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24 HOME TOUR The McKellar Home



Letter from the Executive Editor

A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

10 Business Cents: A Bear Market is Here

Tulare Hospital Foundation’s Summer Jubilee

12 Word Play 14 Local Adventure: Local Farms Promote Education 20 History: Andrew Carnegie Spoke Volumes in Visalia



40 Spirits: What a Difference a Glass Makes 48 Humanitarian: Tulare-Kings Right to Life


50 Fashion & Beauty: Flawless Fall Beauty

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Fall

52 Chamber: Visalia

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56 Chamber: Tulare

54 Chamber: Exeter 58 Happenings



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TOP: Robust with mission flair, the McKellar home appears at the end of a long driveway, equipped with a lively fountain, reminiscent of historical California.

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It’s been several years since my niece and nephew moved to Oregon, but between a full work schedule and the fact that time just passes by so quickly, I’ve never taken the opportunity to visit. That all changed last week when my great niece got married; there was no way I was missing that wedding. My brother-in-law picked me up and we were soon on our way. I dearly love my brother-in-law and one of the things I’ve most appreciated about him is his calm, never-in-a-hurry demeanor. Hence, his waiting until after he fetched me to fill up the car with gas was no surprise. Pulling into the station there were long, slow lines, and since I’m rarely calm and never unhurried, I instantly became irritated. What on earth could be taking so long? Were they giving gas away? Not exactly, but it turns out there was a lesson for me that day. The lines were slow because it was a full-service station. Full-service meaning the attendant pumps your gas, washes your windshield, and even checks your oil. Ahhh, I think I remember full-service, before the days of big box stores, packing one’s own groceries and finally, pumping one’s own gas. As I thought more about this, it wasn’t long before I realized that although I can’t remember the last full-service gas station in California, we still have full-service businesses in Visalia – like Best Buy Market where the cashier takes your groceries out of the cart, then rings and bags them for you before someone else helps load them into the car. Or, like Mike’s Quality Camera, where you can talk to a real expert about equipment or get help with lighting tips. There are others, many others, too many to mention. A great deal of these businesses are local, family-owned businesses. I believe we all appreciate good customer service, where taking time to really listen and answer questions provides extra value. Some things are just worth waiting for. No one believes that more than Bob and Ann McKellar, this month’s Home Tour feature. Meeting for the first time in the eighth grade, Bob and Ann crossed paths many years later and eventually married in 2007. Bob’s dream Mission-style home was years in the planning and now sits amid their McKellar farms (Family Farm Fresh) and Historic Seven Sycamore Ranch in Ivanhoe, complete with geese, pheasants and even peacocks. For an armchair view of the gorgeous McKellar home and grounds, please turn to page 24. Often, it’s attention to the little details that makes all the difference. Almost everyone knows to fully appreciate a wine varietal requires the proper glass. It would be crass to drink a full-bodied Cabernet from a glass meant for Chardonnay. But, as I recently learned, the same holds true for beer. Yes, beer. If you’ve been feeling rather sophisticated by keeping beer mugs in the freezer then you’ll be as jaw-dropped as I when you read “Not Just for Wine Connoisseurs” by Lifestyle staff member Bryce McDonald. Bryce spent many years in the beer industry and also perfecting his style of craft beer making. He’s been doing his best to educate us on the nuances of beer drinking; did you know there is a glass specifically designed for Weizenbeir (wheat beer)? Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. If you realize you too are not up-to-speed on beer drinking vessels be sure to turn to page 38. As we send the September issue off to print we are especially excited about next month – Lifestyle Magazine’s 10th Anniversary edition. The entire office has been abuzz working on this very special issue. Please watch our Facebook page for sneak peeks. Until then, enjoy the change of season from summer to fall and remember there’s always extra value in full service.

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A Bear Market is Here:

In Bonds!

Text by Andre Goddard, VP Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC


hile it certainly hasn’t made the headlines that it should have, the bond market has been kicked in the teeth. After bottoming at 1.61 percent on May 1, the yield on the 10-year Treasury Note hit 2.84 percent on Friday, its highest level in two years – the worst bear market move in bonds since the end of the 2008-09 financial panic. Someone who bought a newly minted (“on the run”) 10-year Note at almost any time in the past year has suffered a capital loss of about 10 percent – or approximately five years of interest payments. If investors hold these bonds to maturity, they would get back their investment and would continue to earn the coupon. But anyone who needs to sell now would face a serious loss, while the interest earned by holding would be well below current market rates. In other words, every investment, even the US Treasury Note, is risky. The bear market in bonds should not be a surprise. We’ve argued for years that bonds were in a “bubble,” with yields far below where they should be based on economic fundamentals. Over time, nominal Gross Domestic Product (real GDP growth plus inflation) has been a good stand-in for interest rates. With this measure of total activity up 2.9 percent from a year ago, and up at a 3.7 percent annual rate in the past two years, rates should be moving higher. And, there is likely more to go. Some believe this sell-off in bonds is due to talk of Fed “tapering” – slowing down and ending quantitative easing. With unemployment at 7.4 percent, and Chairman Bernanke apparently committed to ending the third round of Quantitative Easing (QE3) when it gets to 7 percent, there seems to be a correlation. We think the Fed will announce a tapering of QE3 at the September meeting, then, when it’s clear the sky isn’t about to fall, we think the Fed will announce another additional tapering in December. But we don’t think the rise in rates is due to “tapering”; after all, the Fed is still buying $85 billion per month. What is really happening is that talk of tapering is moving the Fed closer and

closer to the time when it will raise the federal funds rate. We believe that it’s the zero funds rate, and the promise to keep it there for a very long time, that has held long-term rates down artificially. So, the more the bond market thinks the trajectory of short-term rates is higher than it thought before, the higher longterm rates will go. This process has just begun. Typically, when the Fed has reached its most accommodative stance, the spread between the 10-year Treasury and the federal funds rates is 3.5 percent, or a little higher. It is currently around 2.7 percent. At the very beginning of the year, when the 10-year yield stood at 1.78 percent, the consensus among economists was for the yield to rise to 2.35 percent by year-end. Our target was a much higher 2.85 percent. A few economists had higher targets than we did, but they were mostly forecasting the Fed would raise short-term rates. By contrast, our forecast was for much higher long-term rates without a Fed move. Now, we believe long-term rates will end the year above 3 percent, maybe even as high as 3.5 percent. Many view this rise in rates as a death blow to the economy, the housing market, and equities. We disagree. The US is still building fewer homes than it should, given population growth. And continued job and wage growth will make more renters think about buying. Yes, the “housing affordability index” is down as mortgages rates and home prices are up. But the index is still much higher than it ever was before the financial crisis in 2008-09 and the index doesn’t consider expectations of where home prices will go in the years ahead. A potential buyer today should be more interested at current mortgage rates, and today’s outlook for home prices, then back in 2006, when home prices were still well above fair value. And for years now, our equity models have incorporated a much higher bond yield (discount rate) than the market was suggesting. In other words, we have anticipated this move in rates and had it priced into our stock models. Equity prices are still up around 15 percent since the beginning of the year and we remain convinced that earnings, not low rates (or QE), are the driving force. None of this means a bear market in bonds is easy to digest. It’s not. But this process of normalization suggests the economy is also on more sustained footing. Rising rates suggest a better economy and a better economy suggests continued growth in earnings. Those who can see this, and remain invested in equities, should be richly rewarded. This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Andre Goddard, Vice President-Investments in Visalia. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDICINSURED/NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered brokerdealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.


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he biggest fear for many students going back to school is that they won’t fit in. Authors often tackle stories of misfits who struggle with their differences more or less successfully. Eleanor Henderson’s 10,000 Saints (Ecco, 2011) takes teens in an idyllic Vermont setting, who will get high on anything, through a nightmare of a night where Eliza gets pregnant, Teddy dies and Jude barely survives. It becomes Jude’s mission to help Eliza keep Teddy’s baby while they get involved with Teddy’s Hare Krishna straight-edge brother Johnny in New York. Along the way, they form a band, make some serious enemies and get little help from the ineffectual adults in their lives. In Good Kings, Bad Kings (Algonquin, May 2013) pretty much no one lives a stereotypically normal life. Susan Nussbaum won the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for her debut novel of residents in a home for mentally and physically challenged teens and the adults who interact with them and face their own hurdles. Nussbaum puts her readers solidly into the minds of each of the residents and staff who tell their stories of trying to cope with daily life in an institution where not everyone gives the welfare of their charges a high priority. Alex Woods has a whole universe as his adversary in Gavin Extence’s debut novel The Universe Versus Alex Woods (Redhook, June 2013). Literally, his story begins when he is ten years old and a meteorite crashes through his bathroom roof and hits him in the head. From then on, it seems everything conspires against him. This starts with learning to deal with the epilepsy that the blow causes and spending a year in isolation with his dippy, fortunetelling mother. When he can return to school, he is tormented by the class bully and belittled by the Goth girl who at the same weird time becomes his friend. But the biggest development begins when he is unjustly accused of shattering Mr. Peterson’s greenhouse. The aging, reclusive Vietnam vet becomes the focus of Alex’s life and sets him on a bizarre adventure. Valley Writers Tim Z. Hernandez’s new novel, Mañana Means Heaven, came out this month, with two major events planned to promote it. The first was held in New York and the second will be in Fresno. Hernandez writes, “Seems right, since in the book, Bea’s character lives and works in Fresno but has her heart set on making it to New York with Jack.” The “Jack” in question is author Jack Kerouac of On the Road fame and Bea was his love interest for a while. His relationship with her played a significant role in the publishing of his work. The book is written from Bea’s point of view. Hernandez did extensive research, including locating and meeting with Bea’s family, to develop the story of her life. The Fresno event is scheduled for October 4 at 6 p.m. at the Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First Street. In addition, Hernandez will be in Visalia as the guest speaker at Redwood High School – his alma mater – for the Young Writers Conference on October 5. 12

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Valley Writers Read on Valley Public Radio continues to showcase writers who have been featured in this magazine. The latest include David Borofka reading “Mid Clair,” Franz Weinschenk reading “Home Room,” Bonnie Hearn Hill with “Part Light, Part Memory,” Janet Nichols Lynch’s “Tone,” Deb Borofka’s “With Me Still” and Janet Stevens’ “Dust to Dust.” These stories can be heard online at lnva4uh. Tulare County Library Recent picks by the library staff include Where’ d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, the 2013 Alex Award Winner and BookPage Notable Title. Though wife, mother and revolutionary architect Bernadette disappears and is presumed dead, the novel is actually written as a comedy. Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke is another pick. In this cozy mystery, Hannah Swensen is a murder suspect. A third pick is The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. Submissions BellaOnline welcomes submissions for its mission of women, empowerment, charity and the environment. It publishes quarterly. The deadline for the Winter Solstice issue is November 7. See guidelines at: Contests The deadline for the Grub Street National Book Prize poetry contest is October 1. The contest is open to writers publishing their second or beyond book. The book must be published between January 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014. Prize is $5,000. Details at: The Vancouver Writers Fest Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest deadline is October 27. Prizes are $500 and $350. Fee: $15. Details at: The Last Word “I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us – don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know.” – Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)



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Local Farms Promote Education


ere in the Central Valley, most of us know that farming and agriculture is in our nature, it’s “our calling” and one of the reasons why we are known nationwide. But do we know what it takes to produce the fresh food and beverages we enjoy? Lucky for us there are farms in our area that are more than happy to open their barn doors to us. Now is your chance to put on some work boots and head out to a local dairy, Rosa Brother Farms. Lately, you may have seen their unique looking glass bottles at your local farmers market or grocery store with milk flavors such as Root Beer, Strawberry, Chocolate and the normal Whole, Reduced Fat and Skim options. The flavors they provide are not the only unique thing about this dairy. Rosa Brothers allow visitors to see what life is really like on the farm with their popular farm tours. This adventure is fit for the whole family, so long as a little manure doesn’t scare anyone off. The farm tour is not only fun and interesting; it is educational and would make a great “show-and-tell” for your kids who have just started back to school. You will learn all about where your milk comes from – start to finish. You and your family will have the opportunity to see dairy-care live in action, see what the cows eat and how that food gets turned into the milk we drink. The best part for many is the milking process – and if you’ve never experienced milking a cow, this will surely be a memory you won’t forget. Plus, you’ll even get to try your hand and compete in a simulated milking competition. Get ready to get up close and personal with nature on this hour-long adventure. Baby calves will be around and more than happy for you to pet them; not to mention the sights, sounds and smells of a dairy farm will be free for the taking. Tours are held Saturdays by reservation and are only $5 per person; children two and under get in free. For more information and directions, call 582-2209. As if that isn’t enough, take the next step and head over to Bravo Farms, just down the 99 in Traver, Calif. Here you can see where delicious milk fresh from the family’s farm is turned into cheese. There is a large viewing room where you get in on all the action. Watch as the cheese is cut repeatedly to produce what we all have come to know and love. On your way out, pick up some cubed cheese, or “squeakers” as they like to call them. Other attractions available: wine tasting, outdoor garden, shooting gallery, antique shopping, and Pancho the parrot. Don’t miss out on a quick, inexpensive adventure with the family. 14


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Tulare Hospital Foundation’s Summer Jubilee

A Mid-Summer Night’s Text by Carole Firstman | Photos by Aimee Sa



he Tulare Hospital Foundation’s Annual Summer Jubilee, this year themed “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream,” was perhaps this season’s most elegant and magical gala celebration. Held at the lovely Kumar/Gupta City Estate (Tulare residence of Parmod Kumar, MD; Parul Gupta, MD; and Loveen and Vinod Gupta, MD), local restaurants and wineries showcased an array of palate-pleasing treats while nearly 1,000 attendees strolled the cool, lush gardens. The evening had a Shakespearean feel to it, complete with stringed quartets, old-style lamps flickering beneath the trees, and Sephora estheticians dressed in fairy costumes, offering makeovers to all the women (ladies had their choice of either traditional or fairy-like make-up applications). Later that night, the entertainment included casino gaming, dancing, and the launch of a special music video produced especially for the occasion. “The event was a definite success,” said Sherrie Bakke, Tulare Hospital Foundation president. Tulare Hospital Foundation For well over half a century, Tulare District Hospital has provided healthcare for residents of Tulare and the surrounding area. What started as an 86-bed, single building in 1951 has evolved to a health care district that responds to the needs of Tulare and the surrounding communities, serving a population of over 95,000. Today the hospital is licensed for 112 inpatient beds, an acute care facility, and numerous associated programs. According to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the hospital scored above the national average for quality patient care related to heart failure and pneumonia. The driving force behind such excellence has been the commitment and motivation of physicians, staff and volunteers, both past and present. Founded in 1987, Tulare Hospital Foundation’s basic mission is to inform the citizens about the hospital’s services, work with the community to develop new programs and facilities, and also to raise funds for the expansion and operation of those services and facilities. Since its inception the foundation has raised well over $2 million. The Annual Summer Jubilee is one of many fundraising activities put on by the foundation’s dedicated staff and volunteers. One of the highlights of this year’s Jubilee was the debut of an educational yet humorous public relations video, produced and performed by the medical staff. Nurses, doctors, administrators

and support staff comprised the 22-person cast, dancing and singing (lip synching) to music from Macklemore’s famous “Thrift Shop” Rap (which can be viewed on the hospital’s website). The song title changed and lyrics rewritten, the revised version tells the story of Tulare Regional Medical Center’s much anticipated Medical Tower, a state-of-the-art building addition currently under construction. The music video was filmed mainly on the third and fourth floors of the Medical Tower, allowing viewers to see the project in progress. Video viewers will also notice the difference in construction progress on the first floor (emergency department) and the openness on the third and fourth floors where the framing was removed during the repair of a portion of concrete.




Dedication Pays Off This year’s garden party netted over $105,000. Funds from past events have supported a number of projects. For example, several years ago the foundation contributed $60,000 for new fetal monitors and birthing equipment. Birthing rooms have been specially designed for comfort and privacy, and are equipped with the latest healthcare technology, including the recently purchased fetal monitors. The monitors, which measure the mother’s contractions and the baby’s heart rate, are connected to a central system that enables staff to evaluate the mother in labor from anywhere in the department. Since then, the foundation has also contributed over $133,000 for a new ultrasound machine. The new equipment replaced an existing machine that was purchased in 1990. Ultrasound technology has increased twenty-fold in the last two decades. The new machine provides superior imaging (small anatomical structures are seen in much greater detail), and is an essential non-invasive diagnostic tool for physicians. The new machine is also portable and can be moved to a patient’s bedside if necessary. As the needs of the community have changed over the years, the hospital and foundation have laid plans to keep up with the needs of Tulare residents. In the works is an ambitious project to expand the hospital and its position over the next 50 years. Plans call for a 115,000-square-foot expansion, which includes the construction of a five-story tower, with each floor dedicated to a specific specialty; a helipad; a 20-room emergency department; six surgery suites; 26 private patient rooms; and 16 private birthing rooms, the Birthplace ward that has reaped past benefits of the foundation’s fundraising efforts. The Medical Tower expansion is expected to be complete in 2014. “We are very appreciative of such loyal friends,” said Bakke of the Jubilee supporters who turned out. “Healthcare is one of the most important services in our community. By investing in healthcare we are investing in the community’s quality of life.”



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Andrew Carnegie Spoke Volumes in Visalia Text by Terry L. Ommen



oday, the northeast corner of Encina and Main Streets is part of our bustling downtown shopping district, but that wasn’t always the case. The shops now located directly across from the Fox Theatre give no hint of what once occupied the site. There is no evidence that Visalia’s first library building was there or cemetery headstones once lined the street, but it’s all true.


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PICTURED: The present photo of where the first Visalia Library once stood, now occupied by Janeen’s Family Furniture and Sugar Plum’s boutique. LEFT: The first photo of the Carnige library building in 1904, named the Visalia Free Library.

In 1888, the corner housed a laundry believed to be operated by a Chinese immigrant named Wing Wah Chung. Next to the wash house was a marble yard and monument business where Robert Johnston cut and polished marble and granite. The fancy headstones lined Visalia’s Main Street until about 1937 when the operation relocated closer to the cemetery. In the late 1800s there had been several failed attempts to create a library, but as the new century arrived, the Visalia City Council was poised for action. Up to that time, reading rooms were used as libraries, but they were small and book selection was limited. They were usually set up in donated building spaces and run by civic minded groups, but they were a poor substitute for a real library. As with many municipal projects, the council struggled with financing. They began considering a generous program created by wealthy businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who was offering money to cities for library construction. The council decided to apply for a grant. In early 1902 the council submitted an application to Carnegie’s foundation and a year later their request was approved. The city was awarded $10,000 with the stipulation that they would provide a suitable building site and agree to financially support the library operation annually. With financial help from organizations and individuals, the city raised $1,500 to purchase Robert Johnston’s lot at Encina and Main. Construction began in late 1903. Pressed limestone bricks were used for the exterior walls, granite slabs from the “Rocky Hill Quarry” were incorporated into the structure, and slate from Amador County was used for the roof. Inside, the plans called for some interesting features. A “patent heater” and “ventilator” would allow comfortable heating and cooling throughout the year. A fumigation chamber would sanitize the books before they were checked out. A book elevator was included giving the librarian a convenient way to get

books to the main floor from the basement without heavy lifting or the use of the stairway. During construction the city conducted a search for a librarian to staff the facility. The recruitment effort found experienced librarian Grace Hurlbut of York, Nebraska, and she immediately went to work preparing for the opening. In May 1904, the Visalia Free Library was finished. The Visalia Daily Delta called it “one of the most handsome structures in the city.” On May 31, the doors opened to the public with the children invited to attend in the afternoon. In the evening a formal opening ceremony was held for the adults. Hundreds toured the building as they were given an explanation of the operation of the library. The crowd was impressed with the building and the collection of over a thousand books, all received from donations and reading rooms. For three decades the library served the community. By the early 1930s, the population of the town had doubled since its opening and the facility was straining under the pressure of increased use. In January 1934, the Visalia Woman’s Club sent a letter to the City Council and wrote in part, “Modern education demands services from our libraries that cannot be rendered under crowded and archaic conditions.” They joined others in the call for a new library. During the high unemployment years of the Great Depression, the federal government established an agency called the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Organized to help create jobs, the WPA especially liked the construction of public buildings. Many cities were drawn to the program, but in order to qualify for federal funding, local government was required to provide over half of the project cost. Visalia scrambled to find the $19,000 necessary for its share of the new library. The city succeeded and in late 1935 construction began. The new and expanded library opened in August 1936 in the “Lindsey-Tipton Park” at Oak and Encina where it remains today. A month before the new library opened,

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the old Carnegie building was put up for sale. Retail businesses were expanding and the Carnegie building on Main was deemed not suitable for such use and therefore, real estate appraisers had predicted a low value on the building. Their assessment was confirmed on July 20, 1936, when it was sold to C. L. Wood of Visalia for $50. Almost immediately work began to raze the 32-year-old building. Soon after the site was cleared the corner became an active construction zone. A concrete foundation was poured and bricks were laid for a retail structure that became known as the Cooper building, probably named for Sydney Cooper or a member of his family. In December 1936 it was announced that next door to the Cooper building, another retail building was in the works, this time by Luke Bianco for his expanded grocery store.

Today nothing remains of the Carnegie library building at Encina and Main. The combined Cooper and Bianco buildings have occupied the site for the last 76 years. Currently, the Cooper building houses Janeen’s Furniture Gallery and Sugar Plum’s Boutique. The Bianco building has Marcela’s Home Store (the west building). Even though all physical remnants of Andrew Carnegie’s generosity have disappeared from Visalia, the positive effects of his gift remain. He gave us our first library and left us with these inspiring words, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

TOP: An interior view of the library with the first Librarian, Grace Hurlbut.


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The McKellar Home

Text by Jordan Venema | Photos by Taylor Johnson


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PICTURED: The floor to ceiling windows of the living room allow for one to always have a view of the exterior of the home.

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ob and Ann McKellar are proof that sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for. They first met at a dance class in the eighth grade, later attended the same high school, parted ways and met again at a class reunion in 1989. “Life took us a variety of different directions,” explained Bob. Then on October 14, 2007, after what Bob described as a very long courtship, they tied the knot at the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch. It so happened that their wedding was the first ceremony ever held at the venue, almost like it were a test run. “Well, we tried it out to see if it worked,” said Bob. He wasn’t speaking about his marriage to Ann but about transforming the garden of his mother’s house into a wedding venue – the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch. “The place has been called Seven Sycamores forever and my folks named it that because it has seven sycamore trees,” said Bob.

His parents bought the 182 acres of mandarin and orange trees in 1927. Bob grew up and worked on the farm before attending college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later moving to Oregon where he started a public relations firm and eventually worked as a lobbyist. When his father died in 1972, Bob operated the ranch remotely until he moved back permanently in 2003. Even though Bob has run the ranch for 40 years, he still thinks of the property as his parents’ farm. “I don’t think of it as mine,” he said, “but I suppose technically it is, though I still think of it as the family’s.” But since Bob has moved back, he has revitalized the property. You could even say that he has personalized it by reinventing it. He opened his mother’s home as a bed and breakfast and transformed the garden into a wedding site. Bob and Ann later turned an old shop, which had been used as a platform for loading fruit onto trucks, into an indoor wedding space, which they have called the Glass Barn. The McKellars also started Family Farm Fresh, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program made up of about 35 local farmers that provides its members with a box of local fruits and vegetables once a week. The CSA is one way of bringing farmers markets to peoples’ front doors, but Bob is also interested in bringing people to the farm. “It’s important that, in one way or another, people who are detached from the farm are able to come back and learn about it.” This is why he started Historic Seven

TOP: Spanish design fills the master bath of the McKellar home, tying in perfectly with the home’s mission style architecture. Left: The beautiful natural lighting just off the kitchen to shine light on their cozy breakfast nook.


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Sycamore Ranch, the bed and breakfast, the CSA, and now has plans to start a farming camp for children. “Our next project is to have, hopefully this year, a farm animal display, a vegetable garden and fruit display,” he said. Bob and Ann have worked to make the family ranch more accessible to the public, but they have also made sure to reserve a few acres to themselves. A dirt driveway, lined on either side by closely grown poplars, cuts its way through the orchard. After a bend, the driveway runs into a house that looks like it could have been built by Father Junipero Serra in the late 18th century. Mission McKellar, as Bob and Ann fondly call it, is an architectural example of a home inspired by the California missions. Bob couldn’t exactly say why he built the mission-style home, or why he waited so long to build his dream home, which was completed in 2007. “I just always wanted a missionstyle house,” he said. “And I thought it was a good idea,” added Ann, who, it could be said, has spent her whole life building missions. Ann, a retired elementary school teacher, had spent many years teaching California history to third-grade students, a curriculum that typically includes building small models of the California missions. TOP: The master bedroom displays dark beautiful furniture that accentuates the mission-style decor and home. LEFT: Here you catch a glimpse of the rabbit and chickens; just a few types of animals you may see scurrying around the McKellar grounds.


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Mission McKellar is no small model, but perhaps as close a replica to the real thing as a mission-style home can get. Typical of the California missions, the McKellar home has a high entrance with a large wooden front door, in front of which is a tiered circular fountain. Such fountains were commonly found in the missions and used as a source of water or for washing clothes, though the McKellars don’t use the fountain for either purpose. “But if we ever wanted to, we could,” said Bob with a laugh. The home has other hallmarks of the California missions: high peaked ceilings, and exposed beams in the living room that are reminiscent of the rafters in the church in San Luis Obispo. The house is also a soft white, within and out, designed to look like adobe. Contrasting with the white walls is the rust-colored roof, a pattern of overlapping half-moon clay barrel tiles. Ledges, backstops and the arched alcoves in the living room are detailed by the patterned tiles that Ann picked out for each room. The white walls of the home are contrasted by golds and blues and oranges, folk floral patterns that suggest the richness of the fields, the fruits of a harvest. In one of the arched alcoves in the living room is a small painting of their home that was painted by the muralist Colleen Mitchell, who painted the Exeter mural “Orange Harvest,” among others.

The house also has a symmetrical layout, with the living room as its center and two wings reaching outward in the pattern of a horseshoe, thereby creating a walled-in courtyard, at the center of which is a lily-covered pond. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out from the living room and onto the courtyard. “We wanted to be able – when you walk through the front door – to look clear through the house and into the backyard,” said Bob. It was a purposeful design to “bring the outside in,” to fill the large, white interior of the living room with the contrast of colors from outside. The courtyard opens naturally to the rest of the three-acre property, which is a large garden that blends into the landscape with many varieties of native trees, shrubs and flowers. Small pathways course through the yard, past a chicken coop and to a Spanish ramada covered in grape vines. At the other end of the yard is a large reservoir lined with Empress trees and ornamental pears. TOP: Nestled between the two wings of the home, the pond remains a calming environment for Bob and Ann to enjoy INSET: A couple of Pilgram geese wandering about the McKellar ponds.


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PICTURED: The kitchen is tiled in rich warm tones with Spanishstyle fair on the backsplash, incorporating the mission style vision for their home.



HOME TOUR H Pilgrim geese waddle from the reservoir to feed at a trough near the covered walkway at the east end of the home where Bob and Ann sometimes eat their breakfast. Guinea hens, peacocks, chickens, pheasants, geese and quail meander through the garden, pecking at the brush, while rabbits skip through the dust. There’s a timelessness to the garden, like it has always been there and grown naturally – the sage, quail brush, butterfly

bushes, sulfur flowers, desert willows and olive trees, all of which, “of course,” said Bob, “is mission style.” Walking through the yard, with the sound of gravel crunching underfoot, it is easy to understand why Bob moved back to California, and why he wants to share his family’s ranch with others. “I wouldn’t trade living in California for anything,” said Bob, “because California has it all.”




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hough we may still be sweating out what feels like an endless summer, the first day of fall this year lands on September 22 and Lifestyle is gearing up for it

with this month’s culinary feature. The following recipes are guaranteed to excite your fall cravings as they revolve around the likes of a rich Porter glaze on a perfectly seasoned rack of lamb; or, sweet potato mash coupled with smoked Gouda and spinach mac and cheese? We’re ready to reach for our scarves and forks right about now and dig in to this perfectly paired meal. 34

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Recipes by Chafic Dada and Ryan Moreno, Pita Kabob & Grill | Photos by Taylor Johnson

Herbed Rack of Lamb Pair with Old Ale style Craft Beer Ingredients 2 lb. Frenched Rack of Lamb 2 tsp. of rosemary, freshly chopped 1 tsp. of thyme, freshly chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 T olive oil Directions Combine all ingredients (except olive oil) and rub on rack of lamb until covered. Place in a zip lock bag with oil-coated rack in the bag. Remove all air from the bag. Refrigerate over night. Note: before cooking, remove from refrigerator for 1 hour to allow lamb to be at room temperatures. This will ensure even cooking. Preheat oven 400 °F. Then in a separate pan, add enough olive oil to coat pan and sear lamb until a nice crispy crust forms. Place Rack of Lamb in baking pan bone side up in oven. Bake at 400 °F for about 10-15 minutes or as desired.

Porter Demi Glaze Ingredients 1 tsp. vegetable oil 2 shallots, minced 6 oz. of your favorite Porter style beer. 1 tsp. pure maple syrup 1 ½ C lamb stock (reduced) or substitute lamb stock for chicken stock 1 T unsalted butter 1 T kosher salt or to taste 1 T cracked pepper or to taste Directions In a saucepan add oil and heat. Once oil is hot, reduce to medium heat and add shallots. Sauté until translucent. Add beer and maple syrup. Simmer until liquid reduces to half. Add lamb or chicken stock. Bring to simmer and cook for additional 3 minutes. Finish with butter, salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

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Smoked Gouda & Spinach Mac & Cheese Pairs with an IPA style Craft Beer Ingredients 4 C cooked oversized elbow macaroni with ridges or without 1 T unsalted butter ¼ C green onion, sliced 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 T flour 2 C heavy cream or low-fat milk ½ tsp. salt ½ C smoked Gouda, shredded ⅓ C Parmesan cheese, grated 5 C spinach, chopped ⅓ tsp. white pepper 1 C panko crumbs. Directions In a large saucepan, melt butter. Once melted, add onion and garlic; cook until fragrant. Add flour and stir until mixed. With a whisk, slowly add milk and salt and cook until milk has thickened. Add Gouda & Parmesan, whisk until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add spinach and white pepper, mix well. Combine with macaroni noodles. With cooking spray, coat 2-quart baking dish. Then spoon mixture into dish. Cover top with panko crumbs Bake at 375 °F for 12 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Let Mac n’ Cheese stand for 4-5 minutes. Be careful it’s very hot!


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Sweet Potato Mash Pairs with Old Ale style Craft Beer Ingredients 3 sweet potatoes 3 yams ½ stick butter 3 T of Pita Kabob’s garlic sauce ½ tsp. of pumpkin spice ½ tsp. of orange zest Juice from half an orange Kosher salt to taste

Directions Wash and peel sweet potatoes and yams. Cut into ½-inch pieces. In a large pot, add water and salt for boiling. Boil over a medium heat. Add potatoes and yams to water and lower heat and boil for about 12-15 minutes or until tender. Remove and strain potatoes and yams. Put all ingredients together in a heavy-duty bowl and mash together for desired smoothness. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Sautéed Mushroom, Onion & Asparagus Medley Ingredients 1 tsp. butter 8 asparagus spears (cut diagonally about ½-inch pieces) ½ onion (cut into a half moon, then sliced thinly) 4 oz. Mushrooms cut into ¼-inch Salt & pepper to taste

Directions Melt butter in a saucepan. Add asparagus & onion and sauté for 1 minute at medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and salt & pepper and cook for additional 1-2 minutes until tender. Serve hot.


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A Glass Makes IT’S





Connoisseu rs

Text by Bryce McDonald

ne must look no further than their local watering hole to quickly see an illustration of the vessel of choice for today’s average beer consumer. The frosty mug, pint glass, and even the occasional “beer boot” have held their places in the hearts and hands of thirsty brew lovers for decades, and who are we to question tradition? The beer novice may hold the position that glassware is of little importance when it comes to what some perceive to be a simple and unrefined choice in drink. Moreover, some may feel that an ease-of-use factor comes into play, as beer can be enjoyed directly from the bottle or can, making the choice in glassware a moot subject. Yes, beer may be distributed in a bottle or can, and yes, the frosty mug may be the standard serving glass in some establishments, however, for some distinct styles, today’s craftiest of craft beer consumers are now raising their frothy pints in unity to boldly declare glass warfare. Some may rightfully question the legitimacy of the claim that one’s choice in beer vessel will somehow enhance or alter their overall experience with the drink. Perhaps they feel that variety of options available today has more to do with marketing than facts, but the truth is that science tells us otherwise. Artisan beer brewers claim that their products are specially crafted taking into consideration taste, appearance, smell and mouthfeel, because craft beer is intended to be experienced this way. Due to the varied shape, size and dimensions of glassware available, the entire spectrum of one’s experience can change by selection. For instance, one of the main contributing factors in the smell of beer is found in the frothy, foamy layers of its head. The head acts as a trap, capturing many of the beer’s volatiles, the compounds that evaporate and create aroma. For this reason, many beer glasses are specifically engineered to promote a healthy head retention thus contributing to the beer’s aromatic character. Likewise, as appearance plays a very important role in one’s overall experience with any artisan product, the aesthetic variances created between beer glasses cannot be overlooked, and that is just hitting the tip of the iceberg. With many of today’s breweries recognizing the need to create unique glassware specifically tailored for use with their beers, paired with an ever-growing selection of beer styles available, choosing the right glassware can be a little intimidating. However, don’t fret! Let’s examine some basic glassware choices that every beer connoisseur should have in their bar cabinet as well as a list of applications.

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Spiegelau This more recent addition to the craft beer glassware lineup was created by two breweries seeking to provide a glass that would promote and showcase the aromatic, floral and bitter assault of today’s hop-forward IPAs. The unique shape allows for excellent head retention, promoting a healthy nose and a heavy dose of eye candy. Use with: IPA.

Tulip The name of this glass perfectly describes its tulip shape and long stem. The top of the glass extends out to open it up and allow for head space while promoting aroma. This exquisite glassware captures volatiles perfectly and creates a wonderful vessel for Belgians and other styles. Use with: Belgian dark ale, Belgian pale ale, Belgian strong ale, Belgian IPA, Lambic, Saison/ Farmhouse ale, Scotch ale, Gueze, Flanders red ale, Flanders Oud

Chalice These wide-mouthed beauties are perfect for holding larger quantities of beer and capturing thick, frothy heads. Their fun appearance and wide circular mouth allows for a unique and memorable drinking experience. Use with: Most Belgian styles.

While the list of choices is extensive in the world of craft beer, understanding the basics of glassware and how it contributes to our experience with certain styles of beer can open up a whole new world to explore. Next time you crack open a Belgian dark ale, pour it into a spotless Tulip and don’t forget to give it a quick swirl to admire its qualities before drinking. There are few things as simple and enjoyable in life. Cheers!


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Pilsner These 12-ounce tall, narrow glasses are designed to showcase the clarity and carbonation of a Pils. There are variations within this style, depending on country of origin, with some styles having a stem. Use with: Pilsener, American lager, Vienna, Bock, Doppelbock, Maibock, Munich Dunkel lager, Witbier, Amber ale, Schwarzbier

Pint Glass The pint glass is arguably the most commonly used beer glass today, and many food and drink establishments would say for good reason. They are sturdy, inexpensive, don’t take up much space, and can accommodate most beer styles. Use with: Most ales and lagers.

Weizen Specifically designed for Weizenbier (wheat beer) consumption, these thin, tall glasses perfectly showcase the beautiful cloudy appearance of the style. The open mouth is ideal for allowing phenol aromas to fill the nose while producing a wonderful fluffy head. Use with: Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Gose, Dunkelweizen, dark wheat ale, wheat ale, Witbier.

Snifter These wide-bottom, narrow-top, stemmed glasses are traditionally used for brandy and cognac, but are perfectly suited for certain beer styles. The wide, open bottom promotes evaporation while the narrow top traps aroma inside the glass, making it the foremost vessel for beer styles with a beautiful nose. Use With: barleywine, double/ imperial IPA, American strong ale, Scotch ale, Russian imperial stout, Belgian dark, Flanders red ale, Flanders Oud Bruin, Gueze, Lambic, triple, quadruple.


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In Search of Fall Colors: Nova Scotia Text by Carole Firstman | Photos by Bill Dillberg

ABOVE: Shipwrecked fishing boat along the coast in Nova Scotia.


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Text by Marsha Roberts


hen Bill and Jan Dillberg disembarked the plane in Halifax, the idea was to rent a car and explore the most easterly Canadian coast for two weeks, driving the perimeter of Nova Scotia to see the fall colors. The itinerary called for a relatively quick drive from the middle of the province to the most northerly shore – where the fall foliage is world-renowned – followed by a leisurely drive southward again, taking in the oceanic and mountainous landscape. When they arrived in Halifax, though, there were no autumn hued leaves, no orange and yellow trees. Surely they’d find those colors just a little to the north, perhaps in a day or two. So for now – on with the planned itinerary, and maybe a few surprises to boot. First stop: Canada’s iconic maritime beacon, Peggy’s Point

Lighthouse. More than 160 historic lighthouses speckle the shoreline throughout the province of Nova Scotia, but this one ranks among the world’s most famous. Built in 1915, the lighthouse rises from atop broad wind-polished boulders that jut precariously into the Atlantic’s violently crashing waves. It was pouring rain and bitterly cold when the Dillbergs arrived. Bill thought he’d have to forgo this photo op. “But then the rain suddenly stopped,” Jan recalls now, “and the sun popped out. The timing couldn’t have been better. We were pleasantly surprised.” From the South Shore region, the Dillbergs headed north. Eager to see the fall colors, they drove towards Cape Breton, where they planned to see what they assumed would be a spectacular autumn show. Once in Cape Breton they would travel a L I F E S T Y L E | S E P T E M B E R 2 013



famous leaf-watching route, from Cabot Trail southward, then along the Bay of Fundy shores. The Nova Scotia fall colors typically start changing the last week of September and continue until late October. But so far, no colors. Nature was running a bit late. So, north the Dillbergs went. They zigzagged along the eastern shoreline, where rocky outcroppings gave way to inlets and salt marshes. They darted inland toward the historic Sherbrooke Village, where it seems time warped back to the year 1860. Here our road adventurers discovered McDonald Brothers’ Sawmill, a fully operational reconstruction of a water-powered sawmill along one of the largest rivers in the province. “It all looks just as it did more than a hundred years ago,” Bill said of the two-story batten-clad structure, where water pounds through 12-foot wheels at 35 revolutions per minute. Beautiful as it was, the wooded landscape lacked a certain quality Bill and Jan had expected to see by now, that seasonal spectrum of fall. “Even the locals we talked to were surprised that everything was still green,” Jan said. “When you plan a trip like, this – to go from the West Coast to the East Coast – you have to book everything six months in advance. You plan according to the typical seasonal changes.” Surely Cape Breton would have turned by now. It was only a matter of getting there. The Dillbergs continued north, where steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau that towers above the ocean. Although on a mission of sorts, they made plenty of stops. Photo ops. Village boutiques. Church cemeteries. Sleepy fishing villages. A few museums. Lobster meals. A margarita or two. “Every town had its own charm. And everywhere the locals were friendly,” Jan said. They even made a stop to meet a person Jan

had known online for some time. (Jan happens to run a very busy fan website for singer celebrity Clay Aiken, and Jan had learned in advance that one of the fan club’s financial supporters lived in Nova Scotia. How better to say thanks than in person?) When they finally reached their most northerly destination, the world famous Cabot Trail, they still didn’t find the autumn hues they’d been expecting. Even though the Dillbergs had diligently planned the entire trip in advance (routes to take, attractions to see, hotels to stay in) and even though they were starting to realize that Mother Nature had indeed postponed her leaf-turning schedule, a certain unexpected discovery ranks high on Jan’s list of favorite moments – a roadside attraction along the Cabot Trail. Joe’s Scarecrow Village isn’t your average tourist trap. Jan and Bill didn’t know quite what to expect as they followed the directional signs along the highway, but based on its name and a few strategically placed scarecrows off the road’s shoulder, they figured they were in for something offbeat. As they neared Joe’s Village, a large grouping of (what seemed to be) scarecrows pointed the way, uniformly posed, arms outstretched, bodies completely still. And then … all at once, the scarecrows moved in unison – their arms hinged this way and that, their legs stepped out, then back together. At first Jan was surprised. What an TOP: A remarkable sunset at Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. INSET: Large masses of water flow through the McDonald Brothers’ Sawmill in Sherbrooke Village.


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amazing mechanical display, she thought. And then the scarecrows broke formation – they all laughed and moved about freely, slapping their knees and pointing at the cars passing by. Jan’s surprise turned to shock. How could that be? she wondered. Those particular “scarecrows” turned out to be other tourists playing a prank. The real roadside attraction lay beyond the curve ahead. “I couldn’t believe it,” Jan said with a laugh. The real scarecrow village turned out to be just as quirky as their fellow tourists’ prank. A bizarre collection of costume-clad scarecrows was displayed across a sprawling field just off the road: fishermen, school kids, store keepers, old ladies, clowns, farmers, celebrities, politicians, brides and grooms – some holding hands, some seated in chairs, some pushing baby strollers. This eclectic and truly original art display attracts some 18,000 visitors from around the world each year. Some folks plan it into their itinerary – others stumble upon it. Fast forward one week, and our road travelers had nearly come full circle in their drive around the perimeter of Nova Scotia – and still no fall colors. Nothing along Cabot’s Trail. And so far, nothing in the Bay of Fundy region, either, where they took in the sparsely populated town of Digby, a community settled in 1783, now famous for its succulent scallops harvested offshore nearby. “Digby was probably the largest ‘pure’ fishing village we went to,” Bill recalled. “Quite a few fishing boats were getting ready to make their rounds. There was a lot of activity.” By now Bill had taken a plethora of photos depicting various fishing towns they’d encountered throughout their trip. Some villages were especially quiet, like Hackett’s Cove and Glen Margaret – both near Peggy’s Point Lighthouse where they’d started their road trip – where fishermen still carry on the traditions of their 18th century predecessors. 46

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Bill’s photos capture the serenity of those towns, of bobbing sailboats moored close to shore, and nearby, sturdy two-story homes nestled between groves of spruce and poplar. Tiny water inlets are bordered by shinglesided dock houses that waiver on stiltelevated platforms, and aluminum rowboats bump rhythmically against dock cleats. Other fishing villages buzzed with activity. The Dillbergs experienced firsthand the seafaring heritage that has at once changed with the times, yet has preserved its traditions. Take Lunenburg, for example, one of Bill’s favorite stops. The town of Lunenburg is like a capsule of modernized history. The homes and buildings date back more than 200 years. In the early 1600s, European settlers laid out the town in a perfectly organized grid, regardless of the local topography. Industrious townsfolk managed to transform civic planners’ sketches into a thriving settlement, with straight and narrow streets lined with colorful buildings crisscrossing the steep slope that leads inland from the harbor. Seventy percent of the town’s original buildings continue to greet visitors with their colorful facades. Where water meets land, old-time wooden lobster traps are stacked four and five tall, lining the docks along steel-hulled boats. By the middle of their second week on the road, Bill and Jan had all but given up on seeing the fall color show they’d come for. In just a few days they’d board their plane in Halifax. And then, just when they’d resigned their hopes, they took the advice of some of the locals. They drove an inland highway route along one of the rivers, a road not typically taken by tourists. And … voila. Mother Nature had indeed come through, at least on this secluded stretch of road. Thunderous reds. Glowing yellows. Deep oranges. The forest dazzled its autumn tones in the cool, damp air of Nova Scotia.

TOP: Nova Scotia town Glen Margaret, decorated with sail boats and lake front homes. BOTTOM: Bill Dillberg on his vacation in Nova Scotia




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GUIDING LI Text by Katie Presser


fter turning off all the overhead lights, each and every miniflashlight glowed in a sight that one will reflect upon for years. April Kesterson, executive director of TKRL, states, “TKRL is shining a light on truth, on pro-life truth. We want you to be a part of this and these can be your reminder of truth. Use this to find the light in your time of darkness.” On each decadently decorated table, guests were given a mini flashlight that was more than just a souvenir; it was meant to send a message. Pam Tebow, keynote speaker at TulareKings Right to Life’s 18th Annual “Making a Difference for Life” banquet in Visalia made an emotional connection with the audience. Pam shared her story and many others that she calls “God Stories” that left a conviction to follow in her footsteps choosing life. In 1985, Pam and her husband Bob traveled to the Philippians to serve as Christian Baptist missionaries. About a few months there, Pam fell into a coma after contracting amoebic dysentery, a bacterial infection from drinking contaminated water. Pam’s doctors administered strong medications as she battled to survive. During her recovery, she became pregnant with her fifth child, who would become a man who would one day make history. Because of the strong doses of medication, her pregnancy now became a risk, and Pam was told her fetus had been damaged. Doctors recommended she have an abortion. By relying on their faith in God, she knew the decision wasn’t up for discussion; she chose not to terminate the pregnancy. From that moment until she gave birth, Pam discontinued all treatment and had faith she and her child would both survive. When she gave birth, the doctor told Bob Tebow, “This is a miracle baby.” Little did they know, this “damaged fetus” grew to be first NCAA Football athlete to win



IGHT PG. 48: Steve Worthley, Tulare county supervisor, and daughter Elizabeth Worthley singing the opening song at the banquet. LEFT: The beautifully lit table on the main stage, where keynote Pam Tebow and TKRL members sat. TOP: Pam Tebow signing her son, Tim Tebow’s, book Through My Eyes for guests before the event.

the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore playing for the Florida Gators, a.k.a Tim Tebow. This 6’3”, 235-pound football player became a sensation to the world of college sports and the Tebow family story became worldwide news. During an interview on ESPN, Pam shared her refusal to abort Timmy after she was guided to terminate the pregnancy. From this experience, she was able to shed light on an issue that is over-looked every day. Following the ESPN interview, Pam and Timmy were featured in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial that celebrated family and life. Since then, Pam Tebow has been traveling around the country advocating Pro-Life. Her decision to choose life and share her story has made an impact nation-wide, causing many to re-think their position on this controversial issue. TKRL is opening up their doors and providing comfort, resources, and education to women and families facing unexpected, unplanned or planned pregnancies. Since last year’s banquet, they’ve raised enough funds to support a Youth Outreach Coordinator position, which was brought on staff to help high school and college youth understand, communicate and guard the purity of life and other important life issues. TKRL also offers other

programs such as Latinos 4 Life, a Hispanic outreach program whose mission is to restore Latino’s pro-life/pro-family culture. IRMA (I Regret My Abortion) Network is another program that offers retreats, counseling, church connections and information for woman suffering after having an abortion. They are passionate about providing as much guidance and information possible to young adults and youth to help them make educated decisions. The money donated at this year’s TKRL banquet will be used to keep this organization an invaluable resource for those who are in need. In one night, TKRL raised over $90,000 dollars and raised awareness and emotions for pro-life attendants. These donations are greatly appreciated and facilitate them in being a guiding light for those in need in the community. Tulare Kings Right to Life Board President Rick Wehmueller, concluded the banquet with a quote by Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, former National Right to Life President. It states, “The fight for the right to life is not the cause of the special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.” L I F E S T Y L E | S E P T E M B E R 2 013







s summer ends and autumn begins, the days get shorter and the trees begin to welcome winter. After months of dry heat, our skin needs extra nourishment to repair its dry, damaged texture. The four seasonal ingredients for autumn from Skin Care Pioneer Rhonda Allison are: Pumpkin: Natural Vitamin A and beta-carotene that love to eat free radicals Herbs: Basil, Rosemary and Thyme. Great for the digestive system with exfoliating benefits Grapes: Firming and toning benefits as they rid enzymes that attack collagen and elastin Apples: Revive the skin to tone and firm up. As a licensed esthetician, one favorite seasonal treatment of mine is the Pumpkin Refresher Treatment (Pumpkin cleanser, Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme, 20 percent L-Lactic acid and Pumpkin E Serum.) With natural pumpkin extracts and superior antioxidants, men and women will notice a smoother texture and brighter skin tone. Another favorite

recommends a 30 percent full spectrum sunscreen (protects against both UVA/UVB rays). Choose between a physical block (reflects the sun’s rays) or a chemical block (absorbs the sun’s rays). Autumn also introduces us to the latest seasonal makeup collections. MAC fans will love its fall makeup collection, said to be inspired by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. Look for three pallets for eyes, lips and face to highlight natural tones and contours. Also, New York City’s Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics goes all out on pigment with its lip tars. These lip colors wear like a lipstick but glide like a lip gloss before drying into a beautiful matte finish. I love these for brides and photo shoots! Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup has re-launched its lipstick line with a beautiful new sleek look of ripe and juicy colors. Its new formula is rich in color, smooth and buttery, and pigments are vividly blended with nourishing natural oils and fruit extracts. Most of the color range is new, but Iredale fans will appreciate the richer pigments versus their old sheer colors.

Flawless Fall B e a u t y Text by Ray Duenez, Licensed Esthetician, Metropolis Salon & Body Spa

is the Pumpkin Peptide Peel (Pumpkin cleanser, Sake Peek, Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme, Growth Factor Serum and Omega 6 EFA), which is loaded with vital nutrients and vitamins. Also available for the body, this treatment exfoliates skin cells and provides antioxidant support and stimulates collagen. All types of skin will feel smooth and look bright for a more youthful appearance. If your autumn appetite hungers for organic, check out Eminence Organic Skin Care from Hungary and their amazing Blueberry Peel. Professional treatments are tremendously beneficial. A lactic acid peel or hydrating facial is quenching for dry/aging skin, while a facial with galvanic current and extractions or salicylic peels serve skin prone to acne. Microdermabrasion, Microcurrent and LED light treatments are great modalities for the skin as well. While you can enjoy a bounty of beautiful autumn occasion treatments at your local day spa, don’t forget your best defense against aging, sunscreen. The National Cancer Center

Lastly, for women who enjoy eyelash extensions, Xtreme Eyelash Company has a few fall colors in Autumn, Brown and Red to blend in with the ever-popular black. Now you can blink fall colors at your family and friends! Whatever your autumn taste may be, you’ll be sure to find the right seasonal beauty treatment or makeup collection at your favorite salon, day spa, med spa or cosmetic counter. Licensed Estheticians, and qualified professional technicians for medical treatments, should be well versed in the latest technologies and ingredients for skin rejuvenation according to your skin type. They’ll also be comfortable with makeup trends that compliment your personal and professional needs. Not all treatments are right for everyone, so an accurate skin assessment should create a good treatment plan for you. The skin professionals should know their products, know the consumer (age, occupation, medical history and medications) and last, create a plan! Goodbye summer and hello beautiful autumn skin!

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The mission of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce is to preserve, model and advance business vitality and prosperity for our members and the community.

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At Mural Dedication in the AgVentures! and other community events 1. Maria and Bob Helm of Remax enjoying some Rosa Brothers Ice Cream. 2. Enjoying some food from Happy Cookers Catering. Decor by California Party Rentals and lighting by Light and Sound Solutions.


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3. Mural dedication in the AgVentures! Learning Center. Members of the Caviglia family were in attendance to honor the memory of Jim Caviglia along wtih mural artist Kristen Ritchey. 4. Steve Shahan and Marlene Torres of SS Shirts in the photo booth from Visalia Photo Booth.


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At Where’s Walter Business Promotion, EXeter Woman’s club Mixer and Monthly Ambassador lunch. 1. Sarah Levrets and Tricia Kirksey from Tricia Kirksey Real Estate posing with Walter, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce cat, for the Where’s Walter business promotion.

4. Dr. Ali Agahi and staff, posing with Walter the Exeter Chamber of Commerce cat, as they kick off the beginning of the Where’s Walter business promotion.

2. Chamber Ambassadors Rose King, Pat McKey, and Ceona Hayes greeting guests at the Exeter Woman’s Club August Mixer.

5. The Exeter Chamber Ambassadors enjoying a nice lunch at Wildflower Café in Exeter during the monthly noon ambassador lunch.

3. Exeter Woman’s Club President, Rosemary Hellwig enjoying a conversation with Exeter resident Johnny Carr.


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The Tulare Chamber of Commerce, Inc. exists to serve its members and the citizens of the Tulare area and surrounding rural areas of Tulare County.

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AT THE recent ribbon cuttings and Business After Hours Event


1. Raquel Joaquin (Owner and Creator), Joaquin Family, and Absolute HBS Students. 2. Lynn Dredge (CEO of Tulare Chamber of Commerce), and Congressman Devin Nunes. 3. Linda Howarth, Lauren Rosen, Megan Mederos. 4. From left to right: Chris McLain, Michael Bush, Dr. James Guadagni, Al George, Keri Montoya, Connie Conway, Congressman Devin Nunes, and Terri Shirk.


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Visalia Home EXPO The South Valley’s largest fall home show in one location with the best in remodeling, decorating and technology. Come check out all the new styles in home décor this fall, and much more. When: Sept. 21 & 22, 10a-6p and 10a-5p Where: Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia Contact: 713-4000

Theater & Performances

SEP 23

The Gin Game

This Pulitzer Prize winning tragicomedy opened on Broadway in 1977, and is now making its way to Visalia under the direction of Peg Collins. Weller and Fosnia, residents in an assisted living facility for seniors, strike up a friendship over a game of gin. While laying cards, their life stories unfold, giving the audience both humor and haunt long after leaving the theater. When: Oct. 4–5, 11–12, 18–19 at 7:30p; Oct. 5, 13, 20 at 2p Where: Ice House Theatre, 410 E. Race Ave., Visalia Contact: 734-3375

Joe Nichols

American country music artist will be performing on stage at Civic Park in Hanford. Come out for this free concert and hear a few of his top hits! When: Sept. 23, 7p Where: Civic Park, N. Douty St., Hanford Contact: KJUG, 553-1500

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

This musical satire about “big business” tells the story of a young man who, with the help of a book of simple instructions, manages to climb the corporate ladder. He goes from a lowly window washer to high-powered executive, getting there with the love and help of his ever faithful girlfriend. When: Sept. 26–29, Oct. 4–6, 10–12, Evening: 7:30p; Matinee: 2p Where: Tulare Encore Theatre, 324 S. “N” St., Tulare Contact: Encore Theatre Company, 686-1300 or visit

SEP 27


In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles

This award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles features live music of the renowned tribute band Abbey Road. This family friendly musical tale is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades. This show takes the audience back to February 1964, when Americans saw the Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. Progressing through various musical stages, the audience re-experiences the psychedelic era. When: Sept. 27, 7p Where: Fox Theater, 300 Main St., Visalia Contact: 625-1369 or

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OCT 12

Live and Let Die

Fresno Philharmonic presents “Live and Let Die,” a tribute to the music of Paul McCartney with Beetlemania star Tony Kishman. When: Oct. 12, 8p Where: Saroyan Theatre, 730 M. St., Fresno Contact: 261-0600

Art Exhibits 15th Annual Via Arté Italian Street Painting Festival Join the Bakersfield Museum of Art as they transform the Marketplace into a work of art. Using the asphalt as canvas, watch as professional and student artists unlock their imaginations and turn the parking lot into a gallery of amazing chalk masterpieces. Come and enjoy vibrant art and live music. Admission is free. When: Oct. 5-6 Where: Corner of Ming Ave. and Haggin Oaks Blvd., Bakersfield Contact: 661-323-7219

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Diversions & Excursions

Visalia’s Taste the Arts Festival

Taste the Arts is an annual festival presented by the Arts Consortium. This free event in downtown Visalia is a celebration of the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Tulare County. This year will include the annual Waiters Race, free concerts from the Tulare County Symphony and new Visalia Opera Company, the Urbanists Collective show, and a full Saturday street fair with artist booths, kids activities, and youth performers. You won’t want to miss the festivities. When: Oct. 17–19 Where: Downtown Visalia Contact: 713-4324 or

Tropics by design

SEP 20

Wanted: Scarecrows!

Scarecrows are returning to Exeter for the month of October! We are challenging Chamber member businesses and organizations to get involved and display a scarecrow. Get fun and creative! Create your scarecrow to portray a person, a product, or the traditional straw-stuffed scarecrow works just fine! This scarecrow will be displayed Oct. 1-31. When: Sept. 20; Registration is due: $10.  Where: Exeter Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Pine St., Exeter Contact: 592-2919

Interior plantscaping and some simple design elements can make your place of business or home more warm and inviting. Call 559.734.4920 to see what we can do for your interior.

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Exeter Fall Festival The Exeter Chamber of Commerce sponsors this family-friendly festival. Includes arts and crafts, food booths, live entertainment, parade (10a-11a), car show, and 10k run and 2-mile walk. When: Oct. 12, 10a Where: Exeter City Park, E. Chestnut St., Exeter Contact: Chamber of Commerce, 592-2919

SEP 21 SEP 28

Hey Kid’s, Let’s Cook!

Watch the area’s youngest master chefs compete at the Visalia Home EXPO. The cook-off is hosted by Kathy Powers. When: Sept. 21, 11a-4:30p Where: Visalia Home Expo at the Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia Contact:

Annual TriTulare

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 234 is proud to host the TriTulare events and welcomes you for a Saturday morning filled with good times and challenges. The three events of the day are the Sprint Triathlon, 5K Run/walk and the Kids Triathlon. All proceeds will go to support Boy Scout Troop 234. The funds raised will be used for summer camp, equipment, and overnight camping. When: Sept. 28, 6:30a Where: Tulare Western High School, 824 W. Maple Ave., Tulare Contact:

Lindsay Brewfest 2013

Entertainment, great food and a wide variety of beer; right in the heart of downtown Lindsay. $30, advance; $35, at the door. When: Sept. 28, 2p-6p Where: Sweet Briar Plaza, 195 N. Sweetbriar Ave., Lindsay Contact: 284-2223



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OCT 11

20th Annual Taste of Downtown Visalia

Downtown’s fabulous community of restaurants open their doors once a year and offer a taste of their favorite menu items. A ticket admits you to all of the participating Downtown restaurants as well as entrance to wine tasting by the Bank of the Sierra and beer tasting hosted by Visalia Community Bank. Spend the night strolling the streets enjoying culinary treats and live music or jump on the Visalia Towne Trolley for a lift to your favorite restaurant. Tickets: $40-60. When: Oct. 1, 5-9p Where: Downtown Visalia Contact: 732-7737


The Oktoberfest community celebration provides a unique opportunity for our food service industry to shine. Local restaurants and other businesses set up booths and provide samples to the thousands of local residents who attend to celebrate the fall season and enjoy live entertainment, excellent food, and a great time together. Tickets are $40. When: Oct. 11, 5:30p-9:30p Where: Rawhide Ballpark, 300 N. Giddings St., Visalia Contact: Visalia Chamber of Commerce, 734-5876

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OCT 12

Visalia Lions Club 33rd Annual Invitational Band Review

Springville Apple Festival

This non-profit, self-sustaining, family oriented festival is safe, friendly, entertaining and appealing to all age groups. The Festival consists of over 200 booths. Craft booths ensure quality merchandise and food booths offer a large variety of choices. Music, kid’s games and carnival-type rides and clowns will also be in attendance. When: Oct. 19–20 Where: Springville Veterans Memorial Park, Hwy 190, Springville Contact: 539-0619

Come and check out the parade and field show displays of the area’s middle and high school bands and color guards. Always a fun and exciting event, so be sure to join and cheer on your favorites! When: Oct. 12, Parade Competition Step-Off, 8a; Stadium Gates Open, 9a; First Band Competes, 10:30a Where: Conyer/Main, Visalia Contact:

Big Fresno Fair

Over 12 days, head on up to the Big Fresno Fair for carnival rides and games, fair food, and performances by Korn, LL Cool J, and Darius Rucker. Check the website for more information on specific dates and times. When: Oct. 2–14 Where: The Big Fresno Fair, 1122 S. Chance Ave., Fresno Contact: 650-FAIR (3247) or visit

Charitable Events

SEP 28

Bounty of the County

Enjoy local food, wine, beer and music while you support local farmers, restaurants, wineries, and families. When: Sept. 28, 5-8p Where: Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch, 32985 Road 164, Ivanhoe Contact: Tulare County Farm Bureau, 732-8301 or

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Please submit high-quality, electronic files only. Photos are free to submit, but submission does not guarantee placement.

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19th Annual Waiters Race Waiters from across the Central Valley flock to downtown Visalia to test their skills of speed and agility as they run a quarter mile loop with a full tray in hand, hoping for a chance to win over $7,000 in cash prizes! Food booths and entertainment will be there as well. $25 per entry. Registration starts at 2:30p. When: Oct. 17, 5:15p Where: Downtown Visalia Contact: 802-3266 or visit for registration



OCT 12


Harvest 5K Run & 1 Mile Run/Walk

A great 5K run and one-mile run/walk at the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center. The funds raised this year will be used to support needy families during Christmas, as well as the Jeff Barnes Brain Injury Foundation. Post-run pancake feed will be available for $3. Preregistration deadline is Oct. 2. When: Oct. 5, 8a Where: Sequoia Regional Cancer Center, 4945 Cypress Ave., Visalia Contact: 741-6004 or visit

9th Annual Breast Cancer Ride

The Lost Girls Motorcycle Ride will be hosting their annual event again this year with raffle prizes, vendors, live music and much more. Ladies hop on your motorcycles starting at Sequoia Imaging in Visalia and ride out to Lemon Cove for lunch at Dry Creek Deli. When: Oct. 6, 8a Where: Registration at Sequoia Imaging, 4949 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia Luncheon at Dry Creek Deli, 33454 Sierra Dr., Lemon Cove Contact: SideCar Cindy, 799-4796 or visit

18th Annual Bunco Party and Luncheon

The Kaweah Delta District Hospital Guild is hosting the event in hopes to raise funds to buy patient care equipment for Kaweah Delta Hospital. Come out and play some Bunco while enjoying a nice salad luncheon for $12. When: Oct. 12, 11a Where: Kaweah Delta Hospital Blue Room (basement), 400 W. Mineral King, Visalia Contact: For reservations, call Donna at 734-3109. (No walk-ins)

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OCT 24

Legacy Dinner & Auction Honoring Laurie Isham

ProYouth/HEART invites you to their Legacy Dinner and Auction. The night will honor Laurie Isham, founder of ProYouth/Heart. In 1993, Laurie had a big vision and that was that every child deserves an opportunity to excel in a safe after-school environment. With the support of local businesses, educators, and the community, they created HEART: Homework, Enrichment, Acceleration, Recreation, and Teamwork. Please join them in commending their founder at this great event. When: Oct. 24, 6p Where: Visalia Marriott, 300 S. Court St., Visalia Contact: 625-5933

Event Listings If you would like to have your event considered for a free listing in our “Happenings� section, please email your submission to or fax to 738-0909, Attention Happenings. Please note, we do not guarantee listing of any submission. Submission are due six weeks prior to publication.



All Treatments by Licensed Registered Nurses with Advanced Certifications in Aesthetics Treatments.



Fall B e a u t y

Text by Ray Duenez


Pumpkin: Natural Vitamin A and beta-

s summer ends and autumn begins,

carotene that love to eat free radicals

the days get shorter and the trees begin to welcome winter. After months of dry

Herbs: Basil, Rosemary and Thyme. Great for

heat, our skin needs extra nourishment

the digestive system with exfoliating benefits

to repair its dry, damaged texture. The four seasonal

Grapes: Firming and toning benefits as they

ingredients for autumn from Skin Care Pioneer

rid enzymes that attack collagen and elastin

Rhonda Allison are: Apples: Revive the skin to tone and firm up. 66

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As a licensed esthetician, one favorite seasonal treatment of mine is the Pumpkin Refresher Treatment (Pumpkin cleanser, Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme, 20 percent L-Lactic acid and Pumpkin E Serum.) With natural pumpkin extracts and superior antioxidants, men and women will notice a smoother texture and brighter skin tone. Another favorite is the Pumpkin Peptide Peel (Pumpkin cleanser, Sake Peek, Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme, Growth Factor Serum and Omega 6 EFA), which is loaded with vital nutrients and vitamins. Also available for the body, this treatment exfoliates skin cells and provides antioxidant support and stimulates collagen. All types of skin will feel smooth and look bright for a more youthful appearance. If your autumn appetite hungers for organic, check out Eminence Organic Skin Care from Hungary and their amazing Blueberry Peel.

Professional treatments are tremendously beneficial. A lactic acid peel or hydrating facial is quenching for dry/aging skin, while a facial with galvanic current and extractions or salicylic peels serve skin prone to acne. Microdermabrasion, Microcurrent and LED light treatments are great modalities for the skin as well. While you can enjoy a bounty of beautiful autumn occasion treatments at your local day spa, don’t forget your best defense against aging, sunscreen. The National Cancer Center recommends a 30 percent full spectrum sunscreen (protects against both UVA/ UVB rays). Choose between a physical block (reflects the sun’s rays) or a chemical block (absorbs the sun’s rays). Autumn also introduces us to the latest seasonal makeup collections. MAC fans will love its fall makeup collection, said to be inspired by fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. Look for three pallets

for eyes, lips and face to highlight natural tones and contours. Also, New York City’s Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics goes all out on pigment with its lip tars. These lip colors wear like a lipstick but glide like a lip gloss before drying into a beautiful matte finish. I love these for brides and photo shoots! Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup has re-launched its lipstick line with a beautiful new sleek look of ripe and juicy colors. Its new formula is rich in color, smooth and buttery, and pigments are vividly blended with nourishing natural oils and fruit extracts. Most of the color range is new, but Iredale fans will appreciate the richer pigments versus their old sheer colors. Lastly, for women who enjoy eyelash extensions, Xtreme Eyelash Company has a few fall colors in Autumn, Brown and Red to blend in with the ever-popular black. Now you can blink fall colors at

your family and friends! Whatever your autumn taste may be, you’ll be sure to find the right seasonal beauty treatment or makeup collection at your favorite salon, day spa, med spa or cosmetic counter. Licensed Estheticians, and qualified professional technicians for medical treatments, should be well versed in the latest technologies and ingredients for skin rejuvenation according to your skin type. They’ll also be comfortable with makeup trends that compliment your personal and professional needs. Not all treatments are right for everyone, so an accurate skin assessment should create a good treatment plan for you. The skin professionals should know their products, know the consumer (age, occupation, medical history and medications) and last, create a plan! Goodbye summer and hello beautiful autumn skin!

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