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THE ISLANDS AT RIVERLAKE Like new, shows like a model. 3 bedroom 2 bath home in prestigious Riverlake community with lake access. Features include stainless steel appliances, shutters, custom built-in cabinets, crown molding, granite counters and more. Close to the River, bike/walking trails, downtown and parks. $369,000 MONA GERGEN 247-9555

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WONDERFUL S LAND PARK Sharp 3 bedroom features new roof, Àoors, granite counters and master bath remodel. Nice location close-in, with easy access to both 99 and I-5. Screened-in Florida room for relaxing with those Delta breezes. Family room / kitchen / dining area, and generous sized living room with ¿replace. $365,000 MIKE PUENTE 395-4727

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COVER ARTIST Tim Collom Tim Collom primarily uses bright oils for his insightful paintings of neighborhood scenes, animals, and everyday life. As a full-time Realtor by day, Tim uses the evenings to paint and unwind. Collom will be on the Open Studio Tour Sept. 20-21.

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A Season of Doings THE END OF SUMMER BRINGS A CALENDAR FULL OF FUN EVENTS

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s a die-hard fan of Sacramento’s spring and summer weather, I used to greet the approach of fall with reservation rather than enthusiasm. But in recent years, September has become a month I eagerly await. Coming up this month are three events I’d like to recommend to our readers: Urban Renaissance Home Tour, Capital Artists Studio Tour (also known as Sac Open Studios) and Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Urban Renaissance Home Tour is a new name for an event that has been held for more than 15 years. Formerly called the East Sacramento Home Remodeling Tour, the one-day event on Sunday, Sept. 28, features five new or remodeled homes in East Sacramento. Tour goers can check out the latest trends in kitchens and baths, second-story additions and brand-new homes built with vintage charm to blend seamlessly into historic neighborhoods. Home remodeling is extremely popular in our older urban neighborhoods, and people love to go on the tour to

get ideas for their own projects, or just see how our neighborhoods are upgrading. I founded the tour in 1996 to encourage remodeling that respects the character of our older neighborhoods. Two of my own homes have been on the tour a total of three times. People were exceptionally gracious and complimentary, and we loved sharing information to help people with their own projects. Finding homeowners willing to open up their homes is an annual challenge. It takes a special person or couple, and each year I am so grateful for the generosity of those who participate. This month, we are running a story on the lovely home of Mike and Kelly Paris whose home is on the tour The tour is sponsored by Friends of East Sacramento, a volunteerled nonprofit that my partner Lisa Schmidt and I manage. We lease Clunie Community Center and McKinley Rose Garden from the city of Sacramento and have raised more than $250,000 to restore both historic facilities. All tour proceeds go to the McKinley Park Renewal Fund to help maintain and improve the community center and the rose garden. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. Visit sacurbanhometour.com or East Sac Hardware for tickets. The most frequent compliment we receive on our publications is directed toward our covers. Folks love the original local artwork we feature. By far the best part of my job as publisher is the time I spend looking at art and meeting the artists who create it.

Come September, I eagerly await Sac Open Studios, which this year will be held over two weekends: Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21. My friend Cheryl Holben, chair of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, founded the tour in 2006 when she was a board member of Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento. Since then, the tour has become the largest Sacramento art event of its kind. This year, more than 125 artists will open their studios to participate in this free event.

Sac Open Studios offers an opportunity for members of the community to connect with local artists and purchase all types of art. Sac Open Studios offers an opportunity for members of the community to connect with local artists and purchase all types of art. Visiting art studios is quite interesting. Some artists work out of individual spaces inside of a collective such as Verge Center for the Arts or Sacramento Art Complex. Others work in their homes or garages, or in warehouse or industrial spaces. If you go on the tour, you will see artists at work and have a chance to meet and talk with them about their work.

The tour is organized by location. The Sept. 13-14 tour features artists who work in downtown, Midtown, Land Park, Curtis Park, Natomas, North Sac, Pocket-Greenhaven and Southside Park. The Sept. 20-21 tour features artists who work in East Sacramento, Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Oak Park, Tahoe Park and Fair Oaks. To best prepare for the tour, go to the preview exhibition opening Sept. 11 at Verge Center for the Arts, which features a representative piece from each participating artist. You can pick up a free tour program at Verge (625 S St.) or at University Art (2601 J St.). Incidentally, our cover art on all four editions this month features work by artists on the tour. Each year I find at least one new piece of art to add to my collection. Last year I purchased four small paintings, two by artists that have been on our covers. The last September event I’d like to recommend is the 2014 Farm-toFork Celebration, which takes place Sept. 13-28. During that time, local restaurants will host special events, offer special farm-to-fork menus and supply opportunities for the public to meet farmers, winemakers and brewers who define Sacramento’s culinary scene. The Farm-to-Fork Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, is a free event on Capitol Mall designed to demonstrate where our food and drink come from. There will be live music, cooking demonstrations, food from local purveyors and interactive booths PUBLISHER page 7

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Big Plans COUNCILMAN-ELECT JENNINGS WANTS TO SHAKE THINGS UP IN DISTRICT 7

When you don’t vote, it’s easy to get ignored. We specifically targeted the communities off Detroit Boulevard and Valley Hi. We worked hard for their votes, and they came through.” Pulling into the parking lot at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School, Jennings makes his point. He says, “This is a Hmong community. There’s a city park next to the school, but what do you see? Nobody out there. There’s a tennis court but no net. There’s a baseball diamond, but nobody’s playing ball. See those lights? I wonder if they even work. We’re not connecting with this community. That’s going to change.”

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nly one thing can make Rick Jennings stop talking about his grand plans as a new Sacramento city councilmember, and here it comes now. Slow and brawny, a shiny blue 1970s-era Monte Carlo cruises past Jennings on Ehrhardt Avenue in Valley Hi. The incoming city councilman freezes midsentence and marvels like a teenager. “Look at that!” he shouts, easing off the gas in his SUV. “That’s a beauty. Monte Carlo. About 1974. I’m restoring a Cougar. Man, I love those old cars.” The nostalgic appeal of ancient automotive treasure stands in contrast to the forward-progress universe Jennings, 61, inhabits these days. In June, the former school board member successfully ended a yearlong campaign to get elected as the city council representative for District 7, which stretches from Pocket and Greenhaven along Meadowview and into Valley Hi. The district includes high-end gated communities and neglected neighborhoods where homes are

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Rick Jennings is a new Sacramento city councilmember

guarded with steel-bar doors. In cul-de-sacs near Pocket Road, an unfamiliar car can prompt a call to police. On Center Parkway, residents fight deeper battles, seeking relief from drug dealers and gangs. Jennings lives in upscale Greenhaven near Genevieve F. Didion

K-8 School. “We bought our house for one reason only in 1986: so our kids could go to Didion,” he says. But he vows to serve as a voice for everybody in District 7. “Let’s be honest,” he says. “The neighborhoods on the eastern side haven’t always turned out to vote.

The new councilman has developed a “must do” list, which includes civic amenities familiar in other districts but absent in Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi. The list includes dog parks, community centers, skateboard parks and walking trails. Jennings won with 50.5 percent of the vote, avoiding a November runoff against the second-place finisher, retired fire chief Julius Cherry, by 54


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The new councilman has developed a “must do” list, which includes civic amenities familiar in other districts but absent in Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi. The list includes dog parks, community centers, skateboard parks and walking trails. For immediate impact, Jennings hopes to marshal existing private facilities and transform them into community gathering places. He wheels his SUV into the parking lot at Destiny Baptist Church in Valley Hi and points to a large building. He says, “That’s a full gym. Do you think we could partner up so young people could use that?” On his way back to Greenhaven, Jennings drives past the shuttered Fresh & Easy grocery store on Mack Road. “Can you see a community center in there?” he asks. “What would it take to convert that into a place for our seniors and young people?” The pattern continues as Jennings cruises along Pocket Road. He points to the old Merryhill School

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Fall Fun ST. ANTHONY PARISH PLANS ITS ANNUAL AUTUMN FESTIVAL

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t. Anthony Parish will hold its annual community festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from noon to 9 p.m. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the free event. “People will have a chance to work together, eat together, enjoy each other’s company and help support parish programs,” says parishioner Christine Stein. Parishioners prepare much of the food. This year’s menu will include Filipino, Mexican, Italian, Nigerian, Greek and Polish food, plus tri-tip, hamburgers, hot dogs and snow cones. Beer and wine will be sold. Continuous entertainment throughout the day will include performances by The Neatles (a Beatles cover band), Christian Brothers Choir, the Chinese Community Church Ukulele and Hula Fellowships, Rivergate Band (a local country music band) and Todd Morgan and the Emblems (a rock ’n’ roll band). There will be a bounce house, bingo and other games. The growth of the parish tells the story of Pocket area development. In the 1970s, the city began to expand southward into what is now Pocket-

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St. Anthony Parish will hold its annual community festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from noon to 9 p.m.

Greenhaven. The small number of Catholic residents were then served at St. Joseph Parish in Clarksburg and the Portuguese Holy Spirit Society’s St. Mary Chapel on Pocket Road. Members of St. Joseph Parish Council, many of whom lived in the Pocket, decided it was time for the newly developed area to have its own parish. Three members presented the case to then-Sacramento Bishop Alden Bell and his committee of priest advisers. In 1974, the new parish was formed with Father Brendan O’Sullivan as its first pastor. Before the development of housing tracts, the Pocket was populated primarily by Portuguese farmers. To honor these roots, St. Anthony, the patron saint of Portugal, was chosen as the patron of the new parish. The

Silva family donated land for the church. While the gift was generous, Father O’Sullivan identified another parcel on Florin Road that, thanks to its size and its central location within the parish geography, was more suitable. With the blessing of the Silva family, the priest negotiated a land swap to acquire the site of today’s St. Anthony Parish. St. Anthony Church was formally dedicated by Bishop Bell on Dec. 22, 1979. St. Anthony is at 660 Florin Road. For more information about the festival, go to stanthony-sacramento. org

MEET THE CLERK You may have seen Adrian Navarro at the Ace Hardware store

at Riverside Boulevard and Florin Road. In addition to working at the hardware store, he attends Sacramento State University, where he studies kinesiology and athletic training. Navarro also plays soccer. He started as a youth player with the Fruitridge soccer club, then moved to the Greenhaven soccer club, where he played from ages 14 to 19. “Now I play for Inter Hacienda, a very young team in the Central California Soccer League,” he says. “My favorite professional team is FC Barcelona because of the way they changed the game with their style of play.” Navarro began working for the hardware store in 2012, right after he graduated from John F. Kennedy POCKET LIFE page 10


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POCKET LIFE FROM page 8 High School. The work has been an education of a different sort. “We really don’t have specific positions, which helps every one of us with our knowledge of the store, since we all have to have some knowledge on just about everything from painting to gardening,” Navarro says. “The oddest item a customer asked for would have to be a left-handed hammer. I could not tell whether he was just messing with the new guy.” (Note to other new guys: The customer was just messing with him.) After he earns his degree, Navarro plans on traveling through Europe, he says, “hopefully staying there and working for a professional soccer club in Spain—other than Real Madrid, of course.” In the meantime, if you see our young clerk on the job at Ace

Hardware, don’t hesitate to ask him if they carry left-handed garden hoses.

ART IN THE POCKET This year’s Sac Open Studios tour will feature an event called Art in the Pocket. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14, local artists will exhibit their work on Mast Court at Gloria Drive, across from John F. Kennedy High School. Renowned painter Skip Lee will present his huge, colorful abstracts in oil and acrylic. Sculptor Jay Bishop will demonstrate his bronze sculpting techniques. Dorothy Steed will show her delicate Chinese brush paintings. Alex 8 will show her art and jewelry. Carol Wittich will present her fabric creations and jewelry. And event organizer Richard Turner

Adrian Navarro works at the Ace Hardware store at Riverside Boulevard and Florin Road

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will show his nature photography and large doors on metal. There will be food trucks and live music, and Kennedy High’s marching band will march down Mast Court. “This will not be your usual ho-hum art walk. This will be a party!” says Turner.

BIG KICKER DREAMS Continuing with our September sports theme, it’s time to check in with a local man who’s trying to secure playing time on the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team as a place kicker. Aaron Novoa started Artwork shown by Richard Turner will be featured at playing football in 2007 as the Art in the Pocket event this month a freshman at Kennedy. “I practiced kicking and punting for a majoring in sociology. He made the while with my dad,” he says. “During Rainbow Warriors’ spring roster as a the summer, I walked on to a junior walk-on. varsity football practice. I asked the In the off-season, Novoa trains at head coach if I could play or try out.” Riverside Athletic Club and Land The coach happened to need a Park CrossFit with other collegiate kicker, and he agreed to teach the kickers and punters. We’re betting position to his new prospect. Novoa that soon his talents will be the talk kicked all four years for the Kennedy of the Islands. Cougars, earning three varsity letters. He was recognized on the Sacramento SOLAR REGATTA Bee All Metro-Team and selected to the South Optimist All-Star team. WINNERS During his senior season, he had a Students studying robotics at the 42-yard game-winning field goal in Pocket’s School of Engineering & the closing seconds against Capital Sciences recently returned from the Christian High School. SMUD Solar Regatta competition After Kennedy, Novoa was the with two trophies: one for best backup kicker/punter at Sacramento technical design and one for spirit. City College. During his sophomore The annual competition was held at year in 2012, he was elevated to the Rancho Seco Reservoir. primary punting and kicking jobs and Parent Berta Serrato says, was selected to the All-Conference “Through the robotics program, First Team. we are trying to provide the kids After traveling to Honolulu and with real-world experiences. We are watching a college game at Aloha bringing the industry to them and Stadium, site of the NFL Pro Bowl, working it into their curriculum. We Novoa felt Hawaii would be a perfect are empowering our students to be fit. “I went to visit the University of successful beyond college.” Hawaii campus and knew then that it was the perfect place for me to attend, Shane Singh can be reached at with or without football,” he says. shane@shanesingh.com n Last spring, Novoa enrolled at the University of Hawaii, where he’s


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Park Trees at Risk CONCERNS GROW OVER PROPER CARE OF PARK TREES BY CITY

BY CRAIG POWELL INSIDE CITY HALL

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irst, let’s establish how important trees are to Sacramento and its residents. We are, after all, “the city of trees,” as the large water tower in the south part of town advises travelers driving up I-5. But it is much more than just a slogan to us. It is an essential element of our identity and a key part of Sacramento’s enviable livability. We instinctually named many of our neighborhoods after our parks (Land, McKinley, Curtis, Tahoe, etc.). When I served on the board of Land Park Community Association a few years ago, we surveyed more than 1,000 residents about the most important concerns of Land Park residents. Preservation of the tree canopy outscored every other concern, including crime, by a huge margin. With issues of air quality and climate change, concern for Sacramento’s tree canopy has only grown in recent years. In short, trees are a very big deal to us. Last week, I joined two dozen folks in taking a tour of McKinley Park’s remarkable trees. (I live near William Land Park, the jewel of the city park system, but I must admit I’ve found no experience comparable to gazing

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up into the 120-foot magnificence of a McKinley English elm.) The tour was led by arborist Anne Fenkner of Sacramento Tree Foundation, a uniquely Sacramento institution that quietly goes about the challenging business of fending off threats to trees in our region from urbanization, disease and poor care practices. The tour was less a showing-off of McKinley’s trees than a visit through a trauma ward, including a large, completely barren area where two giant elms had stood just weeks before, victims of the insidious Dutch elm disease. The tour included trees so parched that their normally rubbery leafs now have the feel of dry leather, the results of cells shutting down due to lack of water. We witnessed a struggling volunteerbased triage operation organized by the tree foundation (dubbed Mulch Madness) to mulch around tree trunks in order to capture critical moisture in the soil—except that there is really almost no moisture to capture. The overall appearance of McKinley Park is simply deplorable. A contractor installing new $300,000plus restrooms in June mistakenly cut into a major water line, not once but multiple times, cutting off all water to the park for a two-week period. Water was also shut off to a large portion of the park for an extended time last summer during the herculean neighborhood effort to build a new playground to replace the one torched by arsonists. City officials reportedly hoped that winter rains would revive the browned-out grass. The rains never came, and parts of McKinley are now hardpan.

According to tree experts, mature trees should receive a “deep watering” for at least an hour or two every two to three weeks. But nowhere in the city park system are trees currently receiving such watering, according to reports of both senior park officials and park maintenance workers. What are the consequences of skipping deep watering of park trees over time? Greater susceptibility to disease, tree weakness, shortened life spans and tree death.

According to tree experts, mature trees should receive a “deep watering” for at least an hour or two every two to three weeks. A Bee article recently quoted Elizabeth Anderson, operations manager for the city’s parks and recreation department, saying that the city is watering its parks two days a week for only 20 minutes (more for sports fields), even though the city’s watering ordinance imposes no time limit on watering. City watering rules limit watering to two days per week and restrict the hours of watering (not after 10 a.m. or before 7 p.m.), but they do not restrict sprinkler times other than a general prohibition against running sprinklers long enough to generate runoff. So why is the city so restrictive in its watering of city parks that it’s endangering not

just turf, but the long-term health and viability of 50- and 100-year-old legacy trees in city parks? To save water, seemingly at all costs. Have city officials made a conscious policy decision to sacrifice the health and risk the early death of mature park trees for the sake of hitting a 20 percent water conservation goal that the city seeks to reach? If so, the public has had no part in the decision. It hasn’t been the subject of debate at a city council hearing. According to recent reports, Sacramento is already far ahead of the statewide average in achieving water savings, even though Sacramento enjoys Cadillac-level senior water rights to both the Sacramento and American rivers. In April, the city issued a press release bragging that while the city, as a whole, had reduced its use by 16 percent, city government itself had reduced its use of water by 54 percent over the previous two-year average of water use. (Last month, the city announced that citywide consumption of water was now down 22 percent from last June’s levels.) Meanwhile, statewide water use actually increased in May by 1 percent compared with the May average over the past two years. By reducing its water use, the city is imperiling some of Sacramento’s most treasured assets: our park trees. At a certain point, gung-ho enthusiasm for an admirable and worthwhile single goal becomes reckless fanaticism. The city’s relentless focus on reduction of water use is making bureaucrats scared to use water out of fear of being called out for screwing up the city’s water CITY HALL page 15


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CITY HALL FROM page 12 conservation performance. But governing means having to handle more than one goal or priority at a time. We cannot throw the baby—our park trees—out with the bath water, so to speak. We can easily replant turf (at a cost), but we cannot replace 50- or 100-year-old majestic trees in the next budget cycle. Nor do budget numbers begin to gauge the harm to the community of a policy that, if not reversed, could lay waste to our city parks (which is, arguably, already occurring in McKinley Park). The city is now trying to sell the slogan “gold is the new green.” As city officials whip up enthusiasm in support of a single-minded focus on water conservation targets, perhaps they ought to pause and consider what is most important to Sacramento citizens. I have a copy of the survey of Land Park residents that I’d be happy to share with them. I offer my own slogan: Our tree canopy is the real green. What can the city do to halt the damage its watering policies are doing to city trees? Based on numerous conversations I’ve had with park officials, arborists and park maintenance workers, it appears the first action that should be taken is to begin deep watering of most park trees once every two weeks, setting sprinklers on low flow where technically feasible. Secondly, the city should mobilize its park workers to clear grass and weeds from much of the drip zone of park trees (which has already been done in several parks) and mulch these areas to a depth of at least 4 inches to preserve moisture. Finally, it should broadly aerate the soil around park trees to allow water to more easily penetrate the tightly compacted soil that is typical of high-use parks. None of these steps requires significant cost, and park volunteer groups will likely help. Parks officials, in close collaboration with tree experts in the city’s urban forestry section, should also start engaging in serious long-range planning for reforestation of the city’s older parks, working with park volunteer corps and

neighborhood groups as well as urban forestry specialists and other stakeholders. A great many trees in our older parks were planted 70, 80 or 100 years ago and are at or near the end of their natural lives. There is no time to waste in planning for an orderly and strategic replanting of appropriate park trees. Additionally, city officials need to get serious about funding replacement of aging and increasingly decrepit park irrigations systems, particularly in our older parks. Since the city doesn’t have water meters on individual valves, it has no way of knowing how much water it’s losing to leaking water pipes beneath our parks. Park irrigation systems have been neglected for decades.

There is no time to waste in planning for an orderly and strategic replanting of appropriate park trees. Parks maintenance manager Shannon Brown has had the difficult job of managing park maintenance crews in an era of severely depleted staffing levels. She has to cope with the creaky irrigation systems and hit water conservation targets while trying to keep the parks green. She’s also a keen observer of the city budgeting process. “Nobody wants to invest in anything that they can’t see and touch,” she says. “Perhaps we need to find a way to make irrigation projects look sexy to secure funding.” Brown also advises that we should “replace what is hugely aged before we put new things in parks that we cannot afford to maintain.” The “sexy” element may come from the water savings that the replacement of leaky park irrigation systems would bring. While Measure U provided $850,000 for park irrigation projects, it’s a small fraction of what is needed. There are numerous federal and state grant CITY HALL page 17

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216 O Street • Downtown Sacramento 916.808.7000 • crockerartmuseum.org CITY HALL FROM page 15 programs that offer funding for water infrastructure projects, particularly those in parks and that offer water savings opportunities. But the city must take the lead in planning such projects and funding reserve accounts to raise the local contribution that such grants typically require. Now would be an awfully good time to start. Brown is understandably nervous about approving the planting of new or replacement park trees, which require more frequent deep watering than mature trees, until she’s satisfied that park irrigation systems and city watering policies will allow for the delivery of the water new trees need to thrive. Next month, I’ll cover a city effort to completely revamp the city’s tree policies and ordinances, including a proposal to expand the city’s regulatory reach over trees on private property. How do you like the idea of having to secure a city permit to trim any trees on your property that

are 4 inches or greater in diameter? City staff also wants to pass off to residents in older neighborhoods responsibility for maintaining trees in the maintenance easements along the fronts of their lots. A sizable stakeholders group has been meeting with city staff and city consultants for almost a year on the subject, but the proposals, so far at least, have received no media coverage. We’ll fix that next month. I find it ironic, and more than a little hypocritical, that the city is seeking to dictate to private citizens how to best care for their own trees while, at the same time, the city is putting city park trees in peril with its unduly restrictive watering policies. As the old proverb goes, “Physician, heal thyself.” Craig Powell is a local attorney, businessman, community activist and president of Eye on Sacramento, a civic watchdog and policy group. He can be reached at craig@ eyeonsacramento.org or 718-3030. n

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High Kicks AFTER BEATING ADDICTION, SHE FOUND REDEMPTION IN AN OLD LOVE: SOCCER

says, “but I lost my work habits and became unhappy with my life.” After her second DUI, she moved back to her mother’s house. Her family was well meaning but had no grasp of the monster that was her alcoholism. “I was convinced that my problem was more than just drinking and taking pain killers. I started taking methadone to get off of Vicodin, and then I was hooked on methadone.”

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isa Wrightsman can trace much of what has gone wrong in her life to a childhood bout with cancer. She can trace much of why she’s still here to that same terrible illness. Twelve years old when she was diagnosed with a rare, fast-growing tumor in her abdomen, she underwent chemotherapy and missed much of seventh grade. It was a turning point in many ways. Wrightsman grew up in Elk Grove with a passion for soccer. She was a phenom on the field, routinely scoring six or seven goals in a game. When cancer struck, she found herself isolated. “I had a different routine than my peers,” she recalls. “When you’re on the verge of not living, you learn more about life than most kids.” She developed not just self-sufficiency but also a heightened tolerance for pain. “I learned to numb it,” she says. Cancer also separated Wrightsman from the sport she loved, and she stayed away for a long time. “I didn’t want to play again,” says Wrightsman. “I was afraid that I wouldn’t be as good as I used to be.” One day, while watching her brother’s game, the ball came her way and she kicked it. She was back in.

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“You create a space for them to find themselves. Soccer is just the vehicle ... They score on this field, and they can transfer it to their lives.”

Lisa Wrightsman is the director of Street Soccer Sacramento Lady Salamanders

She attended Sac State on a soccer scholarship and was a star on and off the field. She was also a hellion. “I had a reckless attitude, partly because of my experience with cancer.” Her college years were a collage of weekend parties and tough soccer games. She was a force to be reckoned with on the field, holding the record for second highest goals

scored at Sac State. “Soccer kept me in line,” she says. “I found myself in that place.” Her plan was to play professionally after graduation, but it crashed and burned when the women’s professional league folded. Wrightsman crashed and burned as well. “I played semipro and worked as a personal trainer,” Wrightsman

She tried to detox on her own but ended up back on methadone to balance withdrawal side effects. The nadir was a six-month stint in jail. “I went home, but I didn’t know how to stay sober,” she recalls. “I finally asked my mom to help me get into rehab.” She entered a 90day residential treatment program at Alpha Oaks in Carmichael and then was admitted to a two-year employment program with Volunteers of America, where she was housed and fed with others in recovery. “It provided enough structure that it allowed me to really discover who I was in a safe place.” Her case manager told her about a street soccer


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program for the homeless, and she found her new passion. “I went down and played with the men’s team, and I had a great time,” says Wrightsman. “It reminded me that I had loved something before I loved drugs and alcohol.” In 2010, Wrightsman went to the national tournament in Washington, D.C. “I was six months sober, so it was a big deal to be outside of my safe space. When you’re going through rehab, you have a lot of fear and shame. Lawrence Cann (founder of Street Soccer USA) welcomed us and told us how happy he was that we were there.” Theirs was the only team of players in recovery; other teams consisted of refugees and other categories of homeless. That year, Wrightsman was chosen for the first all-women’s U.S. team at the Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The trip convinced her that a women’s team belonged in Sacramento. She partnered with Tiffany Fraser, another Sac State soccer alum, to start and coach the Sacramento Lady Salamanders. They practice twice a week on the grass at

Serna Village. Since 2011, they have sent teams to the Homeless World Cup in France, Mexico and Poland. “Most participants are not soccer players. They’re adults with rough life experiences,” says Wrightsman. “You create a space for them to find themselves. Soccer is just the vehicle. You put them in a uniform and put them on a soccer field. They score on this field, and they can transfer it to their lives.” Wrightsman is amazed at the impact the game and the trips have had on these women. “It gets them out of their comfort zone, teaches them to be part of a team, builds their confidence.” “It’s good to see the parallels between soccer and life,” she says. “This is the one thing I can do for others. This is my redemption. It’s a way to make up for all the things I’ve done.” For more information about the Sacramento Lady Salamanders, go to ladysalamanders.com

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Cutting a Rug KAMRAN AND MORRY BAGHESTANIAN TEAM UP TO SELL THE BEST

Baghestanian clan long to get back on its feet. Kamran arranged a rug concession inside a furniture store in Lodi where he could carry his father’s rugs, which eventually allowed for the establishment of outposts in Sacramento and Napa as well. In 1998, Kamran opened his own independent furniture store in Lodi called Classic Living—carrying Morry’s rugs, of course—and his dad officially took over the Sacramento store. Classic Living lasted for 11 years before the economy took a dive and Kamran found himself back where his journey had first begun.

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hen Kamran Baghestanian says the family business dates back generations, he’s not exaggerating. The Baghestanian family has been in the Oriental rug business since the late 1800s, and Kamran is doing his part to continue the tradition he inherited from his father, Morry, with whom he owns Morry’s Oriental Rug Bazaar on 56th and H streets. “We’ve worked together for 25 years,” Baghestanian says proudly. “I sort of grew up with rugs, so every day has been a learning experience. To this day, we’ll come across a rug and my dad knows what village or province it’s from—he’s traveled the world and been to all these different places, so he knows how the people are, how they dye their wool, what kind of lifestyle they have. It’s awesome just to listen to him.” Morry will be celebrating 55 years in the Oriental rug business this year, so naturally, he’s gained a lot of knowledge over the years. He was taught the craft by his father as a child in Persia (modern-day Iran), where he would travel to historic weaving villages to learn techniques from master craftsmen. After completing his apprenticeship with his father, Morry established a booming business supplying highquality, handcrafted rugs to Tehran, earning him the moniker of “Master Dealer” before the age of 40 and an assignment to the prestigious Tehran Antique and Handcraft Committee.

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Kamran and Morry Baghestanian own Morry’s Oriental Rug Bazaar on 56th and H streets

When the Islamic revolution riled up Iran in the 1970s, Morry sent then-13-year-old Kamran to the United States to continue his education in a safe and stable environment. The business expanded westward as well, and by the time Baghestanian graduated from Rio Americano High School, he was ready to join his father in what had become the largest Persian rug venture in Northern California.

“At the time, my father was supplying a lot of the furniture stores in the area, like Scofield’s,” Baghestanian recalls. “Then, while I was in college in 1991, Scofield’s rug department closed and we had to act quickly to find a place for all my dad’s rugs. That’s when I opened my first store on Arden Way, Kamran’s Antiques and Oriental Rugs.” Though that business lasted only a year, it didn’t take the

“Some people come in and care that these are heirlooms that one day they’ll pass on to their children. Everything in your home at some point will change, but Oriental rugs are the only thing that stay with the family and look better as they age.” “The Sacramento store has been open for 22 years now,” Baghestanian reports. “I had the space right next to it when I first started, then when I moved the inventory back from Lodi and needed a bigger space, I got the space right next door. So in February


of this year, I joined my father right where I first started in Sacramento.” With this homecoming of sorts, Baghestanian is even more eager to share his family’s traditions with customers. “We’re already seeing different generations come in,” he says. “A mom, then her daughter, then hopefully her daughter someday. Some people come in and care that these are heirlooms that one day they’ll pass on to their children. Everything in your home at some point will change, but Oriental rugs are the only thing that stay with the family and look better as they age.” But what about for those folks who don’t need a heritage piece and just want a beautiful rug to brighten up a room? “We have a lot of different styles in a range for everyone’s budget,” Baghestanian says. “Why spend hundreds of dollars if you merely want a throw rug for a couple of hundred bucks? But we also have rugs for $20-, $30-, $40,000 if you want something super nice.” And to make sure that the rug you pick is the perfect fit for your space, the Baghestanians offer the “on approval” approach—before you make a purchase, you can take a rug home to try it out. “Don’t buy it until you try it,” Baghestanian says. “Take it home, lay it down. Lighting in homes is different and you’re going to live with it for a very long time, so we want to make sure you’re content.” If you don’t see what you’re looking for amid the Bazaar’s impressive inventory, the two intrepid rug purveyors can access their international web of dealers to find you the perfect pick. “We even ask customers to bring pictures from magazines,” Baghestanian says. “That’s when I go to work. We’re pretty successful at being able to find the same look, design and colors.” Considering the four generations of experience behind him, “pretty successful” might be a bit of an understatement. Looking for a ravishing rug to complete a room or start your own family tradition? The September

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ometimes when you put things out in the universe, things happen more quickly than you could have imagined.” So says Cindy Ajay, the owner of Blue Sky Day Spa, who celebrated 14 years in business last month. If you’d asked her years ago when she was a loan counselor at a mortgage bank what she’d be doing for a day job, she probably would have never imagined she’d be running a successful day spa, one of the first of its kind in Sacramento. But things have a way of working out for Ajay, even amid disastrous circumstances.

In January 1991, Ajay’s mother suddenly died, sending the then-37year-old into a miserable spiral. “Dealing with her death made a lot of things come to light for me,” Ajay says. “I started questioning my life, my future. I had to take a month off of work because I was so stressed out.” A car accident on the way to her second job, as a karate instructor at her brother’s studio, left her with a numb right arm. The doctor suggested massage therapy. The rest, you could say, is history. “My massage therapist said to me, ‘You’re a people person, you seem strong—you should go to massage school,’” Ajay recalls. “By default, I went to a massage school over by the Natural Foods Co-op. I met with the owner, filled out an application, and as we were taking a tour of the facility, a calmness came over me. I

had never felt so welcome. It was the soothing atmosphere I needed.” Ajay signed up for a three-month, 130-hour program and fell in love with massage therapy, though she continued working her bank job while building up her clientele; she’d see two clients a night on weekdays and schedule as many as she could every weekend. But the schedule started to take its toll. “My dad finally said, ‘Why don’t you just let the day job go?’” Ajay says. “He said, ‘I think you could have a future in this, so why not give it a try?’ He told me he would do whatever it took to support me.” That was the nudge she needed, and soon Ajay had a bustling fulltime massage business out of her home. Since the clients kept coming, it wasn’t long before she had to seek additional space and moved into an office at 20th and N streets, where she worked massage magic for almost eight years. “I started incorporating techniques from a course I took in face-lift massage,” Ajay says. “I paired a toning massage geared toward strengthening the muscles of the face with a traditional facial. I also incorporated body scrubs and created my own foot treatments. If you can do a face-lift on someone’s face, why not on their feet? Clients started booking three or four hours with me and I became very creative.”

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down, tightened her belt, took on more responsibilities and kept going, ending up even stronger than before. “Before, I thought I had to be all things to all people,” she says. “I don’t have to do that anymore. When you try to please everybody, you lose yourself and your concept. You have to find your niche.” Ajay certainly has. With Blue Sky’s signature mix of services (massage therapy as well as spa, skincare, makeup, nails and waxing treatments) and dedicated staff (all of Ajay’s therapists have been with her for years and are California State Board certified), pampering yourself has never been nicer. “I think if people made a commitment to their health at least once a month, the world would be a more peaceful place,” Ajay says. Ready for a relaxing spa experience like no other? Contact Blue Sky Day Spa at 455-6200, stop by at 4250 H St. or visit blueskydayspa.com n


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Bringing People to R Street KEY TO SUCCESS IS HOUSING WHERE ARTISTS CAN AFFORD TO LIVE

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creative class is growing, with about 450 people now on an interest list. “It’s filmmakers, performing artists, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, graphic designers,” he says. “It’s essentially a community for creatives, as opposed to traditional artists.”

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“It’s filmmakers, performing artists, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, graphic designers. It’s essentially a community for creatives, as opposed to traditional artists.”

Construction of the artist lofts on R and 11th streets is in full swing

Warehouse was constructed adjacent to the Southern Pacific Railroad and built of reinforced concrete; it’s considered Sacramento’s first fireproof building.

The WAL project broke ground in February 2013. The developer plans to release units in August with a target October move-in date. Youssefi says curiosity among Sacramento’s

The $41 million project is a collaboration of CFY Development, Inc. and the landowner, CADA (Capitol Area Development Authority). Founded in 1978, the development authority is a selfsustaining public agency modeled after a land development and property management company, but which must abide by government mandates. Its goal is to “build safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable urban neighborhoods.” “Our whole idea was to utilize this as a catalyst to revitalize this area,” says CADA’s R Street development manager, Todd Leon, adding, “It was


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Ali’s vision of artists housing that originally sparked our interest.” CFY Development was behind the transformation of Globe Mills in Alkali Flat into residential units in 2008. CFY joined the Warehouse Artist Lofts (formerly called Capitol Lofts) development team in 2012. The original plan involved developing condos, but Youssefi’s input turned the concept into an affordable housing project for artists instead. Some units will be affordable, while others will be available at market rate. Developers worked with local arts councils and commissions to determine the needs and wants of artists for a live-work space. In terms of businesses, the main requests were for a coffee shop, grocery store and art supply store. In terms of housing, artists said affordability was key if they were going to relocate downtown. A studio will run $375 to $1,100 a month; a three-bedroom will

start at $575. One- and two-bedroom apartments will also be available. “It’s really a range of rent levels we have available for tenants,” Youssefi says. “Having affordable housing was important to artists. It’s just unique. There’s no project like this in Sacramento.” The building’s design boasts a dance studio for residents instead of a traditional gym, and the space can double as a gallery for Second Saturday events. The units have high ceilings with plenty of natural light and hard floors. Industrial sinks will be installed in each building for the cleaning of art supplies. “Even before we started the project, these were features artists told us they’d want to see in a livework space,” Youssefi says. The three-story, 9,600-square-feet B&G building on the corner of 11th and R streets is being rehabilitated in conjunction with Warehouse Artist

The three-story, 9,600-square-feet B&G building on the corner of 11th and R streets is being rehabilitated in conjunction with Warehouse Artist Lofts, and will include commercial space and an Italian restaurant on the ground floor. Adopted in 1996, the R Street Corridor Master Plan established a vision for the area’s future, which includes infill development that creates home ownership and high-density rental housing. Back at the time of the plan’s adoption, the corridor consisted of low-rise government buildings, offices and industrial warehouses and was littered with vacant buildings and lots, according to CADA. The neglect of public infrastructure was evident and some parts lacked sidewalks, drainage and adequate lighting.

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Buy Local Champion SHE WANTS TO SEE LOCAL RETAILERS IN CURTIS PARK VILLAGE

BY R.E. GRASWICH CITY BEAT

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or Nancy McKeever, the most alluring word in the English language might be “local.” In her hands, the word takes on a translucency that brightens the desolation of empty storefronts and ugly strip malls and brings vibrancy to the places we love most: our homes and our neighborhoods. “It’s really kind of a no-brainer,” McKeever says. “Everybody wins when we support local business owners who live here and work here and hire people from our community.” From McKeever’s immediate vantage point, the community in question is Curtis Park. She lives there, shops there and finds the place almost too adorable to be true. But she is quick to note there are no boundaries in the ideal world of buying locally. The concept applies to every community, moving from place to place with the ease of a FasTrak commuter. Thus, when McKeever began to dream up a name for a buy-local movement that everybody could rally around, she settled on an all-inclusive title: Neighborhood

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Nancy McKeever at Fitsom Studios, with top trainers looking on. Left to right: Pablo Martin, Lee Carter and Fitsom owner Marco Guizar

Character Advocates. Anyone can join. “Our little group appreciates neighborhood character,” she says. “And the name can fit any neighborhood.” Seated at a picnic table at Track 7 Brewing Co. (“I just love this place. Look what they did with old, underutilized industrial space,” McKeever says), our buy-local champion pulls out a map downloaded from the city of Sacramento’s data portal. The map shows the Curtis Park community in baby blue, offset by Franklin and Freeport boulevards and running deep from Broadway

to Sutterville Road. Within the baby-blue borders are about 100 green dots, each representing an individual business. On the periphery are another 55 or so businesses, all a stone’s throw from Curtis Park proper. “Who would have thought there were that many businesses in Curtis Park?” McKeever says. “Some of them are obviously sole proprietorships run out of people’s homes and some are chains. But they all represent an investment in the community.” The south-central portion of McKeever’s map is empty, devoid of gray streets or green dots. This would be Curtis Park Village, the 72-acre

development project that is replacing the old Western Pacific railroad yards. The burgeoning development will eventually include about 180,000 feet of retail space. And each of those square feet holds a delectable promise for McKeever, but not in the way some people might think. In its torturous, two-decade path to entitlement, Curtis Park Village was one of the most contentious developments in Sacramento history. Every block was argued over, every line on the master plan analyzed and debated. At this point, with the development approved by the city council, Curtis


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Park Village is not an entitlement turf war McKeever wants to revive. Rather, she would love to see those 180,000 square feet of retail space maintain holistic, organic provenance, local style. In other words, Staples may be ideal for Truxel Road and Old Navy is certainly suitable for Arden Way, but Curtis Park is more conducive to goods and services sourced and supported locally. It’s all about the character of the place. “All we really want is for a community to have the kinds of businesses that reflect the uniqueness of the community,” McKeever says. “It’s hard for a chain store to do that. I think everybody appreciates a business where you can get to know the owner and where you know the business has roots here. That’s what character is all about.” When McKeever speaks of urban planning and the character of neighborhoods, she knows what she’s talking about. Recently retired after a career in urban and environmental planning, McKeever has first-name familiarity with many of the West

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“I think everybody appreciates a business where you can get to know the owner and where you know the business has roots here. That’s what character is all about.” And at home, McKeever can always bounce ideas off her husband, Mike McKeever, executive director of SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments), which provides planning and money for transportation projects across the sixcounty Sacramento region.

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Two classic arguments against big-box chain stores—they wipe out small, entrepreneurial businesses and crush a community’s spirit with boring sameness—are appreciated by Neighborhood Character Advocates, but Nancy McKeever doesn’t want to fight over retail leasing strategies in Curtis Park Village. She would rather see local business encouraged to move into the Village. Her goals are focused on the preservation of neighborhood

character, the stuff that makes communities unique. “Our goal is to have retail space in Curtis Park and every neighborhood in Sacramento filled by successful local businesses that serve the community,” she says. “It’s not complicated. Other cities have found ways to do it. It’s where the trends are headed. It’s what people want. We want to make it happen here.” R.E. Graswich can be reached at reg@graswich.com n

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Out of This World SACRAMENTO STATE HOSTS WEEKLONG CELEBRATION OF GLOBAL MUSIC, DANCE

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here can you find performers, foods and cultural fun from around the world in one place? At SacWorldFest, a celebration of cultural diversity through music and dance, hosted on the Sacramento State University campus from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. The weeklong extravaganza will kick off with a fundraising gala at the University Theatre at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, that will include delectable dishes from around the world, beverages from breweries and wineries, delicious desserts, raffle prizes and performances from regional groups with a special “Spotlight on Brazil.” The rest of the festival, which includes master classes and tons of fascinating performances, will take place all around the city—events and locations can be found on the website—as well as on the Sac State campus. “Having the SacWorldFest celebration on our campus is a wonderful opportunity for the community and the university,”

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Brazilian band SambaDá is one of the headliners at SacWorldFest hosted at the Sac State campus from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5

says Edward Inch, dean of the CSUS College of Arts and Letters. “It brings new visitors to campus while providing a terrific venue for the dynamic entertainment and multiethnic art and food.”

SacWorldFest culminates on Sunday, Oct. 5 with a community festival on campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will feature acts on multiple stages, including headliner SambaDá, the West Coast’s hottest

Brazilian band; international vocalist Alencia Vela; Irish, Welsh and Americana music by Stepping Stone; Sacramento/Black Art of Dance; Ukrainian dance by Sonechko; and West African music and dance by JODAMA Drum & Dance. There also will be crafts and fine art vendors and a Global Village offering food from around the planet. For more information, go to sacworldfest.org

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The Edible Garden Tour is on Sept. 13 in East Sacramento

To answer that age-old question, Soroptimist International of Sacramento will host its fourth annual Edible Gardens Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 in East Sacramento. Six local master gardeners will take tour-goers on an exclusive tromp through their fruit, vegetable and herb gardens, including Suzanne Ton’s Urban Farm (offering


mandarin oranges, blueberries, squash and rosemary) and Karen Baumann’s Whimsical Garden (showcasing persimmon, pear, kale, basil and banana trees). They also will answer questions to the tunes of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist International of Sacramento, a nonprofit service club that has given support to at-risk women and children for 91 years. For more information on the group, go to soroptimistsacramento.com For tickets and more information on the tour, go to ediblegardensac.org

THIS OLD HOUSE If these walls could talk. Well, for one day they kind of can: The Sacramento Old City Association Home Tour will open the doors to some enticing historic homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Now in its 39th year, the tour allows visitors a privileged peek into some of midtown’s restored and reused buildings. This year, that includes Sutter’s Fort (the oldest

building in Sacramento), private residences, the Kennedy Gallery Art Center and the Amber House Bed and Breakfast. Start your day of house hopping at the Midtown Farmers Market (2020 J St.), where you’ll be given a tour brochure and wristbands for entry access. Once you’ve gotten an eyeful of all the beautiful buildings, return to the market for a free street fair that will boast booths from local contractors and artisans who specialize in home rehab and remodeling, artists and craftspeople selling their wares, and nonprofit organizations with information on everything from advocacy to history. Rarin’ to go? Buy your tickets in advance and save $5 at soca2014hometour. brownpapertickets.com Limited free parking will be available at the two-story structure on 20th Street between K and L streets; or spend $2 and park for the whole day at Sacramento East End Parking (1150 17th St.). A monitored The Sacramento Old City Association Home Tour will be Saturday, Sept. 20.

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OAK PARK GATHERING On Thursday, Sept. 11, Oak Park Business Association will block off 3rd Avenue (at 35th Street and Broadway) for a Second Thursday event called Gather. Gather takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in the newly dubbed Triangle District, Oak Park’s central business corridor. The free event will feature live music by reggae band ZuhG. Food vendors will include Mother restaurant, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, Wandering Boba, Thai Basil, Paragary’s, Preservation & Co., DavePops, Rebel Confectionary and The Professor Went Nuts. Local craft beers will be served, and Old Soul Coffee will give an informational presentation on brewing coffee. A children’s area will feature a spice-your-own-popcorn bar, paper flower making, arts and crafts and a coloring station. For more information, go to oakparkba.com

CHALK CIRCLES Sure, art is ephemeral, but never more so than when one good rainstorm could wash it away for good. So be sure to check out the sidewalk masterpieces at Chalk It Up on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30Sept. 1) at Fremont Park before the elements take their toll. Now in its 24th year, the threeday event boasts elaborate sidewalk chalk art creations by more than 200 artists, family-friendly fun at a variety of booths, hands-on activities, live music from 30 regional groups, gourmet food trucks, and a wine and beer garden to help you wash it all down. As always, the event is free, so bring the whole brood for a stroll around the park perimeter to see stunning pieces from Sacramento’s creative class rendered in everyone’s favorite elementary-school medium.

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Have you ever wondered what it really looks like in an artist’s atelier? Now is your chance to get an exclusive sneak peek into more than 130 artists’ studios during the Sacramento Open Studios event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21.

For more information, go to chalkitup.org Fremont Park is bounded by 15th, 16th, P and Q streets.

FOR OUR EYES ONLY Have you ever wondered what it really looks like in an artist’s atelier? Now is your chance to get an exclusive sneak peek into more than 130 artists’ studios during the Sacramento Open Studios event presented by the Center for Contemporary Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21 all across Sacramento. Local artists will talk visitors through their processes, show off their most recent pieces and answer questions from curious tour-goers; one-third of all artists will even demonstrate their techniques. Special events such as the Sacramento Open Studios Kick-Off Party & Reception (on Thursday, Sept. 11) and free demonstrations of letterpress, monoprint, painting and more are not to be missed, so make sure you pick up a guide and a map at Verge Center for the Arts (625 S St.) or online at sacopenstudios.com Studios will be open west of the Capital City Freeway (downtown, midtown, Land Park, Greenhaven/ Pocket) on Sept. 13 and 14 and east

of the freeway (East Sacramento, Tahoe Park, Oak Park, Carmichael, Arden Arcade, Fair Oaks) on Sept. 20 and 21. For more information, visit sacopenstudios.com

CROCKER-CON Deaf Jam, Comic-Con, Classical Concerts—September has arrived at Crocker Art Museum, and it’s shaping up to be one very exciting month. First up is the Classical Concert featuring the Trio MoD at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. The group is composed of Maquette Kuper on flute and alto flute, Deborah Pittman on clarinet and Native American flute, and baritone vocalist Omari Tau. The three have an electric, eclectic musical style that fuses classical, jazz, gospel and Native American music in original arrangements, including Pittman’s Harlem-inspired “Peter in the Hood,” that will delight the ears and eyes. Tickets are $6 for museum members, $10 for students and $12 for nonmembers. Next, is your Spidey sense tingling? Comic-Con is coming to the Crocker with an Art Mix twist for Crocker-Con from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. The evening will include special appearances by the 501st Legion as well as featured artists from DC,

Marvel and Dark Horse Comics; rock music performed by Ewoks (the band Six Beers Deep) and nerd-core DJ sets by the Sleeprockers; an expanded outdoor showcase with more than 30 artists and vendors; and more costumed cosplay fun than you can imagine. Drink specials are under $5 all night and costumed Crocker-Coners get in free, so let your cosplay freak flag fly! For a tamer (but no less interesting) evening, check out audience-favorite saxophonist Garrett Perkins performing for Jazz in the Courtyard at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18. Perkins will present work by African American musicians past and present, from bebop to contemporary jazz, in a concert that’s sure to educate as well as entertain. Tickets are $6 for members, $10 for students, $12 for nonmembers. Looking forward to the next, new exhibit to grace the Crocker’s walls? It’s here: “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” opens on Sept. 21 and will be on display through Jan. 11.

“Deaf Jam” is actually the title of an acclaimed documentary that chronicles the story of two young women in New York City who combine American Sign Language and spoken word poetry to form a new kind of selfexpression: ASL slam poetry. The exhibit will feature nearly 100 pieces of all different media from the mid-20th century to contemporary times by Latino artists drawn from Smithsonian American Art Museum collections. It will explore our “nation of immigrants,” the movements that


inspired these artists and how they approached issues of expansionism, migration, settlement and shifting cultural traditions through their artwork. In celebration of National Deaf Awareness Month, the Crocker’s Deaf Jam event from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 is not what you think it is. “Deaf Jam” is actually the title of an acclaimed documentary that chronicles the story of two young women in New York City who combine American Sign Language and spoken word poetry to form a new kind of self-expression: ASL slam poetry. The Crocker event will include a screening of the film, ASL-interpreted tours of the museum, ASL poetry and a community art exhibit for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and their family and friends. All are welcome, and preregistration is suggested. For tickets and more information for all Crocker events, call 808-1182 or go to crockerartmuseum.org

FULL OF BEANS Are you jonesing for some java? Now you can join in the fun that all those beer-loving pub crawlers and rosé-swilling wine tourists get to have with Sacramento’s very first Caffeine Crawl presented by The LAB on Sept. 6. The event was thought up in 2011 by the beverage marketing firm The LAB, which is based in Kansas City and Portland, as a way to bring a jolt of java to cities all over the country by featuring local roasters. This is the first year California’s capital will get in on the caffeinated fun, and it sounds like a blast: Crawlers will start at one of three Roaster Sponsor locations—Insight Coffee Roasters, Old Soul Co. or Chocolate Fish—grab some nifty swag bags and enjoy a brief presentation before taking a tour by bike or car to other participating shops around Sacramento, including Temple Coffee, Fluid Espresso Bar, Pachamama Coffee Bar, Shine Coffee and Son of a Bean Coffee House. All coffeehouses will present a topic that is near and dear to their coffeeloving hearts and provide guests with samples to sip while they listen. Once

the tour is finished, crawlers can partake in the after-party at Temple Coffee, which will feature crafts, lots more coffee and raffle prizes galore. It should only take you a week to come down from the caffeine high. For tickets and more information, go to caffeinecrawl.com/sacramentotickets.html Caffeine Crawl starting locations are Insight Coffee Roasters (1901 Eighth St.), Old Soul Co. (1716 L St.) and Chocolate Fish (400 P St.).

FEEDING A NEED Whet your appetites: Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Week 2014 is here, and what better way to kick off the region’s favorite food-athon than to make sure those who don’t have access to abundant food can have a satisfying meal? Don’t miss the Farm to Every Fork gala dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Trinity Cathedral. Your ticket buys you a mouthwatering meal prepared by chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera of restaurants Mother and Empress Tavern, as well as a meal for someone who has experienced poverty and food insecurity.

Sacramento Farmers and Chefs have teamed up with Slow Food Sacramento, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, River City Food Bank, the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee/Homeward Street Journal, Food Not Bombs and the Fund for Urban Gardens to host the event, which they hope will spur a communal commitment to end hunger in our region. So while you’re enjoying the food, music, wine and the keynote presentation by Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First, you can know that you’re also helping feed someone in need. For more information, go to farmtofork.com Trinity Cathedral is at 2620 Capitol Ave.

COAST TO COAST If a last-minute beach vacation just isn’t in the cards, let art spirit you away at the new exhibition of Anthony Montanino’s landscapes at Alex Bult Gallery from Sept. 11 through Oct. 4. The artist is based in the stunning Sacramento Valley, but his frequent trips to the coast of Maine inspired

Anthony Montanino’s landscapes will be on exhibit at Alex Bult Gallery from Sept. 11 through Oct. 4.

this show, entitled “From the Valley and Beyond.” Montanino says: “I’m attracted to the strong light of the valley and coast where subjects are dramatically lit. It’s irresistible to paint the transformation of their mood using color and composition.” Even more irresistible is seeing his beautiful landscapes up close and getting to meet the painter in person. Don’t miss the preview reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 or the opening night reception on Second Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 13. For more information, call 4765540 or go to alexbultgallery.com Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st St., Suite B.

ON HER TOES Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda are familiar faces around the Sacramento Ballet, but there’s a new face that you should get to know: Caty Solace was just named the company’s new executive director. Solace comes to Sacramento from the Trey McIntyre Project, a Boise, Idaho-based nonprofit dedicated to the artistic vision of contemporary choreographer McIntyre. Solace’s work there has prepared her well for taking the Sacramento Ballet into its 60th anniversary season. “She has been on the job about two weeks with lots to catch up on,” says Ron Cunningham. “We think she is wonderful and will help take the Sac Ballet to a new level of growth.” The ballet’s upcoming season will include the return of Cunningham’s wildly popular “The Great Gatsby,” as well as his beloved “Nutcracker,” the hotly anticipated premiere of his new version of “Peter Pan,” a full-length production of “Swan Lake,” “Modern Masters” in May and the continuing Beer & Ballet series at City College. Solace has her work cut out for her! For more information, go to sacballet.org Jessica Laskey can be reached at jessrlaskey@gmail.com. Please email items for consideration by the first of the month, at least one month in advance of the event. n

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Carmel Charm A LOCAL BUILDER LARDS HIS EAST SAC HOME WITH COTTAGE ELEMENTS

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uilder Mike Paris and his wife, Kelly, love to visit the charming seaside town of Carmel. The village’s multitude of cottages serves as inspiration for many of Paris’ building projects. One of those projects is the couple’s own East Sac home, which will be featured on the Urban Renaissance Home Tour on Sept. 28. The 2,700-square-foot house incorporates many of the cottagey architectural elements Paris favors: arched doorways, French doors, shed roofs, balconies, working shutters, high ceilings and tall windows. Paris calls his style “Nouveau Cottage.” “I try and find ways to bring natural light into all rooms from two different directions and create space and volume in small rooms with floor elevation shifts,” he says. Paris combines overscale structural features with durable natural materials and generally works on a house plan from the outside in. “The living spaces must be true to the architectural style,” he explains. “The challenge is staying focused on authentic scale and building materials.” Paris owns BlackPine Communities and is working with developer Paul Petrovich on the residential housing aspect of the Curtis Park Village project. He’s using his Nouveau Cottage design concepts for one of the housing styles that will be available. The first models are expected to open in late October. A skilled and dedicated homemaker, Kelly designed the interior of the couple’s East Sac home. “I love putting a house together,” she says, “picking out the paint colors, tiles and flooring.” She wanted a house that looked and felt as if it had been in place for generations. “I don’t need big but rather wanted cozy, charming and romantic, especially from the outside,” she says. “Bigger is not always better.” Her design talents are evident throughout the family-friendly house, which the couple shares with their daughter. She used lots of brick, warm colors and dark wood floors covered with rugs. Fireplaces create

a sense of romance and comfort. The house has four fireplaces, including one in the master bedroom and one in their daughter’s room. She used to love the shabby chic look but says she is trying to move away from using so many “rose-patterned pillows.”

“The living spaces must be true to the architectural style. The challenge is staying focused on authentic scale and building materials.” Lately, she has gravitated toward a more neutral palette of warm colors for interior spaces, with painted white wood trim, beadboard, crown moldings and wood on the ceilings. “I always use a soft white trim that provides enough of a contrast against a wall color,” she explains.

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HOME FROM page 33 She frequently alters the look of a room by changing the paint color or adding new bedding, slipcovers, throw pillows or area rug. “I like things that I can change,” she says. She loves to cook and bake. The kitchen has plenty of room for friends and family to gather. Kelly is also a gifted gardener. Her green thumb is apparent in the perfect English cottage gardens in the front and back yards. The backyard also contains three trellises. “We have incorporated a trellis into every backyard we’ve had,” she says. The backyard features a swimming pool and patio and a 664-square-foot pool house complete with a fireplace, full bath and a large area that

works as either an office or spacious bedroom. The Urban Renaissance Home Tour, featuring five new and remodeled homes in East Sacramento, takes place Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available at East Sac Hardware (4800 Folsom Blvd.) for cash or check only or online at sacurbanhometour.com If you know of a home you think should be featured in Inside Publications, contact Julie Foster at foster.julie91@yahoo.com n

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Buy Me Some Peanuts RIVER CATS EXECS KNOW IT TAKES MORE THAN BASEBALL TO KEEP FANS HAPPY

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here are certain things a baseball fan shouldn’t know when enjoying a River Cats game at Raley Field. Among them is the fact that several hours before the first pitch on this particular night, five people who serve hot dogs and beer called to report they would miss the game with one excuse or another. As a fan, you are not supposed to know this and it’s not supposed to matter. But it does matter. It can ruin the Swiss-watch complexities plotted over days, months and years by Sierra Beshears, the ballpark’s general manager for food and beverage. “It’s the kind of crisis that happens all the time,” she says. “But it’s still a crisis when it happens.” The River Cats are in business to provide customers with the gentle elixir of America’s pastime, which, poets tell us, means the thwack of a baseball striking a wood bat, a dusty slide into third, a home run in the bottom of the ninth. Those sights and sounds are eternal. Their presence each spring and summer on the shoreline just west of Tower Bridge has helped

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Sierra Beshears is the the general manager for food and beverage at Raley Field

to make the River Cats the most valuable minor-league team in the United States, worth about $40 million, if you believe Forbes magazine.

But the baseball-poetry stuff isn’t what keeps fans coming back. For that feat, the River Cats rely on people like Beshears, workers who create the food and effects and atmosphere that transport baseball

fans through their game-time experiences at Raley Field. “It’s all about customer service,” says Mark Ling, the team’s public relations and baseball operations coordinator. In 15 years since landing at Sacramento, the River Cats have never been able to conduct business with the big-league swagger that sustains the Kings or Giants or A’s. The River Cats can’t sell swagger because they are by definition a minor-league outfit. The trick is not act like one. Big-league franchises sell exactly that: the promise of The Show, the presence of the world’s best athletes, the marquee names. Some do it well. Others get lazy about it. None of those obvious big-league promotional tools exist in the River Cats’ garage, beyond the occasional appearance of a famous name undergoing physical rehab while he takes a few cuts in the minors. “When we get a big-name player passing through, we certainly try to capitalize on it, even if he’s playing for the other team,” says Dane Lund, entertainment and promotions manager for the River Cats. “But usually, what we have to sell is a great experience.” That experience covers a wide spectrum over six months, from an uninhibited performance by a boozy Jimmy Buffett tribute band to a miniconcert starring Lincoln Brewster, a Christian guitarist and worship pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. It becomes a balancing act, with the River Cats seeking to build an evening of nonstop fun and entertainment around an old-fashioned, slow-paced


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didn’t open until the Buffett group was wrapping up. There was no point to rush salads into action while the crowd swayed to “Why Don’t We Get Drunk.” Salad bars and panini sandwiches are popular but no match for the hot dog, which River Cats fans consume an average of 734 per game. Beshears runs through 285 garlic fry orders in a nine-inning stretch. Her seasonal pours of Coors Light exceed 100 kegs, more than 1,600 gallons of beer. There’s a final attraction that transcends hot dogs and beer and wireless TV cameras and Jimmy Buffett and even the scorekeeper’s shorthand of a backward “k.” This would be Dinger, the club’s feline mascot. “Dinger isn’t going anywhere,” Lund says. “He’s here for the duration.” R.E. Graswich can be reached at reg@graswich.com n

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Who’s Listening? A BLESSING IN A MOST UNUSUAL PLACE

BY NORRIS BURKES SPIRIT MATTERS

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I was quiet for a moment while the supervisor gave me more information. The baby had been born on Christmas Eve. Now, instead of wrapping the babe in swaddling clothes, the parents were shopping for burial clothes. “I can,” I promised. “Good,” she said, “But you’ll be alone.” “Pardon me?” I asked. The nurse unwrapped a bit more of the story. The parents had left the hospital immediately after the death, too devastated to remain. Nevertheless, they wanted the baby blessed in their absence. “No problem,” I said. A few minutes later, I met the supervisor in the basement morgue. The busy nurse pointed to the refrigerator that sheltered the baby and then returned to our short-staffed ICU. Alone, I opened the refrigerated space to see a bundle wrapped in blankets with a name tag attached. I checked the tag. Yes, I had the right baby.

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I picked up the little girl and began removing the safety pins that kept her so tightly wrapped. I wanted to see her face. I peeled away three layers of blankets until finally I uncovered a face peeking through the covers. Here was a creation known and loved by God and perfectly described in Jeremiah 1:5, in which God says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart ...”

I peeled away three layers of blankets until finally I uncovered a face peeking through the covers. Here was a creation known and loved by God. That’s the moment I realized that maybe I did have a problem. How could I pronounce a blessing if no one was present to hear it? It felt much like the old adage: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? According to most religious practices and beliefs, the baby was already in heaven. There was nothing I could do to speed her journey or even obtain better accommodations. Knowing all these things in my theological brain was very different

from knowing these things with the heart of a parent. Then, against all the classroom theology I’d ever been taught, I decided to speak from my heart. “Hello, sweetheart,” I said. “You were someone’s promise—someone’s anticipation and expectation. Your mama and daddy love you very much. I know because they asked me to come and tell you that one more time.” After “talking” to the baby, I pronounced a blessing and prayer for the parents: “God, I entrust to your care this life conceived in love. May your blessing come upon these parents. Remove all anxiety from their minds and strengthen this love so that they may have peace in their hearts and home.” I rewrapped the baby and gently placed her back onto the refrigerated shelf. Had this been a real blessing? I wondered. Would the parents be able to know, to feel, to hear the blessing? Or had this just been the proverbial tree falling in a forest? Within my heart, I knew something had happened, but what? Then I realized that blessings aren’t always about what someone does for another. Sometimes they can be what happens to the one doing the ministry. On that day, it felt like both. Norris Burkes is a chaplain, syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of the book “No Small Miracles.” He can be reached at ask@TheChaplain.net n


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This Art Is Unreal BROADWAY EXHIBIT WILL BE VIEWABLE ONLY ON SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS

BY R.E. GRASWICH

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asteful boundaries are hard to find when the taste in question involves 15 art pieces that don’t really exist. In Sacramento, those questionable boundaries were tested at Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery on Broadway. But first, some background: Starting Sept. 13, Broadway will be the staging ground for the most technically advanced and challenging art exhibition ever seen in Sacramento: an “augmented reality” show splashed across several city blocks. Intriguingly, the abstracts, videos and traditional pieces on display will exist only on mobile smartphone and tablet apps. Eleven artists from Spain to Sacramento contributed pieces for the 15-month-long virtual-reality public art project, called Broadway Augmented. The works of art were transformed into 3D models and ultimately rendered into apps. Viewers with tablets and smartphones can walk along Broadway, look for instructions and view the art on their devices. The virtual show runs daily except Sunday. Alas, art lovers won’t find anything new at Broadway’s Historic City Cemetery. Not that the artists weren’t game for some whistling in the graveyard. “At least two of the artists had ideas about using the cemetery,” says Shelly Willis, executive director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program. “Their proposals raised some interesting questions, because

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Sites like this Broadway billboard will be transformed into virtual art via smartphones

with augmented reality, there’s really nothing there, but there is something there.” One artist proposed a work that overlooked the 19th-century gravesite of a husband and wife. When a 21st-century viewer approached and engaged the app, giant eyes would appear over the couple’s graves, winking and enjoying the moment from beyond. “It was decided that would not be appropriate,” Willis says, almost regretfully.

After drawing the line at the cemetery, organizers gave the artists a relatively free hand. As an added twist, Willis and her team purposely salted the project with traditional artists who have never worked in a technically advanced universe like augmented reality. Other contributors were accustomed only to gallery showings, not to art in big public spaces. “Some of the artists had worked in new mediums and were quite knowledgeable about it,” she says. “Others were not. One is kind of like

me: He uses a flip phone that he’s had for many years. Texting is the limit of his expertise.” The Broadway Augmented art walk idea was born two years ago, when Rachel Clarke, an electronic art professor at Sacramento State, saw some 3D exhibitions in Los Angeles. She shared her enthusiasm with Willis. They wrote a grant proposal, won it and stepped onto the platform of art that doesn’t really exist, but really does.The women wanted a challenge. They accepted one when they decided Broadway would be


the perfect place for augmented reality. They hooked up with Greater Broadway Partnership and its executive director, Teresa Rocha. The project began to take shape (well, not exactly, but you get the idea).

Viewers with tablets and smartphones can walk along Broadway, look for instructions and view the art on their devices. By this stage, 3D art shows were becoming very 2012. Augmentedreality demonstrations were almost commonplace. But they were typically indoors, with controlled lighting and environments. So the great outdoors, with uncontrolled light patterns and a mash-up of sensory stimulations, beckoned the Sacramento pioneers.

to each site that had to be dealt with through one tactic or another.” Rhodes found Broadway a refreshingly raw backdrop for the project. He says, “We’re used to finding these sorts of electronic media experiences either in new, high-end public architecture like airports or within commercial industries as promotional items.” The project team realizes the show is not exactly passive—viewers must earn their pleasures, walking on Broadway, finding instructional signs that set up the exhibits. And viewers will need smart, mobile hookups to access the app. To make things easier, tours will be available at the Sacramento Republic FC offices at 2421 17th St., near Broadway. For Luddite art lovers, the city has donated smartphones that can be borrowed for the Broadway Augmented tour. And it’s all free. Really free. Not in the augmentedreality sense of free.

Shelly Willis, executive director of SMAC

“We wanted to create some excitement and draw some attention to Broadway, which is a place that’s creative and unique,” Willis says. “We started walking around Broadway and realized it was frankly a challenge. There’s lots of visual noise, no uniformity. We knew there would be technical issues that were going to be difficult to address.” Into the frame came Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, visual communications

professor at Art Institute of Chicago. Rhodes knows how to take art from 3D models and turn those models into viewable augmented-reality apps. Working with Sac State graduate students, he did exactly that for the Broadway project. But it wasn’t easy. “The lighting changes throughout the day and with different weather and seasons,” Rhodes says. “Signs can be replaced, billboards changed. All of these presented challenges specific

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Terrific Tomatoes GREENHAVEN GARDENER SHARES HIS TIPS AND TRICKS

BY ANITA CLEVENGER GARDEN JABBER

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any Sacramento gardeners grow tomatoes. Whether it’s one or two plants in a container by the driveway or a couple dozen in the ground, we are on a quest. We want to grow tomatoes that taste delicious, not like “Styrofoam with tomato flavoring,” as Garrison Keillor once described supermarket tomatoes. Few of us pursue tomato growing with the fervor of Greenhaven’s Pete Frichette. He’s been refining his tomato-growing techniques for decades. He’s studied reference materials and books about tomatoes and soils, talked to area farmers and kept meticulous, detailed records. The Sacramento Bee’s garden writer, Debbie Arrington, was so impressed by his analytical approach and towering tomato plants that she dubbed him “Mr. Tomato.” Frichette remembers when his dad and everybody else on his block of East Sacramento’s 50th Street had a victory garden during World War II. “It was patriotic,” he recalls. Frichette, an architect, designed and built a house and garden overlooking Lake Greenhaven. He brought in a backhoe to remove three feet of “slick

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Greenhaven gardener Pete Frichette among his tomato plants

clay—terrible soil.” He used an auger to drill holes, which he filled with sand to improve drainage, filled in the garden with good topsoil and planted

tomatoes. “They’re my favorite food,” he says. Frichette has collected many articles and books about growing tomatoes. He finds UC Davis

Publication 8159, Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden, especially helpful. It categorizes tomato varieties by climate zone. He prefers to select Zone B tomatoes, best where daytime temperatures regularly exceed 95 degrees. He doesn’t know why area nurseries sometimes sell varieties better suited for cooler climates, but they do. UC Davis also lists disease resistance and plant type, advises about tomato culture and provides information about how to deal with common disorders and pests. Frichette follows much of the guidance, but not all. When it comes to tomatoes, he says, “everybody has an opinion.” Frichette prefers indeterminate tomatoes that keep growing throughout the season. His favorite tomatoes are ones that provide a “joyful burst of acid” when you bite into them. ‘Early Girl’ is his favorite choice for everyday eating. ‘Better Boy’ is a heavy producer. ‘Super San Marzano’ is his choice for fresh sauces. He supports them with cylindrical wire cages made from concrete reinforcing wire. Some vines top 9 feet before the season is over. His best heirloom tomato is ‘Mortgage Lifter.’ He grows only a couple of cherry tomato plants, spreading them out on a trellis so that they are easier for kids to pick. UC Davis recommends that gardeners avoid growing tomatoes or other members of the nightshade family (such as peppers, potatoes and eggplant) in the same location for more than two years to avoid developing disease and insect problems. Frichette knows that crop rotation is a good idea. “The ones


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that grow best are planted in the first year,” he observes. However, like most of us, his garden space is limited. He’s grown in the same beds for 32 years and works hard to build his soil. Every year, he digs 2 feet down, removes the soil and mixes nutrients and compost into it. Just as farmers do, he has his soil tested periodically and makes sure that key elements are balanced. After he plants, he adds 6 inches of compost to the soil’s surface. “Digging those holes is good for the triceps,” he notes. Gardeners in Sacramento are advised to plant tomatoes in late April or early May, when the soil warms up and there is less wind. Frichette can’t wait that long. He plants his tomatoes in bottomless 5-gallon buckets that help protect the young plants from “critters and wind.” He sometimes plants as early as late February. This year, he did most of his planting in March. Frichette now uses a drip system to water the tomatoes, but for years he poured 2 gallons of water into each tomato’s bucket every three days, for

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a total of two inches of water a week. He’s experimenting with “fertilating” this year, applying fertilizer through the drip lines. He adds a balanced granular fertilizer when the tomatoes are planted and sprays liquid fertilizer on the foliage every few weeks throughout the season. While Frichette wants leafy, vigorous plants, he doesn’t worry when lower leaves die off later in the season. “The plant doesn’t need them for photosynthesis anymore,” he says. The best tomatoes are harvested when they are ripe. Frichette harvests by feel, not by color. He gives each tomato a gentle squeeze. If it gives slightly, it’s ready. Last year, Frichette gave tomatoes to 178 different people. These lucky people agree that Mr. Tomato’s opinions are backed up by results. Anita Clevenger is a Sacramento County Lifetime Master Gardener. For answers to gardening questions, call 875-6913 or go to ucanr.edu/sites/ sacmg n

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Brain Work PROOF IS IN THE PAINTING AS ARTIST RELEARNS CRAFT

BY DEBRA BELT

green to neutralize red and orange to tone down blue,” she recalls. The ability to hold an image in her head crept back sometime around 2012. “The brain can rewire itself to fetch information,” notes Altschul, now 56. “It’s an incredible tool.” Her studio is full of paintings, mostly portraits on toned canvas, images in which the subject’s face isn’t always visible. The work is loose and painterly and holds the eye. One half-finished and compelling piece shows a female figure from the back climbing a long ladder suspended in the sky. Altschul says doing portraits is a new twist in her work. “For many years I was an abstract painter,” she says.

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tanding in her Curtis Park studio, Patricia Altschul pushes a wild tangle of curls from her face and locates a small transparent envelope on her worktable. From it she fishes out a 2-inch-square piece of paper that vaguely depicts the sky with clouds. It’s a small, simple piece for MFAcredentialed artist and former art professor. “It is what I could do at the time,” Altschul explains. She created the tiny piece in 2003, three years after she suffered a traumatic head injury that rendered her unable to walk, talk or process visual information. “I lost my working memory,” she says. Of the many paintings in her studio, the diminutive piece is a marker of the beginning of her journey to retrain and discover the resiliency of the human mind. Altschul was doing a routine cleaning job in 2000 when a wall shelf collapsed and sent Masonite boards cascading on top of her head. She was hit repeatedly and briefly knocked out. “It was a freak accident,” she says. “Life has stuff in it, and that’s the way it is.” After the accident, she was on the couch for months and began speech, occupational and physical therapy. “My world became very small,” she recalls. She had to relearn how to be mobile and communicate. Three years later, with the help of an assistance dog, she made her way back into the studio. However, she was without the “mental toolbox” she formerly used as

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“I didn’t know what color to use or how to use it, and I could not hold an image in my head.” Painter Patricia Altschul and her canine helper in her studio

an artist. “I didn’t know what color to use or how to use it,” she says, “and I could not hold an image in my head.” Initially, she painted only the sky and clouds and, after a while, treetops. A few years later, she moved on to sketching small animals in order to explore form. Then, working in oils, she created images inspired by old family photographs. Altschul forged through problems such as not being able to distinguish foreground

from background or remember what she was working on from one day to the next. As a reminder, she kept a notebook. “I would wait for information to appear on the canvas,” she says. “I didn’t know what to do next.” She says it was discouraging, starting from scratch each day. “But it didn’t occur to me to not try.” Slowly, changes came. “The color wheel came back, and I started remembering that you can use

Back inside her home, she points to paintings created before the accident. The acrylic paintings are abstract and muted, featuring shapes reminiscent of birds. Altschul said Wallace Stevens’ poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” inspired the works, which are about time—the moment before a bird takes off. The earlier pieces are the culmination of studies at UC Davis graduate school, which she attended in the early ’80s, when


After many years as an abstract painter, Altschul says doing portraits is a new twist in her work.

Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri, Cornelia Schulz and Roy De Forest were among the teachers. Altschul went on to become an adjunct art professor at American River College and taught drawing, painting and beginning design. “I loved it,” she

says. “I especially loved teaching beginning drawing and relating how to read visual information and solve visual problems. I loved the moment the light goes on for students.” Altschul’s earlier pieces were painted with a different palette of colors than she currently uses, and

her newer paintings depict a different subject matter. Still, a timeless quality runs through all of her work, says D. Oldham Neath, owner and curator of Archival Gallery and Framing on Folsom Boulevard. Archival will show Altschul’s new paintings in September. “I used to show her work before she was injured, and she was one of

my best-selling artists,” says Oldham Neath, who had not seen Altschul’s work for nearly 15 years. “She has lost nothing of her original voice as far as art goes. This new work looks like her work, but she created it with a new part of her brain.” Debra Belt can be reached at fab. studio@att.net. n

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Art Preview

GALLERY ART SHOWS IN SEPTEMBER

Crystal Close explores the theme of the female portrait in a show at the Union Hall Gallery. Shown: Portrait of a Lady by Crystal Close. 2126 K St.

Sacramento painter Anthony Montanino’ s work will be featured at the Alex Bult Gallery from Sept. 11 to Oct. 4. Shown above: Elk Slough. 1114 21st Street, Suite B; alexbultgallery.com

A joint exhibit of the work of Mark Emerson and Jay Leaver, both painters at Jay Jay Art Gallery, will be shown through Oct. Shown: Toss and Turn in polymer by Mark Emerson. 5520 Elvas Avenue; jayjayart.com

Tim Collom Gallery will be featuring owner and artist, Tim Collom. The show includes old favorites and brand new inspirations. Show runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 4. Shown above: Stinson Beach, by Tim Collom. 915 20th St.; timcollomgallery.com Atelier 20 will be showing new award-winning soft pastel works by Marbo Barnard. Shown right: is Relics by Marbo Barnard. The show runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 4. 915 20th St.

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Emily Eby AT MERCY GENERAL HOSPITAL, SHE LEARNED WHILE HELPING

BY JESSICA LASKEY

approximately 200 students out of the incoming freshman class of 5,000 who have access to honors classes and scholarship funds.) But more than the money, Eby is grateful to the program for opening her eyes to the real world of medicine.

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or Emily Eby, her experience as a junior volunteer at Mercy General Hospital has literally brought her life full circle. “I was born at Mercy,” Eby says, “so when I was researching different hospitals for volunteer opportunities, it was at the top of my list.” Eby, 18, graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School a few months ago and is headed off to UC Davis in the fall to pursue studies in medicine—which is what brought her to Mercy in the first place. “I got involved as a junior volunteer last year because it was a great way to do community service and figure out for myself what I wanted my career to be,” Eby says. “I was interested in surgery, but now that I’ve actually worked in a surgery waiting room, I’m leaning more toward nutrition and psychology.” Eby’s involvement in the Mercy General Hospital Guild volunteer program gave her firsthand experience in the hospital, from running a hospitality cart for families in surgery waiting rooms, to overseeing the information desk where visitors come to ask all kinds of questions. “Just being there makes a huge difference to people,” Eby says. “I like the idea of helping people, and it was amazing to see how, working at a desk, it was so easy to make a big impact.”

“The junior volunteer program gave me a chance to learn what I want to do. I discovered it wasn’t like what ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ or other TV shows make it out to be ... It made me even more impressed by people who work there every day.”

Mercy General Hospital junior volunteer Emily Eby

Eby’s helping hands earned her more than just the appreciation of patients and their families. She was awarded a Mercy Guild scholarship in April for her 100-plus hours of

outstanding service, which will help her when she takes off for UC Davis. (She also received a Regents scholarship from the university for her incredible GPA; she’ll be one of

“The junior volunteer program gave me a chance to learn what I want to do,” Eby says. “I discovered it wasn’t like what ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ or other TV shows make it out to be. It’s different in the halls. It made me even more impressed by people who work there every day.” One day, that could be Eby herself. Interested in volunteering? Contact the Mercy General Hospital Guild office at 731-7189. n

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Capital Wineries THESE TWO URBAN WINERIES CALL THE CITY ‘WINE COUNTRY’

BY GREG SABIN RESTAURANT INSIDER

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ere in Sacramento, we’re in the middle of wine country. Just an hour from Napa, a little farther to Sonoma, an easy 45 minutes to El Dorado and Amador and a quick highway trip to Lodi, we are the hub of the wine wheel that defines much of California viticulture. It wasn’t until recently, however, that winemakers started setting up shop here in town. Our central location allows these winemakers to source their grapes from any nearby wine region, keeping costs down and quality up. Two of these urban wineries have lovely tasting rooms and restaurants. Cabana Wines and Bistro— Open for about six months, Cabana Winery and Bistro is still finalizing its menu and hours but is already a fine addition to the East Sac neighborhood. Winemaker Robert Smerling has been working the wine circuit for a few decades and knows his stuff. He took away a Best in Region and Best of Class in Region for his 2012 Sauvignon Blanc at this year’s California State Fair. Smerling was founder and vintner in Amador County's Renwood Winery from 1993 to 2010. He fell in love with the urban winery concept after visiting Santa Barbara's urban wine district. Smerling and staff have also put together a fine list of outside wines and beers to serve in the bistro. The bistro menu, already diverse and well executed. Some great dishes are

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Robert Smerling of Cabana Winery in his East Sac tasting room and bistro

coming out of Cabana’s little kitchen. This is not a winery afterthought menu but a standalone restaurant menu worthy of many a return visit. From pilsner soup to country pate to fish tacos, the menu thematically makes no sense but is delicious as all get-out.

This is not a winery afterthought menu but a standalone restaurant menu worthy of many a return visit. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. was recently added and has already received rave reviews. An

courtyard patio is a perfect spot for parties and special events. Cabana Wines and Bistro is at 5610 Elvas Ave.; 476-5492; cabanawine. com Revolution Wines—Standing reservedly on the corner of 29th and S, in the neighborhood some call Newton Booth, Revolution Wines hides in plain sight. If you’re driving by, it’s hard to tell how well equipped it is for wine tasting, dining and relaxing. There’s a sizable L-shaped bar, table seating for dozens inside and one of the loveliest outdoor patios in town. Dappled with vining plants and twinkling lights, the patio that Revolution shares with next-door neighbor Temple Coffee can’t be beat when it comes to evening dining and sipping.

And what lovely dining and sipping it is. Revolution’s wine offerings are well balanced, and its menu is small but amazingly well thought out. On a recent visit, I was particularly taken with a 2013 Clarksburg chenin blanc. First, I’m quite happy that a jug wine from the ’70s and ’80s is making a comeback as a well-crafted varietal. You’ll find chenin blanc popping up on almost every winemaker’s to-do list, and Revolution does a lovely job with this varietal. It’s a crisp, light white with the barest hint of fruit. On the red side of the aisle, Revolution’s St. Rey Celeste is a lovely example of a field blend. Most blends make use of several different grapes from several different vineyards. In contrast, a field blend uses multiple varieties grown together in the same vineyard. RESTAURANT page 50


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FRENCH TEA SERVICE

Doughnut Day &

SUNDAY Croixnut Day (avor changes every week)

$25/PERSON Set menu includes: tea sandwiches, assorted pastries, macaroon, tarts and choice of organic tea (reservation required)

FEATURING SEASONALLY CRAFTED COCKTAIL SPECIALS ALL MONTH WWW. ELLA DINING ROOM AND BAR.COM 1131 K STREET DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO 916.443.3772

Located on the corner of 9th & K in downtown Sacramento M-F 7-6, Sat 8-6, Sun 8-4 | 551-1500 | info@estellspatisserie.com

Frank Fat’s 2013 Recipient, James Beard Foundation America's Classics Award

ď™Šď™ˆth Anniversary – Dinner Special* $27.95 per person

Baked Daily!!! Fresh Bread For Sale at Ettore’s

APPETIZER

Chinese Chicken Salad

with pickled cucumber, almonds, and a sesame soy vinaigrette ENTRÉES

Frank’s Style New York Steak

NY steak smothered in sautĂŠed onions and oyster sauce

Honey Walnut Prawns Our award-winning recipe.

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-fry in spicy garlic sauce

Young Shew Fried Rice

With barbecued pork, Chinese sausage, lettuce, and shrimp DESSERT

Fat’s Famous Banana Cream Pie Two person minimum. No substitutions please. May not be combined with ?LWMRFCPBGQAMSLR "MCQLMRGLAJSBCR?VMPEP?RSGRW -ÏCPCVNGPCQ1CNRCK@CP 

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MON - THURS: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. FRI - SAT: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. SUN: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Summer Hours: Closed Sundays only, 'til September 7th 806 L Street, Sacramento 916-442-7092 www.frankfats.com

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Presenting the best in music, dance and speakers

The Season begins!

Opening Caetano Veloso SEP 18 Night! Brazil’s “Father of TropicĂĄliaâ€?

FREE Corin Courtyard concert before the show: Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Companyt1.

Generations of Jazz Masters

Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Delfeayo Marsalis SEP 19 The Last Southern Gentlemen FREE Corin Courtyard concert before the show: Element Brass Band t1.

Enjoy a beef carpaccio with your favorite wine next time you visit Revolution Wines in Midtown

RESTAURANT FROM page 48 The Celeste is a subtle, dry red, great with food or on its own. The grapes are all Sacramento County fruit, which adds a touch of pride for the local drinker.

French Chanteuse

Cyrille AimĂŠe

14–15 Nick Offerman

OCT 4

Full Bush

Harvest

OCT 8–11

ADDED!

OCT 12

A GATHERING FOR FOOD, WINE, BEER AND THE ARTS Featuring Ray LaMontagne

On Sale NOW!

(In association with Lonely Planet Entertainment.)

Experience Hendrix

OCT 16

Featuring Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson and more!

A full list of the 2014–15 season is available at mondaviarts.org

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The products from Revolution’s kitchen can hold their own with the wines. The products from Revolution’s kitchen can hold their own with the wines. This is not a full restaurant menu, but it is a nicely curated collection of plates that pair well with the wine and make for happy mouths. The peach-and-greens salad is a beautiful celebration of in-season ingredients, complementing the

sweet peaches with cilantro, candied pistachios and cherry-balsamic vinaigrette. The beet salad celebrates the neon-colored roots with candied macadamias and a healthy serving of blue cheese. On the more indulgent side, the BLT cheese dip is as ridiculous as it sounds, creamy and meaty, with an acidy bite of tomatoes and enough fresh herbs to give the whole thing a lift and make it more than just a wonderfully warm cheese bomb. For a sweet ending, pair the fruit bruschetta with a late-harvest viognier. The fruit/honey/bread concoction goes quite nicely with the sweet notes of the wine and makes for a memorable send-off. Revolution Wines is at 2831 S St.; 444-7711; rwwinery.com Greg Sabin can be reached at gregsabin@hotmail.com n


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