Ardent for Life Summer 2019

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profile 36. ELK GROVE QUILT GUILD 56. NOVA Salon & Spa


60. LANA SHEARER Law and Mediation

food & flavor 18. A CHEESEMONGER’S SUMMERTIME SWEET TREATS Cindy Della Monica 24. SUMMER NOODLE SALADS Carole Morris

design 28. CELEBRATE SUMMER Zina Sheya Designs 34. THE COLOURS OF ANNIE SLOAN David Hipskind

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fashion 58. SUMMER FUN Styles with Heart

contents health 64. THYROID HEALTH Kaiser Permanente 66. FAMILY TRIP Anna Osborn 68. ESTROGEN Rejuvenation Wellness

community 49. BIG TRUCK DAY

...66 real estate


education 70. WHAT I’VE LEARNED CT Morris

history 72. CELEBRATING 60 YEARS Elk Grove Unified School District


46. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 78. DATEBOOK

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Community Cornerq a &

Christina Best Thomas Wedding and Portrait Photographer at Christina Best Photography Story on page 22. My workweek always includes: My days are filled with the tasks of running

my photo business. I spend my workdays taking photos and editing them; then meeting with clients and networking. I am an active member of my local community and attend weekly networking events to grow my business and interact with other professionals. I split my work time between a modern coworking space, The Urban Hive, and my home office which is complete with my wife Anna and three cute cats. Notable Accomplishments: I have a degree in fine art photography and

over 10 years of photography experience. Over the years, I’ve been growing my photography business and have been able to make it my full-time career. I am so thankful for all of my clients—and those that trust me with capturing their best moments. It’s because of their confidence that I can pursue my passion full time.

Do you have a secret talent? I am really good at ping pong… like really good. I can’t live without these apps on my phone: I can’t live without Instagram;

it was the first platform I used to share my photography and is a major part of running my business today. I also couldn’t survive without Spotify; I am constantly listening to music when I edit and work at my desk.

What is the most important invention man has made? While not an invention per se, one of the most important habits of man is documentation. Documenting our history and culture is a highly important task, you must know where you have been in order to progress and move forward. There are so many ways to document life on this planet, through writing, art, or music. But the most visceral is photography, moments of time captured forever. I feel incredibly lucky to do my part documenting important human events and emotion, helping to tell the story of who we are as humans. My bucket list includes doing this in the next year: Traveling internationally.

Japan and Mexico City are at the top of my list.

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Community Cornerq a &

Julie Quattrin Owner of Flowers By Fairytales


Florist / Gift shop owner at Flowers By Fairytales in Elk Grove. My workweek always includes

Several trips to the wholesale Flower Market, in fact we purchase fresh flowers every day. Twice a year I travel to Vegas to the gift shows to select merchandise for my gift shop. Notable Accomplishments

I've met an astronaut & the Horse whisperer. I also make a killer guacamole with feta in it. Do you have a secret talent?

Not only do I have a flair for designing Flower arrangements, I also been told I have a flair for making a home beautiful and inviting. I can’t live without these apps on my phone

HOOPLA, this is a free app you can download if you have a library card; it allows you to rent five audio books and movies FREE per month. Also, WORDSCAPE, it is a great game to keep your mind sharp and hopefully ward off dementia. What is the most important invention man has made?

Wouldn't want to live without indoor plumbing, internet or a comfy automobile. My bucket list includes doing this in the next year

To practice random acts of kindness...the world needs a lot more goodness.   13

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.

Jessica Bowers

Lifestyle Photographer Servicing Sacramento & Elk Grove. Home-school mom of three busy boys. Life is too sweet to not capture all the precious moments.

Brooke Frick

Brooke lives with her husband and five children on a “ranch”. Her dreams are big, her hands are full and her laundry room is a mess.

Denise Henderson

Denise is a creative thinker who loves building relationships! She has great ones with her husband and her two sons!

Christine Hensleigh

Christine is a writer who lives near Glacier Park. Her online publication glaciergazette. com chronicles history and lore about Glacier Park and the surrounding areas.

David Hipskind

Owner of Red Door Antiques in Old Town Elk Grove.

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.

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.

Christina Best Thomas

Christina Best Thomas is a wedding and portrait photographer that loves smiling and capturing your best moments!

Brendle Wells

Is a librarian and lifelong reader who has a passion for sharing books with pretty much anyone she meets. She currently works as the Adult Materials Selector for the Sacramento Public Library and asks, “What have you read lately?”

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See more of Christina's images featured in our local blogger article about Ashley Newell on page 22. CHEESE PLATE BY

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Checking In “Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”- Regina Brett I adore you summer—bring on the heat! Lovely longer days—watering the flowers in our gardens, lengthy walks around town, picking fruits and vegetables, and sitting on lawn chairs as we enjoy loved one’s stories. At night, there are music festivals to listen to with friends. Our selection of things to do is endless; so, let’s relish every moment of summer. executive editor

Carole Morris What did we learn after reading this issue? Did I mention fun things to do at nighttime? Well, it so happens that there is free music at McConnell Estates Winery, on Friday evenings! Then, there is the Comedy Under the Stars happening in June, July and September…the dates are listed on our events page. We have an interesting article on the Laguna Creek Trail and Camden Lake that are almost hidden trail treasures. This trail is considered by some to be the most scenic of all the Elk Grove trails. It is rich with a variety of flora and fauna that changes with the seasons. Enjoy the images and the informative article that will inspire you to go for a walk; so, you can see Laguna Creek Trail for yourself. Our featured author, Susan Purvis, wrote an amazing book called Go FIND! More Than Mere Dog Command. Susan has been inducted into the Explorers Club alongside the likes of Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, and Ann Bancroft. In her book, she delves where most of us only fear to tread— both in terms of mountain adventure and in the realm of relationships. The five stages of being lost is unforgettable as a metaphor and the snippets of hard science about how dogs process smell to find humans and avalanche structure mean you walk away with an appreciation of the avalanche search and rescue world. This issue of Ardent magazine has beautiful pictures and thought-provoking articles. Enjoy the natural light of the outdoors, as you read. Then, listen to your tummy rumble as the recipes, in this issue, trigger happy hunger pangs.


A Cheesemonger’s

Summertime Sweet Treats By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central

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Summer days are soon here, making me dance with joy as I dream of long daylight hours and deliciously warm days. MY interpretation of “warm” is up to 90ish*. “Hot” comes on the tails of 95* or better! So, let’s just cut to the chase: the reason for us to enjoy these fabulous warm days? Easy cold and frozen treats!


One of my best summertime kid memories is of homemade strawberry ice cream churned the old-fashioned way by Mr. O’Connor in his garage--filling the churn’s working parts with ice and rock salt, and the cold can of crushed strawberries, cream, milk, sugar and a touch of vanilla. All of the neighborhood kids would see his garage door open, the placement of the churn right at the edge of the sun-to-shady concrete, and we would all go running to “help”. We all thought Mr. O’Connor was such a nice man, “letting” all of us kids take turns churning. It didn’t matter how old you were—you got a turn at the churn! Watching anxiously as the pink mixture started turning into an icy swirl, transforming into a soft-serve texture that we would beg to taste right away, and then cranking away until it was quite firm. Mr. O’Connor never did let the ice cream “ripen” in the freezer before sharing this treat with all of us kids. His ulterior motive, by the way, was to fill his bowl with the lion’s share of the ice cream WE worked so hard to churn! Yes, we all still think he was a nice man. Yummy frozen flavor memories are part of my later life, too. When my catering partner and I were hired to produce a May luncheon for Woodbridge Mondavi Winery in the early 1990’s, our menu included a fresh cucumber granita on a crispy green salad dressed with sweet-savory raspberry vinaigrette and edible flowers. Imagine my surprise when a booming voice entered the kitchen, turning me from my next course plating duties with the exclamation “Who is responsible for that first course?” I had not met Mr. Michael Mondavi yet—but was greatly pleased that he thought it was one of the best dishes he had ever eaten! My years as their caterer, and then Chef de Cuisine, allowed me to deliver fun and unusual flavors, as well as delicious classical cooking. That cucumber granita, however, will always be pivotal in my mind! Family birthdays tended to be commemorated with old-fashioned ice box cakes. Remember those? Grand-dad’s favorite was the simple layered graham crackers and chocolate pudding, with a big dollop of whipped cream upon serving. Nick likes the Tiramisu version but serve me a lemon custard/vanilla cookie ice box cake any day! Or a rhubarb and ginger concoction with coconut cookies in between—more tart than sweet. Today, my “cheesemonger-style” will help you enjoy some quick and simple summertime treats such as fresh whole strawberries, lazily

1 T grated lemon zest

dipped into a cold bowl of crème fraiche and then into light brown sugar. Yum! Or, fill a pie plate with fresh sliced summer peaches, a handful of chopped toasted almonds, and place into the middle a fresh burrata. Then drizzle it with honey and accompany with crisp almond biscotti. Serve yourself a scoop from the burrata, with lots of peaches—tastes just like peach cheesecake and no work! Need a quick way to jazz up store-bought vanilla bean ice cream? Drizzle scoops of ice cream with lemon olive oil and top with chopped pistachios and a pinch of sea salt! Really! Or, a small bowlful of fresh raspberries (or strawberries) topped with berry sorbet is crazy-good when drizzled with real balsamic vinegar. Trust me…. So, without further ado, I would like to share some more delightful summer treats with you—cheesemonger style! Let’s make this summer one with lots of sweet memories. 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

Heavenly reminiscent of Italian Rum Cake. Oh, so delicious served on top of a toasted slice of pound cake. Makes about 6 C 1 C golden raisins, chopped

½ C light rum

2 ½ C half-and-half

½ t freshly grated nutmeg 9 egg yolks

1 ½ C sugar 1 T vanilla 2 C ricotta cheese, homemade preferred 1 C mascarpone cheese In microwave-safe bowl, warm rum for one minute. Stir in raisins, setting aside to absorb the rum. In a large saucepan, combine half-and-half, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer, turn off heat and set aside. In a stand mixer bowl, beat egg yolks, gradually adding the sugar. Gradually add the warm cream, mixing until incorporated. Return mixture to the saucepan, and cook over mediumlow heat until an instant-read thermometer is at 160*. Remove from heat, add vanilla and cool.

Whisk in the cheeses and the rum-soaked raisins. Pour mixture into your choice of ice cream churns (I use the KitchenAid ice cream bowl, kept in the freezer at all times, to be ready at a moment’s notice for quick treats!) and follow manufacturer’s directors for freezing. Remove ice cream to a freezer container, and let ripen for 4 hours.

CANNOLI ICE BOX CAKE Makes 9 servings

2 C mascarpone cheese 1 C powdered sugar 1/2 t vanilla 3 C whipped cream 2 sleeves of cinnamon sugar graham crackers

½ C mini chocolate chips, divided ¼ C chopped pistachios With mixer, combine mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Fold in one cup of the whipped cream. In a 9x9” baking dish, place a single layer of graham crackers, breaking a few to fill in any gaps over the bottom. Spread half of the cheese mixture over the crackers. Sprinkle with half of the chocolate chips. Repeat cracker and cheese layers. Finish with a layer of crackers and spread with remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and chopped pistachios. Cover and refrigerate overnight.   19


Many people mispronounce the name of this lovely Italian cheese. It is NOT “mars… capone”—that would be an alien gangster! It IS “mas…car…pon-a.” Now, enjoy some mascarpone ice cream!


Ice cream base 1 C whole milk or half-and-half

¾ C sugar

5 egg yolks 2 C mascarpone

Fruit mixture 1 ½ C of crushed strawberries or

raspberries, or mashed fresh apricots 3 T sugar 2 T vodka (stops the fruit from turning into ice when frozen) In a large saucepan, combine milk and sugar. Whisk in egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and easily coats the back of a spoon. Pour custard through a strainer into a bowl, and cool. Refrigerate custard overnight. Meanwhile, mix choice of fruit with sugar and vodka. Store in the refrigerator until custard is churned. When ready to churn, follow manufacturer’s directions for your maker. When custard is frozen, transfer to freezer container, layering in dollops of fruit mixture as you fill container. Ripen for 4 hours or overnight.

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local blogger

Ashley Newell Written by Susie Franklin Roeser Photos by Christina Best Photography

Wife, Mom of three, Crafter, Foodie, and Social Media Consultant. These are just a few of the many “hats” worn by local Blogger Ashley Newell. Ashley and her family have lived in Elk Grove for 13+ years. In that time, she has gotten to know the community and herself on a deeper level. When Ashley was studying Journalism in college, neither she nor anyone else would have guessed what a dramatic change that industry would experience due to advances in technology. Of course, the skills Ashley used to become an accomplished writer for magazines still serve her well in Blogging, but with the decline of the magazine industry, she had to change her medium and her mind-set to find a new source of income. Social Media was a whole new frontier for Ashley. She began with some of the basics—Facebook for social activities and Pinterest for sharing her crafting projects (which had been the focus of her previous writing). She began her Blog to feature both crafting and lifestyle stories and ideas. Next, she delved into the world of Instagram by creating “Eating Elk Grove” where she was able to combine her love of food and sharing great finds in her community with others… all while becoming more familiar with the Instagram platform. This was truly a learning process for Ashley. Through experimentation and persistence, she learned how to “build a brand,” grow an audience, create a community and add sample work to her growing portfolio. Ashley’s foray into Instagram through “Eating Elk Grove” not only gave her the opportunity to learn a new social media platform while exploring Elk Grove’s dining scene, she also made a self-discovery. At first, she tried to keep her work (trying out restaurants and posting about them on Instagram) separate from the rest of her life. Before long, she realized this “just wasn’t her”. Now, Ashley finds ways to bring the people and the topics she is passionate about together in her Blogging. This approach gives a sincerity to her Blog allowing readers to feel as if they know Ashley personally because her personality comes shining through. 22. - Summer 2019




HOW, WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BECOME A BLOGGER? I started about 11 years ago as a Craft Blogger because it gave me a platform to share what I had made. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECTS TO BLOG ABOUT? I love highlighting local businesses and telling their stories!

ARE YOU AN EXTROVERT OR AN INTROVERT? Extrovert - This is helpful in my blogging, because I’m not afraid to ask to get the picture, story or quote I want for my Blog.

My hope is for people to be happy where they are, and with who they are, even if they are working towards something else.

HAS THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNITY BEEN A SUPPORTIVE INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE? Absolutely! It has allowed me to meet people from all around the world in different walks of life.

WHAT DO FAMILY & FRIENDS THINK OF YOUR BLOGGING? Most probably think of it as a silly hobby. What they probably don’t realize is this is literally how I pay for my children to have braces and dance classes.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR BLOG COMMUNICATES TO THE PUBLIC? My hope is for people to be happy where they are, and with who they are, even if they are working towards something else. At one point not long ago, I thought I had to leave the Sacramento area and change everything about myself to be considered “a successful adult”. It took me a long time to realize that happiness is needed to be found right where I am, locationally, physically, and mentally. If you really look around - your town can surprise you with all its hidden gems. And if you REALLY look at yourself, you can surprise yourself too. You are likely to meet Ashley out and about in Elk Grove, but you can also find her at:

Photographer: Christina Best Photography Cheese Plate: Grazing Craving Swiss Cheese Cake: The Mix Baking Co. Elk Grove Wine: Rippey Family Vineyards   23


Summer Noodle Salads By Carole Morris

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Pasta, you are so lovely; when I envision your beauty… I see Italy. Mountains, amazing architecture and art that is glorious beyond belief. Whoa, wrong vision! Rewind…I envision several coastal regions where some of the world's earliest known civilizations are linked. I see Asia and ancient Asian noodles. Wait, what? Asian pasta? Weird (I know) but, as strange as it sounds pasta was brought to Italy from China by Marco Polo during the 13th century. In fact, archaeologists believe that central Asia is most likely the first area to have produced noodles thousands of years ago. Today, pasta comes in all shapes and sizes, from lasagna to rotini, and in different flavor varieties such as whole wheat or spinach. With that being said—do I have some pasta recipes for you!

Cheddar Noodle Salad Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 cup homemade noodles or small size macaroni (measure then cook to package directions) 1 cup cheddar cheese (cubed) 1 stalk of celery (sliced) ¾ cup green pepper (chopped) ¾ cup petite peas ½ cup red onion (sliced thin)

Dressing Ingredients ½ cup Miracle Whip ½ cup sour cream

4 tbsp sweet pickle relish 2 tbsp. milk ½ tsp salt


In a bowl, mix all ingredients together except the Dressing Ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together Dressing Ingredients. Mix dressing in with the noodle ingredients, then cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Homemade Noodles Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour ¾ tsp salt 2 eggs (beaten) 1/3 cup water 1 tsp. olive oil


Stir together, in a bowl, flour and salt. In another bowl, combine eggs, water, and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir well.

Sprinkle flour on the surface you are going to knead dough on. Knead dough until it is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Let the dough rest for approximately 15 minutes. Divide dough into fourths, then roll each fourth into a 12x12 inch square on a floured surface. Cut into 2x1 inch rectangles, then pinch the centers to form bow ties.

Cooking Directions

In a saucepan, bring water (approximately 3 quarts) to boiling. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to help keep noodles separated. Add the pasta, then boil uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes.   25


Ranch Noodle Salad Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 cup homemade noodles or elbow macaroni (measure then cook to package directions) ¼ cup cheddar cheese (shredded) ¼ cup broccoli (chopped) ¼ cup carrots (grated) ¼ green onion (sliced) Large bottle of Ranch dressing (your favorite brand) 4 tbsp. salted sunflower seeds


In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, except the sunflower seeds. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight, then sprinkle sunflower seeds on top before serving.

Mediterranean Noodle Salad Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 cup homemade noodles or small bow shaped noodle (measure then cook to package directions) ¼ cup feta cheese ¼ lb. salami (sliced) ¼ cup olives (sliced) ¼ cup tomato (diced) ¼ cup red onion (thinly sliced) Large bottle of Mediterranean dressing


In a bowl, mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Your summer potluck or barbeque will never be the same— these cold noodle salads will dazzle, and you will be so chill. 26. - Summer 2019   27


NOSTALGIC SUMMER By Zina Sheya Designs

NOSTALGIC ALL AMERICAN CLASSIC STYLE With Summer in the air, I wanted to inspire you a bit with our throw together, all American style dinner party. When I say throw together, that is exactly what I mean. I created this All-American Alfresco Style table with no plan or thought, other than hot dogs and corn. In doing so, I hope that it will inspire you to think outside the box and let your creative energy out.

We placed the lounge cushions on the ground next to the table and threw on a few accent pillows from the house. Now we had the foundation for a unique, fresh and relaxing dinner party.

TABLE OR CHAISE LOUNGE? Our All-American Style Table was created out of our Teak Chaise Lounges from Ikea. We removed the cushions and laid them flat. We then lined them up and just like that; we had a long yard table. We placed the lounge cushions on the ground next to the “table� and threw on a few accent pillows from the house. Now we had the foundation for a unique, fresh and relaxing dinner party. We love the soothing lounge ambiance this table creates. There is something nostalgic about lounging on the ground, surrounded by cushy pillows rather than seating at a formal upright table. 28. - Summer 2019


There is something nostalgic about lounging on the ground, surrounded by cushy pillows rather than seating at a formal upright table.



We love layering colors and textures. In our place settings, we used a combination of our metal and wicker chargers; a pure white plate, layered on a paper plaid napkin, (that we found at the dollar store) under a cloth napkin. We purposefully used a combination of napkin colors and styles on the table to give interest and pops of color. We created BBQ name cards (doubling as paperweights for when the breeze flows in). These were created from purchasing a 12x12 white, whimsical style tile mess sheet. We removed the individual tiles, then used a sharpie to write a name or message on the tile. These name cards are a super simple, inexpensive and an excellent extra detail for your place setting.


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What is the best way to display your food and decorate the table? Place your nibbles on wood platters and in colorful bowls; then set them down the middle of the table. Throw in a few vases (or glasses) and fill them with fresh greens and flowers from your yard. With that, you have an elegant and relaxed table—filled with great food and friends.

Who remembers taking a metal clothes hanger and unwinding to make a smore or hot dog stick?



A traditional side dish with a fun twist. Soak corn on the cob in water for five minutes, with the husk still on. Remove and peel back one side of husk and place them on the BBQ grill or oven. Cook them until you have a shared color on the corn. While the corn is cooking, soften a stick of butter. Chop fresh basil and thyme and mix in the butter. Remove corn from the grill and spread the butter mixture thickly over the corn. Sprinkle with sea salt and paprika.


You know the saying, rosé all day, it’s the summertime wine. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to add a little style to a glass of wine. I add a few fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and a sprig of fresh thyme or mint. I know some would say it changes the flavor of the wine and while that is true, there is nothing prettier on a hot summer day than a glass of wine all dressed up. I wonder about putting a slice of watermelon in the wine, but what would the winemakers say? I know adding a slice of watermelon to a beer is refreshing. (The wine poured on page 31 is from our friends at Bogle Vineyards, in Clarksburg.)

DESSERT S'mores are such a simple dessert and seem to bring out the kid in all of us. Nowadays we see s'more kits all over. You can add a little style of your own, and get the kids involved, by printing out some fun labels on brown sticky craft paper. Throw chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows into a clear bag, and then all you have to do is add the fire and stick. For some of us, you will remember taking a metal clothes hanger and unwinding to make a smore or hot dog stick—ahh the good old days. For questions or design needs contact Zina Sheya Designs at 32. - Summer 2019


The Colours of

ANNIE SLOAN By David Hipskind, Red Door Antiques

You’ve got some beat up old metal lawn chairs that your grandparents left you that are taking up precious space in your already overcrowded garage. But they remind you of the many summers you spent playing as a kid, while visiting your grandparents. I hear this type of thing every day at the Red Door Antiques. We all have so much stuff, but just can’t seem to part with the pieces that tug at our hearts. With summer season upon us, why not pull that old junkie set out of the garage and repurpose or recycle it with a new coat of paint. You say that’s too much work… I need to strip off the old paint, then sand and prime in order to get them ready to paint. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s all in the past. With decorative Chalk Paint® from Annie Sloan, there is NO MORE, sanding, stripping or priming. Just clean them up and start painting. Yep, that’s all there is to it, and it adheres to almost any surface, including metal. What about that old dresser granny gave you, or the kitchen cabinets? Yes, the possibilities are endless…



This bright pure red is like the red silk lining of a jacket, because of the way it looks we love it used as an interior of a cupboard or drawer. We especially love it with dark wax and for accenting! Use it inside a cabinet or a drawer for a fun unexpected pop of color.

A warm, slightly creamy, traditional white, Original is the color of old painted furniture. It is perfectly paired with Duck Egg Blue, Antoinette and Louis Blue for a delicate old distressed French look. Original is a color that has been in Europe for years but not the US market. But lucky for us, in late 2018 it was released in America. It falls between old white and pure white, without the yellow our old white had.

NAPOLEONIC BLUE This is NOT Navy! It is more of a cone flower blue...almost with hints of Periwinkle to it! A deep true blue that is the color of fresh picked blueberries- perfect for creating the Union Jack flag! Napoleonic Blue is inspired by the ultramarine and cobalt blue pigments used for decorative work in everything from neoclassical interiors through to modern 20th-century decoration.


Chicago Grey is a cool, fresh and modern grey, with a hint of blue. Suggestive of the architecture in Chicago. A perfect neutral for industrial interiors, or muted Scandinavian styling. This color is similar to Paris Grey, but is a cooler tone!

What's New

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

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(916) 714-0619 9056 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove


Quilt s

of Beauty and Color Written by Nan Mahon

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A fusion of colors, a fabric with texture, and the art of design. These are the elements that draw the creators of quilts and bring them together to form the Elk Grove Quilt Guild (EGQG). In the spacious home of the group’s current president, Kathy Sansone, some 20 of her quilts hang on the walls, are spread on the beds, and lay across the arms of chairs. This is true, she says, of many of the quilters’ homes.

These are not the quilts of old, made from material scraps or discarded work clothes. They are not quilts just for warmth, but things of beauty to be shown to the world.

Organized in 1998, the EGQG currently has 90 members and meets monthly in the Sunshine Event Center. They gather ideas, host a speaker, and discuss community service projects. Their speakers are Master Quilters who bring trunk shows and hold workshops. Every other year, the Guild sponsors the Harvest of Quilts Show to display their art.

“We are not a sewing circle,” said Sansone. “But we do have a mentor meeting to encourage beginners, to share knowledge and techniques.”

While their mission is to preserve the heritage of quilting, exchange ideas, and promote the education and skill levels of their members; the focus is also on community projects that contribute to the welfare of those in need of the kind of comfort a handmade gift can bring. “Twice a year,” said Sansone, “we have a sewing day and potluck for networking. There are also Quilt Retreats that host a weekend of quilting and relaxing at the Mercy Center Retreat in Auburn.”

Debbie Jean Hopkins says she loves interacting with other quilters while Sylivia McCutcheon loves learning new things.’   37


Friends and family of quilters often receive personal gifts of quilt artwork.

more than 100 quilts in the past year alone.

There is much more than a bed quilt or wall hanging in the service projects produced by the EGQG. In addition to adult and children quilts, there are pillowcases and Christmas stockings donated every year. Those who receive the warm, personal gifts are people in hard times. Included is Sutter Child Life, Shriners’ Hospital, Ronald Mc Donald House, Kiwanis Family House, U.C. Davis Palliative Care, Kaiser South Sacramento Oncology, and Chicks in Crisis. Each year the donation averages 80-100 items.

“It is a moving experience to give someone in need a special quilt,” said Sansone.

“I love giving my quilts away,” said Linda Brown.

During the Holidays, an average of 400 Christmas Stockings are given to River Oak for Children Center. The most prolific quilter, Sylvia Porter has donated more than 100 quilts in the past year alone. 38. - Summer 2019

During the Holidays, an average of 400 Christmas Stockings are given to River Oak for Children Center. The most prolific quilter, Sylvia Porter has donated

The Guild is especially proud to award Quilts of Valor to currently serving and discharged veterans. They have given 38 quilts since 2015.

Sue Damron adds that “It’s good to know they will feel appreciated and that someone cares about them.” “It’s the creativity and sharing I love,” echoes Karen Cannon.

For their community service, the EGQG was presented with the 2015 City of Elk Grove Mayor’s Volunteer Award in the category of Arts, Culture & Heritage.

The City also shows appreciation with an Event Sponsorship Grant for the annual Harvest of Quilts Show that takes place at the S.E.S Hall, September 1415, 2019. The Guild members invite the public to come and marvel at the current as well as the heritage patterns, new as today and as old as history.   39



More Than Mere Dog Command By Christine Hensleigh

It isn’t every woman that gets inducted into the Explorers Club alongside the likes of Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, and Ann Bancroft—but Susan Purvis is, in fact, a member of the Explorers Club. She was inducted this year, putting her in the same rare air as explorers such as Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong. Purvis is the kind of person you want around in a pinch. Maybe it’s because of her knowledge of wilderness medicine, avalanche safety and training top notch search and rescue dogs. She owns an outdoor education business that takes her around the world to teach Sherpa guides, secret service, and cares for crews in Antarctica and Ethiopia. She knows what to do when things go awry in the mountains or in the desert. Her friends call her a bad ass. Clearly exploration and adventure is her comfort zone. She has been to the world’s hottest, highest and coldest places. It turns out that her latest accomplishment—writing a memoir about one of those adventures—makes the list of the toughest tasks she has achieved.

In 2007, Purvis was living in Colorado and felt called to do something more. Nevermind that she had just climbed to the top of the K-9 search and rescue world with her dog Tasha—a dog she trained to excellence without any prior experience in dog handling. They found victims buried in snow, drowned in water or missing in the woods. The duo spent most of their time recovering ‘the deceased’ as Purvis puts it. It was her way of making sure that no one was left behind. For Purvis, this journey to find the lost or ‘the deceased’ would become a metaphor for finding herself and her own purpose and passion. A way of rescuing herself.

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Susan stands on the side of Erte Ale Crater in the Danikil Depression in Ethiopia, Africa. It is considered the hottest place on earth. Photo: Richard Wiese. The photo on the right page: Tasha and Susan taking a break at the La Plata Peak avalanche. Photo: Susan Purvis collection.

Purvis is the kind of person you want around in a pinch. Maybe it's because of her knowledge of wilderness medicine, avalanche safety and training top notch search and rescue dogs.



Exploration and adventure is her comfort zone. She has been to the world’s hottest, highest and coldest places. It turns out that her latest accomplishment—writing a memoir about one of those adventures—makes the list of the toughest tasks she has achieved.   41   41

Susan taking careful notes in Gokyo, Nepal. Photo: Susan Purvis collection



Susan securing Tasha’s working harness as they get ready for a wilderness mission. Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo: Susan Purvis collection.

Taking a break from airplane recovery and repair. Antarctica's Holtanna Glacier, Queen Maudland. Photo: Susan Purvis

Susan’s first trip to Antarctica (McMurdo Station). Confused about her future, she asks for advice. Photo: Susan Purvis collection, 1989.

“It took years to achieve fluency and create a language of love, trust, a solid bond, with my dog Tasha. I would never have imagined that the writing process would take that long. But it did.” Some women would put their feet up after a successful climb to the top, but not Purvis. That year was also the year she added ‘Write a Memoir’ to her To Do list, going so far as to move from her home town of Colorado to make it happen. She knew that all of the training, adventures and successes of the past few years held far more personal meaning. So, like any go-getting woman would do, she enrolled in her first writer’s conference and got down to the business of putting pen, and her adventures, on paper. Writing can be tedious, but she found there were similarities to training dogs and writing. They both require tenacity. And tenacity was required as one year of writing turned into three, and three turned into ten years. Having adventures and training dogs, it seemed, was different than weaving those same adventures into a very personal memoir. Yet the process also felt familiar. “It took years to achieve fluency and create a language of love, trust, a solid bond, with my dog Tasha. I would never have imagined that the

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writing process would take that long. But it did.” Purvis explained.

If you’ve ever read memoirs, revealing your innermost feelings, secrets and motivations is the key to quality. Memoirs are not for the faint of heart, and after years of making it in the all-boys world of search and rescue, Purvis was used to a challenge. “The writing process was as, if not more, difficult. Like K-9 training, if you want to be good you practice your craft every day. Just like when I worked with Tasha as a puppy, who had paws the size of quarters, I would teach her to jump up on the dining room chair to simulate a chair lift ride. We would load up in a shopping cart and whip around Wal-Mart to simulate a snowmobile journey and set up scenarios to teach her to track human footprints in the snow. I found a way to train her every day.” She applied that same daily diligence to her writing. And she found a writing group that she trusted with her writing development and her deepest, darkest confessions.

“I created that same bond with my writing critique group as I had had with Tasha. I had to be able to trust them with my life in order to share and express my vulnerabilities.”

Purvis delves where most of us only fear to tread— both in terms of mountain adventure and in the realm of relationships. The five stages of being lost is unforgettable as a metaphor and the snippets of hard science about how dogs process smell to find humans and avalanche structure mean you walk away with an appreciation of the avalanche search and rescue world.

Purvis doesn’t stop there. Some passages serve up a sharp critique, and summarize the real cost of a male dominated/good ol’ boys search and rescue culture. Purvis pulls no punches, and turns that same incisive gaze to her own life as she details the story of her own crumbling marriage and how she finds herself in the process. This is, after all, a memoir, which means you get all the juicy details. Because if you ask Purvis, her willingness to share those details, all of them, are what makes the most impact on readers. Judging from an email box that is full of correspondence from people who


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Susan demonstrating to Sherpa guides about High Altitude Medicine, Mount Everest Region, Nepal Tasha and Susan resting after finding the last victim on Whitehouse Mountain, Ouray, Colorado. Photo: Susan Purvis collection 2005. Crested Butte Outdoors International, LLC

“Don’t let anyone say you’re not good enough or you don’t have the talent. If you don’t know what your destiny is, that’s okay too. Just start walking and soon you’ll be on your path. #GOFIND.” can relate to that state of being lost, being lost is much more familiar than many care to admit. And so, Purvis has become a kind of guru for those who are lost. “We can get lost in the woods, but we can get off course and lost in a relationship, in a business, a career, or in our health,” Purvis explained. “It’s okay to wander off the path. Just don’t wander too far away or you’ll end up digging your way out of a big mess or getting completely buried, like I did. GO Find isn’t just a dog command to find the lost and deceased. It is a reminder to all of us to get off the couch and find purpose and passion.”

Putting down her adventures for others to read gave her a renewed purpose and passion. It has also earned her a few accolades along the way. Her latest award, the Nautilus Silver Award which honors ‘books that make a better world’ puts Purvis with the likes of Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss and Barbara Kingsolver. A great review from the author of A Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger, doesn’t hurt either. “Don’t let anyone say you’re not good enough or you don’t have the talent. If you don’t know what your destiny is, that’s okay too. Just start walking and soon you’ll be on your path. #GOFIND.” Purvis noted.

Purvis’ next book will be written from her search and rescue dog Tasha’s point of view. Check out Susan’s website and newsletter at

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Susan Purvis showing off her memoir at Book Expo America, NYC

Readers love Go Find by Susan Purvis Your story touched me deeply. Life, as my sweet mom use to say, is “messy”, but it is through that messiness, that we are truly able to find ourselves. Jane, 56-year-old female Tears pour down my face as I devour the final pages of Go Find. From the first page to the last, I was immersed in her wintery world. Beyond the fabulous storytelling and incredible adventures, lies a story at the heart of each one of us: What is a life worth living? Lauren Why am I still tiptoeing around people who want to sabotage my professional career? Why have I/am I looking for validation from the wrong people? My career is my Tasha. I’ve made the transition from suppression to prevention. My Tasha is dying and I’m struggling to hang on professionally and to a partnership to what I had and have. Am I in the denial stage?!? Help me. A 60-year-old male in the emergency responder field I related on so many levels and topics. I cried for you, for me, for the loss of Tasha and my dog Happy, for our marriages for being told that I never loved you, for laying in my bed under the white duvet, and for the gratitude I have because without all of that I would not feel that same joy to be alive that I feel today. SW, 50-year-old female

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon

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Stories about unsung women are populating bookshelves these days. It’s a wonderful trend, though it can also be somewhat infuriating, knowing that the remarkable accomplishments of these women were hidden for so long. Case in point, Milicent Patrick, whom you’ve probably never heard of despite the fact that she was one of the first female animators at Disney and designed one of the most famous monsters in Hollywood, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. When Mallory O’Meara, a film producer and horror movie fan, learned about her and how her work had been dismissed, she was determined to tell her story and give her the credit she deserved. O’Meara dove into research, which she details in this this absolutely engaging book that brings Patrick’s story into the light. She reveals a flawed woman, but also an extremely talented one, who was used by Hollywood for her looks and tossed aside when one man became incensed that she was getting the credit he decided he deserved. Unfortunately, details about Patrick’s personal life are scarce, meaning O’Meara makes some assumptions about her subject, but the structural sexism of Hollywood, both in the 1950s and today, is clear. This is a recommended reads for biography readers, movie fans, and anyone who enjoys learning the untold stories of women. Hanover Square Press, 2019

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This quiet picture book opens on a young child opening the door to a hulking, ghostly visitor, with poignant narration informing the reader that “sometimes Sadness arrives unexpectedly.” The story affirms that even though you might try to ignore Sadness, it won’t go away and in fact might envelop you completely unless you listen to it and ask what it needs. The majority of the book depicts the child and Sadness doing things together like drinking hot chocolate or going for a walk, with the result that both of them feel less alone and Sadness might (or might not) be gone the following day. This book is a rare gem, in that it tackles complex emotion in a way that kids can understand without being didactic or moralistic. The hand-drawn artwork is simple, but incredibly effective; the spare color palette deftly sets the mood, and the depiction of a dejected, crying Sadness looming over the child protagonist is both overwhelming and strangely endearing. Even the clever endpapers help tell the story, with the front showing a variety of grownups ignoring their own Sadnesses and the back having them follow the child’s example by talking, doing yoga, and eating ice cream together. While the metaphor may be a bit too general for children dealing with trauma or depression, this book is a beautiful little reminder for many children that it’s okay to be sad, and one way to get through it is to give it a name and let it stay with you a while. Recommended for ages 4 to 9. Random House Children’s Books, 2019


Big Trucks + Big Bubbles= BIG FUN! Photos by Dave Soto

Elk Grove celebrated National Public Works Week in a big way during the annual Big Truck Day event on May 22, at the Laguna Reserve Marketplace. Free activities geared to kids ages 2-6 included opportunities to honk the horn on the bus, get behind the wheel on some heavy equipment, do some digging, meet the goats, learn about the vehicles and the people who maintain our city. Ooohs and aaahs and attempts to pop Sterling the Bubblesmith’s giant bubble creations added a little extra whimsey to the day. Big Truck Day was produced by the City of Elk Grove in partnership with Laguna Reserve Marketplace, Cosumnes Community Services District, the Sacramento Public Library, California Family Fitness, the Sacramento Area Sewer District, Republic Services, Farm Fresh to You, and the Breeze 92.5.   49

Laguna Creek Trail & Camden Lake Story and Photos by Denise Henderson

It is surprising to find out that not all Elk Grove residents are aware of the almost hidden trail treasure that is the Laguna Creek Trail; but that’s okay with those who are “in the know” and frequent it often. This trail is considered by some to be the most scenic of all the Elk Grove trails. It is rich with a variety of flora and fauna that changes with the seasons. Also, there is a variety of waterfowl which include cranes, herons, geese, ducks and occasionally pelicans. Additionally, there usually are turtles sunning themselves on logs and rocks. However, they quickly disappear into the water if one looks too hard at them, because they are very shy. There is even an occasional otter slipping through the water, and you can see dams that have been built by beavers. On any given day, from sunup to sundown, there seems to be an activity of some sort taking place. There are those individuals that stroll along at a leisurely pace, taking in the surrounding serenity. The tranquil setting is ideal for the solo individual seeking some solace. It is also suited for a leisurely walk with a companion or two, or with the family. Others use the trails as part of a more active lifestyle. Using the mild slopes and incline to elevate the intensity of a run or bike ride. Skateboarder, strollers, joggers, scooters, and even horses are welcome! Don’t look for the Laguna Creek Trail in the Laguna West area of Elk Grove. The middle of the two-mile, paved off-street, trail crosses Bond Road and Elk Grove Florin Road. With a sneaky short connection that dips 50. - Summer 2019

behind the shopping plaza on the corner. Del Meyer Park, a cooperative effort between the CSD and Elk Grove Rotary, offers convenient parking for those coming from out of the area. Traveling South East, the Laguna Creek Trail winds its way one mile to Jack Hill Park at Waterman. Moreover, if you go North West, you will pass Camden Lake. A new bridge, built in 2017, connects what had been the end of the trail for over 20 years back to Bond Road along the side of Cal Fit. While the trails are often used as passageways to connect the neighborhoods of Fallbrook, Quail Ranch Estates and Camden Estates, many also use it to go to schools. Because McKee and Feickert Elementary Schools are nearby many take advantage of walking field trips to study vernal pools, among other

A man in an inflatable fishing tube on Camden Lake.

Anna and Anastasia enjoy a bright sunny day along the Camden Greenbelt.

Laura Biggs Merrill (visiting from Michigan) enjoys a visit to her parent's house, where she grew up, right on the Camden Greenbelt — pictured with her mother and son. Laura recalls having soccer practice with her teams right out her front door. things. The greenbelt provides wide open spaces for T-ball and tot soccer. There are still others who use it for shopping and dining, making various places along the trail their destination points. The large sprawling trees that line Camden Lake is the perfect backdrop for family photos. The bridges at each end of the two trails provide a rustic element for high school dance and graduation pictures.

Duval Family

Nic, Montana and Gage Duval fishing along the Laguna Creek

Like Father, like Son! Nic Duval is more than happy to bring his son Gage over to Laguna Creek from Wilton. Nic is teaching Gage, who will turn two in June, how to fish and he is catching on fast. Nick grew up in the Elk Grove area and graduated in Pleasant Grove High School’s first graduating class. Nic has fished in the Laguna Creek for years and is happy to pass on the tradition. The Duval’s come fishing every month or so. Gage has his own two-year-old size rod which he casts confidently all by himself. He is very patient and attentive to his line in the water and reels it in every so often. With an experienced fisherman’s tug, knees bent, and feet planted firmly, Gage is ready to handle whatever is on the end of his line. Mom (Montana) who also grew up in Elk Grove, enjoys all the greenery along the trail—while the guys fish. Gage is expecting a little brother or sister soon and will pass on his fishing expertise to his new sibling!

There are plenty of perfect spots to lay out a picnic blanket, throw a frisbee around, or have a flag football game. Additionally, both Laguna Creek and Camden Lake lure many a fisherperson to drop a line. One might occasionally spot a particularly avid angler in a floating device in the middle of the lake, as well as an occasional canoer. Camden Lake came to be years ago, when a section of Laguna Creek was excavated for an amenity and to provide fill for the Camden development. The trails are a cooperative effort between the City of Elk Grove, CSD and a Trail Committee made up of citizens appointed by the mayor of Elk Grove. The trails are included in the Elk Grove Creek clean-up efforts every spring. More information can be found at

Take a walk with us as we meet a few people who enjoy the trail...   51



Linda Martin bought her home on Aizenberg Circle a few years ago because of the gorgeous view, access to Laguna Creek, and the trail that runs along the outside of her backyard. Shortly after moving in, Linda heard all the different accents of the people on the trail. Because her curiosity was peaked, she opened up her back gate and began to observe all the activity on the trail. Along with a variety of languages, Linda saw all kinds of people on the trail. There were singles, couples, and families. There were twosomes of women who chatted along the way, with coffee cups in hand. Additionally, there were scouting groups, organized nature clubs, bird watchers, photographers, dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders. Some of the trail travelers were in a hurry, and others were happy to stroll along the trail and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

The train passes by Linda's house along with the trail and the creek. Linda has a natural curiosity about people and loves to find out their stories. She recently read an article published by the Wall Street Journal that cited a study that verified talking to strangers boost an individual’s self-esteem. Like many others, Linda is concerned with society’s pull from a sense of cohesion and community. It is essential to her Bahai faith that the oneness of mankind must be embraced. Based on this principle, Linda was moved to set up a small table and a few chairs outside her back gate facing the trail. There she sits reading a book, with her best friend and roommate Lucy (Lucy is a shiny black rescue cat that she inherited from her mother). Through the green painted gate, you can peek at her cheerily decorated backyard. To those who pass by, she offers a friendly "hello" and a cold drink of lemon water or tea, from her table. Some take the refreshment, offer a quick thank you, and move along the trail. Others take notice of the book she is reading, or are drawn to Lucy and strike up a conversation.

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Linda shares her thoughts, “It occurs to me that as the creek flows by my house, so do people from all over the world.” She truly enjoys hearing their stories. Linda has met all kinds of people on the trail. Occasionally, she observes some Spanish speakers and offers light conversation in Spanish in return. Other times there is a language barrier that is broken with a smile and nod of the head as a greeting. She met a pair of brothers who grew up fishing on the creek and lived nearby. Now they visit the creek with their children, to continue the family tradition. On another occasion, she met three women, one of whom had become a cookbook author after her husband passed away. She took to the open road in an RV with her cat. Her book is called Coast to Coast with a Cat and a Ghost. Make sure to keep an eye out for Linda, the next time you stroll down the trail… say "hello" to her and Lucy! Linda and Peter Pan, a frequent visitor at Linda’s water stop.



The Holiday House There is an ornate yellow and white house across from Camden Lake, near the end of the path that is famous for its outdoor seasonal decorations. People using the trail are treated to an elaborate Halloween display—including skeletons climbing ladders up to the two-story roof. During Christmas there are tons of lights and wreaths surrounding the ornate wooden features of the house. National holidays (including the 4th of July) call for red white and blue bunting nostalgic of southeastern coastal homes. The Edelberg family has been decorating their two-story yellow house which faces Camden Lake for over 16 years. They moved from just right around the corner, when the house was put on the market. It wasn’t at all what they thought they were looking for… with its two stories, pool and no young kids at home. However, Don Edelberg knew it was the house for them. The view of the Camden greenbelt and Lake from the front porch had a lot to do with that!

Having the area as a practical extension to their front yard has provided Don, his wife Cindy, their two daughters (and their families) years of enjoyment. Five grandkids have grown up with access to the open space right out Grandma’s front door. Moreover, lots of family celebrations have taken place there. Don and Cindy’s daughter, Jill, got married a few years ago on the greenbelt. Her sister Jill Easton can point out exactly which tree the wedding took place under. Don (a semi-retired contractor) and

Cindy have worked hard over the years to remodel the inside of the home. Don is in charge of the detailed finish work, and Cindy is in charge of the exquisite interior decorating. They have recently added an extension that includes a second master bedroom suite. This extension became necessary after the family considered what to do with the house, as Don and Cindy started to travel. The extended family loved the house and all it offered. They came up with a solution that more and more families are taking advantage of, multi-generational home sharing. The possibility of Don and Cindy moving to a retirement community was kicked around but not embraced, because Don and Cindy weren’t quite ready to give up their home. Jill, a teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, and her family (husband Matt, a pharmacist, and children Paige and Charlie) were looking to buy a house just about that time. The family put their heads together and came up with a plan to add the extension. Now the house generously accommodates the three generations. Multigenerational home sharing offers the Edelberg/ Easton family a chance to spend more time together, while helping each generation out in different ways. Along with all the people sharing the house, there are four furry family members. Two of them are technically the Edelberg’s, and two are the Easton’s. A benefit of home sharing is the Edelberg’s know that the Easton’s will take care for their dogs, if they don’t go on the road with them; and Cindy doesn’t mind acting as chauffeur for the kids. All three generations enjoy the opportunity to share family meals, and they plan on doing so for a long time to come.

The View that the Edelberg/Easton family have from their front porch.


comes over from the west area of Elk Grove, near Highway 5, to fish in the creek every month or so. He catches all kinds of fish including… Bluegill, Catfish, Trout, Bass, and Perch. However, you must have a fishing license to fish in the Creek.   53



Mother Goose

Pedaling for Paws

Mother Goose can be spotted every morning (rain or shine) pedaling her “Treat Cycle” along the Laguna Creek Trail. Often, she is with a few four-legged customers who run alongside. Mother Goose’s real name is Carol Roberts. Friends she has met on the trail gave her the nickname. Her cart is a cruiser bike with baskets strapped securely to the front and back. It's filled with all kinds of pet treats. Carol takes the same route mid-morning every day near the Del Meyer Park on Elk Grove Florin Road. She gets on and off her Treat Cycle intermittently to call out to her clients. Passers-by can hear her lovingly summon the “Cats of the Creek” by name. There is Ebony, Apricot, Stripes, Sydney, White Rabbit, Peaches, Silver Belmont, Zeek, and Cloud. As soon as the cats hear their names, they quickly appear along the fence from under nearby bushes and trees to meet their patron. Carol lays out a morning meal for each of them and checks on their general condition. She knows exactly what each cat likes and what they need, including food and attention. She knows which one needs a little more coaxing and just where another likes to get a good scratch. The cats know and love her (you can tell by the way they wrap around her) and rub against her with affection. After reaching the end of her route, she will turn around and collect the paper plates and any remnants of the meal left behind. The cats most often wait for Carol’s return along the fence, seeking one last dose of love. The friends then part ways, with no sign of the morning ritual left behind. Content, the cats disappear into the surrounding area with full bellies. Once again, Carol goes back the way she came, with a full heart. Carol’s patronage of the Cats of Laguna Creek Trail does not end with their daily feeding. Carol has been 54. - Summer 2019

Mia gets a treat from Mother Goose… as her person, Kevin McComber looks on. caring for the Cats of the Creek for a few years. It all started when Carol and a friend, who are frequent trail walkers, discovered a group of up to 30 kittens that had been dropped off and abandoned in the Rotary parking lot. From that day forward, Carol has been caring for the “Cats on the Creek”. She knows the story of each of the cats and is happy to share what she knows about them, including how long they have been on the trail. One of her first cats was Ebony. She knows which cat is related to whom and how long they have been on the creek. Carol works hard with other cat lovers to find homes for the kittens that come along. She ensures the parents are spayed, neutered, and returned to the creek. Carol pays for the medical care for each of the cats, including Stripes, who ate a mouse that had been poisoned with DeCon. After finding Stripes very ill on the trail, Carol took him directly to the vet and was just in time to get him the care he needed. Carol consults with animal control and the CSD about her efforts on an ongoing basis. She has also fostered several cats from the creek in her own home alongside her own two cats, who are rescues themselves. Carol gives credit to her husband for being so supportive of her efforts. Carol and her husband pay for all the food and care by themselves. Cats are not the only four-legged furies that have a place in Carol’s heart. Part of her cart/bike contraption includes a basket for doggie treats. When en-

Bree and Caylee countering dogs, who are out walking their people on the trail, Carol will ask the owner politely if the dog can have a treat. If so, would they like to take it from the owner’s hand or her hand? Several dogs and their owners are very familiar with Carol and look forward to crossing her path. After the appropriate social exchange, the dogs will present their best behavior and will be rewarded with their treat. Denise Henderson enjoys being on the trail as often as possible; her husband Eddie and dog Kuni are on it daily. Denise isn’t sure who is walking whom. They both seem to enjoy the trail very much.


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I met Cory and Kristyl at Nova Salon and quickly fell into an easy friendship with them. We shared stories for over half an hour, before I realized time was flying and I had a job to do. Sitting in Nova’s classy atmosphere and chatting with new enjoyable friends is precisely the Vibe you get at Nova Salon. Let me introduce you to the Nova experience. Nova Salon & Spa provides exceptional service, and customer experience is Kristyl and Cory’s priority. They strive to have a fun, uplifting, friendly atmosphere with some of the most qualified beauty professionals around. When you are in Nova salon, you will be treated with the utmost care and respect. Nova is a full-service salon and spa that will give you a thorough and expert consultation; so you'll know exactly what to expect and what you're getting...before the start of your service. I asked Cory how Nova Salon & Spa came to exist; he explained, “We have been in the beauty business for over 15 years. Nova Salon and Spa is a combination and marriage of Kristyl’s and my businesses. We both have learned from some of the best around and managed several salons before creating our own.” I asked both Kristyl and Cory what drew them to the salon/spa business and Kristyl disclosed, “Since I was a child, I always had an interest in skincare and beauty. So, I started in the retail makeup industry to make that dream come true. Then I went on to get my esthetician license and straight into business for myself.” Additionally, Cory was called to the business at a young age as well...but somewhat differently. He clarified, “I was introduced to the business at a young age. All of the women in my family are very vain. So if you can’t beat them, join them (just kidding). I have always had a creative side and enjoy challenges; but I am very analytical. Therefore, I believe Nova Salon & Spa helps me to be both creative and technical.” 56. - Summer 2019

“We have been in the beauty business for over 15 years. Nova Salon and Spa is a combination and marriage of Kristyl’s and my businesses. We both have learned from some of the best around and managed several salons before creating our own.”




At Nova Salon & Spa, they strive to have a fun, uplifting, and friendly atmosphere with some of the most professional hair artists around. When in the salon, you'll be treated with the utmost care and respect. They give thorough and expert consultations. So, you'll know exactly what to expect and what you're getting; before the start of your service. All services include an expert shampoo, scalp massage, and style.


At Nova Salon & Spa, providing exceptional service and customer experience is their priority. Guests are offered a complimentary consultation, in order for their team to ensure your satisfaction. During this time, they will discuss your needs and have an opportunity to examine your hair.

We strive to corner the luxury side of the market in Elk Grove. From our imported hair products, to the French wines we serve. I threw a curveball at Cory and asked... when you need advice for your business to whom or what do you turn? Of course, he said “ Google”. All jokes aside, Cory maintained, “I think most of it is common sense. I pull from my experiences. I also use my meticulous personality and try to view everything from our clients perspective. Always anticipating what they could want or need, even before they themselves know. I tend to be a bit harsh when addressing issues and don’t sugar coat anything. So I always consult my partner (Javier) when it comes to issues that involve other people, so I don’t come across harsh. I also bounce ideas off my sister (who is also an esthetician, and always been by my side). We even studied our undergrad together, as we are only three years apart in age.“

“What is in the future for Nova Salon & Spa?” I asked. Cory said, “We strive to corner the luxury side of the market in Elk Grove. From our imported hair products, to the French wines we serve. We are thinking about expanding and going into the Med Spa side of things and opening a second location.” Why do you think Nova has been such a big success? “Cory and I always strive to give each customer a five-star salon experience. We also utilize each of our strengths to manage portions of the business to ensure success,” said Krisyl. Upon the completion of our meet up, we talked of the recent trip to Paris they took, shared pictures and their tales of adventure. I thought... no wonder Nova Salon & Spa is so amazing! It mirrors Kristyl and Cory who are open, classy, adventurous and laid-back.

NOVA SALON (916) 585-7003 9108 Laguna Main Street, Suite 4, Elk Grove 95758


You want your face to reflect your youthful sense of self. Yet your skin is constantly exposed to the damaging effects of sun, heat, wind and other environmental stresses that can leave it looking older than you feel. At Nova Salon & Spa their facials use nourishing products and anti-aging therapies to cleanse, hydrate, and massage, revealing healthy skin that radiates with well-being. All facials begin with steaming, cleansing, exfoliation and facial massage. Skin conditions such as premature aging, acne, sensitivity, dryness and hyper-pigmentation can be treated with their years of specialized training and customizable treatments.   57

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LANA Shearer Law and Mediation

Attorney Lana Shearer understands the value of a long term marriage and the hard work and dedication that is required to preserve that bond. Her parents have been married for over 56 years. When her own marriage of 17 years came to an end in 2018, she had to confront the overwhelming sense of failure, helplessness and fear that inevitably appear at the end of a marriage. She and her former husband have two teenage boys which added the heart wrenching task of talking to the kids about divorce and figuring out a parenting plan that would result in the least amount of disruption in their boys’ lives. These are the very issues that Ms. Shearer helps her clients process and resolve on a daily basis. “Time to practice what I preach,” she said. Together, they found a mediator to help them with their divorce. Throughout the process, which took about 10 months total, the couple endeavored to keep the best interest of their children at the forefront of all of their discussions and negotiations. This dedication to their children motivated the couple to reduce the emotional and financial costs of their divorce and be willing to negotiate fairly and reach agreements regarding the issues presented: division of assets and debts; support; child custody and a parenting schedule. For over 20 years, Lana M. Shearer has been passionate about serving her clients with compassion, empathy and competence. When she opened her Family Law and Mediation practice in Elk Grove, California in August of 2014, she had years of litigation experience in many differ60. - Summer 2019

ent areas of law under her belt. During her years of litigation practice, she discovered that highly charged litigation generally brings out the worst in people. A common thread in most litigated cases is the fundamental need to be truly heard. The litigation process is not designed to meet that need. Instead, it results in polarizing the parties and increased anxiety and animosity. Family law is one of the most emotionally charged areas of law involving highly personal issues fraught with fear and anxiety. The fallout from a litigated divorce is deeply felt by the parties, their children, their friends and other family members. One of the most difficult subjects in family law are highly contentious child custody disputes. Long after the litigated case is over, the parties will need to cooperate and co-parent with each other well into their children’s adult years. There are options to handle your divorce

and custody issues without increasing anxiety and animosity. Ms. Shearer focuses her practice on family law mediation to assist parties to resolve their disputes in a manner that can reduce the emotional and financial impact. Mediation is an alternative to a litigated case. Its focus is on meeting the needs of each party, as well as the entire family, through discussions and negotiations rather than the adversarial process. Ms. Shearer is a certified Family Law specialist and mediator who facilitates and supports the discussions between the parties so they can reach their own agreements. The negotiations occur in a series of meetings with both parties and the mediator, in a relaxed, confidential environment where each person is encouraged to listen to the other party’s perspective, without an obligation to agree, and to have an opportunity to express or offer an alternative perspective. The media-


tor may provide information about the relevant law, assist the parties in brainstorming and developing creative settlement options, and guide the parties through the process of cooperation and compromise, so they can resolve the problems themselves. Once agreements are reached, the office completes all necessary paperwork and submits documents to the Court.

One of the primary lessons Ms. Shearer learned through her own divorce journey was the importance of self-care. Ms. Shearer uses yoga and meditation to stay balanced. “Self-care is not selfish. Self-care is critical during this process – to learn to breathe and self-regulate, so that you are able to focus on your children, on your career, on whatever tasks you must accomplish while you are in the middle of your own divorce.” She clearly has personal insight into what her clients are experiencing.

In addition to family law mediation, Ms. Shearer added Estate Planning to her practice in 2019.

Ms. Shearer has always been drawn to Estate Planning from her early years practicing law and helping friends and family draft estate plans. Estate Planning is a natural addition to family law due to the significant change in circumstances from divorce which result in the need to revise your estate plan, retirement and insurance strategies. Having an Estate plan in place is an important prong to overall financial stability. Properly planning for the disposition of your assets and debts upon your death can keep your estate out of probate court, reduce taxes, and also save your family the agony of having to deal with these items on their own without clear written direction from you. Ms. Shearer and her boys have lived in East Elk Grove, CA, since 2003. “I love the small town feel and the friendliness of everyone I have the pleasure of meeting in my office, at the grocery store, and around town.” She looks forward to serving the needs of the residents of Elk Grove with their family law and estate planning needs for many years to come.


On May 1, 2019, Ms. Shearer hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce Elk Grove. The ceremony celebrated the formation of Shearer Law and Mediation, APC in January 2019, the new office space location at the Liberty Two Building, and the addition of Estate Planning to the practice areas. The event was catered by Fiesta Market in Elk Grove, the best street tacos! Sheldon Wine was on hand to pour delicious wines for the guests; Nothing Bundt Cakes provided the yummy desserts, and Goldeen Smith of Board and Harvest Charcuterie Boards, prepared lovely fruit and veggie boards. Many local businesses were generous in their contribution to the raffle prizes, including: Uplift Yoga Studio; Destinations Aesthetics; Breathing Space; Sole’ Salon and Spa; Musical Mayhem Productions; and School of Rock. For more information regarding the office and services provided, as well as helpful links to resources and articles, please visit our website at www.   61

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Reasons Why Your Agent Wants You Pre-Approved

BEFORE SHOWING YOU HOMES Have you ever had a Real Estate agent deny showing you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean (or they don’t value your business), it’s actually because they’re looking out for your best interests. Let’s face it, shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like walking into a grocery store without a wallet. You may have the desire to buy, but you lack the ability…so let’s cover some basics.

What is a mortgage pre-approval?

In a nutshell, a mortgage pre-approval is written assurance from a lender or broker that you’re able to borrow money to purchase a home up to a certain amount. It’s based on the income, employment and asset documentation you supply at the time of 62. - Summer 2019

application, in conjunction with your credit history. So, let’s look at the six reasons why you should get pre-approved.

1. It carries more weight than a “pre-qualification”.

A pre-approval differs from a pre-qualification. With the former, the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount (usually for a particular time period such as 30, 60 or 90 days). A pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but it’s a less accurate indicator of your ability to purchase. A pre-approval always carries more weight.

2. You’ll know how much house you can afford.

Getting pre-approved before you begin house hunting allows you to know how much house you

can realistically afford. Knowing this narrows down the options and makes the selection process more efficient. Not to mention, it protects you from the unpleasant surprise of realizing the home you fell in love with doesn’t fit your budget.

Getting pre-approved before you begin house hunting allows you to know how much house you can realistically afford. Knowing this narrows down the options and makes the selection process more efficient. real estate}


3. It adds clout to your offer.

In many markets, homes attract more than one offer. If the sellers are weighing one offer against another, they may lean towards the one accompanied by a pre-approval letter. That’s because pre-approvals instill confidence that the buyer is financially capable of purchasing their home.

4. It could increase your negotiating power.

In addition to strengthening your offer when compared to buyers who haven’t taken this step, getting pre-approved may give you the upper hand when negotiating the price. If the homeowner is eager to sell, they may be more willing to accept a lower offer from someone they’ve been assured is financially capable of purchasing their home.

5. It saves time.

Obtaining a mortgage is a lengthy process. Getting pre-approved ahead of time shortens the time between contract closing — this way you’re ready to proceed with finalizing the mortgage once you’ve found the home you want to purchase.

6. Without it, most agents won’t work with you.

Makes sense, too. Right? Think about it: when you hire an agent, he/ she will invest countless hours showing you homes over the course of your house hunt. If you were in their shoes, wouldn’t you want assurance that your hard work would lead to a favorable outcome for both you and your client? Do you have questions regarding real estate in general? Contact Justin Pinnell BRE- 02045095, M&M Real Estate at (916) 812.0576 or   63




That Has a BIG Impact on Overall


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It may be small, but the thyroid has a big effect on how the rest of your body functions. Your thyroid may not be something you typically think about it, but its function is sure to catch your attention if it’s not working the way it should. The thyroid is a butterflyshaped gland in the front of your neck. It makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy. We checked in with Craig Smith, MD, chief of Endocrinology at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, to learn more about this small but important gland.

Q: What is the thyroid, and how does it impact our overall health?

A: The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland that produces hormones that travel through the blood and impact the health of all the tissues in the body. Its work can impact how you look, how you feel, and the overall function of almost every other part of your body, from your brain, heart, and lungs to your skin, hair, and muscles. If it is not working as it is supposed to, such as making too much hormone or too little, it can impact overall health.

Q: What are some problems that affect the thyroid and how are they detected?

A: There is no standard screening for thyroid imbalance problems. Testing is symptom-driven. Problems are typically detected during a physical exam or blood tests, which


Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive or low thyroid, which is when the gland is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone. Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, depression, an intolerance to cold, muscle cramps, trouble concentrating, and joint pain. might be scheduled to get to the root of symptoms that are bothering a person. People with a strong family history should talk with their doctor. In general, problems include:

thyroid cancer is very low. Five-year survival is greater than 98 percent.

Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive or low thyroid, which is when the gland is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone. Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, depression, an intolerance to cold, muscle cramps, trouble concentrating, and joint pain.

thyroid problems?

Hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive thyroid, is when the thyroid is making too much of the hormone. Symptoms can include rapid heartbeat, tremors, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, weight loss, muscle weakness, and, for women of child-bearing age, lighter and less frequent periods. There could also be a thyroid nodule, which is a growth or lump. This is very common — at least 20 to 30 percent of adults have them. Most nodules are benign, with less than 10 percent being cancer. Most of the time treatment of nodules isn’t needed. But thyroid cancer is also a possibility. It is the 12th most common cancer in the U.S. More than 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Diagnosis is confirmed by needle biopsy of a nodule. Nearly three out of four cases are found in women. Thyroid cancer is very treatable, typically by surgery. The death rate from

Q: Who is at risk for Thyroid problems affect people of all ages, from children to the elderly. Issues are much more common in women. People with a family history of thyroid issues are at risk themselves. Those who have had radiation treatments to the head and neck area in childhood are at increased risk.

indicate if it is working properly. Examination of the thyroid also sometimes leads to the discovery of a problem. But just because a person feels tired or is struggling with their weight, or is having a problem with their mood, does not mean they are having a problem with their thyroid.

Q: What can you do to keep your

thyroid healthy — or if you’re worried there might be a problem?

A: An iodine-sufficient diet is important, which most people with a balanced diet will have. Good iodine food sources include seafood, shellfish, dairy products, iodized salt, or sea salt. You may consider taking an iodine supplement through a multivitamin. See your doctor if you feel a lump or have symptoms that concern you. Medications are available to treat both underactive and overactive thyroid conditions.

Q: Any closing thoughts?

A: I think the most important thing for people to know is that it is a tremendously important gland that has a great impact on health. If there is concern about the thyroid, blood tests can

Craig Smith, MD, joined Kaiser Permanente in 1989. He specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and provides care for patients who have conditions such as diabetes, thyroid gland disorders, adrenal gland disorders, pituitary gland disorders, calcium and bone disorders, and some ovarian and testicular disorders. Dr. Smith serves as chief of the Department of Endocrinology at Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento. In his spare time, he enjoys theater, sporting events, and outdoor activities with his family.   65



FAMILY TRIP We have some pretty big travel plans this summer. We’re embarking on an 1800-mile travel trailer caravan for 10 days with my siblings and their families, my parents and my aunt and uncle. And if we can come out of it all still liking each other, I’m going to call it a success. My husband has been dreaming of a cross country family road trip for years, and our kids are at the age where we think they may enjoy…and actually remember it. We both have memories of summer road trips and are looking forward to an adventure with our whole family. Personally, I’m also a bit 66. - Summer 2019

By Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling

nervous. That’s A LOT of time in the car with A LOT of open road. But what could go wrong, right? Right?

Every year when that chatter starts with friends and family about summer plans there’s always a person, or two, who tells me about the “vacation” they’re going on with their children and partner—and how they’re a bit overwhelmed about the whole idea. It’s at that moment that I’m likely to softly say, “that sounds like a family trip, not a vacation.” I don’t say in a snarky way, just a gentle information offering sort of way. You see there is actually a huge difference between a family trip and a vacation. Do not, I repeat…do not confuse the two. A family trip is when the family embarks on an

adventure together. A vacation is when the two of you, yes you and partner, take some time away...overnight…just the two of you. It doesn’t matter if it’s one night away or a handful; it’s still a vacation. As fun as family trips can be, they’re still a ton of work. And we all know it. When kids are involved, no matter how wonderful and well-behaved they are, there is still a schedule that must be loosely kept, meal preparation/ planning (that has to be thought of ) and a fair amount of refereeing over squabbling and unrest among the kids. I’m not here to advocate leaving your children out or having the time of your lives while they’re at home missing you. But what I am advocating for is the two of you taking

health} I’m not here to say that children aren’t great. Heck, I adore mine. But the point is you cannot invest in your marriage in all the necessary ways if you’re burnt out, stressed out, and stretched thin. time away to reinforce the foundation of your marriage. Without a strong base with each other, there is no marriage to speak of. Never before have we lived in a time that has turned family structure on its ear as we do now. From an anthropological perspective, the family structure has changed in such a dramatic way that our children and the raising of them has made the kids the center of the couple’s world and I don’t know if it’s all for the best. I’m not here to say that children aren’t great. Heck, I adore mine. But the point is you cannot invest in your marriage in all the necessary ways if you’re burnt out, stressed out, and stretched thin. I hear so many couples talking about never being away from their children and using it as a badge of honor, as they’re slowly starting to twitch right in front of you. They’ve never allowed themselves a moment away together and it’s slowly tearing them apart. I reject the notion that you’re only a good parent if you’re sitting there riddled with guilt and waiting in anticipation to meet every need your child may have. Of course, you want them to succeed, of course you want them to feel loved; I do too. But if you’re not working together in your partnership to prioritize the two of you, you run the risk of that relationship becoming permanently fractured. If I had a dollar for every person that gave me a side glance when I admit that my husband and I sneak away a couple times of year, just the two of us, I’d be able to pay for my next weekend get-away. Some people grimace, look down their nose at me and say, “wow, how can you even do that?” Well the truth is, it’s not easy. It takes preparation, planning, list making, and arranging childcare to juggle everything— but, you know it’s totally worth it. It’s worth it to have an uninterrupted meal that doesn’t end with spilt milk or a small child trying to gag down their broccoli. It’s worth it to enjoy real soul connecting conversation. It’s worth it to know that we’re modeling to our kids that they’re so important to us that we simply need to take some time away for just the two of us. And it’s worth it to see their sweet little faces when we get home and realize that not only did

we all survive, but we’re much more appreciative of each other because of it.

So how do you plan a vacation? First, you have to check your mindset. Do you struggle with the guilt of being away from your kiddos and feel downright selfish for the idea of doing just that? Are you scared what your kids will do when you’re away and how all the plates you keep in the air (metaphorically) will topple to the ground? Are you worried about what your friend group will think if you tell them you and your spouse are going to sneak away for a few days? Do you think that a vacation sounds great, but who really has time for that? Well, you need to check your mindset and be aware of the mental blocks that are preventing you from moving into action (and planning). You need to be aware of these, so you can begin to work through and remove them as obstacles to following through on time away. Next, start small. Don’t plan a 10-day Caribbean vacation your first trip out. Start with a staycation at a hotel for one night. Yes, it’s stressful to be

away from the kids AND it’s worth it. Test it out a bit to gain more confidence, to see it’s not only doable but beneficial. Lastly, see the benefits. Is it hard to leave your kids? Yes! Nevertheless, you will see the benefits, now and in the future, and how it will feed your marriage when you follow through and steal some time away. However, if all you’re focusing on is the negative “what if ’s” then you’ll talk yourself out of it before you even pack your toothbrush. Now’s the time. Take the leap and see how your marriage begins to thrive because you’ve allowed it the gift of a real vacation. Bon Voyage.

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.   67


Things you need to know about ESTROGEN By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

Menopause is defined as the cessation of the production of estrogens and progesterone by the ovaries causing one year or more without menstrual bleeding. When your hormonal symphony is out of balance, you could start experiencing symptoms of menopause years before you experience menopause.

ovaries and other areas of the body via aromatization of testosterone.

you have the more E1 you make. Consequently, obese women have an increased E1 to E2 ratio.

The three major estrogens are estradiol, estriol and estrone.

Estriol (E3), is a weak estrogen and has been shown to have anti-cancer effects by competitively binding estrogen receptors, effectively decreasing the estrogen activity in breast tissue. The usual ratio of E1:E2:E3 is 10/10/80 in the premenopausal female. During menopause the E1 level can raise dramatically to about 80% and the E2 and E3 levels drop leading to a deficiency syndrome.

This time before menopause is called perimenopause and it can start as early as fifteen years prior to actual menopause. Your estrogen rises and falls unevenly during this time, leading to symptoms commonly experienced during menopause.

Estrone (E1) is the main estrogen your body produces postmenopausally. High levels of E1 stimulate breast tissue and uterine tissue and many researchers believe this increases your risks for developing breast and uterine cancer. Before menopause E1 is made by your ovaries, adrenal glands, liver, and fat cells. It is converted to E2 in the ovaries. Postmenopausally, very little E1 becomes E2, since the ovaries stop working. In later years, E1 is made in your fat cells and to a lesser degree, in your adrenals and liver. Therefore, the more body fat


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Estradiol (E2) is the strongest form of estrogen and is primarily made in the ovaries. It is the main form of estrogen produced in the body before menopause and is necessary for the beneficial effects on the heart and brain to occur.

When a woman transitions into perimenopause, which often can start as early as age 35, hormone levels begin to transiently decline. Hormone deficiencies can have a deleterious effect on the cardiovascular, neurocognitive and musculoskeletal system. These hormone deficiencies contribute to an inflammatory state. When hormones are replaced and balanced levels are achieved, inflammation is decreased. Replacing deficient hormones in the body with bio-identical hormones can decrease the onset of heart disease, decrease cho-

lesterol levels, control carbohydrate metabolism, improve memory, reduce the onset of osteoporosis and decrease the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms associated with menopause (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue and urinary symptoms) are the main indications for physician treatment and patient visits. However, the major benefits are found in reduction of cardiovascular and neurological decline.

tin, do not increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary emboli (PE). Oral estrogens also increase blood pressure, increase triglycerides, increase estrone, can cause gallstones, elevate liver enzymes, increase sex hormone binding globulin (decreasing testosterone), interrupt tryptophan metabolism and consequently serotonin metabolism, lower growth hormone and increase carbohydrate cravings.



Conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) is not a human hormone. It is mostly sodium equilin sulfate and has a low estradiol (E2) levels (which is needed for cardiovascular benefits) and has no E3 (which is cancer protective). CEE has a long half-life (the time it takes for the hormone to decrease 50%), which results in accumulation of the hormone in the body. Switching to bio-identical hormones is done over 4-6 weeks. With a gradual decrease in dosing from daily to every other day to twice a week, etc., while gradually increasing the dose of bio-identical hormone, until a balance is achieved.


Oral estrogens increase inflammation. Estrogens should not be given orally. Oral estrogens, by way of the first pass liver effects, increase the acute phase proteins including C-Reactive Protein (CRP), fibrinogen and serum amyloid A, increasing the risk of thrombosis (clot formation). Transdermal estrogens and bio-identical progesterone, instead of proges-

If estrogen deficiency is present clinically, then replacement is usually indicated. Biest is an estrogen transdermal cream, commonly comprised of 20% estradiol and 80% estriol. With compounding pharmacies, we can individualize the dose and the percentage of the concentrations to blend a product that is effective for each individual patient. Biest is usually applied in the morning and should be applied over a large area in a thin layer to improve absorption. It is recommended to avoid showering, swimming or heavy work outs immediately after application as this can reduce the amount of hormone absorbed. Before you begin hormone replacement therapy, it is necessary that you have your levels of all three estrogens measured. You should also have them measured regularly thereafter, to help your doctor ensure you maintain the optimal amount of each estrogen. Dayle A. Imperato, M.D. Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (916) 670-7601 9180 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove.


The time before menopause is called perimenopause and it can start as early as fifteen years prior to actual menopause. Your estrogen rises and falls unevenly during this time, leading to symptoms commonly experienced during menopause.   69


What I’ve Learned About the

Evolution of Schools By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.

I’m going to step out on a limb and say it loud and say it proud…I LOVE SCHOOL! The public education system, even with all its failings, is remarkable. It’s all of us uniting together and investing in our society and believing that all young people are worth investing in. It exemplifies our belief in social mobility—the belief that every child has the potential to contribute something to this world we share. This has not always been true. Schools have evolved over time and changed drastically from their inception. So, let’s go down memory lane and do a contrast of that evolution. I know that on social media there are always posts about “the good old days” regarding public schools. But, were they really “good old days”? Let’s see… the first public school (in the soon to be United States) was established in Boston, Massachusetts on April 23, 1635. It was known as the Boston Latin School, and was a boys only public secondary school. The school’s most well-known alumni include John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Interestingly enough, Benjamin Franklin was a dropout of that school. Well, well, well this is a huge black mark on the “good old days school”. No girls? No boys of diverse ethnicity? No wonder Benjamin Franklin ran screaming from that school! Additionally, discipline was considered key to learning in the early days of the nation. Teachers frequently used corporal punishment in the form of a ruler or switch. Also, students knelt on sharp objects or stood for long periods of time. Teachers’ authority to discipline students came from a legal term from English common law, "in the place of a parent". Yikes, what a 70. - Summer 2019

nightmare! I think we can all agree that was not “the good old days”. Thank goodness for education reformer Horace Mann who called it "a relic of barbarism". In 1837, he argued that students should learn how to monitor their own behaviors. How about the retention rate in the “good old days”? Did you know that there is data to support the fact that in the early decades of this century more students failed than succeeded in schools? A national study of the dropout rate in the 1920s and 1930s showed that only 56 percent graduated from high school. Did students drop out because the subjects taught were harder in the “good old days”? You will be surprised to know that early public schools in the United States did not focus on academics like math or reading. In its place they taught the merits of family, religion, and community. Contrasted with data released by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education which show that 84.6 percent of the students in the class of 2016-17 earned diplomas in four years. So, let’s contrast education today; by the age of five or six, all American children have the opportunity to begin their formal education—regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. We believe that our democratic heritage applies to everyone. I love that our society values the indi-

vidualistic belief that everyone should have an opportunity to learn and benefit from an education. Additionally, we know that education is the only route to a job that pays a decent wage. And now we have the common core that is preparing today’s students to be ready for success after high school. The standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. They ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Public schools are also teaching “soft skills” that is a group of skills that are not purely academic and include self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. What I’ve learned about the evolution of schools is they’ve come a long, long way. Really, what’s there not to love about our public schools? As I stand with my students (in a public school) and we say the Pledge of Allegiance together; I look around my classroom in awe. We stand together—various genders, races, and ethnicities; and my heart swells with love for them, and the freedom that we share.

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Elk Grove Unified School District




By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos by Louis Silveira and courtesy of the Elk Grove Historical Society

Our Elk Grove Unified School District celebrates its 60th anniversary this year on July 1. The District was formed after voters of the entire area chose to unify the seven elementary school districts with the high school district. The name of the high school, Elk Grove, was chosen as the name for the new unified district. What an amazing six decades they have been for all of us in Elk Grove in the past 60 years! And, what an amazing school district we have! student enrollment in 1959 was 3,000, and in 2019, it is 62,675 plus large numbers of Pre-kindergarten students and adults in education programs! There are many reasons why Elk Grove Unified is one of the most successful school districts in California and the nation. We not only have excellent teachers and school staff, but we have dedicated parents and hard-working students.

New residents consistently state that the reason they moved to Elk Grove was because of the excellent schools! Let us make sure that we can still say this 10 and 20 years from now! We had 10 schools 60 years ago when Elk Grove Unified School District was created. In 60 years, the District has grown to 67 schools. The K-12 72. - Summer 2019

Geographically, we are one of the largest school districts in California, covering 320 square miles. We are the largest in student enrollment in Northern California and the fifth largest in California. Elk Grove Unified School District covers all the City of Elk Grove, parts of the cities of Sacramento to the northwest and Rancho Cordova to the north east, and large parts of Sacramento County to the south and east.



New residents consistently state that the reason they moved to Elk Grove was because of the excellent schools! Let us make sure that we can still say this 10 and 20 years from now! So, how did all this happen? How did seven little elementary districts give up their independence and became part of a unified district with their high school? The seven districts were these: The Dillard Elementary District had absorbed the Davis School. And the Lee School joined with the Dillard School after the election;

Florin and Elk Grove districts built new schools in 1957 to handle the growth that was moving south from Sacramento. Florin’s school was Isabelle Jackson School which is now the William Daylor site. The Elk Grove second school was Anna Kirchgater School that continues to serve students in the north central part of the district.

These were the Board members who started the District in 1959: James R. Guttridge and Dr. Wyland Cripe, Elk Grove; Alfred Schopf, Florin; Robert Walker, Sierra Enterprise; E. Henry Kloss, Franklin; Robert S. Mackey, Pleasant Grove; and Jake Schneider, Cosumnes River and Dillard.

The Franklin District had taken in the Point Pleasant, Mokelumne, Carroll, Union House, and Prairie schools; The Cosumnes River Union District had combined four small school districts into one in 1948 - Michigan Bar, Stonehouse, Wilson, and Rhoads; The Pleasant Grove District had taken in the Reese School; The Sierra Enterprise District was a combination of the two earlier schools, Sierra and Enterprise, and Enterprise had taken in the much earlier Excelsior and Highland schools; The Florin District had two earlier schools, Florin East and Florin West, and it had the new Isabelle Jackson School;

The Elk Grove District had two earlier one room Elk Grove schools and the even earlier San Joaquin school and Victory School, as well as the new Anna Kirchgater School. Due to the increase in student enrollment in the years following the end of World War II, both the

The new district decision makers created a plan to have a seven-member Board of Education. Four Districts, Franklin, Florin, Pleasant Grove and Sierra Enterprise, would each have one member Elk Grove, due to size, would have two members, and again, due to size, there would be one member to represent Dillard and Cosumnes River.

The unification of the Elk Grove district took place under the supervision of Sacramento County Superintendent T.R. Smedberg who had been the principal of Elk Grove High School in the 1940s. Unification was popular in the 1950s as evidenced by the many districts throughout the state that joined their neighbors to make better use of their resources. In order for a district to unify, the voters of the proposed area went to the polls and voted either yes or no. Elk Grove’s vote was close, but the yes voters won.

The new district was set to begin on July 1, 1959, and the Board hired Dr. George Kibby to serve as the first superintendent. William Schreck was later hired as the Assistant Superintendent. The Kibby-Schreck team, along with its important player, Arlene Hein, as the secretary, established the foundation that resulted in the outstanding Elk Grove Unified School District of today A key factor in the success of EGUSD is that in 60 years, there have only been six superintendents, and it is likely that no large districts can match how long our leaders stay with us. George Kibby was the first in 1959and he stayed until 1968. Next were Glenn Houde – 1969 to 1983, Robert Trigg- 1983 to 1995, , David Gordon – 1995 to2004 , Steen Ladd – 2004 to 2014, and from 2014 to today, Christopher Hoffman.

Photos on left page: Victory School, 1880. EG High School, 2019. EG High School, 1946. Above photos Clockwise: Aerial photo of Elk Grove High School, 1961. EGHS Kerr Science building, 2019. EGHS, 1893. San Joaquin School, 1853.   73



There are many reasons why Elk Grove Unified is one of the most successful school districts in California and the nation. We not only have excellent teachers and school staff, but we have dedicated parents and hard-working students. The 2019 members of the Elk Grove Board of education are Chet Madison, Bobbie Singh Allen, Carmine Forcina, Anthony Perez, Beth Albiani, Nancy Chaires Espinoza, and Crystal Martinez Alire. As in earlier years, Board members each represent a specific area of the district, but they are elected from the entire district. Board members serve long terms as well, and some win election after election.

Our claim to California education fame is the first official school in Sacramento County in 1852 was the San Joaquin School, located at Grant Line Road and today’s Highway 99. The Elk Grove Elementary District is one of the oldest in California, formed in 1866, right after the Civil War when families began to move to this area, and many of them had obtained property with their military benefits. The Elk Grove School was built at the little crossroads place on Stockton Road. The second school at this site is still with us and used as a residence. In 1892, a special election was held among the elementary school districts to tax themselves to create a high school. Most of them said, yes, and that is how the Elk Grove Union High School District was formed. This had never been done in California, and it gave Elk Grove the distinction of having the first rural high school district in the state. The present boundaries of the Elk Grove Unified School District closely follow the high school boundary designated in 1892.

So, how did we get to where we were 1959? What was education like, and what were the key events that occurred? Our first teachers for children were the parents or our Miwok families who lived all along the Cosumnes River. The first school (that we know of from our early settlers) was the one started by the wife of Martin Murphy at the ranch north of the Cosumnes River and west of what is now Highway 99. She called it a kindergarten, but it was for all children. Next, was the first Rhoads School on the eastern end of the Cosumnes River, started by Jared Dixon Sheldon. The gold mining families started many little schools during the late 1840s (in what is now the Rancho Murieta area). Schools also arose around the early day stage stops.

In 1908, we had another first—the first rural library in California. It was started by Principal Harriet Eddy at Elk Grove Union High School that at that time was in today’s Old Town Elk Grove. In 1920 and 1921, two new schools were built in Elk Grove, the high school at what is now the

site of Joseph Kerr Middle School and the Elk Grove Grammar School at what is now the site of Cosumnes Community Services District. The historic brick building of the grammar school is still there on Elk Grove Boulevard. It later became the district office until the Robert L. Trigg Education Center was built on Elk Grove Florin Road.

In 2019, The students at Elk Grove Unified School District represent great diversity - 26% Hispanic, 24% Asian, 20% White, 12% African American, 18% Other. English Learners represent 112 languages. This is the mission statement that speaks to all: “Elk Grove Unified School District will provide a learning community that challenges ALL students to realize their greatest potential.” Happy 60th Anniversary to everyone connected to Elk Grove Unified School District!

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

All book proceeds go for student scholarships, and I thank the many purchasers who have made possible the 75 scholarships with each one $1,000 – Make your check for books payable to Laguna Publishers and send to me at 9227 Lamprey Drive, Elk Grove CA 95624. Books are $20 apiece and California sales tax is included. Add $3 for shipping of one or two books; $5 for 3-6 books. Call me at 916-685-0606 or email me at

Above photos Clockwise: EG Elementary now the CCSD building. EG High School. Reese School, 1884. Robert Trigg Education Center, 2019. EGUSD Board, 2019. 74. - Summer 2019



Photos by Dave Soto

Elk Grove celebrated the start of “May is Bike Month” by eating al fresco at the annual Bike & Bite event -- part of the Food Truck Mania festivities at the Old Town Plaza on May 1. Free bike valet service and a discount coupon was provided to those who rode on two wheels to the roundup. The City’s Energizer Station gave away free May is Bike Month goodies too.

With better weather and more than 28 miles of bike lanes and off-road trails, the City uses this event to encourage residents of all ages to bike to destinations throughout Elk Grove. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s good for the environment! For more information about local trails, log on to the City’s website for an interactive trails map at

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Old Town Elk Grove Farmers Market Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Town Plaza

Free Music at McConnell Estates Winery, on Friday Evenings!

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

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.

Comedy Under the Stars

June 14, July 19th and September 13th. Seating opens at 6 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove.

Salute to the Red, White & Blue

The Cosumnes Community Services District and Sacramento’s Laughs Unlimited are partnering once again to bring the Comedy Under the Stars summer series back to Elk Grove. Bring a picnic dinner, blanket and a group of friends to laugh under the stars. This show is suitable for adults only. No high-back chairs. No pets permitted, with the exception of service animals. Call 916-4055600 or 916-405-5300 for more information.

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.

Wednesday., July 4th, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk GroveFlorin Road Free admission, $10 parking

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. Listen to the fireworks soundtrack as it's simulcast on 92.5 The Bull.

15th annual Run 4 Hunger

Saturday, June 22nd. Registration starts at: 7:00 a.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, Summer Sports Camp For children ages 6 - 12. Indoor/outdoor multisport camp focuses on improving skills through drills, fun, and alternative games. Highlighted sports include basketball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, and whiffle 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. For more information visit 78. - Summer 2019

Elk Grove Food Bank Services is excited to announce its' 15th annual Run 4 Hunger! The Run 4 Hunger is a certified, flat, 5K/10K run/walk that starts under the beautiful oak trees of Elk Grove Regional Park and winds through the surrounding neighborhoods. The Run 4 Hunger benefits the Elk Grove Food Bank which serves over 5,700 clients monthly. Join the Food Bank in our mission to provide essential resources to overcome the many faces of hunger and human need. Learn more and register today at:

Music in the Park

June 26th, July 24th, and August 28th. This free event is located in the West Park at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi 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.

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.

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Community Campout

July 13th-14th 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 Camp Out 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. For more information call 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300 or visit a CSD registration location.

Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive

Sacramento Life Center Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Leatherby’s Family Creamery, 8238 Laguna Boulevard, Elk Grove Bring an unopened pack of diapers to any Leatherby’s Family Creamery location and receive a free scoop of ice cream. The drive, which takes place during National Ice Cream Month, will provide diapers for low-income new moms in the Sacramento area; and honor the life of the ice cream shop’s founder Dave Leatherby Sr. who passed away earlier this year and supported the Sacramento Life Center for decades. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit For more information about the Sacramento Life Center, or to make a donation, visit

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Every Friday, in August from 6:30 to 9:00 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   81

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Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove. 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 8th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival, Presented by Kaiser Permanente. Enjoy two stages of musical and dance entertainment, local artistry on display, cultural displays and booths, a kid’s craft area, car show and much more. Free admission and parking. Celebrate our diversity and travel the world without leaving Elk Grove!

Jazz Blues Vespers

Sunday, September 1st. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 9175 W Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove. Every 1st Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. Repeats every month, on the 1st Sunday, ending on 3rd of November. More information: www.

Party on the Palms

Saturday, September 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove. Free Admission This teens-only event brings you a party like no other! Leave the parents behind and dance the night away to DJ music, splash around in the foam dance party, hang out in the teen scene social media lounge, geek out in the on-site game truck, snack on food and drinks, and show your skills at foosball, corn hole, ping pong and a special carnival-style game. Admission is free with valid school ID for those 13-18. Party on the Palms will be #amazing!

Harvest of Hope Gala

September 14, 2019 at 6p.m. - 10:30p.m. at the Sheldon Inn 9000 Grant Line Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624 The Harvest of Hope Gala is our annual Building Fund fundraiser presented by the Kay Family Trust and benefiting Elk Grove Food Bank Services. Please join us for a magical evening with dinner under the stars. Presiding over the evening will be Master of Ceremonies, Emmy Award winner Mark S. Allen from ABC10 and Extra Butter. The evening will include a silent auction and a delicious dinner followed by a live auction with auctioneer extraordinaire, David Sobon. You will also have a chance to win a Chevy Colorado pickup courtesy of Maita Chevrolet. The evening will finish off the evening dancing to the tunes of the Why Nots. For tickets and information please visit 82. - Summer 2019

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