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A New Year Begins... I have to admit, I really enjoyed saying “2010.” It kind of rolled off your tongue. “2011” doesn’t roll quite as well. Regardless of whether 2011 is fun to say or not, I can’t deny that it’s full of new promises and anticipation. For us at Back at the Ranch, not only does January 2011 ring in a dazzling new year; it also rings in our Five-Year Anniversary. How exciting – Back at the Ranch is five years and sixty-one issues old! I haven’t been with the paper since its inception, but pretty close! I’ve been around long enough to watch it evolve, transform and grow. I must say, it’s been a thrilling ride! Throughout 2011, you’ll find something in each issue that brings back stories and events from previous years as we check in on the people and stories that have touched our hearts in the community. We’d love to get you involved so if you have any special stories or photos of your journey with 4S Ranch, we’d truly enjoy sharing them with the community. A huge thanks to all of you who regularly submit information through our “On Your Doorstep” section: Boys & Girls Club, 4S Ranch Library, 4S Ranch~Del Sur Foundation, San Diego Parks and Rec, 4S Ranch HOA, 4S Ranch Little League, 4S Softball and so many

DEBI REnKEn more. Thanks to all of you who put yourselves out there to be featured in our “People In Your Neighborhood” section. Businesses, thanks to you for letting us all know what you have to offer so that the community has easy access and background to countless different services. This year, we look forward to an expanded lifestyle section and some very unique content. If you’ve ever wanted to submit a story for Back at the Ranch, to showcase someone special through these pages, or to share your expertise through an informative guest article, 2011 is the year to make it happen. The new year brings new space and some exciting new ways to connect with your neighbors. I would love to talk with you about the opportunities at your fingertips to use these pages to spread the word. Meanwhile, best of luck to you and yours in the New Year! I’ll leave you with a few thoughts to think about as you step into 2011... “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” (Nora Roberts) “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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Our mission for Back At The Ranch is to connect 4S residents to each other and to key resources with the goal of building community in 4S Ranch and the greater Rancho Bernardo area. Back at The Ranch is a great example of what can happen when neighbors build strong relationships and get busy putting their ideas and skills together for the good of the community. We hope you find this community publication reflective of our excitement to be in 4S Ranch and our desire to build something that brings us all closer together. We invite you to join in the fun and get involved. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission is prohibited. Back at the Ranch (BATR) is a monthly publication highlighting house, home and community building. BATR accepts freelance contributions, though there is no guarantee that unsolicited material will be returned. BATR is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or advertisers. We reserve the right to restrict all advertisements to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy.

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community organizations a way to connect with residents on a consistent montly basis at no cost. The businesses you see advertising in these pages are an important part of what makes this community successful because they constantly give back and provide ways to keep us all close to home – for our shopping, our services and our events. They support our schools, they provide unique neighborhood events, and they find creative ways to connect the success of their businesses right back to the people who support them.

Our first issue of Back at the Ranch was published in January 2006, which means, this issue, January 2011, is our five-year anniversary issue! On one hand, it’s hard to believe that this is our 61st issue! however, when you see our attic where we keep our archived back issues or the FTP folders and hard drives that house our backup files, it quickly

Supporting our local business providers is more important now than ever as the developer has stepped back, the promotions have ended, and the marketing that once set the tone for 4S Ranch is no longer under the wings of an ad agency. It’s now up to residents to tell the story, set the tone and define the future of 4S Ranch. To truly secure a strong sense of community and a thriving small town living environment, requires the active participation and support of residents to support each other’s businesses, their neighborhood schools and the organizations and clubs that provide recreation, sports and community services.

becomes easier to believe! As next door neighbors, Tim and I had a very clear vision for Back at the Ranch when we launched our first issue – “connecting neighbors both to each other and to local resources with the goal of building community.” While our vision was clear, we had no way to know how much this publication would influence our lives on both a personal and professional level. Today, the company we created to publish Back at the Ranch (Fountain Media Group, Inc.), now publishes neighborhood publications that reach well over 70,000 readers each month. It’s pretty amazing to have built something like that with a next door neighbor. But, it also goes to show how amazing a connection with a neighbor can be! January 2006

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When Tim and I first started out with this publication, the questions we wanted to answer were, “What can we do to help secure and strengthen a better sense of community. How can we help neighbors enjoy the same kind of connection that we as next door neighbors enjoy? How can we encourage neighbors to bring their talents and skills together to improve the community that surrounds them?”

Hello Neighbor,

We are so excited to bring you the first issue of Back at the Ranch! This community paper will be at your doorstep at the beginning of every month and it will be a great tool for staying connected and meeting other people in the neighborhood. Back at the Ranch will always be full of community updates, neighborhood fun, great ideas and useful information. If you have an idea, expertise or a story to contribute, we invite you to participate. This is your paper. Whatever you have to offer as part of this community, Back at the Ranch will help you find ways to use your talents here. Our goal for Back at the Ranch is to help build community in 4S Ranch by creating a fun way to connect with each other and share information. Whether you’ve lived here two days or two years, we know you want to see 4S Ranch thrive, along with the investment you’ve made in your house. The best way to assure that is to get to know each other and connect with each other as much as possible.

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Post Holiday Clean Up Don't let 2005 linger by piling things up

Remove Exercise Barriers Nearly 80 percent of us never establish or stick with a fitness routine

Also Inside This Issue... Feature Story ............................................p.03 Community News ....................................p.05

Intimidation, embarrassment, anxiety, lack of self-esteem and boredom are common internal barriers that are compounded by external barriers which run the gamut from weather, to work and family responsibilities, to finding a facility and

School Update ..........................................p.06 Meet Your Neighbor ................................p.07 Lifestyle .....................................................p.08

instructor with whom you feel comfortable. None of these barriers is insurmountable, however. Anyone can establish a workout program and learn to stick with it. Learn how.

Parenting & Family ..................................p.09 Garden & Landscaping ............................p.12 House & Home ........................................p.13

If you are like our family, you have several different holiday celebrations as you move from one

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extended family to another. Eventually however, it’s

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inevitable….the last gift is opened and it becomes time to pack it up and move on. You find yourself

So, our January 2011 issue of Back at the Ranch goes out to neighbors who have started traditions or even businesses together….people who are truly committed to the sense of community here in 4S Ranch and doing whatever they can to strengthen and secure it for the future. It also goes out to those of you who haven’t been here as long. We look forward to getting to know you – helping you grow your own businesses and create your own family traditions in a community that values the uniqueness in each of us. If we each continue to contribute our own views, ideas, skills and connections in any way we can, we will protect our community, the investment in our homes, and the quality of our lives in both the present and the future. This is not the year to sit back and relax. Make 2011 the year you take action on your idea. Why not get that idea out and make something happen? You never know where it might lead! Use this publication as a place to start.

For five years now, we have enjoyed watching people throughout the community start new projects, give to others, launch new businesses, form new foundations and volunteer their time - whether to schools, youth sports or special causes. For 60 issues, January 2006 - Back at The Ranch we have provided pages for the schools to comfirst issue municate with the greater community month after If you’ve ever wondered how we go about ‘selecting’ month – to solicit involvement, support and funds. our stories, you may be surprised to know how easy it We’ve provided a way for people to publicly thank is. Maybe you’d like to be one of our featured families or to contribute an article neighbors and businesses who have had a major impact on their lives. We’ve on a topic that concerns you or is in your area of expertise. Maybe you have allowed community organizations the opportunity to reach every home in an idea for a group you’d like to start or a cause you’d like to support. Maybe 4S Ranch with their announcements and accolades, saving them countless you have a club or group that already meets regularly; we’d love to spotlight dollars in providing a consistent way to communicate monthly with resiyour group and tell your story. If you have a cause you’re dents and ensure the support needed to keep these kinds of services alive supporting and would love the support of your community, let us know. If and well in this community. you’re opening a new business and want to spread the word, give us a call. We are so proud of what we have been able to provide to 4S Ranch and 2011 is going to be an exciting year. So many neighbors are starting the surrounding area since our start in 2006. There are so many fantastic new endeavors and new eras in life. Tough economic times have caused all people in the community doing great things and Back at the Ranch is proud of us to take inventory of our lives and to focus on the people closest to us. to provide a channel to connect residents to each other and to the causes Community is where it all starts! By supporting our neighbors and their that impact them most. success, we all benefit. We are equally proud of the advertisers you find in these pages and Please call us any time and be part of the action! We look forward to what they represent. These are businesses who recognize the importance helping you make things happen in 2011! Until then, thanks for being of community involvement and want to be an integral part of this unique part of our neighborhood tradition! community. It is because of these advertisers that we can provide all of these Technology ...............................................p.16

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home in your home. It can be a bit overwhelming and even depressing.

Business Highlight ...................................p.18 Business Directory ...................................p.19

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A Mom’s Pledge for the New Year ...........p.10 Landscape on a Budget ..............................p.12

Log On! Lose Weight ....................................p.16

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Meet Debi Renken If you don’t already know Debi, she is a face you should get to know in the New Year. As the editor of Back at the Ranch, Debi can connect you with the pages of this publication. She can write a glowing review of your business or help you promote your fundraiser or event. As a busy mom, she can tell you the latest happenings at Del Norte High School or Oak Valley Middle. She can hook you up with the best travel strategy for an upcoming soccer tournament or a creative fundraising idea to support the entire organization.

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Debi grew up in Italy and traveled a lot as a ‘Navy brat.’ Being here in 4S Ranch has given her the first opportunity in her life to really enjoy being in one place for an extended period of time. She enjoys it so Local 4S Ranch Resident, Debi Renken, has been with Debi is the epitome of life in 4S Ranch… Back at the Ranch since our first year in 2006. much that she admittedly gets too involved, busy and purposeful. For her, life is all about but it’s always in the things she loves. This family, serving others and building long-term, sustainable relationships, year, she’s helping the DNHS soccer team. She serves on the board of FCSD while still managing to laugh and have fun. Soccer (now SDSC). She is also team manager for Karli’s soccer team and is always on hand to drive for a field trip or help at school. Debi has been with Back at the Ranch since our first year in 2006. She has lived here in 4S Ranch with her family since the early days of its development. Her husband Jay is a Senior Project Manger for Cubic Corp. Always a kid at heart, Jay loves music and sports. He plays both soccer and softball here in 4S as well as fantasy football and baseball throughout the seasons. Debi and Jay have two children. Trevor recently turned 16. He attends DNHS and LOVES soccer. He hopes to pursue soccer in college and beyond. Karli turns 13 this month. She is also quite the athlete and loves sports, but she also LOVES dance. She is currently enrolled in seven dance classes! She loves Oak Valley Middle School and participates in ASB. As a family, the Renkens love to travel. This summer they will be going to Sweden for the Youth World Cup. They have also enjoyed recent trips to

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In her spare time? Ha! While there’s not a lot of that kind of time right now in Debi’s life, she does love to run and hits the trails every chance she gets. Movies and reading are also high on her list of things she would love to get more of. When it comes to her work with Back at the Ranch, Debi enjoys having the opportunity to write. She loves hearing the feedack she gets from readers and neighbors. And, she is fascinated listening to people share their stories while meeting so many cool people right here in her backyard.

Make it a New Year’s resolution to get to know Debi Renken. Next time you see her out and about, stop and say hi! But, if she has a camera in her hand, fix up your hair real quick and smile! You just might find yourself in the next issue!

Voak Homes - Scott Voak

It’s residents like Scott Voak and businesses like Voak Homes that make 4S Ranch the special place it is. Scott Voak has done a tremendous job of branding himself and his name here in 4S Ranch. Every month since 2006, you have seen him on the back cover of Back at the Ranch. His business has been an important part of bringing the community together each month through these pages. It’s just one of many ways that Scott is such a great example of how to integrate your personal and professional lives.

Field (one of the ball fields down at the community park). Voak Homes regularly sponsors Little League and softball teams and as well as the purchase of equipment for various sports teams. Scott and Cory became founding members of the 4S Ranch~Del Sur Foundation. Cory also serves on the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. Scott shares, “By far the best part about being involved in 4S Ranch is the friendships we have developed as we have helped people find their homes.”

he not only worked to establish his namesake and reputation, he also helped support and build 4S Ranch into what it is today. Scott and Cory have had their hands in many ventures here in 4S, including subsidizing Voak

Thank you Voak Homes for being part of every issue of Back at the Ranch! You can connect with Scott and his team at www.VoakHomes.com and his exclusive 4S Ranch website www.our4S.com or call 888-311-6311.

Scott and his team are well-versed in every possible Scott didn’t start out looking to get into real estate. aspect of real estate – every detail is covered from staging With an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, to marketing and everything in between. Scott has extenScott started out in semi conductor sales. Wanting more, sive negotiating experience and has handled hundreds of he earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship - thus opening transactions to the benefit of his clients. In fact, Voak Every issue since our first in 2006, up more opportunities for himself. One such opportunity Homes has now sold more resale homes in 4S Ranch you have seen Voak Homes on the came when he was hired by Sol Price (Price Club) to run than any other agency. Scott Voak has played a key role back cover of Back at the Ranch a start-up. This presented him with invaluable business in helping many people buy and sell their homes while experience. helping the community develop and grow. Plain and simple, he knows 4S Ranch. After all, he lives, works, Scott began practicing real estate in San Diego in 2001, but firmly estaband even plays here. What little time Scott does have to blow off steam, lished himself as a realtor when he and his wife Cory landed in 4S Ranch in he spends cooking and enjoying monthly poker nights with the guys. 2003. Real estate was booming back then, but Scott realized early on how He’s one of us. important it would be to invest in the very community he called home. So,

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on your doorstep Del Norte High School Cheerleading to Compete in Cheer Jam Del Norte High School Cheerleading is excited to announce the start of their competition season, which begins January 2011! The girls have been working hard since August and are ready to put their skills into action. If you visited the football or basketball games, you have only seen a preview of the cheerleaders’ talent. During competition

season, they will compete in a rigorous event, which is comprised of a two and a half minute routine including cheering,  tumbling, jumping, dancing and everyone’s favorite, stunting!

Maybeck Community Shares their Sense of Community

Crafts with a Cause

Submitted by Our Neighbors in Maybeck

Most of us moved to 4S to get that traditional sense of community and the Maybeck Community has done just that. We have developed a special bond over the last couple of years.  During the fires, one of the neighbors started a Google group and encouraged all of the Maybeck neighbors to join so we could stay informed on what was going on with our community while we were all displaced during the fires.   After we all returned home, we started getting to know each other through email and then by getting together and having summer block parties. Most recently, we had a Holiday Block party at one of the homes in our community. Another one of our neighbors also started a women’s s group where we all meet one Sunday out of the month. We opened up these events to all of our Maybeck neighbors and have had wonderful turnout.   We are seeing our neighborhood grow with the addition of many new little ones and with the final home phases completed. We have an incredible group of neighbors that continue to make our community a very warm and inviting place to be a part of. We are so proud to live in the 4S Ranch area and most especially the Maybeck community!

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Both the Junior Varsity and Varsity squads will start off the season January 22 at Cheer Jam in San Diego at the Convention Center downtown. If you are interested in attending, information can be found at Cheer Force San Diego website (www.cheerforcesandiego.com). DNHS cheer season runs through April and we will be giving you updates on their success and fun times in the upcoming months. Thank you to everyone who has shown  support for the program.  DNHS Cheerleading hopes to represent the community, school and greater San Diego area with positive spirit! 

Join us for story time and crafts at the 4S Ranch library on Thursday, January 6 from 4-5 pm. New author and local 4S resident, Melissa Botello, will read her extraordinary tale of setting goals and positive thinking. The book is entitled “Prince Domar – Discovering His Powers.” After the reading, Melissa will do a project with the kids called “Craft with a Cause.” The project will get kids to think about goals they want to accomplish and they will create a journal for their goals. The library visit promises to be an instructive, upbeat, fun experience for kids.

Marriage Communication FREE! Marriage Communication Forum: Help your Marriage Grow Together - Not Apart. Every day we face a multitude of trials and challenges that test the strength of our marriages. We can either succumb to them or we can determine to overcome them. As we move into 2011, join us as we resolve to have our marriages Grow Together - Not Apart. Join this forum on Sunday, January 30 from 6-8 pm at The Church at Rancho Bernardo (11740 Bernardo Plaza Court). RSVP to Pam Ingold at pam@thechurchatrb.org or 858-592-2434 x306. Childcare provided.

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Highlighted Events and Classes for January All San Diego County Libraries will be closed on January 1 & January 17 Library blogspots : www.4sranchlibrary.blogspot.com; www.4sranchlibraryteens.blogspot.com

Special Family Programs

monthly movie night for the whole family.

Chinese New Year Celebration Wednesday, January 26 at 4 pm

Friends of the 4S Ranch Library Meeting - 4th Wednesday of the month – January 26 at 6:30 pm.

Arts and crafts for Chinese New Year celebrations

Adult Programs 4S Ranch Adult Book Club   Saturday, January 15 at 10 am Bring your favorite book and share with other community members. Adult Chinese Conversation   1st Monday of the month at 9:30 am – January 3, Community members discuss topics of interest in Chinese. Baby & Me Fitness - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am – January 5 & 19, Personal trainer Andrea exercises with moms while entertaining babies 4 weeks to 1 year. Basic Computer Training in Farsi - Every Tuesday at 9 am, open for Farsi speakers interested in learning basic computer skills. Citzenship Class - Every Monday at 6:30 pm, open for all interested in taking citizenship tests. Family Movie Night at the Ranch 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 pm – January 25,

Beginning Yoga with Stephanie - Tuesday, January 4 at 6 pm, beginning yoga class for adults. Future Prints Workshop for Parents and Their Children Wednesday, January 19 at 4 pm, a comprehensive workshop designed to help parents and children understand and respond to the potential and growing threats facing our children online. ID Social Hour for Seniors Saturday, January 22 at 10 am, free workshop for seniors on identity theft. Great door prizes for attendees.

Children’s Programs Spanish Bilingual Story Time 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 10 am – January 10 & 24 - Spanish bilingual story and craft for children. Baby Story Time - Tuesdays at 10:30 am - Pre-walking babies only. Enjoy this one-on-one lapsit activity which introduces babies to stories and songs.

Preschool Story Time & Literacy Craft with Mrs. Z Fridays at 10:30 & 11:30 am. Play to Learn Toddler Time with Teacher Lee Thursdays at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm, music, stories, art and fun! www.teacherlee.com Kids Fitness - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:35 am – January 5 & 19, Personal trainer Andrea exercises with kids ages 18 months to 5. Crafts for a Cause - Thursdays at 4 pm, arts and crafts for K-3rd grade students. Homework Club Wednesdays at 4 pm, students from Del Norte High tutor kids from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Walk-ins welcome.

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January 6 - Story time and crafts – 4-5 pm, New Author and local 4S Resident Melissa Botello, “Prince Domar – Discovering His Powers” January 4, 4S Ranch Little League, Last Day to Register, Frozen Ropes, 6-8:30 pm, chris.deck@4srll.com. January 6  - 4S Ranch Girls Softball, Last Chance Registration, Coffee Bean at 4S Commons, 5:30–8:30 pm, http://4srgsl.clubspaces.com. January 21, 6-9 P.M. – Boys Lacrosse Fundraiser at Karli Strauss Brewery, 6-9 pm, 9675 Scranton Road, Lori Shein (lshein@cox.net). January 22 – DNHS Cheerleaders, Cheer Jam, www.cheerforcesandiego.com.

Teen Programs

January 24 & 27 – SDSC Soccer Tryouts Begin, www.fcsandiego. com and www.pqsoccer.com.

Teen Time - Tuesdays at 4 pm Game Night- Tuesday, January 4 at 4 pm Wii Tournament - Tuesday, January 11 at 4 pm Arts & Crafts - Tuesday, January 18 at 4 pm

January 30, Free Marriage Communication Seminar - The Church at Rancho Bernardo, 6-8 pm, 11740 Bernardo Plaza Court, RSVP to pam@thechurchatrb.org or 858-592-2434 x306. Childcare provided.

TAG Meeting - Tuesday, January 25 at 4 pm

Look for these new and “semi-new” business neighbors that you might not know about:

Studio Sweat – Owner Cat Kom moved here from Washington State about a year ago. Studio Sweat is not your traditional gym. It’s a healthy place where everyone is welcome and where life changes happen. Spinning, strength training, multi-level fitness camps, half marathon and triathlons training and more. Located at 10710 Thornmint Road. www.studiosweat.com

January – February – 4S Avengers Soccer Tryouts, www.4sranchsoccer.com.

Chess Club - Saturdays at 3 pm, for children and teens.

Businesses to Look for in 4S Ranch Dance Motion Studios – This dance studio in 4S Village near Starbucks offers professional, social, and competitive dance classes in ballroom, jazz, hip hop and ballet for adults and children. Private or group dance lessons by world-class professionals. www.dancemotionstudios.com

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Rancho Bernardo Art Association Members of the Rancho Bernardo Art Association will be displaying art through JANUARY at the following locations: Nate Polinsky and Janet Perkin will exhibit at the Pacific Trust Bank, 16536 Bernardo Center Drive. Kathy Mehaffey will exhibit at the Incredible Café, 11828 Rancho Bernardo Rd. Amy Bekier, Bonnie Williams,Terry Anderson,Marlene Levitt and Temare will exhibit at Stoneridge Country Club, 17166 Stoneridge Country Club Lane, Poway – January through March 2011 – with an open reception on Tuesday, January 11 from 5-7 pm.   For further information, call Phyllis Hensperger, RBAA Membership, 858-675-2262.

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on your doorstep The 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation Recipient of Funds from Inaugural 4S Ranch Thank You Run The 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community was pleased to participate in the first ever 4S Ranch~Del Sur 5K Thank You Run on Thanksgiving morning.  Organized by two of the founders Pictured of the Foundation, Judy Simeroth Ray and Theresa Chair 2010- 2011 Shay, this special event was held to emphasize the importance of Thanksgiving and to provide an opportunity for 4S residents to recognize what we have, as well as, the opportunity to give back to our community. All proceeds of the event were shared by the two nonprofits; the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation and Helen’s Closet, which is affiliated with the ALS Association of Greater San Diego Chapter. Helen’s Closet was named after Theresa Shay’s mother, Helen Mok. who passed in 2008 from the debilitating disease, ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Over a mere three years, the Foundation has already granted $35,500 to deserving programs and organization serving the 4S~Del Sur communities to improve area schools and other community priorities.  It has raised over $80,000 in commitments since 2007 and built a community endowment of $36,800 that will benefit the community for generations to come in perpetuity. Currently, there are 68 members of the 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation. These individuals have each contributed anywhere from $250 to $1,000 for each year to provide grants to 4S Ranch and Del Sur organizations and causes.

The founding board included such community leaders as: Ray Shay - Chair

Maryory Contreras

Mary Blakely Membership Chair

Deanne Hormovitis

Scott Voak Secretary

Ranch Koch

Adriana Amon Grants Chair

Carol Mutter

Gino Benson

David Li

Debi Reinhart

Each had a vision and played a significant role in creating a strong community Foundation.  Leading the Foundation currently are: Judy Simeroth Chair

Debby Hopp Secretary

Theresa Shay Membership Chair

David Allen

Melissa Botello Events Chair Herb Mutter - Grants Chair

Adriana Amon Randy Koch David Li

1st Annual “Thank You Run” a Tremendous Success! About 500 runners joined in the First Annual Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk! It was a bright, crisp November morning and you could feel the anxiety in the air as runners and walkers waited for the sound of the starting gun. Then suddenly, the much anticipated moment arrived and the “founding 500” moved forward with a rush! Some raced, some ran, some jogged and some walked, but it seems that everyone who entered finished and everyone had good things to say about the run. Chris Jacobs came in first overall with a time of 16:52, Linsey Sandoval was the first adult female finisher with a time of 20:15, Troy Shay finished first for the kids with a time of 23:17 and Makenna Grewe finished first for the girls with a time of 23:25. Congrats to everyone who participated! “We can’t say enough good things about the almost 100 volunteers that helped make it successful. THANK YOU! We definitely want to improve next year, so please provide feedback by replying to info@trustshay.com with your suggestions. We have already had requests to add a 1K for kids and a 10K for more serious athletes. Let us know your recommendations!” (Ray and Theresa Shay) 

The Foundation always welcomes new members to join them in the significant impacts they are making.  To become a member contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org; visit www.4sranchcommunityfoundation.org  or call 858-674-6979.

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on your doorstep 4S Ranch Youth Soccer Fall Season Wrap-Up Jeff Grissom and David Deal, Girls and Boys Division Directors of the 4S Ranch Youth Soccer Association (4SRYSA), are proud to announce the completion of another great fall soccer season. With over 800 local kids involved in recreational soccer on 60+ teams, it made for an exciting and fun season for all involved.

Panthers, to win the GU10 tournament. The championship game ended in regulation time with a 1-1 tie but the Candy Cane Kickers seized victory in a thrilling 3-2 penalty kick shootout.

GU8 team (l to r: Morgan, Carolyn, Rowan, Diya, Brook, Nicole, April, Kyley, Lauren, Emma, (not pictured: Rachel)

4SRYSA offers a great soccer experience for all kids ages 4-14 and is run entirely by volunteers from the president to the coaches. These volunteers have helped make the league incredibly successful over the years. We want to thank each and every one of these coaches and parents for their time and effort in helping support the children and 4SRYSA.

In the BU8 Division, the Scorpions continued their undefeated season by GU10 team (top row: Avery, Nora, Makayla, winning the tournament Jessica, Jillian, bottom row: Ella, Jillian, championship game over a Madison, Delaney, Ailsa, Blair) fierce Green Dragons team lead by Patti Enispar. Scorpions coach Brian Pond credits the team’s success to a tremendous amount of dedication and determination by all of the players. In the BU10 Division the 4S Flames, coached by Chris Calhoun defeated the Red Minotaurs, coached by Ben Russ. Coach Chris Calhoun described the 4S Flames win as exciting and nerve racking. Coming down to the wire the 4S Flames rose to victory in a nail-biting penalty kick showdown. Tying in regulation time and playing a man down the entire game, the 4S Flames pulled it off due to their tenacity, rapid offensive attacks, strong defense and the same fiery desire they showed all season long. Congratulations to all of our great teams and their success this season!

Each division, Girls and Boys U8 to U10, typically finishes out their sea- BU8 team (top row: Baylor, Arnav, Nomi , Colin, Brian, James bottom son with a traditional “end of season” row: Josh, Nicolas, Ian, Omri) tournament. Unfortunately, due to rain, the Girl’s and Boy’s U7 Divisions were unable to complete their tournament as scheduled. Therefore, the Girls U7 regular season co-champions were the Purple Power Puffs, coached by Babak Azad, and the Yellow Dragons, coached by Bruce Williams. The Boy’s U7 Division Champions were the Green Dragons, coached by Slava Khristich. “Runner-up” goes to the Orange Fireballs, coached by Travis Medley. The GU8 division had an exciting semi-final tournament game, which came down to penalty kicks! In the end, Purple Lightning pulled out a 2-0 victory to take the championship title over a tough Pink Dynamite team, coached by Rhoda Skeen. Proud Purple Lightning Coach Tony Pidding credits their success in the tourney and in the season to a tough defense and to a great group of girls who worked together as a team. In the GU10 Division, the Candy Cane Kickers, coached by Derek Howe and Tim Anderson, upset the regular season champion Pink

Spring Soccer Registration – Now Open! Registration for the 4S Ranch Youth Soccer Association spring season is now open at www.4sranchsoccer.com. The spring season will begin March 12 and will run through May 14 for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. A great opportunity for players of all skill levels including competitive soccer players. The exciting small-sided game format will be used for all age divisions. Don’t miss the chance to register for the spring season!

4S Avengers 2011 Competitive Soccer Season The competitive soccer club in 4S Ranch, the Avengers, will be building on their inaugural season of 2010 and will hold try-outs for girls and boys U8 through U13 teams in January & February for the upcoming 2011 season. Check the league website for updates at www.4sranchsoccer.com.

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Call or visit the 4S Boys and Girls Club for more information including rates and fees. We are located at 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego, 858-676-2230. Site Supervisor is Jack T. Nguyen. If you would like information on fall or winter sports programs or about coaching a team, please contact Nate Fenlason, Sports Coordinator - 4S Ranch Branch, 858-676-2230, nfenlason@sdyouth.org, www.sdyouth.org.

4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club Classes and Day Camps Dance Classes Dance classes are held on Tuesdays and Self Defense Classes are offered on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm for kids in grades 1st through 8th. For more information on Dance Classes, contact the Boys & Girls Club at 858- 676-2230.

Self Defense Class For more information on Self Defense classes, contact Sifu Ronnie Isaguirre at 858-336-9191, email Ronnie@kick411.com or visit his website at www.kick411.com.

Day Camps Also available at the 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club are Day Camps. Day Camps are available for the following dates:

Friday, January 21

The Boys & Girls Club is a safe, supervised environment where kids can learn and have fun afterschool and during holiday camps. They provide an afterschool homework program where tutors are provided along with daily homework checks and two week reports sent home to parents. Call or visit the 4S Boys and Girls Club for more info including rates and fees.

January 28, cost is $20 for first child, $16 for each additional child

February 14 – 18, cost is $90 for first child, $72 for each additional child April 4 - 8, cost is $90 for first child, $72 for each additional child Payments are due the week prior to camp. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up early to secure your child’s spot. Payment reserves your spot.

All classes and programs are held at 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club is located at 16118 4S Ranch Parkway. For more information, contact Site Supervisor: Jack T. Nguyen, 858676-2230.

After School Care Remember the 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club offers after school care for kindergarteners through 8th grade. Hours of Operation

If you would like information on winter and spring sports programs or about coaching a team, please contact: Nate Fenlason, Sports Coordinator, nfenlason@sdyouth.org.

Mon – 2:30-6 pm

Tues – 2:30-6 pm

Wed – 12:30-6 pm

Thurs – 2:30-6 pm Fri – 1:00-6 pm

Little League Season is Getting Underway

The last chance to register for 4S Ranch Spring Recreational Softball is Thursday, January 6, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, at Coffee Bean at 4S Commons. Fees are $150 with a $20 discount off of each additional sibling. All players receive a practice shirt, a uniform and pictures. A copy of your daughter’s birth certificate is needed for registration. Important upcoming dates include: Assessments (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U) – Early January 2011

6-9 pm Karl Strauss Brewing 9675 Scranton Road, San Diego Enjoy good company, specially selected pairings of appetizers and Karl Strauss’s famous beers, a silent auction, and 50-50 raffle. Coffee, tea, and soda will also be provided. Tickets are $35 per person. All family and friends are welcome to attend this adults-only event. All proceeds to benefit the Del Norte High School Boys Lacrosse Program. Want to purchase tickets or have questions? Email Lori Shein (lshein@cox.net).

4S Ranch Sports Park Sports Leagues

4S Ranch Little League gets into full swing this month. The final registration for the spring season is on Tuesday, January 4 from 6-8:30 pm at Frozen Ropes. On Wednesday, January 5, managers will be chosen for the coming season. Tryouts for Juniors will be held on Friday, January 14, and tryouts for Majors, AAA and AA will take place on Saturday, January 15. Practices for all teams will begin on Monday, January 31, and Opening Day will be on March 5. Anyone interested in sponsoring a team or the League can contact Chris Deck for additional information, chris.deck@4srll.com.

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An Evening to Benefit the Del Norte High School Boys Lacrosse Program

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school news 4S Ranch Schoolwide Update – 2010-2011 Dates of Interest: January 17 – Dr. Martin Luther King Day – No School January 28 – Professional Growth Day – No School

Dear Parents, As you have probably heard, Don Phillips, the recently retired Superintendent of PUSD, passed away on December 3, 2010 after a brief and sudden illness. I had the honor of working closely with Don as his Deputy Superintendent for nine years. Don was an exemplary life-long educator and leader in public schools. We were very fortunate to have him share his talents, energy, and commitments to public education with our district. We are all better for his time in Poway, and he will be greatly missed. Don cared deeply about our students and our school community, and in his own words:

“In order for each and every student to reach his or her potential, we need to be passionate about setting high expectations for all students. As an organization focused on student learning, we need to be relentless about improvement in the classroom, school, and district. We know that the incredible work of our teachers and staff and our partnership with our parents and community serves as the bedrock of our success in making Poway Unified one of the finest school districts. I believe Poway Unified is well positioned to continue the quest toward excellence and helping students realize their dreams.” In honor of Dr. Phillips, the family has created a scholarship fund in his memory. Those who wish may send contributions payable to “PUSD/ Don Phillips Scholarship,” Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128. Sincerely, John P. Collins, Superintendent

Monterey Ridge Elementary A Word from PTA President, Alya Mansi

Monterey Ridge 2nd Annual Science Fair

Monterey Ridge was busy for the first couple of months! We kicked off our running club. (You should see these kids run. They put the road runner to shame.) We also kicked off the Garden Club, a talented group of kids and their parents who plant, water and harvest their crops. We had a successful fall fundraiser that exceeded our goals for the year. Thanks to all the parents for putting up the cash, volunteers for putting up the hours, and teachers for putting up with PTA. Fall festival this year was simply spectacular. There were ample opportunities for the kids to learn about countries, cultures, languages and food. The kids got their passport stamped from more than 15 countries, all without going through a single security line. Book fair was just the event the school needed before Thanksgiving break. Students, parents and teachers got an opportunity to shop for books for their holiday needs, all while helping raise money for the school. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and endless hours they put up organizing parties, communicating with parents, arranging for gifts, volunteering in class and participating in all the PTA events. I want to thank the teachers, principal and staff for their endless support to the PTA and our kids. Parents, Teachers, and Staff, you guys are amazing! You make this school special for all the kids; you help build memories and tradition that will last forever. Going forward, Monarchs have a lot to look forward to in 2011. Science fair, staff appreciation week, talent show, fun run, math marathon, spring book fair and a casino night, WOW! That’s a lot! But never fear, with the team here at Monterey Ridge, these events will be wonderful opportunities to strengthen our bond and school spirit.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2nd Annual MRES Science Fair will take place on January 25. Science Fair provides students with an increased awareness of science and an opportunity for them to develop positive attitudes about themselves and their work. The science project allows children to use critical thinking and problem solving skills learned in science and in math. The fair will take place in the MRES MPR. Project set up begins at 8 am on the day of the fair. The MPR will be closed at 9 am sharp for judging, so projects will not be accepted for judging after nine o’clock. Family and friends may view the projects that evening from 5:30 – 7 pm. Projects are expected to remain at school during that time so they may be viewed by all parents and students. All projects may be taken home Tuesday evening at 7 pm.

A Note from Dr. Noel Moser Our team would like to thank you and your students for helping us make our third annual Halloween Candy Buy Back a great success! We collected 1400 pounds of candy this year, which was 500 pounds more than last year’s collection! Monterey Ridge students generously donated 170 pounds of their Halloween treats this year. Dr. Noel Moser will be matching each pound of candy collected and will be donating $170!

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Running Club Adds Wednesdays! Now you can enjoy a morning run THREE days a week! Join us Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 ~ 8:50 am for some fun exercise with your friends before school!

Casino Royale Parents Night Fundraiser The Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation is happily accepting donations of items and services to be included in our silent auction to be held during the Casino Royale Fundraiser happening on May 14. Do you own your own business, are you an interior designer or landscape guru, are you a wonderful chef or have a special skill that you would be willing to donate some of your time, talents and/or products to raise money for the Foundation? Do you have an inside connection with someone famous or an event that occurs here in San Diego? Please contact Sara Tseng at sgorinac@hotmail.com. Thank you in advance for contributing! The fundraiser will be held at the Bernardo Heights Country Club. Tickets go on sale this month!

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school news Del Sur Elementary School Fall Festival Fundraiser Thank you to those families who have participated in this year’s Fall Fundraiser: The Del Sur Elementary Donation Drive. Our goal was $13,525 and we have reached our goal. Thank you for your contributions! You have made it possible for your student to enjoy fun community building events such as Red Ribbon Week, Back to School Picnic, Family Dance, as well as partake in curriculum enhancement programs throughout the year!

Del Sur Farmers Market We would like to encourage everyone to shop at the Del Sur Farmers Market each Thursday between 3 and 7 pm. You will always find fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, specialty foods, arts and crafts, live entertainment and deliciously prepared foods that can make easy and affordable dinner solutions. A portion of the proceeds generated at the Farmer’s Market are donated to the Foundation.

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Please check out our new Facebook page. “LIKE� Del Sur Educational Foundation to easily stay “in the know� on school events. Night at the Ranch Auction planning is underway! The event will take place at the Ranch House in Del Sur on March 19. We need auction donations! Vacation homes, photography sessions, restaurant certificates, rounds of golf, sports tickets, etc. What connections do you have? Contact Peter Kunowski (chairperson) at petethepenguy@yahoo.com for more information or to volunteer or donate. Explorer Trail 5K Run/Walk - Saturday May 7 – Look for more information about this fun event as the date gets closer.

We know that you are the hero of your home, but how would you like to give your child bragging rights and become HERO OF THE HALLWAY! Sign up to be our HERO of the day and earn a button for your child to proudly display on their backpack for the entire year. Spend a Monday, Wednesday or Friday on campus getting to know our great kids and hardworking teachers and staff. We promise it will enlighten you and inspire your children! Contact Dana McCrary, PTA VP of Programs dsevolunteers@ gmail.com to sign-up or for more information.

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school news Stone Ranch Elementary Variety Show Update The annual Stone Ranch Variety Show will be held January 21 and 27. Auditions are Wednesday, January 5. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, January 12 and 19. If your child is unable to attend either the auditions or rehearsals, please do not sign up as these are mandatory events. Also, these are not â&#x20AC;&#x153;drop off â&#x20AC;? events; a parent from each act needs to be at the auditions and rehearsals. The performances are Friday, January 21 at 6:30 pm for grades 1 through 3 and Thursday, January 27 for grades 4 and 5. Please contact Melissa Touvannas with any questions at melissa_touv@yahoo.com.

Stone Ranch Foundation News SRF Community Partners: Remember to check the Community Partners page on Stone Ranch Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.stoneranchfoundation.org for great deals offered to Stone Ranch Families by local businesses that support the Foundation. Current offers are from Spas for a Cause, PhotoBin, 4S Ballet, and Cookie Lee Jewelry. Offers from new partners will be coming soon so continue to check the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website! 4S Ballet and SRF: Come try a class at 4S Ballet Academy for one month, FREE! For every person who registers, 4S Ballet Academy will donate $50 to the Stone Ranch Elementary School Foundation. Conveniently located at 10804 Willow Court, 4S Ballet Academy encourages all levels of students in

a nurturing and fun environment. Class sizes are small for more individualized attention, and our talented faculty members are experts in their fields! Family Night Out: Thank you to all the families who supported Family Night Out at Chinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The 3-day event was a success and Chinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is donating $600 to Stone Ranch Foundation. Chinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is also awarding $100 to Mrs. Tseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st grade class for coming out and submitting the highest percentage of FNO flyers. Congratulations Mrs. Tse and thank you for your continued support of Stone Ranch Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family Night Out! Our next Family Night Out is on Wednesday, January 26 at Rubioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Whether you eat in or take out, from 11 am to 9 pm present the flyer (visit the Stone Ranch Elementary website to print the flyer) to the cashier and Stone Ranch will receive 20% of every transaction! Trailblazer Treats: Every 1st Wednesday of the Month, the SRES foundation provides Trailblazer Treats â&#x20AC;&#x201C; coffee and muffins - in front of the school. Come enjoy and help support the foundation!

Yearbook Pictures Are Still Welcome Please email any photos you would like to see included in the yearbook to: danamfallentine@gmail.com. We also accept CDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Please label the CD with the grade and teacher of your student, as well as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yearbookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. There is a PTA drop box in the front office you can place the CD in. For questions on yearbook orders, please contact Tiana at tiana.chuang@mac.com.

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From the Principal, Greg Mizel During the month of November, you should have received a solicitation letter from the Del Norte Foundation. Simply stated, without your support, we are limited in the ways we can respond to student and staff needs. If every family committed to making a $25/month contribution from now to the end of this school year (or if every family made a one-time $175 annual contribution), we could successfully achieve each of the funding goals outlined in the letter you received. You know the old adage… many hands make light work. If everyone can sacrifice just a little, we can accomplish great things collectively. Also, while I’m on the topic, if you haven’t joined our PTSA yet, please consider doing so. Great partnerships make great schools!

Del Norte Cross Country Rocks! For the first time in school history both DNHS Boys and Girls Teams had a chance to compete for the Valley League Title. Like most sports at Del Norte, this year also marked their first varsity season.  On both sides, they had tremendous individual performances and close team finishes.  The men finished the season tied with Canyon Crest for 3rd Place in the league behind the strong finishes of Mark Quiroz (12th) and Spencer Hoffman (13th).  By finishing in the top 20, these gentlemen earned 2nd Team All Valley League Honors.  Mark was also the top freshman finisher in the league. The girls’ race went down to the wire with the girls just missing out on DNHS’s first League title, losing to Canyon Crest by 6 points (33 to 39).  The girls put on dominating individual performances placing four girls in the top 10 to earn 1st Team All League Honors; Ashley Mitchell (4th), Jodi

Simeroth (5th), Katelyn Kalley (7th), and Monica Doyle (10th) and 5 girls in the top 13 with Sierra Kindig taking home 2nd Team All League Honors with her 13th place finish. The boys also competed in Division IV at the San Diego CIF Championship meet where they finished 2nd and earned a trip to the state meet.  Mark Quiroz (7th) and Spencer Hoffman (9th) earned 1st Team All CIF honors and Aaron Reichner (11th), Andrew Muhn (16th), and Jared Brungard (18th) all earned 2nd Team All CIF Honors.  At the California State Meet the boys placed 17th in Division IV.  Mark Quiroz finished as the fastest freshman in that division, and the 9th fastest freshman overall in the state.  Our Varsity Boys Squad included: Mark Quiroz, Spencer Hoffman, Andrew Muhn, Aaron Reichner, Jared Brungard, Eric Inumerable, and Jared Leitner. The girls competed in Division IV for the San Diego CIF Section and won the Championship title.  Again Ashley Mitchell (2nd), Jodi Simeroth (3rd), Katelyn Kalley (10th) finished  in the top 10 to earn 1st Team  All CIF Honors.  The girls earned a bid to the  CIF State  Cross Country Championships in Fresno CA on Nov 27th.  They finished 8th in the state.  Our Varsity squad included:  Ashley Mitchell, Jodi Simeroth, Katelyn Kalley, Monica Doyle, Sina Faizy, Sierra Kindig, and Monica Shifflet. 

Oak Valley Middle School 6th Grade Campers Enjoyed the Great Outdoors Sixth Grade Camp made its way around again and, just like every year, the kids had a blast! This year there were so many eager sixth graders that the students were divided into two groups going during two separate weeks! Here’s a snapshot of day-to-day actives from one of the OVMS teachers, Mr. Vitti: “This morning it was a crisp 31 degrees when I arrived to breakfast. We had scrambled eggs, French toast (delicious), pears, homemade biscuits, milk, and water. A great start to a fun day. Students met with me in the lodge and we went through a few activities together about “ICARE.” Ask your child what “ICARE” means when they return home - I believe you’ll be impressed. It warmed up this afternoon and all students participated in an activity rotation of rock climbing, a treasure hunt using GPS navigation and written clues, and a fun activity called “toxic river” (Of course it’s not toxic. Actually, there is no water involved at all). Students use strategies, team work, coop-

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eration, and respect to figure out how to move from one “island” of the toxic river to the other. I was shocked to watch students strategize on how to move from one “island” to another using communication skills, cooperation and teamwork, and respect for 45 minutes. It was very impressive to watch, and a joy to see children engaged, happy, and respectful to one another. We made our way to the dining hall for chicken salad (grilled cheese alternative), salad, bread for sandwiches, tortilla chips, bananas, milk, and juice. Boy, were those children hungry after their 2 1/2 hours of activities and tonight - homemade PIZZA!” Here’s what a few of the sixth graders felt: Griffin Moody had a really great time and if he could go again next year he would in a second!  Right after his mom picked him up they went out to lunch, and Griffin spoke non-stop about the hilarious counselors and recited the funny stories they shared with the kids.  Garrett Lavin loved the counselors as well - especially the instructions you got when it was time to shower, “Don’t forget to wash your tar pits, your grand canyon and your twigs and berries.” Kendall Still took lots of fun pictures and she felt the trip to the desert and exploring the caves was the “funnest day”! Kendall also enjoyed getting to know new friends.

Adopt-a-Family Thank You! Thank you to all the Oak Valley families who donated items, gift cards and cash to the Adopt-a-Family program. These items brightened the holiday season for many local families in need.

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Diets Don’t Work If you’re like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions has something to do with: losing weight, getting in shape, exercising more, eating better or something along those lines. These things have been on my list of New Year’s resolutions for YEARS. However, in 2011, for the first time, these things are not on my list of to-do’s. Don’t get me wrong, that does not mean I going to let myself go or that I do not have to eat right or exercise. It just means that all of those things have become a part of my daily BEFORE life in a way that works. I no longer have to make a conscious effort to address them anymore. So how does that happen? Well, for me, there was a turning point about six years ago. After looking at some of my summer vacation pictures, I realized that I was not happy with my physique. At nearly 40 years old and as a busy dad supporting an active family, I woke up and realized I was about 50 pounds overweight, well over 30% body fat, with both high cholesterol and blood pressure. I knew I had to make a change, so I started on my way. Figuring I could do it by myself, I spent the first three years of my journey basically spinning my wheels. I tried it all. I did different fad diets. I got an exercise bike and Bowflex machine (after all, who would not want to look like the Bowflex guy right?). I worked hard and was fairly disciplined about it. After three years of going on and off different fad diets and going through spurts of what I thought were good exercise programs, I could trim off some weight, but I was not really where I wanted to be,. That’s when I decided to get some help. There was a fitness studio opening near my home, so I called and setup an appointment. The trainers there set me up on a proper exercise and nutrition program and within a short amount of time I was able to reach and exceed my initial weight loss goals. Interestingly enough, I discovered that once you reach your goals, you still need to be careful. Even after getting in shape, I found myself slowly increasing in body fat again. Luckily, I was monitoring this regularly, so I was able to adjust and catch it. I guess I figured that because I was in shape and working out regularly, I could eat what I wanted and I would just work it off. I was slowly moving back to eating in my old ways (not by any means like I was before, but just a little here and a little there). I counter-acted this by increasing my volume of exercise. Before I knew it, I was working out 7-8 times a week just to maintain. That’s a lot of time and effort just to maintain. (Hey, I like exercise as much as the next guy,

but this did not seem like a good longterm solution for me.) This is when I decided to get serious about my food. I started studying food and worked with a nutritionist. I learned about the best foods to support my workouts, overall health, and the foods that just made me feel good when I ate them. After some trial and error, I discovered the perfect balance between the type, timing and amount of food I was consuming to support my ideal body composition and, ultimately, my health, all with a more reasonable amount of aFTER exercise. Once I found this balance, it was a magical place to be. The human body is truly amazing -- give it what it needs to function (proper nutrition and exercise) and your body will transform itself into its ideal body composition. You do not even have to set specific body weight or fat goals for yourself. Your body knows where it naturally needs to be and it will take you there automatically! And, I promise you will like the results! For me, this is not something that happened overnight. It was a long process to find my ideal balance between food and exercise and, to be honest with you, if you think you can get six pack abs in six weeks, I have a feeling you are going to be disappointed in any program or diet you try. For me, making small changes over time was the only way I could have created a long lasting change in my body and life. Diets don’t work! You can lose weight on a diet short-term, but most diets restrict something in order to lose weight, which is not a good longterm strategy. The bottom line is, if you go on a diet, eventually you have to come off a diet and if you go back to the food you were eating before, you will eventually gain the weight back (after all, the food you were eating was the cause of the weight gain in the first place). This year, I challenge you to do something different. Don’t go on a diet…instead, change your diet. How? I’ll be providing some articles here in Back at the Ranch to get you started. I know so many people are struggling with the same issues that I struggled with for years and I hate to see people continually spin their wheels. I remember what it was like and now that I have permanently crossed that thing off my list, I’m going to spend my energy helping others do the same. If I can help you get the results you long for and make you feel even half as good as I feel….that’s my new goal for 2011. Until then, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I would love to help you fast track your success and get ‘weight loss’ off of your to-do list once and for all! 760-593-7512.

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Many Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure It is true that sometimes what you don’t know can kill you, but learning about your health status and taking action can save your life! This is a key point in taking control of high blood pressure, or hypertension, which is often referred to as the “silent killer”. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) states that 45 million Americans have a condition known as prehypertension, or borderline high blood pressure. There are currently close to 75 million people in addition who have diagnosed hypertension. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. If it stays elevated over a period of time, you have high blood pressure or hypertension. A blood pressure of 140/90 is considered high. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 139/89 then you are said to have prehypertension. This means you are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Everyone should be concerned about their blood pressure. Those who do not have it by age 55 still have a 90% chance of developing it during their lifetime. Hypertension makes your heart work harder, increases your risk for heart disease, dementia and kidney disease. High blood pressure is often found along with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. To help lower blood pressure, one of the most important things that you can do is to follow a low sodium diet (limit sodium intake to less than 1500 milligrams per day). Sodium chloride or table salt is approximately 40% sodium. Understand just how much sodium is in salt so you can take measures to control your intake.

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I am unemployed and have been skipping days when taking my high blood pressure medication due to the cost. What are my risks in doing this? S. R. My guidance to any patient is not to skip the doses of your high blood pressure medication. notify your primary physician what you have been doing and your economic challenge. If you are taking any additional medications, your physician took everything into consideration when prescribing the blood pressure medication dosage. If you alter the intake of one medication, you are inadvertently altering others as well. Your physician may be able to prescribe a lower cost alternative, provide samples or consult with the medication manufacturer on programs the pharmaceutical company (or others) may have to assist patients with financial difficulties. Thousands of deaths could be prevented every year due to medication compliance so take the important step and consult with your physician today.

1/4 teaspoon salt = 600 mg sodium 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,200 mg sodium 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,800 mg sodium 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium Be sure to read labels on all canned and packaged foods for serving sizes and sodium content. Many restaurants, including fast food establishments are now also listing sodium content of their menu items for reference. You may be surprised at how much sodium you are consuming each day! Additionally, use whole grain breads, cereals, pasta and brown rice; choose lean cuts of meat and poultry, fish, fresh fruits, nonfat dairy products, nuts and vegetables. This type of diet is high in potassium, calcium, magnesium, protein and fiber. Limiting saturated fats, high fat red meats, sweets and sugared beverages is also part of what is known as the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Many who have hypertension often also have diabetes and/or high cholesterol levels. Stopping smoking is essential to blood pressure control. Consult with a registered dietitian for reliable and accurate nutrition advice to coordinate medical nutrition therapy recommendations. It is also important to exercise, maintain a healthful weight and limit alcohol, along with taking medications as prescribed by your doctor. Janice Baker, RD CDE CNSC Team Member of Kamen Zakov, MD, Cardiolgy Arch Health Partners (formerly Centre For Health Care), www.pph.org

Does high blood pressure impact the eyes? K.F. If you have high blood pressure, it is important to have regular eye exams because high blood pressure may cause blood vessels in your eye to bleed and your vision to become blurred. If your high blood pressure isn’t controlled, your retina’s blood vessels could be damaged. If this occurs, some patients experience headaches and vision problems but most are symptom free. When the retina is damaged, this eye disease is called hypertensive retinopathy and is most frequently diagnosed during a routine eye exam. To keep your blood pressure under control, work with your primary physician on all health and wellness issues including diet, exercise, stress management, and medication-supplement interactions. Jeffrey Lozier, MD, Ophthalmologist, arch health Partners (formerly centre For health care), www. pph.org

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“Blood pressure” has to do with the pressure that is placed on the blood vessels of your body when your heart beats. The top number is the “systolic” blood pressure and detects pressure on the blood vessels when the heart squeezes or contracts. The bottom number is known as the “diastolic” blood pressure and reflects the pressure on the blood vessels when the heart is relaxed. The ideal range for most adults is 110-120/70-80. Blood pressure that is too high or too low can affect your health. If your blood pressure is too high on a regular basis it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and blood vessel damage. Blood pressure that is too low can indicate issues with loss of blood volume, fluid loss or other conditions. Speak to your doctor if your blood pressure is not within an ideal range. Elizabeth Salada, MD, Internal Medicine, Poway, www.pph.org

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For those of us with pets, we know first-hand how life changes when you have a pet. It’s wonderful to know there is always someone happily waiting for you when you get home. But it’s also a tremendous responsibility and burden to know that ‘someone’ is always waiting. You can never be away from home too long. You always have to rush home to make sure you walk, feed or just give some attention to those important members of the family you’ve left at home.

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Like No Other Pet Care will come to your home for daily walks or visits or to administer medications. They also offer extended vacation stays – with up to three visits a day or overnight stays there at your home. Visits can include playtime, brushing, feeding, walking, and whatever your pet needs. Like No Other can also water your plants, turn on lights, pick up your mail and run small errands while you are away.

Don’t wait until you really need their service to give them a call. Like No Other will be happy to meet with you for a brief consultation to meet you and your pet so that in those times when you really need someone, you have someone you can trust, on hand ready to help you out. Give Kim a call at 760-294-2175 and see for yourself while her business is ‘Like No Other.’

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