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ust over two years ago, my friend Lisa Schmidt and I embarked on a journey to save East Sacramento’s historic Clunie Community Center from closing and to ensure that McKinley Rose Garden would become a world-class public garden. It has taken far more time and energy than we ever expected, but the results are far more than we anticipated. As they say, no pain, no gain. Since assuming a five-year lease from the city for Clunie in October 2012, we have made remarkable progress, most of which I credit

directly to Lisa. For the past year, she has worked more than full time—on a volunteer basis—to transition the center’s operations to nonprofit management. She does it all: manages the finances and books, shows the facilities to prospects, attends events to make sure all goes as planned, manages the weekly schedule and works with our facility manager, Joe Pane, to manage our four part-time employees. She also handles more mundane chores like cleaning stains out of the carpet and dealing with plugged toilets—things definitely not on her bucket list! By establishing a new website and promoting the center’s rental facilities through our publications and other methods, we increased rental revenues by 150 percent. This increase leaves the facility essentially self-sustaining, something we had anticipated would take far longer than a year. When we inherited the building, it was a mess, the victim of deferred maintenance for many years. The last time the city improved the building was 17 years earlier.

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2012. The city had just completed infrastructure work on the garden, including new ADA-compliant concrete walkways, irrigation system and turf. But the garden plantings were in shambles.

Countless times this past year, Lisa and I looked at each other, laughed and repeated, “No good deed goes unpunished.” We took on the responsibility of raising $135,000 to replace more than half of the garden’s 600 rosebushes, install hundreds of new boxwood edging plants and plant the eight empty perennial flower beds in a botanical garden theme. We also refurbished 26 park benches with new Trex slats and had the iron bases PUBLISHER page 10

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FROM page 9 cleaned and recoated. Earlier, in 2011, we built a new brick monument sign with funds we raised from home tours. We also created an Adopt-A-Garden program, which allows donors to dedicate a small plaque in memory or honor of a loved one. The money raised through the program helps support the garden. It has been very successful and accounts for about 20 percent of the annual cost to maintain the garden. While rental revenues from weddings and other special events cover a good portion of the cost of a private weekly lawn and garden service, volunteers take full responsibility for the care of the rosebushes. Led by Ellie Longanecker—a rosarian and president of Sacramento Rose Society—volunteers fertilize, deadhead and prune the 1,200 bushes. I lead a group of a dozen volunteers who show up weekly to deadhead the roses. Sacramento Sheriff’s work release teams are also important to the garden’s maintenance, coming in groups of 40 or more to work several

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hours once a month. We provide the training, tools and supervision. This past summer, the Watkins family provided funds to construct a beautiful new wrought-iron shade gazebo in the center of the garden. It was built by local iron artist Bill Kuyper and fashioned after the existing iron arches installed more than a decade ago to support the climbing roses. While Clunie has been made selfsustaining, the rose garden presents a different situation, given it is still a public garden open to all to enjoy. Even though we have raised rental revenues by more than 150 percent, we still need approximately $10,000 in donated funds each year to keep the garden looking its best. Some of that money will go to hire a college horticulture student as a summer intern to oversee the garden, a job I have been performing. With our growing business, I cannot continue to devote the extensive volunteer time again next year. But I do plan to manage the intern. Keep in mind that, just five years ago, the city had two full-time park

employees caring for the garden. Most public gardens of this size are run by much larger and better-staffed organizations. The summer intern will be our “boots on the ground” in the garden, overseeing maintenance and volunteer efforts and developing a manual on the garden’s care. If our nonprofit ever needs to turn the garden back to the city, city staffers will better understand what it takes to keep it going. Along with our rose garden volunteerism, we also organized more than 5,000 volunteer hours of general park maintenance with our McKinley Park Volunteer Corps. The arson that destroyed a portion of the McKinley Park playground was an added burden. At the request of City Councilmember Steve Cohn, we agreed to do a commemorative brick fundraising project. Led by Cathy Diepenbrock, the project raised $40,000 for the new community-built playground this past summer. We were grateful to receive Councilmember Cohn’s District 3 Volunteer of the Year Award in June. While I shared the award with Lisa, I believe she is far more deserving than me. Our arrangement is considered a public-private partnership and has worked relatively well as we have developed relationships with the top city park managers. This past year, the city repainted the small building in the rose garden and the exterior trim at Clunie at our request. City staff has been receptive of our efforts, and we are grateful. After numerous air-conditioning failures last summer, we are asking the city to replace the air-conditioning system this coming year. The biggest hassles we have faced came from a few members of the public who misunderstand situations. Early on, a preservation group accused us of endangering seniors and children by not opening Clunie’s restrooms to the public as the city had done previously. Our insurance carrier required the restrooms to have access limited via a key code to renters, event attendees and library patrons only. The security of visitors to the building had to be our first priority, and we were not in a position to accept the considerable risks. Plus, we pay to have the restrooms cleaned

six days a week for our renters, a task the city had performed just three times a week. When we removed old, diseased roses along the front entrance walk to Clunie and replaced them with lovely white rose trees, a woman complained to the city that we had removed some of the finest rosebushes in the city! Another time last spring, when we were unable to turn down the surging heat inside the building—the controls are located downtown in a city facility—the city got complaints that we were leaving the doors open and wasting energy. Countless times this past year, Lisa and I looked at each other, laughed and repeated, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Moving forward, we have established a fundraising campaign called the McKinley Park Renewal Fund, which we are kicking off this month. Donations will be used to preserve and renew McKinley Park. Our goals and projects for the next year include funding ongoing McKinley Rose Garden maintenance needs, a summer horticultural student internship, and tree and shrub fertilization and replacement. We also are working on designing creative “parklets” within the park and increasing ADA accessibility parkwide. One of our goals for the rose garden and Clunie has been that this public-private partnership needs to be sustainable without Lisa or me. Last month, we hired a part-time reservation coordinator, Katie Talbot. We think that our rental revenue next year will bring in enough funds so that we can give Katie more hours, cutting back on the time Lisa spends with renters. We appreciate gifts of every size and work to make sure every last dollar is well spent. You can be a Friend for a $75 annual donation. Colorful McKinley Park banners will acknowledge donors who give $5,000 or more. Visit mckinleyparkcenter. org to donate online via Paypal. You can also send a check to Friends of East Sacramento, 3104 O St. #222, Sacramento 95816. Consider it a gift to your community this holiday season! Cecily Hastings can be reached at publisher@insidepublications.com. n


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Signs of Success SACRAMENTAN’S HAND-PAINTED SIGNS SELLING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

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Emily Lasher Van Orden creates hand-painted signs for weddings, restaurants, baby’s nursery, kitchens, shops and on and on

or paintings,” she says. “There isn’t anything that I wouldn’t take on, wholeheartedly.” Her signs are simple. Hand-stained wood with curly cursive writing in a crisp white linen color. But there is something decidedly complex about their simple nature. For starters, she writes messages that convey special heartfelt themes, inspirational quotes or handy instructions, like where to put your shoes. Next, she creates all of her signs the old-fashioned way. No stencils or fancy vectors. No icons. No

computer-generated images or hightech lines with wild, surreal colors. “You can’t necessarily trust a computer to be able to bring somebody’s dreams to life,” Van Orden says. Without the hindrances of stencils or computers, and with the freedom of my hands and the endless materials and inspirations out there, the artistic possibilities are endless.” This is back-to-the-basics art with down-home messages that come straight from the heart. And somehow it’s art that draws you in, making you crave a piece of her warmth in your

own life. How about a sign pointing to the wedding day guest book? Van Orden has the answer: “Please leave your wishes for the Mr. and Mrs.” And if you need to show guests where the bar is, how about, “Alcohol—because no great story ever started with someone eating a salad.” Then, of course, there’s a sign for your horse: “What happens in the barn, stays in the barn.” Van Orden was a water polo player and college student at UC Santa Barbara before she earned a graphic arts degree from the Academy of Art


University in San Francisco. Out of college, she took a job painting signs for Pottery Barn in San Francisco. But something inside called her to the jigsaw.

Out of college, she took a job painting signs for Pottery Barn in San Francisco. “I saw things that sell for so much money and I always thought, wow, I could do that,” she says. “But there’s a part of me that has trouble asking for a lot of money. So I don’t charge an arm and a leg. I try to make it affordable for someone who wants a piece in their home and can’t buy a high-end thing, but they still want it to be custom and personal. That’s the value I give.” Van Orden and her firefighter husband moved back to Sacramento after their wedding. Soon she found

herself browsing lumberyards and tool aisles. “I bought myself a table saw, some basic tools and I have an inventory of really cool wood that I cut to size, stain it and sand it. I do the entire project at my home. I prefer to do my artwork in what we call our cabana room. It’s the next best thing to being outside.” She takes an order from some faraway clients from Facebook or her website. Then it’s just a matter of getting to know them. “I love establishing relationships with my clients, working with each of them to create exactly what they are envisioning,” she says. “That’s art to me, too. In fact, everything I do in life I consider an art, from talking to writing to cleaning to cooking to makeup to actual crafts and all things in between. I believe that kind of mentality makes the world seem beautiful in so many ways.” Van Orden’s signs sell from $10 to $300 depending on the size and complexity. To see her artwork or

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KONDOS AT COUNTRY DAY Students at Sacramento Country Day School paid tribute to native Sacramentan and renowned landscape artist Gregory Kondos at their annual chalk mural event this fall. Each year the school selects a featured artist and students spend a full day replicating his works in sidewalk chalk. Kondos was on hand to inspire as the budding artists painstakingly did their best to copy his clean powerful style. Kondos is known for bold expanses of cobalt-blue skies and sapphire water, large swaths of evenly applied solid color, boats, trees and water scenes, and a strong simple reference point in each work. Kondos studied at Sacramento City College and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art at the California State University, Sacramento. He taught at Sacramento City College for 27 years and was the founder and director of the campus gallery. With fellow artist and friend Wayne Thiebaud, Kondos founded the Artists Cooperative Gallery (now the Artists Contemporary Gallery), one of the earliest showcases for aspiring artists in Northern California.

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? If you’re looking for the perfect holiday mood-setter, look no further than to Northminster Presbyterian Church’s Bel Tempo Hand Bell Christmas Benefit Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3235 Pope Ave. Bel Tempo is a community hand bell choir sponsored by Northminster and directed by Mary Balkow. “Welcome Christmas!” will feature a variety of holiday favorites arranged for hand bells. Audience members of all ages will have an opportunity to “ring the bells” and also participate in carol singing.

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Students at Sacramento Country Day School paid tribute to native Sacramentan and renowned landscape artist Gregory Kondos at their annual chalk mural event this fall

This year’s concert will benefit St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children. St. John’s offers a number of services including the Employment Readiness Program, which provides an opportunity to adopt the professional skills and personable habits to improve job placements and prospects. A freewill offering will be taken at the end of the concert, with all donations going to St. John’s. Guests are encouraged to bring diapers for the shelter. For more information, call 487-5192 or go to northminsteronline. org.

JUNIOR MARAUDERS ROMP All four Jesuit Junior Marauders football teams picked up championship prizes for the third year in a row in the Sacramento Youth Football League competing against eight other league teams. Jesuit’s

feeder program consists of 130 players and 30 cheerleaders ages 5-13 spread over four teams. JJM is the official youth tackle football feeder program for Jesuit High School. “We are a faith-based organization that acts as an extension of Jesuit High School in everything we do from our offensive and defensive schemes, coaching philosophies, terminology, character standards and even the color of our uniforms,” says Scott Brownholtz, acting president who co-founded the program along with Charlie Bisharat and Brad Burgess. “We have a big brother program where the high school players ‘adopt’ a Junior Marauder and mentor their athletic development. “We completely focus on the development of our kids. Our goal is to prepare them to play football at Jesuit High School through safety, fundamentally sound techniques and developing a passion for the game of

Sacramento rehabilitative massage therapist Kym Adair is making a few waves in the massage world. Specifically, she’s working to make the public and medical professionals aware of the ways custom-tailored rehabilitative massage practices can help heal soft tissue injuries. A native Sacramentan, Adair spent several years in the state of Washington, where she studied massage and was licensed to work alongside medical professions integrating massage into therapeutic recovery programs for patients with soft tissue injuries. When she returned to Sacramento and set up her practice in the Arden area (Body Fix Therapies), Adair says she noticed fewer regulations and fewer hours of training were required to become a massage therapist in California. What’s more, she says, many medical professionals didn’t acknowledge rehabilitative massage as a treatment for some soft tissue injuries. “Washington state is very different and massage therapists are licensed and regulated by the Department of Health,” she says. “Massage in Washington is geared toward medical work and therapists have to pass state board requirements. We have to be educated in anatomy, kinesiology and physical therapy, and consequently many Washington state insurance companies cover massage therapy. “There are zero insurance companies that cover it in California because there are few statewide regulations. It’s the chicken-egg problem. It’s very difficult to find a rehabilitative massage therapist because if insurance companies don’t cover it, schools in California don’t train for it.” Adair is making it her mission to change this in the state of California and is starting by holding


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COSTUMES STEAL THE SHOW Hats off to St. Francis High School senior Tessie Berghoff and her adviser, Rachel Malin, for so beautifully costuming the cast of Jesuit High School’s November production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Black Box Theater in Carmichael. Directed by Jesuit theater director Ed Trafton, the ensemble cast performed William Shakespeare’s classic story of two star-crossed lovers. Trafton threw in a rich twist by setting the tragedy in the colorful landscape of colonial India, a decision that opened up all sorts of options for costumes and set décor. Instead of cluttering up the set with furnishings

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and knic-knacks that might have detracted, Trafton and his tech crew proved that “less is more” and created a clean, simple set design of elegant orange and gold with only a few perfectly placed orange benches as props. The clean lines of the uncluttered set allowed the bejeweled cast to shine in flowing, sequined, embroidered and beaded gowns of rich wines, golds and pinks. All the way down to the pointy satin and glass slippers, the attention to detail spoke volumes about the care and effort the crew put into the November production. For more opportunities to see Jesuit drama productions, stay tuned for Trafton’s musical in the spring of 2015.

VARIETY KEY TO CANOPY SUCCESS Little by little Arden Park’s failing and ailing Modesto ash trees are being replaced by new trees, thanks in part to a Sacramento Tree Foundation program and the work of hundreds of volunteers who in October took to the neighborhood to replant trees. For 12 years running, the foundation has worked with Arden Park homeowners in the fall to plant a variety of fast-growing shade trees intended to replace the ash trees that are falling victim to age, mistletoe, poor pruning and storm damage. Sacramento County officials also are working to remove dead or dying trees over the next several years. Crews

CHRISTMAS TREE LANE If it’s December, it must be time for Christmas Tree Lane, a series of fashion shows and shopping opportunities held at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane. The event features a dinner at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, and a breakfast at 9 a.m. and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Christmas Tree Lane benefits the Jesuit High School scholarship fund.

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But if you need a little help or creative inspiration, head over to Northminster Presbyterian Church (3235 Pope Ave.), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, for an Advent Faire. The church is hosting a day of free crafts for people of all ages. Kids and adults alike will be working with Santa’s helpers to make all sorts of colorful items. The church also will be hosting a craft fair for shoppers interested in buying homemade foods and handmade items, including Christmas stockings, table runners, pot holders, necklaces, pillows, lap robes and scarves. Raffle tickets can be purchased to win a unique quilt. All proceeds from the sale will help send children to camp at Westminster Woods. For more details, call 4875192 or go to northminsteronline.org. If you’re shopping for some fantastic local art this holiday season, you might try checking out the new window display at Country Club Plaza at El Camino and Watt avenues, where a wide variety of goodies are on display. Some of the featured artists include Donnella Hurley, Teyrez Finlay and Joyce Wilson. Works include watercolor, mixed media, photography, giclee, pottery, scultpures and jewelry. All works are for sale. To schedule a viewing appointment, call 971-3713. The display runs through Jan. 25.

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he Carmichael Chamber of Commerce has named Sacramento district attorney Jan Scully its Person of the Year for 2014. The honor will herald her last year in the G Street building where she has spent most of her life. “I entered the D.A’s office straight out of law school,” she says. “I’ve been here for 36 years. “When I retire, I’ll have to take deep breaths. I’ll still serve on a board or two, but I want to enjoy myself and my family. I’ve been working solidly since high school.” Since earlier than that, in fact. Young Jan sold cookies and did good deeds as a Blue Bird and Campfire Girl. In her teens, she was a Mercy Hospital candy striper. She formed a choral group that regaled her church (St Ignatius on Arden Way) with Peter, Paul and Mary songs. “We also did tunes people didn’t expect in church,” she says. “But it was standing-room-only when we performed. “Through the Catholic school system, community service was a big part of my upbringing. Studying law, I didn’t envision myself as a prosecutor.

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But after two weeks working for D.A. Herb Jackson, I realized the prosecutor is the only advocate in the courtroom for crime victims and the community.” The chamber’s Jan. 24 banquet stands the lawyer beside fellow community champions. Previous honorees have included county Supervisor Susan Peters, Sheriff John McGinness, broadcaster Kitty O’Neal and sports figure Jerry Reynolds. “Carmichael holds a special place in my heart,” says Scully, an Arden Arcade resident. “When I first ran for D.A. in 1994, it was like, ‘Jan Who?’ But this area was supportive. When I lost my husband (lawyer Steve Scully) soon after I was elected, I felt the

community wrapped its arms around me. “I’ve spoken for more meetings out there than I can count on fingers and toes. I rode in the Elks’ July 4 parade in a red Mustang with my kids. They formed a better opinion of my job that day; they thought the parade was the best thing ever.” She is now married to oral surgeon Brian Royse. The D.A. and the dentist have a cat called Taz, three adult children and two step-grandchildren. In her working-mom years, Scully served Jesuit and Loretto carpools and fundraisers. “I was the biggest cheerleader at sport competitions,” she says. “No one thought of me as D.A. I was just somebody’s mom.

“And nobody thinks of me as D.A. at home. When I finish work, it’s like: Let’s eat. Did my laundry get done? My husband and I walk a lot, talk a lot. He supports me and I support him. We share time.” Sacramento’s first female D.A. has run unopposed for five terms. She was the first female president of California and national district attorney associations. Her future baby, the proposed Sacramento Family Justice Center, will shelter up to 40 social and judicial agencies under one roof. “So victims escaping family violence can easily access services to make them safe,” she says. “I’ll keep working for that in my retirement. It’ll be a holistic approach to meeting the needs of families in crisis.” At the Jan. 24 gala, San Juan School District’s former (and interim) supervisor, Dr. General Davie, will be named Educator of the Year. Don and Marie Hall’s Be Money Smart organization will be recognized as Business of the Year. Carmichael publisher Paul Scholl will be 2014 Media Person of the Year. A portion of the fundraiser’s proceeds will aid the Sheriff’s Community Impact Program. Anyone may attend. The La Sierra Center is at 5325 Engle Road. Celebrations kick off at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person in advance, $75 at the door. Admission includes dinner and a no-host bar. For more information, go to carmichaelchamber.com or call 481-1002.

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MILAGRO CENTRE BREAKS GROUND Milagro is Spanish for miracle. For developers Nancy and Allan Davis, miracles take time. Two years ago, they bought the rundown Hillside strip mall and saved Carmichael’s main street from a big-box store development. The visionaries planned a civic destination whose theme the entire world could identify with: food.

With the first sods dug, Milagro Centre entered its development phase last week. “Things didn’t happen as quickly as we’d hoped,” admits Nancy Davis, daughter of Sacramento developer Joe Benvenuti. “Getting our vision honed and on paper took planning and replanning. The county was on our side, but there are no shortcuts with permits and approvals.”

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By mid-2014, Nancy Davis plans to be sipping wine beneath 30-foot-tall palms at Carmichael’s new gathering place. The imported trees will augment nearby historic Palm Drive and specimens recently planted for a Fair Oaks Corridor revamp. Through Milagro’s development, our aging boulevard will gain a booster shot of privately funded beautification. Milagro Centre will have a Napa-style theme. A vineyard and low stone walls will run roadside; the entrance will evoke arches popular in small towns all over the United States. Among shaded tables, cool water will bubble in urns. Indoors, an atrium with fountain and fireplace will be a focal point. “The idea is for people to gather somewhere with ambiance, art and music,” says Allan Davis. Adds his wife: “We want people to sit down with a newspaper and coffee and enjoy their day. We don’t want another strip mall; we planned the center to draw people from all over Sacramento. Nothing like it exists anywhere else.” Several restaurants are just a start. Nearly 50,000 square feet space will host purveyors of anything fit for a table. Coffee, wine, bread and cheese merchants are among future tenants.

Chocolate and pasty stores will be icing on the cupcake. “We’re getting daily enquiries from businesses,” says Allan Davis. “We’re choosing tenants carefully. We don’t want to be ordinary. Vendors must fit our vision.” The designers, Michael Martin and Kenton Russell, also have incorporated an event center— overdue in a community that does not boast a town hall—for celebrations and meetings. “Any of our restaurants could cater banquets here,” Nancy Davis says. “Artists could stage exhibitions; new products could be launched.” Scheduled to begin next year, the project’s Phase 2 will include a 30-foot-tall glass and metal “tower” likely to become a community landmark. Of vital import to breakfasters, the Waffle Barn restaurant, the only remaining mall tenant, will get a facelift. “It will close temporarily for the work to be done,” says Allan Davis. “The owner isn’t upset; he’s thrilled to gain a greatlooking building where he can serve customers more efficiently.” Though the Davises’ budget remains classified, penny-pinching seems unlikely. Mature palm trees don’t come cheaply. Décor will include fabric constructions by Marco


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LOGGING ON IN CARMICHAEL PARK Declared world champion at Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2006, Jack Magee showed his caber-tossing prowess during the recent Celtic Ceilidh in Carmichael Park. The former U.S. Marine huffed, puffed and ran arrow-straight while balancing a 17-foot log in his palms. He then tossed it to bruise park turf and garner onlookers’ cheers. Magee, 71, a Scottish entertainer who frequently sings the national anthem

or “Amazing Grace” for veteran burials, attributes his formidable strength to “whiskey and haggis.” Quad exercises toughen essential manly thighs, advises the Amador County resident. “But the best way to train for the caber is just to get out and do it.” As a gold medal champion, Magee is in demand to teach disciplines required for international Highland Games competitions. Caber’s Lesson 1 is to log on. A Douglas fir is needed. Magee scouts local forests before log-prep. “It’s got to be perfectly straight,” he says. “You cut down your tree; strip the bark; let it dry for six months before you sand and paint it.” Magee hauls caber selections around Gaelic celebrations atop his three-quarter-ton pickup. “I’ve been known to take them on camping trips,” he says. “You stay in shape by throwing something every few days. It might take five years to be good at it. But if you’re not strong, fit and atheltically inclined, you won’t succeed in 50.”

Like many ancient sports, caber tossing originated from macho exploits: Suggests Magee: “Maybe some Highlander wanted to get over a stream. Or to climb a fortress in battle. He probably chopped down a tree and tossed it where it was needed. But it just as likely originated

from men drinking whiskey and arguing over who could toss a log further.” Carmichael’s daylong Fall Ceilidh also was celebrated by bagpipers, singing minstrels and Gaelic dancing. IN TUNE page 20

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STARS SHINE AT FUNDRAISER What do a Nobel Prize winner, a California Supreme Court judge, a decorated Marine and a network broadcaster have in common? The VIPs all graduated from San Juan School District high schools. At a recent Carmichael gala, they jointly entered the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall of Fame. The seventh annual Evening with the STARS (Science, Technology, Arts and Reading for Students) event supports grants endowed by the San Juan Education Foundation. Nobel recipient David Wineland began a brilliant science career at Encina High. Justice Goodwin Liu passed through Rio Americano gates. Fox Network correspondent Laura Ingle attended El Camino High. Lt.

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Broadcaster Beth Ruyak (left) welcomed VIPs at a San Juan Education Foundation gala. Receiving alumni awards were Justice Gordon Liu, Lt. Gen. John Goodman, Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle and Nobel Prize winner David Wineland.

PEDDLER AND POOCHES What sallies forth with 10 legs, two wagging tails, five wheels and three toothy grins? Sal Maida and mates Mateo and Millie-Bee. The odd trio is beheld daily on California Avenue in Carmichael. Barber Maida, 77, is much admired by motorists who honk, stop and

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t’s one thing to be a steadfast church volunteer who year after year meticulously minds the church gift shop. It’s one thing to be a mother of seven and a grandmother of 12 whose matriarchal mission is to foster kinship by hosting all manner of family reunions, from the Easter egg hunt to the regular Sunday brunch. It’s one thing to babysit those grandkids several days a week, year in, year out, and have your house continually filled with squealing, bustling children of all ages. And it’s one thing to don your best seasonal hat for church and sit in the same front right pew with your brood, a brood that five decades in the making has grown to take up about four pews at that very same church. But it’s quite another thing altogether to be that kind of woman on the home front while also being that same type of irreplaceable powerhouse in the community. Meet Carmichael’s Pat Holbus. And meet her just in time for this month’s 35th year of a signature holiday season opener craft fair, Holiday Show of Hands, the granddaddy of all crafts fairs, held annually at St. John the Evangelist School the first weekend in December. Thirty-five years ago, when her seven children were students at St. John, Holbus started the fair as a way to help the school keep tuition down for all families.

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St. John the Evangelist school secretary Carole Czimskey and longtime volunteer Pat Holbus have been organizing the parish school’s annual Holiday Show of Hands weekend craft fair for 35 years. The fair runs Dec. 6 to 8 at 5701 Locust Ave. in Carmichael and features 150 crafters.

“We still have one of the lowest tuitions in the diocese,” she said. Every year since, then she’s been the go-to, gad-about gal with a spicy walk and even spicier way of organizing hundreds of people, events, deals and details. What began with about 20 crafters and raised $1,000 has turned into an extravaganza of holiday shopping with more than 150 crafters. Wares are now spread

over the entire campus, and profits for the school last year totaled about $100,000. “People from all over Sacramento and Northern California, even some from Washington, and Oregon and along the West Coast, come to shop,” she says. “They plan their holiday shopping around it. For some, it’s become a mother-daughter reunion. Busloads of friends come as part

of a tradition to shop together. It’s a weekend that says, ‘It’s Christmastime.’ ” School secretary Carole Czimskey was initially a crafter at the fair but has been Holbus’ right arm as the behind-the-scenes organizer for most of the past 35 years. The pair, along with Holbus’ husband, Martin Holbus, the Holbus kids as well as oodles of volunteers, work together


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hen Mansour Yaghoubian is telling you about rugs, you’d better listen up. The Iranian native has owned his rug shop, Mansour’s Oriental Rug Gallery, since 1979, but his carpet education started long before that. “Every summer in high school, I would go to my uncle’s rug shop and learn,” Yaghoubian says. “I learned about production, how to repair rugs, how to wash rugs, how to select colors. In this business, knowing colors is very important.”

"I believe in service and the quality and uniqueness of my rugs, so I teach them what they need to know.” You could say that Yaghoubian’s eye runs in the family. In addition to his uncle, all of his mother’s side of the family is in the rug business, and his father’s side works with fabric. Quite an auspicious start for a kid who originally planned on being an engineer. Yaghoubian left Iran in 1974 and landed in Utah on his birthday, Dec. 22, to attend Utah State University. He decided to transfer to Sacramento State University to pursue engineering and came here in 1976. It didn’t take long after earning

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his degree, however, for Yaghoubian to discover that his passion truly lay in rugs. “I worked in a relative’s rug shop in Chapel Hill, N.C., for six months after graduating,” Yaghoubian recalls. “He offered to make me a partner in

his shop, but I wanted to go back to Sacramento. It’s the place I know.” Once he got re-ensconced, Yaghoubian wasted no time opening up his own shop in Old Sacramento, where he stayed for nine years. In 1988, he decided to make the move uptown to his current location on

Fair Oaks Boulevard. And in 2003, he opened a second outpost at Roseville Galleria. Through it all, Yaghoubian has maintained the same basic principles that make his gallery the go-to place for ravishing rugs. “My goal is to educate people before they purchase,” he says proudly. “People come in with some idea of what they want, but they don’t know about the quality or the workmanship. I believe in service and the quality and uniqueness of my rugs, so I teach them what they need to know.” All 4,000 of Mansour’s offerings have been knotted by hand by an individual weaver. He employs workers in India and Pakistan who weave exclusively for his shop, a practice that’s as time-consuming as it sounds. Oriental rugs can be made with a variety of materials, but Yaghoubian prides himself on using only the highest-quality, most-durable material—live wool, which retains some of the original animal oils to maintain its softness, shine and durability—and natural dyes, which ensure not only health safety but also a depth of color that’s impossible to achieve with any other method. “Color is so important in rug design,” Yaghoubian says. “I offer house calls to my clients because you need to see the rug in its environment. The colors can change. It will either look fabulous or ugly. You have to see it in the space.” With Yaghoubian at your door, you can bet that the rug you choose will look good underfoot for years to come. Are your floors feeling lackluster? Call Yaghoubian at 486-1221


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the peace as a sheriff’s deputy in Sacramento. But what people didn’t know then is stunning them now. When Curtis was off the sheriff’s clock in the early days of his law enforcement career, he would unwind by diving into his hobby: jewelry making. He started small. A ring here. A necklace there. For years, he spent his days cruising the streets as deputy and his nights tinkering with gold and silver, jewels and gems. When his fellow deputies saw his jewelry, they wanted to buy it. Soon they were commissioning him for custom gifts. Ring after ring, pendant after pendant, Curtis and his customers knew he was on to something much bigger than a part-time hobby could sustain. So with the support of his wife Sara, he gave up the badge and opened up his own shop, S. Curtis Fine Jewelry. “She’s the bookkeeper and C.F.O.,” he says. “I gave up all the security of a paycheck and health care because my wife was very supportive. Together we decided we could take a chance.”

Now, more than 35 years later, he’s become the neighborhood jeweler with the world-class following. If you don’t believe it, just ask Nancy Davidson of Harley-Davidson. Yes, the Nancy Davidson, motorcycle matriarch. Curtis has been custom-making pieces for her for decades.

There was a time when not a soul would have guessed Syd Curtis would be a jeweler. “I once made a ring for her with a diamond actually cut in the shape of the Harley-Davidson logo,” he says. Pretty soon, Harley-Davidson signed Curtis to an exclusive deal to create a line of high-end jewelry for the motorcycle brand. From pendants to rings, necklaces to pins, if Curtis could turn gold, silver and gemstones into a Harley-Davidson keepsake, SHOPTALK page 28

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FROM page 27 it sold like hotcakes. “My personal favorite for Nancy was a phenomenal diamond bracelet with a HaleyDavidson logo in the middle,” he says. She liked it so much she just had to have the matching ring. And so did a lot of other people. Curtis has been at his Arden Way and Eastern Avenue location since 1986, long before Whole Foods moved into the center. He chose the location specifically because of the Arden-area clientele, many of them his neighbors. As an Arden Oaks resident, with three kids enrolled in the area’s schools, he knew well the neighborhoodfriendly business climate, the families in the area and their appreciation for custom high-end creations from a local jeweler. He built many relationships with neighborhood customers over the years. Some of those clients have moved away but still fly back to Sacramento just for jewelry encounters of the Curtis kind. Curtis shrugs his head at this and smiles.

Curtis has been known to send secret gifts. For instance, when a deputy was killed in the line of duty, he turned that deputy’s badge into a piece of jewelry and gave it to the family. It’s little gifts like that that keep him working overtime. Curtis and his wife both developed a passion for horses and have since moved from the Arden area to a 20-acre ranch in Wilton where Sara founded a competitive equestrian drill team that she now coaches. Curtis rides, too, but prefers to stay in his “jeweler” saddle at Arden Way. “This is my neighborhood, and my customers have been very good to me over the years,” he explains. “They keep coming back. I wouldn’t dream of ever retiring. When you love what you do and do what you love, it’s not work. I won’t ever stop making jewelry.” S. Curtis Fine Jewelry is at 4393 Arden Way. You can reach the shop at 973-1699.


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A Gift of a Day HELPING THE HOMELESS IS AS EASY AS WRITING A CHECK

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environmental hazards, and a drain on social services,” says Hart. “Focusing resources on the problem save taxpayers money.” The problem is so critical that Mayor Kevin Johnson spurred a county-city initiative to bring the public and

private sectors together and keep important programs running. Sacramento Steps Forward is the result of that initiative, tasked with overseeing the response to homelessness across all of the region’s agencies. Under its auspices, a

collaborative application from all local organizations generates HUD funds of about $15 million each year, as well as grants from private foundations and corporate and individual donations. The goal of Give One Day is to raise $250,000 to move homeless families and individuals into safe housing before winter begins. An individual paying $1,500 a month for rent would donate just $50 toward the campaign; a family whose monthly mortgage payment is $4,000 would be asked to contribute $133. Those donations add up: $17,500 can keep five families off the streets and move them into housing. The long-term goals are to provide permanent housing for as many individuals and families as possible, to offer training and job placement services that will enable them to maintain housing, and to transition the city’s winter shelter into a year-round emergency shelter. “We’d like to mobilize as many people as possible to get them engaged in this fundraising campaign,” says Hart. The campaign has made big pushes at the beginning and end of each month, when people are paying bills and making budgets. As the coordinating agency for social service programs in the region, Sacramento Steps Forward offers economic stability so that local organizations can focus on delivering direct services to the homeless. “Our mission is to provide a continuum of care so that providers on the front line can do what they need to do,” says Hart. His office works with such groups as Sacramento Housing Alliance, local HEROES page 32


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a huge focus for Sacramento Steps Forward. “Matching candidates with jobs is a high-level priority,” says Hart, who hopes that his organization will be able to hold such events more frequently than once a year. Give One Day provides everyone the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution toward ending homelessness, but it should also cause us to reflect on the relative nature of our blessings. What many people spend daily for coffee or bottled water could significantly ease the burden for a family living on the streets. The campaign will end with the calendar year, but the needs will continue. To donate to the Give One Day campaign, go to sacramentostepsforward.org or contact Keith Hart at 993-7706 or khart@ sacstepsforward.org. Terry Kaufman can be reached at terry@1greatstory.com. n

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notable restaurants and independent businesses, many of them operating out of art deco buildings from the 1920s through the 1940s. The neighborhood originally encompassed a stretch of Highway 40 and flourished after World War II, until a freeway bypassed the boulevard and the growth of nearby suburbs spelled the end of the area’s heyday. But the corridor’s good bones remain.

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“This is one of our historic districts,” says Lepore. “I’m a big believer in urbanist development. It’s frustrating when I see development happening in the suburbs, because then we will always be dependent on cars and not having walkable places to live and work.” Del Paso Boulevard already boasts theaters, a boutique hotel, an artistin-residence program, public art,

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t’s never too late to have a happy childhood,” said Fran Haynes, founder of The Sugar Plump Fairies, explaining why she and the rest of her troupe dress in fairy costumes and show up unannounced at various events in the Auburn area. So, how did you come up with the idea for Sugar Plump Fairies, I asked. (Appropriately, we were meeting in a bakery.) “Well, it’s sort of my twist on how society thinks of beauty,” said Haynes, a marriage and family therapist by profession, fairy for fun. Back in 1997, Haynes was in Detroit soon after a major storm. A women’s store there was having a storm sale on plus-size bridesmaid dresses for $5 apiece. Never one to pass up a good deal, she bought a dozen and shipped them home. “At the time, I had no plan other than I loved the dresses because they looked absolutely ridiculous on largesize women,” said Haynes. “I had also attended Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for children and adults in Mendocino

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County. One day, while thinking about what I learned at the camp and all those silly dresses, the idea blossomed. I could dress up like a fairy and just show up in various places to entertain people. Like a street performer. Then I recruited friends who fit the dresses. The name Sugar Plump Fairies just seemed to stick.” Their first public appearance was the 1997 Festival of Lights Parade in Auburn. Twelve fairies wearing

bridesmaid dresses marched in the parade, entertaining the crowd. “When Fran first told me her idea about dressing up and being in the parade, I asked her if we’d been invited,” said Beth Leydon, a sidekick fairy. “She said no. She just wanted to show up and see what happened. Well, it was a lot of fun and people really enjoyed seeing us. From then on, our group just kept growing and soon people started remembering us.” “At first we just kept showing up places unannounced,” said Haynes.

“Then other groups began inviting us to attend events and do things like sell raffle tickets. We ring bells for Salvation Army. We participate in the Mountain Mandarin Festival. We are greeters for the Auburn Symphony KinderKonzert.” Most recently, they appeared in a mock beauty pageant at the Placer County Mandarin Festival. Each fairy wore a sash with names such as Miss Aligned, Miss Managed and Miss Understood. The winner was presented with a canned ham.


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paying fairies. Most of them are 55 to 70 years old. There are even a few men in the ranks, mostly husbands who help with logistics. In the beginning, Haynes supplied costumes for all the fairies. But that got to be too much work. Now, each supplies his or her own finery, mostly found at vintage clothing stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started with a few dresses. Now I have a closet full, an attic full and a rack in the garage,â&#x20AC;? said Leydon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have at least 100 pairs of shoes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an addiction.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next on the fairy agenda? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking about challenging the Red Hat Society ladies to a bowla-thon. I think the fairies could take them,â&#x20AC;? said Haynes. For more information about The Sugar Plump Fairies, go to sugarplumpfairies.org. If you know of an interesting club in the area, contact Gwen Schoen at gwesclubs@aol.com. n

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A Legacy of Trees PRESERVING OUR URBAN CANOPY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

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e who live in older Sacramento neighborhoods are fortunate to be sheltered by mature trees that were planted by generations before us. We tend to take them for granted until we hear the sound of a chainsaw buzzing and realize that another beloved tree is biting the dust. If a tree is felled in our urban forest, we all feel its loss.

There’s no way to put a price on how good trees make us feel as we live under their shelter. Sometimes people wish to take out a tree because it’s a nuisance. It drops too much litter, cracks the sidewalk, is in the way or casts too much shade. More often, the decision to remove a tree is a last resort, done because the tree is unhealthy or maybe even hazardous. Like all living creatures, trees have a natural lifespan, but they often decline prematurely because they haven’t received basic

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care throughout their life. It’s traumatic for the homeowner who has to say goodbye to an old friend, pay for its removal and adjust to the unaccustomed glare and exposure. It’s even more upsetting if there was something that could have been done to extend the tree’s life. What kinds of trees are growing on your property? What is their condition? Are you giving them the care that they need? If you are like me, you may have no clue. We lived in our house for 20 years before I took my Master Gardener training. Only then did I learn that the trees in our front yard are a Japanese elm variety, Zelkova serrata, that comes from a temperate climate

that receives regular precipitation. We were taught that you should inspect your trees on a regular basis for dead, weakened, diseased or dangerous branches. When I did that, I discovered that the branches of one of the Zelkovas were dying at the tips. If you find problems, it’s wise to consult with a certified arborist. I’ve now talked with several of them. They told me that the primary problem with trees is how we water them, either too much or too little. Many people still lavishly water their lawns, and oxygen-starved tree roots develop disease. Frequent shallow watering can cause trees to develop invasive surface roots. Other people water so little that their trees don’t get water

where the roots need it, a foot below the surface. That’s what happened to my Zelkova. The Sacramento Tree Foundation has advice about mature tree care on their website, sactree.com. They identify the watering needs for mature trees. Even drought-adapted trees benefit from an occasional watering, and moisture-adapted trees like elms, magnolias, plums, maples and redwoods do much better with regular deep watering when it’s not raining. I had a tree service remove the dead limbs and began deep-watering my trees once or twice a month by letting a soaker hose, spread around GARDEN page 41


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Sacramento, which prides itself on being the City of Trees, was recently recognized as one of the 10 best cities for urban forests by American Forests, a nonprofit organization. We got that designation based on how we manage our trees and plant new ones, not because we have so many trees in comparison to other cities on the list. Sacramento’s urban forest covers 17 percent of the city, compared to 21.5 percent of New York City, commonly considered an asphalt jungle. Austin and Portland are both around 30 percent. With such a relatively sparse canopy, we need to treasure each tree that we have and plant new ones as a legacy for our grandchildren. Trees have a significant economic value in terms of cooling effects, cleaning the air and water, and increased property values. There’s no way to put a price on how good they make us feel as we live under their shelter. Anita Clevenger is a Sacramento County UC Master Gardener. For answers to gardening questions, including how to identify and care for your trees, call them at 875-6913. n

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Many Roles ACTRESS, NURSE, TV COOKING INSTRUCTOR—SHE DOES IT ALL

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f you’ve ever seen Bonnie Antonini playing a nurse on TV, you might notice a couple of things. The first: She’s very pretty. Second: She looks awfully comfortable handling that IV bag. That’s probably because Antonini is both an adept actress—which you know if you’ve ever seen her in a play here in Sacramento or on TV in NBC’s “Trauma” or Ray Romano’s short-lived series “Men of a Certain Age”—and a registered nurse. Though she doesn’t practice her nursing abilities anymore on real-life patients, the training comes in handy on set. “A friend of mine suggested that I put R.N. on my résumé and I said, ‘Why? Anyone can put on scrubs,’” Antonini says with a laugh. “But he was so right. I can’t believe how many jobs I’ve gotten because of it.” While Antonini works regularly in a mélange of media—commercials, industrials, plays, radio, hosting, voiceovers and online—and maintains that “If you want to work as an actress, you’ve got to do lots of things,” her primary passion is found much closer to home. “I was an actress as a kid, but I always really wanted to be a mom and a wife,” Antonini admits. “When I got married, I jumped in whole hog. I was like June Cleaver. I made everything: bedspreads, food, you name it.” She never expected that her dream job would have an expiration date.

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Bonnie Antonini is an actress, a nurse and a chef with her own online cooking show, Vegetarian Cooking for Carnivores

“I completely forgot that my kids would grow up and not need me,” she says. (Her two boys are now teenagers and fast approaching the age at which they’ll fly the nest.) “Then a neighbor kid who attends American River College mentioned that he was doing a play at school and that anyone can audition, even if you’re not a student. I thought, ‘Why not?’ I auditioned and got cast in the play—‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’—and I’ve never looked back.” Antonini, a Los Angeles native, now spends a lot of time traveling back and forth between her Carmichael home and her old stomping ground to

audition for and record commercials. Surprisingly, the trip back to Sacramento feels sweeter and sweeter every time. “My husband and I moved here supposedly temporarily when he was doing his [medical] internship at UC Davis,” Antonini says. “He ended up going into practice here, and now we’ve lived in Sacramento for more than 20 years. Although I groan about it all the time, I really love this city. Being in L.A. so much for work, I see all the superficiality there—it’s everywhere—and I can’t wait to get back here.” Another thing may be to blame for her rapid return trips: Antonini

is hard at work on an online cooking show, “Vegetarian Cooking for Carnivores,” which she films in her house and posts online for devoted and potential vegetarians alike. “I grew up in an ArmenianAmerican household,” Antonini explains, “so there was meat in everything. We probably had it at least twice a day. When I finally left home, I had heard about ‘vegetarians’ and about the terrible treatment animals go through and thought, ‘I don’t want to participate in this; I love animals.’ So I became a vegetarian.”

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FROM page 42 The start of any new healthy habit is hard. “It’s like giving something up for Lent,” Antonini sighs. “Suddenly it’s all you can think of. You feel like a meat alcoholic.” But she soon found that her natural cooking inclination could make it much more palatable. In fact, she cooks only vegetarian food for her family, though all three men remain staunch meat lovers.) “Meals get pretty boring without meat,” Antonini admits. “You can only cook eggs so many ways. But

then I discovered imitation meat, and a whole world opened up.” Antonini now shares this delicious new world with her viewers in short, easy-to-swallow segments that feature simple recipes for creating delectable meatless meals. It’s the perfect combination of her comfort in front of the camera and considerable skills in the kitchen. “My goal is to have my own show someday on the Oprah network or Food Network,” Antonini says. “I’m

waiting until I have a good amount of episodes. Then I’ll shop the show. You have to be proactive in your career. I’m not going to wait for the Food Network to come find me here in Sacramento.” Ever the entrepreneur, Antonini has set her sights not only on TV but also on radio. “I’ve been asked to do a radio version of my cooking show,” she says, “and I would love to host a female chat show because I love

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Champion of Community VETERINARIAN AND CARMICHAEL ACTIVIST MAJOR NILSON REMEMBERED

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A supporter of the Boys Scouts and 4-H youth organizations, Major Nilson (kneeling) was central to this 2006 restaging of a famous Norman Rockwell painting of a country vet. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.

“It means the world to me that someone was caring for that little cat,” he said. “He deserved to die loved, like any of God’s creatures.” One of God’s greater creatures, Major died on Sept. 24 after a long illness. He was 89 and greatly loved. At his funeral, Carmichael animal lore came out of the woodwork. Yes, he tended a lion (at the time, residents could lawfully keep exotic beasts) and yes, the roaring terrified neighbors.

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Photographed at his surgery circa 1960, Major Nilson tended Carmichael and Fair Oaks animals when both areas were mainly farmland. Photo courtesy of the Nilson family.

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German shepherd woof? The same bird also cussed like a pirate. Though its language made the Mormon vet blush to his ear lobes, it was healed and dispatched with love. “Whether it was a State Fair racehorse or a baby bird brought in by a child,” said Major’s son, Bryce Nilson, “Dad treated each animal as if it were his only patient.” In days when Carmichael life echoed pages of a Norman Rockwell calendar, the Nilson family personified Americana. Major and Lucy waltzed to Lawrence Welk in their hallway. A “nightcap” was ice cream. Tall, lean and immaculate, the “marrying, burying bishop” handed $5 bills and a smiling “Time for a haircut, son” reminder to boys at church. If his own son was shaggy, out came the dog clippers. He stitched his kids’ injuries on the same table where he sutured dogs. NEIGHBOR page 48


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FROM page 46 “If I missed school,” said daughter Laurel Nilson, “teachers laughed at my doctor’s notes—signed by a vet.” In the early years of his 42-year practice, Dr. Nilson drove his pickup over thousands of dusty miles. He treated swine in Mariposa, lambs at Mount Shasta. He delivered calves, foals and lambs in areas that, like Carmichael, were largely rural. “Carmichael was like a cowboy town,” he recalled. As the colony grew more residential, pets became his stockin-trade. But pets could be anything from bunnies to ocelots. One patient was a Carmichael attorney’s boa constrictor. “A rat had chewed him up,” said the vet. “I stitched his skin back together. He healed fine.” “Caring for animals is humbling,” he said. “You feel for them and their owners. They are part of a family. A farmer who milks a cow every day has a strong relationship with it. A newborn calf or foal you’ve helped into the world seems as much a miracle as a human child.”

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(Puppies were another Major joy; in the 1960s, many Carmichael dogs were named for the vet.) Raised in rural Utah, he took early responsibility for farm animals. “I always enjoyed cows,” he recalled. “They’re gentle, obliging creatures, always nice to be around.” The teenager volunteered for World War II service after high school. By war’s end, Acting Third Officer Nilson had sailed on eight ships in the U.S. Merchant Marine and Coast Guard. Later, he began his veterinary studies at Utah State University in Logan. He graduated with a degree and a wife, Lucy. In Washington state, the young vet researched vaccines for turkey and swine illnesses and soon was recruited by UC Davis’ veterinary school. Lucy Nilson then discovered the beautiful homes and rose gardens in Carmichael. Their first Carmichael practice began at home. His resilient Lucy was the receptionist. Their kitchen was a surgery; the living room hosted

consultations. In 1955, Major opened the Fair Oaks Boulevard Veterinary Hospital in a cow pasture. “My nearest neighbor was a dairy drive-through, selling milk and cheese,” he said. “It was a friendly place; people often sent me home with home-baked pies.” The solid businessman, a 59-year pillar of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce, expanded his animal kingdom with hospitals in Citrus Heights and Roseville. Beyond serving church and community, Major and Lucy Nilson gave back by endowing scholarships at Utah and Washington state universities. They also helped establish LDS Scouting camps, enabling thousands to benefit from the Scouting experience. “Boy Scouts learn honesty and respect,” he explained. “It’s inspiring to work around them.” A red rose on a flag-draped funeral casket this fall reminded mourners that despite multifaceted professional success, Major Nilson was a simple

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95608 CARMICHAEL 5313 MANZANITA AVE #3 2748 LEOLETA WAY 5543 WYNDHAM HILL CT 3929 PARK CIRCLE LN #A 6111 RUTLAND DR 3905 DELL RD 6207 VIA CASITAS 5624 VALHALLA DR 5938 VIA CASITAS 6442 RAMPART DR 5913 ASHWORTH WAY 7140 MURDOCK WAY 2634 NAPOLI CT 5489 WILDFLOWER CIR 5961 CAMRAY CIR 26 RIVER BLUFF LN 4606 SHAFTESBURY CT 6221 DAWNRIDGE WAY 6184 ORSI CIR 6140 RAMPART DR 2844 LA COLINA WAY 3700 CLAIRE DR 3329 WALNUT AVE 2433 GARFIELD AVE 5002 KEANE DR 4829 ANDREW CIR 1243 GARY WAY 5242 FAIR OAKS BLVD 5441 EARNELL ST 4818 OAK VISTA DR 6220 SAMOA WAY 6013 ELLERSLEE DR 5846 TOPP CT 4764 DEL HABRA WAY 6800 LANDIS AVE 5513 WILSEY WAY 3701 ORANGRIE WAY 4707 JAN DR 6352 EDGERTON WAY 4864 AMERICAN RIVER DR 4603 FOSTER WAY 2222 MARIE WAY 5521 LOCUST AVE 5144 KOVANDA AVE 5725 RIVER OAK WAY 6421 MORAGA DR 4909 PUMA WAY 2001 WINGFIELD WAY 2316 MARIE WAY 2017 SANTA LUCIA WAY 5229 WYNDHAM OAK LN 5633 ROBERTSON 6715 DUNCAN LN 6068 VIA CASITAS 4952 HEATHERDALE LN 4413 NORTHAMPTON DR 6391 PERRIN WAY 2417 GUNN RD 4545 GARFIELD AVE 5419 KIRKLAND WAY 5648 EL CAMINO AVE 4155 SCANTON CIR 3821 HORTON LN 6431 BELGROVE WAY 4916 PATRIC WAY 6331 SAMOA WAY 6418 LINCOLN AVE 3516 CALIFORNIA AVE 4740 LAKE DR 3529 CONDOR CT 6109 SLATE WAY

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95816 EAST SACRAMENTO, MCKINLEY PARK 2215 O ST 3627 T ST 2215 E ST 1049 SANTA BARBARA CT 1460 37TH ST 365 SANTA YNEZ WAY 3921 N ST 3111 T ST 330 36TH WAY 3249 B ST 1617 28TH 1326 W SUTTER WALK 1140 40TH ST 1335 38TH ST

$373,100 $134,000 $271,195 $385,000 $750,000 $1,050,000 $440,000 $345,000 $806,000 $190,000 $190,000 $428,000 $620,000 $1,405,000

701 35TH ST 440 39TH ST 1514 24TH ST

95817 TAHOE PARK, ELMHURST 4215 12TH AVE 3627 T ST 6214 1ST AVE 3402 TRIO LN 2197 57TH ST 3123 33RD ST 2716 64TH ST 4908 T ST 3349 SANTA CRUZ WAY 3801 9TH AVE 4932 T 3827 V ST 3153 2ND AVE 3208 11TH AVE 2847 58TH ST 3445 TRUCKEE WAY 2003 59TH ST 3125 44TH ST 2609 SANTA CRUZ WAY 3109 SAN RAFAEL CT 2100 36TH ST 3889 7TH AVE 2156 GERBER AVE 3336 6TH AVE 3415 41ST ST

95818 LAND PARK, CURTIS PARK 773 4TH AVE 1325 1ST AVE 2301 PORTOLA WAY 2557 5TH AVE 1811 9TH AVE 2200 CASTRO WAY 1841 VALLEJO WAY 2717 FREEPORT BLVD 1841 8TH AVE 1922 5TH AVE 3715 COLLEGE AVE 1935 2ND AVE 1233 LARKIN WAY 1218 7TH AVE 2765 12TH ST 2120 10TH ST 1910 3RD AVE 2660 28TH ST 1610 12TH AVE 419 U ST 2232 9TH AVE 2832 MARSHALL WAY 1017 FREMONT WAY 2629 12TH ST

$1,260,000 $611,000 $379,000

$173,500 $134,000 $222,000 $254,586 $110,000 $162,999 $235,000 $351,000 $75,000 $84,000 $415,000 $429,000 $26,000 $196,000 $325,000 $222,000 $323,000 $150,500 $234,500 $70,000 $213,000 $67,500 $247,500 $81,500 $54,000

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95819 EAST SACRAMENTO, RIVER PARK 801 48TH ST 5155 TEICHERT AVE 1744 42ND ST 1038 46TH ST 4008 D ST 878 EL DORADO WAY 1111 43RD ST 741 47TH ST 504 MEISTER WAY 5337 STATE AVE 1235 42ND ST 3921 N ST 4908 T ST 1333 51ST ST 5250 N ST 656 40TH 4932 T 500 SAN ANTONIO WAY 5623 MONALEE AVE 1366 47TH ST 5298 H ST 900 56TH ST 1001 43RD ST 5521 AILEEN WAY 88 PRIMROSE WAY 849 55TH ST 5326 SANDBURG DR

$372,500 $405,000 $359,000 $1,225,000 $226,818 $410,000 $885,000 $330,000 $430,000 $505,000 $1,300,000 $440,000 $351,000 $366,000 $330,000 $395,000 $415,000 $357,500 $710,000 $1,185,000 $281,000 $419,000 $955,000 $158,000 $378,000 $356,500 $432,200

1140 40TH ST 4807 I ST 5903 SHEPARD AVE 4847 Q ST 4651 BREUNER AVE 1360 51ST ST 4633 P ST 5611 MCADOO AVE

$620,000 $519,950 $330,000 $325,000 $400,000 $405,000 $405,000 $305,000

95821 ARDEN-ARCADE 2600 DANUBE DR 3340 BLUEGRASS RD 3632 EASTERN AVE 2385 TYROLEAN WAY 2848 ALAMITOS WAY 2101 MARCONI AVE 3020 SAND DOLLAR WAY 4038 HILLCREST WAY 3804 WILLIAM WAY 4841 HOPE LN 2418 TOWN CIR 2712 EDISON AVE 3504 SAINT GEORGE DR 3830 PAYTON ST 3716 HUFF WAY 3320 CLUB LN 4116 BIG LIVE OAK LN 3813 PASADENA AVE #4 2824 LA PAZ WAY 2400 MICHELLE DR 3025 POPE AVE 3612 RONK WAY 4421 HAZELWOOD AVE 4528 MCDONALD DR 2720 AVALON DR 4000 LAS NINAS CT 4001 ADELHEID WAY 2706 WRENDALE WAY 3101 YELLOWSTONE LN 3604 POPE AVE 3201 LASSEN WAY 2800 CALLE VISTA WAY 4601 GEORGIAN AVE 2630 BELL ST 2849 IONE ST 4728 WINDING WAY 4623 EMDEE CT 3309 BROOKWOOD RD 2585 DANUBE DR 3241 CLAIRIDGE WAY 3740 KINGS WAY 3621 E COUNTRY CLUB LN 3948 BRULE CT 3221 ARTHUR WAY 2562 CHARLOTTE LN 3675 MONTCLAIRE 4718 WINDING WAY 4526 BARON AVE 3117 LEATHA WAY 4624 MULFORD AVE 2560 BUTANO DR 3670 E COUNTRY CLUB LN #L 2701 ECHO WAY

$220,000 $195,000 $252,000 $230,000 $165,900 $110,000 $295,000 $281,384 $282,500 $283,000 $200,000 $100,000 $155,000 $365,000 $255,000 $309,000 $440,000 $180,000 $120,000 $190,000 $345,000 $269,400 $375,000 $215,000 $258,000 $336,000 $230,000 $335,000 $189,000 $198,000 $279,000 $549,950 $276,000 $215,000 $165,000 $898,000 $283,000 $255,000 $158,000 $445,000 $265,000 $165,000 $205,000 $167,500 $142,000 $180,000 $315,000 $155,000 $180,000 $250,000 $212,500 $185,000 $382,000

95822 SOUTH LAND PARK 2172 KIRK WAY 2269 67TH AVE 34 LUNDY CT 7330 22ND ST 5681 NORMAN WAY 2831 HING AVE 1201 14TH AVE 5120 EUCLID AVE 4651 DEL RIO RD 7353 BENBOW ST 2157 ONEIL WAY 6018 BELLEAU WOOD LN 1416 34TH AVE 4291 CUSTIS AVE 2500 37TH AVE 5120 GILGUNN WAY 1917 63RD AVE 7031 TAMOSHANTER WAY 7481 32ND ST 5867 LONSDALE DR 5980 WYMORE WAY 7232 TAMOSHANTER WAY 1440 MATHEWS WAY 1500 POTRERO WAY 2149 47TH AVE

$110,000 $129,000 $245,000 $177,500 $199,900 $157,000 $117,500 $267,000 $659,000 $157,500 $118,000 $127,000 $175,000 $107,000 $140,000 $220,000 $148,000 $162,000 $157,000 $225,000 $310,000 $126,000 $143,000 $845,000 $135,000

5644 DANA WAY 1161 DERICK WAY 4904 HARTE WAY 6655 24TH ST 6651 24TH ST 5937 MCLAREN AVE 2192 SHIELAH WAY 1421 ATHERTON ST 2217 62 AVE 5424 HELEN WAY 4125 CANBY WAY 5321 VIRGINIA WAY 7534 ADDISON WAY 7582 SAN FELICE CIR 1408 ATHERTON ST 2147 20TH AVE 2512 48TH AVE 2661 CASA LINDA DR 6223 24TH ST 6470 GOLF VIEW DR 6897 DEMARET DR 7517 LOMA VERDE WAY 7517 WAINSCOTT WAY 1456 32ND AVE 4510 ATTAWA AVE 7476 POIRIER WAY

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2741 HILLDALE RD 307 DUNBARTON CIR 2436 PARKWOOD DR 1204 COMMONS DR 2430 LARKSPUR LN #280 2131 EDWIN WAY 2020 UNIVERSITY PARK DR 102 ELMHURST CIR 2430 PAVILIONS PL LN #304 2274 SIERRA BLVD 2421 ETHAN WAY 2116 CORTEZ LN 1433 COMMONS DR 2216 WELDON WAY 606 WOODSIDE SIERRA #3 2516 EXETER SQUARE LN 2408 LARKSPUR LN #249 1525 CLINTON RD 323 HARTNELL PL 2201 CORTEZ LN 628 COMMONS DR 1003 DUNBARTON CIR 1019 DORNAJO WAY #259 1113 DUNBARTON CIR 1103 COMMONS DR 2500 EXETER SQUARE LN 879 E WOODSIDE LN #3 879 WOODSIDE LN E UNIT E3 2040 ROBERT WAY 2280 HURLEY WAY #45 2225 MEADOWBROOK RD 2317 BRUNTON 1629 WAYLAND AVE 924 COMMONS DR 2494 AMERICAN RIVER DR 3125 PENNLAND DR 2349 SKUBE (RIO DEL ORO) LN 2145 COTTAGE WAY 2539 EXETER SQUARE LN 2128 LANDON LN 1916 TERRACE DR 740 WOODSIDE LN E #1

95831 GREENHAVEN, S LAND PARK 6948 S LAND PARK DR 6400 HAVENSIDE DR 1256 47 AVE 1184 ROSE TREE WAY 6 RIVERPORT CIR 18 IRON RIVER CT 359 RIVERTREE WAY 380 DEER RIVER WAY 71 CAVALCADE CIR 7413 POCKET RD 6430 OAKRIDGE WAY 610 LELANDHAVEN WAY 76 CACHE RIVER CIR 1157 MONTE VISTA WAY 15 MARJORAM CT 6760 STEAMBOAT WAY

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$160,000 $445,000 $450,000 $252,500 $169,000 $375,000 $328,000 $330,000 $380,000 $320,000 $440,000 $344,500 $199,900 $290,000 $224,900 $215,000

6910 ARABELLA WAY 5 RASHA CT 1380 CORNELL WAY 10 SEASIDE CT 6762 STARBOARD WAY 274 RIVERTREE WAY 553 VALIM WAY 958 BRIARCREST 6 REYES CT 446 FLORIN RD 19 EASTWIND 7507 MAPLE TREE WAY 7305 CAMINO DEL REY ST 813 CRESTWATER LN 283 RIVERTREE WAY 7336 IDLE WILD WAY 92 STARLIT CIR 11 FLORENCE CT 801 SAO JORGE WAY 7317 FLOWERWOOD WAY 6409 S LAND PARK DR 7249 RUSH RIVER DR 474 DE MAR DR 1309 LYNETTE WAY 635 CASTLE RIVER WAY 7591 SAILFISH WAY 6616 LAKE PARK DR 7448 SPICEWOOD DR 6240 FENNWOOD CT 6793 ORLEANS WAY 47 RIVERSTAR CIR 891 GULFWIND WAY 7323 PEYTONA WAY 357 RIVERGATE WAY 792 SAO JORGE WAY 7035 WAVECREST WAY 7111 RIVERSIDE BLVD

95864 ARDEN

288 MUNROE ST 4008 CAYENTE WAY 1530 ARROYO GRANDE DR 1831 WAYSIDE LN 1132 HAMPTON 2870 JOSEPH AVE 2700 LATHAM DR 2231 ROCKWOOD DR 4000 GREYWELL 2916 HUNTINGTON RD 1012 HAMPTON RD 4225 CORONA WAY 4548 OXBOW DR 1005 SINGINGWOOD RD 4059 RAMEL WAY 2661 FOLEY CT 1548 LOS MOLINOS WAY 2000 ADONIS WAY 3755 LAS PASAS WAY 741 EL ENCINO WAY 136 RIVER CHASE CIR 3421 WELLINGTON DR 3217 CHELSEA RD 123 RIVER CHASE CIR 810 EL ENCINO WAY 2340 GILA WAY 1911 EASTERN AVE 3595 LAS PASAS WAY 3304 MAYFAIR DR 913 AMBERWOOD RD 3712 DUBAC WAY 4245 LUSK DR 1050 LOS MOLINOS WAY 3038 MAISON WAY 1822 EASTERN AVE 1440 SEBASTIAN WAY 3404 WEMBERLEY DR 3201 MAYFAIR DR 760 SANTA RITA WAY 1521 CASTEC DR 2450 CATALINA DR 1800 CERES 4429 VALMONTE DR 4425 ULYSSES DR 4200 LOS COCHES WAY 908 SIERRA PARK LN 790 CASMALIA WAY 4388 DORKING CT 3231 SIERRA OAKS DR 3209 CHELSEA RD

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wounds and the risks of using animals for erotic gratification. I learned that people do some tragically stupid things. While most patients learned not to repeat their risk-related behaviors, slow learners often made numerous returns. We called such patients “frequent flyers.”

The nurse laughed some more, taking my upbraiding in better stride

Chaplain,” he said, reversing the

than I expected.

upbraid.

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way of an internship at UC Davis Medical Center. My one-year training involved multiple calls from the emergency room where, between the usual gunshot wounds and motor vehicle accidents, I learned to recognize the symptoms of ritualistic child abuse,

Orderlies wheeled the woman into a treatment room, where a nurse peppered her with triage questions. Just outside the room, a few staff members erupted with giggles of

“Then you don’t understand,” he

I could see the tragic humor in the

said.

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the smell of maggots in infected

cynicism emergency room workers

This event, more than most, taught me that not every patient would find healing, but every patient deserved a caring touch. He was right about that. “This lady was here last week with such convincing pain that we put her on an intravenous morphine drip,” he said. “And you find her pain funny?” uniformed chaplain and described

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often use to insulate themselves from the pain that surrounds them. Jesus once encountered a woman like this. She had an incurable blood disorder that drained her of energy, money and dignity. Her search for a physician’s cure only made her situation worse. By the time she came seeking Jesus, she was looking only for a human touch, a caring touch. I learned a lot that year. This

He patiently shook his head at his

Time for a career change?

case, but laughing at the woman’s condition felt like a sellout to the

recognition, breaking loose into fullblown guffaws and horselaughs.

feet as I felt the currents of emotions swirling about us. I had to admit that

arrived one hot summer afternoon

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I studied the dirty floor between his

“No. I was on vacation.”

One of our frequent flyers strapped to a gurney and screaming

“She wanted to sell our morphine,

event, more than most, taught me that not every patient would find healing, but every patient deserved a caring touch. I approached her gurney and said a prayer whil e doing my best to offer her the touch she deserved. A few minutes later, a caring doctor offered our patient quality psychiatric care in a rehab facility. Unfortunately, not everyone will accept a caring touch. This time, she laughed at us. A few moments later, she left our ER against medical advice, without drugs or a hospital gown—only a prayerful touch from her hospital chaplain. Norris Burkes is a chaplain, syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of the book “No Small Miracles.” He can be reached at ask@thechaplain.net. n


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2013 Redux: The Holiday Show at Alex Bult Gallery will feature the 2013 artists, including Susan Aulik, Bud Gordon, Ken Waterstreet, Judith Foosaner, Hearne Pardee, Colleen Maloney, Matt Bult (above), Larry Welden, Wayne Thiebaud, Darrell Forney, Jay Welden and Jeff Myers.The Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st Street, Suite B. Visit alexbultgallery.com.

Sacramento sculptor Roger Berry has completed commissions throughout California and the West Coast. His new body of work on view is the result of an investigation of gravity, and how to present those ideas with large scale, “beefy” steel and bronze work. JAY JAY is at 5520 Elvas Ave. Visit jajayart.com

Tim Collom’s mini paintings (right) will be featured in the group exhibit” Small Treasures” at the Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd. during the month of December. Collom is one of Sacramento’s up and coming artist and was many awards including “Best of Show” at the KVIE art auction. Visit archivalframe.com.

December is a theme show featuring several artists at the Artistic Edge Gallery at1880 Fulton Ave. Loretta Armstrong’s Fair Oaks Chicken is shown at left. Visit artisticedgeframing.com.

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Head, Heart, Hands PUBLIC WALDORF SCHOOL OFFERS CHARMING LOW-TECH EDUCATION

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t’s easy to whiz by the driveway leading into Sacramento’s Camellia Waldorf School, hidden behind a dated Freeport Boulevard strip mall between Fruitridge Road and Sacramento Executive Airport. Once you’re on the grounds, however, charm and unconventionality abound, from the student-tended gardens and flock of chickens to the handwritten, illustrated booklets students assemble instead of using standard textbooks. The private school, which runs from preschool to eighth grade, operates on educational principles laid out by Austrian Rudolf Steiner. The philosopher and educator believed that instruction should align with children’s developmental stages and involve their “head, hearts and hands.” Step into Camellia Waldorf’s kindergarten classroom to see how that approach plays out. There are no individual desks, just one long, curvy wooden table, play areas (all toys made of cloth, wood and other natural materials) and a cozy loft. The walls are painted soothing colors, and the smell of almonds (to make fresh milk) fills the air.

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Camellia Waldorf School parent volunteer Tamis Reed answers questions and offers help to third-graders as they knit

Camellia fifth-graders play violin under the direction of strings teacher Tim Stanley

“Children at this age, they work out of play. They don’t want to be stuck at a desk,” says Camellia Waldorf administrator Shana Murray. Instead of traditional kindergarten instruction like memorization and ABCs, the Waldorf approach emphasizes rhythm, whether in storytelling (free form as opposed to from books), song or the predictable pacing of each day. By first grade, students are more ready to “sit and be present,” says Murray, whose own daughters are in fourth and sixth grade at Camellia Waldorf. “As you move forward in the grades, the academics start to even out.” First-graders are assigned a teacher who remains with the class until graduation from eighth grade. That enables the teacher to really know each student, as well as his or her family dynamic, she says. And homework assignments don’t begin until third grade. “Developmentally, they’re in a place where they want that extra responsibility,” says Sarah Rucker, who runs the front office at Camellia Waldorf and has a son in third grade. “You would not believe how excited these kids are to have homework. They come home enthusiastic and they want to dive into it.” Rucker wasn’t familiar with the Waldorf model until she began researching preschools for her son Lucas. The first two they visited were not a match for him, she says. When they walked onto the Camellia campus, with its small but comely courtyard and its warren of ruralized play areas, mother and son


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Handiwork plays a big role in Waldorf education. Handiwork plays a big role in Waldorf education. Third-graders at Camellia, for instance, undertake a construction project each year. When Graham McLaren-Finelli, Cameron Riles and Mariam Alafranji were in third grade, they built a threestory fort with their classmates, the students (now in eighth grade) recall. “It was like a little house. It had walls and everything. You could even sit on the roof,” Riles said. Last year’s third-

graders built an elevated walkway. This year, students made their own beds for their own vegetable garden. Students also learn to knit from early on, move on to crocheting and needlepoint and, eventually, turn to sewing machines. Outdoors, all sorts of movement is encouraged, from climbing trees and swinging on ropes to riding unicycles and learning other circus arts (a specialty in the fifth grade). Inside the classroom, students are encouraged to engage at all levels. There are no high-tech gadgets or other electronics, just traditional black chalkboards. Teachers make the most of them, with colorful drawings and other forms of instruction. “They don’t have laptops. It may seem so backward,” Rucker says, “but these kids still live in the world. They are not socially inept or outcasts or anything like that because they don’t have tablets in their classroom. I feel the way they’re taught allows for just more creativity and sense of self.” Classes are small at Camellia Waldorf. The enrollment of 133

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Home for the Holidays DURING CHRISTMAS TOUR, LIGHTS AND SPARKLE WILL ABOUND BY JULIE FOSTER HOME INSIGHT

East Sacramento resident Mary Gonsalves Kinney understands a bit about remodeling: Her father is a general contractor. So when Kinney and her husband Jason walked through their 3,200-square-foot French Tudor home for the first time six and half years ago, she grasped its potential. HOME page 71

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“I felt the house was very dark and wanted to let in as much natural light as possible,” Kinney says. A spacious dining room with lots of room of family and friends

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he house had once been a duplex. The previous owners, who lived there for 20 years, had lovingly converted the twostory structure to a single-family home. But, though the house was in good shape, it needed a bit of reconfiguring and updating. “We had been looking for a new home for a while, and when we bought something, I knew we would do some work on it ourselves,” Kinney explains. People attending the 40th annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour this year will delight at this remodeled 1930s home decked out for the holidays by the design team from Haus, led by designer Taige Clark. The Kinneys retained many features of the original home, including the leaded-glass windows in the living room, two cast-iron tubs, wooden pillars in the living/ dining room and front entry, and several windows on the second story. Refinished wood floors and new interior painting in a palette of neutral colors enhanced the home’s

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existing charm. Landscaping created a more family-friendly backyard. By removing several walls on the ground floor and adding new ones down the center of the house, they created a new hallway out of the dark interior. With four sets of French doors along its length, the passageway allows the abundant Sacramento sunlight to penetrate the inner reaches of the home. “I felt the house was very dark and wanted to let in as much natural light as possible,” Kinney says. The couple had the kitchen gutted. The biggest change was removing a wall for additional space, then “flipping” the appliances over to the opposite side of the room. They also removed a staircase to make room for a breakfast nook, which receives plenty of daily use from the three Kinney children. Upstairs, they added a laundry room and walk-in closet off the master bedroom suite. The master bath received a complete facelift, including a water closet, a built-in vanity, a new claw-foot tub and an

ample-sized shower for Jason, who is 6 foot 3. Though the home is spacious, it lacked adequate storage space for a 21st-century family of five. “After being here for a while, we recognized our need for extra storage,” Kinney say. “We were putting guests’ coats over the backs of chairs all the time.” Kinney commissioned several custom built-in pieces, including a front-entry armoire for all those coats, a dining room hutch, a family room television unit, cabinets in the living room and a linen closet in the master bath. During the tour, the guest room will be decorated like Santa’s workshop. Mingled among the Kinney children’s toys will be a set of elflike figures made in Denmark and available at Haus. Two Christmas trees will adorn the home. The living room tree will be decorated in gold and silver, inspired by the recent movie remake of “The Great Gatsby.” Haus owner Jonathan Marquardt explained via email that the tree will be loaded with

shine and sparkle. In the back of the house, a second, more whimsical tree will embody a kid-friendly theme of nutcrackers, the 12 days of Christmas and sugarplums. As they leave the house, tour guests will see a decorated playhouse in the backyard and illuminated grapevines lighting their way. Garlands and wreaths will add a touch of glamour to the front entry while simple white lights will accentuate the home’s unique architectural lines. The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour takes place Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 after Dec. 5. Organizers predict a sellout and suggest advance purchase. For ticket retailer locations or to buy tickets online, go to sacredhearthometour. com. For more information, call the information line at 556-5050. If you know of a home you think should be featured in Inside Publications, contact Julie Foster at foster.julie91@yahoo.com. n


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A New Tradition REMEMBERING PETS WITH A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREE

BY SUE OWENS WRIGHT PETS & THEIR PEOPLE

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confess I can get a bit Grinchy at this time of year. We’d barely finished carving our jack-o’lanterns before it began to look a lot like Christmas. Even before we gobbled up the Thanksgiving turkey, all the Christmas classics had already been shown on TV. When I heard carols playing on the radio Nov. 1 and knew I’d have to listen to those sappy songs nonstop for two more months, that old Grinch started to take hold. Is it any wonder?

I have started a new holiday tradition of decorating a smaller tree for my pets. When I was younger, I loved celebrating Christmas. But with the expense, expectations and exhaustion that accompany the holidays nowadays, I would sometimes rather

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forget the whole thing. Of all the seasonal rituals of my youth, I most enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree, but even that has become a chore. That’s why I have started a new holiday tradition of decorating a smaller tree for my pets. Over the years, I’ve collected quite a few animal ornaments. Each one kindles a happy memory of a pet. As I unwrap a decoration and hang it on a branch of the tree, it’s like having that special dog or cat here with me again at the holidays. Butterscotch’s ornament adorns the topmost branch of the tree. Butter, as we called her for short, was our first in a long line

of beloved basset hounds, and the only one we raised from a pup. She was a wonderful dog and the most well bred of them all, with a distinguished pedigree from the finest kennels. Although I’m not an avid promoter of breeders, I admit she had the best temperament and conformation of any of our dogs. Butter had a heart of gold. She reveled in every holiday celebration, from greeting all the little goblins at our door on Halloween to keeping me good company while I decorated the Christmas tree. In photos of Christmases past, some of my dogs appear rather puzzled by the fact that

a seven-foot-tall fir tree has suddenly sprouted in the living room. None ever took a notion to mark the tree as they would when outdoors, though some drained the tree water. Next to Butter’s Christmas ornament hangs the one for Tabitha, a stray black-and-white kitty who adopted us. Like most cats, she was fascinated by the shiny baubles suspended from the tree and loved to bat at them playfully with a snowwhite paw. Tabby miraculously transformed Butter from a confirmed cat hater to a cat lover. I recall one stormy winter night when Butter deigned to share her doghouse with


Tabby. The next morning, I was astonished to find them curled up together inside. From then on, they were best buddies. Dolly shared only five Christmases with us, but those years are remembered as the happiest of any I had with my bassets. A lively little hound the color of cinnamon spice, Dolly was the essence of joie de vivre. It was as if she understood that her time here would be brief and she had to fill every day with as much life as she could. She brought me

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When I decorate my pets’ special tree this year, I’ll brew myself a nice cup of hot cocoa, sample some fudge in honor of Daisy and unwrap my treasured collection of ornaments for Butter, Patience, Dolly, Bramble, Daisy, Bubba Gump and Tabby, too. I’ll ceremoniously place each one on a branch of the fir, including the newer ones I’ve collected for my current dogs, Peaches and Beau. They’ll remind me of the unconditional love all my animal companions have blessed me with over the years.

My pets were the most treasured gifts ever to be found beneath our Christmas tree. Once again, they’ll be with me in spirit, making the holidays bright. Sue Owens Wright is an awardwinning author of books and articles about dogs. “Braced for Murder” is her latest book in the Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series from Five Star Publishing. She can be reached at beanieandcruiser@aol.com. n

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Taxi for the 21st Century SOCIAL NETWORKING TRANSFORMS THE PROCESS OF FINDING A RIDE

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ber, UberX, Lyft and Sidecar are the odd names for new services that fill an old and common need: getting someplace. They are unusual not just for their names but for the way they work. They are like taxis, but with a twist and a tweak or two. They all work through smartphone apps.

High-tech devices combined with cars and low-tech bikes can give people more transportation choices, add convenience and save money. You can request a ride with a push of a button, see a photo of your driver and watch your ride approach on a map. Drivers, though vetted by the companies, are not employees.

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Payments are made via a charge to the credit card on your account, so no gauche and unsanitary cash need pass hands. Driver and passengers rate each other. Uber, the oldest service, has been around only since 2010 and in Sacramento since this past January. It started as a strictly upscale, stylish transportation service, using black town cars and SUVs. Rates are higher than taxis. Uber says its higher fares are based on its greater comfort and reliability. UberX, in Sacramento for only a few months, is a lower-cost spinoff. Lyft started its Sacramento operations in November. Like UberX, its drivers use their own cars. It’s a more casual service than Uber, with a chatty, social slant: Clients sit in the

front seat and are greeted with a fist bump from the driver. Lyft cars sport a wildly distinctive large pink, fuzzy mustache on the car’s bumper. Sidecar, like both Uber and Lyft, is a San Francisco-based company, but it hasn’t yet made it to the Sacramento market. Its operations are similar to Lyft, but the vehicles are a bit more understated: namely, no giant pink, fuzzy mustache. With considerable Silicon Valley startup financing, all three services have been rapidly expanding in major cities across the United States. Uber is in some foreign countries as well. Change is often difficult. California’s Public Utilities Commission now regulates the firms. The PUC had to create a new category for them: transportation network

companies. Taxi companies haven’t been happy about the app-based firms. Taxi officials and cabbies view Uber and its ilk as unfair competition: gypsy or pirate cabs taking customers out of their taxis and fares out of their pockets. Taxis are often highly regulated at the local level. Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have been adroitly avoiding regulation as much as possible. Though the California PUC has established standards for vehicles, insurance and drivers, taxi operators don’t believe the standards are adequate. Getting a ride through a smartphone app isn’t the only relatively new transportation option in town. If you are willing to drive yourself and aren’t too far away, car sharing is another possibility. Zipcar,


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530 Pavilions Ln - Suite 202 & 206 Sacramento, 95825 in Sacramento since 2011, recently increased the number of its car-share locations and added new car models to its fleet. The new locations are at H and 20th streets, N and 5th streets and Q and 5th streets. Zipcar already had cars at other midtown sites and on the Sac State and UC Davis campuses. Zipcar isn’t the only car-share model. Though not in Sacramento, Car2Go, a Daimler subsidiary, rents cars by the minute. The cars are all micro two-passenger Smart Cars. Unlike Zipcar, Car2Go allows you to drop off cars anywhere in a city. Hertz and Enterprise are also in the car-share business. Beginning in 2015, bike sharing could be another option for short trips around Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis. The city council recently supported plans for a bike-share program. Funding could be approved soon by the regional transportation authority. With bike share, one can pay for and unlock a bike via an electronic kiosk and ride it from one bike station to another. Plans are for

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the Sacramento system to have 560 bikes at 80 stations. Bike sharing can work in conjunction with public transit, Amtrak and, perhaps, even car sharing. These new ways of getting around have commonalities and reflect some megatrends. They wouldn’t be possible without the latest technology, including smartphones, the Internet and GPS. They indicate a desire, especially among younger people, to be less dependent on cars and to drive less. They show that renting or sharing a car or bike can be superior to ownership. On the average, cars are driven by their owners only one hour a day. With shared cars or ride services, vehicles can be in use for longer periods instead of sitting idle and depreciating. Hightech devices combined with cars and low-tech bikes can give people more transportation choices, add convenience and save money. Walt Seifert is a bicyclist, driver and transportation writer. He can be reached at bikeguy@surewest.net. n

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Kicking Off Christmas COOKIE BAKING SIGNALS THE CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON

their electronic gadgets and mindless television shows, I continue adorning the entire house within an inch of its overdecorated life. Stand still long enough and I might just decorate you in Christmas jewelry, socks and sweaters. (Just ask the dog who humors me in reindeer antlers.) The hyperdrive revelry and homemaking will continue with custom Christmas cards, homemade no-sew Christmas blankets and creatively wrapped Christmas gifts. But my finest holiday achievement in domesticity comes in the form of Christmas cookies. Like the Christmas tree, the kids are at first eager to help bake the half-dozen assortments of cookies that we will festively wrap up and give to neighbors and friends. When they were little, we dragged chairs up to the counter and they would bake in their underwear and gingerbread aprons with their own special spoons and pint-size rolling pins. (Dead of winter, still couldn’t get them to put on any clothes.) Then, as it is now, it’s more about the tradition of having fun baking

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begins in the Wheeler house with a spirited dance around the Christmas tree singing at the top of our lungs, “Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock. Jingle bell swing and jingle bell ring …” We may throw in a little “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” or “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas” before we settle into embellishing our Christmas tree, holiday music in the background and hot cocoa within reach. And then, as the kids get their fill of holiday spirit and drift off back to

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“A good cook isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty,” we always say. If cookies get burned, we put those on the bottom. If the decorating won’t ever make it on the cover of Good Housekeeping, we know the cookies still taste delicious. By the end of our marathon baking session, I’m usually the last person standing in the kitchen. Surrounded by trays of traditional (chocolate chip) and untraditional (butterscotch peanut butter clusters) cookies, we regroup after a rest and call in reinforcements for the frosting and decorating of the sugar cookies. Nana

and Grampa come over, Daddy joins us, and we compete to see who can make the prettiest cookie—usually finding it more fun to laugh and agree that Grampa makes the ugliest cookies. Later, the kids will deliver the cookies to our neighbors while I bask in the glow of living my own perfect family Christmas as I always imagined it would be. I count our blessings: family, friends, community, good health, and personal happiness. I’m grateful for Christmastime to remind us to share the wealth of our creature comforts with others into the new year, and I say a silent prayer of thanks for the reason for the season. But then I usually leave the kitchen a mess, because no matter what the season … I still hate doing dishes. Kelli Wheeler is a Sacramento mother of two and author of “Momservations—The Fine Print of Parenting.” She can be reached at Momservations.com. n

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Don't Be a Scrooge DECEMBER IS THE TIME TO GIVE TO OTHERS LESS FORTUNATE

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ecember: 31 days designed for family fun and good cheer. It’s also the month for everyone to dig deep and give, give, give. You don’t have to give a lot. How about a plate of cookies for a shut-in, neighbor, relative you rarely see or even the person sitting right next to you at work? Or consider replicating Operation Christmas Child, an international project that sends gifts to needy children overseas. It’s too late to participate in the project this year, but you could create a gift box for a needy organization here in Sacramento. Find a local nonprofit that helps kids or seniors. The prospects are endless.

BIRTHDAY GIRL Grace Mahan is a kindergartner at Madrone Montessori School in El Dorado Hills. Just before her fifth birthday party, her mother asked Grace if she wanted to keep her birthday presents or donate them to children at Sacramento Crisis Nursery. At first, Grace said she wanted gifts “just like everyone else.” Her mom reminded her daughter

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that she did not have to be like everyone else. Grace thought about it for a few days and decided to give her presents to the crisis nursery. At her party, more than 40 classmates, friends and cousins showered her with usable gifts such as diapers, pasta, cereal, crackers, juice, clothing and gift cards. The greatest gift for Grace? Delivering the products to the nursery. For thinking of others, Grace will be honored at the Teddy Bear Tea presented by Friends of the Crisis Nursery on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Del Paso Country Club. For tickets, call 290-8203 or go to kidshome.org.

BIKE TREK Breathe California’s 27th annual Emigrant Trails Bike Trek, held in September, raised more than $160,000 for the organization. More than 250 cyclists and 80 volunteers participated in the trek. The top fundraising individuals were Bob Roehrs, Sue Schooley and Barney Gerber. Top fundraising teams were Kaiser Permanente, Regional Transit and Bodacious Biking Babes. The Electric Bike Shop Superdogs fielded a small team with the highest fundraising average, and Team Pedal Club was the largest new team. Breathe California is a nonprofit organization devoted to preventing lung and other air-pollution-related diseases. For more information, go to sacbreathe.org.

CASA GETS A MAKEOVER Casa Garden Restaurant, which raises funds for Sacramento

Children’s Home, won uLink Network’s $50,000 marketing makeover contest. The makeover will include the services of a team of marketing professionals for a year. Casa Garden rallied its customers to garner 46 percent of the 11,275 votes cast. For more information about Casa Garden Restaurant, call 4522809 or go to casagardenrestaurant. org.

PLANT IT Sunburst Projects provides support services for families affected by HIV/ AIDS. Local plant expert Robert Hamm holds plant sales throughout the year to raise money for the group. This year, he has raised more than $8,000. For more information about Sunburst Projects, call 440-8889 or go to sunburstprojects.org.

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FEST TIME DesCor Builders recently hosted its third annual Oktoberfest to benefit Sierra Forever Families, which helps place foster children into permanent homes. The average cost to place a child into a permanent home is $5,000. Each year for the past three years, DesCor has helped place two children into permanent homes. For more information about Sierra Forever Families, go to sierraff.org.

HomeAid Sacramento has taken on a new project: helping St. John’s Shelter expand from 14 to 31 bedrooms. The expansion will also allow the shelter to triple its childcare and classroom space and will create separate infant and toddler areas and an expansive fenced-in outdoor play area. Construction-industry participants in the project include Eskaton, K. Hovnanian, Capital City Drywall, Timberworks Construction, Heckman Construction, Citadel Premium Design and JMS Site Services. For more information, call 751-2746 or go to homeaidsac.org.

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WEAVE HONOR WEAVE presented Bob Slobe with its Golden Hook award for his longtime support of programs for victims of domestic violence. Over the past three decades, contributions by Slobe and his North Sacramento Land Company have allowed WEAVE to expand dramatically and enhance its residential services for families. A recent donation of additional land will add a playground and park to WEAVE’s Safehouse campus. “We are incredibly grateful for all that Bob has done for WEAVE,” says Beth Hassett, WEAVE’s executive director. “Bob is a great guy who cares a lot about his community and its future. Thanks to his commitment to victims of domestic violence, we have been able to create a safe and welcoming home for thousands of victims in our region.” The Golden Hook award was established in memory of the late B.T. Collins, a former assemblyman and longtime WEAVE supporter who lost

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his right arm and leg in 1967 while serving as a Green Beret captain in Vietnam. The award honors contributors who make a significant impact on the lives and safety of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Previous recipients include John Poswall, Don Novey, Joyce Mitchell, Bill Lockyer, Dr. Glennah Trochet, Kings Women’s Organization and Stan Atkinson.

BIG HAUL In October, Women’s Empowerment held a gala attended by more than 650 community members, including 100 women who were once homeless. The event raised more than $160,000. Women’s Empowerment offers job readiness programs for homeless women and their children. For more information, go to womens-empowerment.org. Gloria Glyer can be reached at gglyer@sbbmail.com. n

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Michael Ault THE TIME IS NOW FOR DOWNTOWN

Successful downtowns have a sense of identity within their neighborhoods. If you’re in Old Sacramento or you’re standing at 13th and K, they feel like much different locations. We know that there are distinctly different areas within the downtown core that have their own sense of identity. Our goal through the branding campaign is to champion that. You might work downtown, but that doesn’t mean you need to leave. Stay downtown, go to a show, the theater, a restaurant, a gallery, and extend that experience.

BY KELLIE RANDLE CONVERSATION PIECE

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ig changes are coming to downtown Sacramento. As executive director of Sacramento Downtown Partnership, Michael Ault has been working toward this moment for 17 years. He wants to make downtown not just an employment center but a cultural and entertainment center for the region. What is Downtown Sacramento Partnership? It’s a property-based improvement district of 66 square blocks downtown. In 1995, Mayor Joe Serna and a group of leaders decided we needed a strong leadership voice for the central city. We were the first business improvement district in the state of California. There are now over 200 of them, with the goal of marketing, special events, clean and safe programs, retail recruitment, advocacy, lobbying and public policy. Our singular charge is to make the central city a stronger economic development destination.

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Michael Ault is the executive director of Sacramento Downtown Partnership

How did you come to lead the partnership? I was part of the organization in its early formative years. I left and did some consulting, then came back as executive director in 1997. I’ve been in this job for 17 years. It was a much smaller organization that focused on

maintenance and security programs at that point. Tell me about the new branding efforts for downtown districts such as the theater district and the railyards.

What are the plans for the stretch of K Street from 7th to 13th known as The Kay? There is obviously a lot of excitement around the arena. But while the Kings play 41 games a year, they’re talking about 200-plus events at the arena, so you have two thirds of the year when that facility will be active. The estimates are 3 million people a year will come to the arena. We want this to be a complete experience. You may be coming to a concert or an event at the arena at 8 o’clock, but we want you to come at 5, walk the district, go to dinner, grab a drink. When the event’s over, rather than just getting in your car, stay downtown. It becomes a destination. It extends the experience. How does the development of K Street fit in with the proposed new arena? The arena is great but it’s not the only answer to what we’re trying to do downtown. While it brings excitement and momentum, the


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6340 Fair Oaks Blvd. 916-993-6598 At Fair Oaks and Marconi Ave. economy itself is bringing some new momentum. We want to create an active urban district. When you step out of the new arena at 7th and K in the wintertime, look down K Street and you’ll have the outdoor ice rink, shops on 7th Street, heater lamps with outside dining, the trolley running, music up and down the mall, tree lights up and down K Street. It’s going to be a managed district where people are going to say, “Wow!” We don’t want the arena to be the only shiny thing downtown. We want the area around it to be fun and exciting. What are the biggest challenges DSP faces in revitalizing downtown? Historically, the biggest challenges have been fighting some of the perception issues. We need to be effective in selling the vision of where downtown is going. The economy’s coming back. It’s making developers and investors more willing to spend resources and money. Our biggest challenge is making sure people understand the opportunities moving forward. Is there a city you are using as a model as you redevelop downtown? Look at Denver with the Pepsi Center and Coors Field, and how it’s been able to activate the lower downtown. Look at Seattle with Safeco Field. And look right out our backdoor at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That was an area that was forgotten about. You couldn’t give

Outrage away the land. Now, it’s absolutely transformed that area. What is the timeline for new developments? The arena is scheduled to open in 2016. So over the next few years, you’re going to see a lot of properties in play. The 700 block of K Street will be first. We have 14 leases signed with great retailers and businesses. Properties within blocks of that are in discussions. Describe the downtown Sacramento you see in five years. The level of interest and momentum are something we’ve waited 15-plus years for. I think we’ve got an opportunity to remake how people look at downtown. This is our time and we know it. We need to take advantage of this market. We need to do everything we can for the next five years. We can’t wait till this building gets built. We can’t wait till the market fully comes back. We need to be getting projects in the pipeline, projects through entitlements, working with owners and aggressively recruiting and making sure retailers, developers and brokers understand the momentum of where we’re going and get these projects under way. We have focused leadership with elected officials who understand this city’s perception. We need to be clear with the city that the time is absolutely right now. Kellie Randle can be reached at KellieR@me.com. n

Thru Dec 14 Big Idea Theatre 1616 Del Paso Blvd, Sac 960-3036 Bigideatheatre.com “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” A time-bending roller-coaster ride through history. Outrage deftly moves between Ancient Greece, the Inquisition, Nazi Germany and modern day academia. It examines the price people pay for staying true to their principles in the face of vicious oppression and reminds us that the revolutionary of one era may become the tyrant of the next.

Crazy Horse and Custer

Thru Dec 29 B Street Theatre – Main Stage 2711 B St, Sac 443-5300 Bstreettheatre.org Adaptation from the original, this tells the story of a merchant’s daughter, Belle, who sacrifices herself to save her father. A selfish Prince and his faithful servant are cursed by a magical old Crone, setting off a series of events that find Belle trapped and a captive of the once handsome Prince, now a hideous and terrifying Beast. Everyone must learn to look beyond the surface and take the greatest leap of faith, the leap of love.

The SantaLand Diaries

Thru Dec 15 Sacramento Theatre Company 1419 H St, Sac 443-6722 Sactheatre.org Crazy Horse tells of what was lost forever for his people when they won at the Little Big Horn. George Armstrong Custer, the “Boy General” of the Civil War, speaks for all those American qualities he cherished and ultimately died to secure for himself and his country. This goes beyond the iconic images of these two warriors to explore the men behind the myths and the imperatives in their characters that drove them to conflict greater than the battle they fought.

Dec 4 – Dec 29 Capital Stage Company 2215 J St 995-5464 Capstage.org Wicked funny tale from the outlandish and true chronicles of humorist David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s SantaLand. Witty, sardonic and unpredictable, mercilessly cutting through the Christmas spirit to point the insane things we humans do during the holidays. Sedaris stands up for the Grinch in each of us.

Not in the Stars

It’s a Wonderful Life

Thru Dec 22 Sacramento theatre Company 1419 H St, Sac 443-6722 Sactheatre.org Based on the 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey’s life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story…..retaining warmth and humor. A new holiday classic for devotees.

Tommy J and Sally

Beauty and the Beast

Thru Dec 22 Celebration Arts Theatre 4469 D St, Sac 455-2787 Celebrationarts.net This isn’t your typical boy-meets –girl story. They meet 10 years after their high school graduation. The paths they’ve walked since are so different she has achieved fame, on the other hand, he is trying to define himself. Is it possible to understand the past and make today right?

Thru Jan 5 B Street Theatre 2711 B St, Sac 443-5300 Bstreettheatre.org This play tells the story of ill-suited blind daters, Yvonne and Clare, and a tenuously together couple, Maria and Mac. Things start off badly and quickly get worse for Yvonne who is gravely serious and Clare is funny and frivolous. While across town, romance is also on the skids in the home of Mac and his wife Maria. Mac, a man-child to whom his mother provided everything, finds empathy a foreign concept towards his wife, while his wife Maria find Mac a foreign concept. A tumultuous night of conflict that can end only one of two ways.

Reindeer in Space

Thru Dec 21 Chautauqua Playhouse 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael 489-7529 Cplayhouse.org The Reindeer are back! Reindeer in Space is part of the popular Christopher Crum series starring Santa’s reindeer.

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Arts Intersection TEACHER BRINGS EDUCATION TO THE MIX AT PERFORMANCE CENTER

BY DEB BELT ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

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en McClara stands in the lobby of Grange Performing Arts Center, a modest building in Oak Park just off Stockton Boulevard, where he runs the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy. “We seem to be in the invisible building here,” he says with a laugh. “When I describe the location, people ask: ‘There’s a performing arts center there?’”

Understated and amiable, McClara started playing music in the fourth grade, beginning with the violin.

Ben McClara runs the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy

“We have amazing theater and music going on here, just under the radar,” he says. “We are having the time of our lives.” McClara shares the center with In spite of the seemingly phantom Christopher Cook of Green Valley locale, McClara describes a rich Theatre Company, two other music schedule of performance, theater and teachers and three visual artists. music education happening at the They all chip in for the rent. McClara center. Productions of “The Rocky and Cook converted the building Horror Picture Show,” “Cabaret” from a decrepit office space into a and “Spring Awakening” have been funky, intimate performance venue performed there over the past two and school, complete with a 47-seat years, along with classical, baroque theater, dressing rooms and music and bluegrass concerts. And the music studios. academy offers lessons in piano, Students at the academy range in woodwind and string instruments, age from 5 to 62, and McClara grants basic percussion and musicianship. scholarships to about 30 percent of his

students, meaning they get free music lessons. “When I see something like a grandma paying for her grandson’s lessons with her Social Security check, I offer a scholarship,” he says. The academy also has a free string ensemble that students can join. The school benefits from donated instruments that are passed on to students. “You know you’re doing something right when someone calls out of the blue and says: ‘I have a keyboard to donate,’ which happened recently,” McClara says. The center has been running for two years at the intersection of Stockton and V Street. A community group called California

State Grange helps make it happen. Bob McFarland, president of the agricultural organization, wanted the building to be a performing arts theater. When McClara heard of the idea, he told McFarland he needed a space to teach music. “Bob offers affordable rent to artists, and I am grateful for that,” McClara says. “Chris Cook and I put in the blood, sweat and tears to transform the building, hauling out the old cubicles, putting down new flooring and painting every square inch of the theater black.” The theater seats came from Sacramento City College’s old venue. Tickets to ARTIST page 85

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t’s that magical time of year when visions of sugarplums dance in your head—only at the Sacramento Ballet, it’s the Sugar Plum Fairy who’s pirouetting through your thoughts. Ron Cunningham’s beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker” returns to the Community Center Theater from Dec. 7 through Dec. 23, with live music for select performances. More than 500 children from all over the region will perform Cunningham’s choreographic delight with the ballet’s beautiful corps. Bring your kids in full fairytale finery and introduce them to the wonder of live, professional dance. Want to hear the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit? Get tickets for performances on Dec. 7, 8, 15, 20 or 23. To add to the magic, give the best gift ever and take your tykes to the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Grand Hall of the Capitol Plaza Ballroom (1025 Ninth St., Suite 201). Guests will meet the cast of “The Nutcracker,” enjoy delicious desserts and kid-friendly drinks, have their photo snapped with the Sugar Plum

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Fairy herself and receive a special memory book with a collectible ornament. It’s an afternoon they’ll never forget. For tickets and more information, call 808-5181 or go to sacballet.org. The Community Center Theater is at 1301 L St.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS What better way to ring in the festive season than with beautiful singing ringing in your ears? Don’t miss Sacramento Choral Society’s Home for the Holidays concert, presented by Wells Fargo at 8 p.m.

on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Memorial Auditorium. A candlelit procession will set the musical mood for a program that includes an audience sing-along, new and familiar orchestral holiday songs and special guest performances by tenor Tevye Ditter and the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, directed by Lynn Stevens. To purchase tickets online, go to tickets.com. For more information, call 536-9065 or go to sacramentochoral.com. Memorial Auditorium is at 1515 J St.

MASTERS OF THE HOUSE They’re called the Master Singers for a reason. Listen to their “masterful” renditions of carols from around the world at their seasonopening concert, The World for Christmas, on Dec. 8, 14, 15, 19 and 22. After a candlelit processional to start the festivities, sit back and enjoy the premiere of Philip Lawson’s piece “Evermore,” followed by carols from Armenia, Canada, France, Spain, England, Argentina, Africa and more, as well as new arrangements of classic carols you probably already know:


“We Three Kings,” “Ave Maria” and more. For tickets and more information, go to mastersingers.org or harriscenter.net. Performances on Dec. 8, 14, 15 and 19 will take place at St. Francis Church, 1066 26th St. The performance on Dec. 22 will take place at the Harris Center (formerly Three Stages at Folsom Lake College) at 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE Abigail VanCannon sure has an eye for art. SouthWestArt Magazine even named her one of the 21 artists under 31 years old to watch in 2012. Check out her luscious landscapes for yourself at her solo show at Galley 2110 this month. The Iowa native is no stranger to vast vistas, and here she turns her loving eye on Sacramento’s great outdoors, as well as other sweeping California scenes. The work shows well on the walls of Gallery 2110, which also houses several artists’ studios (VanCannon’s among them) as part of the Sacramento Art Complex. For more information, visit gallery2110.com. Meet VanCannon at the Second Saturday artist’s reception on Dec. 14 or ogle her art online at vancannonart.com. Gallery 2110 is at (you guessed it!) 2110 K St. in midtown.

HALLELUJAH! Good things come in threes. Case in point: At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, three powerhouse musical groups— Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Music Society at Cathedral Square and Valley Choral Society—join forces for a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah like you’ve never heard before in the stunning Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Part one of the composer’s beloved Christmas chorale will be jointly directed by Dr. Robert Johnson, artistic director of Music Society at Cathedral Square, and Dr. Paul Allen, artistic director of Valley Choral Society. The maestros will

Sacramento Choral Society’s Home for the Holidays concert, presented by Wells Fargo at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Memorial Auditorium. This photo is from their Italian tour.

be leading a total of 90 voices from three different choirs—Choir of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Capella Antiqua and Valley Choral Society—in a concert that will surely make you see angels. For tickets and more information, call the CSO office at 929-6655 or go to camelliasymphony.org. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is at 1017 11th St.

AH CAPELLA Lest you think December will end without your getting the chance to again hear the virtuosic vocals of Capella Antiqua, the artists-inresidence at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, fret not. Lend an ear at their Victorian Christmas concert with Vox Musica at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at the cathedral. The concert will include a mélange of all things Victorian: period choral music and Christmas carol responses, readings from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and more festive festivities. For tickets and more information, go to capella-antiqua.org or voxmusica.net. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is at 1017 11th St.

ON POINTE Are you nutty for “The Nutcracker”? Don’t miss the familyand budget-friendly performance of the Crockett-Deane Ballet

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15 at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred. For only $10, kids can enjoy the magic of the “Nutcracker” and enjoy a retelling of the story of Christmas complete with popular carols during Christmas Angels. Both ballets are directed by Allyson Deane (daughter of Barbara Crockett, the founder of the Sacramento Ballet) and Don Schwennesen, a husband-and-wife team that keeps the corps on their toes—literally. For tickets and more information, call 453-0226 or go to deanedancecenter.com. The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred is at 2300 Sierra Blvd.

CRACK UP AT THE CROCKER Crocker Art Museum wants in on the festivities this season, but it’s ringing in the holidays with refreshingly un-Christmas-y options.

First up is the Classical Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring the RSVP Choir, which believes in making music to build a better world. Enjoy holiday classics with a tuneful twist at this energy-filled concert. Are you a “Seinfeld” fan? If so, run, don’t walk, to the Art Mix Festivus festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Guests will get in on the comedic, un-Christmas fun with a Festivus pole-making table, a “Seinfeld” episode marathon, the “Airing of Grievances” onstage and “Feats of Strength” featuring the rough, tough gals of the Sac City Rollers roller derby team, live music by Gentleman Surfer and a re-gift (you read that right) exchange. Drink specials are $5 all night … and yada, yada, yada. For all of those “Sound of Music” softies out there (I’m proud to be one of them), sing your own rendition of “Do Re Mi” and all of your favorite things at the “Sound of Music” SingAlong at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26. Come dressed as your favorite character to compete in the costume contest, enter for the chance to win door prizes and goodie bags and yodel to your heart’s content. You might even win something for your efforts! Tickets sell out early, so buy now to make sure you won’t be a “Lonely Goatherd.” For tickets and more information to all Crocker events, call 808-1182 or go to crockerartmuseum.org. Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.

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Stand up to homelessness when you attend Stand Up Sacramento, a stand-up comedy concert benefitting Transitional Living & Community Support at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Crest Theatre. TLCS is a social rehab agency that has helped psychiatrically disabled adults who are homeless or close to it transform their lives and get back on their feet for more than 31 years. Help TLCS laugh its way to the bank with the talents of six local comics, who are all donating their time, for a showcase that is sure to be sidesplitting.

Want to give more than just enough for a seat? Buy a VIP ticket and get access to a special pre-performance reception complete with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, call Erin Johansen at 441-0123, ext. 115, email her at ejohansen@tlcssac.org, or buy online at tickets.com. The Crest Theatre is at 1013 K St.

RISING STARS You can say you knew them when: Emma Bradford and Lucas Dudley, both students at Christian Brothers High School, recently won first place in the first All-American High School Film Festival in New York City for their music video “Paper Plates.” Bradford and Dudley, who participate in the CB video production program and the student-run television station KBFT, were selected as two of 84 finalists from more than 1,000 entries from all over the world, including South Korea, Japan, South Africa, Canada and 40 U.S. states. The competition, created by filmmaker and MTV regular Andrew Jenks, is designed to give young directors an outlet to show off their work. What better place to show it off than in the Big Apple? Their video was viewed by a judging panel that included actors Edward Burns and Kristen Stewart, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, screenwriter Diablo Cody and “Lost” executive producer Carlton Cuse. The dynamic duo emerged victorious in the music video category, earning first place—and, assumedly, supreme Sacramento bragging rights. Congratulations, Emma and Lucas!

FELIZ NAVIDAD(ES) Celebrate exciting Christmas customs from Mexico—ballet folkorico, street theater and a Mexican mercado—at the two-part Navidades! Christmas on K Street event on Sunday, Dec. 15 presented by Calidanza Dance Company, La Raza Galería Posada and El Teatro Espejo. Part one, “La Pastorela de Sacramento,” starts at 1:30 p.m.


outdoors at the Convention Center Plaza at 13th and K streets. The performance, adapted by Tomas Benitez, Manuel Pickett and Marie Acosta, will include a 45-minute modern reenactment of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant. Audience participation is highly encouraged. Meander with the mobile pageant as it makes it way to the Crest Theatre at 3 p.m. for a stunning presentation of “Navidades y Tradiciones,” Calidanza Dance Company’s latest creation under the direction of Steven Valencia. Twentytwo dancers will be accompanied by Vinic-Kay folkloric musicians as they present various Mexican traditions: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Dia de Candelaria (Candle Mass Day), Afro-Jarocho (celebrating African heritage in Mexico) and Carnaval in Sinaloa. The dancing will give way to live music honoring Las Posadas and a mariachi Christmas complete with a piñata. You can also buy unique gifts at the Mexican mercado in the Crest lobby before and after the show. For tickets and more information, go to tickets.com, thecrest.com or La Raza Galería Posada’s website at lrgp. org. The Crest Theatre is at 1013 K St.

PAST PRESENT If all things holiday are starting to grate on your nerves, check out something decidedly secular, but no less fun: Big Idea Theatre’s season finale production of “Outrage,” running through Dec. 14. As an end cap to a season that has explored themes of revolution, oppression and the power of the human spirit to struggle against tyranny, Itamar Moses’s play has a little bit of all of these. The timebending narrative takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride through Ancient Greece, the Inquisition, Nazi Germany and modern-day academia, all while examining the price people pay for staying true to their principles. Heavy stuff, but nothing Big Idea can’t handle. The play is deftly directed by Benjamin T. Ismail and features a large, local cast full of talent.

The Sacramento Children’s Chorus performs A Merry Little Christmas on Dec. 13

For tickets and more information, call 960-3036 or go to bigideatheatre. com. Big Idea Theatre is at 1616 Del Paso Blvd.

IN THE MOOD To get you back in the holiday mood, don’t miss the Sacramento Symphonic Winds concert, Holiday Moods, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast. The 60-piece symphonic band will take on “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich, the beloved “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Guaraldi/Mendelson, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” by Leon Jessel, “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson and more magical, musical masterpieces. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information, go to sacwinds.org. Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast is at 5321 Date Ave.

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KIDDING AROUND The Sacramento Children’s Chorus wants you to have yourself A Merry Little Christmas, which is why it is presenting a concert by that very name on Dec. 13 and 15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Carmichael Seventh Day Adventist Church, respectively. “With a slight twist from our traditional choral performance, we will incorporate popular pieces such as ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ along with classical repertoire,” says Lynn Stevens, SCC founder and artistic director. Stevens and her colleague Julie Adams will be directing all five choirs, singing these selections as well as a modern version of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” created by the Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Fry.

Abigail VanCannon is featured in a solo show at Galley 2110 this month

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1300 N Str.) and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Carmichael Seventh Day Adventist Church (4600 Winding Way). If you’re wondering why the performances skip Dec. 14, that’s because the SCC will be performing

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2381 Fair Oaks Blvd. 489-2000

B L D $$-$$$ Full Bar American cuisine with a Western touch in a creative upscale atmosphere

Ristorante Piatti

571 Pavilions Lane 649-8885

L D $$ Full Bar Contemporary Italian cuisine in a casually elegant setting

Sam's Hof Brau

2500 Watt 482-2175 L D $$ Wine/Beer Fresh quality meats roasted daily • thehofbrau.com

Thai House

527 A Munroe in Loehmann's 485-3888 L D $$ Wine/Beer Featuring the great taste of Thai traditional specialties • sacthaihouse.com

Thai Chef's House

2851 Fulton Ave. 481-9500

L D $$ Thai cusine in a friendly, casual setting

Willie's Burgers

5050 Fair Oaks Blvd. 488-5050 L D $ Great burgers and more


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Celebrate the Holidays at Fat’s Open Christmas Eve

AWARD WINNING NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN BISTRO!

Join us for Christmas Eve Dinner Make Your Reservations Today!

Like us on Facebook for menu information

916.487.1331 3535 FAIR OAKS BLVD./ SACRAMENTO, CA 95864 WWW.CAFEVINOTECA.COM

Closed Christmas Day. 806 L Street, Sacramento 916-442-7092 LoveMyFats.com

Respect the bean.

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MIDTOWN

Aioli Bodega Espanola 1800 L St. 447-9440

L D $$ Full Bar Patio Andalusian cuisine served in a casual European atmosphere

Biba Ristorante

2801 Capitol Ave. 455-2422 L D $$$ Full Bar Upscale Northern Italian

Lucca Restaurant & Bar 1615 J St. 669-5300

L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Patio Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, chic atmosphere • Luccarestaurant.com

Buckhorn Grill

Mulvaney’s Building & Loan

L D $$ Wine/Beer A counter service restaurant with high-quality chicken, char-roasted beef, salmon, and entrée salads

L D Full Bar $$$ Modern American cuisine in an upscale historic setting

2726 Capitol Ave. 443-1180 1431 R St. 930-9191

B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio Casual California cuisine with counter service

Centro Cocina Mexicana 2730 J St. 442-2552

L D $$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cooking served in a casual atmosphere • Paragarys.com

Chicago Fire

2416 J St. 443-0440

D $$ Full Bar Chicago-style pizza, salads wings served in a family-friendly atmosphere • Chicagofirerestaurant.com

Crepeville

1730 L St. 444-1100

B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Outdoor Dining Crepes, omelettes, salads, soups and sandwiches served in a casual setting

Ernesto’s Mexican Food 1901 16th St. 441-5850

B L D $-$$ Full Bar Outdoor Dining Fresh Mexican food served in an upscale, yet familyfriendly setting • Ernestosmexicanfood.com

58 Degrees & Holding Co. 1217 18th St. 442-5858

L D $$$ Wine/Beer California cuisine served in a chic, upscale setting • 58degrees.com

Fox & Goose Public House 1001 R St. 443-8825

1215 19th St. 441-6022

Old Soul Co.

1501 16th St. 444-5850

B L D $ No table service at this coffee roaster and bakery, also serving creative artisanal sandwiches

B L $ Italian food in a casual grocery setting

L D $ Full Bar Made-to-order comfort food in a casual setting • Jacksurbaneats.com

Kasbah Lounge

2115 J St. 442-4388

D Full Bar $$ Middle Eastern cuisine in a Moroccan setting kasbahlounge.com

(With coupon. Not valid w/any other offers. Dine in only. Exp. 12/31/13)

Burr's Fountain

La Bombe Ice Cream & More

4920 Folsom Blvd. 452-5516

3020 H Street 448-2334

Clarks' Corner Restaurant

La Trattoria Bohemia

Paragary’s Bar & Oven

L D Full Bar $$ American cuisine in a casual historic setting

L D Wine/Beer $-$$ Italian and Czech specialties in a neighborhood bistro setting

D $$ Full Bar Outdoor Patio California cuisine with an Italian touch • Paragarys.com

Clubhouse 56

Suzie Burger

BLD Full Bar $$ American cuisine. HD sports, kid's menu, beakfast weekends

BLD $ Wine/Beer Unique boulangerie, café & bistro serving affordable delicious food/drinks all day long • lesbauxbakery.com

Evan’s Kitchen

Opa! Opa!

1401 28th St. 457-5737

29th and P Sts. 455-3300

L D $ Classic burgers, cheesesteaks, shakes, chili dogs, and other tasty treats • suzieburger.com

The Streets of London Pub 1804 J St. 498-1388

L D $ Wine/Beer English Pub fare in an authentic casual atmosphere, 17 beers on tap streetsoflondon.net

L D $ European and American Frozen Confections, sandwiches, soups and espresso

Thai Basil Café

3839 J St. 448-5699

2000 Capitol Ave. 498-9891

Zocolo

1801 Capitol Ave. 441-0303

L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cuisine served in an authentic artistic setting • zocolosacramento.com

EAST SAC

33rd Street Bistro

3301 Folsom Blvd. 455-2233

B L D $$ Full Bar Patio Pacific Northwest cuisine in a casual bistro setting • 33rdstreetbistro.com

5644 J St. 451-4000

B L D Wine/Beer $$ Eclectic California cuisine served in a family-friendly atmosphere, Kid’s menu, winemaker dinners, daily lunch specials, community table for single diners • Chefevan.com

L D Full Bar $-$$ Classic Italian cuisine served in a traditional family-style atmosphere

L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio Housemade curries among their authentic Thai specialties Thaibasilrestaurant.com

5090 Folsom Blvd. 739-1348

855 57th St. 452-3896

L D $-$$ Wine/Beer/Sangria Spanish/world cuisine in a casual authentic atmosphere, live flamenco music - tapathewworld.com

2431 J St. 442-7690

Les Baux

723 56th. Street 454-5656

Tapa The World

2115 J St. 442-4353

3649 J St. 455-7803

5641 J St.

Español

Jack’s Urban Eats

1230 20th St. 444-0307

Folsom

402 Natoma Street, Folsom • 673-9085 Live music Fridays & Saturdays

L D $$ Gourmet pizza, pasta, salads in casual setting • Paesanos.biz

L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Fine South of France and northern Italian cuisine in a chic neighborhood setting • waterboyrestaurant.com

1827 J Street 442-6678

Buy 1 Dinner Plate At Regular Price & Get The Second Dinner Up To $7.00 FREE. Must Include 2 Drinks.

1806 Capitol Ave. 447-8646

Harlow’s Restaurant

Italian Importing Company

FREE DINNER

Restaurant

2813 Fulton Avenue • 484-6104 Live music Fridays

Paesano’s Pizzeria

The Waterboy

L D $$ Full Bar Modern Italian/California cuisine with Asian inspirations • Harlows.com

(With coupon. Not valid w/any other offers. Dine in only. Limit 1 coupon per party. Substitutions extra. Exp. 12/31/13) Lim

B L D $ Fountain-style diner serving burgers, sandwiches, soup and ice cream specialties

B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer English Pub favorites in an historic setting • Foxandgoose.com

2708 J Street 441-4693

$19.95

(for 2 or more) Includes: Beef Tacos, Cheese Enchiladas, Chile In Rellenos, Rice/Beans, Chips & Salsa

2028 H St. 443-7585

D $$-$$$ Eclectic menu in a boutique neighborhood setting

Café Bernardo

Monday–Thursday after 4pm Six Course Mexican Platter for Two

Moxie

cuisine served a la carte • Biba-restaurant.com

1801 L St. 446-3757

Simply Great M Mexican Food!

B L $ Wine/Beer Southwestern fare in a casual diner setting

Selland's Market Cafe 5340 H St. 473-3333

Formoli's Bistro

B L D $$-$$$ Wine/Beer High quality handcrafted food to eat in or take out, wine bar

B L D Wine/Beer Patio $$ Mediterranean influenced cuisine in a neighborhood setting •

5642 J Street 731-8888

D $ Wine/Beer Fresh made to order pizza served in a cozy dining room; or to take out

Nopalitos

5530 H St. 452-8226

5723 Folsom Blvd. 457-3679

Hot City Pizza

L D Wine/Beer $ Fresh Greek cuisine in a chic, casual setting, counter service

Star Ginger

3101 Folsom Blvd. 231-8888

Asian Grill and Noodle Bar • starginger.com

Istanbul Bistro

3260 J Street 449-8810

L D Wine/Beer $$ Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in cozy neighborhood bistro setting

DOWNTOWN Foundation 400 L St. 321-9522

L D $$ Full Bar American cooking in an historic atmosphere • foundationsacramento.com

Chops Steak Seafood & Bar 1117 11th St. 447-8900

L D $$$ Full Bar Steakhouse serving dry-aged prime beef and fresh seafood in an upscale club atmosphere • Chopssacramento.com

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Downtown & Vine

holiday feast & treats . . . order your feast with sides

1200 K Street #8 228-4518

Educational tasting experience of wines by the taste, flight or glass • downtownandvine.com

Ella Dining Room & Bar

menus & details at the cafes

1131 K St. 443-3772

order your treats . . . salted caramel cream cake Πeggnog cheesecake brown butter pear tart Πred velvet cheesecake breakfast quiche Πbraided challah Πstollen holiday cupcakes, cookie trays & more

L D $$$ Full Bar Modern American cuisine served family-style in a chic, upscale space • Elladiningroomandbar.com

Esquire Grill 1213 K St. 448-8900

L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Outdoor Dining Upscale American fare served in an elegant setting • Paragarys.com

Estelle's Patisserie

901 K St. 916-551-1500 L D $$-$$$ French-inspired Bakery serving fresh pastry & desserts, artisan breads and handcrafted sandwiches. EstellesPatisserie.com

Fat's City Bar & Cafe 1001 Front St. 446-6768

D $$-$$$ Full Bar Steaks and Asian specialties served in a casual historic Old Sac location • Fatsrestaurants.com

BELLA BRU bellabrucafe.com

The Firehouse Restaurant 1112 Second St. 442-4772

Carmichael ΠNatomas ΠEl Dorado Hills 485.2883

928.1770

933.5454

L D $$$ Full Bar Global and California cuisine in an upscale historic Old Sac setting • Firehouseoldsac.com

Frank Fat’s

The Great Taste of Thai Food

806 L St. 442-7092

L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Chinese favorites in an elegant setting • Fatsrestaurants.com

$5 OFF $10 OFF 10% OFF Any purchase of $25 or more

Any purchase of $50 or more

Lunch and Take-Out

Not valid with any other Not valid with any other Not valid with any other offers. Exp 12/31/13. offers. Exp 12/31/13. offers. Exp 12/31/13.

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Ten 22

1022 Second St. 441-2211

L D Wine/Beer $$ American bistro favorites with a modern twist in a casual, Old Sac setting • ten22oldsac.com

LAND PARK Freeport Bakery

2966 Freeport Blvd. 442-4256

B L $ Award-winning baked goods and cakes for eat in or take out • Freeportbakery.com

Iron Grill 13th Street and Broadway 737-5115

L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Upscale neighborhood steakhouse • Ironsteaks.com

Jamie's Bar and Grill

427 Broadway 442-4044

L D $ Full Bar Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Dine in or take out since 1986

Riverside Clubhouse

2633 Riverside Drive 448-9988

L D $$ Full Bar Upscale American cuisine served in a contemporary setting • Riversideclubhouse.com

Taylor's Kitchen

2924 Freeport Boulevard 443-5154

B L D $$ Wine/Beer International cuisine with dessert specialties in a casual setting

B L D Full Bar $$$ Simple, seasonal, soulful • grangerestaurant.com

Willie's Burgers

Hock Farm Craft & Provision

L D $ Great burgers and more. Open until 3 am Friday and Saturday n

1111 J St. 442-8200

Voted #1 Thai Food

L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Seasonal menu of favorites in a setting overlooking river • Riocitycafe.com

Grange

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

Dinner Hours: Sun-Thurs: 4-9pm Fri-Sat: 4-10pm

1110 Front St. Old Sac 442-8226

Tower Café

L D $$-$$ Full Bar Celebration of the region's rich history and bountiful terrain • Paragarys.com

Lunch Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm Sat: Noon-2:30pm

Rio City Café

L D Full Bar $$$ Fine Northern Italian cuisine in a chic, upscale atmosphere • Ilfornaio.com

1415 L St. 440-8888

485-3888 • SacThaiHouse.com

D $$ Full Bar Relax with drinks and dinner in this stylish downtown space

Il Fornaio

926 J Street • 492-4450

in Loehmann’s Shopping Center

10th & J Sts. 448-8960

D $$$ Wine/Beer Dinner served Wed. through Saturday. Reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome.

400 Capitol Mall 446-4100

527 Munroe Street

Parlaré Eurolounge

L D $$ Full Bar Upscale seafood, burgers in a clubby atmosphere • Mccormickandschmicks.com

Mikuni Restaurant and Sushi Bar 1530 J St. 447-2112

L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Japanese cuisine served in an upscale setting • Mikunisushi.com

Morton’s Steakhouse

621 Capitol Mall #100 442-50

D $$$ Full Bar Upscale American steakhouse • Mortons.com

1518 Broadway 441-0222

2415 16th St. 444-2006


S AC R A M E N TO

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Christmas Eve Services 5:00 p.m. Family Service 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service

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