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issue Welcome to the spring issue of Russian Time Magazine. This issue is just as refreshing as the season it represents. It has lots of fresh ideas on anything from travel and cooking, to dating and shopping. It present you with stories of some incredible people worth respect and admiration. It will help you stick to your New Year resolutions with advice on Health and Fitness, and it will give you a reason to take a cheat day in your diet just to try some amazing restaurants we feature in this publication. We hope you enjoy it!

18 The Berkeley Girls The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California system. The competition to become a part of such an elite academic community is incredibly high. Meet three beautiful Slavic women who made the cut.

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Dinner Date with a Twist Looking for romantic date night ideas? Take our advice on how to put a spin on old classics like dinner and movies, bring in the heat with a flaming fondue dinner, or seal the deal with a present that will take your date by surprise.

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Lake Tahoe Discover five things you simply must try in Lake Tahoe before the summer takes over. Find out how you can enjoy a panoramic Bird’s Eye View of the lake and which Tahoe restaurants serve world class delicacies, such as black truffle duck salami and Japanese-style breakfast omelets.

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I was having lunch with a now good friend of mine, the co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, John Kehriotis, at a Russian restaurant. Even before we met, I had long admired John for his brilliant mind and his progressive business vision. He was by far one of the most respectable entrepreneurs I knew of, so I was delighted to have this opportunity to talk to him.

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Looking for romantic date night ideas? How about dinner and a movie? If you find this old trick dull and boring, our five suggestions for a perfect night out might make you reconsider. Dinner and a movie is considered a classic for a reason. There is something special about sharing some good food and a hearty laugh or cry with your date. However, stopping by the drive through at In-n-Out and renting a DVD from Redbox will probably not do the trick. Here are five great ways to put a spin on the old dinner and a movie date that will turn it into an unforgettable night out.

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The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant that offers a unique dining experience and a menu that stretches far beyond chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Simply imagine yourself sitting next to your date in a private booth softly illuminated by dimmed, intimate lighting. Your server starts your dinner with a hot pot of melted cheddar cheese and a tray of artisan bread, seafood, meat or a vegetarian selection. Dinner at The Melting Pot is a mix of romance, entertainment, and some darn good food. You get to experience an interactive dining atmosphere and watch your food being cooked fondue style right at your table. Here, you are never in a rush. A full course dinner takes anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours, depending on your menu selection. It creates a perfect environment to enjoy time with your date while dipping something sweet or savory into a hot fondue pot.

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The two of you will have fun while cooking your entrée together in a fondue pot. There is a surprising array of highend, delectable items that the restaurant offers. The Melting Pot’s special ocation menu features a four course dinner with items like lobster, shrimp, and filet mignon along with a variety of healthy and gluten free options. Once done with the main course, you can feed your date with a chocolate covered strawberry or another decadent dessert you deep into a hot chocolate fondue pot set on your table.


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Obviously, women and chocolate go together like hugs and kisses, but not all chocolate will suffice. If you’re looking to WOW your sweetheart, don’t waste your time at Godiva or See’s Candies. Ginger Elizabeth is the best chocolatier in town! This small chocolate shop is located in downtown Sacramento, where you can find a variety of flavors ranging from Earl Grey Tea to Raspberry Rose and Maya Chile. Gingers doesn’t make candy, they make real, creamy, rich, decadent chocolate! When you come into their shop, you will be pleasantly surprised with the delicious and unique flavors that melt in your mouth. Trust me, you will not fail to impress with this hidden gem!

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Jewelry

Speaking of gems, you can’t go wrong with diamonds or gold, and luckily they come in all shapes and prices. Even these glamorous gifts can fit any budget, from $69 “starving student” valentine’s pendants to expensive rings that can be passed down for generations.

If you want to surprise your date with something more lasting than chocolates and are searching for a present that will leave them in awe, jewelry is the perfect choice.

The key to getting good quality without spending a fortune is as simple as buying it from the right place. Notorious jewelry giants at large shopping malls often overprice their inventory so they can sell it to you at 50% off. Besides, unless you are a diamond expert, it’s hard to tell the difference between a good quality diamond and a cheaper stone. To get your money’s worth, find a jeweler you can trust. We recommend a local, privately owned store called Jonathan K Jewelry. The company provides personal service and high quality jewelry at wholesale prices. Jonathan K & Co Fine Jewelry 535 Fulton Ave #2, Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 485-5353 www.jonathankjewelry.com

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Movies

Unless your date is a middle school teenager, going to a neighborhood Regency Theater will not make their heart beat faster. However, there are two great ways to put a spin on a regular movie night.

Go old school and watch a movie at a drive-in theater before those are gone forever, or combine a dinner and a movie by checking out a brand new fusion of a restaurant and theaters called Studio Movie Grill. There are three drive-in theaters still up and running in Northern Cal, one in Concord, San Jose, and Sacramento. Picture yourself watching a new hit on a big screen while cuddling with your date in the comfort of your own car. As for the fusion theaters, those allow you to enjoy some good food without having to smuggle it into the theaters. It’s a full service restaurant where you get to watch a movie while eating your dinner. There are two locations open in California, one in Rocklin and one in Simi Valley near Santa Barbara.


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SLAVIC WOMEN FROM THE FLAGSHIP CAMPUS A story of three beautiful Slavic women’s success, achieved through one of the best universities in the world, the University of California, Berkeley.

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AN ELITE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California system. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranks UC Berkeley fourth in the world and first among public universities. The campus is well known for producing a high number of entrepreneurs and some of the best professionals in their respective fields. Some Berkeley grads include Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple; Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel; and Academy Awards winning actor, Gregory Peck.

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An education at UC Berkeley provides more than a chance to get a respectable degree. It opens a lot of doors to some of the best employers in the nation. It also provides students with a great body of knowledge and some lifelong friendships. The competition to become a part of such an elite academic community is incredibly high. Out of 78,863 applications submitted in 2015 only 13,332 were accepted, making the 2015 acceptance rate only 16.9%! We wish to introduce you to three Slavic women who made the cut and started their professional journeys at UC Berkeley.

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Masha Kutilova was born in Russia and moved to Los Angeles, California with her family when she was ten years old. The girl was a straight A student and ranked fourth in her graduating class. Like most immigrant families, the girl’s parents could not pay for college.

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MASHA Graduated in 2012 with a degree in Integrated Biology and Russian Language & Literature, currently working at BabyCenter.com, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

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This did not stop Masha from applying to UC Berkeley, one of the most expensive public colleges in the nation. A great GPA got Masha in, but it was up to her to keep up with the program and cover the college costs. Masha applied for financial aid and scholarships and worked two jobs to make it through school. “I was doing research at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute for four years and working in the Slavic Exchange Department at the University,” says Masha. She started out as an Integrated Biology Major but after taking some Russian Literature Courses she fell in love with reading and writing and graduated with a double major, Integrative Biology and Russian Language and Literature. “Getting a degree from UC Berkeley was one of the hardest things I have done in my life. At the same time, being a Berkeley student taught me discipline and time management, and I now have a degree that looks great on my resume.”

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Yulia was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States four years ago to study abroad. She enrolled in the UC Berkeley extension where she studied Marketing and Business. In future Yulia considers earning a Master’s Degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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UC Berkeley Extension participant. Currently employed by Rubrik Data Management Company stationed in Palo Alto, California.

“I gained knowledge of the latest marketing concepts and techniques with courses on strategic marketing, analytics and metrics. I get to study emerging trends in social media and other innovative technologies,” says Yulia about studying at Berkeley. “One of the best things about being a Berkeley student is meeting amazing people from all over the world. I go to school with people from Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy who are now my good friends.’’ Yulia is currently working as a marketing coordinator for a great startup stationed in Palo Alto, California. She feels blessed to be part of a great team and considers earning an MBA from UC Berkeley in future. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

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Viktoriya was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the US with her parents when she was just 8 months old. After graduating from high school, she applied to nine different colleges including UC Berkeley, but wasn’t accepted to any. Viktoriya did not give up. She completed her general education requirements at a community college and re-applied to the four best schools on her list, including UC Berkeley and Georgetown in Washington D.C. This time she was accepted to all four.

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VIKTORIYA Graduated in 2015 with degrees in Political Science and Media Studies, currently working at Berkeley Law School.

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She enrolled in Berkeley. Scholarships, grants, and work helped her keep up with the intimidating annual tuition of $13,432. “Being a conservative and Pro-Israel at a campus known to be very liberal definitely made me stand out among the other students. I was invited to participate in a two-week advocacy trip to Israel with 35 other college students from around the nation. In the summer of 2014, I was accepted to UC Berkeley’s Cal-in-Sacramento fellowship program which allowed me to intern at the office of State Senator Mimi Walters. I got to work at the Capitol Building where I received amazing legislative experience and got to see how our state government runs from the behind the scenes.”


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LIFE LESSONS in CHINA by Juliet Werden

If you’re an adventurous person, born eager to travel the world and experience cultures, then you’re just like me. I had vacationed in Japan, Israel, even Cambodia. Never for more than a month. Now my husband and I were going to live in China for two years to teach English.

on the photos clockwise: 1. The long icy stairs of the Great Wall in winter. A lot of falling down occurred. 2. Me in an old-fashioned part of Guangzhou. Here you could transport yourself to a pre-Westernized China. 3. Stone statues of Buddhist monks at a temple. I like the variety of expressions, from disapproving to mischievous. 4. Girls dressed up in costumes at the park. Looks like it was just for fun. 5. My husband looking out over Ji Xie mountain. We loved traveling to beautiful places.

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When you arrive in a new country, you’re excited to try the cuisine. As time goes on, you long for the foods you can only get at home. My husband and I talked about our favorite Mexican restaurants as if they were beloved family members. Once I found a store that sold American foods, I bought our groceries there. This works for an occasional treat, but don’t make it your main way of eating. Trying to recreate your native culture while living in another is an opportunity wasted. No doubt you will find some foods you never wanted near your tongue. Try them anyway. We ate crickets, cobra, and calf’s foot while in China. If anything, it makes a great story to impress -and gross out- friends.

My husband and I came to China knowing ‘nihao’ and nothing else. After two years, we could only count to ten. Our friends helped us with anything else, so we didn’t push ourselves beyond “survivor Mandarin”. Now I wish we had taken classes or hired a tutor. Everyone knows how difficult studying languages are without native speakers and opportunities to use it in real life. You’ll never have a better chance to become fluent than in the country that uses it.

EXPLORE NATURE

Not knowing much about the country beyond our favorite foods to order from take out, we ended up getting quite a shock. Looking back on it now, I have pleasant memories and some regrets. If you find yourself moving to a different country as a couple, here are some of my tips.

You can’t get a feel for a country until you’ve seen outside city walls. Apartment buildings and convenience stores look the same everywhere. The gray streets I walked down everyday weren’t the real China. It was in the thin black trees next to a snow covered Great Wall, the intense lime green of bamboo forests, and the wooden temples with stone statues and clouds of incense. Nature helped connect me to the people and their country. Seek out the places you can’t find anywhere else.

CELEBRATE! Hardly any Chinese holidays were similar to ours. Dragon boats raced down rivers in summer and everyone shared thick, sweet moon cakes in autumn. Even Christmas and New Years were different. Enjoy it. Engage in their traditions and share your own. For Thanksgiving, we roasted a turkey in a toaster oven for our work friends- they loved it!

GET OFFENDED In America, we don’t mention negative things to our friends. Amongst females, if one asks if her outfit is okay, the answer should always be a resounding yes. In China, women freely tell each other if they are getting too fat. I was shocked when one told me that my nose is “tall”, but eventually I understood this cultural practice. Chinese people are polite to strangers and honest with friends and family. This was their sign of my truly becoming their friend. Every culture comes with its own ways of interacting with each other. Learn these quickly and your transition will go smoother.

RELY ONLY ON EACH OTHER My husband and I spent a lot of time in our apartment. By tucking ourselves away at home, we could block out the strangeness of a foreign land. As a couple, it’s easy to be satisfied with just each other’s company, but this limits you and the people of the country. Most are interested in foreigners and finding out all of the differences between us. Our co-workers eagerly invited us to lunch, dinner, and trips to karaoke. They understood that, as so few non-Chinese people live there, we felt like fish out of water. Americans may not be as aware of foreigners feeling this way because there are so many here. All they need is for you to ask for help.

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Lake Tahoe

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by Olga Ivannikov

Although the season is almost over, the snow might stay around as late as March or April, which means you still have a chance to experience the best of the cold in Tahoe. If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the snow but don’t feel like taking on the Black Diamond ski run, here are five things that will make your stay in winter Tahoe unforgettable.

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After five dry years the Sierras finally got some amazing snowfall, which made Lake Tahoe a Must Go destination over the holidays.

Snowmobiling Snowmobiling is a unique combination of speed, adventure and unforgettable scenery. Best of all? No experience is necessary and you can even share a ride by getting a double-rider touring machine. Priceless!

There are plenty of companies that offer snowmobile rentals by the hour in Tahoe. Most of them charge an arm and a leg for riding a snowmobile in a sardine-sized circle on flat grounds. Not much fun. Our research landed us at the Zephyr Cove Snowmobile center, a rental company known to be one of the largest in the states. Their fleet features over 90 newest Yamaha and Ski-Doo snowmobiles that are incredibly powerful, comfortable, easy to navigate, and most importantly, safe to ride. There is also no need to bring any snow gear. Snow boots, jackets, gloves, and open faced helmets are available for rent at the location.

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Once fully equipped, you are taken up the mountains on a 20 minute bus ride. The shuttle drops you off at the starting point stationed approximately 7,000 above sea level. There, you are briefed on how to use the vehicle, assigned a guide, and unleashed into the wilderness on your own snowmobile. You get to discover the virgin beauty of a winter wonderland riding over 45 miles of perfectly groomed trails. Once you climb another 2,000 feet, the snow covered aspens and pine trees make room for an open terrace that overlooks Lake Tahoe from the top. The silver shimmering lake lays at your fingertips surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered with snow. It’s a breathtaking RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

view that makes you feel like you are standing on top of the world, an unforgettable experience!

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A local family revived this old Russian tradition and made it one of the most popular attractions in South Lake Tahoe. The Borges family business offers rides in huge custom made sleighs pulled by pure-breed Belgian Draft horses. The rides go through scenic winter trials with a great view of snowy meadows, mountain peaks, and the lake.

small pony the parents gave to their kids for Christmas. The children attached a small sleigh to the horse and started giving rides to their friends. The miniature sleigh rides looked like so much fun that the owner of a nearby hotel made them an offer, to provide rides to his hotel guests in return for a small compensation. This is how an ancient Russian tradition was re-invented This family operated business in the heart of South Lake started years ago with a Tahoe. Today, 50 years later,

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the company owns 10 giant custom made sleighs and 14 stunning Belgian Draft horses. You can reserve a private sleigh ride for two or hop onto a bigger sleigh that fits up to 20 people and bring along the whole family. The rides are conveniently located next to the state line casinos within a short walking distance from the parking lot of the Montebleu Hotel. A reservation is highly recommended as the rides fill up quickly.


For those looking for a more active and engaging way to enjoy the great outdoors, cross country skiing is a perfect fit.

Cross Country Skiing It is not as fast and dangerous as slope skiing, which makes it a perfect starting point for those who are not ready for the black diamond run. In fact, cross country skiing is a great way to get started if you have no experience whatsoever. Tahoe Cross Country 925 Country Club Drive Tahoe City, CA 96145 (530) 583-5475 www.tahoexc.org

We recommend checking out Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association located on the north shore in Tahoe City. The association monitors 65 kilometers of daily groomed trails that wind through the mesmerizing Ponderosa Pines, breathtaking snow covered meadows, and summits that open on spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains. There are a total of 21 different trails separated by each level of difficulty. They range from flat easy glides

to sturdy hills with mean slopes. All trails are marked with clearly visible signs so it’s hard to get lost if you have a trail map. There are also three warming huts along the way, providing a warm place for a free hot chocolate or tea break.

rent full snow gear and top notch skiing equipment. Since TCCSEA is a non-profit organization, all lessons and rentals are very reasonably priced. Cross country skiing is an extremely popular activity for families and kids. It’s a fun, affordable, and healthy way to enjoy the The association offers free fascinating scenery of the maps and private or group winter Sierras. Besides, a few ski lessons for kids and hours of exercise in the snow adults. One private lesson gives you the perfect excuse with a skiing instructor could to indulge in a tasty meal be enough to get you up at many nearby local food and running even if you have joints. North Tahoe is famous never skied before. They also for those. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

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What can be a better way to start your day than with a perfect up of coffee and a breakfast plate worth getting out of bed for? If you are in South Lake Tahoe for a day, you might want to give Starbucks and IHOP a break and try a local favorite breakfast spot called A Cup of Cherries.

A Cup of Cherries 3434 Lake Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 454-5111

It’s a family owned café that serves some amazing coffee drinks and a unique breakfast menu you won’t be able to find anywhere else. This place popped on the radar of local coffee fanatics because of the incredibly smooth, balanced, and kicking espresso drinks they serve. Their Island Lattes, Mexican Mochas, cappuccinos, and freshly brewed coffees got the café lots of faithful regulars.

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personally collected and adopted to Californian style by the co-owners, Adolfo Monreal, his sister Maria Proctor, and her husband John. Some of the absolute customers’ favorites include Hawaiian Island Pancakes, Japanese Tamagoyaki Omelette, Spanish Omelet Quesadilla, and the Bad Boy breakfast sandwich.

We tried all four and were amazed of how the texture But wait, A Cup of Cherries and taste of the ingredients will get you going with came together in each dish. more than just a good cup The crunchiness of the maple of coffee. The restaurant glazed macadamia nuts offers a fascinating fusion perfectly complemented menu which puts a spin on the fluffy and moist texture breakfast classics like egg of Banana Island Pancakes sandwiches, pancakes, crapes, finished with lightly sweet and omelets. The menu is house-made coconut syrup. inspired by popular recipes The subtle hint of sriracha from all around the world, sauce mixes with gooey RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

melted Havarti cheese added a kick to the Japanese Tamagoyaki, which looked like a giant sushi roll and tasted like an out-of-this world omelet. The Omelette Quesadilla was perfect for taking with us on a five hour cross-country skiing tour. All items are cooked from scratch using fresh local ingredients with no pre-made boxed batter mixtures, shortenings, lard or margarine used in cooking. Adolfo, being a huge coffee fanatic himself, personally selects the coffee blends they buy form a local coffee roasters company. This, and lots of love the owners put into their coffee house, just might be the reason why A Cup of Cherries gets a line of regulars every morning.

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Dinner A few hours out in the snow and it feels like you are ready to swallow a cow. There is nothing better than grabbing a good meal after you spend a day in a freezing cold. Our recommendation for a dinner restaurant is conveniently located in the same place as the snowmobile rentals.

The Lodge Restaurant at Zephyr Cove Resort 760 US-50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448 (775) 589-4915 www.zephyrcove.com

It is called the Restaurant at the Lodge and it feels like a real log cabin lost in the woods. Decorated with wooden logs, hardwood floors, and a huge burning fireplace, the restaurant creates a perfect ambiance for cozy romantic dining. According to the executive chef, Jeremy Acuna, they serve American food with a twist. You can certainly feel “the twist� in every bite. The menu is made of popular items but there is nothing simple about the way they are prepared or served.

and delicately sliced prosciutto. The second appetizer was so good we almost had to fight over the last piece. It was a whole wheel of brie cheese baked and served on a hot cast iron skillet. This melted goodness was covered with a hint of locally made orange blossom honey and pieces of crunchy pecan bits. A divine combination of flavor and texture!

For the main course we shared pork chops, grilled salmon salad, and pan seared Idaho trout. The chops came Hungry after two and a half with wild mushroom bread hours of snowmobiling, we pudding, pistachio cranberry started with two appetizers, chutney, and baby carrots. The an antipasto and baked brie. meat cooked to perfection Both dishes took us by surprise. had a golden crust on the The antipasto featured a trio of outside and was tender homemade sausages with duck and juicy inside. It paired truffle salami, cured chorizo, perfectly with the bittersweet RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

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by Sophia Arakelyan

FOUR PROMINENT MEMBERS OF

An estimated 1.5 million Armenian Americans call the United States their home with the majority residing in California. Some of them, including the 35th Governor of California, George Deukmejian, have left a mark in American history.

ARMENIAN COMMUNITY IN CALIFORNIA

The Armenian community has lots of prominent musicians, writers, filmmakers, singers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. We wish to introduce you to four prominent Californians of Armenian descent that have achieved great heights in their respective fields of medicine, politics, sports, and music.

Did you know that most Armenians have no trouble speaking at least three languages, such as Armenian, English, and Russian, despite the fact that all those belong to completely different language families. This incredibly talented and resourceful nation is famous for its hospitality and known to have some of the best food traditions in the former Soviet Union. If someday you get to visit an Armenian family, get ready to eat, a lot. Unexpectedly a lot! Centuries ago Armenia was a powerful empire, stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. The nation took a great loss during a tragic Genocide of 1915, when an estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million Armenians were killed. The tragedy made millions of Armenians leave their homeland and spread all over the world. Today there are about 2 million Armenians in Armenia and about 8 million living all over the world, including the largest communities in the United States, Russia, France, Iran, Lebanon, and Syria. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

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MEDICINE

SERGEY MAHTESYAN, DDS FINE TOUCH DENTAL Dr. Sergey Mahtesyan, a General Dentist with a wide scope of practice in Oral Surgery, is regarded as one of the best specialists in the field in Sacramento. He heads a rapidly expanding dental practice and constantly works on advancing the procedures he offers. He attrobutes a big part of his success to inspiration and help from his fellow members of the Armenian American community.

“IT’S A THING OF GREAT PRIDE TO BE OF ARMENIAN HERITAGE.” “Many oral surgery procedures and techniques used today were invented by a fellow Armenian, Dr. Varazdat Kazanjian, a graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is regarded as the father of modern maxillofacial and plastic surgery. It’s a thing of great pride for me to be a part of a nation that has given to the world numerous exceptional people like Dr. Kazanjian.“

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Dr. Mahtesyan graduated from Yerevan State Medical University, Faculty of Dentistry and Oral Medicine, at the age of 21. He soon moved to the US and had to face many hardships of being an immigrant. “I went through it all, a tough immigration process to become a US citizen, odd jobs, you name it,” recalls Sergey. His goal was to practice his profession in the US, which meant going through Dental School all over again. He started in NYU College of Dentistry and later transferred to University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine, from which he graduated with an honorary award for Excellence in Oral Surgery. Dr. Mahtesyan practiced in Boston and Los Angeles before starting his practice in Sacramento. The focus of the practice is difficult full mouth reconstruction cases, which are handeled with relative ease using the latest dental technologies. What really sets Dr. Mahtesyan and his practice apart, is a procedure called all-on-4-teeth in a day, which was invented by Portuguese dentist Paulo Malo. It allows edentoulous patients to get a full set of non-removable teeth anchored on 4 implants in a single day. Dr. Mahtesyan was trained to perform the procedure by Dr. Paulo Malo himself in Lisbon, Portugal. “It’s like miracle to be able to give a patient a full arch of teeth in one procedure. It changes the patient’s life in a single day.”

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KATCHO ACHADJIAN MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY Katcho Achadjian represents the 35th Assembly District in the California State Legislature, which includes the communities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria.

“AMERICANS AND ARMENIANS HAVE LOTS OF SHARED VALUES.” In 1971, Katcho came to California to complete his education. Civil War that broke out in Lebanon at the time prevented Katcho from going back home. He stayed in the US, graduated from college, and pursued the American Dream.

“I have always been attracted to Western education and civilization,” said Mr. Achadjian, “In fact, I was very proud of the United States as I watched Apollo 11 and its crew landing on the moon. I was blessed with a chance to come to the states to receive a quality education. I accomplished my goal when I graduated from Cal Poly in June of 1976. At that time, Civil War was ravaging Lebanon. Going home was not an option for me.” So Katcho decided to stay in the US. He worked at a gas station to put himself through college. Upon graduation, he bought out that very gas station by getting a small business loan. A few years later, he got married to his wife Araxie, also an immigrant from Lebanon. Today, after 45 years of living in the US, Mr. Achadjian represents the people of the Central Coast as both a County Supervisor and a State Assembly Member. Katcho and Araxie, are striving to keep Armenian traditions alive in their family. Their son, Hratch, and daughter, Nyri, both speak Armenian and have traveled to Armenia before. The Achadjians are proud of their heritage and preserve their traditions through the following three pillars: food, church and family. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

A TRIBUTE TO ARMENIAN CULTURE “We strive to keep our Armenian traditions alive in our family. Our daily dishes, our three hour drives to the nearest Armenian Church to celebrate Easter, and the fact that my sisters and I have all settled close to each other all help to preserve our heritage. This is part of the beauty of America. We have the freedom to celebrate our roots.”

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MUSIC

AMURAI (AKA MANVEL TER-POGOSYAN) MUSIC PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, DJ Manvel is an internationally acclaimed songwriter, music producer, and DJ specializing in European electronic and Trans genres. Manvel had been on multiple world tours, DJ-ing large concerts and collaborating with major European dance record labels.

“MUSIC ALLOWED ME TO EXPLORE MY INDIVIDUALITY.” “I enjoy producing music the most since it involves the process of composing and songwriting. Music production offers me the freedom to express myself through melody and lyrics.”

Manvel was born in Armenia and moved to the US at the early age of four. He had a passion for music and released his first music record on vinyl when he was only 18. “Music provides me an escape from the world and helps me explore who I am,” says Amurai. “It also provide me with the way to share my thoughts and feeling with others.” Manvel writes and produces music, specializing in European electronic genre. He travels with shows all over the world, working with major record labels and legendary electro dance musicians, such as the international superstar and his childhood idol, German electro dance producer, ATB. “Lately I’ve been very interested in collaborating with artists from Armenia. There is so much talent there. I want to help further develop the music industry in my country of birth. I’m currently working with Lucy (Lusine Aghabekyan), the winner of American Idol equivalent in Armenia. I also plan to help young people here, in California, develop their music production skills. I use my studio to give music production lessons to talented and driven individuals, helping them further their musical journey.”

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ARMENIAN DANCE HERITAGE “Music and creative arts are a big part of Armenian heritage. Armenian national dancing is simply exquisite. It tells stories, emotions, imitates movements of heart and nature.”


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SPORTS

VIC DARCHINYAN WORLD BOXING CHAMPION Vakhtang “Vic” Darchinyan is a former three-division world champion, having won eight titles in three different weight categories. He has held the IBF flyweight title, as well as the undisputed WBA (World Boxing Association), WBC (The World Boxing Council) and IBF super flyweight titles. He has also captured a record four IBO (The International Boxing Organization) titles in three weight classes.

“MY COUNTRY IS ALWAYS IN MY HEART; I USE ANY CHANCE TO VISIT.” Darchinyan is a boxer with a unique fighting style. He became the first ethnic Armenian to capture a world title when he defeated IBF flyweight champion, previously undefeated, Irene Pacheco of Colombia, by an eleventh round TKO.

Vic was born in Armenia. He wanted to become a professional boxer ever since he could remember. He was around five years old when he got a dream of winning a world championship. He began boxing at the age of eight , training in Vanadzor, a region of Armenia where boxing was extremely popular. Vic competed for Armenia in many different countries, including the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. Vick won eight major titles in three different weight categories. His glorious victory over previously undefeated IBF flyweight champion, Irene Pacheco, became a milestone of his career. Vic currently resides in the US and Australia. US claims most of his professional engagements while Australia is a home to his family. Vic has two sons, eight and two years old. He strives to teach his boys Armenian language and traditions. “I won many championships for the US while Australia became my second home. However, I consider myself an Armenian. My country is always in my heart and I use any chance I get to go back and visit.” RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

RAISING FUTURE CHAMPIONS Vic is convinced that the most important thing in one’s life is to have a goal. His goals include opening a boxing school in the US. He is particularly interested in working with children, training future champions. Vic also plans to keep fighting and winning more championships.

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BORSCH by Oksana Antonenko

A culinary business card of the Slavic cuisine is borsch. There is a perfect reason for it.

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ealthy nutritious meal, rich taste, vibrant red color and enticing aroma make borsch an unrivalled winner for many people! Due to the perfect ratio of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, borsch is highly nutritious and beneficial for the digestive system.

The vegetables and legumes in borsch (beets, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and beans) are full of vitamins and provide fiber, iron, carotene, lycopene, potassium, and other elements of healthy diet. The broth in borsch is both comforting and good for digestion. Despite (or, perhaps,

because) of its long history, borsch can be quite customizable to satisfy different palates. Some like it with meat or beans, some add sour cream, others top it off with croutons, and there are others who like it plain. Every family seems to have its own signature recipe. Here is one of our own favorite borsch recipes for you to enjoy.


Borsch is as time-consuming as it is delicious. The good news is that borsch can be enjoyed for several days, since its taste only improves after a day or two.

TIME TO COOK 1-1.5 HOURS SERVINGS 8-12

DIRECTIONS 1. If cooking with meat, sear the beef cubes in a pan with 1 tablespoon of oil until browned on all sides. Add beef to a large pot with 3-4 quarts of water along with 1 tablespoon of Celtic sea salt, bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil for 45 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, sauté the finely chopped onions in 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add grated carrots and sauté another 5 min or until softened. Set aside. 3. In the same skillet sauté grated beets in 3 tablespoons of olive oil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add tomato sauce along with lemon juice, and sauté for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Once the meat has cooked for 45 minutes, add potatoes to the pot and let them boil on medium/low for 10 minutes. Add sliced cabbage, chopped bell peppers, sautéed beets, onions and carrots. Pour in canned kidney beans (if desired). Cook another 10 minutes. 5. Add bay leaves, ground peppers, and more salt to taste. Chop dill/parsley, press garlic, stir them in the soup, cover the pot and remove from heat. Let the pot rest covered for 20 minutes for the flavors to blend.

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1 lb beef stew meat (if desired) 4-6 medium potatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces 1-2 medium beets, peeled and grated 3-4 quarts of water (or broth of your choice) 1 bell pepper 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, grated 1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced 1 can of canned kidney beans 4 tablespoons of tomato sauce 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 1/4 tablespoon of ground pepper 2 tablespoons of fresh dill and/or parsley 1-2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of Celtic sea salt or more to taste Garnish: sour cream and fresh sprigs of parsley or dill.

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YOU’RE TURNED OFF BY FALSE PROMISES You are smart enough to know that marketing pitches like “flatten your tummy in 5 minutes a day,” or “sculpt your butt while sitting still” are meant to drive sales, not get you in shape. When I give orientations to new clients at my studio I don’t promise them a walk in the park. I am being honest about the fact that fitness takes an effort. At the same time I guarantee that my instructors will be there for them every step of the way, guiding and encouraging. Don’t get discouraged by the false promises. Find a program that sounds legit and try it out!

YOU’VE RAISED YOUR BAR TOO HIGH You finally made it to the gym and now feel intimidated by the Mr. Muscle who’s pumping iron in the weights room and Ms. Perfect who’s finishing a half-marathon on the treadmill. Relax. It’s OK if you can’t keep up with the overachievers in the front row of your group fitness classes. No one expects you to perform or look like an athlete when you first walk into a gym. Focus on what you can do NOW. Don’t quit. Just do the best you can and allow your body to catch-up. You’ll be surprised how far you’ll come.

YOU DON’T ENJOY THE MOVEMENT It’s good to keep your eye on the prize, but it’s easy to burn out if you’re rushing to your fitness goals. De-emphasize the “work” in “working out”. Slow down, learn to take pleasure in movement. Scientists have proved that exercise has a great mood enhancement effect. It makes your body release special hormones called endorphins, which make you feel happy. Most of my clients prove this statement to be true. They see movement as play, fun, and release. This makes them look forward to their workouts and helps them maintain a stable exercise schedule.

YOU CAN’T DIVE BELOW THE SURFACE You know a lot about health and nutrition, but you still can’t seem to lose weight. You have to admit, that no matter how smart you are, if you’re not living it, you don’t really know it. Being savvy about health and trying new diets can lead to some fleeing changes on the scale, but true secret to losing weight and maintaining a good health is practice and consistency. That’s where nutrition coaches come in. Get someone to breathe down your neck and motivate you to eat and live better. This is how I hold my Custom Fitness clients accountable and help them make healthy choices their habit.

YOU GET FRUSTRATED AND QUIT Be aware that progress is not a straight line. If you are gauging success on how much you weigh each morning, you are bound to give up before you can establish healthy habits or see real change. Most of my clients’ charts look like twisted lines of progress, regress, more progress, and lessons learned along the way. A year later, dozens of pounds lost – for good. Worth the roller coaster ride, for sure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Hugo Brambila is a Certified Personal Trainer and the owner of Custom Fitness, an elite private fitness studio that offers a comprehensive personal training and nutrition coaching. Brambila believes in the resultsdriven approach and helps his clients achieve a variety of goals, from sports performance, weight loss, muscle gain, to a healthier lifestyle.

hugo@cfnatomas.com 916-761-2728 www.cfnatomas.com.


restaurant review

Authentic

Persian Dining by Irina Bedrik

Famous Kabob is The place for fine meats, freshly-baked bread, and traditional Middle Eastern recipes made from fresh local ingredients.

My recent food quest brought me to Famous Kabob, a local restaurant that serves fine grilled meats, house-made bread baked in a tandoori oven, and traditional Persian dished made of fresh farm-to-fork ingredients. 48

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This family-owned restaurant originated 26 years ago in this very location and managed to thrive over the years. The menu features traditional family recipes passed down the owners’ family tree for generations. Restaurant staff of 25 members has some cooks that have been working at Famous Kabob for 18 to 20 years. The restaurant fits up to 90 people and can easily accommodate private and corporate parties.

This place is a paradise for those who appreciate fine meat done right.

Recently I had an amazing opportunity to try Persian cuisine at the Famous Kabob restaurant located at the crossing of Hurley Way and Fulton Avenue in Sacramento. The place looked nothing fancy from the outside, but the mouthwatering smell of grilled meat lured me to step in. I was taken by surprise by the upscale ambience of this neighborhood food joint. It had cozy booths and tables set up around a real tandoori oven. The air was filled with the irresistible smell of freshly baked bread. Deemed light from a beautiful oversized chandelier illuminated the elegant European wall texture and created a perfect atmosphere for a relaxed intimate dining.

A friendly host offered me a table and served some complimentary house bread with fresh herbs and feta cheese. He suggested to start with their famous appetizer – a fancy sautéed eggplant and tomato spread topped with a hint of mint and yogurt. It paired perfectly with the tandoori flatbread. The main course selection was a puzzle. I got lost in a long list of fresh kabobs and a large variety of meat dishes. The menu offered a great choice of grilled beef, lamb, chicken and vegetable kabobs and featured some unique Persianstyle stews. All dishes are served with a side of Basmati rice topped with saffron seasoning and grilled tomatoes. I tried several dishes and

my absolute favorite was their Lamb Kabob. It had marinated cubes of lamb tenderloin grilled on a skewer with fresh onions and bell peppers. The meat was juicy and tender and the flavors came together perfectly.

Famous Kabob Restaurant 1290 Fulton Ave #1219 Sacramento, CA 95825 916-483-1700 www.famouskabob.com

Another dish that deserves a mention was Gormeh Sabzee, a Persian stew. It was made of beef cuts sautéed with finely chopped fresh parsley, leeks, scallions, onions, a variety of herbs and spices and garnished with kidney beans and sun dried lime. According to the coowner, Max Babaei, this stew takes four to five hours to prepare and cook. I found this dish to be the best remedy for those craving some hearty comfort food on a rainy day. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

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BEST BUSINESSES VOTED BY SLAVIC CONSUMERS

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Best PHARMACY

Наша команда квалифицированных фармацевтов с удовольствием поможет Вам найти нужный препарат.

IN ANTELOPE

Вот уже 11 лет верным помощником в поддержании здоровья жителей нашего региона, является всем известная аптека – Antelope Pharmacy.

Команда высокоспециализированных фармацевтов находит индивидуальный подход абсолютно к каждому пациенту и старается не просто подобрать подходящий препарат, а вникнуть в проблему, дабы максимально эффективно ее решить! Довольный клиент – лучшая награда для нас – именно таким девизом руководствуется владелица, Наталья Бугриева! В аптеке Antelope Pharmacy изготавливают рецептурные препараты любой сложности, принимают все страховые планы, бесплатно консультируют на английском, русском, иврите, а также, бесплатно доставляют лекарственные препараты на дом! Любительницы же натуральных косметических средств придут в восторг от широчайшего ассортимента эфирных масел, кремов и органического мыла ручного приготовления!

MATHNASIUM

Best MATH LEARNING CENTERS

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The section is dedicated to acknowledgement of businesses & organizations voted Best for their exceptional services rendered to the RussianSpeaking residents of our region. The winners are selected by the Slavic consumers via community’s most powerful media links such as Russian Observer newspaper, Russian Time Magazine, Russian Business Directory, and community internet hubs.

ANTELOPE PHARMACY

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Slavic people have a true appreciation for quality products and good services. Once you earn our business - we pay you back with loyalty and trust. That is exactly why some of the individuals and organizations spotlighted in this section have been voted best in their field of service for several years in a row. That is why, for now 12 years, we take time to recognize those, who give Slavic people their best.

MODA FASHION

Best EUROPEAN CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

You only get one chance to make the first impression. Moda Fashion will help you make an impression that lasts.

This privately owned boutique specializes in unique European clothing pieces for both men and women. The store carries inventory imported directly from Europe in limited quantities with new arrivals coming every two weeks. Here you can also chose from a wide range of accessories to complete your look. The store offers great price to quality ratio and personalized customer service experience. 7117 Walerga Rd, Ste 1 Sacramento, CA 95842 916-334-0100

Mathnasium learning centers offer a unique approach to math tutoring for children and adults.

The centers provides a comprehensive learning program that teaches math the way it makes sense. The system is customized to fit students’ individual needs and learning style and has proven to produce better and quicker results that other tutoring programs. Each students starts by taking a math assessment test which is used to determine their math level and pinpoint any areas in need of improvement. This information is used to create a customized curriculum adjusted to the learning needs of each particular person. Mathnasium instructors pay individual attention to each student, helping them understand and love math. The program utilizes special materials and techniques that help visualize and grasp math concepts. The material is covered in class and does not require any homework. Mathnasium offers a flexible schedule and extremely competitive fees. The program helps build a solid math foundation for children from 2nd grade all the way through calculus. A typical student will advance one grade level in 2-3 months. 7 Mathnasium locations: · Fair Oaks · Rocklin · Granite Bay · Folsom (2) 916-967-6222 · El Dorado Hills www.mathnasium.com · Cameron Park


AMERICAN FURNITURE GALLERIES

Best FURNITURE STORE

American Furniture Galleries is one of Northern California’s premier home furnishing retailers providing quality, value and service through their four conveniently located stores in the greater Sacramento area.

The stores display over 195,000 square feet of name brand living room, family room, bedroom, dining room, youth furniture and home office furnishings covering all price points that fit our community’s budgets. American Furniture Galleries is one of Northern California’s premier home furnishing retailers and our buyer shop worldwide to locate the best possible values in home furnishings. The company continually shops competitors to guarantee their customers with the best prices on the market. AFG’s huge inventory often lets you pick up your purchase right away or have it delivered by a professional crew within a few days, not months. American Furniture features four galleries, a 200,000 square foot warehouse, a fleet of 16 delivery trucks, and a staff of over 125 people to serve customers. Fully trained sales consultants, professionally designed showrooms, aggressive pricing, automated warehouse and well maintained delivery systems are all brought together to optimize your furniture buying experience. The American Furniture Galleries employ professional interior designers who set-up furniture displays to help customers visualize what their purchase would look like in their home.

Sacramento 2336 Auburn Blvd Sacramento, CA 95821 916-485-2663

NACHTIGALL TAX SERVICE INC

Best

Rocklin 6850 Five Star Blvd, #1 Rocklin, CA 95677 916-786-9676

Rancho Cordova 12178 Tributary Point Dr. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 916-608-0924

ALWAYS YOU CHILD CARE CENTER

TAX PREPARATION FIRM

Best SPEECH

Nachtigall Tax Service offers tax preparation and consulting for individuals, corporations, partnerships and LLCs.

The firm has been successful in representing clients before federal and state taxing authorities, reducing some liabilities in tax audits and appeals by more than 90%. The founder, Urho Nachtigall, attributes the firm’s success to experience and professional accreditation. Mr. Nachtigall is a member of three professional organizations (NAEA, CSEA, and NATP), has over 18 year of experience, and is accredited by the IRS as an Enrolled Agent.

Elk Grove 8001 E. Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95823 916-681-2811

DEVELOPMENT CENTER

7117 Walerga Rd Ste 2 Sacramento, CA 95842 916-437-3444

Оксана Несмиян – педагог-логопед с 24-ех летним стажем и основатель логопедического детского сада Always You. Оксана использует целый ряд программ (музыкотерапия, логоритмические занятия, дыхательная гимнастика, ритмопластика и театрализованные постановки) в своем обучении, чтобы у ее подопечных была в итоге красивая и чистая речь – важнейшее условие всестороннего полноценного развития детей дошкольного возраста.

NADIA SHVETS

Best CHIROPRACTIC NUTRITIONAL PRACTICE

Ваши дети будут окружены максимально й заботой и любовью с детском садике “Always You”!

Nadia helps her clients develop a diet that gives more energy, prevents illness, and promotes youth and health.

Antelope, California 916-412-9998

Dr. Linus Paulin said that you can trace every sickness and every disease to a nutritional deficiency. Nadia Shvets is doctor of chiropractic and nutritional consultant that provides her patients with an expert evaluation of their diet and lifestyle and makes recommendations on the kind of nutrients they need for a better health.

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Best INTERNATIONAL

LEARNING PROGRAM

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Gateway International School offers a safe and inviting learning atmosphere for all students. GIS is a free public charter school serving students in grades TK-8.

The school is also a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate program for primary years. This elite program teaches students to be internationally minded, balanced, and reflective. Teachers have special training to use student interests as a basis for instruction. All students take an elective in foreign language instruction, either Russian or Spanish. GIS has bilingual staff in both languages to support families. Transitional Kindergarten is offered for students who do not meet the Kindergarten age requirement. A free after school program is offered for enrichment with activities such as guitar and art lessons, and sports. Gateway International School бесопасная и доброжелательная атмосфера для всех учащихся. Это бесплатная государственная школа с 0 по 8 классы. Наша школа является кандидатом IB начиная с 0 по 5 классы. Эта элитная программа учит детей быть образованными с глобальной точки зрения, понимать баланс и видеть пути дальнейшего роста.

Все ученики нашей школы изучают Русский или Испанский язык. Многоязычные сотрудники школы помогают семьям. Для малышей у нас есть Preschool и бесплатная продлёнка для всех с уроками музыки, рисования и спортивными занятиями.

OLEG OLIFERUK DDS

Best DENTIST IN FOLSOM

900 Morse Ave Sacramento, CA 95864 916-286-1986

NADIA SHVETS

Best UKRAINIAN

Dr. Oliferuk has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. He provides his patients with personal approach and individual attention.

GROCERY STORE

Славянский продовольственный магазин “Гастроном Киiв” пользуется особой популярнистью среди наших соотечественников.

Постоянные клиенты ценят его за свежесть и ассортимент продукции. Здесь вы всегда найдёте свежие колбасные, мясные, рыбные и молочные изделия. Сладкоежки любят “Киiв” за богатый выбор конфет, тортов, сладостей из Европы, НьюЙорка и Калифорнии. Ну а изюминкой “Киева”, безусловно, является вкуснейшее украинское сало!

Dr. Oliferuk’s office of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides a wide range of dental services, from preventive and restorative dentistry to implant restorations. The office utilizes advanced dental technologies such as digital X-ray and CEREC, which allows the doctor to perform complex dental procedure, such as crowns and bridges, in a single visit. 241 Blue Ravine Rd, Ste 400 Folsom, CA 95630 916-294-0770

4900 Madison Ave Sacramento, CA 95841 916-344-7290

HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL

Best ENGLISH

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Classes focus on the communication, skills and knowledge necessary to become successful in everyday life, school and employment.

Highlands Community Charter School offers a free yearround English Language Development (ELD) program at 10 different locations throughout Sacramento region for students 22 years of age or older, not in possession of a U.S. High School Diploma and whose primary home language is something other than English. Morning, afternoon and evening classes for all levels of English language learners are available. 1333 Grand Ave Sacramento, CA 95838 916-844-2283


ANNA BALAN-HODGKINS

Top 10

REAL ESTATE

PROFESSIONALS

16 years of experience in finance, lending, banking, investments and Real Estate.

Anna Balan is a Real Estate professional with a degree in Finance and International Business. Anna credits her professional success to strong work ethics such as honesty, integrity, and commitment to keeping her clients’ interests as her top priority. She provides her clients with complimentary consultations, evaluations of the property value, information about schools, and neighborhoods. Anna is fluent in English, Russian, and Romanian.

SERVICES

Their famous ice cream Sundae garnished with house-made chocolate fudge and strawberry Leatherby’s Family Creamery sauce is a mile-high and is the place to go for some real house-made ice cream. is enough to share for the entire family. The They serve dozens of oldfashioned ice cream creations restaurant also offers of all shapes and sizes. a great food menu in case you need some real food before a killer dessert. No wonder the line there usually goes out the door, loops around the corner, and is totally worth the wait!

LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY

FULTON F’S AUTO AID

Best AUTO

916-879-0905 www.annabalan.com

The company has been around for many years and has lots of positive reviews and satisfied returning clients.

Best ICE CREAM PARLOR

Если спросить у клиентов Fulton F’S Auto Aid что они ценят больше всего при обращении в эту ремонтную автомастерскую, все без исключения отвечают: качество, качество и еще раз качество! Предлагая своим клиентам широчайший список монтажных и ремонтных услуг для автомобилей любых марок, Fulton F’S Auto Aid всегда с энтузиазмом берутся за работы любой сложности и радуют своих клиентов не только уровнем выполнения работ, но и доступными ценами! Вот уже 10 лет они помогают вашим “лошадкам” быть на ходу и в качестве бонуса предлагают отменное чувство юмора и свежие газеты с журналами от компании RAM! Fulton F’S Auto Aid is one of the most favorite auto service centers in the Russian-speaking community. The company offers high quality auto services and personalized customer care. Their services range from scheduled maintenance and vehicle inspections to complex repairs such as check engine alerts. 2530 - A El Satton Ln. Sacramento, CA 95821 916-488-1335

2333 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825 916-920-8382 www.leatherbys.net

A+ HEATING

Best HEATING & AIR

CONDITIONING COMPANY

A Plus Heating takes pride in utilizing only the best heating and air equipment for their projects.

A Plus Heating is full service HVAC company that offers heating and air installation, maintenance, and repair services for residential and commercial projects. The company has been in business for over 10 years and has been accredited by many satisfied clients. The company also helps their clients optimize their energy consumption by advising various energy efficiency programs and rebates. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

916-207-8898 www.aplusheatingair.com

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DR. TATIANA FROMLAK

Best OB/GYN DOCTOR

A Woman’s Place is a comprehensive OB/GYN care center for women.

A Woman’s Place is a SOLO practice, therefore the doctor knows all and every patient. All pregnant patients are delivered by the doctor herself. The doctor wants her patients to look as great as they feel. Therefore, the clinic also offers cosmetic Dr. Tatiana Fromlak is a double procedures such as Botox injections, dermal fillers like board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with over 30 year Juvederm and Radiesse, and medical grade skin care products. of surgical experience. Her clinic “A Woman’s Place” provides care for women of all ages.

729 Sunrise Ave, Ste 800 Roseville, CA 95661 916-782-1717

ALLA V. VOROBETS, ATTORNEY AT LAW

Best CIVIL LITIGATION ATTORNEY

The firm provides quality and aggressive representation to individuals and business entities in civil litigation matters.

Alla V. Vorobets is an experienced attorney and the head of a full-service law firm that provides a wide range of services including representation in the areas of personal injury, employment, real estate, bankruptcy, family law, trucking, business disputes, and civil litigation. Law Offices of Alla V. Vorobets offers efficient and cost-effective legal representation without sacrificing quality and personal service. The firm is dedicated to providing their clients with individualized attention. They work closely and diligently with clients in cases of all sizes. They aggressively investigate each case and make sure that their client’s rights are properly protected and their interests are represented. The firm is committed to providing the highest level of service to their clients at a fair cost. Our principal attorney, Alla V. Vorobets, is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian languages and proficient in Spanish which allows delivery of legal services to often underrepresented members of local communities.

Once retained, the firm strives to limit their clients’ costs and fees. Client satisfaction and long term associations are more important to them than short term gains.

NINA SEMENYUK

ADVANCED TAX & ACCOUNTING

Top10 REALTORS

“I provide each one of my clients with personal attention,” says Nina Semenyuk who has been voted as one of the Top Ten Realtors in the Russian-speaking community for a number of years. Whether you need to sell or buy a house, purchase a lot or an investment property, or think of a short sale – Semenyuk does it all. Profound experience, great knowledge of local real estate markets, and the fact that Semenyuk puts her clients’ interests first, all factor in to her success as a realtor.

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Top 5 TAX

Nina has been helping clients with their real estate needs for over 20 years.

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5252 Sunrise Blvd, Ste 6 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 916-717-1011 nsemenyuk@norcalgold.com

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4790 Dewey Dr, Ste S-J Fair Oaks, CA 95628 916-966-8529

Their goal is to equip their clients with knowledge and direction needed to succeed in business.

The firm stays on top of technological and legal developments, utilizing the latest top of the line software and keeping up to date with law changes. However, they are more than just a tax office. The agency stays open all year round to assist their clients with any accounting questions or needs throughout the year. Their goal is to equip their clients with knowledge and direction needed to succeed in business.

5707 Marconi Ave, Ste C Carmichael, CA 95608 916-844-1007 www.atafirm.com


TAX SHARK

Best TAX

RESOLUTION SERVICES

Audits are scary and expensive. With IRS audit defense, Tax Shark will defend you when you receive an audit notice.

The agency provides the highest quality IRS audit assistance available — at a price any taxpayer can afford.

The agency provides clear-cut IRS audit assistance, building personal relationships with clients, to diagnose the problem and implement the precise solution. Tax Shark provides distinct tax resolution services based on the issues the client is handling. Some of the services include back tax returns, cutting penalties and interest, securing IRS liabilities, negotiating IRS audits, stopping wage garnishment, ending bank levies, removing tax liens, preventing property seizure, and averting bank penalties. The company’s website www.taxshark.net provides extended details. Furthermore, Tax Shark specializes in integrated tax solutions for personal and business tax, along with tax consulting, providing an in-house solution for the particular needs of their clients. 1700 Eureka Rd, Ste 155-1 Roseville, California 95661 916-220-6684 office@taxshark.net

LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD ANTOINE

Best PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM

The Law Offices of Richard Antoine represents people who have been injured by the fault of others.

The firm works on a contingent fee basis, no fee is paid until the case is resolved. The office advances all litigation costs such as filing fees, investigation and expert witness costs.

SACRAMENTO FOOT & ANKLE CENTER

The firm is well-known for great customer care and personal attorney-client relationships. Many large firms hand clients over to secretaries or paralegals and clients may never get to meet or work personally with the lawyer representing them.

Best PODIATRIST

At The Law Offices of Richard Antoine the attorney personally meets with the clients to go over the case and discuss treatment, strategies and possible outcomes. Clients will work with the attorney throughout their case.

Dr. Tovmassian specializes in prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of various foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Gregory Tovmassian is the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, a very specific branch of medical science primarily focused on foot and ankle care. The doctor also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at SMU and as a Treasurer for the Sacramento Valley Podiatric Medicine Society. Dr. Tovmassian operates Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center, a successful practice that offers comprehensive compassionate care in both, English and Russian languages.

The team is committed to maximizing the bottom line (recovery) for their clients. They refer clients without health insurance to medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, radiologist and chiropractors for treatment under an agreement where the health care provider agrees to wait for payment until the case is resolved. This permits clients to receive necessary treatment and increases their chances for a full recovery from their injuries. It also may increase the total value of any given case.

6600 Mercy Ct, Ste 150 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 916-459-4398

Richard Antoine has been a practicing attorney since 1982. He has served as a Judicial Arbitrator and Settlement Conference Judge Pro Tem. RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE

845 University Ave Sacramento, CA 95825 916-441-4105

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TATYANA MALIHINA

Best MORTGAGE SPECIALIST

HUGHES FINANCIAL LAW

Best BANKRUPTCY

Татьяна является Senior Loan officer в компании Alpine Mortgage.

LAW FIRM

Её дело - это её страсть. Татьянины принципы - честность и старание, а успех и довольные улыбки клиентов — это ожидаемый результат. Татьяна дорожит своей репутацией и каждая счастливая улыбка её клиента — это самый ценный подарок для неё и её сотрудников.

Hughes Financial Law is best known for its success in Bankruptcy Cases, Debt Negotiation, and Mortgage Modification.

The firm is committed to offer more value than their clients pay for, whether it’s running a complimentary background checks, doing a lien searches, or putting in extra time to develop a successful case strategy. HFL has an impressive success record with thousands of cases resolved over the last 8 years. Such profound experience provides the firm with resources and energy needed to help their clients with a wide range of legal challenges.

TMalihina@alpinemc.com 916-224-3216

1395 Garden Highway, Ste 150 Sacramento, CA 95833 916-485-1111

LAW OFFICE OF HAYES H. GABLE III

Best CRIMINAL LAW FIRM

Mr. Gable provides representation of clients accused of crimes in both state and federal courts. The firm’s sterling reputation has been earned by providing exceptional service to its clients. Mr. Gable has several options for payment of its reasonable fees. Hayes H. Gable III is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist and has been recognized as one of the Top Attorneys in Northern California and Sacramento by Super Lawyers, has the highest peer review rating awarded by Martindale- Hubbell, and has been voted BEST Criminal Law Firm by the Russian-Speaking Community for the last several years.

SUSHI UNLIMITED

Top 5

JAPANESE

RESTAURANTS

William Blackstone

Hayes H. Gable III is one of the most experienced criminal law attorneys in the Capitol Region. He has over 40 years of experience in handling all criminal case, including DWI, domestic violence, all misdemeanors and felonies. 428 J Street, Ste 354 Sacramento, CA 95814 EN: 916-446-3331 RU: 916-308-4974

Lyudmila Kravchuk Dental Corp is located the Citrus Heights area of Sacramento. The practice Dr. Kravchuk, has years strives to provide the best of experience providing dentistry at the best price. high-quality, affordable

LYUDMILA KRAVCHUK DENTAL CORP This chain of familyowned restaurants has three convenient locations in Roseville, Folsom, and Davis.

Sushi Unlimited puts a sophisticated spin on Japanese dining. The restaurants serve a variety of Japanese traditional dishes, such as Kalbi, BBQ short ribs marinated with special sauce, and a wide selection of popular sushi rolls and appetizers. The restaurants offer All You Can Eat specials on certain days of the week, allowing sushi fans to order off the menu unlimited sushi rolls made to order. The restaurants use the finest fresh ingredients and the highest grade sashimi fish and seafood.

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“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”

Hayes H. Gable III is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to his clients and has Russian-speaking interpreters available at all times.

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Top 5

DENTAL

PROFESSIONALS

9600 Fairway Dr, Ste 100 Roseville, CA 95678 916-791-5005 www.sushiunlimited.net

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care to residents of Sacramento and the surrounding areas.

The newly remodeled office is beautiful and equipped with the latest dental technology and comfortable environment for their patients. And top of it all, the parking at the Curtis Heights Plaza is always free for your convenience! 6240 San Juan Ave, Ste F Citrus Heights, CA 95610 (Citrus Plaza) 916-727-1107


A LINE MOBILE AUTO GLASS

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If your car has a broken windshield it is an official state of emergency.

It is always a bad time for a cracked windshield or a broken window. Worst of all, you can hardly account for a burglar breaking into your car or a rock dinging into your windshield on a highway. Needless to say, that you can hardly enjoy, drive, or even leave your vehicle if its glass needs immediate repair.

Fixing a broken car window must be taken seriously. Going with the cheapest option is not always a good idea. An improperly installed or poorly manufactured windshield is not an inconvenience, it’s a safety hazard for you and your passengers. For that reason, we recommend you keeping a trusted auto glass repair company in your contact list. That’s where A Line Mobile Auto Glass comes in. The company has been around for years and has earned a great reputation among its patrons. A Line Mobile Auto Glass offer same day to next day auto glass repair and installation services for any car makes and models. Best of all? You don’t have to drive with a broken window to the repair shop, A Line’s technicians will come to you. The company guarantees quality services at low prices. Direct assistance line: 916-215-7448

TOLIY’S GUITAR SCHOOL

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IRINA PANKRATOVA

Toliy’s Guitar School offers private guitar lessons for people of all ages and proficiency levels, starting with 7-year old children all the way up to retired seniors

The school was founded by a renowned Slavic guitar player, Anatoliy Yevsyukov, who has been playing the instrument for over 40 years. Anatoliy developed his own curriculum which allows him to customize the learning program for every student. Whether you are a beginner and wish to learn the basic chords or a proficient guitar player looking to advance your technique, Toliy’s Guitar School has got you covered.

Irina believes in being there for her clients every step of the way, taking the stress out of their real estate transactions.

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Over 11 years of professional experience, extensive education in various areas of real estate, attention to details, and great communication and negotiation skills all explain why Irina Pankratova has a number of loyal customers who refer her services to their friends and family, and for a good reason. Irina goes above and beyond in arranging real estate transactions, trying to oversee all the little details and prevent any potential complications before they arise.

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Republic Services is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste.

They focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers.

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The company delivers effortless recycling and waste solutions for homes, businesses, and the planet. This national service organization has deep roots in the local communities. “We are passionate about what we do because we are passionate about our customers. We are committed to providing reliable and responsible recycling and waste disposal services because we know our efforts have a direct impact in the communities where they live and work. We are committed stewards of the planet’s natural resources, finding opportunities to reduce our footprint, while expanding capabilities to meet customers’ evolving recycling and solid waste needs,” says General Manager Tony Cincotta. www.republicservices.com

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WORLD RELIEF

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The organization is guided by the Bible principles of hospitality and is connected with local churches and communities.

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World Relief is a non-profit organization that has been serving the local community since 1989. The organization provides economic, social, and moral support for refuges, immigrants, and other individuals in need of immediate assistance. Over the years World Relief’s Resettlement Program has benefited over 30,000 refugees, providing them with resources, ESL lessons, and legal help.

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Mr. Esmailyan has over 10 years of experience in real estate combined with over 15 years of work in construction industry.

Albert Esmailyan is a real estate professional with an extensive background in construction and home improvement. Mr. Esmailyan brings his expertise to the table helping his clients evaluate real estate property condition and estimate potential repair and remodeling costs. He can also advise his clients on optimal home improvements that can increase their property value. Mr. Esmailyan assists with selling or buying a house, hosts open houses, and can help locate a good investment property. He is fluent in three different languages, English, Russian, and Armenian, and is happy to help his fellow community members with their real estate needs. Weichert, Realtors®-Galster Group 5006 Sunrise Blvd, Ste 100 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 916-370-8777

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For years Slavic consumers voted for their favorite American businesses. Today we have an increasing number of Slavic businesses voted The Best by our American patrons. “Mom & Pop” shops established decades ago by the Slavic community are becoming industry leaders. Their products and services are winning over mainstream consumers’ trust. It’s incredible to see Slavic professionals and business owners being accredited by American clients. This is a tribute to those who put their heart, mind and soul into what they do, Slavic and Americans alike.

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A combination of reasonable prices, clean facility, and great dining make it a perfect place for a casual night out or your next big part.

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Capitol Bowl is a fine bowling alley that offers fun entertainment for any occasion, from family friendly lane rentals by the hour to bold glow nights with parties, leagues, and loud music. The place has been newly renovated and is equipped with new alleys, flat screen TVs, and a game center. Capitol Bowl is also famous for some surprisingly good food served at their restaurant. Some customers come just to dine. 900 West Capitol Ave West Sacramento, CA 95691 916-371-4200

RODINA ELITE GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

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The gym was founded by Yulia Rodina and Eduard Rizvanov, a family of Olympic team trainers.

Research proves that engaging in active sports like gymnastics helps children develop strength, flexibility, endurance, and good health for life. Rodina Gymnastics is an elite new academy that offers recreational and competitive gymnastics classes. The academy provides safe and progressive approach to gymnastics and accommodates all fitness levels, from beginner classes to competitive training.

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Anna is an experienced mortgage professional dedicated to making every customer’s home loan experience a positive and a successful one. She excels in the mortgage business due to her core convictions of honesty, integrity, and service beyond expectations.

ANNA PENKOV

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ТЕРЕМОК

Best RUSSIAN GROCERY STORE

Teremok is especially famous for their daily baked breads and hot food take-out selection.

Anna represents Prime Lending which takes pride in being recognized as a premier mortgage lender offering a wide array of loan products.

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Pita Kitchen Plus is a small Mediterranean joint that has become famous among the local foodies since it has first opened in June of 2009.

Teremok is one of the best kept secrets of the local Slavic community in Sacramento. This established Russian grocery store is hidden in a small courtyard on the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and Hemlock Street in Sacramento. It is one of the favorite grocery stops for all those who cherish Slavic culinary food traditions. Teremok carries a great number of quality Slavic groceries including authentic European imports, traditional canned items, fresh produce from local farms, and a great selection of sausages, cheeses, and poultry. Teremok also offers a true spoiler for those with a sweet tooth. The store sells freshly baked goods, bulk sweets and chocolates, and European cakes and pastries. Their cafe offers freshly grilled kabobs, Uzbek pilov, smoked sausages and meats, hot Piroshkies and freshlymade salads along with other Slavic favorite delicacies. All items are prepared from scratch according to traditional Slavic recipes. The cafe attracts lots of American customers interested in trying authentic Russian or Ukrainian food as well as Slavic regulars who stop by for a quick dinner take-out. 5519 Hemlock St Sacramento, CA 95841 916-334-4001

The place offers a fresh and healthy alternative to typical greasy burgers with fries. Pita Kitchen serves the best Mediterranean cuisine prepared from scratch at the location according to the family recipes of executive Chef and restaurant owner Hosam Khalifeh. Not only is Mediterranean cuisine is good for you, it is also full of flavor and diversity. Pita’s menu ranges from authentic vegetarian aentrees to freshly grilled kabobs prepared in special house marinades. Restaurant’s ‘must have’ menu item is probably the Pita Kitchen Special Entrée – grilled marinated tender pieces of lamb, chicken, beef and kifta served with wild rice, salad, and their freshly baked pita bread. If you are willing to stretch beyond the ordinary fast food and give Pita’s healthy alternatives a try – you just might become a regular at this authentic Mediterranean eatery.

SILVER COIN TAX SERVICES PREPARATION Best TAX SERVICES Silver Coin Tax Services was founded by Tatyana Marchenko, an experienced tax professional who specializes in individual tax return preparations for over 15 years.

“All prepared foods are made from scratch in the kitchen site daily, with no additives or preservatives used whatsoever. We invite you to come in, taste our food and enjoy our service.” Executive Chef & Owner Hosam Khalifeh Sacramento 2989 Arden Way 916-480-0560 Roseville 1725 Santa Clara Dr 916-780-0665 www.pitakitchen.com

Extensive experience and narrow scope of services give Silver Coin an edge on competitors. Tatyana constantly keeps up with ever-evolving tax rules and regulations to provide her clients with up-to-date information on refunds, credits, and optimal tax write off opportunities. The company offers great prices and personal customer service

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ATLAS ACCOUNTING

Best ACCOUNTING FIRM

Atlas Accounting is a business advisory firm that brings astonishing services to its customers.

The company is committed to core principles of integrity, trust and excellence. Their aim is to help you determine the prime answer to your needs.

Atlas Accounting offers a full array of accounting services for businesses and individuals ranging from annual oversight to daily bookkeeping functions. Because your time is valuable, they will gladly tailor an accounting solution to fit your needs and budget. The firm also offers great payroll which allows you to get everything you need to manage your employees, their schedules and time as well as your payroll, benefit deductions, payroll taxes and reporting. Atlas Accounting delivers accuracy, flexibility, availability, service and most importantly answers. Their products and services are reasonably priced because as a small business themselves, they understand that there is a pressing need for cost effective accounting and payroll solutions. 2255 Watt Ave Ste 395 Sacramento, CA 95662 916-757-7247 www.atlasaccounting.com

FIRST AMERICAN TITLE

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The company plays an important role in helping their clients become homeowners and take a step towards achieving the American Dream. The First American main business lines include title insurance and closing/ settlement services, title and other real property records, valuation products and services, home warranty products, property and casualty insurance, and banking, trust and investment advisory services. First American has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion which provides the best mix of talent and a better customer experience for a diverse audience.

BMP AUTO SERVICE

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BMP is a full service auto center with the state of the art diagnostic testers and genuine factory tools for maintenance and repair of luxury vehicles.

BMP Auto Service specializes in such deluxe makes such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen, brands known to be both lavish and high maintenance. BMP offers a remedy to those drivers who are not willing to compromise their comfort for high maintenance costs. The service center meets dealership standards in quality of services offered while keeping their prices significantly lower than their competitors.

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Providing homeowners with title insurance is one of the core services offered by the First American Family of Companies.

First American services home buyers and sellers, real estate professionals, lenders and services, commercial property professionals, home builders and others involved in residential and commercial property transactions with products and services specific to their needs. The company’s financial strength and industry leadership provide for safe, secure and confidential real estate transaction services across the United States and world-wide.

7275 32nd Street, North Highlands, CA 95660 916-334-7371 www.bim-mers.com

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The company is committed to core principles of integrity, trust, and a commitment to excellence. Their goal is to help you determine the best solutions to meet your business needs.

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