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hen you read your neighborhood publication this month, you will notice a few changes. Actually, if you looked closely at the cover, you will already have seen a change. In anticipation of adding a fourth publication in February to serve the Pocket and Greenhaven neighborhoods, we have updated our logo and design. Let me explain the reasons behind these changes. When we started Inside East Sacramento 19 years ago, our

readership was confined to the neighborhood formally referred to as East Sacramento, which includes McKinley Park, River Park and other smaller neighborhoods such as the Fab Forties. Over the years, we grew our circulation, direct-mailing the paper to Elmhurst, Tahoe Park and Campus Commons—neighborhoods that are not officially considered East Sacramento. When I’d meet people from those neighborhoods, they’d ask me why they get Inside East Sacramento even though they live in, say, Tahoe Park. That incongruity stuck in my mind. The situation with Inside The City was even more awkward. When we started the publication 17 years ago, we toyed with naming it Inside Land Park, which is where a good number of our papers are mailed. But we dismissed the idea because we also direct-mail the paper to residents in Curtis Park and Woodlake, and we distribute thousands of copies through free newsstands in Midtown and downtown. Not everybody agreed with our decision. Realtor Sue Olson,

a longtime Land Park resident, made it clear she much preferred the name Inside Land Park to Inside The City. When we added Inside Arden in 2000, we started off mailing it to residents in most of the upscale Arden neighborhoods, including Sierra Oaks, Wilhaggin, Arden Park, Arden Oaks and Del Paso Manor. As we grew, we added much of Carmichael. We recently decided to redesign and rename our three existing publications. Now, the cover of each edition features the word INSIDE in bold type and lists the neighborhoods served by that edition. The names Inside East Sacramento and Inside Arden remain the same. But we have retired the name Inside The City and switched to Inside Land Park, which is the largest neighborhood served by that edition. I hope Sue Olson is finally happy! Inside The Pocket will debut in February. We are excited to expand into this vital part of the city. We are busy hiring writers and searching out the great people and stories in those neighborhoods. For years, we resisted

a Pocket expansion because the area lacks the rich variety and volume of neighborhood businesses, whose advertising dollars we need to pay for printing and mailing a paper to more than 8,000 homes. But we have concluded that many of our existing advertisers want to reach prospective customers who live in the Pocket and are not currently served by a directmailed neighborhood publication. Inside this publication, you will see many other changes. My husband negotiated a new print contract that includes a higher grade of paper in a brighter white than our old paper and the ability to have color on every page. Previously, we had color on only about one-third of our pages. This expanded color capacity means more color photography and new features in coming months. Readers Near and Far is now called Have Inside Will Travel. Make sure to check it out. Next month, we will start running a new Second Saturday art gallery




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he debate over whether Sacramento should adopt a strong-mayor form of government is as old as Mayor Kevin Johnson’s five-year tenure in office. He unveiled his first proposal within just days of taking office. We political junkies now call that one Strong Mayor 1.0. We’re now on Version 4.0, with the three previous versions sidelined by a court (2009) and by city council resistance (2010 and 2012). The latest version, however, is having a more successful launch: On Oct. 15, the city council, in a divided

5-4 decision, signaled its intent to place Version 4.0 on the November 2014 ballot. Dubbed The 2014 Checks and Balances Act, this latest proposal is almost a clone of the 2012 version, but with some twists: longer terms limits for the mayor (a limit of three terms, instead of two four-year terms) and creation of an eight-member city council (leaving the issue of how ties votes are broken up in the air for now), among other changes. The council majority directed city attorney James Sanchez to retool some of the act’s language and return it to the council for final action in early November. In a major shift in strategy, the mayor stepped into the background, and the strong-mayor baton was taken up by a new group, Sacramento Tomorrow, which was launched with the laudable goal of engaging in extensive community outreach. It promised a blank slate upon which the community could sketch out its ideas on city governance, addressing a frequent complaint lobbed against earlier strong-mayor versions.

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ditch their outreach effort and press the council for a June vote in the face of a known legal impediment (the new state law) instead of biding their time, completing their outreach effort (which was paying dividends) and accepting a likely November ballot berth? The effective date of Version 4.0 would be the same under either scenario: Jan. 1, 2015. Here’s where another factor likely came into play: the pending arena initiative, which appears on track to land a berth on the June 2014 primary ballot. The arena initiative, should it qualify for the ballot and be approved by voters in June, would grant voters the right to approve a subsidy for an arena, setting up a likely follow-up vote on the arena subsidy in November. It’s likely that the mayor wanted Version 4.0 to appear on the same ballot as the arena initiative, which would have permitted him to run a coordinated campaign in favor of one measure and against the other, perhaps hoping to turn the June election into a kind of referendum on his performance as mayor. He certainly could have saved campaign money by running a single get-outthe-vote effort on both measures in June, rather than having to wage campaigns in both June and November. The 5-4 council vote on Version 4.0 saw the mayor, Jay Schenirer, Angelique Ashby, Steve Cohn and new councilmember Allen Warren voting in favor of placing it on the November ballot while Kevin McCarty, Darrell

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FROM page 10 Fong, Bonnie Pannell and new councilmember Steve Hansen opposed the move. Fong said the council should demonstrate evenhandedness by placing both Version 4.0 and the arena initiative on the ballot, rather than “picking and choosing what goes to voters.� Roger Niello, CEO of Sacramento Metro Chamber, and several representatives of the business community expressed their support for Version 4.0, while former mayors Anne Rudin and Heather Fargo (making a rare return visit to city hall) opposed the idea. Bill Camp, head of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, also opposed it, arguing that a buildup of mayoral powers would reduce the influence of Sacramento’s neighborhoods. One new element in Version 4.0 is its sunset provision. Strong-mayor powers would expire in five years if voters do not reauthorize them in a subsequent election within that time. Version 4.0 also would direct the council to create an independent redistricting commission to draw future council district lines (eliminating political gerrymandering of district lines by council majorities, a bad habit that brought record numbers of protestors to council two years ago), a city ethics code and a “sunshine� ordinance that would increase transparency in how city government operates, all of which are “sweeteners� designed to attract voters. Another factor voters might consider is the fate of city manager John Shirey should the strong-


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mayor proposal pass. Shirey has made no secret of the fact that he has no interest in serving as city manager under a strong-mayor form of government. He said he would resign, taking with him a previously negotiated severance payment of about $175,000, representing six months’ salary and forcing the city to search for a new city manager—our fifth city manager in just four years. Shirey has held the post for just over two years. Since there is no available recent polling data on where voters might stand on the latest strong-mayor proposal, and since so much of the public conversation on the issue has been coming from downtown voices, I thought it would be informative to see how some of the presidents of our neighborhood associations view it. I chose four (two of whom actually serve on Sacramento Tomorrow’s advisory committee): Mark Abrahams (Land Park Community Association), Michael Boyd (Oak Park Neighborhood Association), Isaac Gonzalez (Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association) and Greg Hatfield (South Pocket Homeowners Association). Do you think the council made the right choice in deciding to place the strong-mayor proposal on the November ballot? Abrahams: There are more important things for the city council to be discussing at this time than charter change. Discussion of change in our charter may be a good one for Sacramento at some point. We’re trying to solve other problems at this point like an arena, which is far more

important. A ballot measure may be a distraction. Boyd: Yes, I do. Sacramento has been subjected to the charter/strongmayor change for years. It is time for a decision about updating our charter. Gonzalez: With 13 months until the November 2014 election, I don’t see the rush to place strong mayor on the ballot right now. Rushing it through now, for no other reason than because Sacramento Tomorrow had the votes on the council to get it done, is an opportunity lost, in my opinion, and harms the chances of charter reform in the near future. Hatfield: My personal opinion is that our city council/manager form of government has worked very well for both Sacramento and our diverse South Pocket community. Do you think adoption of the strong-mayor proposal would be a good or bad move for Sacramento at this time? Abrahams: Neighborhood associations like the LPCA provide a strong and positive voice for neighborhood and local concerns. Because of the shift in power a strong executive would create, local community influence would erode needlessly and would seriously harm all aspects of neighborhood participation. Boyd: It would be a good move. Under the current charter, the mayor is given little power yet maximum responsibility, at least in the minds of many voters. Many seem very surprised when they learn that the mayor position is merely that of other councilmembers. The latest strong-


mayor proposal gives the mayor some power to effect the changes promised in campaigns. Gonzalez: It’s no secret I’m in support of charter reform. But the people of Sacramento don’t see this as a pressing need. Adding it to the ballot at this time, led by a group that seems to be influenced largely by business interests and not neighborhood advocacy, signals to the voters that city hall is more focused on itself and less focused on the problems of our city. Hatfield: Under a strong-mayor form of government, the power of the neighborhoods will fade away unless you are lucky enough to have a direct pipeline to someone in the mayor’s office. When you look at strong mayors in other cities, how many of them have gone to prison, been indicted, left in the middle of the night or are on the shame list? What is your sense of how folks in your neighborhoods might vote on strong mayor come November? Do you think voters in your neighborhood will be able to separate their feelings about strong mayor from their feelings about this mayor? Abrahams: I talked to voters extensively on behalf of one of the two candidates running for council. It was really apparent that most of the voters I talked to were not supportive of strong mayor at all. The problem with the strong-mayor proposal is that it was promulgated in the first place by a sitting politician whose powers would increase by it. It’s impossible to separate feelings about

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I advised Sacramento Tomorrow to propose charter change in 2016, at the beginning of the next mayoral term, so that the voters would know what kind of job they were electing the mayor to do. Instead, they insisted on proposing that the changes come in 2015. This is a fatal flaw, in my opinion, and the main reason why residents cannot disassociate Kevin Johnson from this strong-mayor move. Hatfield: My sense is that voters in the South Pocket are

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would go from one house to the other pretty freely. We walked to school [Sutterville School] every day, and I never remember Mom accompanying us.” The Sacramento Zoo also holds a special place—and proximity—in Percy’s childhood memories. “On summer nights, when we had the windows open, we could hear the lion roar,” she recalls.



an you imagine staying in the same place for 64 years? How about in the same house? South Land Park residents Joy and Hoover Ebbert have done just that. But this past August, they decided to leave their beloved neighborhood for a new adventure at a senior living complex downtown. The Ebberts were original residents of South Land Park’s Freeport Terrace neighborhood. When he was 16, Hoover bought a bare lot. In 1949, he built a house by hand for his new bride. Joy even helped build the roof! Over the course of 64 years, the Ebberts have seen a vibrant community spring up around them. Daughter Peggy Percy has fond memories of growing up in South Land Park. “One of the most important things for my parents was knowing how safe and quiet the neighborhood was for their children,” Percy says via email. “We were able to play outside in the front yard, and we did that a lot. We spent loads of time outside playing tag, tumbling on the grass, riding our stick horses, then later our bicycles and skateboards. We


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“They can tell you who’s lived in all the houses throughout the years.” The Ebberts on their wedding day in 1949

In 1949, Hoover Ebbert built a house by hand for his new bride in 1949. Joy even helped build the roof!

Neighbor Krysty Emery remembers the Ebberts as helpful, handy neighbors—“Hoover can fix anything,” she says—and full of neighborhood knowledge. “They can tell you anything about the neighborhood,” Emery says. “They can tell you who’s lived in all the houses throughout the years. They can even tell you about the pipes. We had plumbing problems when we first moved in, and they told us about how the streets were built and where the pipes were.” Now Hoover and Joy—84 and 80, respectively—are headed to make new memories downtown. When asked what the secret is to staying married—and in one house—for so long, Joy puts it simply: “Love.” We wish them luck, love and new adventures with their (very lucky)

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The weather may be turning colder, but the fun and games are still the same at Fairytale Town. The park’s new winter hours go into effect on Friday, Nov. 1 and will remain until the end of February. Kids can carouse Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Once you’ve stuffed yourselves with turkey, what better way to burn it off than to take a trip to everyone’s favorite play park? Enjoy free admission all day on Friday, Nov. 29—the day after Thanksgiving—with the donation of a canned food item to support the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive. There will also arts and crafts activities and a puppet show. For more information, call 8087462 or go to Fairytale Town is at 3901 Land Park Drive.

Did you know that the Old City Cemetery can date one of its residents all the way back to the War of 1812? Learn more of the cemetery’s soldierly secrets at the Patriotism and Sacramentans’ Involvement in U.S. Wars tour on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. If the flowers amid our forefathers is more your cup of tea, don’t miss the Fall Color in the Rose Garden tour on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. Tour goers will take in the late-season blooms and colorful leaves in and around the cemetery. Tours are free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information, call 448-0811 or go to The Old City Cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway.

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WILD WINTER WONDERLAND Humans may be slowing down with the dropping temperature, but the residents of Sacramento Zoo are as active as ever. Nov. 1 will mark the zoo’s return to winter hours— daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, when the zoo will be closed. Bring a nonperishable food item or new and unwrapped toy in November or December and receive $1 off admission. The donated food items will go to River City Food Bank. Toys will go to the Toys for Tots drive. Are you a member of the military? Bring your valid military ID card— and your family—and receive 50 percent admission on Monday, Nov. 11, as a small token of appreciation for your dedicated service. Exciting animal encounters are also happening this month. The zoo’s male jaguar, Mulac, has moved to Brevard Zoo in Florida to meet a new mate,

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FROM page 15 so Sacramento has welcomed Tikal, a young male jaguar from San Diego, to share space with the zoo’s resident female, Tina. The two cagey cats will undergo an extensive meet-and-greet process, so you might not see them on exhibit together for a while, but once they’ve gotten used to each other’s scent and sight, the twosome will prowl in tandem. If you’re a frequent visitor to the zoo, you probably know that the red panda cub born in June has been hand-reared off exhibit to make sure he makes the crucial transition from vulnerable newborn to vivacious cub. Not only is he growing nicely, but he’s been named! Stop by and say “hi” to Kodari, 4.4 pounds of crimson fur and feistiness. Zoo staff named the cub Kodari after the city in Nepal that has played a critical part in the country’s development: It’s the nexus of two roadways that make up Nepal’s caravan route through the Himalayas. Three members of the zoo’s animal care team will travel to eastern Nepal with Red Panda Network to build relationships with the locals and learn more about human being blunders—deforestation, poaching, cattle grazing—that are threatening animals in the area. “We can help red pandas by sharing our passion with zoo guests and encouraging others to care as much as we do,” says zookeeper Amanda Mayberry, who will join the expedition. “We will have the ability to tell people, ‘I have been there. I have seen what they are going


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through. We need to do something about this.’” For more information, call 8085888 or go to The zoo is at 3930 West Land Park Drive.

ROOTED IN HISTORY Did you know there’s a room in the Central Library dedicated solely to Sacramento history? If this is news to you, get thee to the Genealogical Association of Sacramento’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Belle Cooledge Library. Archivist Amanda Graham will discuss the extensive collection of Sacramento history, memorabilia and fascinating facts contained in the library’s Sacramento Room. If you’re curious about our capital or just have a jones for juicy local lore, don’t miss this meeting. For more information, call 3831221 or go to Belle Cooledge Library is at 5600 South Land Park Drive.

ALL HANDS ON DECK Get out your work gloves and dig up some dirt with the Land Park Volunteer Corps on Saturday, Nov. 2, at its new (later) start time of 9 a.m. Craig Powell’s diligent troupe will tackle some special projects that need to be completed before winter settles in: flowerbed maintenance along Sutterville Road, cleaning the ponds, cleaning up the parking lot and working in the Swanson statue gardens.

Your reward for getting down and dirty—aside from a pristine park—is complimentary breakfast and lunch. Check in at base camp (behind Fairytale Town at 3901 Land Park Drive). For more information, call 718-3030 or email Powell at Interested in donating to this dedicated volunteer workforce? Mail your contribution to Land Park Volunteer Corps, 3053 Freeport Blvd. #231, Sacramento, 95818.

PURPLE REIGN Do you know someone who’s fought or is fighting pancreatic cancer? Participate in the Purple Stride 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. and join the fight against this disease. Take a brisk walk in the crisp morning air and reward yourself with fun festivities—emceed by KCRA personality Edie Lambert—including live music, activities for tykes and delicious food, all while raising awareness of pancreatic cancer

through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer.Register online at purplestride. org or sign up the day of the event starting at 8:30 a.m. William Land Park is at 3800 South Land Park Drive.

ITALY-ON-YOUR-OWN TRAVEL SEMINAR Local travel-planning company Experience Italy will hold a seminar on Italian travel on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 at Italian Importing Company (1827 J St.). Lori Martin and Dick Mercer, who have made more than 80 trips to Italy, will talk about the best times to visit, where to stay, how to go and when to take a train or rent a car. The cost to register is $10. To register, email or call 456-0570. For more information, go to Jessica Laskey can be reached at n


graduating with honors. He then headed west to San Francisco, arriving in 1860 with only three dollars in his pocket. Land walked all the way from San Francisco to Sacramento and started hanging around the Western Hotel, eventually getting a job there. “He carried baggage,” said Trueba. “He was a porter. He ran errands for people. He swept. He peeled potatoes … he did anything he could do to show his worth.” Land was a real go-getter. Years later, he would own the hotel where he first started as a porter. Land became a very wealthy man, right up there with Huntington, Hopkins, Crocker and Stanford. “He knew what he was doing,” said Trueba. Land eventually became the mayor of Sacramento.



illiam Land Park—that little slice of heaven that’s home to a zoo, a golf course, Funderland and Fairytale Town—is the star of a new documentary by awardwinning filmmaker Robert Lee Grant. Last month, Grant previewed a clip of the film, “Land Park,” at Sacramento City College’s Performing Arts Center. Grant’s first documentary, “Nourishing the Kids Of Katrina,“ won a slew of awards, including best international documentary film at the London International Film Festival and best short documentary at the Charlotte Film Festival. It was a runner-up at the Cannes film festival. Grant, who lives in Sacramento, is now filming “Land Park,” about the park at the heart of the Land Park neighborhood. One of the film’s focal points is William Land, a prosperous businessman who envisioned a centrally located “people’s park” for residents from all walks of life. The folks who attended the screening got quite a history lesson from Robert Lee Grant and Petri Trueba, the film’s associate producer,

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Robert Lee Grant and Daisy Mah before the sneak preview of Land Park

who did extensive research on William Land. Land was born in upstate New York in 1837. His father sold him as an indentured servant to a neighboring farmer at the age of 10.

The contract was for seven years, but Land figured out a way to buy out the last two years of the contract. He worked his way through college in Pennsylvania,

The Dawn Redwood Daisy Mah planted to memorialize the young violinist



Homegrown hops in the backyard


John Clemmens pours his IPA

FROM page 17 “Land Park” also tells the story of the park’s superstar horticulturist, Daisy Mah. Twenty-five years ago, she was asked to dig a hole for a tree to honor a 10-year-old violinist who had died. The first tree died. Another tree was planted. That one died, too. So did a third tree. Determined to succeed, Mah eventually came across a tree that had almost gone extinct: a dawn redwood. “They thought it was long gone with the dinosaurs,” said Mah, who planted a dawn redwood in honor of the young violinist. In a touching scene from the documentary, the mother of the young violinist recently came to Land Park and saw the tree Mah planted in her son’s honor for the first time.


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At the end of the screening, Grant said, “Everybody uses Land Park. Every stratum, every ethnic group. There are 90 different languages spoken in Sacramento. It’s multicultural not only because of different races, but also because people actually live together, work together and hang out together. That’s what the park symbolizes. That’s exactly what William Land intended.” When Land died in 1911, he left $250,000 for the park. “William Land’s vision of a people’s park has been realized and is realized every day,” said Grant.

John Clemmens just may be the most interesting man in South Land Park. He grows his own hops, brews his own beer and stores his products in a a solar-powered beer fridge. Clemmens started home brewing about 15 years ago. His son Todd got him into it. He honed his skills at Brew It Up, a Davis brewpub. Originally, he converted an old freezer into a beer refrigerator, where he kept a few kegs with tap handles. Then he started noticing his electric bill going up. When his bill reached $225, he winced. He’d been toying with the idea of a solar pool, but a solar-powered fridge made more sense. At least he had his priorities straight! Clemmens keeps three five-gallon kegs inside the solar fridge along with three tap handles. Three kegs. Three taps. Three different types of beer. When I visited, he had a pale ale, a Vienna oatmeal stout and a graff. Clemmens had me taste the pale ale. I took a sip and thought, “This is as good as anything you’ll find at a local brewery.” It was ice cold and delicious, with a bit of hoppiness. Then he offered me a taste of the graff. I said, “Fill ’er up!” It tasted like a malty cider. I wanted some beer nuts or pretzels to go with it. I was really enjoying Johnny’s Brewpub. Clemmens prefers kegging over bottling because, as he said, “It’s quicker to get the beer finished up.” He uses Cornelius kegs, which are

quite common among the home-brew crowd. They’re easier to fill, clean and maintain than standard beer kegs. Also, bottling large batches of beer by hand can be a tedious chore. Clemmens grinds his own grains and grows his own hops. He had some nice-sized hops growing on the vine. He started schooling me on grains, yeast, hops and the beermaking process. Home Brewing 101 with Professor Clemmens. He could probably teach a class at Learning Exchange! Clemmens is a home-brew nerd. He uses a handheld gadget called a refractometer to measure the specific gravity before fementation to determine the amount of fermentable sugars that will be converted to alcohol. “That tells you when the beer is done,” he said. He tries to find recipes with the least amount of ingredients, “so it doesn’t become complicated.” He may modify the recipes slightly if he doesn’t have the grain or the hops, and he substitutes ingredients. He told me about a licorice porter he made. Licorice root gives the beer a distinct licorice flavor. “It was killer,” he said. I asked him what his wife thinks about his home-brewing hobby. “She loves it!” he said. “She loves the smell of the hops in the house. She enjoys the aroma. Can you believe that? Did I marry right or what?” Greg Brown can be reached at n

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ou could say that the game of golf fits Dr. Jennifer Martin to a “tee.” The owner of the Golf Gapper and the G2 Golf Center on Northgate Boulevard has been around the sport all her life. She grew up next door to pro golfer Mark O’Meara in Southern California. In fact, her grandfather taught the future PGA Tour multiwinner how to golf. Martin had Natalie Gulbis as a chiropractic client when the soon-to-be LPGA Tour regular was just a teenager. Martin lives on the first hole of the Swallow’s Nest Country Club golf course and even gets her hair cut at the same salon as championship golfer Phil Mickelson. Considering all of these coincidences and Martin’s own tremendous talent—she’s an LPGA Class A Teaching Professional—and extensive medical background, Sacramento is lucky to call this unstoppable golf specialist our own. “I’ve been in the medical business for 32 years and the golf industry for eight years,” Martin says. “As a teacher and health care professional, I noticed that the average golfer had aches and pains that affected their game. No matter what lessons they took, the old swing and issues returned. “That’s where my Golf Gapper Evaluation comes in. It provides state-of-the-art physical and swing evaluations to aid them with functional information to enhance personal golf goals. By the time one


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Dr. Jenni Martin helps golfers improve their game

session is done, I can give the golfer one or two simple stretches, exercises or drills that really make a difference and give them more consistency and distance, with less pain permanently, not just a temporary fix.” This full-body approach to the game was actually inspired by Martin’s own physical frustrations. After an accident in 1983 left her leg

crushed but her spirits undampened, Martin took up walking to speed her recovery. She turned to golf as part of her rehabilitation routine and it made such a difference that it inspired her to help others suffering from physical ills. “Since my background is in chiropractic orthopedics and personal fitness training, I can help golfers

with age and injury pain play painfree golf,” Martin says. “I work with a woman who has had a stroke and is now golfing again, as well as people with post-surgical hips, backs, knees and shoulders. I like complex problems. It’s all interesting to me.” What’s of equal interest is the setting for all of Martin’s miraculous workout work. The G2 Golf Center is a labor of love that Martin transformed from an empty office warehouse into a 3,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art golf haven. “There really is no other facility like it in Northern California,” Martin says proudly. “Not only is it indoors, so it can be air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter, it has all the necessary golf elements, such as putting greens, full swing (areas) and a sand bunker, all to help golfers get better permanently. We also have a video aspect that gives golfers immediate feedback. We have balance plates to show weight transfer during the swing motion, 3D evaluation equipment to show sequencing of the swing, and a full gym if additional rehab or training is necessary.” While it might seem odd to move a traditionally outdoor game indoors, Martin had a very specific goal in mind when she built the multifunctional mecca. “I was inspired to open the center due to the weather and frustration of wind, rain, heat, bugs and allergies,” Martin says. “Moving my golf lessons indoors makes training and learning golf a year-round event. Getting a person’s golf game dialed in during the winter makes improvement easier once spring arrives, and learning in

air conditioning in the summer is a real plus.” Though her primary job is still as a consultant for the state—she spent many years as an expert legal witness for malpractice lawsuits—Martin is getting into the full swing of things at the center, where her heart truly lies. “I love teaching [older] women how to play golf and seeing the thrill in their eyes when I take them out on the course,” Martin says. “I also love watching golfers getting better after understanding the body/swing connection. Once a person feels and sees what they should and can do with their swing and game, the fun comes back to their golf game.” Ready to get on the green? Give Martin a call at 837-8952 or go to Wondering where to begin, or just looking for a new golf getup? Check out the Beginning Ladies Open House and Sunice Trunk Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 9. The G2 Golf Center is at 4147 Northgate Blvd., Suite 5.

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hat’s in a name? If you ask Dawn Byers, a lot. Byers is the proprietor of Mono Mia, a shop that specializes in monogrammed items (towels, totes, you name it) and unique gifts. Though she’s been operating for 11 years, six of those were in an office building gift shop that made Mono Mia more of a secret than Byers would have liked. Now, with its new location in Lyon Village, Byers’ nifty buys can breathe. “We’re really the only place in town that does monograms,” she says proudly during a brief pause in the shop’s hustle and bustle. “It all started because my friend and I started designing shirts, but we couldn’t find any place that did monogramming. We hooked up with an embroiderer and started to really build the business.” For the first four years, Byers ran Mono Mia out of her house, but

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customizable merchandise was a boon to Byers, who had worked as a media buyer in Los Angeles before moving to Sacramento 13 years ago. “I did media buys for movies and things,” Byers says. “I got to meet celebrities, which was fun, but in terms of a job, it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to get out of number crunching and into something with more creativity.” She succeeded. Now Byers’ fulltime focus is to fill her store with fun finds that are perfect for hostess and holiday gifts and everything in between. “There are so many different things you can do with monogramming,” SHOPTALK page 24

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FROM page 22 Byers says. “Clients love that I can help with creative ideas by playing with fonts, colors, words—it’s not just a letter on a towel.” Though with Byers behind it, you can bet that letter would be as special as could be. Looking for a pretty way to label your belongings or show someone you care? Visit Mono Mia at Lyon Village (2580 Fair Oaks Blvd.) or give Byers a call at 979-9354.

entrepreneur received a cash prize of $10,000 for start-up costs, free rent for a year on the ground floor of the 800 J Lofts building and business support services such as advertising, strategic marketing, legal and accounting services and more. “(Andy’s) boutique candy store will carry a carefully curated selection of packaged candies from around the country and the world, as well as unique handmade candies from local artisans,” says Valerie Mamone-Werder, the Downtown DREAM(S) COME TRUE Sacramento Partnership’s senior manager of business Life is sweet for Andy Paul, in development. more ways “Over the past than one. eight months, Paul is the we have worked owner of to make (this) the highly entrepreneur’s anticipated dream of owning storefront a business Andy’s Candy downtown a Apothecary, reality.” a boutique Paul was candy store presented that caught the with the keys eye, and sweet to his store tooth, of the last month, judging panel but he’s not of the Calling the only All Dreamers l u a P y d one whose competition. An developing Calling All dream came true. An Dreamers is the overwhelming online voting brainchild of the Downtown movement motivated the DSF to Sacramento Foundation and the extend the opportunity to The Dailey Downtown Sacramento Partnership. Method as well. The Daily Method It aims to offer potential smallis a nontraditional exercise studio business proprietors the means that combines ballet barre work, and square footage to open their core conditioning, stretching and own retail businesses in downtown orthopedic exercise. Sacramento. “These unique new businesses will Last April, 49 applicants submitted diversify the downtown core’s retail creative concepts to the DSF to be mix and represent the quality and judged by its board and a panel of depth of our entrepreneurial talent in business experts. Criteria included Sacramento,” Mamone-Werder says. creativity, sustainability, passion Sounds dreamy. and the ability for the business to diversify downtown. Eleven semiAndy’s Candy Apothecary and finalists were asked to further refine The Dailey Method will open this their proposals, after which the five holiday season at 800 J St. For more final contestants presented a pitch to information, go to n the panel. Paul and his delicious designs must have wowed the judges: The first-time


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the presence of live bugs. In the San Juan Unified School District, students found with either lice or nits are sent home and may return to school only “when re-examination by the school designee shows that all pests and the majority of nits have been removed.”

The presence of nits alone is not necessarily a reason to panic, she explains.



ead lice can be a tricky problem for educators, parents and students. They are increasingly tough to eradicate, laden with stigma and few people’s preferred conversation starter— unless you’re Deanna Fox. The Fair Oaks woman is a headlice and nit removal specialist. And she keeps busy, often hustling in a single day to clients from Roseville to Wilton, up to Folsom and back down to Natomas. She can spend an hour or more painstakingly combing through a person’s hair, on the hunt for the offending parasites in full-bodied or nit (egg) form. Fox is also invited into schools, either to train parent volunteers on how to screen for lice and nits or to lead the inspections, particularly in the wake of a budding infestation. There is always much educating to be done, she says. “People think that lice are a low-income issue, but they affect all,” Fox explains. “Lice don’t discriminate against any race or ethnicity or income level.” According to the California Department of Public Health, adult lice are generally brown or gray wingless insects roughly 1/8-inch


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Deanna Fox of Sacramento Lice Removal Service helps families affected by lice

long. Adult females lay eggs or nits by gluing them to the hairs near the scalp. The nits are generally white, dandruff-like specks (although they don’t brush off like dandruff) and can

be either viable eggs or empty casings once the lice have hatched. Area school districts’ policies vary widely, from strict no-nit or lice rules to less lenient ones solely covering

Sacramento City Unified School District’s “no lice” policy is less draconian. Dawn Fox (no relation to Deanna), a credentialed school nurse, says the policy is in keeping with the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses. That means students can be in school with nits but not live bugs. In the Sacramento City district, most lice cases are handled directly by campus administrators. Dawn Fox says she is periodically called in to help with chronic problems or families who don’t have the means for treatment. She gets all types of reactions, from more accepting parents and guardians who’ve dealt with the issue before to agitated newcomers. “You get (families that are) up in arms,” she says. “‘There’s no way my child could have gotten them.’” Misinformation is common, says Deanna Fox of Sacramento Lice

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the same product over and over,” says nurse Dawn Fox. Deanna Fox, meanwhile, swears by her set of all-natural products, which include a blend of olive and tea tree oils and a water-based yeast-andenzyme spray. She also recommends the daily use of a metal comb—not the more common plastic lice combs— until all bugs are gone. Products such as anti-lice linen and furniture sprays are a waste of money, Dawn Fox says. She and Deanna Fox agree that a vacuum sweeper is more effective. As lice will not survive away from the human body for more than two days, affected clothes, sheets and other items should be bagged and tied or placed in a hot dryer for 30 to 40 minutes. Hairbrushes can be cleaned in boiling, soapy water for a few hours or soaked in Lysol. As with so many things, Deanna Fox says, prevention is the best medicine. “If we just checked our children twice a month, we would be lice- and nit-free,” she says. “There would never be a chance for infestation.” n




message last year, Cal Fire chief Ken Pimlott recognized “the hardships accompanying reintegration into the civilian workforce, as well as the valuable skills and experience these veterans possess.” Cal Fire participated in the 2012 job fair, then launched a program called R.V.E.T.S. (Returning Veterans; Enlisting Their


Skills for Cal Fire Service). “The mission and dynamics of our agency



are much like those of the military,”

n Veterans Day, we pay

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tribute to the men and

Windy Bouldin. “Translating [veterans’] experience

women who served and

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strong. But during the rest of the

talking to them about what they

year, military veterans are often

did in the military,” Bouldin says.

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state Employment Development

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branches. Mark Jones, who served

who are seeking employment in a

in Operation Desert Storm, returned

range of job categories.

home with a combat action ribbon in 1991 “in one piece, but with back and

“This is the seventh year we’ve done this,” says Lizzette Amaro, an employment programmer with EDD.

EDD and a number of corporate sponsors will host the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet job fair in November. Kevin Hennessy and Mark Jones hope the fair will offer new opportunities.

“We try to focus on large employers who have a lot of job openings. And

experience working with electrical

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opportunities because veterans have a

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range of skills. They’re not trained in

state certification,” notes John Plane,

some kind of deficiency,” he says.

just one thing.”

a specialist with the EDD’s Disabled

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Veterans Outreach Program. Plane, a


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Vietnam veteran, helps other veterans

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knee pain.” He held a variety of jobs: maintaining park equipment, moving furniture, working in a lumberyard. When the economy tanked, he found himself unemployed, then landed a series of short-term and seasonal jobs. Those came to an end in June. With four children to support and no income, Jones tries to remain positive. “It’s been like a roller coaster,” he

same conclusion. In a Veterans Day HEROES page 31


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3. 1. Light colors domintate throughout the house. 2. The owners have created a getaway right in their own backyard, complete with a pool, spa and outdoor kitchen.


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ollowing an ill-fated move to Carmel, Nancy and Dave Harris found their way back to Sacramento and a new home. “Actually, we have moved back to Sacramento from Carmel twice and once from Tahoe,” Nancy Harris says. “I am probably the only person you will meet that has done that.” The couple moved into their 3,300-square-foot home in Sierra Oaks Vista last February. When they initially saw the four-bedroom house, it was approximately 75 percent completed. Contractor Ken Dyer wasn’t showing the home at the time. “It happened that our Realtor knew about the house,” says Harris. “As soon as we saw it, we knew it would be perfect. We got in soon enough that we could add our own touches.” Harris cited the open floor plan and quality of construction as selling points. The exterior is a subtle blend of two styles, which Harris appreciates. From the street, the house has a traditional look, enhanced by a stately, oversized front door. With its strong, clean lines, the back of the house has a more contemporary look. “It is sort of a contradiction but it fits

with my style,” she says, calling her taste “eclectic.” The color palette is simple yet sophisticated: lots of white. “I like white houses where the climate is hot,” says Harris. “It makes me feel cooler, and I think they are calming.” The white walls serve as a backdrop for Harris’ sophisticated décor. The living room features a coffee table from Shabby Chic and a sofa with modern lines flanked by a pair of Regency bergère chairs. “Everything does not have to match,” Harris says. “It’s more interesting to have things from different sources, including family heirlooms, discounters, fine furniture stores and antique venues.” The oak flooring in the kitchen and dining area, stained brown with a hint of gray, mimics antique French floors. Its matte finish cuts down on upkeep and magically makes scratches and stray dog hairs from the couple’s golden lab, Hoover, seem to disappear. “We’ve had all those shiny, pretty floors, but this one is fabulous,” Harris says. While her husband is working in his office or watching football on

TV in the living room, Nancy spends much of her time in the spacious, centrally located kitchen. Honed black granite tops the counters, highlighting the custom-made white cabinets. The backsplash behind the range is made of large gray-and-white rectangular Calacatta marble tiles. Bookshelves lining a wall hold Harris’ extensive cookbook collection. A small built-in desk helps her stay organized. A cushioned window seat paired with a small metal table serves as a comfortable spot for informal meals. A large walk-in panty keeps clutter out of sight. Harris furnished the dining room with a concrete table she found in Sonoma, pairing it with her mother’s refurbished Wegner wishbone chairs from the 1960s. In the master bedroom, French doors open onto the backyard. A large window in the luxe-sized walk-in closet provides lots of natural light. Accoutrements in the master bath include a solar tube that provides a waterfall of natural light, a glassenclosed shower, twin sinks and a heated tile floor. The large lot easily accommodates a luxurious pool house, swimming

pool, spa and delightful garden. A sweep of lush grass counterbalances the hardscape around the pool. “Most of the really fun part of this house is outside,” says Harris. The pool house, tucked between the pool and the garden, has a fireplace, a kitchen and a large seating area. “It doesn’t feel like a concrete jungle out here,” Harris explains. “And I love having the shade of the pool house in the summer.” The picture-perfect garden produces all manner of fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, chard, two kinds of grapes, persimmons, lemons, limes, eggplants and figs. Harris notes that home remodeling can be filled with costly errors. Changes can be very expensive, so plan well. Investigate your contractor and don’t go by price alone. “I think what attracted us to this house as much as anything was the consideration that Ken Dyer had for the Sierra Oaks Vista neighborhood,” she says. “This is such a special area.” IIf you know of a home you think should be featured in Inside Publications, contact Julie Foster at n






ityscapes are dominated by two man-made features: skyscrapers and freeways. Urban freeways have had many profound impacts on cities and suburbs. Their construction destroyed neighborhoods. Difficult-to-cross freeways created barriers to walking and bicycling. Freeways enabled and encouraged sprawl. Noise and air pollution are part of the freeway package. Some observers think the term urban freeways shouldn’t be used, because freeways in cities (their preferred nomenclature) are not urban; they are anti-urban. They divide people and spread them out instead of bringing them together. Their scale is based on vehicles instead of humans. On top of all the sinful social negativity associated with freeways, freeways tend to be ugly as sin. Aerial views of rural freeways may reveal graceful lines and respect for topography. City freeways may have sculptural interchange ramps. Bridges can be truly beautiful. By and large, though, freeways are designed by earnest engineers, not artists, architects or landscapers. The dictum


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“form follows function” can produce objects with elegant, clean lines, but with freeways the usual results have been oppressive, lowest-cost, drab and bulky monstrosities often brutally imposed on the landscape. It’s good that, for the most part, Sacramento has been able to make productive use of the space under its elevated freeways. The Sunday farmers market under the W-X freeway is one of the best uses. The freeway may provide shelter from sun and rain, but the gray, gloomy space is not a place where most happy shoppers would like to linger and have a cup of coffee. Usually, crossing over or under a freeway is not the highlight of a walk. Sound walls have compounded the freeway appearance problem. Is there anything newly built that looks less attractive than a cinder-block wall? Perhaps it’s too much to ask that freeways in cities enhance the visual experience instead of detract from it. If only elevated freeways could look more like the Parthenon than an industrial conveyor in the middle of a neighborhood. If only freeways with sound walls didn’t look like the concrete channel of the Los Angeles River. Caltrans has tried to gussy up sound walls and retaining walls with various design elements, but it’s really like putting lipstick on a pig, isn’t it? It’s not just sound walls that make freeways unattractive. The expanses of pavement, the banality of overcrossings and the lack of any connection to the natural world all have an effect. I remember reading the environmental impact report

for the new Highway 50/Watt Avenue interchange and how an artistic railing on the Watt Avenue overcrossing was going to mitigate the aesthetic impacts of the project. Nice try. Pedestrians will be mere specks in this vast, barren, godforsaken setting. They will be on a sidewalk next to eight lanes of traffic and above the noise and stench of even more lanes of freeway traffic. Hundreds of speeding vehicles will rush by them and below them. Few are going to stop and appreciate the intricacies of the railing design.

The dictum “form follows function” can produce objects with elegant, clean lines, but with freeways the usual results have been oppressive, lowestcost, drab and bulky monstrosities often brutally imposed on the landscape. Freeways are usually unattractive to their users, their neighbors and passers-by. Drivers generally can see only concrete, sky, signs and adjacent traffic. Roadway alignments are as straight as possible, dulling

the senses. Paved roadways have expanded into once-landscaped medians, and concrete walls have been added to medians to make sure no vestige of nature is visible. Back East, freeways and interstates were preceded by parkways. Parkways minimized pavement and had grassy medians and natural landscaping. Attractive, human-scale (trucks often were not allowed) overcrossings were built with local, natural materials, and the roads curved sinuously to follow rivers or other natural features. These old parkways put pleasure into the process of getting there. A Sunday drive could be an end in itself. Now, transportation planners call soulless freeways parkways, but the only thing parklike is the name. How many of us have gone for an enjoyable Sunday drive on a city freeway? We appreciate the architectural beauty of great buildings. Striking and iconic buildings define cities around the world and are tourist destinations. Unfortunately, though freeways are often the first glimpse you have of a city, the typical forlorn freeway greeting us could be anywhere. It’s probably too late to fix our lackluster freeways in any meaningful, artistic way. Some cities have started to tear down their freeways. San Francisco’s former Embarcadero Freeway is one where part of the rationale for demolition was aesthetics. The elevated freeway blocked views. Maybe freeways don’t really belong in cities. Walt Seifert is a bicyclist, driver and transportation writer. He can be reached at n


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ntil I met Diane Carlisle, my only reference for roller derby was the lyrics to an old Jim Croce song called “Roller Derby Queen”: She was 5 foot 6 and two fifteen A bleached-blonde mama With a streak of mean. She knew how to knuckle And she knew how to scuffle and fight. And the roller derby program said She was built like a ’frigerator with a head. Her fans call her “Tuffy” But all her buddies called her “Spike.” So you can imagine my surprise when I met Carlisle, a petite, bubbly brunette with two young sons and a husband who is her biggest fan. She is one of the organizers of Sac City Rollers, the Sacramento-based roller derby league. The club, which has about 100 members, is part of the international Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. “I know the stereotype,” said Carlisle. “A lot of people expect roller derby to be full of drama with a lot of staged fights. That’s what it was back in the ’70s, but it has evolved over the years into a real sport that requires


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The Sac City Rollers has about 100 members and is part of the international Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

Sac City Rollers members Diane Carlisle (aka Rollin’ Dies) and Candace Keefauver (aka Lollygag-Her)

fitness and stamina. The truth is, we work out and practice three times a week for several hours at a time. It’s a lot of work and commitment.” “Still, don’t you get pretty bruised up?” I asked, noting her unblemished complexion. “I’ve got one,” she said, proudly pointing to a dime-sized mark on her arm you had to squint to see. A big part of the sport is talking and looking tough. “We’re proud of our bruises,” said Carlisle. Many of the women sport a variety of tattoos and piercings. All have fierce derby monikers, which they prefer to their given names while in derby persona: Bloody Rosemary, Cyclone Ally, Red Tornadho, Scarlett JoSlams’em and Aleithal Weapon, to name a few. It’s fun trying to guess each skater’s occupation. Red Tornadho, with flaming-red hair and multiple tattoos and piercings, is an accountant. One of the league coaches, Lipstick Librarian, really is a librarian. Carlisle, a preschool teacher by day, is Rolo at the rink. No matter what Carlisle says, after watching a bout between the Sierra Regionals and the Folsom Prison Bruisers, I wouldn’t recommend jumping right into roller derby unless you’ve got good health insurance and know what you’re getting into. True, everyone is suited up with knee and elbow pads, helmets and mouthpieces, but there are a lot of pileups and spills. Before the bout began, Rock Hell Belch, the announcer, told spectators that no one under the age of 18 was allowed to sit in the front row. And after noting two ambulances

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FROM page 38 in the parking lot, I figured she was serious about the warning. For a new spectator like myself, the bout was a bit confusing at first. Red Tornadho explained that one person on each team is a jammer who scores points by skating past members of the opposite team. Team members attempt to knock their opponents out of bounds or impede their movements by blocking. While it might not seem like it, there are some rules: No contact by hands, elbows, head or feet. No hitting above shoulders or below the midthigh. Break a rule and you spend time in the penalty box. It’s fairly simple. The real goal, as far as I could tell, was to stay on your feet. Like other sports, roller derby has a season: March to December. The Sacramento league rents a warehouse for practice all year. Competitions with visiting and Sacramento teams are held at The Rink on Bradshaw Road, usually on Saturday nights. Many bouts are fundraisers for local charities such as Sacramento Children’s Home and Sacramento

Food Bank & Family Services. The next scheduled bout is Nov. 2. Admission is $12. Usually more than 500 spectators come to watch and cheer, so get there early for a frontrow seat if you want to be close to the action. The Sac City Rollers league was established seven years ago. It is made up of several teams: Capitol Punishers, Folsom Prison Bruisers, Sweaty Betties, Rude Girls and Notorious Knockouts. There’s also a Junior Derby League called Bad Apples for girls 10 through 17. The Rollers frequently host coaching clinics for those who want to try the sport. You will find a schedule and list of upcoming clinics and bouts at Monthly dues are $65, which pays rent at the warehouse and reserves The Rink for bouts and practice. Members supply all of their own equipment—and medical insurance. If you know of an interesting club in the area, contact Gwen Schoen at n

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One particular project that has been occupying Bookbinder of late is especially personal: the designer’s own line of active attire, 32 Swans Studiowear, which she launched in 2010. Bookbinder found herself seeking out dance classes here in town and fell in love with tap. She spends about seven hours a week either taking class or helping out beginners at River City Taps, run by her former tap teacher and friend Richard Walters. All that time tapping away in the studio led Bookbinder to realize that something was not quite right.



ina Bookbinder figured out a way to combine two of her passions—dance and design—to create one great business: 32 Swans Studiowear, a dancewearand-more clothing company. As a child growing up in New York City, Bookbinder studied ballet at the prestigious School of American Ballet under world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine. She performed in the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite” until she hit high school. Facing the decision to continue with a career in ballet or pursue other artistic endeavors, Bookbinder instead enrolled at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she earned a degree in graphic design and marketing communication. “Art was always my other interest,” says Bookbinder. “On Saturdays, I would go to ballet class, then art class. Ballet is still my passion. I’m actually still dancing. But I decided that it was not what I was going to pursue as a career.” After college, Bookbinder found herself in the world of retail marketing. She worked as the art director at major department stores like Emporium (the now-defunct San Francisco-based sister store to Weinstock’s, also now defunct), which brought her to the West Coast. “I was living in San Francisco for a number of years,” Bookbinder says, “but I had a friend who moved from there to East Sacramento. I would visit on weekends and I just loved the big trees and the historic architecture. I’ve always loved old houses.”


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In the ’90s, she moved to Sacramento to pursue a freelance design business, Nina Bookbinder Designs. She’s done everything from retail marketing and consumer catalog design to photo art design, creative direction, direct mail campaigns, even books for Sunset.

Her clients have ranged from major corporations to small businesses and startups. “I’m getting more and more interested in doing more personal projects with smaller companies,” Bookbinder says. “I like the interaction.”

“I was always looking for clothes that felt comfortable. I’m getting a little bit older, so I want little more coverage,” Bookbinder explains. “I tried yoga clothes, but I always wished they were half an inch longer or more forgiving, not so clingy on the tummy. I thought, ‘Why isn’t there someplace I can go and find something that fits me that isn’t skimpy or tight?’” Bookbinder decided to fill her own needs—and, in the process, the needs of hundreds of other women who are looking for something stylish to wear to work out, travel or run errands.

“I call it anytime wear,” Bookbinder says. “Dance teachers flip over the designs. It’s work clothes designed for them. But women aren’t just buying it for studio activities. You can take a class, then go out for coffee with friends and still look stylish. It’s also great for travel. It packs down tight, doesn’t wrinkle, it’s breathable. And it’s all made in the USA.” 32 Swans—named for the number of corps dancers in the classic ballet “Swan Lake”—has developed a loyal following of women of all ages and activity levels, just as Nina Bookbinder Designs is keeping its founder busy creating campaigns for companies of all sizes. You could say that Nina Bookbinder’s own professional life is her best design yet. 32 Swans Studiowear will hold a clearance sale and trunk show on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sierra 2 Center in Studio 3 of the Dance Wing, Studio 3. Sierra 2 is at 2791 24th St. For more information, go to or n

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is the season for all dogooders—both amateur and professional—to get busy. What’s the difference between an amateur do-gooder and a professional? Well, the amateur’s heart expands in November and December as he or she begins thinking of ways to help the less fortunate. The professional finds ways to contribute all year long. What’s the best way for an amateur to give back? First, select a charity— one that appeals to your inner self. Decide on an age bracket for those you want to help: old, young, in-

between. Then choose a convenient location for your charitable work. In November, the need (obviously) is for turkeys plus the traditional extras from potatoes and cranberry sauce to the makings for pumpkin pie. Last year, Twin Lakes Food Bank gave away 814 turkeys and all the trimmings. The way things are going, that number is sure to increase. All told, the food bank served 44,638 people in 2012 (up from 42,525 in 2011). The food bank also runs a Christmas program in conjunction with the Folsom police department. Last year, it provided 893 families with holiday hams and turkeys, toys and bikes. The food bank accepts donations. For more information, go to One traditional November fundraiser for a number of organizations is a Thanksgiving Day fun run. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services started the tradition some 20 years ago with its Run to Feed the Hungry, and many organizations have followed in its footsteps. For a list of local

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WELLSPRING NEEDS DONATIONS Wellspring Women’s Center (3414 Fourth Ave.) has put out an early appeal for its second annual 12 Days of Christmas program. In addition to financial contributions, the center is seeking donations of products it can give to its needy clientele or use to serve at the Wellspring’s breakfast program for women and children. Here’s a partial list of items you can donate: hot and cold unsweetened cereal, peanut butter, jam, canned fruit, vegetables, beans, coffee, coffee stirrers, tea bags, luncheon napkins, individual packets of sugar or sugar substitute, grocery store gift cards, bus passes, umbrellas, disposable diapers, baby wipes and baby powder. You can drop off donations at the center weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 4549688 or go to

MONEY AWARDED Local nonprofits recently received $285,000 in grants from Bank of America’s charitable foundation to help improve access to affordable housing, preserve neighborhoods, provide financial education and coaching for future homeowners and contribute to the success of local communities. BofA expects the grants to help more than 55,000 people. Grants went to Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services to help fund its NeighborWorks homebuyer education and counseling program; Mutual Housing California to help bring the benefits of the green revolution to a population that has been thus far shut out of these benefits; Rebuilding Together Sacramento to help fund the Rebuilding Dreams Spring 2014 event, during which hundreds of volunteers will perform repairs on low-income homes. My Sister’s House received a grant of $1,574 from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. My Sister’s House helps women and children who

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SCHOLARSHIPS IN FOLSOM Folsom Women’s Service Club awards scholarships to graduating seniors from public high schools in Folsom. In 2012, the club gave $7,000 in scholarships, up from $5,000 in 2011. Says club member Susan Lubiens: “The $7,000 is pretty good for a little club of 40 mostly seniors. I am honored to be a part of an organization where just about every member has skin in the game. They give heartily and work diligently. It is a great team.” For more information, go to

FOSTERING FOSTER KIDS Camellia Network helps young people who “age out” of the foster care program at the age of 18. At that point, they’re on their own, with no financial support and often nobody to help them. Approximately 4,500 California youth age out of foster care each year. The network is designed to help them survive in the real world. For more information, call 668-7800 or go to

HELP WANTED National Charity League will hold a Q&A for prospective members on Monday, Jan. 13, 5 to 6 p.m. at Sacramento Country Day School (2636 Latham Drive). The league is a nonprofit organization of mothers and daughters who work together to strengthen the community. Mothers with daughters in grades 6 through 9 are encouraged to apply. For more information, call Kim Clark at 3598359 or go to Casa Garden Restaurant (2760 Sutterville Road), which supports

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SOROPTIMIST AWARDS Soroptimist International of Sacramento is accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award (deadline Dec. 1) and the Women’s Opportunity Awards (deadline Dec. 15). Through its opportunity awards, the group assists women who are the primary source of income for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment opportunities. The Violet Richardson Award is a grant given to a girl 14 to 17 for outstanding volunteer service to the community. For more information, go to Gloria Glyer can be reached at n

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acramento’s recently detected invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been front-page news. Agriculture experts had been expecting and dreading their spread from Southern California. They were found thanks to the sharp eyes and inquisitive minds of Midtown residents Jim and Delphine Cathcart, who spotted a huge mass of strange bugs on a tree. Their photos made it to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which spread the alarm. Once people knew about these invaders, they found them in many other areas. While the BMSB is a serious enough threat to agriculture to warrant a pest alert, they aren’t the only unfamiliar bad bugs in our gardens. Chuck Ingles, Sacramento County’s farm adviser, says, “New pests are coming to our area all the time.” For example, few of us had seen a leaffooted plant bug before they began attacking our tomatoes this summer. Mature leaffooted plant bugs are black and about an inch long, with enlarged flat areas on their back legs. Their nymphs (juvenile stage) are


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red and congregate together. They suck out juices and damage fruit. While hand-picking (and squishing) them is advised, that’s not easy to do. Adults fly away at the slightest movement, and nymphs plummet to the ground. You can catch nymphs by placing a bucket of soapy water or a yellow sticky trap under the fruit before gently shaking the plant. You can also vacuum these bugs, but use a brush attachment so that you don’t suck the fruit or foliage right off the plant. Patrol your plants daily if you can. If you find patches of eggs on the underside of leaves, pick them off, put them in a bag and throw it away. Leaffooted bugs are in the family of “true bugs,” like stink bugs, and damage many of the same fruit-

bearing crops. Stink bugs can also be controlled with these techniques. It’s possible to exclude insects from self-pollinating plants like tomatoes, beans, peppers and eggplants by draping the plants with garden fabric (sometimes known as floating row cover) fastened to the ground. True bugs overwinter in weeds and tall grasses, so winter cleanup is wise. I plan to dispose of my infested tomato plants as green waste rather than adding them to the compost pile. You might also want to remove mulch now and replace it in the spring, or pour soapy water on the mulch on a warm winter day and kill any pests that emerge. The Internet has many resources to help you identify a bug. My favorites

are the UC Davis Integrated Pest Management site ( and If you can’t figure out a strange insect, the Master Gardeners can help. Save a sample in a jar with a bit of alcohol. Bring it to the Master Gardener office or email a clear, close-up photo. Be sure to describe where you have seen the bug and what damage, if any, it seems to be doing. Once you’ve identified a bug and confirmed it is a pest, you can figure out how to manage it. Pesticides should be a last resort, and often are not very effective. California protects its agriculture by responding quickly to exotic pests, most of which don’t have any native predators and can wreak havoc in

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Japanese beetles methodically destroying flowers and vegetation. Roses are being ruined by rose rosette disease, probably spread by tiny mites. The emerald ash borer is wiping out forests. In Florida, I saw plants destroyed by chilli thrips. In Louisiana, I innocently pulled a weed from a garden and was immediately covered with red imported fire ants. Gardening friends offer me cuttings, plants and fruit to take home, but I just say no. I don’t want to be the one who introduces the next front-page pest.

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orging ahead with its mission to promote contemporary art in Sacramento, Verge Center for the Arts is temporarily closed for construction to complete its studio, exhibit and education space at 625 S St. The center anticipates a grand reopening in March 2014. After it reopens, Verge will offer exhibits and programs for kids and adults on a more consistent and regular basis, says executive director Liv Moe. The center is known for festivities and fundraisers such as film screenings, lectures, jumble sales and dance parties. Verge, which provides studio space for 32 residential artists, has nabbed critical acclaim with installations such as Stephen Kaltenbach’s Nuclear Projects and Other Works and Doug Biggert’s Hitchhiker series. Sitting in the unfinished, cavernous space, Moe says getting the center up and running has been a bit like “building a bike and riding it, too.” She expects the next six months to not be terribly different as construction on the building finishes up and the center plans for its inaugural exhibit while recruiting new members. With the goal of enlisting 500 new members before reopening, the center is raising money and recruiting members through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Moe says the member campaign is off to a decent start, with 50 new members since September. New members are enticed, she says, by the prospect of having a contemporary art center equivalent to those found in other


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Live Moe is the executive director of the Verge Center for the Arts

areas, such as Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. “If you go to bigger metro areas, there is a convergence of music, fine art and the community that is genuinely fun,” Moe says. “There are a lot of people committed to having this in Sacramento.” Verge bought the S Street building with the support of a number of organizations and individuals, including Northern California Community Loan Fund, the Moore and Scofield families, founder Jesse Powell and the board of directors led by Carlin Naify. Plans for the renovated building include an education center,

reference library and two exhibit spaces, including a 2,300-square-foot gallery for exhibiting internationally recognized contemporary art. Verge’s resident artists are staying on during the construction, some of them blogging humorous posts about working in a construction zone. Verge currently has 23 studio spaces, with several artists sharing space. Once construction is completed, says Moe, the center will have 37 to 40 studio spaces. The studios are a source of revenue for the center, with each 300-square-foot space renting for $250 a month. There is a waiting list of artists hoping to land a studio. According to Moe, one goal of the center is to encourage participation

between viewers and the art on display. As an example, she points to the 2011 exhibit by Alek Bohnak, at which viewers were videotaped as worked their way through a maze at the entrance of the show. Those already inside the exhibit watched on a two-story screen as people navigated the maze. Moe hopes Verge will expand the presentation of art trends not typically seen in Sacramento, including performance art, new media and the growing field of “social practice work” seen in venues like The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Social practice work involves the community, Moe says, and can include

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hile heading down J Street in East Sacramento, you might have spied some unusual winged creatures at the location once occupied by Knott’s Pharmacy. Parrot Planet specializes in the sale of affectionate, hand-fed birds at reasonable prices and is committed to responsible pet ownership. That’s because the inspiration for Parrot Planet evolved from The Wing Foundation, a parrot rescue service. Dana Strome is the heart and soul of both. Strome has long been passionate about parrots. For the past 20 years, she has rescued and found homes for more than 800 parrots at her own expense and free of charge to adopters. Having seen the consequence of exotic avians being sold for profit with little or no concern for their fate, she is dedicated to improving their lives by educating people about keeping parrots as pets. At Parrot Planet, I discover that every parrot has a unique personality, just like people do. Not all parrots


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are people friendly, Strome says, but these birds certainly are. They preen cage-free on their perches and seem eager to greet customers. A sulphurcrested cockatoo spreads her wings, inviting me to stroke the pleasantly soft, yellow-tinged feathers beneath. She loves to be tickled there. You may remember this breed from Fred, the cockatoo on the “Baretta” TV series. I have never forgotten Fred’s impression of Clint Eastwood. A red-shouldered mini macaw telegraphs up my arm to perch on my shoulder. He’s fascinated by my earrings and the turquoise stone in my ring. As one who has always been wary of sharp scissor beaks, I am charmed by how gentle and sociable these birds are. Parrots often choose their people and bond strongly with them. When the playful young macaw begins to nibble at my ear, I get the feeling I’ve been chosen. I think I’m in love! If I thought I’d be around for the 40 years a parrot typically lives, I’d probably have chosen him, too. Having a parrot for a pet is definitely a long-term commitment. I’m also introduced to an African grey parrot, a breed prized for its gentle nature and ability to mimic speech. “This is the Rolls-Royce of parrots,” Strome remarks. Indeed, he is the color of a Silver Cloud. “He talks and understands what he’s saying,” says Strome. When you look into his intelligent golden eyes, you know it’s true. The tamest bird I encounter in the shop that day is a magnificent blueand-gold macaw that was hand-raised from the time it was hatched and hand-fed every two hours around the clock. When Strome kisses him on the

Co-owner Steven Hildreth and Sidney share a snuggle at Parrot Planet

beak, he closes his eyes and fluffs the azure feathers on his head, a sign of parrot pleasure. All of Strome’s baby parrots are hand-raised from the egg, which assures they are gentle and not fearful of being handled by people. Biting parrots have often been abused, so hands can be scary things to them. Strome won’t sell a biting bird or put it on display. Those birds will go to a sanctuary.

Parrot Planet stocks everything to keep a parrot happy and healthy. Choose from an extensive supply of special feeds, a selection of elegant, roomy cages and a wide array of colorful parrot paraphernalia. As stated in the store’s Parrots’ Bill of Rights, which is distributed to potential buyers, it’s important to remember that parrots are not

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FROM page 50 domesticated pets like a dog or cat but still possess the wild spirit of the jungle. They are not status symbols or amusing ornaments for home décor but unique, feeling beings. Parrots have special needs you may find hard to fill. That’s why many end up in rescue, so it’s important to learn all about these birds before bringing one home. Strome takes the welfare of her birds very seriously. These parrots don’t go to just any home. If you aren’t considered a good match for a parrot as a pet, the store won’t sell you one. It’s not about making a sale—it’s about placing each bird in the best possible home. Before you buy a parrot, you’ll be educated about parrots and their care by the store’s avian expert. New owners are encouraged to find a veterinarian who specializes in the care of parrots, such as Dr. Jeanne Smith of Avian Health Services. The store offers a discount for a new-bird physical exam with Dr. Smith when you purchase one of its parrots.

Parrot Planet’s star is Ariel the Toucan. She purrs like a cat when she’s happy, and she’ll never bite. That’s comforting to know considering the size of her bill. I ask if Ariel is also for sale, but no, she is Strome’s special pet. She admits she gets very attached to all her birds. “In the beginning, I could see myself not wanting to let the birds go, saying ‘No, you can’t have this one or that one,’” says Strome. But, like all good bird moms, she raises her fledglings well and prepares them to eventually leave the nest—and the store. After visiting Parrot Planet, I left with a new appreciation for these intelligent, loving pets. I highly recommend you and your family explore this planet soon for an uplifting experience. Sue Owens Wright is an awardwinning author of books and articles about dogs. Look for the Kindle edition of “Braced for Murder,” her latest book in the Beanie and Cruiser Series from Five Star Publishing. She can be reached at beanieandcruiser@ n

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that have blinded us to our cultural privileges. And when travel isn’t possible, I can suggest three things that can still widen your cross-cultural understanding. 1. Read books—and not just travel books. Read nonfiction about history, religion, cuisine and culture, and include international fiction like “The Kite Runner” and the works of the increasingly popular Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk. These books offer Middle Eastern views that have been hidden by war. 2. Meet people from other cultures and countries. Ask your Afghan neighbor to describe life in his country. Get your Sikh veterinarian to talk about his religious holidays. Turn a chance meeting with a Russian barber into an explanation of Russian politics. If you are really daring, visit a Muslim mosque or Sikh temple to find that it’s not so daring after all.



love to travel so much that if someone gave me free airline tickets, I wouldn’t ask where we’re going until the flight attendants finished preflight instructions. That thinking pretty well describes how I quickly accepted an expenses-paid trip to Jordan last month from the Jordanian Tourism Board. I was one of 12 journalists who accepted the invitation, designed to combat Jordan’s image problem. It’s a problem you can understand if the misdeeds of your older sibling ever caused you to be misjudged by a high school teacher. I use the comparison because Jordan is the near-perfect sibling of its Middle Eastern brothers. It has fallen into disfavor with international travelers because of misbehaving siblings like Syria, Libya and Iraq. So it came to be that my colleagues and I spent a week visiting the biblical sites of Jordan. We saw the area where John the Baptist hung out and where he baptized Jesus. We saw the place where Jesus transferred a


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SPIRIT page 57 man’s demons into a herd of swine. It turns out pigs can’t fly. We visited Petra, which is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable places on Earth. Located 50 miles south of the Dead Sea, it’s the ancient land of the Edomites, Esau’s descendants. It’s easy to see the wisdom in the Jordanian Tourism Board’s advice: “If you want to follow the Bible, don’t follow modern borders. Follow the Jordan River.” But more impressive than the land was the Jordanian people, who were

respectful, hardworking and faithful to the precepts of their faith. I saw religious diversity and the peaceful coexistence of Muslim mosques and Christian churches. I saw peace. I felt peace and, moreover, I felt personally safe. As the tourism board had hoped, I could sense the neutrality and beauty that gives Jordan its well-deserved reputation as the Switzerland of the Middle East. However, this is a spiritual column, not a travel column. So, spiritually speaking, I endorse travel as a way to dismantle the ethnocentricities

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have written before of how much I enjoy eating breakfast foods for dinner. Pancakes, waffles, French toast, even Cap’n Crunch: They all taste better at 6 p.m. than they do at 6 a.m. It makes me feel deliciously decadent to eat breakfast food at dinnertime, as if I were some pampered rock star who parties all night long, awakens in his hotel suite at 4 p.m., then dials up room service and demands beer and Skittles for breakfast. Alas, I am not a rock star. Even worse, my wife is not as enamored as I am of the whole breakfast-for-dinner thing. So, unless I am dining solo, I

rarely get to indulge my passion for an evening stack of pancakes. For years, the only exception to this rule was the Dutch Baby Exemption. A Dutch baby, also known as a German pancake, is a giant popover-like concoction made in a large cast-iron skillet and generally served with butter, powdered sugar and maple syrup. To make a large Dutch baby, mix together six room-temperature eggs with one cup of roomtemperature whole milk, one cup of all-purpose flour, a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. (I sometimes grate a little orange rind into the mixture as well, which brightens it up a bit.) Preheat a 12-inch cast-iron pan in a 450-degree oven for 15 or 20 minutes. (Don’t skip this step or your Dutch baby will not rise properly.) Remove the pan from the oven and drop four tablespoons of unsalted butter into it. Roll the butter around in the pan until it is melted, then pour the Dutch baby batter into the pan and return the pan to the oven. Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes

or until the Dutch baby has puffed up and is golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. My wife likes Dutch babies so much that, despite her preference for savory dinner foods, she has given me permission to serve them for dinner whenever I want. Until recently, it was the only exception to the “dinner must be savory” rule. In February, while visiting Southern California with my friend Bill Hughes, I dined at Canter’s Deli, a legendary Los Angeles eatery. Bill is a native New Yorker and a champion of New York deli-style food. At his insistence, I had my first-ever egg cream at Canter’s. (“Egg cream” is a bit of a culinary misnomer, since this concoction contains neither eggs nor cream.) It tasted like a cross between a milkshake and a vanilla float—in other words, delicious. For dinner, I ordered a Monte Cristo sandwich. I had eaten a Monte Cristo only once before, at Tower Cafe, after viewing “Midnight in Paris” at the theater next door. Thanks to Woody Allen, I was feeling warm and fuzzy

toward all things Gallic. The Tower Cristo consisted of ham and cheese sandwiched between slices of French toast and garnished with raspberry jam and powdered sugar. I liked it but was not bedazzled by it. The Cristo at Canter’s consisted of ham, turkey and Swiss cheese sandwiched between slices of French toast that was dusted with powdered sugar. It was served with butter, which I slathered on top of the French toast, and maple syrup, which I poured over everything.

“Egg cream” is a bit of a culinary misnomer, since this concoction contains neither eggs nor cream. While eating this meal, it occurred to me that the Monte Cristo sandwich, as envisioned by Canter’s Deli, might be the ideal dinnertime

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of bed in the morning, Julie has often been in her studio for several hours, bringing another canvas to life with oil paints. I do much of my writing late at night, while Julie is fast asleep in bed. If we want to watch a movie together on a weeknight, we generally have to pop it into the DVD player before 6 p.m. Otherwise, Julie will sleep through the final act. Julie is a beer enthusiast; I am a teetotaler. Julie loves Disneyland; I consider it a vast wasteland. Julie loves gardening; I consider it a form of torture. Julie is a neatnik and I am a slob. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an atheist who loves Christmastime; Julie is an Episcopalian who finds most Christmas-related traditions (carols, Santas, gift exchanges) insipid. Throughout 33 years of marriage, we have managed to bridge these differences by looking for Monte Cristo-like compromises. We have succeeded more times than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve failed. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best you can hope for in marriage. There is no such thing as perfect compatibility. n

Continues thru Nov 10 Harris Center for the Arts 10 College Pkwy, Folsom 608-6888 The Crucible takes place in the 17thcentury Salem witch trials and unravels a tale of human struggles both internal and external. A community galvanized by fear and suspicion, a wife betrayed by lust, an orphan girl blind with passion and obsessed with revenge, ruthless prosecutors, deluded holy men and covetous neighbors. Destructiveness of socially sanctioned violence, the power of hysteria, the blindness of zealots and the heart of one tortured man trying to find his own goodness.


Continues thru Nov 24 Capital Stage 2215 J St, Sac 995-5464 Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most blood-thirsty play gets a Capital Stage treatment. In a postapocalyptic world where guerilla warfare rules the land, Macbeth goes beyond a mere tragedy of moral order to a deeply psychological study of a mind preyed on by ambition, fear and regret. Capital Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original adaptation places the focus on the perverse marital bond and the collapse of established order that give rise to the plays tragic events. As the rules of society breakdown, dark forces are unleashed and savagery reigns supreme. For the Macbethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, dominion over this ravaged land is only a heartbeat away. (Contains violence. Intended for mature audiences.)

Buried Child

Nov 2 - Nov 24 Ovation Stage at the Wilkerson Theatre 1723 25th St, Sac 606-5050 The powerfully mysterious play that won Sam Shephard a 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a darkly comic meditation on the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go home againâ&#x20AC;?. A 20-something Vince decides to bring his girlfriend back to his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decaying farm, a sweet idea, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hitch. No one back home seems to remember him. Eviscerating Rockwell-ian notions of American rural life, the play oozes with a spookiness that takes a long while to shake off.

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Nov 15 - Dec 14 Big Idea Theatre 1616 Del Paso Blvd, Sac 960-3036 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat itâ&#x20AC;? A time-bending roller-coaster ride through history. Outrage deftly moves between Ancient Greece, the Inquisition, Nazi Germany and modern day academia. It examines the price people pay for staying true to their principles in the face of vicious oppression and reminds us that the revolutionary of one era may become the tyrant of the next.


Thru Nov 16 B Street Theatre 2711 B St, Sac 443-5300 Mary and Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple efforts to reach out to Kenny and Sharon, their new neighbors, spiral outrageously out of control. Hoping for a little distraction and social interaction, they get more than they bargained for.

Crazy Horse and Custer

Nov 6 - Dec 15 Sacramento Theatre Company 1419 H St, Sac 443-6722 Crazy Horse tells of what was lost forever for his people when they won at the Little Big Horn. George Armstrong Custer, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boy Generalâ&#x20AC;? of the Civil War, speaks for all those American qualities he cherished and ultimately died to secure for himself and his country. This goes beyond the iconic images of these two warriors to explore the men behind the myths and the imperatives in their characters that drove them to conflict greater than the battle they fought.

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Thru Nov 24 Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre 1721 25th St, Sac 583-4880 On a subway platform in New York City, an ex-con from the south saves the life of an intellectual atheist who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking for salvation. Now, the reformed murderturned-savior ventures to offer salvation of another kind, bringing the failed suicide victim back to his Harlem apartment for an articulate and moving debate about the truth, fiction and believe.

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n July 26, 13-year-old Natalie Giorgi took one bite of a Rice Krispies treat containing peanut butter during a family vacation at Camp Sacramento. Allergic to peanuts, she knew something was wrong and spit the treat out. Despite prompt medical care, she died later that evening. In the months that have followed, her grieving family has turned their tragedy into a crusade for allergy awareness. Here, her parents, Carmichael residents Louis and Joanne Giorgi, speak about their desire to help other families avoid the grief of losing a child. How common are food allergies? Joanne: There are 5.9 million children who have a food allergy—one in every 13 kids in a classroom in the United States today. Since 1997, the rate of children with peanut allergies has doubled. Eight percent of U.S. children have food allergies that can include eggs, dairy, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts. Research says that every three


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Louis and Joanne Giorgi hope to raise awareness of food allergies. They lost their daughter, Natalie, after she had a severe allergic reaction to peanuts.

minutes, someone is in the emergency room with an allergic reaction. Louis: People think, “My kid doesn’t have a food allergy. Why should I care?” The reason why people should care is threefold: The incidence is increasing, your allergy status can change, and 25 percent of serious allergic reactions are those that are previously undiagnosed. What are you trying to accomplish with your work on behalf of food allergies?

Joanne: I hope that we bring awareness. People just assume it’s not real. We have a responsibility to educate people now. There are simple things we can do to make environments safe for everyone. I think people have a newfound appreciation for food allergies. Why did you decide to use your family’s tragedy to help others? Joanne: It helps make sense of our loss to know that we can keep momentum going and effect

positive change. We want people to understand this is serious. We have to do everything we can to protect kids. Most people have said, “Wow. I had no idea.” We’ve already saved a lot of lives just by sharing Natalie’s story. I believe in the greater good of trying to protect children. If we can reasonably take steps to help protect these children who have food allergies, then we will be successful.



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Tell me about the foundation you established in your daughter’s name. Joanne: The Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation was set up in Natalie’s memory. We want it to focus on education, awareness and research. By starting the foundation, we can educate people so that nobody else will have a child die the way Natalie did. Nobody should die that way, whether it’s a child or an adult. Louis: We worked with Assemblyman Richard Pan to pass a bill in the Assembly on allergy awareness. Next year, we hope to do even more. We are working with a national organization called FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education. We see Natalie’s foundation working hand in hand with them on this cause.

Parents tell us Natalie’s story has saved their child’s life. What’s your long-term goal? Joanne: We hope the foundation can help make life safer for children. We want to keep kids safe and alive. That’s the message we get from parents across the country. People write to us from all over the world. Natalie’s story has touched so many people. Parents tell us Natalie’s story has saved their child’s life, because now the school is listening to them or people understand their concerns more readily.

Louis: Avoiding the exposure is the No. 1 thing to keep kids safe. When the seatbelt law passed in 1986, people hated it. They complained that it ruined their tie, wrinkled their dress. But we imposed it because we know it keeps people safe. You can choose not to wear a seatbelt, but in the end we’ve decided we’re going to protect people. Every child has the right to a safe school and play environment. With simple changes in attitudes and behaviors, we can make this happen. What can people do to help spread awareness and keep Natalie’s memory alive? Joanne: They can tell Natalie’s story. Speak up about it! When people scoff about food allergies, they should say, “Let me tell you a story about a 13-year-old girl.” She was met with the worst-case scenario. Louis: She was diagnosed at age 3 after a mild reaction and had never had a reaction since. She was vigilant about avoiding foods, knowing she couldn’t eat things, reading labels. We did everything right. Joanne: We can start simply: being compassionate and understanding of the children who do have food allergies. Being mindful that this is a real disease and a disease that does kill. It’s that simple. Share Natalie’s story. Let people know it does happen. Natalie would love that people care and are going to try and do things differently. For more information about the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation, go to n

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re you green on the green? Learn what it takes to drive, sink and putt like a pro at The Golf Gapper’s Beginning Ladies Open House and Sunice Trunk Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the G2 Golf Center. Sample snacks, enter to win door prizes, check out the Sunice golf apparel trunk show and close the gulf in your golf knowledge at this informative event. Take a tour of the facilities, sign up for a class or two and get your golf game analyzed with LPGA pro (and G2 Golf Center owner) Dr. Jenni Martin. For more information, call 8378952 or go to The G2 Golf Center is at 4147 Northgate Blvd., Suite 5.

THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND Got your passport ready? Lucky for you, you won’t need it. Celebrate the holiday season with international aplomb at the Christmas Around the World Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Hellenic Center in East Sacramento.


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Hosted by the Eastern Christian Churches Women’s Association of Sacramento, the event will include delicious delicacies from Armenia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, the Middle East, Russia, Slovakia and the Ukraine—and multicultural Christmas cheer, of course. For more information, call 4569794. The Hellenic Center is at 614 Alhambra Blvd.

DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY If you have youngsters whose heads are full of fairytales, don’t

miss the chance to bring them to see a beloved legend brought to life by the Sacramento Ballet. Ron Cunningham’s “Cinderella” comes to the Community Center Theater for only three performances on Nov. 2 and 3. Cunningham’s beautiful version of this riveting rags-to-riches tale has been performed around the world for more than 30 million people. It now returns home for this loving revival complete with all of the stunning costumes, elegant sets and dreamy dancing you remember. But make sure you buy your tickets early: With only three performances, the production is sure to sell out, and

you don’t want to get caught out at midnight as your coach turns into a pumpkin! Performances are at 1 and 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3. For tickets and more information, call 808-5181 or go to The Community Center Theater is at 1301 L St.

SEEING STARS Hoping to hear the song stylings of two world-renowned and celebrated singers in the comfort of your own hometown? Don’t miss the International Stars of Opera Recital presented by Two in Tune

(a partnership of the Sacramento Opera and Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra) at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 at the Crest Theatre. Soprano Ruth Ann Swenson and tenor Frank Lopardo, along with with Mark Robson on piano, will perform some of opera’s best-loved arias and duets. Swenson’s colorful coloratura voice has thrilled audiences on two continents, and Lopardo has performed more than 180 times at the Metropolitan Opera as well as at the Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera and Glyndebourne Opera Festival. Sound like music to your ears? You can even rub elbows with the singers themselves at the “Meet the Stars” catered reception following the performance with the purchase of VIP tickets. For tickets and more information, call 44-CREST (4427378), visit the Crest box office in person at 1013 K St., or go to 2intune. org.

OH, JOY! Surely you know the famous strains of Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth symphony, but have you heard it reverberating with the vibrant acoustics of the Fremont Presbyterian Church’s newly built performance space? Don’t miss the Camellia Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Ode to Joy!” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Fremont Presbyterian. First performed in 1824, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was considered revolutionary and is revered by music lovers the world over to this day. “This is a work about mankind,” says CSO maestro Christian Baldini. “It’s a philosophical musical work which takes us on a journey to explore the differences that we encounter in life, our inner and external struggles, love and, above all, universal brotherhood. This symphony has remained relevant because of the beauty and power of its music.” The performance will be paired with works by Beethoven’s teacher, Antonio Salieri, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring singers Robin Fisher (soprano),

Tania Mannion (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Ebbers (tenor) and Eugene Brancoveanu (baritone) alongside the Davis Chorale, Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir and the Fremont Presbyterian Church Choir. The evening is sure to make your ears ring with joy. For tickets and more information, call 929-6655 or go to Fremont Presbyterian Church is at 5770 Carlson Drive.

YOU CAN CALL HIM AL Former vice president. Bestselling author. Oscar winner. Nobel Peace Prize winner. For all those accolades, only one man comes to mind: Al Gore, who will also come to the Community Center Theater as part of the Sacramento Speakers Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Though he’s best known for his eight-year stint as the 45th vice president of the United States alongside President Bill Clinton and his own bid for the presidency in 2000, Gore is more than just a powerful politico. After the Florida fiasco left him without an oval office, Gore turned his attention to issues surrounding global warming. He has since written the bestsellers “Earth in the Balance,” “The Assault on Reason,” “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis” and “An Inconvenient Truth.” The latter was turned into a documentary for which Gore won an Oscar, and not long after, he was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.” For tickets and more information, call 388-1100 or go to The Community Center Theater is at 1301 L St.

SHE WILL SURVIVE For a story of survival and strength you’ll never forget, don’t miss the special one-time speaking engagement of Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and now a bestselling author, at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9

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Kim Merrell Lamb CRS, CNE, GRI 916-837-4674 at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Carmichael. In 1994, almost 1 million Rwandans were massacred in just over three months—and Ilibagiza was there to see it. Hiding out with seven other women in a 3-by-4-foot bedroom for 91 days, Ilibagiza was able to find her faith and survive to tell her tale in her riveting first book, “Left To Tell.” The book made it onto The New York Times bestseller list and now has its illustrious and iron-willed author traveling the country speaking about her experience. Don’t pass up the chance to hear her yourself right here in Sacramento. For more information about Ilibagiza, go to For tickets and more information about the speaking engagement, go to Questions? Email Our Lady of the Assumption Parish is at 2141 Walnut Ave. in Carmichael.

DELIRIOUS IN ‘DETROIT’ Ever wanted to visit Detroit? Lisa D’Amour’s award-winning play “Detroit” comes to the B Street Theatre for a limited run through Nov. 17. This delirious and delightful new comedy premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010 and, upon transferring Off-Broadway, won playwright D’Amour the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play. Young couple Mary and Ben eagerly befriend their new neighbors Kenny and Sharon, hoping for a little distraction and social interaction, but they get far more than they bargained

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LADIES’ NIGHT What’s better than wine, women and shoes? Nothing, if you ask the event coordinators at St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children. Kick up your heels, and help homeless women get back on their feet, at the aptly named “Wine, Women and Shoes” event from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred. Enjoy an array of wine tastings, shop till you drop at the glass slipper auction, and take in the riveting runway show featuring designer duds from Julius, Madame Butterfly, Hamilton Jewelers, Charlene Court Designs, R Douglas Custom Clothier, GoodStock, Khirma Eliazov, Cuffs, Elizabeth Galindo, Shaw Shoes, Elizabeth Charles SF and Laura Khoury. Prepared to be pampered? A handful of handsome “Shomoliers” (also known as Shoe Guys) will be on hand to present perfect pairings of wine and shoes on silver platters during the silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children, the largest shelter in Sacramento County focused exclusively on homeless women and children. Since 1985, the program has helped more than 25,000 displaced

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Hopkins, herself a retired school counselor, examines the emotional and psychological impact of the teachers she’s had throughout her life with pieces that are just like the teachers they commemorate: powerful, hopeful, vulnerable and profoundly influential. For more information, call 4765500 or go to Gallery 21-Ten is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and is at 2110 K St.


Artist Laurie Hopkins' show Teachers Beware is on view at Gallery 21-Ten through Nov. 5

FROM page 63 women and children find their footing and transition from crisis to selfsufficiency. For tickets and more information, go to The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred is at 2300 Sierra Blvd.

AND ALL THAT JAZZ Ready for some sounds that are sure to knock your socks off? Check out the Sacramento Community Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Westminster Church. Part One of the program will feature the Sacramento State Jazz Singers and California State University, Sacramento, vocal groups, under new direction by Gaw Yang. Tap your toes to these two


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entertaining ensembles as they tackle standards from vocal jazz groups past as well as some contemporary classics. Part Two will please with a performance by the Doug Pauly Quintet, a fabulous fivesome that mixes pop, jazz and Latin styles to create one sensational sound. For tickets and more information, call 400-4634 or go to sccaconcerts. org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is at 1300 N St.

TEACHER’S PET Instead of a shiny red apple, why not show your teacher you care with a shiny piece of art? That’s just what artist Laurie Hopkins does at her show “Teachers Beware,” on view at Gallery 21-Ten through Nov. 5.

Change is in the air leaves are turning, the temperature’s dropping, socks and boots have come out of storage in more than just the atmosphere. Mark Snyder and Amy Guthrie, co-owners of C & C Merchants, Inc. and the children of Bill Snyder, co-founder of the beloved bygone store William Glen, announced this May that their company will now be called William Glen Inc. in commemoration of what would have been the store’s 50th anniversary. “We are proud of our family’s five decades of welcoming Sacramentans into our retail stores,” says Guthrie. “With the new name, we feel like we’ve come home.” Guthrie and her brother’s popular retail outposts, Christmas & Company and Chef’s Mercantile, are still flourishing in Old Sacramento. They will retain their storefront names in the transition, but will operate under the umbrella of William Glen Boutiques. So what does this mean for savvy Sacramento shoppers? It means that should you need access to beautiful candles, fine china, crystal, housewares, unique gifts, cool kitchen gadgets or the widest array of Christmas goods in the county, you still know just where to go: the William Glen Boutiques—Christmas & Company and Chef’s Mercantile— in Old Sacramento. For more information, call 7375636 or go to The William Glen Boutiques are at 116 K St.

MYERS AND THE MACHINE Happy second birthday, Alex Bult Gallery! Celebrate in style with the gallery’s November solo show of artist Jeff Myers’ haunting exhibition “The Secret Life of Machines,” on display Nov. 5 through Dec. 7. “I have always been interested in environmental and sociological contrasts and contradictions,” Myers says. “Employing different cultural time periods in history with the contemporary in the same tableaux, a type of deconstructive blending occurs.” If this description has your head spinning, all you need to know is this: Myers’ oil paintings feature large, antiquated farm machinery or other pieces of discarded equipment amid a superimposed landscape of contemporary cities such as Tokyo and New York. This “man vs. wild,” “urban versus agricultural” motif creates an effect that’s both eerie and beautiful in Myers’ compelling paintings. Ask him about his artistic intentions yourself at the preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 or at the Second Saturday artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. We’re hoping they’ll serve birthday cake. For more information, call 4765540 or go to The Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st St., Suite B.

SHOOTING STARS If Archival Gallery owner D. Neath says that she’s showing work by “two of Sacramento’s rising stars,” you need to see it for yourself, ASAP. Pieces by John Stuart Berger and Sean Royal are on display at Archival Gallery through Nov. 30. John Stuart Berger first started showing his popular narrative paintings in the late 1980s at the esteemed (now defunct) Himovitz Gallery. His imaginative pieces range from the whimsical to the disturbing, and are always entertaining. If you’re looking for something with a little more retro flair, check out Sean Royal’s “Light Boxes,” beautiful

Are you already on the hunt for the perfect holiday gifts? Don’t miss the Crocker’s annual Holiday Art & Craft Festival, presented in collaboration with the Creative Arts League of Sacramento, on Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 at the Scottish Rite Center. More than 100 artists, artisans and craftspeople will be on hand with unique wares from jewelry to fiber art, woodwork to ceramics. You’re sure to find the perfect something for that special someone. Festival hours are from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.The Scottish Rite Center is at 6151 H St. For tickets and more information for any Crocker event, call 808-1182 or go to The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.

portraits painted on plexi-glass and illuminated from within. Greet the creators in person at the Second Saturday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. For more information, call 923-6204 or go to Archival Gallery is at 3223 Folsom Blvd.

NOUVEAU RICHE What’s better than wine tasting? Being the first one to taste it! Sip to your satisfaction at La Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau (translation: wine party) hosted by the Alliance Française de Sacramento from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Silverado Design Center. Each year, much of France, and much of the world, breathlessly awaits the release of that year’s famously fruity Beaujolais wine crop. Taste the 2013 vintage alongside other popular French wines and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants at this year’s Fête, emceed by KCRATV’s David Bienick. Your palate isn’t the only thing that will be benefitting from the evening’s festivities: Proceeds will benefit the Alliance Française de Sacramento, which offers French language courses for adults and children as well as various cultural events throughout the year for more than 600 members and other frenetic Francophiles. The best part? Your ticket purchase includes a free glass of this year’s Beaujolais! For tickets and more information, call 453-1723 or go to Silverado Design Center is at 5250 S. Watt Ave. in Sacramento.

GET IN SHAPE The Crocker Art Museum is chockfull of activities to make your autumn awesome, starting with the opening of the exhibition “The Shape of Things: Warren MacKenzie Ceramics” on Nov. 10. MacKenzie is touted as one of the most influential ceramists in the country. Throughout his 60 years of working and teaching, he’s fine-

Jeff Myers’ exhibition The Secret Life of Machines, on display Nov. 5 through Dec. 7 at Alex Bult Gallery

tuned his feats of clay like no other, exploring the shape and significance of pottery pieces made specifically for eating, drinking and serving. The exhibition to honor this pottery pioneer is culled from a collection recently donated to the Crocker by Susanna and George Grossman and is on display through Feb. 23. If that has you jumping for joy, just wait until you lend an ear to the classical concert featuring Allégresse (French for “joy”) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The trio of Annie Gnojek, Margaret Marco and Ellen Bottorff (on flute, oboe and piano, respectively) will perform a riveting repertoire of work by female composers in conjunction with Sacramento State’s 36th Festival of New American Music. The gaggle of talented gals has performed all over the country as well as in Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Hear them hear before they jet off again! Space is limited, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Thought Halloween was your last chance to don a costume? Lucky for you, the Crocker is giving you another

chance to wear a dashing disguise: This month’s Art Mix from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 has been dubbed “Crocker-Con.” Peruse the graphic offerings at pop-up comic shops from the likes of A-1 Comics, Empire’s Comics Vault, Big Brother Comics and Metropolis Comix and make sure you give a listen to the comic creatives who are slated to speak: writer Eben E.B. Burgoon from Eben07 & B-Squad; illustrator John Cottrell from Marvel & DC; illustrator Timothy Green from Marvel, DC & Dark Horse; illustrator Chris Wisnia from SLG; and painter/ illustrator Jared Konopitski. Drink specials are under $5 all night and “cosplayers” get in free. The event is sure to be epic fun. For celebration of another sort, the Crocker is honoring Native American Heritage Month with a performance by Mary Youngblood, the “First Lady of the Flute,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. The two-time Grammy Award winner is more than just a flute aficionado. She has been said to transcend the traditional songs of Native American flute music to produce “liquid poetry or prayer.” Sounds flute-tastic.

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made-from-scratch soup, it’s enough to hold you over until tomorrow’s breakfast, and delicious to boot. At Plates and Plates2go, the food and service can stand up to any other causal eatery in town. So if you can give money to a great cause and receive a meal of high quality in return, why wouldn’t you enter into this bargain as often as possible? I, for one, will make it as frequent a transaction as I can. Plates2go is at 1725 L St.; 4263884;



he strangely named Handle District in Midtown sports some of the area’s best restaurants—Mulvaney’s Building & Loan and The Waterboy, to name two—and a gaggle of fine bars. It’s a pleasant neighborhood to wander on foot, sampling drinks and plates, popping your head into the area’s best antique shop, Scout Living, sipping on a cappuccino while listening to guitar music played by local treasure Ross Hammond at Old Soul Coffee, or otherwise whiling away a day and night invested in the sensory pleasures. Two new entrants on the restaurant scene recently opened their doors on L Street, less than one block away from each other. Yet despite their proximity, the two places couldn’t be further from each other in overall mission or execution. The first is Plates2go, a casual lunch spot sponsored by St. John’s Shelter. A smaller, more accessible version of its sister restaurant, Plates, this casual eatery is a straightforward sandwich/soup/salad endeavor. At least, that’s how it appears on the surface. The original Plates, located in the old Army Depot on Florin Road, is a training ground for homeless women with children, a safe environment where they can learn highly transferable skills and get themselves ready for the workforce. The program’s success, along with the success of Plates as a culinary


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A DIME’S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE Less than one block away, a completely different enterprise is taking shape: a restaurant/bar called Capital Dime.

At the helm is Noah Zonca, former chef at The Kitchen.

The Black Forest ham and brie sandwich with housemade chips from Plates2go

enterprise, pushed the folks at St. John’s to start a second, smaller restaurant. The mission at Plates2go remains the same, but its convenient Midtown location allows for more Sacramentans to take part in the good works and good vibes that come with every dish.

The menu is simple and well executed, featuring sustainable, local products and housemade soups, sauces, and dressings. A perfect example: the turkey BLT club sandwich, made with local tomatoes, smoked turkey and housemade roasted garlic aïoli on dense, fresh sourdough. Paired with a cup of

Not since the opening of Randall Selland’s elegant Ella has there been more hoopla around a new restaurant. Every diner, drinker, foodie and farmto-forker was talking, tweeting and salivating at the mere mention of this place. And why wouldn’t they? At the helm is Noah Zonca, former chef at The Kitchen. Backing him up are former Ella standout and bartender to the gods, Rene Dominguez, and a

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host of other local pros. The menu is casual, compact and exciting, featuring a majority of dishes priced at $10. A few months after the launch, the bar is packed and the restaurant is buzzing with activity. News personalities and prominent politicians can be seen through the oversized front windows, and the cocktails are some of the best in town. Unfortunately, the menu has not yet materialized as that sumptuous, unparalleled offering that so many hoped it would be. In two trips to Capital Dime, I had only two dishes that I would call impressive: clams and chorizo and mac and cheese. The clams were amazingly flavorful, with the creamy bath they inhabited redolent of sherry and roasted garlic. The mac and cheese kicked major butt thanks to a hearty helping of pork belly. Other dishes came with major flaws. A pasta dish featured noodles stuck together in chewy clumps. A steak was so charred on the outside that the carbon overshadowed any



Citrus salad from Capitol Dime in Midtown

flavor of the rosy-pink meat within. And squash bisque tasted like nothing more than chicken stock.

For a near-celebrity-level chef like Zonca, I can’t imagine that this is acceptable, and I hope he takes a tighter hold of the reins to bring his

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1800 L St. 447-9440

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2416 J St. 443-0440

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

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

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1230 20th St. 444-0307

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Kasbah Lounge

2115 J St. 442-4388

D Full Bar $$ Middle Eastern cuisine in a Moroccan setting

Lucca Restaurant & Bar 1615 J St. 669-5300

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Thai Basil Café

2431 J St. 442-7690

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


2502 J Street 440-1088

L D $-$$ Beer/Wine Food with Carribean Flair

58 Degrees & Holding Co.

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

1716 L St. 443-7685

Paesano’s Pizzeria

1806 Capitol Ave. 447-8646

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

1401 28th St. 457-5737

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1801 Capitol Ave. 441-0303

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3301 Folsom Blvd. 455-2233

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Burr's Fountain 4920 Folsom Blvd. 452-5516

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

Clark's Corner Restaurant 5641 J St.

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

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La Bombe Ice Cream & More 3020 H Street 448-2334

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

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5090 Folsom Blvd. 739-1348

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

Opa! Opa!

5644 J St. 451-4000

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


5530 H St. 452-8226

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

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

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

3101 Folsom Blvd. 231-8888

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Evan’s Kitchen B L D Wine/Beer $$ Eclectic California cuisine served in a family-friendly atmosphere, Kid’s menu, winemaker dinners •

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Star Ginger

855 57th St. 452-3896


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723 56th. Street 454-5656

Paragary’s Bar & Oven

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

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5723 Folsom Blvd. 457-3679

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The Waterboy

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

Old Soul Co.

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2115 J St. 442-4353

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400 Capitol Mall 446-4100

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

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant 1111 J St. 442-8200

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

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

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621 Capitol Mall #100 442-50

D $$$ Full Bar Upscale American steakhouse •

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

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

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2760 Sutterville Road 452-2809

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

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

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The Kitchen

Casa Garden Restaurant L D $$ • D with minimum diners call to inquire $$ Wine/Beer. Elegantly presented American cuisine. Operated by volunteers to benefit Sacramento Children's Home. Small and large groups. Reservations recommended •

Freeport Bakery

2966 Freeport Blvd. 442-4256

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Riverside Clubhouse

2633 Riverside Drive 448-9988

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

Taylor's Kitchen

2924 Freeport Boulevard 443-5154

D $$S Wine/Beer Dinner served Wed. through Saturday. Reservations suggested.

Tower Café

1518 Broadway 441-0222

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

Willie's Burgers

2415 16th St.444-2006

L D $ Great burgers and more. Open until 3 am weekends


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Leatherby’s Family Creamery 2333 Arden Way 920-8382

L D $ House-made ice cream and specialties, soups and sandwiches

Lemon Grass Restaurant 601 Munroe St. 486-4891

L D $$ Full Bar Patio Vietnamese and Thai cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting

Matteo's Pizza

5132 Fair Oaks. Blvd. 779-0727

L D Beer/Wine $$ Neighborhood gathering place for pizza, pasta and grill dishes

The Mandarin Restaurant 4321 Arden Way 488-47794

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3535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 487-1331

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MAGNIFICENT HOME ON A QUIET CUL-DE-SAC! 5 bds, 4.5 bath on lrg lot w/6 car garage. This hm offers 2 mstr suites, In-Law Qrtrs, fresh paint in/out, newer carpet, roof & windows. Windmill & Flag Pool stay too. $400,000 PATTI MCNULTY-LANGDON 761-8498 BRE#: 01346985 MANSION FLATS ARCHITECTURAL ACHIEVEMENT! This property should not be defined by the number of bdrms and baths but rather by the lifestyles it will serve; Artistic, Edgy, and Urban. $499,000 POLLY SANDERS 341-7865 BRE: 01158787

BEAUTIFUL MIDTOWN MANSION! 4 lrg bd/3ba, 3rd flr guest qrtrs w/its own bath & kitch area, finished bsemnt w/a freplce. Gated parking for at least 12 cars. $1,300,000 TIM STEIN 806-9685 BRE: 01322397

MIDTOWN – TAPESTRI SQUARE! New Semi-Custom hms. 1200 to 2800SqFt. $399,000 to $795,000. Models Open Th-Su 11a-4p at 20th/T MICHAEL ONSTEAD 601-5699 BRE#: 01222608

DARLING CORNER HOME! Brick front, 3bd/3ba, Liv, din, fam rms, 2 frplces, blt-in pool & a bonus 3 car garage with possible RV access, breezeway & patio. $609,000 SUE OLSON 601-8834 BRE: 00784986

METRO OFFICE 730 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento 916.447.5900

DREAM LIFESTYLE HOME! 4bd, 3.5ba Farmhouse located within blocks of Old Fair Oaks Village, Waldorf School & the American River Prkwy. Light filled fam rm, dwnstrs mstr/guest ste & gated swimming pool. $665,000 POLLY SANDERS 341-7865 BRE#: 01158787

ENTERTAINERS DELIGHT! 1800+ sq. ft., 3bd/2ba hm w/master st & fam rm. Seamless transitions from bar off updtd kitch to family rm to outdoor kitch & patio. $474,950 THE WOOLFORDS 834-6900 BRE#: 00679593

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