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Ardent content featured 16. K-9 UNIT Officer Tisha Smith 26. JILL SILVERMAN HOUGH 50. ESTEBAN VILLA

love Story 32. NANCY & STEVEN



24... food & flavor 20. NACHOS… THE ITALIAN WAY Carole Morris 22. INTERNATIONAL STREET FOOD Cindy Della Monica


28. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 80. DATEBOOK

education 44. FINDING THE RIGHT AGENT Justin Pinnell 46. HOMEOWNERS CLAIM Stephen Baker

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...58 profile 54. TRUDY COMBS Cancer Survivor


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history 72. NAMES PART 3 Elizabeth Pinkerton

Contributor’s Corner Justin Azevedo

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

Stephen Baker

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

Jenna Brinkman

Is the Communication Specialist for the Cosumnes Community Services District.

Sabrina Danielle

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

Two Twenty Photos by Tra Huynh

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

Dr. Dayle A. Imperato

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

Nan Mahon

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

Cindy Della Monica

Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.

Carole Morris

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

Kristyn Nelson

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

Barrie Olmstead

Adult Materials Selector at Sacramento Public Library.

Anna Osborn

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

Elizabeth Pinkerton

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

Justin Pinnell

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

Susie Franklin Roeser

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

Zina Sheya

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

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past four years.

Chris Tanaka

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

Liz Zimbelman

Owner of Liz Zimbelman Photography. She is a mama, wife and a lover of all things coffee related

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Community Corner...


Anna Osborn Profession: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by day and Coordinator of

Chaos by night.

Notable Accomplishments:

Raising my twin 6-year olds with my husband of 10 years. Surviving every day feels like an amazing accomplishment in and of itself.

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

I love listening to music and have it on most hours of the day. I love being able to "request" any song at any time.

Liz Zimbelman

What is the most important invention man has made?

Profession: Owner of Liz Zimbelman Photography.

The camera. There is nothing that connects us to the memories of the past than being able to look at pictures.

Notable Accomplishments: Published on Huffington Post, Looks

Like Film, and Our Wedding Magazine.

Do you have a secret talent? Does being able to strike the fear of Do you have a secret talent? I have

an uncanny ability to create Bitmoji's for my friends that look EXACTLY like them. My bucket list includes doing this in the next year: It may not be "bucket

list" caliber, but my goal this year is to spend more time with my family and become a more creative cook!

God into my children count as a talent?

I can’t live without these apps on my phone: My calendar, of

course. If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn't happen! I have permanent mommy brain and my calendar is my constant assistant. Of course, my social media apps (Facebook & Instagram) are important also as they help market my business. What is the most important invention man has made? Tacos My bucket list includes doing this in the next year: Travel

outside of the U.S. for vacation (without the kids)! But I would settle for a date night with my husband at Mikunis. 12. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

Jenna Brinkman Profession: I am a communications professional and I work at the Cosumnes

Community Services District.

Notable Accomplishments: I rode a bike across my home state of Iowa.

Each year during the last week of July, thousands of people complete the 500mile bike ride during RAGBRAI. I hope to go on more bike tours and cycling adventures. Do you have a secret talent? I can quote every line from

the movie "Best in Show."

I can’t live without these apps on my phone: For work, I cannot live

without Facebook Pages Manager and Canon Camera Connect which allows me to download photos from my camera to my phone via Wi-Fi. I also love Instagram, Apple Music, Apple News, and Pocket Casts. What is the most important invention man has made?

Coffee! Need I say more?

My bucket list includes doing this in the next year: This year, I hope

to see a 2,000-pound pumpkin at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival on October 6th and 7th. (shameless plug)

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Checking In “It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do” – Walter Winchell I love you summer, and I am ready for your heat! Another summer perk, our days are longer—and the nights are shorter. That means we can go to a free outside music festival, make potpourri from the flowers in our garden, walk around the city; pick strawberries and cherries, gaze at the stars, and blow bubbles. Heck, we can even chase bubbles! Our choices are endless, so let’s enjoy every moment of summer as we share it with family and friends. executive editor

Carole Morris What did we learn after reading this issue? We have a thought provoking article on the Power of Habit. We like to think of ourselves as rational beings with a free will (who are in control of our decisions) but are we? There is a heartwarming article about Trudy Combs a 40-year breast cancer survivor—a fighter who has a story to tell. Our featured author, Jill Silverman Hough, is a cookbook author; food and wine writer, recipe developer, cooking teacher, and food photographer. You will find a lot of great recipes in her books—recipes you can try out this summer. Set up your barbeque, grab your Ardent magazine and enjoy the images and thought-provoking articles. Your eyes will thank you for the screen break and the natural light of the outdoors.


K-9 Officer TISHA SMITH Written by Susie Franklin Roeser

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Dog Days of Summer”? If you’ve ever seen a panting puppy in July, you might think the phrase has something to do with a dog’s natural response to heat. You’d be in good company with this assumption, but you’d also be wrong. Surprisingly, the phrase has nothing to do with heat at all! The phrase originally came from the early Greeks referring to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the night sky during late July. Speaking of dog stars, the Elk Grove Police Department has some dog stars of a different kind. They are the Elk Grove Police Department’s K9 handlers and their 4-legged partners who are specially trained to reduce crime and keep our community safe. These teams take advantage of the dog’s superior olfactory abilities (sense of smell) to apprehend, track and locate people, making them a valuable asset to the Elk Grove Police Department. You may have noticed a police car marked K-9, seen news footage of police dogs at work on television… or even had the good fortune to meet a K9 team through their educational outreach sessions; but how much do you really know about the life of a K9 patrol team both on and off the job? Elk Grove Police Officer Tisha Smith generously shared her personal experience in the field of law enforcement (and specifically with the K9 Unit) here in Elk Grove to help us all gain greater 16. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a member of this elite team. Officer Smith grew up in nearby Folsom. She is a graduate of the Sacramento County Sheriff ’s Department Academy. In the year 2000, she was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff of Sacramento County. Her service with the Sheriff ’s Department included working at the Sacramento Superior Courthouse, the Sacramento County Jail and in Patrol Services protecting the citizens of Rancho Cordova and the East Division. Officer Smith began serving the citizens of Elk Grove while still employed with the Sheriff ’s Department (when Elk Grove was a contract city).  During this time as a Patrol Officer, Smith continued to build valuable skills while showing extreme courage and leadership. Her position entailed dealing with some of the most dangerous law enforcement situations faced by those who protect our city,

including an officer involved shooting. Smith’s combination of skill and bravery resulted in the apprehension of an armed murderer. Such “on the job” experiences have not only made Smith an invaluable resource in training new officers, but she has earned the respect, trust and loyalty of her fellow officers.

Upon City incorporation, Officer Smith was one of the founding members of the Elk Grove Police Department in May 2006. In addition to her Field Training Officer position, Smith was also involved with the department’s K9 Unit since its inception, acting as a training decoy and training assistant. Officer Smith’s outstanding service record and unique insight made her an ideal candidate for the elite K9 Unit when a position on the team became available in September of 2012.


When a dog is a member of a K9 Unit team, they are with their handler 24 hours a day. They live together, go to work together, and come home together. They are nearly inseparable! On September 28, 2012, Officer Smith helped select her 1st K9 partner, Kye -a female Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix. Not only was Kye Officer Smith’s first K9 partner, Kye is also the first female canine officer in the history of the Elk Grove Police Department and Smith is the department’s first female handler. The two together offer unique “girl power” to the Elk Grove patrol division.

Fast forward to 2018…After six years of faithful service, it is time for Kye to retire. Not unlike humans, transitioning into retirement can be a difficult period for a police dog. Much like professional athletes, rigorous training prepares these dogs for peak performance, but labor at this level can only continue for so long before it begins to exert a physical toll. Under ideal conditions, Elk Grove P.D.’s goal is to retire its K9 members while they are still healthy and able to enjoy their retirement.

When a dog is a member of a K9 Unit team, they are with their handler 24 hours a day. They live together, go to work together, and come home together. They are nearly inseparable! You can imagine what a shock it must be for a police dog entering retirement to see their “partner” going to work without them after so many years of



K9 Gunner is a male Belgian Malinois from Slovakia. Gunner is trained for patrol and will later be crosstrained for firearms detection.  Gunner is very social and always happy to give hugs to willing participants.

teamwork. In Kye’s case, she is also having to adjust to having a new “baby brother” in the family as Officer Smith begins the training process again with her new K9 partner, 18-month-old Gunner. Although Kye was a bit anxious the first week or so away from the force, she has now started to settle in to her new routine and enjoy the perks of a well-deserved retirement. Speaking of retirement, have you ever considered what happens to police dogs once they leave the workforce? Luckily, Elk Grove’s K9 Association has. With their foresight and planning (and the help of citizens just like you), these dogs can live out their post-career years being cared for by the community they served. The Elk Grove Police K-9 Association was formed to lessen the financial burden to the City of Elk Grove (and individual K9 handlers). Private individuals, and businesses, within the community and beyond make donations to the Association. Each K-9 handler is responsible for the continued care and expenses of their retired partner. Donations help defray K-9 medical costs and eventual burial costs. If you would like to make a donation to help support our retired K9s, you can mail it to: Elk Grove Police K9 Association 8698 Elk Grove Blvd. Suite 1-310 Elk Grove, CA 95624 or donate online at: http://egpdk9.com ardentforlife.net   17

K9 Kye

Kye is a female Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix. She was born & trained in the Netherlands. Shortly before coming to the United States, Kye completed her PH1 (Police Dog 1) Certification with her Dutch handler with an impressive score of 430 out of 440. Besides her patrol duties prior to retirement, Kye assisted with article searches & tracking. Kye was also a firearms detection K9 helping to keep guns out of criminals’ hands. In her off-duty time, Kye enjoys playing with her Orbee ball, swimming, and spending time with Officer Smith’s family. ardentforlife.net   17


Nachos… the Italian Way By Carole Morris

We all love nachos, the original Texas Mexican dish that was created by Ignacio Anaya, (whose nickname was Nacho). In fact, I can close my eyes and see (in my mind’s eye) fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers. Today is a new day, however, and we are switching up the way you view a nacho! Envision fried lasagna noodles smothered in alfredo sauce, mozzarella, pepperoncino peppers, black olives, and Italian sausage. Oh baby, this is going to be magnifico!

Homemade Lasagna Noodles Ingredients

4½ cups semolina flour 1 ½ teaspoons salt 6 large eggs 6 tablespoons water (room temperature)

Combine all ingredients in blender (or food processor) until they are thoroughly mixed. Remove dough and knead until you can form a ball. Let rest for approximately 30 minutes. Place dough on lightly floured surface and roll out (with a rolling pin) until you have desired thickness. Cut into equal 1½ inch wide strips. Knead together unused dough and edges and roll out them out to make additional strips. Place fresh noodles on wax paper until ready to use.

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Italian Nachos Ingredients

Lasagna Noodles (homemade) or 2 lb. package 2 tablespoons olive oil (for boiling noodles) Vegetable oil or olive oil (for frying) Salt (to taste) Parmesan cheese (for garnish) 1 ½ lb. ground Italian sausage

(browned and drained)

1/4 cup pepperoncino peppers 4 medium tomatoes diced 1/2 cup sliced black olives grated Mozzarella cheese (garnish)

Alfredo Cheese Sauce Ingredients

5 tablespoons butter 1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced 3 ½ tablespoons flour 3 cups half and half 3 cups grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste

Lasagna Chips

Alfredo Sauce

1. Boil approximately 6 quarts

Melt butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add the garlic and (with a whisk) mix in flour. Stirring constantly, simmer for approximately four minutes. Next, turn heat to medium and slowly whisk in the half and half. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Then, remove from heat and add only 2 cups of the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until sauce is smooth (If sauce gets too thick, add more half and half.)


of water, with 2 tbsp. olive oil, in a large pot over high heat. Add lasagna noodles to the boiling water; stir the noodles often and allow to boil. Cook until al dente, which means not be hard, too soft or mushy (8-10 minutes). Drain well, then blot excess moisture with paper towels.

2. Cut each lasagna crosswise cut on the diagonal, to make triangles (about six 2-inch pieces).

3. In a skillet, heat about

1-inch oil to 370 degrees.

4. Fry lasagna noodles until

golden brown on both sides, approximately 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

5. Sprinkle fried lasagna lightly with salt and parmesan cheese.


Pile the lasagna chips onto a large serving platter. Drizzle with warm alfredo sauce. Add sausage, tomatoes, olives and peppers; then top with Parmesan and Mozzarella.

I must say…this adds a whole new level to the word “nacho”.


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Street Food By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central

Way back in the day, “roach coach” was an unpleasant term for the traveling food vending truck. Though the food MIGHT have been good, it was not always the best experience. Usually the diner, a field or office worker, was at the vendor’s mercy because of where work was located. The last few decades have changed this experience drastically.

We are now pleasantly privileged to partake in “street food,” such as “street tacos” and “Korean BBQ.” There are now alleys, courts, parks, farmer’s markets and festivals inviting the mobile food vendor to pull up, park and dispense their specialties. You encounter just about anything from grilled cheese, Southern specialties, lobster rolls and garlic fries. The variety is mindboggling!

Other countries are experiencing this trend as well. In recent years, I have enjoyed generous portions of fruit and jicama seasoned with lime, salt, and chili powder in Mexico, Nutella banana crepes in Paris, seafood and quiche in Normandy, and meat pasties in Cornwall, all served out of a mobile kitchen’s window. A favorite memory is a breakfast pastry a decade ago, on the road between Rome and Naples. We had stopped for fuel in the van, and were attracted by the aromas coming from the sidewalk stand. Our growling early morning tummies were satisfied with thick espresso poured over lemon rind twists, and amazingly nutty, shortbread-y, fruit pastefilled pastry. Sadly, I never have found a recipe to duplicate that luscious beauty at home!

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Just because you have street crepes or jambonbuerre baguettes in Paris, or Cornish pasties in their homeland, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy international flavors in other countries as well. The markets in the Marais district of Paris will treat you to Middle Eastern fare--soft, thick pita bread filled with perfectly crisp falafel complemented with freshly cut vegetables, tahini, hummus and hot sauce. Merguez sausage, a Moroccan specialty (loved by the French), is stuffed into sandwiches hawked in the markets by the dozens. I am a bread fiend. We have discussed this before. Fresh croissants, filled with frangipane (a special almond paste mixture slathered onto the croissant dough), inspired me to prepare a luxurious filling for my typically British scones, getting an easy “fix” at home. When away, I look for the specialties on the street—beignets and café au lait, kebabs, even Mexican arepa stuffed with chicken and corn or beef and beans. The 10th arrondissement has a little street market serving fresh battered fish, served with the best thickly cut British fries and, my favorite, malt vinegar! Fish and chips, even served in France, is just not the same without the vinegar. While I’m noshing on these great flavors, I am always surprised that burgers and fries, onion rings, reubens, and philly cheesesteaks draw long lines of European patrons passing up some of THEIR best mobile cuisine for a taste of ours! Italians have their share of mobile food vendors, and one of our favorite snacks are arancini: fried balls of risotto filled with minced meat or chicken, cheese, or peas. Order a side of spicy arrabiata sauce (a simple red gravy with lots of crushed red pepper in it) for dipping. All Italian street fairs have another fried treat: zeppole--somewhat like a beignet or cream puff, filled with custard, or

jelly, or chocolate. Yes, please, I will have a paper cone of arancini AND zeppole… doesn’t a glass of wine fill in the fruit section of the healthy eating pyramid, and make this a full meal? You know calzone? There is a street food version called panzerotti, a somewhat softer, half-moon of bread casing. Fresh tomatoes and melty gooey cheese fills this pastry, fried until crispy. Another favorite is piadina, kind of like naan bread dough, grilled and stuffed like a wrap. I brought this fun dish experience to a local winery for a wine club event a few years ago. Since our shop rents raclette grills for parties, we took three of the machines to the winery to set up three different stations of fillings for the piadina dough. Simply made of flour, olive oil, salt and water, the Italians cook it roadside on terra cotta or griddles. We let everyone press out their own dough and cook it on top of the raclette grill. Fillings included sautéed Yukon Gold potato, onion and chopped chorizo; sautéed, seasoned broccoli rabe and prosciutto; roasted multi-colored bell peppers with crumbled goat cheese, minced rosemary and garlic; and simply filled with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, olives and bitter greens… The travel “bug” will bite you soon! No matter where you go, check out the “street food” scene before making reservations for dinner. You never know what cheesy delight is awaiting your discovery! If you don’t travel, make one of the recipes below, dine al fresco, google up Pandora’s mood music, and use your imagination. If you squint, really hard, your backyard lap pool looks almost like the Seine! As always, our staff at CHEESE CENTRAL is ready to help you with samples of our 100+ cheeses at the counter. Visit us at 11 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240 or visit our website at www.cheesecentrallodi.com


Baked Arancini

Use leftover risotto, any flavor will do. I make just a bit more than necessary for dinner, just to have some left for arancini. I’m not big on deep frying at home, so this baked version is my goto! Mmmmm, street food! 3 C cooked, chilled risotto 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 C flour 1 1/2 C panko breadcrumbs

Pre-heat oven to 350*. Grease a baking sheet with PAM. Place flour in a shallow plate, beaten egg in another plate, and the breadcrumbs in a third plate. Roll 2 tablespoons of cold risotto into balls. Roll each ball in flour, then in the egg and finally in breadcrumbs. Place on baking tray, lightly spray with PAM, and cook until golden, 20-25 minutes. TIP: Spraying breadcrumbs with PAM on a cookie sheet, baking at 350* for 10 minutes before you coat the arancini will start the browning process and will make the arancini more crispy, as if you deep-fried them.

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Ham and Brie Baguettes

Serves 6 From the Chardonnay chapter of “100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love” by Jill Silverman Hough (Wiley, 2010) Read all about Jill on page 26. On the streets of Paris, vendors sell ham and Brie sandwiches like they sell hot dogs on the streets of New York. This version is jazzed up a bit with arugula and a mustard-mayo dressing, but even still, it evokes a French picnic. If you like, complete the scene by serving the sandwiches with White Burgundy, France’s Chardonnay.

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3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 baguette 8 ounces thinly sliced ham 4 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 1/4-inch slices 4 cups loosely packed arugula (about 2 ounces)

In a small bowl, combine the mustard and mayonnaise. Set aside. (You can prepare the dressing up to 3 days in advance, storing it covered in the refrigerator.) Trim the ends off the baguette. Cut crosswise into 4 lengths. Split each length horizontally, so it’ll open like a book. Gently fold each piece open.

Spread the mustard mixture on the bread, dividing it evenly. Arrange the ham, cheese, and arugula on top, dividing them evenly. (You can prepare the sandwiches up to 4 hours in advance, storing them covered in the refrigerator.) Press the bread tops down lightly, cut each sandwich in thirds, and serve. FOOD + WINE TIP To pair this sandwich with Sauvignon Blanc, omit the mayonnaise and double the Dijon. To pair it with Riesling, make the dressing with 4 tablespoons of Dijon and 2 tablespoons of honey. Copyright Jill Silverman Hough, 2014. All rights reserved. www.jillhough.com




Celebrating Food Written by Carole Morris

Looking at cookbooks and trying out their recipes (on my brutally honest family) is, without a doubt, at the top of my list of “fun” things to do. The fact that our featured author, Jill Silverman Hough, is a cookbook author, food and wine writer, recipe developer, cooking teacher, and food photographer has me stoked! When I think back (in history) of various cookbook authors, my mind conjures up the image of Julia Child—an American chef and author who translated French cooking into terms that the average American could understand—way back in the 70’s. Like Julia’s, Jill’s recipes make the complicated simple and her books are filled with amazing recipes that encompass all the foods we love. Recipes that are appropriate for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, raw foodists, and those that are gluten-free. Jill even has a cookbook on how to pair food with various wines… need I say more? The other thing I like about Jill…is the fact that she loves food! I can trust her recipes— because she says, “Food and eating are two of my favorite things in life, and I feel crazylucky to make my living celebrating them.”

Jill’s background includes a dozen years as an advertising copywriter at agencies in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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She launched her food career by opening a small cafe in Sausalito, which she ran for five unforgettable years and where she made— among other things—the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. Her latest book is a mini eBook called “Finger





Scrumptious New Ways to Enjoy Everyone’s Favorite Protein,” available on Amazon and iTunes, featuring recipes that are easy enough to deserve a regular spot in your cooking rotation (yet special enough that you’ll relish every bite). This charming little book includes full-color photos of every recipe, plus 30 tips for making all your chicken finger lickin’ great. Jill’s other cookbooks include “100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines

You Love” and “100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with Wines You Love”—each chock-full of delicious, doable recipes that make food and wine pairing fun, friendly, and absolutely unintimidating. Whether you’re serving Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, hosting a big party or enjoying a simple meal with friends, both “100 Perfect Pairings” books promise amazingly delicious dishes that make every pairing, well, perfect! Other projects include co-authoring “The Clean Plates Cookbook" and developing the recipes for “Skinny Bitch in the Kitch,” a New York Times bestseller. Her writing and recipes have been published in magazines including Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Napa Sonoma, Clean Eating, where she’s on the advisory board, and Fine Cooking, where she’s drinks editor.

And she creates recipes for brands and commodity boards, too, including the National Pork Board, the California Milk



Q&A WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR AND FAVORITE RECIPE FOR THAT SEASON? I love summer, because there are so many amazing fruits and vegetables in season—tomatoes and stonefruits are my favorites. About once a week, we have open-faced tomato/pesto/parmesan/focaccia sandwiches for dinner. And for summer entertaining, I love to make what I call Buttery, Sweet, Bright, Thoroughly Delicious Plum Cake—which is also great with nectarines, peaches, and apricots. (Recipes for pesto, focaccia, and the cake are on my web site.)

Advisory Board, California Sweetpotatoes, Lindsay Olives, Annie’s Homegrown, Circulon, Anolon, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Grgich Hills Estate.

Last but not least, Jill teaches cooking to home chefs around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Her classes are jam-packed with energy, enthusiasm, and immediately-useful information—plus, of course, delicious food. In fact, there will be a Food and Wine Pairing Made Easy class…September 14, 2018 (Interactive talk and tasting) at The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco. I visited Jill’s website www.jillhough.com and read a blog post that she wrote about friends. “What is it about old friends? What’s so great about being together? Why do we treasure it so? Around old friends I feel known. Really known. They know the breadth and depth of my accomplishments, and my mishaps. And because of all that, they know who I am, have been, and hope to be—with a richness that few others ever will.” Jill placed her poetic statement beneath a picture of the sexiest Salted Cherry Almond Oatmeal Cookies I have ever seen. She is that good…

WHAT ARE THE TOP FIVE MOST INFLUENTIAL COOKBOOKS IN YOUR COLLECTION? That’s tough to say because I have a lot of friends who are also cookbook authors and I adore all of their books. So, let’s just leave it at this—one of my favorite resources is my grandmother’s hand-written, spiral-bound notebook of her recipes. WHAT COOKBOOK AUTHOR HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE? Honestly, my biggest influences were both my grandmothers, my mom, and my dad, all of whom were/are great cooks and all of whom enjoyed/ enjoy food, cooking, and eating.

IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL OF ANYTHING YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD IT BE? My ideal meal is a great piece of super-fresh fish, simply prepared, peak of season fresh veggies, and a little saucy something to tie it all together, like pesto or a flavored butter. Oh—and a perfectly paired glass of wine… or two! WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES? There’s almost nothing I love better than eating and drinking with friends and loved ones—except maybe eating and drinking while talking about eating and drinking with friends and loved ones. I also like movies, crossword puzzles, staying in hotels, and reading in a lounge chair in the back yard.

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By: Tara Westover Book Reviews by BARRIE OLMSTEAD Westover, who was born in southern Idaho in 1986, lacked not only a formal education but also a birth certificate. Her parents were survivalist Mormons who stockpiled weapons and supplies, waiting for the end times. Her mother, a midwife and self-taught herbalist, treated all manner of family ailments, not least of which included severe burns. Westover endured physical abuse from an older brother but also found support from another sibling who escaped the family farm. She read and studied her way to Brigham Young University, inspiring the support of more than one professor with her earnest and insatiable hunger for knowledge. But she also felt depressed, confused and exceedingly out of place. Courage prevails and she continues her education at Cambridge and Harvard, eventually earning a PhD. Westover’s journey is astonishing, given her utter lack of preparedness for a formal education. The pain of her continued estrangement from her family is felt keenly and the reader understands that her decision not to return to the fold came at great price. Her account of a psychological breakdown in the throes of writing her dissertation is vivid and heart wrenching. Her determination and refusal to regress are deeply inspiring. Random House, 2018

Heart Berries: A Memoir

By: Terese Marie Mailhot Mailhot, who was born and raised on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia, finds solace from trauma through therapy and writing. Her mother, a neglectful social worker, and her father, an abusive alcoholic, set the stage for a journey of hardship. Mailhot married at 17 (after aging out of foster care) and gave birth to a son; she lost custody of him while in the hospital giving birth to another child. Her marriage fell apart and she embarked on numerous destructive affairs. The one that lasts is with her writing professor, Casey, with whom she marries and bears another child. She directly addresses him in the book, often in the form of a letter. In the midst of this relationship, she is institutionalized and diagnosed with manic depression, an eating disorder, and PTSD. When she begins to write, she comes to understand that her psychological wounds are both unique to her experience and also characteristic of the lives of modern native women. She observes: “It’s an Indian condition to be proud of survival but reluctant to call it resilience.” This book is less a triumph over pain than a powerful and articulate reckoning with it. Counterpoint Press, 2018

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Nancy& Steven

Photographed by Liz Zimbelman Photography


Who are you?

My name is Nancy Liu from Sacramento, CA. I'm 33 and have lived in Sacramento since 1998. I'm pretty much a homebody, but I also like to explore restaurants and try new foods. I'm a kid at heart and plan to never grow up.

My name is Steven Leung from Sacramento, CA. I'm 35 and a New Jersey native but moved to the Bay Area in 1989. I lived in San Jose, CA for most of my life until I moved to Sacramento in 2011‌ for my job. I'm addicted to YouTube and music of virtually all genres. Also, I'm a fat kid trapped in a fatter kid so if food is the game, I'm in it for the high score.

How did you meet?

We met on the online dating site OkCupid.

The Proposal?

He proposed to me on a trip to Napa under the guise of a dating anniversary celebration. I had overlooked a few small details throughout the day, but it was over dinner that I started catching on to his little surprise. My husband is usually a very accommodating

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man, so if I don't feel like doing something he'll comply with my wishes—but this evening he was super insistent on taking a stroll over to a nearby park. He wanted to show me a horse statue and its significance was so meaningful because his grandma was born in the year of the horse. She had passed a few years before Steven and I met, so he wanted to propose under the moonlight surrounded by candles in front of this statue so that it was like she could be part of it. He bent down on one knee and asked me if I could make him happier than I already had by marrying him. It was the best feeling ever.

What is love?

Nancy: Love for me is an indescribable feeling and that is exactly how I feel with my relationship with Steven. I cannot describe the love I feel and the way he makes me feel. Love is having someone that understands you and will love you at the end of the day no matter what life throws at you. Steven has given me comfort, love and security. Love is wanting to share every aspect of your life together, even when it's something as simple as watching TV together. Every day I wake up, I am thankful for the man I have next to me

and I look forward to each new adventure we have together. I cannot imagine anyone else by my side for the rest of forever.

What is love?

Steven: Love is knowing that you have the freedom to be comfortable in your own skin. When you finally meet someone, who gets your idiosyncrasies and not only sees you through your quirks but accepts you for them‌ that's Nancy. Waking up knowing that no matter what happens for the rest of your days, you can rely on your partner to provide support and comfort. Love is wanting to share the best part of your favorite foods with the woman of your dreams (but knowing that it's okay to be selfish and eat it all yourself because she wants you to enjoy every bite of it). Mm, that's love. I wouldn't want any other woman to embark on life's journey with.

What do you love most about him?

I love his big heart, he gives so much care, consideration and love to his friends, family and helps strangers out in every way he can. For me, it's not the material things in our relationship that is important, it's the kind of



Love is

having someone that understands you and will love you at the end of the day no matter what life throws at you.

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I knew I loved him when I stopped

feeling insecure around him and knew that I can be myself and that he'll love every part of me. He's made me feel more loved than I ever thought possible. man Steven is and the life lessons he will teach our children one day, so they will be good people in this world.

What do you love most about her?

I love her sense of humor and her impromptu produce section dances (haha). The fact that she can just let go and be silly in a public place with onlookers being amused by her antics shows me how much she can appreciate realness. Just being honest about who you are—I can't wait to see what our kids are like!

When did you know you were in love?

Nancy: I can’t pinpoint an exact time that I knew that I was in love. I’ve never been in love before and Steven was the first person that has ever made me feel differently than the other relationships that I've had. Steven gives me security and comfort, and all the butterflies in the world seem to be in my stomach when I'm around him. He makes me feel like a high schooler all over again. I knew I loved him when I stopped feeling insecure around him and knew that I can be myself and that he'll love every part of me. He's made me feel more loved than I ever thought possible.

When did you know you were in love?

Steven: The moment I realized I was in love

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with Nancy was when I saw how hard she tried to care for me after an unexpected ailment struck me down. At the time she didn't cook very much but she got in front of that stove and banged out a meal I will never forget. It wasn't the meal itself, it was the effort she put in to making sure I was comfortable. She stayed by my side that day to ensure I was taking my meds, eating, and recovering. That gesture let me know that I could trust her with my life.

Fun facts

Both of us are Chinese Americans who moved from the Bay Area to the Sacramento area, foodies and animal lovers who enjoy travelling, animated shows, and being cheesy romantics.

Honeymoon plans

We explored Italy (Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona, and Venice) as well as France (Paris). It was amazing and special especially since neither of us had ever visited Europe before. We ate delicious food and took in the brilliant sights of a land so much older than our own. It was truly a remarkable honeymoon.

Wedding details

We wanted our wedding to be near the water. Scott's Seafood was the perfect venue

and their wedding coordinator, Courtney, was amazing and so helpful with the entire planning process. Our wedding colors were mint green, gold and ivory. We love Harry Potter and wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. We made golden snitches for each place setting and our cake topper read "Mischief Managed." We wanted a very simple, yet elegant, wedding and we felt that we achieved that with our ideas (and the help from our vendors).

Photographer Liz Zimbelman Photography Venue Scott's Seafood on the River Videographer Elegant Events Media Musician Mersonacta Quartet Rentals Celebrations Party Rentals Caterer Scott's Seafood Desserts/cake Go West Baking & Events

Wedding Coordinator Courtney Reading DJ Elegant Events Media Hair/Makeup Polish and Pout Florist Amour Florist & Bridal Tux Rentals Men's Warehouse Bride's Dress Miosa Bride Bridesmaid's Dress J. Crew Rings Skalet Family Jewelers


Anniversaries Beyond Retelling the Story of Your Wedding

By Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling This time of year always makes me Regardless of what order you did those things in (or A few simple questions can lead your union even includes marriage) you can still feel to really amazing conversations: think of my own wedding day. The ifsort of lost in love when you check all the boxes and How is your relationship progressing? Cottonwood trees were in full bloom are left wondering, “what now”?

that day, and it almost appeared to be snowing as the cotton blossoms floated through the air.

The amazing thing about your wedding day is that it represented the start of something new together. A wedding is a special day; whether or not it was shared with lots of family and friends (or just a few others) it holds a deep significance in your relationship. As a couple’s therapist, I affectionately call this time of year anniversary season, as spring and summer seem to be the hottest times to get married (both figuratively and literally). In fact, I think celebrating your anniversary should be so much more than just reminiscing about your wedding day. It’s important to celebrate the story of the two of you, beyond just the day of your nuptials. As a couple, you get all these big messages about the check boxes you are supposed to complete in order to be considered a success as a couple. Get engaged, get married, buy a house, and have some babies. And then what? 36. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

The big question then begins to loom…how do you keep your relationship progressing and growing? How do you push past the obligatory check boxes and into longevity—that allows you to celebrate anniversary after anniversary together? We all know that a stagnant relationship doesn’t lend to long-term success in love, so how exactly do you keep it thriving year after year? Personally, I believe that if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to know if you got there. Having a shared vision or plan, in love, is key to keeping your relationship progressing. As wonderful as the beginning of your life together was; the first kiss, the proposal, the wedding day, it shouldn’t be what defines the two of you. If your focus is on the beginning of your story, you risk your happily ever after not looking so happy. Quite simply you need to be able to take some sort of regular inventory of your relationship, to keep it flourishing, and your anniversary is a perfect time to do that.

What goals are you working towards together? Where are you struggling? What are the ways you’re failing to connect (or be intentional) with your time together? When you celebrate your anniversary, beyond just remembering your wedding day, the following things begin to take shape:

You create a tradition just for the two of you.

Traditions, and how you celebrate them as a couple, are an important part to your relationship. Being part of something special (that the two of you do together) creates a sense of belonging and connection. This is beyond valuable in your growth as a couple.

You learn to make time for celebrations.

All the relationships and marriages I know of have weathered storms, and none are perfect. Making time to celebrate the two of you (and all that you are to each other) is an important way to show appreciation and gratitude for your bond. It also reminds you to laugh and be joyful together, which is vital during your years together.

Celebratewhat’s unique to you. Just like no two weddings look alike, neither do two




You create a natural touchstone that allows you to continue to grow, and evolve, as a couple.

Time passes you by, whether or not you’re using it intentionally. Taking advantage of a natural touchstone, like your anniversary, allows you to take an ongoing inventory of your relationship and create plans for reconnection. I have countless couples in my office who talk about the months and years that have quickly passed, only to suddenly realize that they have become distant and disconnected from one another. Allowing your anniversary to be a touchstone to one another, creates an amazing opportunity for conversation and healing.

You get to enhance your story of “us”.

Most couples have a story of resiliency and one that deserves to be celebrated. Your wedding day was beautiful and amazing, but it’s also not the definition of you two as a couple. That story continues to evolve and grow as you do as a couple. Use your anniversary as a way to share your story of resiliency and take pride in the journey you’ve been on together.

You get to realize how far you’ve come and share what you need “now” from each other.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve grown a lot since I’ve said “I do” and your individual growth will always have an impact on your marriage. As you evolve, so do your needs and these must be continually communicated to your partner. Use your anniversary as a way to recalibrate any points that feel out of balance or misaligned. It’s extremely important to speak up in love. If you’re not verbalizing your needs, it’s going to be even more difficult for them to actually be met. You also must be open to making amends for ways you may have hurt your partner. Being able to acknowledge and apologize for pain you’ve caused (without justification or minimization) is beyond powerful in your relationship. Use your anniversary as a way to slow down and really check in to see how each other AND your relationship is doing. And most importantly, celebrate what’s unique to you. Just like no two weddings look alike, neither do two relationships. Find a quiet place to sit down together, open a bottle of wine (if you’re into that sort of thing) and celebrate the two of you a couple, and don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Happy celebrating!

Anna Osborn, LMFT, is the owner of Life Unscripted Counseling. She works with couples to improve communication, deepen intimacy and heal from betrayal. Anna was born and raised in California and lives in the Elk Grove with her husband, school aged twins and boxer dog. She is an avid sports fan and can often be found at the ballpark cheering on her local team. ardentforlife.net   37


Get the Look

Modern Farmhouse By Zina Sheya Designs Photos by Mason Sheya

Modern Farmhouse style is in essence the best of several trends and design styles. The Modern Farmhouse style takes the best of the “rustic” intertwines a hint of industrial elements and tops it off with a punch of modern. Modern Farmhouse style appeals to many different age groups because it is sophisticated without being over done or unapproachable. It’s inviting enough that you want to kick off your shoes and stay awhile to relax.


The contrast of white walls and barn wood is the perfect combination. Use reclaimed wood or a product called stik wood (made in Sacramento) to achieve a plank reclaimed wall look. Install it anyway you want, a traditional look here or go all crazy and install a more modern pattern. Barn doors are a must, they can be painted, metal, or a simple barn door (like shown), not too rustic or too modern. 38. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018



Add interest by combining the modern style of horizontal railings (but using hand hammered iron). Keep the stairs wood or add an interesting runner rug securely installed on stairs…or opt to not carpet stairs.


Combine textures (like seen here) with this black metal bench, clean and simple—but by adding these pillows full of texture they make a layer of interest.


Crisp and Clean. White Black and Natural are typical—or a combination of all three adds interest. The simplicity of Board and Batton adds the country element. Add in a high gloss black painted door- industrial barn light fixtures, and some concrete (or galvanized) metal planters and you have yourself a typical Modern Farmhouse Exterior. Want a bit more modern? Add a metal standing seam roof or metal skirt on the base of house.

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Incorporating a unique hood adds a focal point in the kitchen, think outside the box go for an iron hood, a copper hood, a gunmetal hood, or add a wood element to it.


Adding rustic shelving in a kitchen or any space—in a modern farmhouse is a must.


Use different eras of furniture pieces. Incorporate painted and wood finishes, these will pop against the crisp white walls. My favorite white to use on the interior walls of a Modern Farmhouse is Sherwin Williams Simply White.


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FINDING THE RIGHT AGENT Buying a home is the biggest investment you’ll likely ever make, and it has all sorts of implications for your personal and financial future. This is why it’s so important to work with the right agent. Too many people don’t realize just how much can go wrong if they make the wrong hire. There are some very serious problems that can arise if you accidentally work with the wrong person to buy or sell a home. Here are some of them:

1. Not listening

A professional real estate agent (or any other professional for that matter) will take the time to listen and understand their client and the client’s needs. The wrong one, however, isn’t going to listen to what you have to say and will instead focus on what they want for themselves. 44. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

This will set the precedent for the rest of the process and make any real estate transaction a miserable experience. An agent who doesn’t take the time to know your wants and needs will cause you stress, confusion, and heartache.

2. Bad advice

If there’s one thing you need a competent agent for, it’s the advice they’re able to provide. A good agent will serve as your trusted advisor, guiding you through the myriad of decisions you’ll make when buying or selling a home. A bad agent, however, will either give you advice that’s not based on any experience or research (or is just plain self-serving). This can cost you financially or prevent you from accomplishing your goals altogether.

3. Failed negotiations

Lots of people consider themselves good negotiators, but very few are. While negotiating might be just one part of real estate, it’s an important one. You need

someone on your side who’s working for your best interests in a competent and effective way. A bad agent will either negotiate in such a way that attainable deals fall through or will simply negotiate in their own best interests… rather than the interest of their client (you).

4. Lack of responsiveness

This may or may not be one of your petpeeves, but unresponsiveness (in something as complex as a real estate transaction) can be an absolute nightmare for the person whose money, home, and future are on the line. A great agent is available most any time you need them (within reason). The wrong one, however, will let your calls, messages, and emails go unanswered while you worry yourself sick about what’s happening (or not happening).

5. Missed opportunities

Real estate is a business that moves quickly, especially when the market is hot. Even when

Real estate is complex by nature, and legal questions arise on a frequent basis. Thankfully, good agents have the knowledge and resourcefulness to help you navigate them and can find solutions even if they’re not immediately apparent. there’s high demand, there are still opportunities for buyers, and a good agent will know how to spot them and take advantage quickly. The wrong agent will miss good opportunities because they’re unable to recognize them, will move too slowly and miss them, or just generally not care.

6. Legal pitfalls

Real estate is complex by nature, and legal questions arise on a frequent basis. Thankfully, good agents have the knowledge and resourcefulness to help you navigate them and can find solutions even if they’re not immediately apparent. Hiring the wrong agent will mean that when the inevitable problems creep up during the transaction, they’ll either give you the wrong advice on what to do or simply look at you and shrug their shoulders.

7. The process won’t be enjoyable

There’s no rule that says a real estate transaction has to be unpleasant. Yes, it’s a lengthy process that has lots of implications. But if you take a step back and think about it, buying or selling a home is usually a positive thing—whether it’s an upgrade, a money-saving downgrade, or a general lifestyle change. You should work with someone who can at least make it a pleasant experience. And that’s the thing about hiring the wrong agent, they’re guaranteed to make the process one that you won’t enjoy. So, choose your next real estate agent wisely; your happiness—and the height of your high five when it’s over—will likely depend on it. If you have questions regarding investment properties or real estate in general contact Justin Pinnell BRE- 02045095, M&M Real Estate at (916) 812.0576 www.jpsellscalifornia.com ardentforlife.net   45



Are You Prepared For Your Homeowners Claim? You ever worry about your home being broken into, burned to the ground or even flooded? Well, me too. I have been doing insurance for years, and I still worry about that stuff. You can only be so prepared— but prepared is what you need to be. Remember your insurance should be set up correctly before the incident occurs. We can’t stop the damages occurring, but we can prepare for the possibility of loss. Let’s say you just bought a home and it’s 15 years old and all the home issues have been disclosed, but you did not realize that the plumbing system may have a flaw. Your plumbing system is now starting to bulge right next to the water heater, 46. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

By Stephen Baker, Farmers Insurance

and it’s about to blow. You’re prepared, right? You’re ready when you come home and there is a foot of water on your first floor? It’s now creeping up the walls and all your furniture, clean clothing (in the wash), tools, etc. are all covered by water! What do you do? Let’s start with preparing for the event. Let’s look at the different coverages in your policy and talk about what you may need to do to prepare for a loss

Dwelling coverages-

Most important and we base all our coverages off this. This coverage will rebuild your home if it is destroyed. You may notice that each coverage is a percentage of the dwelling. Look at your policy, please! In Elk Grove, you want to be between 200 to 300 per square foot to rebuild (unless your home has been seriously upgraded). This is just a rule of

thumb, so make sure you talk with your insurance company to confirm.

Loss of use-

This coverage pays for you to stay away from your home, while it is being repaired. This is normally offered for 12 to 24 months (depending on the company).

Personal Property-

This is the biggest coverage next to Dwelling. If your home is destroyed, then you definitely need to replace your personal property. Think of personal property as any item that would fall out of your house if you turned your home upside down. You must do your homework for this coverage because if you don’t then you may not get paid for all your personal property. I always ask my clients to take their phone or camera and just start taking pictures or a video. These are all digital which makes it easy. You should go into


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” a room and video all your items in that room and then email to yourself. Take this email and move it to saved and set up a home inventory saved file. Once you have these emails saved, you can just send them to an adjuster if have a loss. If you do not do this, you may need to get an independent adjuster and they will take a 10 to 12 percent fee to help you. These are the main three coverages that will be used when you have a homeowner claim. So now what do you do if you have a claim? CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY ASAP! They will set up a claim and get someone out to stop the damages. Once the damages are contained then you will have the opportunity with our help to find someone to help you clean up and then rebuild. I truly hope none of you will ever have a claim but if you do please be prepared! Just remember… “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Good Luck and be safe!



What I’ve Learned About

Summer Vacation What I’ve learned about summer vacation was described succinctly by Dr. Seuss, “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.”

My big question is…can these things happen during the dreaded “summer slide”? Many parents, teachers, and principals believe that a two or three-month summer vacation is harmful and fragments a child’s education. While other parents feel just as strongly that short school years and long summer vacations are essential to growing up. I say, “Let’s look at the positive side of traditional summer vacations by focusing on the unique learning opportunities that you can provide your child (that she or he can’t get in a classroom). Summer adventures can be a great enhancement to what your child is learning in school.” There are so many “free” activities that you can do with your child—locally. My first choice is the library, because it has all kinds of fun things for kids in all grades; there truly is something for everyone. A love of reading is a gift that you can give your child that will last a lifetime. Additionally, when school starts 48 48. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net-- Summer Summer 2018 2018

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up in August, they will be so comfortable hanging out at the library they will naturally go there for homework help (truly a win, win). Another awesome activity is going to the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series in Elk Grove that has free music that will expose your child to the different genres of music. Let’s face it, most elementary schools only allow ½ hour of music a week for students. Your child can benefit greatly from being exposed to music. Through music, children take an inner experience and move it into a collective inspired experience. Live group music gives off energy which can be channeled into creative directions. Children learn about themselves and others by listening to music together… and finding the hidden courage to sing with others. Elk Grove has a lot of parks to play in! Get your inner child moving! Take your children to one of the gorgeous parks that we have which feature dog parks, walking trails, picnic areas, a playground and open grass fields. The parks can be used for sports and activities including soccer, softball, basketball, and horseshoes. Some of the parks have ducks… you could do a whole thematic unit on ducks with your child. Study their habits and write your findings in a journal, and follow it up with research at the library.

Let’s not forget art! The benefits of art for kids are numerous and include the ability to solve problems, and it will fire up their imagination. It also improves their literacy by learning how to follow directions. Combine all of that with developing their fine and gross motor skills— what a wonderful gift you are giving your child. Amazing to me are the hundreds of unique summer craft ideas on the internet that are FREE! At the end of the day, after you have spent your day doing the special adventures listed above, don’t click on a movie…click onto your child’s school website. There will be a class link portal where your child can work an online reading or math program. I can guarantee they know their user name and password (they will have used it daily in school). These programs will keep their reading and math skills honed!

This summer vacation, do more than distract and amuse your children and hope for the best—be focused and have a plan to keep their minds working all summer long!


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Primary Colors

ESTEBAN VILLA Written by Nan Mahon

Photo by Keith Sutter

Inside the north wall of the Golden 1 Center, in Sacramento, is a mural brilliant with primary colors. “There are only three colors,” said acclaimed muralist Esteban Villa who designed the mural. “Red, yellow and blue. All other colors are derived from them.” The mural, 60 ft wide by 50 ft high, was done in three panels. It took 30 gallons of paint, dozens of brushes, and three of the most established muralists in the Sacramento area - Esteban Villa, Juanishi Orosco and Stan Padilla - six months to paint. “I worked on the design for two years,” said Villa, “before it was accepted by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and we were given the grant.”

Sacramento City Councilman Phil Serna advocated in their behalf—arguing that local artists must be part of the progress when choosing art for the Golden 1 Center.

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This work is only the latest in a long resume of success by Villa, who retired from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) after 25 years as an art professor. His is the story of a child born in 1930, during the height of The Great Depression, into a family of farm workers. He was clearly destined to rise above his beginnings.

“I was the third in a family of nine children,” he said. “My parents were farm workers who did not speak English. We followed the crops.” Villa taught himself English by listening to comedy shows on the radio and when playing with neighborhood children. He taught himself to read, before entering school in Visalia, by looking at comic books. But it was in kindergarten that he discovered art. That was when he was given a box of crayons in primary colors. “I loved the crayons and the chalk. I loved the feel and smell,” he said. “I felt safe there with them.”

When Villa was in high school, his family moved to Bakersfield and he left school. The Korean conflict began and Villa joined the Army Airborne.

“They sent my unit to an island to do some secret work. While I was there I painted signs, posters, and silk screens,” said Villa. “I would paint pin-up pictures and sell them to soldiers.”

Destiny took charge when Villa was released from the army and a sergeant asked him if he was going to apply for the GI Bill and go to school.

“I told him I was a farmer. But I took his advice and enrolled in the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.” It was a wonderland on a campus where all students were artists. For a while Villa was the only Mexican-American enrolled, until Jose Montoya came along. The two became close friends, fellow poets, artists, musicians, and activists. They graduated in 1960 and went separate ways to teach high school art. “But we stayed friends forever.”

As fate determined, the friends both earned master’s degrees and became art professors at CSUS. As a community service, Villa established the Barrio Arts Program, where students taught free art classes in low income



Villa’s mural work is visible in Sacramento’s Southside Park and in other regional parks. It can be found on walls and parks in San Diego, Chicago, and Seattle. His signature primary colors are bold and bright.

neighborhoods, and painted murals on buildings across Sacramento. One such project was the tunnel connecting the City to Old Sacramento. “We all got into a van and, carrying cans of spray paint, we went to work,” said Villa. “Our mural is still there.”

Hoping to shine a spotlight on Chicano art, Villa and Montoya joined other Mexican-American artists in Sacramento to form The Royal Chicano Art Force. Later, they changed the name to The Royal Chicano Air Force just as a play on words. The group’s popularity grew in the area for their bold paintings, message-driven poetry, and work for social change. Villa’s mural work is visible in Sacramento’s Southside Park and in other regional parks. It can be found on walls and parks in San Diego, Chicago, and Seattle. His signature primary colors are bold and bright. “I don’t dilute my paints, I use them right out of the tube,” he said of the strong statement his work makes.

Villa said he is inspired by the work of Pablo Pasco and the legendary artist’s use of cubes and geometric shapes. Now, in a small studio in Elk Grove, where he lives with his son, Rene, Villa continues to paint, and write poetry and music. His music comes first from his childhood filled with country

Above photos by Rene Villa

and Mexican rhythms played over jukeboxes in neighborhood bars and dances. As he grew older, other forms of music came to him, and he blended them to his own style.

He has three CDs of original songs and is working on a fourth. He is designing a new mural and applying for a commission.

“I ain’t finished yet,” the 87 year-old says. “I am still looking for that perfect color.”

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Celebrating Earth Day

How did you Celebrate Earth Day 2018? The gorgeous weather on Sunday, April 22 truly lent itself to getting out and enjoying the beautiful planet we live on, while also thinking about how we can keep it that way. Emerald Park Plaza, the City of Elk Grove, and Republic Services hosted an Earth Day Arts Show and Community Event filled with fun and creativity for all who attended. Students from three different EGUSD Elementary Schools created amazing art from themed grab-bags of recycled materials, while other students made Earth Day themed badges for the art competition. Event attenders of all ages enjoyed participating in the Live Art Challenge by creating their own masterpieces (using an assortment of items that would otherwise end up in the trash). Recycled Craft Vendors, Educational Booths, Green Themed Artist Trading Card Swap, Story Time, Live Music Performance, and Bounce House Fun rounded out the day’s festivities.

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Trudy Combs

The Discovery That Changed Her life Trudy is a 40-year breast cancer survivor! I first met her at the Relay to Life, this April, in Elk Grove. I could tell (from her feisty attitude) she was a fighter who had a story to tell.

Trudy had no family history of breast cancer and her mammogram was negative. A biopsy revealed she had inflammatory breast cancer, a malignant tumor found in three percent of all breast cancers. Therefore, she had a modified radical mastectomy followed by 18 months of chemotherapy.

She was just 35 years old—and a mother of two young children, Kathleen, age 7 and Michael, age 4; when Trudy made a discovery that would change her life, during a self-examination on October 31, 1977. Three days later  she met with a surgeon at Kaiser Hospital, in Hayward. 

From day one she had a good support group. Her mother was her number one supporter and caregiver. The day Trudy went in for her first appointment, she was nervous. The stress was palpable in the house, but her mother stepped in and calmly said, “One day at a time, that is what we are going to do.” She helped Trudy and her husband deal with the day to day planning. Trudy is grateful she had her mother, Claris Hill, to help her care for her children and drive her to doctor appointments. Claris was a true warrior. At the age of 11 she was orphaned and in 1957 she almost lost Trudy’s dad in a work-related accident. Claris had to support three children and take care of her husband, who was in the hospital for nine months. You would think, with such a past, she would have a bitter attitude but instead, she was always caring and loving.

Since then, when women ask her for advice concerning cancer, she always tells them not to wait. “If you have something, go in and get it checked out and taken care of. If you’re not satisfied with the results get a second opinion.” She says if she would have waited she would not be alive today. In 1978, cancer research had not yet made the advances that it has today. It took the doctors over two months to make and confirm the diagnosis. 54. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

Many people don’t realize how rapidly life changes when they find out they have cancer. Your schedule and your household’s schedule are flipped upside down. Juggling the usual day to day activities with doctor appointments, in addition to the physical weakness that occurs during chemo …requires a large support group. Trudy received just that, she was surrounded with support. With her mom taking care of the house, kids and transportation, and her friends picking up the loose ends—one such friend was Jan. Trudy had met Jan one year before she found out she had cancer. Jan had lost her mother (at six years of age) to breast cancer. Jan was right beside Trudy the whole time and they’re still best of friends. Trudy always thinks of those less fortunate, who do not have the support she did. Trudy also feels that she was truly blessed with her doctor. She received care from Dr. Howard Kleckner at Kaiser throughout her treatment. Later, she learned she was Dr. Kleckner's first patient and he based several papers and research on her case. Trudy stayed in contact throughout his career, and she attended his retirement party in 2008. Trudy remembers

Trudy is now a 40-year breast cancer survivor! It wasn’t an easy road and many tears were shed, but with the help of her support group— there have been plenty of laughs too.



one of the appointments she had with Dr. Kleckner. She was weak and ready to give up. Dr. Kleckner had just got back from a research trip to Montreal, where he went exclusively to research possible treatments for Trudy. Dr. Kleckner stopped her from giving up by asking her if she wanted to see her son graduate. Dr. Kleckner never let her give up and always made Trudy feel cared for.

Trudy is now a 40-year breast cancer survivor! It wasn’t an easy road and many tears were shed, but with the help of her support group—there have been plenty of laughs too. As her sweet mother would constantly say, “It’ll be okay, we’ll give it to the Lord.” She was right. Mothers do know best. Today, Trudy continues to be cancer-free. She has actively participated in Relay for Life since 2003. She would like to dedicate this article to her Mother and her Aunt Doris.   Did you know The American Cancer Society provides services such as a 24-hour hotline for patients and caregivers, as well as transportation to and from medical appointments?  ardentforlife.net   55


Relay for Life

The Relay for Life of Cosumnes River Communities event happened on April 27 from 9 p.m. through April 28 at 9 p.m.  We had a 24-hour format to remind us that cancer never sleeps—so neither do we.  Our theme this year was Give Cancer the Boot and was a western/country fair type of atmosphere.  This year we raised over $73,000.  Last year we raised $87,000 and netted $82,000 that went to cancer research (and various programs for patients and their families).  A couple of programs that benefit from the Relay for Life event are the Road to Recovery Program, which ensures that patients don't miss a treatment or an appointment because they don't have a ride.  There is also a program called Look Good, Feel Better that helps women learn to put makeup on with their changing complexion and loss of hair.  They also provide free wigs when needed. 

One of the ceremonies during the relay was the Luminaria ceremony. This is where we remember those who are fighting or have lost the fight with cancer.  This is poignant, moving ceremony done at night with the track lit only with Luminaria bags, which were decorated by loved ones, honoring family or friends. Another ceremony held at the event was the Fight Back/Celebrate.  This ceremony is a celebration of our Survivors and their Caregivers.  We gave the Survivors purples shirts and medals. We all joined together and had a lap on the track for them. During the 24 hours, we played games and had fun—ever mindful that we need to continue to fight the fight.  To learn more about Relay for Life visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/ RFLCY18WER?pg=entry&fr_id=85579 or visit https://www.facebook.com/RelayForLife/

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Protecting Your Skin By Wendy Huber, MD, Kaiser Permanente

Many of you are probably looking forward to the summer season warmer temperatures, vacations, and a chance to enjoy outdoor activities without the cold, wind and rain. As we enjoy these activities, it is always important to protect our skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Ultraviolet light from the sun is the main cause of most skin cancers. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. There are an estimated two million cases of it every year. Who is most at risk for developing skin cancers? Those with very fair skin who will burn or freckle easily when exposed to the sun and rarely develop a tan; those who have had high levels of exposure to UV light including sunlight and tanning beds; those with a history of multiple sun burns especially during childhood. Older people are more at risk, because they have had many more years of exposure to sunlight than younger folks. Sun exposure can also cause fine and coarse wrinkling of the skin, freckles, and uneven 58. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

coloring or pigmentation of the skin; and it’s cumulative. I tell my patients that the single best thing they can do to prevent skin cancer and minimize signs of skin aging is to wear sunscreen every day with an SPF of 30 or more. Always remember to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and to reapply every two hours. You should also reapply it after swimming or excessive sweating. When deciding what kind of sunscreen to use, I tell patients to look for a water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has a SPF 30 or higher. Look for sunscreens with physical blockers such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as these chemicals reflect the ultraviolet rays from the skin. When it comes to protecting children, the guidance is basically the same: apply sunscreen every day. However, sunscreens are not recommended for infants younger than six months due to their sensitive skin. Instead, dress the baby in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and protect the baby’s face, neck and ears with a wide brimmed hat. Take walks early in the morning before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. and place a sun protective cover on the stroller. After six months, it is safe to use SPF 30 sunscreens.

I also recommend wearing clothing with an ultraviolet protective factor (UPF) whenever possible. Clothing rated UPF 40 or more will block more than 97 % of ultraviolet light and, unlike sunscreen, does not have to be reapplied throughout the day. There are also chlorineresistant swim tights and swim shirts made from this fabric. I especially encourage this type of swimwear for children, since some kids do not like to have lotions applied all over their bodies. Less exposed skin allows for less sunscreen. Remember to choose a broad brimmed hat. Avoid straw hats, which let through too much light. If you hold your hat up to the sun and you can see light coming through it is not protective enough. Aside from what you put on your body, consider what you put in it. People need to make sure they are getting enough vitamin D as sunscreen can prevent our skin from making it. But here’s the catch: Don’t use the need for Vitamin D as the reason to spend hours in the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends getting vitamin D from a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, foods and beverages fortified with vitamin D, or from supplements that contain vitamin D. Foods high in vitamin D include fish, chicken, milk, cheese, fortified orange juice, and fortified breakfast cereals. If you are concerned about your Vitamin D intake, please talk with your doctor.

Some people may think getting their sun indoors is safer. Not so. Data show more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year are linked to indoor tanning. More people develop skin cancer because of indoor tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking. According to the American Academy of Dermatology even one tanning booth session can increase a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 20%. Tanning beds are definitely not recommended. Many of us associate warm weather with sunburns since we tend to choose clothing that is light weight and exposes more of our skin to the sun when it is hot. But remember sunscreen is important to use even when it is cloudy, or cool, or rainy. Clouds only block about 20% of the ultraviolet rays so it is very easy to get burned if you are out too long without sunscreen on a cloudy day. No matter what the weather or season, it’s always the right time to take care of your skin.

Wendy Huber, MD, has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1990 and is chief of the department of Dermatology at Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento. She received her medical degree from U.C. Davis School of Medicine and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Dermatology. Dr. Huber is also the chief of the Patient Education Department at the South Sacramento Medical Center. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge to empower others. When she’s not at work, you can find Dr. Huber gardening, hiking, or drawing. https://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/provider/wendyhuber


Running of the Elk community}

Photos by Ryan Polli

The 2018 Kaiser Permanente Running of the Elk (held April 29th) raised funds for one of the best causes around; kids. Benefiting the Elk Grove Youth Sport Foundation which supports Elk Grove kids who want to participate in team sports but may not be able to afford to, the Running of the Elk offers the city's only Half Marathon, a 10K and 5K run, as well as a 1/2mile kids fun run. Thanks to Elk Grove's thriving community, participation was up this year and Elk Grove's businesses came together in force to provide runners with freebies and support. Savemart was there to give away snacks, produce and refreshments post-race at the Competition Center. The City of Elk Grove was pivotal in keeping runners safe on the road providing both uniformed and volunteer officers throughout the route. A variety of other local businesses were on hand to provide samples of their products and services. As well as being the title sponsor, maybe one of the longest lines for a vendor was the Kaiser Permanente Massage tent, providing free sports massage for this year’s runners. As Elk Grove continues to grow, next year's half marathon looks to start and finish at the new Civic Center on Big Horn (just south of Elk Grove Blvd). Head organizer Teresa Rodriguez said "We are always so thankful for the support we receive from local companies, as well as the hundreds of volunteers from the area. Without them, there would be no Running of the Elk. It takes a village to put on an event like this, and we can't wait for 2019."

Kevin Clancey, of Citrus Heights, finished the marathon in 1.17.16 with a 5.54 min/mile pace

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It's Time To Get Healthy

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Find these products and more at Elk Grove Vitamins! Stop by Elk Grove Vitamins to find out more about the these products and many others. We have a knowledgeable staff that can answer your questions and get you started on the path to health. As we’ve said before “Let’s Start the Talk.” Let’s get Elk Grove energized and healthy. Visit us at 9647 E. Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove or visit our 2nd location at 3342 Coach Lane, Cameron Park, CA.

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THE POWER OF HABIT Sponsored by Chris Tanaka, Sher Khan Karate, Owner/Senior Instructor

Humans like to think of themselves as rational beings with a free will who are in control of their decisions. Philosophers have explored (for centuries) the extent to which this is true. A great deal of behavior is habitual. An action repeated often enough, or a routine that has become entrenched over the years becomes automatic. Habits dwell in the subconscious, but there's also evidence that they become wired into the functioning of the brain. Repeated behaviors create neural pathways that allow people (and animals) to bypass the thinking processes and decision-making associated with considered activities ("goal-directed action") and revert to habit.


save time and energy. If you had to make conscious decisions about everything you do, all the time (putting the cap back on the milk bottle, for example), it would seriously shorten your day. Knowing that humans are creatures of habit is gold dust for marketers. One study suggested that 45% of consumer behavior is down to habit -- buying the same brands, and the same range of goods. It's not just brand loyalty - it's getting used to a particular way of doing things. Again, not thinking about (or not evaluating) actions saves time and effort.

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Habitual behavior goes even more profoundly and broadly, according to sociologists and anthropologists. The ways people do things, in the particular culture they live in, and their life experiences, become ingrained, and part of physical memory. What may seem natural, or even instinctive, is in fact learned through repetition, until it is no longer thought about. It just is. A top tennis player doesn't decide each time the ball is played which shot to use. Experience embeds the knowledge of which shot will work best in the physical subconscious. Studies of habit suggest that this is one

way that cultures persist: because it is (or at least seems like) the natural way of doing things. Alternatives don't enter the picture. The down side is that behaving habitually is the opposite of being a free agent. This is particularly problematic when it comes to bad habits. It's well known, for example, that smokers trying to quit struggle with their physical addiction to nicotine. But for some, it's not the addictive substance that's the problem… it's the habit. That's why smokers can often go without a cigarette quite easily, but other times—such as after dinner or when sitting down with a glass of wine, they are much harder to resist. Addictions are often real, but to blame it all on the power of a substance (for example) can be passing the buck. You can't change the addictiveness of a chemical, so you're powerless,

right? Not necessarily. Addressing the habitual behavior is something you can have power over. Inevitably, bad habits get more press than good ones, but the mechanism is mostly the same. There's a cue, or trigger, that prompts an action, which then brings a reward. Maybe you watch a favorite television program most nights. As it's about to air, your subconscious remembers the drill: make coffee, grab a snack or some chocolate, and relax. You know you're doing it, of course, but the need for the coffee and snack is not triggered consciously. The first step for dealing with habits is to make the subconscious conscious… and identify the cues. A classic example is the rubber band on the wrist, which you snap when you find yourself behaving in ways you don't want. Ideally, you should not just stop the bad behavior, but also replace it with something positive. The positive news is that you can cultivate good habits and beat the bad ones. The bad news is that breaking long-term routine behaviors, that may have become automatic over decades, can be tough. But it can be done. People do have power over their own lives. With determination and mindfulness, they can kick their bad habits and replace them with good ones.

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


Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

No doubt you’ve heard a lot about Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy lately. What is it all about? How does it work? Who needs it? Is

it something you could benefit from? Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, is exactly what it sounds like. Your declining hormones are replaced with hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones produced by your own body. Why is this important? Hormones that are not structurally identical to your own (for example, Premarin, which comes from horse urine) do not act the same on your body, may contain hormones that your body does not make and has no receptors for these hormones, so you waste energy by giving incomplete messages to cells which then fail to produce a balanced hormonal response. Also, your body cannot effectively metabolize these foreign hormones,

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which may have long term unknown, potentially, negative effects on your body.


Our hormones levels are declining because we are growing older.


We are growing older because your hormones are declining.

patients in my practice have a totally different treatment regime, there are no protocols. It is a very personalized approach.  So is Bio-identical Hormone

Replacement Therapy right for you? Do you find yourself wondering……?

Why am I so tired? Why am I gaining weight? Why do I have mood swings?

The goal in BHRT is to turn back the hormonal clock to around age 35, or around 20 years younger than your chronological age. Anti-aging medicine is a personalized, metabolic medicine.  We now have the science to individually customize your care and we can look at the cause of the problems, instead of just treating symptoms.  If you are basically healthy, we can look at how your body breaks down things to help you be healthier and stay healthy.  All the

Why do I have a low sex drive? Why am I not able to sleep well? Why am I having memory lapses? Why do I have frequent urination and/or incontinence? Why do I have migraine headaches?


We are not prisoners of our genetic destiny. Chronic inflammation is the cause and the effect of most illnesses and the diseases of aging. Balanced hormone optimization and a balanced life style decreases chronic inflammation.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, bio-identical hormone therapy may be just what would benefit you. How does the process work? After obtaining lab testing of saliva, blood or urine, you meet for a consultation with Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, an American Anti-Aging Academy trained physician for evaluation of your unique bio-identical hormonal needs. You are prescribed the specific hormones that your body needs! We use a quality compounding pharmacy and carry a high pharmaceutical grade of supplements for your use.

Your hormones are a symphony of interactions. All of your hormones are designed to work together and if one is altered, or deficient, it will affect the actions of all of the other hormones in your body. It is an interactive balance and as unique to an individual as a fingerprint. One size does not fit all. Treating even “mild” hormonal deficiencies can dramatically improve quality of life. Longevity medicine is aimed at the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age related decline. We are not prisoners of our genetic destiny. Chronic inflammation is the cause and the effect of most illnesses and the diseases of aging. Balanced hormone optimization and a balanced life style decreases chronic inflammation. Hormone optimization is the finishing touch of an anti-aging lifestyle of good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, anti-oxidants and nutraceuticals Rejuvenation Wellness and Aesthetic Medicine: 9180 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA. 95624 (916) 670-7601 www.RejuvenationElkGrove.com

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The Most Frequently asked questions Regarding Chiropractic and Massage CHIROPRACTIC Q: WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTOR? A: Chiropractors are highly-trained doctors

who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of the neuromuscular disorders, emphasizing on treating in a holistic way through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine. They incorporate therapies that can benefit both physical and mental health. Chiropractic emphasizes the power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors can work with, rather than against, traditional medical interventions, that often make chiropractors a trusted part of a pain management treatment plan.

Q: ARE CHIROPRACTORS DOCTORS? A: Yes. Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) are highly trained

medical doctors who complete specialized training culminating in a series of four board examinations and completion of state requirements. However, there are differences between chiropractors and physicians, one of which is prescribing medication.

Q: IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT SAFE? A: Chiropractic care is safe, effective, and non-

invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints, and generally

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free of side effects. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record, although no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, are very small. Most patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment. Some patients may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Usually within 24 to 36 hours the minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades. As Mayo Clinic notes; “Chiropractic adjustment is safe when performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.”

Q: IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN? A: Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic

care. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, adjustments are very gentle. Children are physically active and experience many types of falls and impact injuries from daily activities as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Therefore, chiropractic can be beneficial for children.

By Sabrina Danielle

Q: WHAT IS THE POPPING SOUND WHEN A JOINT IS ADJUSTED? A: The popping sound is caused by the change

of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released between the joints. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles.


Q: WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY? A: Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the

soft tissues of the body including muscles, fascia (connective tissue), ligaments, tendons and joints. Massage Therapy helps alleviate discomfort associated with daily and occupational stress, muscular over-use and chronic pain. Massage Therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning if administered early enough after accidents involving injury and trauma.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST VISIT? A: You can expect to complete a confidential health

history form as part of your assessment. This is important for the Massage Therapist to know if you have any medical conditions or you’re taking any medications. The Massage Therapist may ask

health} you specific questions and perform certain assessments and testing (to evaluate your condition) that may be contributing to your injury, also to see if you have any present complaints. The Massage Therapist may develop a treatment plan to ensure you receive appropriate treatment, and to aide you in returning to your normal activities, as much as possible.

Q: DO I HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY UNDRESSED? A: No, you should undress to your level of

comfort. However, for a full body massage, most get completely undressed or leave their underwear on. You are covered at all times—other than the area being worked on such as an arm, leg, your back, etc. If removing your clothing makes you nervous and unable to relax, then you will not get the optimal benefit from your session. The massage Therapist will work around any clothing left on, it is important to remember it is completely up to you and your comfort level.

Q: HOW SHOULD I FEEL AFTER MY TREATMENT? A: Most people feel very relaxed. Many feel

sluggish for a short time after; and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and an increase in productivity

which can last for days. Some massage modalities such as deep tissue, myofascial release, etc. may leave you slightly sore the next day (similar to a good workout at the gym). A hot shower or a soak in the tub can help ease the soreness. It is important that after every massage therapy session you increase your water intake, even if only a few glasses more than usual, this helps keep your body hydrated and flushes the toxins out of your system. Most common toxins are sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol… to name a few. Do not drink ice water after a massage session as ice water will rapidly cool down your body’s core temperature, causing you muscles to lockdown.

Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A MASSAGE? A: For those who use massage as

preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage bi-weekly or once per month is common. However, for those receiving massage for acute conditions, injury or to relieve chronic tightness that interferes with your daily life, weekly and in some cases multiple times in a week may be recommended. Your Massage Therapist can help you establish a treatment plan which fits your needs. Any recommendations for further treatment would be made with your recovery.



Names How We Got Them


By Elizabeth Pinkerton Historical Photos Courtesy of Elk Grove Historical Society

This is the third ARDENT story on how we got the names of our towns, streets, and roads. Some go back to the days of our Miwok people, some are from our Spanish and Mexican periods, and others are from our Days of Gold and later. These are the names that I covered in previous issues: Cosumnes, Omochumnes, Mokelumne, San Joaquin, Laguna, Grant Line, Sloughhouse, Michigan Bar, Stockton, Sheldon, Jackson, Dillard, Franklin, Elk Grove, Alta Mesa, Arno, Bond, Bradshaw, Bruceville, Calvine, Clay Station, Eagle’s Nest, Elder Creek, Elk Grove-Florin, Excelsior, and Florin. We go on with the stories behind these streets and roads. Foulks Ranch Road - The road was put in

when the development known as Laguna Creek (now West Elk Grove) was created. It goes from Elk Grove Boulevard to the Foulks Ranch School. The Foulks Ranch was to the east. The main Foulks family house is now in the town of Franklin, and the older house from the mid 1880s is being restored by the Elk Grove Historical Society in Elk Grove Regional Park.

Hedge Avenue, she did not know the mystery of the hedges. The railroad station there was once known as Pioneer Station.

Hood Franklin Road- As one might guess, the road runs to the town of Hood on the Sacramento River, and at its eastern end is the town of Franklin. Many roads were named for the towns that were on either ends of them, such as Elk Grove-Florin Road. Kammerer Road – The home, farm, and dairy of the Kammerer family was on this road that goes from Brucceville Road to Highway 99. There are plans for it to become a great connector from Interstate 5 to Highway 50. And, it is the present southern boundary of the City of Elk Grove. Lee School Road and Lee School Cross -

The 1880's Foulks House, located at the EG Historical Society

Hedge Avenue - Sierra Enterprise Elementary

School is on Hedge Avenue, a long road that looks like a country road. It runs from Florin Road to the Jackson Highway. You will notice the hedges all along Hedge Avenue, they are Osage Orange. Years ago, I talked to Helen Roemer about them; but even though she had lived almost her entire life on 72. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

These are connections between Tavernor Road and Dillard Road. The old Lee School is still there; but it has been a residence for most of the time, since it closed in the late 1940s. Why was the school named Lee School? It does not date back to Robert E. Lee of the Civil War, but there were Lee relatives who lived in the Wilton-Dillard area, and they may have been supporters of the famous general. Farther west on Dillard Road, we have Davis Road, and there was once a Davis School there. So, those are connections to the Civil War.

Mack Road -This road actually has four names,

but Mack Road is its oldest part. At its eastern end, it is known as Elsie from Stockton Road to Cottonwood (where it ends abruptly near Florin High School). On the west side of Stockton Road, the road was Mack Road because it was the lane that

led to the ranch of Charles Mack, a fruit and grain grower whose property covered most of the urban area north of Mack Road. The road was connected to Meadow View Road at Franklin Road when this area developed during the 1960s and 1970s. These were all meadow lands, and early travelers tell of seeing nothing but fields and fields of springtime flowers for miles and miles across these vast meadows. After Interstate 5 was constructed, Meadow View was connected to Pocket Road, a piece of Sacramento’s river history that describes land jutting out into the river as a pocket might. Thus, we have Elsie-MackMeadowview-Pocket; four distinct stories, unrelated except by their march from quiet dry country land to quiet river country land, now mostly all urbanized. Charles Mack Elementary School, nestled alongside the development that was created in the Mack olive orchard, provides an historical connection to the Mack family.

Poppy Ridge Road - This is a short road that

runs west from Highway 99, just south of Elk Grove Regional Park, to Bruceville Road. There’s not much of a ridge there, and these days there are not as many poppies as there were when it was given its name. The Poppy Ridge Dairy was located here and this was the road that led to it from Stockton Road, what we know of today as Highway 99. The owner of the dairy was related to one of Elk Grove’s most famous women, Harriet Eddy, who was principal of Elk Grove High School in the early 1900s. She’s the person for whom Harriet Eddy Middle School is named. As development progresses south of Elk Grove Boulevard, this is likely to become a main road in the area.



Power Inn Road - I have been told that there really

was a place called the Power Inn, and it was somewhere in the vicinity of today’s road and its intersection with Fruitridge Road. This is where all the transportation power came together in the days before the automobile made them all nearly obsolete. The electric powered Traction Line railroad also had this spot as its terminus. This spot was also the eastern terminus of Sacramento’s city street cars, so it was indeed a place of power. Rancheria Drive - This is the main road of what was once the Miwok Indian Rancheria, along the Cosumnes River in Wilton. Descendants of the original Miwok families live there today, and we will soon have the Wilton Rancheria casino and Resort in Elk Grove. Stone House Road – This is the connector between Jackson Highway and Latrobe Road, west of Rancho Murieta. We know that there was a stone house there once, built by Chinese workers who settled there after the railroads were completed. There was even a Stone House School - one in the 19th century and the other lasting until the present Cosumnes River Elementary School was built in the late 1940s.

Sunrise Boulevard – The road that runs north

its origin. Normally, a road by this name leads to two cities, or is the link between them, but neither of these definitions has ever fit this location. Finally, a few years ago, I was told the story behind the name. A real estate venture (in the early part of the 20th century) located at the place where the road crosses what was then Stockton Road, was referred to as ‘Tween Cities. It was between the two cities of Stockton and Sacramento. Today, you can travel on Twin Cities Road all the way from the Sacramento River to Ione.

Enjoy knowing some of our history—when you travel on these streets and roads!

Valley Hi Drive - The road goes from Franklin

Boulevard, on the west, to Center Parkway in south Sacramento. Although this is a relatively new road created in the 1960s, the name is a great description of the rolling lands that existed here. Although they were not very high in elevation, it seems as if they were… for you could see forever. Like Meadowview, Valley Hi is a reminder that houses were not here in our not too distant past. Vineyard Road - This road is a reminder of the huge acreage utilized for grapes and its companion crop, strawberries, through the first half of the 20th century. James Rutter of Florin planted the first Tokay grapes; they flourished in the fine clay soils of the entire south Sacramento County region.

from Grant Line to Highway 50 in northeast Elk Grove has had this name for many years. Although there are housing developments at its north end, much of the southern part is still open fields. It was often said that this was a great place to see the sun rise, and it still is today.

Waterman Road - This used to be a little road

Twin Cities Road - This is one is my favorite names

Wilton Road - This was the line that separated two

because it has taken me more than two decades to find

has its northern tip in the present town of Sheldon; on the west was the Jared Sheldon Ranch and on the east was William Daylor’s Lower Ranch. Later the road was given the name of Wilton Road for the founder of the present town of Wilton, Seth Wilton.

that went north of Elk Grove Boulevard, where the Waterman family lived. However, it is now getting to be a main thoroughfare across East Elk Grove. Old timers will remember well when this road was used for racing soapbox derby cars made by youngsters. portions of the Omochumnes Land Grant. The road


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.

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Mother Son Wacky Golf This is not your ordinary golf game. Photos by Jenna Brinkman

The Cosumnes Community Services District’s Park and Recreation Department held the 3rd annual Mother Son Wacky Golf event on Sunday, May 6th, at Emerald Lakes Golf Course. But this wasn’t an ordinary round of golf. Mother-son duos made their way down the fairway with giant slingshots, hockey sticks, tennis racquets, baseballs, soccer balls and other sports equipment – everything except golf equipment! The rules are simple: once you use a sport, you lose it! Players were laughing their way through the course. Teams got in touch with their silly sides to try and win the Wackiest Outfit and Wackiest Golf Cart contests. It was difficult to tell who was having more fun – the boys or their moms. Find golf events, lessons, and programs for all ages at Emerald Lakes Golf Course. 10651 E. Stockton Blvd. | 916-685-4653 | www.golfemeraldlakes.com | @EmeraldLakesGC

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Getting Healthy & Happy Has Never Been More Fun! An estimated 3,000 people attended the first annual FitFest at Elk Grove Regional Park on April 28. The event was a collaboration between the Cosumnes Community Services District and the City of Elk Grove, to promote activity and exercise for all ages.  Featured activities included the Elk Grove Gauntlet, an adult fitness competition, and the Kids Warrior Challenge. Other free attractions included a zip line, rock wall, games, and fitness demonstrations encouraging everyone to Join the Elk Grove Movement toward a healthier lifestyle. Photos on page 76 are by photos by Joe Worsley.

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Digging into a New Project

for Elk Grove’s Four-Legged Residents Event Photos by Joe Worsley

Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, members of the Elk Grove City Council, the Elk Grove Police Department (Animal Services Division), and the community… celebrated the start of construction for Elk Grove’s own animal shelter on April 26, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the property located at the corner of Iron Rock Way and Union Park Way. The new facility will allow the city to manage its own animal sheltering services (at the conclusion of the contract with Sacramento County) in June 2019. The 22,894 square foot facility will be constructed with space to shelter 66 dogs and 56 cats. The facility will also include outdoor animal yards, kennels, and space to offer a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. More information about the facility and project renderings are available at www.elkgrovecity.org.

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in Art and Music Written by Nan Mahon

Summer art in Elk Grove

The road to summer in Elk Grove is surrounded with performing, literary and visual art at every bend. Most of it is free, some have a nominal fee, but all is worth a stop as the community journeys through the warm, carefree months ahead. It begins every spring with the Western Festival and its offerings of music from many genres, and an art show in the Pavilions in Elk Grove Park. The Jazz/Blues Vespers is presented by the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 50. Every first Sunday offers an hour of professional, well known bands from the area. Without leaving town, music lovers can enjoy the afternoon in a casual, intimate setting. A donation of $10 is suggested at the door. On the fourth Friday of June, July and August, a free concert takes place on the grounds of the Chicks in Crisis Ranch at 9455 E. Stockton Blvd. June 22 will host the boogie blues of the local Gary Mendoza Band. July 27 will bring pops with a blues flavor from Phil Serna and Unsupervised. And under the August 24th sky will be the quieter blues of Julie and the Jukes. The weekend begins there on Friday evenings about 5:30 on the Chicks in Crisis Ranch. Bring a lawn chair and the kids, but not the dog or any outside food or beverages.

Summer Camps

Fun Happens at CSD Summer Day Camps! Give your camper the opportunity to stay active, discover new skills, and uncover their inner creativity, while camp leaders and instructors keep everyone happy and safe. Register today for a summer full of new memories and friendships! Kid Central Summer Day Camp For children currently enrolled in kindergarten through 6th grade. Outdoor day camp includes sports, games, art and crafts, special events, daily swimming at the Jerry Fox Swim Center, and optional field trips. Offered in weekly sessions, each with a fun theme. Located at the Youth Center in Elk Grove Park. Summer Sports Camp For children ages 6 - 12. Indoor/outdoor multi-sport camp focuses on improving skills through drills, fun, and alternative games. Highlighted sports include basketball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, and wiffle ball. Daily swimming at the Wackford pool. Located at the Wackford Complex. Teen Summer Adventure Camp For students entering 7th through 9th grade. Includes sports, games, art projects, contests, daily swimming at the Wackford pool, and weekly field trips. Offered in weekly sessions, each with a fun theme. Located at The Grove Teen Center inside the Wackford Community Complex.

Musical Mayhem, the award-winning youth musical theater company in Elk Grove, will present performances with a twist that will make the audience smile. Check their schedule on Facebook.

For more information visit www.yorucsd.com

McConnell Winery offers wine and music every weekend with seating on the patio or grass. Friday evenings are free, Saturday night concerts have a ticket charge.

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

The Fourth of July extravaganza in Elk Grove park is a major family event to commemorate America’s Birthday. $10 parking fee. The Strauss Festival will waltz its way across Strauss Island stage for three evenings in July. No charge for this event, but a $10 parking fee. Toward the end of the summer are the Multi-Cultural Fair and the Giant Pumpkin Festival. Both activities are in Elk Grove Park and free to the public. September brings History Week with talks and activities throughout the city, all telling the story of how this town and its lands were settled. October will end the summer action with a major book fair that will bring in authors from all over the region. Join the fun as summer takes an artistic turn in art Elk Grove. There is much to do in this thriving city. 80. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net- - Summer Summer2018 2018 80

Free Music at McConnell Estates Winery, on Friday Evenings!

Down the Dirt Road Summer Music Series

Fourth Friday of the month at the Chicks in Crisis Ranch 9455 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove. June 22 - The Gary Mendoza Band (boogie-blues) July 27 - Unsupervised (pop with a blues flavor)

August 24 - Julie and the Jukes (Chicago blues) FREE admission - Friday evening just got a little more exciting - dust off those boots and head over to the ranch for our FREE summer kick off music series under the stars! Food, drinks, and a good time to be had by all. For more information call 916.441.1243

save the date Battle of the Big Bands

Sun., June 17th at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 South Hutchins Street. Lodi. 30 MUSICIANS - 2 BIG BANDS on stage playing 1930s & 1940s most Popular Music. Sounds of Glenn Miller & Tommy Dorsey competing for the "VOTE" of the audience at Show's climax. Featured Vocalist Bill A. Jones from TV Series "GLEE" and "DAYS OF OUR LIVES" and Vocalist Nancy Osborne with her captivating voice and engaging personality, from Los Angeles. Special Guests "The Satin Dollz". For more information call Hutchins Street Square at 209.333.6782 or visit http://www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com/Events/

The 14th annual Run4Hunger

Saturday, June 23rd at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. The 14th annual Run4Hunger Family Festival is a celebration of everything Elk Grove. We’ve expanded our 5k/10k race to include the new Youth Challenge Course (YCC) and Food Bank Night at the Sacramento River Cats. There is something for everyone, so come join us for a great cause. For more information visit www.elkgrovefoodbankfestival.com

Music in the Park

June 27th, July 25th, and August 22nd. This free event is located in the West Park at Hutchins Street Square and begins at 6:00 p.m. Grab a picnic dinner and bring a blanket or a low lawn chair to enjoy local bands in a variety of genres.

Taco Truck Cook-Off

Elk Grove's Got Talent

Monday, June 18th starts at 6 p.m. at the Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove. Elk Grove performers have an opportunity to shine through the "Elk Grove's Got Talent" spotlight at the 2018 Hot Summer Nights concert series (taking place on Fridays in August). The Cosumnes CSD Parks and Recreation Department is currently seeking local acts interested in performing during the concerts' 20-minute intermissions. Applications are also available at CSD registration locations or download them from the CSD website. Acts submitting applications (on or before June 15) will be given priority for auditions. Walk-up auditions will be considered—time permitting. For more information, contact the CSD at 916-405-5300.

Not Bummer Summer

Wednesday, June 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove - 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove. Join us on Summer's Eve to kick off the start of a Judy Moody inspired Not Bummer Summer. We will have crafts, games, prize drawings, class sign up specials and a Free Judy Moody poster for each guest in attendance. Drop in any time and get inspired to make this your most Thrill-a-delic summer ever! (If you don't know who Judy Moody is, you should definitely come in and find out!!!) For questions, call Susie at 916-714-0914 or visit our website at: www.giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove.weebly.com

Saturday, June 30th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Hale Park, 209 Elm St. Lodi Come celebrate the culinary arts with our taco truck cook-off! There will be up to 12 taco trucks competing for the people's choice "Best in Lodi" award. All ages will have a blast with the art booths, mariachis, a Beer Garden, and folkloric and Aztec dancers. 21+ can enjoy the Beer Garden. Free entry.

Comedy Under the Stars

Friday, July 13th and Friday, September 7th. Seating opens at 6 p.m. & show starts at 8 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove. 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. Call 916-405-5600 or 916-4055300 for more information.

Salute to the Red, White & Blue

Wed., July 4th, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road Free admission, $10 parking Join the City of Elk Grove as we celebrate 22 years of spectacular fireworks! The Salute to the Red, White and Blue is Elk Grove’s premier patriotic celebration marking the nation’s independence. The day will feature vendors, food trucks, roaming entertainment, a pie-eating contest, bike and stroller parade, live entertainment and fireworks show to top off the night. FESTIVITIES: 4:00 p.m.: Opening of Vendor Exhibits 5:00 p.m.: Roaming Entertainment 5:30 p.m.: “Let Freedom Ride” Bike and Stroller Parade 6:30 p.m.: All-American Pie Eating Contest 7:00 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies, National Anthem 7:30 p.m.: Live Entertainment 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks Spectacular/listen to the fireworks soundtrack as it’s simulcast on 93.7 the River Gates open at 7:00 a.m. 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. No in/out parking privileges after 3 p.m. ardentforlife.net   81

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July 26th -29th Strauss Festival of Elk Grove performances are held the last full weekend of July at Elk Grove Regional Park. The performance prelude begins at 7: 30 p.m. with the show commencing at 8:15 p.m. each evening.

Community Campout

July 14th-15th from 12 p.m. to 11 a.m. at the Elk Grove Regional 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 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. No meal substitutions are available, if you have special dietary needs please plan accordingly and bring your own food.

"Postcards from the Grand Tour"- Strauss will visit the countries of France, Italy, Russia, England, USA, Germany and Austria in beautiful music, traditional dances and gorgeous costumes! Calendar these dates and plan to join the festival at Elk Grove Regional Park!

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Every Friday, in August from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove. Warm nights and great tunes are back in August. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy these FREE outdoor concerts! Alcohol and food are allowed in the amphitheater. Don’t feel like cooking or packing your dinner? Food is available for purchase from local vendors. Children’s activities and other concessions will be offered at varying costs. For additional information visit the www.yourcsd.com

Artist Trading Card Swaps

Saturday, Aug. 4th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove - 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove. It’s time for another one of our Quarterly Artist Trading Card Swaps! This time our theme is AMERICA. Make your cards in advance or use our free supplies at the swap to create mini-masterpiece perfect for trading and collecting. Fun for artists of all ages and abilities. For questions, call Susie at 916-714-0914 or visit our website at: www.giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove.weebly.com

Blues & Brews Festival

Friday, August 10th. Starts at 6:00 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S Hutchins St Ste B, Lodi. 4th Annual Blues and Brews Festival! Come out and enjoy excellent music along with 30 + Craft brews. Ticket includes a commemorative glass, and unlimited beer tasting. Age 21 and above only! Designated Driver Tickets available for $10! Ticket price goes up to $35 day of event. For ticket information, please contact us at 209-333-5550 or visit http://www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com/Events/

Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 25th, at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Free Parking and Admission Join the City of Elk Grove and the Multicultural Committee as you learn about other cultures through music, art, food, entertainment and much more at the 7th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival. Enjoy two stages of musical and dance entertainment, local artistry on display, cultural displays and booths, a kids’ craft area, car show and much more. Free admission and parking. Celebrate our diversity and travel the world without leaving Elk Grove! Would you like your event mentioned? Email submissions to us at info@mrsandmrpublishing.com 82. ardentforlife.net - Summer 2018

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