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ast month, my 97-year-old neighbor Hazel died peacefully in her home. Amazingly, she had lived on our street for about 80 years. Her folks originally built the house, and she stayed after they passed on. Her fondest wish was to die in her home. She was able to make that happen thanks to the exceptional care of her best friend, Helen, who is 10 years younger than Hazel. They had worked together and been friends for 60 years. I first met both ladies a few years after we moved to the street in 1989. But it wasn’t until seven years ago that I really got to know them. They had come to my backyard block barbecue the summer before, and Hazel told everyone she was going to be 90 two days after Christmas. Sue, my neighbor at the time, marked her calendar and arranged a little birthday party for Hazel. A few of us neighbors took a cake and visited with her that evening. The house was filled to the brim with travel mementoes, magazines and books. It turned out that she had

traveled the world, visiting every continent and almost every country, including 16 trips to Africa. The next week, I visited again to learn more about her travels. I love to travel and learned the joys from my own mother, who traveled the world later in her life. My mother, who was Hazel’s exact age, had died the year before, and I was left with a hole that I can only guess needed filling. At 90, Hazel was still able to fill me in on some of her trips, but she had trouble remembering the years, which was understandable. I discovered we were both members of Fremont Presbyterian Church, even though she hadn’t been able to attend for a long time.

Hazel and my mother were completely different personalities, but their interests were so similar, it comforted me to be around her. We soon found out she loved The Wall Street Journal but didn’t know you could get home delivery. We had just started getting it at home, so my husband took it down to her house every day and placed it on her doorstep after we finished reading. She called Jim the world’s best paperboy. At Christmas, she’d take us to dinner at The Waterboy, her favorite restaurant, as a thank-you.

During our visits, I learned other things about her. She loved literature, history, foreign affairs and politics, all interests of my mother’s. Hazel and my mother were completely different personalities, but their interests were so similar, it comforted me to be around her. I once shared this with her and she said, “I am so happy to be able to do something meaningful for you!” When Hazel's friend Helen needed a hip replacement surgery two years ago we found a short-term assisted living facility for Hazel. We visited, brought mail and watched the home front until Hazel could move back. After that, we arranged for home care assistants to help her out. I kept up our weekly chats until the past year, when she began spending more and more time in her den and talking took too much energy. A year ago, we got a puppy named McKinley, and I started taking him to see Hazel, who loved dogs. It was perfect. She’d hold him on her lap, petting him and feeding him treats. He’d lick her face with joy, and she’d giggle like a little girl. She’d recall how much she’d loved her cocker spaniel, Jerry. Hazel had been widowed twice and never had any children, nor did Helen. Hazel had no siblings, and her relatives lived a considerable distance away. Hazel’s and Helen’s friendship served them both very well. Helen dutifully cared for her friend, doing shopping and meal prep and, most importantly, providing companionship. I know no better friend than Helen. Our friendship with Helen will most certainly continue.

While we were friends with them in recent years, their immediate neighbor family provided help for more than 25 years. Kay used to take her boys—now grown—to visit and help with chores. Kay’s family dutifully watched Hazel’s house when she went on all those trips abroad.

She’d hold McKinley on her lap, petting him and feeding him treats. He’d lick her face with joy, and she’d giggle like a little girl. When I was growing up, my mom took me along on her visits to elderly relatives. It wasn’t always my favorite thing to do, especially visiting Uncle Harry, who was extremely grumpy. I remember my mom saying in the car on the way home, “The lesson here is that as you get older, you have to work hard to be especially nice to others and show an interest in them. Otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time alone.” I’m grateful my mom took her own advice. In her later years, she was always upbeat and interested in others. My friends wanted to visit her—sometimes, they said, more than they wanted to visit their own parents! Hazel certainly shared that philosophy. She and Helen loved PUBLISHER page 11



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PUBLISHER FROM page 9 nothing more than to hear me share news of our business, the political scene, our family and our volunteer work in the McKinley Park across the street—which she generously supported, along with numerous other local charities. And, of course, she enjoyed hearing about my own travels and looking at my photos. My goal for each visit was to get them to laugh as much as possible, which was fairly easy as they both had a fun sense of humor. Just about every street in our neighborhoods has elderly folks who could use some companionship. It’s easy to think that someone else is providing it, but oftentimes there is no one. Even those with family members nearby may have unfulfilled needs. I don’t believe we were put in this world to be alone. Some adapt to being alone better than others, but most of us are healthier, physically and emotionally, when we have regular positive interaction with others. The New Year brings us new opportunities to reach out to others

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the market, accepted the award, thanking the neighborhood for its support of local farmers and the market. Sacramento Animal Hospital and BlackPine Communities were also nominated for the Special Place Award. For more information about the chamber, go to





ast Sacramento Chamber of Commerce last month named ideas by design, Cabana Winery and Bistro and East Sacramento Farmers Market the neighborhood’s businesses of the year. Chamber president Brad McDowell and vice president Meg White announced the awards at the group’s holiday party. Businesses were nominated by chamber members and the public. “Janet Mason, owner of ideas by design, has donated countless hours to the chamber and to the community,” said McDowell when presenting the award. “Her leadership on the Shop East Sacramento holiday program and Taste of East Sacramento has helped to promote all the wonderful local businesses we have in East Sacramento.” Mason, who is a graphic designer and branding consultant, has served on a number of community boards, including the River Park Neighborhood Association board, whose newsletter she designs, and the East Sac Chamber.


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Janet Mason, owner of ideas by design, was awarded business of the year

Other businesses that received nominations included Atero Marketing, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Fancy Feet Dance Academy, Haven Lending and Mercy Hospital. The award for best new business went to Cabana Winery and Bistro. Last year, owners Rene and Robert Smerling renovated an industrial building on Elvas Boulevard and opened East Sac’s first urban winery. Since opening, the business has hosted Second Saturday events and participated in the Eat Drink East

Sac program held last summer to highlight local restaurants and bars. East Sacramento Farmer’s Market won the chamber’s Special Place award, which recognizes businesses that distinguish East Sacramento. According to McDowell, “The new farmers market in McKinley Park has created a special place for the neighborhood to gather each Saturday morning. Shopping for fresh food, locally made delicacies, drinking a cup of coffee and visiting with neighbors makes a Saturday morning special.” Ann Vuletich Clark, who organized

On Saturday, Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., McKinley Park Volunteer Corps will join with Sacramento Rose Society for the annual “prune-a-thon” of McKinley Rose Garden. A group of rose lovers, or “rosarians,” gathers there each year to perform a massive pruning to ready the flowers for future blooms. Everyone, from novice to expert, is welcome. Members of the rose society will teach novice pruners how to prune. East Sacramento Hardware is sponsoring a professional knife sharpener who will be at the garden at 9 a.m. to help sharpen clippers volunteers bring. Coffee will be available, and a hot soup lunch from Evan’s Kitchen will be provided to volunteers after the prune-a-thon. Because the majority of the roses are newer cultivars with patent protection, rose cuttings will not be available this year. Rose petal collection is allowed after the prune-athon for participating volunteers. The rose garden is at the corner of H and 33rd streets. R.S.V.P.s are requested, though drop-in help will also be appreciated.

The award for best new business went to Cabana Winery and Bistro. Last year, owners Rene and Robert Smerling renovated an industrial building on Elvas Boulevard and opened East Sac’s first urban winery.

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Ann Vuletich Clark organized the East Sacramento Farmer’s Market. The market takes place on Saturday mornings and offers the community lots of fresh produce ads well as a place to spend time with friends and neighbors.

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he worked at the city as lead staff for former city councilmember Dave Jones from April 1999 to December 2004.

Plans are moving forward on two major housing projects in East Sacramento this year. Last spring, the city council approved plans to build approximately 125 homes on the land that Sutter Memorial Hospital now occupies. According to Gary Zavoral of Sutter Health, the East Sac hospital will close in May. Built in 1937 at F and 53rd streets, the hospital does not meet the state’s higher earthquake retrofitting standards.

A NEW COUNCIL MEMBER River Park resident Jeff Harris was sworn in as a member of the Sacramento city council at a ceremony last month. Harris was elected in November to fill the city council seat held for 20 years by Steve Cohn. He has previously served as chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and is a former president of River Park Neighborhood Association. Harris also announced that David Gonsalves will serve as his district director. While Gonsalves was most recently chief of staff to Assemblymember Roger Dickinson,

River Park resident Jeff Harris was sworn in as a member of the Sacramento city council at a ceremony last month

The expansion of Sutter Health’s Midtown campus will allow the health provider to move services performed at Sutter Memorial to the Midtown facilities. In recent years, Sutter has built or renovated eight buildings on its Midtown campus. In anticipation of Sutter Memorial’s closure, Sutter Health contracted with StoneBridge Properties, a subsidiary of Teichert Land Co., to develop a set of land-use scenarios for the 20-acre property. Currently there are 12 buildings on the site. The StoneBridge proposal includes a mixture of classic architectural styles, including traditional park homes, row homes and cottages, as well as mixed-use housing on top of retail. Zavoral says they anticipate beginning the housing project soon after Sutter Memorial Hospital closes. For more information, go to Construction at the McKinley Village property began last July. The site grading and construction of the underground infrastructure such as drainage and sewers are the first steps in the development of the new community of 336 homes that will be built on the Centrage site. The work is being done by Teichert Construction. The local firm was chosen as the contractor for the initial phases of site construction, including EAST SAC LIFE page 15



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BIG PLANS FOR ‘THE BUILD’ Early this year, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation of Sacramento on Alhambra Boulevard is expected to break ground on a $10 million construction project on its East Sacramento campus.

The church, which is the oldest Greek Orthodox parish between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, built its first facility at the current location in 1921. The current sanctuary and hall was built in 1952. The project, called The Build, includes plans to increase the parish’s school, double the size of its family center, add new parking and construct a plateia, or Greek courtyard, which traditionally served as the heart of village life in Greek culture. Church leaders have been exploring expansion possibilities for more than 10 years. “It’s time for growth, but we are hampered by space,” said the Rev. James Retelas, Annunciation’s priest. “We have a strong, supportive and active congregation and need the space for music, dance, education, ceremonies and events.” Numerous ideas have been reviewed including moving the church campus to Natomas or to the McKinley Village project. Expansion at the current location was considered EAST SAC LIFE page 16

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EAST SAC LIFE FROM page 15 the best direction. The design team includes two parishioners: architects Nick Docous, a principal at Lionakis, and Dan Eriksson, a principal at Comstock Johnson Architects. For more information on the project, go to

CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP Hate to see your Christmas tree sitting on the curb for weeks? On Sunday, Jan. 4, East Sac’s Cub Scout Pack 128 will pick up trees and deliver them to the recycling center. The discarded pine trees will be recycled into mulch. The cost for each tree is $10. Proceeds raised will go toward the purchase of a new Pinewood Derby track for the pack. Arrangements must be made in advance and all trees must be on the curb by 8 a.m. on Jan. 4. To schedule a tree pickup or for more information about Cub Scouts, email

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LEARN TO USE YOUR E-READER Did you receive an iPad, Nook, Kindle or another e-reader/e-book as a gift and don’t know how to use it? Are you thinking about buying one? On Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., McKinley Library will offer a free program on the different e-reader devices available. The class will be taught by Dante Mandala, the library’s technology librarian. Mandala will also provide information on how to download free library e-books. Mandala will be available for one-on-one technology sessions on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. He will offer assistance with e-readers and tablets along with basic computer help. Sessions are firstcome, first-served and will last 30 minutes. McKinley Library is at 601 Alhambra Blvd. For more information, call 264-2920.


Forest Research, will present East Sacramento: From Swamp to Urban Forest on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Clunie Community Center. Peper’s presentation will provide a brief overview of the development of Sacramento, particularly East Sacramento, from pre-white settlement to the establishment of neighborhoods in the 1900s. Today’s East Sacramento street trees attract many new homeowners to the community. She will share lessons learned from research on these trees, including successes and mistakes in management past and present. The presentation includes a free raffle of eight full-color, heirloomquality books from the Roots of the Past series on Sacramento park neighborhoods, trees and townships. Light refreshments will also be served. The program is free and sponsored by East Sacramento Preservation. For more information, email contact@ Clunie Community Center is at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

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SAC BALLET ‘PETER PAN’ PREVIEW Sacramento Ballet will present a free preview of “Peter Pan” in the Grand Hall at Clunie Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 31, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Enjoy Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys as they battle the nefarious Pirates of Neverland in excerpts from this world premiere by Ron Cunningham. Attendees will get a first look at some of the show’s dances and behind-the-scenes demonstrations. The program, for children of all ages, is hosted by McKinley Library. Clunie Community Center is at 601 Alhambra Blvd. For more information, call 264-2920.

STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER Ever wonder what your stuffed animals like to do at night? Find

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COMEDY AND A BAG OF CHIPS That Plus Chips, a sketch comedy ensemble, will perform on Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31, at Grange Performing Arts Center. The show will include an opening act, live improvised music based on audience suggestions, and more sketches. That Plus Chips is based in Sacramento and features local actors and writers. Its format is similar to shows like “Saturday Night Live.” East Sac resident Jessilee Windhaus

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GREAT 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN POETS McKinley Library is offering a poetry reading and writing series with instructor Frank Dixon Graham, published poet and editor of the Sacramento Poetry Center’s Tule

Review. Different 19th-century American poets will be discussed each week. The classes are free and open to the public. Participants can choose to attend one or all of the classes. The six-week series will be on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. The series runs from Jan. 28 through March 11. (The class will not meet on Feb. 18.) McKinley Library is at 601 Alhambra Blvd. For more information, call 2642770 or go to

Mercy General Hospital will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. to address residents’ questions and concerns about construction at the hospital’s East Sac campus. One topic neighbors hope will be addressed at the meeting is a request from residents on the west side of 41st Street between H and J streets that the hospital raise the wall between the hospital and the homes from 6 feet to 8 feet. The hospital hosts quarterly meetings. They are open to the public. The hospital has also established a construction information hotline, 5526931, for residents with constructionrelated questions. The hospital is at 4001 J St.

HELP FOR CHILDREN’S RECEIVING HOME In 2014, the East Sacramento Rotary raised $7,500 for Sacramento

Children’s Receiving Home. The local service organization’s annual spring event raises funds for local and international service projects. “Our club has had a longstanding commitment to youth services, education and literacy issues,” says club president Marsha Vacca. “Because of that longstanding commitment to supporting prevention efforts with youth, and the ongoing human/sex trafficking of young people in Sacramento, we made the decision to support he Children’s Receiving Home’s education prevention program for young girls, ages 12 through 17, to educate them about human trafficking, how to make other choices in life than living that lifestyle, and how to support those girls in making that decision.” This year’s fundraiser, A Nite at the Races, is scheduled for Saturday, May 2. For more information, call Vacca at 717-9998.


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KINDERGARTEN TOURS Two local elementary schools will hold tours for families of prospective kindergarten students. East Sac’s Theodore Judah will have an open house on Friday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. From 8 to 11 a.m., visitors may stop by to see the kindergarten class in action. From 1:15 to 1:45 p.m., the kindergarten teachers will be available to meet with families. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the school’s PTA will have a social open to families considering the school. Tours of Theodore Judah School are also available upon request. Call the school office at 277-6364 to schedule an appointment. The school is at 3919 McKinley Blvd. Caleb Greenwood School in River Park will have an evening kindergarten open house and information night on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. Last year, the school began a new International Baccalaureate program for primary grades. Families interested in possible openings in other grades may attend this event or schedule an individual

appointment with the principal by emailing The school is at 5457 Carlson Drive in River Park. For more information on both schools, go to

YARD-WASTE PILE TIME Residents can legally place yard waste in the street for collection until Friday, Jan. 31. After that date, yard-waste piles on the street may be tagged as illegal dumping, and homeowners may be fined.

Weekly yard-waste container collection will continue yearround on the regular collection days. Weekly yard-waste container collection will continue year-round on the regular collection days. Leaf-pile pickup typically occurs every seven to 10 days and will usually not occur on regular collection days. For more information, go to or call 311.

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Dignity Health hospital administrators and physicians raised $20,000 for Mercy Foundation’s program to bring awareness of prostate cancer to underserved communities by not shaving during the month of November. Pictured Michael Ricks, President, Mercy Hospital of Folsom; Edmundo Castañeda, president, Mercy General Hospital; and Brian Ivie, president, Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Methodist Hospital.



While the city code prohibits the posting of signs, fliers and posters on city or utility posts or poles, many people still use the poles as bulletin boards. Not only are they unsightly; they present serious hazards for utility workers who climb the poles. Nails, staples, tacks and screws used to post signs can cause serious injury to line workers who climb the wooden utility power poles. These items are especially hazardous when the poles are climbed during inclement weather to restore power during storms and at night. When the signs fall off or are removed, the fasteners often remain in the pole, causing line workers to get cut or injured. Nails and staples can obstruct climbing gear, which can cause workers to slip or fall as they climb. The city can make the posters pay for removal. People can report violations by calling 311 or emailing

Dignity Health hospital administrators and physicians, including East Sac’s Mercy General Hospital president Edmundo Castañeda, raised $20,000 for Mercy Foundation’s program to bring awareness of prostate cancer to underserved communities. Castañeda and other hospital leaders had pledged not to shave their faces during the month of November to raise the funds. In early December, the group met at Johnny’s Barber Shop on Folsom Boulevard, where

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POTTERS GROUP HOLDS SHOW Northern California Art by Fire (formerly Sacramento Potters Group) will hold its annual Seconds Sale on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Handmade and wheel-thrown pottery will be available for purchase. Parking and admission are free. The center is at 3330 McKinley Blvd. For more information, call 808-8800 or go to

RECYCLE MAGAZINES AT THE LIBRARY Friends of McKinley Library is seeking donations of current magazines. The magazines are sold on the sale rack in the library foyer, with proceeds going to special library programs. Donations can be dropped off at the library at 601 Alhambra Blvd.

SHOP FOR A CAUSE Save Mart shoppers can help support McKinley Library by using a S.H.A.R.E.S. card. The cards, available at the library, can be presented to a Save Mart cashier whenever a cardholder makes a purchase. A percentage of the sale goes to Friends of McKinley Library. McKinley Library is at 601 Alhambra Blvd. For more information, call 264-2920.

EAT AND DRINK This year promises to bring some exciting food and drink venues to East Sacramento. Liquidology, a cold-pressed juice and raw foods store, will be open by early January at 4601 H St. Many East Sac residents were introduced to their juices at the East Sacramento Farmer’s Market. Matt and Fred Haines, owners of East Sacramento’s popular 33rd

Street Bistro, have plans for a new restaurant concept at the site of the former Larry’s Comfort Shoes on Folsom Boulevard and 48th Street. Further east, on Elvas Avenue near Folsom Boulevard, plans have been submitted to the city for Sactown Union Brewery. The site will not only be the location for the production of the microbrews but a tasting room and sales location for Sactown Union products. Sadly, the popular cheese shop and charcuterie, The Cultured and the Cured, closed its doors last month.

STUDENTS RAN FOR MUSIC In November, Theodore Judah Elementary School students and teachers participated in a jog-a-thon that raised $29,000 for the music program at the school.

Theodore Judah Elementary School students and teachers participated in a joga-thon that raised $29,000 for the music program at the school. Sponsors for the event included Pettit Gilwee of Lyon Real Estate, Compton’s Market, Run to Feed the Hungry event producer Rich Hanna, Shields Electric, the law office of Stephanie Glorioso Epolite, Firefly Art, East Sac Barber Shop and Full Bleed Screen Apparel Printing.

WINTER WATERING RESTRICTIONS The city utilities department wants to remind residents and businesses that the city’s water conservation rules limit the watering of landscapes or car washing to one day a week, Saturdays or Sundays only. Customers may choose which

Theodore Judah Elementary School students and teachers participated in a jog-a-thon that raised $29,000 for the music program at the school

day to water or wash their cars. These restrictions are in effect until daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 8. There is an exception for drip irrigation, which is permitted any day of the week. In addition, the city is offering residents a free Water Wise House Call for assistance with checking and resetting irrigation timers, testing irrigation system efficiency or finding ways to conserve water around homes and yards. To request an appointment, call 311 or 264-5011. For more information, go to

REALTORS RAISE $90,000 FOR NEEDY FAMILIES Last month. the Sacramento Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation presented a check to the Salvation Army for $90,000 as part of its yearly Christmas Can Tree fundraiser.

Since 1983, SAR and the foundation raised more than $2.7 million to feed Sacramento’s hungry citizens.

Since 1983, SAR and the foundation raised more than $2.7 million to feed Sacramento’s hungry citizens. The Salvation Army used the money to provide holiday food baskets and year-round food assistance to needy families and individuals in the Sacramento area. The Realtors raise money all year for the Can Tree effort. The deadline for inclusion of items in this column is the fifth of the month preceding the month of publication. Lisa Schmidt can be reached at n





ast Sacramento 8-year-

East Sacramento friends Winston

old Owen Wilber and his

Holtcamp, Antonio Kufasimes, Riley

mom had been talking for

Domine and Declan Higgins. The

a few days about what charity

sale garnered $570 in donations.

they would get involved with

While the boys manned the

at Christmas. Owen’s mom

booth, Owen’s mom was baking

encouraged him to read the

treats and working Facebook and

morning’s “Street of Dreams”

email contacts for donations from

story in The Sacramento Bee.

family and friends. By Dec. 14, the

Owen learned about kids living

boys had raised $1,630.

in homeless transitional housing, and the fact that bikes are few

While the boys manned the booth, Owen’s mom was baking treats and working Facebook and email contacts for donations from family and friends.

and far between. This resonated with Owen, a cyclist himself. He and his mom decided that they would work to raise funds for kids without bikes, starting with a cookie and cider sale the next day.

The sale garnered $570 in donations. During that night’s sleepover with pals Finn McGrath and Rowan Diepenbrock, Boys 4 Bikes

Working with local bike shops,

was launched. The boys talked

Boys 4 Bikes is trying to stretch

about the fact that there are kids

the donations into as many bikes as

in Sacramento without bikes, set

possible. The boys visited Sutterville

fundraising goals, made posters and

Bicycle Company, where owner

prepped treats for the cider sale.

Jeff Dzurinko gave them a great

After a bit of discussion, the boys

deal on five new and refurbished

decided to try to raise $350.

bikes. These five bikes, combined

By 10 a.m. Saturday, the boys,

with three donated bikes, enabled

along with Finn’s parents and

the boys to donate eight bikes to

sisters, had readied the stand.

the Gifts From the Heart Program

Owen, Finn and Rowan donned

run by Sacramento County’s Child

Santa hats and opened for business.

Protective Services.

The boys manned the booth from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., assisted by


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Owen Wilber, Riley Domine, Winston Holtcamp, Rowan Diepenbrock, Finn McGrath, Antonio Kufasimes and Jeff Dzurinko, owner of Sutterville Bicycle Company

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ne of the ironies of voters’ sound rejection of Measure L (the strongmayor measure) in November is that its defeat has proven to be a powerful catalyst for adoption of the ethics and transparency reforms that were part of Measure L. Why is there strong support for components of a failed ballot measure? Because in the course of the Measure L campaign, proponents including Mayor Kevin Johnson and opponents each invariably expressed strong support for such reforms. In fact,

no one, to my knowledge, expressed any opposition to them. The only critique came from those who felt that Measure L was not specific enough in its treatment of reforms, providing only a bare-bones mandate that the city council flush out the reforms with implementing legislation following passage of Measure L. What reforms are finding new life after Measure L’s demise? First is a proposal to create an independent redistricting commission to draw the lines of city council districts, stripping the city council of such authority. Second is the creation of a city ethics code defining acceptable (and unacceptable) standards of behavior by city officials. Third is the creation of an ethics committee or commission, presumably to enforce the city’s ethics code and other standards of conduct. Fourth is the adoption of a sunshine or transparency ordinance that would set in law specific requirements to ensure that city government operates in an open and accessible manner. Measure L also called for a city budget

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analyst answerable to the city council. Provision for such a position already exists in the city code, although the position has never been funded by the city council. Some of the critics of Measure L characterized its reform provisions as “sweeteners” to attract voter support for the measure, pointing to the almost complete lack of specificity as evidence of a lack of serious mayoral commitment to such reforms. Given the mountain of money spent to pass the measure, it is almost certainly true that the mayor’s Measure L campaign poll-tested the appeal of the reforms to voters. But the fact that it may have been smart political strategy to include them in Measure L doesn’t mean that the mayor lacks commitment to follow through with adoption of robust ethics and transparency reform. He has supported the creation of an independent redistricting commission ever since the city council’s gerrymander of council district lines in 2011, to which he greatly objected. The idea for a city budget analyst answerable to the city council came from the mayor. In fact, the mayor has been the most consistent voice on the council calling for audits and reform of city departments, at least in his first term. (In his second term, he’s been pretty preoccupied with keeping the Kings in Sacramento and developing the downtown arena project.) In fact, within a week of Measure L’s loss at the polls, the mayor appointed a four-member ad hoc council committee, made up of his closest allies on the council, to flush

out a timeline for consideration of the reforms and to presumably bring them back to council for future adoption. But, as I mentioned in last month’s column, ad hoc committees of the council are not an open and transparent way to develop policy or legislation. Meetings of ad hoc committees are not open to the public or media as they are not subject to the Brown Act, the state’s iconic open-meeting law. They don’t publish agendas or minutes according to city clerk Shirley Concolino. It’s not hard to spot the irony of charging a committee closed to public view with the responsibility for developing proposals for improving ethics and transparency in city government. The best way to develop ethics and transparency reforms, clearly, is to do so with the involvement of the public. It’s their government, after all. To that end, Eye on Sacramento and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County jointly announced last month that they are launching an initiative to develop city ethics and transparency reforms with the greatest possible public input and involvement. They announced a schedule of three public forums over the next few months: Feb. 19 at Clunie Community Center in McKinley Park; March 12 at South Natomas Library; and March 25 at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. (The forums start at 6:30 p.m.) Additional forums in other Sacramento neighborhoods are anticipated. In the interim, EOS and the league are conducting a joint study of similar

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL I thought I would be a bit presumptuous this year and suggest some excellent New Year’s resolutions that members of the city council should make for the coming year. First, try real hard not to repeat the past mistake of splitting into council factions, which leads invariably to reflex voting based on who on the council is supporting or opposing a measure, rather than the merits of the proposal itself. If you’re already identified as part of a faction, declare your independence from time to time. Remember, you’re there to represent your constituents, not a faction. Just because we are in the state capitol doesn’t mean you have to emulate the conflict-ridden, factionalized State Legislature or behave like a cast member of CITY HALL page 26

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CITY HALL FROM page 25 “Survivor.” Place a Post-it above your bathroom mirror that reads “I will collaborate today.” Second, you will hear incessant pleading from special interests, ranging from unions seeking higher pay to developers seeking taxpayer subsidies to city staff seeking expanded powers over, well, darn near everything. What you will not hear nearly as much are the voices of average residents in your district who haven’t the time or the energy to trudge down to city hall on Tuesday nights to tell you their concerns in the two minutes they’re allotted. You are their lobbyist. You are there in their place. Resolve that in every vote you cast and every decision you make, you will place their interests ahead of all others. Add a second Post-it note to your mirror: “I will put the public’s interest first.” Third, you owe nothing to the individuals, businesses, labor unions and parties that may have contributed to your campaign, other than the same open door and open mind you ought to extend to all of your


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constituents, no matter how high or humble they may be. Analyses show that the candidates who raise the most money in city council races rarely win. Instead, it is the hardestworking candidates who effectively connect with average voters at their front doors who prevail. Your debt is to them and only them. Most contributors who supported you did so because they thought you’d make a fine councilmember and they liked your stands on issues. As to those contributors who expect special favors for their contributions or other support, resolve to show them the door.

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today is lagging economic growth resulting in stagnant income growth and continuing high levels of unemployment and underemployment. If we don’t solve our economic problem, we’ll have little success in solving other problems. Resolve to take the issue of improving our business climate very seriously by seeking ways to reduce excessive regulatory burdens and permitting delays while moderating mandates, exactions and utility rates. Eighth and finally, put on your green eyeshade and sharpen up your No. 9 pencils, as the city budget is approaching a fiscal cliff in the next few years that will cause major disruptions of city services (and cries for more taxes) if the city council fails to rein in rapidly escalating pension costs and retiree health care costs. Today, the city has only a fraction of the $110 million in reserves it had when it dealt with the Great Recession, providing it with almost no cushion to deal with its coming fiscal problems. Eye on Sacramento will be preparing a comprehensive report this year on the city’s exploding costs for retiree health care costs, which will include ways the city can get them under control. Resolve to read it. Twice. As a matter of fact, you might want to post it on your bathroom mirror. Happy New Year to one and all! Craig Powell is a local attorney, businessman, community activist and president of Eye on Sacramento, a civic watchdog and policy group. He can be reached at craig@ or 718-3030. n

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efore a crowd of almost 200 parents, relatives, friends, neighbors, teachers, former teachers and religious clergy, three impressive high school students reached the end of a trail they had been climbing nearly half their lives. On Nov. 2 in Clunie Community Center’s Grand Hall at McKinley Park, Samuel Enzo Brocchini (16), Gabriel Lockwood Neal (17) and William James Tracy (17) of Troop 1, received the rank of Eagle Scout and gained lifetime admittance to the Boy Scouts of America’s most select brotherhood. As they climbed the stage to take their place in the Eagles’ Nest for the Court of Honor ceremony, it was obvious from their body language they were both humble and proud of their achievement. They sat as fledglings looking across the stage at the Eagles in their lives who had mentored them every step of the way: their Scoutmaster, their fathers, a sibling and other Eagle role models in their community. All their hard work and dedication had brought them to this moment of recognition as young leaders. Their mentors were now their peers. “We are extremely proud of Gabe, William and Sam, who came to us as boys and leave today as young men,” said Scoutmaster Christopher Tileston. “As Eagles, they have achieved a level in their Scouting skills that only about 2 percent ever accomplish.


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Gabriel Lockwood Neal, William James Tracy and Samuel Enzo Brocchini of Troop 1 received the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony in Clunie Community Center’s Grand Hall in McKinley Park

They have learned how to prioritize their time, make good choices and lead others.” Tracy and Neal joined Troop 1 in 2008 and Brocchini in 2009. All three have Eagle Scouts in their blood: Tracy’s older brother, David, and father, Jim, are Eagles. So are Neal’s older brother, Michael, and Brocchini’s father, Chris.

“I’m glad my father and my brother kept encouraging me to continue in Scouting,” said Neal. “Once my brother got his Eagle rank, I wanted to do it—and even better than him. Scouting has been one of the best experiences of my life.” To become Eagles, they earned dozens of merit badges in diverse subjects from carpentry, canoeing and

cooking to rifle shooting, citizenship, astronomy, welding and first aid. In addition, they received awards for leadership and skills as junior camp directors for life guarding, distance swimming, rowing, motor boating, small boat sailing and snow sports. “Being an Eagle Scout will certainly influence me for the rest of my life,” Brocchini said in his personal statement on his Eagle application. “Being able to tie a square knot and knowing how to make a splint out of cardboard and duct tape are certainly useful, but being a trustworthy, loyal, thrifty and helpful person will help me more.” Each Scout must complete a community leadership project to earn Eagle rank. Brocchini, who plays piano and bass guitar, is a junior at C.K. McClatchy High School in the Humanities and International Studies Program, where he also plays varsity soccer and rugby. Last May, he organized his Eagle project for Sacred Heart Church in East Sacramento. Under his direction, a team of parents and Scouts renovated a small garden and installed a plant and vegetable garden in an irrigated planter of bricks in the shape of a cross that he designed. A Christian Brothers High School student in the Scholars Program, Tracy has been on the cross-country team and plays trumpet in the school’s jazz band. He earned a Scouting carpentry badge and put his skills to work this past March for Caleb Greenwood Elementary School in River Park. He planned, organized and directed the construction of two large planter boxes, each with a side

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hawna Chrisman has been in the business of making patients feel like people for almost two decades, first as an intensive care nurse practitioner and now as the owner of Destination Aesthetics, a medical spa that specializes in noninvasive rejuvenation inside Studio 55 at Pavilions shopping center. “I’m so fulfilled making other people feel beautiful and happy,” Chrisman says. “We take such pride in what we do.” Chrisman and her team specialize in the use of noninvasive procedures such as injectables (dermal fillers or Botox), cosmetic lasers, CoolSculpting (“It literally freezes your fat away,” Chrisman says), chemical peels, Ultherapy (an ultrasound skintightening technique), lash lifts and more to give clients a look that Chrisman calls “the new natural.” “People who come to see us are looking for little to no downtime and a natural outcome,” Chrisman explains. “We’re more conservative with our treatments because we want our patients to look exactly the same as they did before, only more rejuvenated.” Patient satisfaction has always been an important aspect of Chrisman’s career. After attending the nursing program at Sacramento State University, she married her high school sweetheart, Josh, whom she met as a sophomore at El Camino High School. She went on to graduate school at UC San Francisco, where she earned her master’s degree in


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nursing and her nurse practitioner license. During the next 17 years, she worked for Kaiser Permanente, Pulmonary Medicine Associates and Sutter General Hospital, assisting

with the management of intensive care patients—not exactly a stressfree work life. “I decided that I needed something more flexible for family reasons and something that provided

a nonhospital, positive, happy environment,” Chrisman says. The Korea native was adopted from her home country at 8 months old and lived in Minnesota until the age of 7, when her parents moved the family to Carmichael to pursue sunshine and swimming pools. For her career, she decided she needed a different way to be fulfilled as both a medical professional and mom to her two kids, Josiah and Elyse. A medical spa seemed like the way to go. So over the next year, Chrisman traveled all over the country, while still working long hours at the hospital, to earn the myriad certifications that would give her the necessary knowledge to open the practice of her dreams. When it came time to select a location and officially open, however, fate intervened. “In the fall of 2011, my previous medical director had a change of heart while I was looking for a location to start the spa,” Chrisman recalls. “One of my son’s friends happens to be the granddaughter of Dr. David Ferrera, who had a suite in his building that he was looking to fill. “I stopped by the space to check it out, and Dr. Ferrera popped out of his office to ask who I was and what I was looking for. When I explained, he said he might be able to help. Without knowing me, he offered to partner with me and start Destination Aesthetics Inc., and fulfill the role as medical director. He is one very generous and humble man.” Thus, Chrisman’s vision came to fast fruition, first in a suite on American River Drive and now, since SHOPTALK page 33

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our decades removed from Kilkenny, Ireland, and the banks of the River Nore, Elizabeth Cassin still speaks with the light, lyrical rhythms and firm consonants of her birthplace. And while her Irish accent charms a Sacramento ear, her voice rings with the authenticity of someone who came from a place far away, someone who never can be indifferent or wholly indigenous in her adopted home. Being an outsider has formed the baseline of Cassin’s mission in Northern California. As CEO of Elica Health Centers, a nonprofit serving our region’s poorest and least secure residents, Cassin brings professional medical treatment to immigrants, homeless people and their children. In other words, to Sacramento’s outsiders. Using tents and backpacks and empty 5-gallon buckets for chairs, or rolling around in a new, $380,000 bus that serves as a medical clinic on wheels, Cassin and her doctors and nurses move beyond their brick-andmortar clinics in Midtown and West Sacramento and go where the need is, from homeless camps and transient


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motels to school parking lots in Arden Arcade. “The people we deal with often can’t get where they need to go for medical treatment,” Cassin says. “For many of them, it’s extremely challenging to get across town. Doing things we take for granted is

essentially impossible. So we bring the services to them.” It’s an old idea: street-corner, neighborhood-based medicine and mobile clinics, providing care to underserved residents and communities. But even such obvious

ideas can be remarkably hard to move from concept to reality. After meeting up with four Sacramento-area physicians who inspired her with their willingness to carry their skills to where the need was, Cassin spent a dozen years lining up federal authorizations to fund and sustain Elica Health. Highly educated (she graduated from l’Universite Paris-Sorbonne in comparative legal studies and taught at UC Berkeley), Cassin faced one vexing bureaucratic hurdle after another. There were days when she wondered if she would ever succeed. “The holidays were hardest,” she says. “We would have spent so much time and energy working for approved status during the year, but the holidays would arrive and we never knew if we had to wait another year.” Two summers ago, federal authorities at last decreed Elica Health Centers qualified for service reimbursements. Cassin was overjoyed. Floating on a sense of relief and filled with appreciation, she wanted to thank the person responsible. But she had no idea whose hand she should shake. “It’s strange, but there was no single person or agency to thank,” she says. “There were so many of them. I thought it was important to express our thanks to someone, but the only person I could think of was the president of the United States. I thought I should go shake his hand if I ever got the chance.” A grateful Cassin has not had the opportunity to shake President Obama’s hand, but the work of Elica Health progresses at a political BEAT page 34

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2013, in the Studio 55 Salon Suites in Pavilions. For the past three years, Chrisman has made it her mission to offer the newest and most innovative med spa procedures on the market, including medical weight loss, and to educate her patients in the process. “I’m constantly traveling, attending seminars and certification programs,” Chrisman says. “Just like medicine, the field is always evolving. Noninvasive techniques especially have gained ground over the past few years, and I’m always looking for new technology to add to our menus to complement our patients and keep us on the cutting edge. “We do a lot of educational seminars because people are often afraid to tread into this area, so we offer live demos where people can see how easy some of the treatments are. We do a side-by-side comparison where we treat one side of the face and not the other so people can see the difference. “The evidence is very impactful. We want them to see the outcomes they’re looking for. Our goal is 100 percent satisfaction.” With the competent and compassionate Chrisman in charge, we wouldn’t expect anything less. Interested in learning more about Destination Aesthetics’ one-stop shop of noninvasive beauty boosters? Check out or call 844-4913. Destination Aesthetics is at 530 Pavilions Lane.

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right across the way had opened up,” Lynch says. “I walked over to the Raven Club next door and asked if anyone knew who owned the building. The owner of the club said he did. I asked him how much he wanted for it and I ended up getting the space. We’ve been here since 1999.” Guitar Workshop is a mecca for all things guitar-related, which is no coincidence considering its owner has been in love with the instrument for much of his life. “I’m a classic obsessive-compulsive about guitar playing,” Lynch says. “I had a plastic guitar in my hands starting at age 6. Now, as a guitar technician, you’re doing major surgery on something you love, and not a lot of people do the level of work we do. “Where do you go to get an instrument repaired and have it come out playing better than ever and looking like nothing ever happened? At Guitar Workshop, we bring an extremely high level of instrument

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campaign’s pace. One afternoon finds Cassin and her team working in the bus, which is taking up several spaces in the far corner of the parking lot at Howe Avenue Elementary School. “We have a wonderful relationship with the San Juan Unified School District,” says Cassin, beckoning over a young pediatrician, Dr. Natasha White, who has been busy seeing patients in an examining room on the bus behind the driver’s compartment. White explains that much of her work involves identifying relatively simple matters that could become serious if ignored, such as iron deficiency anemia. “We see a lot of that due to children’s diets,” she says. “You can treat it with iron, but that can cause various side effects such as constipation, so you have to talk through it with the parent.” Many of Elica Health’s parents and adult patients don’t speak English, so referrals and treatment protocols are part of the challenge. Early on, Cassin realized her work would require her to dismantle cultural barriers, especially among Slavic and Eastern European communities in Sacramento. Today, she converses in five languages. The language of poverty is Cassin’s true fluency. When she speaks of serving homeless people, the mission to bring health care to camps, shelters and motels becomes a passion revealed in soft Irish vowels. She has delivered medical services to homeless communities since meeting two rough 4201 H Street

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“Well, 10 years and a king’s ransom later, we’ve been featured in the repair, customization, knowledge and SkyMall magazine, the Hammacher education to the community.” Schlemmer catalogue and on a TV Lynch’s passion extends well show in Australia. You never know beyond fixing frets, however. He has until you try.” invented several tools of his trade that That can-do attitude is something are now patented and mass-produced Lynch passes on to his students, as well as the Guitdoorbell, a clever who flock to the J Street space for contraption that features a tiny, real lessons from Lynch and his staff of guitar affixed over a doorway that accomplish, talented teachers. strums a chord when the door opens, “All of us at the shop love to play thanks to a strategically placed pick. and teach music,” Lynch says. “I “I originally put one up in the shop love when I’m teaching a kid and to know if people came in when I was I see that light go on in their eyes. back in the bathroom or something,” It’s amazing to see them accomplish Lynch says. “So many people asked something they thought they couldn’t. about it that I thought I should get a To show them that if you’re patient patent and see what happens. SHOPTALK page 36

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SHOPTALK FROM page 35 with yourself, there’s nothing you can’t do. “Being a kid is such a special time in life, and I believe that music and creativity are the keys to education. There’s no better way to learn the art of listening than to play music.” Between repairing beloved instruments, coming up with ingenious inventions, playing gigs as often as he can, teaching aspiring musicians, and continuing to improve his workshop facilities, Lynch certainly has his hands full. But he prefers it that way. “At the end of the day, I hope I’ve made the world a better place because of what I do,” Lynch says, then chuckles to himself. “So I guess that’s the mission of Guitar Workshop: to save the world.” One guitar at a time. Are you a guitar aficionado? Head to Guitar Workshop Enterprises at 3248 J St. Questions? Call Lynch at 441-6555 or go to

CHEERS! When you’re a fourth-generation Sacramentan, it seems only fitting that you name your brewery after the city’s original moniker created by John Sutter in 1839. Dave Gull did just that when he founded New Helvetia Brewing Company two years ago, but the company’s historical roots go even deeper than that. “I wanted to relaunch the historic Buffalo Brewing Company (under a new name) because it reminded me of a time when Sacramento accomplished big things with far fewer resources,” Gull says. “We seemed to have lost that. For a very long time, Sacramento didn’t seem to be getting much done. There wasn’t a lot of risk-taking or entrepreneurial spirit. But I’ve seen a shift in the attitude lately.” One of the most significant shifts in the Sacramento food and culture landscape has been the rapid expansion of the city’s craft brewery


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“Founding New Helvetia was a

While the plans have been complete

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history for Sacramento,” the former

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along have taken longer than Gull

“Our name, our beers, our tasting

anticipated. But the lack of a cooking

room décor with its historic maps and

space hasn’t stopped New Helvetia

images, even our building is historic.”

from becoming a nexus for beer lovers

Gull’s inspiration, Buffalo Brewing

on a neighborhood and even national

Company, was established in 1890—

scale: It recently won a coveted gold

Gull’s great-grandfather was friends

medal at the 2014 Great American

with the original owners—and it

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quickly became one of the largest beer

category, the only Sacramento-area

operations west of the Mississippi,

brewery to do so.

with distribution throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii as well as parts of Asia and Central America. The company managed to survive

Also, New Helvetia draws a special kind of foot traffic. “We’re the home of the Sloppy Moose Running Club,” Gull says

Prohibition but ceased operations in

proudly, “which has turned out to be

1945 when national breweries made

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manufacturer in the industry and explained things. They understood what was happening. We usually plan inventories a year in advance. No longer. Now we have to be ready to receive FedEx inventory on a 48-hour basis, once the storms start coming.” Proffit, a former schoolteacher, has been skiing for 60 years, going back to the days when an alpine skier



could expect to hang onto rope tows to


reach the highest peaks. As a retailer, he has enjoyed fine winters—a few

or concrete evidence that

years ago, he had two seasons in one,

Land Park Ski & Sports

thanks to a late batch of storms—and

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he has endured droughts, but none

endure, consider the building

like the parched winter of 2013-14.

that contains the alpine ski shop

The fickle weather that hovers like

on Freeport Boulevard and 16th

a constant shadow over his business

Avenue, just down the street from

has left Proffit with an impressively

City College.

relaxed persona. As he sits in one

Framed by a steeply pitched

of the movie-theater chairs where

wooden A-frame roof and tall,

customers try on boots, he succinctly

triangular windows, the place looks

explains why the typical complaints of

like a cozy Squaw Valley chalet.

a small-business owner—encroaching

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power centers, big-box stores and

space for various old alpine skis, long

cutthroat pricing—hardly cause a

and skinny ones, made from hickory

ripple at Land Park Ski & Sports.

and Bakelite, the sort of equipment

“Our business is all about niches,”

that would terrify a modern skier.

he says. “We create niches. And we

Yet the building’s true provenance

give service. We provide the kind of

has zero connection with alpine

service that chains simply can’t or

skiing. It was a Woody’s hamburger

won’t provide. We bring the entire

joint, more George Foreman than

family together by selling skis for

Jean-Claude Killy.

beginners with a junior trade-in

Where burgers and fries once sizzled, skis and snowboards are now

program, and we sell snowboards Land Park Ski owner Bill Proffit

tuned and waxed. Somehow, Land

together. We have people coming into

Park Ski & Sports manages to make “Last winter was the worst I’d ever

the space work like a purpose-built

few chain stores make half-hearted

showroom in Zermatt, Switzerland.

attempts to sell similar merchandise.

seen in 35 years in this business,”

Land Park Ski & Sports doesn’t worry

says Bill Proffit, the shop’s owner.

essential in the alpine ski equipment

much about the competition. The real

“With California in a drought, people

business, and not just because a

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the whim and fury of nature.

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pretty simple changes, basically with

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who cater to them.

for more people. Suddenly, a skier with generously

“Lift tickets are obviously more expensive these days, but with new

shaped skis could be also be

amenities, the experience is far better

generously shaped, more George

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n its day, the historic home at 2131 H St. in Midtown was undoubtedly a thing of beauty.

Today, however, the front and

rear doors and a rear window are boarded up with plywood. A balcony is sagging. The lawn is brown, dead long before drought made that fashionable. According to Margaret Buss of Boulevard Park Neighborhood Association, the house has been unoccupied since the mid1980s. The house has history: It was built in 1907 for Aden C. Hart, a Sacramento physician and a founder of Sutter Hospital. It’s one of the largest houses in a neighborhood filled with large houses. The lot on which it sits is easily twice the size of its neighbors’. Lion heads guard the front of the

The Hart house in Midtown

house. Recently, the leonine security was added to with a wrought-iron

tagged the home as unsafe. A permit

groups, developers and builders,

streets, will feature parking at the

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for minor repairs was issued in

and Sacramento city staff can share

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security system. Someone is spending

September, but the $800 value of the

information and updates about

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money on the house, but not to

work covered by the permit is surely

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units on floors 2 through 6. The old

maintain it.

inadequate to repair all the problems.

projects,” says Burg. The group

warehouse’s concrete framing has

focuses on historic preservation issues

been reinforced with steel for seismic

and urban planning and development.

safety. Additional units will be

You can only guess at the exterior’s

In August, Buss gave a talk

original color scheme. The paint

about the house, along with a slide

(where there is paint) is so worn and

show, at Sacramento Preservation

faded that the color is unrecognizable.

Roundtable, a quarterly gathering of

presentations are devoted to

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local history and historic preservation

preserving old homes. At one meeting,


organizations. Meetings are open to

Ali Youssefi with CFY Development

offer 116 residential units, most

the public and are generally held on

described his company’s Warehouse

of them designated as affordable

president of Sacramento Old

the second Saturday of February,

Artist Lofts project. Youssefi is

housing. Qualified artists will be

City Association, there used to be

May, August and November.

repurposing an old warehouse

allowed to rent the units for between

building on the R Street corridor into

$370 and $570 per month. Other

housing and retail space.

units will be offered at market rates.

According to William Burg,

numerous historic houses in similar

“The purpose of the group is to

condition. Today, only a few remain.

provide a public event where public

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constructed on an empty lot next to the warehouse. When completed, the project will

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dwin Edebiri has played many roles over the course of his career: pilot, business owner, radio show host. But the title he’s most proud of is his current one: chief happiness Officer. Edebiri is the CHO of the I Am Happy project and its sister organization, the Happy Neighborhood project.

He began asking everyone he met to rate their happiness level and identify what made them happy. As a child growing up in Nigeria, Edebiri competed with his siblings to see who could leave the most food on their plate; their mother rewarded the child who contributed the most toward their next meal. When he came to the United States, Edebiri had accumulated enough college credits from his travels through Europe to earn a degree quickly. He then completed an aeronautical MBA


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Edwin Edebiri is the chief happiness officer of the I Am Happy project

program while piloting planes on the side. He proceeded to build and run a string of businesses, culminating with an Internet business that was sold in 2009, just before the economic bubble popped. Not yet ready to start another business, he hosted a call-in radio

show in the Sacramento area. It was an eye-opener. “I realized that a lot of people were struggling with low energy,” he says. “I was in a good place, so I didn’t understand what they were going through. I saw that people were being affected by the economic meltdown,

and through daily meditation I came to the realization that I couldn’t do anything about the big picture, but I could do something on an individual level.” One day, Edebiri overheard a couple having an argument at a Starbucks. He injected himself into the altercation, asking each to tell him, on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy they were. Surprisingly, their numbers were both relatively high. When asked to write down the reasons they were happy, both wrote the same reasons, in the same order. “Everybody in Starbucks was clapping,” he recalls. “I went out to my car and just started processing.” He began asking everyone he met to rate their happiness level and identify what made them happy. Then he approached a stranger in Oakland’s Jack London Square. “I said, ‘Can I ask you a question?’ and he said, ‘No.’ I persisted, and he saw that I wasn’t going to give up, so he let me. On a scale of 1 to 10, he gave me the lowest number I had ever gotten. I asked if I could share a quick story, and he said, ‘No.’ He realized I wasn’t going to let him go, so he nodded. I started talking fast, but toward the end, I saw that he was calming down. I asked if I could share another story. I ended up sharing nine stories with him over the course of 30 minutes. “He reached for my hand and wouldn’t let go. He asked for my name. I said as a rule I don’t give my name, but he said, ‘You had me here for 30 minutes. The least you could do is give me your name.’ I wanted my hand back, so I gave it to him. The next day, he called me to say thank you. I told him that I

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should be the one to thank him, but he stopped me. He said, ‘When you saw me yesterday, I was on my way to commit suicide. I was in so much pain that I wanted to get it over with. After we talked, I went back home and flipped over my suicide note.’ He went from zero reasons to be happy to 29 reasons. They had been suppressed, but after our talk they came back to him. He now had a reason to live.” That chance encounter led to the I Am Happy project, now in 64 cities in 19 countries. Individuals sign up to be “happiness ambassadors” in their communities, spreading happiness through volunteerism and special projects. In Chicago, ambassadors have adopted a convent of retired nuns for the past three years. In India, they’ve adopted orphanages. “Each chapter does something different,” says Edebiri. His goal is to have the I Am Happy project in more than 100 cities and 30 countries by the end of 2015. Edebiri spends a lot of his time talking with middle and high school students about happiness. He has

seen significant declines in gang membership and delinquency as a result. “They see that they have control,” he says. “People can be empowered to make decisions about their own happiness.” An annual scholarship will go to high school seniors chosen by their peers as the happiest at their schools. This year, he launched the Happy Neighborhood project, which brings businesses into the happiness equation. The “Happy Button App” identifies local businesses that have invested in promoting happiness, rewarding them in both financial and intangible ways. The next stage will embrace nonprofits, providing revenue to organizations that often struggle to make ends meet. “The more we share with others, the more we are blessed,” says Edebiri. “We all have blessings.” Go to or to learn more. Download the free Happy Button App at n

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FUNDS FOR LIFE Sacramento Life Center supporters—650 of them—raised more than $300,000 for the center at the Nov. 8 Salute to Life Dinner & Auction. The center provides free medical care, counseling and education services for teens and adults facing an unexpected pregnancy. “We rely on this event for the funding to continue the work we are doing. Last year, we saw nearly double the number of women and teens than we expected,” said executive director Marie Leatherby. For more information, go to saclife. org or call 451-2273.

HELPING FOSTER YOUTH At United Way’s annual Women in Philanthropy luncheon on Oct. 24, 20 foster youth took to the ramp to model fashions to the delight of the 270 in attendance. The lunch raised $11,000 for young people in foster care. The event, held at Arden Fair mall, included presentations by current and former foster youth. For more information, go to or call 3683000.

WINE AUCTION KUDOS Supporters of Stanford Youth Solutions raised more than $100,000 for youth and families in crisis at the Vintage 2014 wine auction, where the Antelope High School Titan marching band and color guard provided musical entertainment. Honored at the auction was Dr. Darryl Hunter, founder of a coalition that provides cancer screenings, vision exams and dental care. He also is co-founder of an alliance to connect military veterans to health care benefits. A note on the Titan band: It has been selected to participate in the 2015 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. For more information on Stanford Youth Solutions, go to youthsolutions. org or call 344-0199.

GETTING HOMELESS WOMEN READY TO WORK Women’s Empowerment recently received a check for $25,000 from Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. The money will be used to help homeless women find homes and jobs to support their families through a comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with that of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education and/or sports. Women’s Empowerment offers an eight-week program for homeless women to address basic needs such as health, mental health and housing

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Hello, Friends! 2014 was a truly noteworthy year for our family. All four of us, and our two cats, had many fine accomplishments this year. Our biggest news is that we moved into a new home. During the course of packing for the move across town, my car was vandalized. The burglars took just one item: the garage door remote control. That left us all a little nervous for a bit. On the upside, I learned how to program a new remote thanks to some tutoring from a friend via Facebook. Even though the new house was a mere eight miles away from the rental we had for the past year, it took about 42 trips to get everything from point A to point B. Miraculously, I made only one wrong turn during the first week at the new house, and that involved nearly pulling into the driveway of the house where we lived when the kids were in elementary school. As the breadwinner, I managed to feed the children each day. Some of

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those meals even included vegetables. Coming from the generation that had an aha moment when ketchup and potatoes were declared condiments and starches, this is an achievement worthy of mention. Emma and Nick have expanded their vocabularies. It’s been a miraculous change since we all started listening to country music. Now, they know all about “day drinking,” “beer in the headlights” and getting “buzzed.” You can only imagine how proud I was the day I tried to explain what a “shot of Crown” was and little Emma already knew. Ditto for “Jack in my coke.” Boy, that little cutie is smart as a whip, and only 11 years old. I wonder what kind of fun we’d have if we switched to rap music? Erin nearly passed the test to get her driver’s permit, but she blew past a question regarding the legal bloodalcohol limit for drivers. She claims to not like country music that much. It was a big year for vacations. While the girls spent two weeks at Mountain Camp this summer, Nick and I were stuck at home in a heat wave. As luck would have it, our air conditioning took a little vacation, too. We celebrated by going to the Embassy Suites for a night. We called it “Nick and Mom’s Staycation.” Emma also got to go to sixth-grade camp near Santa Cruz. She came back with items for each of us from the gift shop. What kind of camp was this? We welcomed two new family members to our household. Sort of. Upon moving into our new home, we repossessed our cats from the kids’ father. One of the cats promptly barfed on one of the kids’ beds as a

housewarming gift. Our old, slow cat Daisy introduced herself by getting into a brawl with a neighbor’s pet, acquiring a nasty wound. I was so proud of Erin for cleaning out the green infection and saving me $200 at the vet. Now we can go buy some ketchup, and maybe a bottle of Jack. My brilliant children expressed their creativity on the first rainy day of the year by playing with the empty moving boxes. What did they make? A cardboard dagger, of course. It was also an educational year. During the course of unpacking the boxes at the new house, the kids found one of Mommy’s old scrapbooks. So. Much. Fun!! They enjoyed many of my college pictures but were a little baffled when they came across the driver’s license of Anne Marie Stamm, who just happened to be a couple of years older than I was in college. This, plus a couple hours listening to country music, and I guess I’d be foggy on the blood-alcohol limit. Good to know I got my dose of mommy guilt this year. Speaking of birthdays, Emma had a memorable one this year. On our way out to dinner, the alternator in the car went out and she got to spend the evening waiting for the AAA driver. That would take the cake in any other year, but a couple of days later she got a real treat. Mama couldn’t come to her cooking-themed party because she had a highly contagious case of pink eye. Thanksgiving brought us time to reflect on our blessings, however, and we had so many things to be grateful for. We hosted my entire family at our new home for an evening of food and merriment on Black Friday.

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No effect. “Finally,” she lets loose with the voice of a drill sergeant, “you’re the pastor, and the congregation is expecting a sermon!” As a hospital chaplain, I can relate sometimes. It happened just last month as I lay in bed recalling several patients I had visited the previous week. I thought about the nice grandmother diagnosed with a painful bone cancer. Across the hall from her was a mother who’d inexplicably died before her 12-year-old daughter could come for a visit. Then I thought of the family of the college student who’d mysteriously drowned alone in a pool. They were all imprinted in my mind as I lay motionless, suffering from what felt like a very cluttered soul. Like the pastor in the joke, I asked God for one good reason I should go to work: “What do I have to offer these patients today? And who am I to assure their families that You are present and in control?” It’s amazing how self-centered one becomes under a warm down

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comforter on a cold morning. It’s amazing how those sheets can envelop one’s world. The truth is that my world had already become pretty enveloping. As of late, I had become an undercover worrier. Nothing seemed good enough: not my writing, not my house next to the barking dogs, not my kids, not even the cafeteria food.

Not in the way televangelists hear from God; I’ve never heard God tell me to build a television network or a prayer tower, but I do experience a guiding presence from time to time. It had become all about me as I sang several choruses of “me, my, mine, me.” Then I heard from God. Not in the way televangelists hear from God; I’ve never heard God tell me to build a television network or a prayer tower, but I do experience a guiding presence from time to time. I sensed God telling me: “No wonder you feel inadequate. Guess what? You are inadequate. However, I’m not.” “Now,” said this voice or presence, “shake yourself out of this funk and

ask me to guide you to someone besides yourself.” “OK, God,” I prayed. “Guide me to someone I can support through their troubled day. Take me beside those who are feeling alone.” As my prayer took shape, the echo of my words was enough to help me hear the message I needed to reaffirm. Namely, “The best way out of yourself is through someone else.” That is to say, God works best on our problems when we show a willingness to become the process of healing for another. At that point, I felt a renewed awakening. So I rolled over and greeted my second-grade-teacher wife with a kiss. “Time to get up, sweetie.” “Give me three good reasons,” she said as she turned to hit the snooze button one more time. Norris Burkes is a chaplain, syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of the book “No Small Miracles.” He can be reached at n

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“It’s an old-fashioned neighborhood where we can walk, visit local eateries and enjoy the park. We know our neighbors and never hesitate to borrow a cup of sugar. What’s not to love about Land Park!”

have a sanctuary to go to during construction,” Jim says. While the couple spruced up the basement’s existing bathroom and laundry room, they waited for approval of their remodeling plans. Today, a large new window floods the basement with natural light, making the yellow walls even sunnier. “You can come down here during the day

and you don’t even need to turn on any lights,” Jim says. Next, they rebuilt the garage. Says Jim, “We spent a lot of time deciding on the look since it is visible from the living room.” A sleek commercial aluminum roll-up garage door set the tone. Since the home’s exterior doors were in bad shape, the couple used the same commercial style for the replacement doors, visually tying the two structures together. Once the garage was complete, Jim, an electrical contractor for 20 years and a licensed contractor since 2002, had the staging area he needed for the house remodel. A stunning welded stainless steel and cable staircase inside the front door replaced the very traditional “Father Knows Best” stair railing. The Dobrinskis used Brazilian cherry for the handrails, treads and risers. Though the staircase took HOME page 54



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In the living room, the original fireplace surround, made of ribbed

a lot of time to construct, it was well

wood, was painted a soft gray. A new

worth the effort.

gas fireplace sparkles with tempered

“The railings proved to be challenging to the metal fabricator

sink in the downstairs powder room

Fabricators) because of all the angles

but replaced the green-and-white

involved and since it was a one-piece

checkered tiles with more neutral tile

assembly,” Jim says.

and stonework. The home’s new decorative accents

divided-light windows throughout

and furniture are colorful and eye-

the house, the pair refreshed them.

catching. After locating a railroad-

“There were a gazillion coats of

mining cart in Reno, Kim cut it down

paint on them, which we had to strip

and topped it with a sheet of glass to

off. It took a lot of time,” Jim says.

create a one-of-a-kind coffee table for

The couple salvaged three similar

the living room.

windows from a neighborhood home

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undergoing a redo and installed them

explains. “I love to find old things and

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and crushed fire glass.

He installed artificial turf

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interspersed with large concrete

something you didn’t plan on at all,”

steppingstones. The backyard is

she says.

divided into three distinct outdoor

Jim always checks the

rooms that delight the senses.

dependability of the electrical and

Just off the living room, a covered

plumbing systems.

porch with a TV, barbecue grill,

“I just feel more comfortable

ceiling fan and seating is the

knowing that the electrical and

perfect place for friends and

plumbing will hold up,” he says.

family to gather. A conversation pit offers comfy seating around a gas fireplace. Nearby is a gurgling

They love their new home and praise its location. “It’s an old-fashioned neighborhood

fountain made from a grinding

where we can walk, visit local eateries

stone that once belonged to Kim’s

and enjoy the park,” Jim says. “We

repurpose them, but the hunt is the

added two new balconies, one at the

uncle. Beyond that is the outdoor

know our neighbors and never

most fun.”

home’s front, the other off the master

dining room.

hesitate to borrow a cup of sugar.

Upstairs, the couple converted

bedroom overlooking the magazine-

Kim advises those considering

two existing balconies into bedrooms

cover-worthy backyard, which needed

remodeling an older home to

and turned the original master

a total overhaul.

double the time they think it will

bedroom into a walk-in closet. The

“Once the inside of the house was

resulting reconfiguration netted

livable, we started putting together

them an additional bedroom, giving

the backyard, which took about a year

the house four bedrooms. The couple

to complete,” Jim says.

take as well as the amount of money it might cost.

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ain pounding on the window woke me up before dawn a few Saturdays ago. My first thought was to pull up the quilt and snuggle down deep, but I had promised to meet Danielle Best, market manager of the certified farmers market at Country Club Plaza. When I’d made the promise, it seemed like fun to watch the farmers arrive and set up their stands. But that morning, as my little dog curled up in the warm spot I’d left under the quilt, I so wanted to take back the promise. “We’ll be there rain or shine,” said Best. And so, at 6:30 in the morning, as I sat waiting for the traffic signal to change at the corner of Watt and El Camino avenues, the windshield wipers running full tilt, I wondered if Best and I would be the only ones there. Ten farm trucks were already circled in the market space as I pulled into the lot behind Macy’s. A few merchants were still in their trucks, probably waiting for a break in the weather, or maybe daylight, before


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they unloaded their crops and set up their stands. Jason Cuff, of Hearty Fork Farm in Winters, wasn’t going to let the weather deter his efforts. He leaned

into the wind, assembling his tent. As soon as he let go, the tent, like a giant tumbleweed, rolled through the market space. He dragged it back to his designated spot and set

it up again. It collapsed. Finally, he weighted it down with boxes of produce and display tables. “It’s going to be a fun day,” he said with an enthusiastic laugh as the hood on his jacket flipped over his face. To be that cheerful, under the circumstances, was impressive. Across the market, Ana Juarez was setting up displays and readying the scale and cash register for the day’s business. She, too, was smiling and humming to herself as she arranged bundles of carrots and beets, fluffed red-stemmed greens, stacked up cabbage and fanned out huge branches of Brussels sprouts. Her stand was a beautiful pop of color on such a dreary, gray morning. “I left home at 2 a.m.,” said Juarez, who lives in Salinas. “It usually takes three hours, but I left early today because of the weather.” She does this three days a week, which made me feel guilty about wanting to stay in bed that morning. Juarez and her husband, Eleazar, own Rio de Parras Organics, a 47-acre farm about 60 miles north of Salinas. He runs the farm with the help of a few family members and friends. She sells what they grow at various farmers markets between Salinas and South Lake Tahoe. They grow an amazing variety of produce. “In the spring, strawberries, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes. In the fall, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions and a lot more,” she said. When I commented on how beautiful the produce was, she beamed with pride. “We grow all organic with no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers,” she said. “We started out with 22




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agriculture. Runoff is a problem. Runoff from an acre of pavement is 10 to 20 times greater than the runoff from an acre of grassland. As I write this, Sacramentans are still cleaning up from the storm that dumped two inches of rain on Dec. 3. Streets were flooded across the city as torrents of storm water overwhelmed the drainage system. Since parts of the city have a combined sanitary sewer and storm-water system, overflows create a health hazard. Storm-water surges inundate sewage treatment plants. Flash flooding of streets disrupts transportation and can even threaten lives.

Reducing storm-water quantity and improving its quality are main features of “green streets.” Imposing man-made drainage on the earth can be a fruitless struggle against nature. Green streets cooperate with nature by mimicking natural drainage and retaining storm water on site. The result is less runoff, recharged aquifers and cleaner runoff through filtering of pollutants. Stream and river habitats are protected. Street designers have used a variety of methods to minimize stormwater runoff. They’ve narrowed streets to create less impervious surface area. Another option, though infrequently used in the United

States, is pervious concrete or asphalt that allows rainwater to percolate through to the soil. In addition to changing the amount and type of pavement, designers can use landscaping to manage storm water. Instead of going right down the drain, storm water can be directed to retention ponds or, through gaps in the curb, to planted swales in medians and alongside streets. Swales are gently sloped, low tracts of land built to channel runoff and increase rainwater infiltration. Traffic-calming features, such as curb extensions and traffic islands, can be used as sites for street trees or rain gardens. Rain gardens have low spots to capture

water, which then can slowly filter into the ground, where microbes can break down contaminants before they reach the water supply. Green streets can do a lot more than minimize storm water. Green streets complement Complete Streets efforts to make streets more accessible for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled and the young and old. Narrow streets are slower streets that are safer for all, including motorists. Wide planting areas provide more room for trees, an improvement over narrow landscape strips. Curb extensions reduce pedestrian crossing distances. Tree canopies provide welcome shade for pedestrians and cyclists, an especially important feature given Sacramento’s sizzling summers. Shade extends pavement service life and saves on maintenance costs. Shade (and light-colored “cool” streets) also reduces the urban heat island effect, significantly cooling the whole city. Street trees and swale plantings are pleasing to the eye.

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the volume of water that has to be treated in combined sewer systems, investments in green streets save taxpayers and utility ratepayers money. That investment is most efficient when it’s made at the time of street construction, rather than added at a later date. According to a Portland Tribune article, a 2007 EPA study found that 11 of 12 green infrastructure projects saved money when compared to doing the same project with pipes and other manmade “gray” technology. We’ve been treating rainwater as wastewater. We should be treating it as a resource. Maybe it’s time for the street standards that are used by cities and counties to guide street building to emphasize green street ideas. Water management has always been important. Climate change, drought and population growth make it more important than ever. Walt Seifert is a bicyclist, driver and transportation writer. He can be reached at n

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minute on our feet is good for us. Our bodies are meant to move. Studies show that the more we sit, the shorter our lives. We are encouraged to take 10,000 steps a day. It’s more fun to do them during your favorite activities rather than just trudging around the block. I’ve always gardened and been fairly active, but sometimes you need to do more. Four years ago, my physical condition was deteriorating. Forty-five extra pounds were in my way. I tried not to get down because it was hard to get back up. Long garden gauntlets, essential to a rose lover, were embarrassingly tight over my beefy arms. I love to hike, but it was a challenge just to walk around the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery’s rose garden where I volunteer. My

left hip developed painful bursitis, both feet hurt and my knees were so stiff that it was hard to go downstairs. My blood pressure crept higher. Then, alarmingly, I was diagnosed as prediabetic.

Exercise increases joint mobility, strengthens muscles and keeps bones strong. The number on the scale didn’t motivate me, but setting some tangible goals did. I vowed to lower my fasting glucose to a normal level

(under 100) and to hike up Nevada’s Mt. Rose, a 10,778-foot peak that overlooks Lake Tahoe. I read about diet and exercise, changing my habits a little at a time. I ate many more vegetables and fruits and cut out most fried, fatty or sweet food. I went to the gym five days a week and bicycled on errands around town. The weight came off gradually. I was 25 pounds lighter when my husband, son and I reached Mt. Rose’s summit in July 2012. Since then, I’ve lost another 15 pounds, ascended a few more mountains and continue to eat well and work out. My blood sugar and blood pressure are normal, and I feel the best that I have in more than a decade. The bursitis is gone and my knees are surprisingly flexible and

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pain-free. Five extra pounds still cling to my short, stocky frame. I’d like to lose them, but my doctor says it’s not necessary. In fact, he congratulated me and shook my hand during my last appointment. It’s not possible to heal damaged joints, but you can lessen pain and increase mobility just by reducing the weight that you carry. Studies show that even a five-pound loss can make your knees and hips feel better. Exercise increases joint mobility, strengthens muscles and keeps bones strong. Flexibility and balance improve, too, if you work at it. In the garden, I no longer hesitate to get down on the ground. I do, however, cushion my knees. Knees aren’t meant to bear weight, after all. Some people are able to work using a kneeling pad, but try wearing kneepads if you tend to move around. If you decide to improve your fitness or lose some weight this year, be kind to yourself and take it slowly. Don’t hurt yourself in a new exercise regimen. Pounds that come off too quickly tend to return. If

your weight gets stuck at a plateau, change something that you are doing, but don’t give up. At some point, you’ll find that it’s pleasurable to eat nutritiously and exercise regularly. I’m addicted to the taste and crunch of fresh produce, whether plucked from my garden or found at the farmers market. I look forward to the invigoration of water and dance aerobic classes. Most pleasurable of all is the ability to garden or walk for hours without pain or premature fatigue. Many small changes can lead to big results in how you feel. Want to get down and dig in the dirt this year or climb a mountain? Start now to make it easier and more fun to do. Anita Clevenger is a Sacramento County UC Master Gardener. For answers to gardening questions, call 875-6913, go to or attend the Master Gardeners’ workshop at Fair Oaks Horticulture Center on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. The center is at 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd. n

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5517 WHITFIELD $259,000 4155 SCRANTON CIR $370,000 5905 OAK AVE $395,000 5951 VIA CASITAS $122,500 4118 NORTHGREEN CT $229,000 3700 CHAMBERLAIN WAY $230,000 4706 PAXTON CT $295,000 6306 DATE PALM WAY $520,000 1615 ELSDON CIR $865,000 5464 EDGERLY WAY $177,500 2236 BOYER DR $289,500 6442 ROLLING WAY $306,500 5456 LOCUST AVE $325,000 1132 MCCLAREN $549,000 6400 ORANGE HILL LN $640,000 2736 ZACHMAN WAY $225,000 4112 ALEX LN $167,000 6140 VIA CASITAS $105,000 5600 SAPUNOR WAY $151,000 5427 CEDARHURST WAY $273,000 6815 STANLEY AVE $505,000 4015 EASTWOOD VILLAGE LN $237,000 4032 MARSHALL AVE $375,000 5345 SONORA WAY $258,000 6317 MEADOWVISTA DR $400,000 5100 VALE DR $225,000 4823 ENGLE RD $180,000 5830 SHARPS CIR $219,000 6732 RAPPAHANNOCK WY $369,900 5649 ANGELINA AVE $370,000 3207 OSBORNE CT $400,000 4028 MASON LN $419,000 1077 SAND BAR CIR $365,000 5025 NORTH AVE $280,000 3131 OZZIE COURT $350,000 1412 ELSDON CIR $535,000 4037 OAK VILLA CIR $145,000 4780 AMERICAN RIVER DR $692,900 6225 WILDOMAR WAY $195,000 5216 LINDA LOU DR $297,000 5094 TONYA WAY $300,000 4123 SHARWOOD WAY $325,000 4500 COLBY WAY $338,800 7123 MURDOCK WAY $350,000 4984 SAN MARQUE CIR $296,564 4200 SHARWOOD WAY $338,000 5633 KENNETH AVE $175,000 6508 MILES LN $180,000 3912 OAK VILLA CIR $136,000 6106 VIA CASITAS $189,900 4225 MARSHALL AVE $230,000 4220 KENYON CT $280,000 4624 SHAFTESBURY CT $355,000 2030 SHELFIELD DR $495,000


$396,000 $387,500 $410,000 $418,500

1924 23RD ST 818 38TH ST 3241 L ST 220 25TH ST 432 33RD ST 542 38TH ST

95817 TAHOE PARK, ELMHURST 2948 38TH ST 3524 35TH ST 3040 10TH AVE 3209 11TH AVE 3630 6TH AVE 3629 9TH AVE 2521 33RD ST 3335 42ND ST 3127 32ND ST 2815 42ND ST 5624 V ST 4040 11TH AVE 2408 37TH ST 2608 59TH ST 3427 9TH AVE 3432 37TH ST 2967 39TH ST 2602 52ND ST 3461 1ST AVE 3739 3RD AVE 4201 U ST 3509 SANTA CRUZ WAY 5935 2ND AVE

95818 LAND PARK, CURTIS PARK 562 ROBERTSON WAY 2768 18TH ST 3058 17TH ST 2660 PORTOLA WAY 1024 X ST 3085 FREEPORT BLVD 1009 YALE ST 2541 9TH AVE 2031 16TH ST 1824 1ST AVE 1935 2ND AVE 1326 MARIAN WAY 2227 PORTOLA WAY 2898 MUIR WAY 1112 10TH AVE 1770 7TH AVE 2672 17TH ST

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$285,000 $1,050,000 $309,500 $475,000 $435,000 $551,000 $393,500

5521 D ST 82 PRIMROSE WAY 1372 56TH ST 620 53RD ST 5021 JENNINGS WAY 1927 47TH ST 1533 52ND ST 5250 N ST 909 46TH ST 248 SAN ANTONIO WAY 88 43RD ST 5000 MODDISON AVE


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989 FULTON AVE #480 $52,000 708 ELMHURST CIRCLE $385,000 2280 HURLEY WAY #39 $91,300 2204 MEADOWBROOK RD $160,000 3104 VALENCIA WAY $230,000 1911 TERRACE DR $265,000 195 HARTNELL PL $360,000 843 E WOODSIDE LN #16 $140,000 700 HARTNELL PL $267,000 602 EAST RANCH RD $350,000 2329 LLOYD LN $210,000 2045 ERNEST WAY $237,500 820 ELMHURST CIR $455,000 2454 LARKSPUR LN #327 $75,000 1725 WRIGHT ST $170,000 2430 PAVILIONS PL LN #502 $480,000 1461 UNIVERSITY AVE $369,000 704 HARTNELL PI $345,000 3116 PENNLAND DR $234,000 985 FULTON AVE #471 $65,000 1019 DORNAJO WAY #263 $100,000 2436 BRENTWOOD RD $227,000


7248 HAVENSIDE DR $370,000 6473 S LAND PARK DR $494,000 7116 EL SERENO CIR $330,000 7134 POCKET RD $835,000 19 HIDDEN LAKE CIR $286,850 15 WINDUBEY CIR $319,900 1415 LOS PADRES WAY $443,500 737 RIVERCREST DR $365,000 6811 WILLOWWOOD WAY $420,000 402 ROUNDTREE CT $100,000 7716 ROBERTS RIVER WAY $352,500

581 LEEWARD WAY $154,000 7543 DELTAWIND DR $249,900 75 CACHE RIVER CIR $270,000 6733 BREAKWATER WAY $340,000 423 NASCA WAY $360,000 618 RIVERCREST DR $366,888 781 HARVEY WAY $263,000 371 RIVERTREE WAY $385,000 6730 RIVERSIDE BLVD $387,500 7664 HOWERTON DR $415,000 38 STARLIT CIR $385,000 8000 LINDA ISLE LANE LN $399,000 7312 IDLE WILD WAY $343,000 7503 S LAND PARK DR $375,000 7679 EL RITO WAY $400,000 19 SAND RIVER CT $484,000 1204 SPRUCE TREE CIR $251,500 23 SEASIDE CT $241,000 6312 OAKRIDGE WAY $537,000 7600 DELTAWIND DR $224,000 6647 SWENSON WAY $432,000 7461 SPICEWOOD DR $250,000 45 FARALLON CIR $300,000 570 DE MAR DR $212,000 6667 WESTMORELAND WY $289,000 85 STARLIT CIR $420,000 1408 SAN CLEMENTE WAY $501,000

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1324 SEBASTIAN WAY $175,000 901-901 HAMPTON RD $175,000 712 COLUMBIA DR $839,000 1849 VESTA WAY $192,500 2013 ADONIS WAY $315,000 1931 ROCKWOOD DR $730,000 3901 AMERICAN RIVER DR $869,000 3385 SIERRA OAKS DR $1,560,000 2071 MAPLE GLEN RD $1,530,000 4520 MILLRACE RD $345,000 3635 LAS PASAS WAY $495,000 160 MIDDLETON WAY $550,000 3555 LAS PASAS WAY $755,000 1679 EL NIDO $360,000 1465 EL TEJON WAY $375,000 384 WYNDGATE RD $575,000 139 MERRITT WAY $680,000 495 BRET HARTE RD $1,410,000 3892 EXMOOR CIR $680,000 3848 ARDEN WAY $795,000 3545 LAS PASAS WAY $402,000 3125 MORELAND CT $605,000 920 PATRICIA WAY $212,000 3859 LAS PASAS WAY $415,000 328 CLAYDON WAY $860,000 2500 MORLEY WAY $725,000 1129 RIVARA CIR $155,000 1108 HAMPTON RD $205,000 1409 EASTERN AVENUE $589,000 1345 JONAS AVE $187,000 1508 LA SIERRA DR $521,000 2408 CATHAY WAY $215,000 1129 AMBERWOOD RD $180,000




The electrolytes sodium, potassium and chloride, along with calcium, magnesium and others in smaller amounts, are essential for life. Human blood is salty, and the fluid inside cells is loaded with electrolytes. In the body, electrolytes are necessary for fluid balance, muscle contraction, nerve impulses, heartbeats, transporting chemicals into and out of


cells, and much more. Regulating the amount of these ions in the blood is



the job of the kidneys, which control t fitness clubs around

how much water and electrolytes are

the region, new faces are

dumped in urine and how much are

turning up as people resolve


to improve their health in the

Electrolytes lost through sweat are

New Year. They’ll find a plethora

replaced in the diet. As anyone who

of choices. Within the Arden

is trying to limit sodium intake can

Arcade area, clubs offer dance

testify, salt is abundant in the foods

fitness (Latin-inspired Zumba and

we eat. After exercise, normal food

Cardio Dance at California Family

plus plenty of tap water will replenish

Fitness), Les Mills programs

losses without the need for a special

(BodyAttack and BodyPump at Del

rehydrating beverage. For example,

Norte), cycling and power yoga

Gatorade is a solution of sodium,

(Arden Hills), and even Spiderman

potassium and phosphate salts with

moves on ropes (Bodyweb at

sugar, food coloring and artificial

Crunch Gym). While sweating and

flavors added. A 12-ounce bottle

panting through a group exercise

contains 160 milligrams of sodium.

class, participants are likely to get

That’s about the amount of sodium


in an equal volume of milk, or a cup

During exertion, our bodies lose

of raisin bran cereal, or maybe 10

water. We exhale humid air in our

dry-roasted peanuts. Twelve ounces

breath, and we sweat to control

through sweat isn’t pure water. It

(sodium chloride) enters water, it falls

of Gatorade provides 45 milligrams of

our body temperature. To prevent

contains salt. Because both water and

apart into separate atoms of sodium

potassium. An average banana packs

dehydration, the lost water must be

salt leave the body in sweat, it makes

and chloride. The sodium and chloride

more than 420 milligrams.

replaced by drinking.

sense that a drink that contains both

become ions. That is, they carry an

So after a workout, water plus a

is the best choice to replenish them.

electrical charge (sodium positive,

snack is just as good—or better—than

chloride negative). Because these ions

Gatorade for replacing electrolytes. Is

are charged particles in water, they

there any reason to consume a sports

can carry an electric current. Hence

drink during exercise?

By drinking what? Water or a sports drink? Many people nowadays are choosing commercial sports drinks

But is a sports drink really superior to water for hydration? Sports drinks contain electrolytes.

over old-fashioned water. Beyond

This is a fancy word for dissolved

marketing, the logic is this. Fluid lost

salts. When a grain of table salt


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the term electrolytes.

Yes, but only during vigorous, prolonged activity. As a general



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advantage over plain water during

both of them simultaneously into

the first hour of exercise. As long

the circulation. Water follows along.

as you’re drinking water and have

Thus, adding sugar to an electrolyte

healthy kidneys, your body can

drink helps the body to absorb salt

manage quite a bit of sodium loss.

and water.

Even among marathon runners,

The sugar benefit can be overdone.

hyponatremia (the condition of

If the concentration of sugar in a

having too little salt in the blood) is

drink is more than about 8 percent,

rare. If you’re doing one group class

it slows the rate at which fluid

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ore than food was cooking when celebrity restaurateurs recently showed up at two Sacramento area schools. Indeed, inspiration was on the menu. At Leo A. Palmiter High School in Arcade, 30 teenage culinary students heard how Bobby Coyote started out as a soda jerk and now has his own restaurant chain; how Chris Jarosz washed enough dishes to eventually run multiple restaurants and food trucks; how Mikki Stevens started out as a hostess and now directs operations for the company that owns Johnny Rockets franchises.

“They see my spikedup hair and tattoos and figure working in a restaurant is somewhere where they don’t have to fit a mold. I tell them in this business, if they work hard and walk a straight line, the sky’s the limit.” Student counterparts at San Juan High School in Citrus Heights also


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Touring the Leo A. Palmiter High School garden, visitors Bobby Coyote (left) and Chris Jarosz (center) meet culinary students and instructor Jeff Zahniser

received job-hunting tips from an insider in the industry that, after government, is America’s secondlargest employer. The visits were part of a program launched by the California Restaurant Association. Force In Training aims to encourage industry recruitment by supplying mentors for culinary students. On the same day as the two Sacramento school visits, the association sent 70 professionals to scores of other California schools. Their presentations emphasized “soft skills,” which are hard to teach

but vital habits for employment. They include being punctual, being clean, respecting co-workers and minimizing social media use on the job. “It sounds obvious,” says Leo A. Palmiter Culinary Arts teacher Jeff Zahniser. “But many employers complain schools are turning out workers who lack social skills. The mentors got through to my kids. They saw a successful chef who had tattoos and told them he didn’t excel at school, that he started off washing dishes. The kids think, well, if he can do well, so can I.”

The tattooed chef in question was Sacramento icon of cool Chris Jarosz, 46, who owns West Sacramento’s Broderick Roadhouse. Capital Dime restaurant, Trick Pony and food trucks extend the culinary entrepreneur’s alternately hip empire. He grew up in a Pennsylvania steel mill town but took his first job as a greasy spoon cafe dishwasher. Jarosz now heads the Sacramento chapter of the California Restaurant Association and regards mentoring wannabe chefs as an after-hours mission.

Visiting restaurant executive Mikki Stevens and instructor Jeff Zahniser (right) view pasta preparation by culinary student Aaron Namco

“Not going to college is not necessarily a terrible thing,” he maintains. “Most restaurant owners I’ve met didn’t. Some kids are forced into higher education before they’re ready; sometimes having a job helps them figure out what direction they want to take.” Jarosz connects easily with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds “Many of them are told they won’t amount to much,” says Jarosz. “They see my spiked-up hair and tattoos and figure working in a restaurant is somewhere where they don’t have to fit a mold. I tell them in this business, if they work hard and walk a straight line, the sky’s the limit.” The program also serves its mentors. “We see young people as the ones who are shaping the industry,”

explains restaurant executive Mikki Stevens. “They tell us what a new generation of customers wants from us. When I first started, whoever ordered anything gluten-free or vegan? The food industry attracts youth because our business is fastpaced and always changing. It needs a high energy. If you’re willing to put in the time and work, you’ll see the benefits in your career.” Her own story is proof: The 39-year-old single mom started out as an IHOP hostess in Texas. The job got her through college and she is now the Sacramento operations director for Johnny Rockets restaurant outlets and the Pinkberry Yogurt franchise. The food industry is generously sprinkled with triumph achieved after shaky starts. VIP mentor Bobby

Coyote earned his first paycheck as a Baskin Robbins ice cream scooper. He now has nine restaurants and shares ownership in several more. “Part of being in this business teaching kids what you learned on the way up,” he says. “If we can get through to a few of them, we feel it’s a mission accomplished. To those who have emotional challenges and disadvantages, our message is that there’s room in our business for everyone. If you can be taught, if you can work hard, you can be viable.” San Juan High culinary students heard a similar message. Mentors were Ken Le from Oshima Sushi and Fugu Lounge and Warren G. Bender executive Roland Guillen. “What industry pros have to share is important,” says the school’s culinary instructor, Sandi Coulter. “My students were impressed by how young some chefs are. Seeing successful people who are near to their own age makes their goals seem closer.”

Insight on employee screening was also valuable. “The Warren G. Bender executive said that after interviews, he escorts job applicants to their cars,” reported Coulter. “He sees whether they keep it clean; if the interior is trashed. He told the students a car shows a lot about a person. Some thought miniscule things like that didn’t matter, but they do.” On the receiving end of FIT visitors’ advice was Aaron Namoco. “The mentors inspired me,” said the 17-year-old Leo A. Palmiter student. “Cooking is my passion. I love to put my heart into meal preparation and to feel I’m part of a team. “What (the visiting professionals achieved in their careers) was pretty hard for me to imagine. But then I heard about how they did it, step by step, (and) now it seems possible. “You realize that a dishwasher who has a positive attitude can own his own restaurant—someday.” n



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Presented by Runaway Stage Productions @ 24th Street Theater Jan 2 – Jan 25 24th Street Theater 2791 24th St. Sac 207-1226 Experience both laughs and chills -- possibly at the same time -- as the wickedly witty Addams family comes to life in an all-new musical comedy. When the grown-up Wednesday Addams falls head over heels for a normal boy, she invites his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone’s favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -and worst -- in everyone involved.


Jan 13 – Jan 14 Community Center Theater 1301 L St. Sac (888) 633-6999 Shen Yun takes you on an extraordinary journey to the lost land of the ancient Middle Kingdom. Discover classical Chinese dance and feel the joy as ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Stunning animated backdrops and exquisite costumes transport you to another world. Be inspired by magical legends and heavenly realms with 5,000 years of civilization. Live on Stage!!


Jan 15 – Jan 18 Sacramento Theater Company 1419 H St. Sac 446-7501 Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, this romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedies tells the story of English heiress Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a BOYFRIEND. Polly’s father, convinced any boy who isn’t wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she’s fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg as love proceeds to charmingly find its way through nearly every member of the cast and bring them all to a happy ending.


A world premier comedy by Jack Gallagher B Street Theatre (Mainstage) 2711 B St. Sac 443-5300 The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of the Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Jan 16 – Jan 17 Community Center Theater 1301 L St. Sac 808-5181 Another one of C.S. Lewis’ fascinating fantasies, The Great Divorce brims with Lewis’s signature wit and imagination as it follows several colorful characters on a bus ride from a suburb in hell to the outskirts of heaven, while exploring the vagaries of human nature and the divide between good and evil.


By Caryl Churchill Jan 16 – Feb 14 Big Idea Theater 1616 Del Paso Blvd. Sac 960-3036 Cloud Nine is about relationships between women and men, men and men, women and women. It is about sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, grandmothers, politics, money, queen Victoria and sex. A sharp comedy, it is provocative and an amusing study of sexual politics. It unlocks the imagination, liberates the mind and leaves you weak with laughter. Cloud Nine was first staged by Join Stock and premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 1979, revived the following year and opened a two-year run in New York in 1981. It has since been staged all over the world.


By Aaron Loeb, directe4d by Michael Stevenson Jan 21- Feb 22 Capital Stage 2215 J St. Sac 995-5464 This is a psychological suspense thriller in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. Written with a darkly comic edge, the lines between right and wrong are blurred and these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and more dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems.


Jan 6 – Feb 7 B Street Theater – B3 series 2711 B St. Sac 443-5300 Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Helmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy? Champ all become one in this witty, time-jumping Pulitzer prize nominated comedy.







ou will rarely catch Lance Pyle walking around the Land Park neighborhood without a notebook and pencil in his hand. It’s here that this 66-year-old grandfather of four gathers inspiration for the poems he writes and illustrates under the pen name Peter Blueberry. An architect by trade, Pyle faced a life-changing experience a little over five years ago when he found out he had stage IV squamous cell cancer in his lymph nodes. He had the cancerous lump removed and underwent radiation treatments. A year and a half later, the cancer came back with a vengeance, this time on his tongue. After doctors removed part of his tongue to get rid of the cancer, Pyle didn’t know if he’d ever be able to speak again. He retired when it became too difficult for him to communicate with people on the phone. He thought his life was over until his then-7-year-old grandson stepped in. “One day he was taking a shower and asked if I would tell him a story or a poem,” recalls Pyle, who lives in Citrus Heights but spends at least four days a week in Land Park helping out with his grandkids at the house he designed for his daughter. “He enjoyed it so


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Poet Lance Pyle shares a story with his grandkids and their friend. A book illustration is on the left.

much, he told me I should write poetry.” In the past four years, Pyle has written more than 300 poems. Many include illustrations, which Pyle sketches in pencil. The poems, which are short and simple, echo the style of the late poet Shel Silverstein.

They appeal to readers of all ages, from young children to senior citizens, with subject matter that includes nature, family values, bathroom mishaps and monsters. He likes to include a lesson in a poem whenever he can. Take, for instance, his poem “Are You Ready To Be My Friend?”: You don’t have to build me up, Or tell me how great I am.

You don’t have to buy me anything. Sometimes, just hold my hand. You don’t have to pat me on the back. Just be someone I can depend. Always tell me the truth. Are you ready to be my friend? Other poems are funny. In one, called “Toilet Trees,” a little boy is

mortified when his mom asks a simple question at the grocery store: I’ve used up all the toothpaste, And the paper cups are all gone. My toothbrush is looking cruddy, And I have no hair gel to put on. My shower is looking dingy, And the floor has spots of goo. The toilet paper is all used up, So I don’t know what I’m going to do. Now, my mom just said, “Come on, Billy, we’re going to the store. We’re going to get some supplies, And come back and clean your floor.” But when we finally got to the store I nearly fell to my knees, Because the first thing that my mom asked was, “Where do you keep your toilet trees?”

come read to the students. Several accepted his request. His first reading was at Crocker Riverside Elementary School in Land Park. Now he is invited to read at schools, libraries and senior citizen centers all over Sacramento and beyond, going as far as Marysville and Tracy. And while his second cancer surgery forced him to talk more slowly, he can communicate just fine.

While Pyle enjoys writing poems, he wanted to bring his words to people to make them smile. So he emailed elementary schools in the Sacramento area, asking if he could

“I’ve made it back and performed to more than 15,000 people in the past three years,” says Pyle. “This

While Pyle enjoys writing poems, he wanted to bring his words to people to make them smile.

is a very strange and very rewarding journey I’m on.” He’s written and illustrated seven books of poems that he compiled into a big book called “The Rainbow Makers.” It’s available at Barnes & Noble, on Amazon and through his blog, Pyle decided to use a pen name because there are three people named Lance Pyle in the Sacramento area. To come up with the nom de plume, he sat at the computer and typed in names. He started with Peter and put a few words after it, but each time the word was taken. Then he typed in Blueberry. It wasn’t taken, and he had a new name. Pyle looks at his cancer diagnoses as a rebirth. “As strange as it seems, I’m glad I got cancer,” he says. “If I never got cancer, I never would be on this road.” To see a video of Lance Pyle reading some of his poetry, go to youtu. be/56Vsn4_nqRg. His poetry blog is at n


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Red Dot Gallery presents Common Threads: New/Recent Work by Pam Dixon, Pablo Galvan and Somboun Sayasane in January. Shown above: “If Wishes Were Horses” by Pamela Dixon, ceramic. 2231 J Street, Ste. 101

“The Biggest Show in Town” runs January 6-24 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s Annual Members Show exhibiting member’s works including sculpture, photography, painting. Shown: “Sedona Canyon” by Jan Dailey, oil. 5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael

The Alex Bult Gallery features a solo exhibition of sculpture and paintings by artist Sam Hernández. Shown: “Journey to Shangri-la.” Jan. 6 to Feb. 7. 1114 21st St.;


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The b. sakata garo gallery will exhibit an “Airplane Show” including work by William T. Wiley, Gale Wagner, Peter Stegall, Gustavo Ramos River and Mel Prest. Shown left: a work by John Buck. 923 20th St.;

Artistic Edge Gallery will feature work this month by Michael Mikolon, Charlene Hall and Julia Kropinovain January. Shown: “Blue Tree” by Charlene Hall, 1880 Fulton Ave.;



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hen a singer like New York’s Catherine Russell comes to town, it’s a pretty sure bet who arranged the performance. Swell Productions is the quiet powerhouse bringing a vast world of music to Sacramento. From artists like Russell to piano phenomenon Marcia Ball to sacred steel players like The Campbell Brothers, Swell Productions rocks River City. “Remarkable music. Live” is Swell’s motto, and business partners Mindy Giles and Steve Nikkel draw upon deep experience in the music industry to land top acts in local venues. “The music business is a small world,” Giles says. “It’s a lot about keeping relationships alive.” Giles has established a treasure trove of relationships over the years through her work with labels such as Alligator in Chicago, Black Top in New Orleans and Tower Records distributor Bayside Entertainment. Giles has connected with music as long as she can remember. She was the kid playing records for the play in the neighbor’s garage in her hometown of Columbus, Ind. “I have detailed memories of making posters and tickets and picking the records,” she recalls. “It has always been a consistent thing in my life.” She listened hard to the music played by her parents and older brother, including Bobby Charles, Fats Domino and Lloyd Price. As soon as she was old enough, Giles landed a job at a local record store. It was 1969; she made about $1.50 an hour. When she went off to college


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Mindy Giles

in Bloomington, she found work at Discount Records, a “deep catalog” store where she could really dig into the music. When she was offered an assistant manager position in Chicago

at age 19, Giles quit college and hightailed it to the Windy City. She remembers getting her first free tickets to a show, which turned out to be Muddy Waters and Friends

and included, in part, Dr. John, Johnny Winter and Paul Butterfield. “In one fell swoop, I saw the fathers, mothers and sons of the blues,” she says. “It was like Chicago just said, ‘Soak this up.’” She eventually returned to Bloomington to finish her degree in psychology and journalism. After a stint in film school, Giles was hired by PolyGram Records just in time to get swept up in “Saturday Night Fever,” which turned the recording industry on its ear. “Sales figures exploded,” she says. Then it happened again with “Grease.” After a year and a half of watching decision making at PolyGram that was centered in New York, Giles grew frustrated. “I was hearing young acts like Tom Petty and Graham Parker, but there was no interest in recording them,” she says. Deciding to find a situation closer to the artists, Giles began meeting with a group of independent record label owners. The sole woman in the group, she learned more about blues, folk and jazz and found her comfort zone with “the creative, feisty and underdog” small labels. In 1978, she answered a classified ad for someone to pour long hours, blood, sweat and tears into a blues label. “I knew it was Bruce Iglauer at Alligator,” she says. “The ad said ‘no phone calls.’ I called him.” Iglauer hired her to book all of Alligator’s artists in North America. Working in an upstairs office in Iglauer’s house and sharing a plywood desk, Giles booked Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Johnny Winter and Professor Longhair. She threw record release parties, attended national booking conventions and discovered

a young musician named Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom Iglauer did not want to sign. “I was crushed,” Giles says. “And I had to tell Stevie.” Deciding it was time to move on, Giles left Alligator and went to work for Rounder, another independent label and distributor. Specializing in marketing for a few smaller labels distributed by Rounder, including New Orleans’ Black Top Records, she organized the Black Top Blues-ARama train tour from New Orleans to Chicago in 1994.

“The voice is the most human thing we relate to,” she explains. “You see it in kids. They are the always the ones right up by the stage dancing around. As we get older, we slip away from that nature.” When Black Top began litigation with Rounder, Giles found herself out of work and moved to Sacramento in 1997 to become marketing director for Tower Records’ Bayside Entertainment Distribution. However, in a few years, Tower began to crumble due to the Internet, larger chain stores and a depressed world

economy, and Bayside was bought by another distribution company. Giles was once again out of work and once again took a leap of faith. In 2004, she started Swell Productions with Nikkel, a former Tower marketing manager. “First thing, I went straight to the executive director of Sierra 2 Center for the Arts to talk about upgrading the 24th Street Theater for live music,” she says. A fundraiser soon ensued. Using 24th Street Theater and other venues, Swell Productions has presented lap steel wizards, upstart trombone players, folk legends and renowned songwriters while also promoting local and regional musicians including Jackie Greene, Rowdy Kate, Jazz Gitan and Ricky Berger. Swell orchestrated the Delta-toDelta sister-city concert for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005, and the second and third annual In The Flow festival of jazz and improvisational music. This year, Giles fully programmed the annual Iselton Cajun and Blues Festival. Tapping into the headliners at New Orleans’ legendary Jazz & Heritage Festival, she orchestrated a competitive festival in our own delta. About her eternal quest to bring live music to town, Giles says we are “hardwired” to respond to music. “It’s something elemental. The voice is the most human thing we relate to,” she explains. “You see it in kids. They are the always the ones right up by the stage dancing around. As we get older, we slip away from that nature.” For more information, go to n

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hen you think stars and stripes, you might think July, but Sacramento Ballet is bringing some sizzling patriotism to the stage with Inside the Director’s Studio “Made in America” at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the dance troupe’s midtown studio. Listen in as John Clifford, a protégé of the great George Balanchine, explains the magic behind “Stars and Stripes,” the choreographer’s dazzling love letter to America with music by John Phillip Sousa. The evening will include dance excerpts and rare insider stories that you won’t want to miss. For tickets and more information, call 552-5800 or visit Sacramento Ballet is located at 1631 K Street.

IN LIVING ‘COLOUR’ You might not remember how to spell Polish artist Zbigniew Kozikowski’s name, but you’ll certainly remember his vibrant art pieces on display from Jan. 8 through Feb. 10 at Arthouse on R Street. The solo exhibition, entitled Colour, will feature Kozikowski’s


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Polish artist Zbigniew Kozikowski’s colorful artwork will be on display from Jan. 8 through Feb. 10 at Arthouse on R Streey

brilliant cityscapes and other eyepopping paintings inspired by his love of light and color. “I believe that what we perceive as a visual world is only a phenomenon, repeatedly created by light,” he says. “In light, we find the deepest meaning of existence. Its immateriality is the source of materiality for our senses. My aim is to change it into colored spots so harmonized that they become the materialization of light, called color.” Kozikowski came to the United States in 1993 after earning his

master of fine arts degree from the distinguished Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow; he was one of only 13 students admitted. He and his wife, Barbara, arrived here seeking freedom and artistic success, which Kozikowski has most certainly achieved. The artist’s work will be on display in the Arthouse main gallery, which occupies the former Fuller building next to the Fox & Goose pub, as well as in his open studio during the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. For more

information, call 212-4988. To see more of Kozikowski’s work, go to Arthouse is at 1021 R St.

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at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Kim Quang Temple in the Arden area. Born in 1954 to a nomadic family in Tibet, Jhado Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of the abbot of the Jhado Monastery at age 3. After fleeing Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche spent several years studying in India, and in 1964 he took vows as a monk from the Dalai Lama to become fully ordained in 1973. For more than a decade, Rinpoche served as a teacher and abbot of the Dalai Lama’s private monastery, Namgyal, and he’s currently working with the Dalai Lama’s International Kalachakra Network. This fascinating guru will be speaking on Lam Rim, the stages of the path to happiness and enlightenment. Couldn’t we all use a little schooling in how to be happy? The event is free (though donations are welcome) and is presented in partnership by the local Buddhist nonprofit Lion’s Road Dharma Center

and the local Mongolian Buddhist temple Zanabazar Dharma Center. For more information, go to Kim Quang Temple is at 3119 Alta Arden Expressway.

IN WITH THE NEW If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take in more art, why not make Crocker Art Museum your first stop in 2015? From Jan. 8 through Feb. 22, the Crocker will present Peace and Hope, a joint exhibition with A Community for Peace that features the work of children, teens, women and men affected by violence, abuse and trauma. See the healing effects of art for yourself in this inspiring show. To continue your quest for a new year and a new you, check out Art Mix Renewal from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. The party will start with an exclusive record release from Be Calm Honcho presented by Crossbill Records, as well as guest DJs, art-making stations, $10 New

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You’ll have a rare opportunity to hear one of the rising stars of its international practice, Jhado Rinpoche, speak about the steps to happiness and enlightenment

as a member of the international Very Special Arts network. In fact, it’s the local role-model site for VSA California. See the stunning art and meet some of the amazing artists themselves at the Second Saturday reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10. For more information about I Can Do That!, go to icandothat-arts4all. org

To see something truly inspiring, be sure to stop by Artists’ Collaborative Gallery in Old Sacramento between Jan. 6 and Feb. 10 to catch its Children’s Art Show in collaboration with the nonprofit organization I Can Do That!

Look consultations with local fashion gurus and talks by Crossfit experts and healthful cooking demonstrations to help you keep those resolutions. Drinks are under $5 all night—which should ease your interactions during the “mix and mingle” games—and college students receive a $2 discount. The event is free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.

Are you or is someone you love suffering from chronic pain? Perhaps a painting a day will keep the pain away. Are you or is someone you love suffering from chronic pain? Perhaps a painting a day will keep the pain away. At least that’s what the Crocker hopes to do with Art Rx from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 10. Individuals with chronic pain and their families or caregivers are invited to enjoy a special tour of the museum with facilitated discussion to provide a positive experience that could reduce the burden of chronic

pain. Advance registration is required, so call 808-1182 or email education@ Hoping to just chill out to some classic tunes? The Crocker’s Classical Concert has you covered at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11 with a performance by the Saturday Club, the oldest musical organization in Sacramento. You’re probably already a member of the Crocker, but if you’re also a member of Capital Public Radio, you can get the special reduced tickets price of $6. Interested in the offerings at the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival but don’t know where to start? The festival and the Crocker have joined forces for a special screening of “The Burmese Harp” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. The film responds to the aftermath of World War II much like the ongoing Crocker photography exhibit Provoke Era: It explores the chaos and wreckage left behind in the wake of the war through the eyes of a Japanese army officer who remained in Burma after the surrender. “The Burmese Harp” won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the 1956 Venice Film Festival San Giorgio Prize. Space is limited, so

reserve your tickets early by calling 808-1182. Are you craving an evening of spirit-stirring music? Then make sure you don’t miss Iván Nájera’s Tribute to Los Panchos concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29. As one of the region’s best-loved Latin Jazz artists, Nájera and his award-winning band will pay tribute to Mexico’s famed Los Panchos, an internationally acclaimed Latin “trío romántico” famed for its romantic ballads and boleros, as well as perform some of his own work. If you’re looking for further inspiration, check out the Crocker’s ongoing exhibition Arte Mexicano: Legacy of the Masters before the concert. For tickets and more information on all events and exhibitions, call 8081182 or go to Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.

CAN-DO SPIRIT To see something truly inspiring, be sure to stop by Artists’ Collaborative Gallery in Old Sacramento between Jan. 6 and Feb. 10 to catch its Children’s Art Show in collaboration with the nonprofit organization I Can Do That! I Can Do That! provides arts programming throughout the community to children of all abilities

I Can Do That! provides arts programming throughout the community to children of all abilities as a member of the international Very Special Arts network. For more information on Artists’ Collaborative Gallery, go to artcollab. com Artists’ Collaborative Gallery is at 129 K St.

SISTERS OF JERSEY This is a show that’ll have you shouting “Hallelujah!” from your seats: “Nunsense” comes to Sacramento Theatre Company’s Pollock Stage from Jan. 7 through Feb. 14. The zany musical comedy by Dan Goggin is based on a line of greeting cards that Goggin created in the 1980s featuring nuns offering tart, clerical quips that proved to be wildly popular. Encouraged by the cards’ success, Goggin created a cabaret called “The Nunsense Story,” which opened for a four-day run in Manhattan and instead ran for 38 weeks. Goggin expanded the show into a full, five-woman musical, which opened Off-Broadway in 1985 and has since become the second-longestrunning Off-Broadway musical in history. The plot involves the five PREVIEWS page 80




in numerous distinguished public collections, including Yale University Art Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Museum of Contemporary Art in Macedonia and New Orleans Museum of Art. Meet the man behind the tools of his trade at the preview reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, or at the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. For more information, call 4765540 or go to Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st St., Suite B.

kooky Little Sisters of Hoboken, an accidental murder, nuns in the freezer and a variety show to raise funds for funeral costs—you’re probably laughing already! For tickets and more information, call 443-6722 or go to Sacramento Theatre Company is at 1419 H St.

GOING ONCE … GOING TWICE … Looking for something to spruce up your interior for 2015? Brian Witherell might have what you’re looking for at Witherell’s live estate auction, the first of its kind for the local auction house, on Saturday, Jan. 10. “We are excited to finally be able to make furniture—including midcentury modern—silver, jewelry, Asian art, paintings and décor from estates in the region available to local residents at very reasonable prices,” Witherell says, whom you might recognize from his appearances as an appraiser on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.” The auction starts at 10 a.m. in the warehouse across from Witherell’s showroom and will continue until all items are sold. Get a sneak peek at the merchandise at the same-day preview from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information, go to Witherell’s showroom is at 300 20th St.

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON Who is Watson? Trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes? Engineer who built Bell’s first telephone? The supercomputer that became the reigning “Jeopardy!” champion? Amiable techno-dweeb looking for love? All of these Watsons come together in the time-bending comedy “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence,” playing Jan. 6 through Feb. 7 at B Street Theatre.


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Ever wondered what artwork created by African adzes, Japanese saws, Native American crook knives and high-powered sandblasters looks like? Check out the solo exhibition by artist Sam Hernández entitled “Sculptures/Paintings,” on display at Alex Bult Gallery from Jan. 8 through Feb. 7.

Part of the company’s cutting-edge B3 series, the show earned playwright Madeleine George a Pulitzer Prize nomination following its world premiere at Playwrights Horizon in 2013. The cautionary tale of love and machines is sure to make you laugh and think. For tickets and more information, call 443-5300 or go to bstreettheatre. org B Street Theatre is at 2711 B St.

POWER TOOLS Ever wondered what artwork created by African adzes, Japanese saws, Native American crook knives

and high-powered sandblasters looks like? Check out the solo exhibition by artist Sam Hernández entitled “Sculptures/Paintings,” on display at Alex Bult Gallery from Jan. 8 through Feb. 7, and see for yourself. Hernández and his innovative, free-standing work have been the recipients of numerous honors, including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award. His pieces have been featured in numerous books, exhibition catalogues, museums and galleries around the world. His totemic pieces, primarily sculpted out of wood, are also included

Have you ever been wandering through an art gallery and wished there was somewhere to sit? Couchbleachers, a new exhibition at Verge Center for the Arts from Jan. 10 through March 22, is your wish fulfilled. The interactive exhibit by Los Angeles-based visual and performing artist Nate Page is a clever artistic examination of seating as both art and functional object. Visitors will be able to not only view the various seating arrangements as sculpture, but, Page hopes, “they’ll also be able to touch it, move through it and climb on it.” Throughout the run of the exhibition, Verge will also facilitate a series of community dialogues, events and activities with the goal of generating a crowd-sourced history of contemporary art in the Sacramento region—a result of their recent merger with the Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento. Don’t miss the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. For more information and a complete list of events, go to vergeart. com or call 448-2985. Verge Center for the Arts is at 625 S Street. Jessica Laskey can be reached at Please email items for consideration by the first of the month, at least one month in advance of the event. n

HAVE “INSIDE,” WILL TRAVEL 1. Anita Scuri and Jim Simon in Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Michigan 2. Ann Trowbridge, Jeff Clayton, MD, and their son, Aran Clayton, on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 3. Bruce Hester and Elfrena Foord Hester in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in Madagascar with brown lemurs 4. Russ and Lori Hart in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy 5. Kyle and Kristi Calcagno in Narbonne, France on the Mediterranean Sea 6. Diana and Carl Landau at Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho

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f breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then choosing the right place

to eat breakfast can be the most important food decision of your day. A day can be ruined by crumbly pancakes, shattered by soggy waffles, obliterated by overdone eggs. Conversely, a fine plate of biscuits and gravy can brighten up the whole day and make the sun shine that much brighter. So, if you’re wondering where to breakfast, turn your gaze to daybreak standout Bacon & Butter. Opened in 2012 in Midtown, the breakfast eatery recently relocated to Tahoe Park in a larger, more inviting space. Unlike its somewhat awkward Midtown location on 21st Street (restaurant by day, nightclub by night), the new Bacon & Butter feels warm and casual. Dressed up with light colors and chalkboards and centered on a substantial

Start the day with a plate of biscuits and bacon gravy from Bacon & Butter at Broadway and 59th Street

L-shaped counter, the space is open and bright, lending itself to a lovely with a strong cup of Old Soul coffee

fruity, it goes way beyond the handful

the cookies are top-notch. The apple

or a morning eye-opener. (My

of trail mix you’ve come to expect

and bacon fritter, despite being the

on arriving is the line out the door.

favorite is the Ciderosa, a mixture

when it comes to granola.

best-sounding thing I’ve ever heard

Whether it’s 11 a.m. on a Thursday or

of hard cider and orange juice.) The

8 a.m. on a Saturday, you’re likely to

menu is compact but wide ranging.

plate of gut-busting breakfast fun,

wait anywhere from 15 minutes to an

Nothing will jump out as particularly

B&B’s rotating selection of freshly

But let’s face it. You didn’t wait

hour for a table. The folks of Tahoe

adventurous or outside your comfort

baked breads and pastries might be

in line for an hour so that you could

Park and surrounding neighborhoods

zone. This is America, after all, and

just the thing to get your morning

eat light. Dig into a stack of flapjacks

are eating up the new businesses that

this is breakfast we’re talking about.

started. The cupcakes are amazing,

($9), solid but not leaden, sweet

morning meal. The first thing you might notice

If you’re not in the mood for a full

of, is a bit of a letdown, too doughy and dense.

have opened in just the past year,

On the lighter side, you can’t miss

the best I’ve had in memory. For

and satisfying. Plain will do, but do

including B&B and Public House

with the housemade granola ($7.50).

the holidays, the eggnog cupcake

yourself a favor and order the Meyer

Theater, a movie theater and bar.

My mother, who fancies herself a

was a particularly incredible bite,

lemon and poppy seed version ($13).

If you’ve got time for the wait,

granola aficionado, claims it’s the best

topped with cream cheese frosting

Just take note that you’ll need to

then you’ll most likely be rewarded

in town. Rich and sweet, crunchy and

and filled with eggnog custard. Also,

split them between three people if


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The dining room at Bacon & Butter

you want to leave the restaurant in

function. Yet each plate is also well

anything other than a wheelbarrow.

thought out and well crafted. Owner

Feeling like eggs and bacon? Then

and chef Billy Zoellin might be a little

order the grilled cheese Benedict

overzealous with his portions and a

($14). Two mighty stacks of challah,

bit gratuitous with his cheese/gravy/

four different cheeses, bacon,

bacon additions to most dishes, but

poached egg and hollandaise make

the flavors are strong and exciting,

for a mighty start to your day. And, if

bright and seasonal.

consumed with a side of potatoes, it

You can taste the care and the work

might constitute the end of your day

going into each dish. This isn’t diner

as well.

food. This isn’t greasy-spoon fare.

Did you say biscuits? I did. Try

Nor is it white-tablecloth brunch.

the biscuit sandwich ($11), a dense

This is hearty, seasonal food cooked

tower of dough, egg, caramelized

with an attentive eye and a steady

onion, mascarpone and a cheese skirt

hand. These are carefully sourced

a la Squeeze Inn. I know what you’re

ingredients and expert preparations.

thinking. “This sounds too light and

Bacon & Butter is, then, a pretty

insubstantial for my breakfast needs.”

darned good place for breakfast.

Don’t fear: You can add a smothering of bacon gravy for just $2 more. Almost every dish at Bacon & Butter is perfectly suitable for

Bacon & Butter is at 5913 Broadway; 346-4445;

splitting. Each plate comes teetering with more food than a non-Olympicathlete could consume and still

Greg Sabin can be reached at n






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Old Soul Co.

1716 L St. 443-7685

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2730 J St. 442-2552

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2416 J St. 443-0440

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

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1901 16th St. 441-5850

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

Harlow’s Restaurant 2708 J Street 441-4693

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2000 Capitol Ave. 498-9891

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EAST SAC 33rd Street Bistro

3301 Folsom Blvd. 455-2233

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LD $$ Wine tasting and paired entrees. Sunday Brunch 10 - 2. •

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B L D Full Bar $$ American cuisine in a casual historic setting. Breakfast on weekends.

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

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5642 J St. 731-8888

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3649 J St. 455-7803

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3101 Folsom Blvd. 231-8888 L D $$ Asian Grill and Noodle Bar

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400 L St. 321-9522

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SUNNY EAST SAC! 2bd/1ba Cottage. Light & bright combination living & dining rm offers 2 sets of blt-ins. Updated kitchen overlooks bckyrd. $340,000 THE WOOLFORD GROUP 834-6900 CaBRE#: 00680069, 01778361, 00679593


SOMETHING SPECIAL! Enjoy this 3bd/1ba hm w/over 1100sqft & 2 car garage in the 'Heart of Tahoe Park'. Freshly refinished hrdwd flrs, updtd kitch, freshly painted interior, wood framed dual pane windows & french sliding door. PAT VOGELI 207-4515 CaBRE#: 01229115


RIVER PARK BEAUTY! This 1820 SF home has 3 bd & 2 ba's and sits on .23 acres w/Lg open floor plan & Geremia pool too! COMING SOON! JEANINE ROZA & SINDY KIRSCH 548-5799 or 730-7705 CaBRE#: 01365413 & 01483907

METRO OFFICE 730 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento 916.447.5900

A GREAT START! 3bd/1ba hm w/1056sqft (tax record) in the Tahoe Tallac area. Long term owner has cared for home with hardwood floors, fireplace, Wedgewood stove, covered patio and storage room. $199,000 PAT VOGELI 207-4515 CaBRE#: 01229115


WELCOME TO RIVER PARK! Enjoy this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a family room, over 1400 sq ft, and 2 car garage located on a desirable cul-de-sac. $399,000 PAT VOGELI 207-4515 CABRE#: 01229115

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