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As you look at your goals for 2014, do any of them include health and wellness? If so, read our article on the benefits of massage. You may know that getting a massage can be a pleasant way to spend an hour. But, did you know they provide much more than that?


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Getting Older or Bolder? It's Cold & Flu Season Again

Did any of your resolutions include giving more of your time or money to a worthwhile cause? Read about the Solano County SPCA. Dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens can always use our help.


Technology Helps Seniors Remain at Home

Maybe you wanted to learn more about wines in 2014 or what wine to have with your Valentine dinner. You’re in luck. We have another educational piece on wines, written by an actual wine guy. Lucky you.

Top 10 Reasons People Seek Massage Therapy Aging With Choices

Whatever you have started to do in 2014…enjoy life, live well, and stay healthy. We’ll be right here with you.

A Caregivers Journey: Flo Flowing Paradise Valley Estates Earns Top Marks in Quality 2013 was a Huge Year for the SPCA of Solano County Vacaville Auto Dealer Donates Car to Jubilee Raffle


anuary often comes with resolutions, goal setting, and a fast start to a new year. February brings us Valentine’s Day as we ease into our routine. March comes with St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring.

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By Rochelle Sherlock


etting older or bolder? This was the question posed by Dr. Edward Yoon to a large crowd at the Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality series last year. Dr. Yoon, a cardiologist with Sutter Health, was highlighting the fact that getting older doesn’t have to result in frailty or sitting life out on the bench. There’s plenty of evidence to support the “getting bolder” option. Bolder definitely applies to Fauja Singh, affectionately nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado, who was the first centenarian to run a marathon. It also applies to Gladys Burrill who was the oldest woman to run a marathon at the young age of 92. Just spend a moment on the internet and Google the name Ernestine Shepherd. Talk about bold. Ernestine transformed herself from a, self-described, average middleaged woman with a sedentary lifestyle, into the World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder at the age of 75. Her lean, strong body is admirable at any age. She became a personal trainer, professional model and competitive bodybuilder in her 70’s and reports being happier

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and more fulfilled than at any other time in her life. Then there’s George Weiss who, at 84, invented a mobile app called Dabble – The Fast Thinking Word Game. The list goes on and on. Stereotypical ideas about aging are being shattered by everyday people who refuse to sit life out on the bench — people who challenge themselves to live with vigor and vitality, people boldly living their dreams. Modern medical science has made incredible discoveries about aging with vitality. Yes, our bodies age. There are aging related changes (some that begin in our early 30’s) that we have the power to affect, and ensure our older years are characterized by quality of life and a sense of well-being.

Stereotypical ideas about aging are being shattered by everyday people who refuse to sit life out on the bench Knowledge is power. For example, did you know that the aging brain is increasingly dependent on the chemical acetylcholine? Acetylcholine works in the memory areas of the brain and allows brain cells to communicate with each other. Most Alzheimer medications work by enhancing acetylcholine in the brain. Unfortunately, many commonly used medications including some antihistamines,

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 post-op, 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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bladder relaxants, and antidepressants, reduce this brain chemical” (U.C. Davis Medical Center). Vital medical facts about aging, such as the example above, will be presented at a four-week Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality. The Mini-Medical School, back by popular demand, is sponsored by the Senior Coalition of Solano County in partnership with doctors from Kaiser Permanente, North Bay Health Care, and Sutter Health. Come learn important information that will enable you to live boldly — in the fullest health possible and to age with vitality.

Event Information: *The Mini-Medical will be held at the KROC Center in Suisun on four consecutive Saturdays (March 8, 15, 22, and 29th) from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and lunch is provided.

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*The program is geared for anyone, regardless of age, who is interested in learning about the science of aging well. Many myths and negative stereotypes about aging will be debunked. Getting older doesn’t mean we have to sit life out on the bench. On the contrary, it could be the beginning of a bold new adventure. Rochelle Sherlock, M.A., is consultant to the Senior Coalition of Solano County, an advisory board to Solano County’s Board of Supervisors.

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Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality MARCH 8, 15, 22, AND 29TH – 9:30 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

…a unique opportunity to learn about the medical science behind aging with vitality. Local physicians will cover a variety of medical topics (e.g., the aging brain, male and female health, vision) in an understandable and engaging way. Dates: Saturdays – March 8, 15, 22, and 29th 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) Location: KROC Center, 586 East Wigeon Way, Suisun City, CA Lunch is provided. Donations: Donations are accepted to help cover the costs of the event (optional). Mail Registration Form to: Senior Coalition c/o Rochelle Sherlock 4813 Stoneridge Ct, Fairfield, CA 94534 For more information call 707-864-3984 or email

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It's Cold flu season again By Kimberly Seaton-Smith, D.O.


he Flu season has hit. Every year is different, but we may see flu as early as October and late as May, and the season usually peaks in January and February.

(four-strain protection), high-dose shot (suggested for seniors), preservative-free shot and intradermal shot (with a smaller needle). Flu nasal sprays are also available. Contact your primary care provider to determine which option is best for you.

Let’s focus on some common questions and facts about flu, and then we’ll move on to colds, which also occur with more frequency during our cooler months.

Is the flu dangerous? It can be, especially for young children, seniors and those with chronic health problems like asthma. Last year, 200,000 people were hospitalized due to flu-related complications. The flu death rate changes, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, it ranged from 3,000 and 49,000 annually between the 1976-1977 and 2006-2007 flu seasons.

How does the flu spread? It’s usually airborne, passed by those who are contagious via a cough or sneeze, or just talking or breathing within six feet of someone else. Less often, touching a surface infected by a contagious person spreads it. Flu spreads quickly because you’re contagious one to two days before symptoms occur and you can remain contagious up to a week afterward.

Who should get a flu shot? Everyone over six months old should get one, but especially those most at risk as noted above. A variety of flu shots are available: the standard trivalent (three strain-protection) plus a quadravalent shot


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Can’t you get sick from a flu shot? No, there is no active virus in a flu shot. There is a small amount of weakened live virus in flu nasal sprays, but they still won’t give you the full-on flu; you may experience a few sniffles.

How should you treat the flu? Rest and drink plenty of fluids.. It can be useful to take antivirals within the first few days to decrease symptom severity, lessen duration and reduce spread to others.

How can you tell if you have the flu rather than a cold? It’s hard for even doctors to tell the difference sometimes without a swab test, but flu symptoms are much more severe: fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, cough and sore throat. A runny or stuffy nose is also possible, but those symptoms are more commonly associated with colds. Speaking of which…

How do colds spread and how can you protect those around you and yourself? The cold virus spreads the same way the flu virus does. In addition to steering clear of those with obvious symptoms, you should frequently wash your hands, keep your hands away from your nose and mouth, and sneeze into your arm.

How can you treat a cold? Unfortunately, there’s no cure for colds. They usually run their course in seven to 10 days. All the cold medications you see advertised treat the symptoms rather than the cause. The best advice regarding cold and flu season is to be prepared. Unfortunately, it’s something that comes around every year—but it doesn’t need to get the best of you. Dr. Seaton-Smith is a pediatrician affiliated with Sutter Medical Foundation—Sutter Medical Group, Solano. She sees patients in Vallejo and appointments are available at 707-427-4900.

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ResCare HomeCare client Janet Clements receives supports through Rest Assured, ResCare's exclusive web-based Telecare system. Telecaregiver Dave Crowe can chat face-to-face with her any time of the day, whether to give reminder cues or to ensure her safety. Almost everyone wants to stay independent and in their own home as long as possible. But for seniors, living alone can be difficult, if not dangerous. New technology offers more choices that can help many people stay independent longer. Seniors and their families can choose from a number of assistive technology options along a continuum of care to adapt to changing needs. One of the first steps may be using a personal medical alert system. A pendant or bracelet is worn that can immediately notify telecaregivers of problems, Prime Time Living 12

through the touch of a button. The simple device gives peace of mind to individuals at risk for injuries and accidents, allowing many to continue living at home when they otherwise may not be able to. When families find that their loved one needs additional support, video enabled communication is the next step. A touch screen computer allows two-way communication with a professional caregiver, family member, or friend. The system requires no keyboard, mouse, or technical skill to use. The technology offers other features like preprogrammed alerts, music, photos, games, weather,

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and the ability to call friends and family for video chats. The simple touch screen is designed to be easy-to-use for seniors. In addition to helping them stay safe, the technology can help reduce feelings of isolation and also offer activities that can improve cognitive function.

The technology is state of the art, but the most important aspect is the people.


Another version of this video enabled communication incorporates cameras in general living areas along with sensors throughout the home to increase the level of support. Trained telecaregivers are able to detect health or environmental issues and get help immediately by notifying family members and medical or other professionals. The technology is state of the art, but the most important aspect is the people. The telecaregivers are experienced professionals. They help manage medication with prompts to the individuals. Security and safety throughout the home are also monitored visually as well through heat, smoke, carbon monoxide, window, door, and floor sensors. The service can be on a drop-in basis or up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to the video-enabled communication, telehealth, the delivery of health-related information via telecommunications technologies, enables seniors to automatically and dependably transmit accurate and timely health readings for their care providers to monitor and review. Information that can be transmitted includes blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse, O2 saturation, weight, and more. With this information, care plans are created to help patients remain healthy and prevent hospitalizations. ResCare HomeCare offers these assistive technologies and other supports which can help seniors feel safe and secure at home while giving family and friends peace of mind with the assurance that they will be contacted immediately if an incident occurs.Â

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Massage Therapy

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ost of us are aware that therapeutic massage feels amazing; but massage also provides relief to a multitude of specific health concerns. Therapeutic massage has been proven beneficial in reducing muscular pain and tension, relieving lower back pain, lessening depression, giving K.O.’s to sleep disorders, lowering high blood pressure, increasing flexibility, and much more!


Experts believe that 90% of stress accounts for 8090% of illnesses and disease. As massage is a great stress-reliever, you can see that we can avoid a lot of current, stress-related illnesses via massage therapy. Here are the top ten reasons why most people seek massage:


Massage feels great!

Massage can be a wonderful experience for deep relaxation. Post massage leaves your body and mind feeling at amazing ease.

Pain Relief

Massage provides significant reduction in back pain, (including lower back pain), migraine headaches, neck aches, shoulder pain, joint pain, overused or sore muscles, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and muscle injuries. A regular massage loosens all this unnecessary tension!


That overworked, overwhelmed, spaced-out feeling. Massage provides deep relaxation lessening your muscle tension and lowering your blood pressure (by reducing heart and pulse rates). Massage increases your mental clarity, heightens mental alertness, and revitalizes your mind. Massage also increases academic performance and ability to focus on calculations.

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Combating age

Massage therapy and bodywork improves immune system functioning while relieving muscle aches and stiffness. Massage also enhances tissue elasticity and joint flexibility, improves blood and lymph circulation, and promotes healthy vibrant skin.

Calming Emotions

You might be surprised at the number of people who receive regular massage treatments as an alternative to ‘dealing’ with depression. Massage therapy increases self-esteem, improves your mood, decreases depression, reduces anxiety, and quiets insomnia. Massage also can ease PMS symptoms.


Removing built up toxins


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Accelerated Healing


Increased Flexibility/Mobility

Massage therapy speeds healing of muscles, tissues, and skin. Thus, sports massage is used and great for post-workouts, postsurgery, and muscle soreness in general.

Massage therapy is perfect for people who work out, are physically fit, those who are athletes, elderly, and even for pre/post surgery. Massage is wonderful for improving motor skills. Massage therapy also maintains posture in the skeletal system.

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Massage flushes away waste products from your muscles, tissues, and skin more easily. This helps digestive disorders (such as spastic colon, constipation, and intestinal gas).

Massage therapy stimulates skin gland production, leaving clear, healthy skin. Massage to the skin also helps to reduce superficial scar tissue, improving skin condition(s).

Better overall health

investment, maintenance of optimal health

In summary: Regular massage will make you look and feel years younger! Massage therapy is so much more than a luxurious way to relax. It is a wise investment in your health and being. Massage certainly should be regarded as proof to your dedication towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Take a mini vacation for an hour or two! Linda Tipton, owner of Thirty Six Oaks Country Retreat located on Gibson Canyon Road in Vacaville. I have lived here on the property for 35 years. In that time, there has been considerable transformation. It started out a small family “farm”. My two sons, Scott and Ryan tended piglets, sold eggs to neighbors and lived the country life. After they became adults and went their own way, the farm began to disappear and a retreat was in the making. I am so pleased to offer my clients this space that offers so much tranquility. The opportunity to do massage in a country cottage setting  is such a bonus! Nature heals and sets the mode for your journey of serenity at a destination day spa. Come with plenty of time to nap in a hammock, watch the deer wander through, and hear the hawks calling. Sip on some herbal tea and let your worries float away!

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Aging With Choices with Melanie Richardson, Senior Resource Specialist


t is common for adult children of aging parents to frequently miss the signs that things are changing with their moms and dads. Easy to miss because we are living in a fast paced world with lots of distractions….full time jobs, children’s school and sporting events, home maintenance projects, checking email and Facebook, the occasional date night…..and the list goes on and on.

If you begin to have concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with their physician or an office like ours for guidance. As loyal and loving advocates for our parents or aging relatives, I thought it would be a good time to brush up on some of the warning signs that the train might be about to leave the station without a conductor. Here they are: ❱ Poor grooming (stains on clothes, infrequent bathing, disheveled look) Prime Time Living 20

❱ Changes in eating habits (grazing on snacks all day versus hot meals) ❱ Sudden mood changes (grumpy, anxious, paranoid) ❱ Reluctance to socialize (finding excuses to not participate or engage) ❱ Signs of depression (not sleeping, not eating, no energy) ❱ Poor or decreased judgment (burners left on the stove, not utilizing walker/cane) ❱ Loss of initiative or lack of interest (stop participating in social, church, or volunteer activities) ❱ Increased forgetfulness (missed appointments, multiple/same magazine subscriptions) ❱ Mobility changes (unsteady on feet, frequent slips, trips, and falls)

a connection to a few services and some continued oversight. That way, the train will be able to stay on the tracks. To ignore the signs would be like having the train leave the station without you and you would have it jump the track at an alarming rate of speed. No one wants a train wreck, so be a good steward of that locomotive!

❱ Mishandling finances/ medications (forget to take medication, not taking the right amount of medication, bills not paid on time) ❱ Unsafe home environment (cluttered pathways, poor lighting, house in need of repairs)

As always, I would love to hear your feedback or would be happy to answer any questions related to senior care you might have. Feel free to give us a call at (707) 451-8724 or shoot us an email at

Every time you see your aging loved one, make a mental note of these warning signs. If you begin to have concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with their physician or an office like ours for guidance. Sometimes things just need to be shored up a little or perhaps

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Journey: By Rochelle Sherlock

o paraphrase an Army ad, “Caregiving is the toughest job you’ll ever love.” After all, we are talking about our loved ones. It could happen gradually or suddenly and there we are, faced with situations unheard of. I have been asked as a former caregiver of 13 years what every caregiver or senior needs to know. This is what I came up with: You are not alone, ask for help, and be kind to yourself. When my journey began, we didn’t have computers or the Internet and resources were slim to none. Indeed, the isolation was deafening. Without the family caregiver our economy would collapse. I suspect these words offer little comfort as you are run ragged trying to do it all. Please look for help.

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A quick google search led me to two of many resources now available to you online. The Federal Government has several sites. I found this one to be the one to start with: Whatever you need help with, I think you will find a link to it. You can’t do it all. I know our culture teaches us to be independent; the reality is all life is interdependent. There is so much more help now than when my mom passed away 14 years ago. I encourage you to look for it and ask your family, friends, social groups, and church to help. Don’t be discouraged when they say no; keep asking, keep looking, you will find it. Give concrete suggestions of where you need help: mow the lawn, fix dinner, mend the fence, stay with your loved one so you can go out, you get the idea. It felt like I was constantly putting out fires. The one burning the hottest got

my attention. It’s exhausting. Another website I found useful is called Caregiver Action Network (CAN), formerly called the National Family Caregiver Association: They offer 10 tips for the family caregiver. I recommend that you check them out, print and/or bookmark the page. When Dr. Amacher ran a caregiver support and respite group at David Grant Medical Center, I ordered them to use as a bookmark. This is another website with a wealth of information and help. If there aren’t any support groups in the area, this website offers peer support.

You are not alone, ask for help, and be kind to yourself.

10 Tips for Family Caregivers 1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! 2. Take care of your own health so you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. 3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. 4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. 5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often. 6. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it. 7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. 8. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find. 9. Make sure legal documents are in order. 10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can, in one of the toughest jobs there is!

I strongly recommend a support group. I can tell you it’s invaluable to have the support of people going through what you are. I found it to be a lifesaver. This brings me to you, the caregiver. Please, do everything possible to take care of yourself. Every day do something – walk, read, meditate, pray, whatever gives you personal pleasure. It’s important to your health. Find people to give you a break for an hour, a day, or longer. You need to have time to re-charge your batteries and enjoy a moment. It’s the best gift you can give yourself. Please be kind to yourself. Remember, you are doing the best you can. Forgive yourself, too. After all, you are only a human… being.


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achieving and maintaining the highest standards for our residents.” Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent nonprofit which officially recognizes quality in health and human service providers. The group has accredited nearly 50,000 programs at 6,500 providers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Paradise Valley Estates earned a full, five-year accreditation in 2009 and was recently surveyed for recertification in December 2013. While survey results won’t be

When Paradise Valley Estates earned full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 2009, the continuing care retirement community joined an elite group of caregivers. “Only 10 percent of communities across the nation have earned this accreditation,” explained Paradise Valley Estates’ Health Services Administrator Mary Linde. “Having this designation is an important seal of approval. It’s proof of our commitment to Mary Linde (center) and staff focus on achieving quality benchmarks to support the life and health of each Paradise Valley Estates resident.

released by CARF until the spring, the survey team was very impressed with the community’s programs and provided positive feedback.

❝Only 10% of communities across the nation have earned this accreditation,❞ “The review is very stringent,” said Linde. “Not only is every policy and procedure carefully considered, every area of care from healthcare quality to recreational activities is evaluated for effectiveness and meaningfulness to residents.” According to Linde, CARF’s rigorous review closely aligns with the community’s guiding objectives. “When you walk on to our campus, quality is Prime Time Living 24

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evident,” she shared. “We work hard to create a place that can provide our residents with the life they want. CARF accreditation underlines that effort.”

❝We reach high to achieve quality standards and doing so sets us apart from other communities, ❞

Linde, herself a newcomer to the Paradise Valley administration, brings vast expertise in continuing care retirement community operations as well as meaningful patient care. “I joined Paradise Valley Estates in December,” she shared. “As Health Services Administrator I function as a team leader and mentor to staff. While two of my focuses are regulatory and quality compliance, what’s pivotal for me is working with staff so they’re empowered to use their ideas in dayto-day care.”

Linde came to Paradise Valley Estates from Philadelphia, Pa., where she achieved an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master’s degree in health system administration. A career nurse, she’s worked in continuing care communities

since 1998. Those years have provided a unique perspective on care for the aging.

“The care we provide is a kind of nursing that’s very relationshipdriven,” she said. “Many places call themselves a retirement ‘home’ when they are in fact far from that notion. We work very hard to make our community a true home for residents, and that’s an ongoing job because home is really different for everyone.” In Linde’s eyes, the CARF accreditation is another pillar in Paradise Valley Estates’ resident-centered culture. “We reach high to achieve quality standards and doing so sets us apart from other communities,” she said. “We see the value of continuous improvement not only in terms of organizational achievement, but in a far more meaningful way — our ability to promote more fulfilling, enriching lives for the people who call our community home.”

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2013 was a HUGE year for the SPCA of Solano County. W to the program you specify.

ith a large clinic equipment grant from Petsmart Charities, the SPCA of Solano County was able to create the only state of the art high- volume, low - cost spay/neuter clinic in Solano County. There has been a great need for this service in our county and we are very pleased to be able to fill this need.

One of the ways we have been able to implement the programs and keep up with the growing needs of the community is through the generosity of people who have remembered us in their Will or Trust. It is an amazing act of kindness toward the animals in our community and in our care. The SPCA of Solano County uses all revenue directly to care for our animals and to provide community programs. If you are interested in remembering the SPCA of Solano County in your estate plans please contact Shelter Director Deborah Dillon for more information at 707-448-7722.

Surgery costs are a fraction of the cost of a regular veterinary clinic. The large numbers of animals that wind up in the municipal facilities are increasing by the day. These animals are ultimately euthanized due to lack of space and this is due in part to people not being able to afford to spay or neuter. The only way to decrease the high euthanasia rates is to provide the low cost service.

The next large project for the SPCA of Solano County is to construct two public dog parks at our facility on Peabody Road. It is important for people to have a safe place to play with their dogs. The plan is for two separate parks, one for small dogs, and one for large dogs to play in safety. This will be an amazing resource for the dogs and owners of Solano County. If you are interested in donating to our dog park project with either time, supplies or financially please contact us at the SPCA.

Our clinic will provide 35 – 40 surgeries each day and our goal is 8,000-10,000 each year. Our clinic will provide 35 – 40 surgeries each day and our goal is 8,000-10,000 each year. The clinic opened in September and we have completed over 2,000 surgeries in 90 days. We are well on our way to reaching our goal. We have an amazing staff of Veterinarians and technicians that work very hard every day to give amazing care to the pets entrusted to us for surgery. At this time we are able to offer our services to residents of all counties.

If you have any questions about our programs or services please contact us at the shelter by phone 707-448-7722 or by email at

The SPCA of Solano County exists entirely on donation fees and private donations. The community is fantastic about bringing us much needed supplies such as dog & cat food, kitty litter, blankets, etc. All donations are tax deductible and are very needed and appreciated. It is always possible to make a donation to a specific project or division of the SPCA of Solano County. We have received donations specifically for the clinic, for kennel improvements, etc. We always make sure the funding goes directly


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Vacaville Auto Dealer Donates Car to Jubilee Raffle 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.


he Solano Wine & Food Jubilee’s Raffle has offered some exciting prizes over the years – brand-new cars, piles of cash and top-of-the-line motorcycles. Thanks to a local Vacaville auto dealer, this year’s top raffle prize will be just as exciting. Either a brand-new 2014 Buick Encore or a 2014 Nissan Altima can be won by a lucky Jubilee Raffle ticketholder, thanks to the

generosity of Rami Yanni, general manager of three dealerships in Vacaville: Vacaville Nissan, Vacaville Dodge and Vacaville Buick GMC. In addition to the choice of cars as a top prize, there will be $10,000 in cash awarded, as well, according to Candy Pierce, raffle chair. There will be 12 winners of $125, 10 winners of $500, one winner of $1,000 and one $2,500 winner.

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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.


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The winning tickets will be drawn at the 27th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, set for April 25, 2014 at the Specialty Event Center at 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 & Bereavement.



Odds of winning something are about one in 100, she adds, as only 2,500 tickets will be sold.



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Your Wine

Dec/Jan 2014

By Kevin Quinn

It’s Enough to Give You a Complex A beautiful thing about wine is its complexity. There are worlds of small and large details for us to discover in a glass of wine. Look at the nuances of color, smell its variety of aromas, taste what it has to offer, and notice the way it changes as it is exposed to the air. This complexity is the culmination of all the small and large details that went into the making of that wine: the location of the vineyard; the use (or non-use) of pesticides, fertilizers, and irrigation; when to harvest; what varietals to blend together in what proportions; whether to age in oak or stainless steel; whether to use French, American, or Hungarian oak; when to release the wine. This is just a tiny sampling of the myriad decisions facing a farmer and a winemaker with every wine they produce. There are no right or wrong answers but each choice affects and is affected by all the others and all are woven into the great tapestry that is poured into your glass.

different details of the wine. Their analysis takes various forms: holding their glass up to the light, swirling the wine up on to the sides of the glass, plunging their nose in the glass and inhaling deeply, holding the wine in their mouth and drawing air in through their lips, swallowing the wine and counting the seconds that the taste lingers. Another of the beautiful things about wine is that you can enjoy it just as much without going through these complex rituals. You can pick up the glass and take a drink without taking your eyes off your conversation partner. You can decide how much you like it or dislike it without even saying a word.

This extraordinarily complex process produces an extraordinarily complex libation. That is what makes wine so compelling and interesting to some people. They just love to look, smell, and taste their wine very carefully to tease out, name, and discuss all the Prime Time Living 36

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In my wine store, I see people engaged in both the complex and simple forms of wine drinking. There are dangers in each. On the one hand, someone may be so engrossed in dissecting and analyzing their wine that they make the people around them want to drink a Bud Light. On the other hand, someone may not get to experience the richness a wine offers because it doesn’t immediately come off as yummy. ultimate test of whether I want to drink a wine is if I like it.

As your wine guy, I like to know a little about where the wine I’m drinking comes from and how it was made, and I’ll chat with you about its tastes and textures. However, my ultimate test of whether I want to drink a wine is if I like it. One wine that is greatly loved by the customers in my store for its complexity is the Syrah. It is a red wine that is also billed as Shiraz and is one of the main components in the French Rhône wines. Some examples have a deep savory character and evoke the flavors of red fruit and spices. My favorites have a faint smoky and even meaty essence. This makes them a good match for big meaty meals such as grilled tri-tip or sirloin steak. Good and great Syrahs abound, from Australia to California’s Central Coast to the Sierra Foothills to France’s Rhône River Valley. It is not unusual to find a good Syrah for $15-$20 or a very good one for $30-$40. If you’re feeling lucky, you can risk your money spending more or risk your gag reflex spending less. Then sit back, swirl, sniff, analyze, or just take a ■ drink. You just might like it. 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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34. Journalist Nellie 41. Sole 42. Benne plant 44. Small amount 45. Sodas 46. Sino-Soviet block (abbr.) 48. UC Berkeley 49. Express pleasure 50. __ Paulo, city 53. History channel’s #5 show 59. Divertimento 60. Ridge on Doric column 61. Pastries 62. The “It” Girl 63. Hand drum of No. India CLUES DOWN 1. Labor 2. North-central Indian city 3. About aviation

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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY



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