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Ardent content food & flavor 20. CHEESE BEATS CABIN FEVER Cindy Della Monica 28. IRISH SODA BREAD Carole Morris 36. MUFFULETTA Jackie Pometta







fashion 68. INSIDE & OUT

education 60. WHAT I’VE LEARNED CT Morris

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contents profiles 38. KIRK & ROBIN MARCHETTI M&M Real Estate 48. Josh Myer Edward Jones

health 46. HEAD OR HEART? Anna Osborn 62. 5 PILLARS OF SUCCESS Charlie Zamora 64. HORMONES & HAIR LOSS Rejuvenation Wellness 66. LIFE CARE PLANNING Kaiser Permanente


70. IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME Switch Fitness




52. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library 80. DATEBOOK


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Community Cornerq a &

Britt Nichole Wedding Photographer Story on page 42.

Typical work week looks like:

My typical work week is fairly repetitive, I am a "systems and time blocking" kind of gal! Early mornings (with coffee in hand) diffusing my oils, listening to a podcast, and answering all my emails is how I like to start my day! My editing days are on Mondays and Wednesdays, and my shoot days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays (for my engagement sessions). Fridays and Saturdays are always reserved for my babes that are getting married. Sundays I unplug completely, rest up on with my man and enjoy cooking in the kitchen. Do you have a secret talent?

Umm... Not too sure if this is a talent, probably more or less an interesting fact, but I played collegiate women's basketball when I was in college in the Bay Area! I can’t live without these apps on my phone:

Pinterest! I use Pinterest for helpful resources for my clients, and all the inspiration from planning “what to wear” to their engagement session and planning details for their wedding day. Instagram! Love to be able to market my own portfolio and connect with my clients and creatives all over. And Honeybook! Such a helpful tool in helping me manage my business in a seamless way for myself and my clients from booking, payments and more! What book is on your nightstand?

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero.... such a game changer!!!! My bucket list includes doing this in the next year:

My fiancé and I have always been passionate about traveling every corner of the world together, last year we went to Cuba (where he proposed), Jamaica, Spain, Morocco, and Kenya. This year we hope to add many more stamps to our passports from Bali to Greece and Iceland. We also just recently started a travel blog of our favorite things to do, places to eat, and trips along the way... so feel free to follow along www.travelinglowemaintenance.com 10. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Community Corner q&a

Jamie McCalman

Owner of Switch Fitness, Elk Grove. Story on page 70. Typical work week looks like:

I’m up early! During the week my day starts at 3:30a.m., on weekends 4:30a.m. I like to have some time to myself in the mornings to enjoy my coffee and prepare for my day. I teach 18-20 classes a week and have three kids, so I spend a lot of time driving! During the week I teach 5a.m. classes, which gives me enough time to get home and get my two older kids ready and off to school. I teach throughout the day and pick up/drop off kids at school in between. After school it’s homework and dinner and three nights a week I go back to the studio. We offer childcare at Switch Fitness, so my kids go to work with me—we all love it! Notable Accomplishments:

My kids are by far my biggest accomplishment but starting a business is a close second. It was incredibly scary and a big leap of faith, but I’m thankful every day I did it. I love what I do and having the ability to work with so many people in the community is amazing. Do you have a secret talent?

I can hold a plank for a pretty long time. My record is 15 minutes. I can also pick things up with my toes. I can’t live without these apps on my phone:

Amazon, Spotify, FitRadio, Podcasts. What book is on your nightstand?

Strong Curves and Teaching Yoga Beyond Poses. My bucket list includes doing this in the next year:

Stand up paddle boarding.

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Community Cornerq a &

Tannis Sweeting Mom Story on page 24.

Typical work week looks like:

Typically, a week involves dozens of cookies and chauffeuring the kids to activities. Accomplishments:

I entered the Elk Grove Pumpkin festival baking contest, my first ever; my cookie recipe won third place! Secret talent:

I can remember song lyrics to almost any song on the radio. 80's till now...I’m still waiting for this talent to pay off. Phone apps:

I can’t live without Instagram and Pinterest Book on my nightstand:

True crime, I usually plow through 1000 pg. book in a couple nights. Bucket list:

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Contributor’s Corner Justin Azevedo

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

D’Lee Daleo

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

Kerrie Hertel {Pea+Nut Portraits}

Philosophy-to create photographs that are pure and meaningful. Previously, a Creative Director in Fashion, now capturing special moments through my lens.

Dr. Dayle A. Imperato

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

Nan Mahon

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

Jamie McCalman

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

Cindy Della Monica

Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.

Carole Morris

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

Josh Myer

Is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, he has a passion for coaching families and individual investors to achieve their financial goals. He loves being part of the Elk Grove community and spending time with his beautiful wife Molly and their two kids Riley and Jackson.

Britt Nichole

My name is Britt Nichole and I am a Traveling Wedding & Elopement Photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

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.

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past six years.

Tannis Sweeting

I am a home baker from Canada, who is a mom to five. So, I never have a shortage of taste testers. I’m married to the best guy and we’re loving the California life.

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?”

Lilly Wyatt

Lilly Wyatt is a Public and Media Relations consultant with Kaiser Permanente serving the South Sacramento and Central Valley Service Areas. Besides handling PR and Media, Lilly writes articles for internal and external audiences and produces videos for the organization.

Charlie Zamora

Elk Grove Entrepreneur and respected businessman. He has owned and operated businesses in Elk Grove since 2010. His greatest accomplishments are being married to his beautiful wife Micha and being the father to his amazing son Myles.

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For full bios of our contributors, please visit www.ardentforlife.net.

On the Cover Read the cover article by Cindy Della Monica, owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, on how cheese can beat cabin fever. You can find it on page 20.

COVER MODEL Sarah Spenker

LOCATION Spenker Family Farm, Lodi.

creative director

executive editor

business manager




Sara Pinnell

Carole Morris

art & production


Justin Pinnell



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Wow, here we are…it’s late winter. However, the optimist in me likes to claim that the season is actually early spring. The past year has flown by, and it is already time to start pruning the plants in my yard. I’ve heard, from successful gardeners, that pruning needs to be done while plants are dormant. Pruning is a wonderful opportunity to garden while the weather is cool and refreshing. It’s also beneficial to be able to shape the trees and shrubs without all the leaves getting in the way. By removing dead and dying branches, the plant is allowed room for new growth. Pruning, which creates a wound, actually can be applied to our lives as an analogy. Many of us are far too busy (or find it too painful) to prune the obstacles that prevent us from having healthy relationships. We tell ourselves that we can take care of it “later”. We don’t supplement the soil, or pull the weeds that are trying to destroy our friendships or our marriages. It can be an agonizing process that requires our time and takes communication which might be uncomfortable. However, rebuilding a friendship or our marriage is worth the time we invest. Let’s enjoy this season of renewing and use the tools necessary to have strong, vital relationships with those we care about.

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Carole Morris WHAT DID WE LEARN AFTER READING THIS ISSUE? We have an article that you’ll want to check out about the McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial 2020. This event is the revitalization of historic events dating back to the 1930’s. The Sacramento River and Mount Diablo are the backdrops for the dogs and their handlers who come from across the United States. There is an energizing article called “It’s Not You, It’s Me ” that challenges us to take a good hard look at our relationship with fitness. Before you end your relationship with fitness, read this article about great tips for a long and healthy fitness regimen. And as always, we have some wonderful recipes that will make your heart sing! I promise that you will find them tantalizing, original and delicious.


Cheese Beats Cabin

Fever By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger

and Owner, Cheese Central

At the time of writing this article, we haven’t had too much poor weather, certainly not enough to incite a nagging round of “cabin fever.” That could change anytime, we just don’t know. I personally would never survive cold Midwest or Northeast winters, and I practically get hives just thinking of living where I might have to deal with snow! I am particularly sensitive to the cool California winters (I'm spoiled rotten, I know), and always feel like I should hibernate, just like the bears in deep snow. With that said, I am ready to banish gray skies, sprinkles or raindrops, and get back into the garden or day trip with the family by early March.

Sarah Spenker at Spenker Family Farm CHEESE CENTRAL is a member of the California Artisan Cheese Guild, so we have in our shop a neat “Cheese! Trail Map” of California produced by the Guild. You can find online, www.cheesetrail.org, up-to-date calendars of cheese tours, classes and events if you don’t have the map in hand. So, today I am going to let the cheese do the talking for me—Cheese Beats Cabin Fever with these interesting and delicious, late winter day trips straight out of the Trail Map! Pack up the kids and a friend, plan a day trip for interactive or self-guided tours, visit the retail rooms for cheese tasting and purchasing lunch goodies, and say “hi” to all the baby animals that are appearing during this busy few months.

Happily, I can start with Spenker Family Farm on DeVries Rd. in Lodi. It has a delightful winery and tasting room, and last summer opened Lodi’s only cheese-producing creamery! Their lovely goat herd produces milk for butter, yogurt, frozen treats, and now a variety of cheeses, some of which we happily sell in our shop. You can visit the winery, open hours as noted

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on their website. The Spenkers are long-time Lodi farmers, winemakers and now cheesemakers, plus gracious hosts for events such as goat yoga, Good Night Goats, and mosaic classes. Permission can be asked to feed and pet the mama goats, and the babies will be born during March and April. So darn cute!

Bettyann Spenker prepping cheese at Spenker Family Farm

A cheese-centric tour of the Valley will get you to tongue-tingling stops such as Fiscalini Cheese Co. retail shop in Modesto (say hello to the calves!), and call ahead to arrange a tour of Nicolau Farms, also in Modesto. Mixed milk cheeses of cow and goat are their specialties. A small petting “zoo” and picnic area, with a café for grilled cheese and cheesecake, highlights Oakdale Cheese. Delicious goudas, plain or flavored, and cheese curds are available here.

Fiscalini Cheese Co.


Vintage Cheese Co.

An ultimate Valley cheese and fun stop is waiting for you at Vintage Cheese Co. Cheese is made on site, and you can watch the whole process. There is a retail shop, of course, but also a café, picnic tables, live animals, antiques and “junktiques,” and more. CHEESE CENTRAL carries several of the cheeses made at Vintage Cheese Co.

How about this idea? Located in Lincoln, a Gold Country creamery and AirBnB named Long Dream Farm has this to say: “Come stay on a family-friendly working farm! We are a certified cow dairy and creamery and also raise laying chickens, emus and other animals. A large, well-equipped guest house sleeps 8+. Watch our adorable cows be milked and take care of their calves, taste fresh cheese, ice cream and yogurt, observe the animals grazing during the day, hike, explore the pond and creek, or just relax on the deck. Located in Sierra-Nevada foothills, 30 min. from Auburn, 1 hr. from Sacramento.” Super cool getaway! Not too far from Long Dream Farm is Jollity Farm in Garden Valley, tours are by appointment, but you can stop by Tues-Sat to purchase freshly made chevres, feta, ricotta, cajeta and raw milk firm cheeses. Don’t forget to pet the goats in the picnic area… still so darn cute!

CHEESE CENTRAL is a member of the California Artisan Cheese Guild, so we have in our shop a neat “Cheese! Trail Map” of California produced by the Guild. Pack up the kids and a friend, plan a day trip for interactive or self-guided tours, visit the retail rooms for cheese tasting and purchasing lunch goodies, and say “hi” to all the baby animals that are appearing during this busy few months. Headed out toward the coast, one of my favorite trips takes us to Pescadero’s Harley Farms Goat Dairy. Seven days a week, you can visit to purchase cheese and see the goats and llamas. They raise organic edible flowers with which they decorate their fresh chevres—delicious! I love to purchase some cheese, then take the ¼-mile drive into the little downtown of Pescadero, and shop at Arcangeli’s Market…. Have them thinly slice off cured meats for you in the deli, grab a fresh loaf of locally grown artichoke focaccia bread, warm from their bakery. A bit of fresh fruit or produce from the market, and you have a picnic-du-jour to enjoy right across the street at the Pescadero State Beach. Awesome day trip! How about a more urban adventure? Check out Daily Driver, on 3rd St. in San Francisco!

Watch the staff make butter, cream cheese and quark…. AND get their freshly woodfire baked bagels, too. Since this facility is an outgrowth of Tomales Farmstead Creamery in Marin, you can get all of their cheeses here, as well. Leaving Daily Driver, a short drive will take you to the Children’s Creativity Museum, to SOMA, North Beach and Ghiradelli Square, or the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

The following recipe is from Fiscalini Farms in Modesto, and I made it for our Super Bowl party potluck. Fresh crab available now, canned or frozen crab later in the year, and this recipe can fit into Father’s Day celebration, too. Now, get out there and beat the “cabin fever.” We will wave when we see you there!!

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Horsefeathers Hot Crab Spread Makes 4 cups spread

8 oz. Horsefeathers (cheddar horseradish spread) 6 oz. mayonnaise Âź C minced sweet onion Âź C chopped water chestnuts 2 t minced fresh parsley 2 t Worcestershire sauce 1 lb. fresh crab meat Crackers, crostini or fresh baguette slices

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Mix first 7 ingredients together and put in ovenproof dish. Bake at 25 minutes at 325*. Stir mixture halfway through cooking time. Serve hot, keeping warm over a low flame or on heating tray.

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The Luck of the Irish By Tannis Sweeting, Urban Acres Photographed by Pea+Nut Portraits

Jackie and Caitlin, from Pinot Luxe Boutique, hosted a fun St. Paddy’s day get together. If you aren't lucky enough to be Irish, then hopefully you have the luck of the Irish and are surrounded by good friends. This group of friends all contributed to ensure the event was fun and festive. 24. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

May your pockets be heavy, may your heart be light, and may good luck pursue you each morning and night...

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"May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold and at the end of all your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold."

design} Cindy, of My Thrifty Sister, helped out with decor pieces, making sure everything was glittering gold! Once guests arrived, they were treated to a glittery green beer from the Hungry Pecker Brewery in Elk Grove.

Happy Grazing made sure everyone started out with delicious appetizers to hold them over until lunch. Tannis, from Urban Acres, had delightful cake and macarons dressed up in edible gold and green. The guests didn't want to leave because there was so much delectable food; however, all parties have to end.

Each guests was gifted a hand poured candle from Dawn, at Two Country Divas, to remind them that friendship is the true gold in life. Pea+Nut Portraits peanutportraits.com Urban Acres www.instagram.com/urban.acres My Thrifty Sister Instagram.com/MyThriftySister Pinot Luxe Boutique pinotlux.com Hungry Pecker Brewery hungrypecker.com Happy Grazing Instagram.com/Happy_grazing Two Country Divas www.facebook.com/twocountrydivas 26. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Irish Soda Bread By Carole Morris

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food} Many of us in the United States, and across the world, enjoy Irish traditions. However, we are clueless about what shaped Ireland’s cultural identity. One example is Saint Patrick’s Day, a day that we enjoy “going green on”. In Ireland, it’s a feast day to celebrate an Irish Patron Saint. As the Irish immigrated to America (in the 19th Century), the festivities of Saint Patrick followed and became a worldwide celebration. Then there’s traditional Irish music with instruments such as fiddles, and Irish bouzoukis, Uilleann pipes and the Celtic harp. It’s impossible to keep your foot from tapping or to maintain a crabby face while listening. Which leads us to Irish dancing… it takes many forms such as step dancing and reels. Did I mention that Irish dancers have those amazing hard shoes that produce clicks as they dance? Finally, there is bread—beautiful and luscious bread. While the first bread of the Gaelic Irish was a plain rustic oatcake; during the Great Famine, soda bread became popular. It’s a cake style bread that doesn’t use yeast. It is quick and easy to make and delicious!

Irish Soda

Ingredients 4 1/4 cups flour 1 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp. sugar 5 Tbsp. butter 1 1/4 cup raisins 1 egg (beaten) 1 3/4 cups buttermilk Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Mix flour, salt, baking soda and sugar together in a bowl. Using a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour, then add raisins. In a separate bowl, (using a fork or whisk) mix together the egg and buttermilk. Then add beaten egg and buttermilk to the flour mixture. Mix ingredients with a spoon until dough is thoroughly blended.


In the bowl, knead dough and form a ball; if the dough is too sticky to knead, work in a little more flour. However, do not over-knead the dough or it will become tough.

On a lightly floured surface shape dough into a round loaf. The dough should be a little sticky and resemble biscuit dough. Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and cut a cross onto the top about an inch and a half deep. It is important to score the top of the dough, so the heat gets into the center of the dough as it cooks. Sprinkle top of bread with flour and place in preheated oven, for about 40 minutes. Bake until bread is light brown. To check for doneness, insert a thin knife into the center. If the knife comes out clean, it's done.

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Irish I was

in Ireland By Heidi Hartunian & Justin Ringor

We are off to Ireland with the traveling duo, Heidi and Justin, from Adventure State of Mind. Follow along as they traverse through the green hills of the Emerald Isle, exploring historic castles, villages and pubs along the way…

We began our Irish adventure in Dublin. After

Jameson Distillery

the long flight and ride from the airport, we checked into the Blooms Hotel, located in the Temple Bar area. Temple Bar is a wildly popular area of Dublin, so the streets and pubs are full of life, especially on the weekend. After dropping our stuff off in the room, and enjoying a complimentary Guinness in the adjacent hotel pub, we made our way to the Jameson Distillery, Bow St for the Bow St. Experience tour. Whiskey fans should definitely add the experience to their Dublin itinerary. After the tour, we made our way back to Temple Bar by hopping from pub to pub along the way. Some of our favorite pubs that evening were the Brazen Head, The Long Hall, The Temple Bar, and The Old Store house. The Brazen Head and The Long Hall stood out in particular. If looking for a change of pace from the pub scene, seek out the Vintage Cocktail Club (if you can find it).

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Ring of Kerry

Our only full day in Dublin was dedicated to sightseeing. If you plan on taking in a high volume of sightseeing, definitely purchase a ticket for a hop onoff bus tour. It will take you to many of the places of interest that you had in mind for your trip. However, don’t use that same bus as transportation around the city, because it will take forever to get back to any stop you’ve already passed. We began the day at The Guinness Storehouse, which is another one of those experiences you must do when visiting Dublin. It is definitely recommended to purchase a Stoutie as part of your ticket. From the Storehouse, we hustled over to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room of the Old Library. We then took the Teeling Distillery tour before heading over toward Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green. St. Stephen's Green is a great place for an afternoon/early evening stroll. In the evening, we knocked a few more pubs off the list. Those included Kehoes Pub (highly recommended!) O’Donoghues which had great live music, and the Whiskey Palace. From Dublin, we headed west to Killarney for three nights. While there are alternative options to get from Dublin to other popular towns in Ireland, we

chose to rent a car and be our own guides on our Ireland Adventure. On the way to Killarney, we made stops at the Rock Of Cashel, Hore Abbey, and Blarney Castle and Gardens. The Rock of Cashel, a group of medieval buildings set atop a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, makes for a great introduction to what you will see while you explore Ireland outside of Dublin. While exploring the remains of the structures and taking in the surrounding views, I think it finally dawned on us that we were in Ireland…or jetlag was wearing off. After we experienced what Rock of Cashel had to offer, we took a walk down the hill to the remains of Hore Abbey. Hore Abbey is an eerie, yet beautiful, set of ruins with parts dating back to the 13th century. On our visit, we had the place to ourselves. Consequently, we took advantage of the solitude by taking a lot of photos. From Cashel, we headed to the famous Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. We couldn't go to Ireland and not plan on kissing the Blarney Stone... germs be damned! Blarney Castle and Gardens offered us a chance to walk through Blarney Castle. After climbing the steps to the top, we waited for the chance to receive the Gift of Gab. While I don’t want



Blarney Castle to give away too much of the experience—I recommend not keeping anything in your jacket pockets as you move in for that kiss, unless you’re on board with making an offering to the ground below. Once we planted one on the Blarney Stone, we headed back down and explored the grounds (including the Poison Garden). We continued on to Killarney, and checked into Scotts Hotel, located in the heart of Killarney’s Town Centre. This is a great option if you’re looking for an accommodation that offers great rooms, a pub and beer garden while being within walking distance of all that the Town Centre has to offer. That evening we walked around town, enjoyed dinner at The Porterhouse, and dropped in to a few pubs. Courtney’s Bar and Murphy’s are two great pubs to grab a pint and listen to local live music. For a really cool experience, explore the nooks and crannies of John M Reidy’s, a sweetshop turned pub with live music. On the night we visited, there was live music in the front of the pub and in the beer garden.

The view of Dublin streets from Kehoes Pub with pints of Guinness  

While visiting Killarney, two activities that we highly recommend are the Ring of Kerry drive and the Gap of Dunloe bike ride. If you are planning on visiting Killarney, you will no doubt run into a lot of information about the Ring of Kerry. The entire 179km drive can be done in a full day, but if you have enough time, there are some small towns to stay overnight so that you don’t feel pressed

The Long Room in the 18th-century Old Library building at Trinity College Dublin Ring of Kerry

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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

Biking the Gap of Dunloe is two experiences in one. In order to reach the starting point of the bike ride, we had to catch a boat at Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. for time. Along with enjoying the great coastal views, we enjoyed stops at Ballycarbery Castle, Portmagee, Kerry Cliffs, Ballinskelligs, and Staigue Fort. If travelling the ring counterclockwise, end your day with dinner and a pint in Kenmare. We stopped into O’Donnabhain’s for a delicious meal of Fish and Chips and Guinness and Beef stew.

Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. The boat ride to the starting point takes you across the lakes of Killarney and provides spectacular views of the surrounding national park. Once you disembark from the boat, you ride up and over the gap and down into a beautiful valley with stunning lakes. On your way back into town, grab a pint (or two) at Kate Kearney’s cottage.

The boats at Ross Castle in Killarney National Park

After returning our bikes, we popped into Killarney Brewing Company to sample some local craft beer, and then made our way to our glamping tent at Killarney Glamping. Killarney Glamping is located just outside of the town centre, and provides a remarkable alternative to the usual hotel stay and has the same amenities.

and only a short walk to Quay Street. Quay Street is the center of all the action, with street musicians playing to the crowds of pedestrians cruising the street lined with pubs, restaurants, and shops. If the weather is nice, grab a seat outside at Tigh Neachtain enjoy a pint, and revel in the great pastime known as “people-watching”. A few other pubs that we enjoyed in Galway were King’s Head, Quays Bar, The Front Door, O’Connell’s Bar, and Tigh Coili. We had all Guinness with a bit of Whiskey here and there (if you were curious). How else are you supposed to find out who has the best Guinness tap in Ireland? Galway

Galway was up next on our itinerary. On our way to Galway we visited the epic Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher provide beautiful, yet potentially stomach churning, views of the jagged steep cliffs rising almost straight out of the Atlantic Ocean. The Cliffs are both a great place to stretch your legs and snap a few pictures for your friends and family at home. Not far from the Cliffs of Moher is the town of Doolin, which makes for a great lunch stop when continuing on to Galway. If you plan ahead of time you can take a day trip ferry to the Aran Islands from Doolin.

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At the start of our trip, we met a man at Kehoes Pub who raved about Galway (as a disclaimer, he was from Galway) he assured us that Galway was the best! He was spot on, we found that Galway is definitely a fun place to spend a few days. While in Galway, we stayed at the Imperial Hotel, located in Eyre Square


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Killarney Glamping is located just outside of Killarney town centre, and provides a remarkable alternative to the usual hotel stay and has the same amenities. is also a great place to try local seafood. We hit McDonagh’s on our first night for a delicious shellfish platter, and then Oscar's Seafood Bistro on the following day for oysters and sea trout ceviche. The oysters had just arrived from the bay, a real ocean-to table experience. There is plenty of adventure to be had outside of the city as well. We took a drive to Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey, stopping at Clifden Castle along the way. When visiting Clifden Castle, be sure to watch out for the bull. I’m not sure if there is actually a bull, but there’s a sign telling individuals to watch out! While we didn’t spend much time in Connemara, and Kylemore Abbey was a little too busy for our mindset. However, the drive to this area is great and on the way back toward Galway there were sheep walking all over the road. Heidi kept trying to get out and take pictures of them, but they were being, you know, sheepish. Before heading back to town for dinner, we explored the ivy covered ruins of Menlo Castle on the bank of the river Corrib; we highly recommend a visit there. A day of driving and exploring can create quite an appetite for food and drink, so we headed back out to the pubs on Quay street on our last evening in Galway. The next morning we headed back to Dublin—for our last night in Ireland. We made a pit stop at Sean’s Bar in Athlone which claims to be the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 900AD. When we reached Dublin, we checked into Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham on O'Connell Street. Then we headed immediately to the Jameson Distillery on Bow St. to pick up a personalized bottle of Jameson Distillery Edition (to commemorate our trip). We stopped back into The Brazen Head and had a reasonably priced pub dinner at Ned O’Sheas across the street. Our last evening we enjoyed checking out the pubs around Temple Bar. Ireland is truly a country not easily forgotten, full of history with sweeping backdrops of green.

Photos from top to bottom: Killarney Glamping, Killarney. Cliffs of Moher. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. Irish peddler, Ring of Kerry.

Heidi and Justin have been traveling California’s back roads for over eight years. As they jump from fabulous place to fabulous place, they also enjoy many of California’s microbreweries along the way. You can keep track of their adventures through their website adventurestateofmind.com or their Instagram feed _adventurestateofmind_. 34. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020


Mmm… Mmm..

Muffuletta! By Susie Franklin Roeser

Have you ever tasted a Muffuletta sandwich? Known as a specialty of New Orleans, this Italian deli sandwich was part of Jackie Pometta’s surprise 40th birthday celebration and ended up changing her life. Now that’s some sandwich! Many Elk Grove locals may recognize Jacquelyn’s name from her popular salon. Others may know her from her generosity helping cancer patients find just the right wig in their time of need. Maybe you’ve been the recipient of John and Jackie’s hospitality, enjoying fresh brick oven pizza in their back yard. Now is your chance to learn how her creativity in the kitchen turned into an entire business - and it all started with a sandwich. Back in 1987, on the final day of their vacation in New Orleans, (in honor of her birthday, husband John had “kidnapped” Jackie and taken her on this surprise trip) they dined at Central Grocery & Deli - home of the original Muffuletta. The sandwich made from an entire round loaf of sourdough bread and filled with layers of thinly sliced Italian cold cuts, cheeses and Giardiniera (a type of olive salad) was so good they had to bring a sandwich home for their daughters to try. Then, in 1989, Jackie’s in-laws needed some extra help running their family deli located in Oakville, CA –a staple of the community for over 65 years. Jackie was no stranger to the food industry - her parents owned a family diner in Dorris, CA for 25 years- so Jackie moved to Oakville to assist. While “on the job” at Pometta’s Deli, she crafted the “Pometta Muffaletta” (her own interpretation of Muffuletta) to sell to customers. Of course, to make a Muffuletta, you must have the all-important Giardiniera to give the sandwich its distinctive flavor, so Jackie created her own recipe which she christened Pometta’s Napa Valley Italian Salsa. 36. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

But wait, there’s more… The recipe became such a success the Pomettas began selling their salsa to other stores and restaurants. They began doing demonstrations on ways to use the salsa at gourmet food shows, and soon with help from friends who had tried their salsa, they put together Pometta's Napa Valley Cookbook. Jackie worked with chemists at U.C. Davis to tweak her recipe making it the first ever “shelf stable” Giardiniera on the market. This allowed Pometta’s Napa Valley Italian Salsa to be sold in even more locations. Trader Joe’s Market private labeled Jackie’s recipe and sold it with the name “Trader Giotto’s Muffuletta Spread” for 10 years! Showcasing Pometta’s Italian Salsa at fancy food shows gave Jackie and John the enjoyable opportunity to travel throughout the USA. Pometta’s Italian Salsa was sold in gourmet food stores throughout the United States from Alaska to Hawaii and even in London.


“Pometta’s Italian Salsa" aka “Muffuletta” spread Note: Prepared ingredients are a food safe way of preparing this product. You can prepare with fresh ingredients for a shorter shelf life. Jackie and John continued on this adventure until 2002, when they sold the salsa business so they could spend more time closer to home. In fact, they opened a bed and breakfast right in their home called “Oakville Gardens” in Oakville. Today, you can still find Pometta’s Napa Valley Salsa at gourmet food stores and winery gift shops in the Napa and Sonoma region. Now that Jackie is back to living full time in Elk Grove, her salsa recipe continues to serve her well. In fact, she regularly whips up a gallon batch at a time which she then divides and gives away as gifts to friends.

When storing in refrigerator have vinegar and oil solution always covering top surface of mixture.


Curious just what goes into this time-tested recipe? You are in luck! Jackie has generously agreed to share her deli-licious creation with Ardent for Life readers, so you too can try your hand at making a super sandwich that will have you saying Mmm..Mmm…Muffuletta!

4 cups chopped green olives 4 cups chopped black olives 4 cups diced cooked red peppers 2 cups olive oil 2 cups champagne vinegar 1/2 cup dried onions 1/4 cup granulated garlic 1/2 cup dried parsley 1/4 dried basil leaves 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Instructions Mix all together and refrigerate at least 24 hours for flavors to meld together.


Central groceries price now for a “Muffuletta” sandwich is $149.95 serves 10-12


Add 1 cup of Pometta’s Italian Salsa to 1 pound of cooked pasta of your choice, serve hot or cold as a salad.


1-large round loaf of sourdough bread or individual rolls of your choice. 2 cups prepared “Muffuletta”spread 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese 8 slices Swiss cheese 1/4 lb salami 1/4 lb mortadella or ham

Take extra bread out of center of loaf or roll. Spread your “muffuletta” spread on bottom half, then begin layering cheese, meats and finishing with cheese, top with bread and wrap tightly with aluminum foil and place in refrigerator overnight.

You can skip this step and eat your “Muffuletta” sandwich fresh. We like to crisp sandwich up in our pizza oven (it can be also crisped in the oven on a tray). Whether fixing a bowl of pasta for a football party or planning a picnic, Jackie’s Muffuletta (which can be served either hot or cold) travels well, as you can tell from Jackie and John’s Journey! Why not try making this hearty sandwich or pasta the centerpiece of your next group gathering?

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Kirk and Robin Marchetti

M&M Real Estate

If you are looking to delve into the real estate market and believe in the adage, “Lead by Example” then M&M Real Estate is the Business for you! 35 years ago, Kirk and Robin Marchetti were ready to leave the busy hustle and bustle of the Bay Area and find a community more suited to the needs of their young family. Enter Elk Grove… Kirk had worked in the high-tech industry requiring a lot of travel which ended up keeping him away from home during the week; consequently, he felt he was missing out on far too much precious time with his family. To solve this problem, Kirk & Robin started their own 38. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

By Susie Franklin Roeser

mortgage company in their Elk Grove home in 1999—and incorporated in 2003. In 2005, the Marchetti’s added Real Estate services to their business so they could continue to help others make Elk Grove their new home. In 2007 when the Real Estate aspect of their business was going strong, Kirk & Robin decided to shift away from the mortgage portion of their business and instead, added property management services to the mix of offerings for their clients. Their daughter Lacie now runs that end of the business. The Marchetti’s are proud to have the opportunity to share their hometown with others who may be looking for the same qualities originally drawing the Marchetti family to Elk Grove. M&M Real Estate has managed to hold its own and grow through the major ups and downs affecting the market over the last 20 years and

offers a diverse mix of solutions, no matter what their client’s real estate needs. The reason M&M Real Estate has such a high success rate when it comes to client satisfaction has to do with the accomplished and diverse team of agents M&M has brought together. Their office comprises a wealth of knowledge spanning over fifty years’ experience in the Elk Grove Area. Various team members are versed in both real estate and land use laws, regulations, and policies… not to mention agents who are well acquainted with the needs of clients at all ages and stages of life. This provides an unparalleled experience that focuses on looking out for each client’s best interest—whatever that may be! M&M team members Scott Sweeney (M&M's Top Producer four years in a row), Justin



Striving for the very best possible outcome for clients is not the endpoint, but rather just the beginning at M&M. They don’t stop working once the transaction closes. The Marchetti’s consider each client an addition to their growing family. Morgan, Lacie Marchetti, Mike Fergason, Phil Bellante, Howard Stoll, Barbara Lomazzi, Patrick Esparza, Justin Pinnell, Brad Palermini, Keith Kirton, Kathy Griffin, Peggy Wagner, Jeanette Segura, Vicki Moore, Neil Do, Kyle Langs, Jessica Fackrell, and Nicole Marchetti all bring a positive attitude, strong work ethic, team-oriented philosophy, and dependability to the team. Additionally, they all have a true passion for the real estate business. They bring a depth of experience and are continually impressing others with their results. Each one of their team members is a huge part of the M&M family, and M&M Real Estate wouldn’t be the success they are without them.

M&M is truly a family-run, full-service real estate business. Not only are all three of Kirk and Robin’s daughters involved, but they have effectively “adopted” all the agents working with them into the Marchetti family. Even their nine-year-old granddaughter Sophia has a role as “Executive Assistant” which entitles her to having her own nameplate on one of the desks in the office when she comes to visit. Striving for the very best possible outcome for clients is not the endpoint, but rather just the beginning at M&M. They don’t stop working once the transaction closes. The Marchetti’s consider each client an addition to their growing family. The ultimate goal of M&M Real Estate is building on a "Tradition of Trust” where, just as in a family, they treat their clients as they themselves would want to be treated. ardentforlife.net   39

From their 1st “in-home office’ at the inception of their business to their current “home” (the beautiful and historic Victorian located at 9008 Elk Grove Blvd.), the Marchetti’s have always been community centered. Their office annually hosts celebrations

and events for the residents of Elk Grove. If you’ve ever attended the Dickens’s Festival, you’ve probably seen Santa and Mrs. Clause making themselves at home on the front porch of M&M Real Estate. (Those two have seen a lot of houses - and you’ll notice they favor the Marchetti’s!) This year M&M Real Estate will be hosting their 4th Annual Chili CookOff for the community on April 17th from 6-9 pm. If you enjoy chili (cooking or eating it) this would be the perfect time to stop by for a visit and “meet the family”. M&M Real Estate, 9008 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove. (916) 685-2390 www.mmhomesales.com ardentforlife.net   39

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Mary Trevor


Photographed by Britt Nichole Photography www.brittnicholephotography.com @littlebitsofbrittnichole

WHO ARE YOU? My name is Mary Moffis (previously known as Mary Read). I was born and raised in Sacramento, California, but now live in Boise, Idaho with my husband and dog, Maggie! I am an event coordinator and manager at Madewell. As a hobby, I like to fix and sell vintage clothing at local flea markets and other markets. I have a little Etsy shop called Mercury Vintage Goods.

My name is Trevor Moffis. I was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Yuba City, California. I now live in Boise, Idaho with my wife and our sweet dog, Maggie. I am a parole officer for Ada County. I like video games, beer, and football.

How did you meet?

Trevor and I met in Sonoma, CA. We were working together at the Hanna Boys Center, a residential treatment facility for teenage boys with behavioral problems. We barely spoke for the first couple years of knowing each other! Trevor would always greet me in the morning with a simple "Hello, Ms. Read" and that was about it!

The Proposal?

At this time neither of us were working at the Hanna Boys Center anymore. Trevor was working on becoming a probation/parole officer by working as a correctional officer at the Juvenile Hall in Yuba County. I was working at a school for children and teens with emotional disturbances in Fair Oaks, so we could be closer to family and friends in Sacramento. We both often talked about how much we missed the boys we worked with and talked about going to one of their baseball games. Trevor said he would book us a place to stay in Sonoma, so we could spend the weekend there. I assumed he set it up so we could visit with our friends and old coworkers while we were there, but apparently he had something else in mind! Instead of booking an Airbnb, he booked us a room at the cutest little inn called the Sonoma Inn. Trevor took me to dinner back to The Red Grape‌where

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we had our very first "official" date,. We talked about our first date... how I had paint in my hair, how I spilled water all over my romper, and how nervous and excited we both were! We talked about how we both had so much fun that neither of us wanted the night to end so we aimlessly walked around the Square over and over again. Trevor then suggested we recreate our whole date and take a walk around the Square once more so we did just that. However, this time it ended slightly different. Trevor got on one knee at the exact location we had our very first kiss and asked me to marry him!

What is love?

Mary: There is no one word or definition for love. I think love is different for every person. You hear that "love hurts" often, but with Trevor that has never been true. Falling in love with Trevor was so easy. Everything has always made sense with him, we have always been strong individually, but together we are something special. This is because we love each other, we support each other, and we make each other smile. With Trevor love is friendship, he is my best friend.

This is a very hard question for me. Simply because there is so much I love about him. My first instinct would be to tell you how much he makes me laugh, but I think it would actually be his kind heart.

What is love?

Trevor: I didn't know what it meant to truly love someone, until I met Mary. When we first started to date she was so fun to hang out with I found myself not wanting to be apart from her. Mary makes me laugh all the time, even when she's not doing something funny—I find myself laughing. Not because I'm making fun of her, but because watching her gives me an overwhelming sense of happiness. It doesn't matter that we sometimes get on each other’s nerves or don't agree all of the time. I couldn't imagine not spending my life with her. To me, that is love.

What do you love most about him?

What do you love most about her?

I'm not sure that there is one thing I love the most about Mary. I love that Mary is one of the most caring people on this planet and she makes me laugh every single day. I love when she gets excited to see


Love is

different for every person. You hear that "love hurts" often, but with Trevor that has never been true. Falling in love with Trevor was so easy.




I love that Mary is one

of the most caring people on this planet and she makes me laugh every single day. me and jumps on me to give me a hug and kiss. I love how unfailingly supportive she is in everything I do. All of these things make her who she is and so I guess what I love most about Mary—is Mary.

When did you know you were in love?

Mary: The very first time I met Trevor was during my interview at the Hanna Boys Center. Part of the interview process is to shadow and observe one of the group homes for the day. I happened to be assigned to the group home Trevor was working at. It was not "love at first sight", but I did immediately catch on to the fact that there was something special about him. This was because all the kids absolutely adored him. His door was the only door covered in artwork made by the boys and they all followed him wherever he went! When I was hired I was assigned to a different group home and did not have much interaction with him. After about two years of working there I filled in at his group home and was partnered with him for an evening. I remember being worried that it would be kind of awkward, since we had never really spoken before. Well, I was wrong! I had so much fun that evening, we talked all night and quickly bonded. By the end of the night, I knew that if I was ever partnered with him again that I would

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fall in love with him. A year later we became partners, and that is exactly what happened.

When did you know you were in love?

Trevor: I always had a crush on her, but the timing of everything didn't work out for us to fall in love. I wouldn't call it love at first sight, but she definitely stood out to me from the moment we met. I didn’t have an "oh wow" moment where I realized I was in love. It just happened so organically and quickly when we started talking, that all of a sudden I knew I was in love with her. I guess the closest thing would be when I looked at her and said she would be my last girlfriend…it just made sense and I knew.

Fun facts

-Our wedding date was June 8, 2019…Which happened to be Trevor's Grammy and Poppy's wedding anniversary as well as Mary's great grandparents. -Our wedding venue, the Old Sugar Mill, located in Clarksburg, CA… is the very same town Mary's parents lived in when they were first married.


We took a road trip to Canada! Our first stop was in Portland, Oregon. Our very first trip together was to Portland, so it seemed like a must to make

a stop there! We just love Portland and its silly little quirks, the art, the shopping, and, of course, the ice cream from Salt & Straw! Portland will always be special to us as we created so many memories there. We then went to Victoria, British Columbia! It was very beautiful there, but very cold and very touristy! We enjoyed doing tourist things such as visiting museums and seeing the Butchart Gardens. As silly as it may sound, we had the most fun at a little arcade called Quazar's. We both love vintage arcade games and enjoyed nerding out to some old Pacman and pinball machines.

We ended our road trip in Vancouver, British Columbia where we rented bicycles and rode around the island. We went on hikes and walked across Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. It was very beautiful… as long as you didn't let yourself look down! We also did a little vintage shopping for me (Mary). Trevor is extremely supportive of my vintage hobby and made sure we had a little time to vintage hunt at each stop!

Wedding details

The venue was breathtaking! For those of you who don't know—the Old Sugar Mill is a winery that

We are so grateful for both of our families and all of our friends love}


who helped us celebrate! They are what made the day so special.

was once an old sugar beet factory. The vintage and industrial characteristics are just so charming that we both knew it was the perfect place to create a wedding that would feel like our own. Because the venue was so beautiful by itself, we did not feel the need to go overboard with decor. Instead, I handmade all the macramé center pieces and the macramé backdrop on the trellis that we were married under. My mom, my five-year old niece, and I pressed flowers for our table numbers, which we made together. My mother and I spent the year thrifting emerald glassware for our florals and center pieces. We also thrifted gold frames for signage. I had discovered a talented artist on Etsy called Oh Lilly Designs that custom made our invitations and signage for the wedding! All of our signage had a bride and groom fox incorporated, and it was absolutely adorable. The bride fox even had a floral crown on her head just like our florist, La Raye, made me!

Our ceremony took place outdoors… just as Trevor and I had always dreamed. As you can guess we did not play your tra-

ditional wedding march. Instead both my mother and father walked me down the aisle to "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles. My uncle married us while my aunt read a poem to us. We both wrote our own vows (Trevor's groomsmen cried the whole time). We then walked down the aisle together as husband and wife to "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys.

The reception took place in the boiler room and looked so enchanting with lights strung across. Our wedding coordinator, Daisy, did an amazing job setting everything up, and our florals by The Blonde Bouquet were absolutely gorgeous! We had a DIY photo booth with props and a Polaroid camera which was a lot of fun! The reception felt like it flew by so fast, but the moment that stands out the most to me was our first dance to "The First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes. We are so grateful for both of our families and all of our friends who helped us celebrate! They are what made the day so special. We are also grateful for my mom and dad because they made all our wedding dreams come true.

Photographer Britt Nichole

Signage and invites Oh Lilly Designs, Etsy

Venue Old Sugar Mill

Florist The Blonde Bouquet

Caterer Hannibal's Catering

-La Raye Emmert is absolutely amazing! Without her, our wedding would not have been the same!

Desserts/cake Freeport Bakery

Tux Rentals Ties & bow ties from Dazi

Wedding Coordinator Daisy Magsuci

Bride's Dress BHLDN

DJ Mr. DJ Event Services

Bridesmaid's dress Show Me Your Mumu

Hair Bride’s hair: Carla Burne Bridesmaids' hair: Celina and June

Mary's ring is really special, because it was actually Trevor's mother's ring! Trevor's ring is unique with an antler from Manly Bands.


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Are You Communicating With Your ead Or Your eart?



By Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling

We took a long road trip this summer, miles and miles along some of the most beautiful roads and highways you’ve ever seen. We drove along rivers, along creeks, along open landscaping and rolling hills. There seemed to be endless stretches of highway that ran parallel with frontage roads and they became oddly fascinating to watch. As we drove, I kept wondering when was the highway we were on going to intersect with that darn frontage road…because really, how long can two roads run parallel? And then all of a sudden, an intersection would appear out of nowhere. It always felt abrupt, with very little warning that the frontage road was going to connect with the highway. This repeated jolt really peaked my interest. So I did what anyone would do who’s traveling on a really long road trip, I hopped on my phone to learn a bit more about frontage roads intersecting with highways. I am now aptly prepared with useless trivia information—in case Jeopardy ever calls.

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health} Second, have a conversation with your partner about communication. I know this may sound odd, but it is so rare that we actually talk about communication. We usually just communicate. Sitting down to talk about the ways you get stuck, when you’re not actually stuck, is beyond beneficial. The point of this conversation is to have a shared understanding of each other as a head or heart communicator. This will work to the relationship’s benefit next time you’re headed for conflict. Third, make a map of how you’re going to indicate to yourself AND your partner when you notice that you’re on different roads. What word are you going to use to alert your partner that one of you is communicating with your head and the other with your heart? Plan in advance on how you’ll slow down and get back on the same path. This map helps to slow down the escalation of communication AND it reminds you that you are teammates, not opponents.

Finding harmony between the head road and the heart road will create a smoother connection between the two of you. So, do you know what the intersection where a frontage road meets the highway is called? It’s called a conflict point. Go figure. And I had to laugh, because that is exactly what it felt like when one would appear. As an analogy, all I could think about were the communication patterns I see in my office with couples. Patterns of communication that appear to be running parallel with each other, seemingly never connecting until all of sudden it does and let’s just say it’s not a great “intersection”. I really believe that this type of communication collision is based on one partner communicating with their head and the other communicating with their heart. So what exactly is head versus heart communication? Communicating with your head is typically when you’re communicating from a place of logic and problem solving. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing to communicate with your head. In fact, head communicators are awesome at plan development and plan execution. You kick butt at teasing out the seemingly irrelevant information in order to develop a path that is intended to address obstacles and achieve results. This type of communication is “fact” driven and to the point, which is great for solution based conversations.

But what about heart communication? Well, heart communicators are much more focused on expressing feelings and processing content when they communicate. They want to walk through the event or situation, the “details” and are not focused on finding a solution right out the gate. And you…the heart communicator… have a great ability to find the deeper feelings within the issue. You have the ability to see things from multiple perspectives and this helps make communication more dynamic. Cleary these two communication styles have great strengths. The real struggle is that they often run parallel, much like a highway and a frontage road. And when one person is communicating from their head and the other from their heart, they’re seemingly unaware they’re on two different roads and headed straight towards a head on collision.

Lastly, when this situation arises (because let’s be honest, it will) use your map. Call it out and (gently) alert your partner that you’re on parallel roads. Take a moment to choose which “path” you’re going to travel first. The truth is, it is essential to travel both the head AND the heart road in communication AND it serves the relationship so much better when you’re on that road together. Be clear and invite each other on the heart road for a bit so you can process the feelings and deepen understanding AND then merge over to the head road so you can problem solve and create a map/ solution for moving forward. Finding harmony between the head road and the heart road will create a smoother connection between the two of you; and I can’t wait to hear how you apply this. Be sure to reach out with your success story (or how you just made an attempt to try). Every bit of effort counts on the road to change. Safe travels.

Anna Osborn, LMFT, is the owner of Life Unscripted Counseling. You can reach out to her by calling 916.955.3200 or visit her website at www.lifeunscriptedcounseling.com

So what do you do? How can you create a smoother “merge” for the two of you in communication? First you have to self-identify. You need to know whether you tend to lean towards head or heart communication. Think about this in terms of your relationship. We wear so many hats, that sometimes we can be a head communicator in one environment and a heart communicator in another. Really take some time to think about the communication role you tend to take in your partnership, as that’s really what we’re talking about here.

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Financial Advisor


Edward Jones By Justin Pinnell

One of life's toughest decisions is where and how to save our money. Who should we trust with our hard-earned dollars? In contemplating these questions, I went to a local professional and asked how to better maneuver the treacherous waters of indecision. Josh Myer, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, is sharing the answers to some questions I had in the preparation of my family's future. Tell me what a financial advisor does?

As a financial advisor, I meet with local families and individual investor’s one on one to help them create a plan to reach their financial goals; whether that be a healthy retirement, paying for kids' college education, planning their estate and much more. Once we have created that plan I partner with them on an ongoing basis to make sure we stay on track to reach those goals.

How long have you been in the business? I started my Edward Jones practice in 2015.

What made you decide to choose financial planning as a career?

I always knew I wanted to work for myself at some point, and I have always worked in positions where I was able to help improve people's lives. A couple of years before I started my practice with Edward Jones, a good friend of mine started his. He told me what a great company Edward Jones was and all the great things he does for his clients. He recommended that I follow in his footsteps. Eventually, I took his advice and it was the best decision I could have made.

Tell me, Josh, how did you get the background and skills necessary to be an Edward Jones Financial Adviser?

Getting started in this business is not easy. It took many years of studying, passing licensing exams, and going through training programs. Once I got over all 48. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

those hurdles, starting my own business was also a daunting challenge. Fortunately for me, I had a very big background in community development and taking programs that were not thriving and turning them into huge successes. I used these experiences and networking skills to begin reaching out to the Elk Grove community to begin building core relationships with people that really supported my new business.

How has technology, such as computers and the internet, impacted how you conduct business?

Technology has significantly improved the way we work with clients. Whether it be being able to do web conferences with out of state clients (so we can continue building that one-on-one relationship), or making it easier to communicate with the use of secure messaging, in addition to having a more user-friendly interactive website and app that makes it easier to track progress toward goals.

How do Financial Advisers (or you specifically) gain new clients?

The majority of new clients that seek my help are referrals from other current clients. My philosophy is that if I go the extra mile to always be there for my clients, they notice and appreciate it. Consequently, my clients want their friends and family to have the same positive experience. Your financial advisor is someone who should have a very deep understanding of who you are and what you are trying to accomplish. It

should be someone that you have built a lot of trust with and plan to have a relationship with for many years to come.

Why did you choose the Liberty Building in Elk Grove to run your practice?

Being centrally located in Elk Grove makes it very easy for clients to come in for their appointments. I also love being in the Liberty Building because many clients work with their CPA, attorney, and other professionals in this same building. It makes it very easy for clients to have all of their critical professional partners in one place.

When the moment arrives and you need some advice, where do you go as a professional Financial Adviser?

Because Edward Jones is a partnership it creates a very positive working environment between Edward Jones Financial Advisors and home office employees. Edward Jones consistently ranks very high on the Forbes top 100 best companies to work for. In fact, they have made this list every year for the past 20 years. This creates opportunities for me to seek mentorship and advice from other advisors as well as countless home office professionals. Our home office consistently provides conferences, training, coaching and many other opportunities to sharpen our skills throughout each year. This is a perfect fit for me as it is critical to my well-being to have reliable opportunities for lifelong learning and growth.



Being centrally located in Elk Grove makes it very easy for clients to come in for their appointments. so amazing things that may be going on in their lives. Our ideal client is someone who has the desire to significantly improve their financial situation and is willing to buy into our process and take my advice.

Do you have employees? How many?

I have an amazing branch office administrator who consistently keeps our office process driven and organized; while doing an incredible job communicating with our clients to help them with whatever they need.

Can you tell me who would you consider to be the perfect client?

Our clients are the reason I love this career so much. I feel like I have this extended family that I get to meet with every day. Additionally, I learn about the amazing things going on in their lives. However, I’m also there to help them with the not

In an age where there are more “do it yourself” financial internet sites, what is your outlook for your business?

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Major cities are known in part by their contributions to the arts. From the theaters in New York City to the murals in Sacramento to the Hollywood Bowl, the populous is defined by its culture.

The ever-growing presence of art in Elk Grove is the focus of five citizens who form the city’s Art Commission. They are volunteers with a background in art activism as well as art professionals. Each member is appointed by the mayor after careful consideration of their application. Shortly after incorporation 15 years ago, the city council named a committee for the arts. This group began the painstaking work of laying out a vision and a plan for enrichment in art for Elk Grove. Following the concept of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and that of other large cities, the Elk Grove committee moved forward and last year was upgraded to a commission by members of the city council.

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While Elk Grove has long been known for its multiple festivals and parades, art for arts’ sake was a completely new concept. Under the leadership of the first chairperson, Marsha Holmes, the new

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of Art Written by Nan Mahon

art committee began by selecting artwork for the walls of city hall.

Slowly, they advanced to commissioning work such as a sculpture in the police headquarters parking lot, a stained glass window in the Elk Grove library, and artwork on utility boxes. They published a coloring book, and in 2013 gave a grant to local musician and bandleader Gary Mendoza to produce a musical story History of the Blues. The show’s success led to an encore performance.

The commission has since sponsored a classical concert, For the Love of Music and a rock and roll revue, Lost in the 50s. In 2019, major accomplishments were the selection of the sculptures for the Art Walk in front of the new community center. Each sculpture is a symbol of an art form. The commission also chose the artwork inside the center, as well as art for the walls of the new Animal Shelter.


CHERYL GRIESS Appointed April 16, 2003 Visual artist and co-founder of Elk Grove Fine Arts Center

NAN MAHON Appointed February 28, 2007 Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts Author, journalist, music promoter, and a Commissioner for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission for four years

Finding their way and stepping with more assurance, the commission continues to produce a musical show each March, commission artwork, and hold literary events. Each of the five commissioners has a unique outlook on their favorite art form. “I like to promote the visual art and artist in our community,” said Cheryl Griess, one of the longest standing members of the commission. Sally Guttridge, the first appointee to the commission, has a broad view. “I like to look around the city and see art everywhere.”

Liz Irons came to the commission after a campaign to beautify the city’s utility boxes. An accomplished opera singer, Leslie Sanderfur wants to bring that culture to the city.


LESLIE SANDEFUR. Appointed Sept 23, 2016 Master’s Degree in Music, Opera Singer and Vocal Coach

LIZ IRONS Appointed September 23, 2015 Bachelor’s Degree in History Volunteer

“It is important,” said Nan Mahon, current chair of the commission, “that we showcase the visual, performing, and literary arts alike.”

It is with that in mind, in 2018, the commission created the Iris Awards, named for the late Iris Zimbelman who brought the first true art event to Elk Grove when she organized the Strauss Festival held annually in Elk Grove Regional Park.

SALLY GUTTRIDGE Appointed Sept. 4, 2002 Bachelor’s Degree in Art History Strauss Festival Board of Directors for 15 years

“It is important that we showcase the visual, performing, and literary arts alike.”

The awards are given to local artists who have achieved success in their field and have used that success to help the community. They include Visual, Literary, Performing, and Patron of the Arts. This may also include such special categories as Lifetime Achievement or Rising Star. Each year, the commission places the bar higher. In 2020 they plan a new musical production, the Iris Awards, and a major book fair.

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By: Chanel Miller Book Reviews by BRENDLE WELLS To stand up and acknowledge your status as a victim takes a great deal of courage. But why should it? That is what Chanel Miller asks in her unforgettably devastating and beautiful memoir. She was the public victim hidden under the pseudonym Emily Doe in the Stanford swimmer case in 2015. She was the woman who had her life turned upside down while her attacker was protected by privilege, his sentence only 6 months because he was considered punished enough with the destruction of his potential. No one ever considered her lost potential. Here she expands on the raw honesty, anger, and strength in her sentencing statement, standing in the light to reclaim her identity and her power. To be a victim is to have a something thrust upon you, not just a terrible experience, but also assumptions about the kind of person you are and that it was somehow your fault. In eloquent writing, Miller examines the experience from beginning to end, including her nearly overwhelming pain and trauma as well as the impact on her family and friends. Her tale is mesmerizing, and if you listen to the audio narrated by the author, it has an especially ferocious impact. This not an easy read, but it is incredibly valuable and important for in selecting this book, the reader honors the author’s experience, and that of others who have been assaulted, by listening. Viking, 2019

Rough Magic: riding the world’s loneliest horse race

By: Lara Prior-Palmer

What did you do when you turned nineteen? It’s a difficult age, the moment when most are trying to figure out who they are and where they belong. Lara Prior-Palmer was particularly restless, yearning for something that she couldn’t quite name. It was in that state of mind that day on a whim, she did something extreme. She signed up for a stage race on horseback across Mongolia that many prepare for years and fail to finish. She arrived unprepared, unaware, and with only a lifetime of horseback riding to her credit. It seems like a hopeless, almost ridiculous prospect; but in the end, she won, becoming the first woman, and youngest person ever to do so. She endured through illness, fierce storms, and harsh isolation to ride, day after day. She tells the story of her experience in gorgeous, almost poetic prose that captures the voice of her youth complete with her energy, determination, impulsiveness, and stubbornness to finish what she started. It also captures the landscape in all of its barren beauty along with the horses that are an integral part of life on the steppes. Riding through that land gave her time to reflect upon her life, experiences, and potential in equally lovely and youthful fashion. She may not always be likeable, she may be unaware of the benefits of her privilege, but her story is a singular narrative which captures an incredible amount, not the least of which is the reader. Catapult Press, 2019 WWW.SACLI BRARY.ORG For details, telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.

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Author: Julie Fogliano Illustrations by: Christian Robinson Children's Book Reviews By JUSTIN AZEVEDO

The Fountains of Silence

“Just in case you want to fly / here’s some wind / and here’s the sky.”

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Opening with a child staring out her apartment window at clothes flying off the line in a stiff breeze, this picture book unfolds into a tender declaration of love and comfort from a caregiver to a child. Featuring a diverse cast of children and parents, each page offers a useful suggestion for going out to play and explore, including homages to other classic children’s stories, punny jokes begging to be retold, and delightfully absurd exhortations that are still somehow perfectly sensible— every kid should remember to bring along their favorite giraffe. Naturally, the final page offers a map back to bed, when the time comes to be tucked in by loved ones. Robinson’s distinctive collage artwork pairs perfectly with bedtime-appropriate prose that feels both intimate and timeless. The result is a book that offers the perfect balance between flights of fancy and grounded, familiar comfort. A perfect selection for reading aloud together, recommended for ages 4 to 8.

Set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, this book follows four teenagers trying to make sense of (and find their way in) the brutal Franco regime. Daniel is an aspiring photojournalist trapped under the wealth and expectations of his family, visiting Madrid at the behest of his Spanish mother while his oilman father works on an important deal with the government. He meets and instantly connects with Ana, a hotel maid who is tired of keeping secrets and hiding from memories. Despite being hurt before, she finds herself slowly but surely opening up to Daniel. Her brother Rafa, on the other hand, wants desperately to escape from the past, and throws himself gleefully into bullfighting promotion with Daniel’s help. Meanwhile, Ana’s cousin Puri, an obedient servant of the regime, uncovers a horrific truth about the orphanage she works at, which will come to cast a shadow over all of them. This book is definitely slower than most young adult titles, but it’s full of rewards for patient readers— Sepetys is a master of historical fiction that focuses on time periods we don’t learn much about in history class, and this beautiful story is interspersed with fascinating primary sources in the form of interview and official memo excerpts. This is an engrossing, devastating read, recommended for ages 15 and up.

Neal Porter Books, 2019

Philomel Books, 2019 WWW.SACLI BRARY.ORG For details, telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.

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History Happened Here

Elizabeth Pinkerton Written by Rebecca Davis

Elizabeth Pinkerton, also known as “Betty”, is well known as the Elk Grove historian, educator, author and overall knowledgeable person for Elk Grove, its surrounding area and residents current and past. Elizabeth has written and published two volumes of Elk Grove history through Laguna Publishers, entitled History Happened Here, book 1 - River, Oaks, Gold; and History Happened Here, book 2 - Fields, Farms, Schools. She gained knowledge about the material from local and past citizens of the Elk Grove area.

Elizabeth with Marielle Tsukamoto

She also co-authored a book called We the People, A Story of Internment in America along with Mary Tsukamoto regarding the Japanese Internment Camps as it relates to the Florin and Elk Grove area families of Japanese descent. Marielle Tsukamoto, Mary’s daughter, frequently references the book during her talks and presentations all over the nation to students and avid history buffs regarding the Japanese life in the Internment Camps in the United States.

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Event in Elk Grove Regional Park, and any gathering about town. This includes selling at the Elk Grove Unified School District board meetings and at Elk Grove City Council meetings. Through the hundreds of books that have been sold, she donates the entire sales of the books to scholarships through the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation for local high school seniors. To date, she has given out over 75 - $1,000 scholarships from the sales of the books she has authored and co-authored.

In 1983, Elizabeth began to write history articles about the past and present for The Elk Grove Citizen called “History Happened Here” which is published in the Friday edition of the newspaper. She has helped put together an Elk Grove History Week, that takes place the end of September, honoring several past sites and groups. Elizabeth also writes about “Local Leaders” of Elk Grove for this magazine. Although Elizabeth is not a native Elk Grove resident, she has lived in Elk Grove since 1962. At that time she began working as a teacher for the Elk Grove Unified School District (noting the school district had unified in 1959).

Elizabeth has given out over 75 - $1,000 scholarships from the sales of the books she has authored and co-authored.

Elizabeth donates the entire sales of her books to scholarships through the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation



At the Elk Grove Multicultural in 2017

Elizabeth & Tom Pinkerton

Elizabeth with her Family at Elk Grove's Key to the City Ceremony

Elizabeth Pinkerton and her siblings

She was born on April 14, 1933, in the town of Kelly in south Bayfield County, Wisconsin. Her parents were Charles Polich and Celia Osredkar. Her dad came to America at age 12 from Croatia. Her mom was born in Philadelphia and her mother’s parents from Slovenia. Elizabeth’s family (four sisters and two brothers) lived on the farm and sold milk to a local cheese factory. Elizabeth went to a one room country school and then graduated from Ashland High School in 1950. She went on to a teacher training college and graduated from Superior State College. She received a teaching credential and taught in Bayfield and Waupaca, Wisconsin where she met Tom Pinkerton.

Elizabeth began her career teaching 7th and 8th grade at the Elk Grove Elementary original site and then became part of the opening staff of Joseph Kerr Middle School.

Tom and Elizabeth married and moved to Milwaukee where three children were born, Mike, Pat, and Tim. The family moved to Elk Grove, California in 1962 (she still routs for the Green Bay Packers Wisconsin football team) and daughter Sarah was born. Tom worked for Preston School of Industry in Ione and later at United Airlines in San Francisco. Tom passed away in 2019. Their four children graduated from Elk Grove High School. Mike is a CPA in Elk Grove, Pat retired as a teacher in Boise, Idaho. Tim was a In-house Customs Broker in New York City and passed away in 1994. Sarah began as a preschool teacher and now doing elder care. Grandsons Willie and Kevin are math teachers. Grandsons Abbott, David, and Patrick attend college in Idaho and Montana. Elizabeth began her career teaching 7th and 8th grade at the Elk Grove Elementary original site and then became part of the opening staff of Joseph Kerr Junior High it later became a Middle School. She started the Joseph Kerr Shakespeare Club and the Community History classes. She had

her humanities 7th grade students researching and writing history about the local area as an assigned project for her classes. The students’ work was also published in a couple of books entitled Cosumnes, A Kid’s History of the Elk Grove Area. Elizabeth went on to become an administrator in the Elk Grove Unified School District at various sites. She was a vice principal at James McKee Elementary, in 1979 and Elk Grove High School, 1980-1984. From 1984-1987 she was the principal at James Rutter Middle School and then in 1987-2002 became the Director of State and Federal Programs of which she oversaw the Elk Grove Unified School District’s state and federal government funding and rigorous requirements. She also served as the president of both state and national educational associations. After her retirement in 2002, she worked as an educational consultant with several Washington DC organizations, the California Department of Education, and Sacramento County Office of Education. She researched successful educational programs in California (and across the United States) and the programs were implemented into the teaching curriculum. ardentforlife.net   57



In 2008, a middle school in the Elk Grove Unified School District was named for her. It is named the Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School and she frequents it at a variety of school events including the school’s student promotion event of students moving on to the high school level. She is well known at the site and is a welcomed and star visitor. During her 40 years in education, she worked hard planting and nurturing the seeds for a quality education for all students.

Elizabeth Pinkerton with her family

In 2016, Mayor Davis presented the Key to the City to Elizabeth

The first Pinkerton Picnic at Elk Grove Regional Park

Above photo: Jim Cooper honored Elizabeth with the Legacy Awards in 2016. On left: Elizabeth leading a bus tour in 2018 for EGUSD superintendents.

A CCSD (Cosumnes Community Service District) park was named in her honor and dedicated in 2008. It is located at 8906 W Stockton Blvd., in Elk Grove. She was described as a hard worker who worked for a quality education for her students through her leadership in community and local history which included involvement in the Rhoads Schoolhouse in Elk Grove Park, the Elk Grove Hotel and Stage Stop, and the Elk Grove Historical Society—of which she is a charter member and past president. Elizabeth serves, or has served, on a number of committees throughout the area such as; the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation in which she gives out numerous scholarships from the proceeds of her book sales, Elk Grove Historical Society of which she has served in many capacities, and the school naming committee for the Elk Grove Unified School District. Elizabeth is frequently seen about town at numerous city events including the Dicken’s Faire in Old Town Elk Grove along with the Santa Parade. She has a booth open to visitors, in which she sells her books about Elk Grove and will gladly discuss the history of the town with you. She also belongs to the Elk Grove Chamber of commerce. In 1981, Elizabeth was named Elk Grove Citizen of the Year. In 2008, she was named “Woman of the Year”

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for Elk Grove. In 2016, Elizabeth was given the Key to the City of Elk Grove at the opening ceremonies of the Annual Multicultural Fair which is held in the Elk Grove Regional Park after a nomination from the students during the Summer City Hall program… during which Elizabeth helped to instill a sense of civic pride and enthusiasm for Elk Grove’s heritage and future into the program. Elizabeth continues to receive awards and honors; in fact, she just received the honor of Hall of Fame Award for Elk Grove on January 9, 2020. During this event, she thanked the Elk Grove Unified School District for allowing her for all these years to present, teach, and allow history to happen in Elk Grove. Elizabeth stated, “because of all the great people within the school district, community, and the students—she felt that she needed to give back and that is why she gives all the proceeds from her books back to the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation for student scholarships in the hopes that students will continue to promote history of the area.” Elizabeth is a very remarkable and deserving lady who has been a teacher and mentor to a multitude of individuals throughout her life. This year, you will have the opportunity to greet her at the 2020 Western Festival Parade in May… she will be the Parade Marshal!


What I’ve Learned About Diverse Schools in America By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.

There is an amazing variety of schools in the good old U.S.A. Consequently, trying to sort out the school options can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to find the right fit for your child and your family. In fact, it takes a lot of research to sort through each type of school’s terminology, curriculum and philosophies. However, I am confident that this article will assist you in finding the right school for your child, without the added confusion of sorting through the different characteristics of public and private schools. Simply breaking every type of school into the public or private category helps build a foundation for your research. It’s essentially all based on the schools’ funding. Public schools receive their funding from the government (taxes) while private schools receive funding from somewhere else. That is why private schools charge fees to attend. They choose separation from government funding, so they have the freedom not to follow the national curriculum. In addition, if a private school doesn’t have any other special designation it can be classified as independent. Many private schools are for-profit businesses, while others are nonprofit (run by private foundations or religious denominations). However, the primary funding for the private school comes from parents paying tuition for their children to attend.

So, schools fit into two categories; public school or private school. This is where the fun begins! Let’s start with a list, with descriptions, of private schools. Private school number one, Boarding schools… just saying those two words together sparks the images of Dead Poets Society and Hogwarts. Boarding schools are the most, competitive, selective and influential schools in the country. Many students who graduate from these schools become innovators and pioneers in their fields. Boarding schools offer signature, specialized programs that offer a different menu of educational programs than public schools can provide. 60. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Private school number two, Religious schools… institutions with a religious affiliation which are often classified as independent private schools. Parents who do not want their child to just get a secular education choose one with a religious component in its operations or its curriculum. The key is remembering that separation of church and state was written into the Constitution to protect religious liberty, not forbid religious practice. Religious schools enable students to discern religious claims and make it more likely that they will respect others and have compassion. Private school number three, Language Immersion school…schools that immerse their students in a second language. Teachers, who are bilingual, teach their classes in the second language to variable levels. The programs are designed for students whose native language is English. The immersion schools have three main categories: total, partial and two-way immersion. The definitions for the three categories are; total immersion (all subjects in the lower grades are taught in the foreign language), partial immersion (up to 50 percent of subjects are taught in the foreign language), and two-way immersion (equal emphasis to English and a non-English language) for students who are native speakers of the non-English language. Parents who love the idea of their children developing fluency in another language, don’t have to worry that English scores will be affected. English-proficient students keep up with peers in traditional schools, academically. Private school number four, Montessori school… a way of teaching that compliments each child’s individuality and interests. Essentially, the teacher arranges the classroom, encouraging children to discover and learn through activities that are hands-on. Students are encouraged to question and encounter the world around

them through their classroom experience. The classroom communities are designed so that each teacher will have the same group of children for three years. This type of education focuses on child-led learning with the teacher serving as a guide to their learning. The Montessori approach considers the development of the whole child physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. Private school number five, Private Special Education school…a school that is focused on students with special needs. They support specific learning differences like slower processing speeds, ADHD, autism spectrum, brain injury; in addition to other neurological differences or severe anxiety. They meet the specialized learning needs for their students by having staff who are highly informed and tuned into the specific needs of students who need more accommodation than the typical school system offers. This type of school, because it is focused in one area, can help growing students develop important adaptation and social skills. Private school number six, Waldorf school… the major defining characteristic of Waldorf education is its view of child development and corresponding curriculum. Its teaching strives to develop pupils' intellectual, artistic, and practical skills in an integrated and holistic manner. They believe children live in their physical bodies the first seven years, so when teaching to always engage children physically. However, the following seven years are dedicated to emotional development that engages imagination. After the age of fourteen, the purely intellectual material comes into play. Teachers in a Waldorf school typically remains with the same class for five to eight years; this allows relationships that position the teacher to assess long-term development. Waldorf graduates are highly sought after in higher education.

education} And the finale—a list with descriptions of public schools. Public school number one, Charter school…an institutional hybrid. Free like traditional public schools, but parents must enroll their child and spaces are limited. Any individual or organization can apply to open a charter school. If the state grants their charter, the school will receive funding, usually between 3-5 years. However, If the school fails to meet performance expectations, their charter is not renewed. They offer a unique learning environment and choose a specialization that meets a need of their community. Public school number two, Magnet school… they focus on certain areas such as science, technology or the arts. Operated by school districts or a group of districts, they are free public school. They often are called talented and gifted schools whose students go through rigorous testing and applications to attend. They are very intentional about maintaining a diverse student population and promote higher level cognitive and social learning. The curriculum is transparent for families, so they can more fully engage in their child’s learning. Public school number three, Virtual (or online) school…A virtual public school that has the same teacher credential requirements, academic assessments and management as a traditional public school. A huge benefit of virtual school is the increased flexibility and independence it offers, because students have access to courses year-round.

Public school number four, Traditional public school…operated by local, state, and federal government funds. Teachers have the appropriate licensure which is mandated by the state in which they are located. The schools adhere to rules of curriculum, policy and governance, most of which is decided at the state and local level. The cost (free) of a public education can’t be beat. The right school… after looking at the many options available, in the next issue of Ardent I will compare cost, student enrollment, standardized tests scores, and the student demographics of private and public schools. To liven it up, I’ll sprinkle in some “fun facts”. ardentforlife.net   61 ardentforlife.net   61


5 Pillars of Success By Charlie Zamora

There are a lot of people that will give you advice on how to be a successful person. However, I believe the definition of a successful person is someone who lives up to their potential, while helping others along the way. We are each uniquely created individuals. In fact, scientists estimate the probability of you being born is about one in 400 trillion. I feel each person’s life is not only a miracle, but a responsibility. Responsibility to what? A responsibility to living their life to the fullest, while positively affecting everyone around them. Success should be a person’s life work and it should be a continual pursuit every day. I have listed the five pillars that I feel lead to being successful. 62. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Pillar One FEAR

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela What causes fear to reside in us? It seems like it has been with us as long as we can remember. Fear is healthy but how we handle it is what determines the outcome. Fear is really the question of “What happens next?” Fear is just a probability. So, while encountering fear treat it for what it is, an unknown probability. Despite it, accept that the odds are unknown, and conquer it by taking action. Only through discomfort can we find true growth.

Pillar Two MINDSET

“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become

your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi On a daily basis, each one of us is presented with a multitude of decisions to make and each one involves an opportunity to take a positive or negative approach, in regard to the way we handle a particular situation. Don’t try and make it more complex than it is, it really comes down to just that. Here are your options in all situations: be positive or be negative. No matter the circumstance, the choice will always be yours to make.


“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” Mason Cooley On our journey, many people will enter our lives. Each one of them has things to teach us.

What are you doing with your time? Are you being productive? Are you giving your best effort? Could you take steps to work just a little harder? health} Some lessons we will like more than others, but the lessons are all equally important. We must remember that everyone has a story, and everyone has value. We achieve more when we are united than we do divided. We have to meet everyone where they are and understand that everyone is just as much of a miracle as we are.

Pillar Four WORK ETHIC

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” Vince Lombardi You must have pride in yourself and the things you do. This can be manifested in daily discipline and work ethic. We are all given the same 24 hours in a day. The questions you need to ask yourself every day are...What are you doing with your time? Are you being productive? Are you giving your best effort? Could you take steps to work just a little harder? Those are questions that only you can answer. The goal is to give our best effort in all things. Remember, how you do anything—is how you do everything.

Pillar Five LEGACY

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams In the beginning of this article, I defined a successful person as someone who lives up to their potential while helping others along the way. Since the minute you were born, you began dying. Although this is a hard way to look at life it is the truth.

On a tombstone there are two dates separated by a dash. The first date is the day you were born, the second date is the day you died. The most important thing is what happens between the two dates (the dash). The dash is how and why you lived your life. Leave a legacy in that dash and try to positively affect as many people as you can. Give the world an amazing reason to remember you. Don’t be defined by the dates. Make your dash what people remember. ardentforlife.net   63

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The Connection between Hormones &

Hair Loss By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

Our hair is part of who we are and how we present ourselves to the world. Unfortunately, as we age, our hair often becomes thinner. However, dry, brittle hair is not an inevitable response to aging. There are things that can be done to insure you retain your beautiful locks. We all know stress is bad for our bodies, but did you know it is also bad for your hair? Stress puts our bodies in the “fight or flight� mode, which, physiologically, prepares the body to run or to fight. Blood and nutrients flush the muscles, brain, heart and other vital organs involved with this preparation. Your hair is obviously not essential for your survival. In addition, cortisol (which increases with stress) can damage the hair follicle. A similar scenario occurs with rapid weight loss. Your body believes it is in a starvation situation and switches itself to a survival mode, and your hair is simply not needed. There is a way to measure your stress level through salivary cortisol testing. We do this at Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine if you are interested. 64. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

There are several other things that can cause hair loss. One that is central to metabolism is your thyroid. If your thyroid is under active, which can occur in many different scenarios, but commonly through stress and auto-immune disease, then hair growth can suffer, and hair can actually start falling out. Which, of course, leads to more stress! Hair can also fall out if you have excessive thyroid hormones.

Other reasons for hair loss can be hormones. Estrogen increases the length of time hair spends in the anagen (growth) phase. Decreasing estrogen can cause hair loss. Whereas, increases in testosterone can also cause hair loss. Low ferritin (iron), low Vitamin D and low Vitamin B’s can also cause hair loss.

See a pattern here? All of these can be tested for and can be supplemented, as needed. Additional things that can be done is to decrease the stress in your life, take a good and complete multiple vitamin, get exercise (to bring blood supply and nutrients to your hair follicles), get enough sleep and eat good, whole, nutritious foods, avoiding fast foods and excessive high glycemic carbohydrates. If you are concerned with hair loss, we can help you obtain a full metabolic work up to address any deficiencies. Give us a call for an appointment. Dayle A. Imperato, M.D. Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (916) 670-7601 9180 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove.

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Life Care Planning Written By Lilly Wyatt, Public Relations and Media Relations Consultant

In my college days, I met an amazing person who became really close to my twin sister and me. We used to joke that she was our triplet. We did many things together: started college, carpooled to San Francisco, shopped, danced, ran marathons, and had fun being together. As we grew older, we stayed in touch, despite living in different cities. We relished bachelorette parties, weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and growing old together. Then, one day, I was told she was on life support. When I went to see her at the hospital, I was heartbroken and frustrated to learn that even though she was brain dead, neither her husband nor her parents could make a healthcare decision for her. My friend’s situation made me think about life care planning and advance directives. Although it can be a difficult conversation for families to have, sharing your wishes about your financial, health, legal and end-of-life care can be valuable. According to AARP, more than 90% of people think it is important to have conversations about end-of-life care with their loved ones, yet less than 30% have done so. Equally, 70% of people say they want to die at home, but in reality70% die in hospitals or institutions. To understand more about this topic, I met with Jonathan Aron, MD, Hospitalist and Chief of Compliance and Inpatient Quality at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento who is an expert on the subject.

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care plan that is regularly updated, and current and best honor each person’s unique wishes based on circumstances that may happen in the future. Creating a life care plan can be challenging for people because many of us don’t know what we would want or do until we are in a situation, and we’re asking people to give their best guess as to what they would want and not want. One of the most important aspects of life care planning is that it enables people to designate someone to make medical decisions on their behalf if they get into a situation in which they can’t make their wishes known.

Q: Who needs to have life care planning?

A: My recommendation is for everyone to start thinking about life care planning or advance directives as soon as they can. We expect that as we get older, we’re going to eventually die; but, if something unexpected happens and you aren’t able to state how you want your care to be handled, your loved ones

may not know what to do. If, however, you have done your life care planning, your family or friends will know what you want, and it will be significantly easier for them to make the right decisions for you. Specifying how you want your care handled is really a gift to you and to your family and friends.

Q: How do people get started if they are young and healthy?

A: We have a multidisciplinary life care planning team at Kaiser Permanente that can meet with patients and their families to help identify their values and start the conversation. Members can ask their primary care doctor to be referred to Life Care Planning. If someone is not a Kaiser Permanente member, they can also engage with an attorney to advise them personally in order to establish an advance directive on their own. This will establish a power of attorney who is the person that will make medical decisions for you if you are not able to make them yourself.



It’s important to think about what quality of life means to you. What gives you pleasure and meaning in your life? What is most important to you? And would you consider your life to be worth living if you didn’t have any of those things? Q: Starting the conversation about endof-life-care can be difficult for many people. Why is that? A: People often struggle with these types of conversations because the idea of dying can be uncomfortable; no one wants to think about it. But when an individual gets to that situation and doesn’t have an advance directive, it’s an extremely challenging situation for everyone concerned—the patient, family and friends, and caregivers.

Q: What are the options for advance care directives? A: An advance health directive is a legal document. It can be provided by a Life Care Planning department or by an attorney. It’s best to make sure that healthcare decisions are in the form of a written statement in an advanced directive. A living will is a statement of your wishes with regard to medical treatment in circumstances under which you can no longer express consent.

It’s called a living will because it takes effect while you are still living. A healthcare surrogate is a person designated by you to make and authorize healthcare-related decisions on your behalf. You can include specific instructions about any treatment you want. It is important to choose a healthcare surrogate who will respect your wishes. An anatomical donation is a when you donate all or part of your body after your death. This donation can be an organ, tissue or body, to a person in need or for healthcare training. It is entirely your choice as to what you want to complete for an advance directive.

Q: If someone comes to the hospital without an advance directive and can’t make their own decision who makes the decisions then? A: Generally, in the state of California a spouse would be the first person we would go to if

there’s nothing on file, adult children would be next and then parents would be next.

Q: Do you have some tips to get the conversation started?

A: It’s important to think about what quality of life means to you. What gives you pleasure and meaning in your life? What is most important to you? And would you consider your life to be worth living if you didn’t have any of those things? To give you an example, say a patient has a terminal illness. Would she find her live worth living if she was plugged into a machine and not able to interact with her loved ones? Some people may say, “My life is worth living even if I don’t have any awareness, as long as my heart is still beating.” Others may say, “My life is not worth living if I don’t have any awareness of my circumstances, so don’t do CPR because I don’t want to face that risk.” Having these conversations to make your wishes known are one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to your loved ones. For more information visit: kp.org/lifecareplan.

Please note: This article does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualif ied attorney

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It’s Not You, It’s Me Written by D’Lee Daleo & Jamie McCalman, Switch Fitness

So, you bought some new work-out clothes, new shoes, a water bottle and a Fitbit. Maybe you bought a new treadmill, purchased a gym membership or just decided to use the one you’ve been paying on for so long. Regardless of what you’re doing or where you’re doing it, you made the commitment and found your fitness rhythm. You’ve been at it now for a few months and you’re feeling really good about yourself, but when you look in the mirror you just aren’t seeing the results. How long can this relationship last if it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere? It must be the crowded gym or the group class you’ve been taking, does that instructor really know what she’s doing? Before you end your relationship with fitness by ignoring the monthly fees or breaking-up with your instructor, take a good hard look at the relationship; are you really doing all you can or are you just going through the motions? Are those yoga pants more of a fashion statement than the functional fitness attire they were designed to be? You might be spending time with fitness but is it quality time? For once “it’s not you, it’s me” might actually be true. Regardless of whether you work out alone or take instructor led classes, you’re the one who decides what you put in and that alone determines what you get in return. 70. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Follow these tips for a long healthy fitness relationship · Listen to your body

We should all start here but we rarely do. It can be easy to ignore the warning signs your body is sending. You might be sore from a previous workout, you might have caught that cold that’s going around or maybe you have a nagging injury. Only you know how you’re feeling and what you can handle and that can change from day to day. If you’re going it alone, be sure to adjust your routine to accommodate for an injury or illness. If you’re taking group classes, let your instructor know how you’re feeling before class starts so she can help keep you safe and make sure you still get the most out of your time in class.

· Focus on Technique

When it comes to fitness, quality is more important than quantity. The benefits of a proper technique include; · A reduction in the likelihood of injuries. · A more efficient workout that leaves you with extra energy by eliminating wasted movements. · An increase in your ability to regulate your breathing. Regulated breathing leads to a longer, more intense workout. · A heightened level of focus that allows you to target the intended muscle groups. Targeting the intended muscle groups leads to results.

health} · Be Honest About Your Effort

Push yourself. If you’ve been consistently working out and you aren’t seeing results, you might not be pushing yourself. You know if you’ve been going through the motions or if you’ve been leaving it all on the mat. Could you run a little further or do a few more push-ups? Well run instructor led classes will offer modifications to keep everyone in class challenged. Do you always take the easiest option, or do you push yourself to progress through the options as you become more experienced in the class? Using weights in the gym or classroom? Choose weights heavy enough to challenge you to be able to finish the last couple of reps.; if the last rep feels like the first rep, your weights are too light. Don’t push too hard. Just like not pushing hard enough, it’s also a big mistake to push too hard. If you overdo it, you’re more likely to experience extreme soreness or an injury that might lead to a need for additional rest days. Often times people just starting out watch to see what others are doing in the gym or in a class. Be careful, some of those people have been working out for years and trying to keep up with them could lead to poor technique and injuries.

· Find a Healthy Balance between Fitness & Nutrition

Getting fit and living a healthy lifestyle cannot be done through diet or exercise alone. You can’t workout enough to make-up for a poor diet and you can’t get fit by starving yourself. It’s the balance between fitness and nutrition that will ultimately lead to

achieving your goals. In other words, cutting out all the “good stuff ” and cancelling your wine club memberships may not be the answer for you and that’s okay. A lot of people go on and off various strict diets with some degree of success. The problem lies in sustaining a restrictive diet long enough for it to become a lifestyle choice that you can live with. Because it’s difficult to sustain such restrictive diets, many people get discouraged by their missteps and ultimately give up. It’s also important not to fall into the trap of rewarding yourself with food. It could be that you’re doing everything right in class, it’s what you’re doing outside of class that’s the problem! Ease up on the ‘food reward’ pattern, and instead, pack a protein filled snack that you can enjoy right after your work-out is done.

Just like any other good relationship in your life, there will be some ups and downs; and it will definitely take some work. The good news is, in this relationship it’s all about you. Weather the ups and downs, put in the work and reap the benefits of a longer, healthier and happier life. Switch Fitness - (916) 883-BFIT 9632 Emerald Oak Dr suite k, Elk Grove, CA

If you’ve made the decision to improve your diet consider small incremental changes that you can learn to live with and sustain as part of a long-term lifestyle change. If the changes are small and incremental it might also be easier to get family members or friends to come along with you, which can make the changes easier and add a level of accountability.

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The Cosumnes Community Services District By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos courtesy of Louis Silveira, Elk Grove Historical Society

The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) is the governing group for Elk Grove’s parks and recreation areas and our Elk Grove Fire Department. The Galt Fire Department is also part of Cosumnes CSD. Parks and the fire district have a long history going back to the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The offices of Cosumnes CSD are located at 8820 Elk Grove Boulevard. This was the site of Elk Grove Elementary School, also known as Elk Grove Grammar School, dating back to the1920s. The building was damaged during a fire several years ago, but Cosumnes CSD did a great job of restoring the historical building and maintaining its preservation. Many local residents have been and still are involved with the various CSD programs provided for children and families. Cosumnes CSD serves nearly 200,000 people in a 157 square mile portion of south Sacramento County including the City of Elk Grove. CSD takes care of 90 parks and more are being planned for the future. Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided for the cities of Elk Grove and Galt and unincorporated areas of south Sacramento County. Core services that are provided are these: Parks and Facilities, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Safety Education, Fire and Rescue Response, Preschools, AfterSchool Programs, Year-round Camps, School and 72. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Business Safety Inspections, Specialty Classes for Children, Teens and Adults, Sports Leagues, Classes, Camps, Swim Lessons and Aquatics Programs. The Cosumnes CSD goals are these: Ensure its financial stability and accountability; ensure transparency in all District operations; make safety a priority in all operations; provide exceptional service to customers; provide quality facilities, parks, and apparatus; provide services, programs, and facilities based on the needs of the community. We are fortunate to have so many programs available for families and businesses in such a large area of Sacramento County. Think of Cosumnes CSD whenever you are near their offices, the fire department, the Wackford Aquatic Center, the swimming pool, ball fields, and pavilion at Elk Grove Regional Park, and the Laguna Town Hall.

Here is some history of the Cosumnes CSD and how we got to where we are today. 1800s – We know that families from all over the Northern California area came for picnics to the grove of trees in what is now Elk Grove Regional Park. When the railroad came through what is now Old Elk Grove in 1868, there was talk about having a line run to the Park for the picnic people.

Top photo, left to right: Del Cann, Frank Everson, Bud Jones, Judge Everson 1927. Above photo: Picnic in Elk Grove Regional Park



McConnell House

Elk Grove Fire Engine

Elk Grove Fire District Station

George Weismann with his boxing buddy in Elk Grove Park

Those beautiful oak trees in the Park were responsible for our name of Elk Grove, and some have been there for hundreds of years when our Miwok people called this their home.

We got our name of Elk Grove in 1850 when James Hall put the famous sign on his stage stop at what is now the west entrance of the Park. Hall saw the elk wandering through the grove of trees on their way to the Cosumnes River, and that gave him the idea for the name of his stage stop as ELK GROVE.

We thank a young girl, Jennie McConnell, for what she did when she saw that the trees were being cut down by the owner of the property in 1802. She was riding her horse past the trees when she noticed that they were being cut down She persuaded her father, Thomas McConnell, to find a way to save the trees. Shares were sold to community members, and Elk Grove Park became a reality owned by the

$5 McConnell Certificate

1903 - Our oldest and most famous park is the Elk Grove Regional Park that has been our picnic and recreation place for more than a century. The park is located east of Highway 99, west of Elk Grove-Florin Road, and south of Elk Grove High School. It has been a park since 1903 when the people purchased the property to preserve the trees and the grounds. In 1924, it became the first rural park district in the state of California.

people. The $5 shares brought in enough money to purchase the 35 acres for $4,446 and develop the park. The corporation was named the Elk Grove Park Association.

James Watson Hall

1893 – Our fire department began as a volunteer group after the big fire that destroyed many buildings along the railroad tracks. Volunteers had a single hose cart and were a small group of dedicated volunteers.

1935 - The California legislature enacted a law to allow park districts to operate on tax money. Community members organized to form a park district. In 1936, the Elk Grove Park and Recreation District was the first district in California to function on tax money as a rural park district. A pool was added as a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project, one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's attempts to get people working during the Great Depression. Two years later, the softball association began, and lights were installed on the field for night playing.

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Photo on left: CSD Building Dedication 2019 Above photo: Wackford Community Center dedication 2002

We are fortunate to have so many programs available for families and businesses in such a large area of Sacramento County. Think of Cosumnes CSD whenever you are near their offices, the fire department, the Wackford Aquatic Center, the swimming pool, ball fields, and pavilion at Elk Grove Regional Park, and the Laguna Town Hall. 1958 - There were many new facilities added to Elk Grove Park including tables and open fireplaces for picnic groups, horseshoe courts, kiddie rides, two baseball diamonds, a swimming pool, a large dance pavilion with a kitchen, and a Boy Scout building with modern rest rooms. Two full time groundskeepers were employed along with extra help in the summer months and three lifeguards at the swimming pool.

1986 - Sacramento County and the Elk Grove Community Services District (now known as the Cosumnes Community Services District) entered into a 30 year lease. The County would maintain 87 acres of the Park and the CSD would maintain 40 acres. In 2003, Sacramento County entered an agreement with the CSD for all operations and maintenance of Elk Grove Regional Park’s 127 acres.

1960 -The County of Sacramento took over the operation and maintenance of the Park and renamed it the Elk Grove Regional Park. An additional 94 acres were purchased. These features were added: the pavilion, softball complex, group picnic areas, and the horse arena. The pool was renovated and a 7.5 acre lake was created.

2006 - CSD merged its fire services with the Galt Fire Protection District and the District became the Cosumnes Community Services District.

1976 - Other changes were made. The dance hall next to the swimming pool was torn down, and the Rhoads School was moved to the site from Sloughhouse Road. The school was set up as a living history program and that is how it is still used today for hundreds of students. The project was the beginning of our Elk Grove Historical Society. The members set out to reconstruct the Elk Grove Stage Stop building that had been torn down when Highway 99 was created from Stockton Road. The reconstructed stage stop now serves as the home base for the Elk Grove Historical Society, and there are new projects there such as Elk Grove’s long ago jail and the blacksmith shop and the original Foulks Ranch House. 1985 - The park district and fire district were combined to form the Elk Grove Parks and Recreation District, that later became the Elk Grove Community Services District.

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Cosumnes CSD continues to help us remember our history by naming the parks for people and families including Elk Grove’s Citizens of the year. 2020 – These are our leaders of Cosumnes CSD: Joshua Green is the general manager. Michael McLaughlin is the fire chief. And these are the members of the Board of Directors: Gil Albiani is the president of the Board. He is a long-time resident of the area and belongs to many local and statewide groups. Orlando Fuentes is the Vice President. He lives in the Laguna Creek area and has served in state government in various organizations Jim Luttrell is a Director who has many years of experience with the Sacramento Fire Department. Rod Brewer is a Director who lives in East Elk Grove. He has worked with many local, state and nationwide organizations.

Jaclyn Moreno is a Director and she is involved with many community service projects. We have come a long way since 1900, and we thank the following people for their vision and dedication: Jennie McConnell and Thomas McConnell, her father who started it all; Members of long time Elk Grove families who were the first Board members and stockholders of the new park organization -Jennie, Louisa and Thomas McConnell, George Foulks, Cora Gage and Ernest Springstead.

We also thank all the Cosumnes CSD leaders and staff members over the years and these who keep the organization thriving in 2020.

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 elizabethpink@gmail.com.

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Come check out our quaint town of Rio Vista on Thursday, April 2nd, for the running of the sheep down Main Street to kick off the McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial 2020! This event is the revitalization of historic events dating back to the 1930’s. Drive through the Montezuma Hills to reach the event located at the McCormack Ranch. The Sheepdog Trial will be Friday, April 3rd – Sunday, April 5th. The Sacramento River and Mount Diablo are the backdrops for the dogs and their handlers who come from across the United States, converging in Rio Vista with the hope of winning a place in the United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA) Sheepdog Finals held in Middletown, VA. Sheepdog trials are held in many countries, including Scotland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Chile, Canada and the United States. The first trials were held in Wanaka, New Zealand in 1867. The sheepdog trials were quite a sensation; therefore, in the early 1880’s the United States began to host their own sheepdog trials. Sheepdogs were gathered together to compete by moving sheep through fields and around fences with their handlers. Today’s sheepdog trials are held under the auspices of the United States Border Collie Handlers Association and the American Border Collie Association. Sheepdog trials are not new to Rio Vista and the Montezuma Hills. In fact the first trials were held as early as the 1930’s at the Hoyt Ranch in Birds Landing. Then, a young widow, Mrs. Eva Hamilton, purchased the Hoyt Ranch in 1946. The sheepdog trials 76. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

McCormack Ranch

Sheepdog Trial By Robie Williams with Contributions by Jeannie McCormack and Susan Whitesell

were revived by the Rio Vista Farm Bureau, with Mrs. Hamilton’s blessing, to raise money to build a meeting place for Rio Vista and Birds Landing Farmers in 1947.

As it is today, those trials of yesteryear were organized by volunteers from the community. One person contacted ranchers who had good dogs, helpers placed long tables out to seat the spectators; Harvey McDougal, a famous cattle rancher and feedlot proprietor in Birds Landing, donated hamburger and steaks from Solano Meat in Dixon. Lyle Fraser of Fraser Food in Rio Vista, donated the beans, bread and makings of a salad. Advertising was by word of mouth and all the locals came to watch the sheepdogs show off their herding skills for an admission of just a few dollars. Over the years the sheepdog trials were tremendously successful. While, most of the sheepdogs were well known Solano County herders, there were often nationally famous dogs featured. In the early years, Solano County was the second largest sheep producing county in California, which was itself the second largest sheep producing state in America.

The sheepdog trials continued into the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. By this time the Rio Vista Farm Bureau far surpassed their goal of raising money to build a meeting place and decided to create a scholarship fund that still exists today. Sometime in the 1960’s, the sheepdog trials became so successful that attendance numbered close to 2,000. However, with the large crowds came problems with rowdy behavior and incidents of drunkenness becoming more prevalent. As a result, a decision was made to discontinue the trials. Periodically, throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s a sheepdog trial would be organized. However, it never gained the same attraction achieved by the original trials. Then in the 1990’s and early 2000’s the Solano County Wool Growers held periodic trials at Hoyt Ranch. Still, these attempts didn’t live up to the success of the original trials and the sheepdog trials once again went into hiatus. Fast forward to 2014, when Jeannie McCormack and Al Medvitz revived the tradition started by the Hamilton family at the Dan McCormack Ranch on Montezuma Hills Road. Trials were conducted over the past three years but they were not open to the public.


  Kelsey Nicols, Livestock Manager at McCormack Ranch, plays a major role in organizing the course and accepting applications for the dogs that compete in the trial.  Former Livestock Manager and talented handler Ellen Skillings enthused about this course, “This course looks like Scotland, especially this time of year, with huge rolling hills that dogs really get to work. It’s so appealing to handlers to put that challenge before the dog, and themselves, to see if they can actually accomplish the task. However, it’s not just the size, or complexity or the terrain that makes this course challenging. It’s the sheep! According to Ellen, “Our sheep are not used for trialing other than at this trial. Our sheep are

The photos on top and right by Jan Vick

not forgiving to a dog that makes a mistake.” For judging purposes, the trial course is broken into phases with a time limit imposed. Each phase has points assigned based on the skills needed for competent stock work. Dog and handler teams begin with all possible points, and during each phase points are deducted for mistakes or forfeited for incomplete phases. Dogs are also judged for their effectiveness and on qualities of good stockmanship. This point system is believed to have been in use since at least 1979. Each dog and handler is putting his (or her) skills to work competing for points to qualify in the National Finals.

Above photo by Linda Solomon

The Sheepdog Trial is the revitalization of historic events dating back to the 1930’s. Drive-thru the Montezuma Hills to reach the event located at the McCormack Ranch. The Sheepdog Trial will be Friday, April 3rd – Sunday, April 5th.

The event will be open to the public Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. You can purchase tickets at http://discoverriovista.com/events/sheep-dog-trials/ or at the RioVision Gallery, 116 Main Street, Rio Vista. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate. The event takes place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Bring your blanket or folding chairs and don’t forget your binoculars! This is an alcohol-free event. The entrance to McCormick Ranch will be clearly marked on Montezuma Hills Road about three miles out of town.    The only animals allowed at the dog trial are those dogs participating in the contest. No other dogs or pets are permitted to enter the gates, except for service dogs for disabled persons. For more information check back often and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mccormackranchsheepdogtrial/  Contact RioVision at (707) 469-3080 for more information.

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GrandDistrict56 Opening Photos by Dave Soto

More than 1,000 Elk Grove veterans, seniors, and community members joined city officials in celebrating the grand opening of The Center at District56 on January 23. The ceremony, held in The Center’s main hall, featured a national anthem performance by Elk Grove Arts Commissioner and world-class soprano, Leslie Sandefur and remarks from the Elk Grove Interfaith Council, Wilton Rancheria Tribe, Congressman Ami Bera and County Supervisor Don Nottoli, and a check presentation from SMUD. Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly presided over the ceremony. Elk Grove City Council members cut a cake to commemorate the opening of the new facility—which is expected to serve as a gathering space for several civic and private celebrations. The Center is also the new home for the Senior Center of Elk Grove and the city’s first dedicated Veterans Hall, supporting the work of Elk Grove American Legion Post 233, Marine Corps League Elk Grove Detachment 1238, and the VFW Post 2073. District56 is located along Civic Center Drive and Big Horn Blvd. The city-owned property includes an aquatic center which opened in May 2019. The Center, and a nature area in design, with construction expected to start in 2021. For more information about the facility, visit www.district56elkgrove.com.

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save the date... Seuss-a-bration Event

Monday, March 2nd, Â from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm At Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove, 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Elk Grove

You & Me (Story & Skill Building)

Celebrate everything Dr. Seuss with storytime on the hour, games, crafts, and more for young readers & their families. Visit giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove. weebly.com or call Susie at 916-714-0914 for more information.

Thursday, February 20th. From 9:00 am to 9:45 am. At Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove, 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Elk Grove.

Early California Days

Saturday and Sunday March 28th-29th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove.

Our "You & Me" classes are geared toward children ages 2-6 and a favorite adult (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Godparent, etc.) Classes start with a story time, followed by a hands-on activity for the child and adult to enjoy together. Visit giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove.weebly.com or call Susie at 916-714-0914 for more information.

"Glow in the Dark Party" Family Dance

Friday, February 21st, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Laguna Town, Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove.

Loren and Mark

Thursday, March 5th starting at 7 pm at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi.

Put on your dancing shoes! Get Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, the grandparents, and all the kids out on the dance floor for some fun at the CSD's Family Dance. This glow-in-the-dark party will feature a DJ playing upbeat, dance tempo songs that are family-friendly. This awesome night out will take parents zero planning time, as the CSD will offer a pizza dinner and photo op. Party guests are encouraged to wear glow-in-the-dark or blacklight reactive clothing and accessories for extra fun! Space is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance to secure your spot!

The Lodi Community Concert Association presents Loren and Mark. This international guitar duo is a perfect combination of virtuosity and sensitive musicality. Their diverse repertoire draws on many influences, including Americana, Jazz Classical, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, and more. The pair are best known for their rhythmic finger-style technique, beautiful renditions of classic melodies, electrifying improvisations and stunning vocal duets. Guitar playing like you have never heard! For more information and tickets visit www.lodi.gov/433/ Hutchins-Street-Square or call 209-333-6782

Visit www.yourcsd.com/391/Family-Dance for more information and tickets.

Jazz Blues Vespers

Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, February 28th at 6:30 pm at McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 West Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove. Our winery will be transformed into Fat Tuesday's Pub on Bourbon Street to host the premier Mardi Gras celebration of the year! Guests will arrive in their most festive attire and party the night away-but beware, rumor has it that many folks on the guest list have it out for each other & plan to use the night to settle a score! Tickets include food and drinks for the night, as well as a character assignment. All characters are randomly assigned. For more information and tickets visit www.mcconnellestates.com/product/WC-MurderMystery-Feb-2020 or call 916-685-5368 80. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

Sunday, March 8th and April 5th starting at 4:00 pm at Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 50, Elk Grove. March 8th - Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers/ Blues and April 5th - Dinorah Trio/ Pop/Latin For more information contact Nan Mahon at 916-806-9476 or Elk Grove Presbyterian Church at 916-683-1435

Peace and Love

A Musical Revue of the 60’s Friday, March 20th, from 7:00 pm to 10 pm at Sun Grove Church Theater, 2285 Longport CT, Elk Grove. Brought to you by the Elk Grove Arts Commission and the City of Elk Grove. Seating is limited. Adult tickets are $10. The show is appropriate for ages ten and older. Visit elkgrovecity.org/peacelove to purchase tickets.

Early California Days. It is a free event developed by the historical society to promote history. There are many activities for children and adults as well as food, music, musket-firing demonstrations, and presentations. Parking $10.00

Martinis & Merriment

Saturday, March 28th from 6 pm to 10 pm at the S.E.S. Hall, 10482 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Soroptimist Elk Grove invites you to their 5th Annual Martinis & Merriment event. Meet up with friends as you visit different stations to sip custom minimartinis paired with appetizer bites. While you're sipping and eating, enjoy the music provided by DJ Rick Henderson. Enjoy entertainment by Comedians Cheryl "The Soccer Mom" and Dr. Dave Hill, "The World's Greatest Hypnotist," a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $50 per person, $60 at the door and $350 per table of 8. This event is 21 years and older. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.soroptimistelkgrove.org/fundraising/martinisand-merriment-ticket-sales/

Running of the Elk Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, April 5th. Start and finish at 8260 Long Leaf Drive, Elk Grove. Proceeds from the Running of the Elk benefit the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation, a non-profit created to ensure that all Elk Grove children have an equal opportunity to be involved in sports. The race, which is also part of the California Half Marathon Series, has been limited to 1,500 to 2,000 entrants for the individual half marathon in the past, so prospective runners are encouraged to sign up early to ensure they receive a spot in the race. Visit www.runningoftheelkhalf.com for more information.

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San Joaquin Asparagus Festival

April 17th, 18th & 19th. Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm - Sunday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival draws a considerable amount of visitors in the Spring that come together to enjoy the fun, savor the food and catch up with old friends, all while making new memories! Join us this year at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton for the BIGGEST Asparagus Festival in the West! For ticket information visit www.sanjoaquinasparagusfestival.net

JustServe Community Day of Service Saturday, April 18th.

You can help protect natural resources and enhance the quality of life in the community by joining CSD and JustServe as they clean and beautify the landscape of our community parks. Hundreds of volunteers will be joining together for a day of community service as the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) presents JustServe Community Day of Service. Projects may include park enhancements, beautification projects, creek, and open space clean-up. Visit www.yourcsd.com/396/JustServe-Community-Day-of-Service for more information ardentforlife.net   81

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Elk Grove FitFest

Saturday, April 25th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove. Join the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Service District (CSD) at FitFest, a special event celebrating everything fitness. Stroll through the Fitness Festival and visit the many healthy vendors on-site, enjoy all-day stage entertainment, have lunch on-site with a picnic or grab something from our food vendors, and check out the free kids’ zone. Take a seat and watch athletes battle it out in the Elk Grove Gauntlet and have fun watching the little ones make their way through the Kids Warrior Challenge Obstacle course. Pre-registration is required for competitions (Kids Warrior Challenge and The Elk Grove Gauntlet). Join the Movement and come out to FitFest! For those that want to be extra healthy, ride your bike to FitFest and we'll valet it for free.

Wine & Cheese Seminar Saturday, April, 25th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Bogle Winery, 37783 County Rd 144, Clarksburg. There are few combinations better than great cheese and wine! This seminar will share ideas for pairing the two, adding accompaniments, and building a cheese board, all deliciously, of course! A lovely lunch wraps up the day on our vineyard lawn. For more information and tickets visit www.boglewinery.com/events/ or call 916-744-1092 82. ardentforlife.net - winter 2020

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