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Features 47 I BRIDE GUIDE Get ready for the big day with tips from local businesses!

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35 I HEALTH & MEDICAL GUIDE Your health is important—and these experts are here to help.

Contentment 25 I LIVING WELL The Women’s Education and Leadership League has a wealth of help for all local women.

27 I GARDEN CITY NURSE This inspiring story teaches us that it’s never too late to follow our dreams.

Art & Culture 41 I OUR LITTLE SHOP

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Health & Fitness 31 I A NEW CHANCE Dr. Paula Tremayne discusses the benefits of Ketamine infusion therapy.

33 I FITNESS IN THE NEW YEAR Get fit to be healthy this New Year with tips from Kelly Frederick.

RETIREMENT • INVESTING LIFE INSURANCE • COLLEGE PLANNING

Food & Wine 55 I LOZA WINE & CREPES From savory to sweet, these crepes are hard to beat.

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHERS

LOVE IS IN THE AIR Here at Contentment Health & Wellness magazine, we know it’s not just the season for renewal—it’s also the season of love. Love can manifest a myriad of ways, not just in our lives but also in our community. And much like how an investment in someone else can make them blossom, so does a community: the more love we put into a thing, the better they are. Outlets like HeyTurlock and Positive Modesto News are forces of great positivity in the area (page 15). There are also groups like the Women’s Education and Leadership League (WELL) who aim to make the community a better place (page 25). And those who promote health in our community are just as important—fitness trainers like Kelly Frederick who can help people figure out how to adopt healthy habits (page 33), or experts in our Health & Medical Guide who are there when you need them (page 35). The marriage of health and positivity in a community isn’t the only union we look forward to. It’s also wedding season, and we’re happy to share a few local resources to help you plan your big day. We know we love to live in a community as cohesive as this one. And we hope you do, too.

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Positivity BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

If you think no news is good news, then you’d better think again. The local residents who operate Positive Modesto News and HeyTurlock are determined to change your mind by providing feel-good stories, userfriendly event calendars and interesting information that celebrates what’s good about our communities.

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Positive Modesto News Positive Modesto News (www.facebook.com/PositiveModestoNews) was founded in 2014 and shares positive news compiled from Modesto area newspapers, magazines, and blogs. “Positive #ModestoNews sheds light on the good stuff going on all around us in this city we love,” explained editor Maryann Spikes. “We may define ‘positive’ differently than you do. We do not claim to be objective and unbiased, but we genuinely only want to shed light on the positive.” The Positive Modesto News Facebook page includes posts on news and photos. It also has links to the Positive Modesto News Twitter account and a Paper.li web newspaper that’s organized so users can browse news under the categories of headlines, photos, videos, good neighboring, art and entertainment, education, living, innovation, and sports and recreation. The web newspaper includes a Facebook list and a Twitter list (when viewed from a computer, negative news is not filtered on these lists). It also features links to positive news in Stockton and Merced. If you can’t find a Positive Modesto News source or story in the web newspaper, on Twitter, or on Facebook, you can tag Positive Modesto News in a public update/tweet or post as a visitor on the Facebook page. photo by David Boring

And if you’re interested in a regular supply of positive news, you can subscribe to the Positive Modesto News email newsletter.

HeyTurlock HeyTurlock (www.heyturlock.com) features a blog, a calendar of area events and a local business directory. It also allows users to submit their own events and join the business directory. “We aim to be a positive communications partner in the greater Turlock, California area,” noted Hilary Callis and Alison Cox, self-described longtime Turlockians and active community go-ers who founded the web-based platform in 2016.

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“Our number one goal is to provide amazing online technology geared towards helping us learn about all the fantastic events taking place in and around Turlock,” they added. “We’re committed to sharing the love and supporting the happenings and hotspots in our community, including event venues, restaurants, schools, galleries, ballparks, and more.” HeyTurlock’s blog features the region’s latest news and inspiration, and the website’s local event calendar is a convenience place where visitors can find, upload and share upcoming events located within the limits of Turlock, Denair, Hughson, Hilmar, and Stevinson. Submitting events on the HeyTurlock calendar is free. Local events can be included in the HeyTurlock social media posts for a fee of $20. The website also boasts the only online business directory in Turlock, which helps visitors to find their favorite local event venues, small businesses and nonprofits, and learn about new ones (users can search businesses by category or browse them all). When you visit the HeyTurlock website you can also sign up to receive a monthly newsletter that features local events. C

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GET HEART-HAPPY IN HEART MONTH BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

How’s your heart health? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke— that’s 2,200 deaths per day! Heart disease is also the leading killer of women in America. During American Heart Month in February, you can increase your awareness of heart health by participating in these local fun and educational events. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages everyone to wear red on Feb. 2 and attend its National Wear Red Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tentative timeline) at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto. The event will feature free blood pressure screenings from Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute, hands-only CPR trainings, and other activities for the whole family. Also, while the AHA’s Go Red For Women Luncheon sponsored by Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute is scheduled for May 4, local residents are encouraged to register and get more info at ModestoGoRedLuncheon.Heart.org. Doctors Medical Center/Doctors Hospital of Manteca and Emanuel Medical Center invite the public to wear red and celebrate Women’s Heart Health on Feb. 2 at two special Glow Red Events. The events will feature healthy cooking demonstrations performed by an international celebrity chef, host and author. In addition, nurses and paramedics will be on hand to help participants assess their own heart healthiness, teach hands-only CPR in case of emergency, and provide useful tips to live a more heart healthy life. These events will be held in Turlock and in Modesto. Details for the events—which will kick off each hospital’s celebration of 28 Days of Heart Health—will be available on the respective hospital’s Facebook pages starting in January. Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation will present HEAT (Heart Education and Training)—“Turning the Valve on Heart Disease” on Feb. 8 at the Health Education and Conference Center in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Ste. 60B Modesto. Featured speakers for this public presentation on the latest in minimally invasive heart valve treatments include Dr. Amar Pohwani, MD, and Dr. Hassan Hussain, MD. Registration, heart healthy dinner and resources will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the presentation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register visit: www.suttergould.org/heat or call 209-548-7860, select option two. C 18

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

MONTH EVENTS

MOBILE | IN HOME PERSONAL TRAINING

BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

No matter where you live in the Stanislaus region you can join Americans throughout the country in celebrating African American history. African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, was originally celebrated as Negro History Week in 1926 to encompass the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and expanded to African American History Month in 1976. In 2018, Modesto Junior College students and local high school students are encouraged to attend the African American Education Conference sponsored by Associated Students of Modesto Junior College on Feb. 23 at the Mary Stuart Rogers building on MJC’s west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Lunch will be provided and the event is free. The conference will feature a keynote speaker who will address the importance of education, and there will also be breakout workshop sessions so students can learn about more specific topics in an intimate session. For more information, call 209-575-6700. MJC is again hosting the annual Martin Luther King Commemoration, coordinated by the Modesto Peace Life Center, in MJC’s Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on the east campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. This year’s event will be held on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. and admission is free. The featured speaker will be Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist and pivotal figure in the United Farm Workers Union. For more information, call 209-529-5750 or 209-575-6866. The King-Kennedy Board of Directors will present a Black History Month event at the King-Kennedy Center, 601 Martin Luther King Dr., Modesto (date and time to be announced). For information, call 209-568-3643. In addition, an annual luncheon in recognition of Martin Luther King will be presented at the King-Kennedy Center. The event will feature a speaker and the public is invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person (pre-registration and tickets required in advance). Call 209-568-3643 for information. Sankofa Theatre Company, which promotes African American history, life and culture through performing arts, is organizing a program to present during Black History Month in February with date and venue to be announced. For information, visit www.sankofatheatreco.org or Sankofa Theatre Company on Facebook. The NAACP Modesto-Stanislaus branch is planning a and Greet Membership Drive in February 2018. For details, contact Maria Quijalvo at 209-896-9196 or www.naacpmodestostanislaus.org.

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LOVE STRUCK: VALENTINE'S SPECIAL BY JORDAN SEVERNS

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is on the horizon! If you, like so many others, find yourself hopelessly in love and hopelessly unsure how to show it, look no further! Here are a handful of date ideas that are certain to delight, providing the basis of a perfect evening for you and your sweetheart.

DIY: BY JORDAN SEVERNS

Stop Motion Poetry at Turlock Community Theater Celebrate your love for each other and for the arts with a concert from a local band at a local venue! Stop Motion Poetry combine pop with class, offering intelligent tunes that you can still dance to. They perform at the Turlock Community theater at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10, and tickets are $15 to $25 per person.

Atmasandhi Live at Moon & Sixpence If you’re looking for music of a different flavor, Atmasandhi offers a concert experience that blends far Eastern Classical Music with Spanish guitar, and Afro-Cuban drums into a delightful combination of rock, folk, jazz, and the sounds of India. It is, to use the band’s own words, “a musical journey for the senses,” and a Valentine’s weekend event you won’t forget anytime soon. Tickets are $15 for the show on Feb. 10, and is located at the Moon & Sixpence Music & Art House.

Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for our annual freak out about how to best show that special someone how much they mean to us. Well freak out no longer, because Heart-Shaped Tea Bags compiled here is a short list of Backlit Photo in Mason Jar For this all-purpose gift, you’ll need a mason jar, For the gift-giver low on funds, materials, and DIY gift ideas that are sweet, the small electronic light source of your choice time, buying your loved one’s favorite tea and (such as a small string of lights), a romantic cutting the bags into hearts is an easy way to affordable, and offer room to picture of you and your significant other, and show you care. It’s practical, too, because in the some transparent glue. Simply paste the photo end your better half gets a cup of tea. Pair it with to the inside of the jar, light it from behind, and an afternoon and some tea-time treats for added add that ever-so-important voila! Your treasured memory will sparkle forever flair. Two birds, one scone? in your heart and in the jar. personal touch. 20

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Victorian Tea at the McHenry Mansion Travel to a more romantic time with a Victorianthemed tea party held at the McHenry Mansion on Feb. 10! You can expect to enjoy a delightful lunch at 11:30am, and while fancy dress isn’t strictly required, it’s certainly encouraged. Reservations are required, and seats are $30 per person so dress up with that special someone and kick off a Valentine’s weekend in style.

guy or gal can paint pottery however you’d like, with optional help from its knowledgeable staff. Whether it’s a bowl, a tea kettle, or a vase to hold your newly-gifted roses, seeing the resultant artwork in your home each day is sure to brighten your mood, reminding you of a day well spent with the one you love.

Eighties Throwback with “Date at the State”

What better way to commemorate a romantic evening than with a collaborative project than can last a lifetime? At Pottery Magic, located in Modesto on McHenry Ave., you and your

On Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Modesto State Theatre is hosting its annual “Date at the State,” a blast from the past complete with wine tasting, live entertainment, food, and a screening of the 1984 classic Footloose. Tickets are $25, and proceeds go to supporting the Healthy Aging Association, which helps seniors live healthy lifestyles, so you’ll be supporting a great cause while having a great time!

Scrabble Word Art

Wooden Heart Coaster

Express Yourselves at Pottery Magic

Want to show that nerd or a lover of words in your life that you care? Impress them with a high-scoring piece of wordart using the pieces from a Scrabble game! Glue the tiles down onto cardboard or some durable paper, place them in a frame, and profess your love in a delightfully geeky way. Just try not to think about the board game that was sacrificed along the way. Sometimes antique stores will stock spare Scrabble tiles, though, so be sure to check there, first!

Simply get your hands on a thin, round piece of wood and (safely!) carve your and your partner’s initials like you would in a real, live tree, then decorate accordingly. All the permanence and romanticism of the beloved gesture, resting in the comfort of your living room!

Valentine’s Day Weddings at The Century Is your girl or guy The One? Looking for something a little (okay, a lot) more serious than another Valentine’s date? What better way to celebrate a day of love than with a promise of forever? The Century, located in Modesto on 10th St., is hosting a day of back-to-back affordable, intimate wedding ceremonies on Feb. 14. Ceremonies are 45 minutes and come complete with a photographer to document the beginning of the rest of your lives. Head to downtowncentury.com for more detailed pricing and info! C

Stamped Cookies

The most classic way to the heart is through the sweet tooth, so why not personalize this timetested Valentine’s Day gift? First, bake your beloved a batch of their favorite cookies. Then, using clean rubber stamps dabbed with food coloring, add a meaningful phrase or image that will fill the recipient’s hearts while they’re filling their bellies. This works with (dried) frosted or unfrosted cookies, so get creative! C

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WEDDING GIFT GUIDE

Sometimes it can be hard to buy for a wedding. Whether you’re the one putting it on, or you’re coming with gifts, we think the best idea is to look local. We stopped by Our Little Shop on Needham in Modesto to pick some great ideas to jumpstart your list.

Handmade Magnets

These magnets are great for a shared fridge. And you can contact Our Little Shop to work with the artist and make customized magnets with your and your partners’ names!

Flights and Coasters

These handmade coasters are perfect for a bottle of local beer and a sampling flight for your friends. Pour a frothy glass of Therapist Imperial IPA and unwind after a successful wedding party!

Miniature Journals

Why have a normal guestbook when you could have a collection of little ones? Let each guest fill out their own journal for a unique and memorable look.

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Living WELL Sometimes it takes a profound change in your life to start making a change in others. Co-Founder and President of the Women’s Education and Leadership League (WELL) Alana Scott knows this all too well.

“My life changed when I decided to believe that we have the freedom to turn our challenges and suffering into an opportunity to serve others and change lives,” said Scott. “When I was 15 years old, my life took a dramatic detour due to the untimely loss of my mom. “I unintentionally spent the next 15 years of my life following her loss feeling as though I was at a disadvantage by not having the support and love my mom always provided. I still pursued career goals, personal goals, and loved volunteering and giving back to the community, but I always felt as though something was missing. Throughout this time frame, I thought the obvious ‘thing’ I was missing was my mom.” It was 2012 when Alana knew she no longer wanted to feel this way. She reframed her perspective and realized then that the “thing” she’d been missing was the opportunity to continue to carry out the legacy of love her mother, Patty, had left behind. photos by Anthony Johnson Photography

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The women at WELL are confident, enthusiastic, and industrious, which has helped give me a resurgence of the same as well piqued my curiosity and creativity. ••• FELICIA RUBIANES, WELL ATTENDEE

A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE COMMUNITY BY NOEL DANIEL

“My mom always performed incredible selfless acts of kindness for others while seeking no recognition,” said Scott. “She specifically made efforts to improve the lives of our most vulnerable community members, those with special needs, foster youth, and the underserved.” Scott decided to sit down and write down what carrying out her mother’s legacy would look like and how she could best accomplish her mission and keep Patty’s spirit alive. Each time she sat down and built on the ideas and concepts for “Operation: Spread Patty’s Love,” she felt drawn to the idea of starting a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged women. “In 2014, everything fell into place as if it was meant to be,” said Scott. “I happened to get connected to a woman who truly had nowhere else to turn. She was going through a tumultuous experience. I was able to rally all of my professional contacts to ask for the biggest favor in my career, to help her pro bono and pay it forward and today she is thriving and enjoying life.”

This was the moment to step up and officially turn her dream into an organization. But she wasn’t alone. Victoria Popoff has been an invaluable board member and pioneer for WELL from day one. She has donated her time, talent, and connections to get WELL on the map. Popoff has set up many of WELL’s social media campaigns to help get their education out to those who need it most and she has recently donated her new business space as a shared home for the WELL. Without Popoff, WELL would still just be a dream, struggling to get off the ground. Madden Roberts, another integral member of WELL, met Scott at a High Tea of Hope event several years ago. Roberts immediately came up to Scott and shared her dream of empowering women by creating a nonprofit with a similar mission and offered to help. Roberts used her voice and well-respected reputation to help WELL launch and grow—and has even been named the "Voice of WELL."

Madden and Victoria secured a collaboration with the Stanislaus County Fair's EmpowHER Lounge, where the WELL Leadership team shares an inspiring message with the young women attending the lounge each night of the Fair. As a result, the Stanislaus County Fair and WELL were both recipients of international fair program awards. Now, Alana teaches financial literacy and provides invaluable financial education to women in our community. The WELL provides free financial, emotional, and physical workshops, seminars, collaborative cohorts, and mentoring to women. One of the nonprofit collaborations, Alana is most proud of is with Sierra Vista’s First Step Program. The women who go through this program are recovering from addiction and striving to rebuild the relationships with their children and get back on their feet financially. WELL was invited to bring one of their cohorts to this program two-three times a year, that is centered around WELL’s mission of empowering women with life changing January | February 2018

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financial literacy and emotional and physical wellness education. The women who are a part of this cohort, benefit from it greatly. Several have become active members of WELL and have improved their financial and emotional wellness dramatically. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“I feel I benefited a lot from WELL. Learning the difference between emotional, physical, and financial wellness changed my life. My favorite exercise was connecting my heart with my mind and learning how to apply this technique in my life. I know I can conquer my challenges and pursue my dreams thanks to WELL.” “I really appreciate WELL for teaching us how to manage our finances and emotional and physical wellness. They were very encouraging. I now have the tools to break free and fulfill my dreams. Thank you WELL.” “One of the experiences I find most exciting comes in the aftermath of providing mentoring and education to the women we serve at WELL,” said Scott. “I know we have done a collective and effective job when a woman we help get on her feet, ends up sharing her talents and newfound knowledge to help someone else by paying it forward. I can’t think of a more rewarding experience.” One of those women, Felicia Rubianes, attended because she liked the idea. Although she’d been to several other women’s meetings and organizations, she felt like WELL would be different and appreciated the range of topics aimed at assisting women in both enriching their lives and feeling more empowered. Rubianes attended a WELL Wednesday, where WELL invites an inspiring community leader to share their story of overcoming adversity and pursuing their dreams. WELL Wednesdays are held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Skewers in Modesto. “The speaker that spoke of challenging yourself to go back to school had an inspiring testimony of her journey,” said Rubianes. “She is a single mom who was consistently working full time as went back to school later in life and completed a bachelor's degree then a masters degree, and has inspired and supported her two daughters to succeed in college. She worked diligently, persevered and has been a leader at many organizations. C. DeSha McLeod, MBA, CHPCA is currently President/CEO Community Hospice.”

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Rubianes feels very positively-affected by WELL, as she has continued to meet and make connections with sincere, encouraging women who are eager to share their successes and failures as well as support other women with their knowledge, education, and experience.

On Oct. 11, over 100 aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneur hopefuls showed up for a very full couple of days to learn everything from how to create a business plan and navigating the legal aspects of entrepreneurship to social media marketing tips and strategies.

“The women at WELL are confident, enthusiastic and industrious,” said Rubianes, “which has helped give me a resurgence of the same as well piqued my curiosity and creativity.”

Of the many women who attended, Vivian Elithorp heard about the Latina Entrepreneur Symposium from one of her business partners. As a Latina starting her own financial service business, she decided to go to better understand how fellow businesswomen started their businesses and kept them prosperous.

Domenica Escatel was another woman looking for a supportive group that helped women in the community. “I was asked to say some inspirational words on the topic bravery and at a meeting where I meet Alana,” said Escatel. “It was at that meeting that she shared her vision for a nonprofit. So, once the vision came to life, I jumped on board.” “Being one of the 20 under 40 recipients in 2016, I had the loudest cheering section thanks to the wonderful women from WELL,” said Escatel. “These women who I hadn't known that long came to cheer me on. The ladies of WELL really were an amazing support system. With their endless encouragement, letters, and messages of support, they proved to be the real deal.” WELL makes it a point to help as many women as possible in enrich their financial, emotional and physical wellness—which is the impetus behind so many of their community-focused collaborations. That’s how they ended up collaborating with El Concilio on the Latina Entrepreneur Symposium—a free, three-day event that ran from Oct. 11 to 13. “A few months back, El Concilio reached out to me and asked if WELL would like to collaborate on a grant opportunity from LULAC and Coca-Cola Foundation to provide a threeday comprehensive Latina Entrepreneurship Symposium, of course we said ‘yes!’” said Scott. This unique three-day professional development event brought together Latina and other women entrepreneurs to learn about best practices and participate in interactive business planning, development, and management activities that will serve the needs of the variety of stakeholders in expanding and strengthening their independent businesses and start-up companies. Topics included business planning, social media marketing, goal setting, entrepreneurship, and financial confidence. Among the 25 speakers and presenters were Ann Endsley, President and CEO of Greens Market, Underground Kitchen, and Four Seasons Farms; Virginia Madueno, President of the PR firm IMAGEN; as well as Scott, Roberts and Popoff.

“My goal is to surround myself with successful women and learn from them,” said Elithorp. “I also want to know what they are doing to help the community. I want to be able to learn to speak in front of people and work on my confidence.” Elithorp was floored by the kind and welcoming atmosphere where both tears and laughter were shared. Women felt comfortable enough to share their personal vision, explain the negativity entrenched in the workforce, and how they achieved success in spite of it all. “It makes you feel like you’re not the only one facing crazy adversity,” said Elithorp. “Most definitely I would recommend the Symposium to everyone. I learned so much. I am already implementing the business plan and financial literacy information.” WELL was born of the belief that we all have the opportunity to leave the world better than when we arrived in it. Scott especially believes that it is our responsibility to serve by sharing our talents, resources, and gifts charitably to improve the world in some small or big way. All of us have different talents, dreams, and skills. If each person were to focus on contributing their passion to a shared mission with positive intentions, incredible things would happen. “One of my greatest strengths is founded in the caliber of my peer group,” said Scott. “I aim to surround myself with individuals who challenge me to give, grow and become the best contributor to society I can be.” C

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WELL, HOW TO JOIN, AND FUTURE EVENTS, VISIT WWW.WELL4WOMEN.ORG.


DREAMS COME TRUE IN

GARDEN CITY BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

It’s a great day when you hear a story that proves dreams can come true.

registered nurse (R.N.). She shared those thoughts with the Garden City staff, who hatched a plan to help her reach that goal.

That’s because achieving dreams can be an elusive pursuit. In most cases it takes a lot of determination, commitment and effort— sometimes more than you’d ever imagined—and it always helps when friends and family are there to support you.

The Garden City nursing staff put together a nursing curriculum for Mary to study, complete with nursing books, work sheets, weekly tests, deadlines and more. Over the course of three months they led Mary through the curriculum.

When you achieve a lifelong dream, it’s the best feeling in the world. Perhaps the only feeling that comes close is the feeling you get when you’ve helped someone achieve such a dream. In the case of Mary Evans, she had everything— and everyone—she needed to accomplish her goal of becoming a nurse. Mary was born on June 19, 1927 and married her husband Orval in 1945. Right after she graduated from nursing school as a licensed vocational nurse she went to work in Dr. Wayne Bigelow’s office in Turlock. Mary was beloved by her patients—in fact, Dr. Bigelow observed, “I think that a lot of our patients came in to see Mary, not me.” Mary lived and loved her way through the years, losing her husband in 1988, retiring after 25 years of nursing, and welcoming two children, Mike and Debbie; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren into her family. In 2009 Mary moved to Garden City Healthcare Center in Modesto after she was diagnosed with dementia. But despite that significant diagnosis, she still yearned to achieve her dream. Although Mary had enjoyed her career as an L.V.N., she had always wanted to become a

While working toward her dreams, she [Mary] has helped countless others with her wonderful stories and words of encouragement. Those words have touched our hearts and helped us remember our own dreams and goals. Those words have helped solidify our choices to go into the life of nursing.

Mary worked her way through the workbooks and tests, and when she completed them the Garden City staff held a graduation ceremony and presented her with an honorary certificate of registered nursing for her hard work, determination, and inspiration. “Sometimes, tough times make us forget why we’ve chosen nursing as a career in the first place,” the staff noted. “But there are people who always zap us back to reality and inspire us to stick to the fight. And that includes our wonderful nursing predecessors like Florence Nightingale and Mary Evans.” “Selfless and God-fearing, Ms. Nightingale left a life of luxury to care for the sick and dying during the Crimean War,” the staff said. “Soon, she

wrote the book Notes On Nursing and became the founder of modern nursing. Similarly, Mrs. Evans, another selfless and God-fearing woman, gave 25 years of her life to the nursing profession and in her later years of life has continued to inspire nursing students and staff here at Garden City. Mary Evans may not be as famous to the rest of the world as Ms. Nightingale, but to those of us whom have been blessed to come in contact with her, she is just as important.” The staff noted that Mary had dreams of becoming an R.N. for a lifetime, had worked very hard to complete her schooling, and had never given up hope. “While working toward her dreams, she has helped countless others with her wonderful stories and words of encouragement. Those words have touched our hearts and helped us remember our own dreams and goals. Those words have helped solidify our choices to go into the life of nursing.” Upon congratulating Mary for her achievement, the staff added, “You have worked so hard to obtain this status. Thank you for your incredible contributions to nursing. You are a Garden City legacy!” Thus, when Mary passed away on Aug. 23 at the age of 90, three weeks after receiving her honorary certificate, it was with the satisfaction of having pursued and achieved her life’s ambition. Today, Mary’s daughter, Debbie Horton, is grateful to the caring staff at Garden City for the part they played in Mary’s life. “I’d like to thank the whole nursing staff and April Mitchell of Garden City,” Horton said. “I truly appreciate everything they did for my mom and how they helped make her dream come true.” C

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Coastal Romance in

Mendocino BY ASHLEY STINSON

Imagine yourself walking along the beach, hand-in-hand with your special someone— the wind in your hair, the cool salty air caressing your cheek, the crash of waves lapping against the shore. Imagine you and your significant other, riding horses side by side over the sand in the golden light of a coastal sunset. Imagine a romantic day at the spa, complete with seaweed wraps and couples’ massages. Imagine fine dining, and wine tasting, and open expanses of nature to explore—and then stop imagining and go to Mendocino for a romantic getaway where you’ll discover all this and more.

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With Valentine’s day right around the corner, maybe it’s time to sweep your lover off their feet with a relaxing trip to one of the most beautiful coastlines in California. You might want to reserve a room at The Stanford Inn—a seaside resort which combines breath-taking natural vistas with delightful luxury. During your stay you can advantage of foraging and nature tours, cooking classes, tai chi classes, or many other activities--all while surrounded by gorgeous organic gardens boasting herbs, vegetables, and various ornamental plants. Or, if you’re hoping for something a little more traditionalromantic, you can always book a room at the Maccallum House Inn, a beautiful, authentic Victorian home. Built in 1882, this charming bed and breakfast is a historic landmark, and handily located just a short walk away from Mendocino art galleries, theatres, shops, and restaurants. If you and your significant other are looking for the ultimate de-stress weekend, another option is Sweetwater Inn and Spa, which offers lodging in various forms, including in a cozy Victorian, as well as

in low-rise water towers. Sweetwater’s Eco Spa offers redwood hot-tubs, traditional red cedar saunas, and massages in a variety of styles. Mendocino County is a diverse producer of grapes, a large portion of which are organically grown, which makes it a great place to sample some wines. There’s no shortage of wineries to taste and tour. Baxter Winery, which uses natural old-world techniques to produce its wines, has a pinot noir that you absolutely must taste. Meanwhile, Brutocao Cellars cherishes the New World traditions by which they produce their wines. BARRA of Mendocino proudly serves a wide variety of wines made from organic grapes, so that no matter your palate you’ll find something you enjoy. No matter where you go to do your tasting--or even if you hit up every winery you see—you’re sure to find a bottle or two of something that would go great with a candlelit dinner for two. The beaches of Mendocino County are secluded and peaceful, and are the perfect place to stroll along and soak up the company of the one you’re with. Ten Mile Beach, named for its distance from the Noyo River, is home to a

unique and delicate environment of sand dunes. The area is host to diverse animals and plants, including some endangered species of birds, and lies along the migration route of Pacific grey whales. Another delicate and fascinating ecosystem is found at Jughandle State Beach, just north of Caspar. During low tide, this white-sanded beach is marked by tidepools and a lagoon. Jughandle State Beach also boasts a fascinating natural staircase, where water has cut the stone away in terraces, each of which have their own soils and plants. For a breathtaking drive, be sure to visit drift-wood strewn Navarro River State Beach, which lies at the end of a highway stretching through an eleven mile tunnel of dense redwood groves. Just like a scene from a romantic movie, in Mendocino you can go horse riding along one of the region’s picturesque beaches. Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers horse riding packages which range from hourly affairs to week-long riding vacations. If you’ve never ridden before, don’t be afraid, Ricochet Ridge has horses that will suit even beginning riders. Cap off your trip with a perfect day on Ten Mile Beach, riding a beautiful horse next to your Valentine. C

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DR. PAULA TREMAYNE DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Dr. Paula Tremayne and her talented staff adhere to a philosophy of deliver-

ing compassionate and personalized medical care for patients. Traditional medicine is complimented by our team of providers – a Nurse Practitioner, chiropractor, myofacial massage therapist, and Yoga practitioner – who collaborate to improve patients’ lives. Dr. Paula Tremayne also offers a specialized and highly effective ketamine infusion treatment for patients suffering from Severe Depression, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, and similar issues. She utilizes ketamine infusion treatments to obtain rapid relief of overwhelming symptoms for her patients. Dr. Tremayne is in the forefront of IV Ketamine treatment and collaborates with several leading physicians across the country. She consults with local anesthesiologist Dr. Nam Tran, and all patients are closely monitored by an experienced Nurse Practitioner/ RN. Come visit our office at 817 Coffee Rd., Ste. D, across from Thomas Downey High School. Give us a call if you have trouble finding us at (209) 549-1600.

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HEALTH & FITNESS KETAMINE: A NEW HOPE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS BY NOEL DANIEL

In the trenches of unrelenting depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses, hope can seem far away— if not entirely nonexistent. However, there exists a spark of light in a new, seemingly unorthodox treatment: Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Antidepressants can tend to be a hard sell. Most work by increasing the supply of a class of neurotransmitters believed to play a role in depression. But even the National Institute of Mental Health acknowledges that relief only comes for some, and that there is a weeks-long delay before any responses are seen. The delay prompted a hypothesis: perhaps medicationinduced changes in neurotransmitters aren’t as central to the cause and treatment of depression as previously thought. A more proximal mechanism that’s been posited is glutamate, the primary neurotransmitter in the brain. Preliminary studies seem to indicate that inhibitors of glutamate could have antidepressant-like effects—which is where ketamine comes in.

Ketamine dampens glutamate signaling, and has been observed to lift depression in as little as two hours in those with treatmentresistant depression.

Ketamine dampens glutamate signaling, and has been observed to lift depression in as little as two hours in those with treatment-resistant depression. It’s given rise to an era of scientific study that looks for treatments that will work in six hours rather than six weeks. With such a young treatment, however, at what point should sufferers seek ketamine treatments, themselves? “Any patient with symptoms that interfere with their ability to function, work, engage with friends and family are encouraged to contact our office to learn more about the specifics of our program,” said Dr. Paula Tremayne.

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This is important, as we know how difficult it can be to suffer depression, PTSD, anxiety, or severe chronic pain and wish to provide convenient and stress-free access to our program...If a patient is having a crisis, we can begin the process immediately and have them in treatment within days.” DR. PAULA TREMAYNE, TREMAYNE CENTER OF MEDICINE

The Tremayne Center for Medicine is one of the few local clinics that offer a therapeutic ketamine program. They focus on the patient's history and prior experiences to understand, what they’ve tried in the past, what’s worked or hasn’t worked, and how their lives have been affected. “Listening to the patient is the first step,” said Dr. Tremayne, “then providing proper education as to comprehensive options for treatment, including detailed information about our therapeutic Ketamine program.”

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Some programs use Ketamine as a last line therapy, but Tremayne’s approach is individualized and optimized. This ensures that the patient does not need to wait years or sometimes decades prior to consulting with Tremayne about their program. In fact, they encourage patients to contact them at any time and are happy to provide the information needed to make an informed decision. Pursuing ketamine treatment isn’t always easy, as there are few local clinics, and some even require patients to have failed all other treatments first. However, Tremayne Center for Medicine offers patients a timely consultation, or a telephone consultation if they’re out of the area—and assists in obtaining records and lab work so they can proceed with treatment. “This is important, as we know how difficult it can be to suffer depression, PTSD, anxiety, or severe chronic pain and wish to provide convenient and stress-free access to our program,” said Dr. Tremayne. “If a patient is having a crisis, we can begin the process immediately and have them in treatment within days.” Ketamine treats a wide variety of conditions, all of which deserve immediate care. Tremayne Center for Medicine first began with a focus on PTSD and depression before quickly learning that it was also beneficial for many other conditions. They have also successfully treated severe postconcussion syndrome, migraines, and chronic intractable abdominal pain.

“It has been a remarkable experience to see our patients who had previously struggled to survive on a daily basis—many of them for years, or much of their lives—regain joy in their lives,” said Dr. Tremayne. “It has been one of the most gratifying services I have been blessed to provide to our patients.” Dr. Tremayne has a wide breadth of experience in varying treatments throughout her 20 years in the field. She began as a counselor, before pursuing a career in medicine. Some of the most exceptional transformations Dr. Tremayne witnessed were: a Vietnam veteran—who suffered severe PTSD—finally able to live a healthy and engaged life and a precariously suicidal patient, finally recovering and thriving. “It’s critical for patients to know Ketamine treatment is available and to find out if it may be an option for them,” said Dr. Tremayne. C

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KETAMINE TREATMENT, VISIT WWW.KETAMINEADVOCACYNETWORK.ORG. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DR. TREMAYNE OR SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL 209-549-1600 OR VISIT WWW.TREMAYNEMEDICINE.COM.


NEW YEAR, HEALTHIER YOU BY NOEL DANIEL

For many of us, there’s a running narrative in our heads: We’ll change on Monday. We’ll start eating better next month. We’ll be healthier on some arbitrary date that’s supposedly just symbolic enough to herald a tough change in our lives. The New Year is full of rationale like this—but don’t let yourself be a victim of health-nut fatigue. Start your changes now, and make them with the intention of being healthier and happier for a lifetime. “A good time to start working out is right now, as soon as you can,” encourages Kelly Frederick of My Personal Trainer. “Do not procrastinate! Be realistic about your weight loss and start early in your goal setting to succeed in your weight Loss. If it is 10 to 15 pounds, you should give yourself eight to 12 weeks of consistent dedication and staying focused on your weight loss plan.” So how do you go about making a fitness plan that works for you?

GOAL SETTING A difficult hurdle that is most common is setting goals too high and being too hard on yourself day-to-day about your new goals. It is all a mindset, and you need to keep positive people around you. Seek out people that have similar goals. Kelly also advises that you read or look

up motivational speakers like Les Brown, Mel Robbins, and Brendon Burchard to name a few. “Long term goals for a healthier lifestyle are good, but you must try to write down two small goals a day on a sticky note and keep it with you through the day until you complete your written goal that day,” Kelly said. “Always have a plan B prepared if things go another direction with your A plan for the day. We all know that happens too often.” Moreover, don’t beat yourself up about not being perfect. Make a goal to live a healthy lifestyle 80 percent of the time and then forgive yourself for that 20 percent where you might get distracted.

EXERCISE Find a regimen that you can feasibly find yourself enjoying and looking forward to doing. Don’t force yourself to do something you’ll hate! If you do something you love to do, you’ll be more successful in your goal. Work in cardio for at least 30 minutes and some type of weight training for a minimum of 20 minutes, three times a week. Kelly also recommends that you learn about your workout “ZONE,” as this will help you to get the right guidelines for a safe and successful workout regimen. Call Kelly to get help calculating your workout ZONE as she is an invaluable guide to fitness knowledge and successful weight loss.

DIET Diet is most important: a healthy body is made in the kitchen, after all! Learn about how whole foods work best for you. Prep your meals for the week—you can even make it fun by having a Food Prep Party with friends! And do your best to swear off fast food. “Keep lots of fresh veggies and fruits in your fridge,” said Kelly. “Always have some healthy snacks with you through the day, healthy emergency food always works well. No alcohol on the weekdays. Clean out your fridge and pantry. And don't fool yourself by hiding the cookies—you'll find them.”

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Start today, not on Monday. Increase your daily water intake. Find a workout partner that has somewhat of the same goals and energy level. Educate yourself and find what keeps you motivated. Stay positive and never be too hard on yourself about not meeting all your goals. C

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HEALTH & MEDICAL GUIDE

It can be hard to find a health care professional that's right for you. That's why we put together a guide including a range of notable professionals in different fields. From dermatology to dentistry, find a new face to help you get healthy in the new year.

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ACREE & ISENHOWER FAMILY DENTISTRY At Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves as being a modern dental office that is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile. Since we opened in 2003, we have partnered with our patients to provide personalized dental care that results in beautiful, long-lasting smiles and improved oral health. Dr. Acree, Dr. Isenhower, and their team regularly perform routine preventative services such as exams and cleanings but their expertise extends

to many comprehensive services as well, such as dental implants, periodontics, root canal therapy, and Invisalign to name a few. Whether you are contacting us for the first time, or have been a loyal patient for years, our dedicated team is committed to making your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We know you have a choice of dental providers, and we don't want to just earn your business, we want to exceed your expectations! Call us today to schedule your appointment, 209-531-9003 or visit us at www.aifamilydental.com.

1213 Coffee Rd., Ste. B, Modesto, CA 95355 209-531-9003 aifamilydental.com

DERMATOLOGY AFFILIATES MEDICAL GROUP

1324 Nelson Ave., Modesto, CA 95350 209-524-9481 birendermatology.com

Dermatology Affiliates Medical Group is the most established, long standing, private practice dermatology office in Modesto. It was established over 50 years ago and was the first dermatology office in town. In addition, Dr. Biren has been serving her patients for almost 30 years. After completing medical school, Dr. Biren completed a specialized postgraduate residency in Dermatology at the University of California Irvine and Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is lifetime board-certified and an active member in many leading medical organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, just to name a few. Dermatologists are the acknowledged experts in skin disease and treatment. In fact, that is the definition of dermatology: “derma,” meaning skin, and “-ology”

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meaning study. We also have very skilled professionals attending to our patients, including one Physician Assistant and a Licensed Vocational Nurse. All of our medical assistants are certified and very experienced. We take pride in our patient care and our friendly, well-trained staff members. We offer a wide range of services including dermatologic medical services, surgical services for skin cancer, acne treatment and cosmetic procedures. These include Botox and fillers, chemical facial peels, and laser treatments for skin rejuvenation and hair removal. Most recently we have added Ultherapy, which is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive, nonsurgical treatment to lift skin on the neck, chin, and brow, as well as improve lines on the décolletage. Ultherapy tightens loose skin by boosting collagen! There is no down time with the procedure and it gives natural results. One of our patients was asked after having the procedure if she had had a face lift, and many other patients that have had the procedure have received many compliments.


TREMAYNE CENTER FOR MEDICINE Dr. Paula Tremayne and her team at Tremayne Center for Medicine in Modesto have a mission to deliver personalized, high-quality medical care. She offers a comprehensive, internal medicine practice of dedicated, experienced clinicians who believe in working with patients to dramatically improve their health. 817 Coffee Rd., Ste. D, Modesto 209-549-1600

understanding of his or her medical condition, every patient can become an ally in the fight for good health. Dr. Tremayne’s team include a nurse practitioner, chiropractor, neuro-reflexologist, myofacial massage, and a restorative yoga practitioner— and everyone is committed to helping patients heal, build, and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Tremayne is an osteopathic physician who believes education is a key element to a patient’s success which is often overlooked. With a better

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SALIDA SURGERY CENTER We are a California State licensed and certified Ambulatory Surgery Center located in Salida, between Modesto and Stockton. We provide complete dental care for patients while they are under general anesthesia. Our professional credentialed staff includes Dentists, Anesthesiologists, Dental Assistants, and Registered Nurses. We currently treat children from ages 18 months to 10 years. We have been in business over 10 years serving Stanislaus County. Our location provides the central point for many families, that come from as far north as Willows and Yuba City, Merced to the south, Sonora to the east, and Contra Costa and Livermore to the west.

Cubs, and Commercial types. Patients must be referred directly by your dentist. We can receive your referral three ways: You can fax to: 209-543-9699, email to Referral@ SalidaSurgeryCenter.com, or mail it to the address above. Call us if you would like more information.

5712 Pirrone Rd., Salida, CA 95368

Visit our website at SalidaSurgeryCenter.com or like us on Facebook at Salida Surgery Center, Dental Group for lots of information and up-todate communications.

209-543-9299 salidasurgerycenter.com

Once we receive your faxed copy of the treatment plan and completed referral form we will preauthorize with the insurance plan(s) which is necessary for the use of general anesthesia. Usually appointments are made within three to six weeks. We accept most dental insurance plans including Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal, Healthy

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SURGICAL ARTISTRY Dr. Tammy Wu, a board certified plastic surgeon, graduated top of her Ivy League Medical School, Brown University. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative of American Physicians based in Los Angeles.

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Dr. Calvin Lee is a board certified general surgeon specializing in Botox®, acupuncture, and veins. He is also a graduate of Brown University Medical School. Dr. Lee, originally from New York City, was accepted to Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. He practiced broad based general surgery that included trauma at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto prior to joining Dr. Wu in 2006. As a violinist, he performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall twice and was concertmaster of orchestras at Brown and Harvard. He believes that the dexterity challenges of playing a musical instrument translates over to surgical skills. He lectures

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for Allergan (makers of Botox®, Latisse, and Juvederm) and he is an author for MedicalSpaMD, a resource for aesthetic physicians. We are a husband-wife surgical team and we can take care of you together. A decade ago, we chose Modesto, CA to become extremely busy surgeons and to offer our personalized style of medical care. We turned down surgical opportunities in Kansas, Taipei (Taiwan), San Diego, and Los Angeles. A year after we came to Modesto, Kaiser also believed that Modesto was a great place for medicine. High volume with diversity is one of the keys to practicing surgery at its highest technical level. We do surgery and talk about it all day long, and we are available via cell phone to our patients. We love Modesto. We are founders of the Gallo Center for the Arts, founding titles sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Symphony Pops Series and founding titles sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon.


PEZOLDT ORTHODONTICS Pezoldt Orthodontics specializes in orthodontics for children and adults. Dr. Pezoldt was a dentist for 10 years before going back to school to become a Board Certified Orthodontist. Ever since 2007, he’s been practicing orthodontics in this very office, treating every patient as if they were a family member. We prioritize customer service, quality of work, and being an office that truly cares about our patients and families. And we have fun doing it! We pride ourselves on keeping patients happy, from the first phone call to their final visit.

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A LITTLE SLICE OF LOCAL ARTISANRY BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

Everything is one-of-a-kind at Our Little Shop, a unique Modesto boutique that features handmade items created by area artists. “We opened Our Little Shop to provide a year-around venue that showcases local artists who have a talent for incorporating art into our daily lives and homes,” explained owner Jessica Ringer, a graphic artist by day who opened the business in September 2017 with help from her fiancé, Brian Schardt. “We feel that art comes in many forms and should be enjoyed and celebrated, and our passion is to share it with everyone.” Although there are several outlets for fine art in our region, there are fewer places that showcase craft artists and their work, observed Ringer, who makes a great case for buying locally made artisan goods. “Just like buying organic food, it’s also important to know about the home and fashion items that you use on a daily basis and where they come from. Plus, buying local helps put more money and pride back into the community.” 40

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We take pride in creating a community of artists, not just a store that sells items. JESSICA RINGER, OWNER OF OUR LITTLE SHOP

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When it comes to variety, Our Little Shop’s artistic creations run the creative gamut.

in creating a community of artists, not just a store that sells items.”

“We have different types of jewelry—ceramic necklaces, crystal stone necklaces, and teething necklaces that are great for new moms, as well as earrings and home décor,” Ringer said. “We also carry a wide variety of ceramics, cutting and cheese boards, wine and beer flight holders, coasters, prints, macramé plant hangers, knitted items and other fiber art, and large and small canvas prints. We have a wide customer base with a little something for everyone, and great items to give as gifts.”

And while some prices for Our Little Shop’s artisanal handmade goods may be a little bit higher than mass manufactured items, they are of much higher quality and intrinsically unique, Ringer said. “Also, most of our artists are also available for custom projects, so instead of buying a custom-made item online, you can buy from Our Little Shop, work with someone local and avoid shipping costs!”

Our Little Shop’s inventory is priced to fit a wide range of budgets, too. “We strongly believe that art should be accessible to everyone and we have a variety of price points to make that happen,” Ringer observed. “Our Little Shop is unique in that we have very low commissions for our artists, which means that they can keep their prices reasonable while still being able to make money on their work. We have a table for items $25 or less, as well as large canvas paintings for several hundred.” “We also promote what is in the shop, giving credit to the artist whose works we are showcasing,” Ringer pointed out. “We take pride

Ringer, who finds relaxation in creating ceramic vases, bowls, small pots, and other unique items like garlic graters and ring dishes for the shop, credits her mother for awakening her creativity and Johansen High School’s Vicky Boese for sparking her interest in ceramics. Ringer’s sisters, Julie Scherer and Jennifer Ringer, are among the 15 artists featured in the shop, all of whom are based in California with the vast majority associated with Modesto and the surrounding area. Her fiancé, Brian, makes himself indispensable by cataloguing inventory, meeting with artists, and organizing the shop schedule. “Our Little Shop’s artists must commit to at least one month of selling their items in the shop,”


Ringer noted. “After that, they are welcome to continue to have items in the shop. And we are always looking for new artists, as well.” While Our Little Shop opened just a few months ago, business has grown significantly since then. “Community and customer response has been extremely positive,” Ringer noted. “We already have repeat customers, new customers who come in say they need to tell their friends about the shop, and customers who say they know of artists who would be a perfect fit for us!” Our Little Shop is located at 310 Needham St. in Modesto. Winter hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m., and additional hours will be updated on Our Little Shop’s website and social media accounts. C

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WEDDING GUIDE

A PIECE OF

Cake

One of the most iconic examples of wedding imagery is a beautiful, towering cake. No matter if you’ve got your heart set on a mountainous masterpiece, or a minimalist morsel, Sunrise Bakery has some tips for how to get your wedding cake perfect.

“We recommend for our clients to browse our Facebook page along with browsing magazines and the internet,” said Sargon Eddy of Sunrise Bakery. “While browsing the internet, we recommend using keywords based on the theme of their wedding. This is a good start prior to sitting with the clients on their first consultation appointment where we have them go through our wedding cake albums.”

THE VENUE OF YOUR

This year, the bare/naked cakes have been a real hit with clients. There’s been an uptick in brides who want a rustic and chic look that is simple, yet elegant. They’ve also dressed the cakes up in beautiful flower arrangements, greenery, and berries. But if it’s a classic cake that your heart desires, that’s fine, too.

To ensure your cake is safe and sound, Eddy recommends having the bakery deliver the cake, as opposed to having someone from the bridal party pick it up. In fact, Sunrise Bakery’s seasoned deliverers are experts in transporting wedding cakes and setting them up!

“You could never go wrong with the classic round tiered cake—it never goes out of style. It’s simple, chic, and elegant,” said Eddy. “It really depends on the clients and what they envision for their cake. We recommend choosing something that fits their theme and budget while incorporating the color scheme of the wedding.”

Because bakeries are so busy, couples should reserve the date they want the cake at least three months in advance of the wedding. The earlier, the better, after all!

Dreams

These days, more and more couples are funding their own weddings, rather than leaning on their parents for financial help. This trend has given rise to more DIYdecorated weddings that are more budget conscious. The Century in downtown Modesto aims to align with this trend.

“With venue decor and color palettes, we have found that most clients prefer a neutral color palette which creates a timeless look,” said Erin Doran, President of The Century. “The motto ‘less is more’ has been popular at The Century with simple floral arrangements and décor elements.”

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October. However, at The Century we don't have any months that are busier than the other. Our season stays very consistent due to the fact that we can host a wedding regardless of the weather.” But even though you have to act fast, never rush the choice of a venue. The venue is a big part of the wedding as it sets the tone and style and takes up a large portion of the wedding budget. Lastly, make sure you choose the team or coordinator that’s right for you, as they’ll be working with you the whole time and the schedule of your wedding day rests in their hands.

The highest-volume booking season for a venue is between late November to late January. The Century alone provided nearly 100 tours during this time and booked 70 percent of them. Doran warns that clients should be aware of this busy season and book far ahead of time.

“It takes someone with a lot of heart, passion and care to successfully coordinate a flawless wedding,” said Doran. “There are so many pieces to a wedding and the venue coordinator is the one that puts the puzzle together for their client.

“Since our Saturdays book up so early in the year, we provide incentives for weddings on Fridays and Sundays,” said Doran. “Peak wedding months in general are May through

THE CENTURY 927 10th St., Modesto | 209-451-2292 www.downtowncentury.com

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SUNRISE BAKERY 1561 Geer Rd., Turlock | 209-632-9400 sunrisebakeryca.com

EVENTS When looking for a venue, you might try attending a few events at locations you’re considering. In fact, The Century has an exciting lineup of events that you’ll want to check out! FEB. 14 - MONUMENTAL MATRIMONY: Get married in a massive way at our all day wedding event! FEB. 17 - DANCES AND DIPLOMAS: A Prom and Sober Grad Expo! MAR. 25 - PROJECT WEDDING: Get an inside look at the mock wedding of The Century! JUN. 9 - GRAFFITI NIGHT: Come pig out on some concessions as you watch the parade! AUG. 4 - HOT AUGUST NIGHTS: Salsa and salsa at this Havana-inspired street party! OCT. 28 - PUMPKIN HARVEST PARTY: Get into the fall spirit with family friendly fun! NOV. 12-16 - COCOA & COOKIES COAT DRIVE: Holiday donations, complimentary treats, and a photo opportunity! DEC. 1 - CHRISTMAS CONFECTIONS: Stop by for some holiday treats during the Christmas Parade! DEC. 16 - POSH HOLIDAY SOIREE: A swanky, black-tie, adult-only holiday cocktail party!

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A Spa Day BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

Preparation is key when it comes to perfecting your skin said Renee, esthetician and owner of Renee’s Day Spa and Salon. “Never try anything new right before your wedding day,” Renee cautioned. “Begin one year to six months in advance with facials and waxing. I recommend starting with a facial, then getting a series of glycolic or microdermabrasion treatments.” You should also preview new procedures like lash extensions or microblading, a semipermanent method of tattooing brows. “A couple of days before your wedding, have a spa day which includes a facial, massage manicure, pedicure,” Renee instructed. “These procedures will help your skin glow and look its brightest. They’ll also help you relax right before your wedding day!” Planning ahead can also give you great wedding hair, noted Cortney Mann, hairstylist at Renee’s.

“Book your stylist six months or more in advance of your wedding to ensure that he or she will be available,” Mann recommended. “Before the big day, give your stylist a photo of your dress so he or she can create a look that fits with the look and style of your wedding. Also, have a trial run of your hairstyle and bring your veil and any other hairpieces that you would like to wear. It is critical that your stylist knows the weight of your veil to ensure your style will hold it.” Brides should also get a trim at least two weeks before the big day, Mann said. “Even if you want long hair, your curls will hold better and look healthier with a fresh trim.” If members of the bridal party will also have their hair styled, make sure they are aware of the stylist’s requests. “I like to have members of the bridal party bring a few photos of looks that they like and follow certain hair prep guidelines,” Mann noted. It’s also important to be on time for your wedding day styling appointment, Mann

said. “Even five minutes can put you behind schedule and make a huge difference when you have a large number of people, especially if you only have certain vendors for an allotted time.” Proper organization will help you relax during your wedding, Mann concluded. “By then, you and your stylist should have your style perfected so you can enjoy your day and take in every moment, because it will go by fast!”

RENEE’S DAY SPA 1245 McHenry Ave., Modesto 209-341-0551

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Ring

Picking the perfect ring is important—it’s a longstanding symbol of the love between two people. So whether it’s a meteorite band or an emerald-cut diamond, make sure that it’s exactly what you’re looking for. Although the best idea is to peer through Pinterest for ring ideas, we made sure to collect many popular trends that are showing up this year. “Yellow gold is making a comeback,” said Carla Ciccarelli, co-owner of Ciccarelli Jewelers. “Rose gold continues to be popular, but we are seeing more and more people getting yellow and white gold.” In addition, new and different designs are coming into vogue: oval-shaped, pearshaped, radiant, and emerald-cut diamonds are sure to be the picks of the season. There’s also a new trend to mix and match the wedding and engagement band in a way that they both complement each other, even when they’re different.

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And bands are getting the treatment they deserve after so long of keeping it simple. Men’s rings now can come made with everything from meteorite to solid black diamond, and everything in between. There are also a lot of couples that are coordinating their rings so they go together. “It’s fun, too,” Ciccarelli admitted. “We get a tremendous amount of custom work. We already carry thousands of choices, but we’re doing a lot more custom again. We love making personalized rings for every couple.”

HOW TO DECIDE And speaking of custom, you can have the ring of your dreams just as easily as you can find a reference for it from your Pinterest board of “Things I Must Have.” A good month before you actually want the band is a good time to order, so make sure you have a design lined up early. “Anything that someone can conceive, we can create,” confirms Ciccarelli. “We can

make a ring just a certain way, a certain

thickness, a certain size. We help make your dreams come alive.” They also offer a “Wish List” both in-store and online for brides and grooms to submit ring choices they like so the other person can surprise them with their perfect ring. And a good rule of thumb is to expect to pay one to two months’ salary on an engagement ring.

CICCARELLI JEWELERS 3200 Sisk Rd., Modesto | 209-524-7746

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BY NOEL DANIEL

Own your big day in a big way—with perfect skin and stunning hair. We know that the weeks leading up to your wedding are stressful, and with all the other planning that goes into a wedding, keeping your hair camera-ready shouldn’t be one of them. So here are some tips for the best blowout for your big day.

WHAT’S YOUR TIMELINE? First and foremost, make sure that you schedule a bridal consultation. Specialists will work with you on the perfect hair and makeup look in advance of the big day. Mena & Co offers a $250 bridal consultation, including full blown hair and makeup trials, as well as hair and makeup for the day of the wedding. There are even bridal party packages so that all your girls can glam up.

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TIPS By far one of the biggest beauty priorities on wedding day is hair—and if you ever have the opportunity, we would recommend visiting a Blowout Bar. Mena & Co. in Modesto is a stylish and local option, and has a menu full of beautiful options for gorgeous wedding styles, bachelorette parties, and more. “If you want to come in for just a girls night, you can get blowouts and half hour facials,” said Filomena Nault, Owner and Hair Artist of Mena & Co. “We could have a bridal party come in for a night of pampering that’d include facials, makeup, and hair styling, so you can go wherever you’re going for the evening.”

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If you do want to schedule a girl’s night, make sure to do it a few weeks in advance. There are accommodations for six girls at a time and they offer scalp massages and styling—from anywhere to big, voluminous hair to beachy waves, evening looks to formal, bridal styles. No matter the look, they can make it happen. And they can throw in a thirty minute express facial, too. Not to mention, you can also reserve the salon for a bridal party and have it catered. So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself.

MENA AND COMPANY SALON 3900 Pelandale Ave., Ste. 425, Modesto 209-579-7070


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AS SWEET AS A

Blossom

When love is in bloom, make sure you choose the perfect flowers to complement it! Although the floral aspect of a wedding might seem daunting, Yonan’s Floral gave us some insider knowledge about making the process simple and beautiful. “When choosing a specific flower for your wedding, I suggest choosing flowers that are in season to help offset costs of arrangements,” said Ailin Yadegarian, Wedding & Event Consultant at Yonan’s Floral. “There are many flower choices and colors to choose from in each season, so you shouldn't have a problem finding some that will work with your theme and style.” The most popular flowers for weddings are hydrangeas, peonies, garden roses, succulents and dahlias. One trend Yadegarian noticed was a high demand of tall centerpieces designed in a lush round ball style using hydrangeas, roses, and spray roses. The most popular flowers in each season are peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, sweet peas, anemones, and phanelopis orchids.

And then there’s the color. 2017’s most popular color palette with Yadegarian’s clients was the elegant blush pink and champagne with accents of gold; sage green; blush pink; peach with accents of gray for an earthier look; and marsala and blush pink with accents of gold. “I think the garden earthy design will continue to flourish and captivate brides with its beautiful use of foliage and plants, but adding more flowers for a more lush and dramatic look,” said Yadegarian. “I also feel that brides will be more into lavish floral chandeliers, floral arches, and floral backdrops. “The design potential of the floral chandeliers are endless as brides can choose to accessorize with a Murano crystal chandelier in the middle or twinkling fairy lights incorporated within the flowers and greenery. And of course, the lush flower walls for backdrop decors will continue to be a trend in 2018.” When you book with Yonan's Floral, they set up the entire wedding for you. From setting up your linens rentals, chair rentals, dish ware rentals, back drop decor, LED lighting, wall and ceiling draping to your centerpieces. They deliver your bouquets and boutonnieres to the couples’ house or houses, set up the church ceremony, pick up and transfer from church to venue, and set up the venue

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flowers. They feel its important that whoever does your flowers will deliver and set them up for you. “When trying to find a florist, I suggest looking for someone who is a one-stopshop for all your wedding day needs,” said Yadegarian. “They [should] provide floral and decor for the wedding. This makes it much easier on the client who only has to meet and work with one vendor instead of going to three or four different vendors for linens, decor, lighting, dishware rentals, floral arrangements, etc.” Choose a florist who you feel comfortable with, seeing as you will be working with them for the next nine to 12 months on the wedding.

YONAN’S FLORAL 2425 Geer Rd., Turlock | 209-664-9325 yonansfloralweddings.com.

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SLOW COOKING:

Cozy Recipes for Chilly Days BY ASHLEY STINSON

There’s nothing more comforting on a winter day than coming inside out of the chill to a home that smells of rich cooking and having a hearty dinner waiting for you. And because you might not always have the time or the desire to cook after a long day of work or errands, breaking out the slow cooker can make meals that are as simple as they are comforting. All it takes is a little bit of prep work, and then the crock pot does the rest of the work. Slow cooking is a time honored technique all around the world for making stews and for turning tough cuts of meat into something tender and delicious. Traditionally, most slow cooking was done in a heavy, lidded pot, left on a fire or in an oven, for an extended period of time. If you have a dutch oven—one of these heavy-bottomed pots with a lid—you can still do slow cooking that way, and indeed many of these recipes are perfect for cooking on the stovetop or in a low oven. The modern invention of the electric slow cooker, however, has made it so that you don’t need your oven on all day long to enjoy slow cooked dishes—which is great for anyone who needs to be out and about during the day, but still wants a warm, comforting meal that was cooked all day long.

Many slow cooker recipes advise that you simply put all the ingredients together in the crock pot, set it, and walk away until it’s done. And, certainly, with most of the following recipes you can do that if you’re running low on time. But to give your dish a little something extra, I’d recommend browning some components of these dishes in a separate skillet, as noted, before adding them to your slow cooker. This can also help keep your dish from developing a layer of grease, as you’ll be able to render out any meat fats in a separate skillet, while still using them to flavor other components of the dish. However you choose to do it, rest assured you’ll wind up with something warm and filling to keep a frosty day at bay.

PORK CHILI VERDE □□ 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut into large cubes □□ 1 white onion, diced □□ 2 tsp dried oregano □□ 2 tsp ground cumin □□ 1 tsp chili powder □□ 2 tsp ground black pepper □□ ½ tsp cayenne □□ 2 Tbsp salt □□ 4 cups tomatillos, cleaned and quartered

□□ 3 jalapenos, seeded and diced □□ 1 poblano pepper, roughly chopped □□ 6 cloves garlic □□ 1 bunch cilantro □□ 1 lime, juiced □□ 2 ½ cups chicken stock □□ 1 bay leaf □□ 1 ½ lbs potatoes, quartered

In a skillet with two tablespoons of vegetable oil, brown your pork, if desired. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, salt and onion to the meat as you brown it. Once a crust has formed on the meat, and the onion is soft, remove to slow cooker and deglaze the pan with a splash of chicken stock, and add juices to slow cooker. If you don’t want to brown the pork, place meat and spices directly into slow cooker. In a food processor or blender, place tomatillos, jalapenos, poblano, garlic, and cilantro. Pour over lime juice, and one cup of your chicken stock, and then blend together until a thick sauce is formed. If mixture isn’t blending easily, add a splash of chicken stock for more liquid. Once pureed, add the tomatillo sauce to your slow cooker and combine with the meat. Add your potatoes and the rest of your stock, as well as a bayleaf. Stir together and let cook in your slow cooker on low for four hours, until meat and potatoes are fork-tender. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as required.

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Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

Sweet and Sour Chicken Hot Pot □□ 2 cups hot water □□ 3 cups low sodium chicken broth □□ ½ cup dry sherry □□ ¼ cup honey □□ ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar □□ ¼ cup soy sauce □□ 1 tsp Asian fish sauce □□ 2 Tbsp garlic, finely minced □□ 1 tsp ginger root, freshly grated □□ 1 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder (see below for substitutions) □□ 2 Tbsp sambal

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oelek chili paste (or 1 tsp red pepper flakes) 1 ½ lbs boneless chicken thighs 1 cup green onion, cut into thick slices 1 cup dried, sliced shiitake mushroom 1 cup carrots, roughly diced 1 cup snow peas ½ cup daikon radish, cubed 1 large bok choy, roughly chopped

Place dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl and pour over two cups hot water. Let sit in water for around 20 minutes, covered, until the mushrooms become pliable. Remove the mushrooms and reserve the liquid you soaked them in. This liquid is now mushroom broth. In your slow cooker, whisk together chicken broth, mushroom broth, sherry, honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, five-spice, and chili paste or chili flakes. If you do not have Chinese five-spice, substitute a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, and fennel seed. Cut chicken thighs into large pieces, and place in slow cooker. Add onion, mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, and daikon radish. Separate the tough white stem of the bok choy from the green leaves, and add the stem to the slow cooker. Cook for three and a half hours on low heat, and then add the green parts of the bok choy. Cook for another thirty minutes and then serve.

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□□ 5 slices bacon, chopped □□ 3 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1 inch cubes □□ 1 cup dry red wine □□ 2 cups chicken broth □□ 2 Tbsp butter □□ ¼ cup flour □□ ½ medium white onion, chopped □□ ¼ cup tomato paste □□ 1 Tbsp worchester sauce □□ 3 garlic cloves,

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minced 2 cups carrots, sliced 1 lbs baby potatoes 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 tsp paprika Salt and pepper to taste

Add one teaspoon of vegetable oil to a cold skillet, and then add chopped bacon. Slowly raise the heat to medium and cook the bacon until the fat renders out, leaving it crisp. Remove the bacon to your slow cooker, reserving the fat in the skillet. Season your beef with salt and pepper and then brown in the skillet. When your beef has formed a nice crust, remove to the slow cooker. Place chopped onion in the skillet with a generous pinch of salt and cook until onions turn translucent. Pour in your red wine, and stir to deglaze the pan. Once the wine has reached a nice simmer, pour the onions and wine into the slow cooker. Add your butter to the skillet, allowing it to melt before quickly whisking in your flour. When this comes together to form a roux, allow to cook for around one to two minutes, until it begins to smell like baked pie crust. Then whisk in half a cup of cold chicken broth until smooth. Add this to the slow cooker, along with the remaining one and a half cups of broth. To the slow cooker, add your worchester sauce, tomato paste, garlic, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, thyme, rosemary, and paprika. On low, cook for eight hours or until beef and veggies are fork tender. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if necessary.

Hearty Chipotle Turkey Chili □□ 2 lbs ground diced, fireturkey roasted tomatoes □□ 1 large yellow □□ 1 (7 ounce) can onion, chopped chipotles in □□ 6 cloves garlic, adobo minced □□ 1 large poblano □□ 2 Tbsp chili pepper, diced powder □□ 5 jalapenos, diced □□ 1 tsp paprika □□ 1 large red bell □□ 1 Tbsp ground pepper, diced cumin □□ 1 cup dried pinto □□ 2 bay leaf beans □□ ¼ cup tomato □□ 1 cup dried red paste beans □□ 3 cups chicken □□ Salt and pepper to broth taste □□ 1(15 ounce) can In a skillet, with a tablespoon of vegetable oil, brown your ground turkey with a pinch of salt, breaking it up into large pieces. When it starts to get some color, add your onion, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and another pinch of salt. Continue to saute until onions are translucent and the spices have become aromatic. Mix in your tomato paste, giving it another couple of minutes to caramelize onto the meat slightly before adding a splash of broth to the skillet and vigorously stirring to deglaze. Pour the content of the skillet into your slow cooker. To your slow cooker, add the rest of your broth, the entire can of fire-roasted tomatoes (including the juice), your poblano pepper, your jalapenos, your bell pepper, and your beans. Remove chipotles from can of adobo sauce and roughly chop with a knife before adding both the peppers and the sauce they came in into the slow cooker. Add bay leaves and a generous pinch of salt to the slow cooker, as well as pepper to your preference. Let cook on low for six to eight hours, until beans are tender. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. C


DECADENT AND DELIGHTFUL: LOZA WINE & CREPES BY ASHLEY STINSON

Most of the time,when you think of grabbing lunch, you might think about stopping in for a sandwich or getting a burger to go. However, your lunch doesn’t have to be the same old, same old. Instead you can treat yourself at LOZA Wine & Crepes to a lunch that’s decadent, unique, and made from scratch using ingredients that are wholesome and local. Open five days a week and located conveniently in downtown Turlock, at LOZA you can treat yourself to a late weekday brunch, or a light, delicious dinner. Crepes are often thought of as thin French pancakes, but they can be so much more than that. LOZA offers a variety of sweet crepes, from the Lemon Drop, made with local honey, Irish butter, brown sugar, almonds and lemon drops, to their Berry Kissed crepe which comes with fresh berries, marshmallow cream, chocolates, and powdered sugar. If you’re looking for something light and simple, perhaps you’d like the Butter Delight—a simple crepe with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and whipped cream. Or maybe you want something sinfully decadent, in which case we recommend the Bananas Foster, which boasts bananas, caramel sauce, powdered sugar, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.

At LOZA’s, crepes aren’t all that’s on the menu, however. You can enjoy salads or the soup of the day, or perhaps one of their fresh pressed paninis. We’d recommend the Philly Cheese, which features roast beef, pepper jack cheese, bell peppers, and onions. LOZA Wine & Crepes pays tribute to the owners’ Ukranian heritage by also boasting a selection of Ukranian delights. Try the beef pelmeni—a sort of dumpling, similar to a ravioli or tortellini, filled with ground meat. The pelmeni are served in traditional style with butter, sour cream, dill and green onions. LOZA also offers Golubtsi, another traditional Ukranian dish, that consists of stuffed cabbage rolls served with green onions and sour cream. LOZA takes great pride in using locally-sourced ingredients to give their food that extra homemade flair. They offer organic, fair-trade coffee, use cage-free eggs, and meat that has not been enhanced with added hormones or antibiotics. Additionally, LOZA purchases as much of their produce as possible from local farms, and uses 100 percent local honey. Their menu is authentic and made from scratch, right down to the batter for their crepes. If you find yourself in downtown Turlock, make sure you stop by for a crepe or a glass of wine, and support a local business that supports other local businesses. C

But crepes aren’t confined to sweet treats, and LOZA has just as many savory options to offer if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. The Breakfast Avocado crepe is perfect for a late brunch, with scrambled eggs, fresh avocado, tomatoes and cheese. The Grilled Veggie crepe comes with sauteed veggies, house sauce, and green onions, and the Sauteed Spinach Pesto includes sauteed spinach, basil, onions, and pesto. For an extra charge, you can add bacon, chicken, or garlic butter shrimp to your savory crepes for something that is delightfully hearty.

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Beets in season:

BY ASHLEY STINSON

When it comes to vegetables, for most of us winter is a time when potatoes reign supreme. They can be almost impossible to escape—which, while often a delicious predicament, doesn’t do many favors for our collective waistlines. The often overlooked and underappreciated beet can make a welcome addition to your winter cooking repertoire however. Sweet and earthy, this festive red veggie is a taproot, similar to carrots or radishes. While the flavor can be divisive, those who like it tend to love it. It's nutritious and can provide any dinner with a vibrant pop of color. In the ancient Mediterranean beets were prized for their sugar content, and were used as a sweetener and as an additive to give wine a deeper red color. Beets have been a staple in Europe since the middle ages, where they’ve been prepared in a variety of ways, including in pies, salads, stews, and desserts. In the 18th century, sugar beets were cultivated to compete

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with sugar cane. While they never overtook sugar cane as the world’s foremost sweetener, American abolitionists embraced the plant as an alternative to sugar cane, which was processed using slave labor in conditions which were notoriously harsh. Beets can be enjoyed a variety of ways, and are versatile as condiments, side dishes, or even the main star of the show. Pickled beets make an outstanding garnish for many soups and dips, such as hummus. Beets can be roasted in the oven alongside other root vegetables, such as carrots, turnips, and rutabaga. In Australia, slices of pickled beetroot are a well-loved hamburger topping. Chard, a common salad veggie, is the leaves of the beet plant. Between the beetroot and the chard, beets are a nutritional powerhouse. Chard is packed with vitamins A, K, and C, in addition to being a good source of iron. Beetroot can provide a significant portion of manganese and folic acid to your diet. Additionally, betalains—the compound which gives beets their characteristic deep red—are being researched and might hold important keys for curing cancer. That’s a root vegetable that you want to root for. C


beef Borscht INGREDIENTS:

3 qts beef broth 1 lbs beef chuck, chopped into 1 inch pieces 1 cup carrots, chopped 1 large white onion, chopped 3 cups fresh beets, chopped

2 cups cabbage, chopped ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 bay leaf 1 tsp smoked paprika Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: In a large stock pot, lightly brown your beef in about one tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. When the meat begins to brown, add your carrots and onion, along with a generous pinch of salt. Continue to cook until onion becomes translucent. Pour in beef broth, and add your beets and cabbage, as well as your bay leaf and paprika. Raise heat until the mixture boils, and then back it down to a strong simmer. Let cook, simmering, for 30 minutes to an hour, or until beets are cooked through and beef is fork-tender. Add your vinegar and taste for seasoning, adjusting as necessary. Serve hot, garnished with sour cream.

Red Velvet cake INGREDIENTS:

1 cup pureed beets ¾ cup butter ¾ cup buttermilk 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp white vinegar 2 Tbsp vanilla extract 2 cups cake flour, sifted

3 Tbsp Dutch process cocoa powder 1 ¼ tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt ½ tsp baking soda 1 ¾ cup sugar 3 large eggs

DIRECTIONS: For beet puree, wash and peel three medium sized beets and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Cook in a 350F oven for one hour and 15 minutes, or until beets are fork tender. Allow beets to cool, and then chop them before adding them to a food processor or blender to be pureed. If you do not have a food processor, work them over with a fork or a potato masher until smooth. Heat oven to 350F. Prepare two nine inch cake pans by buttering them and dusting them with flour. In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, cream together your butter and your sugar with a stiff wooden spoon. In a large bowl, combine beet puree, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, and vanilla extract, whisking vigorously until smooth. Starting with your dry ingredients, add your flour mixture and your butter mixture to the beet mixture in alternating additions, scraping down the bowl after every addition of the butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Divide batter between pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pans onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. For a simple cream cheese frosting, combine one eight-ounce package of cream cheese (room temperature), ½ stick butter (room temperature), ½ cup white sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract, beating until mixture comes together smoothly. January | February 2018

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RESTAURANT spotlight

CHURCHKEY:

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CLASSIC EATS WITH MODERN FLAIR BY ASHLEY STINSON

In our modern world, it seems like you never lack for options—especially when it comes to food. And while the ability to choose anything and be able to find it is appealing, sometimes all you want for lunch or dinner is something classic, done well. And when you want good food, done well, Churchkey might as well be the only choice. Conveniently located in downtown Modesto, Churchkey serves up burgers, salads, and pizzas made entirely from scratch. You’ll find tried and true classics on their menu, such as pepperoni pizza, meatball sandwiches, and caesar salad, all alongside other bold offerings, like nachos with chipotle pulled pork or bacon & eggs pizza. With 32 craft beers on draft, as well as 10 different wines and a craft cocktail menu, you won’t lack for beverage choices to accompany your meal. 58

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If you’re looking for something unique, you might try the Otto, a salad of romaine, arugula, parsley, mint, apple, fried chickpea, roasted cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, green onions, pistachios, with a tahini dressing. Or maybe you’d like the Tots Poutine—tater tots made extra crispy, covered with gravy and cheese curds. And if you’re vegan and looking for a place where you can eat anything at all, Churchkey has you covered; the restaurant offers many vegan dishes, such as a pizza with a cauliflower alfredo sauce, a sandwich made with a vegan patty, vegan cheese, and vegan mayo, or cauliflower wings--a vegan answer to buffalo wings, as well as Churchkey’s bestselling starter. With its fresh, vibrant menu and wide selection of drinks, Churchkey is a great choice any time you want to grab a bite with family, friends or co-workers. Stop in for lunch and grab a pizzetta—an individual sized pizza

on delicious, slightly sour dough made from scratch. Or come for drinks with the girls, and try a Cold Fashion—a cocktail made with coffee-infused bourbon, cold press coffee, and fresh orange. Or stop in for a muffaletta and a nice pilsner. If you’re not sure where to start with so many food and drink choices, Churchkey owner Blake Humble might have a recommendation. “My favorite dishes are the Bonanza Burger and the Salsiccia Pizza,” said Humble. “They both go very well with a hoppy IPA or our house made Moscow Mule.” C

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHURCHKEY, VISIT WWW.CHURCHKEYMODESTO.COM.


RESTAURANT guide SURLA’S OFFERS signature Asian fusion dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. LOLA BISTRO & EXPRESS, Serves Surla’s classics plus Chinese and Fro-Yo Express, cold graband-go, and espresso. SURLA’S: 421 12TH ST., MODESTO | 209-550-5555 SURLASRESTAURANT.COM LOLA BISTRO & EXPRESS: 19920 FIRST ST., HILMAR 209-250-2777 | LOLABISTROEXPRESS.COM

THE TASTE AND ATMOSPHERE OF BOURBON STREET can now be found in downtown Modesto! The Bayou Bar & Grill is outfitted with vibrant colors, art and a menu that captures the spirit of NOLA. THE BAYOU BAR & GRILL: 918 13TH ST., MODESTO 209-360-2983 | FACEBOOK.COM/BAYOUBARMODESTO

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GALLO WHITE PARTY BY NOEL DANIEL

On Sept. 23, a myriad of white-clad party-goers came together to benefit the nonprofit Gallo Center for the Arts. There were food stations and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres from some of Modesto’s favorites, like Barkin’ Dog, Concetta, Maxi's at DoubleTree Hotel, Galletto Ristorante, Green’s, La Parilla, O’Brien’s Market, Rancho Fresco, RAW Sushi, Redwood Café, Skewers, Surla’s and Urbano. Live entertainment was mixed with a variety of choice wines and beers and included drinks like Amsterdam Mules and margaritas. It was a 10th anniversary to be proud of. We wish a very warm happy anniversary to the Gallo Center for the Arts! C

Photos courtesy of Michael J. Photography

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS, VISIT WWW.GALLOARTS.ORG.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS BY NOEL DANIEL

It was a time both celebratory and solemn as the Tenth Street Plaza filled with those who wished to come together and commemorate those who have passed. Faces were painted with skulls in a festival of reverence and love.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE AMERICAN GI FORUM, VISIT AGIFMODESTO.ORG.

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There were family-friendly events held all day in downtown Modesto in an event now in its second year, held by the American GI Forum—a veteran’s organization with a chapter in Modesto. The day was alive with music, food, and dancers to remember the departed in a traditional Mexican holiday. C


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SOLO BAGPIPING COMPETITION

Let yourself get carried away with the music of the Highlands for an afternoon. St. Andrew’s Society invites you to enjoy over a dozen of Northern California’s most talented bagpipe soloists as they compete in refined surroundings. Tickets are $25.00 at the door; refreshments will be available. JAN. 6, 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. | MCHENRY MANSION | MODESTO

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13TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LUNCHEON

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Join in on a community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, remembering his struggle and celebrating his lasting memory with speeches and songs. There will be a keynote speech by Lady Trena Turner. JAN. 12, 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. | KING KENNEDY MEMORIAL CENTER | MODESTO

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5TH ANNUAL REGIONAL MENTORING SUMMIT

JAN. 26, 8 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. | MARTIN G. PETERSEN EVENT CENTER | MODESTO

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CRAB CIOPPINO DINNER AND DANCE

Crab season is in full swing, and there’s no better way to enjoy these sweet, succulent crustaceans than in a savory seafood stew. The Modesto Portuguese Pentecostal Association invites you to join them in an evening of all you can eat crab cioppino, salad, bread, wine and coffee, as well as music and dancing. Tickets are $55.00 for adults and $25.00 for children, and must be purchased ahead. JAN. 27, 4 P.M. | CALIFORNIA BALLROOM |

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INTERNATIONAL WEDDING FESTIVAL

If you’re planning for your big day, or if you’re fascinated by the extravagant trappings of a wedding, the International Wedding Festival is the place you want to be. This enormous event is sure to dazzle, with row upon rows of wedding professionals all gathered right here in Modesto. Be on the cutting edge of new wedding trends and break out fashions and get answers to all your wedding planning questions from professionals with years of experience in the field. JAN. 28, 11 A.M. | CENTRE PLAZA | MODESTO

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Take part in a day of keynote speeches, workshops, and presentations on the importance and positive impact youth mentoring can have on individuals and the wider community. There will be keynote speeches by DeVone Boggan, founder of Advance Peace, and Emmanuel Escamilla, CodeX founder and Modesto native. Enrich your knowledge about the benefits of mentoring, and network with others interested in mentor programs.


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ATMASANDHI

Embark upon a musical journey like none you’ve ever undertaken. Atmasandhi is a musical experience that brings together musical traditions from Spain, Eastern India, and Cuba, blending them into something new and modern. This multicultural folk-jazz experience is like travelling all across the world without ever having to leave Modesto. FEB. 10, 7:30 P.M. – 10 P.M. | MOON & SIXPENCE MUSIC & ART HOUSE | MODESTO

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE CENTURY!

Are you and your significant other ready to tie the knot, but just can’t deal with all the stress and planning to put together a wedding? Do you wish you could do something quick and easy, without the sterile prospect of simply getting it officiated quietly at town hall? This Valentine’s Day, you could have your wedding officiated with vows at the Century Event Center in a mere 45 minutes. A photographer will be on site to document these precious moments, and complimentary champagne will be provided. Quick and easy, and so romantic. FEB. 14, 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. | CENTURY EVENT CENTER | MODESTO

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6TH ANNUAL MODESTO POETRY FESTIVAL

If there’s a poet in your soul dying to get out, the 6th Annual Modesto Poetry Festival is the place for you. Organized by Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center, the festival features poetry readings, workshops, a contest, and William O’Daly as the featured poet. Themes for the contest this year are: arrivals and departures; the disappearance of things; empty spaces; and inheritances. All contest entries must be submitted by Jan. 11.

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Do you love Modesto? Are you proud of your community? Do you want to give back? Join thousands of volunteers on April 21st in helping out around the community. The day will start with a short rally, before volunteers go off to various projects to lend a hand all across Modesto. After helping out across the community, volunteers will have a chance to meet back up in Graceada Park to unwind and enjoy music, refreshments, and activities for kids. APR. 21, 8 A.M. | CORNER OF I & 10TH STREET, MODESTO

FEB. 3, 9:30 A.M. – 4 P.M. | ST PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH | MODESTO

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12TH ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE DOG

The Lunar New Year is upon us, and this year we will be entering the Year of the Dog—a year predicted to be full of prosperity. At the 12th Annual Chinese New Year of the Dog event, you can learn more about Chinese culture including martial arts demonstrations, music, calligraphy, and more. This event is free and great for the whole family. FEB. 10, 2 P.M. – 5 P.M. | SENIOR CENTER | MODESTO

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January/February 2018 // Issue 32  

Contentment Health is a healthy lifestyle magazine designed to help you find the well-being you need and the life you want right here in Sta...

January/February 2018 // Issue 32  

Contentment Health is a healthy lifestyle magazine designed to help you find the well-being you need and the life you want right here in Sta...

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