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Neighborhood Identity CELEBRATING THE DIFFERENCES IN OUR UNIQUE URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS
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hen my husband and I first arrived in Sacramento in 1989, we had no knowledge of the city or environs, and we didn’t know a soul. It was not exactly a great way to select a neighborhood in which to buy a home and raise a family. We were grateful that we had an experienced real estate agent who spent an entire day with us and, starting in Midtown, took us through a number of neighborhoods moving eastward and then to the south. We wanted to get a feel for the architectural identity of each neighborhood. Looking back now, I realize that our driving tour was wholly inadequate in helping us make such a big decision. Here’s what I recall in a nutshell: Midtown had inexpensive historic homes that needed work and had small yards, and there was a lively shopping district. But we were warned that there weren’t many children in the neighborhood and that the crime rate was fairly high. McKinley Park looked fabulous, especially the park
itself, but we were told the public schools were weak. The Fab 40s were gorgeous, but house prices were too high for us and there was almost zero inventory on the market at the time. We never saw River Park. Heading across the H Street Bridge, we toured Sierra Oaks and thought it was lovely, with big lots and varied home styles. But the houses for sale were small and dated. The Wilhaggin homes we saw were too big, while the Arden Park homes were too small. Carmichael was a mixed bag, with some larger, luxurious homes located next to tiny cottages. The lots were huge—too large for our needs. There wasn’t much shopping close by.
We ended up buying that McKinley Park house. And I later learned that I had been dead wrong in my judgment of Curtis Park. Heading south, we loved lush and expansive William Land Park, but the homes we saw were either too large and expensive or too small and needed too much work. Curtis Park had the most amazing collection of eclectic architectural styles we saw all day. We never saw South Land Park or the Pocket or even heard their names. We probably just ran out of time that day.
It was almost a year before we actually purchased a home. The decision ultimately came down to two houses: one directly across the street from McKinley Park, the other across the street from Curtis Park. We visited both houses numerous times. Each time we went to Curtis Park, we noticed that the park was empty and lacked amenities. In comparison, fun things always seemed to be happening in McKinley Park, with its numerous facilities. To be honest, the lack of activity in Curtis Park caused me to judge the neighborhood in a negative way. It seemed like people didn’t get out of their houses to enjoy the neighborhood. I worried about making friends. We ended up buying that McKinley Park house. And I later learned that I had been dead wrong in my judgment of Curtis Park. In time, I discovered that Curtis Park is one of the most dynamic and engaged neighborhoods in the region, and substantially more active and organized than either McKinley Park or East Sacramento. In publishing four neighborhood editions, covering more than a dozen unique neighborhoods, I’ve learned that every one of our neighborhoods has its own distinct personality. It takes time to discover that personality. The process goes much more quickly if you meet long-term neighbors who share their experiences with you. To be sure, numerous biases for and against different neighborhoods exist among neighbors. For some, it is just simple pride and a reaffirmation of the neighborhood they chose.
But others are snobby about architecture, history, location or even class. And while most people would never publicly share their biases about people of different races and cultures, they seem to have no problem disparaging other neighborhoods. When we started publishing in the Pocket and Greenhaven neighborhoods earlier this year, we selected these neighborhoods based upon their distinct neighborhood identity and strong sense of community, in addition to their home values and income levels that our advertisers find valuable.
Many factors contribute to what makes each neighborhood definable and recognizable, no matter what the income levels and property values. We were amazed when some folks from East Sac and Land Park disparaged these neighborhoods because they include gated communities (as do Arden and Carmichael) and what they consider “suburban lifestyles,” usually dropping snide comments about Natomas into their remarks.
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PUBLISHER FROM page 9 Or consider Oak Park, which in its early years was considered one of our city’s nicest neighborhoods. After decades of decline, it started to turn around about 10 years ago, thanks in no small part to Mayor Kevin Johnson’s redevelopment efforts before he won office. Even as Oak Park is rapidly coming into its own, the stigma of the neighborhood’s name is still hard to reverse in some people’s minds. During a community meeting last year regarding McKinley Village, one of the opposition group leaders worried aloud that the development would be another Natomas or South Sacramento and that it would become a “ghetto.” When audience applause followed that remark, I was embarrassed that members of my neighborhood would be so hostile and judgmental. Our editorial mission is to help folks get to know their neighbors and community on a deeper and more meaningful level. Many factors contribute to what makes
each neighborhood definable and recognizable, no matter what the income levels and property values. As we celebrate the Fourth of the July this year, we have charming organized parades in the neighborhoods of East Sac, River Park, Pocket, Arden Arcade and Carmichael, among others. Each one has its unique feel and experience. Neighborhood parades are a wonderful way to connect with neighbors and build positive neighborhood identities. If you’ve never attended your neighborhood parade, by all means do so this year. I consider it a privilege and honor to get to know so many wonderful people from every neighborhood we serve. Granted, there are huge differences in the unique identities of our neighborhoods. But isn’t it worth celebrating that Sacramento has so much diversity in its neighborhoods?
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and was not in the physical condition that I was used to.” He was also forced to give up his furniture wholesale business that he had spent 35 years building to be the largest of its kind in the state. One day, however, his daughter suggested a bike ride.
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rden’s Point West Rotarian Tom Slagle had always been in good shape. He golfed regularly with his wife of 45 years. He bicycled and chased after his two daughters. He racked up thousands of miles running on trails and in races over the course of four decades. But when Slagle was in his mid50s, while running he noticed his body wouldn’t do what his mind told it to. Running became so difficult he had to quit. Doctors ruled out bad hips and things such as pinched nerves, and said there was nothing structurally wrong with him. But over the course of about five years, walking also became so challenging that Slagle limped with every step. More medical testing revealed the problem. He had multiple sclerosis. There was no cure. His body would continue to deteriorate. “It was a difficult time for me,” he said. “I was out of shape and I wasn’t exercising. I gained about 15 pounds
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“I can ride my bike 80, 90, 100 miles, but I have trouble walking three blocks.” “I’ve got MS, I can’t go on a bike ride,” Slagle said to her. But she insisted. That one ride changed the rest of his life. “Walking is a very difficult thing,” he said. “There’s a lot of process in walking, but on a bicycle you basically pedal. It’s so much easier than even walking. All at once I stared riding and increased my distance. I lost 15 pounds and today my heart rate is in the 50s or 60s. My health is excellent other than I have MS. For me, it’s been a life-changer. “I can ride my bike 80, 90, 100 miles, but I have trouble walking three blocks.” The power cycling has been so inspiring to Slagle that he dreamed up a nighttime bike ride fundraiser for Point West Rotary. It’s called Lunar Lunacy. The Aug. 9 event will begin at 10 p.m. under a full moon in downtown Sacramento. Participants can choose
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to ride either a 5-mile loop, a 17-mile loop or be a virtual sponsor. Proceeds will help people such as Slagle overcome physical limitations. The Society of the Blind partnered with him and Point West Rotary to host the event. Many physically or visually impaired people don’t know how life-changing, how healing, riding a bicycle can be.
“My symptoms will continue to get worse,” Slagle said. “But the best thing I can do is what I’m doing right now. Being healthy, being happy and living life like every day is a celebration.” If you would like to participate as a rider, volunteer or virtual sponsor, find more information and registration materials at lunarlunacyride.com
BIG-TIME EXPOSURE Jesuit High School’s football team has been invited to “break in” the $1 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, in a nationally televised game to be played Friday, Aug. 29. The Marauders varsity squad will face De La Salle as part of the inauguration of “Friday Night Lights,” a series of prep football games that is expected to be a fall tradition for Levi’s Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and the entire game will be televised on ESPN2, complete with professional camera work, commentary and color analysis. All stadium concessions are expected to be open and operating in a sort of trial run for NFL games. “Levi’s Stadium was designed to showcase the best football at every level,” said Julio Fuentes, executive director of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. “Friday night prep football is a celebrated tradition here in Santa Clara and we look forward to giving these young football players the opportunity to play on the same field as the pros.” “High school football is a great tradition that deserves to be played on the game’s biggest stage, and we look forward to sharing a special experience with these young men, their coaches, family and friends,” said 49ers CEO Jed York on the stadium’s website. In five decades Jesuit has won 22 league championships and taken two CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships.
Tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster and will be available on game day. The high school teams are not expected to incur rental costs or security fees. The stadium seats nearly 70,000, so there’s plenty of room for Sacramento fans. Jesuit will be announcing plans for tailgates, rallies, parties, transportation and related events on its website in mid-July.
SUMMER TUNE-UP If you are still looking for a perfect mid-summer camp, look no further than to a music camp at Northminster Presbyterian Church. From 8 a.m. to noon, July 28 through Aug. 1, first- through sixth-graders will get a chance to learn note reading, singing, creative music expression and instrumental instruction on a variety of strings and woodwinds. For students who want to play chimes or recorders, the church provides the instrument. Campers wishing to learn other instruments need to bring other their own—or can rent one from the Taylor Center on Marconi Avenue just east of Fulton Avenue. The week ends with a rousing performance of “Holy Moses,” a musical performed Sunday, Aug. 3, that showcases all the fresh new talents learned at camp. It is a modern children’s look at the highlights of Moses’ life, told through songs, jokes and vignettes. The weeklong event is $40 for those registered by July 21 and $45
after. Snacks are provided daily. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, call the church office at 487-5192 or go to northminsteronline. org. Northminster Presbyterian is at 3235 Pope Ave.
GREEN THUMBS The Arden Park Recreation and Park District welcomes new members to its garden club, which meets September through May at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday at 1000 La Sierra Drive. Club members share secrets of successful gardening in the Arden area, with special attention paid to working with the variety of soils, coping with the drought and what to expect from the weather in the Sacramento Valley. The club is also hosting the 2014 Garden Tour on Sept. 14. It will feature a half-dozen Arden Park home gardens. Tickets are $10 per person. Funds will be used for scholarships and ongoing community programs. The Garden Club regularly participates in a variety of community activities, including the U.S. Forest Service Reforestation Program. The club also helped fund efforts to landscape Arden Middle School during its recent renovations. Among other interests, the club is a regular sponsor of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, the Shepherd Garden Center and the Sacramento Tree Foundation. At each meeting, club members share an informal luncheon and are invited to bring a floral arrangement.
For more information, go to ardenparkgardenclub.com
CONGRATULATIONS, SIERRA OAKS For the fourth time, Sierra Oaks Elementary School in the San Juan Unified School District has won the California Distinguished School Award. The state Department of Education cited the school for its strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement. The program recognizes schools that have made progress in narrowing the achievement gap. Schools that applied for recognition submitted detailed applications outlining the innovative practices they have implemented on campus. Through focused, frequent and ongoing teacher collaboration, coaching and student achievement data analysis, the school has seen performance gains among all of its students. Sierra Oaks also earned the distinction in 1987, 1998 and 2008. It is the only San Juan school to be a 2014 California Distinguished School, and one of only six in Sacramento County, said Carrie Wheeler Engh, Sierra Oaks’ incoming PTA president.
CALLING ALL ALUMS Calling all Sacramento Country Day School alums to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday.
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ARDEN FROM page 13 The coming school year will include a big variety of special events, parties and projects. There will be many events for current students, faculty, staff and families, as well as for alumni, alumni parents and friends. For more information and to register for events, visit the anniversary website at since1964.org
SUMMER CAMPS STILL OPEN There’s still time to get on the roster for all sorts of summer camps—not only for kids, but drop-in activities for adults. For instance, for the adults, Arden Park Recreation and Park District offers drop-in classes in zumba, jazzercise, balance, tennis and swimming throughout the summer and into the fall. For children, July sessions begin for the Skyhawks Sports Camps in baseball, basketball, football and cheerleading, all at 1000
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La Sierra Drive through the Arden Park Recreation and Park District. Also at La Sierra Park will be a July NASA camp and a science camp for children ages 7 to 11. For more information about the activities available at Arden Park, go to aprpd.org
There’s still time to get on the roster for all sorts of summer camps—not only for kids, but drop-in activities for adults. Fulton El Camino Recreation and Park District offers a host of summer events such as an outdoor movie night at 9 p.m. on July 3 at 2201 Cottage Way, and the 13th annual Fourth of
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July Parade at 10 a.m., starting at 2700 Fulton Ave. The community is also invited to the Stingrays Synchronized Swim Team Aquacade, a show demonstrating the Fulton-El Camino team’s aquatic routines. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 at 3097 Cottage Way. Guests will be treated to the music, costumes and entertaining performances by area youth swimmers. For more information, email Teri deRosier at email@example.com
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Kids Don’t Float
LIFE JACKET LOANERS AGAIN AVAILABLE TO PROMOTE SAFETY ON THE AMERICAN RIVER
BY SUSAN PETERS COUNTY SUPERVISOR
he warm weather is here and the Department of Regional Parks is anticipating a great summer of recreation on the American River. To help ensure youngsters enjoy the water safely, the American River Parkway Foundation once again is generously funding loaner life jackets available at seven sites along the American River for the 2014 Kids Don’t Float Program. This is the fourth year the foundation is providing life jackets. The foundation also has provided new signage at the life jacket distribution sites. Each sign features the message that “Kids Don’t Float,” and if they are under age 13 they must wear a floatation jacket per the Sacramento County ordinance and are invited to borrow a jacket and return it. The signs are in English, Russian and Spanish. Regional Parks has a longstanding partnership with the American River Parkway Foundation and the “Kids Don’t Float” program is an ongoing example. Together with safety partners such as the Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and the Drowning Accident Rescue
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In cooperation with Sacramento County’s Department of Regional Parks, the American River Parkway Foundation is once again generously funding loaner life jackets available at seven sites along the American River for the 2014 Kids Don’t Float Program. Children under age 13 must wear a flotation life jacket by law.
Team (DART), the department and foundation hope everyone is reminded that safety comes first in and around our waterways. Parents and guardians are encouraged to purchase life jackets for their children prior to going to the parkway to enjoy the water. However, if that isn’t possible or if the life jacket is forgotten at home, all are welcome to borrow and return them at any of the seven sites including Ancil Hoffman Park, Howe Avenue,
Sunrise and Watt Avenue Accesses or at participating Metro Fire stations. For more information about the program, go to regionalparks. saccounty.net
PARADES, FUN AND FIREWORKS There will be an abundance of neighborhood activities to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Arden Arcade will hold its annual parade celebration that starts at 10 a.m., kicking off at the Sacramento County Building, 2700 Fulton Ave. The route goes south past El Camino Avenue and turns on Cottage Way continuing west to Bell Street, where it will turn north and finish at Howe Park. Afterward there will be food and family activities at the park. Carmichael’s celebration kicks off with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club from 7 to 11 a.m.
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at Carmichael Park, followed by the 56th annual Elks Club Parade on Fair Oaks Boulevard starting at 10:30 a.m. at Marconi Avenue and continuing to Manzanita and Cypress avenues. The parade features floats, antique automobiles, marching bands, equestrian entries, and much more. Carmichael also will experience fireworks lighting up the evening at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road. The first sky rocket is expected to go off at approximately 9:30 p.m. And starting at 7 p.m. there will be plenty of activities before the big show, including music, food trucks and free children’s activities including arts and crafts, inflatables and a puppet theater.
FIGHT THE BITE Congratulations to Kara Catellier, a student at Sierra Oaks School whose artwork was chosen to be in the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District’s 2015 Fight the Bite
Artwork by Kara Catellier, a student at Sierra Oaks School, was chosen to be in the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District‘s 2015 Fight the Bite calendar which will be distributed later this year. She was one of more than 3,100 entries and placed first in the 4-6 grade category as part of this year’s art contest for students in grades K-12. Winning entries were based on creativity, originality and the ability to effectively communicate one or more of the district’s mosquito prevention tips.
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PETERS FROM page 17 calendar, which will be distributed later this year. Her entry was submitted in the 4-6 grade category as part of this year’s art contest for students in grades K-12 that encourages children to use art and creatively design a calendar page promoting “Fight the Bite.” The program encourages everyone to prevent mosquitoes by practicing key messages such as draining standing water and using mosquito repellent. Kara’s poster’s message is very timely because West Nile Virus, a disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, was confirmed in the Sacramento region in May To help stop the spread of WNV, the public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473) or online at westnile.ca.gov In 2013, 15 deaths and 379 human WNV cases were reported in California.
ATTACKING ILLICIT PARLORS We’ve all seen them, the small, dark store-fronts with blackened windows advertising “massage” popping up in many strip centers. Notably different than health spas or legitimate massage operations, these shady fronts are often covers for illicit goings-on, including prostitution and human trafficking. Recently the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve changes to the Business License code that will assist in preventing these illicit businesses from proliferating. The new ordinance, effective in this month and applicable to the unincorporated area, will prohibit the approval of massage business licenses for a period of one year in any location where a previous massage establishment had been closed due to illicit activity. This change was needed because the old “revolving door” method of dealing with massage parlors was not working. As soon as the Sheriff’s Department closed down an illegal operation, it would reopen under
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another name and owner. As a result, action was needed to stop the cycle while avoiding negatively impacting legitimate massage operations. To break the cycle of “ownership flips,” the ordinance provides that if a massage operation is closed down for illicit activity, the property owner will be barred from leasing to another massage business but free to lease to any other type of business allowed in that land use zone. A review of the licensing history of several trouble spots indicated that no legitimate massage business had attempted to occupy the premises after an illicit one was closed. Because there is no evidence legitimate massage businesses backfill space formerly occupied by illicit ones, the ordinance will not harm the legitimate industry. The restriction should reduce the blight and neighborhood issues that arise from illicit activity and encourage property owners to lease to other types of businesses. This is not a quick fix, but it is a step forward in the county’s ongoing efforts to weed out these bad apples and make our neighborhood commercial areas better. In April the Sheriff’s Department North Area Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team raided 10 massage parlors that were under investigation, which resulted in the arrest of seven people. Their business licenses and permits were taken as evidence, which resulted in
their temporary closure. As a result there is an administrative process the business owners will likely go through in order to determine if their business license will be suspended permanently. Having this new ordinance will strengthen efforts to permanently close these illicit businesses. There are also building and safety issues because often makeshift walls and improvements are made to the office space to accommodate the massage operations with no permits and little regard for safety.
HOOVES TO THE RESCUE Beginning in mid-May, Arden Arcade residents going by the Wilhaggin Detention Basin off American River Drive probably spotted an unusual sight: goats and sheep. Why? Because the Department of Water Resources is using these animals as a natural way to remove vegetation from overbank areas along neighborhood creeks and floodplain areas. Goats will eat almost any vegetation, including blackberry, star thistle, and other invasive species. With continued use the goats will remove thousands of pounds of vegetation as opposed to mowing. This will help relieve clogging and debris accumulating in our creeks during storm season. The detention basin was selected for the pilot project because this 10-
acre area is challenging to clear due to dense growth of brush, grass and weeds and is surrounded by chainlink fencing on all sides. Goats can negotiate steep terrain, work near wetlands and creek areas (where spraying herbicides or using heavy, gas-powered equipment isn’t feasible or desirable), and the critters are relatively quiet. KD Goat Ranch is the contractor for the project and it is anticipated that approximately 150 head of goat and sheep have been grazing during their stay at the detention basin. If all goes well, herds may appear elsewhere in the unincorporated area.
PROTECT YOUR PETS The Sacramento County Animal Shelter reminds you that a pet left in a vehicle can quickly dehydrate on warm days. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a parked car can jump 20 degrees in 10 minutes. Being outdoors in temperatures over 90 degrees also can be dangerous. It is important to provide your pet with shade and plenty of water if you can’t bring your furry four-legged friend inside. For more hot weather pet tips, go to animalcare.saccounty. net And remember that fireworks can be very stressful for your pet, causing fear and anxiety. Sadly, the volume of missing pets significantly increases during the Fourth of July holiday. Leaving a pet outside unattended even in a fenced yard or on a chain can lead to disastrous consequences. In their fear, pets who normally would not leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death. Also, please make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so if they become lost, they can be returned home promptly.
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PETERS FROM page 18 Farms area, too, for an encore outdoor performance in October. Each summer concert will be held at Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. This month’s fun starts on Sunday, July 6, with swing music performed by the band Metro Swing. A total of eight concerts will be held every Sunday at the park through Aug. 24. A variety of music will be offered, including classic rock, rhythm and blues, 50’s rock ’n’ roll, and dance band tunes. And there will be four Saturday night concerts starting on July 12 with the musical group On Air featuring classic rock with power horns. Two weeks later, on July 26, you can enjoy the music of Mick Martin and Blues Rockers. On Saturday, Aug. 9, listen to the Count performing classic rock of the 1960s to ’90s with a little soul. The final Saturday performance will be on Aug. 23 and showcase Bad Catz, a band playing rockin’ rhythm and blues. All Carmichael concerts start at 6:30 p.m. The summer concert series sponsors include both the Carmichael and Mission Oaks Recreation and Park Districts. A list of all the bands can be obtained by going to carmichaelpark.com The Old Foothill Farms area will be the site of an encore “Concert in the Park” on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Pioneer Park, 5100 Verner Ave. near Pioneer School. This event is being co-sponsored by Sacramento County and the Sunrise Recreation and Park District. The fun begins at 1 p.m. with the concert from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring the John Skinner Band. And remember the best way to enjoy any of these outdoor concerts is to bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs.
CONCERTS IN FAIR OAKS, TOO! There are free Thursday night concerts in Fair Oaks Village continuing through August. Each performance is at Village Park, with all shows beginning at 7 pm. This musical series is sponsored by the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce,
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Sacramento County’s Department of Transportation recently conducted its Spring 2014 Pothole Sweep which identified and filled 3,250 potholes in District 3. The sweep is performed twice each year: in late spring to repair potholes cause by inclement winter weather and in the fall to ready road surfaces for the storm season. If you know about a pothole, there is a simple way to report it by calling one number: 311.
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PARKWAY ALCOHOL BAN This Fourth of July through July 6 there will be a complete ban on alcohol consumption and possession both on land and in the water within the American River Parkway between Hazel and Watt avenues. An exception exists for Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. In past years summer holiday weekends had become major problems along the American River, making the parkway less of a familyfriendly outing because of fights, public nudity, profanity and littering. The Board of Supervisors restored decorum beginning with the 2006 Labor Day weekend, and the ban is also applicable for Independence Day as well as Memorial Day. Since the restriction has taken effect, families I have talked with have expressed appreciation for making these holiday weekends once again a time for everyone to enjoy the American River Parkway.
NEW SHERIFF SERVICE CENTER Volunteers In Partnership with the Sheriff (VIPS) are ready to assist
residents of the unincorporated area in need of help at the new Sheriff’s Service Center located in the Safeway Shopping Center at Dewey Drive and Madison Avenue. VIPS are trained, dedicated and trusted volunteers who perform a variety of assignments for the Sheriff’s Department. In addition to having completed the required orientation and training, each VIP possesses a clear criminal history and has passed a required background investigation as well as demonstrated good moral character and reputation. Since 1993, the Sheriff’s Department has relied on these helpers. The new service center is administered part time by Sgt. Dean Pai and is open for business three days a week: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The office telephone number is 903-7480. And with summer here, please think about utilizing the Sheriff’s Vacation Watch Program, a home security check service performed by VIPs while you are away on vacation. For more information, go to sacsheriff.com
LIMITS ON PANHANDLING Panhandling is a problem and poses a safety concern especially when done on street medians with traffic,
freeway ramps, etc. And for many of us, aggressive panhandling near ATMs, banks and gasoline stations can be intimidating and threatening. In recognition of that, the Board of Supervisors in May adopted an ordinance to address aggressive panhandling in the unincorporated area similar to laws that exist in the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Galt. The first two violations under the ordinance will be treated as infractions, requiring an appearance in traffic court. A third infraction within six months of the last one will be treated as a misdemeanor, potentially subjecting someone to under a year in jail if prosecuted (prosecution is at the discretion of the Sacramento County District Attorney). Capt. Matt Morgan, who is in charge of the Sheriff’s North Division that serves the unincorporated area north of the American River, says deputies are spending the first 60 days since the ordinance took effect in June 12 informing panhandlers about the new law, including handing out information listing nearby charities where they can seek assistance. The ordinance expressly prohibits solicitations at ATMs, near an entrance or exit of any financial institution, gasoline stations, toward persons operating or occupying a motor vehicle within 200 feet of an intersection or located within 35 feet of a driveway of a shopping center, retail or business establishment, as well as on any public transportation vehicle or within 50 feet of any designated transit stop. While panhandling is viewed as a protected form of free speech, the ordinance has been crafted to comply with the First Amendment.
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The Misunderstood Pit Bull BRINGING HOME A DOG WITH A BAD REP AND A SWEET DISPOSITION
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kennels. She read the information
cards. Both dogs had been at the shelter for about three months.
year or two after our
Neither looked sinister. They were
family dog, a stray German
sort of cute. Elizabeth agreed to meet
shepherd named Jade, died
them, one at a time, in the socializing
a peaceful death from old age, my
yard, a fenced area at the back of the
wife Elizabeth decided we needed
a new family pet. There were
Coconut arrived first. Aloof, calm
three conditions. The new dog
and indifferent, she did nothing to
had to be female. She had to be an
sell herself. Fair enough. Next we
orphan from the city’s Front Street
brought out Paisley. She sniffed us,
Animal Shelter. And she had to be
then patrolled the fence line, nose to
something other than a pit bull.
the ground, tail wagging, enjoying her
My wife had never been around pit
freedom. She came back and sniffed
bulls. She had no personal experience
us again. She was pleased to be out of
with the breed. She just didn’t like
her kennel but didn’t want to make
them. Her prejudice was the classic
any emotional attachments, as if she
type that grows from the toxic
had been disappointed by people and
brew of myth and fear and media
wasn’t ready for more rejection.
reports and legends, some true, some
My wife looked at me and said,
embroidered, some lies, all repeated
“What do you think?” Before I could
relentlessly until they harden into
answer, she said, “I want her.”
Paisley, to judge from her
I was in no position to argue.
astonishingly white teeth, was about
Pit bulls can be dangerous. They
1 year old. She was not spayed, a
are extraordinarily powerful. Their
condition that under shelter laws
strength can intensify negative
would have to change before she
consequences of behavior that would
could come home. We paid our fees
be considered normal in other breeds.
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Many of them have been notoriously tormented by sadistic human captors
the smallest opening and dash madly
up in the shelter, and, well, you’re
and exploited for violence.
through the shelter. They have done
going to run into a lot of them.”
There was another consideration. By the time my wife was ready for
this to me twice.)
The warning didn’t bother
and were instructed to return in four days, after surgery. On the appropriate day, Paisley was handed over. We were warned she was raw from surgery and would
Elizabeth. Determined to rescue a
be groggy and sensitive. (She was
fair to warn my wife before we toured
shelter dog, she pressed ahead. She
neither, oblivious to her scar.) We
the shelter: We will see pit bulls,
counted on the fill-in-the-blanks to
were required to sign up for pit bull
shelter for a few years. I had taken
more pit bulls, a few fill-in-the-blank
make her day.
dog-handling classes and knew how
breeds, a Chihuahua or three, and pit
to safely remove a 65-pound pit
bulls. I told her: “It’s not the shelter’s
the first two young females we saw
easy. Madeleine Rose—we ditched
bull from his kennel, leash him and
fault, but pit bulls are really overbred
were Coconut and Paisley, both brown
the name Paisley—ate two wooden
take him for a walk. (Pit bulls are
in Sacramento, and a lot of them end
and white, about 50 pounds. Clearly
door moldings and chewed on the
pit bulls. Elizabeth peered into the
leg of an antique bedroom bureau.
her new dog, I had been serving as a volunteer at the Front Street
far easier to remove than a trio of Chihuahuas, which can bolt through
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When we entered the kennel area,
I won’t say the first few weeks were
In late afternoon, she would become
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What’s In Your Mattress? EUROPEAN SLEEP DESIGN PRIDES ITSELF ON OFFERING GREATER DURABILITY, COMFORT
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dmit it. If you’ve had your mattress for at least a few years, perhaps even less, you’ve probably already noticed that dreaded “two dips and a hump” bedscape that is all too familiar to conventional mattress owners. Save kicking out your bed partner (“Sorry, Hon, you make the mattress sag”), what’s an uncomfortable sleeper to do? Jill and Chip Huckaby, owners of European Sleep Design, are out to fix that failed mattress model once and for all. “You’re only as good as your weakest link,” Jill Huckaby says, “and polyurethane foam (traditional mattress cushioning) is the weakest link.” Huckaby explains that conventional companies—she rattles off their names, and I definitely recognize my own mattress maker in that list—all use polyurethane (read: synthetic) foam cushioning as the top layer of their products. “It’s the egg crate-looking stuff,” Huckaby says. “Memory foam is also polyurethane, just denser and heat sensitive. Densities can vary. The softer, lesser-quality poly will compress faster, but if it’s really hard it’s not comfortable to lay on. “Other companies are trying to sell you a $2,000 to $3,000 mattress that looks like it’s two-stories high, but they’re using foam to build it up. You bought that 24-inch mattress, which just means there are more layers of cheap foam inside.”
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Deflated density is one thing, but Huckaby also explains that polyurethane is made of petrochemicals, products that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as the mattress ages, not to mention the flame-retardant chemicals that are added to meet fire resistance laws. But what if you’ve been smart and instead of relying on layers of foam, you’ve sprung for a spring mattress? Metal coils can’t fail, right? “The coils are tempered steel for rigidity,” Huckaby explains. “If you cut open a 5-, 10-, 20-year-old mattress, the coils are still usable, but
the steel is so hard, it just holds your body mass up. It’s not conforming. The foam on top is where the contour support comes from, and in short order, within months of purchase, it starts to compress and form body impressions.” Huckaby is not trying to be an alarmist, but it is pretty frightening to think about all the compounds we could be ingesting just by trying to get a good night’s sleep. With all these scary stats, what’s the solution for true beauty rest? “We’re not your typical mattress store,” Huckaby says. “We bring our
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Now, Demetre counts clients in numerous neighborhoods, including Rancho Cordova, the Pocket, Land Park, Curtis Park, Tahoe Park, East Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Carmichael and Citrus Heights, to name a few, and a stellar record with the Better Business Bureau. “I operate on the premise that people are willing to wait patiently if they know you’re going to do a good job,” Demetre says. “We stay on the job 100 percent until it’s done. We don’t have two or three jobs going at one time. I work with the crew so it’s done right the first time. “We’ve made a lot of people happy.” So happy, in fact, that Demetre often does repeat business. Where he did a front yard, he’s called back “a year or 10” later to complete the backyard. The company can tackle so many yard issues that it’s no wonder he’s so busy all the time: he and his crew handle irrigation, planting, sod, lighting, drainage, pruning, you name it—just no hardscaping. “I’m 66 years old. I don’t do that anymore,” Demetre says with a laugh. The workload got even harder nine years ago, when his business partner died. “He used to run the crew, but now it’s all me,” Demetre says. “I’ll drive the big loading truck before 2 p.m. and then switch to a smaller truck to do bids and repairs.” And some tasks aren’t even landscape-related: Demetre regularly
has customers call and ask his advice on where to find household items. Like with his landscaping, Demetre always takes the time to give his clients as much attention and accuracy as possible. “It’s a comfort zone people have with me,” Demetre says. “As you can imagine, I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve learned a lot over the years. “And things run smoother when you’ve been doing it so long.” Does your yard need some sprucing up? Call Demetre Landscapes at 6488455 or go to demetrelandscapes.com
HER JUST DESSERTS “Bakers share,” Marlene Goetzler says. “We’re very generous with information.” Goetzler should know. As the coowner (with her husband, Walter) of the popular Freeport Bakery for the past 27 years, Goetlzer knows how far the exchange of information—recipes, business tips—can go toward making a bakery business soar. This acute acumen is perhaps part of the reason Goetzler was tapped this year to be president of Retail Bakers of America (RBA), a job that’s just as sweet as it sounds. “The RBA has about 550 members and we focus on certification and education for bakers, including webinars and road shows,” says Goetzler, who has served on the RBA board for the past seven years.
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Moving Past Trauma FORMER REFUGEE HELPS FELLOW IMMIGRANTS FIND A SAFE HARBOR IN SACRAMENTO
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arius Koga is an expert on the traumatic effects of war, deprivation, dislocation and transplantation. He has spent years studying posttraumatic stress disorder, tracking the psychological landscape of refugee populations resettled in the United States and writing scholarly works on the science behind the debilitating brain changes that plague these populations. He holds degrees in medicine and public health from prestigious universities and is a well-respected international expert on PTSD. Even if he didn’t have these credentials, Koga would be an expert: He spent more than a decade imprisoned, beaten and tortured in postwar Romania, where he incurred the wrath of the Communist government for speaking out against the psychological control of political dissidents. He fled under cover of night in 1989 to a refugee camp in Serbia, leaving behind everything he had known, then found his way to the United States, a land of both opportunity and lack of interest. “We refugees come from cultures with a communal mentality,” he observes. “In the American system, there is no
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discrimination; everybody is equally disregarded.” For immigrants whose wounds are still fresh, that sink-or-swim mentality is one more nightmare with which they must cope. Koga himself struggled with the demons of his immigrant experience while establishing a career, as well as a home for his wife and two children, in Sacramento. He knew that he was
more fortunate that most. “These refugees move from pre-migration trauma to post-migration stress,” he says. In addition to a new language, they are expected to learn a new culture, new ways of interacting, new definitions of right and wrong. Men who once held important jobs and supported families find themselves emasculated by a system in which they have no jobs, no stature and no
power. Depression, domestic violence and divorce are epidemic. “Those who make it do so only after years of trial and tribulation,” says Koga. Koga ended up using his own immigrant experience to change the way California’s health system manages these fragile communities. As the director of refugee health research for UC Davis’s School of Medicine, he oversees a system that is tracking, in real time, the mental health of large groups of immigrants across the state. Physicians at nine major county clinics are capturing data on the prevalence of psychiatric disorders and disparities among patients and transmitting it to Koga’s team. “We’re getting a GPS on the lives of refugees,” he says, “profiling them and seeing pathologies.” He also founded VIRTIS, the Veteran, Immigrant and Refugee Trauma Institute of Sacramento, a nonprofit whose logo is Odysseus’s ship. Like Odysseus, immigrants must undergo a huge transformation to survive and move beyond their pasts. Koga compares the recently arrived refugee to a glass of wine into which poison has been introduced: “No matter how much you dilute it, you won’t get the poison out. There is no way to heal unless you adopt a completely different paradigm,” he says. Treatment must address “not just wounding of the brain, but wounding of the soul.” Funded by Koga and other volunteers, VIRTIS provides critical services and resources to refugees, including free psychological counseling, mentoring by former refugees with similar backgrounds, HEROES page 33
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He sees an even deeper purpose to his work. “I’ve written about the anatomy of evil, and my work with refugees keeps me close to the source of evil,” says Koga. “I have empathy but also a desire to fight the enemy. I want to get beyond what happened to me and ask, ‘How is it possible for people to do this?’” For more information about VIRTIS, go to virtis-ptsd.org
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Trash to Treasure POWER INN ART PROJECT TURNS DUMPSTERS INTO CANVASES
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t was going to be a great idea or we were going to become a laughingstock,” says Sally Freedlander, vice chair of the Power Inn Alliance board of directors, about the Art of the Dumpster project on display this summer at 3101 Power Inn Road. A look at the dumpsters painted by 10 regional artists confirms that it is a brilliant idea. From bold to cool to glistening chrome, the lowly receptacles have been transformed into symbols of creativity and possibility. “To see what these artists did, how they took one thing and turned it into something completely different, is just one small example of what we can do with our surroundings,” Freedlander says. Commissioned by Power Inn Alliance, which advocates for the Power Inn business and transportation triangle, and curated by Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Art of the Dumpster brings together artists Brenda Louie, Nathan Cordero, Waylon Homer, John Berger, Gioia Fonda, Jim Piskoti, Mark Emerson, Joy Bertinuson, Robert Ortbal and Susan Silvester in an exhibit in which 22-foot-long dumpsters serve as their canvases. Each artist brought a different approach to the project. Together, the works form a cohesive statement of ingenuity. Emerson, a veteran painter, transferred his trademark bold and geometric style to an Atlas Disposal dumpster using exterior house paint
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The Art of the Dumpster project on display this summer at 3101 Power Inn Road features artwork by 10 regional artists
"Bulldozer with Passengers" by John Piskoti
Joy Bertinuson created a functional piece inspired by a parklet, which invites visitors to sit down and relax
and 11 daring colors including black, turquoise, orange and light pink. This, he says, is the largest piece he’s ever worked on. The dumpster was “rusty and dirty,” he says, but he wiped it down, scraped off the Atlas label and went to work, spending about six weeks to lay down a double coat of paint and pattern. Silvester went after her dumpster with a spray washer and primer paint. “There was rust and gunk and the surface was slick,” she says. Using house paint and acrylics, Silvester created an elaborate forest scene with dreamlike characters. One side depicts daytime in pale green and blue. On the other side, nighttime is rendered in deep blues. “I don’t see it as a dumpster,” Silvester says. “It’s another surface, a blank space that needed painting.” Piskoti, a retired art professor, tapped into the trash aspect of his
dumpster. Large yellow bulldozers dominate the surface of his work, and purple mountains of garbage make up the background. Seagulls and a skunk watch over the scene. LED lights extend upward to indicate puffs of smoke from the bulldozers. “I remember going to the city dump,” he says, “and I was struck by this surreal apocalyptic scene of garbage and bulldozers and seagulls. It was an out-of-this-world experience, and it’s played out every day all over the world.” Piskoti’s visual commentary reflects the active industry in the Power Inn area, which Freedlander describes as a center for innovation, green jobs and repurposing. The area’s Atlas Disposal is on the “cutting edge of trash, using anaerobic digestion for waste management and employing food waste to run trucks,” she says. “The DUMPSTERS page 37
Bertinuson's dumpster is one of two with artwork both inside and outside. John Stuart Berger's creation can be seen in the background.
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DUMPSTERS FROM page 35 Art of the Dumpster project initiates inventive thinking and uses art, business and advocacy to draw people into the heartbeat of the Power Inn area.” Ortbal says this was a different kind of project that called for a different kind of approach. He sorted through 10 possible ideas and opted to have his dumpster painted in chrome. Working with Sacramento Chrome & Paint, Ortbal specified a line near the bottom of the dumpster that shows the original surface in varying degrees. “I was trying to get at perceiving the world in a different way—our ethereal nature versus our corporal nature,” he explains. It’s a conceptual piece with a lot of nuance. Chrome is a highly reflective surface that functions like a mirror, tapping into our narcissistic tendencies. (Some people may check their reflection when viewing the piece.) Ortbal also predicts that the photographic appeal of the chrome piece will be a magnet for social media.
With all the work and creativity invested in the project, one question looms: What will happen to the dumpsters after this summer’s exhibit? Emerson says he wouldn’t mind if his dumpster returned to its original purpose. But according to Freedlander, it will be impossible to send the dumpsters back to their former life. “We plan to take the collection and sprinkle it throughout the Power Inn community at entry and focal points,” she says. “Our next task is to identify areas and work with landowners to place the art there. We are very optimistic.” Freedlander says she hopes the art will encourage community dialogue and interaction all summer long with Second Saturday celebrations July 12 and Aug. 9 and free public access from sunup to sundown every day through Aug. 30. For more information about Art of the Dumpster, go to powerinn.org/art
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Pretty as a Picture THESE CLUBBERS LOVE TO PAINT ON PORCELAIN
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ou can do this,” said a confident Bonnie Lee Boeck. “You just need to know a few techniques.” I am quite certain that producing the beautiful painted porcelain pieces filling Boeck’s Auburn home takes a bit more than knowing a few techniques. How about a steady hand, an eye for color, a skill for creating balance and more than a little artistic talent? I’m not sure I could produce such amazing art if it were paint-bynumbers. If it truly is possible for anyone to create porcelain art, where would you begin? Boeck, a member of Camellia City Porcelain Artists, whipped out a list of members in the area who teach in their home studios. That’s how she got started painting 17 years ago. During a long recovery from an illness, her husband decided she needed something to occupy her time, so he introduced her to a porcelain artist and teacher in the Bay Area. “I was instantly hooked,” said Boeck, who has since moved to Auburn. “Then I got my mother involved and she became addicted as well.”
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Bonnie Lee Boeck, a member of Camellia City Porcelain Artists, started painting 17 years ago.
“Really, you could do it,” she persisted. “First, you sprinkle out powdered paint. Blend it with medium. Load your brush and then gently draw the brush across the porcelain in a curved line. See how easy?” I wasn’t convinced. A few years ago, I tried my hand at painting ceramics. “Absolutely not the same thing,” Boeck scolded. “Ceramics is a craft. This is art. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter deemed porcelain painting an art, not a craft. The resolution, passed by Congress, states
that ‘the art of painting on porcelain requires great skill, intensive training and great artistic ability and produces works of beauty.’” OK, then. I am forever destined to be a crafter. “Porcelain painting starts with a white porcelain surface which has been glazed. The powdered paints used are mineral based,” Boeck explained. “After the paint has been mixed with a medium, it is applied to the porcelain with a soft brush, just as you would when painting a canvas. Porcelain paint, which is done in
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“What I enjoy about porcelain painting is the translucent look,” said Boeck. “That makes it possible to create beautiful layers of color and the appearance of texture." teacups as I looked around Boeck’s home. Certainly this art form is not limited to teacups. There were amazing framed paintings on the walls, vases that looked like stained glass, trays, bowls and platters. Boeck had selected a variety of subjects, including the traditional flowers, but also wildlife and cottage scenes. My favorite was a framed picture of three very happy, elegant pigs. Grandma would have loved it.
The Camellia City Porcelain Artists club sponsors lots of workshops and demonstrations during its meetings and encourages beginners and the curious to attend. The club meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, August through May, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Most meetings include a workshop or speaker demonstrating various painting techniques. The club frequently has special meetings and events on weekends. Annual dues are $30 a year, but visitors are always welcome. Usually 25 to 30 artists attend meetings. If you’d like to know more about porcelain art, circle the weekend of Oct. 11 and 12 on your calendar and plan to attend the club’s annual Porcelain Fired Art Show at Shepard Garden & Art Center. You will also find more information on the California China Painting Art Association website, ccpaa.net If you know of an interesting club in the area, contact Gwen Schoen at firstname.lastname@example.org n
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y husband gave me a set of tall metal plant markers for our garden years ago. They are still on a shelf in the garage. Back then, I knew the names and locations of everything I’d planted. Labels were for public gardens and forgetful gardeners. Not for me. I still know the names of my 60-odd roses, but it sometimes takes me a moment to pull them out of my memory. Will there be a time when I can’t recall them at all? Already I don’t remember the identities of other plants in my garden or in the driveway “pot ghetto.” Once, they all had plastic stick tags, but many are now gone or illegible. Not only do I forget their names, but I don’t remember what I’ve planted or where. I dig into forgotten dormant bulbs in the winter, wonder what is popping up in the spring and mourn the loss of a small smothered plant during fall cleanup. I need to do better at keeping track. Things are much better organized in the public gardens where I volunteer. In the Historic Rose Garden in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, we list all of the roses
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by location in a database, and we hang laminated tags on each rose. Water-efficient plants at Fair Oaks Horticulture Center are marked with sturdy metal stakes bearing plant labels. It’s good information for visitors and gardeners alike. Many kinds of plant markers, mounted on wires or stakes, are sold in garden centers and online. There are some drawbacks to putting upright markers in the garden. I’ve tripped over them again and again. Inexpensive ones bend out of shape. Heavy-duty ones can hurt you. They may get overgrown or moved out of position. Still, it’s a simple way to mark what you have—or what you have lost. A sign next to a dead plant or in an empty space may indicate that a plant is gone for good or is just dormant and will come back. Gardeners are optimists and know that hope and some plants spring eternally. Every potted plant in my garden came with a label on its pot or a tag stuck into the pot. I find plastic “stick tags” all over the place, like little white grave markers reminding me of dearly departed plants. My friend Barbara Oliva says that tags “go walking.” While I’ve never seen one move on its own, I’ve watched squirrels toss them aside as they frantically bury a nut, and I’ve heard about dogs or children pulling
them out. Worse yet, kids sometimes move the tags around. Tags break, get buried or fall out. For a while, I used popsicle sticks, but they are only good for a little while until they rot. Plastic or metal is much more durable and more likely to stay put if attached to something rather than stuck into the soil. For roses and other plants with woody stems, you can use wraparound plastic tags that loop and lock. You can also punch a hole into a stick tag and attach it to the plant, its pot or support, or a stake. The tags for my tomatoes are at eye level, fastened onto each cage with a zip tie. Our favorite material for fastening hanging tags in the cemetery rose garden is strips of nylon stockings, which are an increasingly rare commodity now that women wear pants or go bare-legged. The nylon
is soft, unobtrusive and rots away after a couple of years. More sturdy materials can damage the plant. Twine, string and wire all have their advocates. Most “permanent” marking pens will fade in the sun, leaving faint frustrating traces. A soft pencil makes surprisingly durable markings. Other alternatives are printed labels, paint pens or garden pens. There are many creative ways to label your plants. I’ve visited friends’ gardens where they paint the names of roses onto rocks, plates or handmade ceramic plaques. If you aren’t into garden art, you can make a schematic map of your garden, identifying the locations of your plants. Many people use garden journals to write down what they’ve planted and where, illustrating them with sketches or photos. A simple list of what you’ve planted is better than what I usually do: digging a hole, thrusting a plant into it and losing its tag in the process. A rose by any name smells as sweet. If you want to know how to take care of it, buy another just like it or recommend it to a friend, you need to know what the heck it is. Anita Clevenger is a lifetime Sacramento County UC Master Gardener. For answers to gardening questions, call 875-6913 or go to ucanr.edu/sites/sacmg n
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pledge drive. Behind the desk sat a familiar doctor wearing a bright checked shirt. “I like that pink shirt, doctor,” I said. He responded with a glare. “He doesn’t think it’s pink,” a nurse said in his defense. “He says it’s orange.” “Aren’t those red squares on a white background?” I asked her. “Don’t red and white make pink?” “I tried to tell him that,” she whispered. The doctor dismissively swiveled his chair away from us. This “nice” stuff wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I was beginning to wonder if nice guys really do finish last. An hour later, I was back in my office charting patient visits when my email program chirped. Hoping the Baptists were sending revised instructions, I quickly checked my in-box. The email was from Rev. Christopher Flesoras, a Greek Orthodox priest from Roseville. He’s a newly commissioned chaplain in the Air National Guard and is in line to replace me when I retire next month. His email contained a nice thank-you for my mentorship during the past year. He sounded as if he could be bucking to become grand marshal of the Say Something Nice Sunday Parade, even. But his note, like his recent life, took a solemn turn. Flesoras asked for prayers for his 41-year-old wife, Krissy, as she undergoes more clinical trials for lung cancer.
“Please ask your readers to pray for Krissy,” he said. “Every prayer lifted up and intercession with God is a blessing for her and, by extension, for our family.” This athletic mother of two had been battling lung cancer for the past two years. And before you ask, she never smoked cigarettes. In fact, she’s the one out of every nine lung-cancer victims stricken through apparently no fault of their own. Wow. Here was a guy who took a moment, literally on his way to the doctor’s office with his sick wife, to say something nice to me. His words were a true reflection of Apostle Paul’s admonition in Colossians 4:5-6: “Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”
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arren Smith was in high school when he played his first soccer game. He survived less than one minute. As the game began, the ball came toward Smith. An opposing player executed a technique known as the slide tackle. The opponent slid into Smith and Smith’s leg snapped. The broken bone ended his soccer career. Fortunately for Sacramento soccer fans, the devastation of a high school sports injury didn’t destroy Smith’s appreciation for soccer or sports. Today, as president of the Sacramento Republic Football Club professional soccer team, Smith is trying to lead the city to the promised land of bigtime soccer. He’s off to an impressive start. The Republic, which two summers ago was a figment of Smith’s imagination, is the hottest ticket in town, with about 5,100 season ticket holders and more box-office demand than can be satisfied. Not bad for a club that lacks a permanent home and plays in a developmental minor league. “We’ve been blessed with early success,” Smith says. “But I tell our people we’ve got a long way to go. This is only the beginning.”
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Warren Smith is president of Sacramento Republic Football Club
Smith knows about pacing and patience. He has seen countless pro sports teams disintegrate in Sacramento, from indoor (and outdoor) soccer and outdoor (and indoor) football to hockey. Amid the wreckage of broken franchises, Smith can present himself as a unique Sacramento sports promoter, the guy who has done it right, twice. About 18 years ago, Smith and Bob Hemond dreamed up Raley Field and the Sacramento River Cats, which became one of the most successful minor-league baseball teams in history. Smith went on to run minorleague baseball and soccer franchises in Portland, Ore., rescuing them from
bankruptcy and helping turn them into multimillion-dollar assets. He did this without leaving Sacramento. Today, Smith is applying the triumphs and errors from his sports background to the Republic, which is building a temporary home at Cal Expo after selling out three games at Hughes Stadium on the Sac City College campus. “It’s pretty basic,” he says. “We keep close watch on our expenses and put our focus on marketing and promotion. Sports teams get in trouble because they spend too much. We won’t do that.” For an entrepreneur who has inspired soccer fans across the
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Big Bucks COMPETITION PITS FUNDRAISERS AGAINST EACH OTHER
BY GLORIA GLYER DOING GOOD
he Man/Woman/Students of the Year fundraiser sponsored by the Greater Sacramento chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a contest with a worthy goal: Candidates compete to see who can raise the most money for the organization. This year, the competitors raised a record-breaking $480,000, $100,000 above last year’s total. The top fundraiser was Alex Stamas, who raised more than $125,000 to receive the Man of the Year crown. Stamas is in high school but competed in the adult category. The other Man of the Year candidates were Jim Anderson, Doug Brauner, Ronnie Cobb, Roland Guillen and Jason Silva. Dulcy Wilson, a leukemia survivor, was crowned Woman of the Year; Bernice Creager was the runnerup. Other candidates were Yvette Cockrell and Niki Hirst. Lauren Montee and Austin D’Souza from Cosumnes Oaks High School won the Students of the Year title. They competed against Julianna Hess and Megan Hester-
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McCullough (Sacramento City College); Christopher Hicks and Brendan MacDonald (Davis Senior High School); and Russell Patty and Jason Heathers (Rio Americano High School). The winners get to name a research grant in honor or in memory of a person of their choice and direct it toward a specific LLS research portfolio. To get involved with next year’s contest, contact Jennifer Pear at Jennifer.Pear@LLS.org or 929-4720. For more information, go to mwoy. org/sac
CONSIDER THIS PLACE The Sharing Place, a project of Swing at Cancer, is calling for support via the most reliable way: cash. The Sharing Place needs the funds to continue its mission of providing lodging to families whose children or adult family members are receiving medical care in Sacramento-area hospitals. It’s easy to help out: Write a check to Swing at Cancer and mail it to 5105 F St., Sacramento, CA 95819. For more information, call (916) 452-4663.
THANKS FOR FIVE YEARS After five years of leading the Sacramento chapter of ALS Association, Amy Sugimoto is stepping down as executive director. She’s returning to WEAVE, where she had previously served as retail operations manager. At WEAVE, she will focus on developing sustainable
revenue streams through a new retail concept to be launched. At ALS Association, Sugimoto helped develop programs and services for patients and caregivers. Among her achievements, she partnered with UC Davis and Forbes Norris to bring two ALS clinics to the region. She also established the Summer Soiree event and increased revenue from the Walk to Defeat ALS by 150 percent. For more information, go to alssac.org
A CAPITOL CAMPAIGN For the first time in several years, the California State Employees Charitable Campaign increased its take, raising $6.6 million for thousands of nonprofits across the state. The campaign, in its 57th year, allows California state employees to use payroll deduction to support nonprofits of their choice. More than 80,000 state employees in the fivecounty capital region participate. For more information, go to csecc.org
CONNECTING United Way has created an online volunteer center to connect the region’s volunteers and donors with nonprofits. You can go to the site to volunteer, donate unused materials and household items to nonprofits, learn about upcoming special events and advocate for causes. In other words, the online center will do just about everything for those seeking to help or be helped. To visit the center, go to volunteercenter.uwccr.org
CRAB FUNDS Are crab feeds worthwhile? Ask the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Back in February, its 10th annual crab and shrimp feed raised more than $87,000 for the organization. About 800 crab lovers attended the event, dining on seafood prepared by Dos Coyotes. Save Mart and American Health Care sponsored the feed. The foundation will hold its Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, Oct. 5, starting at the west steps of the State Capitol. Corporate teams lined up include Bank of America, General Produce, Save Mart, UC Davis Med Center, SMUD and Hewlett-Packard. For more information, go to norcal. jdrf.org
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Family Friendly A LAND PARK HOUSE GETS A 21ST-CENTURY MAKEOVER
BY JULIE FOSTER HOME INSIGHT
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provide. So when a 3,600-squarefoot house facing William Land Park came on the market, they were interested.
In 2005, they became the third owners of the house, built in 1951 by Newton Cope. (Cope is famous locally as the man who turned an 1853 firehouse in Old Sac into The
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HOME FROM page 56 architecture, envisioned a home that combined their need for more family space with the clean, modern look he appreciated. “Scott had the vision for this house,” says Gayle. “I don’t think I have that kind of vision for seeing how we could open it up and achieve what we wanted.” What she appreciated was the house’s familyfriendly vibe. “A really nice family lived here before us and raised their kids here,” she explains. “It had a good feel.” Remodeling took eight months. Wanting no delay once the project commenced, they stored all the appliances and materials in the garage before building began. During construction, the couple lived in the house except for two occasions: when the maple flooring was installed and when the walls were plastered. The house needed major updating of its heating, plumbing and electrical systems. “When you buy an older house, you have the expectation that you will need to do these things,” Scott explains. “And you have to have contingencies since you don’t know what’s behind those old walls.” The interior was a mishmash of colors and patterns. The light fixtures
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and window coverings were outdated, and concrete tiles covered most of the floor, though the white carpeting in the living room was spotless. The front and back yards needed attention. Previous owners had painted the living room’s flagstone fireplace white. Adding a raised concrete hearth stained a warm brown, along with shelving and cabinets of zebrawood, added a warm snap of color. The couple refreshed the dining room by removing the draperies and a set of accordion doors and painting the walls. The existing crystal chandelier, though not technically midcentury modern, worked perfectly in the room, so the Govenars left it in place in a tribute to the original home. Creating an open, efficient area for family and social gatherings meant reconfiguring the kitchen. The couple removed a wall and relocated a small bathroom. A new pantry created more storage space and lessened counter clutter. A new entryway allows for an enticing visual sweep of 60 feet through the kitchen and playroom to the revitalized backyard. Anigre, an African hardwood, was used for the kitchen cabinets. Countertops are dark gray flecked with black. Dark-blue concrete tops
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the island. On the walls, glass tiles in light blue and opaque white are interspersed with small blue ceramic Spanish accent tiles. Throughout the house, art by local artists including Joan Moment, Darrell Forney, Gary Dinnen, Eric Dahlin, Peter and Camille VandenBerge, John Tarahteeff, Alan Post, Shirley Hazlett and Ianna Frisby adorns walls and shelves.
“A good designer who is willing to work outside the box smoothes the entire process. It is really an exercise in flexibility.” “Sacramento has an incredibly robust art scene with some of the most talented artists.” Gayle explains. “We enjoy supporting them and their work. We especially enjoy meeting them on the Studio Arts tour in September.” Landscaping, which took a year, began once interior work was complete. What was a “sea of grass” in the front yard became a charming entry/family area buffered from the street, yet still offering views of the park. “We wanted a place where we
could sit and the kids could play,” Gayle says. Local landscape architect David Gibson planted a hedge of Grecian laurel to divide the space into two distinct areas. On one side of the hedge is a grassy street-side verge. On the other, there’s a patio and a grassy area for children to romp. The frontentry gate is made of powder-coated steel in a simple geometric pattern. Built from artificial flagstones painted white, the backyard fireplace creates a visual link between the inside and outside spaces. Utilizing artificial flagstones saved a considerable sum as well. Artificial turf in a shady spot of the backyard play area keeps the children and the sweet family dog from tracking mud into the house. Looking back on the project, Gayle says she was astounded by the number of decisions involved in remodeling an older home. The process, she points out, requires patience and a sense of humor. “A good designer who is willing to work outside the box smoothes the entire process,” she says, noting the contributions made by designers Kari Miner and Cheryl Holben, Kristy Lingner of River City Builders and landscape designer Gibson. “It is really an exercise in flexibility.” If you know of a home you think should be featured in Inside Publications, contact Julie Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org n
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Don’t Meet Me at the Fair ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT ISN’T ALWAYS KIND TO THE ANIMALS
BY SUE OWENS WRIGHT PETS & THEIR PEOPLE
n July 11, the California State Fair will open at Cal Expo, marking 160 years of operation if you count the first agricultural exposition held in San Francisco in 1854. Sacramento has been the state fair’s permanent home since 1859, though the fair has been held at several locations in our city prior to its final move to Cal Expo in 1968. Many older Sacramentans grow misty-eyed recalling the halcyon days when the fair was held on Stockton Boulevard, with its mature shade trees that sheltered fairgoers from the hot August sun. For me, this eagerly anticipated yearly event marked the end of summer vacation and the last hurrah of fun before school started. In those days, families could dine on delicious homemade meals prepared by local church groups, which also provided complimentary fans for fairgoers to cool themselves while listening to the orchestra playing on the bandstand. Rainbowcolored dancing waters spouted from a fountain gracing the facade of the
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grand old brick Counties building. That fountain no doubt soothed a few tired feet and cooled the kiddies. Animal attractions historically have been featured at the state fair, including horse races. I recall the excitement of cheering on our favorite Thoroughbred in many a photo finish. Undeniably, the most exciting venue has always been the midway, with its thrilling rides and other amusements. I watched my father pitch his hardearned dimes to win souvenirs for his family at the carnival. Sometimes he’d let me pitch some coins, too, but Dad was a deadeye shot. He nearly always won a prize, to the delight
of his young daughter. Those prizes included stuffed toys, glassware and even live animals such as chameleons, turtles, yellow chicks and fuzzy ducklings. What child could resist? Fairgoers were intrigued by the exotic chameleons displayed on a bright-green sandwich board to demonstrate their amazing camouflage abilities. Everyone wanted a chameleon, including me. At the end of the day, fairgoers went home with a menagerie of prize pets and no clue of how to properly feed or house these delicate creatures. They came with no care instructions.
Offering live animals as prizes is not a good lesson in kindness to animals for a child, but plenty of other bad lessons have been taught to kids every year at the California State Fair, including live birthing of calves and nursing sows immobilized in cruel birthing crates. You may remember what happened to a stressed pregnant cow several years ago when it panicked and escaped its enclosure. I look forward to the fair every year. I have missed only one in my life, but this tragic incident almost soured me on attending it ever again. I understand that the bovine births are now being televised from remote cameras to reduce the animals’ stress in an already-stressful situation. The state fair has never seemed to me a very kind place for animals. Animals and entertainment for the masses isn’t always a good mix. I find myself pitying the poor creatures in livestock barns, races, rodeos, elephant rides, petting zoos and on the midway. Sacramento summers are typically hot, and though some precautions are taken to cool them, many of the animals look miserable. I’m sure that is even truer for animals in midway sideshows. Back in the 1960s, fairgoers might have seen sideshow “freaks” like the Amazing Five-legged Lamb and the Giant Vietnamese Rat, which wasn’t really a rat at all but a capybara, a large semiaquatic rodent from South America. The fair finally ceased giveaways of animals on the midway, but I was dismayed last year to see that goldfish were still offered as prizes in various PETS page 63
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The Big Picture TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS NEED TO TAKE HEALTH IMPACTS INTO ACCOUNT
BY WALT SEIFERT GETTING THERE
aking decisions can be difficult, as anyone who lives with an endlessly equivocating Libran knows. Good decisions are guided by information about all potential consequences. When choices are made in a knowledge vacuum, or if only partial ramifications are considered, outcomes are likely to be less than optimal. That’s why governments (and private developers) are starting to do health impact assessments before embarking on major transportation and development projects. Transportation projects are often especially massive in scope and cost. Their impacts are profound and enduring. Ideally, health impact assessments make health an explicit consideration when evaluating all public policies— not just transportation and land-use projects. It’s a more holistic approach. Community health shouldn’t be ignored. Health assessments create better projects and policies by involving the public and evaluating long-term effects. They insure benefits and harms are equitably
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spread among the vulnerable, such as the young and old or economically disadvantaged. Canadians and Europeans have done formal health impact assessments for several decades. More recently, U.S. agencies have started to use them, mostly on a voluntary basis. In 1986, the World Health Organization urged policymakers to “be aware of the health consequences of their decisions and to accept their responsibilities for health.” The California Department of Public Health notes that “the most important determinants of health and disease are subjects of policymaking in institutional sectors outside
the authority of the public health sector.” In other words, government officials make a multitude of decisions that affect health, usually without any input from public health professionals. Dr. Richard Jackson, a former California state health officer, said, “Transportation decisions are health decisions.” You might think that impacts to human health are already analyzed in the environmental impact reports required for major projects. They are, but only to a degree. The physical environment is the focus of those reports, not health. Transportation projects do affect air and water quality. In turn, poor air quality is
associated with strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases. Water quality may affect cancer rates and cause other diseases. Dirty air and water have decidedly unhealthy consequences, but in developed countries such as the United States, those consequences are only part of the picture. Other impacts of big transportation projects directly affect human life and limb. A road widening usually results in higher vehicle speeds and greater difficulty in crossing the street. This can lead to vehicle crashes, more serious crashes and motorist, pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities. The dangers and downright
When updating its general plan, the Humboldt County board of supervisors had its public health agency consider the health impacts of three future growth alternatives, ranging from restricting development to existing urban areas to allowing continued sprawl. The public health officer partnered with a nonprofit to conduct a health impact assessment. County planners and a community group participated. The conclusion was that the most compact development alternative would improve health outcomes for almost all 35 community-prioritized indicators, while the sprawl alternative would harm health. Knowledge is power, including the power to do good.
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carnival booths. Goldfish are also living, feeling beings, and they have no place on the state fair midway. Think how hot the water in those tiny fish bowls must get on a triple-digit day. You can imagine where those fish end up when the novelty wears off, if they survive that long. Animal-rights groups have been trying to persuade officials to stop allowing goldfish to be offered as carnival prizes at this year’s fair. I hope they succeed. The animals have never been winners in these games of chance. In fact, most have no chance of survival. I hope that the California State Fair will restrict prize giveaways on their midway to stuffed toys and other inanimate objects and will take steps to ensure that henceforth our state fair is kind to all animals.
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nastiness of roads designed to maximize speeds and car volume discourage trips made by public transit, walking or cycling. The resulting reduced physical activity has a huge and negative impact on health. There is an average increase of about 40 minutes per day of physical activity for participants in the Natomas Unified School District Safe Routes to School program. This is according to a health assessment done by the Centers for Disease Control and the UCLA School of Public Health. The extra activity increased the percentage of students who are active for at least 30 minutes every day from 12.8 percent to 21.4 percent. There are many examples of health impact assessments improving, creating support for and even justifying and helping to secure funding for projects. A health impact assessment for the East Bay Greenway proposal lent support to the project and came up with recommendations to make it better. The proposed project was to build a greenway with a walking/ biking trail under the elevated Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train tracks for 12 miles from East Oakland to Hayward. Proponents hoped that more open green space would make it easier for residents to be active and help fight the increasing incidence of diabetes and obesity. The assessment concluded the project would increase physical activity, foster social contacts between neighbors and reduce stress. By recommending that the greenway connect to existing bike or walking paths, the assessment further encouraged activity. Discussions revealed security concerns were a barrier to greenway use. The assessment recommended lighting, other design features and creating a citizen watch group to patrol the trail. In Georgia, health assessors made similar recommendations for the Atlanta BeltLine, a project to develop 22 miles of an abandoned railroad. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the project will “promote the health of local residents” far more than if the BeltLine had been built without the assessment.
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To the Family Go the Spoils JULY CONTAINS DADDY’S BIRTHDAY, WHICH MEANS IT’S HIS MONTH TO RELAX—SORT OF
BY KELLI WHEELER MOMSERVATIONS
uly to most people means summer in full swing, the pop and sizzle of fireworks, the smoky mouth-watering smell of barbecue, the sweet juiciness of watermelon, and the sting of too much sun on your shoulders. To the Wheelers, it comes down to one thing: Daddy’s birthday. Forget June and Father’s Day. One-day celebrations—those are for amateurs. In our house, July becomes the month of celebrating all things Dad because for the other 11 months he’s been busy spoiling us. The least we can do is give him his very own birthday month.*
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*(To be paid off with his credit card at a later date—this falls under the aforementioned spoiling.) So how do we spoil this man who has made it his life’s mission to make sure his family is happy and wants for nothing? With his birthday on July 5, we start by turning the Fourth of July holiday into a big backyard swim party—that he buys all the stuff for, barbecues for, cleans up after, and spends the next week trying to rebalance the chemicals in his pool and resurrect his trampled lawn. But every year, after he hoses the scorch marks off his driveway from the fireworks show for dozens of families, he always says, “That was pretty fun, wasn’t it?” Next, I beg him to take time off work and forgo the paycheck that pays for aforementioned spoiling by joining friends and family on group vacations. In the name of keeping the party rolling with summer and family fun, he will drag the camping gear out of the rafters, make sure flashlights and air pumps have batteries, stock up the coolers and with amazing
ingenuity make packing and unpacking an overloaded SUV look like it should be an Olympic event. But every time, after we get back and he cleans all the dirt and garbage out of the car before hosing off the outside, he always says, “That was a good time, wasn’t it?” The past few years with the California State Fair moved to July, celebrating Dad’s birthday month also means going to the fair. So after Dad comes home after a long, hot day working construction, we persuade him to give up the recliner to hit the midway, the food booths, the photo booth and all the exhibits before the sun goes down on another fun year at the fair. And when he comes home with his wallet a bit lighter and his arms weighed down with the had-to-have midway game prizes and trinkets that will have cost far too much to be forgotten in a week, he will always say, “That is a fun tradition, isn’t it?” Throughout July, we will continue to try and spoil Daddy for his birthday month by taking over the chores he usually does and staying on top of the ones that make him happy when he comes home after a hard day at work. We’ll pick up the dog poop in the backyard before friends come to play. We’ll take out the garbage and roll out the garbage cans to the curb on Thursdays. We’ll try to have the dishes out of the sink, the dishwasher unloaded, the clean clothes on the bed folded and put away—socks and underwear ready to go in his drawers. But when the chores gradually become neglected because the kids are busy splashing in the pool with friends or time has run long visiting
with my girlfriends who have stopped by, Dad will wave off promises to take care of it later. Without resentment, he just does it himself. Eventually, when he’s grabbed a cool drink and joined us outside and I thank him for picking up our slack, he will always wave it off and say, “You guys looked like you were having fun. Life is good, isn’t it?”
Eventually, when he’s grabbed a cool drink and joined us outside and I thank him for picking up our slack, he will always wave it off and say, “You guys looked like you were having fun. Life is good, isn’t it?” It sure is. With Daddy in it— continuing to spoil us during his birthday month of spoiling—knowing he is happiest when we’re happy, life is definitely good. Happy birthday, Daddy. We’d love you even without the aforementioned spoiling. 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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person drowning as a consequence of eating. The swimming-eating myth probably arose from the commonsense observation that if you exercise hard on a full stomach, you may get a “stitch” in your side. Few recreational swimmers swim at that level of intensity, and even if you did, a cramp isn’t going to make you sink like a rock. Your muscles will work just fine—and get you to the shore or shallow water if necessary.
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his month, many of us will escape the heat in a pool or the Sacramento or American rivers. Swim safety is a priority, with the No. 1 goal being to prevent drownings. But there’s more to a healthy swim experience than not drowning. To enhance your aquatic adventures, here are six smart swimming tips that come from science, not common sense. Clear water isn’t necessarily clean water. Swimming pool water should be clear, but clarity alone doesn’t mean the water is free of disease-causing microorganisms because germs are invisible to the eye. A pool’s main defense against germs is a mixture of chlorine-containing molecules collectively called free chlorine. At the proper concentration and pH, free chlorine will kill bacteria and other microbes in the water. If you’re wondering whether your favorite pool has the right chemical balance to control germs, you can check it yourself by buying chlorine test strips and dipping one in the water. Or use your nose: There should be a faint whiff of bleach near the water surface.
An excessive “chlorine” smell at the pool means someone needs to add more chlorine.
An excessive “chlorine” smell at the pool means someone needs to add more chlorine. Most people think that an eye-irritating odor around a pool is a sign of too much chlorine in the water. In fact, that strong smell isn’t free chlorine. It’s chloramines. Chloramines are formed when free chlorine reacts with contaminants in the pool, especially urine. The way to get rid of that smell is to shock or superchlorinate the pool with enough free chlorine to turn the chloramines into a gas (ammonia) that dissipates into the air. Be aware that a stinky pool may also be a germy pool because, unlike free chlorine, chloramines are not very good at killing microbes.
Avoid swimming in public waters after a heavy rainfall. Runoff from a storm washes soil, animal waste and sewage overflow into lakes, rivers and ocean shores, increasing the number of potentially dangerous bacteria in the water. The effect is temporary; most diseasecausing germs naturally die off within a day or two. Go ahead and swim after eating. Junior just finished a bowl of ice cream and wants to jump in the pool. But Mom puts him on landlocked timeout because she knows you shouldn’t swim right after you eat. Nonsense. There has never been a single documented case of a
Use extra sun protection around water. Solar ultraviolet radiation causes sunburns and damages DNA, raising your risk for skin cancer. Being near water increases your sun exposure because some of the radiation is reflected. If you’re in the path of that reflected ultraviolet light, you get a double dose, from above and below. The direction of the reflected light depends on the angle at which the sun is hitting the water. At midday, when the sun is straight overhead in the sky, light is reflected straight up—at people in or on the water. If you’re in a boat, a hat alone won’t protect your face. By contrast, in late afternoon, the sun is lower on the horizon and light skips off the water at an angle
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Many Hats MORE THAN AN ACTOR, HE ALSO WRITES, TEACHES, DIRECTS AND DOES VOICEOVERS
BY JESSICA LASKEY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
hen people use the term “Renaissance man,” they’re usually being generous. If you’re using it to describe Matt K. Miller, you’re being accurate. Miller is one of those rare artistic professionals who does more than just act. He also directs, teaches, writes award-winning plays and lends his expressive, resonant voice to everything from commercials to anime. Yes, you read that right: anime. “When I was living in Los Angeles, I submitted a cassette tape—that tells you how long ago it was—to an anime producer I knew,” says Miller, who was cast as Tenchi in the Cartoon Network anime series “Tenchi Muyô!” Miller’s cartoon work is just one fascinating facet of his career, which started back in his native Rockville Centre, N.Y. He did theater in high school and college, then looked for a place where he could spread his wings. He didn’t want to go straight to New York without a union card, so he headed to Chicago instead. It was the early 1980s, a good time to be an actor in the Windy City. With consistent acting work, it wasn’t long before he earned his membership card for all three unions: Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. After eight years in Chicago, Miller moved to Los Angeles in 1990.
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“I really tried to do it all in L.A.,” Miller says. “I got a lot of anime work because I could record really fast. You have to be able to act, have a character and match the ‘lip flap’ of the animation. It’s tricky, but I happened to have a knack for it.” There, he added to his résumé, working in anime, theater, television and film. He had roles on the soap operas “Santa Barbara” and “General Hospital” and appeared in the film “Gods and Generals.” But Miller wasn’t satisfied living in L.A. “I was working a lot but had no real artistic satisfaction,” he admits. “I wasn’t happy in L.A. My first marriage was breaking up, and I
found I was happier doing work out of town.”
“I really tried to do it all in L.A. I got a lot of anime work because I could record really fast. You have to be able to act, have a character and match the ‘lip flap’ of the animation."
A majority of those out-of-town opportunities were coming from Sacramento Theatre Company, where Miller was performing regularly. (In fact, the first time I ever saw Miller onstage was at STC in 2003 in “Fully Committed,” a manic one-man show in which Miller played a total of 40 distinct characters.) STC’s thenartistic director, Peggy Shannon, loved working with Miller so much that she offered to keep him busy onstage if he moved to Sacramento. Move Miller did, in the one week he had off between “Fully Committed” and his next show.
SCIENCE FROM page 65 "I rented a truck, packed up my stuff in L.A. and got outta Dodge,” Miller says. Now situated in Sacramento, Miller has worked as both an actor and director with nearly every professional theater company in town, including STC, B Street Theatre, Capital Stage and New Helvetia. He even served as STC’s artistic director during the 2010-2011 season. But it was his connection to Sacramento Shakespeare Festival that got him going on his current career track. "I directed ‘Twelfth Night’ for the festival,” Miller recalls, “and because the plays are technically part of a class at Sacramento City College, the school made me an adjunct professor so I could direct. After ‘Twelfth Night,’ they offered me Storytime— directing children’s theater—and this year I’ll be teaching Intro to Acting as well.” Miller is not new to teaching, considering he’s done one-on-one actor coaching for years as well as led master classes for STC’s Young Professionals Conservatory and sessions at various summer camps. But teaching gives him the stability he was longing for, especially since settling down with his wife, Katherine, and having a child. “People kept telling Kat that she should meet me,” Miller says. (You can hear his grin all the way through the phone.) “So many people tried to set us up that she thought, ‘Is he paying you people?!’” The persistence paid off: After a six-month engagement, the pair married onstage at STC in May 2006 and welcomed their son, Max, two years later. While Miller and his wife are both professional actors, they might have to make way for the newest addition to the acting clan. “Max played Tiny Tim in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at STC,” Miller says proudly. “He stole the show. Now he’s been asking when he can be in a show again.” With a Renaissance man like Miller as his dad, you can sure that Max will be wowing the world in no time. n
closer to the ground. People on the shore will catch those reflected rays. Don’t borrow air from a scuba diver. Do you ever take a big breath and see how deep you can dive? Or have you been snorkeling and followed a fish to the bottom? Then you’ve tried freediving, which is swimming deep while holding your breath. Serious freedivers include spear fishermen and anyone catching California abalone, which by law may not be taken using scuba gear. Say you’re freediving and you encounter a scuba diver. You borrow some air from the scuba tank. This gives you extra time to explore, maybe to bag another abalone, and then you hold your breath and swim to the surface as usual. Sounds great, right?
Even from a modest depth of, say, 10 feet, the change in volume of the air can be enough to damage your lungs. If you hold your breath while rising from greater depths, air expansion can kill you. Wrong. The air from the scuba tank is compressed by the pressure of the water column above you. As you ascend, the pressure decreases, and the air you’re holding in your lungs expands. Even from a modest depth of, say, 10 feet, the change in volume of the air can be enough to damage your lungs. If you hold your breath while rising from greater depths, air expansion can kill you.
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Celebrating Spiritual Awareness COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP HOSTS HOLIDAY CARNIVAL IN WEST SACRAMENTO
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ou can celebrate not only the founding of our fair nation, but also the universal good that lives in us all at the Center for Spiritual Awareness’ 4th of July Carnival: Picnic & Performance in West Sacramento. The CSA was founded in 1998 to provide compassionate, spiritual support to its members and the community at large—regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation—under the spiritual leadership of the Rev. Georgia Prescott. Combine that with traditional Fourth of July fare (hot dogs, potato salad and apple pie), original performances and familyfriendly activities galore, and you’ve got one kickin’ carnival. Festivities begin at noon, when children are turned loose outside the CSA’s 12,500-square-foot facility to bop in the bounce houses, enjoy the slick Slip ’n’ Slide, get their faces painted and dunk (or get dunked) in the dunk tank. At 1:30 p.m., the CSA Teens group will present an original theater piece, “America the Change,” that incorporates spoken word, dance
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Celebrate 4th of July at the Center for Spiritual Awareness’ 4th of July Carnival: Picnic & Performance in West Sacramento. Photo courtesy of David Seals Photography.
and musical duets on cello and violin to explore their experiences growing up American. Next, the team at Generation Next Media will perform “The Living Constitution: A Lively Look at the Creation of America,” which was commissioned by the Sacramento Public Library for its 2012 “One Book” celebration and has since been performed around the region at elementary schools, high schools and churches. The witty, high-energy romp through 250 years of the making of a nation will have history buffs, patriotic parents and energetic kids highly entertained. Admission to the picnic is free. Admission for both performances is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, though no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Satisfy your hunger with a hot dog, potato salad and
beverage combo for $2, plus plenty of separate side dishes and desserts to choose from. For more information, call CSA at 374-9177. The Center for Spiritual Awareness is at 1275 Starboard Drive in West Sacramento.
ROCK THE CROCKER Summer is in full swing, so why not cool off and catch some even cooler activities at the Crocker Art Museum this month? First up is Art Mix/Hip Hop from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Get hyped for everything hip-hop including live performances by FLOW Sacramento (featuring the Element Brass Band), hip-hop DJ sets by Sacramento’s best mix-masters, a music video showcase presented by Sol Collective, a DIY beat laboratory and writing workshop, wearable
mix tape art making, plus in-gallery performances by Foreign Native. Shop at the Hip Hop Pop Up Shop for local music, merchandise and more, enjoy under-$5 drink specials all night and 10-minute talks on the current exhibition “African American Art: The Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond If classical music is more your jam, don’t miss the Classical Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, featuring musicians from the Camellia Symphony under the direction of conductor Christian Baldini. The concert will highlight female composers and their compelling stories, and music, to complement the “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” exhibition. Be a cool cat and get down at the Jazz in the Courtyard concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, featuring MJ’s Brass Boppers, a “singing and swinging” party band that will
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transport you to New Orleans with its sensational Southern sound. Tickets are $6 for members, $10 for students and kids, $12 for nonmembers. Has your tyke ever dreamed of being locked in a museum overnight like Ben Stiller in the kooky adventure movie “Night at the Museum”? From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, make their dreams a reality with the Night at the Museum event presented by the Crocker with the help of the Sacramento Theatre Company. Kids can wear their PJs or dress up as their favorite character from the movie while they enjoy art activities, live animal shows, screenings of the film, dancing and more at this familyfriendly fun fest. The event is free for members and is included in general admission. For tickets and more information on all Crocker events, call 808-1182 or go to crockerartmuseum.org The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES See the great outdoors depicted by a great artistic eye when artist Matt Bult’s solo exhibition “Meadow/ Wood” comes to the Alex Bult Gallery (the names aren’t coincidence: the gallery is owned by Bult’s son) from July 10 through Aug. 2.
Bult is a multimedia mastermind, making arresting artwork with everything from traditional acrylics and watercolor to assemblage and collage to found pieces of wood. This particular exhibition was inspired by a meadow near Bult’s Nevada City home and is dedicated “to the memory of our dog Kira, who passed away on March 10th, 2014,” Bult says. Meet the award-winning artist at the preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 or during the Second Saturday artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. For more information, call 476-5540 or go to alexbultgallery.com The Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st St., Suite B.
UNDER THE BIG TOP It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! “Mary Poppins” flies into the Wells Fargo Pavilion from July 8 through 13 as part of the Sacramento Music Circus season. You surely won’t need a spoonful of sugar to swallow this whimsical Disney classic, complete with flying nanny (played by Julie Andrews in the film, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal), bottomless bag and famously hummable songs. For this show only, you can get a $20 discount off tickets in the yellow, red or blue
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PREVIEWS FROM page 69 seating sections for kids ages 4-12. Just don’t feed the birds … Ride an umbrella from England to the sunny “South Pacific” for the musical of the same name on July 22 through 27. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will have you singing before you even sit down, with songs like “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Ha’I,” “Younger Than Springtime” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” tunes that helped the show win a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950 and 10 Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1949. The show, which explores themes of love, war and race amid a lush musical backdrop, inspired the movie that was the third-highest-grossing U.S. film in the 1950s. For tickets and more information, call 557-1999. The Wells Fargo Pavilion is at 1419 H St.
BIG FUN! Just as it’s starting to get blistering outside, it’s time for the state’s biggest outdoor extravaganza: the 2014 California State Fair is open for business July 11-27 at Cal Expo. Just be sure to bring your sunscreen. With 70 exhilarating midway rides, statewide competitions for everything from art to agriculture, wine and beer gardens, livestock displays, live horse racing, free concerts galore and more food than you could ever consume in one sitting—get a deep-fried Snickers; you’ll thank me—the State Fair has the most summer excitement you can get for a single ticket. For tickets and more information, go to bigfun.org Cal Expo is at 1600 Exposition Blvd.
DROP-DEAD AWESOME Whether you’ve jumped on the zombie bandwagon or cover your eyes during ads for “The Walking Dead” television show, the Trash Film Orgy (TFO) Zombie Walk is sure to draw undead aficionados of all kinds on Saturday, July 12, which also marks
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The 25th annual Festival of Concerts, presented by the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop is scheduled for July 9, 16, 18, 19 and 20 at various venues.
the opening of the 14th annual TFO Film Festival. Started in 2001, the Zombie Walk is designed to promote the TFO Film Festival, and it’s better than ever this year. Beginning at 5 p.m. at Roosevelt Park (940 P St.), get your zombie on at the free Carnival of the Dead, which will include hours of undead entertainment (including live music with Tragically White), food trucks (including Squeeze Inn and Fuzion), professional make-up stations, a zombie shooting gallery, dancing, carnival games, vendors, contests, prizes and more. At 9 p.m., the Dead Walk starts, which is a largescale performance art experience where folks dress up as zombies and infiltrate the streets of midtown. New this year, the TFO will actually shut down 10th Street to do a zombie parade to the tunes of the Undead Marching Band. Once you’ve dragged your undead self around midtown, the party continues at 10 p.m. at the Dead Party at the Crest Theatre (1013 K St.) for the opening night of the TFO Film Festival, which will feature a stage performance and a special screening of “Dawn of the Dead.” Though the Crest event is only for adults 18 and over, the rest of the
evening’s events (the Carnival of the Dead and the Dead Walk) are open to all ages. Bloody good! For more information, go to trashfilmorgy.com
SUMMER STRUMMIN’ What do you get when you combine talented young musicians, top-notch instruction and fun, free performances? The 25th annual Festival of Concerts, presented by the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop and directed by Susan Lamb Cook, on July 9, 16, 18, 19 and 20 at various venues. Founded in 1990 by Cook, the summer session of the SYS Summer Chamber Music Workshop introduces young musicians to chamber music literature and rehearsal techniques through individualized coaching in duets, trios and quartets with music professionals, as well as public performance opportunities. Over the years, the program has gone from teaching 15 participants with three teachers to serving more than 70 students a week with a staff of 25. Talk about a growth spurt! This year’s Festival of Concerts will feature student chamber ensembles
at noon on two Wednesdays, July 9 and 16, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1300 N St.) and at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 18 at Capistrano Hall at California State University, Sacramento (6000 J St.). The students will be joined by faculty performers at the Festival Chamber Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 in the Music Recital Hall at CSUS. The annual Concert in the Courtyard, featuring orchestra, piano and woodwind students from the SYS Chamber Music Workshop joined by faculty players, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Center at St. Anthony’s Church (660 Florin Road), with a reception following in the courtyard. For more information, call 731-5777 or go to sacramentoyouthsymphony.org
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Provenance Thru July 26th B Street Theatre 2711 B St 443-5300 Bstreettheatre.org This is a charming metaphysical drama and magical story of Cleo, a librarian, high atop a mountain. Her self-imposed isolation is broken, only to teach an older gentleman to read, and Frances, a worldly woman, on a quest to read a list of 100 books.
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»Thru – July 5« Big Idea Theatre 1616 Del Paso Blvd, Sac 960-3036 BigIdeaTheatre.com Complex, new drama about an AfricanAmerican family struggling to leave the projects, has just been selected for the nationals preeminent play festival. A young, white, gay playwright, submitted his work under a pseudonym in the hope of increasing its chances for production by hiring a black actress to stand in for him as author.
Great Train Robbery Ride July 12 – July 26 Sacramento River Train 400 N Harbor Blvd, W Sac 800 866-1690 Lauren.email@example.com Take a ride back to the Old West on the Sacramento River Train! During the 3 ½ hr trip, keep an eye for outlaws who tend to hide out along the tracks. Guests will de-board the train and a BBQ lunch will be served in kid-friendly Elkhorn Park.
Thru July 27th Wilkerson Theatre 1723 25th St Teatroespejo@hotmail.com “Las Nuevas Tameleras” is a bilingual play, captures three contemporary Latinas in an uproariously comical attempt at making tamales for the first time.
Journey’s End Thru July 6th California Stage Theatre 2509 R St 451-5822 CalStage.org This study in war abandons the notions of “war” that echo in hometown newsprint or the mouths of politicians in favor of the War lived by those who fight. A surreal Waiting for Godot with only cold lead and poison gas to look forward to.
July 22- July 27 Wells Fargo Pavillion 1419 H St 557-1999 This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed for theatre. Love transcends both the harsh realities of war and social stereotypes in this sweeping tale that won a Pulitzer Prize and 10 tony Awards. “some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.”
Davis Shakespeare Festival Thru Aug 3rd Veterans Memorial Center 203 East 14th & B St, Davis 530 802-0998 Shakespearedavis.org “Much Ado About Nothing” and “She Loves Me”.... check website for scheduled performances.
Les Miserables Thru July 13th Davis Musical Theatre 607 Pena Dr, Davis 530 756-3682 The musical masterpiece that has swept the world for over 25 years, comes to the Davis Musical theatre Company stage for the first time in this end of the season.
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here’s something convivial about a plate of meat and cheese. Maybe it’s because it’s meant to be shared, each diner groping and grabbing, stabbing at the plate with knives, forks and fingers. A pile of beautifully shaved meat sitting daintily, enticingly on a strong wood-grain board surrounded with pickled bits is as close to art as simple food gets. Sure, you can create a visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory masterpiece with an amazing variety of equipment, time and skill. You can master the world of molecular gastronomy or modernist cuisine or zero-gravity braising. You can paint a plate with smears and smudges and foams. But that’s a different world. The world I find myself gravitating toward is one of perfectly aged ham, sliced translucent-thin, a solid triangle of sheep’s milk cheese and a pile of vinegar-soaked veggies. It’s a world I do not tire of. A world that I’ll return to for any occasion, not just a special occasion. Lucky me, then, that I got to sample the wares at Sacramento’s two newest meat-and-cheese joints. We’ll start with Block Butcher Bar. Located right next door to LowBrau Bierhall on 20th and K streets, Block feels a world away from the high-pitched party atmosphere at the popular sausage-and-beer hangout. Owned by the same group as LowBrau, Block feels like a place for more quiet contemplation—serene revelry, if you will.
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Block Butcher Bar is located on 20th Street in Midtown
The music is low. The waiters and waitresses show no skin. The walls are adorned with meat hooks and pickling spices. The beauty of wood and steel and hundreds of bottles of whiskey creates the right vibe for you to enjoy the simple, but by no means plain, treats that will be put before you. Other than a handful of appetizers and a decent grilled cheese sandwich, Block’s menu is as simple as “pick your meat, pick your cheese.” That’s it.
The meat selection is lovely, sophisticated and not so large as to be overwhelming. The cheese selection is easily broken down into four simple categories: cow, goat, sheep and blue. This is not an intimidating selection for the average diner. You do not need to have majored in curds and minored in whey to understand what is going on. However, should you just not want to choose, the cultured servers will be happy to bring out a plate of their favorites. But whatever you do, don’t skip the Iowa white spread, a
seasoned whipped lard concoction that melts on toast and tastes wonderfully like pig butter. Along with the well-curated selection of meats and cheeses is a selection of brown alcohol large enough to make comprehending it difficult. More than 100 bottles of whiskey rise up the ceiling, looming over the bar with their glowing brownness. Whether you are a fan of single-malt, blended, bourbon, rye, American, Canadian, Irish, Scotch or Japanese (that’s right, Japanese), you’ll find a nip of something to your liking. For nondrinkers, there’s an exceptional array of hand-mixed colas and other nonalcoholic treats. Compared to the cacophony next door at LowBrau, and the overall party happening most nights on 20th Street, Block feels like a little oasis where adults are allowed to eat, drink and feel comfortable acting like adults. A bit farther down J Street in East Sac, you’ll come across a brighter, lighter, cheerier version of Block Butcher Bar: The Cultured & The Cured. This little (and I mean little) meat-and-cheese shop feels much more like a shop and less of a restaurant than Block. The deli case is front and center, showcasing another well-curated variety of incredibly fine culinary delights. A small selection of plates is available to eat on-site or off, but they are worth the stop. This is going to sound like a bit of overstatement but here goes: C&C probably has the best mac and cheese in town. There, I said it.
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Rich, thick, cheesy, it’s everything you want mac and cheese to be. A fork will stand up in it. A crispy cracker of fried prosciutto actually does stand up in it. Peas are thrown in when in season. It’s my ultimate m&c. Get ready for another: best grilled cheese in town, too.
Block feels like a little oasis where adults are allowed to eat, drink and feel comfortable acting like adults. I don’t know that I’d order a grilled cheese anywhere else. These people turn perfectly delicious firm cheeses into beautiful lava flows of scrumptious dairy on ridiculous
bread, then add little touches like sauteed seasonal mushrooms. I have simply never had better. Other dishes blow it up as well. Yummy bites like brie and asparagus bread pudding and fresh pea soup are handled deftly and with skill. With a few tweaks to the seating arrangement (on a recent visit, all the tables were on the sidewalk) and the addition of a beer and wine license (can’t even bring your own), it’ll be a perfect hang for after-work and earlyevening meals. Insider tip: C&C will deliver across J Street to local favorite Bonn Lair. Block Butcher Bar is at 1050 20th St.; 476-6306; blockbutcherbar.com The Cultured & The Cured is at 3644 J St.; 732-3600; culturedandcured.com
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L D Full Bar $$-$$ Fresh Mexican food served in a colorful family-friendly setting
1537 Howe Ave. 927-1014 L D $-$$ Authentic Moroccan cuisine, lunch & dinner specials, belly dancing weekends • bestmoroccanfood.com
Bandera 2232 Fair Oaks Blvd. 922-3524
4215 Arden Way (Arden and Eastern)
482-1008 Open 7 days a week
Lunch 11-4 pm • Dinner 4-9 pm Sundays • 4-7 pm • Closed Mondays
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D Full Bar $$-$$$ American Cooking served in an all-booth setting. • Houtons.com
Bella Bru Café 5038 Fair Oaks Blvd. 485-2883 B L D $-$$ European-style cafe serving espresso, omelettes, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres, full bar, table service from 5 p.m., patio dining bellabrucafe.com
Café Vinoteca 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 487-1331 L D $$ Full Bar Italian bistro in a casual setting • Cafevinoteca.com
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Chinois City Café 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 485-8690 L D $$ Full Bar Asian-influenced cuisine in a casual setting • Chinoiscitycafe.com
Ettore’s 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd. 482-0708 B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio European-style gourmet café with salads, soup, spit-roasted chicken, and desserts in a bistro setting • Ettores.com
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Kilt Pub 4235 Arden Way 487-4979 L D $ Beer/Wine British Pub Grub, Nightly Dinner Specials, Open 7 Days
Jackson Dining 1120 Fulton Ave. 483-7300 L D $$ Wine/Beer Creative cuisine in a casual setting • Jacksoncateringevents.com
Jack’s Urban Eats 2535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 481-5225 L D $ Full Bar Made-to-order comfort food in a casual setting • Jacksurbaneats.com
The Kitchen 2225 Hurley Way 568-7171
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D $$$ Wine/Beer Five-course gourmet demonstration dinner by reservation only • Thekitchenrestaurant.com
3032 Auburn Blvd. 484-0139 2813 Fulton Ave. 484-6104
Leatherby’s Family Creamery 2333 Arden Way 920-8382 L D $ House-made ice cream and specialties, soups and sandwiches
Lemon Grass Restaurant 601 Munroe St. 486-4891 L D $$ Full Bar Patio Vietnamese and Thai cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting
The Mandarin Restaurant 4321 Arden Way 488-47794 D $$-$$$ Full Bar Gourmet Chineses food for 32 years • Dine in and take out
Matteo's Pizza 5132 Fair Oaks. Blvd. 779-0727 L D Beer/Wine $$ Neighborhood gathering place for pizza, pasta and grill dishes
Roma's Pizza & Pasta 6530 Fair Oaks Blvd. 488-9800 L D $$ Traditional Italian pizza & pasta Family Friendly Catering + Team Parties • romas-pizzaand-pasta.com
Roxy 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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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 cuisine served a la carte • Biba-restaurant.com
Buckhorn Grill 1801 L St. 446-3757
Lucca Restaurant & Bar 1615 J St. 669-5300 L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Patio Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, chic atmosphere • Luccarestaurant.com
(With coupon. Not valid w/any other offers. Dine in only. LLimit 1 coupon per party. Substitutions extra. Exp. 7/31/14)
D $$-$$$ Eclectic menu in a boutique setting
Mulvaney’s Building & Loan 1215 19th St. 441-6022 L D Full Bar $$$ Modern American cuisine in an upscale historic setting
B L D $ No table service at this coffee roaster and bakery, also serving creative artisanal sandwiches
Centro Cocina Mexicana
(for 2 or more) Includes: Beef Tacos, Cheese Enchiladas, Chile In Rellenos, Rice/Beans, Chips & Salsa
2028 H St. 443-7585
Old Soul Co.
B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio Casual California cuisine with counter service
Monday–Thursday after 4pm Six Course Mexican Platter for Two
L D $$ Wine/Beer A counter service restaurant with high-quality chicken, char-roasted beef, salmon, and entrée salads
2726 Capitol Ave. 443-1180 1431 R St. 930-9191
Simply Great M Mexican Food!
1501 16th St. 444-5850
Paesano’s Pizzeria 1806 Capitol Ave. 447-8646 L D $$ Gourmet pizza, pasta, salads in casual setting • Paesanos.biz
2730 J St. 442-2552
2813 Fulton Avenue • 484-6104 Live music Fridays
402 Natoma Street, Folsom • 673-9085 Live music Fridays & Saturdays
Hot City Pizza
1801 Capitol Ave. 441-0303
5642 J Street 731-8888
L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cuisine served in an authentic artistic setting • zocolosacramento.com
3301 Folsom Blvd. 455-2233
3260B J St. 449-8810 L D $-$$ Thin-Crust Pizza, Deserts and Beer in an intimate setting and popular location
B L D $$ Full Bar Patio Pacific Northwest cuisine in a casual bistro setting •
4920 Folsom Blvd. 452-5516 B L D $ Fountain-style diner serving burgers, sandwiches, soup and ice cream specialties
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 $$$ Wine/Beer California cuisine served in a chic, upscale setting • 58degrees.com
Fox & Goose Public House
Paragary’s Bar & Oven 1401 28th St. 457-5737 D $$ Full Bar Outdoor Patio California cuisine with an Italian touch • Paragarys.com
Suzie Burger 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
1001 R St. 443-8825
Tapa The World
B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer English Pub favorites in an historic setting • Foxandgoose.com
2115 J St. 442-4353
Harlow’s Restaurant 2708 J Street 441-4693
L D $-$$ Wine/Beer/Sangria Spanish/world cuisine in a casual authentic atmosphere, live flamenco music - tapathewworld.com
L D $$ Full Bar Modern Italian/California cuisine with Asian inspirations • Harlows.com
Thai Basil Café
Italian Importing Company
L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio Housemade curries among their authentic Thai specialties Thaibasilrestaurant.com
1827 J Street 442-6678 B L $ Italian food in a casual grocery setting
Jack’s Urban Eats 1230 20th St. 444-0307 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 $$ Middle Eastern cuisine in a Moroccan setting kasbahlounge.com
2431 J St. 442-7690
The Coconut Midtown 2502 J Street 440-1088 Lunch Delivery M-F and Happy Hour 4-6 L D $-$$ Beer/Wine Food with Thai Food Flair
The Waterboy 2000 Capitol Ave. 498-9891 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Fine South of France and northern Italian cuisine in a chic neighborhood setting • waterboyrestaurant.com
La Bombe Ice Cream & More 3020 H Street 448-2334 L D $ European and American Frozen Confections, sandwiches, soups and espresso
D $ Wine/Beer Fresh made to order pizza served in a cozy dining room; or to take out
33rd Street Bistro
D $$ Full Bar Chicago-style pizza, salads wings served in a family-friendly atmosphere • Chicagofirerestaurant.com
(With coupon. Not valid w/any other offers. Dine in only. Exp. 7/31/14)
L D $$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cooking served in a casual atmosphere • Paragarys.com
2416 J St. 443-0440
Buy 1 Dinner Plate At Regular Price & Get The Second Dinner Up To $7.00 FREE. Must Include 2 Drinks.
La Trattoria Bohemia 3649 J St. 455-7803 L D Wine/Beer $-$$ Italian and Czech specialties in a neighborhood bistro setting
Clarks' Corner Restaurant 5641 J St. L D Full Bar $$ American cuisine in a casual historic setting
Les Baux 5090 Folsom Blvd. 739-1348 BLD $ Wine/Beer Unique boulangerie, café & bistro serving affordable delicious food/drinks all day long • lesbauxbakery.com
723 56th. Street 454-5656
BLD Full Bar $$ American cuisine. HD sports, kid's menu, beakfast weekends
Opa! Opa! 5644 J St. 451-4000 L D Wine/Beer $ Fresh Greek cuisine in a chic, casual setting, counter service
Evan’s Kitchen 855 57th St. 452-3896 B L D Wine/Beer $$ Eclectic California cuisine served in a family-friendly atmosphere, Kid’s menu, winemaker dinners, daily lunch specials, community table for single diners • Chefevan.com
Selland's Market Cafe
5530 H St. 452-8226 B L $ Wine/Beer Southwestern fare in a casual diner setting
5340 H St. 473-3333
5723 Folsom Blvd. 457-3679 L D Full Bar $-$$ Classic Italian cuisine served in a traditional family-style atmosphere
B L D $$-$$$ Wine/Beer High quality handcrafted food to eat in or take out, wine bar
Star Ginger 3101 Folsom Blvd. 231-8888
3839 J St. 448-5699 B L D Wine/Beer Patio $$ Mediterranean influenced cuisine in a neighborhood setting
Asian Grill and Noodle Bar • starginger.com
Istanbul Bistro 3260 J Street 449-8810 L D Wine/Beer $$ Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in cozy neighborhood bistro setting
400 L St. 321-9522 L D $$ Full Bar American cooking in an historic atmosphere • foundationsacramento.com
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Chops Steak Seafood & Bar
1117 11th St. 447-8900
621 Capitol Mall #100 442-50
L D $$$ Full Bar Steakhouse serving dry-aged prime beef and fresh seafood in an upscale club atmosphere • Chopssacramento.com
D $$$ Full Bar Upscale American steakhouse • Mortons.com
Downtown & Vine
10th & J Sts. 448-8960
1200 K Street #8 228-4518
Wine Bar, Event Center & Retail Sales, 36 wines by the glass, beer on tap • downtownandvine.com
Ella Dining Room & Bar 1131 K St. 443-3772
Saturdays & Sundays beginning at 9 am breakfast lunch dinner $5 Bloody Mary Bar $10 Bottomless Mimosas
BELLA BRU 485.2883 Fair Oaks Boulevard & Arden Way
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L D $$$ Full Bar Modern American cuisine served family-style in a chic, upscale space • Elladiningroomandbar.com
Esquire Grill 1213 K St. 448-8900 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Outdoor Dining Upscale American fare served in an elegant setting • Paragarys.com
901 K St. 916-551-1500 L D $$-$$$ French-inspired Bakery serving fresh pastry & desserts, artisan breads and handcrafted sandwiches. EstellesPatisserie.com
Fat's City Bar & Cafe 1001 Front St. 446-6768
Rio City Café
1110 Front St. Old Sac 442-8226 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Seasonal menu of favorites in a setting overlooking river • Riocitycafe.com
Ten 22 1022 Second St. 441-2211 L D Wine/Beer $$ 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
The Firehouse Restaurant
L D $$$ Full Bar Global and California cuisine in an upscale historic Old Sac setting • Firehouseoldsac.com
L D $ Full Bar Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Dine in or take out since 1986
2633 Riverside Drive 448-9988 L D $$ Full Bar Upscale American cuisine served in a contemporary setting • Riversideclubhouse.com
806 L St. 442-7092
2924 Freeport Boulevard 443-5154
L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Chinese favorites in an elegant setting • Fatsrestaurants.com
400 Capitol Mall 446-4100 L D Full Bar $$$ Fine Northern Italian cuisine in a chic, upscale atmosphere • Ilfornaio.com
Grange 926 J Street • 492-4450 B L D Full Bar $$$ Simple, seasonal, soulful • grangerestaurant.com
Hock Farm Craft & Provision 1415 L St. 440-8888 L D $$-$$ Full Bar Celebration of the region's rich history and bountiful terrain • Paragarys.com
Claim Jumper 1111 J St. 442-8200 L D $$ Full Bar Upscale American in a clubby atmosphere
Mikuni Restaurant and Sushi Bar 1530 J St. 447-2112 L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Japanese cuisine served in an upscale setting • Mikunisushi.com
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D $$ Full Bar Relax with drinks and dinner in this stylish downtown space
D $$-$$$ Full Bar Steaks and Asian specialties served in a casual historic Old Sac location • Fatsrestaurants.com
1112 Second St. 442-4772
D $$$ Wine/Beer Dinner served Wed. through Saturday. Reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome.
1518 Broadway 441-0222 B L D $$ Wine/Beer International cuisine with dessert specialties in a casual setting
Willie's Burgers 2415 16th St. 444-2006 L D $ Great burgers and more. Open until 3 am Friday and Saturday n
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