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From Broadway plays new to the capital region, to choreography from far, far away— the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the whole world closer.

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3/25 & 3/26 8/5 & 8/6 Kenny Loggins

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38 Navigating New Zealand

24 The Arts

8 Editor’s Note 11 Ask the Experts 12 What’s Up 14 Get to Know—Lynn Solberg 16 FYI 18 Calendar 22 Outtakes 26 Health & Wellness 50 Swag 52 Dine—Folsom Palace 54 Restaurant Guide 58 Taste 60 Introducing 64 Click 66 Tom’s Take

Get away—even if for just a oneday mental vacation—with this inspiring read and visual feast journaling a local’s trek around the magnificent island country.

42 The West’s Best Small Towns

Not all small towns are created equal. Some shine brighter than their big-city cousins, and this month you’ll see why with Style’s picks for pintsized points of interest that yield gallons of good times.

Marisa Sayago

30 Our Kids

Cool Reads for Hot Days

32 Cause & Effect

Folsom Public Library Celebrates 20 Years

34 He Said/She Said

Communication is Key

36 Home Design

Giving Old Furniture New Life

46 Ready, Set, Grill!

Keep your summer flame lit with eight sizzling must-haves for grilling time, plus a haute recipe to add to the menu and perfume the backyard.



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he first time I boarded an airplane was back in the year…well, let’s just say I was in fourth grade. My family traveled to my uncle’s wedding in Las Vegas. The now everyday miracle of accelerating down the runway at Nascar speed—then lifting into the air with body braced and angled—fed my adventurous spirit and possibly even catapulted it to a new level of need for thrill-seeking. It was both exciting and presidential. Not only did I get to order a soda (we called it “pop” then), but I also got to enjoy it while pointing, with mouth agrin, at the toy-sized houses and cars that became smaller and smaller until disappearing beneath the clouds. I can still recall the feeling of the warm sunlight that shone through my window and onto my face. It’s the journey not the destination, right? This was the case for me on that memorable trip to Sin City, a visit that didn’t involve any sins. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. Since then I’ve been to Vegas numerous times, mostly in my college years, but nonetheless, I indulged my desire to define the unfamiliar. Conquering the unknown has always been second nature to me; that’s why I love to voyage and experience new environments and cultures. Gas for my inspiration tank this month is Jeri Murphy’s exploration of a beautiful island country in “Navigating New Zealand.” Learn why Polynesian explorers originally referred to the country as “Land of the Long White Cloud,” as well, get a myriad of suggestions for where to eat, stay and play when you go. Landlocked you say? Don’t miss Sharon Penny’s “The West’s Best Small Towns” in which she includes a mix of scenes in California, Washington and Oregon— all involving character, charm and populations under 10,000. These not-too-far, “hidden hamlets” are secret no more and offer surprising amenities, such as Oregon’s Hood River named as one of National Geographic’s “100 Best Adventure Towns,” boasting just about any outdoor activity you can think of including windsurfing and waterfall touring. Hood River has also been coined “beer country” for it’s bustling brewing scene. Now that’s what I call fun. Also this month, in Kourtney Jason’s “Cool Reads for Hot Days,” find a selection of great books—separated by age-appropriate categories—guaranteed to keep your kids’ minds moving. In between your travels, find more to see and do right here around town within the pages of What’s Up, FYI, and Calendar. While international travel may not be in the cards for me this year, I do have a few smaller trips on the horizon and from this vantage point, the future has never looked better.





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asktheexperts the difference between a Q: What’s classical and romantic symphony? Which composers are known for these styles? classical era extended from A: Music’s the mid-18th century to the early

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19th. The most famous classical composers were Mozart, Haydn and early Beethoven. The romantic period roughly covered the 19th century; notable composers were late Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. During the classical era, symphonies meticulously adhered to a structure: generally four movements, each self-contained with its own theme. The third movement often was a minuet. During this period, orchestras were tiny and dominated by strings; however, clarinets emerged in importance and the piano replaced the harpsichord. By contrast, romantic-era composers abandoned structure to express their passions. “Romantic composers wrote fewer symphonies,” says Folsom Symphony Conductor Michael Neumann, “but their music oozed with feeling.” Orchestras nearly doubled in size, adding more brass and percussion and introducing the glockenspiel and tambourine. —Linda Holderness, Public Relations Consultant The Folsom Symphony 916-608-6888

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ove for their pets drove Folsom’s Girl Scout Junior Troop 3908 to create Keep Our People and Pets Safe (KOPPS), a promotion that the eight girls officially launched at the Folsom Antique Faire on April 21. The troop provided information about creating emergency plans and kits for pets to several hundred visitors...The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is proud to

Congrats to Greg Stein of Boy Scout Troop 465 in El Dorado Hills on earning his Eagle Scout. For Stein’s project he created an outdoor bulletin board for Placerville’s EAA Chapter 512, located just outside of the EAA hangar at the Placerville Airport. More than 400 hours went into the building and design of the project, which is now being used to provide information to pilots about upcoming events and regulations.

Strolling Through the Garden is the theme of the latest Folsom Histor y Museum exhibit highlighting floral quilts made during the 1940s and 1950s. Authentic period apparel from the early 1900s to 1920s, based on styles shown in the popular television series Downton Abbey, will also be featured. This textile showcase will run through September 2.

award Oak Ridge High School students Nathan Somavarapu, Kirsti Buckendorf and Sumner Caesar with $750 scholarships each. These scholarships, funded through generous donations from the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce members, are based 50 percent on community service, 15 percent on work experience

and extracurricular activities, and 10 percent on GPA and financial need...Waldo, with his striped shirt, signature cap and black-rimmed specs, has been a beloved figure in children’s literature since 1987. This month, children can search for the famous character at 25 local businesses throughout our community, including Holiday Inn Express, Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills and Selland’s Market Café. To participate, pick up a “Find Waldo Local in El Dorado Hills” passport at Face in a Book

in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. The first 100 participants to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can collect a prize at Face in a Book. For more information, call 916-941-9401...Great news for local artist and Folsom Arts Association member Janeen Meyer Johanson, whose oil paintings will be made into banners and displayed throughout Folsom, through August. Congrats!...Stock up on fresh produce, flowers and other local goods at the Foothill Farmers’ Market, held Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whole Foods parking lot in Folsom through August 29...This summer, take your family and friends to the Palladio 16 Cinemas on Tuesdays to take advantage of $5 movie tickets. New release or not, you can see the

The Folsom Symphony announces the opening of season subscription sales for its 2013-2014 season. The symphony, under the direction of Michael Neumann, will perform five concerts, with seven total performances, at the Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages. Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s at 2 p.m. For more info about season tickets and upcoming performances, visit, call 916-608-6888 or stop by the Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages ticket office on the Folsom Lake College campus.

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film for the price of one Lincoln. Cinematic!...Seniors are invited to an Introduction to Wii Bowling class at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center on July 3 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. To sign up, call 916-358-3575... Ladies, save the date! On October 8, treat yourself to massages, tempting hors d’oeuvres, beverages and more at Care Begins with Me, Sacramento’s premier health and lifestyle event for women at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Glennon Doyle Melton, blogger of the wildly popular Momastery and author of The New York Times bestselling book, Carry On, Warrior, will be speaking. Visit

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The Folsom Lake College Foundation and The Robert S. and Star Pepper Foundation recently announced the launch of the Arts Education Program Challenge, which aims to raise a minimum of $150,000 by December 31, 2013. All funds will support FLC Youth Arts Education programs, including the Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra, Folsom Lake College Summer Youth Arts Academy and Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages K-12 Matinee Series. For more information or to make a pledge, email Sally at for more information; register by August 15 to receive reserved seating...Clear your plans on the morning of August 24 and grab your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to run or walk through shady William Land Park for the 15th Annual Race for the Arts. This 5k and Kids’ Fun Run is perfect for the serious and not-so-serious runner. Afterward, stay for the arts festival with music, entertainment and more than 40 interactive booths. To register, visit Sacramento History Museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums Initiative, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. To find other museums participating in the program, visit than 800 accomplished youth performers will be showcasing their highly entertaining music, precision marching and maneuvers at the DCI Capital Classic on July 6. Held at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove at 6:30 p.m., this event is presented by the Drum Corps International and the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, visit dci. org or’s all for now, but check back next month for Style’s annual People & their Pets feature.

— Compiled by Jamila B. Khan


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Lynn Solberg Solberg repping the men in orange and black at Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit.

Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Numbers and music. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Dishonesty. Q: Biggest life inspirations? A: Love of travel. Q: What are you most proud of? A: Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received? A: “Hire people smarter than you and let them do their jobs.”


l Dorado Hills resident Lynn Solberg got the idea to climb M o u n t K i l i m a n j a ro f ro m a magazine. “I read a travel essay about a couple who had attempted to climb it and failed,” Solberg explains. Although she hadn’t been on a long-distance hike since her childhood days in the Girl Scouts, Solberg was far from deterred. Where others had failed, she wanted to succeed. She began a rigorous training regimen, taking long-distance hikes and using a special machine to train her lungs for oxygen-poor environments. And at 7:15 a.m. on February 26, 2013, she accomplished her goal, hiking all 19,341 feet of the fourth highest mountain in the world. “I knew if I set my mind to it, I

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could do it,” Solberg says. Solberg is currently back at work in Folsom, where she is general manager and co-owner of the Lake Natoma Inn and a member of the board of directors for the Folsom Historic District Association, among other community groups. She is passionate about supporting healthy growth for Folsom, and despite her busy schedule, she hasn’t given up her love of travel and adventure. Every three months she takes a trip somewhere new, and thus far has been to more than 48 countries all over the globe. These days, she’s got her eye on Mount Everest as a future project. Why, you might ask? “Why not?” she says with a laugh. — Amber Foster

favorites Author/writer: A. A. Milne Escape: Maui Guilty pleasure: Nacho cheese sauce Local landmark: Sutter Street Movie: Out of Africa and The Shawshank Redemption Musician/band: Fleetwood Mac Place to buy a gift, locally: Snooks Chocolate Factory Local nonprofit: Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary Annual event: Folsom LIVE Saying: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” —Maya Angelou

Photos courtesy of Lynn Solberg.

Lynn Solberg in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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Fun Factory Preschool Program

olsom Parks and Recreation established the first Fun Factory program in 1994, and due to continued demand, there are now seven classes offered each school year. The program combines learning and fun activities to nurture the development of students, helping prepare them to enter elementary school with the social and educational skills needed for success. Classes are divided into separate sessions for three- and four-year-olds. The curriculum is designed so that children may enter the program at age three and continue the following year, or enter for just a single year. Depending on availability, children may also join the program throughout the school year. The program follows the FCUSD calendar, but doesn’t observe the district’s teacher in-service days. Each class has one lead teacher and one or two aides, and enrollment is limited to ensure students receive plenty of attention. There are two Fun Factory locations: the Folsom Community Center (one classroom) and the Folsom Sports Complex (two classrooms). The program’s success and popularity is due in large part to Sarah Trobee, director of the Fun Factory since 1999. Ms. Sarah (as she is fondly referred to by students), maintains oversight of all classes, and frequently visits to assist with special events or fill in for a teacher. Another hallmark of the program is the consistency of the excellent teaching staff: Lead teachers Ms. Pushpa and Ms. Laurie have been with the program for four and seven years, respectively. Ms. Brigette, a classroom aide for nine years, will move into a lead teacher position for the new school year, while classroom aides Ms. Tina and Ms. Naida have each been with the program for 10 years. Fun Factory introduces students to the basics, including colors, numbers, letters and handwriting. Activities are designed to help children develop motor skills and learn appropriate behaviors; a typical day includes small-group stations, arts and crafts, carpet time for songs and stories, outdoor exercise and a snack break. Theme days are held throughout the year, as well as occasional off-site field trips. You may still enroll your child for Fun Factory classes starting in the fall, but spaces are limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. — Lesley Miller To learn more about the program, visit (click on Parks & Recreation then the Fun Factory tab) or call 916-355-8355 to arrange a classroom tour and speak with Fun Factory Director Sarah Trobee.

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Meet Curley the Monkey

espite his name, squirrel monkey Curley—who was born in 1998 at a primate research facility and moved to the Folsom Zoo in 2010—is not related to squirrels. It’s likely the name was given since the creatures are similar in size to squirrels and live in trees. When looking at these monkeys at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, you’ll probably notice Curley looks a little different than his roommates. Long ago, scientists got together and gave all of the animal groups in the world special names in Latin, so Curley and his zoo buddies have the same name: saimiri sciureus. However, scientists noticed that all of Curley’s relatives looked just a little different; therefore, his group has additional identifying names—Gothic (where the white above the eyes is pointed, or shaped as a Gothic arch) and Roman (where the white above the eyes is rounded, or shaped like a Roman arch). Stop by to see Curley and take note of the marks that make him special. — Roberta Ratcliff

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Nicholson’s MusiCafe

offee and music are a match made in heaven, so when the venerable Nicholson Music Co.—which harks back to 1985—spread their business wings and opened Nicholson’s MusiCafe in the space next door earlier this year, it was welcomed with warm applause. Inside the walls splashed with local art, the shop caters to caffeine addicts (typical hot and iced espresso drinks are served, along with pour-over drip coffee), stomachs looking for sustenance (the fresh-made sandwiches and locally baked pastries all rock—no pun intended) and folks hungry for music (free ukulele classes, open mic nights and live music are on tap weekly). Whenever an afternoon slump hits, one of the café’s Blended Chocolate Peanut Butter Lattes and Cloud Cookies provides the fuel necessary to power me through the day. Two shots of espresso, vanilla ice cream, Torani chocolate sauce and peanut butter—all whirled together with ice—results in a recipe for success (and alertness). Cold, creamy and packed with a punch of protein, it’s equally sweet as it is satiating. The aptly named cloud cookie is just as dreamy: light and airy with a subtle chocolaty richness. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, follow the sound of music and the smell of coffee through Nicholson’s doors. Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 East Bidwell Street, Folsom. 916-984-3020, — Megan Wiskus


July Jubilations JULY 12 & 26 – FRIDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERTS Head to the El Dorado Hills Community Park at 7 p.m. to enjoy free live music (on July 12, the Rhythm Vandals will perform and on July 26, Ike & Martin), food, bounce houses and children’s activities. For the complete lineup, visit

Foodie Find photo by Dante Fontana.

JULY 20 – SKATE & SLEEP UNDER THE STARS: SKATE PARK LOCK-IN What’s better than skating all night (well, maybe not all night, but into the night)? Skating right when you wake up! Start the evening with a barbecue dinner, skate a little, watch skate videos projected onto a screen in the park, skate some more, build a mini skate park for your tech decks, sleep, wake up, skate, eat breakfast (cereal and fruit), skate some more, and then get picked up! The fun goes from 6 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday; fee is $40. For more information about these events and other happenings, visit or call 916-933-6624.

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july events July is National Hot Dog Month Compiled by Jamila B. Khan


Fireworks Jubilee at El Dorado Hills Town Center Beginning at 6 p.m., spectators can ring in Independence Day with two live bands in the Steven Young Amphitheater, the Third Annual Badge-to-Badge Chili Cook-off, a kids’ activity area complete with bounce house, and Radio Disney’s Rock ‘n Road Show! The evening will conclude with a fabulous fireworks display. Shuttle buses will run starting at 5 p.m. For more details, visit

Tom Rigney & Flambeau


Folsom Pro Rodeo


California State Fair This 17-day fair is a robust celebration of California’s industries, agriculture and the diversity of its people. Every summer the State Fair is all about “Big Fun,” providing entertainment and education to inspire the young and young at heart! For more details about specific events and concerts, visit


Equestrian Excellence

Lady Guineviere


40th Annual Eppie’s Great Race Known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” this event is open to both teams and/or individuals. Participants will run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles and paddle boats 6.35 miles, on a racecourse located on and alongside the American River Parkway. The little ones won’t want to miss the Kids’ Duathlon, a 2.5mile run and a 6-mile bike ride. For more details, visit 18 - July 2013

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Out of Grandmother's Trunk This event, benefiting the Folsom History Museum, will include expert evaluations of antique quilts, vintage clothing and jewelry, plus dating of full-body antique photos. Bring your treasures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more details, visit

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Summer Guitar Fest with Mimi Fox, Pierre Bensusan and Laurence Juber A performance steeped in guitar mastery, three artists of diverse backgrounds present this seamless show at Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages. Together, they promise an evening of guitar fireworks no fan of the instrument will want to miss! The music begins at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

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Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/ composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney & Flambeau. This year’s visit to Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages will be an extra special treat for fans, as the concert will be recorded and video taped for Rigney’s new live DVD project. Performance begins at 8 p.m. For more details, visit

Welcome to the Wild, Wild West! Events over the three days of fun will include the Mutton Bustin’, a rodeo queen contest and live music. Get your fill of rodeo clowns, bull riders, cowboys and barbecue. To see a full schedule of events, visit

At the opening reception on July 12 from 6-8 p.m., network and nosh while enjoying the oil paintings and bronze sculptures of artist Keith Christie and acclaimed watercolors of Kara Castro at The Gallery at 48 Natoma. For more details, visit thegalleryat48natoma.



Children’s Play Day Celebrate the importance of childhood play with a fun-filled, family-friendly day at Fairytale Town. The program, beginning at 11 a.m., will feature games, arts, crafts and live theatre performances. The Fairytale Town Troupers will perform Jack and the Meanstalk on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. For more details, visit





Cherish The Ladies

July 11th

Enjoy one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music at Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

Todd Morgan July 18th

60’s Summer of Love

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Through July 7 – Uncovering El Dorado County. El Dorado County is rich in vineyards and wineries, oak-filled hills and gold mining history. See how local artists capture its flavor at this art show, held at the Bank of America Gallery at Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour before and during intermission of each performance held at the center. For more details, visit July 3 – Sutter Street Cattle Drive. Enjoy this annual kickoff to the Folsom Pro Rodeo where a herd of longhorn cattle, along with cowboys, wagons, music and more, jog down the middle of historic Sutter Street. The event starts at 6 p.m., but stick around after for an evening of fun and to purchase your rodeo tickets. For more details, visit July 4 – Folsom Firecracker. Kick off the U.S.’ birthday at the Lake Natoma Bike Trail! Beginning at 8 a.m., this 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, will support five local charities and one based in Mexico. For more details, visit folsomfirecracker. com. July 4 – 4th of July Family Blast. Bring your coolers, propane barbecues and dancing shoes to the El Dorado Fairgrounds for an evening of hay mazes, live music and kid-friendly activities.

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Doors open at 4 p.m.; please leave pets, charcoal barbecues and glass containers at home. For additional details, visit July 6 – Ke Ao Lewa. Learn more about Hawaiian culture and hula as an art form at this 6 p.m. dance performance at Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages. The music of Kekaniwai will provide the evening’s soundtrack. To purchase tickets, visit July 6 – Fleetwood Mac. One of rock’s most enduring, beloved and successful bands will perform at Sleep Train arena, following a three-year break from touring. The new tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Rumours. For more details, visit sleeptrainarena. com. July 6 – International Celebration. Celebrate the diverse culture of Sacramento with exciting dance and musical performances—including Chinese lion dancers, Scottish highland dancers and ballet folklorico—on Fairytale Town’s Mother Goose Stage! All performances are free with paid park admission. The fun begins at 11 a.m. For schedules and more details, visit

Super Huey 6:30PM – 8:30PM Steven Young Amphitheater

Showcase Saturdays Stroll Down Town Center Boulevard

July 27th

6:30PM – 8:30PM • Beer and Wine Tasting (Benefitting CCI)

• Local Musicians on Blvd. • Town Center Business Showcase

Evening Concert 8:00PM-9:30PM The Gary Mendoza Band

July 7-22 – Sacramento Capitals. Join the World Team Tennis (WTT) champions, the Sacramento Capitals, in its 28th season. Matches will take July 2013 - 19

calendar more events continued... place at Sunrise Marketplace’s Capitals Stadium. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit July 12-21 – Bye Bye Birdie. It's the late 1950s and teenagers from across the U.S. are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Kim MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, is the lucky girl chosen to kiss the hunk, but conflicts arise when her boyfriend gets jealous. Held at Harris Center for the Arts/Three Stages, this El Dorado Musical Theatre production starts at 2 p.m., with evening performances beginning at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit July 13 – Very Special Arts Day. At this annual event held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairytale Town brings together children of all abilities, those with disabilities and those without, to interact, create and enjoy the arts! Performances by ACT ON!, a children’s theatre camp, will be one of the day’s special treats. For more details, visit July 13-14 – American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Cameron Park. This 24hour team event is a place to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones who have passed and fight back against cancer in a fun, healthy way. The relay begins at 9 a.m. at Christa McAuliffe Park in Cameron Park. For information on getting involved, visit cameronparkca. July 13 & 27 – Music in The Courtyard. Relax and listen to toe-tapping music at the Fountain Plaza Courtyard on Placerville’s Historic Main Street. Admission is free, with refreshments available from Fountain Courtyard merchants. To learn more, call 530-6224900. July 14 – Sacramento Antique Faire. From 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., discover one-of-a-kind antiques, collectibles, furniture, vintage clothing, art, jewelry, military antiques, and so much more on 21st Street between W and X Streets in Sacramento! Food vendors and an ATM will be on site. For more details, visit July 16 - Folsom Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer. Hosted by Rotary Club of Folsom Lake, this event—held from

5:30-7 p.m.—will allow business owners to network and share their experiences operating in the City of Folsom. Location TBD. For additional details and to learn more about the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, visit July 16 – Free Caregiver Support Group. Caregiving is a difficult and often challenging role; support groups provide an outlet to share information and feel connected to others in the same position. This free session will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. For more details, call the Family Caregiver Support program at 530-621-6151. July 17 – El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society Meeting. This month’s meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. sharp at the El Dorado Hills Branch Library and will feature a guest genealogy speaker to assist with family-tree projects. To learn more about the club or its meetings, email July 18 – Vizcaya Open House. Mix, mingle and munch from 6-9 p.m. at one of Sacramento’s premier wedding venues, Vizcaya! Meet vendors and get tips on how to organize your wedding planning. To RSVP, email Aubrey at July 19-21 – The Third Annual Yarnival. Feast your eyes on the beautiful, the amazing and the best in handmade wares! Artists will find inspiring raw materials, while townsfolk will adorn themselves in hand-forged accessories, smithed silver, beaded notions or bedazzled suits of yore! This threeday extravaganza will take place at the stunning Boeger Winery in Placerville. For more details, visit July 20 – Cameron Park Art & Wine Jubilee at Burke Junction. Every third Saturday through September 21, Burke Junction will feature art, wine, food, music and children's activities from 5-9 p.m. For more details, email July 20 – Bistro 33 Concert Series. Grab a bite at Bistro 33, then dance the night away at the Steven Young Amphitheater! Doors open at 7 p.m. For more details, visit July 21 – Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa Bridal Open House. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, and see what this resort has to offer. Admission is free. For more details, visit July 21 – Cowboys and Cornbread. Revisit the Old West at the El Dorado Fairgrounds! A chili cook-off, salsa and cornbread competition, kiddie corral, cowboy poetry and ranch sorting are just some of the activities slated for this year’s fundraiser. Proceeds will support the programs of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, the El Dorado County Visitors Authority and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. For more details, visit July 27 – Fab 40s 5k Run/Walk. Run or walk through gorgeous East Sacramento in this race that supports the Alzheimer’s Association. At the event, participants can inscribe the name of a loved one who has died from Alzheimer’s or is currently dealing with the disease at the Alzheimer’s Memorial Wall. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park. To learn more, visit July 28 – Courtland Pear Fair. Come out to a country fair in the Sacramento River Delta town of Courtland and celebrate the Bartlett pear harvest. The day, starting at 9 a.m., will be filled with a fun run, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wine tasting, a children's area, parade, music and lots of food. For more details, visit

SAVE THE DATE August 17 – Threads of Life Quilt and Fine Art Auction. Head to Shadowridge Ranch (3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and enjoy wine tasting, light fare, live music and more. Proceeds will benefit Marshall Medical Center’s Cancer Resource Fund. Quilt and fine art donations are currently being accepted (through July 31) for the auction. For more details, visit August 24 – Hot August Cruisers Invitational. Benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, this car show will showcase the finest cruisers in the region. Prepare for a yummy luau grub from Folsom Luau Catering, music from West Coast Swing and great raffle prizes. Festivities will last from 2-6 p.m. at the Folsom Eagles Hall. For more details, visit fundraisers/childrens-miracle-network.

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Kelly Krohn celebrates her 50th birthday by finishing her first 5K

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Marshall Health Expo & 5K Run The Scenic Creek Trail, El Dorado Hills Town Center, May 18 Photos by Agrifino Edralin.

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Breathe California Youth Advisory Board Members Ashley Alunan, Shivani Parikh and Claudia Shebloski pose with Scooter, the Spare The Air mascot Alec and Chris Ewers volunteer at the event Rachel Sprinkle-Strong of Popcycle Creamery

2013 Breathe Fun Ride Cohn Park, Folsom May 19 Photos by Erin Piepgrass. Zero-Emission Heroes Emily, Abby and Ashley Rice

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Carolyn Callihan, Teav Mam and Mary Jo Terry

Spring Power of Pink

Nan George, Bonnie Meredith, Laurie Leeds and Sandra Patten

Folsom Community Center, May 30 Photos by American River Photos, Mary Jane Schnlenberg, Leti Llamas and Shirleen Murti-Sanchez from Ariaa Fashions

Customers Bruce and Sheila King with Statia Goddard and Mary Ann Huckabay of It Works!

Pampered Chefs Blythe and Ben Passanando, and Lorraine Espinosa

Pam Piper and Vickie Nutter

Prom Queen Millie

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First Annual Doggie Prom Folsom Dog Resort & Training Center May 17 Photos by Kimberly Selberg. Dancing the day away

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17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Cal Expo, Sacramento, May 11 Photos by Jeff Smith.

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Edie Lambert addresses survivors at the “Survivor Ceremony”

Team Rack Attack

Survivor Karen Pearce Stepp writes on the “Chalk Talk” wall

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marisa T sayago Art of Emotion by Abigail Blank Photography by Dante Fontana

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hough we all have our own lens through which we see the world, it is an artist’s particular view that we admire so greatly. Their ability to bring life to the smallest detail is impactful to all who admire the art. Marisa Sayago, local artist and professor at Folsom Lake College, exemplifies this talent. With her ability to translate images and their intricate web of underlying emotions in a variety of mediums, she stands out as one of the unparalleled artists of our time. Sayago, a classically trained artist, grew up in Argentina and spent her formative teenage years studying in an elite apprenticeship under sculptor Alfredo Cantarutti. “He was crucial in my upbringing as an artist,” Sayago says. What began as basic understanding of human form from her childhood years spent as a gymnast was enhanced by Cantarutti’s lessons on composition, color, basic figures and anatomy. “He taught me how to see,” she says of her time spent under his tutelage. With the fundamentals of clay sculpture and drawing solidified, she embarked on a journey to find the passion beneath her skills. While Sayago is well known for her sculpture, being recently ranked as a “Top Latin

Sayago at work on a new piece.

American Artist” by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, she also boasts an astonishing array of paintings and drawings within her collections. Taking advantage of the opportunity to expand her artistic base while completing her undergraduate studies, Sayago approached her education with diligence and determination. “As a student, I took a wide variety of classes. I tried to get a wide range of knowledge,” she says. Even more influential, though, was the time of introspective examination afforded to her as she earned a master’s degree from the

University of North Texas. It was there she found the true source of her voice. Emotion is the thread that ties the majority of Sayago’s work together—invocation of thoughts, feelings and ideas being the primary goal in each piece. Her explorations into human relationships—to ourselves, each other, and the world around us—are brought to the surface by a carefully exaggerated representation of form. Acting on flashes of inspiration, Sayago often sketches out several versions of her intended sculpture until she feels the correct composition has been achieved. Her final thesis piece, titled Group Therapy, is a perfect example of the intense social commentary and deep-seeded feelings Sayago attempts to uncover in her work. In it, a group of five figures are each frozen in the throes of a different emotion. From gut wrenching pain to frivolity, the range of human emotion depicted incenses the viewer and forces her to confront the feeling contained within. Sayago is careful not to deliver her thought-provoking messages with a heavy hand. “I leave a lot of my pieces open to interpretation. I don’t usually title them in English because I want them to speak for themselves,” she says. Sayago’s art has been on exhibition in Folsom, Sacramento, Utah and Texas; this past spring, a select few of her sculptures and drawings, including Hija Mia and Nous Deux, were featured in a solo exhibit at LA Artcore. Though her work can be found throughout the country, one of her most influential pieces can be found on the Folsom Lake College campus, where she has been a professor in the arts department since 1999. The large-scale sculpture, which sits in the area known as Falcon’s Roost, was a grant project in 2006 melding teacher and student in one

cohesive artistic vision. Setting out to create something of that size can be overwhelming and intimidating, but Sayago insists that for the students the experience was incomparable. “It’s important to have students outside of the classroom doing large-scale artwork.” She explains that for many the opporMarisa Sayago tunity may never arise again, citing funding, space and viability as major impediments to such an endeavor. Sayago continues to create alongside her students in an effort to inspire and educate. Making witness to the full process of creating a piece, from beginning to end, provides the students with insight into the evolutionary nature of art. “They are seeing me, in real life, problem solving,” she says. Learning that a work of art goes through a metamorphosis helps students avoid seeing their own work through the damaging lens of perfectionism. By lifting the veil, Sayago gives her students permission to push their imagined boundaries and expand their artistic reach. Sayago teaches her pupils to “never be afraid to rework yourself.”

artbeat July 12-August 29 – Equestrian Excellence. The Gallery at 48 Natoma will celebrate two artists’ acclaimed work in Western art at this exhibit showcasing watercolors by Kara Castro and oil paintings and bronze sculpture by Keith Christie. The free opening reception will take place July 12 from 6-8 p.m. and include refreshments, wine and live western music by steel guitarist Pete Grant. For more details, visit thegalleryat48natoma.

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ou wash your produce, clean your floors and try to keep a tidy house. But are you doing enough to have a healthy home? These days, it seems there are lots of questionable chemicals in many popular products used around the house. So, what’s safe and what should you avoid? Read on for these answers, and more.

HEALTHY HOMES INITIATIVE The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a “healthy homes initiative” to keep Americans safe indoors. “Most people spend over 90 percent of their time indoors, making the indoor environment a key foundation for our health,” says Jean Prijatel, U.S. EPA Pacific Southwest Region program & enforcement officer (Toxics Office). The EPA’s advice? Keep dirt outdoors, remove your shoes once you’re inside, and make sure your hands are clean. “Wash your hands of it,” says Prijatel, “is the simplest way for parents to engage their kids in their healthy home efforts. Keeping a house free of contaminants is a manageable daily task for all members of the household.” The EPA’s healthy homes initiative focuses on indoor air quality, like mold, tobacco smoke, radon, carbon monoxide and ventilation, as well as exposure to toxins, such as lead, asbestos, mercury, household products and pesticides.

green house Is Your Home Healthy? by Kristen Castillo

AROUND THE HOUSE Look around your home. Most likely every cabinet has chemicals or cleansers, which isn’t always a good thing. “Cleaning chemicals are most frequently used by everyone in the home,” says Dan Hannan, CSP and author of Preventing Home Accidents: A Quick and Easy Guide. “The big takeaway is reading labels and seeing how products are intended for use.” For example, a specific product may require ventilation, use of gloves or boots, or may caution against its overuse. Hannan, who stresses the importance of keeping chemicals out of reach of children, also advises homeowners to inventory the chemicals in their home. “Homeowners tend to accumulate chemicals rather than dispose of them,” he says, noting you can safely dispose of chemicals such as paints and aerosols at household hazardous waste events in your community. “Be responsible and dispose of things properly,” he advises. “You don’t want to damage the environment.”

Before you grab your bath soap and hit the shower, what’s really in your shampoo and cleanser? In recent years, scientific and media reports have shown toxic ingredients such as formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in many brandname health and beauty products. Some of these chemicals may cause health problems to your liver, kidneys, respiratory system and central nervous system. Luckily, many healthy alternatives are hitting the market. “Our skin absorbs up to 70 percent of what you put on it, and a child’s skin is even more absorbent,” says Tara Verkuil, president and founder of Eco Princess, a 26 - July 2013

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line of natural bath products. “That’s why we here at Eco Princess Organics have handcrafted a pure and gentle children’s bath line, made with effective organic and botanical ingredients that you can feel good about using.” Eco Princess Citrus Shampoo, for example, is all-natural and made from olive leaf extract and sweet almond protein, as well as essential oils of grapefruit, vanilla, blood orange and tangerine. Walgreens, the country’s largest drugstore chain, recently launched their Ology brand of baby and personal care products, as well as household cleaners that are free of harmful formulations. “Ology reflects our dedication to innovation, our constant drive to improve our customers’ quality of life, and our ongoing commitment to help people get, stay and live well,” says Joe Magnacca, former president of Daily Living Products and Solutions for Walgreens. The Ology product line includes adult shampoo and conditioner, baby lotion, two-in-one body wash, liquid laundry detergent, glass and all-purpose cleaners.

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IN THE BEDROOM Your bedroom can be clean and healthy too, especially with so many organic bed and linen products available. “We find that the driving forces for most customers is creating a beautiful, nontoxic home,” says Matt Levinthal, vice president of marketing for Coyuchi, the first company to bring 100-percent organic cotton bedding to the U.S. “Eco-conscious consumers love that organic textiles have less impact on the planet through reduced pesticide use and cleaner processing of the fiber, but are also


Trying to go green? Lessening your carbon footprint is a lot easier than you might think. By taking the small steps below you can make a big environmental difference!

1. Track your carbon footprint. How many green habits do you have? Which areas need improvement? Use this EPA calculator to find out: epa. gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-calculator.html and get your kids involved too. They can track their imprint online as well:

2. Recycle electronics, batteries and paint. If you’re finished with these household products, keep the toxins out of the trash. Check with local environmental groups and city-sponsored e-waste recycling opportunities. 3. Choose products with minimal packaging. Who needs oversized packages? Excess cardboard, paper and plastic wrap just means you have more product waste to recycle or throw out. 4. Unplug! Even if you’re not actively using a device like a phone charger or a toaster, it could be sucking up energy in your home or office. The solution? Turn off appliances and unplug equipment that aren’t in use. 5. Go for reusable products. Don’t buy single-use items like juice boxes or bottled water if you can rely on a reusable cup to do the same thing. Forget plastic bags, too. Instead, chose reusable bags to carry items from the store. 6. Install energy-saving light bulbs. Choose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star label when buying light bulbs and other energy products. According to the EPA, over time, Energy Star products “can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 130,000 pounds and save you $11,000 on energy bills.” 7. Reduce your reliance on cars. Walk to school or ride your bike whenever possible. If you need a car once in a while, consider signing up with a car-sharing company like Zipcar ( Sign up to use a car only when you need one. After all, each Zipcar replaces more than 20 personally owned vehicles that would normally be on the road. 8. Be water wise. Make sure your water use is sensible. For example, only run your dishwasher when the machine’s full. The EPA says it’ll save you 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and $40 a year. Also, water your lawn early in the day when it’s coolest outside. 9. Eliminate junk mail. Signing up for electronic bill paying will help reduce traditional mail, and according to, in one year of electronic bill paying, the average American household would save six pounds of paper, 23 pounds of wood, and prevent the production of 29 pounds of greenhouse gases.

10. Get a clothesline! According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, clothes dryers make up four percent of the average American household’s energy use.

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QUESTIONABLE CHEMICALS Infants and children are at high risk for toxicity from dangerous chemicals around the home and elsewhere. “A small exposure translates into a big dose,” says Mike Schade, PVC campaign coordinator for the Center for Health, Environment & Jus-

tice (CHEJ). “Children put things in their mouths and spend a lot of time on the floor and ground, so they may ingest chemicals from toys, containers, dirt and dust on a regular basis.” For example, he notes, “scientific evidence has found that phthalates—chemi-

cals added to PVC/vinyl plastic—are associated with hormone disruption, birth defects, asthma and other serious health problems; many of these same health problems that are on the rise.” While phthalates have been banned in children’s toys in the U.S. since 2008, they’re often found in other

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largely interested in creating a clean and beautiful home that expresses their style as well as their values.” Coyuchi products, which include bed sheets, rugs, robes and more, are free of toxic dyes, bleaches and finishes. They’re also produced using fair–labor practices and natural fibers. Their cotton is 100-percent certified organic. “At Coyuchi, we look at it as the home is the one place where we have full control of our environment,” Levinthal says. “It’s the one place in the world where we get to transform it into our vision of ourselves and of the world. If your vision of the world is a clean, non-toxic and natural place of beauty, then the decision to choose organic products is easy.”

household products, such as “flooring in our home, lunchboxes, backpacks, binders and other children’s school supplies,” Schade says. Read product labels and avoid these chemicals whenever possible.

PESKY PESTCIDES Whether you’re killing weeds in your yard or fending off pests in your garden, pesticides can be dangerous. “Nearly everything contains pesticides to some degree, but the most dangerous and common chemicals/ pesticides present in and around the home are found in foods and plastics,” says Dr. Robert Melillo, creator and co-founder of the Brain Balance Program® and the Brain Balance Achievement Centers. He notes that some foods have high levels of pesticides including, “foods that have come to be known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’—apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes and spinach.” Dr. Melillo says some soft plastics like those in water bottles and coffee covers “carry estrogen disrupters and can be toxic.” Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is another concern. Found in soda cans,

canned foods, baby bottles, water bottles and frozen dinners, the chemical “has estrogenic activity and can alter sexual development and neurobehavioral processes, and is associated with an early onset of puberty,” says Dr. Melillo, noting BPA may also cause diabetes and obesity.

HEALTHY ADVICE Sure, it’s overwhelming these days to figure out what one should avoid for optimal health, but these tips can lead the way. 1. Start simple. “Buying new school supplies? Remodeling your kitchen flooring? Think about new products or materials that you’re buying, and be an informed consumer,” Schade says. 2. Buy organic. Dr. Melillo advises this and says, “It may be a bit more expensive, but it is well worth the cost in order to avoid these toxic compounds.” 3. Thoroughly wash all produce. Whether conventional or organic, use water or a commercial produce washing product to clean your produce,” Dr. Melillo

says and continues, “…remember pesticides, herbicides and fungicides can be washed off the surface of the produce; however, they also get into the soil and grow into the produce itself.” 4. Avoid using plastics. Dr. Melillo advises to do this as much as possible, especially soft plastic. “It is much safer to stick to using glass and ceramics for eating, drinking and microwaving purposes whenever possible,” he says. 5. Avoid school supplies made with vinyl. “First look for the universal recycling symbol. If it has the number ‘3’ inside it, or the letters ‘V’ or ‘PVC’ underneath it, you know the product is made out of PVC,” Schade says. 6. Ask questions. “Some products are not properly labeled, making it impossible to determine whether they contain vinyl. If you’re uncertain, email or call the 1-800 number of the manufacturer or retailer and ask what type of plastic their product is made of,” Schade says. “You have the right to know.”


book smart Cool Reads for Hot Days by Kourtney Jason


f you’d prefer to see your kids’ noses buried in books rather than their eyes glued to the TV this summer, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to see the best new books for little ones ages 0-12.

C h e c ke r s a n d Dot at the Beach b y J . To r r e s , Illustrated by J. Lum ( Tu n d ra B o o k s , 2013, $7.95) Follow along with Checkers and Dot as they explore the beach, counting as they go. The highcontrast, patterned art in this board book was specially designed for babies and tots.

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale, Illustrated by Guy Francis (HarperCollins, 2013, $17.99) With great rhythm and rhyme comes the tale of young Clark, an over-enthusiastic shark. Clark loves life, but when his pep becomes too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher helps him figure out how to tone it down.

AGES 7-9 When Mermaids S l e e p by A n n Bonwill (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013, $16.99) This bedtime picture book takes young readers to a land where mermaids sleep and pirates snore. The dream-like illustrations will inspire your kiddos to imagine the most magical places they can think up.

AGES 4-6 Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle (Chronicle Books, 2013, $16.99) In this wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend experience the joys and tests of friendship through a synchronized dance. 30 - July 2013

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013, $16.99) Lucky Kyle Keeley wins a spot to be one of 12 kids to spend the night and play games in the town’s new library, built by Kyle’s hero and world-famous game maker Luigo Lemoncello. This humorous and mysterious tale is a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum. Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes by Charise Mericle Harper (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013, $15.99) It’s a challenging time for Grace when she enters a cupcake competition and

doesn’t get paired with her best friend forever, Mimi. Then, her team votes to build a cupcake Spiderman over her idea to create a cupcake Eiffel Tower. Will she be able to overcome her disappointment and lead her team to victory?

AGES 10-12 The Hidden Summer by Gin Phillips (Penguin Publishing, 2013, $16.99) After a falling out between their mothers, 13-yearold best friends Nell and Lydia are forbidden from hanging out. This coming-of-age story focuses on self-discovery, family and friendship. Cartboy and the Time Capsule by L.A. Campbell (Macmillan, 2013, $12.99) F i l l e d w i t h p h o to s , drawings and timelines, H a l ’s t i m e c a p s u l e journal chronicles a year in his life as a sixth-grader who hates history and earns the nickname “Cartboy.” What else could possibly go wrong?

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Folsom was one of eight libraries in the country chosen to host a naturalization ceremony. In this era of austere budgets, many of the library’s activities are possible because of donations from Friends of the Folsom Library. This year, Friends gave funds to replace 27 outdated public computers, which are free for public use. Beyond the books and activities, the library, Palmer says, “is a place to be part of this community.” Patrons often write thanking the staff for their kindness and helpfulness. A favorite was three words:

literary legacy Folsom Public Library Celebrates 20 Years by Linda Holderness 32 - July 2013

“You guys rock!” Folsom’s first public library was a Sacramento branch built in the 1890s. When the branch closed in 1992, determined residents, led by octogenarian Georgia Murray, acted quickly to replace it. “We didn’t want to live in a community that didn’t have its own library,” says Gail Kipp, a co-founder of Friends. Doing most of the work themselves, the residents created a library out of an old fire station. The building was dark and sometimes leaked, but patrons loved it. Fourteen years later, the library moved to its new building, named for Murray. There, as Lisa Dale expresses, resides “the heart of the community…with something for everybody.”

A celebration to mark the Folsom Public Library’s 20th anniversary is currently slated for the fall. For more information, visit

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t the Folsom Public Library— which is celebrating its 20th anniversary on July 10—there’s no “shhhhh.” Inside the award-winning Georgia Murray Building at the city’s civic center, patrons of all ages can be seen playing games, listening to lectures, discussing books, tutoring kids, browsing the Internet, watching a movie, even petting a reptile. “The Folsom Library,” says City Manager Evert Palmer, “brings people together. It is a dynamic place. In some cases, it is a noisy place.” More than simply a purveyor of literature, the Folsom Library today is a community partner. Its 37,000 cardholders have access to free books—millions of them through an alliance with the Sacramento Public Library—and can also participate in scores of free activities that promote literacy, education and community fellowship. “We’ve gone from being a gatekeeper of information to actively engaging our patrons,” says Library Manager Lisa Dale. “We’re continually evolving in how we provide for the community’s needs.” Those needs are addressed for every age, with story times to foster reading readiness, free Internet access for students who don’t have computers—and many don’t—or technology classes for seniors. They can be informative, such as a Folsom Zoo Sanctuary presentation on animal behavior or talks by best-selling authors; instructive, such as after-school homework help and college prep courses; or fun, like watching movies, building with Legos or toe tapping to a lively band. Summer reading, which offers prizes and incentives to keep hundreds of youngsters’ faces in their books while school is out, can be all of the above. The program is so popular that there is now an adult version. On April 20, in one of the most moving events ever held at the library, 47 people were sworn in as new American citizens.

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communication is key Q & A with Therapist Bob by Bob Parkins, LMFT


his month’s article focuses on communication, one of the essential aspects of healthy relationships. While I primarily write about marriage/romantic relationships, the same principles of communication apply to virtually any relationship. In fact, I encourage couples that are struggling at home with communication skills they’re learning, to practice them at the

office. Work relationships don’t have the same emotional attachments or baggage that our primary relationships have, and thus can be a safe place to practice. The following questions represent some of the more common struggles couples have communicating:

Q: My wife keeps bringing up the past and holds previous mistakes over my head every time we have a fight. I usually respond by getting extremely angry before shutting down. I’m afraid she’ll never forgive me. How can we move on?

BOB: When your wife repeatedly circles back to past hurts, she needs you to understand her, but doesn’t know how to tell you. Instead of getting defensive, empathetically acknowledge how your actions hurt her, focusing on her feelings. I tell people to “sell it with your eyes,” as your eyes communicate in ways your words alone can’t. In order to keep from becoming defensive, remind yourself that her feelings are not about you. Lastly, don’t try to “fix” anything; she won’t feel heard if you’re trying to “fix” her.

Q: When my husband and I argue, he won’t stop until he’s finished. I try to leave the room when things get really loud, but this infuriates him, and he accuses me of avoiding the issue and running away from him. How can we work things out when they escalate so fast?

BOB: Your husband probably feels unheard and is 34 - July 2013

afraid the issue won’t get resolved. It’s difficult to see when you’re being yelled at, but this is the only way he knows how to express his anxiety. While you may need to a take timeout to calm down and collect your thoughts, he also needs the security of knowing that the issue will be resolved soon. The easiest solution to your “pursuer-distancer” dynamic is to: • Tell him you’re feeling overwhelmed and need a time-out to collect your thoughts. • Tell him you intend to return to resolve the issue, and then agree upon a specific time to come back and focus on hearing each other and resolving the issue.

Q: Whether we’re arguing or I’m trying to connect with my husband, it seems he’s always getting defensive and doesn’t understand me. How can this be solved? BOB: If your husband frequently misinterprets your intentions, or gets defensive for no apparent reason, he may either be blaming himself, or feel blamed by you. “I” statements keep the focus on you, and owning your own feelings, values or beliefs, without putting anyone on the defensive. “I” statements usually begin with: “I feel…when…happens,” “I would like…,” etc. Example: I felt dismissed yesterday when you didn’t introduce me to your coworker. Although there may be a “you” in an “I” statement, it should do nothing more than give context.

Bob Parkins is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and can be reached at 916-337-5406, info@bobparkinslmft. com or


hen furniture no longer needed for its original use is given a second life—by serving an entirely new function and adding an element of the unexpected to a room—experts call it “repurposing” furniture.

“DRESSERED” TO IMPRESS A dresser is one of the best examples of repurposing furniture, because it’s one of the most universal. Placed in an entryway with a tray on top, it’s a perfect spot to gather keys and mail, while drawers can capture hats, gloves, scarves and mittens. Other repurposed ideas include a dresser or buffet in a workroom to store art supplies, and in a kitchen for pots and pans.

repurpose with purpose Giving Old Furniture New Life by Kerrie Kelly ADDED SOFTNESS

For those who play by the book, don’t be afraid of breaking an unspoken design rule. Just because it’s called a “dining room hutch” doesn’t mean it needs to reside in a dining room. In fact, it may be an even more interesting piece when placed in the den and filled with books.

When looking to repurpose or update upholstered furniture, the right fabric can enhance your design in a way no other component can come close to aesthetically. Find a signature fabric you love—one with enough design elements so that you can pull out colors, coordinate textures, and have multiple options for furnishings and accessories. Sometimes your repurposing exercise may be as easy as unscrewing a dining seat from its frame, pulling over a new fabric, staple-gunning it on to recover the seat, and screwing it back on. Voilà! You have a new desk chair, fully repurposed and fresh looking.



It takes imagination and some simple fixes to change the function of a piece of furniture. Adding a granite or butcher-block top can make a dresser just right in the kitchen, while changing knobs and hinges can give furniture a whole new look. Looking for a bigger challenge? Transform furniture completely by staining the wood a different color or sanding and painting it.

The furniture you choose has to last—not only in utility, but in beauty, too. A product has to have a reason to be passed along and repurposed, instead of thrown away. Furniture that’s created from real wood, incorporates timeless design, and has simple inner beauty will be passed along to friends and relatives, or sold at a garage sale. Whatever the case, the life cycle is greatly extended by these simple principles. So while new pieces are always great, consider repurposing older ones. They tell a story and have history, creating an authentically interesting space.


ARMOIRE NO MORE Perhaps the latest furniture piece being given a second life is the television armoire. Flat-screen and plasma TVs are turning these armoires into relics, but they don’t have to be. Selling older furniture isn’t going to result in a lot of money, so get creative. With some adjustments—removing the doors, replacing wood shelves with glass, and adding a mirror as a backdrop—an old armoire can become a wine cabinet; or, repurpose it into a home office, with storage for a computer and drawer space for paper and a printer.

Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: ‘Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide,’ published by Oxmoor House, and the newly released ‘My Interior Design Kit,’ with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit kerriekelly. com or call 916-919-3023.


Photos courtesy of Brian Kellogg-Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.


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Traveller, your dreams are waiting. This sign greeted us at the Auckland Airport after a 13-hour overnight flight from San Francisco. After months of planning and anticipation, our dreams of spending a month in New Zealand were about to come true. \\ GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY New Zealand is a land of volcanoes, earthquakes, geysers and fjords (long, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs, created in valleys carved by glacial activity). We experienced each of these as we traveled from the Bay of Islands, at the top of the culturally rich North Island, to Fiordland and the scenic beauty of the South Island. Polynesian explorers first discovered the islands. Legend says when they saw the Southern Alps, topped with an unfamiliar white substance (snow), they called the country Aotearoa, or “Land of the Long White Cloud.” Hundreds of years later, in 1642, the islands were formally “discovered” by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who named the land Nieuw Zeeland, after the Netherlands province of Zeeland. This small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, is now known as New Zealand.

\\ IN A NUTSHELL We were a small group of 11, ranging in age from early 50s to late 70s. With the exception of our group leader, who had been to New Zealand many times, this was a first-time visit for each of us. Traveling in a 12-seater van, we began our adventure in the Bay of Islands—at the northernmost part of the North Island—where we spent three days becoming familiar with Kiwi hospitality, Maori culture, and driving on the “wrong side” of the road! We then traveled south to Auckland, where we enjoyed the Auckland Museum and Sky Tower (the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere). Next, we visited Rotorua, voted the “most beautiful city in New Zealand.” Built on the edge of a volcanic crater, Rotorua is known for its thermal activity and Maori culture. A stop at Napier followed, famous for its art deco architecture, as well as the nearby wineries of Hawke’s Bay. Our final North Island stay was in the capital city of Wellington, often compared to San Francisco for its cosmopolitan lifestyle, ethnic diversity, busy waterfront and cool, windy weather. Crossing Cook Strait by Interislander Ferry, we spent

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Lodge in Hokitika) and “cabins” (Bay Snap-


per Holiday Park in Napier). Breakfast, whether continental or full buffet, was usually included and Wi-Fi was generally available for a fee. Since most of our hotel rooms had kitchenettes, we periodically shopped at local grocery stores and prepared our evening meal—while enjoying a glass or two of wine— in-house.

\\ EAT It has been said that there are 15 sheep for every one person in New Zealand, and while this is no longer true—as of 2008 the ratio was eight sheep per person—lamb is a common menu item. Roast lamb was offered during the traditional hangi (the Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven) feast at Tamaki Maori Village, and lamb salad got rave reviews in Rotorua and Christchurch. We even found barbecued lamb burgers at McDonalds in Auckland! There is a strong British influence in New Zealand, so fish and chips, mussels, and bangers and mash were common menu items. Another local favorite was “mince pie,” a puff pastry filled with minced beef, lamb or steak and cooked in savory gravy. This “takeaway” treat made a tasty lunch, especially when enjoyed with a glass of New Zealand beer (Tui or Speights).

\\ EXPLORE For museum lovers, the Auckland War Memorial Museum was a favorite. We needed a full day to enjoy the many displays depicting New Zealand’s geology, history, culture and peacekeeping philosophy. We also enjoyed the Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Wellington’s Te Papa Museum, and the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. Learning about and experiencing the Maori culture was an ongoing part of our journey, especially in the North Island. Early in the trip we toured the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where our Maori guide gave his people’s the next 15 days on New Zealand’s South

perspective of this important transaction

Island. Here we were amazed by the beauty

between the natives and the British. Here

of the glaciers, rainforests and waterways

we witnessed the traditional Maori greet-

of Fiordland, shopped for jade in Hokitika,

ing: a fierce look with tongue fully extended,

explored our thrill-seeking side in Queen-

eyes opened wide, and elaborate posturing

stown, and witnessed the optimistic atti-

to demonstrate ferocious warrior abilities.

tude of post-earthquake Christchurch.

We marveled at the intricate carvings on meetinghouses and war canoes, learned that


diamonds are the only stone harder than

We stayed in a variety of hotels, ranging

jade, and discovered that Maori “tattoos” are

from modern high-rises (Ibis Wellington

actually facial carvings.

Hotel) to family-run (Jade Court Motor

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We also visited the Tamari Maori Vil-

lage near Rotorua, where we played games designed to teach warrior skills, were entertained by Maori song and dance, and enjoyed a traditional hangi buffet feast—a favorite experience from the trip. On the South Island, the group’s hikers made a half-day trek on the Abel Tasman

walked across

Coast Track, a fairly easy two-and-a-half-mile

Buller Gorge

walk ending with a refreshing swim in the Tas-

on New Zea-

man Sea.

land’s longest

At Franz Josef we walked for more than a

swing bridge,

mile along an open riverbed to get a close-up

returning via

view of the glacier. (For safety reasons we

zip line; sped

were unable to actually touch the glacial ice.)

through the narrow canyons of the Shotover

However, one group member took a helicop-

River in a jet boat; rode a gondola to Bob’s

ter ride over the Southern Alps and glaciers,

Peak, overlooking Queenstown, before racing

enjoying a spectacular view!

down the mountain in a luge; rolled down a hill strapped inside a plastic

We drove through


Zorb; and visited the birth-

National Park, arriv-

A tip about tipping. In a word,

near Queenstown. (No one in

ing at one of the most

don’t. It is not expected and, in fact, tourists are discouraged from tipping at hotels and restaurants. The exception? If a tour guide provides excellent service, tipping is appropriate.

our group was brave enough

the mountains and

place of bungee jumping

rainforests of Fiordland

beautiful places in New Zealand: Milford Sound. Boarding our Real Journeys vessel, we cruised through the

Don’t get burned. Because

stunning glacier-formed

of a hole in the ozone layer over New Zealand’s southern neighbor, Antarctica, sun protection (hats and sunscreen) is strongly recommended.

canyons to the Tasman Sea. Along the way we passed waterfalls, sheer cliffs and Mitre Peak, believed to be one of the world’s highest mountains to rise directly out of the sea. This two-hour cruise, which included lunch and informative commentary, was a trip highlight. During our stay in Dunedin we enjoyed a half-day guided tour around the Otago Har-

to try bungy jumping, but we watched other—younger and more adventurous—people do it, which was pretty thrilling!) For some members of our group, shopping was a favorite pastime. Many sheep means lots of wool, and woolen shirts, scarves

Make a wish! You will see stars like

never before. The Southern Hemisphere is tilted toward the center of our galaxy, so you’ll be looking into the heart of the Milky Way.

and socks were well priced at the Kiwi Sock Factory in Norsewood, in the southern part of the North Island. The

Ouch! Sandflies, found in the rainfor-

gift shop at Te Puia in Ro-

est in Fiordland, are nasty pests. While they do not carry diseases, their bites will make you itch. A lot. Buy insect repellant and use it liberally.

torua offered woodcarvings,

Garden delight. From dahlias,

begonias and roses to cabbage trees, kauri and flax, we found a wonderful botanical garden in nearly every city! Best of all, they’re free to visit and a great respite.

woven flax handbags, and


many other traditional Maori pieces; some of the proceeds

stop before returning home, this was a great

support the adjacent schools

place to pick up last-minute gifts.

where Maori youth learn their

Throughout our trip we found the people

ancestral arts. Hokitika, on

to be friendly, helpful and eager to ensure

the South Island, is “the Jade

that we enjoyed our time in New Zealand. Our

Capital of New Zealand.”

visit was a dream come true, and inspired our

visited a sanctuary for

Some of the most beautiful

desire to return. As one traveler said, “New

yellow-eyed penguins,

Got wine? A half-day wine tour of

pieces were found in a shop

Zealand cannot be captured by pictures...

and were entertained by

Hawke’s Bay, known for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, is a relaxing way to explore the area.

called Te Waipounamu, which

it cannot be captured by words. You have to

only sells local jade. (Other

experience it.”

bor, where we viewed nesting royal albatross,

a pod of Hector’s dolphins jumping near the boat as we cruised the harbor. Throughout our trip we had many opportunities to express our inner thrill-seeker. Various group members

Don’t overspend. We were

advised not to shop in high-priced Auckland and Wellington.

shops sell imported jade for a lesser price.) And we were


glad to spend some of our


tourist dollars in Christchurch, supporting a local economy

Hungry for home? We found

struggling to rebuild after

at least one McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway in every city we visited.

the earthquake of 2011. Since


Christchurch was our last

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The West’s Best Small Towns yountville

Breathtaking coastlines, jaw-dropping mountains and cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. On paper, these define the West Coast. But it’s the hidden gems dotting the coastlines and tucked in the valleys that really capture the spirit and charm of the West Coast. We picked 10 of our

to dance. Some are well known, others less so, but all are guaranteed to open your eyes to the riches within California, Oregon and Washington, and show you why the West Coast is the best coast.

Yountville is the foodie destination of wine country: French Laundry, Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, Redd Wood, and Bottega all sit shoulder-to-shoulder in this picturesque town. Oh, and there’s all that delicious wine too.


Get your fill at Redd Wood (redd-wood. com). The casual, offshoot pizzeria offers a creative menu full of pies that change daily.

by Sharon Penny



Don’t miss the acclaimed annual Taste of Yountville Festival ( events/taste-of-yountville), scheduled for March 15, 2014. We’re not going to tell you why you should go. You know why.

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favorite West Coast “wallflowers,” small towns with populations under 10,000 that are just waiting for someone to ask them

What do you do with a struggling, onceproud rail and timber town nestled in the Cascades? Do what the locals did with Leavenworth in 1964: Take a leaf out of Solvang’s playbook and transform the town into a mock Bavarian village. Instant Alps! Located two hours east of Seattle, Leavenworth is, after almost 50 years, still an oasis of Bavarian-themed fun…unless you hate fun. But how could you when they have a Nutcracker Museum?

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Get your fill at München Haus Bavarian Grill and Beer Garden (munchenhaus. com). You can’t go to Leavenworth and not have beer and brats. It’s a rule!

Don’t miss the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival (autumnleaffestival. com), held September 27-29. The festival dates back to 1964 when Leavenworth first adopted their Bavarian theme, and is a mustsee celebration.

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Seventy-five miles up Highway 101 from Coos Bay, not far from rugged Cape Perpetua, is the tiny little coastal town of Yachats. Hugged by the breathtaking Oregon coast and a stone’s throw from not one but three state parks, it’s little surprise that Yachats regularly makes top 10 lists of “favorite small towns.” Whether tide pooling, whale watching, hiking or just relaxing to the sounds of the ocean, the living is easy in Yachats.

Rest your head at the Bavarian Lodge ( If you don’t want to stay in a huge, rustic, Bavarian-esque lodge then we don’t know what to say to you.

Get your fill at Luna Sea Fish House (, which serves everything from fish and chips to crab slumgullion—all fresh and cooked to perfection.



Tucked between Reno and Tahoe, with 100 lakes and more than 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, the quiet hamlet of Quincy guarantees spectacular scenery, especially if you’re viewing it from a kayak or raft.

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Get your fill at Sweet Lorraine’s (384 Main Street). Three words: Whiskey. Bread. Pudding.

Don’t miss the High Sierra Music Festival ( Get your jam band on at this four-day festival, July 4-7. This year’s headliners include Robert Plant and Primus.

Rest your head at Ada’s Place Motel Cottages (, featuring four quaint cottages just a block from downtown Quincy and minutes from the Feather River.


Don’t miss the 33rd Annual Yachats Music Festival (, featuring four concerts by famous classical musicians, held July 12-14.

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Rest your head at the Adobe Resort (, boasting ocean views everywhere you look. What a view! By the way: Did we mention the view?

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The West’s Best Small Towns


Just 10 minutes up Highway 1 from Morro Bay is the charming old-world beach town of Cayucos. Yes, they still exist! Simple, rustic and free of the souvenirladen tourist traps that clog the coastline, Cayucos has kept its charm remarkably in tact. Whether it lures you in with its rolling surf or antique stores, Cayucos will catch and keep you—hook, line and sinker. Get your fill at Ruddell’s Smokehouse (, featuring amazing smoked albacore and an ever-changing menu, mere steps from the beach.

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Don’t miss the Hood River Hops Fest ( hopsfest‎), held this year on September 28. Enjoy brews from local Hood River microbreweries and some of the Northwest’s best beer.

Get your fill at Celilo Restaurant and Bar (celilorestaurant. com): serving the best of Pacific Northwest cuisine by way of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood on a daily changing menu.

WAITSBURG Don’t miss the Cayucos Polar Bear Dip (cayucosbythesea. com/events.html), held annually on January 1. Jump off the pier and into the ocean…sans wetsuit. Shiver me timbers!


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Rest your head at Cass House Inn and Restaurant (, boasting luxury oldworld charm just a block from the beach.

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Get your fill at Whoopemup Hollow Café ( Pacific Northwest Cajun? Laissez les bons temps rouler! Go on now and get you some, cher.

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Don’t miss Jimgermanbar (jimgermanbar. com), a one-of-a-kind bar serving up self-described “Etruscan snacks, classic cocktails, hi-fi stereo and heaven.” And stop by the Laht Neppur Brewery ( for tasty local brews.

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Imagine Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mayberry… and then add a cool bar, a few good restaurants and maybe a brewery. That’s Waitsburg, a tiny blip half an hour up the road from Walla Walla, and an intriguing mix of rural charm and inner-city creativity. The food and the drink are worth traveling here for—so good they’ll convince you to stay a while. Rest your head at the Seven Porches Guest House (329 Main Street). With old-world charm like this, you wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else. Which is good, because it’s the only lodging in town!

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Cayucos pier by Josh Sewell; all other Cayucos photos courtesy of Wine Coast Country; Hood River cycling by Peter Marbach; Celilo Restaurant by DYSK; Columbia Gorge Hotel by Michael Peterson; Hood River waterfall by David Cobb; Seven Porches Guest House by Imbert Matthee.


National Geographic named Oregon’s Hood River one of “100 Best Adventure Towns.” Just one hour east of Portland on the mighty Columbia River, thrill seekers have long been harnessing the bracing Westerlies, pounding the flowing river and carving it up on the towering cliffs. Don’t be intimidated though—Hood River is also beer country. Between the beer, the food and the scenery, relaxing is in no way frowned upon in Hood River.

Astoria is the grand dame of the Oregon Coast. With a rich 200year history, the town is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Once a thriving industrial port, Astoria now thrives on tourism by embracing its rich maritime history, in a region so shipwreck prone that it was known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific” for a century. From the port and the river to the surrounding forest, Astoria’s charms are hard to resist.

Ea t Get your fill at Rollin’ Thunder BBQ (77 11th Street). Friendly and mouthwateringly delicious!


Astoria riverfront courtesy of Astoria-Warrenton Chamber; Midsummer Scandinavian Festival by Mie Lorenzen; Ojai “pink moment” by April Visel; Ojai Music Festival by Tim Norris; Ojai Foundation by Doug Ellis; San Juan Islands Whale by Jim Maya; Lavendar field courtesy of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau; all other photos courtesy of their respective companies.

Less than an hour from Santa Barbara, Ojai is an artist colony doing double duty as a peaceful town. It’s also a hippie mecca. Many come to witness the rare phenomenon known as the “pink moment,” when the sunset turns the surrounding Topa Topa Mountains a brilliant shade of pink; tourists come in search of it and locals move here because of it. Ojai has a magnetic pull that defies cynicism.

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Don’t miss the Midsummer Scandinavian Festival (astoriascanfest. com), held June 21-22, 2014, and the Oregon Film Museum (oregonfilmmuseum. org), dedicated to movies made in Oregon (The Goonies was famously filmed in Astoria).



s t a y Rest your head at Cannery Pier Hotel (cannerypierhotel. com), and get a historic front row seat to the activity along Columbia River.

An archipelago of 172 individual islands in the Puget Sound 80 miles north of Seattle, the San Juan Islands were voted the third best travel destination in the world by National Geographic. They recently received official status when in March President Obama signed a proclamation creating the 955-acre San Juan National Monument. A mecca for whale watchers and kayaking, the San Juan Islands are an idyllic escape from mainland life. But Get your fill at Willows Inn (willows- we’re done giving you reasons. Just hop on a ferry! on Lummi Rest your Island, and enjoy a five-star head at Bird a s t culinary experience. They only Rock Hotel cook what they grow, and they (birdrockhotel. grow it all on the island. com). Located in Friday Harbor, this cozy boutique inn features Don’t miss the Annual San Juan Island Lavender a white clapboard Festival ( exterior reflecting lavender-festival), historic San Juan and held July 20-21 at a stylishly modern Orcas Island. If you interior. Enjoy a deluxe need another reason continental breakfast, to visit the islands, then hop on one of the the sight of fields of complimentary beach lavender in full bloom cruisers and explore surely would be a good island life. enough reason!


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Get your fill at Hip Vegan Café ( Devotees swear it’s so good that even nonvegans will dig it!

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Don’t miss the Ojai Music Festival (, a renowned classical music and arts festival held annually in June and entering its 68th year in 2014.


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ready, set,


hot stuff!

Summer Grilling GEAR


by Nelli Badikyan and Megan Wiskus

Whether you’re a beginner when it comes to barbecuing or a pit pro, these tools will have you perfecting grub on the grill in no time. Whole Foods Market Cedar Wood Plank, $2.99 at Whole Foods Market, 270 Palladio Parkway, Folsom. 916-984-8500,




Grill Daddy Pro Grill Cleaning Tool, $22.99 at Ace Hardware, 9500 Greenback Lane, Suite 10, Folsom. 916-988-5188,


Outset Fish Basket with Rosewood Handle, $13.99, at Whole Foods Market, 270 Palladio Parkway, Folsom. 916-984-8500,

Maverick BBQ Accessory Organizer, $27.99 at Home Depot, 2675 East Bidwell Street, Folsom. 916-983-0401,



OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Grilling Set, $49.99 at


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Original Barbecue Rib Rub and Original Barbecue Sauce, $4.99 each at Weber Summit S-470 Gas Grill with Side Burner & Rotisserie, $1,900 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 1016 Riley at Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Street, Folsom. 205 Serpa Way, Folsom. 916-550-9525, 916-358-9099,

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1-1/2 lbs. cubed sirloin Veggies of choice for skewering

MARINADE • • • • • • • • • •

1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup white wine or sake 2 tbsp. sesame oil 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp. honey 1 tbsp. minced garlic 1 tbsp. minced ginger 1 tsp. gluten-free soy sauce or tamari 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes (adjust to your liking)

Whisk together ingredients for marinade and add to cubed sirloin; marinate for 24 hours in refrigerator. Remove sirloin from marinade, skewer meat and veggies, and grill to desired doneness.


Grilling product photos courtesy of their respective companies. Asian Beef Skewers photo by Dnate Fontana.

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Roseville Yamaha Kawasaki 2014 Taylor Rd. | Roseville 916-784-2444 main 916-784-2440 fax Family time…you can’t replace it! They say families who play together, STAY together! And nothing gives families the opportunity to play together more than motorsports products from Yamaha and Kawasaki! Since April of 2003, Roseville Yamaha Kawasaki has been selling “family time.” The dealership is now celebrating its 10th year in business and sales have propelled the dealership to #2 in California (out of some 64 dealerships) and #6 in the country (out of some 1,600 dealerships) for Yamaha nationwide. Of course, a lot has to do with the many “fun-hungry” residents of Placer County who have grown to love the dealership and have rewarded it with repeat sales over the years. But it is also Roseville Yamaha Kawasaki’s commitment to Customer Service that has made this dealership a huge success. Roseville Yamaha Kawasaki boasts some of the highest Customer Satisfaction Index rankings in the country and has received numerous such awards during its 10-year history.

Owners Sean and Audrey Coplen have always tried to replicate the shopping experiences of the most successful “customerfocused” retail businesses. When asked what sets them apart, Sean said “We offer Nordstrom customer service at a WalMart price. Today’s consumers are more experienced than ever and these families expect the very highest standards in Customer Service and flexibility. An example is our “no questions asked” return policy and “price match” guarantee. We know that our customers have many choices when shopping, so we remove any concerns by staying flexible with our returns and pricing to match customer needs.” The strategy is apparently working because as many retail businesses have struggled over the past several years, Roseville Yamaha Kawasaki has begun to grow rapidly again having added two new brands (Kawasaki and Ural Motorcycles) in December of last year. Sales are currently up 15% over last year.

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Philip Kingsley Body & Shine Jet Set, $35 at

Japonesque TravelSized Brow Kit, $29 at ULTA, 2381 Iron Point Road, Folsom. 916-9847582,

‘48 Dog Friendly Trails in California’s Foothills and the Sierra Nevada’ by Debbi Preston, $14.99 at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills. 916-941-9401,

wanderlust Ruby Wheeled Carry On, $550, and Fashionista First Class Luggage Tag, $38 at Ambiance, 330 Palladio Parkway, Suite 2075, Folsom. 916-983-3113.

Outward Hound 24 oz. Port a Bowl, $5.95, and Prefer Pets Carrier Duffle Camo, $36.95, at WAGGER’S, 25035 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 110, Folsom. 916-984-3700, Genius Pack Portable Loud Sound Mini Speaker, $28 at

Conair Travel Smart All-in-One Adapter with Builtin USB Port, $21.99 at Walgreens, 2595 East Bidwell Street, Folsom. 916-8176533,

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WILL Leather Goods Men’s Bag, $89.98 at Pottery World, 1006 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills. 916-358-8788, potteryworld. com.

Face In A Book, Pottery World, and Wagger’s photos by Justin Buettner. All other photos courtesy of their respective companies.

by Paris Ryan


In each dish we found a bevy of freshly chopped onions and bell peppers in rich, spicy sauces.

folsom palace No Chopsticks, No Problem by Jamila B. Khan Photography by Dante Fontana 52 - July 2013

(Front to back) Hong Kong-Style Sweet and Sour Chicken; Sichuan Salmon; Chocolate Truffle Mousse

Orange Chicken


orget those things that aren’t worth remembering,” said the fortune cookie paper as I left Folsom Palace. My experience at the Asian fusion establishment was anything but forgettable—an incredible feat given my onerous relationship with the continent’s chow. (My unskilled hands are no match for the complexities of its eating utensils and much of the food leaves me feeling groggy and unsettled.) Not the problem at Folsom Palace. Owner Bill Zheng began with the goal to bring his brand of haute, healthy Asian cuisine with a regional Chinese, Malaysian and Thai flare to our region. Mission accomplished. Dishes are prepared with less sodium, oil, and no MSG. The result is

far from bland, as one of my favorite gal pals and I experienced on a recent visit. We started the night with the Shanghai Spring Rolls, four rolls stuffed with white cabbage, carrot, bamboo and mushrooms. The unexpected touch? Our server took the time to place the pieces onto our plates, one by one. Classy. My Sichuan Salmon and her Hong Kong-Style Sweet and Sour Chicken (along with a small side of brown rice) followed the surprisingly light rolls. In each dish we found a bevy of freshly chopped onions and bell peppers in rich, spicy sauces. My salmon was perfectly flaky and her bright orange chicken succulent. Another surprise came with the absence of chopsticks—forks accompanied all entrees.

Finally, I could eat Asian cuisine without looking inept. Rounding out the night, we cooled our taste buds with the refreshing special, Coppa Raspberry and Cream—a sponge cake layered with raspberries, mascarpone cream and finely chopped pistachios. Heaven in a ramekin! With raving fans, some local and others traveling all the way from Davis and Stockton, wanting a taste of Folsom Palace’s expansive menu, this castle for cravers of Asian cuisine is sure to be a Riley Street mainstay. I know I won’t forget the time I ate Asian food with a fork.

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EL DORADO HILLS 36 Handles 1010 White Rock Rd. (916-941-3606 or British, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Healthy and authentic may sound too good to be true, but at 36 Handles you will get nothing short of that. From traditional fish and chips to certified Angus beef dishes, you’ll get a good handle on what this eatery is all about. The live bands and full bar add to the lengthy list of reasons why it’s the ideal restaurant. See ad on page 58

Bistro 33 4364 Town Center Blvd. (916-358-3733) American, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Bistro 33 brings you elegance and fine dining at its best. From the beautiful indoor lighting to the contemporary outdoor fire pits, which offer a beautiful view of the fountains, it delights customers with a oneof-a-kind ambiance. Be sure to get a taste of their sweet potato fries with the signature truffle mayo or their well-known French dip sandwich.

Café Campanile 4359 Town Center Blvd. (916-934-0734). French, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$$ ➻ Located at the El Dorado Hills Town Center, is an upscale French restaurant with a beautiful outdoor lake view. A great place to visit for any occasion—from a romantic date to a family dinner. Choose from their a la carte menu, featuring favorites like French onion soup, pork shank and escargots bourgogne. Be sure to save some room for the delicious crème brulee or vanilla crème desserts.

Cascada 2222 Francisco Dr. (916-934-0800). Mexican, lunch/dinner, breakfast (weekends only), full bar, reservations accepted $$ ➻ There’s no better way to enjoy a margarita than with the creamy bean dip Cascada serves with their chips and salsa as a savory extra treat. Cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy the chile verde with corn tortillas and black beans with cilantro rice. How’s that for Mexican food?

Chantara Thai 4361 Town Center Blvd. (916-939-0389) Thai, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Red curry? Peanut curry? Spicy curry? Whatever your preference, you can find it all at this authentic Thai restaurant. Not only will you feel as though you are in the heart of Thailand with the themed décor, but you will also get your money’s worth of flavor that will leave you wanting more.

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Sushi bar, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, outdoor seating available, reservations accepted $$ ➻ Elegance, sophistication, and top quality fish are a few of the things that make Chiyo Sushi what it is—an ideal place to dine! Located in beautiful El Dorado Hills, this sushi bar features a wide variety of traditional Japanese sushi crafted by master chefs. With warm atmosphere, flat-screen televisions and top-notch seafood, it is the perfect dining spot day or night.

El Dorado Saloon 879 Embarcadero Drive (916-941-3600) American, breakfast/lunch/dinner, full bar, happy hour, outdoor seating available, reservations accepted $$ ➻ At the El Dorado Saloon, every night is a fun night! The Old West décor contributes to its unique outlook and fun ambiance while the mouthwatering ribs or delicious Carne Asada Tacos satisfy your appetite. Every night offers something different from comedy shows and live music to dancing and bull-riding. For good food and good times, grab those cowboy boots and head to the hills.

Relish 1000 White Rock Rd. (916-933-3111) American, lunch/dinner, full bar, happy hour, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ If your favorite sporting event is on, stop by to enjoy it with the delicious tasting burgers crafted at Relish—one of El Dorado Hills’ finest burger joints. With indoor, outdoor and bar seating, it offers the perfect environment for any type of day or night outing. Don’t forget to ask about their house specialty drinks at the indoor-outdoor bar.

Sauce’d Pizza & Cocktail House 879 Embarcadero Drive (916-933-3729) Pizzeria, lunch/dinner, full bar, happy hour, outdoor seating available, reservations accepted, free Wi-Fi $$$ ➻ Meat lovers be warned - there is a thin crust, wood fire Meat Lovers Pizza in town and rest assured, many unique cocktails to wash down that delicious slice. How about a side of entertainment to make it the perfect evening? Play pool, enjoy live Jazz music on Thursdays or relish the beautiful outdoor patio.

Selland’s Market Café 4370 Town Center Blvd. (916-932-5025) Café/bakery, lunch/dinner/dessert, beer & wine only, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Upon first glance, the chic setting and stunning outdoor patio overlooking the Town Center fountains will have you impressed with Selland’s. The seasonal, healthy and house-made menu items are the cherry on top! From eclectic sandwiches and hearty entrées and sides to leafy green salads and pizzas, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you. Got a sweet tooth craving? A variety of desserts are offered and promise to complement your meal.

3909 Park Dr. (916-941-9694 or American, breakfast & brunch/lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $$ ➻ Executive Chef Brian Hawkins has created a mouthwatering menu at this upscale, chic eatery. Specialties include woodfired pizza, fresh fish, hand-cut steaks and a large selection of appetizers. The romantic environment boasts four fireplaces, Italian décor and spacious outdoor patios, which contribute to its warm and classy ambience. See ad on page 17

Sky Sushi 3907 Park Dr. (916-941-6310) Japanese, sushi bar, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted $$ ➻ Since 2005, Sky Sushi has been serving fresh and tasty rolls at reasonable prices. Located in the eye-catching shopping center La Borgata, it offers a trendy atmosphere with a stylish interior. If you have that sushi craving, satisfy it with their famous “Slap Me” or “Shrimp Lover” rolls. Be sure to get a taste of the crispy tempura and the one-of-a-kind garlic edamame.

The Purple Place 363 Green Valley Rd. (916-933-2616) Traditional American, breakfast/lunch/ dinner, full bar, happy hour, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ If you are looking for delicious food, satisfying drinks and a remarkable time, The Purple Place Bar & Grill is the place to be. Join in on the fun with the many events that take place at this sports bar. They offer live music on weekends, a pool table for extra entertainment, and a casual atmosphere for a fun night out.

Windplay Deli ** 5003 Windplay Dr. (916-933-9099). Deli, outdoor seating available $ ➻ Located in the business park, the Windplay Deli is a great place to stop by on your lunch hour. Operated by the owners themselves, they strive to create your sandwich to your preference, accommodating your likes. They offer half and half deals, a variety of soups and home-style chili.

FOLSOM RESTAURANTS Aloha Sushi ** 2791 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-3777). Japanese sushi bar, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted $$ ➻ If you’re in the area and looking for a casual, affordable sushi joint, Aloha Sushi is an ideal place to go. With half-off their entire sushi menu, it makes for a great meal at half the price! Ask about their weekly sake specials to go with an order of fresh oysters or their popular “Honeymoon” roll.

Bidwell Street Bistro ** 1004 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-7500) French/American, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$$ ➻ Bidwell Street Bistro has been serving excellent food and wine in Folsom for more than 9 years. Owner Richard Righton and Executive Chef Wendi Mentink are a formidable team and have been praised and winning awards

since they opened. Bidwell Street Bistro also has a private dining room for special events and business dinners. Stop by and enjoy the seasonal menu and extensive wine list.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 1016 Riley St. (916-550-0525 or Barbeque, lunch/dinner $$ ➻ With its roots stemming from Dallas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a great place to go for Texas-style barbecue. From spicy Cheddar sausages to pulled pork, you can find your many favorites in one location. Don’t forget to leave room for the complimentary ice cream that’s served with every meal. Take the family here on Sundays and the kids will eat for free!

Fat’s Asia Bistro ** 2585 Iron Point Rd. (916-983-1133 or Asian bistro, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Classy & trendy ambience Fat’s specializes in handmade dim sum, housemade banana cream pie (Frank Fat’s recipe) and fresh, high-quality Asian food. They have a full bar with high quality spirits and a spectacular wine list, along with patio seating featuring outdoor water features. Banquet parties are available for up to 30 people. Experience contemporary Asian cuisine in a spectacular, hip environment. See ad on page 10

Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant ** 1760 Prairie City Rd. (916-985-8888 or Mexican, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted $ ➻ It started in the year 2007 in Folsom, and six years later, Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant continues to be a favorite to many locals. If you’re in the mood for that “south of the border” sustenance, check out this restaurant where quality food is served in a setting that closely mimics Mexico itself.

Folsom Palace 1169 Riley St. (916-983-8880 or folsompalace. com). Asian, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $$ ➻ For the past 20 years, chef and owner Bill Zheng has been preparing dishes the healthy way, and brings a myriad of experience in the food industry. Using only natural and fresh ingredients, they offer a wide variety of lunch and dinner selections (including many specialties) in generous portions. Dine-in for a mouthful of flavorful fusion dishes all the while enjoying the classy, upscale ambiance.

Hampton’s on Sutter 608 Sutter St. (916-985-4735, American, lunch/dinner, full bar, happy hour, outdoor seating available, reservations accepted $$ ➻ You start with the goat cheese appetizer, then indulge in the unique black and blue burger and finish it off with the lemon sabayon dessert and you have yourself the perfect meal. The unique ingredient combinations at Hampton’s on Sutter create one-of-akind meals, while the phenomenal customer service and cozy ambiance, with upstairs and downstairs patio seating, leave you with a five-star dining experience.

Jack’s Urban Eats ** 2756 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-5553) American, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Specializing in carved sandwiches and flavorful salads with an option to build-yourown, you are sure to enjoy the perfect meal at Jack’s Urban Eats where consistency and high-quality ingredients are a given. The artwork and ambience contribute to its urban look and feel, leaving you with a five-star eating experience at a casual eatery.

Jimboy’s Tacos 708 E. Bidwell St. (916-983-6990 or Mexican fast food, beer & wine only, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $ ➻ Jimboy’s Tacos opens early and closes late to accommodate your cravings for Mexican food any time of the day. Taste for yourself the Parmesan cheese, crusted shell tacos with one of their many salsa varieties. The Aztec interior décor with the low lighting effect contributes to the feeling of a tangible Mexican restaurant.

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Karen’s Bakery and Café ** 705 Gold Lake Dr. (916-985-2665) Bakery/caterers $$ ➻ Located in historic Old Folsom is a café and bakery based on European baking traditions. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or brunch, and leave some room to try one of their many delicious cake selections. If you like what you taste, you can order custom cakes for any and all occasions. Looking for something you don’t see? Just ask. Karen’s Bakery Café loves to be creative and provide its customer with all their sweet cravings.


La Bou 404 Blue Ravine Rd. (916-983-3885). 13385 Folsom Blvd. (916-608-2288). Outdoor seating available $ ➻ For more than 25 years, La Bou Bakery & Café has been serving the northern California region. Freshness, quality and taste are just a few of the things they balance in their products. The selections you can choose from include fresh croissants, espresso drinks, pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches. These locations are in great central areas and offer nice outdoor patio seating.

Lake Forest Café 13409 Folsom Blvd. (916-985-6780) Breakfast & brunch, beer & wine only, reservations accepted $$ ➻ The unique and appealing breakfast is what gives Lake Forest Café its distinct reputation. With its rustic charm and dedication to serving a good, hearty meal, this café is unlike any other. With more than 40 omelets to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect meal to satisfy your early morning cravings. And if that wasn’t good enough, every breakfast item is served with home-style potatoes or fresh fruit and toast, as the cherry on top!

Land Ocean New American Steakhouse 2720 E. Bidwell St. (916-983-7000 or Steakhouse/seafood, breakfast & brunch/ lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $$$ ➻ At Land Ocean, you will find the best of the Land and the Sea. The culinary team has created a distinctive menu, which includes

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Experience Mexquite.

restaurantguide Land Ocean continued... hand-cut steaks, wood-fired rotisserie, fresh seafood and more. Owners Mark and Karoline Platt have designed a warm and casual environment and an ambience that leaves you with the full effect of an upscale, luxurious dining experience.

La Rosa Blanca 402 Natoma St. (916-673-9085 or Mexican, lunch/dinner, full bar, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ You’re part of the family at La Rosa Blanca where the friendly staff is always welcoming. Fajitas, tostadas, or tortas? Making a selection could become a challenge with so much to choose from. With great tasting food, generous portions and a festive environment, you are bound to have the ultimate Mexican experience. Add live music into the mix and you have yourself the perfect Saturday evening.

Mary’s Gold Miner Café 426 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-4181) Traditional American, breakfast & brunch/ lunch $$ ➻ Stop by Mary’s Gold Miner Café for a taste of some of the best home-style cooking in Folsom. With so much flexibility on the menu, you can have breakfast all day, order an authentic Greek dish, or enjoy a pork tamale. Who says kids can’t have fun with their food? Brings the kids along for the special bunny pancakes.

Mexquite ** 25095 Blue Ravine Rd. (916-984-8607 or Mexican, full bar, happy hour, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Mexquite Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Lounge complements what the city of Folsom and the surrounding areas are creating for the environment. They provide shade, great tasting cuisine, warmth for the winter months and cooling for the summer time, while providing its neighbors and friends with outstanding service and the highest quality food and beverages. Enjoy eating out for breakfast? Mexquite now serves Mexican-style breakfast every Saturday and Sunday. See ad on page 55

Pronto’s Pizzeria 299 Iron Point Rd. (916-608-0720) Italian, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, free Wi-Fi $ ➻ You haven’t tried it all unless you’ve tried a slice at Pronto’s Pizzeria. Owners Joseph and Diane Benevento came from the East Coast with the family recipes of great Italian dishes. Serving pizzas of all sizes and flavors, it is easy to have it your way. Not a fan of pizza? Not a problem. Pronto’s makes a wide variety of dishes, like baked ziti or the eggplant parmigiana, to choose from.

Strings Italian Café 25035 Blue Ravine Rd. Ste. 120 (916-983-8815 or Italian, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only $$ ➻ Strings Italian Café has been offering enjoyable and affordable Italian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere for the past two decades, and the tradition continues at their new location. Stop by on Wednesdays to indulge in

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the all-you-can-eat deals or enjoy one of their lunch specials any day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seniors 62 and older get 15 percent off any entrée, while kids eat free on Sundays and Mondays after 4 p.m.

Suishin Sushi ** 194 Blue Ravine Rd. (916-985-8885). Japanese sushi bar, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Beautifully arranged and tasteful sushi is the name of the game at Suishin Sushi. The use of some of the freshest ingredients, from quail egg, uni and ponzu, gives you the feeling that you’re right by the ocean. The modern, hip atmosphere leaves you at ease as you consume your fish, one roll at a time.

Sunny Garden Restaurant 25085 Blue Ravine Rd., Suite 150 (916-9838882 or Asian cuisine, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted $ ➻ Since 2006, Sunny Garden Restaurant has been serving some of the best and exotic Asian dishes in the area. Every dish is made with fresh ingredients in a traditional way, from their pineapple chicken to the tomato beef chow mien. Large portions for great prices in a casual, relaxed environment is what you’ll find when you dine at Sunny Garden.

Taiko Sushi 2700 E. Bidwell St., Ste. 100 (916-817-8525, Sushi bar, lunch/dinner, happy hour, reservations accepted $$ ➻ When the price is right, the rolls are great and the service is fast and friendly, you know you’re at the perfect sushi restaurant. To make your experience that much better, complimentary miso soup and edamame are served. Stop by Monday thru Friday for happy hour from 2-5 p.m. and enjoy a drink with your roll.

Taqueria Los Cerros 2405 Iron Point Rd. (916-817-6452). Mexican, outdoor seating available $ ➻ Taqueria Los Cerros presents itself as one of those cozy, hole-in-the-wall taqueria’s that everyone always raves about. The food, the atmosphere and the prices are all a contributing factor to the ideal fast and delicious Mexican eating experience. Try the carne asada burrito with rice, beans and cilantro with a complimentary side of tortilla chips and you may find yourself coming back for more.

Teriyaki To Go! 614 E. Bidwell St. (916-983-5560). Japanese, lunch/dinner $ ➻ An inconspicuous but flavorful restaurant with a thumbs up for taste, Teriyaki To Go is an ordinary eatery with extraordinary taste. Some may like the consistent tang of the teriyaki sauce that adds a whole lot of flavor, while others enjoy the pan-fried noodles. Either way, you are sure to enjoy your meal at this teriyaki establishment.

Thai Paradise ** 2770 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-8988 or Thai, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ High energy atmosphere, quality food and daily specials are some of the aspects of

what makes this eatery true to its name, Thai Paradise. Voted the best in town by the locals for several years in a row, you won’t want to miss out on the refined flavors of Thai food this restaurant has to offer your taste buds. See ad on page 33

Visconti’s Ristorante 2700 E. Bidwell St., Suite 700 (916-983-5181 or Italian, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ For the past two decades, Visconti’s Ristorante has given the community a taste of Italy with their truly authentic dishes, romantic setting and traditional Italian music. An award-winning restaurant, Visconti’s has been selected for being the best in town for several years in a row. Linguini con gambere (shrimp) and asparagus, and spicy rigatoni alla vodka are some of the pastas they are known for, to name a few.

Willow Café & Sweetery 13405 Folsom Blvd., Suite 950 (916-294-7805) American café, breakfast/lunch, beer & wine only, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ The Willow Café & Sweetery proudly features a seasonal menu with local brews and wines available. The dishes highlight fresh, local and delicious ingredients, using only free-range and grass-fed meats. They offer cuisine to meet a range of dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections.

SELECT OUTLYING RESTAURANTS Sierra Smokehouse BBQ 2533 Merrychase Dr., Cameron Park (530672-7477) Traditional American BBQ, lunch/dinner, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $$ ➻ Nestled in a small strip mall, you will find Sierra Smokehouse BBQ to be a gem of a place to enjoy a hearty BBQ meal. Take the whole family for the Family Rib Meal, or try one of the award winning Angus beef plates for a mouth-watering flavor too good to resist. Owner and Chef, Ed Anhorn, is truly skilled at what he does and has won several awards at barbeque cook-offs. Need we say more?

ZacJack Bistro 3275 Coach Ln., Cameron Park (530-6762969 or American bistro, breakfast/lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $$ ➻ Comprised of a trendy and classy ambience, ZacJack Bistro is an everyday gourmet cuisine serving delicious food at affordable prices. No matter what meal of day you visit for, you will find delectable choices from the Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast to the Stuffed Artichoke plate. Gather the ladies on Tuesday’s for Ladies’ Night where all beer and wine are served at half the price.

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taste Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese with French Beans, Radicchio, Endive, Red Grapes and Sherry Vinaigrette From The New Wine Country Cookbook: Recipes from California’s Central Coast by Brigit Binns (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013, $35)

Sherry Vinaigrette • 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar • 1 shallot, minced • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper • 6 tbsp. pistachio oil or fruity extravirgin olive oil • 6 oz. fine French green beans, trimmed • 1 medium head radicchio, quartered, cored and slivered • 2 medium heads Belgian endive, quartered lengthwise, cores trimmed away and slivered lengthwise • 2 cups red grapes, halved In a food processor, pulse the pistachios into a powder (don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with nut butter). In a small, shallow bowl, mix together the ground pistachios and panko. Place the olive oil in another small, shallow bowl. Gently turn each disk of goat cheese in the olive oil to coat all sides, then dredge through the crumb mixture, patting the crust gently to help it adhere. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining disks. Refrigerate for 1 hour. To make the vinaigrette, in a large bowl, combine all of the in-

dinner date Food and Wine for the Season gredients and whisk until smooth. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small saucepan of rapidly boiling, lightly salted water, blanch the green beans for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on their size. Drain immediately and refresh under cool running water until no longer steaming. Drain on a clean kitchen towel. Transfer the baking sheet of coated cheese to the oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until the disks are just beginning to soften and collapse slightly. Add the green beans, radicchio, endive and grapes to the bowl of dressing. Toss thoroughly, until everything is evenly coated with the vinaigrette. With a metal spatula, transfer each goat cheese round to the center of a plate. Mound the salad over and around, and serve at once. Serves 6 as an appetizer.

KENDALL-JACKSON VINTNER’S RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2011 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay has been America’s number one selling Chardonnay for 20 years. Whether or not you know (or think you know) what it tastes like, you should try it again. It’s everything you’re looking for in a Chardonnay—great taste at a nice price. The grapes for Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2011 are grown in cool coastal vineyards, thus making it fruit-forward, divinely complex, approachable and very food friendly. You’ll taste tropical flavors of pineapple, mango and papaya with notes of citrus; a hint of toasted oak completes the long, lingering finish. My customers love it and at approximately $15 a bottle, it’s a great wine for any occasion that pairs perfectly with this month’s pistachio-crusted goat cheese salad with sherry vinaigrette. —Richard Righton Owner, Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom

Recipe and cookbook images by Colin Clark; wine bottle photo courtesy of Jackson Family Wines.

• 1/4 cup shelled pistachios • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or fine dry bread crumbs • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil • 3 (3 1/2-oz.) rounds fresh goat cheese, very cold, sliced crosswise through the center to create 6 disks about 1-1/4 inches thick

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Brandon Hubbard’s Kenpo Karate 1181 Riley Street, Folsom 916-983-9211

Brandon Hubbard

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Did you find your business, or did it find you? I was working for a quadriplegic and he told me he taught martial arts, so I trained under him. A month into it, he introduced me to my kenpo teacher Scott Halsey. These two men took me under their wings and showed me everything I know. How are you involved with both the community and your customer? My job is working with children and adults in the community. Why is your staff the best in the business? I’ve been training in Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate for 10 years. In 2009, I tested for my black belt in front of my teacher—7th-degree Senior Professor Scott Halsey as well as 10th-degree Senior Grand Master Richard “Huk” Planas. Since then, I’ve been promoted to 2nd degree. In 2007, I earned a black belt in limalama from Sifu Joe Covington, and since then I’ve been promoted to 3rd-degree black belt from the founder of limalama, “Tino” Tuiolosega and his son Rudy Tuiolosega. I’ve been teaching martial arts since 2005 and am an international and national champion. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? Getting married, my beautiful baby girl, and my business. What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? Folsom Palace. Where do you and your family go locally to have fun? Lembi Park. If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why? It would have to be Ed Parker, the founder of Kenpo Karate. I would like to thank him and ask what he would like to see happen to the art. Bruce Lee would also be interesting. Lastly, I would like to meet old family members to hear their stories. If you could be any other profession, what would it be? An architect.

Photos by Dante Fontana.

Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? The Gift of Kids found me. I was unhappy with the preschool and childcare that was available for my son, so I changed my career path because I thought I could do better. How are you involved with both the community and your customer? I work with kids and their families, therefore involvement in the community is extremely important. Each year we sponsor Concerts in the Park in El Dorado Hills, El Dorado Musical Theatre, Run For Courage, and many other community events and sports teams. Why is your staff the best in the business? My 30 local teachers here at The Gift of Kids have a deep passion for children when it comes to their education and well-being. Anyone who tours our facility can feel the love from the teachers; what’s more, our teachers are also highly educated in early childhood development. Jennifer Kelly and her preschoolers What life accomplishments are you most proud of? I’m proud that I have gone from owning a small in-home daycare to offering a wonderful program to 300 children at two locations. My greatest life accomplishments have been The Gift of Kids successfully juggling 40-80 hours of work per week, two wonderful children (now 12 and 15), Daycare and and a happy marriage of 16 years. Preschool What’s your favorite local business other than your own? 5130 Golden Foothill Parkway Raley’s—we use their E-cart for feeding our 200 kids here at The Gift of Kids. I am all about El Dorado Hills, 916-521-1835 supporting local businesses! We also use Cartridge World; with all of the pictures we print 8089 Madison Avenue, Suite 11 here, they are happy to run ink over in a moment’s notice. Citrus Heights And finally, customer service is…? Working with families to best fit the needs of their children. Parents know what is best for their kids, and it’s our job to work on their individual needs. I understand when parents have a request, because I too am a parent. We all have a common goal—the children.

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Describe your business. I’m an on-location modern photographer serving the El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Sacramento areas. I specialize in stylized lifestyle portraits for families, couples, kids and teens. I love to capture the colorful and candid side of life! My goal as a photographer is to capture true personalities at every age, to celebrate the spirit of a child and help families preserve memories. I mix lifestyle photography with fine art imagery to capture those moments, and offer images you want to decorate your walls with and preserve in albums. Why is your staff the best in the business? With my husband working full-time, I’m blessed to stay at home and care for our two adorable little kiddos, ages 3 and 5, full-time. My family is not my staff (well, maybe sometimes they feel like they are); rather, they are my biggest supporters. I also have a great circle of friends who are always willing to lend a hand to help me run my business—from babysitting to assisting on shoots. I have an awesome support system. What is your biggest job perk? My two biggest job perks are being able to work from home and having a flexible schedule. Another huge perk is working with my market, which are primarily moms. Whether working outside the home or in the home, moms understand other moms. I do over-the-phone consultations for all inquiries and when all attempts fail to keep my little ones quiet “while I’m on the phone” (in my stern mom voice), I generally get a laugh on the other side with an added “I totally understand.” Moms are just awesome! What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? Relish Burger Bar—I love “kids-eat-free” Sundays! And finally, customer service is...? Important in so many ways. From the first inquiry to delivery of products, I make sure to communicate and walk my clients through each step of the process.

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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? Eureka, I found it! I have always considered myself a happy, thankful person. What I did not realize was the importance of focusing on the positives of everyday life. I had the opportunity to hear Professor Robert Emmons from UC Davis speak on cultivating gratitude. Through his research, he found that when people regularly focus on being grateful their emotional well-being increases, which creates physical and psychological effects that lead to better outcomes in different aspects of their lives. I started a gratitude journal instantly, and I started one with my daughter. Within a few months, I was writing my first children’s book about gratitude and working with designers to create stylish keepsake gratitude journals. How are you involved with both the community and your customer? I’m really looking forward to working with schools to encourage children to keep a gratitude journal. My Gratitude Journals will also be giving back a portion of Heather Rico with daughter proceeds to support a local nonprofit that helps fund adoptions. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? I’m very proud of starting the Females in Science Club at Oak Ridge High School in the My Gratitude ’90s where we ended up placing third in a national robotics competition. It was an amazing Journals learning experience and a ton of fun. I’m also very proud of my first children’s book, My Folsom Grateful Day, and these keepsake gratitude journals. Where do you and your family go locally to have fun? My daughter asks me weekly to go to Bouncetown. I love that I have the choice to join in or sit back and chat with friends. What’s your favorite local business other than your own? I love shopping at Starlight Starbright—I know I can always find the perfect gift to give someone special. I was so excited when they agreed to do a book signing for My Grateful Day this summer (visit their Web site for date details).

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Now that we’re in prime time summer, the swimming pool is the perfect place to take respite and find family entertainment. But did you know that nearly half of all child drownings last year occurred shortly after the children left an adult who was in their immediate vicinity? For a list of 10 Swim Safety Tips for parents of novice swimmers from Steve Wallen Swim School, visit Style online!

TURN OFF THE OVEN Keep your kitchen cool and your stress level down with new cookbook, The NoCook, No-Bake Cookbook by Matt Kadey, and three easy, no-heat-required recipes. What about brownies you say? These decadent No-Bake Flourless Fig Brownies will keep your sweet tooth satisfied… and your energy bill down!

ADD A LITTLE UMPH TO YOUR MEALS “The difference between ‘try’ and ‘triumph’ is a little ‘umph,’” said Marvin Phillips. Lose the guilt and add important nutritional substance to your plate this summer with tips and recipes from Chef Russ of Your At Home Chef.

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very teenager, when they are old enough, should have a summer job that sucks. It could be a job that puts them outside and makes them sore, sweaty and sunburned; or maybe dehydrated and yelled at by a crotchety old foreman with skin like beef jerky who seems to hate everything and everyone; or, it could be something indoors that keeps them on their feet— perhaps filling orders or stocking shelves, washing dishes or wiping tables. Either way, it should be something that keeps them too busy to text or tweet or launch a single Angry Bird toward a single smirking pig for a good six to eight hours. Something that makes them interact with others, or not at all, that makes them think on their own, or put their brain on pause. It should be something that spells them from books, school, parents, siblings and maybe even athletics. The job should make them occasionally have to say no to friends when invited to hang out at the mall, the lake or a party on Saturday night. They should have to punch in and punch out, sometimes working early, sometimes staying late, sometimes getting called in last minute because a coworker flaked. They should have to help a customer locate something not easy to find, or help an old person to their car, or smile (forced or not) at little kids begging: “Please Mom can I get something?” as they walk past the candy aisle, because that was them not too long ago. They should learn to make a pizza,

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or a sandwich, or hear “double-double animal style” and know exactly what to do next. Maybe they’re a lifeguard, supervising the carefree chaos of a public pool on a 100-degree day, sunglasses over their eyes and zinc oxide on their nose. Or they could just mundanely stand at the front of an air-conditioned movie theater, tearing tickets and saying “Screen 14, to your right.” It doesn’t even have to suck all that much. A mall or coffee shop job could be pretty chill. Whatever it is though, it should demonstrate the value of a dollar, so they can start to get their head around how many of them it takes to fill a

gas tank, buy clothes for fall or books for their first year in college. On second thought, they might need a couple jobs for that one. It should show them what it means to live up to the expectations of a manager who doesn’t think they are the center of the universe but who may grudgingly show them respect if they do a good-enough job, or—if they do better than that—might even come to rely on them. Granted, it isn’t easy for a teen to get a summer job these days; a recent study found that 35 percent of teens looking for work in California last summer didn’t find any. But as the economy improves, that will change, and regardless, a kid should still try, because there is value just in that—perseverance, for example. And if they do get a job? They also get this: appreciation for honest hard work and for honest, hard-working people. And here’s the biggest upside of all: If the job goes well, or even if it doesn’t, they will have gotten a taste of self-reliance, real independence, and a sense that maybe they can eventually make their own way through this crazy world. Which, unless you don’t care if they’re still living at home when they’re 30, should be reason enough.

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