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VOICES FROM THE PANDEMIC How we coped when the shelterin-place orders came in. By Sasha Abramsky


SCENES FROM THE STREETS Coronavirus brought the region to a screeching halt in mid-March. Here’s what it looked like out there. Photography by Ryan Angel Meza


THE GIVING HEARTS Local volunteers donate time to their passions. By Elena M. Macaluso


TO MARKET, TO MARKET See inside this Granite Bay flip. By Mari Tzikas Suarez

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SECTIONS 19 THE 916 Coyote Guy Pet Sitters and More Green Laundry Urban Wood Reuse


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Dining Writer’s Last Supper Q&A With an Ale Curator

25 HEALTH Speaking of Sex By Luna Anona


14 EDITOR’S NOTE In Gratitude

55 ARTS & CULTURE Right Now, Home Is Where the Art Is


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With Gratitude EVERY MORNING, I leave my home office in Folsom and

walk the trails, up and down green, wildflower-laden hillsides, or I head to Folsom Lake and hike up to the (empty) fee kiosk. From there, I can see down to a main intersection, to my Raley’s, our neighborhood Starbucks, 99 Ranch and a bunch of restaurants that are closed or, at most, offering takeout during very limited hours. A few cars and cyclists go by, but it’s mostly quiet. As I write this, my husband, a boat captain on the San Francisco Bay, is laid off. My daughter, a Sac State student, is laid off from her part-time movie theater job and Zooming her classes from her bedroom. My other daughter, who just moved into a sweet little apartment in Curtis Park, hasn’t even gotten a kitchen table yet and is working full time from her coffee table. She works for Sagent, a midtown-based marketing firm that creates campaigns for companies and agencies striving to do good. And I am still employed. As a family, we’re grateful. We’re healthy, we can be together, and we have everything we need. Gratitude has been the prevailing sentiment at Sacramento Magazine, too, even among some despair. We’re overwhelmingly thankful for our area’s first responders and medical personnel, and we wish we made PPE instead of magazines. We’re grateful for our city and state leaders who are guiding our region through tough times, and our news media for reporting. Our hearts go out to the restaurateurs, hoteliers, artists, event planners and gym owners—so many of them friends who’ve populated our stories over the years—and we applaud every effort they’re making to serve takeout, feed and house our community’s homeless residents, and to create online experiences open to everyone. We love our grocery workers and truck drivers. We’re thankful for our writers and photographers who jumped to cover the city’s shutdown on short notice, for the people who shared their shelter-in-place stories, for the advertisers who have stuck with us (and the ones who will be back), and for each other. The Sac Mag staff, small but mighty, continues to be strong and optimistic, and I’m always thrilled when a colleague texts to say, “Can you Zoom?” For this issue, we’ve got many pages devoted to coronavirus coverage—and some pages that will help readers escape into something different. We’re creating more online content than ever for, and we’d love to hear from you, our readers, on how you’re doing. Please stay safe and healthy—and sane. Our community will get through this together. KRISTA MINARD

There’s a lot of good in our community, so here we share the following. It’s only a fraction. UC Davis Medical Center was chalk bombed with pastel artwork and messages of support and love along their walkways. In Land Park, in at least one Little Free Library, along with books . . . toilet paper! In Folsom, Kiki’s Chicken offered chicken with a side of toilet paper to residents in need; in Sacramento, Kiki’s also served up free meals to hospital workers. 3 Black Chefs (Mike Harris, Willis Webster and Berry Accius), in cahoots with Fresher Sacramento, served 1,000 free to-go meals to people in Meadowview—and plan to continue. With the help of a private donation, Cattlemens served 1,000 meals to area health care workers in Sacramento, Roseville, Placerville, Woodland and Solano County. Residents and organizations, including Elk Grove-based Face Mask Makers With Love, have created homemade masks to help fill the need for masks for medical personnel. Local distilleries Dry Diggings (Amador), J.J. Pfister (Rancho Cordova) and Patio29 Spirits (Winters) switched their operations to make hand sanitizer. People in the community emptied the Front Street Animal Shelter, providing emergency foster homes for more than 100 dogs and cats. Through a hastily created organization called Family Meal, local restaurants such as Mulvaney’s B&L, Allora and Canon transformed themselves into mini commissaries to make and deliver meals for people in need. In West Sac, teachers from Southport Elementary School formed a car caravan, holding signs and waving as they drove through their students’ neighborhoods. They shouted things like, “We love our students” as they drove down every street and cul de sac.


Jeff Drew

As a practicing introvert, illustrator Jeff Drew says self-isolation is a snap, but “outside of my happy little bubble, it just feels kinda . . . eerie. I’m thankful I had these (cover and feature) illustrations to work on and I hope they capture the eeriness. I’m also thankful that I have had more time with my wife. We still like each other! Our four dogs are super stoked that their people are constantly around. For me, gratitude’s been coming in droves lately—maybe that will be infectious, too.”



Elena M. Macaluso

“My heart bursts with affection and gratitude for each of the people featured,” says Elena M. Macaluso, who wrote “The Giving Hearts” for this issue. A former Sacramento Magazine editor, Macaluso left in 2013 to live in New York City for two years. These days she works for the state—at home in Sacramento while sheltering in place—and says she’s “mindful to try and give back where I can.” One way? Ordering takeout twice a week. Her work has appeared locally in Inside Publications.

Ryan Angel Meza

“As a constant student of photojournalism,” says Ryan Angel Meza, “I often reference monumental imagery from our past and ponder the question, What historical event will I capture in my lifetime? Would it be a war? Another attack on American soil? A civil war due to our political and ethical differences? An environmental catastrophe? Then COVID-19 happened. You don’t necessarily need photos to convey what’s going on; it’s in plain sight. It is alarming, but I’m hopeful. Our community is pulling together, safely connecting despite social distancing.”


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Stay Healthy

Tips for maintaining mental health

A Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Parmely, Ph.D Psychologist, Behavioral Health

With the majority of our nation, and indeed the world, sheltering in place at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all facing the emotional realities associated with this unique and uncertain time. “There has never been a global crisis quite like this,” explains Dr. Stephanie Parmely, Ph.D, Behavioral Medicine Specialist with Mercy Medical Group. “A pandemic, economic hardship, reduction in supplies, and mandatory social isolation – have never been experienced at the same time.” Dr. Parmely says because of that, it is understandable to feel stunned, angry, scared, sad, or pretty much every emotion that we as humans can feel. Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to help us cope with these difficult emotions. “As a psychologist and therapist, I think what is most important is to have someone who you can talk to, who won’t judge you for whatever you are thinking and ‘feeling’,” Dr. Parmely says. “It is important to have someone who will listen to you and validate your feelings, whatever they are.” Dr. Parmely also says we should be selective about what we consume from the media. “I would encourage everyone to limit their exposure to visual media. Reading reputable sources is important to stay informed. Too much television can

increase our fears and our children’s fears.” Another good habit that can reduce anxiety and stress is having a daily routine.

Talk to someone you trust

“We know that keeping up routines and rhythms is important.” Dr. Stephanie Parmely “We know that keeping up routines and rhythms is important,” Dr. Parmely explains. “If you don’t have a job to go to, continue getting up, making your bed, exercising, getting dressed, eating, etc. Designate time to do work – even if it is household chores – and down time.” Finally, Dr. Parmely recommends reaching out to other people. “Keeping in touch with aging and isolated family members through phone or virtual meeting apps helps us all to feel connected,” she says. During this time when most of us are feeling a loss of control and are lacking routine and ritual, it can be helpful to remember that we are all hardwired for challenges.

Listen and offer support to others

Limit exposure to the media

Develop a daily routine

“We as humans are highly adaptable,” Dr. Parmely explains. “Every generation has had struggles that have made them stronger.” This one is ours – we are in this together and we will rise and emerge a wiser and more resilient community.

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The 916 i n s i d e: Coyote Guy / Pet Sitters Extreme / Urban Wood Reuse / Green Laundry

Wild and Free Maybe you’ve seen them in your local open spaces; maybe you’ve even spotted them in midtown. Coyotes live alongside us, often hidden away, but sometimes right out in the open, loping alongside us on our river-side jogs, or raiding our outdoor cat food bowls. Meet Guy Galante, a local naturalist who knows all about these clever, mysterious creatures. (See next page.)

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Guy Galante

Coyote Guy A writer tags along with our region’s own coyote expert. ON ANY GIVEN DAY, it’s not unusual to find Carmichael’s Guy

Galante wandering along the American River, watching, listening, tracking. A naturalist and Sacramento’s resident coyote expert, he’s been documenting and photographing the coyote packs in our region for nearly 15 years. He knows them individually, and their family units, habits and unique personalities. And that’s important. In our never-ending expansion of urban development, we see more and more healthy coyote populations where we live, work and play, and people aren’t sure how to respond to them. But Galante has a lot to teach us about coyotes. I spent the morning with him on the American River Parkway for an up-close and personal introduction through Galante’s eyes to these intelligent majestic animals, and to learn how we—as individuals and a community—can responsibly and peacefully coexist with them. We set out along a trail looking for signs of fresh scat and tuning into the behavior of the animals around us for clues to the coyotes’ presence—the alarming shriek of a squirrel, the modified call of a scrub jay, a landscape that goes quiet. A bird plow catches Galante’s eye. A flock foraging on the ground abruptly takes to the trees. He diverts his attention away from the birds and looks for what caused them to flee. Up ahead he moves cautiously as we come upon a grassy knoll where the coyotes lounge sometimes—but today they’re not here. He maps out the landscape for me, showing me the terrain that’s more difficult for coyotes to navigate, and points out their path of least resistance along the base of the hillside we’re near. Then we find fresh scat. They’re here. There are many people out today, so we dive off trail and settle into the grass out of sight. We’re wake hunting, he tells me, hoping we’ll intersect a coyote flushed out by human presence. “Coyotes are doing the exact same thing. Some people think coyotes are following them, but what they’re doing is paralleling



them because they’re creating the same plow. The coyote knows that and is picking off what is fleeing them,” says Galante. After an hour of waiting and watching, we get back on the trail. We traverse the parkway, backtrack, follow our hunches and logically assess the area. Still, no coyote. We settle on a ridge that gives us a good sightline of territory that butts up against the edge of the parkway, where coyotes are likely to be. He tells me about them. Bolt, with electric green eyes, who bolts the moment she sees a human; her dad, Tux, with a white chest, who’s more relaxed; and her mom, Notch, who’s a watcher of all things; HUMANS AND COYOTES The Howler, who howls every time he CALL THE SAME LAND HOME, sees a dog; Mama Bear, who’s always on AND WE CAN RETURN TO A the move; and one-eyed Jack, mangy PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE. and old, with whom Galante shared a special connection. (He hasn’t seen Jack since last July.) He talks of their playfulness as they fling feathers in the air, their athletic grace and their tender licking of each other’s faces. They come to life as he speaks and I scroll through their photos. We talk about their encroaching presence into urban settings, a challenge that is familiar across North America. For more than 100 years, people have been trying to eradicate the animal across the continent, but the adaptable canine just continues to grow stronger. “If you want to change coyote behavior, you have to change human behavior first,” says Galante. “What people may not realize is, we’ve created the situation that has led them here in the first place.” We need to ask ourselves what is our role in encouraging them into our neighborhoods, he says. It’s a timely question amid the buzz as two coyotes were photographed chasing a cat in midtown Sacramento in February. “I don’t think they were here because of the cat,” he says. But the cat became an opportunity. gu y ga l a n te

Guy Galante: Cristina Martinez-Canton


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Simple changes in the way we live can make our neighborhoods less attractive to coyotes by removing the things they seek—food, water and shelter. Do you leave pet food outdoors? Are your bird feeders tidy? Do you harvest your vegetables and pick up fallen fruit? Do you have a broken fence that allows access, overgrown landscaping that provides cover, leaky faucets that offer water? Are your compost bins wide open? Is your garbage accessible? And when they do come around, do you know how to properly haze them? Bang pots and pans, squirt them with powerful water guns or a hose. The goal is not to harm, simply to discourage. But it won’t work unless we all participate, and there’s a cultural shift in how we choose to live, Galante says. In partnership with Project Coyote, Galante works with homeowners, HOAs, parks departments and environmental groups to educate the public. He teaches how to assess neighborhoods, coyote behavior and ecology, and he introduces a coyote coexistence plan, a template from Project Coyote that cities across the country, like Davis, have adopted. He’s also seeking grant funding for a project in Sacramento County that pinpoints where coyotes are sighted, employing citizen science to engage the community—and components to measure its success—so local officials can respond to hot spots with a coexistence plan that minimizes human-coyote interactions and addresses public safety concerns. After five hours, we don’t see a coyote. Proof they are still elusive and wild, though I wonder if they watched us from the still of the underbrush. They’re a fundamental part of our regional heritage and our way of life that’s built upon the American River’s watershed and its rich biodiversity. Humans and coyotes call the same land home, and we can return to a peaceful coexistence. “It is a solvable problem and someone’s figured out a lot of the background work,” says Galante. “We just need boots on the ground to do it.”

When your pet has a special health condition, finding a pet sitter who can attend to its medical needs can be a challenge. That’s what prompted registered veterinary technicians Haley King and Taylor Guynn to launch Vet Techs 2 You, a pet-setting business that caters to cats and dogs needing a little extra TLC. “Like a lot of vet techs, we do pet sitting on the side, but we focus on clients whose pets have more medical needs or need more care than typical,” explains King. “For example, if you have a diabetic pet and you’re concerned about someone giving the insulin incorrectly, we have the medical background that helps people feel more comfortable.” In addition to typical pet-sitting duties like cleaning out the cat box or walking the dog, King and Guynn can administer topical or oral medications, give fluids or take a pet to the vet should an acute medical need arise. “We have clients fill out paperwork in advance so that we are authorized to act in an emergency situation,” King says. Since King and Guynn started their venture two years ago, they’ve brought peace of mind to plenty of grateful pet owners. “People are surprised at how stress relieving it is to have someone come in and take that burden from them,” says King. “It makes them feel comfortable to be able to go out of town knowing that their pets are going to be well cared for. We are there every day and we know what to look for if something is going wrong. We have experience in emergency and critical care, so we’re equipped to handle whatever comes up and get their pet what they need.” The pair also makes house calls when a client is home but isn’t comfortable or capable of administering medical care to a pet. As King explains, “Our first client had a new puppy with an ear infection, but they didn’t have experience giving ear medication, so we came in to help with the whole family there.” For these two vet techs, their work is more like a calling than a job. “We both love helping animals, so coming to people’s houses is just another aspect of that,” says King. “It’s nice to educate people, too. We get to talk to clients, and it really does help them feel better about leaving their animal, which makes us feel good, too.” —Catherine Warmerdam

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The Dirt on Laundry BY REED PARSELL



products contain at least one of eight ingredients that have been identified as polluting, including Shout (sodium borate). And although Clorox will tell you that its signature laundry product “provides the consumer with the most cost-effective cleaning and disinfectant product on the market while doing so safely and without damaging the environment,” it doesn’t take too discerning of a mind (or too probing of a web search) to understand that bleach’s role in defending the natural world is not squeaky clean. The mere act of doing laundry is ecologically problematic. According to the National Park Service, whose best interests are served by our not messing with Mother Nature, the annual household washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load, the average dryer accounts for 6 percent of a household’s energy use, and scented detergents and softener sheets release volatile organic compounds, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies as carcinogens. It’s bad enough that regular laundry detergents befoul our waterways with THEY’RE ALL LIKELY toxic heavy metals that include cadmium and arsenic. And that their phosTO BE MORE EXPENSIVE phates can lead to the starvation and death of marine species and plants. THAN TIDE OR GENERIC What might be just as alarming, although less known, is that even when DETERGENTS. no detergents or stain removers are used to wash synthetic fabrics (nylon, polyester, etc.), extremely small pieces of plastic are flushed out of washing machines (whose filters are not up to that task) into sewer pipes and beyond. So-called microplastics have been detected on shorelines throughout the planet. Their impact, not yet firmly established, cannot be good. So what’s an environmentally sensitive person to do, aside from wearing dirty clothes and repulsing all those who come near? Every “green” move will cost you, at least initially. The Park Service says that Energy Star-rated washing machines are certified as requiring 40 percent less water and 25 percent less electricity than regular washers, and Energy Star-rated dryers are 20 percent less power-hungry than regular ones. So you could upgrade to those. The EPA offers an easy-to-search database ( of detergents and other cleaning products that can help you quickly identify a product that will lighten the load of guilt that you feel on laundry day. But they’re all likely to be more expensive than Tide or generic detergents. As for those notorious “tough-to-remove” stains, the Environmental Working Group details how you can make your own removers using such ingredients as lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide. For example, if you mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and apply the mixture to grease stains, the stains might disappear. Finally, because we are fortunate to live in a region that for much of the year is warm and doused in sunshine, clotheslines can dry clothes efficiently and quickly. Subject, of course, to personal preferences, air-dried towels might feel as though they dry you off better, and air-dried sheets might feel crisper to crawl into. You would have to find a place for a clothesline, though, and let go of aesthetic prejudices.



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New Life for Old Trees The Sacramento Tree Foundation has come up with a novel way to manage wood waste from the urban forest. Through a program called Urban Wood Rescue, dead trees that normally would be chipped into mulch or sent to a landfill to decompose are turned into slabs of quality kiln-dried wood prized by artisans and do-it-yourselfers. “Trees inevitably die; that’s just a fact of the urban forest or any forest,” says Stephanie Robinson, communications and engagement manager for the organization. “But that really gorgeous, usable wood has a lot of environmental benefits if we retain it.” That’s because living trees capture carbon in their wood. “When we leave that wood in whole form, it locks down the carbon as long as that wood remains in whole form. If we chip it or burn it or let it decompose in the landfill, eventually all of that carbon is released back into the atmosphere,” Robinson explains. A grant from Cal Fire enTHE RESCUED WOOD IS SNAPPED UP abled the foundation to launch BY FINE FURNITURE MAKERS LOOKING the wood rescue program. FOR THE PERFECT SLAB AND WEEKIt all starts when a tree is reEND WARRIORS NEEDING A FEW TWOmoved and the donated log is BY-FOURS FOR A HOME PROJECT. delivered to the Urban Wood Rescue lumberyard, where it’s milled and dried in a vacuum kiln. “Once slabs are dry, we list them on our website and then sell them to the public. All of those proceeds go back to the tree foundation to further advance tree plantings and our programs,” says Robinson. The rescued wood is snapped up by everyone from fine furniture makers looking for the perfect slab to weekend warriors needing a few twoby-fours for a home project. The type of wood available at the lumberyard is constantly changing, but it’s not unusual to find English walnut, elm, redwood or maple on hand. As Robinson explains, “Our inventory reflects Sacramento’s urban forest and is based completely on what’s dying and being removed at that particular time.” The Urban Wood Rescue program welcomes the donation of trees that meet their guidelines: Logs must be a minimum of 14 inches in diameter, at least 8 feet long and reasonably straight with minimal decay. The program is unable to cut down or pick up trees from the community, however; all logs must be delivered to the lumberyard with prior approval.

Urban Wood Rescue trainee Katelyn Rosenbauer and technicianAna Muñoz

—Catherine Warmerdam SACMAG.COM May 2020


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Speaking of Sex Let’s focus on what we can do during a period of sheltering in place. Here, a certified sex therapist talks about how she helps people improve their intimate relations.



egan Negendank grew up in love with love, frequently taking personality quizzes about her future perfect partner and analyzing her friends’ relationships. She also found herself drawn to psychology because anxiety and depression run in her family, and the two interests married in college during a class on intimate relationships, which helped her unlock her own romantic woes. As she learned more, went to therapy herself, and finally built a healthy relationship for the first time, she felt called to help others find joy and authenticity in their relationships—and in their bedrooms. Now she’s Megan Negendank, LMFT, certified sex therapist, and founder and executive director of Love Heal Grow Counseling. WHY IS THIS WORK IMPORTANT TO YOU? Sex is special and

essential for couples, but it can be so sensitive and taboo and awkward for partners to discuss it with each other. I saw a lot of couples getting really stuck. I don’t know if there is anything as professionally fulfilling as sitting next to someone who is opening

up about something they are embarrassed about and being able to support them to where they don’t feel ashamed anymore. WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO FOR PEOPLE? If you’re familiar

with therapy for anxiety, it’s just like that, except we’re talking about sex instead. At first, I spend time getting to know what the person is going through. I learn about what they’re going through sexually and what seems to be getting in the way. I get a picture of past experiences that could be impacting how they’re performing sexually or feeling sexually, and where they learned about sex. I get an idea of the problems they’re experiencing and if these problems are more physical/medical or emotional/psychological. A lot of times, it’s little pieces in all of the categories. Once I have that, I create a plan to support them, and it varies—maybe they need help communicating better with sexual partners, or getting clear on their turn-ons or turn-offs, or they need to explore themselves sexually. I provide sex education if necessary—better sex ed than we got growing up—and give them research-based exercises or activities to do at home. This should SACMAG.COM May 2020

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ples come in, it’s because sex drives don’t match. By the time they’re coming in, there’s a pretty big gap, and it’s painful for them. There are a lot of different causes are within their relationships, even if they of this—a common one is when a woman don’t express it directly. Working with is postpartum, she can have a hormonal couples, I have seen really traditionally shift and issues surrounding her body masculine men get very vulnerable with image, but her partner—male or female— their partners about their loneliness, long- didn’t have the same body shift and they ing to be understood, desire for connection are looking for reassurance that they still and closeness from the partners they love. matter in the relationship. It could also be Men are often socialized to “suck it up” a reflection of relationship problems, so and that showing sadness or vulnerabil- maybe one person is carrying a lot of hurt ity is a weakness. Not all men are stuck in and resentment and avoiding sex because this trap, but seeing some clients break they’re still upset about something in the out of these gender roles has reinforced past. There’s also the fact that some people my belief that we all long for closeness, are more spontaneously aroused and don’t connection and empathy. need a lot of warmup before COUPLES WHO HAVE THE they’re ready to have sex, MOST RELATIONSHIP SATIS- where their partners might LET’S GET CONTROVERFACTION AVERAGE HAVING SIAL . WHAT’S A STANCE have a different style. SEX ONE TO TWO TIMES PER YOU HOLD THAT NOT EVERYWhen individuals come MONTH. RESEARCH SHOWS ONE AGREES WITH? I don’t use in, it’s usually related to THAT RELATIONSHIP HAPthe terms “sex addiction” or anxiety around their perPINESS DOESN’T SEEM TO “sex addict” in my work. We INCREASE IF COUPLES HAVE formance with sex. Anxiety see a lot of people who think in life is very normal—it MORE SEX THAN THAT. that they or their partner would be abnormal if anymight have a sex addiction. There isn’t a one didn’t experience anxiety—and it diagnosis for sex addiction, and when we shows up differently for all of us. When it typically think of an addiction, it’s for al- comes to sex, it can look like erectile dyscohol or drugs—substances that we can, function, avoiding sex, having low sex with help, ultimately stop using. Sexual- drive, or pain during intercourse. ity and sexual health is a huge part of the WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC DO YOU SEE THE human experience: We aren’t going to be MOST OF IN SEX THERAPY? There’s a able to just stop being a sexual being. Sex really wide range. We only work with therapy can help people get more in touch adults, but the range is from people in with what is driving their choices, explore their 20s all the way to their 80s coming their sexual needs, and ultimately decide in to work on sex and intimacy. What’s if there are things they need to do differreally cool about being in Sacramento is ently. I frame it more as “out of control how diverse it is, so we see all cultures and sexual behavior” instead of an addiction. races, and all sexual and gender identities. TH ROUG H TH I S WOR K , WHAT HAS B E E N T H E B I G G E S T T H I N G T H AT YOU’VE LEARNED? How sensitive men

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“healthy” or “unhealthy.” It’s important for me to voice that because when we have those expectations, it can really reinforce shame, embarrassment and frustration. I do want to validate that it’s normal to want to have something to compare your experience to—it’s normal to want to know what’s “normal,” but there isn’t an answer. I can say that research shows that couples who have the most relationship satisfaction average having sex one to two times per month. Research shows that relationship happiness doesn’t seem to increase if couples have more sex than that.


feel like we need to be. It’s hugely negatively impacting our sex lives and sexual satisfaction. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON PORN? I’m not

anti-porn, but it does absolutely impact our expectations around sex. I’ll compare it to how romantic comedies or Disney cartoons can impact our expectations around romance. They all have in common an element of fantasy, and fantasy is a wonderful gift of being human, but we need to find pleasure and joy in real sex and real


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partners with real bodies. When we hold in our minds that sex is going to look like this, or that our partners should look like that or do that, we are going to be really disappointed. Real people aren’t scripted or airbrushed or planning on how to stretch their bodies in a certain way that looks good on screen. I’m sex positive, so I’m not here to tell anyone what their sex life needs to look like. What I do want people to feel like is that their sex life is balanced and fulfilling, whatever that means for them. If they use and enjoy porn, that’s fine, but is it interfering with life? Is it causing fights with their partner, are they using porn to avoid connection, or are they spending too much time or money on it? HOW COMMON IS INFIDELITY, AND CAN/ SHOULD IT BE WORKED THROUGH?

We don’t really know how common it is. The statistic is that 20 to 30% of adults are unfaithful at some point in their lifetimes, but that’s based on self-reporting. I’m an eternal optimist with my couples, and I don’t think infidelity is a death sentence. I do think it can be worked through, and I do think that it’s hard to work through. I am also of the belief that the

relationship, up to the point of the betrayal being confronted, does end. It has to be a new relationship that they are building together.

cess—a big loss. Part of therapy is helping people enjoy, do and discover exploring differently and being able to enjoy being with their partners without penetration.



is in this space right now and figuring this out. A lot of boomers have felt a lot of success in their lives—they’ve had a successful career, a comfortable home, been with partners for decades and raised kids—so they feel empowered in a lot of areas. To have to face aging and not have control of their bodies in different ways—ED in men or vaginal dryness in women, hormone changes—there is a whole reckoning that we go through as our bodies change and as we age. One thing that comes up for older folks is helping them have a realistic expectation for their bodies. By the time people come to me, they have usually tried Viagra, but they don’t want to rely on it or it hasn’t been successful. For example, if they’ve had penis-in-vagina sex for most of their lives and they have to face that maybe sex isn’t going to look like that for them anymore, that can be a grieving pro-

such a diverse city, we have a lot of mixed relationships, whether that’s racially or culturally or religiously mixed. In that, there are a lot of differences that couples can experience. There can also be expectations or beliefs surrounding sex that differ. OTHER THAN COMMUNICATING MORE, WHAT CAN SOMEONE OR A COUPLE DO TODAY TO START IMPROVING THEIR SEX LIFE? Prioritize it. We have busy

lives. Early on in relationships, it can feel that sex is spontaneous or happens more easily, and over time, it can feel that it is being forgotten or being put to the bottom of the to-do list. So make it a priority to connect and talk, or cuddle and mess around after coffee in bed. You have to protect that time. If you don’t, it’s just not going to happen.


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HOW THE CORONAVIRUS STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS HAVE CHANGED LIFE IN OUR REGION While people were staying physically distant during the early days of the pandemic, we reached out to find out how they were coping. Sacramentans have managed to keep some businesses and education going through online meetings and cla ssroom s. Additionally, they took to social media as they tried to cope with it all and come to terms with the new normal.




s the new year got underway, news reports out of China chronicled the emergence of a contagious new respiratory virus. We watched the news and saw the step-by-step closure of the huge city of Wuhan and of Hubei province, and the imposition of increasingly stringent restrictions on the movements and actions of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens outside the hot zone. At the time, most people in the United States either seemed to believe it was a “Chinese problem” or that it was somehow a distraction. Of course, it wasn’t. Just weeks later, America itself has emerged as a hot zone. There are tens of thousands of cases in the United States as I write this on Monday, March 23, at 8:25 a.m. By the time you open your magazine to read this, it’s entirely possible there will be 1 million or more cases nationally. March was the month in which America finally came to terms with the unprecedented crisis that the world was facing: As the federal government dithered, one state after the next began shutting down nonessential businesses, closed down schools and ordered as many residents as possible to stay at home. It felt like a creeping apocalypse. In Northern California, counties began shutting down in the second week of the month. By the middle of the month, Gov. Gavin Newsom extended the stay-at-home rules to the entire state, warned that schools would likely not open again for the rest of the academic year and suggested that we should be prepared for several months of living an isolated, socially spaced reality. For those of us not deemed “essential,” many of whom faced a sudden loss of employment and of income, our public activities were reduced to brief, and increasingly frightening, runs to the grocery store or the pharmacy, to the occasional drive to nowhere, to doctors’ visits and walks around city blocks and parks. If we were paying attention on those walks, we would have noticed the silence in the skies, the eerie lack of airplanes overhead. All of us, “essential” and “nonessential” alike, began to learn new social dances and new, intuitive methods of estimating risk. In our heads, we began calculating when we had to veer off the sidewalk and into the street to avoid by six feet an oncoming pedestrian; we worked out how to greet a neighbor sitting on their stoop while maintaining a germ-safe distance. We began using video conferencing sites as our primary method of visual interaction with friends, with family, with colleagues. In short, we all began to reinvent how we interacted with others and with our environment. Here, in their own words, are the stories of Sacramentans from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lena Andaya


Interviewed March 22 There’s four of us in the family. My husband, Richard, and I are both cellists. Our two daughters are home. Our oldest has special needs. She’s going through an agitated time and she’s nonverbal. So it’s an increased challenge. The only people we’re allowing into the house are the two nurses who work with her. Our 13-year-old is super self-reliant; she’s adapting pretty well, calling friends on FaceTime. My husband plays cello with the San Francisco Symphony. He was supposed to be in Europe. Instead, he’s home, cooking and shopping and helping with the girls. I teach three-and-a-half days a week. Those days pass as before, though the days are longer because of the logistics of teaching over FaceTime. For once in my life, I’m extremely grateful for technology, because that’s our income right now. When I’m not teaching, my family is spending more time together—cooking, playing games, going on walks, bike riding. We



watch escape movies, some Netflix. Both my younger daughter and I are taking virtual Spanish classes. We’ve been doing social-distancing happy hours in our neighborhood. I have six concerts I was slated to play in the next few months, and they’ve all been canceled. At first, I was just leaving my cello in its case unless I was teaching. Then I read about the Italians singing from their balconies, so I’ve been playing outside on our front porch and front yard with Richard; we’ve been playing duets. Yesterday, I traveled up the street playing my cello. I started playing Bach. An older lady was out with her walker. I went up there, not too close. People started gathering. I played an hour and a half. It was really lovely. I felt so fortunate it was something I could contribute.

Sue Fossum


Interviewed March 23 I’m over 65; we’re supposed to stay at home. My son knows I volunteer for things. He said, “Are you going to go back to work or take care of yourself?” I’m a clinical instructor at UC Davis, advanced cardiac life support. I’m not teaching right now, because they’re trying to move everything to an electronic format. I also go with teams of plastic surgeons throughout the world, and we provide free reconstructive surgery. I was in Kathmandu in December, working in a burn unit. We had a call last night; all of our trips are on hold for the next few months. Our teams are not traveling. I teach a lot of CPR and first aid to nonprofits in the community. My last class was a week ago yesterday. If the call went out for retired nurses to work again, would you? It would depend on what they are requesting. I’m a former Army nurse; I was activated in ’03 for the Gulf War. I stayed in the U.S., worked with Special Forces medics; did a lot of biological, nuclear, chemical training. Frontline, my areas of specialty are postoperative. So it would depend what they would ask me to do. I could go in and do reverse isolation and infection control procedures. I could see myself volunteering for that if the situation became critical enough. I was in the military—you step up and do what you need to do. What do you most miss about normal times? I miss just being with other people. We used to have dinner parties with friends. We have a very interactive neighborhood: Arden Oaks. We have friends whose children are like our grandchildren. I miss doing things with them. We do a lot of things with our church; we have a lot of social outreach. I’ve been working with St. John’s Shelter since the 1980s, preparing dinner once a month. We’re not doing that. Our church also goes to a Navajo reservation in Arizona. I teach school staff there first aid. I teach people how to vaccinate and deworm sheep and goats. Our trip is supposed to be in July; I’m not sure what’s happening with that right now. I miss just being involved in the community. Hopefully we’ll get back to normalcy fairly soon.

Kit Dillon


Interviewed March 19 I was a recent widow and had retired. I had to go back to work— to be social, to get a paycheck. My rent had gone up way more than my mortgage ever did. Those tips made the difference. Someone who doesn’t have a huge retirement to fall back on goes back in the workforce and is reliant on tips. Now [after the stay-at-home order] I am on my own. Thank God I was living quite frugally. So what are you doing now that your work dried up? You do your spring cleaning earlier, stay inside. You’re not entertaining as much, so you aren’t spending as much. You’re not buying gas to go to work. You tighten your belt. I’m not going to panic, but you go a month without a paycheck and it takes more than six months to pick up and recover. You have to be hopeful, you have to be resilient. I go out; I have an older Lab—he has to go out and be played with. I do a lot of Skype. Reaching out to friends. If I don’t have to be somewhere I don’t. The only place I’ve gone is the CVS drive-up window. Be as conscientious as you can, being around crowds. It changes a lot. I don’t have Netflix. But I’m unpacking my library, a lot of reading. I’m a yoga practitioner; I’ve got to keep up my game. I’m not a panic person; I’m a factual person. I figure I’m in good health, but I don’t want to be a carrier, and I don’t want to be a receiver. This is a time to be proactive, reach out to people, send cards and notes. It will be hard. This initial week is something you wrap your head around. Three weeks from now might be a different story.



Interviewed March 20 Right now, I have a daughter at college, Sonoma State. I’ve got to work on getting her home and out of a lease there. Right now, we’re just figuring things out. My mom is in Woodland in her 70s; trying to get her to work remotely. And I have three adult kids. And my husband works for himself. Our goal is to keep a routine, take care of things round the house, exercise, cook, try to stay healthy and keep our immune systems up; that’ll be important. It’s going to be challenging. That feeling of being pent up, not being able to be out. I can feel a level of anxiety rising in me. We’re all pent up together, nervous, uncertain about the future. I’ve had a headache throughout the week—stress related. I’m exercising, walking, trying to get fresh air, and reminding myself we’re doing the best we can with these circumstances, and that it won’t be permanent. SACMAG.COM May 2020



POSTS Leyla Jaworski March 24

I will be so curious to see when this is all over if parents start to say, “You know what . . . maybe our kids don’t need to play every team sport under the sun, maybe our weekends don’t need to be dominated by one scheduled game or practice one after the other, maybe we can actually have some down time and not feel like our lives are one giant schedule. Maybe it’s OK to just be.”

POSTS Michael Thiemann March 23

Haven’t looked at Facebook since October. I figured my birthday would be a good day to look again. So I assume it’s been pretty chill here, right?

POSTS Cathy Cassinos-Carr March 20

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March 21

Week One of coronavirus schedule—I have taken at least two long walks per day with Biscuit (still allowed for now), woken up early each morning, worked long and hard each day with many students (24 fourth-graders, seven sixth-graders, one seventh-grader, and one third-grader). We read news articles, wrote and revised fabulous paragraphs, did a lot of math—comparing equivalent fractions and finding rate and unit rate and percentages. They read lots of books and a lot of pages in their novels, and they wrote some great journal entries. They helped each other and pushed themselves. It was a great week. Rosalie has also been working hard on the Mama Camp homeschool regimen. We worked out every single day to Sami’s Circuit (live on YouTube at 1 p.m.), cooked great dinners, and watched two episodes per night of Alexa and Katie. Oh, and I worked on my Spanish grammar and Spanish writing for one to two hours per day. It was an awesome week! I’m ready for the weekend. My plan is to do some deep cleaning and maybe work a bit in my yard. Hugs to all of you who are staying home and working together to flatten the curve!



POSTS John Poswall March 23

Great opportunity to start those home workouts you said you were going to do in January.

POSTS Renee Moffett Thompson March 22

Just updated my “What to do if I die of coronavirus” file. Now I’m going to watch some trash TV.

POSTS Katie McCleary March 21

My empathic heart is unbelievably heavy with ache. Children and people trapped in abusive households. Foster youth and other struggling young people trying to get ahead on a lonely path, made even more lonely and difficult. Unprecedented rates of unemployment. Tempers and patience thinning. Tremendous food insecurity for one in nine Americans. My developmentally delayed and blind sister who is incredibly vulnerable, along with millions of other immunosuppressed people— she doesn’t understand why she can’t be with her friends at her adult day program. People deciding what’s essential and not. Paycheck to paycheck living happens for most people— this is gonna be a nightmare. Nonprofits that do life-changing and life-saving work . . . shuttering. We’ve always been the land of opportunity—I unequivocally believe this— but we are also the land of the haves and have nots, and that stark bifurcation is about to get a massive spotlight. I gotta garden today. Be with my kids and menagerie of small, soft creatures. Touch all my books. Write. And cry. Hug Nich. Let the ocean out. I’m so grateful for my life and I’ve tried to pay homage to that by being a servant. By working hard every day to tangibly help others live a brighter, more expansive, more leaderly, and well-connected life so that they can thrive and give back to their communities. But today? It just feels bleak. I’ll be feisty by the afternoon for sure and ready to lead a revolution, but I want to let you know that my heart is sopping wet. It’s okay to break down and let it spill for a moment.

POSTS Maureen Wanket March 15

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Do you feel a little like you’re camping?

POSTS Stuart Spoto March 19

To all of those who have hoarded toilet paper, I hope you are happy. My 88-year-old mother, who is confined to her home, is out of toilet paper and thanks to you, there is none anywhere! Do you really need a year’s supply? Just think of what you are doing to others before you buy more than you need!

POSTS Dani Luzzatti March 25

I love being of use but the burden of specifics is making it hard. If I bring you toilet paper; it is what is available. Brand loyalty and nonmedically required preferences are not prioritized until access is normal.

POSTS Carl Costas March 22

With tomorrow being Monday, I’m totally wearing pants. Maybe.

POSTS Geralyn Broder Murray March 21

This time kind of feels like life right after you have a new baby: theoretically, you’re home and you could potentially do all the things you’ve been meaning to like learn how to knit and clean out that cupboard and write that screenplay but instead you’re binge watching the 2009 Bachelor and obsessively refreshing your newsfeed. So I thought I’d share a few tips from something I wrote once about surviving new parenthood that I think also applies to surviving the apocalypse. Take what you need. 1. There is a certain attractiveness to sweats. 2. You may feel neurotic. You may be neurotic. This is to be expected, even celebrated, amongst friends. (Virtually, of course.) 3. Be gentle. Especially on yourself. 4. Chocolate has curative powers. Exercise them as needed. 5. There’s nothing good to see at the movies right now anyway. 6. Have a picnic. On the living room floor if necessary. 7. Love your partner. Demonstrate this more than you think is necessary. 8. If you have washed at least one body part today, consider yourself clean. 9. Take a drive. Alone. Windows open. 10. For good and for bad, your life will not stay this way.


POSTS Debbie Cunningham March 21

Observations from today: Walking my pups, I saw lots more people and families out and about walking their dogs and riding bikes here in Laguna West than I normally do. I had an essential business (media) photo shoot in Sac this morning. The streets were super quiet. I saw more homeless people gathering recycling than people out walking their dogs and such. Worried about the homeless population. It was nice to get in the car and go somewhere after several days of not doing so and all protocol was followed. Found some more energy and perspective today and have ambitious plans for tomorrow (at home). I think I am happier when the stock market is closed, LOL. Had my first meal that I didn’t cook myself today. I got the salt and pepper spare ribs and seafood tofu soup from Tea Garden in Elk Grove. SO good! Please patronize them. Going to start getting takeout from more local restaurants like Miyabi and Jamie’s Cafe in the coming days. I am tired of my food, LOL. Be that as it may, I plan on cooking a recipe from The Sacramento Bee’s food section this past week. I let my subscription drop this week because the newspaper was just too depressing (and EXPENSIVE) but may get a digital subscription in the future. Still need eggs and tissues, and I REALLY need a damn haircut. I have eight rolls of toilet paper left.

Katrina Stumbos March 24

To all of you still hanging out with friends, pushing the limits, gathering with your entire extended family, etc. Get a grip and stay home. This isn’t the time to be selfish and self serving; this is a time to come together by staying the F apart. POSTS Hilary Brugger March 19

POSTS Melissa Holden March 20

People, PLEASE. It is in no way essential for you and 20 friends to be playing volleyball at the park right now. Go. Home. The longer this goes on and people make stupid decisions like this, the longer we’re going to be in this mess. People are losing their jobs, their savings, and their lives. I don’t rant much on here, but this is absolutely ridiculous.

We needed something sweet in the midst of all the fear and disappointment. Meet our new babies. We’ve always wanted backyard chickens so with all the time at home it seemed a perfect opportunity. Kate is considering naming them Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte but official names TBA. In the meantime Kate is loving them at every opportunity and one fell asleep in her hand while she was showing it to classmates during a Zoom meeting. I love hearing them peeping when I come in the kitchen in the morning and will be a little sad when they move to the outdoor coop in six weeks. If anyone wants to visit them, we do chickie FaceTimes.



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Rabbi Mona Alfi

Interviewed March 22

Interviewed March 20

I find myself quite emotional. Tears have always come easily for me—a little too weird for my family’s comfort, but even easier now. My paternal grandfather died in Pennsylvania in 1919 from the Spanish flu, when my dad was the youngest of three kids, ages 1 to 9. And I had a 29-season career with Cal Fire. My lungs are not what they would be otherwise had I not been in a lot of smoke over the years. I feel like I need to take precautions. I’d love to be out helping at a food bank, but on the other hand I don’t want to become part of the problem, either. I’ve signed up for two FEMA webinars on mental health care for people engaged in responding to the pandemic. I’m not a professional counselor, but it’s to know signs and symptoms of stress, and to be an entry-level first responder for people in crisis. I’m trying to follow the governor’s and public health orders and stay indoors and in my neighborhood. I see my elderly neighbor walking down the street with her son and dog. I say hi from 30 feet or so. It’s good to see people out, from a distance.

Three weeks ago, I was planning how to run services, plan celebrations, holidays. We’ve had to figure out how to make an in-person community connect virtually, with the rules changing every day. In the Jewish tradition, for prayer services to happen we need 10 people to gather together, a minyan. That’s now against the rules. We’ve had to figure out how do it online, purchase licensing, make it accessible, get the technology, make sure older members know how to access it. For bar and bat mitzvahs, we’re doing it by Zoom. The Reform Movement put out a legal dictum saying Zoom is permissible for this time to allow for a prayer quorum. The temple won’t be Zooming Passover, but we’re hoping congregants use technology to stay in touch with each other for the dinner.


Lori Aoun


Interviewed March 20 It’s strange. We have deadlines that are ongoing, such as the school plan. However, it doesn’t have the data we were anticipating, because the kids haven’t been in school and statewide testing has been canceled. We were tasked to call each teacher to get baseline data. How do we set up remote learning while ensuring access for all our students? Are there kids who don’t have access to technology who will need to be provided with computers? We have to meet the needs of the children with special needs and English learners. One phone call after another, talking to each of the teachers. I hole up in a bedroom so I don’t have to impose silence on the rest of the house while I’m working. It’s important at this time to be reassuring to our families and our children. How do we explain to kids what’s going on? We had plans to get together with friends last weekend. We were going to a play, but the theaters were closed. We had a quiet dinner instead. Now, all of that is a no-go also. It’s surreal, surreal to be so isolated. The hugest difference is just not being with children every day. That’s what I feel most dramatically. That contact with children rejuvenates me, hearing what they think, their sense of humor. That’s why I love my job.




What do you find hardest about all of this? I have a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old. The 12-year-old is supposed to be graduating sixth grade. My 17-year-old was looking forward to going to camp, doing all the things teenagers are supposed to do. And they can’t do anything. I’m a very social person. It’ll be hard. I like going to Shabbat services on Friday night. I like hugging everyone. Now, when I go to the grocery store, I put my hands in my pocket or cross them on my chest so I don’t touch anyone or anything. I did a funeral last week and couldn’t hug the man who’d lost his brother. It’s one of the most healing things for our souls, to have that contact. And to have it taken away from us when we need it most, a good hug— it’s very hard. However we can do face to face, we need to do it. And humor is very important. It’s a Jewish tool—to laugh in dark times.

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Interviewed March 19 This is hardest of all for hospitality. What do we do on our days off ? We go and eat! What do we do when we’re not doing anything? For me, it’s to try and help. But how do you do that while navigating social separation? This is too big for us. If you take 2 million people and put them out of a job, besides ruining the economy you also take 2 million families who now have to figure out how to make it to the next week. So what can we do? I’m talking with friends about best practices and how we move forward. Getting the hospitality industry and employees to volunteer at food banks to backstop for elderly volunteers who have to self-isolate. How do you feed people? That’s what I do for a living. We’re all doing the best we can and hoping we’re doing right by people and well for them.

Gabe Mills

Courtney McKinney

Interviewed March 19



I have tried to get outside as much as I can, go on walks and bike rides around the neighborhood. [Normally] I bike to school, six miles each way. I haven’t been able to get the same exercise, that’s for sure. I’ve been inside most of the day, reading books: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. I’ve got a few teachers assigning homework—my photography teacher has been assigning projects. My German teacher has been posting lectures and assignments every day. I got out once last week and saw some friends, but since then I haven’t been able to see anybody. I’m worried about it; I’ve been putting the restriction on myself to stay inside. So it’s mostly over FaceTime, virtually. It’s different seeing someone in person as opposed to FaceTime, where they break up and the connection breaks down. I’m sad to have the end of my senior year go out over FaceTime. It’s definitely a pretty sad feeling to know everyone you’ve made relationships with over the past four years at McClatchy—I may not see them again. I had planned to go to prom and was looking forward to it. [Next year] I’m going to BYU, Idaho. I’m hoping to major in communications or art. Are you spending more time with your family? I have four siblings. It’s definitely very hectic. Our cousins just left. That was even more hectic. But I was thinking how tough it would be to be an only child, having no one else your age to interact with. We’ve played games, watched a movie last night. We make food together. Yesterday I made scones, so that was fun.


Interviewed March 20 I had to start working at home on Monday. I’m constantly on the computer or by my phone. It’s a constant stream—the work, but also my thinking about coronavirus. I don’t get a break unless I take a walk, and then I feel guilty. It’s making me anxious. I follow a lot of wellness people who are talking about the need to slow down. But it’s hard to slow down. I live in an apartment building. There are four of us. Me and my neighbors have social-distancing events. We have a big porch. I live in midtown; three of my friends live within a block. We go on social-distancing walks. Eating has been a solitary event. What is most isolating is touch. I [used to] hug my friends. It brings home we are social creatures, animals; we’re not yet androids. I’ve started watching “Little Fires Everywhere,” with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. I’ve been FaceTiming and texting. My friend got me on Marco Polo—it’s an app; you can communicate in videos to each other, a long chain of video conversations. I’ve got friends around the country, and we’re more in touch than usual. And the thing that’s giving me hope is seeing reports of pollution clearing up. If that wasn’t happening, the anxiety I’d feel would be even more dreadful.

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Interviewed March 19 My life before this was incredibly busy. I play water polo, coach debate, tutor, work at a law firm, swim, play the violin, spend a ton of time with friends. I have a religion class at 6:10 in the morning. I have a lot of human interaction and a lot of moving. I never stop. Being home has been different. I’m missing my friends, but I’m seeing my family more, which is wonderful. We have breakfast and dinner together. I spend a lot more time painting and one-and-a-half hours a day practicing the violin. I’m painting a watercolor sunset; I painted a picture of a world with a starry sky behind it. Lovers Point, in Monterey. I painted a foggy forest. I feel like I’ve taken a lot for granted. Going to Willie’s with friends. Going to basketball games. The possibility of senior ball and graduation. I was supposed to go to Tahoe with a group of friends next weekend. And my family was going to go on a road trip with our cycles up the coast. But we’re not going to do that anymore. We’ll see how it is, but for now, I’ve definitely found ways to occupy myself. SACMAG.COM May 2020

























VERYWHERE YOU TURN THESE DAYS, THERE’S UNCERTAINTY. Soon after this story was completed, the coronavirus exploded into a worldwide pandemic. Since then, we’ve all been sheltering in place, and no one knows know exactly where we’ll be or what we’ll be doing when this issue hits the stands. While we don’t have a magic crystal ball, we do know this: WE NEED TO HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING GOOD! In the following pages you’ll meet six local volunteers who are doing their part to help make the Sacramento region a little better. Whether it’s helping animals, youth or those in dire need; supporting the arts; promoting literacy; or preserving history, these volunteers are dedicated to their causes. Their work has definitely been affected by the coronavirus, but there is no doubt that when we get to the other side of this, they will be integral in helping rebuild the community. Feel inspired to give yourself? Check out the Big Day of Giving, taking place May 7, or go to your favorite organization’s website. Whatever you can afford to give will make a big difference; nonprofits can always use your support, but they’ve taken a big hit since the coronavirus came on the scene. Some might not make it. We might not be able to provide sweat equity like each of these volunteers, but we, too, can make a difference in our community.


Broadway Sacramento Some people retire and never look back. Griff Field retired and came back—the following week. “I retired on a Friday and I came back to work as a volunteer on a Tuesday,” he says. “Some of the board members did not even realize I had retired.” Field was a retired U.S. Navy nurse looking for his second career when he started working as a public relations associate at Music Circus in 1989. A few weeks into the season, producing director Leland Ball asked him to join the staff of his new venture, the Broadway Series, a selection of year-round Broadway touring productions. “I think one of the things Leland was looking at was that I was a grown-up,” says Field, who was in his mid-40s at the time. “Since there were just three of us, we all kind of did a little bit of everything: mocked up programs, sold advertising, did public relations.” By the time Field retired from the company in 2009, he was working in the development department, planning galas and other events in an effort to raise money for the organization. Because of his extensive background with the company, Field is able to help out the organization in a variety of ways. From answering phones and proofreading programs to helping with grant writing and providing high-end donors a tour of the costume warehouse, Field, a donor and season-ticket holder, can do it all—and he does. One of the projects he enjoys most, however, is writing historical background pieces for Music Circus productions, finding interesting angles, anecdotes and factoids to go along with each one. “I’m really proud of those little pieces I write for the program because it’s a little introduction for people who do not know a lot about the theater and it’s the kind of thing that would make a knowledgeable person say, ‘Oh, wow, I did not know that.’” Field puts in an eight-hour day at the Broadway Sacramento offices every Tuesday but spends countless more hours researching and writing the historical pieces. “I come back with my best 650 words,” he says of his work. Field enjoys the flexibility volunteering offers him. “I am not tied down to one thing. I can kind of flit around,” he says.

“My volunteer job is no more. The Broadway Sacramento staff are all working from home. One production, ‘Bandstand,’ has already been canceled,” says Field. He encourages people who already bought tickets for a now-canceled show to turn it into a tax-deductible contribution rather than ask for a refund. “Please consider doing so,” says Field. “Nothing hurts an organization’s finances quite as much as refunds. And continue to fight the good fight.” SACMAG.COM May 2020


He realized that he could help other kids from going down his same path.

FRANCISCO ROJAS Don Conley Boxing Club

Francisco Rojas has a goal: “Build better kids and keep them out of the streets.” He does his part by coaching youth boxing five evenings a week at the Don Conley Boxing Club in Sacramento. The club, named after late local boxing trainer and coach Don Conley, was founded in 2012 to provide area youth a safe and positive space to hang out. Rojas, who has been boxing since he was 14 (he’s 34 now), once had dreams of becoming a professional boxer. “I was told that I could be the next world champion from Sacramento,” he says. “I decided to take a break, and that is when I started doing wrong.” Rojas got into drugs and alcohol, and eventually found himself homeless. “By the end I was just walking on the streets.” The break, injuries, and drugs and alcohol took their toll. His dream of becoming a professional boxer was shattered. “I ruined my career,” he says. He realized, however, that he could help other kids from going down his same path. The boys he coaches range in age from 9 to 16. Some have aspirations to be prizefighters; some are brought to the club by parents hoping to stave away gangs and drugs; some find the club on their own. One thing Rojas won’t tolerate is anyone using boxing to harm others. He tells kids that he can teach them to fight, but if they hurt someone outside the boxing ring with their skills, he doesn’t want them coming around. “When I found this sport and learned to fight, I thought, ‘There is no point in hurting people who can’t fight themselves,’” he says.



Through the sport of boxing, Rojas—who works full time as a landscaper and has two kids of his own—teaches the boys the importance of discipline and hard work. “I tell them they have to be here on time. They have to listen. They have to do the best they can. And I tell them they can’t be rude with each other. As long as you are doing good at school and here, I have no problem,” he says. “This sport is hard. If you survive the first month, you can make it. You can play soccer, you can play baseball, you can play whatever you want, but you cannot play boxing.” When the shelter-in-place mandate went into effect, Rojas provided the boys he coaches with exercises they can do at home to keep up their strength: running, jumping rope, etc. “They can do all the physical conditioning at home. All they need the coaching for is the boxing technique,” says Rojas, who also makes himself available by phone, especially to the kids who are training to compete. “Me and my partner, we are always there for them.”

BE A GIVING HEART Support local nonprofits by making a donation during the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online give-a-thon put on locally by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. A yearly tradition since 2013, the Big Day of Giving takes place Thursday, May 7, starting at midnight. Go to big for more information or to donate.

CECILIA URIBE-SMITH Arden-Dimick Friends of the Library

Cecilia Uribe-Smith does a lot of heavy lifting as a volunteer with the Arden-Dimick Friends of the Library. Literally. As the youngest member of the Arden-Dimick Friends, UribeSmith, who turned 20 this past December, is often the one carting donations from the library or other drop-off points to the shed where the books are kept. From there, they are sold at the library’s Book Nook, at the Book Den, a used bookstore operated by Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, and at quarterly and pop-up book sales held throughout the year. Such sales are a major fundraiser for this branch of the Sacramento Public Library. Uribe-Smith, who started out volunteering with the branch when she was 16 and now works part time there, also helps sort the books by category, type, genre and usability. Uribe-Smith, who won a DOVIA Youth Volunteer of the Year award in 2018 and a Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2016 for her efforts, was encouraged to join the Friends board when she was 17 to provide a youthful perspective on board activities. In addition to helping out with book donations and sales, Uribe-Smith assists with social media and event planning. Through her work with Friends, she’s helped the library get new equipment and materials such as microphones and headsets for the many programs the library offers.

Uribe-Smith has been a book lover since she was a child. “When I was little I would read a book a day, maybe two. I still love reading,” she says. Her favorite genres are horror, fantasy and adventure novels with the occasional mystery thrown in. Despite her young age, she prefers a good old-fashioned book rather than a smartphone or tablet. “I need to have a physical copy. It just makes me feel really good, having one,” Uribe-Smith says. “A reader hurts my eyes.” With her love of all things books and the library, will UribeSmith, currently a full-time student at American River College, make it a career? “Sadly, no,” she says. “One of my co-workers thought I would go into library science. I am actually going into architecture and construction management.” “With the shelter in place in effect, there’s nothing we can really do to work around our volunteer efforts,” says Uribe-Smith, noting that all book sales have been suspended. “I know that library staff and library volunteers will definitely have their hands full when we do reopen: books to shelve, holds, donations and plenty more will keep us busy for a while. I hope that this will bring more volunteers to help us get things back on track.”

Despite her young age, she prefers a good oldfashioned book rather than a smartphone or tablet.




Elk Grove Historical Society Jim Entrican has been volunteering in some capacity since he was a teenager growing up in Elk Grove, starting out as a junior member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. When he turned 18, he became an adviser to the juniors as well as a subordinate member of the IOOF. “I took the membership of the junior Odd Fellows from five or six boys to 40,” says Entrican. “That was the start of my volunteering. And I’ve been doing things for other people ever since.” He continued to volunteer when he married and had children, raising money for his kids’ baseball, soccer, gymnastics and dance activities. He even helped raise $10,000 for a church gymnasium. Now retired, Entrican volunteers for a number of Elk Grovebased organizations, including the Elk Grove Historical Society. “Preserving history is important to some of us old-timers in Elk Grove,” says Entrican, 78. Under his watch, the historical society has renovated the 1850 Elk Grove House and Stage Shop Museum and the 1853 Foulks House. He also project managed and built a blacksmith shop and a Dutch barn, the latter of which is used for storage. Throughout the years, Entrican’s roles have included board member, president, facilities manager and assistant treasurer. On any given day, you might find him recruiting members, giving a private tour, gardening or putting up tents for an event. Entrican, along with his wife, Annaclare, also an Elk Grove native and avid volunteer, were named Citizens of the Year in 2016 by the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce for their volunteer contributions to the city. “We feel extremely honored and not necessarily worthy of it, but we will not shy away from it because we want to be mentors,” says Entrican, who is always on a mission to recruit fellow volunteers. “I feel like I am an ambassador.”

“Preserving history is important to some of us oldtimers in Elk Grove.”

The Elk Grove Historical Society has canceled all meetings and one event (Early California Days) thus far. “There’s not much we can do as we work to entertain the public, and we could put our volunteers and the guests at risk,” says Entrican, noting the importance of fundraisers. “All nonprofits have expenses just like businesses or individuals,” he says. “We have to make cuts and keep within our budget to exist.” Entrican, however, remains optimistic for the future. “We will come out of this coronavirus pandemic OK.”


It’s the success stories that keep Kelli Black coming back. Like the story of the young family with the autistic son who adopted two ginger kittens she’d been fostering. Soon after the adoption, Black received a text from the mom, who admitted she had been concerned about how her son would react to the cats. “These kitties are like his therapy pets,” the woman wrote. “They keep him calm.” “We just totally live for the updates, particularly if we get a litter that is harder to place,” says Black, who volunteers with Lapcats, which rescues and fosters community cats and hard-to-place shelter cats, offering rehabilitation, if necessary, before finding them homes. “It’s kind of what keeps us going.” Black has been volunteering with Lapcats for about four years but has done animal rescue work for 25. “Once you get into rescue work, there is always something that keeps you involved,” she says. She does a little bit of everything for the organization: fosters cats; serves as an adoption counselor; does fundraising, grant writing and graphic design work; and “anything else that she pitches my way,” says Black, referring to Lapcats founder and president Barbara Doty.




Black, who juggles a demanding full-time job as well as a husband, two kids ages 13 and 15, three dogs, four cats and two guinea pigs, admits finding time to do it all is tough. “I find that I run on fumes most times, some weeks more than others,” she says. Luckily for Black, her family is supportive. “When we bring a litter of kittens in to foster, we are all in it. It’s a family affair for sure.” The experience, she says, has taught her kids—who have accompanied her on trap/neuter/release missions and help to administer medications and fluids to sick kittens—valuable lessons. “They grew up with a rotating door of cats and dogs at their house. It teaches them responsibility. It teaches them about life and death. They are walking, talking billboards for rescue work.” Lapcats has seen an uptick in adoption applications since the coronavirus hit the scene, but since the shelter-in-place order went into effect, they’ve had to hold off doing meet-and-greets. A bigger concern, says Black, is the impending “kitten season”: a six- or seven-month period when most unaltered cats breed, heightened this year due to the closure of low-cost spay/neuter clinics. “We are bracing for the impact of that,” Black says. Help with fostering and finances is greatly appreciated. “We’re still caring for many homeless kitties,” she says.

“What is your address?” It was an innocent enough question, but Willow Clinic volunteer Anthony Nguyen learned a valuable lesson the day he asked it of a client he was assisting at the clinic. The woman, who didn’t have a home address, started crying. Nguyen immediately realized his mistake. “Experiences like this help trigger my growth,” say Nguyen, a UC Davis undergraduate who plans to attend medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, in the fall. “The power of language and what we say, how we interact with others can really have a huge impact.” Now, instead of asking clients for their address, he asks, “What area are you residing in?” “I like to ask this open-ended question in a more sensitive way,” he says. Located at North Sacramento’s Salvation Army at 1200 North B St., Willow Clinic is open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and offers medical and psychiatric services, dental and vision care, a smoking cessation program, a diabetes support group, a pharmaceutical dispensary, a monthly legal clinic and more to community members—regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Clinic volunteers—who include doctors, UC Davis medical students and undergraduates, and social workers—also help connect clients with food, shelter, transportation and more. The clinic has given Nguyen a chance to work with psychiatrists, oncologists, and family medicine and internal medicine doctors. Although he has not determined what branch of medicine he plans to focus on, Nguyen knows with whom he wants to work: underserved and marginalized populations. Nguyen did not experience homelessness growing up but was surrounded by it in his low-income neighborhood in Stockton. “A lot of my peers were at risk of losing their homes and on the edge of poverty. A lot of them were ignored,” he says. “I really want to return to my roots and make a difference in my community.” Nguyen is a 2018 recipient of the UC Davis Silver Community Service Award and a Gates Millennium Scholar. Volunteering at Willow Clinic energizes him. “I always have something to look forward to on Saturdays,” he says. “I’m really able to make an impact and help individuals on their healing journey.” At the time of publication, Willow Clinic had temporarily put clinic-related activities on hold for the safety of the community members who utilize its services, but Nguyen says volunteers expect to continue to uphold the clinic’s mission. “This is a time when our communities need us most,” he says. Nguyen urges healthy individuals to donate blood. “Blood needs continue unabated despite COVID-19,” he says. “There will still be circumstances when blood is necessary to treat patients: traumatic injuries, surgeries, cancer treatment effects, burns, childbirth complications and more.”



To Market, to Market A designer works her magic on a not-so-average flip in Granite Bay. By Mari Tzikas Suarez Photographs by Nicole Dianne Photography



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Christin Balzer designed a massive island with seating at the end—on both sides—so that people could sit across from each other and have a conversation (or watch TV).


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A console was converted into a vanity to make it feel like a furniture piece. The flooring is custom-cut marble.

“Although we wanted as much storage as possible, a lot of cabinetry can make a kitchen feel heavy,” says Balzer. Her stylish solution: antique mirrored cabinetry over the wet bar to break things up.


A pop of color and porcelain tiles with a fossil-like pattern give the kids’ bathroom plenty of personality.


t was your typical ’70s house,” says interior designer Christin Balzer, of Haven Studios, describing the original state of this Granite Bay flip. Her plans for it, however, were anything but typical. She and the developer who purchased the house would spend more than two years transforming it into a relisting state that would transcend expectations (and comps). Balzer’s architectural background helped her come up with a completely different floor plan for the home, which included adding 1,000 square feet, one-and-a-half bathrooms and a bedroom. As for the aesthetic, the developer really wanted to stand out. “The goal was to appeal to a lot of people,” she says, “but I didn’t want to be so safe. I wanted to create character, and I wanted to make an emotional impact right when someone walked in.” Sparkling, stylish and statement making, the four bedrooms, threeand-a-half bathrooms and kitchen would make any homeowner houseproud. Which is why, once listed, the flip was swiftly snatched up.


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Gray oak gives the master bath a spa-retreat vibe.


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Sacramento Magazine supports our community’s medical personnel, grocery workers, truck drivers, mail carriers, restaurateurs, teachers, and retail and nonprofit workers— and all our neighbors on the front lines. You are our heroes!

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Arts & Culture i n s i d e: 10 Artists on Creating in a Pandemic

Right Now, Home Is Where the Art Is BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

Comedians crave laughter while dancers and musicians need movement and walls of sound. For the visual and performing artists of Sacramento, finding new and innovative ways to create during the coronavirus pandemic was an unforeseen challenge. But artists will always adapt and discover unique ways to hone their craft and carve a path forward—even during times of crisis.

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DJ Larry Rodriguez When his weekly Sunday-night dance parties at The Press Club stopped during the pandemic, DJ Larry Rodriguez decided to bring the funk to people’s houses by live-streaming his Flower Bomb Dance Party on Facebook. “I put a lot of time into setting the whole thing up and curating the visuals for it and of course the mix,” he says. “People have been really appreciative of being able to dance in the confines of their comfy home. It’s a good way to keep us all at a distance, but still enjoy life and keep our spirits up.” Once bars and clubs reopen, Rodriguez says he looks forward to making a comeback, spinning pop, disco, electro-boogie and psychedelic music to get everybody moving together again. “I miss having the energy of the audience being there because it bounces off them. Part of being a DJ is feeling that,” Rodriguez says. “Then you throw out the jams accordingly. It’s an instinctual thing after a while.” Dance to Rodriguez’ energetic mixes every Sunday night on Facebook: Dance Party w/DJ Larry/Flower Vato Donate to Rodriguez:

On a thick black pole on K Street, there’s an image of Smokey Bear wearing a surgical mask, surrounded by the words “Only You Can Prevent COVID-19 . . . Stay Home.” The eerie warning was created by artist Julian Sandpaper with the use of a stencil and a spritz of temporary spray paint. “I wanted to put my creative energy into something that people could see and benefit and learn from,” Sandpaper says. “I’m coming up with new messages, too, to sprinkle around the city.” Messages such as “Six feet apart. Never been closer” and “Social distance makes the heart grow fonder” may pop up on a sidewalk or bus stop near you. Under Sacramento County’s stay-at-home order, Sandpaper admits to feeling isolated. Creating street art is his way of communicating with people while trying to keep the community engaged. “I’ve been handing out stencils, stickers and cans of temporary paint, and people are going all around the city and spreading that message,” he says. “I’ve sent stencils to nine different states now. As an artist, I’m taking in the world around me. Seeing the streets so empty is the perfect time to run around creating street art.” Visit: Follow Sandpaper:



The hallways of CLARA Studios for the Performing Arts were silent as dancers, musicians and actors stayed home. That silence was deafening to Nicole McKeever, owner of the McKeever School of Irish Dance, an occupant of the midtown campus. “For Irish dance schools, March is huge,” McKeever says. “We lost 25 shows. Some were really wonderful opportunities, so that was hard.” With the help of her sister, Natalie, a visual artist and videographer, McKeever posted prerecorded dance lessons and live classes online. She says Irish dancing is an intimate art form that speaks to audiences and artists during the pandemic. “This style of dance was built for small spaces, with small groups of people,” McKeever says. “It’s got this quality to it that’s perfect for this time of isolation. It’s kind of crazy that it’s perfectly made for this time.” Learn with McKeever: Donate to CLARA:

Middle : Bri McKi Photography; bottom left: @occupiedthoughts and @crookedcap

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“At this moment, every professional musician in America is unemployed,” says Thomas Derthick, principal bassist with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Despite canceled concerts and postponed symphonies, Derthick says he’s more fortunate than most as he’s also a professor at Sacramento State and University of the Pacific in Stockton, where he teaches double bass virtually. “I’ve witnessed secondhand the heartbreak of all of my professional colleagues, not just in the Philharmonic and the Choral Society, but also the other orchestras such as Fresno Philharmonic, the Modesto Symphony, the Fresno Community Chorus,” says Derthick, who’s also the president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 12 chapter. He adds that a lot of orchestras across Northern California are hurting, but that supporters of the arts can keep music alive by donating the cost of tickets that have already been purchased. “The cost of that ticket will go back to the organization,” he says. “You’ll get a tax deduction, of course. But most of all, that cash will help keep the doors open for the arts organizations. This is true for theater, for dance and for anything else. The sooner we can share our work in person, in the flesh, in the room with an acoustic, with people, the better for humanity.” Donate to the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera: Support the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra: sacramentocho


Gina Rossi

In February, Sacto Storytellers shared the stage with Grammy Award-winning roots reggae band Steel Pulse at the Crest Theatre. By March, all of their gigs were canceled. According to Sacto Storytellers drummer Matt Rodriguez, the band—now on the cusp of celebrating its 20th anniversary—aims to “keep it moving.” “We’re just trying to go on as business as usual and stay sharp,” Rodriguez says. “We’re taking the time to come up with some new material. So that way, hopefully, whenever they allow venues to open again, we can share some new, new stuff.” For now, the band continues to practice and fine-tune new singles. It plans on releasing a new 7-inch and full-length album later this year. “All the visual artists, all the musicians and intellectuals, whether we’re in a pandemic or not, we always have to make time to hone in on our skills,” Rodriguez says. “We must stay familiar and always search for inspiration to keep up our creativity.” Listen to the Sacto Storytellers: Follow the band on Facebook: Sacto Storytellers


Sculpture artist Gina Rossi has an unusual take on the societal shutdown caused by the coronavirus. “I’ve looked it as a positive actually. It’s almost like a big pause button that allows you to go inward and think of it really as the glass half full,” she says. “It’s been an advantage in a way for my business and for me creating as an artist.” Rossi is known for functional sculptures made from upcycled materials such as old bicycle chains, rusty bolts and abandoned musical instruments. She teaches high school students and adults the art of welding inside her studio on 20th Street. With social distancing in mind, Rossi found a way to stay connected with her students through take-home art kits. Rossi is currently working on a commissioned sculpture for the historic Marshall Hotel building next to Golden 1 Center. She’s creating a large trumpet made from retired musical instruments and parts such as ivory piano and saxophone keys. The piece is inspired by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, who once performed at the hotel. Learn more:


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The jokes just hit differently when they’re not followed by echoes of laughter. At least, that’s how it’s been lately for stand-up comedian Keith Lowell Jensen. “It’s so weird. People don’t realize how much it affects you psychologically to hear other people laughing also,” he says. “For comedy, it’s very difficult to try to work out at home alone.” As the coronavirus spread through California, Jensen’s gigs were promptly canceled. But that hasn’t stopped him from writing new material inspired by spending time with his wife and daughter, and figuring out the best approach for live-stream comedy shows with friend and fellow stand-up comedian Johnny Taylor. The comedians sold tickets to their virtual comedy show in late March using Zoom and also accepted donations. Jensen says he plans to record future shows to share laughs with virtual audiences and confront what’s on people’s minds. “It’s important to know that you’re not the only one that’s terrified right now,” he says. Follow Jensen on Twitter: @keithlowell Buy his comedy albums:


Want to move like one of Beyoncé’s backup dancers? Isela Perez, the owner and co-founder of Sac Dance Lab, teaches just that, as well as jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Perez temporarily closed her studio in March, but like many performing artists she pivoted to online classes and tutorials using YouTube. “Our role at Sac Dance Lab is to bring people affordable experiences that make you feel good and healthy,” Perez says. “That adrenaline and happiness we’ve been able to provide to people is crucial.” She pulls from 22 years of experience, including her time spent as a member of the Sacramento Kings dance team, to inspire students to find their own rhythm, even during times of crisis. “I’m absorbing it from afar,” she says. “Once classes start again, as choreographers, we’re pushed to come up with new material. I feel like there will be a lot more buildup creatively.” Donate to Sac Dance Lab: Test your steps:

Tim Engle He wrapped up a photo shoot with Amazon Robotics on a Tuesday. By Friday, commercial photographer Tim Engle says, clients began to cancel sessions one by one due to the coronavirus. At that moment, Engle watched the rest of his calendar year disappear. But rather than wallow in his losses, he chose to find inspiration within the chaos by photographing the pandemic and capturing the impact it’s had on so many. “The DNA of our culture will be shifted in a very short amount of time,” Engle says. “As a photographer, we’re in a unique position. This is a large chapter in history no matter how you cut it, and we need to document it.” For him, no moment should be forgotten. “Don’t think that the littlest things aren’t of value as far as the change in life,” he says. “It may feel trivial now, but those moments and changes magnify over history.” See Engle’s snapshots: Dancer Stefan Calka was working with choreographer Jennifer Archibald on a new piece for the Sacramento Ballet when all of a sudden the music stopped. “There was a piece that we just finished making. It doesn’t even have a title yet because it was brand new,” Calka says. “I was really enjoying that piece, and it was going to be a part of our upcoming homegrown repertory series.” Calka’s dramatic and fluid movements have landed him in numerous leading roles such as Count Dracula (“Dracula”), Romeo (“Romeo and Juliet”) and Jay Gatsby (“The Great Gatsby”). With more than 15 years at the Sacramento Ballet, he looks forward to getting back to the studio as soon as it’s safe. “I’m hopeful. Performing artists are only as strong as the communities that support them,” he says. “It speaks to how strong the foundation the community has to support its local artists. That’s really necessary and speaks to the value of what each city really cares about and what it looks for in its arts.” Support the Sacramento Ballet: Donate to the Sacramento Ballet’s #SacBStrong campaign:


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Cover Represented by PATRICIA SEIDE The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. Š2020 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell BankerŽ System is comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The Coldwell Banker System fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. CalRE License #01908304.

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Shingle Springs | $1,395,000 Nestled on over two acres in a gated community, this gem has four bedrooms, three baths and an upstairs bonus room. Custom upgrades include engineered hand scraped hardwood flooring, a great room with a fireplace, and Thermador and Bosch kitchen appliances. The romantic master suite has a fireplace and backyard access. There is a three-car garage, another garage for four cars plus RV storage. Patricia Seide 916.941.3006 | CalRE #00892540

Sacramento | $995,000 This stunning Victorian was built by William Manlove. Nestled on approximately two parcels totaling over 2.5 acres, this secret garden includes mature fruit trees and period buildings. Magnificent craftsmanship of times gone-by is on display with a front and back porch, carved banister, stained glass, vintage kitchen, fine woodwork and period light fixtures. Attention to detail is extraordinary! Carlos Kozlowski 916.973.4506 | CalRE #00878571

El Dorado Hills | Price Upon Request This 3 bedroom, office, 2 bath, single-story home in Blackstone offers an open concept floor plan & a private backyard. The great room opens to a chef's kitchen complete with an imposing island and a walk-in pantry. You will love the private master with a walk-in closet, soaking tub & walk-in shower. Additional amenities include owned solar, a California room with a fireplace and a water feature! Carlos Kozlowski 916.973.4506 | CalRE #00878571 Coldwell Banker.indd 60

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Sacramento | $869,900 This stunning East Sacramento three bedroom, two bath, approximately 2,080 square foot Cape Cod melds modern function with historic design. From curved arches, wood floors, and glassed French doors to soaring ceilings, skylights, an open kitchen, and an enlarged garden bedroom with a separate entrance, pride of ownership is everywhere. There is also a custom fireplace and a built-in office! Sarah Dalton 916.802.0384 | CalRE #02042448

Fair Oaks | $869,900 Welcome to this distinctive four bedroom, three bath premier home in the prestigious and peaceful area of Fair Oaks. Enjoy a cul-de-sac location moments from award-winning schools, shopping and more with this hidden gem. The home has many great updates including a remodeled kitchen and floors. Relax by a Pebble Tec pool or in the master suite offering a fireplace and balcony. Nancy Beland 916.206.5007 | CalRE #01392600 Karen Krueckel 916.837.8393 | CalRE #00858001

El Dorado Hills | $725,000 Don’t miss this beautiful find in the Stonebridge neighborhood of El Dorado Hills. The perfect combination of a spacious single-story layout including a chef's double-island kitchen, oversized living room with a flexible layout and four generous sized bedrooms including a spa-like master. Outside showcases a stone patio, fruit trees and views. Owned solar panels complete this property! Chip Dusseau 916.934.8444 | CalRE #01908517 Coldwell Banker.indd 61

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Sacramento | $1,695,000 This stunning Arden Oaks estate welcomes you with four bedrooms, four baths and contemporary architecture. You will love the chef’s kitchen, downstairs master suite with an outdoor patio and a spacious yard with a pool.

El Dorado Hills | $1,360,000 Elegant, traditional style 6br/4.5ba custom home located in a much sought after neighborhood. Offers a remodeled kitchen, solar, whole house generator, whole house fan, plantation shutters & fabulous backyard with pool.

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 | CalRE #01401556

Patti Brecht 916.768.9892 | CalRE #01476740

Sacramento | $1,249,800 Spectacular Queen Anne Victorian in Midtown offers a modern chef's kitchen, luxurious baths, attic space and a private yard with a heated pool and spa, dry sauna, outdoor shower and a wood-burning pizza oven.

Granite Bay | Price Upon Request Pristine single story in gated Alexandria Estates with open floor plan featuring a Great Room, Formal Dining Room, Master Suite and Junior Master Suite. Enjoy a covered patio with dual-sided fireplace and ceiling fan.

Steph Baker 916.775.3447 | CalRE #01402254

Kim Frkovich 916.532.1157 | CalRE #01365584

El Macero | $1,100,000 The approximately 2,864 sq foot-home includes four bedrooms, two and one-half baths and a 3-car detached garage. Cul de sac location with yard, pool, outdoor shower. Fresh exterior and interior paint, lots of updates.

Sacramento | $969,000 Impressive 4br/2.5ba 1890 Victorian home offers hardwood floors, formal living and dining rooms, eat-in chef's kitchen It has many charming features and solid improvements. Enjoy a large patio for entertaining.

Amy Winslow 530.848.8286 | CalRE #02100012

Patti McNulty-Langdon 916.761.8498 | CalRE #01346985 Coldwell Banker.indd 62

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Elk Grove | Price Upon Request Traditional single story classic home features 4br/3ba, family room with fireplace, country style kitchen, large master bedroom and covered patio.

Sacramento | $850,000 Welcome To Beautiful Sierra Oaks Sacramento: This house boasts California living at its best - with a large back yard, state-of-the-art spa, pool with solar heating, as well as lots of space to entertain.

Diane Pennisi 916.714.8108 | CalRE #01179964

Tarah Pahlavan 650.283.0725 | CalRE #02024258

El Dorado Hills | $850,000 Custom upgrades abound in this 4br/3ba Serrano Country Club home. Amenities include a butler's pantry, a magnificent chef's kitchen, a loft area and a gorgeous enclosed Serrano room with a fireplace.

Sacramento | $849,950 Mediterranean Magic in Curtis Park featuring beautiful hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, light filled dining room, gourmet kitchen and master bedroom suite. Enjoy your own resort with pool and pool house.

Patricia Seide 916.941.3006 | CalRE #00892540 Nicolette Wichert 916.458.1342 | CalRE #02041470

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 | CalRE #01882787

El Dorado Hills | $849,000 Newly constructed custom 4 bd 3.5 ba w/office, formal dining room, chef's kitchen & 3-car garage. Close to Folsom Lake, restaurants, parks & shopping!

Sacramento | $829,950 East Sac Tudor thoughtfully updated with charming period details. It features a fireplace, remodeled kitchen, den and master suite with a spa-like bathroom. The second floor features a loft, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

Ron Walker 916.225.1881 | CalRE #00917637

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 | CalRE #01447558 Coldwell Banker.indd 63

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Sacramento | $825,000 Charming East Sac home features a gourmet kitchen with a six burner stove and island, and a relaxing master suite with a spa-like bathroom. Enjoy the backyard with bar, outdoor kitchen, spool and pool cabana.

Granite Bay | $820,000 This stunning and updated Granite Bay property has four bedrooms, two and one-half baths, a long and expansive driveway, and dog-washing station in the garage. The property also includes a barn and separate pasture.

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 | CalRE #01447558

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

El Dorado Hills | $815,000 Located on the Serrano Country Club Golf Course, this four bedroom, three and one-half bath home has gorgeous views! Amenities include a great room with a fireplace, gourmet kitchen, gated courtyard and a private casita.

Meadow Vista | $799,000 Welcome to Walgra Meadows! This four bedroom, four bath solar gem showcases a gorgeous slate wood stove, a lovely kitchen, a downstairs bonus room and a deck with views. There is a separate apartment and RV/boat storage.

Patricia Seide 916.941.3006 | CalRE #00892540

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Sacramento | $769,000 Welcome to this hidden gem with an expansive lot on a peaceful street. It features a living rm w/ fireplace, updated kitchen, expansive family rm, 3 bds, 2 baths, and a park-like backyard w/ a lovely steel pergola.

Loomis | Price Upon Request Fabulous single story has 3br/2.5ba in the main part of home, and attached guest suite complete with bedroom, bath, living room, and kitchenette, with courtyard access. Enjoy the covered rear patio and beautiful yard.

The Woolford Group 916.502.2120 | CalRE #00680069

Laura Moore 916.716.9069 | CalRE #01247653 Coldwell Banker.indd 64

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Sacramento | $725,000 Beautifully updated, 3br/2ba home featuring hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, dining room, updated kitchen with quartz countertops, master bedroom suite, petite built-in pool and converted garage.

Sacramento | $698,000 Charming single level South Land Park Ranch style home situated on an approximately .26 acre lot. It features three bedrooms and two full baths, and a master suite with outside access. Enjoy 3 patios and a front porch.

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 | CalRE #01882787

Lorene Warren 916.799.2121 | CalRE #00680007

Galt | $695,000 Don’t miss your opportunity to live in a 3br/2.5ba home on approximately 5 acres in Galt. Enjoy newer flooring throughout & newer backyard patios.

Cameron Park | $689,000 This single-story three bedroom, two bath home features a chef's kitchen complete with an L shaped island, a great room with a fireplace and a master suite with outdoor access to the backyard. No Mello Roos or HOA fees.

Dianne Tuosto 916.955.6150 | CalRE #01741043

Patricia Seide 916.941.3006 | CalRE #00892540

Folsom | $675,000 Ultimate great room single story home features, tall ceilings an open kitchen with island and stainless appliances. Master suite features master bath and walk-in closet. Low maintenance backyard offers sizable patio.

Folsom | $649,000 Wonderful property featuring four bedrooms, three baths, elegant custom den, separate living room, dining room and family room. Offering a spacious kitchen, inviting family room bright master suite and lagoon style pool.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Dana Meese 916.812.8345 | CalRE #01357443 Coldwell Banker.indd 65

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Folsom | $635,000 Located in Willow Springs, this single-story home showcases four bedrooms, three baths and an open floor plan. Amenities include an entertaining kitchen that flows to the family room, a three-car garage and a nice yard.

Sutter Creek | Price Upon Request This unique home in Sutter Creek has a spacious great room with fireplace, roomy kitchen with island, downstairs bonus room, master bedroom with open beamed ceilings and several large deck areas with an amazing view.

Nanette Jones 916.524.7026 | CalRE #01299238

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

Rocklin | $625,000 This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home showcases 2 master suites, a spacious living room w/a fireplace, a lovely kitchen, a separate in home office niche and an upstairs loft. The easy care backyard has a stamped concrete patio.

Roseville | $619,900 Located in Roseville's newest active adult community. It features owned solar, backyard with patio and walkways, 3 bedrooms with baths and an office space, stainless steel appliances, 3-car tandem garage and more.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Kathy Hamilton 916.217.2550 | CalRE #01130111

El Dorado Hills | $599,900 Single-Story custom home featuring 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Kitchen/family room combo with stainless steel appliances and dining bar, formal dining room, master suite w/ large bathroom, double sinks and walk-in closet.

Sacramento | $599,000 Traditional charm welcomes you to this 1933 three bedroom, three bath home inclusive of a finished basement. Lovely side yard with deck, spa, and fireplace. Central location w/ easy access to light rail and services.

Sue Olson 916.601.8834 | CalRE #00784986

The Woolford Group 916.502.2120 | CalRE #00680069 Coldwell Banker.indd 66

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Folsom | $599,000 This single-story home in Empire Ranch boasts three bedrooms, an office and three baths. The attractive kitchen overlooks the family room, fireplace and yard. The master suite includes a soaking tub and a walk-in closet.

El Dorado Hills | $590,000 Plenty of room in Crown Village! Two separate large living areas, five bedrooms, three full baths, including one bedroom and full bath on the ground level. Gorgeous mature lot with seasonal stream. No HOA or Mello-Roos.

Cindy Swinger 916.768.3732 | CalRE #01253829

Melissa Quade 916.936.8855 | CalRE #02012631

Gold River | $589,000 Tucked back in the gorgeous Marshall Village with lush trees and beautiful landscaped yards you will find a lovely single-story, three bedroom home with a pool designed for relaxation and entertaining!

Rocklin | $575,000 This four bedroom home includes an updated kitchen, roof, flooring, and an expanded driveway and courtyard. The backyard overlooks a green space and features a great layout for entertaining along with a firepit.

Cindy Swinger 916.768.3732 | CalRE #01253829

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

Sacramento | $575,000 This unit served as the model home featuring owned solar, hardwood floors on the main level, upgraded carpet and pad on the upper floors. Enjoy the common area with fire pit and gas barbeque. Located close to everything.

Elk Grove | $569,000 This gorgeous home in Elk Grove features a dramatic entry way, great room with beautiful fireplace, another livable area with fireplace, large kitchen with island, stunning master suite and a backyard oasis with a pool.

Mark Peters 916.600.2039 | CalRE #01424396

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204 Coldwell Banker.indd 67

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Elk Grove | $559,000 4br/3ba w/extended family room w/fireplace, formal dining room & bonus room. Kitchen w/nutmeg cabinets, granite counters, island & SS appliances. Master w/double sinks, tub, shower & walk-in closet. Yard w/large patio.

Elk Grove | $549,900 Meticulously maintained home features 5 beds, 3 baths plus loft. The spacious floor plan includes a separate living room, formal dining, family room, and gourmet kitchen with granite counters and island. A Perfect Find.

Mark DeGennaro 916.849.4810 | CalRE #01394970

Cecil O. Williams I 916.718.8865 | CalRE #01122760

Sacramento | $548,900 East Sac curb appeal sets the prideful tone of this two bedroom, two bath home. Features include an updated kitchen, a family room with a gas fireplace insert and updated baths. Outside has a covered patio and a studio!

Sacramento | $529,000 Tasteful 3 bedroom, 1 bath custom remodel in River Park. This light and bright home features a living room fireplace, updated kitchen with silestone counters and stainless steel appliances and a back patio.

Roza & Kirsch Group 916.730.7705 | CalRE #01365413

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

Roseville | $529,000 Lovingly maintained and beautifully appointed 3br/2ba home in the Westpark Area of Roseville. Features an open concept living space, crown molding, and lot with a fire pit area, tool shed and is beautifully landscaped.

Soda Springs | $515,000 Fantastic location on the So. Fork of the Yuba River. Offering wood ceilings, pine wainscoting, gas woodstove and extra rec room. Kitchen has newer stainless appliances. Relax on the deck and enjoy the river.

Dave Costa 916.225.6554 | CalRE #02091179

Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 | CalRE #00937210 Coldwell Banker.indd 68

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Folsom | $511,500 This single-story home in Chelsea Ridge at Broadstone has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open great room floor plan, plantation shutters and stainless steel appliances. Sold Over Asking Price!

Rocklin | $500,000 This three bedroom, two and one-half bath gem has a formal living room with a fireplace. The family room has access to the rear deck. You will love the updated kitchen. The master suite has a private balcony. RV parking.

Joellinda Hannigan 916.773.7566 | CalRE #01039089

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 | CalRE #00986087

Elk Grove | $499,000 This four bedroom, three bath home has a separate family room with a wood burning fireplace, a galley kitchen and great master suite with an updated bath and a custom walk-in closet. The backyard has a refreshing pool!

Sacramento | $489,000 Spacious 5br/3ba (1br + full bath downstairs), situated in a cul-de-sac, features an an open room concept, separate living room, upstairs loft, a large backyard w/several fruit trees and owned solar!

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 | CalRE #01737783

Placerville | $489,000 Welcome to this beautiful and updated three bedroom, three bathroom home in the country! Enjoy almost six acres, spectacular views and a covered patio. Peaceful, the country setting boasts beautiful sunsets.

Sacramento | $470,000 Updated home offers a nice formal area along, extended family room, kitchen with island and stainless appliances. The upstairs features a private master suite with walk in closet and bath. Enjoy an oversized backyard.

Michelle Thompson 916.804.2981 | CalRE #01850154

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218 Coldwell Banker.indd 69

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Galt | $465,000 This stunning single-story, four bedroom home on a large lot was built in 2017. Formal dining, gourmet kitchen with island, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile plank flooring, covered patio, and more.

Elk Grove | $449,990 This four bedroom, three bath home has formal living and dining rooms, a separate family room and a lovely kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and white cabinets. There is fresh paint and a three-car garage.

Deanne Sinclair 916.425.7787 | CalRE #01895197 Kathy Barragan 916.302.6232 | CalRE #01349161

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Sacramento | $449,000 This bright and sunny ranch style has a great floor plan which includes an updated kitchen, covered patio, dual pane windows, hardwood floors and a new roof. This is a prime opportunity to live in the Garden of the Gods!

Lincoln | $449,000 3BR/2BA single story home w/ office, kitchen w/ newer black SS appliances & large eat in area. Master suite w/ walk in closet, access to backyard w/ solar heated pool & patio, 3 car garage and fresh interior paint.

Sidney Poritz 916.500.1522 | CalRE #01848054

Sheree Rodriguez 916.995.0252 | CalRE #01966226

Plymouth | Price Upon Request This adorable country home is 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom on approximately 1932 square feet. The property has RV parking, a barn, two additional storage sheds and a large storage area. The ranchette also has a small orchard.

Pollock Pines | $395,000 Craftsman style built home offers an open floor plan and upgraded kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy a large master suite, two guest bedrooms, inside laundry room and 2-car garage.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

Lori Ann Ingram 530.788.3887 | CalRE #01895048 Coldwell Banker.indd 70

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Citrus Heights | $375,000 Stunning 3br/2ba move-in ready home with 1,672(+/-) sf living space on nearly 1/4 acre. The open-concept home features an upgraded kitchen with ss appliances, brick fireplace, spacious master & private backyard w/pool.

Rancho Cordova | $375,000 This four bedroom, two bath solar owned home has formal living and dining rooms, plus a separate family room with a brick fireplace. The backyard oasis is complete with a covered patio, two wood sheds and RV access.

Renee Crow 916.899.1813 | CalRE #02014054

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Antelope | $368,000 Cute curb-appeal and a cul-de-sac location, this home is simply adorable with a great size yard. Features include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, fresh sod and bark, updated paint on the interior trim and doors, and more!

Plumas Lake | $349,900 Stunning 4 bd 3ba home features charming country home feel. Newly installed gorgeous flooring downstairs. Open kitchen concept and large living spaces. Cozy up to the fireplace or entertain on the covered patio.

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

Josh Lasquete 916.967.6400 | CalRE #01941338

Carmichael | Price Upon Request 3br/2ba w/updated kitchen, formal dining area w/bonus room, formal living room w/fireplace, wood floors, upgraded shutters, large yard in front & back & large built-in pool. Garage w/finished floor & large cabinets.

Sacramento | $329,000 Move-in ready 3bd/2ba home built on a nearly a 1/4 acre lot. It features a brick fireplace, living and dining areas, well-maintained kitchen with stainless steel appliances, master en suite and huge backyard.

Dorothy Walsh 916.532.4905 | CalRE #00951276

Jared Cartwright 916.936.0090 | CalRE #01979225 Coldwell Banker.indd 71

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Sacramento | $310,000 This light and bright townhome features updated bathrooms, laminate flooring, newer carpet and dual pane windows. Enjoy the living room with vaulted ceilings and beautiful French glass doors that open up to the balcony.

Sacramento | $249,000 Charming 2 BR at beautiful Woodside w/updates incl. laminate flooring, granite counters, light fixtures & hardware throughout. Resort-like facilities incl. pools, gym & tennis courts. Central locale, near shopping, CSUS.

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 | CalRE #01737783

Tim Comstock 916.548.7102 | CalRE #01879462

Lincoln | $699,000 Enjoy beautiful views from this three bedroom, two full bath 1-story home ideally located on 7+ acres on Doty Ravine in Meadow Creek Ranch.

Elk Grove | $660,000 5br/2.5ba home features dining bar open to the family room w/fireplace, master bedroom and pool w/waterfall.

Roseville | $625,000 Beautiful home in desirable Crocker Ranch w/ 5br/3ba. Features an open floor plan and lots of natural light and views to wonderful backyard.

Elk Grove | $569,900 Immaculate home in a desirable Lakeside gated community. Features a downstairs master suite, loft, built-in pool and above ground spa.

Jane Miller 916.799.7397 CalRE #00640671

Tori & Toni 916.714.8115 CalRE #01307279 | CalRE #01212789

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 CalRE #01918240

Alicia Guzman-Folster 916.202.9336 CalRE #01201248

Lincoln | $564,900 The Estates at Twelve Bridges meticulously maintained single story retreat. 3 bdrms/2 baths. Solar owned.

Rancho Cordova | $545,000 Welcome to this beautifully designed, Woodside 4br/3ba home built in 2016 w/ backyard fireplace and space.

Sacramento | $539,000 This energy efficient home offers 4br/2ba and an electric vehicle outlet line in the garage. Close to downtown and surrounding areas.

Elk Grove | $539,000 This four bedroom, three bath home has an open concept, a stunning kitchen and a three-car tandem garage.

The Woolford Group 916.502.2120 CalRE #00680069 | CalRE #01778361

Jacklyn Malhotra 916.934.8610 CalRE #01933023

Cara Ryan 916.716.8233 CalRE #01952043

Tori & Toni 916.714.8115 CalRE #01307279 | CalRE #01212789 Coldwell Banker.indd 72

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Woodland | Price Upon Request Wonderful 4br/3ba home featuring open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, formal dining rm, loft, laundry rm, master suite & landscaped backyard.

Sacramento | $510,000 This Arden Park single-story home has 3br/1. 5ba, an updated kitchen and a backyard with a covered patio and mature trees.

Folsom | Price Upon Request Don’t miss this Historic Folsom one of a kind gem in the hub of Old Town. This 3br/2.5ba home awaits your personal touches!

Gold River | $489,000 A lovely home in coveted neighborhood in Gold River, with no HOA. It features 4br/3ba, large loft, covered patio and a pool.

Veronica Hunter 916.398.0128 CalRE #01905685

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 CalRE #01401556

Jill Chauvet 916.769.9793 CalRE #01704582

Stefani Alexander 916.213.4093 CalRE #02070478

Roseville | $475,000 The home lives like a single-story with4br/2ba downstairs. The large bonus room and one bath are upstairs. Possible RV parking.

Galt | $464,500 Beautiful 3br/2ba home boasts formal living & dining areas, family room w/ fireplace, kitchen w/ breakfast bar, master suite and outdoor space.

Rancho Cordova | Price Upon Request Come see this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home backing up to the bike trail. It has and open floor plan with a park across the street.

Citrus Heights | $440,000 Welcome to this beautifully updated one-story home in the heart of Citrus Heights! Enjoy 3br/3ba, & a spacious backyard.

Cheryl Harding 916.223.9685 CalRE #01463180

Miyo Santana-Freeman 209.482.6702 CalRE #01405445

Patti Delgado 916.505.1012 CalRE #01098280

Greg Larson 916.223.1500 CalRE #00838126

Cool | $429,900 3br/3ba home offers nearly 2200 square feet of livable space & over one-half of an acre of usable land. Situated in highly desired subdivision.

Roseville | $415,000 3 bd 2 ba + office/den. Formal living & dining. Separate family room. Easy access to shops, restaurants & commute options.

Colfax | $399,950 This three bedroom, two bath home offers a spacious kitchen, a cozy downstairs and room to roam on 2 acres.

Rancho Cordova | $399,000 Home offers an open & flowing floor plan w/ an abundance of natural light & a kitchen w/ Peninsula. Enjoy the private patio off the kitchen.

Michael Yaksitch 916.969.6693 CalRE #01916263

Steve Murray 916.203.7365 CalRE #01195233

The Howell Team 916.599.9338 CalRE #01110357

Vicki Daniels 916.412.9888 CalRE #01032679 Coldwell Banker.indd 73

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Antelope | $391,900 4 bd 2.5 ba corner lot w/possible RV access. Open concept floor plan. numerous upgrades over the last 2 years.

Roseville | $389,000 This adorable 3br/2ba home has newer appliances & carpet. The backyard has a covered patio. Close to shopping, parks and schools.

Sacramento | $385,000 Riverwind Place 3br/2.5 ba. 3-car garage w/built-in cabinets. Granite counters, ss appliances, updated tile flooring and carpet. Private backyard.

Citrus Heights | $349,000 Updated 3br/1ba home with a huge yard tucked away in a great neighborhood. Enjoy a large over-sized two car garage and plenty of room.

Josephine Leung 916.396.8698 CalRE #01802315

Jeff Flores 916.606.1448 CalRE #01183072

Sara Moody 916.335.5915 CalRE #01882981

Geoff Williams 916.341.7456 CalRE #01460174

Sacramento | $329,999 Remodeled 3br/2ba home features remodeled bathrooms, newer flooring, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and landscaped front yard.

Sacramento | $310,000 95821 zip 3br/2.5 condo features a large formal dining room, an updated kitchen w/ newer appliances and a pool & spa within the gated community.

Pollock Pines | $310,000 This Pollock Pines property home features a main floor master bedroom, fully furnished downstairs rooms with separate livable space and bonus room.

Rancho Cordova | Price Upon Request This beautiful home offers 3br/2ba w/ a sunroom and large backyard. It features an updated kitchen, living room and large sunroom.

Alicia Guzman-Folster 916.202.9336 CalRE #01201248

Nora Best 916.786.3525 CalRE #00816176

Rachel Thoene 916.524.6095 CalRE #01915271

Tim Pantle 916.834.6376 CalRE #01377493

Walnut Grove | $299,000 Charming downtown residential building one block away from Sacramento River in Walnut Grove. Updated kitchen. Separate living & dining areas.

Sacramento | $299,000 This beautifully updated home offers 3br/1ba. It features a kitchen with granite counters, dining area and backyard with patio.

Sacramento | $298,000 Centrally located 3br/2ba home filled with charm. Features updated granite counters, updated bath, 2 fireplaces and a back patio.

Rocklin | $280,000 Beautiful, move-in ready, recently updated 2br/ 2ba condo. Enjoy private access to your upstairs unit w/ cozy fireplace and shaded patio.

Miyo Santana-Freeman 209.482.6702 CalRE #01405445

Tim Pantle 916.834.6376 CalRE #01377493

Arielle Allen 916.849.8847 CalRE #02033421

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Clio | $250,000 Spacious & beautiful parcel on approx. 100 acres, located across from Whitehawk Ranch golf course community.

Sacramento | $246,000 This 2br/1ba home has a newer roof and HVAC unit. The large lot has a detached two-car garage, possible RV access and a separate shed.

Sacramento | $179,950 Welcome to the beautiful gated community of Alicante Villas. Featuring granite counters, SS appliances, patio, access to pool, spa & gym.

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n March 14, I had what I suspect will be my last meal in a restaurant for a long, long time. That night, my husband and I ate at Jim’s Good Food, a newly opened restaurant serving hip diner fare at the corner of 16th and O streets. I was planning to write a story about Jim’s and had recently interviewed its owners, well-known Sacramento chef Michael Thiemann and his wife, Lisa. During the interview, they were in high spirits, optimistic about the future and brimming with creative ideas for their new venture. A few months earlier, they’d closed the popular downtown vegetarian restaurant, Mother, and left their positions at Empress Tavern. They told me that they opened Jim’s, with Lisa’s father as their financial partner, in the hopes of building a business they could own and control as a family. The week of our interview, the coronavirus sweeping Italy was already causing consternation in the United States. On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, a pandemic. And by the middle of March, some people were starting to question whether it was wise to dine out. My husband is a Bee reporter who’d been writing about the pandemic for weeks. When he tweeted about our


BY MARYBETH BIZJAK As we drove home on midtown’s quiet plans to eat out, a reader told him it was streets, we reluctantly acknowledged irresponsible and foolish. Still, I felt I that we probably wouldn’t go out to eat needed to eat at the restaurant in order again for a while. to write about it, and I also wanted to After that evening at Jim’s, life as we support the Thiemanns. It seemed like a knew it changed quickly. On March 16, good civic deed, a gesture of solidarity. That night, we arrived at Jim’s to find Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered restaurants the restaurant less than half full. We to suspend dine-in service. In an atkibitzed with our server as we ordered tempt to save their businesses and keep wine and food: shrimp scampi on grilled their workers employed, many pivoted to toast for my husband, roasted chicken offer curbside takeout and delivery. Midwith fennel and white wine jus for me. town’s Aioli Bodega Espanola switched The food was lovely—just what I’d expect from a Spanish restaurant to a corner from Mike Thiemann— market selling proI WORRY FOR THE CHEFS, SERVERS, duce, deli sandwiches and we were relaxed BARTENDERS, BUSSERS AND OTHERS and toilet paper. With and happy. We normally WHO MAKE UP SACRAMENTO’S the governor’s blessdon’t eat dessert, but on RESTAURANT COMMUNITY. OVER THE ing, some bars began a lark, we ordered the YEARS, I HAVE COME TO KNOW, RESPECT offering cocktails to special, a slice of strawAND EVEN LOVE MANY OF THEM. go. Jim’s Good Food berry “birthday cake” closed “until further notice” and started covered with cream cheese frosting and a GoFundMe page to help compensate cheerful pastel sugar sparkles. When the workers for lost wages. cake appeared at our table without the promised birthday candle, we playfully I’ve now had a couple of weeks to get made our server return to the kitchen my head around what is happening. Yesand bring us one. The cake was a deliterday, the Selland’s group ceased takeout cious surprise for chocoholics like my operations at all its restaurants, citing husband and me, and though we were concerns about its employees’ health and full from dinner, we ate every bite. But uncertainty about what lies ahead. Severas we polished off the cake in the halfal restaurant insiders have told me they empty restaurant, a sense of foreboding believe many restaurants won’t be able to fell over us. Fearing our waiter might come back after the pandemic ends. soon be out of a job, we left a hefty tip. My daughter recently sent me an arti-


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cle from Harvard Business Review about the grief we’re all experiencing right now. It’s called “anticipatory grief,” and it’s what you feel when the future is frightening and uncertain. I am definitely experiencing anticipatory grief for my friends in the restaurant business. I worry for the chefs, servers, bartenders, bussers and other food personnel. Over the many years I’ve been covering Sacramento’s food scene, I have come to know, respect and even love many of them. I’m feeling anticipatory grief for myself as well. I realize there are more important things in life than eating at a restaurant. But over the coming weeks, maybe months, I’ll greatly miss the social aspect of dining out. And I’m terribly sad to think about how our restaurant scene will be changed at the end of this crisis. In the meantime, I will do all I can to help, and I encourage you to do the same. Buy a gift certificate from a local restaurant and put money directly in the pocket of a small business owner. Order takeout whenever you can. And don’t forget to tip well. We’re all in this together. If we support our restaurant industry, it will be there for us when the pandemic ends and life returns to normal. Until then, eat well and stay healthy. See you on the other side.

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ple to become a certified cicerone, the beer equivalent of a sommelier. He is currently studying for the Advanced Cicerone Certification. When was your interest in beer born? It all started in San Diego, where I was born and raised. I was 21 years old and attending a business program at San Diego State University while working at a job where I had to learn about the beers I was serving. I became super interested in knowing about the process of brewing and how sophisticated it was. So I signed up for the Business of Craft Beer certification program at SDSU. The purpose of it is to prepare for the cicerone exam. When I found that out, I became even more interested and was determined to become a cicerone. It all took off from there. How would you rate Sacramento’s beer scene? I think Sacramento is up-and-coming in multiple areas, not just beer. I keep telling people that I think Sacramento is about five years behind San Diego, which is a good thing. In the coming years, Sacramento is going to be a spot that is booming and flourishing, not only its brewery scene but restaurants, hospitality, the cultural scene, everything. So you don’t see any risk of the market becoming oversaturated? Not at all. Anybody who says that hasn’t been to Los Angeles or San Diego or New York or Chicago. Those scenes are still flourishing. Breweries are still popping up everywhere. We have a soccer stadium coming in the next few years, which will provide a big landscape for the food and beverage industry to grow. a niko k iezel

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Where do you see yourself in that future? I would love to own my own business in the beer and food industry one day. I already have my plan all figured out. I would love for it to be here in Sacramento if the time is right and the opportunity presents itself. What are some of your favorite local breweries? I think we have a great brewing company scene here in Sacramento. There are a ton of people still learning and growing. Some of my favorite breweries are Urban Roots and Big Stump in Sacramento, Moksa in Rocklin, Moonraker in Auburn, Bike Dog in West Sacramento and Knee Deep in Auburn. What’s your favorite beer style? If I had to pick a desert island beer, it would be a saison. It’s a great daytime beer. It goes well with so many foods. It’s a Belgian-style ale, which means it has a ton of history behind it. And they’re delicious, with tons of flavor and yeast as a focal point. On the road to becoming a cicerone, did you discover any styles of beer you just plain didn’t like? Before I started studying for the program, there were definitely styles I stayed away from, particularly red ales and blonde ales. But as you develop your knowledge of these beers and how they’re made and the history behind them, you really grow to appreciate them all in their own way. —Interviewed by Catherine Warmerdam SACMAG.COM May 2020

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Mark Helms at Juno’s Kitchen

Baking to His Own Beat

For Helms, there’s an appealing rhythm to baking bread day in and day out. “I was a drummer for a lot of years. With playing the drums, you’re doing the same Bread bakers tend to be an obsessive bunch, and Mark thing over and over and over again to get good at it. It’s Helms is no exception. He personally bakes every loaf the same with bread,” he explains. “In a kitchen, if you of bread served at Juno’s Kitchen, an East Sacramento work in some Michelin-star restaurant or for some sulunch spot known for its outstanding sandwiches. perstar chef, things are changing constantly. But I like The perfectly crusty rounds of sourdough that doing the same thing constantly, to get things smoothHelms turns out in his small kitchen are the result of er and better the more I practice. Without doing it over late-night visits to the restaurant to feed the starter so and over and over again, you don’t get better.” that the dough will be ready for baking the following Helms, who has cooked in some of California’s morning. It’s a job he entrusts to no one but himself. poshest kitchens, discovered true con“Every day of my life is consumed by “I LIKE DOING THE SAME THING tentment baking bread. “At one point, I this,” says Helms, a creature of habit CONSTANTLY, TO GET THINGS wanted to go up high in the restaurant with seemingly little desire to take a vaSMOOTHER AND BETTER world, but I grew tired of trying to find cation. “Trying to hire someone to do THE MORE I PRACTICE.” that obscure type of produce or cut of this would be really hard. I know that’s meat that customers had never heard of before,” he how other bakeries do it, but trusting someone to feed explains. “Bread is just super interesting to me.” that starter at the end of the night, I would be up And, true to his punk rock roots, Helms bakes it wondering about it.” his way, with an unabashedly yeasty tang (“The Some days, Helms is on-site from 8 a.m. until 3 the aroma is the most important part for me,” he says) next morning. On other occasions, he will go home for a bit to eat dinner (he and his wife live a short disand a crumb that is sturdy enough for his sandwich tance from Juno’s), maybe fool around on his drum creations. “You have to do stuff for yourself rather set (he has played in several bands, from punk to big than to impress everybody. I want to be me. I don’t band), then return at midnight to tend to the starter. want to sound like somebody else as a musician, and “I listen to TED Talks while I’m working,” he says. I don’t want to be somebody else’s baker, either.” “I have no problem spending my time that way.” —CATHERINE WARMERDAM



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Restaurants When this issue of Sacramento Magazine went to print, all California restaurants were closed for dine-in service by order of the state government. However, many of the restaurants listed below are offering takeout and curbside service—and some really great deals. Give them a call or check their websites for details.

ARDEN ARCADE CAFE VINOTECA Located in Arden Town Center, Cafe Vinoteca serves some of the loveliest Italian-inspired cuisine in the city. 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 4871331; L–D. Italian. $$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Go for the ice cream, all made on the premises and used in shakes, malts and towering sundaes. 2333 Arden Way; (916) 920-8382; L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ TEXAS WEST BAR-B-QUE This no-frills establishment serves slow wood-cooked meat in big portions. Dig into the tender Western-style pork spareribs and beef brisket or the smoky chicken. 1600 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-7427; L–D. Barbecue. $–$$

BROADWAY ANDY NGUYEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT This bastion of Buddhist-inspired vegetarian cuisine serves food that is fresh and flavorful. 2007 Broadway; (916) 736-1157; L–D. Vegetarian/Asian. $ KATHMANDU KITCHEN This family-owned restaurant envelops you in a cocoon of exotic fragrances. Order the lal maas (lamb curry with chili sauce) or chicken saagwala (stir fried chicken, spinach and curry). 1728 Broadway; (916) 441-2172; kathmandukitchensacra L–D. Indian/Nepalese/vegetarian. $


CARMICHAEL MARK & MONICA’S FAMILY PIZZA The pizzas here are belly filling and hearty. 4751 Manzanita Ave.; (916) 487-1010; L–D. Pizza. $$ MATTEO’S PIZZA & BISTRO The menu is compact, and there’s no skimping on first-rate ingredients. The pizza crust is damned good, attaining that chewycrispy-airy trifecta. You also can order pasta, steak or a burger. 5132 Arden Way; (916) 779-0727; pizza L–D. Pizza/American. $$

CITRUS HEIGHTS LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 7910 Antelope Road; (916) 729-4021; L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $


The Rind’s large cheese plate SAM’S CLASSIC BURGERS At this drive-up burger shack, the shakes are great and the burgers wonderfully straightforward. 7442 Auburn Blvd.; (916) 7237512. L–D. Burgers. $

DAVIS BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beer. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; L–D. Burgers. $ CREPEVILLE This bustling creperie serves many variations on the crepe theme, from entrée to dessert. 330 Third St.; (530) 750-2400. B–L–D. Crepes. $ DE VERE’S IRISH PUB For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 217 E St.; (530) 204-5533; de L–D. Irish pub. $$ THE HOTDOGGER The Hotdogger dishes up an assortment of frankfurters and sausages. 129 E St.; (530) 753-6291; L–D. Hot dogs. $

YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared. 109 E St.; (530) 7533196; D. Japanese. $–$$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN This casual, Italian-style deli makes hot and cold sandwiches, salads and hot entrées such as lasagna, penne with creamy tomato sauce and tortellini with pesto-cream sauce. 616 Third St.; (530) 750-7870; L. Deli. $

DIXON CATTLEMENS This Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; D. Steakhouse. $$$

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Restaurants serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; L–D. Burgers. $ CAMDEN SPIT & LARDER Highly regarded chef Oliver Ridgeway opened this swank brasserie in a modern, glass-walled building near the Capitol. It appeals to lobbyists, lawyers and legislators with its ginforward cocktails (martini, anyone?) and a menu that’s an interesting mash-up of British chop-house classics, English schoolboy favorites and elevated pub fare. 555 Capitol Mall; (916) 619-8897; camden L–D. Steakhouse. $$$–$$$$ EMPRESS TAVERN Located in the basement of the Crest Theatre, this restaurant has a catacomb vibe. It’s a modern version of an old English carvery: whole chickens, prime rib roasts and hams turn slowly on a rotisserie in the open kitchen, and diners can order sides like whipped potatoes with pork gravy. The bar features a gin-focused cocktail menu and a long beer list. 1013 K St.; (916) 662-7694; L–D. New American carvery. $$$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks—especially Frank’s Style New York Steak—and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; fatsrestaurants. com. L–D. Chinese. $$$ GRANGE RESTAURANT & BAR Located in The Citizen Hotel, Grange proves that a hotel restaurant doesn’t have to be pedestrian. The menu changes frequently and spotlights some of the area’s best producers. At dinner, the ambience in the stunning dining room is seductive and low-lit. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$ KODAIKO RAMEN & BAR Partly owned by Kru’s Billy Ngo, this below-ground ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; L–D–Br. Japanese/ ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; B–L–D. Californian. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO With its lofty ceilings, striking artwork and sweeping staircase, this is the place to come if you’re seeking a little glamour with your Asian cuisine. The extensive menu offers dishes whose origins spring from many regions throughout China but that reflect a California sensibility. 1530 J St.; (916) 288-0970; L–D. Chinese. $$ PIZZA ROCK The narrow space is loud, but there’s a sense of festivity in the air, and the pizza is darned good. Choose from five different styles of pizza: Classic Italian, Classic American, Neapolitan, Sicilian


Brandy fried chicken from Frank Fat’s and Roman. 1020 K St.; (916) 737-5777; pizzarock L–D. Pizza/Italian/American. $$ PUBLIC HOUSE Belly up to the bar, where you can watch sports on multiple TV screens or gab with the bartender. Order a giant Bavarian pretzel or pulled pork nachos, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, guacamole and sour cream. 1132 16th St.; (916) 446-0888; L–D–Br. American. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this casual brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats—brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and cheese, yams and poblano cheese grits. Sit indoors or out at long picnic tables. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; L–D. Barbecue. $$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN For description, see listing under Davis. 1401 O St.; (916) 441-3354; ziasdeli. com. L. Deli. $

EAST SACRAMENTO CANON With Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi at the helm, this breezily chic restaurant offers an ambitious menu of globally inspired sharable plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ CELESTIN’S Gumbo is the signature dish at this charming, minuscule restaurant specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine. It comes in six varieties, includ-

ing chicken, vegetarian and seafood. But the pièce de resistance is the namesake Celestin’s gumbo, chock-full of chicken, sea scallops, wild shrimp, rock cod and sausage. 3610 McKinley Blvd.; (916) 2584060; L–D. Cajun/Creole. $$ CLUBHOUSE 56 This is your classic sports bar, from the multiple TVs and two giant screens broadcasting games via DIRECTV to the local sports memorabilia on the walls. The food, too, is classic sports-bar fare: burgers, sandwiches and apps such as tacos and jalapeño poppers. The place is dark, casual and convivial, Sacramento’s very own Cheers. 734 56th St.; (916) 454-5656; Br–L–D. Sports bar. $$ JUNO’S KITCHEN AND DELICATESSEN This tiny eatery serves some of the best sandwiches in town. Owner Mark Helms also offers an intriguing selection of salads and “pan” dishes such as shrimp mac ’n’ cheese. But you can’t go wrong with the smoked trout sandwich or the grilled chicken sandwich. Though there’s only a handful of tables, takeout is a tasty option. 3675 J St.; (916) 456-4522; L. Bistro. $ KRU Kru turns out exciting Japanese fare, and there’s a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestaurant. com. L–D. Japanese. $$$–$$$$ THE MIMOSA HOUSE This small local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, scrambles, Benedicts, crepes, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The lunch/dinner menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, grilled sandwiches and Mexican “street food.” 5641 J St.; (916) 4004084; B–L–D. American. $$ ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched


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CATTLEMENS STEAKHOUSE & SALOON Serving exclusively Harris Ranch “Natural Beef”, Cattlemens ages and hand-cuts all beef selections on site. Signature steaks include the famous “Sizzling Prime Rib”, “King of Steaks” 32-oz. Porterhouse, New York Strip and Filet Mignon. Other popular items are Baby Back Pork Ribs, Grilled Salmon, Chicken and Pasta. All entrees are served up with all the fixin’s — All-You-Can-Eat tossed salad, hot sourdough bread and ranch-style beans. A popular spot for “More Beef for Your Buck” weeknight dinner specials and kid friendly dining. Seven days a week, Happy Hour is 4-6 pm in the saloon with savory small plates and thirst quenching hand-crafted cocktails served nightly. Full banquet and reception facilities are available for both day and evening events. Reservations accepted. Open at 4 p.m. seven days per week. 2000 Taylor Rd., Roseville | 916-782-5587 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova 916-985-3030 Hwy 80 at Currey Rd., Dixon | 707-678-5518

LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Sacramento’s favorite ice cream parlour for 35+ years. Our award-winning ice cream and sauces are made fresh daily and served in generous portions. We also offer a large variety of delicious sandwiches–from our specialty crab sandwich to great burgers. Leatherby’s is the perfect old fashioned ice cream parlour for families, friends, large groups or parties. Sun–Thur: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri–Sat: 11 a.m.–12 a.m. Sacramento | Arden Way | 916-920-8382 Citrus Heights | Antelope Road | 916-729-4021 Elk Grove | Laguna Blvd | 916-691-3334

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Restaurants out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; B–L–D. Pizza. $$ ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL Most of the time, this is a fast-casual eatery serving Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen. But on Friday and Saturday nights, the two talented chefs behind Origami offer an elevated tasting menu for a handful of lucky diners at the counter. (By reservation only.) 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; origami L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$$ STAR GINGER ASIAN GRILL AND NOODLE BAR Offering affordably priced dishes inspired by the street foods of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, this restaurant serves a spicy Thai chicken soup that is a delicious bargain. 3101 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 231-8888; L–D. Pan-Asian. $ 3 HERMANAS With the 2018 opening of this Mexican eatery, all three Saenz sisters now have their own Sacramento restaurants. Like its sibling restaurants, Tres Hermanas and Three Sisters, this one serves hearty, classic Mexican fare, along with vegan and vegetarian options. 3260 J St.; (916) 382-9079; 3her L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

EL DORADO HILLS AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrées, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and sushi. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$ BAMIYAN AFGHAN RESTAURANT Must-order dishes include mantoo (dumplings filled with spiced ground beef) and skewered, charbroiled leg of lamb. For dessert, Afghani-style vanilla ice cream is sprinkled with dates and pistachios. 1121 White Rock Road; (916) 941-8787; D. Afghan. $$–$$$ EARLY TOAST MIMOSA HOUSE This local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, Benedicts, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The lunch/dinner menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, sandwiches and Mexican “street food.” 2023 Vine St., El Dorado Hills; (916) 9340965; B–L–D. American. $$ MILESTONE This unstuffy eatery serves great takes on comfort-food classics like pot roast and fried chicken. It’s straightforward, without pretense or gimmickry. 4359 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 934-0790; L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$ RELISH BURGER BAR This burger place offers many enticing choices, but go for the teriyaki burger. The beef patty is embellished with slices of grilled pineapple, fried onions and Swiss cheese. A splash of teriyaki sauce rounds out the flavor of this delectable burger. 1000 White Rock Road; (916) 933-3111; L–D. Burgers. $

ELK GROVE BOULEVARD BISTRO Located in a cozy 1908 bungalow, this bistro is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Chef/owner Bret Bohlmann is a passionate supporter of local farmers and winemakers, and his innovative food sings with freshness and seasonality. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 685-2220; blvdbistro. com. D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description,


Fish & chips from Kupros see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; L–D. Sandwiches/ ice cream. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THAI CHILI This plain restaurant offers an entire menu just for vegetarians, plus interesting meat and fish dishes. 8696 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 714-3519; L–D. Thai. $$

FAIR OAKS SUNFLOWER DRIVE IN This casual spot serves healthful, wholesome vegetarian and vegan fare. Faves include the Nutburger, the egg salad sandwich and fruit smoothies. 10344 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 9674331; L–D. Vegetarian. $

FOLSOM BACCHUS HOUSE WINE BAR & BISTRO With a seasonal menu packed with innovative, globally influenced dishes, this restaurant has plenty to choose from. 1004 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-7500; bacchus L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ BACK BISTRO A warm pocket of coziness and urban sophistication in a retail center, this place offers an appealing menu of casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$

CHICAGO FIRE Oodles of melted cheese blanket the pizzas that fly out of the kitchen of this busy restaurant. Here, you get to choose between thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed pizzas. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 984-0140; L –D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR This glamorous restaurant looks like a set from an Indiana Jones movie, with tall palm trees and an enormous golden Buddha atop a water fountain. The menu focuses on Asian cuisine, from Mongolian beef and Hong Kong chow mein to Thai chicken satay served with a fiery curry-peanut sauce. 2585 Iron Point Road; (916) 983-1133; L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ THAI PARADISE Standouts on the extensive menu include spring rolls, tom kha koong (coconut milk soup with prawns), green curry, spicy scallops and pad thai. Try the fried banana with ice cream for dessert. 2770 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-8988; thai L–D. Thai. $$

GARDEN HIGHWAY CRAWDADS ON THE RIVER This riverfront restaurant draws crowds looking for a great place to party on the water during warm-weather months. Boats pull up to the restaurant’s deck, where you can sip a cocktail, and roll-up doors blur the line between indoors and out. The Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$

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Restaurants Hawks is known for elegant cuisine and beautiful interior. The dining room has framed photos of farmscapes, reminding diners of owners Molly Hawks and Michael Fagnoni’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients. The seasonal menu is full of delicious surprises, such as seared scallop and sea urchin. 5530 Douglas Blvd.; (916) 791-6200; hawks L–D–Br. New American/French. $$$–$$$$

LAND PARK RIVERSIDE CLUBHOUSE The busy kitchen focuses on a solid menu of American classics. Beautifully designed, the restaurant features a stunning outdoor waterfall and a tri-level fireplace. 2633 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 448-9988; L– D–Br. American/New American. $$ TAYLOR’S KITCHEN Step inside the cozy space and you’ll notice the focal point is an open kitchen where the chefs prepare meats and produce sold at Taylor’s Market next door. 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 4435154; D–Br. American. $$$

MIDTOWN BIBA Named for its founder, famed cookbook author and restaurateur Biba Caggiano, this upscale restaurant serves authentic Italian fare. Sure bets include the stuffed pasta and the ricotta gnocchi, and the 10-layer Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese, served Thursdays and Fridays only. The atmosphere is perfect for an intimate meal. 2801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 455-2422; L–D. Italian. $$$ BRODERICK MIDTOWN This midtown outpost of West Sac’s divey Broderick Roadhouse serves the same fare, but in slightly nicer digs. The menu is dominated by tasty burgers. Wings, fries and beer round out the bro-friendly menu. 1820 L St.; (916) 469-9720; brod L–D–Br. Burgers. $$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 2416 J St.; (916) 443-0440; chicagofire. com. L–D. Pizza. $ THE GOLDEN BEAR Remember the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Keep it in mind when you come here. Inside the dim bar, you’ll find a surprisingly sophisticated menu. 2326 K St.; (916) 441-2242; L–D–Br. Gastropub. $$ HAWKS PUBLIC HOUSE At this sophisticated gastropub, the menu includes beautifully executed dishes like country pâté and baked rigatoni. The pastas are made in-house, and even the burger is top-notch. 1525 Alhambra Blvd.; (916) 588-4440; L–D–Br. Mediterranean gastropub. $$$ HOOK & LADDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY This restaurant is both hip and cozy, and, despite the barlike ambience, Hook & Ladder is serious about food. 1630 S St.; (916) 442-4885; hookandladder916. com. L–D–Br. Californian. $$ PAESANOS Paesanos is a festive spot to settle in for a casual meal of pizza, pasta or salads with friends or family. 1806 Capitol Ave.; (916) 447-8646; paesan L–D. Pizza/Italian. $ THE RED RABBIT KITCHEN & BAR The menu is a playful jumble of dishes, some robustly American, others with an Asian, Latin or Mediterranean influence. 2718 J St.; (916) 706-2275; L–D–Br. New American. $$ THE RIND At this cheese-centric bar, you can savor cheese in a number of ways. The menu includes


Chocolate mousse cake from Ettore’s variations on macaroni and cheese, cheese boards and creative grilled cheese sandwiches. 1801 L St.; (916) 441-7463; L–D. American. $$ SQUEEZE INN This fast-food place regularly tops polls for the best burger in town. 1630 K St.; (916) 492-2499; L–D. Burgers. $ TANK HOUSE This midtown ’cue joint offers a limited menu of ribs, brisket and sides along with a thoughtful selection of craft beers. 1925 J St.; (916) 431-7199; L–D. Barbecue. $ ZELDA’S ORIGINAL GOURMET PIZZA Zelda’s is legendary for the greatness of its pizza and its attitude. But that’s part of Zelda’s charm, along with the dark, dingy atmosphere. It’s all about the food: old-school, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza that routinely wins “best pizza” in local polls. 1415 21st St.; (916) 447-1400; L–D. Pizza/Italian. $$ ZOCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to spend an evening with friends over margaritas. The sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. The menu has regional Mexican specialties such as tacos de cazuela, a casserole-ish concoction of steak, chorizo and cheese served with housemade tortillas. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 4410303; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

NORTH SACRAMENTO SOUTHPAW SUSHI Famed sushi chef Lou Valenti, former owner of Lou’s Sushi, opened this new operation in 2019. Here, the rolls are simpler and the fish, simply first rate. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 550-2600; D. Sushi. $$$

WOODLAKE TAVERN This restaurant offers a seasonal take on barbecue. The menu includes brisket, ribs, roasted chicken, shrimp and grits, and rustic drop biscuits that are crunchy, savory and buttery. 1431 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 514-0405; woodlaketav D. Barbecue/American. $$–$$$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place, partly owned by former mayor Kevin Johnson, serves up friendly Southern hospitality along with delicious Southern fare, including chicken and waffles, fried catfish, gumbo and shrimp and grits. 3428 Third Ave.; (916); 999-7685. B–L–D– Br. Southern. $$ LA VENADITA This inviting, casual taqueria has a concise menu that includes inventive street tacos, a brightly flavored ceviche and an enchilada with rich, tasty mole sauce. It also boasts a full bar and an enticing menu of craft cocktails. 3501 Third Ave.; (916) 400-4676; L–D. Mexican. $$

ROCKLIN ZEST KITCHEN Everything served at this casual cafe is vegan, and most of the dishes are gluten-free. 2620 Sunset Blvd.; (916) 824-1688; L–D. Vegan/vegetarian. $

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hearty food and arcade games. 300 Lincoln St.; (916) 797-3665; L–D. Irish pub. $ CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattle D. Steakhouse. $$$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 500 N. Sunrise Ave.; (916) 771-2020; chi L–D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 1500 Eureka Road; (916) 787-3287; L–D. PanAsian. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1565 Eureka Road; (916) 797-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1180 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 788-2800; L–D. Chinese. $$ RUEN THAI Simple and serene, Ruen Thai is a family-owned restaurant that offers a surprisingly large selection of fresh-tasting food. 1470 Eureka Road; (916) 774-1499; L–D. Thai. $ SQUEEZE INN For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 106 N. Sunrise Ave.; (916) 783-2874; L–D. Burgers. $ ZOCALO For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 1182 Roseville Parkway; (916) 788-0303; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

SIERRA OAKS ETTORE’S This bakery is a convivial spot for a casual meal. It’s hard to take your eyes off the dessert cases long enough to choose your savory items. But you’ll soon discover the kitchen’s talent extends to the wonderful pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning oven, hearty sandwiches and burgers, and fresh salads. 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 482-0708; B–L–D. Bakery/New American. $–$$

DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a stunningly modern indoor-outdoor structure along the river, Drake’s serves excellent thin-crust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service indoors or on the patio. But if you prefer something more casual, grab a folding lawn chair, find a spot at the sprawling outdoor taproom and order a pizza to go. It’s fun galore, with kids, dogs, fire pits and a tap trailer serving beer. 985 Riverfront St.; (510) 423-0971; L–D. Pizza. $$

PIATTI Muted colors and dark wood provide a comfortable, contemporary vibe. The culinary focus is on Italian cuisine with an American influence. The menu includes delightful variations on Italian staples—margherita, pesto or roasted chicken pizzas; ravioli, pappardelle and fettuccine pasta dishes. 571 Pavilions Lane; (916) 649-8885; mento. L–D. Italian/American. $$

LA CROSTA PIZZA BAR From the people behind The Rind in Sacramento, this casual pizza joint serves first-rate pies baked in a wood-burning oven, along with flatbread sandwiches, creative salads and a selection of Italian entrées. 330 Third St.; (916) 389-0372; L–D–Br. Pizza. $$–$$$

ROXY RESTAURANT AND BAR Roxy is a class act that happens to also serve chili and fried chicken. The New American menu is locally focused, with many of the ingredients sourced from area farms. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 489-2000; L–D–Br. American/Californian/ steakhouse. $$

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WEST SACRAMENTO BRODERICK ROADHOUSE Burgers rule at this appealingly scruffy bar/restaurant. In addition to the juicy beef burgers, there’s also a selection of more avant-garde versions, including the duck burger. 319 Sixth St.; (916) 372-2436; L–D–Br. Burgers. $


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