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CROCKER ROAD Wonderful Old Sierra Oaks location. Classic white brick Tudor. 5 bedrooms, of¿ce, 3 car garage, and media room are some of the special features. Beautiful back gardens feature pool, spa, waterfall and outdoor BBQ kitchen. Flagstone paver patio. Security gate. Pool and pool deck $1,945,000 PATTY BAETA 806-7761
SIERRA OAKS CUSTOM Beautifully built Ken Dyer Construction custom home located on a private .3 acre lot with gorgeous pool! A very spacious Àoor plan of 4 or 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths, over 4300 sf plus a 4-car tandem garage. High ceilings, hickory oak Àoors, custom cabinets with built-in buffets, and granite counters! $1,745,000 CHRISTINE BALESTRERI 996-2244
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SHELFIELD ESTATES High ceilings and grand spaces de¿ne this one-owner custom home. Separate large family room has beamed ceiling, ¿replace and wet bar. Handsome maple wood Àoor in kitchen & service areas. Walls of glass overlook huge backyard with pool and spa. 5 bedrooms 3½ baths. $875,000 JAY FEAGLES 204-7756
CAMPUS COMMONS & POOL Great location for this 5500A plan with 2 or 3 bedrooms 2½ baths … two very large bedrooms upstairs. Master has sitting area plus ¿replace and walk-in closet. Enjoy your own private pool and hot tub in backyard. Walk to shopping, coffee shops, and American River Parkway. $350,000 LEIGH RUTLEDGE 612-6911
CARMICHAEL WHISPERING OAKS Wonderful family home and Àoor plan located in gated community. 4 bedroom plus upstairs bonus room, 3 full baths. Very open and light and bright with lots of glass and high ceilings. Gourmet kitchen opens to family room. Good sized lot with trees and Àower beds for privacy $499,900 PATTY BAETA 806-7761
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Signs of the Times POLITICAL LAWN SIGNS ARE FREE SPEECH, BUT ARE THEY DIVISIVE?
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ith an election coming up early this month, political campaign signs have been prominently displayed in our neighborhoods for many weeks. This year, there are city council races in three of the four districts we serve. In the county, there’s a competitive race for district attorney, not to mention a couple of very competitive races for the state assembly and senate and a hotly contested race for the U.S Congressional District 7 seat. Within the city limits, campaign signs tend to be small ones posted on front lawns, with an occasional larger sign or two. In less congested neighborhoods, a few property owners post large signs along busy thoroughfares. This past weekend, I was in Napa and was astounded by the number of bold, 4-by-8-foot political signs along beautiful bucolic Highway 29. Within a single mile, I stopped counting at 25. Signs of this size are legal but regulated under state law. Some cities restrict their use to 30 days before an election. Other cities restrict them so much that no one even uses them.
While political signs are as old as our republic, new printing technologies have made them less expensive to produce, and they now come in more durable materials. They are more readily used these days to endorse a voter’s candidate of choice. Most political campaign consultants dislike them. They say they don’t produce winners and are a pain to store and distribute. On the other hand, candidates love them because they provide visible proof of the candidate’s support. Polls usually aren’t conducted for local races, so voting trends can be tough to call. It is understandable that candidates and their supporters want to count something to gauge their progress with the electorate. And I wonder if anyone ever made their decision based upon a lawn sign. I’ve seen some pretty effective campaign strategies that employed lawn signs. Four years ago, District 3 City Councilmember Steve Cohn was challenged by Chris Little, a relatively unknown and comparatively underfunded candidate at the start of the race. But Little walked every precinct and talked to voters early and often—all the while amassing a list of supporters who wanted lawn signs. A few months before the election, hundreds of Chris Little signs appeared almost overnight throughout the neighborhood. No doubt it signaled to Cohn that he had a real race on his hands. Three-term incumbent Cohn ultimately prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to Little’s 38 percent, but Cohn significantly outspent him. Sacramento district attorney candidate Anne Marie Schubert was the first in my East Sac neighborhood to put up lawn signs this election cycle.
This led to a bit of confusion among voters. I had several readers wonder why we didn’t include her in our question-and-answer coverage of the district’s city council race. The city code allows political or campaign signs on behalf of candidates for public office or measures on election ballots, provided that the signs are not erected earlier than 90 days before the election and are removed within 15 days after the election. A sign cannot exceed 6 square feet in area, or about 2 feet by 3 feet.
Another relatively common practice is for candidates to post signs on commercial property without the owner’s permission. It’s illegal to post political signs in public right of ways. Yet as I ride my bike on the mile-long stretch of Elvas Avenue in East Sac, I see numerous illegally posted signs for three council candidates on the railroad right of way. I see the same practice in other parts of town for other candidates. When they appear in parks, I take them down myself. To me, that illegal practice just shows an amateurish campaign desperate for attention. Although commercial property owners have the same right to post as residents, their signs often exceed the city’s legal size limit. Another relatively common practice is for candidates to post signs on
commercial property without the owner’s permission. In many cases, an unsuspecting property owner doesn’t see it for a while—maybe never. The candidate hopes he or she will get away with it long enough to gain some visibility. While retail business owners also have the right to post political signs, I am always surprised when they do. My sense is that a business owner might not want to risk alienating potential customers. Truth be told, I am not a fan of political lawn signs. My husband and I put up signs many years ago but have sworn off it for several reasons. I believe that political signs tend to polarize neighbors. I’ve heard stories of neighbors yelling at each other in their yards over political differences. That is not good. With a country desperately polarized politically, I’d prefer our neighborhoods be gentler and more tolerant places. I find it easier to develop relations with neighbors without getting into politics. As a publisher covering local political races, I’d rather not have my neighbors know my voting preferences. While major newspapers routinely endorse candidates, they have relatively faceless editorial boards that zealously assess candidates for endorsement. We, on the other hand, strive to embed our business into the communities we serve. Even though we employ dozens of writers, I tend to be the public face of our papers. In my own East Sacramento neighborhood, I’m involved with neighborhood and business associations and run a
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Firing On All Cylinders THE TOOLEY FAMILY ENLIVENS FIVE POINTS WITH RENOVATED GAS STATION
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fter 55 years in the gasoline business in Sacramento, you’d think Sierra Oaks resident and patriarch of petrol Mick Tooley would be a little “exhausted.” But it takes less than a minute upon meeting him to realize he’s still having a gas after all these years. The family’s latest launch is a gas station and convenience store at Five Points, where Walnut Avenue, Arden Way and Fair Oaks Boulevard meet. No doubt Mick and his two sons, Mike and David, will pump not just gas, but new life into a once-foundering, weed-bedraggled location. Plus, we’ll all appreciate a new, well-lit, 24-hour shop where we can fill up the tank and tummy while giving our business to the same family that has coached our kids in baseball and sat beside us at Jesuit football games. “I used to drive by this store every day on my way to (Our Lady of Assumption) and the weeds were as big as trees,” said Mike Tooley. “It had roll-up doors that made it look like it was in the ghetto. We wanted to change that and make this a neighborhood, family-friendly store.
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Now we have the opportunity to make a difference in our neighbors’ lives.” He explains that the family was willing to pay a little extra for the store at a recent auction just to make sure they’d get it. And he explains that it will be a Shell-branded Circle K convenience store. Now for the story of how Mick Tooley went from zero to 60 in the gas business. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, he worked for a Phillips 66 before starting his own oil company, Tooley Oil, in 1978. You might remember Tooley Oil stations at various Arden locations, including Arden and Watt as well as Mission and El Camino. -Today Mick Tooley and his sons wholesale Shell fuel to area dealers as well as own and operate nearly a dozen stores while also acting as a “master franchisee” for Circle K. And with all that gas to drive around town, it made sense for the Tooleys to own their own tanker trucking company. So the question remains: Does Mick Tooley still pump gas? Not exactly, because the company employs about 85 people, some who have been loyal employees for more than 20 years. “He still comes to work every day. In fact, he’ll come to the office till the day he dies,” said Mike Tooley. “But he does find a way to play a little golf.” David Tooley handles the retail side of things and Mike Tooley takes the lead on wholesale. The Five Points location is opening with a big in-store kick-off event June 14 featuring games, prizes, 89-cent Polar Pops, and sports team mascots. And in keeping with the family’s focus on the community, Mike Tooley says
Sierra Oaks resident Mick Tooley (center) started working in the oil business in Sacramento in 1978. Today he works alongside his sons, David (left) and Mike (right) at the family’s Tooley Oil Company, which owns 10 Sacramento stations. The newest location opens this month at Walnut Ave. and Fair Oaks Blvd.
they’re planning all kinds of rewards programs, including a friendly fuel rewards program where shoppers can earn hundreds of dollars in free gas each month, free lift tickets, tee times and tickets to River Cats games. Also on tap, the Tooleys will be giving special discounts to kids who come in their team sports uniform.
BEAUTY AND THE BEST OF FRIENDS The Banville sisters each had her own room when they were growing up. But no matter how hard their parents tried, or how many times the girls would go their separate ways, the pair always ended up sleeping in the same room. Even in the same bed. They’d whisper secrets and giggle about boys, sharing hopes and fears, schemes and tears. It took everything to get them to sleep.
But it didn’t take sleep to make them dream. Since the girls were old enough to coo, they’ve been conjuring up fantastic plans. And now those plans are becoming a reality at Carmichael’s Five Points shopping center, at Fair Oaks Boulevard where Arden Way and Walnut Avenue converge. In June Erin Banville and Melissa Banville Burgoon are opening Hourglass Salon and Boutique next door to Matteo’s courtyard garden. The store’s debut coincides well with the center’s makeover—a master plan to repaint, repave and redecorate everything at the center, from the awnings to the planter boxes. The girls are bringing their international training in fashion, hair and makeup right back home and within babysitting distance of their mother, Anne Banville, a Carmichael native who loves everything local including walks on the river, her alma mater El
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Camino High and staying connected to your roots. “We are so excited to be home and build a community of all our clients, to have a family environment,” said Melissa. “That desire stems from us. We are sisters and best friends and this is our home. We plan to be here for a long time to come, to raise our families here.” Hourglass isn’t just any salon or boutique. It’s a mix of San Francisco chic, London lavish and Carmichael cozy. It offers fancy salon stuff like organic bronzing, braid bars and high tech “look books” that let you try on hairstyles before the scissors even get near your scalp. It also offers clothing and accessories to accent your look and styling for weddings, proms and assorted special events. If it’s a head-to-toe style makeover you’re after, you can start right here with a little expert help. Plus, Melissa’s 8-month-old daughter, Elliott (the family’s first grandchild), inspired clothing not only for little ones but also for the woman behind the diaper bag. The girls credit their designer, Leslie Reinking, with helping make their ideas a reality. To meet these girls in person you can see their dreams and excitement dancing in their eyes. They’re both so pretty, it was hard to look away. But I realized it was something more than skin deep that made them that way. I couldn’t help but be reminded of a Keats quote I saw nearly every day while I was a journalism student
at USC. It was etched in big concrete letters atop the doorway of a beautiful brick building near the school’s library. “Beauty is truth. Truth beauty. That is all ye know and all ye need to know.” There was something decidedly truthful about these two sisters and the bond they shared. “We are young and we’ve been dreaming about this for as long as we can remember,” said Erin. “We can’t believe it’s actually here.” Hourglass is open Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays by appointment. For more information, go to stylebyhourglass.com.
CARMICHAEL MARKETPLACE COMING SOON Shoppers, grab your wallets and get ready for the Magnolia Antiques Marketplace Show and Sale on Saturday, June 21 at Fair Oaks Boulevard near Palm Avenue. The event will take place in the store and the parking lot and feature the wares from dozens of antique dealers and vendors selling everything from garden décor to antique dressers to vintage clothing and collectible jewelry. The event is organized by Caryn Conway of Magnolia Antiques and draws shoppers from throughout the ARDEN page 14
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PUBLISHER FROM page 9 nonprofit that maintains McKinley Rose Garden and Clunie Community Center. We need to solicit volunteers and raise funds each year, and any polarization among neighbors makes those jobs more difficult. We also need to work with whoever wins the local elected offices on coverage of issues in our neighborhoods. Political recriminations are always possible. I’ve seen some deep memories among elected officials. Lastly, I believe political signs tend to make our neighborhood streets less beautiful. Sadly, struggling neighborhoods tend to have far more illegal signs and postings than better neighborhoods. The freedom to publicly endorse candidates is an important part of your constitutional right to freedom of speech. But so is the right to keep your voting preferences private. At a recent city council meeting, Councilmember Steve Hansen recalled a great quote I first heard years ago from Lady Bird Johnson: “The clash
of ideas is the sound of freedom.” Maybe—despite my own thoughts to the contrary—that is the appeal of posting political signs on one’s property.
BIG DAY OF GIVING UPDATE The Sacramento Region Community Foundation and its partners spent months gearing up for the BIG Day of Giving on May 6, which I covered in my column last month. They hoped to raise $1 million in donations and $250,000 in matching funds. The results far exceeded that goal: $3,020,000 was raised from 18,915 donors among 394 local nonprofit organizations. Sacramento ranked second in the entire country in terms of total donations. To those of you who joined the effort, we offer a great big thank-you!
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ARDEN FROM page 11 region who live to haunt antiques stores throughout the West. She hosts three marketplace events each year. This year a live jazz band, a solo guitarist and several performers will be set up to entertain the crowd. Conway knows a thing or two about antiques and got an early start in the business. “When I was a child, I would go with my grandmother to the dump on a regular basis looking for cool artifacts,” she said. “My mom and I both got the antique bug from Grandma. I thought it would be just a fun hobby, but here I am 20 years later—an antique dealer!” And a very successful one at that. “I would say if a small business like ours can make it through the recession and be going strong for 12 years, then we are doing OK,” she said. Conway is offering 20 percent off throughout the store from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 21.
ETTORE’S OPEN SEVEN NIGHTS If you thought Ettore’s was top drawer for the breakfast pastry, you’re in for a treat when it comes to dinner, a glass of wine after work or live music on a Saturday night. The popular brunch spot is now open for dinner seven nights a week and features everything from fine wines to award-winning hamburgers and savory comfort foods. There’s also free live music every Saturday night through September on the patio. Don’t forget to try Ettore’s new menu item, a special twist on the Bloody Mary. It’s Ettore’s secret recipe made with an imported lowalcohol vodka. The owners are quick to point out this drink goes down easily no matter what time of day.
RED SHOE CRAWL Time to dig out those red shoes and get downtown to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at the charity’s fifth annual Red Shoe Crawl set for June 29. The event allows up to 700
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Magnolia Antiques Marketplace Show and Sale takes place on Saturday, June 21 at Fair Oaks Boulevard near Palm Avenue
participants the opportunity to walk about downtown, visiting more than two dozen restaurants, sampling beverages and small bites of their best dishes. The event begins at 1 p.m. with registration at the Citizen Hotel; premium ticketholders register at noon at 15th and K streets. The day concludes with an “after-party” at Mulvaney’s B&L. Sponsorships are available and additional restaurants are encouraged to participate. For more information, go to rmhcnc.org.
research and found out the league’s last no-hitter was 10 years ago. But what’s so sweet about this story is how history repeats itself. Charlie’s grandfather, Jerry Heimann, was also just 12 years old when he pitched a no-hitter for Chico Little League. That was about 60 years ago, but Grandpa still proudly displays the faded newspaper clipping that details the fateful day. Hm. I wonder if Charlie will hold onto this Inside Arden clip for his own grandson ...
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Our Lady of Assumption sixthgrader Charlie Hurley is the kid to watch when it comes to baseball. (And basketball, for that matter.) The 12-year-old threw a no-hit, shutout game in May at a major division league game. He gave up just one walk and struck out 13 batters in that contest. Hurley got his start at Eastern Little League when he was only 5 years old. He now plays for a tournament baseball team as well as two basketball teams. Charlie’s father, John Hurley, is just a tad bit proud. He did a little
San Juan High School members were awarded more than $193,640 in scholarships, cash and prizes at the 67th annual state leadership meeting of FHA-HERO this spring in Riverside. Sandi Coulter, Shirley Bowers and Marti Howton of the San Unified School District and 41 San Juan High School students attended the meeting of FHA-HERO to receive their awards. FHA-HERO is a technical career student organization for grades 7-12. Approximately 70 chapters, including 750 FHA-HERO chapter
members, advisers, administrators, and business and industry representatives, attended from California. FHA-HERO members competed for more than $636,000 in prizes and scholarships in 20 events in leadership and career development areas. Some of the colleges providing scholarships include The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, The Art Institute, The Culinary Institute of America, Kendall College, Johnson and Wales University and Sullivan University. San Juan students Ilona Gritsko and Evialina Lutsyk were among the top prize winners. They took second place for Team Commercial Food Preparation and each earned $64,000 each in scholarships.
WELCOME, BOB AZZARITO University Presbyterian Church is pleased to welcome new pastor Bob Azzarito to the campus of Fremont Presbyterian. He has just moved to Sacramento from Fredericksburg, Va., where he was a campus minister at Mary Washington College. He has a background as a baseball player!
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Call Terry Mulligan 768-3796 BIBLE SCHOOL, GILLIGANâ€™S ISLE-STYLE If you canâ€™t get to the beach, let the beach come to you. Northminster Presbyterian Church is offering a free â€œGilliganâ€™s Islandâ€?style of vacation plan for kids in the Arden and Carmichael area from 5 to 8 p.m. June 9 through June 12, at 3235 Pope Ave. The church is hosting Vacation Bible School, a summer recreational and educational program centered around beach fun and the Bible. Children will be dancing to some beach tunes, navigating oceans of obstacle courses and making friends while being part of the church program â€œTrusting in God.â€? The camp is for children from kindergarten through sixth grade, said Gerry Halley. It will center on how God provides for and protects children. Skits, games, crafts, singing and assorted projects are on the schedule. Dinner will be provided nightly. High school- and college-age students will serve as youth counselors while
adult volunteers will be on hand as mentors. To register for VBS or to be a high school counselor, go to northminsteronline.org or call (916) 487-5192.
JESUIT RUGBY PLACES SECOND AT NATIONALS Congratulations to Jesuit High Schoolâ€™s varsity rugby team for taking second place in the nation after competing at the national championship level in Elkhart, Ind., in May. The team was led by Coach John Shorey and seniors Joey Pevec, Zac Tavenner and co-captains Matt Coyle and Trent Terra. The national finish comes after both the junior varsity and varsity teams won the Northern California Youth Rugby Championships in early May. In that contest, the varsity squad defeated De La Salle 70-18, while the JV team beat Dixon 24-10. Bringing their Marauder pride to the bay this fall, Tavenner, Coyle and Terra are slated to play rugby for UC Berkeley.
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A Reign Of Grace MARY PURVIS HELPED YOUNG WOMEN WIN PAGEANTS AND HELP OTHERS
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any people knew Mary Purvis as a woman whose abiding passion was beauty pageants. There was much more to the Citrus Heights resident. But legacy’s spotlight inevitably falls on her court of crowned proteges. “She was my hero. My savior, my teacher and my other mother,” said former Miss Orangevale Tamara Barbu-Brown at Purvis’s recent funeral. At 86, Purvis died from complications following a fall. From the 1970s, the Oklahomaraised entrepreneur molded young women to decorate civic events. City officials knew her as a force to be reckoned with. When Citrus Heights councilors wanted to lead the city’s July 4 parade, Purvis assembled her girls in another staging area. As the police vanguard moved out, she stopped the parade and directed her girls’ cars into the front. She valued her ambassadors as more than pretty faces. She expected exemplary volunteerism from them. From teens to matrons, pageant winners were channeled into community service that many still continue, decades later. Confirms former Mrs. Metropolitan, Sheryl
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Among many pageant winners at her funeral, queens honored the late Mary Purvis. For more than 40 years, the businesswoman groomed sash wearers to work for nonprofits.
Casper: “I learned so much from Mary’s example.” Formidable Purvis grit was honed by the Great Depression. Her own mom fed legions of hungry wanderers from the family’s Oklahoma door. “No one left the farm without a meal,” confirmed her son Russ Purvis. If supermarket cashiers later wondered at the petite octogenarian’s massive shopping habit, the poor blessed her. “Wanting no publicity, Mary was the go-to person for people who needed assistance,” said Citrus Heights staffer Helen Brewer.
The benefactor also supplied crockpots for fundraiser prizes. When Macys discounted them, Purvis bought 10 at once. Other customers heard her explanation and added their credit cards to the pot; Purvis left the store with 15 crocks. She took charm school lessons in her teens but never entered a beauty contest. “When she married, Mary only had sons,” said protégé Tamara BarbuBrown. “Pageants were her way of having little girls to love and to pass on what she’d learned.”
Acquiring the rights to many titles, she bestowed sashes and educational scholarships on generations of young ladies. Many contestants were changed for life. She taught that “poise” stood for Posture, Obedience, Intellect, Sincerity and Enthusiasm— qualities she felt defined women of worth. “It wasn’t just how you looked in a gown,” said Mrs. Northern California Melisa Mistler. “She expected us to be role models for younger girls.” Wife to Air Force veteran Jay Purvis for 68 years, Mary was also
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THIS PEW’S FOR YOU Thirty-two age-hardened Carmichael church pews recently took a trip to Southern California. They returned re-varnished and reupholstered. User reviews since proclaimed them some of the most comfortable seats in Carmichael. While American River Community Church members take pride in one of the area’s oldest churches, outdated furnishings previously left much to be desired. “Some people brought their own cushions on Sunday,” lamented ARCC refurbishment manager Doris Reimer. “That was a sure sign that
American River Community Church governors Cyndie Holland, left, and Eva Willis anoint refurbished pews. The blessing was part of recent services to celebrate a spruce-up project.
our pews were not comfortable. Well, they are now.” Observed Reimer’s brother Pastor Rich Reimer: “Our culture demands nice things. Churches need curb appeal. Take care of your buildings and you send a message that you’ll care for people’s souls, too.”
To this end, the Church Foundation Memorial Fund covered the makeover cost through parishioner donations. More than $45,000 saw the 64-year-old church interiors refurbished. Augmented by volunteers, tradesmen pitched in after Christmas services and turned the
mission-style building around in four weeks. Doris Reimer recalls that through months of planning, she felt “the wind of the holy spirit pushing from behind.” In Riverside, she found a company called Worship Interiors Group. “They had the specialized skills and equipment needed,” she said. “Our pews are longer than most and could not be dismantled, so the company had to make two truck and trailer trips to haul them all down to Riverside.” Generations of scratches, kicks and nicks were sanded to absolution. Varish returned mirror sheens. Rustic red upholstery came next. “We’d selected our fabrics and carpet from swatches,” said Reimer. “I held my breath as the first pew came off the truck and was set down on the new carpet. At last, I could see the colors we’d chosen were perfect together.” On a recent Sunday, her brother blessed and flung open the chapel IN TUNE page 18
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doors. He then led his 150-strong flock into a home redolent with unmistakable new-carpet scent. Doris Reimer beamed through following services. She heard whispered raves. “I had a sense of joy and thanksgiving,” she said. “The project was hard work but I praise God for the opportunity to be part of it.” Anyone may visit or attend American River Community Church at 3300 Walnut Ave. For information, call (916) 483-3465.
MAESTRO IN FINAL POPS SEASON
THE LAST BRUNCH A neighborhood tradition for 15 years, Carmichael’s Waffle Barn recently served a farewell feast. Breakfast and lunch sessions fed 500 hungry regulars. From shelves and hanging mobiles, hundreds of animal ornaments watched waffles, eggs and pancakes consumed for the last time. Staffers kept their sunny sides up. Customers were replete but not happy. “I’ve been eating here for 15 years,” said an octogenarian. “The staff knows me by name. I don’t know where I’ll get my strawberry waffle now.” A week earlier, owner Roger Russ posted a glum farewell on his door. It explained that demolition of his building necessitated closure. “We have had a wonderful 15 years here and many of our guests have become family,” he wrote. “We will truly miss you.” His staff observed faithful customers with long faces all week. Closure, or at least an operational hiatus, has been on the popular eatery’s menu for two years. The building is part of the Fair Oaks Boulevard property now being developed as the Milagro Centre. Initial plans included renovating the Waffle Barn’s ranch-style design to match Milagro’s Tuscan theme. This plan meant temporary closure and a 2014 re-opening. Developers since opted for demolition and rebuilding. “We hoped to have the Waffle Barn back as when the new building was ready,” said Milagro co-owner Allan Davis. “We’re sad this might not be the case. My wife and I loved
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Leticia Gamez delivers breakfast to final customers at the Waffle Barn. Owner Roger Russ (background, right) supervised servers during the 15-year-old restaurant’s final day.
Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner, left, presents Capitol Pops Director Jerry Lopes with civic plaudits. Lopes will relinquish his baton in August.
their food. Roger was one of three remaining tenants when we bought the (former Hillside) mall and we’ll miss him. “When the bottom line was put to our project, it was clear that working around an existing 1970s building was just not economically feasible. Construction codes are too different now.” Said Russ: “We initially thought we might be closed for two to three months. The decision to demolish and rebuild means a much longer delay before reopening. We decided we couldn’t wait that long. I’ve looked all over the boulevard for another place. I haven’t yet found one suitable.”
Owning other Waffle Barns in Folsom, Yuba City and Roseville, the restaurateur will not be idle. His 12 Carmichael staffers were job-hunting this week. “I feel bad for them,” said their former employer. “My cook’s been with me 15 years. But the situation is not under my control.” Every morning for 15 years brought a merry clatter of cooking, serving and eating to the main street restaurant. The Monday following the last Sunday brunch dawned to empty chairs; empty tables. Soon to join another of Russ’s restaurant décors, an overhead herd of porcelain cows, chickens and sheep gazed unblinking into the silence of china lambs.
In his farewell summer with the Capitol Pops, director Jerry Lopes plans entertaining public concerts. The band’s recent Rusch Park performance event heralded a full 2014 season in the Greater Sacramento area. The Rusch Park date also marked the 17th anniversary for the 60-piece ensemble. The all-volunteer ensemble gave its first performance at Carmichael Park in 1997. “Maestro” Lopes, whose career includes 50 years as a music educator, helped assemble the group and refine a pops and patriotic style for its programs. Membership ranges from teens to nonagenarians and includes many professional musicians. For June 6 at Folsom City Lions Park (403 Stafford St.), Lopes promises a diverse repertoire including show medleys, marches and vocal numbers. The free two-hour concert kicks off at 6:30 p.m. On July 4, the band will join festivities in Royer Park (Douglas Boulevard, Roseville) at 11 a.m. The Maestro’s final hoorah will be hosted by Fair Oaks Village Park (4238 Main St.) at 7 p.m. For more information, go to capitolpops.org.
KINDEST CUT LAUNCHES HEALTH PROGRAM Joining VIPs at the ribbon-cutting, grade-school kids’ excitement might have heralded an ice cream parlor opening. If not dessert, Thomas Edison Elementary pupils were getting something deserved: access to wellness. They beheld a first-of-its-kind vehicle for Sacramento. The new mobile health clinic will deliver a program dubbed Health on Wheels. In the style of traveling libraries and IN TUNE page 20
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He predicted it would help “some of the most vulnerable people in the community.” Those selected San Juan schools serve diverse and needy populations; most students receive free or subsidized lunches. San Juan District Superintendent Kent Kern predicted the mobile clinic would make students “healthier, happier and more ready to learn.” For more information on the Health on Wheels program, visit elicahealth.org.
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CLEAN SWEEP FOR CREEKS A party celebrating creeks recently caused a big splash in Carmichael Park. More than 1,500 volunteers snagged T-shirts and scoffed snacks. Exhibits by many sponsoring nonprofits and agencies were added attractions. The cleanup army included members of about 50 youth and neighborhood organizations. Many area streams benefitted from their work. Creek Week is a 24-yearold spring project aimed to rejuvenate waterways that drain and nourish Sacramento County. For the recent work-athon, volunteers scoured 70 creek locations from the Delta to Folsom, from Galt to Antelope. More than 12 tons of garbage was hauled away. Invasive plants were removed to make room for beneficial native species. Sacramento Area Creeks Council president Alta Tura confirmed a lower 2014 trash count: “Because of the winter drought, less garbage was washed down the creeks,” she said. “Nevertheless, they always need cleaning. Our volunteers did a stellar job.”
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Happy Birthday, Bella Bru! 21 YEARS LATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE BRANCHES OUT TO LOUNGING, TOO
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wo decades is a long time for any business to last, but in the case of local café Bella Bru, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this month, some things get better with age. “Our business has always been about responding to neighborhood wants and needs,” says Bella Bru owner Liz Mishler. “We started as a cafe, a neighborhood gathering spot that offers affordable, gourmet food in a casual atmosphere. But customers wanted Bella Bru to be more.” Since founding Bella Bru in 1993, Mishler has overseen its steady expansion even amid the economic woes of the past several years. To survive as a restaurant in any climate is a feat, but Mishler was up for the challenge, and adapted accordingly by cutting costs where she could while maintaining the stellar service and impressive menu that had put her on the map. Now Mishler boasts three Bella Bru outposts in the region (at its original location in Carmichael, in Natomas and in El Dorado Hills) and customers couldn’t be happier. But what really makes Mishler grin is the updated Luna Lounge attached to Bella Bru in Carmichael. Although the lounge is seven years old, it recently underwent a patio expansion complete with waterfall that will significantly increase its capacity and ability to serve hungry (and thirsty) Arden-area patrons. “(After we’d been open for a while,) the natural outgrowth was to create Luna Lounge, a neighborhood bar
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Liz Mishler and Mike Carlson of Bella Bru
serving food and beverages,” Mishler explains. “It also offers late-night dining and has a private party room upstairs.” The addition of a full bar helped Bella Bru capitalize on the barfly culture that has seemed to capture the Sacramento imagination over the past decade.
“It’s a challenge to stay current with cocktail trends and match the culinary diversity we’ve established in the cafe,” Mishler says. “We handcraft drinks, from muddled cocktails to the classics—which are making a big comeback. Regular customers stop by many times during the week knowing that there will
always be special additions to the menu like dinner entrées, local beers, wines and specialty cocktails. Some even walk over, getting exercise as well as dinner.” The French-cafe-in-your-ownbackyard appeal of Bella Bru and Luna Lounge continues to draw regular crowds, a testament to Mishler and her team’s consistent, and often cutting-edge, offerings. “We always try to keep abreast of food and drink trends and adapt our menus to reflect those ideas,” Mishler says. “The menus change with the seasons, our creative chefs have nightly specials and the small plate menu has been really popular.” And, as always, Bella Bru’s heavensent bakery scents are like nothing else in town. “We still bake all of our own breads, pies, cakes, bagels and sell to a long list of wholesale customers,” Mishler says. “We even make wedding cakes! The bakery seems to be the best-kept secret in town, but it assures that the (local) cafes will have great baked products—the freshest around.” But Mishler’s proudest accomplishment, after the longevity of her local establishment and the newand-improved Luna Lounge? “We have many customers who have met in the cafe or lounge,” she says. “Many have even married. It’s gratifying to know that we’ve provided a neighborhood gathering place that has resulted in so much happiness.” Keep the fresh-baked bread, delectable dishes and top-notch drinks coming, and we bet Bella Bru will be SHOPTALK page 26
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SHOPTALK FROM page 24 celebrating another 21 years before Mishler knows it. Celebrate Bella Bru’s birthday and the reopening of the Luna Lounge from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 22 at the Luna Lounge Patio Party with live music, food and drink service and “other surprises.” For more information, go to bellabrucafe.com. Bella Bru is at 5038 Fair Oaks Blvd.
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Darius Baker, of the founder of D&J Kitchens and Baths Inc.
most of this bright businessman’s actions, there’s a method to his madness. “Calling references will give you a lot more information than simply, ‘Yes, they did a good job, on time and on budget,’ ” Baker says. “You might learn about things people would do differently if they did it over.
“Now people are deciding to make this house what they want,” Baker says, “so they can go out of it in a box.” “You should learn how the company’s employees were to work with. Were they considerate of my family? Did they respect the rest of my property? Were they clean and tidy? Did they communicate well through the course of our relationship? Were they helpful in solving issues/problems throughout the project? “You might be really surprised at the things past clients might discuss with you that you would
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To meet a growing demand for more eco-conscious housing features, the city of Sacramento is working on a series of guidelines and building codes to address the increased interest in residential projects such as gray water recycling systems (bathroom water being recycled to irrigate property, for example). But regardless of how gray, green or otherwise a project may be, Baker recommends considering one other crucial reality of a remodel. “Be sure to consider the emotional trauma of living through a remodel,” Baker says. “I tell folks I will guarantee one thing over all else: You will get to the point where you want us out of your house—and we won’t even be there yet. Therein lies the value of references. I have people tell me that they didn’t realize how much it would mean to them that the workers left the toilet seat down until they had them in their house day after day.” So go ahead, call any one of Baker’s hundreds of references. We bet they’ll tell you he left the seat down. In need of a new kitchen or refreshed bath? Call Baker and his team at D & J Kitchens and Baths Inc. at 925-2577 or go to djkitchen. com. n
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says Berry. “She knows if they’re diabetic or vegetarian, and she also knows about their different cultures. She makes a connection with them, and that’s very important.” TLCS’s SRO program office has one part-time and two full-time paid staffers, so it relies heavily on volunteers like Abdullah. Most are former clients of the program. Few have had the impact that Abdullah has had. “We stumbled along before she came,” says Berry, “and now I don’t know what we’d do without her.” When the case managers are out of the office, Abdullah runs things.
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ameerah Abdullah could have just fallen through the cracks. Like so many residents of downtown single-roomoccupancy hotels, she was living hand to mouth, struggling with the demons of addiction and mental illness. When she walked through the door of the nonprofit agency TLCS, she was at the lowest point in her life. Today, Abdullah is the picture of dedicated volunteerism. Over the past three and a half years, she has organized and energized TLCS’s food distribution program, making a difference in the lives of scores of mentally ill seniors in the downtown area. Through her efforts, homebound elderly residents of several of the hotels receive custom care packages personally delivered with love. “Their rent is $550 to $600 a month, not including utilities, and they receive an average of $700 to $1,100 a month,” says SRO case manager Sharon Berry. “There’s no cooking allowed in their rooms, and they share a bathroom and laundry room. How can they afford to eat? Either they go to Loaves & Fishes or they’re being robbed by the corner grocery store.”
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Volunteer extraordinare Sameerah Abdullah helps a client load up his groceries at TLCS
On a meager budget of $200 a month, the TLCS program stocks its pantry with food purchased from Senior Gleaners, sent over from Sacramento Food Bank or donated by local businesses. On Friday mornings,
residents from 20 nearby SRO hotels and senior apartments, as well as many homeless, line up for food. For those unable to leave their rooms, Abdullah is a godsend. “Sameerah knows just what people need to eat,”
Abdullah is candid about her journey to this point in her life. “I was busted for drugs, and I had to come here to use the phone every day,” she says. “I started pulling myself together. My faith is strong, and I decided to use my energy to be productive.” When she first came to TLCS, she was living downtown in Hotel Sequoia with sex offenders and parolees, cleaning up after everyone and compulsively recycling. She had HEROES page 33
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family to know that I’m taken care of.” “This woman here is the definition of a hometown hero,” says TLCS development director Erin Johansen. “She has compassion because she experienced this stuff herself, plus she has a boatload of energy that she can channel and do amazing things.” Johansen says that the SRO program has seen its primary funding sources dwindle or disappear in recent years. “It’s funded by a ragtag of cobbledtogether resources,” making someone with Abdullah’s skills and vision indispensable. “This community saved my life,” says Abdullah. “This is how I’m giving back. I live for that. All I have is love. Now my kids are proud of me, and I’m back on track. Now I get respect, but I give respect too.” For more information about TLCS, go to tlcssac.org. Donations of nonperishable food products, such as canned goods, cereal and rice, are always needed and welcomed. Terry Kaufman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. n
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arking spots are only for cars, right? Wrong. These spots can actually become openair mini-parks where people sit, eat, drink, converse and enjoy the scenery. You can already see these parklets, as they’re called, in San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia and Nevada City. Now, Sacramento is poised to make room for some of our own. A makeshift parklet that sprung up outside the MARRS building in Midtown on national PARK(ing) Day last September revived interest in creating more green space in urban settings for the public to enjoy. The first PARK(ing) Day occurred in 2005 when employees from the art and design company Rebar fed some parking meters in San Francisco, laid sod and hung out until the meters’ time was up. Back then, people thought, you don’t hang out in parking spots. Those are reserved for cars. “It's kind of like how you can’t walk through a drive-through,” says Matt Winkler, operations general supervisor for the city of Sacramento’s parking division. “You’re not supposed to do that.” But maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea after all. City staff began examining how parklets could exist here in response to calls from merchants and pedestrian and bicycle advocates. “Word of mouth spread and next thing you know, people are asking how can we get that program here?” Winkler says.
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Parklets are open-air mini-parks where people sit, eat, drink, converse and enjoy the scenery.
In October, the city council first heard a presentation from staffers about the benefits of parklets, which are basically low decks installed in adjacent parking spots as an expansion of the sidewalk. The council approved a two-year pilot parklet program in March. If it proves successful, the city will move toward making these features a permanent part of the local landscape. Parklets are part of a bigger vision by the council to beautify utilitarian spaces and promote a bike- and pedestrianfriendly culture.
Winkler says the program emulates San Francisco’s successful parklet endeavor. The City by the Bay officially installed its first parklet in 2010. Now, there are more than three dozen. Sacramento is accepting applications from businesses interested in becoming one of six to 10 to be granted a revocable encroachment permit to cordon off pavement for a parklet. A review committee composed of, among others, representatives from Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Midtown Business Association and
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District will determine who gets the permits. The air quality district is offering $1,000 grants for projects that include two spaces for bike parking. “The Midtown Business Association is in support of parklets because they encourage our community to be less dependent on cars in a dense urban area, create a unique public space and challenge our city to continue to invest in unique urban design,”
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FUTURE FROM page 34 says Emily Baime Michaels, the association’s executive director. Permit recipients will be selected in July. Construction on the parklets should be complete by September. Applicants must meet a laundry list of criteria. The business must be front-facing the street and in a 25-mile-per-hour-or-less zone, and the plan must include appropriate lighting for safety, nearby garbage and proper drainage. Manholes can’t be covered and the decks must be enclosed with rails and meet all requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The review committee will also consider remediation plans for loss of parking in high-density areas. The committee wants to see that the applicant has solicited input from the public and adjacent businesses. “I want to make sure everybody wants this,” Winkler says. Parklets aren’t necessarily cheap. According to Winkler, they cost a business anywhere from $15,000
to $100,000 to construct. They’re also not permanent. If, for example, roadwork needs to be done or the hosting business closes, the city will remove the feature. According to Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, parklets make neighborhoods more inviting, reduce sidewalk and traffic congestion, improve air quality and increase the visibility of businesses. At a city council meeting in March, SABA executive director Jim Brown said the parklets signal that streets are not only for cars. “What is so important to us about this is it’s a step toward acknowledging that our streets are public places,” Brown said. “They are not the exclusive domain of cars. This is one of the first steps in making our streets a safer, calmer, friendlier place to visit and to do business.”
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ou have to love a walking club that begins and ends its evening exercise route at a bakery. Maybe that’s why Sacramento Walking Sticks is the nation’s largest American Volkssport Association club. When Barbara Nuss, president of Waking Sticks, called to invite me on a walk with the club, I was a bit hesitant about starting out with a 5k on a warm evening. I do a lot of walking, but it’s mostly on a golf course or dragging our old dog around the block for what we call a museum walk (walk a few steps, look around, walk a few more steps, etc.). Then Nuss mentioned they would start and end at Les Baux bakery on Folsom Boulevard. That sounded quite delightful. At least there was the promise of a treat at the end of the trail. “The group is a chapter of the American Volkssport Association,” said Nuss. “It is a national walking organization. There are a variety of membership levels, which are designed to get you off the couch. Some members track the number of events or distances they walk in event books. Others just go for fun.”
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Walking Sticks members enjoy a walk. The club was started in 1984.
Walking Sticks has 573 members. They walk at least once a week, usually more often. The routes vary. The evening I joined them, they met at 51st Street and Folsom Boulevard in East Sac, then walked to McKinley Rose Garden and back to the bakery, just over three miles. The previous weekend, the group walked the North Laguna Creek Wildlife Area. Upcoming walks were scheduled for the historic Sierra Oaks Vista and Woodland neighborhoods. To celebrate World Walk Day in May, many members drove to Redding to
walk the botanical gardens at Sundial Bridge. “The length of walks varies from 5k to 10k, and often the longer walks have an optional route for people who can’t go the whole way,” said Nuss. “Volkssporting uses the metric system to measure distances, primarily because the sport started in Germany. One kilometer is approximately .62 miles, so 10k is about 6.2 miles and 5k is 3.1 miles.” Routes are always well planned with rest stops, parking suggestions, locations of restrooms and other
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he news has been full of reports that bee populations are declining across the world for reasons that scientists still don’t fully understand. Farmers and home gardeners worry about how our food crops will be pollinated if Colony Collapse Disorder continues. You and your neighbors can make a difference by creating a colorful pollinator paradise in your home gardens. Plant a variety of flowering plants, provide appropriate water and shelter, and the bees will come. How best to do that? It depends on the type of bees. If you weren’t aware there were thousands of different species of bees, you are not alone. Most people think that all bees live in hives and make honey. Actually, we know what honeybees are, but we don’t understand them very well. Did you know that they were brought to North America by early European colonists? Did you know that millions of honeybee hives are moved across the country in order to pollinate many key agricultural crops? Did you know that honeybees scout for sources of nectar and pollen, then return to the hive to tell their sister worker bees where to go? The workers are all
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Christine Casey in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Garden at UC Davis
business. They fly directly there and visit every flower. No flitting allowed! Then they make a beeline home. If you look closely at bees in your garden, you will discover many are not honeybees. There are a thousand native California bee species ranging from tiny iridescent green bees to big black or golden carpenter bees. Nearly all of them are solitary, not hive dwellers. Individual bees make their nests in the ground, in hollow stems or reeds, or holes in wood. Native bees
are threatened, too, because their habitat is declining as people clear weeds from hills and roadsides, cover up soil with pavement and mulch, and cut down dead trees. A visit to UC Davis’ HaagenDazs Honey Bee Haven shows how beautiful a bee-friendly garden can be. Despite its name, this half-acre garden is designed for all bees. To accommodate honeybee foragers, each variety of plant is grouped in an area at least three feet square. Bees
vary considerably in size and tongue length. Some bees use colors and others use chemical cues to find their hosts. Accordingly, the garden has plants with blossoms in many shapes, sizes and colors. Plants are chosen that bloom throughout the seasons because different species of bees are active at different times of the year. In this garden, bees find many places to nest, including blocks hung in trees, bare undisturbed soil and sandy areas between pavers. There are rocks to shade their nests. Bees need water and congregate at dripping faucets and puddles. The haven has specially designed blocks to collect water and simple water-filled basins with stones in them for the bees to rest upon. The Honey Bee Haven has at least 10 to 15 diverse bee-friendly plants blooming in each season of the year. Christine Casey manages the garden. When asked for plant recommendations, she is especially enthusiastic about Ceanothus, also known as California lilac. If a California garden doesn’t have this plant, she says, it’s not a bee garden. It’s possible to have one variety or another of Ceanothus in bloom from January until frost. She considers catmints (Nepeta) one of the best plants for bees and advocates other members of the mint family such as salvias. Bees are attracted to composite flowers such as asters, daisies and sunflowers. They like members of the rose family, too. Single or semi-double roses that open to reveal their stamens attract more pollinators than those that are packed with petals. Eighty-five different native bees have been identified in the Honey
We have a commitment to deliver, literally. Garments Bee Haven. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery’s perennial garden, Hamilton Square, has been studied by UC Berkeley researchers who found 65 varieties there. Other pollinators, including moths and hummingbirds, also frequent these gardens.
Some people are reluctant to have bees in their garden because they are afraid of them. You have to work at it in order to be stung. Bees are going after flowers, not people. Some people are reluctant to have bees in their garden because they are afraid of them. Casey says that you have to work at it in order to be stung. Bees are going after flowers,
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hallenged by drought, dehydration and predators, black-tailed deer fawns can endure tough first months on the American River Parkway. Some pragmatic does now prefer to deliver babies in backyards. Near the American River, many gardeners last year reported surprise at what sprouted overnight in their flowerbeds. Garden deliveries are a practical option for mothers and their progeny: Shade is plentiful, predators are less common, birdbaths are handy troughs. Sprinklers ensure greener grazing than the parched parkway offers. “I looked out my window and a baby fawn tottered toward me,” marveled a California Avenue woman. “Her eyes were unfocused and her fur was wet. I guess she’d just been born. I was thrilled to see nature renewed in my own yard. Eventually, the mom came back, suckled her baby and they went off together. I haven’t seen them since.” The owner of a large property near Carmichael Creek, Allan Davis headed outdoors for a sunset stroll. “I heard a rustle and a tiny fawn was feet away from me, just staring,” said Davis. “He was so cute. He eventually ran away but stayed in the garden.” Later, Davis saw a doe greet the baby. Mother and child wandered down the drive and into the night together. What both Carmichael residents observed was a behavioral norm often mistaken for maternal neglect. After
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Teachable Moments WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF ONE FLOCK
BY NORRIS BURKES SPIRIT MATTERS
ast Thanksgiving, my wife, Becky, challenged her secondgrade class to write thank-you notes to those people for whom they were grateful. “How about God?” suggested a towheaded boy. “Well,” said my wife, pausing for clarity in a public school environment, “maybe you can save those thankyous for your bedtime prayers. Suddenly, a pigtailed pontificator stood and pointed her accusing finger toward a little boy who had recently shared that he was Buddhist.
“He can’t!” she proclaimed. “He doesn’t believe in God.” “That was rude!” Becky said. Then, not one to miss a teachable moment, Becky turned to her whiteboard and added the girl’s name to a discipline list. Years earlier, I introduced a similarly teachable moment to an Air National Guard commander when she dropped by for an impromptu visit. “How are you, chaplain?” she asked from outside my open office door. Keeping protocol, I stood to answer; but perhaps since I measured at least a foot taller than she, she insisted I keep my seat. “What are you working on today?” she asked, seeming genuinely interested in a friendly chat. “I’m trying to write a retirement prayer for a squadron commander, but I’m having trouble finding the right fit.” “Fit?” “Yes,” I said. “The retiree is a Buddhist, but since our audience will likely be Christian, I’ll need something acceptable to both. Silence.
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I kept talking. “I’m thinking about using this Buddhist poem our retiree has selected for the ceremony handout.” I passed it to her and watched her lips silently move, her facial contortions building on every word. “You should use a Christian prayer,” she suggested. “After all, this is a Christian Air Force.” Now it was my turn to wear a disappointed expression. “You don’t see it that way?” she asked. Like Becky, I paused to reflect. Then, recognizing the careershortening possibilities of my answer, I respectfully stood to share my thoughts. “No, ma’am. I’m sorry, but I don’t.” While I can’t recall my exact words, it was something like this: “Ma’am, we serve in an Air Force that is made up primarily of Christians, but I don’t think that our majority status makes us a Christian Air Force.” Sensing I needed to serve the whole enchilada, I forged ahead. “We are sworn to protect the Christian majority just as much as we pledged to protect and serve the minorities of all faiths.” Then, I took my seat, sure that my position expressed the principles in the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel. Most Christians recognize this chapter as the one where Jesus so famously introduces himself as the “good shepherd.” However, Jesus also includes a cryptic saying that seems to oppose those who sequester themselves in theologically gated communities. “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them,
also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”
“We are sworn to protect the Christian majority just as much as we pledged to protect and serve the minorities of all faiths.” Unfortunately, neither of the two ladies mentioned in this column seemed to get that part of the scripture. At the end of that school day, my wife phoned the girl’s mother to share her thoughts on pluralism in a public school. Not surprisingly, the mother gave an answer not unlike her daughter’s. As for my commander, she expressed no further objections to the poem/prayer. Unfortunately, five years after my conversation with the commander, a malignant brain tumor put a tragic end to her promising career. However, my guess is that her best teachable moment came when she was welcomed into heaven with salutes and open arms from all of Jesus’ flocks. Norris Burkes is a chaplain, syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of the book “No Small Miracles.” He can be reached at email@example.com. You can read more of his columns on his website, thechaplain.net. n
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How Green Is Our Valley CREATED AND TENDED BY A COUPLE FOR 50 YEARS, SECRET GARDEN IS CARMICHAEL TREASURE
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A friend, legendary Olympic swimming coach Sherm Chavoor, introduced the Farias to the woman architect who designed the wood-andstone cottage where they raised their son, Erik. On nil budget, Pauline planned terraced gardens with EuroAsian accents.
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hen we came to Sunny Dell estates in 1964,” recalls Irv Faria, “the area was just oaks and blackberry. We saw quail by the hundreds. Fox kits ran around our yard. Pheasant and kingfishers were everywhere. They’re mostly gone now.” Known to neighbors as Pauline’s Garden, the Faria property is hardly a bleak house. Thanks to 50 years of work by the husband-and-wife team, a creekside acre has become a woodland idyll in suburbia. Seventy towering oaks remain. Beneath them, hundreds of Japanese maples provide springthrough-fall color. In April, wild flowers run riot. Cherry and dogwood petals daub the Faria valley in pastel. Soon roses and clematis begin an eager climb over pathway arches. Year round, citruses bear golden fruit. Even when Carmichael Creek is dry, the property’s leafy canopy nurtures ferns, lichens and an intriguing variety of wildlife. Irv adds to avian comfort with handmade nesting houses and feeders. Says the retired university professor of exercise physiology: “We try to live with nature and support it. We provide animals with water and shelter and places to raise their young.” Through the years, nature has returned the compliment with rich experience. When a doe died in their valley, they saw her twin fawns raised by a lone buck. Irv used doll bottles to feed an abandoned squirrel kit. For two years, Squeaky Squirrel had the run of the house. “At night, she’d climb inside my sleeve and sleep there,” he says.
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The gardeners’ greatest fortune lay in soil formed by centuries of accumulated oak leaves. Constantly adding to flowerbeds, they find almost anything takes root and flourishes.
At creek level, visitors reach Irv’s Japanese teahouse via a log bridge
“I gradually reintroduced her to the wild; she’d take off but always returned when I called her. After a year, she didn’t come back. Perhaps she found a mate. We wanted her to be happy.” High school sweethearts, the Farias married in Concord in 1953.
Irv’s California State University, Sacramento job brought them to the area. Exploring Carmichael, they found a valley with the smallest level space for building. The price was $7,000. Irv beheld the unspoiled acre from a real estate agent’s car and said: “I’ll take it.”
“While I worked for the state Department of Education,” she recalls, “I spent lunchtime in the Capitol’s gardens. I picked up camellia seeds and planted them here. Most of our camellias came from the Capitol.” The gardeners’ greatest fortune lay in soil formed by centuries of accumulated oak leaves. Constantly adding to flowerbeds, they find almost anything takes root and flourishes. Irv transplanted Japanese maples from a friend’s garden and over many years propagated saplings by the hundred. The terraced maples include 110 cultivated varieties with different leaf shapes and colors. “They change with the season,” says Pauline. “We even like their bare branches in winter.”
In a homemade birdhouse, a wren prepares a nest. Gardeners Irv and Pauline Faria share their haven with pooch Lennie
The couple opens the valley for seasonal visitors. Irv explains: “Over the years, we enjoyed touring other people’s gardens. We thought others might appreciate ours. On our last tour (spring 2014), 200 people visited. Everyone seems to love Pauline’s Garden.”
“It’s wonderful to see everything looking so beautiful.” A walnut-sized nest houses a brooding hummingbird. Many avian species find refuge in the Farias’ leafy glen
Love’s labor is never done. Some mornings, Irv finds his 81-year-old sweetheart deep in the valley, pruning in her bathrobe. He reminds her to eat breakfast. Spring, Pauline says, is all the feast a gardener could desire. “You wake up excited to see what has come up overnight,” says the artist. “It’s wonderful to see everything looking so beautiful.” For more information on the Farias’ garden, email irvfaria@ gmail.com. n
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Designing Woman A STORYBOOK COTTAGE IN CURTIS PARK GETS A CHARMING MAKEOVER
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“It was important to me that we kept the cottage scale and feel of the home and that the addition looked original to the home.”
elding her professional and personal lives came easy to Joan Muttera. An interior designer since 1976, Muttera remodeled her 1926
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Curtis Park home with her former partner, Vince Dutcher of Dutcher Construction Company. The home’s previous owner, a 90-year-old woman known in the
neighborhood as The Fern Lady, lived in the two-bedroom, one-bath brick cottage for 50 years. When Muttera moved in, not much had been updated during the previous five decades.
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clothesline.) The house had knob-andtube wiring, copper water pipes and a gravity-flow heater. Muttera wanted to update and expand the house without sacrificing any of its considerable charms. “It was important to me that we kept the cottage scale and feel of the home and that the addition looked original to the home,” she says. Her experience as an interior designer made hiring subs for the electrical, plumbing and cabinetry work a snap. Muttera and Dutcher also did plenty of the work themselves, painting the interior, replacing the window sashes, ropes and weights and refinishing the redwood jambs on numerous doublehung windows throughout the house. “The process was really time consuming,” she says. They added diamond-pane windows in the kitchen, breakfast nook and living room to enhance the home’s storybook feel. The kitchen received a face-lift, including new appliances, custom cabinets and dark marble countertops. Several of the cabinets have glass panels so that Muttera can display her collection of dishes, which includes a few pieces of her grandmother’s Haviland china.
In the dining room, a new curved staircase with a wrought-iron handrail leads to the second-story addition. Natural light from a large window at the top of the stairway illuminates the staircase. Configured out of the attic, the 700-square-foot suite consists of a master bedroom and bathroom. Muttera designed the plan. The bedroom’s stunning coffered ceiling engages the eye. Two large walk-in closets provide welcome additional storage. Painted in Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage accented with crisp white trim, the room is soothing and elegant—no fussy details. The original attic rooflines are evident in the bathroom. Two dormer windows, on the street side of the home, provide natural light. Two sinks are set in vanities topped with classic Carrara marble. “I wanted a clean, classic feel for the addition,” Muttera says. “It is a bit less traditional than the downstairs but still has that sort of feeling.” A cabinet in the bathroom displays Muttera’s collection of 1930s powder jars, all in shades of soft pink. “My mother and I would go to flea markets and antique stores when I was a girl,” she says. “I fell in love with the figurines on top of the powder jars.”
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Outside, Muttera showcased the home’s storybook quality by painting the beams over the front porch. “Our neighbors said they didn’t realize the brick house had beams until we painted them,” she says. A curved walkway leading up to the house and a retaining wall encircling a large Deodar cedar were constructed
from broken brick to emphasize the house’s fanciful look. The unique concrete roof tiles were custom made. “They allow you to choose the color as well as what percentage of moss you want included on your tiles,” Muttera says. Muttera stresses the importance of having a solid plan at the initial stages of a project. “Many people will complete portions of a project, then find themselves backed into a corner when it doesn’t all come together,” she explains. Personalizing with family furnishings or antiques you love is key. When working with clients, Muttera draws inspiration from what they like and already have in their homes. “People generally know what they want,” she says. “But they often can’t achieve the look they want.”
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Parks for Pups WITH JUST A LITTLE PUBLIC SPACE, EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY
f anyone is responsible for the upheavals that will soon take place at University Park in Campus Commons, blame Sophia. Sophia is an elegant combination of Italian greyhound and Chihuahua with very long, brown legs and a slender figure and highly sociable disposition. The neighborly disposition is what gave her human companion, Ann Harriman, a big idea about University Park. “There is really no place close by within walking distance where she can go and meet other dogs,” says Harriman. “Then some of us who love dogs and live nearby, we got to thinking about this little portion of University Park, and we realized it was the perfect place for a dog park.” Monumental transformations of urban planning don’t always require eminent domain lawsuits and the destruction of faded shopping malls. Sometimes, a brilliantly innovative idea for improving a community can be reflected in the bright eyes of an Italian greyhound. The proposed dog park at University Park is one example of the small ways in which Sacramento residents find creative ways to keep themselves and their canines happy and well socialized. Another example is the monthly pop-up dog park in Midtown, a temporary affair that corresponds with the Second Saturday farmers market in the vicinity of 20th and J streets. The two dog parks have been driven by neighborhood desire, not bureaucratic decree or governmental whimsy.
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Ann Harriman and Sophia, center, among two-legged and four-legged friends
The pop-up park, which serves petite breeds (there’s a 30-pound weight limit; Sophia would qualify twice), was triumphantly funded by crowdsourcing and has become a monthly Midtown mainstay. “Our pop-up park is only about 300 square feet, so we have to limit the size of the dogs,” says Midtown Business Association executive director Emily Baime Michaels. “I’m not familiar with anyone else doing the same sort of thing, but we’d love to be an inspiration to other places.”
While it remains a gleam in Sophia’s eye, the University Park dog corral may ultimately serve as the classic dissertation on what happens when small-scale civic involvement seeks to solve the dilemma of fourlegged urban leash laws. In Sacramento and most other cities, it’s illegal to allow a dog off leash in a public place. The owner of an off-leash dog can be ticketed and fined. If an off-leash dog attacks a person or animal, the consequences can be severe, even fatal.
But as anyone who has visited a neighborhood park can attest, some dog owners can’t resist the temptation to ignore the rules and unclasp their dog’s leash, if only to let Scraps chase a tennis ball for a few uninhibited minutes. It’s a dumb move. This is where dog parks come in. Behind the sturdy fences and waived liabilities of a dog park, leashes are freed—along with the territorial aggression that leashes can encourage, some dog experts claim. It’s every dog for herself.
Sophie, the little dog who started it all
In Sophia’s case, the problem wasn’t the lack of a dog park—the city of Sacramento has nine of them— but rather the lack of one within reasonable walking distance. The Granite Park dog park is about one mile from Sophia’s home in Campus Commons. But what a mile: Harriman and Sophia would have to brave Howe Avenue, cross the American River, breech Highway 50 and dart between semi trucks at Power Inn Road and Folsom Boulevard. “As the crow flies, it is only a mile,” Harriman says. “But you take your life in your hands getting there.”
The solution was a short walk from their front door. University Park backs up along American River at the Howe Avenue bridge. One section of the park sits by itself, near the levee. It’s perfect for a dog park. “It’s just an idea that made sense,” says Marty Henderson, a Campus Commons neighbor. “A lot of us walk their dogs there and thought, why not?” Harriman and Henderson linked up with other dog people, including Lauren Archer, John Lenk and Cheryl Summers, and contacted their city councilmember, Kevin McCarty, who promised to help create a University Avenue dog park if the residents raised half the money. It will cost $118,000 to build a twosided dog park, one for bigger breeds and one for little Sophia and friends. The Campus Commons neighbors are seeking donated materials and raising money through social media. They are confident the dogs will be barking by winter. “It makes real sense to put a dog park here,” Harriman says. “The city has been very helpful and the neighbors are working together.” Dogs, it seems, have a talent for making things happen.
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Genuine Progress IT’S IMPORTANT TO COUNT THE RIGHT THINGS
BY WALT SEIFERT GETTING THERE
f you don’t count something, it doesn’t count. What and how we measure not only reflects what is important to us; it influences how important it is. The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution says the Constitution’s goals are a more perfect union, justice, domestic tranquility, security, the general welfare and liberty. Yet we don’t devote serious resources to tracking justice, tranquility or the general welfare. Nor do we formally measure the happiness we’re diligently pursuing per the Declaration of Independence. Instead, our focus has been keeping tabs on economics—and economics measured in a rather crude, bruteforce way. Since before World War II, a key measurement of economic well-being in the United States has been gross domestic product. GDP is the sum of all the goods and services sold in the country. Many consider GDP per capita a measure of how well off we are, but not everyone agrees. While developing the idea of GDP and knowing GDP’s dollar value have been great achievements, GDP is not the be-all and end-all of
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measurement. In fact, the economist who was instrumental in formulating the notion of gross national product (GDP’s forerunner), Nobel winner Simon Kuznets, said, “The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined by the GDP.” Thirty years after GDP was introduced, Robert Kennedy, while running for president, observed, “It counts napalm and it counts nuclear warheads, yet the gross national product doesn’t allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” GDP treats the costs of pollution and the costs of cleaning up pollutions as “goods.” It treats money spent on drug abuse, pharmaceutical overuse, natural disasters, prisons and wars as positives, but that does not mean such outlays represent progress. Economic activity is not really a surrogate for well-being. By itself, it doesn’t distinguish between what is good or bad for society. Economists and others have proposed more holistic alternatives to GDP. Increasingly, governments are putting these new yardsticks into use. Some years ago, I wrote about the Kingdom of Bhutan’s intriguing gross national happiness metric. There’s also something called the Genuine Progress Indicator, a collection of statistics that not only measure the benefits of economic activity, but the costs as well. GPI measures social and environmental factors that relate to economic activity. For example, it adds values
for household work and parenting, education and volunteer work. It subtracts the costs of pollution, loss of wetlands, farms and forests. If GDP is viewed as “gross profit,” then GPI is more like “net profit.”
GDP treats the costs of pollution and the costs of cleaning up pollutions as “goods.” It treats money spent on drug abuse, pharmaceutical overuse, natural disasters, prisons and wars as positives, but that does not mean such outlays represent progress. Economists have calculated GPI over a period of decades for a number of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, Chile, France, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands. Maximizing industrial production hasn’t always turned out well. In most countries, GDP has continued to rise while GPI has stagnated since 1980. Perhaps that’s the reason many people feel no better off than they were decades ago.
A striking feature of the Genuine Progress Indicator is the number of factors that relate to transportation. Of the 26 GPI elements, nine are linked to transportation. One is a positive: the value of highways and streets. The others are negatives: cost of commuting, loss of leisure time, cost of vehicle crashes, cost of air, water and noise pollution, carbon dioxide emissions damage and depletion of nonrenewable energy resources. In order to make more informed policy decisions, Maryland and Vermont are now tracking GPI. Oregon and Washington are adopting forms of GPI. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Governing magazine’s public official of the year, has pushed for a 10-year state budget plan integrated with GPI. David Johnston, Canada’s governor general, said about the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (another GDP alternative), “Collectively, this index helps us to determine trends in our overall quality of life, giving us a powerful tool for action.” It would be nice to see California and the United States added to the list of states and nations using GPI or something similar. A more comprehensive measure of what’s important for the general welfare could result in our having more leisure time, less commuting cost and less pollution—all pretty good outcomes from counting things that matter. Walt Seifert is a bicyclist, driver and transportation writer. He can be reached at email@example.com. n
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Don’t Mistake That Milestone SAVE GRADUATION CELEBRATIONS FOR LITERALLY THE REAL END, PLEASE
BY KELLI WHEELER MOMSERVATIONS
have a few pet peeves: People who use “literally” wrong in a sentence. I literally want to choke them. Especially if it’s a television news reporter who should know better. I feel like literally jumping through the TV so that I can challenge them and say: “Really. It is literally blowing up at that hot, new downtown restaurant? There is an actual explosion, with smoke, shrapnel and maimed bodies everywhere? Wow, that literally is news!” I also cannot stand the new teenage trend of saying “literally” in every sentence (as annoyingly illustrated
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above). It literally uses intelligent vocabulary to make people sound dumb. Backtracking. I almost feel physical pain if I have to backtrack when I know it was unnecessary. In a driving situation, it actually pains me to keep my mouth shut and not be a backseat driver. Which leads me to another one. The overuse of the word “actually.” Another teenage phenomenon that is like nails on a chalkboard to me. My daughter is currently in an “actually” phase: “So then she actually said that! And he actually Tweeted it! It was actually the funniest thing I ever saw! I was literally dying!” Yeah, fun times here. But before you add People With a Long List of Pet Peeves to your own peeve list, let me just get in one more for this month of June—our season of school graduations: Celebrating a kindergarten, sixthgrade, or eighth-grade “graduation.” Where do I begin? First, though big milestones in children’s school careers for sure, they are promotions, not graduations.
The definition of graduation is the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma. So unless your children are being handed a document that could result in gainful employment, they are not graduating.
It really waters down the achievement of students who have labored for 12 years or for that advanced degree if we are giving disproportionate celebration to what is really just a change in school location. Which leads me to my next gripe. Parents turning a promotion from a lower level of education into a huge celebration worthy of a graduating high school senior or the obtaining a college degree. It really waters down the achievement of students who have labored for 12 years or for that advanced degree if we are giving disproportionate celebration to what is really just a change in school location. Now I know there will be a lot of kindergarten, sixth-grade, and eighth-grade “graduations” at schools around the area. (Sorry, I have to keep it in quotes; I just can’t make myself refer to it seriously.) And I know some of you feel it is a milestone
worth making a big deal of—even I’m a sucker for an-end-of-the-year tearjerker slideshow of our babies growing up set to a heart-tugging “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan. I agree any time a kid does well in school it is a worthy achievement. But to me this falls under the Give Every Kid a Trophy Regardless of Accomplishment problem in modern– day parenting. You need to give kids something to strive for. Teach them to work hard in order to achieve. Show them that the reward and acknowledgement for a job well done come at the end of a race, not at the water station. And in case it’s not clear— kindergarten, sixth, and eighth grades are the water stations. My son, Logan, is completing eighth grade this month. It is not a graduation, it’s an expectation. Graduation implies he is done. By my calculation, he’s only halfway there. So don’t send him a graduation card. Don’t put him in a cap and gown. Let’s not make a big deal of this. Here’s what he gets for this achievement: “Nice job, buddy. Glad you survived middle school relatively unscathed. Keep up the good work. Glad you got promoted. You’d be in big trouble if you didn’t. Go clean your room.” Literally. I actually mean that. I am literally, actually going to tell him to clean his room on June 4. And now I’m in pain because I just backtracked. 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
CONTRIBUTED BY SUSAN MAXWELL SKINNER Carmichael Park’s summer concerts begin with a community band festival on May 31 and June 1. This event features 14 ensembles. Over the next three months, free performances are scheduled most weekends. Concert downbeat is at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Mardi Gras band Z.O.O.M. (Zydeco On Our Mind) will play on June 22 Saturday, May 31; Sunday June 1: Community Band Festival (Saturday at noon and 11 a.m. on Sunday.) Sunday, June 8: Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra (1920s style dance band). Saturday, June 14: Departure (Journey tribute band). Sunday, June 15: Swing Masters (big band/swing music) Sunday, June 22: Z.O.O.M. (Zydeco/Mardi Gras Jazz) Saturday, June 28: Because (Beatles tribute band). Sunday, June 29: Lincoln Highway (Country/ rockabilly). Sunday, July 6: Metro Swing (big band dance music) Saturday, July 12: On Air (classic rock) Sunday, July 13: The Kick N 60’s (1960s songs). Sunday, July 20: Group Therapy (Classic rock/rhythm and blues) Saturday, July 26: Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers (Rhythm and blues). Sunday, July 27: Carmichael Kiwanis Band (big band swing) Sunday, Aug. 3: John Skinner band (variety dance band) Saturday, Aug. 9: The Count (60s to 90s rock and soul) Sunday, Aug. 10: Todd Morgan & the Emblems (50s Rock/30s jazz) Sunday, Aug. 17: It’s About Time Swing (swing music). Saturday, Aug. 23: Bad Catz (Blues/classic rock). Sunday, Aug. 24: River City Concert band (60-piece ensemble) Carmichael Park is at is at 5757 Grant Ave. For information, go to carmichaelpark.com.
A rockabilly quartet called Lincoln Highway (top) will entertain on June 29.Carmichael heartthrob Todd Morgan (left) will lead his Emblems rock group on Aug. 20.
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Money for Scholars BLACK CAUCUS HONORS TWO LOCAL STUDENTS
who began working with Junior Achievement eight years ago when she joined the Deloitte company. Since then, she has been involved in several “JA in a Day” programs, most recently teaching a local fourth-grade class. Interested in learning more? Go to jasac.org or call 480-2770.
BY GLORIA GLYER DOING GOOD
he Sacramento Area Black Caucus recently presented academic scholarship awards at its To Be Young Gifted & Black recognition dinner. Sandra Kamba, a nursing student at Sacramento State University, received the Cheryl Ann Fisher Memorial Scholarship. Originally from Zimbabwe, Kamba was instrumental in creating Munhu Inc., a nonprofit that provides tuition for AIDS orphans in rural Zimbabwe. She is on the dean’s honor roll at Sac State. Tanisha Wilson, a senior at McClatchy High School, received a Rosenwald (Robbie) Robertson memorial scholarship. Wilson plans to major in astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. For more information, go to sacramentoabc.blogspot.com.
A GOOD EXAMPLE Junior Achievement has more than 500 local volunteers who go into classrooms to talk to students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. They encourage students to shoot for the stars. One such volunteer is Denise Shepherd,
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STOP BY FOR A BITE My Sister’s Cafe recently opened at 455 Capitol Mall. The restaurant, staffed mostly by volunteers, serves breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds go to My Sister’s House to help survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Before opening its doors, My Sister’s Cafe received a helping hand or two from local businesses and organizations, including Blue Shield of California Foundation, Teichert, Bella Bru Cafe & Catering, Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company and Soroptimist International. For more information, call 475-1864.
HELP WANTED If you know a Santa with a beard, red hat and suit, Roseville Home Start has a job for him at its annual Holiday Teddy Bear Tea Nov. 30 at Flower Farm Inn in Loomis. Roseville Home Start helps homeless families find permanent housing. For more information, call 782-6667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEAVE WALKERS About 620 men slipped into women’s shoes for WEAVE’s annual
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, held April 27on Capitol Mall. The walk raised more than $237,000 for WEAVE. WEAVE operates an emergency shelter program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. More than 50 percent of the women arrive with children. Often, they come with little but the clothes on their backs. To find out how you can help, call WEAVE at 448-2321 or go to weaveinc.org.
TWO GRANTS Women’s Empowerment helps homeless women find work through a comprehensive job-readiness program. The organization recently received two major grants: $25,000 from Save Mart CARES and $15,000 from Anthony Robbins Foundation. For more information, go to womensempowerment.org or call 669-2307.
FOR FITNESS Triumph Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides a free 12-week fitness program for cancer survivors, will sponsor an event called Triumph Uncorked on Friday, June 20, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Helwig Winery in Plymouth. Here’s a nice touch: charter bus service from Dante Club to Plymouth at $20 per person. What a great idea. The event includes a gourmet picnic dinner supplied by Taste Restaurant, an insulated backpack, a bottle of wine and a concert by Chicago Tribute Authority. The fee: $225 for two, $135 for one. Tickets must be purchased in
advance. For more information, go to triumphfound.org.
CELEBRATE THE SPIN The 10th annual Mustard Seed Spin—a cycling fundraiser for Mustard Seed School—will take place Sept. 28. In the past decade, the Spin has introduced many kids and their parents to organized cycling while raising more than $215,000 for Mustard Seed School for homeless kids. Through the event, hundreds of underprivileged children have received bikes and helmets and attended bike safety rodeos. For the September anniversary ride, a jersey by Voler will be available for purchase. For more information, go to mustardseedspin.org or call 955-5065.
TRAINING TIME On Saturday, June 7, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will sponsor a training program on how to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children. According to law enforcement data, girls in foster care in the Sacramento area make up 60 to 85 percent of sexual assault victims. The training program will teach CASA members how to advocate for girls who are at risk of sexual exploitation. For information on attending, email patricia@ sacramentocasa.org. Gloria Glyer can be reached at email@example.com or (530) 4775331. n
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Hot Pot SOLAR COOKING IS FUN AND EFFICIENT
cook. On sunny days when they can use a solar cooker, it frees up a huge amount of time. Kids can go to school instead of gathering wood.” Solar cookers come in three basic designs. Parabolic cookers look like shiny satellite dishes with a pot suspended in the middle. These cookers have the advantage of getting very, very hot (up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit), but they’re expensive and must be adjusted frequently to follow the sun and keep its rays in focus. Box solar cookers are lined with a shiny, reflective material and have a transparent cover to keep warm air inside. They can be as simple as a pizza box lined with foil, or a more sophisticated version that can reach 400 degrees.
BY DR. AMY ROGERS SCIENCE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
ome days in Sacramento, it feels hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. But it doesn’t take triple-digit air temperatures to cook just about anything using California’s abundant sunshine. Solar cookers, or sun-powered ovens, concentrate the energy of the sun and provide a free, zero-emissions way to prepare meals even when you’re wearing long sleeves. In our area, solar cooking season generally runs from April through October. Surprisingly, higher summer air temperatures are not the reason. The sun’s “heat” doesn’t power a solar cooker. A solar cooker collects electromagnetic radiation, including visible light, from the sun and focuses it on a black-colored cooking pot. The radiant energy absorbed by the pot is turned into heat, which the cooker is designed to trap. Therefore, solar cooking is fastest and easiest not on the hottest days, but on days when the sun’s energy is at its peak—that is, any cloudless day around the summer solstice, which is June 21 this year. On this first day
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of summer, the Earth’s tilted axis points the northern hemisphere most directly toward the sun, giving us the longest day and the most intense solar fuel for cooking. What can you cook using the sun? A simple cardboard-and-aluminumfoil panel cooker can cook anything your Crock-Pot can. Stews, either vegetarian or with meat, are foolproof in a solar cooker because they’re impossible to overcook. Foods that take a lot of heat on the stove, such as hard-cooked eggs, whole fresh beets, rice, potatoes and lentils, can all be prepared outdoors in a solar cooker. In June and July, you can even solar cook baked goods such as banana bread and brownies. When you’re
running the air conditioner and you dread turning on your kitchen stove or oven, solar cooking can save you money and help to keep you cool. While solar cooking is a fun hobby in Sacramento, in poorer parts of the world it can change lives. Sacramentobased Solar Cookers International is a local nonprofit that works with organizations all over the world to bring solar cooking to those who can benefit from it most, especially poor women and people in refugee camps. After recently attending a United Nations meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, SCI executive director Julie Greene said, “Poor women may spend three to five hours per day gathering firewood to
Solar cooking is fastest and easiest not on the hottest days, but on days when the sun’s energy is at its peak— that is, any cloudless day around the summer solstice, which is June 21 this year. Panel cookers are the easiest to make and the cheapest to buy. They can be portable and collapsible for easy storage or carrying to a campsite. Panel cookers act like a funnel
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part of household emergency preparedness, making it possible to cook food and pasteurize water if utilities fail. But you don’t need a crisis to enjoy this special use of solar power. As Greene says, “Solar cooking is fun, it’s easy and it works for anyone who lives where there’s sunshine.” Amy Rogers is a writer, scientist and educator. Learn more at her website, ScienceThrillers.com. n
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Like a Photo THIS ARTIST FOUND SALVATION IN CREATING HYPERREALISTIC CHARCOAL DRAWINGS
BY LESLEY STEIN ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
nnie Murphy-Robinson, an award-winning artist and teacher, is just as passionate about the art she creates in her Carmichael studio (in a garage converted by her husband) as she is about teaching art at Roseville’s alternative Adelante High School for troubled youth. But her road to success hasn’t been easy. Murphy-Robinson’s formative years were turbulent, to say the least. She ran away from home, used drugs and alcohol and ended up in juvenile hall before doing a stint in the army. Fortunately, this Sacramento native was able to turn her life around by embracing art and education. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art, she picked up teaching credentials. For five years, she taught ceramics at Sac High before moving to Adelante, where she teaches both drawing and art history. Now in her 17th year of sobriety, MurphyRobinson says, “I have been in recovery basically since I started getting serious about art.” Known for very realistic, deeply personal, often haunting charcoal drawings of her two daughters, Murphy-Robinson has shown her work locally at John Natsoulas Gallery, b. sakata garo and Crocker Art Museum, as well as in Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Her portrait of Mayor Kevin Johnson hangs at city hall. At Carmichael’s Boulevard Coffee Roasting Company, Murphy-Robinson recently discussed art, education and drawings as realistic as photos.
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Artist Annie Murphy-Robinson
Why did you choose to become a teacher? For practical reasons. Before I went to graduate school, I was a substitute teacher and I really liked it. I thought it was a great job. Teaching has saved me. It’s given me purpose. What are your goals as an educator? In the realm that I’m working in, my No. 1 goal is to give the kids the help they need. My job, more so than teaching two-point perspective drawing, is getting to know the students, earning their trust and finding them help. At the same time, through art I can help the students find their voice. By teaching them art
techniques, they learn to convey their feelings visually. It gets them noticed and gives them a sense of power. What motivates you in the classroom? The thing is, these kids know I’ve been there. They trust me. I know their struggles and what they’re going through. And that goes a long way with them. I love my job because I think I’m making a difference. What are some challenges you find in teaching art? Mainly the kids who don’t want to learn. So I tell them to put the pencil on the paper and move it around. As long as it’s not lewd or crude, drug or gang related, they can draw whatever
they want. The other challenge I face is that I’m always worried what’s going to be the next required course to go. Right now, fine arts is still a requirement to graduate, thank God. How do you describe your own artwork? I call it hyperrealism. I like to draw things that resonate with me. Mostly, I draw my kids because they’re little me’s, and they’re beautiful, but not all sweetness. The portraits I do of my children move beyond portraits. There is always something to do with the past, but also something to do with transformation. Some people might look at that and be fearful.
Does your work have a message? What I want people to get from my work is for them to feel connected. I try to convey a sense of being in the moment and that there is beauty in everything. My job as an artist is to create the vision and to fascinate the viewer. I want the viewer to say, ‘I’ve got to look at that more and I’ve got to know what’s behind this.’
Through art I can help the students find their voice. By teaching them art techniques, they learn to convey their feelings visually. It gets them noticed and gives them a sense of power. Can you describe your technique? I work with 42-by-60-inch-wide, 100 percent cotton rag paper, and I draw with fine compressed charcoal. After putting on a mask, I open the studio door and use an electric sander to remove sizing from the paper. It opens up the weave and softens the paper. Then, I select an image I’ve photographed and begin drawing, starting with the eye. You strike me as a perfectionist. Is that accurate? Absolutely, and my art dictates that. I’m known for it. People always
say, ‘It looks just like a photo.’ But it’s not. I would have blown up a photo instead of taking 140 hours to draw it. Do you have a mentor? Although I’ve never taken a class from him, it would be local artist and Sac City College professor Chris Daubert. He gave me my first show at Sac City’s Kondos Gallery. What does the future hold for you, especially after your children are grown and out of the house? I’d love to do commissions but I don’t project too much into the future. I try to stay in the now. I’ve learned in recovery: one day at a time.
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The Hills Are Alive MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS BRINGS DIVERSE ACTS TO GRASS VALLEY IN JUNE
By Jessica Laskey RIVER CITY PREVIEWS
usic in the Mountains’ 33rd SummerFest season starts June 11 in Grass Valley. Lend an appreciative ear to the festival’s impressive array of musical acts, from classic Beatles to Celtic fiddle and more, in three concert series at multiple beautiful venues. The Concerts Under the Stars series takes place on the Great Lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and features assorted musical acts that are sure to delight and entertain: “Grand Fiddler’s Rally” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 (Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp celebrates the fiddle music of Scotland with more than 150 musicians); “The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute” at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27 (“The best Beatles show in the world,” according to the Los Angeles Times); and “A John Williams Spectacular” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 (the MIM Festival Orchestra and Chorus presents music from Williams’ movie soundtracks). The Orchestra Series takes place at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (11228 McCourtney Road) and includes family-friendly fare: “Family Music
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The Beatles tribute band, the Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute, will be a featured act at the Concerts Under the Stars series at SummerFest 2014
Faire” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 (Nathaniel Stookey’s “Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead” Family Concert and Interactive Music Faire, conducted by Pete Lowlen); “Young Geniuses” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 (the world premiere of groundbreaking young composer pieces that explore the mind of a teenage music master); “Tales from the Exotic East” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25 (featuring Alexander Borodin’s “Polevetsian Dances,” Henry Cowell’s “Persian Set” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”); and “Nordic Fantasy” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 (Scandinavian folklore set to music by Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn and Niels Gade).
The Chamber Works series will play at selected venues in Grass Valley and features a slew of masterful musical works: “Young Composers Project” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 and Friday, June 13 at Peace Lutheran Church (828 W. Main St.) features 27 world premieres by talented regional youth musicians; “Feste del Caribe” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at the Center for the Arts (314 W. Main St.) celebrates Cuban jazz trio Gardenia Azul alongside the MIM Festival String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet; and “The French Connection” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 at the Amaral Center (11228 McCourtney Road) features pianist-in-residence Konstantin Soukhovetski playing the “Faure Piano Quartet in C minor.”
Ready to take a jaunt to Grass Valley to hear everything that MIM has to offer? For tickets and more information, call (530) 265-6124 or go to musicinthemountains.org.
SINGULAR SENSATION As the days get more and more sweltering, Sacramento denizens know there’s one place to go to get their fill of entertainment and air conditioning—the Sacramento Music Circus season is back up and running with “A Chorus Line” playing June 24-29 in the Wells Fargo Pavilion. California Musical Theatre has come a long way from the suffocating circus tent theater of yore, but the shows are the same classic musicals
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you remember attending as a kid. “A Chorus Line” promises to bring the nostalgia—the music by Marvin Hamlisch (including songs “What I Did for Love,” “I Hope I Get It” and the iconic “One”) is recognizable from the first three chords—and the dynamic dancing that has made starry-eyed chorus kids of us all. Since most of us aren’t exactly kids anymore, California Musical Theatre and its president and CEO, Richard Lewis, have implemented a new schedule this year to accommodate the often three-hour run time of many Music Circus shows: Due to an overwhelming demand from patrons, all evening performances will start at 7:30 p.m. (instead of the usual 8 p.m.) and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. has been added for all shows. Now you can catch all the shuffling before you shuffle off to Buffalo! For tickets and more information, call 557-1999 or go to californiamusicaltheatre.com. The Wells Fargo Pavilion is at 1419 H St.
SUGAR, SUGAR Sure, Second Saturday is all abuzz in midtown, but it’s also hoppin’ over at the Delta Days Second Saturday Artwalk from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Old Sugar
Mill Wineries in Clarksburg, just 15 minutes south of Sacramento. Meet the monthly artists (June features the work of Sharon Gerber Scherer), observe plein air painting and taste wine from 10 local wineries as you revel in the lovely Delta breezes. Is all that art and fresh air making you hungry? You can bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from vendors on site to enjoy with your glasses of grape juice. For more information, call 744-1615, ext. 8011, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Old Sugar Mill Wineries is at 35265 Willow Ave. in Clarksburg.
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Lesbian Film Festival, take in some stunning art by local artists who are part of the Sacramento Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center and lend a hand to help build the Sacramento LGBT Center Pride Parade float. The event is free for museum members, only $10 for nonmembers, $8 for college kids and drinks are under $5 all night. Talk about partying hearty! Wondering what the youths are up to these days? Check out “Mu Phi Epsilon Presents” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. The concert will feature the winners of the Sacramento Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity’s 2013 scholarship competition, which includes University of the Pacific clarinetist Michael Salas and CSUS bassoonist Taylor Haugland. Space is limited, so buy your tickets early by calling 808-1182. To accompany the Crocker’s new exhibition “African American Artists: The Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” (more on that in a moment), the Jazz in the Courtyard performance at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 will feature jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee singing standards from the likes of Ellington, Brubeck, Monk and Gillespie. And now about that new exhibition: “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond” opens June 29 and will be on display until Sept. 1. The exhibition includes 100 paintings, sculptures and photographs by African American artists drawn from
“Come Together” is a multimedia Beatles tribute performance of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus on June 6 and 7 at the Crest Theatre
the collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As the only West Coast venue for this exhibition, the Crocker got quite a coup! The 48 featured artists include William H. Johnson, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Renee Stout and other renowned artists active before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. For tickets and more information for all Crocker events, call 808-1182 or go to crockerartmuseum.org. The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.
TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM Ready for an aural and visual feast for the ages? Don’t miss the 35th annual Moonlight Classic, the longest-running drum and bugle corps competition in the Western United States, at 6 p.m. on June 22 at
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Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College. Hundreds of young competing corps members will descend on the field to present their best performances of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. Each creative corps, which can contain up to 150 members, ages 8-21, will execute an 11-minute performance and will be judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience and color guard. (Past performances have included a field of mirrors, an entire corps decked out in gladiator gear, a James Bond-themed performance complete with tux-clad corps members, an actual horse race, and plenty of other mind-boggling, eye-popping presentations.) Participating drum corps include the Blue Devils from Concord (15time national champions); the Blue Devils B, also from Concord (two-time national champs); the Mandarins from Sacramento (eight-time national champs); the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara (six-time national champs); the Vanguard Cadets, also from Santa Clara (three-time national champs); and many more. For tickets and more information, visit Sponsors of Musical Enrichment (SOME)’s website at someinc.com or purchase tickets at the gate. General admission is $20, reserved VIP seating is $30. Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College is at 3825 Freeport Blvd.
Where can you hear singing seniors, a crooning chorus and a veritable bouquet of Beatles tunes? At “Come Together,” the multimedia Beatles tribute performance of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus on June 6 and 7 at the Crest Theatre. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” this show will feature choral interpretations of Beatles classics along with vintage still photos and video footage featuring Beatle mania in America, the U.S. civil rights and gay rights movements of the 1960s, and images from rallies and rock festivals throughout pop culture history in the United States. “Come Together” will feature a vocal quartet and dancers, with choreography and “choralography” by Darryll Strohl, as well as dancing seniors, LGBT parents and kids and the melodious music of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus. For tickets and more information, go to sacgaymenschorus.org. The Crest Theatre is at 1013 K St.
WINDS IN THE WILLOWS Looking for something to do to ring in the merry month of June? Don’t miss the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association’s annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival on May 30 and June 1 at the Carmichael Park Amphitheater. Bring a picnic and some lawn chairs and sprawl on the grass in the sun as you listen to the song stylings of community bands (including the Sacramento Symphonic Winds) from across California. This festival has been one of the largest community band festivals in the state for more than 20 years. Music will be played from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. And don’t worry about your pocketbook: admission and parking are free. For more information, call 4892576 or go to svsba.net or sacwinds. org. Carmichael Park is at 5750 Grant Ave. in Carmichael.
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Talk about a mind-body connection. On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from June 4 through July 2, bring your brain and a healthy dose of curiosity to a five-session poetry workshop for women, “At Home in Our Bodies.” During five class meetings, workshop coordinator Alexa Mergen (a poet in her own right) will have you exploring guided breathing and mediation, reading poems by American female poets, and writing poetry with and about bodily awareness. No experience is necessary—just an open mind. As the class is limited to six women, register soon by emailing Mergen at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 606-9952. The class will be held in a private office meeting space at 2131 Capitol Ave.
Alex Bult Gallery on June 12 and will be on display through July 5. A fourth-generation Sacramentan, Filby studied fine art at Sacramento City College, Cuesta College and California State University, Sacramento, until she decided that she wanted to focus on glass because she loves “the color and the freedom” it gives her. This show will mark her first foray into a gallery setting, and it was at the behest of Matt Bult—a collector, fellow artist and the father of gallery owner Alex—that Filby will finally show the world just what she (and her art) is made of. The preview reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12 and the opening night reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Second Saturday (June 14). For more information, call 476-5430 or go to alexbultgallery.com. The Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st St., Suite B.
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Cafe Bernardo 5.0 WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T CALL IT A CHAIN
BY GREG SABIN RESTAURANT INSIDER
aragary Restaurant Group has been a fixture of the Sacramento restaurant scene for decades. Along with the Haines brothers (33rd Street Bistro, Riverside Clubhouse, etc.) and the Selland family (Ella, Selland’s Market-Cafe, The Kitchen), the Paragary group blankets the region with its different personas. There’s the flagship Paragary’s Bar & Oven, temporarily closed for a large-scale renovation and set to reopen in late summer; Centro Cocina Mexicana, the Mexican-American standby on the party block of J Street; Esquire Grill, the reliable if predictable steak-and-potatoes retreat of theatergoers and lobbyists on K Street; Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, the recent downtown entry in the farm-to-fork field; and Cafe Bernardo, Paragary’s fast-casual/ order-at-the-counter/midprice go-to, with five locations in two counties. Before we continue, let’s define our terms. There’s a distinct difference between Paragary Restaurant Group and a restaurant chain. Like the Haines and Selland groups, Paragary Restaurant Group is a regional restaurant group that owns and operates several eating establishments in the region. Some of these establishments might share a name, but they are not cookie-cutter replicas of a single restaurant. A chain is an attempt to make each location as identical as possible. In order to maintain standards and meet customer expectations, products
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are sourced from central locations sometimes thousands of miles away, recipes are followed without deviation and economies of scale are exploited to their fullest. In most chains, there’s no room for fresh, local ingredients or for experimentation by talented cooks. There’s no possibility for a unique experience. A regional restaurant group, however, uses each location to its fullest, customizing the menu,
decor and service to the place and people it does business in and with, respectively. Paragary’s most popular and repeatable enterprise is Cafe Bernardo. Each restaurant feels unique. The 15th Street location is a wee bit industrial, the Davis location a bit town square-ish, the Midtown location continental and neighborhoody. No single Cafe Bernardo defines the brand.
Each location also has its own bar with its own separate identity and attitude. On 15th Street, it’s R15. In Midtown, it’s Monkey Bar. On K Street, it’s KBAR. The names aren’t particularly creative, but each bar feels authentic—not an easy thing to do. The newest addition to the Bernardo family is Cafe Bernardo at Pavilions, the upscale shopping center on Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue. Opening an eatery in Pavilions is quite a brave undertaking. First, many of Sacramento’s best restaurants have had homes at Pavilions (think Mace’s and Mitchell’s Terrace), and many other good restaurants have come and gone there. Add the fact that Bernardo opened in one of the great food spots in our town’s history, the former home of David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods, and you’ve got one risky proposition. David Berkley was a food lover’s paradise. Part market, part deli, part bakery, part wine merchant, it was Arden-Arcade’s answer to Taylor’s Market and Corti Brothers. Its prepared foods were unbeatable, the skills of its wine buyers undeniable. Moving into that hallowed ground is a brave move for any restaurateur. While Cafe Bernardo doesn’t quite replace David Berkley, it does a fine job of treating the local bounty with respect. It also pays homage to the dearly departed grocery store by naming its bar Berkley Bar and focusing its efforts on California wine and craft cocktails. Several wines are available on tap, by the glass or the bottle at reasonable prices. The well-appointed bar even has a bit of
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won’t spend much time on it other than to say the execution is spot on and the service first rate. Dinner specials rotate nightly and deserve a try, especially the pan-fried petrale sole on Fridays. Breakfast is served seven days a week. While each Cafe Bernardo feels unique and fresh, the menus are the thing they most closely share. Thankfully, the food is reliable and well priced and always presented with impeccable service. The cookie cutters are tucked away but consistency never fails. A chain this is not. Cafe Bernardo is at 515 Pavilions Lane; 922-2870; paragarys.com.
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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
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B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio European-style gourmet café with salads, soup, spit-roasted chicken, and desserts in a bistro setting • Ettores.com
Kilt Pub 4235 Arden Way 487-4979 L D $ Beer/Wine British Pub Grub, Nightly Dinner Specials, Open 7 Days
Jackson Dining 1120 Fulton Ave. 483-7300 L D $$ 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
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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
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D $$-$$$ Eclectic menu in a boutique setting
Mulvaney’s Building & Loan 1215 19th St. 441-6022 L D Full Bar $$$ Modern American cuisine in an upscale historic setting
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Paesano’s Pizzeria 1806 Capitol Ave. 447-8646 L D $$ Gourmet pizza, pasta, salads in casual setting • Paesanos.biz
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1801 Capitol Ave. 441-0303
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L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cuisine served in an authentic artistic setting • zocolosacramento.com
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B L D $$ Full Bar Patio Pacific Northwest cuisine in a casual bistro setting •
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1730 L St. 444-1100
B L D $-$$ 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
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Paragary’s Bar & Oven 1401 28th St. 457-5737 D $$ Full Bar Outdoor Patio California cuisine with an Italian touch • Paragarys.com
Suzie Burger 29th and P Sts. 455-3300 L D $ Classic burgers, cheesesteaks, shakes, chili dogs, and other tasty treats • suzieburger.com
The Streets of London Pub 1804 J St. 498-1388 L D $ Wine/Beer English Pub fare in an authentic casual atmosphere, 17 beers on tap streetsoflondon.net
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B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer English Pub favorites in an historic setting • Foxandgoose.com
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L D $$ Full Bar Modern Italian/California cuisine with Asian inspirations • Harlows.com
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1827 J Street 442-6678 B L $ Italian food in a casual grocery setting
Jack’s Urban Eats 1230 20th St. 444-0307 L D $ Full Bar Made-to-order comfort food in a casual setting • Jacksurbaneats.com
Kasbah Lounge 2115 J St. 442-4388 D Full Bar $$ Middle Eastern cuisine in a Moroccan setting kasbahlounge.com
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The Coconut Midtown 2502 J Street 440-1088 Lunch Delivery M-F and Happy Hour 4-6 L D $-$$ Beer/Wine Food with Thai Food Flair
The Waterboy 2000 Capitol Ave. 498-9891 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Fine South of France and northern Italian cuisine in a chic neighborhood setting • waterboyrestaurant.com
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D $$ Full Bar Chicago-style pizza, salads wings served in a family-friendly atmosphere • Chicagofirerestaurant.com
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L D $$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cooking served in a casual atmosphere • Paragarys.com
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La Trattoria Bohemia 3649 J St. 455-7803 L D Wine/Beer $-$$ Italian and Czech specialties in a neighborhood bistro setting
Clarks' Corner Restaurant 5641 J St. L D Full Bar $$ American cuisine in a casual historic setting
Les Baux 5090 Folsom Blvd. 739-1348 BLD $ Wine/Beer Unique boulangerie, café & bistro serving affordable delicious food/drinks all day long • lesbauxbakery.com
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BLD Full Bar $$ 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 $$ Eclectic California cuisine served in a family-friendly atmosphere, Kid’s menu, winemaker dinners, daily lunch specials, community table for single diners • Chefevan.com
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Istanbul Bistro 3260 J Street 449-8810 L D Wine/Beer $$ Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in cozy neighborhood bistro setting
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L D $$$ Full Bar Steakhouse serving dry-aged prime beef and fresh seafood in an upscale club atmosphere • Chopssacramento.com
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Esquire Grill 1213 K St. 448-8900 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Outdoor Dining Upscale American fare served in an elegant setting • Paragarys.com
901 K St. 916-551-1500 L D $$-$$$ French-inspired Bakery serving fresh pastry & desserts, artisan breads and handcrafted sandwiches. EstellesPatisserie.com
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L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Chinese favorites in an elegant setting • Fatsrestaurants.com
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L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Seasonal menu of favorites in a setting overlooking river • Riocitycafe.com
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Rio City Café
427 Broadway 442-4044
400 Capitol Mall 446-4100
Cakes Cookies Cupcakes Pies Cakepops
D $$ 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
Graduation Cakes Father's Day
Mikuni Restaurant and Sushi Bar 1530 J St. 447-2112 L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Japanese cuisine served in an upscale setting • Mikunisushi.com
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
4th Annual Fundraiser
Benefiting - Triumph Cancer Foundation
Join us at Helwig Winery for a special evening. Enjoy great food, wine & music while supporting a local nonprofit dedicated to helping cancer survivors! Gourmet Picnic Dinner
Concert in Amphitheater
by TASTE Restaurant
Chicago Tribute Authority
Wells Fargo . Blue Shield of California . Ten2Eleven Carrington College . Sage Architecture, Inc. Clark Pacific . Helwig Winery . Lumens Light + Living Hanson McClain . Puente Construction
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