not just for Hollywood. That’s why we started Shibue Love, so everyday women can be a distributor for our products. Have fun at home parties with your friends, and help them with their wardrobe solutions. Make money while you do it, ladies it doesn’t get much better than that!”

Thank you, Jenny. Our readers will not only enjoy reading about you and your company, they will enjoy your products too. We want to let everyone know when they go on your website www.shibuecouture.com and enter the promo code Pageantsnw they will receive an extra special gift with their purchase. ardentforlife.net   51


Gina & Daniel

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Photographed by

Jenn Bartell Wedding Photography www.jennbartell.com

Who are you?

Gina Reardon (Maigret) I was born and raised with my three siblings in the East Bay by my mom, Eide. I am the Director of Training for Northwestern Mutual, a financial firm in San Francisco, CA. Wanderlust is in my genes and just like my mom, grandpa and great grandpa I love traveling the globe learning about new places and experiencing different cultures. When I'm not wandering the globe, I am discovering new and interesting places in and around the Bay Area. Getting lost in the woods or sunbathing by the ocean with Dan are some of my favorite past times. We have a very eccentric cat named Wayne who we love and adore. When we are done traveling, no matter how near or far, Wayne is always waiting to hop in our lap and watch a good movie.

Who are you?

Well, it says Daniel Reardon on the birth certificate but I have known many monikers in my short time under the sun (Space cowboy, gangster of love, Maurice, etc.). I'm most commonly referred to as Dan. I'm a fourth generation Californian who loves my family, my cat, and a good pizza. My wife is my favorite person on Earth. My older brother, Michael,

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is my hero. My father is a builder and my mother is a teacher so, naturally I learned to play the guitar and I’ve traveled around the world. I also like to cook and hang out with animals.

How did you meet?

We met at a local theater party (and it's important to note that neither one of us does theater). Dan's brother, Michael and my good friend Alana were in a production of Bye, Bye Birdie and through fate we both ended up at that party. I saw him first, the most handsome guy I had ever seen. After I saw him I couldn't keep my eyes off of him, but I was too nervous to go up and say hi. He started to head in my general direction and I did what seemed natural... I ran and hid in the bathroom until I could get enough courage to just stand in the same room as him! Thankfully he was as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside. After a few tries, he finally got me to somewhat break out of my shell and open up. His smile, humor and kind heart immediately had me hooked and I knew my life would never be the same. Dan: Gina had a completely different reaction to seeing me than I did to seeing her. When she saw

me, she ran away. When I saw her I went straight towards her. I saw her from across the room and immediately went up to her and asked her name. She told me her name and nothing else. I tried again to engage her in conversation and got a one word response. She seemed so cool and aloof. When the night ended I wasn't even sure if she knew my name.

The Proposal?

Spoiler alert: She said yes. I proposed in January 2016. I had a kidney transplant a few weeks before and I was more nervous about proposing than I was about the surgery. I had the ring for months but was waiting until the right time. As part of my recovery, I needed to walk. Gina was my "at home nurse" and I convinced her to walk down to the Marina near our place. I had asked one of her best friends to hide nearby and take pictures. We took the scenic route there and I walked us to our pre-determined spot. I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes! In the pictures it looks like we might be crying, but it’s just those pesky January allergies.

What is love?

Gina: Love is the ability to be your real self with another person. Trusting and believing in the


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I love how beautiful she is! The moment I saw her I was drawn to everything about her. I love that she lets me be her husband.

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He challenges me in every possible way to be the best version of myself, and knows when I just need a hug and a pint of ice cream. goodness of another and sometimes making sacrifices in the name of their happiness (letting them win arguments some of the time). It's having a soulmate with whom you share the deepest connection.

am constantly learning from her. I love that she has always felt like home. The safety and familiarity that comes with complete trust. I love how beautiful she is! The moment I saw her I was drawn to everything about her. I love that she lets me be her husband.

Daniel: As a God fearing man I would be remiss if I did not first reference 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 as the go to list on how to love well. I believe love is the most pure when it is the most selfless. Love is unchanged through the excitement and monotony of everyday life. Love is letting your partner finish the ice cream.

Gina: I fell in love with him the moment I saw him, and it was confirmed after our first conversation. I had never felt such a connection with anyone before, and the more we hung out the more I felt it. We went to see some of our friends, who were in Romeo and Juliet, a few months later and I had never laughed so much in my life and that play is not a comedy. I knew after that night, when he walked me to my car, I never wanted to be with anyone else again.

What is love?

What do you love most about him?

I love everything about Dan. He is the funniest, kindest, smartest, most honest man I have ever met. He challenges me in every possible way to be the best version of myself, and knows when I just need a hug and a pint of ice cream. He is my best friend and kindred spirit. He still knows how to sweep me off of my feet, whether it's with his beautiful smile and a silly joke, or sitting next to me on the couch serenading me with his guitar.

What do you love most about her?

I love her for who she is. I don't think there is a "most" in the equation but I can try to narrow down a few of my favorite things. I love her relentless pursuit of excellence in everything she does. I love how smart she is. She is smart in so many ways, I

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When did you know you were in love?

When did you know you were in love?

Daniel: I didn't know until it was too late! Just kidding, kind of. I fought falling in love tooth and nail. I was afraid of the enormity of what it is to love someone and to be loved. Gina and I still argue who said "I love you" first. I said it first, on accident, when we were very first dating—then my face turned white and I literally ran away and got on a train. She said it first later... on purpose. I fell in love with Gina when I first saw her and every time I saw her after that.

Fun facts

Gina was a gingersnap in the Oakland Ballet's production of the Nutcracker.

Dan spent his senior year on independent study so that he could tour with his band in Los Angeles. Gina's grandpa, Solomon was a stunt double for Harpo Marx in Night at the Opera.

Dan is a pizza connoisseur and considers himself an amateur artisan pizza hobbyist.

Honeymoon plans

We did a "mini-moon" to Lake Tahoe, CA right after we got married and snuggled up by the fire and enjoyed some rain and snow that weekend.

Wedding details

We were married October 14, 2016 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA. We had plans for a beautiful outdoor ceremony but rain showed up with a lot of thunder. Luckily, we had a contingency plan in place to be married indoors. It was an intimate gathering of our best friends and family seated together in a long banquet hall adorned with baby’s breath in galvanized buckets, eucalyptus vines and white pumpkins. The ceremony, performed by Dan's Uncle Paul, was short and sweet. We exchanged traditional wedding vows and took communion together before turning to all our friends and family as Mr. and Mrs. Reardon. The cocktail hour gave us time to get with our AMAZING photographer Jenn Bartell. Jenn snapped some photos of us and our newly combined, and now huge, family.


Our cocktail hour was held in the Old Sugar Mill's Barrel Room. A spacious room with cocktail tables and wine barrels tastefully stacked against the back wall. We had wine, beer and a fika with a twist, served with mini donuts instead of the traditional cinnamon roll. (Fika is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning "to have coffee", often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie.)

After the photos were taken we moved into the Boiler House. The name is deceptive as it may invoke images of a cramped room filled with pipes for heating and cooling the facilities water, but instead it is absolutely beautiful. It’s an enormous refurbished space with a high ceilings framed by old brick walls. Bistro lights are hung low throughout the room creating a romantic and dreamy setting.

With the help of friends and family, you were welcomed by an enchanting scene when you walked through the large wooden doors of the Boiler House. White table cloths with navy cloth napkins made way for old cigar boxes holding a pedestal vase filled with water and gardenias surrounded by gold votive candles and a mini white pumpkin to hold the table number. The head table was draped in eucalyptus vines, mini white pumpkins and larger votive candles.

After some amazing speeches by the Matron of Honor (Gina's sister), the Best Man (Dan's brother), and our thank you to everyone for coming out; we had our first dance which was "Only You" by The Platters. Food and drinks were served and we danced the night away ignoring the rain and enjoying our love in the company of our family and friends.

About the Magical Day Photographer Jenn Bartell

Venue The Old Sugar Mill Caterer Asante Catering Desserts/cake Ela's Sweet Treats DJ DJ David Nava Hair and makeup Emma Loyola

Florist Generously gifted High Camp Supply gardenias Tux Rentals Cassaras Bride's Dress Gesinees Bridal Bridesmaid's dress White by Vera Wang

Rings Gina’s ring was designed by Dan and made by gemologist Dan Anderson


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Why Men’s Health Is a Women’s Issue, Too. We think of women as the traditional caretakers in a family. In many families, they manage the family schedule, shopping, homework and health. They seem to spot even the little things that need attention. So when a man’s nagging cough, sore shoulder, or troublesome stomach ache seem to persist, it may very well be the woman in his life, like many of you, who prompts him to visit the doctor. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 84 percent of adults saw a doctor or a health care professional in the last year. The majority of those adults were women. Women tend to see a doctor 56. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

By Lisa Liu, MD, Kaiser Permanente

more regularly because they are used to routine, regular screenings, like our mammograms or cervical cancer screenings. Plus, women are more likely to view their doctor as a partner who helps keep them healthy. While men do not require regular cancer screenings until age 50, they should know their critical numbers: blood pressure, weight, body mass index, cholesterol, and sugar. Most men may not come in to see a doctor until something is really bothering them or impacting their quality of life. When I see male patients, many tell me it was concern from a loved one, like their spouse, that brought them in for an appointment. It may be an appointment that they have been putting off for some time. Some say they delayed because they were busy or the problem wasn’t that bad. They feel healthy, except for this one little thing. They may deny their symptoms or overlook the importance of their family history.

Certainly, that’s not true for every man, but that’s what I have seen in my practice.

I think the role of a woman is crucial, because she often questions what is “normal” when it comes to health. She senses that something is taking a longer time to heal or may be impacting daily life and function, and encourages seeking out help. I would say if a patient has anything that extends beyond what you would consider normal, it’s time to see a doctor. That could include, but is not limited to: shortness of breath that persists far beyond a cold or a cough, blood in stool, chest pain.


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MEN’S HEALTH

When I see male patients, many tell me it was concern from a loved one, like their spouse, that brought them in for an appointment. It may be an appointment that they have been putting off for some time. Some say they delayed because they were busy or the problem wasn’t that bad...

If you have a husband or a boyfriend who has been putting off a doctor’s appointment, consider starting the conversation. It may be helpful to say: “This is important to me. You have had these symptoms for three or four weeks and you are not improving. I can help you make that appointment if you like.” That is the conversation that happens pretty frequently with my patients. It’s not judging, it’s coming from the standpoint of concern. As a rule, when a patient comes in for a particular heath concern, like a musculoskeletal pain or injury, we routinely assess key prevention topics like cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking, nutrition, alcohol and exercise habits. We can also screen for depression. In fact, in a 2016 study, the CDC found hypertension was the most commonly diagnosed condition during a doctor’s visit. It’s good to catch that early because high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke. I would say age 50 is the golden mark for regular visits with a doctor, depending on the patient, risk factors and family health history. Age 50 is when we screen for colon cancer and discuss the risk and benefits of prostate cancer screening. Colon cancer screening is important. New tests allow us to detect a pre-cancerous growth or early cancer up to 10 years before developing any symptoms.

No matter the age, prevention is always timely. So how can you help keep the men in your life healthy? It’s the same as you would do for yourself or your kids. Stop smoking and cut down on alcohol use. Make sure exercise is a priority because it benefits both physical and mental health. Learn how to cope with emotional stress. Make sure you are eating healthy, well-balanced meals. Take a walk as a family. Have play time at the park or take a family bike ride. It’s important for parents to be the role models and that children see the adults in their life making healthy living a priority.

When it comes to health care, whether you are a man or a woman, it’s about building a trusting partnership, a relationship with your physician. If my patients come in regularly, then I can tell when something is not quite right because I have already have a picture of who they are. My goal is to help keep them as healthy as possible. For more information about men’ health, please visit: www.kp.org/menshealth

Lisa Liu is the chief of Adult and Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. She is also the physician director of the Valley High Health Tech Academy CACHE program where she trains and mentors high school students as public health ambassadors with specific emphasis on the impact culture has on diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions. Dr. Liu joined Kaiser Permanente in 1992. She received her M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, Davis. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. https://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/provider/lisaliu ardentforlife.net   57


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Bouncing Back

Written by Tonya Gonzales, Holistic Nutritionist

Will you be ready when your life changes on a dime? Will you have the coping skills to recover from unexpected heartbreak? Will you have the motivation to get the job of your dreams, after you’ve been fired? It’s not easy to pack up and move when your spouse gets re-located…again. Life has a way of deciding for you—when you’re too hesitant or scared to choose for yourself. Put some of these tips in your toolbox, the next time something unanticipated comes your way.

Attitude is EVERYTHING!

You cannot control the circumstances that surround you but you are in control of one thing, YOU. Attitude IS everything, but it is okay to appropriately grieve. It’s okay to feel sadness when your lover has betrayed you. It’s okay to feel disappointed when you’re let go from job. It is okay to regret houses, jobs, pets and friends lost—due to moving too many times. Allow yourself time to feel and fully experience these emotions. Expect emotional ups and downs. There will be stretches when you’re fine and other times when you feel overwhelmed. With time the overwhelming episodes will subside in frequency and intensity. It is NOT okay, however, to wallow in self-pity and condemnation. This

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serves no purpose. You have the power to change the story you tell yourself. It is your responsibility to control your inner conversation. The one that tells you you’re not good enough, or not worthy, or doomed to fail…or be alone. Take a closer look at what you are saying to yourself. Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm. You DO become what you think. A negative event can awaken ambition, motivation, and persistence, which will lead to progress and success.

Don’t Place Blame

Looking for someone outside of yourself to blame for your current situation takes the responsibility off you and puts it on someone or something else. This wastes energy, when trying to find fault or justify and defend why you

are the victim. The reality is no one cares. Your friends and family will listen for a minute while you rant about the unfairness of downsizing, or your husband the compulsive liar, or having to file bankruptcy. You need to think how to adjust to the new situation and either fix it, improve it, or make the most of it. Ultimately, you need to find the lesson and just move on.

Nourish Your Body and Soul Times of change, welcome or not, produces great stress. Now more than ever take the time to eat right, drink plenty of water, and get some fresh air and sunshine. Rest and relaxation are equally important. Journaling can be a form of mediation and a great way to express any repetitive

thought patterns that arise from unexpected transitions. Run it out. Write it out. But let it out and let it go.

New Vision

It is never too late to reinvent your life. Unexpected change is a time for just that. What are you passionate about? Take time to reflect on who you are and what you want your life to look like. Is it time to go back to school? Quit your job and travel? Go into business for yourself ? Take an art or dance class? Find what excites you and pursue it. Focus only on the present moment and what you can do right now, to create your best life. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on the old but on building the new." — Socrates


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Nutritional Strategies to

LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE By Dayle A. Imperato, MD, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

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

Excess sugar is related to increased blood pressure, and reducing it lowers blood pressure. Although many studies focus on sugar-sweetened beverages, the results apply to any large excess of sugar; these beverages are just one of the easiest ways to consume a ton of hidden sugar. The mechanisms by which sugar increases blood pressure are not entirely known. Sugars may increase insulin and reduce sodium excretion, which in turn would increase blood volume and therefore blood pressure. Added sugars can also lead to obesity, which is usually accompanied by increased blood pressure. 60. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

POTASSIUM

It is well accepted that higher potassium intake is associated with lower blood pressure. For every 600mg increased daily potassium intake, systolic blood pressure could be reduced by 1 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure could be reduced by 0.52 mmHg. The average American only consumes 2,800 mg/day, well below the adult RDA of 4,700 mg/day, while Paleo dieters on average consume 10,500 mg/ day. Bananas are a well-known source of potassium, but avocados, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, halibut, beet greens, and spinach are other rich sources. In contrast, grains have very little, which is just another reason to choose quality carbohydrates and replace grains with root vegetables. Potassium-rich foods can be relatively high in carbohydrates. If you are extrasensitive to weight gain on a moderate-carbohydrate diet, a low-carb Paleo diet might be best.

EPA/DHA

Many prospective studies show that consumption of fish, rich in EPA and DHA, is related to lower blood pressure. Dietary analyses from Cyprus, China, and Iran found lower blood pressure in those who consumed the most fish. Serum measurements of DHA/EPA, another measure of fish intake, demonstrated a similar trend.

Controlled trials ranging from two to 12 weeks have shown that increasing fish intake reduced blood pressure. Fish oil supplementation has also been proven to lower blood pressure, but the large doses required (3–4g/day) are not easily obtained through normal diet. That level may be obtained through nutraceutical supplementation, but do not buy over the counter Omega 3 FA. Purchase only pharmaceutical grade products, which have much less mercury, higher quality and are manufactured under strict guidelines. Over the counter nutraceuticals have no monitoring for purity or quality and frequently do not contain the level of product that is on the label.

MAGNESIUM

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


health} Overall, it appears that only a subset of people that suffer from hypertension are “salt-sensitive” and would thus benefit from sodium reduction.

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for hypertension. In prospective studies, vitamin D intake is inversely related to hypertension. In vitamin D-deficient patients, large doses (50,000 IU per week) for eight weeks lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. To increase vitamin D, I recommend that patients go outside daily for about half the time it takes for their skin to turn pink. Or, if preferred, and you are justifiable concerned with skin care, a supplementation of Vitamin D will work as well. Again, do not purchase over the counter Vitamin D, as it is not controlled and contents can vary dramatically in quality and purity. Purchase only pharmaceutical grade products.

CHOCOLATE

Patients usually love when I recommend chocolate therapy, but I am specifically referring to the superdark varieties, at 80 percent cocoa and above. Cocoa is generally recognized as blood pressure-lowering from controlled trials and meta-analyses, and the effects are most pronounced in hypertensive patients. The polyphenols and flavanols abundant in cocoa increase the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Chocolate is also believed to improve overall endothelial function in blood vessels.

VITAMIN K2

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

OTHER FOODS

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

Supplements to try before prescriptions

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

SALT

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

· CoQ10 (100–300 mg/day) · Garlic (10,000 units allicin/day) · Vitamin C (250 mg twice daily) · Potassium (2,000–3,000 mg/day) · Magnesium (200-500 mg/day) · Omega 3 FA (1g-3g/day) Pharmaceutical grade nutraceuticals can be purchased though Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine. I do not recommend over the counter supplements because of the lack of quality assurance in the manufacturing process. Nor do I recommend purchase over the Internet, as you have no idea of what could be inside that bottle! It is not always what is on the label. Some patients may not respond adequately to diet changes or even supplements. Because elevated blood pressure is a huge risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death, these patients may in fact be candidates for traditional blood pressure-lowering drugs. Although not the focus of this article, lifestyle matters too! Regular exercise, avoiding tobacco products and alcohol, managing stress, acupuncture, and meditation can all improve blood pressure. ardentforlife.net   61


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By Wendy Hoag, owner of Keep Moving Mama

Balance shouldn’t be taken for granted, however, it’s not a forgone assumption that you’ll lose your balance as you age. With a conscious effort to improve balance daily; and focusing on it in our exercise programs, we can maintain overall stability much longer. It’s when we don’t challenge our balance that it will decrease. Many things can cause our balance to decrease; from a disease, to an inner ear infection, to a balance disorder, or even poor posture. If you have noticed a sudden change in your balance, it is worth checking in with your doctor. However, (in the absence of these things) simply adding imbalance into each day can result in large improvements at any age.

There are several ways to improve your balance in your daily life. Moms of young kids can take cues from their little ones. Walk the tight rope on the curb, walk across the swinging bridge at the park, or ride your bike alongside your kids. I often encourage clients to simply stand on one foot while they brush their teeth. Right foot in the morning, left foot at night. One client’s mother did this after her doctor’s testing concluded that she was prone to falls. After six months, her doctor noticed a significant improvement at her return visit and retest. How easy is that?

Your dedicated exercise time can also be changed slightly to include balance improving exercises. Not to mention that we use up to 30% more calories when doing exercises that require stability. While doing rows or any standing upper body exercise, stand on one foot. Do exercises that use just one side of the body (at a time) such as single leg lunges, squats and calf raises.

Use a suspension trainer. TRX and WOSS are two brands that use suspension systems for portable exercise equipment. These engage the core for stabilization, helping to build balance. In an eight week study of 12 subjects, ages 75 and older, training twice per week for 60 minutes on a TRX, improvements were seen in both the Functional Reach Test (FRT) and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. These tests are used to gage risk of falling in exercise and in medical settings.*

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Take advantage of uneven surfaces when exercising outdoors. Run on the granite path at Elk Grove Park, do your lunges in the grass, try your plies with one foot on the curb.


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FITNESS

Mix up the direction during your exercises. Combine squats and lunges in each leg set; a forward lunge, then a side squat, then a reverse lunge, repeating on the other side. Or move to the right for 10 squats, before moving left for the next 10. Regardless, if it’s a postpartum woman (in my Pilates/yoga class) or personal training with a senior with arthritis in the hip, I include balance building exercises in each workout. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.

*Thompson,C.J., ET AL. “Suspension training improves functional performance in community-dwelling older adults.” NASM Health and Fitness summit. (2013; abstract).

Wendy Hoag’s daily goal is to help other moms, new to the job or not, to build confidence in themselves physically and emotionally. Keep moving mama is her local fitness business, offering personal and group training. She also writes on fitness topics as they apply to mom in her blog at www.keepmovingmama.com 916-690-7624


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Martial Arts as

a Summer Activity By Chris Tanaka, Sher Khan Karate, Owner/Senior Instructor

With summer break quickly approaching, I wanted to discuss Martial Arts as an option for a summer activity.

As

a Martial Artist, I feel that consistent training is always the best choice for a student’s maximum growth and potential; however, I understand that life is busy for everyone (including both child and parent). Therefore, taking Martial Arts over the summer, when a student and/or parent has more time available to devote to their training, is an excellent option for busy families. My wife and I have two children: a son and a daughter. Both of our children began Martial Arts for their 4th birthday and have been consistently training for the past three years. They have understood from a very young age, from the example we have set for them, that Martial Arts 64. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

will be a lifelong journey and commitment. They will always be encouraged to participate in other sports and extra-curricular activities, but these will always be in addition to and not instead of. I understand this is not an easy task and it requires sacrifice and setting priorities. We strive to balance the activities the best we can to still allow for free/down time for our children. My children are busy with soccer, basketball, school and church events, but we ensure they get to karate class regularly because of the importance it holds to us. I see Martial Arts as a future for my children in knowing that they will be able to protect themselves (and others) if necessary. I also believe the self-discipline, perseverance and respect they learn in training will benefit them throughout their lives. I understand that not all parents feel the same depth of commitment as myself, and that some parents or families are not able to regularly commit to training. Using the summer as a means to enroll your child temporarily in a Martial Arts program is a viable option. Some parents also choose Martial Arts as a summer activity to fill the free time, and keep their children in a structured environment. Any reason a parent chooses to use the summer as an opportunity for their child to train is satisfactory, because

Martial Arts is a wonderful summer time activity for all children. Students most likely will learn the basics of Martial Arts over the course of their summer break, including: stances, footwork, blocks, and strikes. Along with the physical training, students will understand when it is appropriate to use their Martial Arts. Added benefits to training include providing a structured environment or routine, focus for extra energy, and maintaining respectful teacher/student relationships while not in school.

My personal journey in Martial Arts began with a summer trial and erupted into a lifelong commitment and career path. An intense interest and fire for acquiring new knowledge and training in Martial Arts all began with an opportunity to try it. That small step turned into a passion that has culminated in over 25 years of training and teaching.


Students most likely will learn the basics of Martial Arts over the course of their summer break, including: stances, footwork, blocks, and strikes. Along with the physical training, students will understand when it is appropriate to use their Martial Arts.

Most Martial Arts schools provide very affordable new student trials on an ongoing basis, especially in the summer. These trials are a great opportunity to introduce children to Martial Arts for a brief period of time. Be honest with the school owner as to your commitment intentions so that the best course of training can be ascertained. You never know, this limited exposure to Martial Arts might lead to limitless potential in training for your child and your family. Being enveloped in the atmosphere of a Martial Arts class, learning appropriate ways to defend yourself and others, and having fun with a new group of friends can be infectious. As an instructor, I have seen students (and families) grow from viewing Martial Arts as an activity into a lifelong passion. On the contrary, your child’s Martial Arts training might begin and end with a summer trial. If that is your family’s path, your child will continue to benefit from the valuable lessons in self-defense, respect, and discipline they were exposed to. Some training is better than no training at all. Chris Tanaka is the owner and senior instructor at Sher Khan Karate. He has 25 years of martial arts experience and 19 years of teaching experience. Sher Khan Karate has been in business for 22 years offering the highest level of quality martial arts instruction. Sher Khan Karate 8932 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, CA. 916.686.6552 ardentforlife.net   65


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Amgen Tour OF CALIFORNIA Photos Courtesy of the City of Elk Grove

Elk Grove welcomed world-class cyclists and visitors to the city for the Stage 3 start of the Amgen Tour of California’s Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM on Saturday, May 13. The Amgen Tour of California is America’s most prestigious cycling event, second only to the Tour de France. Many of the female riders who competed – and medaled – in Rio last summer appeared in Elk Grove. Opening ceremonies took place at Elk Grove Regional Park, and 102 riders from 17 cycling teams took off at 10:35 am in a peloton that crossed town and headed west toward the Delta to finish in Sacramento. This was the first time the city has hosted the Amgen Tour of California, and Elk Grove was the only new host city for the Tour this year.

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Wisdom Has Taught Me By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.

I have finally reached the age of credibility, where people listen to what I have to say. They are aware that I’ve been around the block several times, therefore, I must know what I’m talking about. Going grey is actually a very beneficial asset when trying to give the appearance of being wise. We all know that with age comes wisdom. I have a lot of grey, so I must be really wise. Or as René Descartes, (the Father of Modern Philosophy) said "I think, therefore, I am”. Sadly, the wisdom I’ve gleaned has all been learned the hard way. The old statement of “don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made,” is always a precursor to advice that I give. Even though I am guilty of making a lot of mistakes in my life, I have always learned from those mistakes and never repeat them.

We all find human behavior fascinating or Facebook and reality television would not snare so many people’s interest. Individuals say they are tired of people and their drama, it just tuckers them out…because drama is so draining. The fact is, those are usually the same people who will announce to the world (with a fatalistic flourish) that they are leaving their favorite social network behind them. They usually post a long arduous farewell message and then “poof ” they’re gone. A week goes by, then “poof ” they’re back on their social network…posting selfies of their pouty lips, as they stand in their bathroom. Sharing everything about themselves…while viewers’ brains scream, “too much information.” A recent study done by Harvard University shows us why social media, such as Facebook, is so popular and truly addictive for countless people. Why are people compelled to share everything about themselves and their lives? This Harvard study looked into the psyche of why people are eager to post their opinions, activities, and private information on social media. They learned, through a series of experiments, that the action of revealing information about oneself triggers the same part of the brain that is associated with the sensation of pleasure (the 68. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net- -Summer Summer2017 2017 68

same pleasure that we get when eating, or receiving money). The data shown in this study makes it clear that our brain considers self-disclosure to be a gratifying experience. The Harvard researchers, in the experiments, asked test subjects a series of questions while they were hooked up to an MRI machine. Interestingly enough, the researchers found that the regions of the brain associated with reward were less engaged when they were talking about someone else, but were strongly engaged when people were talking about themselves. Here is where I interject my “life of hard knocks” wisdom. Boiled down into a nut shell what the Harvard researchers are saying is, “we love to talk about ourselves.” It gives us the same pleasure we receive when we eat a lovely seafood dinner. Or the same pleasure we receive when we get that raise we’ve been working overtime for. This is why we fall into the rut, at parties and other social events, of talking—talking—and talking about ourselves. While we expound on our awesomeness, we are receiving all kinds of pleasure waves in our brain as we talk. That’s why we are rotten at recognizing the fact that we are boring others. However, if we stick to the point and are positive, nobody can accuse us of being lousy company. Another indicator that you are talking too much about yourself… nobody is asking questions about what you’re saying. That’s a true signal that it’s time to end your dialogue and ask the other person a question. Truly, we can make a good impression by talking very little; don’t we typically like people who don’t talk a lot? Becoming a good listener means being empathetic, really feeling another person’s sadness or joy. True compassion is what separates a casual friend from a good friend. An empathetic parent, who is a good listener, is the polar opposite of an uninvolved parent. A parent who is a good listener is a parent that a child will share their dreams and their failures with. In my youth, I was a talker. I felt my life, how I felt, and my beliefs were paramount to what others felt or believed. I didn’t listen, I told. As I’ve aged, I have learned how to listen. Now, I ask the right questions, and my life is full.


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Death By 1000 Cuts By Lindsey Peralta and David Vallerga, owners of GradePower Learning, Elk grove

There is a wonderful definition of the idiom “death by 1000 cuts” on investopedia.com which states it as “a failure that occurs as a result of many smaller problems.” This is a simple phrase that affects many of us, especially students. All too often students view assignments in a vacuum. A missed homework assignment is not a big deal since it is only worth 10 points. “That won’t hurt my grade too much,” is often what students seem to believe. As a rule, one assignment will not greatly affect a grade. However, for many students, it is rare for this cut to only happen once.

These cuts happen in several ways. First and foremost missed assignments add up quicker that most seem to realize. Homework assignments are simple to forget and are typically not worth a lot individually. Students see each homework assignment by itself, not as part of the whole which allows them to dismiss it. Another assignment many instructors use

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are regular check-ins in the form of grading notes or agendas. These check-ins are generally worth a few points and are easy to dismiss as something that will not hurt the overall grade. That’s okay, it’s just one assignment…

Similarly, speed kills. Going too fast on an assignment will likely result in missed points for not addressing the question entirely. It also causes simple errors that result in a series of -1’s. Speed can bring grades down unnecessarily. Not taking time to understand the instructions is another way to miss out on points. That’s okay, it’s just a few points…

Going too fast is compounded by not checking the work. For some students, it seems there is a competition to finish first. While it is nice to be the first one done, there are no bonus points for turning in classroom assignments before everyone else. Frankly, the opposite might be true. Taking a moment to look over the work and make sure simple errors are fixed, can prevent the series of -1’s some students seem to encounter. That’s okay, there is extra credit to make up for that…

NO. IT IS NOT OKAY.

Missing points due to lack of effort is never okay. It is unnecessary and does not reflect on the student’s knowledge. A loss of points due to lack of effort will not provide students, parents, or instructors good feedback on how much a student has learned. An assignment that has been worked on and graded appropriately provides good feedback. Students need to be aware of how homework reflects what is known. It’s not okay to miss an assignment, especially because feedback is necessary before a higher point-value exam or project is due.

ALRIGHT, WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

The first thing a student needs is system of organization. There are many ways to organize; students need to find the method that works best for them. The key here is one that works, is repeatable, and is consistently used. Some trial and error may be needed to find the most appropriate method, but that is okay in the beginning. The biggest challenge will be getting


education} This thought can lead a student down a bad path. By focusing on old work, students let current work go by. This treadmill keeps a constant barrage of missing or late assignments compounding on each other. Do not continue this trend of having late work constantly coming up. Do current work first, then make up old assignments. Break out of a bad habit before it forms.

An important skill needed to prevent these “cuts” to a grade is paying attention to detail. Read the directions. Seriously, read the directions. Did I mention the directions? They are important. If students do not understand directions, it is unlikely they will complete the assignment correctly.

into the habit of organizing. The hurdle will be the initial time to set up. It is important to help students understand the upfront investment will be well worth it later. Maintaining the system will be easier when a student sees the benefit. Here are some key things to look for when setting up good organizational habits. · Does it provide good documentation? There are many methods for writing down what needs to be done as well as electronic tools that perform the same purpose. The method does not matter, but the documentation does. · Does it keep track of time? There are 1440 minutes in a 24-hour day. It is amazing how many of those minutes are used sleeping, eating, and just plain living. Keeping track of time allows a student to understand their commitments and plan efficiently for homework or projects. · Is it simple to maintain? This needs to be simple and easy to use. A complex system will be forgotten and no longer used. For this, use the KISS method; Keep It Simple Student.

For many students, it seems each day has its own life. There are challenges and things that come up, often with little warning. Frankly, the only constant in life seems to be change. Letting change rule your life is a good recipe for forgetting and missing assignments. Letting chaos run free is not typically conducive for managing time and getting good grades.

IT IS HELPFUL TO HAVE A REGULAR SCHEDULE!

Each term will have the same classes during the same periods. Students will need to be at school and out of school at the same times. These are predictable. Of course there will be exceptions,

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such as minimum days, but these will be known in advance and should be a part of the scheduling process. Set a time at the beginning of each week to go over what needs to be done and create a schedule for that week. The schedule can be modified as needed. Setting and maintaining a schedule is a necessary part of organization. It is critical to know when a student has time for projects or make-up work. Finding those time slots in advance will reduce stress and improve productivity.

There is however a major thought to consider when scheduling; do the tasks that provide the greatest value first. When a student gets behind, there seems to be a call to do missing work first.

As much as students need to read directions, they need to understand them as well. If a student has questions or does not fully understand what is being asked, they need clarification. The best source for this is the teacher. If possible, ask to see examples. If an example is provided, look at it as a guide for providing a framework on what is needed. Examples provided by the teacher represent the type of work they are looking for. Using examples along with reading, and understanding the directions, will set a student up for success.

Do not let grades suffer from a “death by 1000 cuts.” Simple steps need to become a habit. Being organized is critical. The importance of maintaining a schedule cannot be overstated. Paying attention to detail will prevent minor mistakes from becoming larger. Individually each of these steps help students in small ways. Combined, these steps form a powerful tool allowing students to reach their potential. These steps are the shield that prevents those cuts from ever happening.


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ELK GROVE THE HISTORY OF A CITY By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos Courtesy of Elk Grove Historical Society’s Tom Russell Research Library

On July 1, 2000, Elk Grove became the first new city of the millennium in California and perhaps in the U. S. as well. A flag flew over the U. S. Capitol to commemorate Elk Grove’s cityhood, thanks to our late Congressman Robert Matsui. Our city flag will remind us forever that Elk Grove is connected to our state and national capitals, Sacramento and Washington D. C.

It is 17 years later, but we continue to recognize the importance of preserving our history and the roots of our existence that brought us to where we are today. Elk Grove became a city because of the vision, determination, and hard work of Elk Grove residents that culminated in our historical vote for independence from Sacramento County. The stories of our past are important links to the great history of our city and state. Knowledge of what happened in our back yards helps us make good decisions as we plan for the future of Elk Grove and the south county area. 74. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

This is a summary of extraordinary times in our history when people led the way and made significant changes that affect how we live today in our city of Elk Grove, and the area around us.

ONE, In the beginning, the Miwok People…

Long before James Hall placed the name of Elk Grove forever in our California geography books, the tule elk made their home along the Delta waters and the river known as ko'sum by the Miwok Indians. The mighty oak trees along the Cosumnes River brought forth an ample supply of acorns, a staple of the Miwok diet. These first Americans also came here for salmon, ko’sum, which is how the Cosumnes River got its name. There were villages all across what we now know of as Elk Grove and Franklin, Wilton and Sloughhouse. In 1807, Spanish explorers came to the ko-sum waters looking for future mission sites. Three words … elk abundant here…hurriedly scribbled on a Spanish exploration map spell out a significant piece of Elk Grove’s story. Under the leadership of Gabriel Moraga, the explorers named the river Rio de Cosumnes. Fortunately, for the Miwoks, however, the explorers abandoned their mission search,

because our area was too wet and marshy and filled with lagunas.

TWO, 1846 - Murphy's Corral, the First Step

to California Statehood. Just a short distance south of Elk Grove, an important event occurred at the corral of Martin Murphy that resulted in statehood for California. Mexican soldiers moved a large number of horses from San Rafael to San Jose, and they spent the night of June 10th at Murphy's place. American settlers, under Ezekial Merritt, released the horses from the corral; and this act set the stage for independence for California and eventual statehood. It happened on June 10, 1846, four days before the Bear Flag Uprising in Sonoma that is credited for California becoming a state.

THREE, 1850 - The Days of Gold and the Elk

Grove House/Stage Stop. James W. Hall built a stage stop along what is now Highway 99 and at that time was the Upper Monterey Trail, the route from Sutter’s Fort to the Mexican capital at Monterey. He named it Elk Grove because of the tule elk that walked through the grove of trees on their way to the Cosumnes River.


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1853 - The San Joaquin School, the First Public School in Sacramento County. This one room school was established by the first settlers in the area around the Murphy ranch, at Grant Line Road and today’s Highway 99. The name came from the San Joaquin Township that covered Elk Grove. The school closed in 1928 when it merged with Elk Grove Elementary Grammar School.

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1868 - The Central Pacific Railroad linked Elk Grove to Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, and the world. The new tracks missed the little settlement of Elk Grove that had moved from Hall’s stage stop to the intersection of today’s Elk Grove Boulevard and Highway 99, but it did not take long for change. Julius Everson started the move of businesses to the railroad, and that was the beginning of Old Town Elk Grove that we know today.

SIX, 1893 - The Elk Grove Union High School, the First Union

Free High School in California. Until 1893, the young people of Elk Grove had to be content with the education that was provided for them in their one-room country schools. If their parents wanted them to go on to higher education, the students had to go somewhere else because there was no high school in the south county area. In 1891, the California legislature passed a law that allowed the formation of a high school district—if the majority of the heads of households voted for it. A group of Elk Grove residents, Dr. James McKee, Joseph Kerr, Joseph Hasman, Julius Everson, James T. Chinnick, and Alfred Coffman, decided that Elk Grove needed a high school. They rode their horses throughout the area to talk to families and held community meetings in all 18 grammar school districts. Sixteen of them voted to form the Elk Grove Union High School District. This was the first unification of elementary school districts with a high school district in the state of California.

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1903 - Elk Grove Park, the First Rural Park District in California. The grove of oak trees in Elk Grove Regional Park was known as Graham's Grove long before it was an established park. Francis Graham’s property was well known throughout northern California as a favorite picnic ground. A highlight each year was the Granger's Picnic that drew hundreds of people in their horse drawn buggies to spend a shady day under the great old oaks. However, plans were made by the new owner of the property to cut the trees for lumber in the early 1900s. A young girl, Jennie McConnell, enlisted the aid of her family and citizens to save the trees and start a park. They sold shares for $5.00 and bought the property. In the 1930s it became difficult to maintain the park, but a new law that was enacted by the California legislature in 1935 helped keep the park running, and it became the first park district in the state to operate on tax money.

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1908 - Elk Grove’s Library, the First Rural Library in California. Harriet G. Eddy was the principal of Elk Grove Union High School. She was an enterprising woman educator who was determined to get the school accredited. Elk Grove’s graduates had to attend a year of high school somewhere else before they could be admitted to a college or university. The obstacle was the lack of a school library, so Miss Eddy took advantage of a new law that allowed the county library to establish branches in rural areas. She set up a library in a corner of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) building next door to the high school on Main Street, Elk Grove. High school students checked out books during the day, and Miss Eddy worked there at night so that community members could use the library's services. This was the first branch of a county or city library in California. Miss Eddy went on to establish libraries all over the state and in some European countries as well. ardentforlife.net   75


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2000 - July 1- Elk Grove Became a City!

Once again, Elk Grove led the way as the first new city of the millennium in California. As we celebrate our 17th anniversary, we thank those who came before us and helped to create this wonderful place to live.

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1959 - The Elk Grove School Districts Unified into One District. The unification of small school districts was happening all over California in the 1950s in an effort to provide greater services for students and to cut expenses. A vote of the Elk Grove area citizens resulted in the unification of elementary districts with their high school district. Cosumnes River, Dillard, Franklin, Pleasant Grove-Reese, and Sierra Enterprise, each had one school, although most were mergers of other small districts over the years. Florin district had Florin and the new Isabelle Jackson School, and Elk Grove had added the new Anna Kirchgater School. The nine schools joined Elk Grove High School as a district of 3,823 students, known today as the Elk Grove Unified School District with more than 63,000 students and 64 schools.

TEN, 2000 - July 1- Elk Grove Became a

City! Once again, Elk Grove led the way as the first new city of the millennium in California. As we celebrate our 17th anniversary, we thank those who came before us and helped to create this wonderful place to live. May our citizens continue to show us the way into the future. So how did we become a city? It took almost a decade and two elections, but finally in 1999, voters agreed to form a new city and break away from being a part of Sacramento County. The first group to work for cityhood was the Elk Grove Community Planning Advisory Council, and it was headed by David Lema. In 1989, the Elk Grove Community Civic League was formed. Members were Glenn Houde, Carl Amundsen, Roger Shaffer, Bill Dohn, Frank Sansone, Alvin Bartholomew, Stan Carrothers, and David Lema. The first election was not successful, but the second one in 1999 was. A large number of citizens ran for the first city council. Cityhood was approved in that election, and these five were elected to the new Elk Grove City Council: Jim Cooper, Sophia Scherman, Michael Leary, Daniel Briggs, and Richard Soares. The mayoral position rotated among the members, and the first mayor was Jim Cooper. The first City Hall was in a small building on Main Street, and council meetings were held in the Elk Grove school district Board Room. 76. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2017

In 2012, a separate position was created for an elected mayor; and the first elected mayor was Gary Davis who served as mayor for four years. The current mayor of Elk Grove is Steve Ly, and council members are Patrick Hume, Steve Detrick, Darrell Suen, and Stephanie Nguyen. The City of Elk Grove established its own police department in 2006, instead of being part of the Sacramento county Sheriff ’s Department. The police chief in 2017 is Bryan Noblett is the chief of police services. City staff members work had to keep everything running smoothly with City Manager Laura Gill and City Clerk Jason Lindgren. The City has grown tremendously in 17 years – from 72,665 in 2000 to more than 171,059 in 2017. But, Elk Grove continues to have a small town feeling, and people are very satisfied with their lives here. Many families made Elk Grove their home because of the excellent schools, and they enjoy the businesses, the parks and trails, and friendly atmosphere of the City of Elk Grove.

BOOKS By ELIZABETH PINKERTON History Happened Here,

Book 1 – River, Oaks, Gold

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

All book proceeds go for student scholarships. 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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20th Annual Spring Tea

THE ELK GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Elk Grove Historical Society just celebrated their 20th annual Spring Tea on Saturday, May13 on the museum lawn in Heritage Park. It was held a little later in the day than past years, due to the Amgen Race through the Elk Grove Park, but that didn’t deter those who are used to enjoying this sold out event. It was attended by many, but mostly mothers and daughters in a pre-celebration to Mother’s Day. Everyone was decked out in their finest finery and one-of-a-kind hats, each escorted through the gate by our own Arnie Zimbelman. There were 45 baskets you could win, filled with every imaginable combination of items—ranging from wines and toiletries to garden, shop, and household items, and even six cleverly arranged chair-planters. An auction was held for a set of pearls, Sister Act tickets, and Phantom of the Opera tickets (3rd row, center). There were four prizes for the most beautiful self-made hat contest. All-in-all it was a fabulous afternoon, and there is already excitement about next year. The Elk Grove Historical Society is extremely appreciative to the City of Elk Grove for a grant and the Elk Grove Community Services District for their equipment. Thank you everyone for making this an outstanding event.

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HAPPENINGS Summer Story-time Series

Every Friday morning from 9:30 -10 am June 9th through July 21 join us for a new story every week. From old school favorites to hot-off the press award winners. Free fun for families! At Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove- 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Elk Grove, CA, 95624 . Call for more information 916-714-0914.

Magical Magnets Family Event

A NANNOSECOND in Art and Music Written by Nan Mahon

S a n Franci s co

Where Haight and Asbury streets meet in San Francisco, the 1960s live on in bright tie-dye and classic rock music. For the next few months, this neighborhood of Victorian houses and novelty shops will recreate the famous 1967 Summer of Love. It has been 50 years since young hippies danced barefoot in the park with flowers in their hair while rock bands played free concerts. These foggy streets were home to young inspiring rock bands that included The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jimi Hendrix, and Grace Slick. It was a summer like no other as the flower children closed the chapter of a free-spirited era in the city. Now, the Baby Boomers look back on their youth and celebrate.

Saturday, June 10, 11am-8 pm Drop in any time on this day and play with our many magical magnetic products. You will also have an opportunity to try a variety of science projects featuring magnets. In honor of this event, receive a 10% discount on your purchase of any magnetic products, we currently have in stock. At Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove- 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Elk Grove, CA, 95624. Call for more information 916-714-0914.

Elk Grove Historical Society Annual Yard Sale

June 16 – 17, 8 am to 3 pm Stage Stop Museum at 9441 E. Stockton Blvd elkgrovehistoricsociety.com

Food Truck Mania

Saturday, June 17, 5 pm to 8 pm Morse Park Wednesday, July 5, 5 pm to 8 pm Old Town Plaza

If you return to that controversial summer, be sure to take advantage of special discounts offered at major hotels. Catch the glowing Magic Bus that takes you on a guided tour of the district. Spend a little time in the California Historical Society exhibits that delves into the culture of that time. Wear flowers and beads and sandals. On the other side of the city, take one of the walking tours that wind through the North Beach section of San Francisco where the beat generation gathered just before the hippies took over the Haight District. There are still the memories of coffee houses, jazz clubs and the ever-popular City of Lights bookstore. San Francisco is a city filled with culture, art shops, music, and museums. From May through September, it opens its heart and remembers that it was home to a summer of love 50 years ago. 80. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net- -Summer Summer2017 2017 80

Elk Grove's Got Talent

Monday, June 19, 6 pm Laguna Town Hall Elk Grove performers seeking their "15 minutes of fame" have an opportunity to shine through "Elk Grove's Got Talent" spotlight at the 2017 Hot Summer Nights concert series taking place on Fridays in August. The Cosumnes


save the date CSD Parks and Recreation Department has an open casting call for local acts interested in performing during the concert's 20-minute intermission. For more information or to register, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300.

Down the Dirt Road A fundraiser for Chicks in Crisis

National Postage Stamp Day Event

Saturday, July 1, 11am-8 pm Why not learn something new about Postage Stamps today? While you’re at it, you can get your creative juices flowing and try some FREE craft projects featuring the artwork of these tiny treasures. At Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove- 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Elk Grove, CA, 95624. Call for more information 916-714-0914.

June 23, Country. July 28, Blues, August 25, Rock. Chicks in Crisis 9455 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove Gates open at 5pm. Music from 6-9pm. Beer, wine and food available. Vendors, art exhibits, music and more. Bring a lawn chair. Begin your weekend on Friday evenings, as the sun goes down on the Chick in Crisis Ranch. Donation of $5 or more, at the gate.

Community Campout

July 8 - 9, 12 pm - 11 am Elk Grove Park Sleep under the stars in one of the most beautiful and spacious parks in Elk Grove. The Cosumnes Community Services District and Boy Scout Troop 007 will host the annual Community Campout the second weekend in July, at Elk Grove Regional Park. Gather your family and friends to enjoy the serenity and inspiration of nature through this low-cost camping experience. After setting up their tents, campers can enjoy campground favorites including swimming, crafts, campfire songs and s’mores. Dinner and breakfast will be prepared by the Elk Grove Lions Club. Check-in begins at noon on Saturday, and the event ends at 11 am Sunday morning. Additional details, about supplies and a schedule of activities, will be provided to guests upon registration. Campout cost is $14 per person, and pre-registration is required. Registration is available online, by phone 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300 or visit a CSD registration location.

Salute to the Red, White & Blue Run 4 Hunger

Saturday, June 24 Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.) Help fight hunger with the 13th annual 10K, 5K, or Kids’ Fun Run to benefit Elk Grove Food Bank Services. The event will feature kids’ costume contest, free participant photos, post-race food, music, and vendors. For more information and to register, visit www.egrun4hunger.com

Farmers Market

Saturdays, 8 am to noon Laguna Gateway Shopping Center (At Big Horn Blvd. and Laguna Blvd.) Sundays, 9 am to 1 pm - Old Town Plaza

Keep Moving Mama - Meet & Greet Wednesday, June 28th 6:30 pm Dignity Health 8220 Wymark For more details visit www.meetup.com/ keepmovingmama/events/239834653/

Free Music Fridays at McConnell Estates

Every Friday night until September 22nd 11-9pm. Each Friday evening we will feature a local musician, at no charge to you. Gather your friends and family, pack a picnic and don't miss the fun! The live music will be from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Visit www.mcconnellestates.com

Tuesday, July 4, at 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Elk Grove Regional Park – 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road Join the City of Elk Grove as we celebrate 21 years of spectacular fireworks! The Salute to the Red, White & Blue is Elk Grove’s premier patriotic celebration marking the nation’s independence and the City’s birthday. Festivities: 4:00pm: Opening of Vendor Exhibits 5:30pm: “Let Freedom Ride” Bike and Stroller Parade 6:00pm: Live entertainment and music 7:00pm: Opening Ceremonies, National Anthem 9:30pm: Fireworks Spectacular! Admission is free, and parking is $10 per vehicle. Gates open at 7:00 am. Alcohol, personal fireworks and pets, excluding service animals, are strictly prohibited. The Park’s dog park and disc golf course amenities will be closed for this event.

Bump City Reunion tribute to Tower of Power

Saturday, July 8th - Gates open at 5:30 Concert at 6:30 at McConnell Estates Together for years, working as an R&B, soul & funk cover band under the name REUNION, bandleaders Billy Sims and Matt Martinez decided to give the tribute band concept a whirl. The Bump City Reunion Band is a twelve-piece R&B funk band built around fiery horn play and funk-fueled music. Pre-sale tickets end Thursday at 11:59 pm; tickets available at the door. Visit www.mcconnellestates.com

Comedy Under the Stars

Friday, July 14 and Sept. 8. Seating opens at 6 pm & show starts at 8 pm at Laguna Town Hall. 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 highback chairs. No pets permitted, with the exception of service animals. Registration is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To register call 916-405-5600 or 916405-5300, online or visit a CSD registration location. www.yourcsd.com ardentforlife.net   81


community} HAPPENINGS James Garner Tribute to Johnny Cash

Saturday, July 22nd - Gates open at 6 pm Concert at 7 pm at McConnell Estates Together for years, working as an R&B, soul & funk cover band under the name REUNION, bandleaders Billy Sims and Matt Martinez decided to give the tribute band concept a whirl. The Bump City Reunion Band is a twelve-piece R&B funk band built around fiery horn play and funk-fueled music. Visit www.mcconnellestates.com

Lewis and Clark Exhibit at the Elk Grove Historical Society 9941 East Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove Step back into 1804 and experience the adventure of the brave soldiers of the Corps of Discovery who ventured into the unknown territory of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond to explore the lands west to the Pacific Ocean. For more information visit www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com or call 916-685-8115.

Shark Week Countdown

July 18-22 Join us from 5-5:30 pm for a different Shark themed activity each day to get you ready for the most “Jaw-some� week of summer! At Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove- 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Elk Grove, CA, 95624. Call for more information 916-714-0914.

The 30th Strauss Festival

JULY 27-30 Elk Grove Regional Park Strauss Festival of Elk Grove is an outdoor, no-admission, staged dance production at Elk Grove Regional Park. Featuring a live orchestra, fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays, enchanting outdoor ambiance, (and of course the beautifully costumed dancers), the Strauss Festival is a perfect summer evening getaway for couples, families, and culture enthusiasts alike. Kids from one to 92 will enjoy the waterfowl on the lake, the lights and drama of the beautifully appointed stage, and the elaborate hand-stitched gowns from our vast collection of period costumes. For more information call (916) 714-2527 or visit straussfestival.com

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Every Friday Night in August For more information or to register, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300.

Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 26, 10:00 - 5:00 pm Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road Join the City of Elk Grove and the Multicultural Committee as you learn about other cultures through music, art, food, entertainment and much more. FREE admission and parking. Celebrate our diversity and travel the world without leaving Elk Grove!

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