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e are so glad you decided to join us. As I write this, we are in the midst of a wonderful summer. We’ve had our share of hot days, including a sizzling July 4th holiday. Fireworks were spectacular as they lit up the sky. Summer vacations are in full swing, pool parties are splashing, fruits and vegetables from the local stands are ripe and ready to eat, and sunny days are the norm.

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Calstar When the Golden Years Don't Glow La Macchina di Santa Rosa - The Festival of the Virgin Saint of Viterbo Why Purchase Travel Insurance?

I’ve tried all sorts of new recipes on the grill with many of them quickly becoming favorites. And, I’ve read some wonderful books by some new authors. Speaking of books, be sure to check out our revamped Book Club. Books and Brews… Prime Time Living’s Social Book Club is not your ordinary book club. We discuss a book… while we have fun, grab a bite to eat if we want, and sip on something refreshing. It’s a great time. Don’t miss our next one…Thursday, September 26 at The Blue Frog in Fairfield. We will be discussing Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards.

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The Binaural Advantage The Vallejo Symphony Announces 82nd Season In Search for Centenarians Your Wine: The Winemaker's Delicate Dance

Have you discovered anything new this summer? Any new books? Maybe some new summer drink recipes or new ways to cook peaches on the grill…

Enjoy the rest of your summer. We will.

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oward and Sheri Evans dated nearly 10 years before marrying in 2003. They had only been married six years when his declining health changed their lives. Howard’s illness was not a surprise; he says he was diagnosed with COPD in the mid-1990s. Howard continued to be active after his diagnosis. He’d golf regularly with a buddy and participated in a bowling league. Howard’s current health and physical limitations prevent his participation. Howard says his diagnosis includes emphysema and arthritis, and he has been oxygen dependant for five years. In the later part of 2011, his health began deteriorating more significantly and Sheri became his caregiver. At the time, Sheri was working part-time postretirement. Due to Howard’s failing health, she had to quit working. “I couldn’t go to work when Howard was having severe breathing problems. That meant I’d be late and then worry about him the entire time

I was gone. It was better for everyone that I quit and stay close to home.” Howard was hospitalized repeatedly, lost 50 pounds in only months, and his legs swelled so much he could barely walk. By January 2012, the doctors suggested Yolo Hospice. “This is not my life, but it is the life I have,” said Howard. “If I could choose, I’d still be bowling and gambling in Vegas and golfing regularly. Still, I have a life and plan to get as much out of it as I can.” Yolo Hospice began caring for Howard in February 2012. As the Yolo Hospice team does for all patients, they immediately evaluated how to enable Howard to participate and actively direct his life to the best of his ability. Yolo Hospice helped him do that by being there for him and Sheri, providing comfort for the body, mind and spirit, through appropriate medications, emotional support and spiritual counseling. A Yolo Hospice nurse visits regularly to monitor Howard’s health, and to give Sheri support

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and information on caring for him. A social worker and spiritual care counselor visit to support them emotionally and spiritually. The other members of the Yolo Hospice team (volunteer, hospice aide and grief specialist) are ready when they are needed. “We have a unique closeness with the Yolo Hospice team. It is a great feeling to know that someone cares for you. It is a relaxing, comforting feeling,” said Howard. The changes to their lives are obvious when you visit. Oxygen tubing runs securely from the concentrator to Howard allowing him to move from living room, to the desk, to the kitchen without hauling the oxygen canister with him. There is a day bed in the living room where Sheri sleeps to be near Howard who sleeps in a recliner in the middle of the room. “It makes me feel like we’re living in half the house, but it works for us,” said Sheri. “My ability to do anything is down. I can’t lift. I need oxygen all the time and can’t walk very far. But, with Yolo Hospice care, I know someone has our back and that they will care for and support my

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wife,” said Howard. Sheri is always smiling despite the changes. She used to go to Castro Valley overnight regularly for shopping expeditions with her best friend. She’s not doing that anymore because she can’t leave Howard alone.

❝We have a unique closeness with the Yolo Hospice team. It is a great feeling to know that someone cares for you. It is a relaxing, comforting feeling,❞ “I need to be close to Howard when he wakes from a nap or sleep, he can literally be choking. In the mornings, with the medications from hospice, we work to clear his airway so he can breathe comfortably again. Sometimes, he wears himself out, and he’ll need assistance or medications that are on the other end of the house,” said Sheri. Howard keeps pushing himself. He likes to be involved in conversation, but when he is not directly involved his eyes close and he drifts into a light sleep where he sits. He has trouble walking, but he can’t seem to sit still. He walks or stands, but when he does he must lean on the backs of chairs, counter tops and walls. Despite his valiant attempts to keep moving, he doesn’t leave the house without using a motorized chair, leaving the house happens less and less often. Sheri’s son is getting married this fall. She is hoping Howard is well enough to attend with her. A recent shopping trip to get prepared for the wedding didn’t work out well when Howard needed to return home early into the trip. “It is such a comfort to know that I can call Yolo Hospice and get a hold of somebody, I know someone is there for me 24/7,” said Sheri. Yolo Hospice is there for the patient and loved one. If you think you might need hospice, Yolo Hospice is able to answer your questions and available as a resource to you. Please call (800) 491-7711 to talk about Yolo Hospice services today.

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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY Michael Hayes is no stranger to how well the personnel at Sutter Solano Medical Center perform, since he’s been a volunteer at the hospital for 10 years. Even so, he was amazed at the level of care he received when he had total knee replacement surgery in early December. “From the registration process to the pre-op, actual procedure and postop, everything was 101 percent. I was overwhelmed by the care I received; everyone went beyond the call of duty and attention,” Michael said. It’s just one more way we plus you.

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By Wendy VanHatten

CALSTAR (California Shock Trauma Air Rescue) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit regional air ambulance service. Founded in 1983, CALSTAR helps fill a vital need for rapid emergency transport in northern and central California. As the first stand alone air ambulance service not affilated with a hospital, the focus was on patient need. It still is, as CALSTAR works with hospitals in our area.

We all know air ambulance transportation is expensive. But, did you realize the average cost is $25,000? That’s where the CALSTAR Membership Program comes in. As a nonprofit community service, CALSTAR flies anyone in need regardless of insurance coverage. The CALSTAR Membership Program offers annual memberships for $45 per individual and $50 per family. If a member is flown by CALSTAR or one of their eight reciprocal partners, any insurance reimbursement received is considered payment in full.

Each air ambulance team includes a pilot, with a minimum of 3,000 hours of flight time, and two certified flight registered nurses. While most air ambulance providers use a nurse/paramedic team, CALSTAR’s two-nurse model provides for an in-flight emergency room level of care. All CALSTAR flight nurses must achieve five trauma care certifications and have at least five years of critical care experience. The pilots have over 70,000 flight hours without an accident and have safely transported more than 50,000 victims of trauma and severe illness to hospitals and trauma centers.

Any scheduled flight from CALSTAR needs to be ordered by a physician. And, as a patient, you can request CALSTAR. If you have the CALSTAR Membership, your membership will work with CALSTAR’s reciprocal partners as well, in case you are out of range or if there would happen to be no available flights when you need one. CALSTAR has helicopter bases located in Concord, Vacaville, Salinas, Gilroy, Ukiah, Auburn, South Lake Tahoe, and Santa Maria. There is also a fixed wing base in Sacramento for longrange interfacility transports. Each base’s service area

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covers a 150-mile radius, allowing for timely access to more remote and less-accessible accident scenes. CALSTAR’s airplanes are able to perform interfacility missions within California as well as neighboring states.

The pilots have over

This is the gold standard of air ambulance services. And they are improving and staying ahead of industry without an accident standards all the time. and have safely All aircraft are equipped transported more than with continuous fetal monitoring systems for both mom and baby. A new business initiative on the horizon is and severe illness expanded services with to hospitals and a patient referral center trauma centers. where everything will be coordinated from start to finish. Advanced trauma care, upgrading the fleet of aircraft, adding more partners, and expanding the outreach education are just a few more services as they plan for the next 30 years.

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Books &Brews

Prime Time's Social Book Club

good reads, good people, good food, and spirits to suit your fancy Join us as we create urr N Noott yyoou 's a community of a's ma dm nd an ggrra people that love to lubb!! k cclu bbooook read and share their perspective with new friends from around the County. All are invited to read and share with us! Once a month we will meet for Happy Hour to share about our reading experience and enjoy some good food and your favorite beverage! We will alternate between Vacaville, Fairfield and Vallejo locations.

We hope you join us! Our next Books and Brews get together will be on

Sept. 26, 2013 at 7 PM at The Blue Frog in Fairfield... 1750 Travis Boulevard

Our discussion will be about “Sunset Bridge (Happiness Key)” by Emilie Richards OVERVIEW Former socialite Tracy Deloche has nothing to her name but five ramshackle beach cottages and the unlikely friendships she's formed with her tenants. Wanda, wise waitress turned popular pie-shop owner. Janya, the young Indian wife whose arranged marriage surprises her every day. Alice, a widow raising her complex tween-age granddaughter. And Maggie, Wanda's daughter, a former Miami cop with a love life as complicated as Tracy's own. The new man in Tracy's life hasn't mentioned love or commitment— and Tracy has just discovered she's pregnant. Janya longs to be a mother—and suddenly has two young siblings in her care. Maggie helps out at Wanda's Wonderful Pies…but is the kitchen big enough for both Gray women? And Alice may lose her beloved granddaughter to someone no one expected….

As a tropical storm brews, the wind carries surprises and secrets over the bridge to Happiness Key. Now, more than ever, five friends will discover just how much they need one another. Prime Time Living 12

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Golden Years Don't Glow

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s we age, it isn’t unusual or unreasonable to think about end of life issues. It makes sense to plan to provide for our loved ones, for end of life care, even for funeral arrangements. But sometimes planning ahead can be a sign that someone is thinking of taking their own life. Many older adults confront problems of poor health, loneliness and social isolation. Fears of prolonged illness or financial problems, uncontrolled pain, and losing friends and family members are also common. Many older adults also have access to means of suicide—particularly guns and medications. Together, these all can contribute to an elevated risk of suicide. As with suicidal people of all ages, mental health problems, especially depression and alcohol abuse, are common contributors. But among older adults, these problems can be overlooked or may be assumed to be part of the aging process.

in seniors. But that doesn’t mean that depression is a normal part of aging, or that it is inevitable. About 20% of older adults experience undiagnosed depression. It’s normal to experience sorrow, grief, and sadness but these moods should not persist or take over your daily life.

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About of older adults experience undiagnosed depression.

Alcohol use and certain medical conditions can mask depressive symptoms, and are often missed in diagnoses. Luckily, depression and alcohol

Depression is the most common mental disorder

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dependence are both highly treatable conditions.

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Think you might be drinking too much?

Are you worried about someone else? Start by reaching out to them. Encourage them to engage in activities. Look for outreach programs at a local Area Agency on Aging, senior center, church or service organization. The Friendship Line (800) 971-0016 is a California-based service that reaches out to older adults, offering emotional and well-being resources, as well as medication oversight and compliance. Watch for warnings. These changes are causes for concern: hoarding medication, talking about being with deceased loved ones soon, withdrawing from everyone, being preoccupied with death, increasing use of alcohol or pain medications, ceasing activities, giving away possessions suddenly, making arrangements for their pets. These signs may indicate that the person is planning suicide. Ask the question. You won’t put the idea in their minds by asking if they are thinking of ending their lives. Call for help. At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) trained counselors will help you figure out what to do. You can also encourage the person you are concerned about to make the call. Remove lethal means from the vicinity. You may be able to store guns with friends or family, or ask the police department or sheriff for advice. Talk with health providers or pharmacists about the best ways to reduce access to large doses of medications. Get more information on warning signs, how to have a direct conversation with the person you are concerned about, and where to find national and local resources for support at www.SuicideisPreventable.org. Prime Time Living 14

Find out with this simple anonymous online tool at www.alcoholscreening.org Tip: Adults over age 65 who are healthy and do not take medications should not have more than: 3 drinks on a given day or 7 drinks in a week. Drinking more than these amounts puts people at risk of serious alcohol problems. If you have a health problem or take certain medications, you may need to drink less or not at all.

Are you depressed? Talk to your healthcare provider to help manage your pain better. Ask for help in cutting back on your drinking and with your feelings of sadness or loss. A complete physical is the best way to determine whether you have depression or some other condition.

Find out more. There are lots of good resources at the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation http:// www.gmhfonline.org under Consumer/Patient Information. If you think you may be depressed, talking to your pastor, a trusted friend, or a counselor may help. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). This free, confidential telephone service is available 24 hours a day and will connect you to trained counselors who can help. In Solano County, the Solano County Mental Health program is available to help older adults. Contact them at 800-826-3632 or 24/7 Crisis: 707-428-1131.


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La Macchina di Santa Rosa

—The Festival of the Virgin Saint of Viterbo By Cynthi Stefenoni

“It’s almost time!” The words ripple through the crowded streets, passing from father to child to friend. A group of nuns looks into the night sky, straining to see, as the crowd holds its collective breath...waiting...hoping...and then: there she is! Santa Rosa, the patron saint of Viterbo, appears. Making her way slowly through the city, she hovers 20 feet above the cobblestone streets as the citizens focus on her progress and cheer her on. Every September 3rd, the citizens of this Italian city, the Viterbese, welcome Italians and visitors worldwide to join them in this most important celebration. A 30 foot stainless steel tower is lit by 850 lighted candles. Atop it sits a 10 foot statue of Santa Rosa. Beneath it, shoulders and backs pressed against the 2 x 4 foundation and carrying the weight of tower, statue and foundation, are 100 well trained men. These are the Facchini. Dressed in bright white shirts and pants with wide red sashes at their waists, they are the rock stars of this city tonight.  They have spent months in training; drilling and marching until they follow the commands of their leader with military precision... all while bent over and looking at their feet!  

The start of their journey this night is at Porta Romana where the tower has been standing. As the crowd listens intently, the capofacchino barks commands to his well trained team: “Sotto col ciuffo e fermi!”, “Sollevate e fermi!” and then ‘Per Santa Rosa, avanti!” WIth each command, the men run under the tower into position, then lift and begin the march that takes the saint home.

❝Every September 3rd, the citizens of this Italian city, the Viterbese, welcome Italians and visitors worldwide to join them in this most important celebration.❞ Stopping five times along the cobblestone route to refuel and catch their breath, they must deliver the saint safely to her church

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through streets that are often so narrow that there is less than an arm’s length of space on either side of the moving tower. It is an honor bestowed upon only a few, and they wear it proudly when they emerge from beneath the tower, dripping and sweaty, to the cheers and whistles of a crowd gone wild.

If You Go: When: 3 September 2013 What: The Festival of Saint Rose of Viterbo, Italy Where: Viterbo, Italy (Lazio) - 33km NE of Rome How:   Fly into Rome (Fiumicino -FCO). Take the LOCAL airporter train from Roma Aeroporto to Roma Trastevere (NOT the more expensive, nonstop airporter train to Roma Termini), then CONNECT to the hourly regionale train from Roma Trastevere to Viterbo Porta Romana.

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Further information (and some photos) are available here, albeit in Italian: http://www.macchinadisantarosa.viterbo.it/ http://www.infoviterbo.it/macchina-di-santa-rosa.html

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Why Purchase Travel Insurance? Submitted By: John Parks

PEACE OF MIND­—We can’t control everything!

The purchase of travel insurance protects your travel investment from unforeseen travel complications. There is nothing more disappointing than having to cancel your hard-earned vacation and then to learn that you are not able to recover your prepaid transportation, hotels and tour costs. The insurance company sets the guidelines for acceptable reasons, so you must understand the terms and conditions

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prior to purchasing. You must also be aware of the cancellation rules of the travel companies that are supplying your vacation travel plan.

to avoid over-paying for your policy, you should check to see what the total nonrefundable cost would be if you were forced to cancel your vacation. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Coverage. This coverage is usually included on most policies and will reimburse you if you are forced to cancel your trip due to covered reasons that are explained in their brochure under “Descriptions of Coverage”. Health problems. When you travel outside the US there are limitations as to what your own health insurance may cover. Especially for travelers on Medicare, a number of health insurance companies will not cover your medical expenses abroad…..


check with your health insurance representative to see what is covered by your own medical insurance. Medical Evacuation Coverage will help you cover the expenses of transporting you to a medical facility that may not be available locally. This could cover medical evacuation services that would include helicopter or private air charter.

may look back a set number of days (normally 6090 days or more) prior to your purchase of travel insurance. If you were deemed to be healthy and your medicines not changed and not recommended to take any prescribed medical tests, you may be eligible for a refund. The best way to avoid any problems is to purchase of a policy that waives your Pre-existing medical conditions. You must purchase your policy in a set number of days after you make your deposit (usually no later than 1421 days after you have deposited your trip). Your physician may be asked to state if you were fit and able to travel on the date that you purchased your insurance policy. At time of deposit, you can chose to only cover your deposit, if your date of departure is not in the immediate future. When you make your final payment, the same rule applies….you have 1421 days from your final payment to purchase the remainder of your policy. Cruise Line Insurance. Be cautious. Most cruise line polices are created to offer a minimum baseline coverage at a low price. Most policies tend to favor the cruise line; some will not reimburse if your reason for cancellation was due to a pre-existing condition. Other cruise lines will reimburse you travel credits if your application for refund is denied.

Lost luggage. Travel insurance can compensate for your lost or damaged luggage. Check that your coverage is primary, otherwise you will need to first file claims with the airlines or your homeowners policy. By purchasing travel insurance with primary coverage, you eliminate submitting claims to your homeowner policy.

As you can see, you need to be in the hands of an experienced travel agent who can guide you through the entire booking process.

Family illness or death in the family. Even if you are positive about your own health being an obstacle for traveling…..there may a hidden health reason that would make it impossible for you to travel. Most policies cover protection for you, your immediate family members and traveling companions. Pre-existing medical conditions. This is the least understood and the reason for most confusion. A pre-existing condition is classified as a medical issue that you have previously been treated for prior to obtaining your health insurance Generally speaking, most polices will not cover pre-existing conditions as a covered reason. Some have a “look-back” period, which means that the insurance company

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Vallejo Symphony Announces 82nd Season 2013-2014

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE VSO DEBUT OF VIOLINIST EMMA STEELE AND PERFORMANCE OF BRAHMS’ GERMAN REQUIEM, 150 PERFORMERS ON STAGE PROGRAMS WILL FEATURE MASTERWORKS BY MOZART, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, and HANDEL. SOLOISTS WILL INCLUDE CRAIG REISS and PAUL CHEAK.

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The second concert, Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3pm, begins by exploring the exciting rhythms of Bartók's Romanian Dances. Craig Reiss and Richard Andaya are then showcased on violin and cello against a vivid orchestral background in the Brahms Double Concerto. Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 draws inspiration from his beloved Bohemian folk melodies. Lander Hall, Touro University, Mare Island. The final concert, Saturday, May 10 at 7pm, begins with Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2, a cheerful Baroque masterpiece that balances the emotional highs and lows of Brahms' magisterial German Requiem, performed by gifted soloists and the combined


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Know the Score preconcert talks are presented one hour before each performance and feature conversations between Maestro Ramadanoff and guest artists. Maestro Ramadanoff will also present Know the Score on radio, station KZCT 89.5FM, ozcatradio.com, September 6, 2013, November 22, 2013, and April 4, 2014. All programs will be aired at 11am and hosted by Katie Martinelli. These programs are recorded and posted on Facebook/ VallejoSymphony prior to

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Your Wine

Aug/Sep 2013

Winemaker's The

Delicate Dance By Kevin Quinn

One of my colleagues at the winery jokes that winemakers don’t actually do much of anything. He says they just stand by while the yeast makes the wine and then they take credit for it. It’s true that all the processes that take the humble grape and transform it into the exalted wine are natural ones. There is fermentation, maceration, and malolactic fermentation. There are all the things that constitute aging. The winemaker can do none of these on his own; he can only set up the conditions and stand back while nature does its magic. But if the winemaker did nothing and left it to nature, all that would happen is that the humble grapes would be transformed into rotten fruit. There is a vast difference between a pile of rot and a beautiful wine.

sweet nectar. The winemaker must fend off these attackers by depriving them of oxygen and reducing the temperature. He also must maintain an acidity level that is high enough to keep the environment hostile to these invaders. Once this environment is stabilized—a few hours to a couple of days after harvest—one of nature’s “good” microbes is introduced. A pure culture of yeast called saccharomyces is stirred into the crushed grape material; the skins, seeds, pulp and juice known as the “must.” The yeast begins to ferment the must, consuming the naturally occurring sugar and producing three things in return; heat, carbon dioxide, and alcohol. The heat and carbon dioxide are allowed to escape and the alcohol remains. Thank nature for that. Oxygen is allowed during fermentation so that the yeast may do its job. The carbon dioxide and heat that fermentation produces help to protect the must from all the other microbes that want to feast on it. But, too much of either will degrade the yeast’s environment and thus compromise its performance. Ultimately, within about a week, the yeast expires due to its own gluttony. It has consumed all its resources and polluted its fruitful home with its waste. Sometimes nature is so predictable.

The winemaker, then, must execute a delicate dance with nature, guiding the grapes through the labyrinth, avoiding all the traps nature lays to spoil the juice, and traversing the narrow pathway to become delicious wine. Innumerable microbes swarm on and around newly harvested grapes, licking their tiny lips and probing for any opportunity to get at the Prime Time Living 34


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This first act of the winemaker’s delicate dance is to create and maintain the conditions that are hostile to the microbes that would degrade the flavor and aromatic potential of the wine and at the same time favorable to the yeast.

❝...guiding the grapes through the labyrinth, avoiding all the traps nature lays to spoil the juice, and traversing the narrow pathway to become delicious wine.❞ Fermentation is the critical first step in the making of the wine. It must be painstakingly and skillfully undertaken for this juice to have any chance of navigating the path to greatness. But it covers only the first one to two weeks in a red wine’s three to

five year journey to our wine glass. The process has only just begun, and nature has all sorts of tricks up its sleeve to sneak microbes in and spoil the wine. Through the rest of the program, the winemaker stands ready to match nature’s tricks with his own antidotes. He will manage the temperature, the acidity, the exposure to air, the cleanliness and numerous other variables to guide his little project to the land of deliciousness. To be continued.

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CLUES DOWN 1. “Rounders” actress Gretchen 2. Off-Broadway theater award 3. Grave 4. Court game 5. Pitch 6. Sense of self-esteem 7. Mandela’s party 8. Lights again 9. Likewise 10. Film set microphone pole 11. “Housewives’” Leakes 14. A torn off strip 15. Promotions 18. A. Godfrey’s instrument 22. Bill in a restaurant 23. Cozy 24. Knocking out 25. Polio vaccine developer 26. Numeral system 28. Former gold coin worth $10 29. Swats

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1. Place paella pan over medium heat and let pan get hot. Add oil and tip pan to coat. Add onion and fennel and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions and fennel are lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in rice, lightly coating all grains with oil. Stir in water, paprika, wine, salt, saffron, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Gently shake pan to distribute rice evenly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. A dish like this "Vegetable Paella" makes a great choice for families looking to enjoy one last summer soiree outdoors before heading inside for the winter.

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Vegetable Paella

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1

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2. Remove pan from heat and scatter asparagus and green olives over rice. Cover pan and bake in preheated oven until rice is tender with a slightly crusted bottom, about 30 minutes. 3. Scatter chopped parsley over top and serve hot.

When garlic is browned too quickly, it will become bitter. If sauteing with other vegetables, add garlic toward the end of the browning process.

To ensure time with your guests, make the paella up to 1 day in advance. Refrigerate cooled paella in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Spread in paella pan, cover and reheat in a 350 F â– oven for 25 to 30 minutes.


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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

1-800-510-2020

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

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-4625 MEALS ON WHEELS: 7077-253-6111 NAPA VALLEY HOSPICE & ADULT DAY:

1-800-660-1993

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE CENTER 707-624-7971

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: 707-253-3818

707-425-6164 707-469-6675

707-258-9080

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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

SOLANO OMBUDSMAN

24-Hour Hotline: 800-231-4024

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES 707-784-8259 24-Hour Hotline: 800-850-0012

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