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Spring is here, bringing us a time to celebrate Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. Doesn’t it seem like December was only yesterday? What’s on your agenda for this spring? After all, summer will be here before you blink.
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What Bin? Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Resource Guide
Tips to Start Thinking About Meditation
Are You 50? Time to get tested and prevent colorectal cancer
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Are you thinking about a way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a weekend getaway? If so, check out our ideas for a great long weekend. Maybe an idea will jump out at you and you can turn it into a family vacation this summer. Let us know what you did and where you went.
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As we speak, I’m already putting the finishing touches on plans for Memorial Day weekend. On a patriotic note, that includes a visit to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. I’m also including visiting family. How about you?
Go Away... And Have a Great Weekend
Whatever your plans are…have a great time and stay safe. Thanks for reading…see you next issue.
Wheels for the Winning!
Is Your Hearing As Important to You as Your Teeth?
Call for Nominations Living Legacy Awards
Red Wine & White Smiles
May is Mental Health Month: Help Reduce Stigma
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Yosemite National Park provided a recent destination for a board retreat. I can’t think of a better place to visit this spring, summer, or fall. Did you know Yosemite turns 125 years old this October? Make your reservations early and enjoy all the park has to offer.
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Meditation Tips to Start Thinking About By Becca Pronchick
NO MATTER WHAT!
That simply is not true.
Most people who do not meditate regularly believe that everything else is more important than taking the time to meditate.
Once you have enjoyed the many benefits of a regular (daily) meditation practice, you will find everything else gets easier, calmer, and more joyful when you dedicate the time to your own practice.
Many Benefits of Meditation
Meditating with an open heart will bring you into alignment with your intuition and body wisdom.
Even a few minutes of relaxing and quieting your mind will provide much needed rest for your physical and mental well being. Your nervous system will be calmer, your thinking will be clearer, and your blood pressure reduced.
Meditation/Mindfulness Closing your eyes, focusing on your breath, and observing your thoughts helps to train your mind to stay in the present moment - rather than worrying about the future or regretting the past. Meditating with an open heart will bring you into alignment with your intuition and body wisdom. You will be better equipped to make healthy choices about your schedule, your food, exercise, rest, and play time.
Decision Making & Clarity One of the valuable gifts of meditation is not only relaxation and healing, but clarity and help with decision making. Once you are relaxed and centered and in touch with your inner wisdom, you can ask a simple question and listen with your heart for the answers. Rather than merely figuring out the answers
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intellectually or seeking answers outside yourself, you will be able to gain wisdom and clarity from the Divine and a greater capacity than only your conscious mind. You may find this to be extremely helpful and effective for decisions about your health, for creativity with projects, or for planning events.
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Simply ask for guidance with a question such as “What is the highest vision for my health?” And quietly listen to your intuition and body wisdom. You may receive images, words, or feelings. You may have new and exciting insights or inspiration to take action. Following through on these inspirations and insights creates powerful momentum for positive action and results.
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Always Giving Thanks It is very helpful to include gratitude in your meditation practice. It feels very good, focuses your awareness on positive aspects and on what you desire, rather than feelings of separation from your dreams and wishes for good health, loving relationships, greater success, prosperity, and fun.
When you feel the desire to practice a little bit every day, consider seeking out a class or meditation group to help support you in your practice. There is great benefit, support and fun available when you practice with a group. I encourage you to be willing to try meditation for a few weeks or months. Then see if you notice any improvement in your sleep, your ability to concentrate, in your mental clarity, and overall happiness. Becca Pronchick is the author of “No Matter the Question, Meditation Is the Answer”. She creates safe and sacred space for healing in the Napa Valley and beyond. 707-253-8733 www.permissiontorelax.com Becca Pronchick CPCC Chief Relaxation Officer Permission To Relax (707) 253-8733
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50? Time to get tested and prevent colorectal cancer
(BPT) - When she was 55 years old, Valerie B. made a promise to a total stranger. It may have saved her life. “I was sitting in the doctor’s office for a mammogram,” the Atlanta woman says. “There was a lady there who said she recently learned she had colon cancer. I knew nothing about it; nobody had ever told me to go get a colon test done. That woman in the doctor’s office urged me to get tested. I promised her I would. And I did.” She made an appointment right away. During the test, Valerie’s doctor found and removed six polyps (abnormal growths) in her colon. Three were precancerous, meaning there was a good chance they could have turned into cancer if they had not been removed. “The doctor was really glad I was there,” she says. “He said ‘Why did you wait so long?’” Screening is recommended for men and women beginning at 50 and continuing
until 75. Among men and women combined, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be. Screening helps prevent the disease by finding polyps, so they can be removed before they ever turn into cancer. Polyps don’t always cause symptoms, so you may not know you have them. That is why getting a screening test is so important.
Screening is For 52-year-old Randy Talley, the path to screening was recommended for different, but the results were men and women similar. His doctor strongly beginning at 50 recommended that he get checked for colorectal cancer and continuing when he was 50. Polyps ran until 75. in his family - his mother had them - and both Randy and his mother had irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that can raise a person’s risk of getting colorectal cancer. Plus, he was at the age when screening is recommended. It turned out that Randy had five polyps, all in an early, noncancerous stage. They were removed. “This testing is recommended for a good reason,” the Washington, DC, resident says. “You either experience a little discomfort with the test now, or you could face something a lot worse later in life, if you get colon cancer. So if you’re 50 or older, my advice is to get
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screened now. I am completely glad I got screened.” There are several screening test options. These include colonoscopy, high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, and sigmoidoscopy. If you’re 50 or older, talk to your doctor about which is right for you.
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To learn more about colorectal cancer and screening, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website for Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign. For information on CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program, which provides screening and follow-up care to low-income men and women in several states and tribes, call 800-CDC-INFO. Most insurance plans and Medicare also cover screening without a deductible or co-pay.
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hey came to honor their loved ones, they came for the people they care for, and they came for all of those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. They were among the 625 Solano County residents who came together to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in Solano County’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Raising close to $90,000, the Walk has inspired local businesses, friends, families, and individuals to form teams and raise funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association in providing care and support services to the 678,000 residents of California living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research. Now in it’s third year, the 2015 Solano County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee is actively preparing to raise more funds than ever before. While the Walk doesn’t take place until October,
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registration is now open and the committee is encouraging everyone to lead a team, join a team, or volunteer. Marcia Nutter, Team Retention Chair, started a small Walk team in memory of her mom, but as time went on, her team has grown to include people outside of her family. In turn, she has inspired others to get involved and become advocates for the cause. She walks in honor of all of those who are fighting the disease, as well as raising critical funds to help advance research and expand education and support programs for families and caregivers.
The Solano County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on October 24, 2015 at Harbor Plaza in Suisun City.
“Alzheimer’s is growing at an alarming rate and affects not only those diagnosed, but countless spouses, children, parents, family members, and friends,” said Walk Manager Ondine Boulter. “The Walk is a once-a-year opportunity for the community to come together, support one another, and raise awareness around Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
For more information how to start a team, join a team, volunteer, donate or fundraise, visit
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Go Away… and Have a Great Weekend By Travels and Escapes
ooking for some good ideas for a weekend away with your mother, your daughter, or your best friend to celebrate Mother’s Day? Check out these ideas and have a great time!
beaches, and all the hiking and biking you can handle make this destination a great choice for a long weekend.
Want relaxation? Look no further than Sedona, Arizona with its 360 degree vistas of red rocks and peaceful views. In the 1980s a series of vortexes were discovered here that help put Sedona in the forefront as a popular New Age retreat site. With its amazing scenery, thriving art scene, and fabulous cuisine…you could relax and enjoy all at the same time.
Is a city more your style? Check out Chicago, the third largest city in the US. Flights are plentiful from just about anywhere in the US as O’Hare is one of the world’s busiest airports. While you’re there, take in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, plan some time for world class shopping, grab a slice of the city’s famous deep dish pizza, or take the architecture cruise to learn all about the history of this fabulous city.
Looking for a variety of different activities? Head to the San Juan Islands, an archipelago of forested islands, located between the state of Washington and Vancouver Island. Whale watching, alpaca ranching, cheese making, vineyards, remote
Charleston, South Carolina, is the typical southern belle, if that’s more your style. Antebellum homes and historic districts were just a couple of reasons Conde Nast voted it a top US city in 2011. Save plenty of room for Charleston’s famous cuisine
while you’re here. Are you thinking rustic, yet still being pampered for your weekend away? Take a short trip to Lake Tahoe where you can hike and bike or you can be pampered with prime rib and champagne as you cruise the lake on the Tahoe Queen. Love music and arts? Head to Taos, New Mexico for the Mother’s Day Music Festival, which includes
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authentic Latin music, traditional foods, and lively entertainment. Don’t forget to explore the art galleries and shopping. You could stay at a real Southwestern Pueblo or go white water rafting…to complete the weekend. Ever heard of Ojai, California? This upscale resort town offers spas to relax, wineries where you can sample the area’s finest wines, and cuisine to whet your appetite. If you have time, visit the nearby town of Los Olivos and check out those wineries. Looking for a warm retreat? Palm Springs and Palm Desert offer plenty of reasons to head south. From touring sleek mid-century architecture to spas to shopping to art galleries to hiking through the San Jacinto Mountains to lounging by a sparkling pool…you can do as much or as little as you want. This is truly relaxing at its finest. Yosemite always provides a welcome spot to relax or to explore. Waterfalls and hiking don’t get much better than here. First class resorts cater to all
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A Place Where Life Is Lived Caring for an aging loved one can be difficult, especially if your loved one is showing the early signs of Alzheimer’s, dementia or memory loss. But there is an alternative. At The Bridge at Courtside Cottages, we focus on the specialized needs of seniors who remain self-sufficient enough to live in an assisted-living environment while offering them additional encouragement, care and supervision. The Bridge cottage provides our fifteen residents with the comforts of home and the care they require. Here, your loved one chooses how to spend time. Activities are based around residents’ preferences and interests, and they have the opportunity dine out, shop and worship just as they would at home – because they are home.
activities, depending upon the time of year. Looking to be pampered while you enjoy the spectacular scenery? Stay at Tenaya Lodge for the ultimate experience. Want more contact with nature? Try cabins or less grand accommodations. Regardless of your choice…Yosemite offers something for everyone. Whatever you decide for your weekend getaway… enjoy your time together. Then, plan your next trip on the way home!
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The Jubilee Raffle’s top prize was so coveted last year, Solano Wine & Food Jubilee organizers have pledged to offer it again, thanks to a continuing collaboration with local auto dealer Rami Yanni. Yanni is general manager of three dealerships in Vacaville: Vacaville Nissan, Vacaville Dodge and Vacaville Buick GMC. Yanni has agreed to again make available either a brand-new 2015 Buick Encore or a 2015 Nissan Altima to the Grand Prize winner of the Jubilee Raffle.
The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee Raffle is a fund-raising opportunity for the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.
Raffle tickets are $50 each, or buy two and get the third free. They can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133. Tickets can also be purchased with a credit card by fax at (707) 646-3135, or in person at the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation office at 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield. Event and raffle tickets are also available at Jackson Medical Supply, on Main Street in downtown Vacaville.
Raffle tickets are $50 each, or buy two and get the third free. They can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133. In addition to the choice of cars as a top prize, there will be $10,000 in cash awarded, as well, according to Wendy Jackson, raffle chair. There will be 12 winners of $125, 10 winners of $500, one winner of $1,000 and one $2,500 winner. Odds of winning something are about one in 100, she adds, as only 2,500 tickets will be sold. And, to make the deal even more enticing, raffle organizers are offering a “buy two, get one free” incentive.
The winning tickets will be drawn at the 28th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, set for April 25, 2015 at the Specialty Event Center, 300 Chadbourne Road in Fairfield. Ticket-holders need not be present to win, but those who do will experience Solano County’s finest opportunity to mingle and socialize while enjoying an elegant evening of wine, food and great music, all while benefitting a great cause – the programs of NorthBay Hospice
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Organizers also plan to offer a limited number of “VIP Table for 10” packages for Jubilee night again this year. These VIP tables include many of the benefits afforded VIP ticket-holders – early admittance, special treats
on arrival, and access to the “VIP Lounge” – for $1,750. Please call 646-3133 to secure one of these highly popular table packages. Currently, Presenting Sponsors for the 2015 event are Gold’s Gym, Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and Al and Patt Shaw, in addition to Vacaville Nissan and Vacaville Buick GMC. The 28th Annual Solano Wine & Food
Jubilee is a dressy, black-tie affair (denim discouraged). The event gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, for those ages 21 and over, are $75 for employees before January 16, and $100 each thereafter. They must be purchased in advance by calling (707) 646-3133, or online at www. wineandfoodjubilee.org.
Is your hearing as important to you as your teeth? When was the last time you had YOUR hearing checked? Presented by Cynthia M. Peffers, ACA, BC-HIS
It is widely accepted that vision screenings are performed annually and dental checkups occur every six months…but what about HEARING?
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It’s time to make sure annual hearing screenings are just as much of a norm as dental checkups and vision screenings!
Hearing Aid Service in Vacaville, is committed to providing 1,000 FREE hearing screenings this year!
“About 20 percent of adults in the United States — an estimated 48 million — report some degree of hearing loss,” said Cynthia M. Peffers, ACA, BC-HIS. “How many more haven’t reported any loss or don’t know what they can’t hear?”
“About 20 percent of adults in the United States — an estimated 48 million — report some degree of hearing loss,”
Everyone in our community, age 55 and over, should have their hearing screened annually as part of their personal wellness program. In an effort to encourage community members to take an active role in their hearing health, Creekside
important factors in minimizing the impact of hearing loss, the average patient waits more than seven years before seeking treatment. “For whole body health, you need to see your eye doctor, dentist, AND hearing care professional regularly,” Cynthia says. “We are here to provide diagnostics and hearing health treatment for all patients, but especially those age 55 and older.”
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition among adults in the U.S., after arthritis and heart disease. Although early detection and intervention are the most
Creekside Hearing Aid Services encourages community members to be a part of their hearing wellness program and invites anyone contact them for a free hearing screening. 707-455-7993
BECAUSE YOU WENT IN, WE’RE GOING IN. VETERANS, SPOUSES OF VETERANS, AND SURVIVING SPOUSES OF VETERANS:
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You, a veteran, or spouse of a veteran that you know may be eligible for a special benefit from the V.A. that pays seniors for the in-home care they need. Whether you require the aid and attendance of another person at home or need Senior Helpers’ award-winning Alzheimer’s care, call today to see if you qualify and how you can apply. 9/19/14 2:38 PM
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Living Legacy Awards
he generosity, service, and productivity of older adults throughout Solano County are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities and future generations. It is for these reasons that senior focused groups and agencies have united to honor older adults who have made significant contributions to their communities by bestowing upon them the Living Legacy Award. Nominations are being sought for the following categories:
D Social Innovation – Tireless and effective advocate for social change efforts.
D Exceptional Caregiver – Shows immense dedication and compassion as a caregiver.
D Intergenerational Influence and Impact
D Community Spirit – Outstanding service, volunteerism, community connection and spirit.
– Outstanding service, commitment and lasting contributions to other generations. One award will be given to an older adult or group of older adults (60+) who has made lasting contributions to younger generations (e.g., youth, children), and one award will be given to an individual or group (no age requirement)
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who has demonstrated outstanding service, commitment and made lasting contributions to seniors.
Nominations are due April 27, 2015 and should be submitted to Roselle Tamoro, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Coalition of Solano County.
D Generative Age and Productivity – Demonstrates creativity and productivity either through continued work in a profession, through a second career, or independently through hobbies or entrepreneurial activities
Phone: 707-784-8269; Email: RATamoro@SolanoCounty.com Mail: ODAS
D Senior Friendly Business Demonstrates respect and superior customer service to seniors and their families; is accessible; goes above and beyond to meet the needs and interests of seniors
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Please include the following information in your nomination: Nominee’s full name, date of birth (must be 60 years old by May 1st), address, phone number and email (if available), the category(ies) for which you are nominating the person, and a written description of why you are nominating this person, and your name and contact information for follow-up.
*Note: Elected officials are not eligible to receive a Living Legacy Award.
SAVE THE DATE LIVING LEGACY AWARDS May 19, 2015
The 5th Living Legacy Awards will be held on
May 19th, 2015 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Florence Douglas Center, Vallejo CA
Sponsored by the Senior Coalition of Solano County in partnership with Solano County, the Area Agency on Aging, the cities, and numerous other community groups. Hosted by the Florence Douglas Center.
Contact Roselle Tamoro to submit a nomination or for further information and to RSVP.
Legacies are about life and living. They are about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. ~ Susan Bosak
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White Smiles By Rick of Forks, Corks, and Brews
Like many people, I love a glass or two of dark, yummy red wines. What I don’t like is looking in a mirror after a couple of glasses and seeing my previously white teeth turning an unflattering shade of purple.
Should I quickly brush my teeth to get rid of that purple stain? Should I just not smile for the next hour? Or what? Dental professionals recommend you to hold off with the brushing. Why? The acidity in wine weakens the enamel on your teeth, making them extra-sensitive to the scratchy strokes of a toothbrush. To protect your teeth, wipe the stains away with a damp piece of gauze and wait at least an hour before brushing so that your saliva has time to rebalance the pH in your mouth.
To help alleviate some of the purpling… try these tips. Brush and rinse well before you drink your red wine as wine sticks to the plaque on your teeth. Eliminating some of the plaque will give the red wine less surface to turn purple.
Drink plenty of water between sips of wine. If you drink sparkling water, this helps rinse away stains more quickly or more efficiently.
Snack on hard cheese as this helps increase saliva production. That, in turn, balances your mouth’s pH and adheres to enamel, protecting your teeth from some of the acid in wine and its corrosive effects.
Remember to brush and floss and before going to bed.
=#< Also remember, the polyphenols in red wine actually block the ability of the bacteria that causes tooth-decay to stick to your teeth. So you could eat cheese, drink wine, sip water…and repeat. Enjoy! Prime Time Living 24
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May is Mental Health Month: Help Reduce Stigma
By Dr. Mark Fry, Ph.D, PEAS Psychologist
tigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personality trait that’s thought to be, or actually may be, a disadvantage. Unfortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental health conditions are common.
17% of people will suffer from depression within their lifetime. And those with serious medical illnesses have a 50% probability of developing depression. Stigma concerning a mental health condition can lead to discrimination; one may even judge themselves. Some harmful effects of stigma can include: reluctance to seek help; lack of understanding by family, friends, co-workers; bullying, physical violence, harassment; or health insurance that doesn’t adequately cover your mental health treatment. This is significant since the National Institute of Health estimates that 17% of people will suffer from depression within their lifetime. And those with serious medical illnesses have a 50% probability of developing depression. The World Health
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Organization predicts that by 2020 unipolar depression will be associated with the #1 disease burden in the world; this means that depression will have the largest financial impact of any disease/disorder in the world. With effected numbers like these, surely a negative stigma cannot last indefinitely.
Here are some ways to deal with stigma: ❱ Get treatment. Don’t let the fear of being labeled with a mental illness prevent you from getting help ❱ Don’t let stigma create self-doubt and shame. It’s not a matter of personal weakness. Treatment can help you gain self-esteem and confidence ❱ Don’t isolate yourself, reach out to people you trust ❱ Don’t equate yourself with your illness; You are NOT “a bipolar”, you have “bipolar disorder”
Other’s judgments almost always come from a lack of understanding. Learning to accept your condition and recognizing what you need to do to treat it, seeking support, and helping educate others can make a big difference.
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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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CLUES DOWN 1. Male parent 2. Afresh 3. South American weapon 4. Set out 5. Volcano aka Wawa Putina 6. Soviet Union 7. A single piece of paper 8. A bird’s foot 9. Of this 10. Restores 12. Paper adhesives 14. Lordship’s jurisdiction 17. River in Paris 20. Headed up 21. Sir in Malay 25. Soft-shell clam genus 26. Mega-electron volt 27. Indicates near 30. The central bank of the US 33. Central processing unit 34. Direct toward a target 35. Side sheltered from the wind 37. 6th letter of Hebrew alphabet 40. Form a sum 41. The cry made by sheep 42. Defensive nuclear weapon 44. Clan division 45. Adult male deer 46. Patterned table linen fabric 48. Subtract 49. An imaginary ideal place 51. Chuck Hagel is the new head 53. Round flat Middle Eastern bread 55. Chickpea plant 56. Make obscure 57. Pole (Scottish) 59. Cavities where spores develop 60. Vintage Auto Racing Assoc. 61. Hmong language __: Yao 62. Small head gestures 66. Point midway between S and SE See page 31 for puzzle answers.
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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY
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AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020
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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
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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
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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
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