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4 A Place Where Life Is Lived {4 } 7 Companions Ride Free 14 Sudoku 19 Caregiver Support 28 What Bin? 30 Stroke Support Group {16} 40 Crossword 41 Vacaville Tree Pickup 42 43 45


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How about you? Have you accomplished some of your 2013 goals? What’s kept you busy in 2013? Are you ready to celebrate the holiday season and dive into the upcoming new year? We are.

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Want to have a happier, healthier home? It's easier than you think.

In fact, we have exciting things planned for Prime Time Living in 2014. We’ll keep you informed and entertained with new columns and ongoing favorite ones.


Welcome 2014 with Your Goals

We’re always looking for feedback and suggestions as well. Let us know what you want and we’ll try to find the answers.

Career Changes Book Review

Keep reading as we take you along on the journey into 2014. Happy reading…

1st Solano County Alzheimer's Walk The hidden epidemic: Are you at risk? Aging With Choices The Importance of Routine Hearing Tests Your Wine: Those Infernal Bubbles


hanks for another great year of reading Prime Time Living. Can you believe one more year has flown by, right in front of your face? I really wasn’t sure where it went until I looked back on everything I’ve accomplished. My mystery novel was picked up by a New York publishing company. That was exciting. I’m working on staying healthy. That’s also exciting. In fact, those were a couple of my goals for 2013.

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Want to have a healthier, happier home?

It’s easier than you think.

By Marcy Orendorff


ou walk into a neighbor’s home, and something magical happens. You feel great just being there. Yet, you can’t seem to put your finger on why this place feels so special. The house isn’t bigger than yours. It’s not better decorated. You aren’t in love with the throw pillows. There’s just a certain feeling...

The healthy, happy home: What science tells us Well you aren’t imagining things. A space can actually make you feel better both physically and mentally. Scientists, interior designers and architects have known this for years. They have not only documented key variables that create the “feel-good” home, they have measured their impact – and they have suggestions for us. These variables, among others, include natural lighting, sound control, privacy, and views of nature. The

first of these, increasing natural lighting in your home, is one of the simplest and most cost-effective to implement.

How natural lighting affects body and mind First it helps to understand how sunlight, or natural light, affects us. Natural light impacts our bodies and brains in a number of positive ways. By increasing the natural lighting in your home you will you’ll gain a number of benefits — the result of hormonal and biochemical changes: ✹ better sleep as light regulates your sleep/wake rhythm  ✹ higher productivity, greater alertness, and enhanced cognitive function ✹ increased feelings of well-being and calm

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Quite an amazing array of results can be had by throwing open your curtains!

Increasing natural lighting in your home, is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to make your home feel great. Simple ways to increase natural lighting in your home Now that you know the benefits, how can you maximize them? Try these tips for increasing natural lighting in your home.

✹ greater protection from autoimmune diseases  ✹ improved pain relief through the manufacture of chemical endorphins  ✹ a reduction in eyestrain and an overall ability to see better indoors

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✹ Make sure your window coverings let in the maximum amount of daylight. For example, add sheers beneath draperies. Use the sheers to gain sunlight in the daytime. Close the draperies to retain privacy in the evening.  ✹ Raise blinds completely on cloudy days.  ✹ If possible, trim foliage and tree branches away from windows.  ✹ Only a few windows? Mirrors placed strategically not only increase natural lighting, they may offer another outdoor view.  ✹ Finally, a window covering consultant can offer a selection of options for suitable window coverings that admit light, retain privacy, and moderate temperature. And, how’s this for an added bonus? You’ll not only contribute to the health of the environment, you’ll reduce your PG& E bill. Homes with good natural lighting use up to 47% less electricity. So, to get started on your own “feel-good” home, let there be light!

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Welcome With Your Goals

By Erin Summ


ave you ever gone on a road trip without a destination in mind? I didn’t think so. I’ll bet you had a map detailing the route, too. How would you get there without step-bystep directions? It wouldn’t be easy, practically impossible!

goals. It is constantly searching for the next thing to help you move forward. Goals keep you on track, accelerate your success and build your self-belief.

❝An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.❞

The same goes for goals. The New Year is right around the corner, and you’re starting to think about your new goals. Maybe you plan on losing that holiday weight, increasing your 2014 income or running your first marathon. Whatever your goal, have you written it on paper and mapped out the steps you must take to get there? Committing your goals to paper and breaking them down into bitesized pieces is critical to your success.

—Brian Tracy

Mindset-What are you focusing on? The biggest obstacles to your success are inside your own head. When you are working toward completing a goal, make sure you have a positive mindset and are concentrating on all the good coming to you. It’s easy to get down on ourselves when things don’t go as planned. Below are three tips to keep you positive while working towards your goals.

Less than 3% of Americans have written goals and less than 1% review them daily, yet 100% of high achieving people have written goals and review them every day. Setting goals is key to building your confidence, and a first step towards success. Your brain thrives on

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Tip 1: Focus on the goal, not the roadblocks. Have you ever heard the phrase, what you focus on grows? Focusing on the roadblocks destroys your motivation and creates more roadblocks. Success feels impossible. Focus on all the tiny miracles coming to you, not just the big successes.


Tip 2: Expect Success:

Whatever you are focusing on will come to you, whether that is struggle or success. Expect success.

Hold the expectation you will be wildly successful. Whatever you are focusing on will come to you, whether that is struggle or success. Expect success. You may not know how it will happen, but KNOW deep within yourself that it will come and it will.

Tip 3: Have a Why and a Vision These are the most important pieces of your goal. Your reason for wanting to accomplish your goal is your why. It must be highly compelling to keep you on track. I suggest including loved ones or a special cause close to your heart to increase your drive. Your vision should include your why. Ask yourself, what will life look like when I reach my goal? Include


all five senses if possible. You want to be able to see and feel your vision in your body. The more detailed, the stronger the vision. Every day, concentrate on your vision for at least a minute, morning and evening. Goal setting is a discipline, just like having a regular exercise routine. If you want to change your life, you have to make it a habit and work at it every day. Setting goals will help you step on the accelerator

of your success and take you where you want to go faster than you can imagine. If you’re not sure where to start or are feeling stuck with goal setting or building your confidence, I invite you to check out my newly released, co-authored book, Catch Your Star. It is full of life changing stories and wisdom, including my detailed chapter on how to create powerful goals and vision to catch YOUR star. Erin Summ helps women in their first year of business struggling with confidence. She helps them breakthrough fears into confidence and see the value they bring, to build a thriving business, making a big impact.

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by Wendy VanHatten

Some of you are in the midst of successful careers and jobs you like. Some are thinking about retirement and leaving those careers. But…then what?


ou can travel, go see the grandkids, play more golf or tennis, sleep past 6:00, and take long walks. But…then what? Maybe you’ve always wanted to write a book. Sounds like a good idea… right? Maybe you have insight and knowledge for a ‘how to’ book. Perhaps you want to write a book for your grandkids. Maybe you have a collection of recipes handed down from a great grandmother. So, where and how do you start? That was me a few years ago. After many years in the health care administration world, I completely changed my career focus. I needed to be away from that world and yet I needed something to do that kept me active and engaged my brain. A good friend suggested I start a new career…a writing career. I could start by writing articles and ease into writing a book. Great idea! I didn’t have to start writing the Great American Prime Time Living 12

Novel right away. For me, it was travel writing. I took a few courses, had articles published, and discovered I enjoyed writing. Transitioning to writing books was an easy if not scary step. You may know I am the editor for Prime Time Living Magazine. Perhaps you don’t know that I have a series of children’s books, Max and Myron. These are being used in some schools to teach good character traits while teaching kids to read. My latest mystery, Champagne Lies, is available on Amazon and in book stores. I do admit…sometimes I have help. My office supervisor and resident cat, Shadow, offers suggestions, encourages me to take a break, and coauthored one of my latest books. Now as you think about retiring maybe you will also think about a new career. For me, a writing career allows me to take it with me as I travel, visit the grandkids, and explore new ventures. Let me know how you do…


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book review By Tracee Stacy

Champagne Lies is the latest book written by our editor, Wendy VanHatten. This intriguing tale of lies, deceit, and adventure takes Stacie, the main character, from San Francisco to Italy. Along the way she encounters dead bodies, diamonds and emeralds, and so much more. Why do those men keep following her? This is what some readers had to say about Champagne Lies. Champagne was going to help with their decisions. But it didn’t. From San Francisco to Italy, Stacie can’t figure out how and why things keep happening. Throw in a few murders, a secret vault, a husband she thought she knew, a mystery woman in Italy…and it all ends up in a villa. With enough twists and turns to create some confusion, Stacie is positive she is done being surprised. Guess not…


÷Champagne Lies is an exciting, fun read with twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing to the last page. Combining humor and adventure with secrets and lies, Ms. VanHatten deftly spins an intriguing tale that spans two continents as well as a thirty year marriage. I enjoyed every page. ~ Nancy C.


can’t figure out what’s happening in her life. First, it’s her husband, then it’s the jewelry, finally it’s the villa. Where did all of this come from and why are there so many people disappearing. Better yet…what do all of these dead people have to do with her? ~ Mary B.

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You will have to read it for yourself to find out what happens to Stacie. Is she who you think she is?

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The end of Alzheimer’s starts here. By Anne Payne


aturday, October 26th dawned bright and glorious for the 1st Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Solano County. Suisun City served as host for the walk, and could not have provided a more beautiful setting for over 450 walkers that came out to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Eleven percent of Solano county residents 65 and over has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia; with

that number expected to grow as the population ages. The costs associated with the disease are prohibitive, and spending on research is low compared to research for other diseases. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association largest fundraising effort, with monies raised going to fund programs and research. The Walk would not have been possible if not for the generous gift of time given by the committee, chaired by Anne Payne. The committee members represented all facets of long term care; nonprofit, for-profit, as well as people with a commitment to see the end of this disease. Thank you to the committee members: Annette Vance, Arthelle Burns, Denise Gassen, Don Burns, Jenna Hollis, Julie Callahan, Karen Gardner, Kim Humphrey, Kim

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Rusch, Kristin Einberger, Linda Johnson, Lizette Lawerence, Nancy landowski, and Sandy Perez. Special thanks go out to Supervisor Jim Spering, who graciously agreed to be our Emcee and to Suisun City Council Member, Mike Segala as well as Senior Assembly Member Lauren Rolff. The Solano County Walk to End Alzheimer’s brought in $77,000 (at last count) for the Alzheimer’s Association, which speaks to the generosity, and goodness of all of Solano County residents. Congratulations and warmest regards to all of the walkers, their family, and friends for helping to make the 1st Walk to End Alzheimer’s so successful! We hope to see even more walkers next year so that we can really, truly End Alzheimer’s.

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early 500 people gathered in Suisun City’s Harbor Plaza on Saturday, October 26, to participate in Solano County’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising event. They walked as individuals, as families, as friends and coworkers. They pushed strollers and wheelchairs; some walked only one mile, while others walked for more than three miles. They


were there to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, and to raise funds for research. There was also a large contingent of walkers representing NorthBay Healthcare. Having such a large NorthBay presence at the event was a dream realized for Sandy Perez, manager of the NorthBay Adult Day Center in Vacaville, who had hoped to see many friends and co-workers there to Napa/Solano Edition


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❝The event was so successful, the Alzheimer’s Association has already advised it will be repeated next year.❞

The NorthBay “family” was easily the largest team of walkers that day, and the group included not only employees and volunteers, but many family members and friends. Before the walk started, all participants were invited to carry colorful pinwheel flowers in colors representing who they were walking for: themselves, a loved one, or the cause. The event was so successful, the Alzheimer’s Association has already advised it will be repeated next year, Sandy added.

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The hidden epidemic: Are you at risk? By Rochelle Sherlock


ou’ve probably heard it before, aging ain’t for sissies. It is not a time for passivity either if you want to age gracefully and retain quality of life throughout the years. There are hidden risks associated with aging. Risks that threaten our physical and emotional health, and can have dire consequences for quality of life and independence. As we get older many things change that are largely outside of our control. One would think that with the growing older adult population we would know all there is to know about getting older, and all the risks associated with it. Unfortunately, there are

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hidden risks. Are you at risk? Every successful business conducts risk assessments to identify and minimize potential risks. In our personal lives we conduct informal risk assessments when we make major purchases, at different times during parenting, and while driving a car or riding a bicycle. The purpose of identifying risks is to address them proactively and thereby eliminate or reduce them. As you might expect, aging related risks increase

with age. Dr. Laurence Rubenstein, M.D., professor of geriatric medicine at UCLA states that 40% of people ages 65 and over, living at home, will fall at least once each year and approximately 1 in 40 will be hospitalized as a result of the fall. In 2010, fatalities in California as a result of a fall for people 65 years and over exceeded the number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents combined, and including all age groups (State of California Epicenter). A little closer to home, nearly 15,000 older adults were seen in Solano County emergency departments (ED) for fall related injuries between 2006 and 2011. During that same period, 3,547 older adults were hospitalized due to injuries sustained in a fall. Falling is not unique to older adults. Falls occur for people of all ages and physical abilities. Young children and athletes have some of the highest incidence of falls. The key difference lies in the fact that agerelated changes to strength and balance along with a host of health issues increases the likelihood of falling, and getting injured as a result of a fall.

Age related factors: The rate of falls increase with age. People 75 years and older are about twice as likely to fall and sustain serious injury. The physical changes that precipitate fall risks, such as diminished strength, begin before you turn 65. It is imperative that you take precautions to maintain your strength and health as you age if you want to prevent falls and injuries.

Chronic health conditions: Most falls among older adults have multiple interacting, synergistic factors that require complex clinical analysis. Dr. Mary Tinetti developed a risk assessment to help people identify their individual risk. In general, Dr. Tinetti states that if you are a healthy older adult with no health problems then

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___Total (add up the number of total health issues) Section 3. Medications. ___Three or more medications ___Psychotropic medications ___Anti-arrhythmic heart medications ___Diuretics Section 4. Other factors (e.g., physical, neurological). ___Weak leg muscles ___Unsteady gait ___Imbalance ___Poor vision ___Hearing loss ___Dizziness ___Confusion ___Memory loss ___Depression ___History of falls (2 or more falls within a 6 month period) *The above are research based identified risk factors. See Rubenstein & Josephson (2003) Risk Factors for Falls: A Central Role in Prevention


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you have a 1 out of 10 chance that you will fall. If you have one health problem the odds increase to 2 out of 10. Two health problems increase the likelihood of falling to 3 out of 10; three health problems increase the risk to 6 out of 10, and four or more health problems increase to 8 out of 10.

Medications: Research has shown that three of more medications and certain types of medications, such as psychotropics, anti-arrhythmia heart medications, and diuretics can increase the risk of falls (Rubenstein & Josephson, 2003).

Other factors: Numerous factors contribute to one’s risk of falling. Weakness in the lower extremities pose the greatest risk, increasing the odds of falling four times. Weakness in the lower extremities is often the result of limited physical activity. With your doctor’s approval an exercise program that includes strength building can greatly improve this problem and reduce your fall risk. Visual impairments increase your risk of falling

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Cognitive deficits and depression are associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of falling, and other issues such as hearing loss, dizziness, and confusion are also associated with a higher risk. People who have fallen are three times as likely to fall again. A single fall is not necessarily an indication of a major problem, it may be an isolated event. However, repeated falls, defined as two or more in a six-month period, should be evaluated for treatable causes. Most falls are associated with one or more identifiable risk factors. Research has shown that addressing those risks factors can significantly reduce rates of falling. It is important for you to be aware of how these factors affect your risk for falling and to seek medical advice.

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Be proactive. Take control of your life and address the issues that put you at risk. Falls are devastating to health, independence, and quality of life. Life is beautiful. Make sure you are able to enjoy it. Rochelle Sherlock, M.A., Consultant to the Senior Coalition of Solano County

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y absolute FAVORITE time of year!! Tis the season to be jolly! Or at least one would like to think so. But for some, the holidays can be a source of sadness or depression. A number of factors can contribute to the "holiday blues," including stress, loneliness, financial burdens, illness or ailments, weariness or even negative images in the news. People struggling with the holiday blues may experience feelings of sadness, tension, changes in their sleeping habits, lack of energy, diminished interest in favorite activities or excessive drinking or eating.

Focus on the positive. Instead of worrying about what you haven't done in the past year, talk with someone about all the positive things that have happened during that time. Don't overindulge in alcohol or food. Enjoy holiday meals in moderation, because excessive food and drink will just make you feel worse. Have reasonable expectations. Prioritize what is and isn't important for you to do. If your holidays aren't perfect, that's OK. I sincerely hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season! I’ll leave you with this…..

So! In the event that you are one of the people who might be inclined to get a little blue during this (my favorite) time of year……here are a few tried and true tips on how to stave off the blues. I hope they help!

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Set reasonable goals for yourself. Try to avoid overextending yourself during the holidays.

What is life really all about?

Plan ahead in order to avoid chaotic situations

Why am I here?

Stick to a budget

How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?

Get plenty rest. Set aside time for yourself and try to relax and nap during this busy season.

Best Wishes, Melanie

Avoid dwelling on the past. If you find yourself focusing on unpleasant thoughts, find something else to do, such as taking a walk or visiting a friend.


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The Importance of Routine Hearing Tests By Cynthia M. Peffers, BC-HIS, ACA, Creekside Hearing Aid Service

Who Should Get Their Hearing Tested?

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Why Get Your Hearing Tested?

Hearing testing should be as routine as getting your eyes checked at the optometrist or your teeth checked at the dentist. Having a baseline test around your mid to late 30’s is recommended. This allows you to know if your hearing range changes

Changes in your hearing are often so gradual that they aren’t initially noticed. High frequencies (like the voices of women and children) tend to be the first to move beyond a person’s hearing range. Then certain letter sounds become harder to detect. It may


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seem like people are mumbling, that your phone isn’t clear or that background noise has become more problematic when conversing. Having your hearing tested can tell you if your hearing abilities have changed so that you can look at bringing these sounds back into your hearing range.

Other Reasons for Hearing Tests; • As an occupational requirement • To check for changes in hearing after illness or injury

You had your hearing tested over Thanksgiving and didn’t even know it! The holiday season can be the WORST time of year for a person with hearing loss. Family gatherings, crowded (and noisy) stores — the hustle and bustle of the holidays make it far more difficult to hear and understand clearly. Difficulty in a crowded or noisy environment is one of the classic symptoms of nerve deafness, the most common hearing disorder. Other symptoms are:

• As a precaution when working in noisy environments

• Asking others to repeat themselves

• For concerns regarding hearing range reduction

• Playing the TV or radio too loud

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• A belief that others mumble

1 in 3 Americans live with a significant hearing loss. For the vast majority, there are only two choices: 1. Try to cope with it the best you can, knowing there are many times when normal communication with others will be impossible. For many, this means avoiding family events, church functions,


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practically every situation where background noise is present.


2. Solve the problem! The technology we have today allows us to provide dramatic improvement for all but the most profound hearing loss. Gone are the days of imprecise amplification — with today’s computerized instruments our patients enjoy natural sound in a device that is virtually invisible to others. This is the time of year that we ALL recognize how fast time flies. It’s also a great time to take this simple step toward a better and happier existence.



Whatever the reason, having your hearing tested regularly is important for your overall hearing healthcare. The test itself is simple, painless and is provided free of charge in our office. Call Creekside Hearing Aid Service for an appointment (707)455-7993


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At my wine store, we called bubblies and Ports “celebration wines” because they are often served for birthdays, promotions, or other special occasions. While they are delicious and refreshing for any occasion, or non-occasion, there is no denying the uplifting pairing of Champagne with special occasions. Some of my bubbly-drinking customers say they need to be careful with their Champagne. They say it goes straight to their head. But the alcohol content of most bubblies (12% or so) is lower

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than that of many still wines (13%-16%). Additionally, we tend to pour and drink sparkling wines in smaller servings in narrow Champagne flutes rather than the big bowl glasses used for still wines. So Champagne seems to give you more kick with less alcohol. It must be from the giddiness and festive spirit that clings to Champagne. If you’re looking for a nice celebration wine for the holidays—with the popping cork, the nose-tickling bubbles, and the festive spirit—then a sparkling wine is for you. There are many bubblies that meet those criteria for less than $10 a bottle. However, if you’d like to go a step further and taste the luxuriousness and complexity of a nice sparkling wine, you may have to spend $20 or more. And you would have no trouble finding a bottle of Champagne for hundreds or thousands of dollars. The best sparkling wines are characterized by very small bubbles that rise up from the bottom and sides of the glass in a series of tight rows. The bubbles, an estimated 58 million of them in each bottle, are created in a process called secondary fermentation, which happens after the wines have been bottled. Many fine sparklers have a nice yeasty taste that is very refreshing. Some have a lingering touch of fruit

that gives the wine a slight sweetness. Only sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France can be called “Champagne.” Most of the winemaking world abides by this convention and other countries have their own names, including the Cava from Spain and the Prosecco from Italy. In the United States, they are usually referred to as sparkling wines. Winemakers who flout the naming convention and call their non-Champagne wines Champagne tend to produce lower-quality wines. So, ironically, the name Champagne can indicate either very high quality (when coming from France) or low quality (when coming from anywhere else).

Champagne seems to give you more kick with less alcohol. It must be from the giddiness and festive spirit that clings to Champagne.

Champagnes are made from blends of three grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Terms like brut (low), sec (medium), and doux (high) refer to the sugar content of the wine. Blanc de Blancs (white from whites) are made only with the white Chardonnay grapes. Blanc de Noirs (white from blacks) are made only with the red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. A Rosé is made either by adding a small amount of Pinot Noir wine or by keeping the juice in contact with the

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I have imagined that when Champagne was first discovered a great instant celebration erupted with laughter, happy music, and dancing arm-in-arm. In fact, it was a great disappointment to the Champagne winemakers, including the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, when they were trying to make wines to rival their neighbors’ in Burgundy. Their wines kept coming out cloudy and gritty. And they couldn’t get rid of that infernal foam. Only after generations of trial and error and refinement did they come to embrace the bubbles and make their Champagne ■ the wine of kings. Kevin Quinn’s book It’s Your Wine, Drink It is now available for Kindle and in paperback. Search Kevin Quinn Wine on or contact him at or (707) 334-0421. YourWineGuyKevin on Facebook.

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The show they're taking to JAPAN!! Local Singers to Perform at the Kroc Center in Suisun, don't miss their last show for 18 months! Provided By: Honeybee Trio



he Honeybee Trio will once again enchant local audiences with its special brand of entertainment. As the girls prepare for their next life journey they would like to bid a fond “adiosu” to their local audience here at home for the next 18-months. The Trio was organized in October, 2008 when Natalie Angst, Karli Bosler, and Sarah McElwain were only 12 and 13 years old. In the past five years, they have matured into lovely young ladies and seasoned performers who have continued on their amazing journey together; delighting audiences of all ages from elementary school children to WWII veterans. Natalie has earned the honor joining the Glen Miller Band for the next year, touring North America, Canada and Japan. Karli is excited to dedicate the next 18 months to serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Sarah begins college in Los Angeles. The past year has seen an explosion for the “Bees” as their popularity has grown. They have dazzled Prime Time Living 38

audiences with their beautiful harmonies and stage presence all over California - from the South Bay to Palm Springs, and Sacramento to Tahoe, and have graced stages in several states across the country. Their fans and CD sales span 23 countries on five continents, and their next destination, over 5,000 miles away, is to “the land of the rising sun”! On February 8th, 2014, the girls will re-take the stage at the Kroc Center in Suisun City for a repeat performance. This state-of-the-art facility (which opened in May, 2012) boasts 60,000 square feet of space including an elegant 300-seat theater. As the girls contemplate their futures and what their higher education goals and other commitments will bring, they are determined to remain together. Although the opportunities to perform as a trio will become less frequent, they know that the special connection they share (both onstage and off) will be something they will want to return to again and again. During these performances, audiences will enjoy many Andrews Sisters songs as well as other artists from that era. The shows will feature a combination of favorites from their CD’s “We Can Sing It!” and “Flight to the Forties” to include “Don't Sit Under

The Apple Tree” and “Six Jerks in a Jeep” (from the movie Private Buckaroo), along with the established standard “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Their Andrews Sisters-style harmonies are guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!

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