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» The Green Valley Ag Conservancy Farmers Market Market Location: Green Valley Rd. and Vintage Lane, Fairfield Day & Hours of Operation: 1st Sunday (12pm4pm) June to October Website: http://www.gvtotallylocal.org/
» Kaiser Vallejo Certified Farmers Market Market Location: 975 Sereno Street and Kaiser Hospital, Vallejo Day & Hours of Operation: Year round on Fridays (10am-2pm) Web Site: Kaiser Vallejo Certified Farmers Market
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TUESDAYS » Gold Country Farmers Market Market Location: One Quality Dr., Vacaville Day & Hours of Operation: Year round on Tuesdays (10am-3pm)
THURSDAYS » Benicia Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Downtown Benicia on First Street between Between B & D Streets Day & Hours of Operation: Thursdays (4pm-8pm) April 28-October 27, 2016 Website: http://www.beniciamainstreet.org/ benicia-events/annual/ » Fairfield Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Downtown Fairfield, 675 Texas Street on the County Lawn Day & Hours of Operation: Thursdays (2pm7pm) May 5-October 6, 2016 Website: http://www.fairfieldmainstreet.com/
SATURDAYS » Rio Vista Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Main St., between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Rio Vista Day & Hours of Operation: Saturdays (9am1pm) June 25-November 19, 2016 » Vacaville Certified Farmers Market Market Location: 300 Block on Main Street, Vacaville Day & Hours of Operation: Saturdays (8am-12pm) May 7- October 8, 2016 Website: http://www.pcfma.org/visit/ markets?page=1 » Vallejo Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Between 300 & 400 blks of Georgia Street, Vallejo Days & Hours of Operation: Year round on Saturdays (8am-1pm) Web Site: http://www.pcfma.org/visit/ markets?page=1
THURSDAYS » Napa Chef’s CFM First Street between Main and Franklin St. in downtown Napa
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like to travel. That travel can take me to France or it can take me somewhere closer to my own backyard. Our readers tell us they like to travel as well, so we highlight different areas every month, including a winery. This month, travel with us to Il Fiorello in Suisun or come with us as we soar above the vineyards in a hot air balloon from Napa Valley Aloft. Take a tour of Hendry Winery, learn
about growing grapes and making wine, and then sample some awesome wines. Are you planning a trip this summer? If so, you’ll want to check out our travel tips. These tips come from fellow travelers, and from my years of traveling, and from travel experts like Rick Steves. Let us know if you have tips that work for you. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. We offer some great ideas for your mother or your daughter or the mother of your children. With all of our rain, spring has already sprung. If you’re thinking of planting a vegetable garden or some new drought tolerant plants…check out Morningsun Nursery in this issue. As always…thanks for reading. If you’d like see us cover a special topic, let us know.
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If you don’t get sick very often or have a chronic medical condition that requires frequent visits to the doctor, chances are you don’t see your general practitioner all too frequently. But now is a great time to set up a new time to see your physician for a general checkup and physical - and make it an annual event thereafter.
Presented by Cynthia M. Peffers, ACA, BC-HIS
What happens at an annual exam At a yearly physical, the routine changes depending upon your age, but here are the main components for people of any age: • Health history. Before your exam, you will complete paperwork about your health history. At a new physician’s office, the paperwork will likely be extensive, asking about both personal and family health history. If this is a physician you have previously visited, however, you will likely only be required to check over and update your healthy history. • Vital signs. A nurse will take your blood pressure and check your respiratory and heart rate before you see the doctor. • A physical exam. This will chiefly include listening to your heart and lungs, but might also include checking other parts of the body like nails, head, neck, limbs and abdominal area, depending upon previous health issues you have had. The doctor will then ask you questions about former illnesses, surgeries, etc. • A visual exam. Though you might not be aware of it, the doctor will probably conduct a visual exam, scanning your appearance for signs of stress or other obvious health conditions.
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• Lab tests. If you go in with an illness or are an older adult, the doctor may do a blood draw and run lab tests, especially if you’re at risk for heart disease or stroke.
Hearing tests aren’t always a routine part of an annual exam, especially for younger people. Regardless, you should request a hearing screening from your general practitioner if you:
heard it from others, it’s important to get your hearing checked so you can start enjoying all of the sounds you’ve been missing for so long. Additionally, untreated hearing loss can lead to falls, social isolation and depression. If you’re nervous to go by yourself, recruit a friend or family member to go with you for support, and rest assured in the knowledge that you’re not alone: 36 million people in the United States alone have hearing loss.
• Have even minor trouble hearing.
Self hearing screening
• Have been told by others that you might have a hearing loss.
Before heading to your general wellness exam, conduct a hearing screening on yourself. This is a good idea as, in the event your physician suggests you have a hearing loss, you will be prepared with questions to ask her or him about your hearing health.
Importance of hearing tests
• Are an older adult. On average, people wait seven years from the time they realize they have hearing loss before getting their hearing checked - often because they are afraid to know for sure. If you suspect you have a hearing loss or have
Here are some questions to ask yourself: 1. Do I often ask people to repeat what they have said? 2. Is hearing over the phone especially difficult for me? 3. Do I frequently turn up the TV or car radio volume? Have others commented on how loud the TV is?
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4. Is it difficult for me to hear in groups, for example - while out to eat with friends or at the family dinner table? 5. Does it seem like other people are mumbling all the time? 6. Have I started to dread answering the phone, going to a busy restaurant or visiting family parties? 7. Is it hard for me to hear at the movies?
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8. Have I missed my alarm clock going off? 9. Do I fail to hear someone talking behind me?
10. Is it more difficult for me to understand women’s and children’s voices?
How does a physician test for hearing loss? Though your general practitioner will not have the sophisticated equipment to test the exact level of your hearing, generate an audiogram and assess the results to find a solution for your hearing loss, he or she will be able to do simple tests to determine if you have trouble hearing.
11. Do I have trouble following a conversation with two or more people speaking at once? 12. Am I experiencing ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, whooshing, roaring or similar sounds in one or both ears?
On average, people wait seven years from the time they realize they have hearing loss before getting their hearing checked - often because they are afraid to know for sure. Preparing for the appointment Here are some things to do when preparing for your annual exam:
The most basic test is the whisper test, which is very simple. Your doctor will stand behind you so you cannot see her or his lips for lip reading. The doctor will cover one ear at a time and repeat a set of three random numbers. She or he will gage your accuracy at each level of loudness, from conversational speech to a whispered voice.
• Write down questions you have about your general health, particular symptoms or medications. It’s often difficult to remember all of your questions in the moment. Even if your doctor does not know the answers, he or she can direct you to someone who does. • Bring a notepad and pen so you can write down answers your doctor gives you.
Though it’s a simple tactic that is clearly not an exact science, your physician will be able to tell whether you might need further assessment by a hearing healthcare provider. He or she will likely ask you questions about your hearing or give you a survey to complete as well. Then, he or she will hopefully refer you to a hearing healthcare provider for a hearing test.
• Bring your spouse, family member or close friend for support, especially when talking about your hearing health. It’s great to have another set of ears, and another person might think of important questions you never thought to ask.
Overall wellness and prevention includes knowing how well you hear. If you have not had your hearing checked recently, it’s time. Creekside Hearing Aid Service is offering a free hearing check in their office. Call (707) 999-2877 today and ask for your free appointment.
• If you know you have a hearing loss, bring specific questions to ask your doctor about improving your hearing, using hearing aids or other devices that can help.
Spring Cleansing: 7 Key Foods to Purify Your Body
By Dr. DeAnne Miller, D.C.
Besides reminding us to clean and refresh our homes, Spring also gives us a prime opportunity to rejuvenate and cleanse our bodies. Spring represents a new beginning, a transformation from the hibernation and stillness of winter into fresh life and new energy. If we take a hint from nature and apply this transformational energy to our health, we can do wonders to reset our internal systems for greater wellness and vitality. Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that Springtime energies stimulate the liver, the body’s master cleanser, to rid the blood and internal organs of impurities. These impurities may have accumulated due to fatty, processed or undigested foods, a deficiency in enzymes, or environmental toxins including heavy metals, medications, polluted air and contaminated water. When the body is overburdened with toxins, the liver becomes stressed, causing symptoms
that range from fatigue and foggy thinking to headaches, nausea and allergies. The good news is that you can take advantage of the seasonal shift to supercharge your liver’s health - and you don’t have to look much further than the organic produce section to do it!
When the body is overburdened with toxins, the liver becomes stressed, causing symptoms that range from fatigue and foggy thinking to headaches, nausea and allergies. The Top 7 Spring foods and herbs for liver purification:
Lemons are the detox fruit, containing plenty of vitamin C which helps convert toxins into a watersoluble form that’s easily flushed out of the body.
Radishes contain sulfurous mustard oil that stimulates the circulation system as well as the liver and kidneys.
Artichokes are wonderful food for the liver and the gallbladder; not only do they help detox harmful chemicals, they›ve been shown to reduce high blood pressure as well.
Fresh coriander leaves have been clinically proven to remove mercury, lower blood sugar, lower bad cholesterol and improve eye health.
Cabbage activates detoxifying enzymes in the liver and contains high levels of the detox-boosters vitamin C and Sulphur. Plus, its high potassium content opens up blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood pressure.
So remember to give your liver some love this season - and continue to maintain overall liver health by eating a diet free of processed foods and high in organic vegetables, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry and healthy fats. As you nurture this vital organ, you can expect increased energy, improved digestion, clearer skin and a whole host of benefits to enjoy all year long!
Dandelion roots and leaves are powerful liver food and cleansers, containing 48 different substances that support your body’s ability to detoxify naturally. Dandelion also stimulates the digestive juices, supporting proper digestion of fats.
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Turmeric is my personal favorite healing and detoxification spice. Prized in Ayurvedic healing for centuries, this powerful antioxidant decreases bodily inflammation, helps detoxify the blood, and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Turmeric not only works to protect your liver against damage, it helps regenerate liver cells that have been harmed by toxic overload.
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Take an early morning drive toward Napa and a common site is hot air balloons rising above the valley floor. Is there a better way for visitors and locals alike to catch fantastic views of rolling green hills, perfectly aligned vineyards, and eye-popping sunrises? I donâ€™t think so. Just watching those huge, majestic balloons floating is enough to make me want to take a ride.
One special hot air balloon company, Napa Valley Aloft, has more than a stellar reputation dating back to the 1970s. This family-run business understands what it takes to fly the wind currents and find the landing spots, as well as have a great time with those who are flying with them. Their love of flying is obvious. But, so is their attention to detail and their conservative nature. If the conditions arenâ€™t good, they adjust. Early morning fog can cause them to launch from an alternate site in Pope Valley instead of the green area just north of V Marketplace in Yountville. Too much fog and they will cancel.
business. In the United States, Napa Valley is one of the largest markets for hot air ballooning. According to Travel & Leisure Magazine, this is second only to New Zealand. And, it’s literally right in our back yard. If you are looking for a magical way to experience Napa Valley, you really should try Napa Valley Aloft. It’s one of those things you just have to do…
It’s all about safety. Their baskets hold up to 12 people. But, they prefer less so they can offer personal service. They like to meet their customers and actually spend time talking to them. You can tell the entire family loves what they’re doing.
As for me, I think we should also try San Miguel de Allende. The family operation is there, too, with daughter, Gretchen as the pilot. If You Go: Visit their website nvaloft.com. Reservations can be made at 855-944-4408 and may need to be made well in advance. They are located in V Marketplace in Yountville. Check out their deals and specials and find out the best times to fly. Be sure to have an alternate plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
All the pilots are FAA certified and all the equipment is inspected regularly at FAA designated repair stations. Jay Kimball started one of the balloon companies in Napa in 1976, adding several other California and Mexico locations. Glider pilot, turned balloon pilot, Jay was a true pioneer in this
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leasants Valley quietly hums with life on the outer edge of Vacaville, snaking alongside rolling hills and through acres of unspoiled farm land. With mighty oak trees, cows and chickens peacefully grazing, and seemingly endless olive and fruit orchards, Pleasants Valley feels like a whole other world—miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life that pulses all around it. Situated on 55 acres and set against the rolling golden hills on Pleasants Valley Road is Soul Food Farm, the location of Visit Vacaville’s 2016 Spring Farm to Table Dinner. The folks at Soul
Food have a deep appreciation of the land, their animals, and the philosophy of sustainable agriculture. Luckily for the foodies of Vacaville, they love sharing the beauty and simple pleasures of farm life with eager visitors like attendees of the Spring Farm to Table Dinner, set for Saturday, June 4th at the farm.
Luckily for the foodies of Vacaville, they love sharing the beauty and simple pleasures of farm life with eager visitors like attendees of the Spring Farm to Table Dinner, set for Saturday, June 4th at the farm.
Visit Vacaville hosted the city’s first Farm to Table Dinner last October at Nut Tree Plaza. A six course meal was prepared with only ingredients sourced within a 30 mile radius of Vacaville and artfully paired with local wines from Suisun Valley and
Winters by local sommelier Dan Rodriguez. Two of Vacaville’s best chefs, Lindsey Gilpin and Joey Jaraba, put their skills to use highlighting the vast bounty of the area with a meal that included a local cheese tasting,
FOOD & WINE Backdoor Bistro in Vacaville, along with Martin Rivera of Backdoor Bistro. Dan Rodriguez, a level two sommelier who spends most of his time at The French Laundry in Yountville, will be sourcing wines to pair with each course thanks to a special partnership with Suisun Valley wine growers.
Heirloom Tomato & Kale Salad, Butternut Squash Soup, Braised Pork Belly, Herb Marinated New York Strip Steak with Roasted Vegetables, Lamb Sugo with Late Harvest Tomatoes, Creamy Polenta and Cranberry Bean Salad, and a Lavender Panna Cotta dessert. Visit Vacaville’s spring Farm to Table Dinner will again feature chefs Jaraba and Gilpin, who are the Executive Chefs at City Sports Bar & Grill and
With the business of eco-tourism and agro-tourism ever expanding, Visit Vacaville sees a golden opportunity in promoting the wealth of fresh, locally grown resources that are available in the Vacaville area to both locals and visitors. “These dinners are such a great way to highlight one of Vacaville’s most fantastic assets- our tight-knit community of local farmers and growers,” says Visit Vacaville Executive Director Melyssa Laughlin. “Sacramento has achieved great success with their farm-to-fork marketing, we thought, why not here, right at the source? We want people to taste and experience what is so special about Vacaville.” Tickets for the spring Farm to Table Dinner at Soul Food Farm are $100 per person and can be purchased online via Eventbrite, or by calling Visit Vacaville at 707-450-0500.
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By Wendy VanHatten
his month we travel to Napa to visit what was once a ranch, having some of the earliest vineyards in Napa. This land has seen it all…from the planting boom of the late 1800s to the huge bust due to phylloxera, and then the effects of Prohibition. In the late 1960s and early 1970s there was a huge change in Napa’s wine industry, with the price of grapes rising, wineries focusing on quality instead of just quantity, and vineyard plantings were again booming. George Hendry, son of the original owners and an engineer, built a reservoir on the ranch property and replanted most of the ranch once again to
vineyards. At first, only Zinfandel and Pinot Noir were grafted, but he realized the potential of the property and planted 20 acres to Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 1970s Robert Mondavi started buying grapes from George and by the late 1980s he bought all of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from him. Kent Rosenblum was buying the remaining nine acres of Zin and bottling a “George Hendry Reserve.” After 50 years of growing, the Hendry Ranch was developing a reputation for its grapes. Today, the vineyard is divided into 49 different blocks, with each representing a unique
combination of soils, vine vigor, microclimates, rootstocks, clones, and varietals. They produce 11 different varietals and more than a dozen wines. Visiting Hendry Winery today is more than just tasting wines. It’s a total experience. There are several different levels of tours and tastings available. If you are looking for an in-depth educational tour and tasting, you’ll find one available that will
meet your expectations. Or, if you want a brief overview of the property and its history, a tour of the vineyard, and an opportunity to get to know the varietals… you’ll find one available for this as well. Whatever your pleasure… spending an afternoon at Hendry Winery is a wonderful way to increase your wine knowledge. For
experience and always learn something new when I come here. Plus…well-made wines are always high on my list, and Hendry fits the bill.
If You Go: Hendry Winery is located at 3104 Redwood Road in Napa, CA. Check the website at www.hendrywines.com to learn more or to book your visit.
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Insights and Inspirations… by Miss Kitty (By Camie Bianchi, Your Home Nursing)
"Boy, Oh Boy," Miss Kitty called, "You’ll never guess what’s happened now! A huge van just pulled up to the house down the street from Fiona’s. That ol’ house finally sold, and the new owners are moving in." I gathered all the girls and we sat on the old roof next door and watched everything… hoping to see any sign of a cat moving in.
We were beginning to think, no cat, when the back door of the black Lincoln opened and out stepped the most gorgeous white longhaired cat we’d ever seen. She had the whitest coat and a long lustrous tail that looked like she could wrap it around any Tom she wanted. You could tell she’d been cleaning herself for hours. She looked around, touched her brow with her paw, and we heard her call out “Daddy, I’m so hot, could you get me a tall glass of cool water, I’m simply parched." "Why is she talking so funny, kinda lazy and all breathylike?" Fiona asked. Before anyone could answer, we all gasped at the new cat, watching as she put on a pair of pink sunglasses with rhinestones. We couldn’t believe it. “Well, what in the world,” Miss Kitty said. We all moved closer to the edge of the roof so we wouldn’t miss anything, when the front door opened and we heard a man say, “Now, Suga,’ Daddy wants you to come into this house right now. It’s much too hot for my darlin’ and I turned the air conditioner on for you.” “Oh, brother,” said Fiona, "We’ve got a princess in the neighborhood.” “No, No,” Miss Kitty told her, “She’s a Southern Belle. Did you notice the license
plate? It’s from Mississippi.” We all jumped down from the roof and laid under the shade of a nearby tree to discuss our new neighbor! “Well, this can’t be too bad,” Miss Kitty said. “Did you notice that her mother is a nurse, and nurses are wonderful and they love cats!” “Look, Fiona said. “I don’t have time for a Southern Belle. And I’ll tell you another thing, I don’t want a cat in the group that wears rhinestones on her sunglasses.” “Golly, Fiona, we haven’t even met her yet… maybe she’s nice and would be fun to have in the group.” Unbeknownst to us, Sugar was sitting in a open window upstairs, watching and listening to every word we said. I glanced up just in time to see her and hear her mother call, “Suga, come on. darlin.’ Mama’s gotta go take care of her patient and I want you to eat your dinner before I leave. Come on. I fixed fresh shrimps for you.” As she started to jump down, she turned and smiled at me… like I knew her secret… I think I’m going to like her.
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How old are you in your heart? How young are you in your mind? By Terry Minion
pring is a statement of youth, regardless of age. There is something about spring that causes me to have more of a sense of wonder, feel more alive. The leaves appearing and filling the empty trees, the freshness of the air after a shower, green grass growing all around, are all delightful signs of spring to me. It seems like everything is in bloom, and it fills my heart with joy and song. Oliver Wendell Holmes said a couple things about age. He said, “To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.” He also kept old age away from him with this quip: “Old age is fifteen years older than I am.” I can relate to both of these in that I have more joy in my life now than I did when I was forty, and I just don’t see myself as old as the number of years I’ve lived.
In 1953, Lyricist Carolyn Leigh wrote lyrics to a tune that Johnny Richards had put together as an instrumental. That same year, Frank Sinatra, the first to record it, made it a million seller that year, with many recording artists even up to today who are still recording it. This song is like eternal spring to me because it applies to each individual alone as their own choice of how they will look upon and receive from life. Whether you’re single or married, 50 or 90, it works for all who are willing to live by the powerful words and sentiment. The first verse goes like this: “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart. For it’s hard you will find, to be narrow of mind, if you’re young at heart.” And the last verse reminds us all, “And if you should survive to a hundred and five, look at all you’ll derive out of being alive! And here is the best part, you have a head start, if you are among the very young at heart.” The song title is, of course, Young At
Heart. When I hear it in my head, Jimmy Durante is singing it. He is the master of the talk-sing style of singing, and I just love his style. How old are you in your heart? How young are you in your mind? The body changes, but the heart and the mind are free of the body. I’m not as flexible or trim as I was when I was 35, but there is my heart and there is my mind. Even in my forties and early fifties, I wasn’t as prime in my body as I was in my heart, so nothing has changed there! The me that I am, is not attached to my body at all. I am young at heart and joyful in mind and I intend to stay there no matter how old my body becomes, and I’m wishing you the same! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9RchGMmizg Terry Minion is an owner/manager of www.UpwardTrend.org, a website, online marketing company based in Fairfield CA. He also writes the CTS Daily Inspirations at www.ctsdaily.net.
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Morningsun Herb Farm
happen to them, just like they happen to you. Ask how to deal with your issue and you’ll find the answer here. The knowledgeable staff welcomes questions and offers suggestions, especially if you don’t know what you should plant where.
Interview with Rose, owner
Greenhouses full of tiny, baby plants welcome you when you drive in to Morningsun Herb Farm, especially this time of year. Wait a couple of months or so and those tiny plants will be ready to go home with you.
Check out some of their upcoming events. April 30 from 9 to 5 is the Morningsun Annual Open House. Talks on chili peppers, natural skin care, good plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and aromatherapy will be featured this year. Kathi Keville, herbalist, aromatherapist, and author will be a featured speaker. She runs a year-round herbal program near Grass Valley. For the past 21 years, Morningsun has helped locals with their gardens. This three-acre farm has been in the same family since 1956. That’s a lot of veggies. It’s safe to say, they know what they’re doing. Owner Rose tells me they grow what they sell, starting with seedlings and cuttings, then transplanting. What that means for you as a buyer is several things. You can see what a mature plant looks like in their gardens. You also know the little plant in the plastic pot is ready to go into the ground. It’s been raised here in this climate, so it’s acclimated to this climate. This also means Morningsun has the same issues as you do. Pests, leaf issues, bugs, and weather boom 24
April 16 and 17 Herbalist Brita Wynn will have a two-day class on herbal medicine. Mother’s Day is all about herbs. The Herb Society of American signifies a different herb each year and Morningsun offers that herb free to mothers. This year it’s the chili pepper. Mothers have a choice of sweet or hot peppers this year. June 4 and 5 Kathi Keville will be back, conducting a two-day workshop on aromatherapy. June 25 you can attend an all-day lavender class. So many to choose from. All this and more can be found on their website at www.morningsunherbfarm.com. If You Go: Morningsun Herb Farm is located at 6137 Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville. Their summer hours are now Tuesday through Sunday from 9 to 5.
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Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services Becomes Collabria Care Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services (NVHADS), a nonprofit organization serving the needs of the seriously ill in Napa County for nearly four decades, is pleased to announce its new name: Collabria Care. Founded as a small, up-valley hospice in 1979, NVHADS established its awardwinning Adult Day Services in 1998 and has also become a leader in delivering community-based palliative care. The agency—which provides a wide array of services for seriously ill individuals and their caretakers throughout the community—has simply outgrown its name.
not only now, but well into the future. Although the name change will not affect current programs, a new organizational structure will facilitate ease of access, through two divisions: Collabria Care and Collabria Hospice. Collabria Hospice will continue to offer the high level of endor-life care for which we are renowned. Collabria Care will encompass Alzheimer’s Services, Chronic Condition Services, and Palliative Services, as well as community education. “Our research is very clear,” said Linda Gibson, “those who are seriously ill value us as their trusted partner in care. They want us to fill the gaps, so that they and their families can navigate through the medical, practical and emotional transitions that accompany major illness. The name “Collabria,” a coined term, aptly communicates the idea of partnership and collaboration, which is at the heart of all we do.
“We listened to our community and our new name and brand image come as a result of a rigorous research process,” said Linda Gibson, President & CEO. “Although our work in hospice is very wellsupported, we found very quickly that some people who could benefit from our other services were put off by the word “hospice” in our name, thinking that they had to have a terminal illness before contacting us.”
Collabria Care, (collabriacare.org), a non-profit organization, is the leading center for communitybased care delivery and resources in the North Bay, for those facing the transitions of aging, chronic illness, or the end of life.
With dramatic increases in Alzheimer’s disease and chronic illnesses projected, especially among Baby Boomers, Collabria Care is building capacity, in order to care for those who will need our services
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Whatever your age, a little ‘me time’ is a good thing for you and your health. When I go to Atma, I feel like they care about me, want to help me feel and look better, and I’m always glad I took time out of my schedule. Looking for a special Mother’s Day gift? Some of their upcoming specials include a Mother/Daughter one-hour massage or custom facials. They also have an upcoming special for a one-hour couples or friends massage and for a pre-natal massage.
Interview with Mary, owner
ho doesn’t need a day of rest and relaxation? Maybe you can spare just an hour for a little rejuvenation time. Maybe you need to recuperate from the weekend’s heavy duty lifting project or you want to treat yourself to a facial, specifically one for your skin. Whatever you’re looking for, head to Atma Wholistic Day Spa. The emphasis is on helping their clients in the whole realm of healing.
If You Go: They are located at 500 Merchant Street, Suite D; phone number is 707-592-1215; website is http://atmawholisticdayspa.com/
This is a true grass roots, local business. Owner, Mary, gives me some background. She is a horticulturist and landscape designer who completely switched careers and became a licensed massage therapist. She likes helping people and she likes helping them heal.
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Il Fiorello Interview with Ann Fiorello Sievers
n Italian, Il Fiorello means little flower. Look closely at an olive tree in bloom and you’ll see those little flowers. They turn into olives just waiting to be milled into delicious olive oil at the place named for them…Il Fiorello in Fairfield. Family owned, Il Fiorello has come a long way since their first harvest of six pounds from 170 trees. Now, there are over 2,000
trees producing 13 varieties of olives. All hand-picked, if you can imagine that. Did you know those trees can live to be 1,000 years old? And, that’s not all they do here. The entire operation is one of a few which include a visitor center, a milling operation, and a comprehensive growing operation. Add in their cooking classes, olive oil and balsamic tastings, wine tastings, tour of the facility where you will learn what the term extra virgin means as well as how different varieties taste different when made into oil, and you have an experience you won’t soon forget. This past year they became certified organic… something
that takes sustainability to a whole new level. Wandering around the grounds, it’s easy to see the attention to detail, countless raised beds of herbs and vegetables, rows and rows of olive trees, and owl boxes for predator control. Go inside and taste the
2,000 trees producing 13 varieties of olives. All hand-picked, if you can imagine that. difference in oils. Ask questions. Do you know how many olives it takes to produce that bottle you
have sitting in your kitchen? Not only will they tell you, they’ll show you. If you go at milling time…no longer called pressing and no longer done with donkeys…you’ll have an entirely new perspective on how you get your olive oil. Milling three tons per hour, with about 100 pounds at a time, those machines are impressive. This milling operation is one of about 50 in the United States and we’re fortunate to have it here in our backyard. And, if you grow olive and want to turn them into oil, they do custom milling for about 200 growers. If you like to cook and learn about cooking, you’ve come to the right place. You’ve probably heard of the farm-totable movement. The chef and cooking classes here at Il Fiorello take that a step further and actually show you how to use what you grow. There are
demonstrations and hands-on classes. Check out their schedule for their cooking classes and tours and make your reservation. Stop in to taste olive oils and vinegars. Whatever you do here, you’ll come away having learned something new. I did. If You Go: Il Fiorello is located at 2625 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield, CA. Their website is www.ilfiorello.com and phone number is 707.864.1529. For tours and cooking classes, you need to make a reservation.
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Saltimbocca Alla Romana
By Chef Salvio of Chianti Osteria Ingredients
4 (5-ounce) thinly sliced veal cutlets (scallopini) 4 slices thinly sliced prosciutto 8 fresh sage leaves, plus more for garnish All-purpose flour, for dredging Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons dry white wine 1/4 cup chicken broth Lemon wedges, for serving
Directions Put the veal cutlets side by side on a sheet of plastic wrap. Lay a piece of prosciutto on top of each piece of veal and cover with another piece of plastic. Gently flatten the cutlets with a rolling pin or meat mallet, until the pieces are about 1/4-inch thick and the prosciutto has adhered to the veal. Remove the plastic wrap and lay a couple of sage leaves in the center of each cutlet. Weave a toothpick in and out of the veal to secure the prosciutto and sage. Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to combine. Dredge the veal in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess. Heat the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter and in a large skillet over medium flame. Put the veal in the pan, prosciutto-side down first. Cook for 3 minutes to crisp it up and then flip the veal over and saute the other side for 2 minutes, until golden. Transfer the saltimbocca to a serving platter, remove the toothpicks, and keep warm.
Add the wine to the pan, stirring to bring up all the delicious flavor in the bottom; let the wine cook down for a minute to burn off some of the alcohol. Add the chicken broth and remaining tablespoon of butter, swirl the pan around. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the saltimbocca, garnish with sage leaves and lemon wedges; serve immediately.
Chef SalvioÂ If You Go: Chianti Osteria is located at 314 Spring St, Suisun City, CA; phone number is 707.426.4887
What Volunteers Mean to Meals on Wheels April
is Volunteer Month and what better time to celebrate the heart of our organization, VOLUNTEERS. On April 2nd, 2016 we will be holding our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event to celebrate the enormous contributions that each and every volunteer makes not only to Meals on Wheels, but to the many senior clients we serve. Meals on Wheels serves over 15,000 meals a month to seniors throughout Solano County. Of those, 80% go to seniors who are homebound. That’s 12,000 meals a month hand-delivered to seniors who are homebound and many of whom are facing isolation.
Hours and Cost Savings Donated to Meals on Wheels by Volunteers
As a Volunteer you are not just delivering food, you are delivering compassion, caring, and companionship. Many times because of a volunteer›s caring and knowledge they have been able to recognize when something is wrong and has the office contact the client or relatives to check on them. There have been occasions where the client has fallen, or is ill and can›t get to a phone or the door. In cases like this intervention on the part of our volunteers has literally saved lives. Stories like this that end well are inspiring. Our clients voice their love for our volunteers on a regular basis.
$50,798 Total value of donated volunteer HomeDelivery hours.
143,891 Total meals served to seniors in Solano County. 121,170 Total meals delivered to home-bound seniors in Solano County. 22,721 Total meals served at Congregate Dining Sites.
$27,396 Total value of donated miles for the HomeDelivery Program. $23,715 Total value of donated volunteer hours & facility usage at Congregate Dining Sites. TOTAL VALUE of Donated Services for FY 2014-2015:
Here are some testimonials from our clients about our wonderful volunteers:
It is important for me to tell you that the people you have working with you are just wonderful. Some days they are the only ones I talk to all day. They mean the world to me.”
I want to thank everyone at MOW. As I don’t think I would be alive today without you folks. All of your delivery drivers are and have been such nice people- thank you again!”
Thank you for the nice and caring people that bring the meals. You have saved me from going hungry at times.”
The volunteers are some of the nicest people I have met. EVERYONE is so kind.”
Thank you for all the volunteers who give up their time to help us Seniors.”
These are just a few of the many testimonials about how much our volunteers mean to our clients. EVERY DAY you volunteer YOU are “Delivering A Difference” and impacting people’s lives in positive ways. You can’t put a price tag on the joy you bring…. other than “PRICELESS!”
Aging With Choices By Melanie Richardson, Senior Resource Specialist
After 18 years of working with seniors and their families, I am convinced that the hardest task we have as an adult child of an aging parent or loved one is to protect them from themselves. And sometimes to do that means taking a few shots to the body, mind and spirit…to say the least. Our office works almost daily with at least one grown daughter or son who is facing the daunting task of trying to help their parents remain safe, all the while trying to help them preserve their dignity and independence. A very slippery slope indeed! Ideally, everyone would be able to age in place in their own home. There are many things that families can do to try and facilitate that. They can…modify tubs or showers so that you can walk or roll into them without having to step up or over anything….add grab bars in the shower or by the commode...install handrails, lever door handles, motion sensor lighting fixtures, ramps, etc. Try to minimize hazards like; throw rugs, clutter in the home, objects on high shelves, slick floor surfaces, etc. Acquire an emergency alert type system that uses a pendant or bracelet so that a senior who falls can call for help. Hire an insured and bonded home care agency to come in and lovingly (and unobtrusively) assist with activities of daily living. These are all ideas that could help a senior to stay in their own home longer. Certainly home is where one should stay as long as it serves them safely….physically, mentally and spiritually. In many cases, there comes a time boom 36
when home cannot meet all of a seniors and their families needs. The tough part is knowing when that time has come. Harder still, is knowing what to do when it does. The time to prepare a “Plan B” is when home is still serving your loved one. Not after a crisis or event has occurred that forces a change. It is very hard to make sound decisions in a crisis. It really is imperative that whether you think that you will ever have to use your “Plan B” or not, that you at least have a “Plan B” in place. Boomers are aging at an unbelievable pace. Availability at retirement-assisted living properties is already becoming an issue. It can be very frustrating for seniors and their families to have to accept a senior living community that they may not have selected as their first choice….all because they had not done a little fact finding and perhaps get on a waitlist before their need to make a transition. There are several resource services in the area who can assist with “Plan B” preparation. I encourage you to reach out to our Helping Hands office or an
Availability at retirement-assisted living properties is already becoming an issue.
office like ours to begin understanding what options are available and what resources there are to help pay for them. I always tell families to not get lost in the forest of what needs to be done. I encourage them to take it one tree at a time. Today’s tree is for you to reach out and make the call that will help you with your “Plan B”. I will leave you with this thought…Knowledge is power. Arm yourself with the power to help your senior loved one. As always, I would love to hear your feedback or would be happy to answer any questions related to senior care that you might have. Feel free to submit any comments or questions to us. We can be reached at (707) 451-8724. Email hhseniorresource@aol. com or by regular mail to 313 Kendal Street, Suite A, Vacaville 95688.
My Very Best Wishes, Melanie
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43. Fictive 47. Press against lightly 48. Eiderdown filled 50. In the year of Our Lord 52. Obstruct or block 53. A companion animal 54. Political action committee 56. Big man on campus 58. “Frankly my dear, ___” 63. American Indian group 64. Lots of 65. Life stories 67. Sour taste 68. The Phantom’s first name 69. Leading European space Co. 70. Native of Thailand 71. Drive into hard 72. NY state flower
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Simple organizing tips to start de-cluttering your life By Joanna Ochs
Closets R Toss out anything that Spring is here and many of us feel inspired to clean and organize, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. The solution is to begin with some easy to accomplish tasks. Start out by “refreshing” your home. The goal is to “purge” what isn’t needed. This step is easiest to do when divided up into small sessions. Work in short amounts of time, fifteen minute increments, scheduled a few times a week, or better yet, fifteen minutes each day. Start with small areas, such as those on the list below, then move on to whole rooms. Remember to only remove what is going away (trash/recycle or donate). Sorting and re-organizing can happen another time. If you see items that need to go to other areas, or will take a long time to sort (pictures, papers, etc.), leave those for later. Be decisive. If you find you’re thinking about things too long, take a break and come back later.
is broken, torn, ripped, frayed, discolored, illfitting, or needs major alterations.
R Set aside items needing minor alterations in a box and put it near the sewing machine, or in the car to take to the tailor.
R Reduce duplicates (two umbrellas are good, ten are too many). Consider donating trendy or out-of-style items, which are not like to come back in style in the same way, if they do at all.
R Donate free or souvenir t-shirts, tote bags, hats, and other items that were free or giveaways.
R Trash orphaned socks, gloves, etc.
Kitchen and Bathroom drawers and cabinets R Throw away opened makeup over a year old, items that are dried out, caked, discolored, or stale
R Donate or give away appliances or items not used in over a year
R Broken items go in the trash R Use them or lose them - trial 41
samples; it’s tempting to keep them, but if they are more than a year old, they should go in the trash; if newer, put them to use or donate
Garage and outside storage R Let
go of planters that are discolored or chipped R Throw away hoses, sprinklers, etc. that leak or are well worn R Toss out tools or equipment that are broken beyond reasonable repair R Relieve drawers and cabinets of anything broken R Loose mystery items: if you’re not sure what it goes to, or what it’s for, put it in a separate box. If in a year that box has not been touched, throw out the contents!
New rules to adopt starting today:
When you bring something new into your home, choose one (or better yet two!) things to donate or give away. Do not set down mail without sorting it. This will take a matter of seconds (time it!). Throw junk into the recycling or shred box, sort the rest into three folders labelled: “correspondence”, “to be read”, and ”bills to pay” You can do it! Make the commitment to get and stay organized, and you’ll soon see your stress level decrease. Schedule time regularly to get it done. Think about this: does the idea of spending 25 hours getting organized sound daunting? The answer is probably YES! But spending fifteen minutes four times a week over six short months adds up to more than that and is easy to achieve! If you need assistance, ask for help. Visit NAPO.net and NASMM.org for a list of professional organizers and declutter specialists in your area. For help with hoarding, contact your healthcare provider, or call 855-888-7601.
Senior Centers American Canyon Senior Center 2185 Elliott Drive American Canyon 707-647-4369
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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY
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AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020
The toll free number will automatically route the caller to the city of residence.
NAPA OMBUDSMAN: 707-258-9348
Administrative Offices: F a i r f i el d: V a ca v i l l e: V a l l ej o:
644-6612 4 2 9 -6 2 3 5 4 6 9 -6 6 7 9 6 4 3 -1 7 9 7
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-3818 ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-4625 MEALS ON WHEELS: 7077-253-6111
NAPA VALLEY HOSPICE & ADULT DAY:
NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE CENTER
NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S DAY CARE CENTER 707-624-7970 Fax: 707-624-7969
FAIRFIELD SENIOR DAY PROGRAM 707-428-7742
REDWOOD CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTER 800-834-1636
FAITH IN ACTION: Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Solano County, Caregiver Respite Program, Ride with Pride & Cancer Patient Navigator Program South Solano County: North Solano County:
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (I.H.S.S.)
Public Authority: I n t a k e L i n e:
707-784-8259 7 0 7 -7 8 4 -8 2 5 9
MEALS ON WHEELS of Solano County Home Delivered Meals: 707-425-0638 Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun & Vacaville Home Delivered Meals: 707-644-7444 Benicia & Vallejo Congregate Dining: 707-426-3079 Senior centers in Solano County
HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING & ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP) 800-434-0222
24-Hour Hotline: 800-231-4024
ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES 707-784-8259 24-Hour Hotline: 800-850-0012
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