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Volume 9, Issue 5 May 2010

Girl Scouts Discover… …Ways to Save Energy through Trane Grant Project

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) was selected by Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) as one of six councils nationwide to take part in a grant project funded by Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services. The project explores the importance of energy efficiency and conservation, and helps girls discover ways to make an impact on the environment today. “The camp provides energizing, investigating and innovative activities for girls to share with their Girl Scout sisters. The girls will take a field trip to discover Modesto’s recreational paths, make non-electric garbage disposals, learn to relax, and make food dishes that will energize the body,” said Mickey Phillips, senior program manager for Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.

Scouts from GSHCC partnered with Trane employees for a four-day camp that explored the importance of conserving energy, taught the girls how to conduct an energy audit and discussed how the body needs and uses energy. They learned how yoga and healthy food energizes the body and conducted a science experiment with Mad Science, a company on a mission to spark the imagination and curiosity of kids by providing fun and interactive programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really about. The camp ended with a Girl Scout sleepover where girls held a brainstorming session with each other, built team spirit and figured out together how they can venture out and apply the energy conservation methods they’ve learned.

Girl Scouts eagerly raise their hands to learn about the healthy food that give the body energy during an energy themed day-camp funded by Trane.

Girl Scouts hold up their crafts created during a funded Trane Girl Scout day-camp.

Girl Scouts work on making hand puppets during their energy packed day-camp

Webelos Study Earth’s rocks at CSUS

From Derby Car Competitions to earning The Geology Badge, the “Cobras” from Webelos Pack 281 have been actively learning about Earth’s rocks and the many geologic materials. They have just completed a visit to the Geology department at CSUS. Hosted by CSUS student, Megan Drinnan, the Cobras’ actively participated in a hands-on study of rocks and learned the different composition of geologic specimens on display at CSUS. The presentation, led by Megan and her team, included an exercise where the scouts list and select some of the geologic materials that can be used to build a home, and which rocks would not be able to support a structure. During the visit to the Geology Lab, the Cobras watched a video of Earth’s active volcanos where the concept of how Earth expands and one way mountains are created was presented, as well as an examination of fossilized rock samples and geological sites around the Sacramento area was discussed. Teri Peterson is the Den Leader for the Cobras - Pack 281, Gold River.

Cobras’ Cub Scouts (from left to right ) Ben McCullough, Darrien Donaghue, Will Aztiazarain, Logan Wiley, Alex Prince, Nick Brunner, John Peterson, and Megan Drinnan (CSUS)

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Pet Tails

eNewspaper Published Monthly 11230 Gold Express Drive, Suite 310-264, Gold River, CA 95670 (916) 224-6624 • Fax (916) 244-7166 Email: Member: Gold Unit-California Newspaper Publishers Association

Columnist: NORCALREIA, David Granzella Successful Thinkers: Darren Bocksnick Within The Millionaire Mind: Jim Bellacera Business & You: Amparo Diaz Aztiazarain

Publisher/Owner: Gary Stalick

Business Advisory: Amparo Diaz Aztiazarain

Pet Tails: Kay Burton

Typsetting: Steve Atkins

Food Column: MOM

Hot Flash Columnist: Cindy Sample

Fashion: Karri Grant

Legal Ease: Michael L. Hanks

Home Based Entrerpreneurs Column: La Ronda Bowen

Wannapreneur: Brett Owens

Events Photographer: Tia Gemmell

Within the Mind of a Millionaire

Biz Ideas for Kids: Sarah Cook

By Jim Bellacera

Integrity - Do You Have It? Continued from April issue

What things have you done that you would like to change? Example: I found myself involved in a business that made my stomach turn. I was unable to sleep at night because I learned the deal was not going to be the same for those that were coming up behind me into the position I held. I felt my integrity had been compromised and I could not look in the mirror if I stood by and did nothing. What promises were not kept? What could you have done differently? In the future, I am going to live my life according to what standards? Example: If someone asks me to do something I do not believe in I am going to stand firm and make it known I will not compromise my beliefs for immediate gratification or under pressure. I will stand firm on what I believe in. I will not allow anyone to sway me or to put me in a position to compromise the values and priorities I hold dear. I cannot be bought! My integrity is not for sale no matter what the price. Popular or public opinion will not lesson my conviction nor cause me to sway from my goals. I can look myself in the mirror with pride and confidence. The past is in the past. I have asked for the forgiveness of those that I have mislead or wronged. I have forgiven myself whether or not they have forgiven me. I will hold true to my priorities, to the people in my life and to the decisions I have made. I am a person of my word. When I say I am going to be somewhere to those who are depending on me, I will be there on time. They will know my word is my bond. On a separate sheet of paper write your own personal code of ethics that you will follow from this day forward. This will be part of your Mission Statement. Character…Definition: The dominant quality, moral strength, reputation. Your character is determined by how you act when no one is around. How would you describe your character? How would you want your character to be defined? What are some of the obvious character traits that others may know you for? What can you do to strengthen your character in the areas you would like to change? Integrity is what you have and character is what you need to maintain your integrity.

Green Energy

By Geof Lambert

Clean Energy Creating Jobs in Sacramento Over the past few months a number of promising programs and events have been announced locally in Sacramento. These should help ignite a growth in jobs and careers in the world of cleaner and more efficient energy in Sacramento. The local energy utility SMUD and its partners will be the recipients of over $125,000,000 in federal grant funding to help develop and deploy smarter grid technologies to make the power grid more efficient in the region. In addition to that grant an additional $40,000,000 plus has be allocated to Sacramento to help with job training and assistance in the world of clean-energy here locally. On May 21, 2010 the Convergence 2010 Operation: Industry Pipeline will be taking place at Sacramento Radisson Hotel. Here educators, employers and civic leaders will define the workforce needs of critical industry clusters, along with aligning and designing education and training strategies to grow the Capital Region’s most valuable asset--Human Capital. The attendance to the roundtable portion of the event is free. If you would like more information you can visit the website:

By Kay Burton


Bandit is a 41/2 year old, 84 lb., K-9 Officer. Recently you may have heard about Bandit who has recovered from a gunshot wound. He was injured while on duty when police exchanged gunfire with a suspect in a home invasion in the Sacramento area in March. Bandit received a bullet wound to the neck. After a four hour surgery and a stay at the VCA Animal Hospital he has recovered. Bandit’s partner is Sacramento Police Officer Gary Dahl. The two work together and live together. Bandit is a German Shepard from Czechoslovakia. When he arrived from the Czech Republic he had very little training. He was tested and he was very thin, never had a bath and he looked and K-9 Officer: Bandit, A smelled very bad. His later tests showed Sacramento Hero he had 4 parasites in him. He was tested at the K9 vendor in Riverside, Ca; and he was purchased pending the Vet report. Except for the parasites he passed the Vet test with no problems. He then went through an 11 week training course that covered patrol work, handler protection building searches, narc detection and article detection. Currently Bandit has been on the street for 1 ½ years and has had numerous apprehensions, suspect surrenders, narcotic’s finds and article finds. During several of his arrests he has been punched, kicked & choked. Bandit is also S.W.A.T. certified. Bandit is a hero. During one arrest, Bandit was fighting a gang member hiding in an attic who had just stabbed another gang member. While Bandit was engaged (biting) with the suspect, they fell through the ceiling into an apartment crashing through a kitchen table. Bandit remained engaged (holding on to him with his bite) until Officer Gary Dahl got into the apartment and the suspect surrendered. Officer Dahl does demos for children; he will ask them how do you think Bandit got his name? He tells them, “It’s because he steals your heart.” At home Bandit is spoiled with love’n and dog treats by Mrs. Dahl, he follows her all around the kitchen like a wide eyed puppy.

Home Based Entrepreneurs

Free Tools for Your Business Success

Q. Business is improving while cash is tight; is there any low or no cost help? R. Exiting the recession with limited cash means finding what you need inexpensively. To save you time, I searched the Internet and found many free or low-cost resources useful to Home Based Entrepreneurs. Using tools like those below can help you grow your market, strengthen your relationships with existing customers, and compete more effectively. WARNING: Neither I nor the publisher endorse any site or program listed here. We provide this information to give you an idea of what is available. You must conduct your own research and independent decision-making. Electronic communication Jott - voice-to-text service for creating notes, lists, emails and text messages. Basic service is free for one week then about $10.00/month. You-Send It - lets you send and track files up to 100 MB free. Up to 2 GB cost about $10.00/month. Certified or secure delivery costs $4.00/on a pay per use basis. A useful tool if you collaborate with another home-based entrepreneur at a different location or to send reports and large files to clients. Paltalk - allows you to start, search or browse on-line chat rooms where you can meet potential customers or collaborators while promoting your business. Free. Hear Me - enables you to conduct web-based meetings, desk-top video conferencing, and to share documents via the web with other conference “attendees.” Free 14-day trial. $30.00/month for a 5-person “conference room.” Operations and Project Management BizEquity - see the value you have created in your business. Free. Feed Burner - provides traffic analysis and advertising for your web site. Free. Project2Manage - allows you to keep all elements of a project in one place and share with others on your team. The free version does not allow file sharing. The $4.00/month version does. CutePDF – allows you to convert Microsoft files to PDF. Free. Survey Monkey – lets you create and publish custom online surveys of clients or potential clients. Free basic service. We welcome your questions and comments. Please e-mail them to: or visit our website at: http://www.bowenassoc. net and check the entrepreneur section. La Ronda answers all questions personally or in this column.

Community Business Meet-up at McDonalds Sunrise Blvd and Zinfandel Drive, 2nd Tuesday Morning of each month. Starting June 8, 2010, at 6:30am. Coffee compliments of McDonalds and Gold River Community Newspaper. Complimentary coffee is available until 6:55am. The meeting will last 50 to 55 minutes. The mission is to get to know each other, share problems to be solved, share solutions. Brainstorm possibilities to help the community thrive. Learn and share how Small Business (1 person self employed to 10 employees) can work with: government, Non-profits, and Big Business.

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Fashion Show & Luncheon

You are cordially invited to: Eskaton Lodge Gold River, 11390 Coloma Road, Gold River, Ca. 95670. May 8th at 12:30 pm, A Mother’s Day Fashion Show. Please RSVP with Amber or Bobbie 916-852-7900

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Biz Idea for Kids

By Sarah Cook

Legal Ease

By Michael L. Hanks

You’ve got the WRITE STUFF to earn $$

Did you know that you can write poetry, a novel or even a how-to booklet and get paid for it? Many magazines, websites, blogs, publishing companies and authors are looking for articles written by kids. There are also many writing contests out there that you could enter and potentially win. I recently interviewed a very young author named Dakota Lee. You can find out about her at Not only did she publish a novel but she s currently writing another one and now gets paid to speak. She speaks about what she wrote, how to write, as well as how to get your writing published. Another young author I interviewed was Gloson Teh from all the way in Malaysia. He is the youngest poet there as well as the youngest blogger. His blog is full of great info for kids in business.

Under long established tax law, the amount by which a debt is reduced or forgiven in a settlement or write off constitutes “cancellation of indebtedness income” (CII) for tax purposes, treated generally the same as earned income. So, were it not for temporary federal (and now conforming California state law) which suspend the taxability of CII for loan reductions and write offs for certain residential real property secured loans, taxable CII can be generated when you walk away from a mortgage or receive a mortgage principal modification. However, even when the temporary laws lapse (starting in 2013), other exceptions apply to the CII recognition rule. You need to consult with a CPA or tax attorney if you think you may have a CII problem. It may be less of a problem than you think.

Hot Flash

By Cindy Sample

How to Talk to Your Guy

My mother once told me there are only two things men really care about: sex and food. If you’re not sure how to please your man, just walk into the family room naked as a jail bird, carrying a ham and swiss on rye. I think it was my mother who shared that piece of advice although it could have been Pamela Anderson. As a card-carrying member of the Hot Flash set, I’ve earned my stripes. Here are a few great tips on communicating with the opposite sex. 1. Never ask your husband or boyfriend if you look good in an outfit. They don’t understand why we need to ask and it annoys them. Obviously they think we look great. They wouldn’t be with us if they didn’t. DUH! 2. Women in a relationship constantly evaluate the nuances of every conversation. We dissect every line of his emails wondering if there’s a hidden message that we are missing. Ladies, here’s the message. If he asks you out, he wants to be with you. If he emails you, he likes you. If he doesn’t email you, he still likes you. He just didn’t put it on his to do list because he didn’t think he had to. The reason why: he likes you so why does he have to email you. 3. Men are hunters. Single minded, with the ability to focus on only one thing at a time. Women are foragers. We forage for everything, including information. This is why we talk. A lot. Our “babbling” is our method of gleaning tidbits of information. Unfortunately our single minded men listen to our chatter and their eyes glaze over. Just remember that timing is everything. The best time to ensure your man REALLY listens is immediately after he has completed a task and before he takes on a new one When in doubt whether or not he’s in the proper frame of mind, go back to paragraph one. That usually does the trick. I could go on for pages but my editor won’t let me. He is a man (insert heavy sigh here) and there are limits to the number of words he can handle at one time.

Successful Thinkers

By Darren Bocksnick

The Success Spice

Recently, I overheard a colleague speaking about her “hectic” day and of the mood she had awoken to that morning. The term she used to describe how her mood had been was “sour”. Not surprisingly, her day was reflective of the sour mood she awoke to; which carried over into her work and caused her performance levels to wane. In retrospect, I thought of the implications of not only what she said in terms of how it seemed to establish the precedent for the rest of her day, but also of the exact verbiage she used to describe her day. Since when has the sense of taste been equated to an emotional condition, a feeling or a state-of-mind? If mood can be equated to an emotional meal that nourishes our mental well-being, then perhaps we should consider what spices we are using to flavor things up. We use terms like “sweet” and or “bitter” or in this case, “sour” to describe our days and our current, mental states. When such descriptions are given, they seem to set the precedent for how the rest of our day will transpire. Is it possible that we allow a fleeting, emotional whim like a “sour” mood to embody our entire day and thereby, limit the potential and opportunity that such a day could have brought forth? Since success is that perfect, well balanced meal and state of being we are all aspiring towards, then terms like “positive” or “great” should be the spices we use to provide its flavor. When asked how our days are going, we need to set the proper precedent and thus, steer our comments toward the path we wish to travel. We should always respond with “life is good” and this will become the spice that flavors our day. Have you spiced up your day lately? Then, try using “success”!

Cancellation of Debt as Income

Business and You

By Amparo Diaz Aztiazarain

Turning Problems into Opportunities More often than not, problems bring within them the silver lining of opportunities but unless you are grounded with the mindset of having a positive point of view, you will be missing seeing the opportunities and will see only the obstacles of a problem. Hidden opportunities that can lead to knowledge and growth and can affect the quality of your product or service in a positive way. Most people focus only on finding a solution to turn things around, and by just stopping there, we often forget the benefits that problems can bring in any area of life and business. Recently, I had the unpleasant experience of having a tough problem to solve. I reminded myself that “there are no problems, only opportunities.” If you chose to see it as an opportunity you will likely be receptive to solving issues faster too, and over a long period of time, you may even come to embrace and welcome “problems.” That statement may appear to be a stretch as you read this but really, to a seasoned problem solver, problems begin to represent the seeds of growth and opportunities, and are welcomed just as good news. Even if the answers don’t reveal themselves immediately, when you accept that you will find a solution, you’ll go from feeling like you can’t do anything to gaining confidence and a “can-do” winning attitude as well. This positive point of view allows us to turn a negative into a positive and one that builds and increases the quality of anything, rather than leave things as they are; and that is a paradigm shift in the approach to viewing and solving problems.

Day Trips

Free Jelly Belly Factory Tour!

About a 45 minute drive from Sacramento is the famous Jelly Belly Factory. The tour is free!!!! You get taken around the factory with a birds eye view of how the Jelly Belly goes from nothing to the fabulous gourmet jelly bean I love to eat! And at the end you get a free small bag of Jelly Bellys (so you get to walk away with some of the great jelly beans even if you don’t want to spend the money in the store). You even get to see great pieces of art made out of only Jelly Belly jelly beans! Jelly Belly Candy 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA 94533 |(707) 4282800. Drive West on I-80 to Fairfield, exit on Abernathy Road go South; turns into Chadbourne Road; then left (or East) on Guittard Way. You’ll see the factory and maybe smell the sweet fragrance of tasty jelly beans. Enjoy

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The Sacramento Theatre Company presents

The Country Western Musical


Peggy Boling My office has moved.

April 28-May 23, 2010

I’m still here. . . For your convenience I am available to meet clients at my “New” Gold River or Fair Oaks office.


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You can send a greeting card or a post card through the US Postal Service using your computer. I’ll show you how. Email Gary at:

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What People Think

Of ONE Community eNewspaper and GOLD RIVER Community Newspaper

Wow Gary, This is a great format! Congratulations….David Granzella This is a great web site..Did you do this yourself?? Jack Bingham Thank you so much for sending me the publication and for your support of SAWRT, Jennifer Goto Thanks Gary. Very interesting concept. I do appreciate your giving me a start with a by-line though. I’ll look forward to next issue. Keep it coming. Maybe we can work together on something in the future. Best wishes, Richard Langtry Gary, Thanks for finally providing a copy of your eNewspaper. I’m impressed. Great. Scottie Moore Hi..Looking good!! Rick Worsley There is always something about holding a paper in your hands-but-I really like the “eNewspaper” you have put together. Thanks. This is really good stuff. Thanks, Steve McCormick Good idea!!!! Bill Schlack Great eNewspaper, Thanks, Dennis Cochrane Gary, This is my first time viewing your eNewspaper; it’s very good. As a matter of fact, I found an advertisement in the paper that I will contact for service. Thanks for sending it my way. Cordially, Otis Bailey, C.A.M.F. Gary:  Lotsa ads.  Good job. Good epaper.  Keep sending them. Thanks, Roger Stalick Thanks Gary! By the way, the article produced and featured in your publication about my co-worker Julie Dang is great. Cynthia Robinson Gary, I enjoy reading your eNewspaper.  Thanks for sending it. Connie Morrill Looks good to me. Bill Husa Wow!  What a great publication!  I’m going to really enjoy this.  Thank you! Stacey Gwiazdon Great photos! Donna Burke Fantastic! Thanks, Annette Hinkley Thank you for sending - it really is a nice neighborhood paper. Karla Swanson Gary, I enjoyed this. Thank you, Pamela Karwacki Thank you very much Gary for sending your January issue of your e-newspaper.  Happy New Year!! Diana L. Rude’ Hi Gary.  I really like the way you can turn the pages electronically.  Looking better and better. La Ronda Thanks for forwarding, Gary. Each issue gets better. Nice job. Happy New Year! Richard Langtry

Day Trips

El Dorado County Historical Museum

Next to the El Dorado County Fair Grounds 104 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667 Phone: (530) 621-5865 Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM Email: Take an informative tour, wander among the historical artifacts, or research a family ancestor. The El Dorado County Historical Museum is the place to learn about the fascinating history of El Dorado County, one of California’s original and most historic counties. The Mission of the County Museum is: To exhibit and interpret the heritage of the County in a current, accurate, and engaging manner; To be a valuable historical resource to the community through its wellorganized research facility, historical exhibits, and educational programs;

To collect, document, and preserve artifacts and records significant to the history of El Dorado; County using the highest standards of scholarship and professional museum and archival practices; To provide a rewarding experience for volunteers and enhance the museum’s significance to the community.

Great paper. Fits what you’re doing. Ron NaSal Hi Gary, We just got the latest edition of the Gold River Newspaper and are SO pleased with the article on our daughter Sierra Casas. Thanks you so much for doing this.  Needless to say, we’re very proud of her and truly appreciate you recognizing her in this way. Thanks again! Dave and Stephanie Koenig Facebook: David Koenig commented on your status: “LOVE the front page!!!” Facebook: Jt Long commented on your status: “Wow. Great digital format. The photo section is just what a community newspaper should deliver.” Thank you for all of your support! Brian Healey Gary, hi..this looks pretty slick!!..well done,  and best wishes, Rick Worsley Thanks for passing this along! Sallie Boorman Good morning Gary, Thank you for taking the time to speak with my group last Wednesday. Everyone really enjoyed your positive and go-to attitude. Most of everyone in the room are dealing and coping with their own time management, and they especially enjoyed your time management method. Have a wonderful week ahead and we look forward to our future projects together. Thank you, Kent Wong

Day Trips

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center

…is located inside Ancil Hoffman County Park, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, off Tarshes Drive in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. The San Lorenzo entrance to Ancil Hoffman Park is permanently locked and the only way to enter the Effie Yeaw Nature Center is from Tarshes Drive.  Outside the Center is a Maidu Indian summer village replica. The adjacent 77-acre nature preserve has self-guiding interpretive trails through the riparian woodland and along the American River.

Watchable wildlife, including deer, coyotes, migratory songbirds and wild turkeys can be seen when exploring the riverbank trails through the preserves lush oak woodlands. Inside in the discovery room there are ever-changing, interactive exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the Sacramento region. You and your family can have a fun day of hiking and even get a chance to spot some of the wild animals that live in the area.

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Photo Center Send us your photos!

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Snowshoeing at Donner Lake Hike to Lake Clementine

Brunch Time

Hiking in Santa Cruz mountains

Spring Walk/Brunch Backyard BBQ in Morgan Creek

Saturday morning Bowling

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NFIB at the State Capitol The Voice of Small Business

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Saturday Morning Walk with Mayor Ken Cooley of Rancho Cordova

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THERE’S A NEW NEIGHBOR in your neighborhood.

Now that I’m right here in your area, there’s no one better than a State Farm agent to serve your insurance needs. Call me today.

Tara Dietel, Agent Insurance Lic. #: OB73548 11251 Coloma Rd, Suite F Gold River, CA 95670 Bus: 916-852-9491

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A New Neighbor in our Community

Tara Dietel, is your new Gold River State Farm Agent. Her team includes Frances & Marion. They have 30 years of State Farm experience and are dedicated to helping the Gold River community. She’s a qualified professional that cares about the community. Drop in and say hi to the new State Farm family in the neighborhood. One stop shop –Education –Claim Service –24/7 Customer Service – Stop in and say hi. They’re all very friendly. 11251 Coloma Rd, Ste. F, on the corner of Cemo Circle and Coloma Rd. in Gold River. You can call also 852-9491. Tara Dietel

“Man is a magnet, and every line and dot and detail of his experiences come by his own attraction.” — Elizabeth Towne: Was a writer, editor, publisher of self-help books What happens when you load too many photos or papers under the refrigerator magnet? It falls to the floor. Why? Has it lost its magnetic properties? No. It was simply a weak magnet and therefore could only attract a little. We all hold this same “magnetic ability” to attract all of life’s experiences. By empowering their mind, some have enhanced their magnetic ability — thus attracting most anything they think of. While most, unaware of their own power of attraction, are like the fridge magnet that can’t attract the simplest things in life. How strong is your magnet? — Joe Vitale


We came to The Lodge for my wife. We stayed for both of us. Eskaton Lodge Gold River Assisted Living & Memory Care 11390 Coloma Road Gold River, CA 95670 916-852-7900

License # 347001241

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What’s Cook’n With Mom Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits


Ingredients: 3 cups vanilla nonfat yogurt 1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen strawberries in juice 1 pint fresh blackberries, raspberries or blueberries 1 cup good quality granola Directions: Layer 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt into the bottom each of 4 tall glasses. Combine strawberries and juice with fresh berries. Alternate layers of fruit and granola with yogurt until glasses are filled to the top. Serve parfaits immediately to keep granola crunchy.

Cherry Ricotta Cheesecake

Ingredients: Cooking spray 1 16-ounce container of part-skim ricotta cheese 1/2 cup of reduced-fat sour cream 4 ounces of neufchatel cheese, or reduced fat cream cheese, softened 3 large eggs 3/4 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon of salt 2 cups fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin 1 tablespoon warm water Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Place ricotta in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add sour cream, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon zest and salt. Process until well blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the center is just set, 50 to 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Put the cherries, honey and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. In a small bowl stir the gelatin in the warm water until dissolved then stir the dissolved gelatin into the cherry mixture. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours, stirring once or twice, until the mixture is thickened but not yet formed to the pan. After the 3 hours chilling, top the cheesecake with the cherry mixture and then serve, or keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.

Day Trips

Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine was the richest hard-rock mine in the State of California producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years (1850-1956). George Roberts, the original discoverer of the gold soon sold his interest and by 1869 William Bourn Sr. owned controlling interest. The Bourn family maintained control of the mine until 1929 when it was sold to Newmont Mining. It ceased operation in 1956. In 1975 the State purchased the surface property as the Empire Mine State Historic Park. The Park continues to draw thousands of worldwide visitors each year and is noted for its historical tours of the Bourn Cottage, the mineyard and “living history” events. In addition to the tours noted above, the Park museum has a scale model of the underground workings of the Empire/Star mine complex, a “gold room” which displays ore samples from local mines,an Assay Office, and an extensive mineral collection. A video entitled “Tears from the Sun” depicting various gold mining techniques is shown on a regular basis. Daily Park HoursMarch 1- Dec. 31, 10:00 AM. - 5:00 PM. Entrance fee: $5.00 for adults over 16, $3.00 for children 6 to 16, children under 5 are free. Tours: Cottage,

Mineyard and Grounds & Gardens $2.00 each (adults).(all Tours are weather permitting and Schedule is subject to change).Note: although credit cards are accepted in the Gift Shop, entrance fees must be paid in cash or by check. The Park is located in Grass Valley California, the heart of the gold country. How to get to the Park: The Park is located on Empire Street which is a well marked exit on Route 49. From Sacramento, take I-80 and pick up route 49 north in Auburn. (530) 273-8522.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey or ground sirloin 1 zucchini 2 carrots, peeled 1 onion, peeled 3 cloves garlic, peeled 3 tablespoons chili powder, 3 palm fulls 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 2/3 palm full 1 tablespoon coriander, a palm full Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup beef stock 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas 3 cups shredded Chihuahua cheese or Monterey Jack 4 scallions, chopped 2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat a large high sided skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the meat and brown, 5 minutes. While meat browns, grate the zucchini and carrots with a box grater. Add the vegetables to the meat and grate in the onion and garlic. Season the meat with chili, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and cook 7 to 8 minutes more to soften vegetables. Stir in beef stock. Grease a 8 by 13-inch baking pan with vegetable oil. Layer in 3 overlapping flour tortillas and top with 1/3 meat, 1/3 cheese. Repeat the layers twice and bake 10 to 12 minutes to brown cheese. Top with scallions, lettuce and tomatoes, cut into squares and serve.

Mini Mushroom-andSausage Quiches

Ingredients: 8 ounces turkey breakfast sausage , removed from casing and crumbled into small pieces 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup sliced scallions 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 5 eggs 3 egg whites 1 cup 1% milk Directions: Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat a nonstick muffin tin generously with cooking spray (see Tip). Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Add oil to the pan. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in scallions, cheese and pepper. Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup. Bake until the tops are just beginning to brown, 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place a rack on top of the pan, flip it over and turn the quiches out onto the rack. Turn upright and let cool completely. A good-quality nonstick muffin tin works best for this recipe. If you don’t have one, line a regular muffin tin with foil baking cups.

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California Film Foundation In 1993 a group of visionary writers and filmmakers began a historic journey. The vision was to create an organization that would educate, encourage and support the professional development of writers and film makers and their projects. Over the years NorCal Film has helped support area filmmakers and expand our region’s influence as the Capital of California Cinema.  To that end, the foundation has worked to promote film as art and as an economic and civic benefit, developing year-round screenings, community projects and special events. It is in fact

the only not for profit organization in Sacramento dedicated to engaging both its members and the general public in a lifelong, understanding of film and film culture. Now, we have grown to support film makers from other regions of California. But do not worry. We are from NorCal and as such, the emphasis on development of talent in this region will not fade. If you are a screen-writer, director, producer or artist, you should consider becoming a member. If you are an avid lover of cinema you should consider joining our film society. Contact us at 916-475-9616.

You can walk with the Mayor of Rancho Cordova… On a Saturday Morning

Mayor Ken Cooley, said, “I think that it’s a great sign of the fun and sense of community, whether it’s the curious bug on the sidewalk that fascinates a child, the striking blooms along the way, or birds flying or singing overhead.” Melody Mayer, a long-time resident who participated in the first two walks, said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know my neighbors, other community members, and local leaders plus I’m also getting out and being active as part of the Rancho Cordova Great Health Challenge.” Mayor Cooley invites adults, seniors, teens, and parents with their children to join in the walks, saying he marveled at how much kids enjoy a simple community walk. Next walk: June 5: Peter J. Shields Elementary School, 10434 Georgetown Drive. The walk will start at 9 a.m. get there early.

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Asian Resources Lunar New Year Dinner

Asian Resources, Inc. (ARI) is a non-profit community based organization established in 1980 dedicated to providing multiple social services needed in the community, empowering everyone to become a vital part of the changing, diverse society. Each year the Lunar New Year dinner raises funds to continue the Summer Youth Program. This year Asian Resources honored California Controller John Chiang, Sierra Health Foundation and Ofa Mann for their leadership and commitment to the community with Acting Lieutenant Governor Mona Pasquil as the Special Guest. (*TOFA) To’utupu ‘oe ‘Otu Felenite Association

Acting Lieutenant Governor Mona Pasquil, State Controller John Chiang, *TOFA Board President Ofa Mann

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By Brett Owens

Things You Should Consider BEFORE You Scale Most entrepreneurs are hard wired to dream big – they want to impose their will on the world. “Go big or go home!” we proclaim proudly. While there are certainly advantages of having a nicely scaled business, it’s especially important for us to keep our cool early on. The formative stages of a company are all about figuring out what works, and what doesn’t – so that you can do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t. This means we need to focus on small experiments, so we can quickly cut our losers, and let our winners run – or better yet, double down on those winners! Patience is crucial to execute at this point. The Silicon Valley mindset of “doing a startup” seems to have crept into Main Street thinking – that is, come up with a cool concept, scale it as quickly and aggressively as you can, and get everyone who touches the enterprise rich in the process – gee, if only it were that easy! The truth is that scaling is fine, but it’s important to do it only AFTER you’ve got something working. Only scale your product development effort when you know somebody is willing to pay for your product. Only scale your marketing after you’ve figured out how to acquire a customer at a reasonable price. And so on. One of the biggest secrets in the startup world is the time it took many of today’s “overnight successes” to actually become successes. The founders of Microsoft, Google, and other tech superstars toiled in obscurity for many years before anyone else cared. So just focus on getting the basics right – make a product that delights your customers, support them the best you can, and figure out cost effective ways to acquire more of them. If you can do these three things effectively, I certainly like your chances at growing your business. As legendary basketball coach John Wooden used to say: “Be quick – but don’t hurry!”

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By David Granzella

Success Story

One of the most important aspects of investing in real estate is your network. Investing is a team sport.  Competition among investors has been fierce on the MLS over the last year.  In order to acquire properties that work, you need cash and the ability to offer on a property within hours of it coming up on the MLS. We have been able to not only survive, but thrive in this situation because we have a team that can execute exactly that.  Recently, we had so many properties under contract that things were beginning to get a little chaotic - so, we wholesaled two of them.  One of the two was a property we had just outside Old Town Sean O’Toole, Roseville.  Because the property had been stripped in prep Founder & CEO, for rehab it was unable to be financed - and because we stuck with the property through a long and tough negotiation while the other investors fell by the wayside, we were able to get it for an incredible price.      Our club (anyone can join), NorCalREIA, is a community of like-minded investors - and through that community we sent out our wholesale offers.  Within 12 hours we had two buyers lined up, one of which was finally purchasing her first rental property - our Old Town Roseville house.  She got a property for well under market rents and we made an incredible $15,000 profit, without doing any work.  This kind of deal would not be possible without a network and community of buyers and investors who can share opportunities like this with each other. Next Investors Meeting: Thursday May 20th at Holiday Inn on Date Drive off of Madison 6:45pm. Sean O’Toole is the Founder and CEO of ForeclosureRadar; the only company that tracks every foreclosure in California with daily updates on all foreclosure auctions. ForeclosureRadar features unprecedented tools to search, manage, track and analyze preforeclosure, foreclosure auction, short sale and bank owned real estate. The service was launched in May 2007 by Sean O’Toole, who spent 15 years building and launching software companies before entering the foreclosure business in 2002 where he has successfully bought and sold more than 150 foreclosure properties. He is a noted foreclosure expert with appearances in the N.Y. Times, 60 Minutes, CNBC, Bloomberg, KCRA, Mercury News, L.A. Times, KRON and the SF Chronicle. ForeclosureRadar is privately held and based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Techy Products Facebook’s Privacy Changes Get Scary

Facebook’s long had some privacy issues, and now that they’re broadening their reach on the web, who knows what’ll happen next? Oh, right. We do: 2007 - Facebook Beacon links your purchases at online stores to your Facebook account so your friends (and marketers) can see what you’re buying. 2010 - Facebook makes it impossible for you to hide certain information, such as your interests and location, from everybody. 2011 - Facebook History Tracker makes your web surfing history publicly viewable on your feed (and to marketers). After a brief uproar, Facebook enables an “incognito mode” for when you want to look at porn, but it’s buried deep within the settings and automatically shuts off after each session. 2012 - Facebook Life Recorder is a small camera apparatus that’s worn on your head, automatically tagging the friends you interact with via facial recognition and posting to your wall. Information such as where you shop and what you buy is put into a database (for marketers). There’s more…to 2020

Will iPhone 4’s Audio and Video Chat Finally Break the Voice Calling Scam?

A front-facing iPhone camera means video calling, but it’s also a sign of something bigger. Combined with other recent leaks, it means that Apple is bringing iChat to the iPhone. Everything about voice calling may be about to change. iChat, You Chat So, how does the appearance of a front-facing camera change standard voice calling? Let’s connect the dots: • Front-facing camera means video calling • Leaks suggest video calling is part of overall iChat • iChat software and new VOIP provisions in OS means voice chat, too (maybe even for older iPhones) • iChat branding, arrival of iPad and new OS multitasking all suggest compatibility with desktop app and standard buddy lists • iPhone-to-desktop compatibility means everybody talks to everybody, no special plans needed Voice calling and SMS are both just part of the data stream, and don’t deserve special treatment. Now, when there’s a well-designed unified iChat client presenting an alternative to traditional calling and messaging, those old systems will become inconveniences. If Apple manages to do this right, and that’s still a big if, they will finally provide a more human way to communicate: Pick a person, and reach out. The “how”—whether you use text, voice or video—should be of less importance than the “who.”

Speeding Tickets Now Coming From Outer Space

As though cameras on top of every traffic light weren’t bad enough already: there’s now a trial run of satellites that will catch you speeding, over a several-block range, from hundreds of miles up. Hope for clouds, I guess? The SpeedSpike system is being tested at two locations in London, and works a little differently than your typical trap: cameras on the ground are assisted by satellites that are capable of calculating your average speed between two points. Which to me just means a lot of speeding, then going very, very slowly, then speeding, and so on: The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled “number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day”. It also referred to the system’s “low cost” and ease of installation. The system could be used for “main road enforcement for congestion reduction and speed enforcement”, and could help to “eliminate rat-runs” and cut speeds outside schools, it added. It could also reduce the need for speed humps. So much for hoping for clouds. Maybe a stray meteor, then?

Who Wants A Watch Containing Volcanic Ash From April’s Icelandic Eruption? From the same chap who brought us the watch with actual moon dust and parts from Apollo 11, comes the timely (sorry) Icelandic watch. With—you guessed it—volcanic ash. Pretty fast, considering it only erupted last month. Romain Jerome’s design looks burnt to the crisp, but if that’s the style your wrist has been craving then be quick—there’s just one available. The price isn’t listed as it’s one of those cases where if you have to ask you really can’t afford it.

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