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eren’t we just talking about starting the year 2015, and now it’s winding down? Whew!
Are you starting to make plans for your holidays? Wondering what to cook for your guests this year or what gift of wine to take to your next party? Maybe you’re already thinking about your New Year’s resolutions and your goals for 2016! Perhaps you’re like me and wondering where to travel in 2016. Some of us are probably still wondering what we want to be when we grow up… Keep reading. We may just answer your most pressing questions. Does one of your goals include starting a new habit and getting more fit this year? Check out the article from Active Lifestyle for some great tips. Maybe you have some extra time and want to start writing down the stories your grandmother told you. I know I wish I would have started this a long time ago. Not sure where to start? Did you know we have a writers’ group here in Vacaville?
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and get a jump start on an organized new year! By Joanna Ochs
ecember is filled with family, friends, food and celebration. Enjoy the season! It will soon be a new year, and spending just a little bit of time giving thought to your holiday “things” will help you get a running start on an organized new year. Holiday time is busy enough so don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking it all has to be done before the January. As you spend time decorating, baking, and wrapping, start giving some thought to what you are using, putting out on the table, and buying. Here are some simple strategies to adopt now that won’t add too much time to your already busy todo list…
• if you have more decorations than can possibly be displayed, sort out for family and friends (don’t keep multiples; if you save past years’ cards, put them in a separate box to be sorted out after the holidays) • make a new year’s resolution to get organized so you will have even more time to enjoy the holidays next year.
• if it’s broken, toss it (if it’s an easy fix, put it in a “to be repaired” box to be done later next year) • if you don’t love it, put it in a box or bag to donate
Use the same guidelines once the holidays are over and you’re putting things away!
Once the new year arrives, enjoy some welldeserved rest, then gear up for getting organized! Starting out, remember to be realistic. It’s not going to happen in a weekend. Schedule some time each day, or a few times a week (on your calendar) to work on this process. It wo’t be long before organizing becomes part of your routine, and the results you see will keep you motivated.
and write it down. It’s about remembering the person who gave it to you, or the situation that is important…not the item itself). Re-gifting is ok! (be sure to tag the item with who gave it to you) Think about this: an item not being used is not going to gain value sitting in a drawer or closet. Give it to someone who could use it, or donate it so someone who can buy it who might not have been able to afford it otherwise.
Throughout the process, don’t be hard on yourself. We all tend to accumulate stuff. Divide up larger areas into smaller ones. Start with a couple of drawers, a few shelves, a closet. Stay on that task until done – don’t leave the area. Sort into separate bins or bags – keep, sell, donate, trash/recycle, move to another area.
Organizing a little bit at a time, starting now, takes minimal time and will result in more free time in the long run. Use your time to enjoy life! Next article… “What do I do with all this “stuff”? Resources and ideas for dispersing all the stuff you’re sorting!
Knowing what to do is one thing, the how can be more challenging. Apart from something being broken, it’s not always easy to let go of things. Reasons generally include:
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• It’s useful • We might need it (common trap) • Someone gave it to us • I spent good money on it
When you find yourself thinking these things ask yourself questions and note the solutions: Have you used it in the past year? (If not, IT GOES. Items you think you MIGHT need can most likely be borrowed, rented, replaced if you really do end up needing them). You should keep it because someone gave it to you. (If there is a sentimental value, or a memory attached to the item, take a few minutes to remember,
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he holiday season is often dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many Americans, it can be an incredibly stressful time financially. The National Retail Federation predicts a 4.1 percent increase in sales this year, with the average American set to spend an estimated $786 in the following categories:
Begin with the golden rule.
Spending on gifts shouldn’t exceed more than 1.5 percent of your annual income. Use this rule as a guide to determine how much you should set aside to spend on gifts for your friends and family — and stick to it.
* $459.87 on gifts for family * $80.00 on gifts for friends * $26.03 on colleagues * $30.43 on the other people in their lives Whether shopping online or instore, there’s often a temptation to spend too much on gifts, leading to a case of buyer’s remorse come January. Regions Bank, one of the largest U.S. banks with 1,630 branches across 16 states, has advice for consumers on how to prepare financially for the holiday shopping season.
Separate and delegate.
Consider creating a separate account to fund gift purchases and make regular contributions from your primary checking account in a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.
Only buy what you can truly afford. To prevent
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things like airline tickets should be booked far in advance, other items — toys in particular — often drop in price during the first two weeks in December. Sometimes it pays to wait, other times it does not, so be sure to check for deals before you head out shopping.
With the holidays upon us, now is the time to start mapping out your shopping strategy. Establish a benchmark based on your income; create a holiday savings account, and fund it regularly; be sure you’re purchasing within the parameters of what you can truly afford; and know when to buy and when to wait. And remember, the holidays are meant to warm the heart — not burn the wallet! ARA Content
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Since 1973, the Vogels have provided a home and health care to more than 120 children. Of those, six children have never left their care, Roger explains, as they were adopted into the Vogel family. These special additions join their five biological children.
In all, the Vogel children range in age from 22 to 45. Fostering was not something they aspired to do as newlyweds, Corinne explains. When their first biological child was just over 2 years old, the notion came to them through a Bible passage. “We realized there are so many kids out there, and they need help. And, in the Bible it says to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless.” They were living in Pennsylvania at the time, but became licensed in California when Roger’s job with Chevron brought them to Fairfield – and NorthBay – in 1984, a year after NorthBay opened its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Each Visiting Angels agency is independently owned and operated.
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YOU therapists at NorthBay,” Roger says. “We take the children to the pediatricians or specialists they’re already seeing, because we believe in consistency,” Corinne says, even if it means making daily or weekly treks to pediatricians or specialists in Vacaville, Fairfield, Sacramento or San Francisco.
❝Fostering these children is a demanding job, physically and emotionally, but Corinne and Roger do it with such grace that it looks easy.❞ “Our foster children may have been drug-exposed, have medical conditions a parent is not able to handle, have suffered neglect or abuse,” explains Corinne. “We’ve cared for children who have suffered burns, have fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida, cleft palates or trouble swallowing.” The Vogels are well respected within the system for what they do, says Kelly McMahon, speech language pathologist with NorthBay Healthcare. She
has worked with the Vogels for at least 15 years. “Fostering these children is a demanding job, physically and emotionally, but Corinne and Roger do it with such grace that it looks easy.” Kelly notes the Vogel home bustles with the constant flow of visitors – from social workers, to therapists and early interventionists. “People are constantly in their space, but it doesn’t seem to faze them,” says Kelly. “They strive to give that individual child whatever he or she needs.” The Vogels are humble, but proudly share success stories and special memories. “The first child we fostered came to us at 10 weeks old and had a heart condition,” recalls Roger. “She now is grown, has three kids of her own, and lives in Sacramento. She was also the first one we adopted.” And then there is the young lady adopted at age 5. “She came to us as a failure to thrive at three months. She had been drug-exposed,” he adds. “She had such a tough start. But, two years ago she graduated from Fresno State University on a swimming scholarship. Now she is married and just had her own baby a few months ago.” In 2010, the Vogels were honored with the “Outstanding Foster Parents” award by the
Annuities Assure Future Funds jyi The Vogels have made the care of children a cornerstone of their legacy, by establishing a charitable gift annuity through NorthBay Healthcare Foundation. Charitable gift annuities provide purchasers with a fixed stream of income, a portion of which is tax-free and it also generates a significant tax deduction. Payments from a gift annuity are based on the age of the donors, and are guaranteed for life. After they no longer need the income, the Vogels have instructed that the remainder of the annuity be used by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation to create a permanent fund that will support the NorthBay Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. NorthBay Healthcare Foundation is the only Solano County-based nonprofit organization officially licensed by the state of California to offer charitable gift annuities. For more information, contact Brett Johnson, president of the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation at (707) 646-3130.
YOU American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Democracy and Social Justice. “The Vogels are an exceptional family,” said Supervisor John Vasquez at the time. “They demonstrate compassion, love, faith, and above all, the hope that these children need so they know there is a better day possible.” The Vogels share their story now in hopes that it will encourage others to become foster parents. “There really is a shortage of people who can care for the medically fragile,” says Roger. “And, we established an annuity through NorthBay Healthcare
❝They demonstrate compassion, love, faith, and above all, the hope that these children need so they know there is a better day possible.❞ Foundation so that the NICU will continue to receive funds into the future. We’d like others to consider something like that, too.” “NorthBay has provided such valuable, essential services, we wanted to give back,” Corinne adds. “Setting up an annuity was a way for us to ensure that these essential services are there for others.”
They have no plans to retire, because there are children who need them. “It’s hard to stop,” admits Corrine. “There is such a need. And, it is so rewarding to take these little guys with such problems and help them to get the medical care they need, take care of them, give them attention, and watch them blossom.”
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Above the door of Active Lifestyle Studio in downtown Vacaville is a quote. “What you do today, determines the goal of life tomorrow.” The owner, Mike Story, has other quotes around the studio. Do they help you exercise or stay fit? Probably not. But, they emphasize Mike and his philosophy. And, that’s what helps get you started on a road to a more fit body. We all know it’s easier to stay fit than to get fit. But, what if you need to shed some pounds, want to look and feel better, or remain active as you get a little older? Do you head to a larger gym? You could. You could also head to a smaller one and work with your own personal trainer. Active Lifestyle is one such place.
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Why a personal trainer? As we age, there may be an activity you’ve done for years that’s getting a little harder. Or, maybe you have an injury and it’s taking a little longer to heal. Maybe it’s been a few years since you’ve been in a gym and all the new machines just confuse you. Or, perhaps you want to continue to be active. Most of us want to prolong our activities and the lifestyle we enjoy for as long as we can. A personal trainer can help you navigate through this process.
So, where do you start? Mike and his trainers interview you, finding what’s important to you in life and in an exercise routine. They talk about body types, initiative, motivation, and how much time you are willing to devote. Do you need a routine you can take with you when you travel? Or,
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Kirtan Kriya (which is pronounced KEERtun KREE-a) is a type of meditation from the Kundalini yoga tradition, which has been practiced for thousands of years. This meditation is sometimes called a singing exercise, as it involves singing the sounds, Saa Taa Naa Maa along with repetitive finger movements, or mudras. This non-religious practice can be adapted to several lengths, but practicing it for just 12 minutes a day has been shown to reduce stress levels and increase activity in areas of the brain that are central to memory. What do the words Kirtan Kriya mean? In Sanskrit, a kirtan is a song, and kriya refers to a specific set of movements. In the Eastern tradition, kriyas are used to help bring the body, mind and emotions into balance to enable healing. What do the sounds Saa, Taa, Naa, Maa mean?
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The mantra that is repeated while practicing Kirtan Kriya is designed to be uplifting. The sounds come from the mantra ‘Sat Nam’, which means “my true essence’.
Is it essential to use these sounds during the meditation or can other sounds be used as a substitute?
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From an Eastern perspective, it is believed that the placement of the tongue on the roof of the mouth while making these sounds stimulates 84 acupuncture points on the upper palate. This causes a beneficial bio-chemical transformation in the brain. In addition, Western research has revealed that utilizing the fingertip position in conjunction with the sounds enhances blood flow to particular areas in the motor-sensory part of the brain.
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1. Repeat the Saa Taa Naa Maa sounds (or mantra) while sitting with your spine straight. Your focus of concentration is the L form (see illustration), while your eyes are closed. With each syllable, imagine the sound flowing in through the top of your head and out the middle of your forehead (your third eye point).
Clinical research has shown that practicing Kirtan Kriya for just 12 minutes a day can improve cognition and activate parts of the brain that are central to memory. Replacing the Kirtan Kriya sounds with other sounds, or replacing the meditation as a whole with other relaxing tasks, has not been shown to be effective.
2. For two minutes, sing in your normal voice. 3. For the next two minutes, sing in a whisper. 4. For the next four minutes, say the sound silently to yourself. 5. Then reverse the order, whispering for two minutes, and then out loud for two minutes, for a total of twelve minutes.
The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation believes that the various parts of Kirtan Kriya are each vital to the whole, and recommends practicing it in the traditional way to fully reap the benefits of the exercise. That said, other methods of reducing stress, like deep breathing, listening to music and other types of meditation may be beneficial to your health.
6. To come out of the exercise, inhale very deeply, stretch your hands above your head, and then bring them down slowly in a sweeping motion as you exhale.
I am enjoying the Kirtan Kriya meditation a lot. I will tell others in my book club about it and hopefully you will get more takers – with a donation of course. Thanks for offering the CD. I read about it in the book How God Changes Your Brain. I am 72 years old and doing all I can to keep my brain healthy: 3 miles of brisk walking a day, reading many books, lots of fruit and veggies, and meditation. In the past I have done ‘Centering Prayer.’ The finger exercise in the Kirtan Kriya Meditation helps me stay focused. Thanks again.❞ —Jean Foreman
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When it comes to retirement, practice makes perfect. Retirees become increasingly adept at managing their expenses and income as they age, according to new research. Retirees report becoming better at controlling spending, feeling more financially secure and finding creative ways to cut expenses without giving up activities they enjoy, according to the study sponsored by MassMutual.
In most instances, retirees’ expenses are about what they expected or lower than expected before they retired, according to the study. In general, 40 percent of retirees say their expenses are lower than expected, with 30 percent reporting “much lower” expenses. One in five (22 percent) retirees report higher than-expected expenses, reinforcing the importance of sound financial planning. Sarsynski encouraged pre-retirees to work with a financial advisor to project their expenses and income in retirement to ensure they are not left with a gap. Retirees say their ability to manage expenses improves the longer they are retired. Of those retired 11-15 years, nearly four in 10 (38 percent) report doing an “excellent” job of managing expenses compared to 23 percent for those retired for fewer than five years. Seventy-seven percent of longer-term retirees say they are doing an “excellent” or “very good” job handling expenses compared to 58 percent of more recent retirees.
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you’re a baby boomer, you probably grew up in the 50s and 60s, and maybe when asked the question of what you wanted to be when you grow up, you might have said, “I want to be an Astronaut.” The list of things that you said you were going to be when you grew up was probably changing with the wind, and each time you were asked. For most, it was a moving target—a temporary dream. I’m pretty certain that when asked that heavy question, what do you want to be when you grow up, you never said, “I want to be old,” or, “I want to work hard most of my life and then retire to the porch and watch others living their lives.” Even writing these down feels off.
I think it feels off because in this life we are designed to do, to be doing, to be choosing, to find our own meaning by thinking and doing, not to be not doing, or coasting, being a bystander, an observer. We are designed to participate in life. They say, “Life is for the living,” and that is perfectly and delightfully true. boom 24
Even the question of what we want to be when we grow up is a loaded question. What do you mean when I grow up? Frankly, I hope I never grow up. It’s also loaded because it indicates something off in the distance, like something on the horizon. It might be many years before I would get there. That makes it allusive and hard to relate to. Since this question can be asked at any age, consider this answer: “I’m doing it right now! I’m living the dream this minute. I wanted it, I reached for it, and I grabbed it. I love my life right this moment! And, it just seems to get better and better as I grow into it.” Interestingly enough, the default answer to the question, what do you want to be when you grow up, will always be whatever you are doing right this moment. After all, since all life is right now, this moment by moment, it truly is whatever you are doing or being right now. Until. . . Until you choose something else, something better, something wonderful, something that excites you, something that you enjoy, something that lights that fire within you.
It’s never too late to know. It’s never too late to choose. It’s never too late to live. Now. Terry Minion is an owner/manager of www. UpwardTrend.org, a website, online marketing company based in Fairfield CA. He also writes the CTS Daily Inspirations at www.ctsdaily.net.
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When Should I Hire a Tour Guide? By Travels and Escapes
Are you traveling this holiday season or planning your dream trip….. One question I am often asked is… "How do I know if I should hire a tour guide when I travel?" So, how do you know? Start by asking yourself these important questions.
do I have 1 Hinowthismuchcity ortimelocation? If you truly only have a limited amount of time and want to see the highlights, it may be a good idea to hire someone who can easily take you to those spots. Do your research ahead of time to get the best possible guide.
I visiting a chaotic 2 Amlocation? While you may not be in a dangerous city or country, you might be in one that has so much going on it seems chaotic. Again, with some research…a guide might be your best bet.
a popular destination and would like to 3 AmavoidI visiting the crowds? A good guide knows the best times to visit the museum, attraction, or tourist spot. They might get special rates and they’ll probably know what’s under construction or closed on a Monday. You may even get a special tour when everything else is closed.
4 Do I want to learn about the history of my destination?
A guide who is well educated about the history of the battlefield, castle, or temple can be invaluable. Much better than reading the guidebook and trying to figure out which way to go.
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If you only speak English and are traveling somewhere where English is not spoken, you may find a guide more than just helpful. In this case, a guide is necessary.
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Veal Shank Osso Buco By Chef Salvio of Chianti Osteria
Ingredients 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 sprig fresh thyme 1 dry bay leaf 2 whole cloves Cheesecloth Kitchen twine, for bouquet garni and tying the veal shanks 4 whole veal shanks (about 1 pound per shank), trimmed Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour, for dredging 1/2 cup olive oil 1 small onion, diced into 1/2-inch cubes 1 small carrot, diced into 1/2-inch cubes 1 stalk celery, diced into 1/2 inch cubes 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 cup dry white wine 3 cups veal stock 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
Directions Place the rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and cloves into cheesecloth and secure with twine. This will be your bouquet garni.
For the veal shanks, pat dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Veal shanks will brown better when they are dry. Secure the meat to the bone with the kitchen twine. Season each shank with salt and freshly ground pepper. Dredge the shanks in flour, shaking off excess. In a large Dutch oven pot, heat vegetable oil until smoking. Add tied veal shanks to the hot pan and brown all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove browned shanks and reserve.
In the same pot, add the onion, carrot and celery. Season with salt at this point to help draw out the moisture from the vegetables. Saute until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix well. Return browned shanks to the pan and add the white wine and reduce liquid by half, about 5 minutes. Add the bouquet garni and 2 cups of the veal stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for about 4 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone. Check every 15 minutes, turning shanks and adding moreÂ stock as necessary. The level of cooking liquid should always be about 3/4 the way up the shank. Carefully remove the cooked shanks from the pot and place in decorative serving platter. Cut off the kitchen twine and discard. Remove and discard bouquet garni from the pot. Pour all the juices and sauce from the pot over the shanks. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Looking for an amazing dish for the holidays? Try this recipe from Chef Salvio of Chianti Osteria.
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at a Time.” “Eating these superfoods regularly is one of the easiest yet most impactful things boomers can do for their health.”
Johnson’s top five superfoods for baby boomers include:
Fresh cold water fish “On top of being a delicious lean protein, fish is loaded with omegas-3s that keep our brains healthy as we age,” says Johnson. “EPA and DHA are the type of omega-3 fat found in fish and are especially important for a healthy heart, hormonal balance, energy and mood.” Since most of us don’t have access to fresh, wild-caught or cold-water fish on a daily basis, she suggests taking a high-quality cod liver oil daily. “Also, cod liver oil naturally contains vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium.”
Super seeds Certain seeds, like flax, chia and hemp seeds, have extensive health benefits and more boomers are incorporating them into their daily meals and snacks. “Flaxseeds and chia seeds are high in omega-3s and fiber and contain antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties,” says Johnson. “Hemp seeds are high in healthy omega-6s, along with being high in protein. These super seeds help balance hormones and can also help with digestion.” Easy ways to start incorporating seeds into your daily routine is to add them to smoothies or sprinkle on yogurt or oatmeal. boom 32
Super vegetables “Vegetables provide many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, folate, vitamins A, E, C and are alkalizing, meaning they neutralize acids in the body and help your body thrive and stay mineralized,” says Johnson. Try to get a variety of super vegetables into your daily diet including leafy greens, bok choy, broccoli, mushrooms, beets, celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Leafy greens and broccoli are especially high in calcium and vitamin C needed to keep your immune system healthy and prevent sickness. Beets and celery are extremely detoxifying. Garlic is part of the onion family and contributes to a healthy immune system while helping to lower inflammation.
Super fruits “Fruits are packed with flavor and are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and are extremely alkalizing,” says Johnson. Strive to get a variety of super fruits in your daily diet including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, apples and bananas. Dried fruits like figs, dates, goji berries and raisins are high in the calming mineral magnesium which helps to relax the mind and body and aid in digestion.
Organic virgin coconut oil Lately there has been a lot of buzz about coconut
Rise and Shine Smoothie
oil and for good reason, explains Johnson. “Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat high in lauric, capric and caprylic acids which have antiviral and antifungal properties contributing to a healthy digestion,” she says. “Coconut oil also contains mediumchain fatty acids that can aid in a healthy metabolism.”
Ingredients: 2 cups carrot juice 1 cup kale or spinach 1 banana 2 cups frozen or fresh berries 2 tablespoons chia or flaxseeds 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 1 tablespoon Nordic Naturals Orange Flavored Cod Liver Oil
Try using coconut oil in baked goods or to replace other oils when sautéing or stir-frying. It’s also a fantastic butter substitute on toast and other foods.
Start the day on the right foot with this easy-to-make smoothie that features several of Johnson’s recommended superfoods. This recipe can be found on Johnson’s blog at www.targettotable.com.
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
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What Wine Should I Bring? With Lauralee Ensign of Cuvee E
ooking for yummy new wine for your holiday party? Maybe you’re going to a party and want to bring a gift for the hostess but aren’t sure what wine is appropriate. Do all the bottles in the store confuse you and you end buying one that has a neat looking label? If you’ve ever been in that position, you’re not alone. So, what do you do? Stop in at Cuvee E, in downtown Vacaville, and let Lauralee and her team help you in your wine purchase. They know wines. Even better, they take time to talk to you and ask questions. What are your expectations for the wine you’re buying? What do you like? Does your hostess like reds, whites, sparkling, or all of the above? Will you be drinking the wine now or is it a gift to be used later? Would you like a taste before you buy? This is more than a wine bar…although the bar itself is impressive. Lauralee and her entire team want to share their knowledge and help you with your wine purchase. It’s a tasting room experience in a friendly setting. While you’re there, sit down in a comfy chair or sofa, relax and unwind, watch the outside world go by,
Stop in at Cuvee E, in downtown Vacaville, and let Lauralee and her team help you in your wine purchase. They know wines.
sample a new wine or savor a favorite one, and look around the walls at the art. Yes, this is an art gallery as well. Art and artists change every two months, with local California artists featured. Like what you see? Come back and sample other wines on their menu. They change with the seasons. Their consulting sommelier offers advice and will be hosting some Wine 101 classes. With wine etiquette to culture to education…it promises to be fun. Cuvee E offers a unique, private wine club for its members. With discounts and special parties, they have a good time. From glass to bottle…the team at Cuvee E wants you to have an amazing experience. If You Go: Cuvee E is located at 11 Town Square Place #B, Vacaville, CA. Phone number is 707.469.9211.
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Town Square Writers With Betty Lucke
Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that included writing your memoir, putting your poem on paper, relating a story from Grandma for the grandkids, or telling a tale about your latest trip to Miami? If so, you might want to check out our very own Town Square Writers group. Yes, Vacaville has a Writers Group which meets every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Town Square Library, downtown Vacaville. Started in 2011, this group shares their writings, receives assistance, supports one another, gains constructive feedback, and has fun. It doesn’t matter if you are an established or published PTS_Sol_OctNov09:Layout 1 9/29/09 8:00 AM Page 26 writer or if you are just starting out. Everyone is welcome and the group understands each one of them started somewhere, according to Betty. “WeAcross have lots beginners.” Reaching the of Generations All aspects the reach writing field the aregenerations explored. When older of adults across Short stories, memoirs, poetry, fiction, to become mentors for children, everyone nonbenefiction, mysteries, romance, fantasy, children’s fits. It is for these reasons that the Solano Interbooks, and screen plays all their spot. generational Partnership washave formed. “From character development to plot and The Solano Intergenerational Partnership is a dialogue; from sentence structure to point of composite of individuals and professionals repview…we discuss it all. We also tackle editing, resenting children’s and senior’s services with publishing, layout, marketing, book proposals, the goal of promoting intergenerational opportuqueries, self-publishing, and agents.” nities, practices and policies throughout Solano
and that’s what is neat about this group.” New members are always welcome. Any age is welcome. “We’ve had a 16 year old and a 90 plus year old…both great writers. This group is a great way to look at writing, whether it’s putting your family’s history down on paper for your grandchildren or trying your hand at a children’s book.” Are you good at drawing? Maybe you’ll find a writer who’s looking for an illustrator. Upcoming Events: Author Margaret Lucke, a writer and editorial consultant in the San Francisco Bay area and published author of several books, will be having a workshop with the Town Square Writers Group on December 2 and again on January 14. For more information on these workshops and on the Town Square Writers Group, contact Betty Lucke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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