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40 Happy Camping: Style’s Favorite Places to Pitch a Tent

24 The Arts

8 Editor’s Note 11 Ask the Experts 12 What’s Up 14 Get to Know—Scott Edelen 16 FYI 18 Calendar 22 Outtakes 30 Our Kids 38 Home Design 52 Swag 54 Dine—36 Handles 56 Dine—Log Cabin Café 58 Restaurant Guide 62 Taste 68 Introducing 72 Click 74 Tom’s Take

Dust off your gear and lace up your boots, or—depending on your camping style—maybe just pack a weekend bag and sunblock. From sleeping in solitude by the river to glamping like a celeb, find our area’s best bets for exploring the outdoors.

46 Golf to a Tee: A Sport Fore the Whole Family WIth the arrival of spring and everything green, round up your team and take advantage of a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Never played? No worries, Style will be your caddie this month to get your inner Tiger roaring.

FolPho Folsom Photography Club

26 Health & Wellness

Organ Donation

32 Cause & Effect

Shane’s Village

34 Seniors

Choices and Challenges in Caregiving

64 Escape Saratoga

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let it shine

ting started on the golf course. Whether you’re a pro or just starting, there’s something to inspire everyone to partake in this now wildly popular sport. Until next month, get outside, take a deep breath and let your inner child shine. — Desiree

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ABOUT THE COVER ARTIST: Bill Monaghan ARTWORK TITLE: Spring Trail Oil on canvas Bill Monaghan spent 25 years as an award-winning industrial designer in the Silicon Valley and southern California before moving to El Dorado Hills in 2003. For two and a half years he studied at Susan Sarback’s The School of Light and Color before deciding to go professional. All of Monaghan’s art is done in oil paint with a palette knife (some brushwork is used for certain effects), either outdoors, “en plein air,” on site, or a combination of on site and photos. His technique uses the full spectrum of color to create rich, vibrant paintings that include strong composition. For the last seven years, he’s been selling his work at fine art festivals throughout California; two years ago, he started teaching at The School. His work can be found at Beemer’s Winery in Camino and a few local hair salons; as well, he’s a member of the El Dorado Hills Arts Association and was the former vice president. For more information, visit billmonaghanart. com and

Artist photo courtesy of Bill Monaghan. Editor’s Note photo by Dante Fontana.


never thought I’d be so excited to sleep on an air mattress. But the time has be one with nature. What does an air mattress have to do with nature, you say? Picture it nicely tucked in a tented abode complete with views of a crackling, glowing fire and the wilderness beyond. Yes, camping season is here! According to an article in Reader’s Digest, “Humans subconsciously long to connect with the natural world through endless exposure to plants, skies and the seas.” They go on to say that doctors call this notion “biophilia,” and recognize that being outdoors has a positive effect on the quality of one’s life. I recall vivid memories as a child—growing up in southwest Missouri—when my mom, dad, brother and I drove not too far to my extended family’s farm property featuring acres of flat grassy land (with a few rolling hills), livestock, ponds, creeks and a nice wooded area in what some would call the back forty. This sweet spot is where we set up shop. After unloading the bed of a Chevy pick-up, we arranged our outdoor homestead with a few non-glamourous tents, fold-out chairs, sleeping bags, and wire hangers outstretched for hot dog cooking and marshmallow roasting in anticipation of the nights’ finales. While the adults leisurely sipped sweet tea and laughed as they shared stories of their past week’s goings-on, we kids explored the Disney-Land-like amenities of Mother Earth’s backyard scoping out tad poles and crawdads in the slow moving creeks, and later filling our Mason jars with lightning bugs to serve as lanterns for more exploring. Flashlights were a little too “city” for us hillbillies. Don’t worry, no bugs were harmed in our exploits. Mornings came quickly as we slumber partied most of the night, but there’s nothing quite like instant coffee (mine composed mostly of milk and sugar), and eggs and bacon cooked on a cast iron skillet magically secured over the still burning flames of the night’s fire. Those were the days. Nowadays I’ve become spoiled, for one by the luxury of a mattress as opposed to a blanket on the tent’s floor, and most notably by the multitude of gorgeous, breathtaking settings nearby that offer oh-so-much-more to experience. The camping possibilities are endless in our necks of the woods, with lakes, rivers, mountains and exotic vegetation. Let’s just say that my weekend outings in recent years to Coloma and the Ice House area, to name a few, have definitely kicked my beloved pastime up a notch. You can experience the same, if you haven’t already, with this month’s feature, “Happy Camping” by Sharon Penny, in which she explores the great outdoors—citing some of the best spots around for temporarily escaping the toils of reality and connecting with bugs and bears, well...hopefully not the latter. And when it’s all said and done and you reach your mailing address again, the perspective gained by surviving simply makes the rat race of daily life tolerable once again. Another pastime perfect for gleaning fresh air perspective is the topic of April’s co-feature, “Golf to a Tee,” where you’ll find Kevin Elms’ lessons for get-





APRIL 2013 Publishers Terence P. Carroll, Wendy L. Sipple Executive Editor Desiree Patterson Managing Editor Megan Wiskus Editorial Interns Nelli Badikyan, Jamila B. Khan, Paris Ryan, Kelly Soderlund Contributing Writers Abigail Blank, Natasha Deegan, LeeAnn Dickson, Darren Elms, Kevin Elms, Amber Foster, Linda Holderness, Tom Mailey, Lesley Miller, Sharon Penny, Jennifer Resnicke, Richard Righton, Kelley Saia, Margaret Snider, Barbara L. Steinberg Art Director Gary Zsigo Graphic Designers George Kenton Design, 760.285.0686,, Lesley Miller, Aaron Roseli Staff Photographer Dante Fontana Webmaster Ken White, Ixystems Advertising Director Debra Linn, 916.988.9888 x 114 Advertising Sales Representatives Tami Brown, 916.988.9888 x117 Reg Holliday, 916.337.5107 Joanne Kilmartin, 916.607.9360 Carrie McCormick, 916.988.9888 x112 Lisa Warner/Warner Enterprises, 530.306.2011 Social Media Maven Aimee Carroll Accounting Manager Kathleen Hurt

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asktheexperts are the standards that deQ: What fine “certified organic”? agriculture is a production A: Organic method that emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality. Organic food products are produced using: • Agricultural management practices that promote healthy ecosystems and prohibit the use of genetically engineered seeds or crops, sewage sludge, long-lasting pesticides, herbicides or fungicides • Livestock management practices that promote healthy, humanely treated animals, by providing organically grown feed, fresh air and outdoor access, without using antibiotics or added growth hormones • Food processing practices that protect the integrity of the organic product and disallow irradiation, genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) or synthetic preservatives — Whole Foods Market 270 Palladio Parkway, Folsom 916-984-8500,

Q: What is assisted living? living communities offer A: Assisted a lifestyle for older adults that’s fairly unique. It not only provides security and peace of mind of coordinated support, but also gives opportunities for engaging in social events, outings, affinity groups, wellness support and friendship. A common response from many who move into assisted living is, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” Those choosing assisted living can be relieved of yard care, home service coordination, cooking meals, house upkeep and overall stress from day-to-day home ownership. As well, it allows them to take advantage of what he/she really wants to be doing—enjoying life to its fullest. — Betsy Donovan Chief Operating Officer Eskaton Administrative Center 5105 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael 916-334-0810,

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ongratulations to John Hernried, M.D.—medical director of the Sutter Weight Management Institute (SWMI)—for being one of 226 physicians across the U.S. who is now board certified in obesity medicine. As the medical director of the SWMI program, Dr. Hernried adds the certification to his specialty training in weight management and in his work to have a closer partnership with patients and their primary care physicians for patients’ greater health...Comcast Spotlight, the advertising/sales division of Comcast Cable, has opened a third Sacramento-area office in Folsom’s Iron Point Business Park. The opening at 1130 Iron Point Road, Suite 160, will likely mean the hiring of more employees locally by the end of this year, according to the company...As well, Iron Point Business Park owner, Newport Beachbased KBS Strategic Opportunity Real Estate Investment Trust Inc., recently finalized a 23,761-square-foot lease with the CorVel Corporation...On February 19, non-profit agency WellSpace Health (formerly known as The Effort)—which focuses on the needs of the community and strives to provide access to health services for patients with Medi-Cal and

Medicare—held opening ceremonies at their new Rancho Cordova Community Health Center (10423 Old Placerville Road). The location houses a primary care medical clinic for all ages and a stateof-the-art children’s dental clinic. For more details, visit In late February, Los Rios Community College District closed escrow on its purchase of 2.2 acres at Folsom Boulevard and Mather Road for what

ultimately will become a 75,000-squarefoot branch location of Folsom Lake College. The district is also purchasing parcels from other owners for parking. The Los Rios branch center will replace a smaller (13,000 square feet) educational facility known as an outreach center...On February 20, Oak Meadow Elementary 5th grader, 10-year-old Hunter McGee became a “Surgeon for a Day” at Mercy Folsom after winning its Name the Robot contest. More than 200 students from the Folsom-Cordova Unified, Rescue Union and Buckeye Union School Districts entered the contest to name the da Vinci Si Surgical System; McGee won with his suggestion “Surgeo.” In addition to testing out the system, he earned a $50 Target gift card and Oak Meadow Principal Barbara Narez received a $500 check. Since acquiring it last summer, Mercy Folsom surgeons have completed 126 surgeries using the da Vinci Si Surgical System...Want to find out more about current Gallery at 48 Natoma exhibits without staying after hours? Stop by on the last Thursday every month at 10 a.m. for a quick 15-minute visit with Gallery Director Cindy Abraham. Enjoy a brief guided tour of the latest exhibit

The College Planning Center— located in suite 1311 of the shopping center—celebrated its grand opening on Friday, March 1, with music, food and prizes. The College Planning Center provides guidance to families for keeping high school students on track during the college admissions process...In June 2013, Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, a nationwide franchise with more than 50 locations in the U.S., plans to open their new location. Roosters specializes in creating a real barbershop atmosphere and is committed to the best in men’s personal grooming. This will be the second location for owner Toney Sebra, who currently operates a Roosters in Roseville.

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Hunter McGee at Mercy Folsom

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Parked for the Evening, watercolor by David Kalbach, on exhibit at the Wild Blue Yonder: The Art of Aviation show

of stroke survivors and other disabled golfers. Haggin Oaks intends to use the cart as part of their joint effort with the American Stroke Association’s Saving Strokes Golf Fore Health program, and for any golfers with disabilities who are interested in golfing...The Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center in El Dorado Hills (990 Lassen Lane) offers seniors nutritious meals for a reasonable donation of $3 for those ages 60 and better, and $5 for those under 60. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon in the Garden Café; closed on major holidays. For menu details, call 916-3583562 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m...That’s all for now, but check back next month for Style’s annual Our Kids feature! — Compiled by Jamila B. Khan

Paramobile photo courtesy of Jet photo courtesy of its respective organization.

(this month’s show is Wild Blue Yonder: The Art of Aviation); coffee is included! For more information, visit facebook. com/thegalleryat48natoma...Close by, seniors can enjoy the Senior Lounge at 48 Natoma. Whether you’re interested in books, puzzles, games, making new friends or greeting old acquaintances, the center is open for your enjoyment. There is no membership required and the coffee is always hot! For more details, call 916-351-3510...KydZonE is the perfect after-school place for your kids! Children in grades K-5 will enjoy the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s gymnasium and playground. Buckeye Union School District provides buses from Silva Valley, William Brooks and Oak Meadow Elementary Schools to drop your child off in the CSD parking lot every afternoon. For more information about KydZonE programs and to register your child, visit edhcsd. org/kydzone.html...Sacramento’s Haggin Oaks Golf Course received a new state-of-the-art adaptive golf cart—dubbed the

Paramobile and donated by Anthony Netto of Stand Up and Play—designed to aid in the rehabilitation and recovery

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Scott Edelen

Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Life isn’t a race; it’s a ride. Enjoy it (especially nap time!). Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Finding humor in most things. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Closed-mindedness. Q: Biggest life inspirations? A: My dad—he’s beaten everything life has ever thrown at him, from cancer to a heart attack and everything in between. Q: Favorite humanitarian cause? A: I knew Albie and am friends with her husband Doug. He is doing great things in memory of Albie.


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wife was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2010. While the experience has been difficult, it has only reinforced his desire to be a positive role model for his two children, ages 5 and 7. “We’re just making sure they grow up to be good people by giving them all the love and support we can,” Edelen shares. Currently Edelen works diligently as a detective for the State of California, a position in which he primarily investigates cases of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud. The most rewarding part? Getting state resources back to the people who genuinely need them. It’s clear that Edelen has made an impact on many lives and continues to do so. — Amber Foster

Photos by Dante Fontana.


efore moving to Folsom in 2002, Scott Edelen wore a variety of hats. While there are several to list, namely he served as press secretary and deputy insurance commissioner for California Insurance Commissioner/ Honorable Judge Harry W. Low, as well as a gubernatorial appointee in the Schwarzenegger administration. “I’ve done a lot,” Edelen admits. “I like moving around and doing a lot of things.” Recently, Edelen also added author to his list of accomplishments. His book Winner! Winner! (available at amazon. com) tells the story of a man who wins the lottery on the same day that he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Edelen came up with the idea after his

Author/writer: Vince Flynn Meal in town: Visconti’s Ristorante Local landmark: Folsom’s Historic Truss Bridge Memory: My wife telling me we were going to have a baby. Both times. Movie: Good Will Hunting Place to buy a gift, locally: Hoshall’s Salon and Spa, Snooks Candies Local nonprofit: Folsom Public Library Saying: “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”—Art Buchwald

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folsom parks and recreation Run with Nature—May 18


olsom’s Run with Nature has covered a lot of ground in its 30-year history! In the beginning, the run took place in autumn on some of the few streets that existed in the city. As Folsom grew, the course consisted of pathways carved into the dirt in the undeveloped subdivision that is now The Parkway. In 2005, the run “sprang forward” to take place each year in May, providing runners with lush spring scenery. In 2010, the entire event moved to Folsom City Lions Park and The Wild Way obstacle course challenge was added. At this year’s event, take part in the Trail Way 10K. The unique course will provide runners access to rarely experienced dirt trails on the Folsom State Prison property. The single-track trail system consists of former firebreaks, an old flume and renovated cow trails. The course will cross three small bridges and incorporate a mix of mild to rolling terrain and a couple of 100- to 150-foot climbs on the return. The event is chip-timed and medals will be awarded three-deep in men’s and women’s age categories. A giant spider web, foam tunnel, slip-and-slide and mud moats contribute to the crazy fun that is The Wild Way. Register to complete the course with your friends and family or tackle it solo, but plan to get dirty no matter what! The youth Fun Run is a great way for kids ages 12 and under to take part in the fitness fun. The special fast and flat half-mile route will include loops through the park and a fun sprint through the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. What’s more, participants will receive a goodie bag, T-shirt and free entry to enjoy the zoo at a more leisurely pace later in the day. The Run with Nature 5K—a chip-timed run or fitness walk—will take participants through Rodeo Park, over a wooden truss bridge, and onto paved trails along the American River Parkway. The course is both fast for competitive runners, and enjoyable for fitness walkers, strollers and families; medals will be awarded to winners in a range of men’s and women’s age categories. — Lesley Miller For more details and links to online registration, visit

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Swing Into Spring

o foolin’! Legendary performances abound in many extraordinary shows this month at Three Stages. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a showpiece extravaganza,” internationally known and loved Lord of the Dance, created by Michael Flatley, incorporates the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic dance and music. Mythical Irish folklore is presented in more than 21 scenes by 40 dancers. Song, dance, beautiful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting make this a must-see show. There are five chances to catch the performance, beginning April 11. Stacy Sullivan: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee is a lovingly produced retrospect of one of the biggest stars of the 1950s and ‘60s. Stacy Sullivan, with the help of jazz master Jon Weber, recreates the rise of Miss Lee from her sad childhood to a secure place as one of music’s biggest legends. “She embraces a room and reveals herself with a sincerity every other singer could learn from...a beautiful voice, a refreshing treat, unblemished and tender,” reports Backstage Magazine. Catch one of four performances, beginning April 5. Merle Haggard & The Strangers will be on stage twice this month (April 8 and 9) to bring you the legend and one of the founding music masters of modern country music. With more than 40 number-one hit singles and 65 albums, there’s heaps of music to hear. Get your tickets early; last year this show sold out. — LeeAnn Dickson For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 16 - April 2013

the10 spot Tax Trivia

Take a break from filing your return by testing your knowledge on some outrageous and obscure ways the government makes people pay, with a few fun facts thrown in for good measure. Don’t worry: It won’t be too taxing! 1. Taxes might cost an arm and leg, but in what state do double amputees receive a $50 tax credit? 2. Where in Europe are citizens permitted to deduct the costs of training in the fine art of witchcraft? 3. As part of the Affordable Care Act a ___ percent tax was implemented on indoor tanning services. 4. In New York, what breakfast item is taxed if customers dine in, or ask for it altered? 5. What famous band had a hit song about taxation? 6. What president started the practice of releasing his tax returns? 7. True or false: The number of fatal traffic accidents spikes on Tax Day. 8. What’s the tax called that’s levied on athletes who earn an income while competing in particular cities or states? 9. What fruit does Maine protect from being over-harvested with a tax? 10. In what European country do TV owners pay a tax? — Megan Wiskus

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foodie find Burgerocity


tressed, sleepy and suffering from a case of the Mondays, my day was looking bleak…until my coworker suggested grabbing lunch at Burgerocity. The sleek, squeakyclean interior—replete with burnt orange walls and Western-themed décor—makes for an ambiance that begs patrons to stay awhile. A menu listing burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads, plus fries and milkshakes, has enough variety to please health nuts and hungry hippos alike. Sticking

with my “meatless Monday” mentality, I ordered the Nutty Burger and Sweet Potato Fries. Although more than 10 free toppings can be added to any burger (grilled mushrooms, house-made Southwestern sauce and jalapeños, to name a few), I opted to keep my order simple; after all, sometimes less is more. It was love at first bite. Instead of a frozen, mass-produced veggie patty, Burgerocity’s version is freshly made with almonds, cashews, carrots, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, plus a savory, slightly exotic bouquet of herbs and spices. Served between a toasted multi-grain bun with tangy slaw, sprouts, cucumber-yogurt sauce, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and pickles, each bite exploded with layers of flavor and texture. The generous portion of thick-cut taters arrived hot, crispy and well seasoned—dipping sauce not requisite. With pride in their ingredients and swagger in their customer service step, it’s no wonder Burgerocity’s mission “to become everybody’s favorite burger place” has come to fruition. Burgerocity, 157 Iron Point Road, Folsom. 916-351-5777, — Megan Wiskus


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April is National Autism Awareness Month Compiled by Jamila B. Khan


Earth Fest It’s a party for the planet at the Sacramento Zoo! Learn how to protect and preserve the Earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations. During the day, visit EdZOOcation Stations to explore animal bio-artifacts, participate in storytelling and activities, come face to face with the outreach animals, and listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon. For more details, visit


Merle Haggard and The Strangers Who forged the genre of modern country music? The number of claimants is small, and "Hag" is high on that list. After 65 albums, more than 40 number-one hit singles and 50-plus awards from just about everybody, his status as a living, and ongoing, legend is secure. Both performances will be held at Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit


LORD OF THE DANCE Based upon mythical Irish folklore, the action of Lord of the Dance is played out by 40 dancers over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes, and state-of-the-art staging and lighting. Evening and matinee performances will be held at Three Stages. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit


Access to Care Fair

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., people with disabilities will experience their possibilities at Roseville’s Bayside Church Campus (8191 Sierra College Boulevard). Some of the day’s activities will include free seminars, a wheelchair safety and tune-up clinic, an exhibitor expo with more than 90 organizations serving individuals with disabilities and/or issues of aging, and creative child-friendly activities. For more details, visit 18 - April 2013


April fools' day


Fourth Annual Toy Clean-Up Project Golf Tournament Gather your gear and head to Empire Ranch Golf Club at 1 p.m. for this fourth annual fundraiser benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After golfing (groups of four or individually), enjoy a delicious dinner. For more details, call 916-337-1202.


Kids’ Expo In celebration of the “Month of the Young Child,” Choices for Children will present this free family-friendly event at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide variety of community organizations will offer hands-on activities and information about their services, plus entertainment by local children's groups and the Swan Brothers Circus. For more details, visit

13-14, 20-21 Passport 2013: Wine Tour of Fame

For two glorious spring weekends, 32 El Dorado wineries will host the region's annual wine and food event. Don't miss this once a year, all-access pass to wineand-food pairings, music and friendship. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend. For details on participating wineries and a printer-friendly map, visit


iMPACT Contemporary Dance Presents: Speak In this original production by Impact Artistic Director and Choreographer Kelli Leighton, the power of words and labels will be explored and expressed through the beauty and energy of contemporary dance. Saturday’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2 p.m.; both will be performed at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre. For additional details, visit



Lord of the Dance photo courtesy of Three Stages. Access to Care Fair photo by Dante Fontana; all other photos courtesy of their respective companies.



Folsom Sports and Recreation Expo This free, family-friendly inaugural event will focus on getting the Folsom community to get up and be active, by showcasing local businesses and nonprofits associated with sports and recreation. The Expo will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Folsom Sports Complex. For more details, email getactive@



Spring of The Vine Wine connoisseurs will get an opportunity to preview new, light releases of the season (whites, light reds and rosés) from select Lodi wineries at the French-rooted event held at Wine and Roses Hotel Restaurant and Spa. SOTV will also feature band Ike & Martin; guests may purchase tickets to the Spring of the Vine Dinner. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit


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Through May 9 – Wild Blue Yonder: The Art of Aviation. Americans have long held a fascination with flying; from warcraft to transportation, the airplane is symbolic of innovation, ingenuity and freedom. Head to the Gallery at 48 Natoma to see the work of Carl E. Jones, Larry Lapadura, David Kalbach and George Popa; in the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, student work from Oak Ridge High School will be on display until May 3. For gallery hours, visit thegalleryat48natoma. April 3 – An Evening with Groucho. This fast-paced two-act comedy, benefiting the Sacramento Ballet, will include some of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs, including “Hooray for Captain Spalding” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” It’s a perfect show for all ages. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages. For more details, visit April 4-13 – Little Shop of Horrors. In this spring musical put on by Vista Del Lago High School’s Drama Department, a down and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Shows will be held at Vista’s Black Box Theatre. For times and tickets, visit April 5-28 – The Little Mermaid, Jr. In a magical kingdom fathoms below the sea's surface, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her

ocean home to live in the world above. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, The Little Mermaid, Jr., will feature the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea" and more. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets, visit April 6-7 – The Fairytale Town Troupers Present Beauty & the Beat. Enjoy the retelling of the classic fairytale with music, magic and mid-century mod. At the corner coffee house, beautiful Beatrix is beloved by all—until her faltering father is forced to sell out to a big-time brute that is all business. Performances will be held in the Children's Theater. Tickets are in addition to park admission. For more details, visit April 6-7 – Dan Franklin Smith: La Vida Iberiana. New York City resident Dan Franklin Smith performs in colleges, universities, museums and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been described as “an incredibly sensitive player” and “a master pianist.” He will bring down Three Stages twice, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. For more details, visit April 10 – Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Listen to the Dance! Always a hit, Jeffrey Siegel—known for his technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, and immense reserves of power—returns to Three Stages, mixing virtuosic performance with lively commentary

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calendar more events continued... on the great composers. To purchase tickets, visit April 11-14 – Banjo-Rama 2013. The Sacramento Banjo Band will throw a party at the Clarion Inn at Arden Village, showcasing the best in banjo stylings and vocals. A fun time is on tap for the weekend with Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon workshops, plus jam sessions and plenty of music. Performers include Tyler Jackson, Johnny Baier, Charlie Tagawa and Linda Lehmann. For times and tickets, call 916-412-3020. April 12-14 – Just Between Friends Maternity and Kids’ Consignment Sale. A savvy shopper’s dream! At this event at the Folsom Sports Complex, consignors can bring their new and gently used children’s clothing and maternity merchandise to sell. Shoppers can then browse and purchase these items at great savings, far below retail prices. Sunday is half-price day. For more details, visit April 14 – It’s Magic. A lineup of some of the world’s top professional magicians will return to Three Stages, following a sold-out performance last season. The show, produced by Milt Larson, founder of Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, has delighted magic enthusiasts of all ages for more than five decades. Performance begins at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit Through April 14 – Cinderella Redux. In Mike Nolan’s Cinderella Redux, the Prince—with the bad economy and no job skills—needs to find a bride to help him rule the kingdom, so he decides to host a masked ball to meet all the eligible maidens. Performances will be held Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. at the Sutter Street Theatre. For more details and to purchase tickets, call 916353-1001. April 14 – 34th Annual ZOOZOOM. Are you as fast as a hare or as slow as a tortoise? Find out as you join thousands of runners. The course winds through scenic William Land Park along flat, treelined streets. This 5K, 10K and children’s fun run is a fundraiser for the Sacramento Zoological Society. Race fees include admission to the zoo. For more details, visit

April 19-May 5 – How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Presented by the El Dorado Musical Theatre at Three Stages, window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch is determined to succeed with the help of an instructional book. Encountering a corporate bigwig, a romantically inclined secretary, a wily competitor, and a girl with ambitions of her own, Finch dodges, parries and plans until victory is his. For show times and tickets, visit April 19-May 5 – FLC Falcon’s Eye Theatre Presents Treasure Island. Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College celebrates its sixth season with Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The theatre will bring the tale of buccaneers and buried gold to life; not recommended for audiences under the age of eight. For show times, visit April 20 – Third Annual Gardens Gone Native Tour. The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents this free, self-guided tour featuring 25 home gardens in and around Sacramento and Yolo counties. Gardens are comprised of at least 50-percent California native plants. The tour of home gardens will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, visit sacvalley. April 27 – Apple Hill Blossom Trail Run. Opt for either a quick 5K run/walk or a 10K run through blooming apple orchards, vineyards, a lush forest and tree farms in gorgeous Apple Hill. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope House— transitional housing for homeless women with young children. The race starts at the El Dorado Orchards at 8:30 a.m. For more details or to register, visit April 28 – Rotary Club of Folsom 20th Annual Wine, Dine & Silent Auction. Taste more than 24 wines from the Sierra Foothills and sample food from Folsom’s finest restaurant from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center. Proceeds will support Folsom Literacy Scholarships and other Folsom Rotary community projects. To purchase tickets and for more details, visit April 28 – Toast to Wildlife Champagne Brunch. Sierra Wildlife Rescue will host its annual fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cameron Park

Country Club. The event will include complimentary Champagne, an elegant brunch, a no-host bar, a silent auction, and presentations with educational hawks and owls. To learn more, visit April 28 – Town Center Bike & Tri Criterium. Presented by Town Center Bike and Tri, the day’s event will consist of 10 races with the first beginning at 7:15 a.m. Avid riders should pre-register as category slots will fill quickly. Medals and awards will go to the top three finishers in all categories. Spectators can cheer on competitors at El Dorado Hills Town Center. To register, visit timeyourrace. com/registration.htm.

SAVE THE DATE! May 4 – Folsom Home Show. Presented by Style Magazine, this free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Folsom Sports Complex will feature door prizes every hour—including gift certificates to local restaurants—and an abundance of vendors. For more information, visit May 11-12 – El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire. The El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, El Dorado Arts Council and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce present this 10th annual event featuring more than 100 artists and 20 El Dorado County wineries. Festivities, including live entertainment, will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at El Dorado Hills Town Center. For more details, visit May 17-18 – Made in America. Two pop concerts will culminate the Folsom Symphony season. The performances will showcase the ingenuity of American composers, including selections from Stephen Schwartz, John Williams, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. Both programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages. For more details, visit May 19 – Bicycles Plus Diva Night. Meet factory cycling reps, grab a swag bag (first 500 attendees), peruse women’s cycling vendors, watch a fashion show, and enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and desserts, plus much more. The free fun goes from 5:308:30 p.m. at Bicycles Plus in Folsom. For more details, visit

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Art & Wine Affaire

Free Admission • Mother’s Day Weekend May 11 & 12 • 11 am – 5 pm • at El Dorado Hills Town Center Live Entertainment both days

Over 100 Fine Artists 20 El Dorado County Wineries each day

Saturday, May 11 11:00 a  Dance Performances 2:00 p  Rick Estrin & the Nightcats (Blues) Sunday, May 12 11:00 a  Over the Edge (Jazz) 2:00 p  Apple Z (Classic & Modern Rock & Pop)

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outtakes Mad Hatter Tea Party Fundraiser Hawkins School of Performing Arts, Folsom February 24 Photos by Les Mark. Julia Neal, Angela Palumbo, Noelle Zimney and Alexis Hunt

Tess Hanson, Emily Paris, Samuel Hall and Hannah Silva

Halie Walker and Elisabeth Pierson

Hannah Silva, Emily Paris and Samuel Hall Ashley Chin-Mark and Elisabeth Pierson

Elisabeth Pierson, Samuel Hall and Jesslyn Lane

Ballet Folsom Artistic Director Deirdre Hawkins (back row) with dancers

Brenda, Linda, Kimberly, Yolanda, Lisa, Amanda, Rachael, Helen and Steff

Kendra poses next to art by her late mother, Deborah White

Queen of Hearts Women’s Wisdom Art Show ACAI Studios & Gallery Fair Oaks February 16 Photos courtesy of

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Brenda, Linda, Amanda, Yolanda, Rachael, Lisa and Steff

Marilyn with daughter, Janet

Oak Ridge High School’s Coconut Club Fundraiser Holy Trinity Church, El Dorado Hills January 26 Photos by Fletch.

Oak Ridge High School Choir Director Natalie Miller (center) with students Rebecca March (one of the singers)

Ashley Chin-Mark and Elisabeth Pierson Faith Allen and Aaron Downs

Kristina Garrett

Students help in the kitchen ORHS Jazz Musicians

Second Annual Pre-Oscar Doggie Party

Emily with dog Sterling

Folsom Dog Resort & Training Center February 22 Photos by Tom Paniagua. Anny, ready for the red carpet

Mathew Hunt and Justin Tunnbow exercise the dogs

Emily with dog Brendt as he awaits his turn on the red carpet

Lilly, dog show contestant

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Back row (L to R) Kelly Ford, Jordon Harris, Gene McKinnon; Bottom row (L to R) Larry Klink, Heidi Onken

focused on fun A FolPho Folsom Photography Club by Abigail Blank

FolPho’s virtual meeting space is an amazing constellation of imagery, from still life to nature scenes and everything in between.

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rt is a communal entity. As surely as the artist may lock him or herself away to become fully immersed in their vision, one must share their art with the outside world for its purpose to be fully realized. From this sharing of ideas and thoughts we learn, we grow, and we gain a greater understanding of those around us. The need to share in this experience is what inspired our ancestors to paint on cave walls and why we have the Museum of Modern Art. Kelly Ford—local Folsom Parks and Recreation coordinator for the Folsom Teen Council, senior classes and art classes—knew her passion for photography was something that could be enriched by interacting with other

Photos by Dante Fontana.

photography enthusiasts, hence last fall she chartered the FolPho Folsom Photography Club. “It was just by chance,” she says when asked how she decided to embark upon the adventure of working and learning with the bravest and brightest photographers in Folsom. She had been enjoying photography classes at the 48 Natoma Art Center, expanding her knowledge and gaining experience, yet Ford found her interests going beyond the general topics of her studies. She began meeting outside regularly scheduled class time with fellow students, exchanging ideas and discussing ways in which they could expand their art form. Ford realized the invaluable learning experiences she and her friends were gaining from their informal meetings, so she had the idea to make the group bigger, opening up their gatherings to more people who would bring different ideas to the table. And so the FolPho Folsom Photography Club was born. Ford likes to keep the natural feel of the group, and has Larry Klink yet to petition for members or advertise. Building the membership was an organic process and remains so as they near their one-year anniversary. “When I run into people, if they happen to talk about photography or take pictures, I invite them,” she explains. Professional photography experience is not necessary; FolPho is open to everyone in the Folsom area with an interest in taking pictures, from the hobbyist to the longtime professional. The key to FolPho’s success is the natural inclination to share one’s passion for their art with others. Ford cites the ability to learn more about style, technique and new approaches to basic form from the work of other photographers as one of the reasons to forge a bond with more local artists. “I know when I see a photo I really like, I try to look up

the artist and find out more about their technique; I can find inspiration that way,” she says. From lens variations and lighting to editing software, one unique idea or approach can spark an entire series of work for artists like those in FolPho. The group has been freeform in its infancy, mainly connecting by way of their open group on Facebook. Members drop by the page to ask questions, check for updates and share their recent work. “You get tips and tricks from other people,” Ford explains about the gregarious nature of the group. Settings, filters, backdrops and reflectors are all minute ways to take photography from fun to a fine art. By reaching out to each other, possibly more experienced photographers, Ford and the other members can

take their photography to an entirely new level. FolPho’s virtual meeting space is an amazing constellation of imagery, from still life to nature scenes and everything in between. You can spy vibrant abstracts of light and form followed by touching portraiture adorning the main page, all offered for perusal and praise by the group’s members. Yet this trust is not to be taken lightly. While FolPho is meant to educate and inspire, criticism is welcome. Ford currently hosts a weekly “one word” photography inspiration project, in which members of the group are encouraged to submit photographs that represent their interpretation of the word of the week to the group’s Facebook page. It’s a fun and creative way for members to get to know each other and become more familiar with other’s styles and techniques. In the coming months she also plans to organize photography outings in Folsom and the surrounding areas. The club recently ended their six-weeklong exhibition in The Gallery at 48 Natoma and is looking forward to many more events and exhibitions in the near future.

For more information, visit facebook. com/groups/FolPho.

artbeat Through May 9 – Wild Blue Yonder: The Art of Aviation. See the aviation-themed art of four artists: Carl E. Jones (oil paintings), Larry Lapadura (acrylic paintings), David Kalbach (watercolors) and George Popa (wire sculptures) at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. For show hours, visit

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organ donation Addressing a Vital Need by Natasha Deegan


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pril is Donate Life Month, a month to raise awareness about the dire need for organ donors. Most people only hear about organ donation through TV dramas and movies, and have no idea about the vital need here in the U.S., let alone in the area they live. According to Tracy Bryan, APR , director of public relations for Sierra Donor Services (SDS)—a non-profit, federally designated transplant donor network serving nearly four million people in northern California and Nevada—“In the Sierra Donor Services’ area (Sacramento and 10 surrounding counties), more than 1,300 people [are waiting] for a lifesaving organ transplant. The need for transplants far exceeds the number of donations in the area covered by SDS, and across the nation. By way of example, there were only 8,125 deceased donors in the U.S. in 2012. Currently, in the U.S., more than 116,000 people [are waiting] for an organ transplant. One third of them will die waiting, because there aren’t enough donors,” says Bryan.

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DEBUNKING THE MYTHS With so many myths and inaccurate information available, it can prevent people from signing up as a donor. Below, Bryan debunks some of the myths. • Becoming a donor will not affect the quality of your medical care. Organ recovery takes place only after all efforts to save your life have been exhausted, and two doctors have declared you legally brain dead. • The donor family pays none of the costs associated with donation. • If you are a donor, you can have an open casket funeral. • Transplants are accessible and available to everyone; celebrity status and wealth do not enter into the equation. Organs

are allocated according to medical criteria (urgency of medical need, blood/ tissue type, height and weight). • All major religions support or permit donation and most consider it a gift or an act of charity.

MY GIFT OF LIFE I was always a registered organ donor and supported organ donation, but never in a million years did I think I would need a transplant to save my life. On Thanksgiving Day of 2010, I woke up not feeling well and had some pain in my right rib cage area. After consulting “Dr. Google,” I diagnosed myself with a gallbladder attack and followed up with my primary care physician that following Monday. An ER trip and a three-day hospital stay later, I was diagnosed with

FACTS AND FIGURES The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the Federal Government. They keep an up-to-the-minute database of those waiting and of those who are donors. As of January 20, 2013, at 5:38 p.m. EST, the waiting list consisted of:

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Kidney: 95,016 Liver: 15,776 Heart: 3,362 Kidney and Pancreas: 2,115 Lung: 1,621 Pancreas: 1,200 Intestine: 254 Heart and Lung: 49

With so many people on the waiting list, living donation, which offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation and increases the existing organ supply, has become more common. In most instances, living donors are healthy individuals who volunteer to provide a whole organ or a segment of an organ to help someone they know who is waiting for a transplant. Statistics can sometimes be overwhelming and difficult to understand, since people are added and removed to the waiting list every day. One thing to remember is that every number you view is a person—a person who’s either waiting for a lifesaving transplant or a person who has left a lasting legacy through organ and tissue donation. Each number represents a life: a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, a child, or maybe even you.

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health&wellness in the ICU, hoping the doctors could work their magic and my liver would regenerate. After New Year’s Day, I went downhill fast and was listed on the transplant list with a status 1A, meaning I had less than seven days to live without a new liver. There is no dialysis-type machine for your liver, so they were trying everything they could to keep me alive. I was given blood transfusions to help clean the toxins in my blood, but nothing worked. I was put into a medically induced coma to help preserve my chances of surviving surgery and to help with the swelling on my brain. I was on a ventilator, my body temperature was lowered to 90 degrees, and doctors drilled a hole in my skull to relieve the pressure. January 7, 2011, was the scariest day for my family and friends; my time was running out and without a new liver they were told I would die. The next day, I received a new liver: My donor saved my life. Waking up after a 10day coma and being told a stranger saved your life is a surreal experience; so many emotions went through my head. I was filled with sadness knowing someone had

to die for me to live. Why was I still alive while my donor was not? It took me awhile to realize my donor was going to die regardless of me needing a transplant. The hardest letter I’ve ever written was the one to their family. What words can describe how thankful I am for the gift I was given? I can only hope that I honor my donor every day by being the best person I can be. Each breath I take is a gift from my donor.

After the Transplant While I had to mentally process what had just happened to me, I also needed to learn a new way of life, a life of new rules to follow. I learned quickly that compliance is the magical word in a transplant’s life. Luckily I have always been a rule follower so it was easy to adjust. Each transplant hospital has a list of guidelines and below are some of mine: • Pills. After my transplant, I was taking 47 pills per day; I now take 19. They include anti-rejection drugs and other medicine to offset the side effects of the anti-re-

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hepatitis A—a viral infection that attacks your liver. Hepatitis A is normally passed through contaminated food or water and only about 3,600 cases are reported each year. I’ll never know what food I ate that gave me the disease; it can take 15-45 days to develop symptoms and the health department was never able to link any other cases to pinpoint a grocery store or restaurant. Nevertheless, doctors weren’t worried; hepatitis A is rarely dangerous and isn’t a chronic illness like the other types of hepatitis (it’s similar to the flu), and I was expected to be better in a couple of weeks. However, instead of getting better, I got much worse. The entire month of December was pure hell. The virus continued to attack my liver; I was throwing up multiple times a day and my skin turned as yellow as a highlighter. My liver tests continued to get worse, and I was diagnosed with acute liver failure; on December 29, 2010, I was admitted back to the hospital, but this time to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. My New Year’s Eve was spent

jection medicine. Before the transplant, I never liked taking any type of pill, so I find it ironic that I now pop 19 easily. No alcohol. Even though my transplant wasn’t a result of alcohol abuse, I’m not allowed to have any. They don’t want my liver having to work extra hard at processing it. I asked if they would remove my new liver if I did drink, and they wouldn’t, but they couldn’t approve me if this liver failed and I needed another transplant. No gardening without gloves. Luckily I’ve never been known to have a green thumb and who would want to touch cow manure with their bare hands anyways? No sun. The anti-rejection drugs I take significantly increase my risk of skin cancer. I’ve managed to go to Maui twice and not get tan at all. My wrinkles love this rule! No grapefruit. Weird, I know, but it counteracts with my medicine. I missed grapefruit at first, until my husband reminded me that in our seven years of marriage he’s never seen me eat one.

• Become a germaphobe. OK, that was not in my book of rules but I have a weakened immune system so my chance of getting sick is higher. I now am the crazy lady walking around with hand sanitizer at the gym, grocery store and anywhere with crowds. I’m also paranoid about food poisoning since that’s what made me sick in the first place!

Living in the Now I recently celebrated my two-year anniversary of my liver transplant and I’m doing great. Celebrating an extra two years of life has proved I have a long life ahead of me. I no longer consider myself “the sick transplant patient,” but “the transplant patient who has a better life because of it.” I never understood how people go through horrible things and later say they wouldn’t change a thing, but now I’m that person. I can think of myself as unlucky to need a transplant or extremely lucky to have been given a second chance at life, and I’ve chosen the latter. My life is so much better now than it was before the transplant. I wake up each day so thankful for what I have; I truly

stop and take a little extra time to smell the roses and enjoy the small things that make life so magical. I think the world would be a much betNatasha Deegan ter place if everyone had a near-death experience. I now use my experience to spread the word about organ donation, by volunteering as a Donate Life Ambassador with SDS, educating the public about organ donation and transplantation, speaking to the media, visiting hospitals and volunteering at health fairs. I hope to alleviate the shortage of organ donors and help more people understand the importance of donation.

Each person has the potential to give the gift of life when they pass away. Sign up by visiting, or through the California Department of Motor Vehicles when obtaining or renewing your driver’s license.

the future of foster care Kids Come First by Kelley Saia


here was an unfortunate period of time when foster children were bounced from home to home. One can only imagine what this did for their self-esteem. Behavioral problems were often the result of only having temporary homes, thus a stamp of delinquency was placed on children in foster care. Thankfully, that time has passed (for the most part). Foster organizations are doing incredible work to find permanency for the millions of kids in the system and change the reputation of fostering. In our area alone, there are more than 3,000 children in need of permanent homes. Children are typically placed in foster care when their home has been deemed unsuitable for their safety by Child Protective Services. According to Donna Ibbotson of Lilliput Children’s Services, foster care organizations work to “find foster parents who can provide nurture, structure, consistency and stability for children who may have never known those things.” She ex-

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plains that the length of time children spend with their foster parents is situational; it can range from weeks to permanently. One program, and often the number one goal for foster organizations, is concurrent planning. In these situations, children are placed with foster parents who support the child, while the biological parents work to rectify whatever situation caused the child to be removed from the home. When this program is successful, the child is reunited with his/her birth parents. Many organizations, including Sierra Forever Families (SFF), look for parents who are willing to adopt the child if reunification doesn’t take place. SFF Executive Director Bob Herne, M.S.W., says, “No child should grow up in the foster care system. It should be a shortterm, temporary solution that either ends in reunification or adoption.” Herne and SFF believe the more a child has to move around, the more loss and trauma they experience. They also specifically focus on children who have at least one barrier for adoption: age seven or older, teenagers or those with health needs. Through SFF’s Wonder Mentoring program, kids are given opportunities to see and do things they may not otherwise be able to; it’s also ideal for those whom may not be ready or able to make the full foster commitment, but still want to be involved. In some cases, these mentors are the only adults not paid to be in the child’s life, which has an incredibly rewarding impact on the children. Foster parents are individuals who wish to make a difference in a

SLEEP TRAIN FOSTER KIDS For those who cannot make the foster commitment, but would still like to contribute to the cause, check out Sleep Train’s Foster Kids organization. Sleep Train always accepts online and in-store donations and holds annual pajama drives for foster kids. For more information, visit local-foster-kids.aspx.

LOCAL FOSTER CARE ORGANIZATIONS Families for Children, 800-955-2455 Foster Family Services, 530-295-1491 Lilliput Children’s Services, 800-325-5359 Sierra Forever Families, 530-887-9982 Stanford Youth Solutions, 916-344-0199

child’s life; often, they’re looking to complete their own family, but Sara Hanson with SFF encourages potential foster parents to look at the needs of the children first, as this outlook has the most rewarding outcome. It’s important for parents to really understand the mission or goal of the agency with whom they’ll be working. Through state and federal funding and corporate and individual contributions, foster organizations are able to provide comprehensive support, including therapeutic services for children and families, which helps reduce the number of placements a child might otherwise endure. Individuals and couples—with or without kids—may be considered for fostering. If interested, contact a foster organization in your area to get more information.

To read three local foster care success stories, visit

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hane’s Village, an El Dorado Hills organization formed to support Shane Rogers—an 8-year-old boy with acute lymphocytic leukemia—is also a testimony to the power of friendship. Kristen Rogers received her son’s diagnosis in a hospital emergency room last July. “At that moment, in the emergency room by myself,” she says, “I felt very alone.” She made two calls: first to her husband, Sean, then to her friend Ruth Farfan. Farfan and her husband “dropped what they were doing and came,” Rogers says.

“That was the beginning of the incredible amount of support we have received.” Farfan and three friends, Jenn Soto, Kim Casarella and Kristin Roth, established Shane’s Village to “try to keep a smile on Shane’s face during what is probably one of the toughest things he’ll ever have to go through,” Soto says. In the months since, “like wildfire,” Rogers says, Shane’s story has touched hearts all over the world. The centerpiece is the Shane’s Village Facebook page. With candor and optimism, Rogers writes almost

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daily of Shane’s grueling weekly chemotherapy treatments—which are now once a month—his encouraging test results and even his setbacks. More than 1,100 friends follow her posts. The first 29 days of the planned threeyear course of treatment were the worst; Shane lost 15 pounds and temporary use of his arms and legs. Six months later, Web site photos reveal a healthier little boy with a constant grin on his face. Recent posts report good test results, some fun times, and even a little hair regrowth. Perhaps most heartwarming are the notes from faraway followers who have never met Shane, including the mayor of a town in Germany and a police chief in Missouri. Early on, Rogers came up with the slogan “You got this, Shane” to motivate her son, and scores of Facebook fans—including the Seattle Seahawks starters— responded with photos of signs bearing those words. “Seeing the signs is really, really big for Shane,” Soto says. As a pharmaceutical rep, now on unpaid medical leave, Rogers liked feeling that she was helping people. Since Shane’s illness, she is envisioning new ways to do that. Seeing how much comfort stuffed animals bring Shane, she and her friends formed Courage & Comfort to donate “fuzzy, comfy, soft” never-used animals and blankets to hospitalized children. Last December, the group delivered more than 600 items. They plan to hold a second Courage & Comfort campaign this summer. Shane’s Village also sponsors blood drives, to bank blood in Shane’s name, and is holding fundraisers to help the family financially. Not only is the family’s income down, but they also had to move to a one-story house when Shane could no longer manage stairs. Until the paperwork to become a nonprofit is complete, Shane’s Village has been adopted by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association, which accepts donations on Shane’s behalf. The founders plan to keep the organization operating even after Shane is well. “A lot of people don’t have the support they need,” Rogers says. “My goal is to help other families. ”

For more information, visit facebook. com/shanesvillage.

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homeward bound Choices and Challenges in Caregiving by Margaret Snider


HIRING HELP Having a family member try to do it all can be devastating, says Harlow, and she is echoed by Buck Shaw, owner of Home Instead Senior Care and Larry Dawes, social worker and geriatric care manager with Eskaton’s Live Well at Home 34 - April 2013

program. “The thing you’ve got to be careful with families, is burning that person out,” Shaw says. “They can sometimes become sick before the person they’re caring for does.” Also, having an external caregiver other than a family member allows that family member to maintain their role. “So the son stays the son, the husband or wife stays the husband or wife,” Dawes says, “and doesn’t have to be the caregiver, the doctor, the attorney and all of those roles.”

PRIVATE VS. AGENCY The advantages of hiring a private caregiver as opposed to going through an agency mainly include lower hourly cost and the ability to do certain things agencies aren’t allowed to do by regulation. On the other hand, private caregivers may not have a lot of perks agencies provide, including backup, a background check, workman’s compensation policy, bonding, auto and liability insurance. “What do you do when somebody is unable to shower or make meals or transport themselves, then suddenly the private caregiver, frankly, disappears, or is ill?” Harlow asks. An agency will provide backup and screened and trained caregivers and in addition, agencies also provide oversight. Harlow has three people in the field—an LVN, a gerontologist and a social worker, who drop in on a regular basis to see what’s really happening with their cases. “Don’t be afraid to reach out to people if you start to look around and realize that in your own home things aren’t going the way they should go,” Harlow says. “Take that hour away and start looking for information or asking questions.” Once you’ve sought advice and looked at some options, it’s a good idea to seek a consultation with an agency, which is generally free of charge. “That’s why we go out and do an assessment,” Harlow says, “so that we can work with each client or family to find what will be best for them.”

COMMUNITY RESOURCES Adult Protective Services El Dorado County: 530-642-4800 Sacramento County: 916-874-9377 Placer County: 916-787-8860 Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California 916-930-9080, Meals-On-Wheels Seniors First 530-889-9500, Senior Legal Hotline – Legal Services of Northern California 916-551-2140,

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hen parents or other loved ones can no longer be on their own, it requires a huge change in the life of the person who becomes responsible for their care. Marie Harlow, founder and owner of Harlow’s Help at Home, says one of the best things to do is to reach out to others who are in the same situation. “Hospices, senior centers—actually talk to people there, drop by, spend half an hour,” Harlow says. “There’s a family caregiver support group in every county in California.” Harlow herself was thrown into the situation when her mother was diagnosed with cancer and died within a year of the diagnosis. “I was grieving and my dad was declining, and showing overt, very obvious signs of dementia, as did my aunt,” Harlow says. “Within months, they were both diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s and I was responsible for them. At 40 [years old] I had inherited the entire responsibility.”

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Charities and Donors Gain from Vehicle Donations Middlemen Ease the Process by Margaret Snider The donation of a vehicle may be one of the largest charitable contributions a person makes in their life. Many local charities accept cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and other vehicles as tax-deductible donations. Among them are Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, Folsom Pioneers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County, Eureka Schools Foundation and Family Connections El Dorado. Your fa-

vorite charities and nonprofits will generally mention on their Web site if they offer such a program. While some sources recommend the donation of vehicles directly to the charity in order to maximize the financial benefit to the organization, many charities (by choice) utilize intermediary services that take the hassle and expense out of managing the donations. We, as the nonprofit, really don’t have to do any-

by Kristen Castillo According to the American Library Association, there are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the US---a total number of 16,604 including branches. And they may be just as busy as the restaurant chain. “There has been nationwide, and definitely at our branches, a 25 percent increase of usage of library services,” says Carolyn Brooks, Branch Manager of the El Dorado Hills Library. The big change in recent years has been the increase of both online and various electronic resources. Rather than being relegated to antiquity by technological

advances, libraries are stepping up and embracing the increasing community need for technology tools. The American Library Association says that 98.7 percent of public libraries provide public access to the Internet, and that libraries are the primary means of online access for people who otherwise have no other path to Internet use. ”We’re putting more funding into our technology,” says Greta Galindo, Library Supervisor for the Folsom Library, “such as our e-books and our eaudiobooks, as well as all the things that we want to have available online

thing, just receive the check, says Executive Director Judy Knapp of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. This is seconded by Tom Peno, who handles the program for vehicle donations at Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. The program is pretty much self-operating from our standpoint, as Car Program runs our advertising,

manages the donation process and cuts us a check once the car/truck sells, Peno says. Car Program prepares the marketing materials for us and places them in publications for us...we have no out-of-pocket expenses for the program and it does not take any of our resources to manage the donations. The middleman donation programs are also designed to be pain free for donors. They provide pick-up of the vehicle, and forms needed to claim the donation on your tax return. They may check the participating charitable organizations for qualifying tax status, provide you with a statement of what the car is worth or what it sells for if it is more than the standard deduction, and answer questions See Charites pg. 14


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A look back on 2012 will show just how big a difference they make in our community: Easter - 533 Ham Dinners and 1,012 Easter Baskets; Back 2 School - 787 Backpacks filled with school supplies and 500 pairs of new shoes; Thanksgiving - 814 Turkeys & all the trimmings were given out; Christmas Basket Program with the Folsom Police Department - 893 Families received a Ham or Turkey, all the trimmings, fresh fruit and Bikes/Toys for the children. The Grand total number of families served in 2012 was 12,120 and number of people served was 44,660. The food bank received a miraculous 77 Tons of Food from the community food drives and donations and their volunteers worked over 14,602 Hours. Theses are astounding accomplishments that speak highly to the character and dedication of all those involved. When you get right down to it, the Twin Lakes Food Bank is Changing Lives!

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t takes imagination, skill and hard work to turn an empty canvas into a dream outdoor space. But that’s exactly what Favian Mercado, of Mercado Construction & Design, Inc. in Folsom, accomplished for his clients. Beginning with a large grassy lawn and the architect’s plans, he expanded this Granite Bay home’s outdoor living area, making it more accessible for entertaining and enjoyment of the surroundings. The clients found Mercado through a magazine advertisement for his business. Though they interviewed several contractors in their search, they ultimately selected his company to take on the ambitious project. After evaluating the design provided by the architect, Mercado and his team were able to redesign a better layout, one that not only lowered the overall cost of the project, but also met the clients’ needs. “We incorporated the new area with an existing house project we were building to connect the two areas together better,” Mercado shares. “Our design provided an enhanced outdoor living space that fit within the current surroundings.” The first order of business was expansion of the yard. They accomplished this with a foundation of colored, stamped concrete that began at the foot of the home’s exterior and continued all the way down a gentle slope to the pool area. To create independent spaces for outdoor entertaining, they built two oversized wood trellises, each framing an outdoor dining area and kitchen. The trellises received a romantic, Old World treatment with ornate pre-cast columns, each with accent lighting, ceiling fans, mister systems for hot summer days, and patio bra covers for added protection. For Mercado, the trellis structures were definitely the highlight of the project. “They are proportional to the size of the yard and are architecturally pleasing,” he says, “…designed for entertaining and relaxation.” 38 - April 2013

The outdoor kitchen addition included a built-in grill with halogen lights and a digital thermometer, ice maker, refrigerator, sink and faucet, stainless steel storage drawers and countertops with a raised bar area. Though the original project was estimated at $65,000, the budget was expanded at the clients’ request to accommodate more features. The addition of another covered trellis structure and the final outdoor kitchen brought in an additional cost of $32,000. In the end, the project totaled out at $97,000 and took four months to complete. Was it worth the expense and time commitment? The results surely speak for themselves. Not only were the clients pleased with the final project, but it also met their needs and expectations. Now they can look forward to many warm, funfilled summer nights in their beautiful outdoor living space.

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happy camping Style’s Favorite Places to Pitch a Tent by Sharon Penny


he weather’s warming, the days are longer, and with that extra hour of daylight there’s one word glowing on the horizon: camping. Ah, camping. Whether you’re a glamper who prefers the finer things in life, a family looking for a friendly campground, a camper seeking solitude and a tranquil getaway, an adventure-seeker out for thrills, or someone short on time yearning for a quick weekend away from urban-life craziness, Style has you completely covered! Well, not literally—you’ll still need to bring your own tent.

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PRADA OR NADA: GLAMPING American River Resort, Coloma If the dirt sleeping and outdoor bathroom aspect of camping has you thinking you’ll take a pass on the great outdoors, you might consider glamping. Translation: glamorous camping with creature comforts. (Heavy on comfort, light on creatures.) American River Resort has creature comforts cornered. For a start, you’re in the heart of the great outdoors. And when we say “in,” we mean in your premium American River Resort cabin: living room, bedroom, bathroom, fully appointed kitchen, even Wi-Fi (!), plus a river-view veranda. No foraging for nuts and berries, just fresh air and nature’s gifts…with a hot shower and a comfortable bed. They don’t have a butler service (yet), but if your idea of getting away means not depriving yourself of running water and flushing toilets, this is the campground for you. And if you ever have a change of heart about the whole roughing it thing, American River Resort has plenty of campsites (and RV hookups)!

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Camp Far West Lake Lincoln/Wheatland,

A former Gold Rush-era immigrant camp (hence the name), at first sight Camp Far West Lake might seem an unlikely hub for adventure seekers. But this quaint lake is a well-known, off-the-radar magnet for boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, drag boating and fishing (for those who prefer their adrenaline in smaller doses). Just ask the locals. As well, there are 29 miles of shoreline, boat ramps and plenty of open-area camping. The North Shore (Wheatland) is open year-round, and the South Shore (Lincoln) is open from mid-May through September. Spring is the most attractive time of year to visit Camp Far West Lake, when the grass is green and the oak trees are in full spread. Summer of course is the most popular time, and come June the lake will be home to the Wake Surf Open, a weekend-long wakeboard extravaganza. Whenever you visit, whatever thrills you seek, do us a favor and bring your safety gear!


• It grows as a small shrub or vine. • It bears greenish-white berries. • The shiny green leaves turn red in spring/fall. • Leaves grow in threes (sometimes five, just to keep you on your toes). • Leaves resemble oak leaves in appearance. • The resin contained in the poison oak plant is poisonous to at least 85 percent of the population. • All parts of the plant are poisonous. • Wash thoroughly and change all clothing if contact is made; the poison can be spread by contaminated clothing, skin contact or pets.

1. Clear away debris. 2. Build a 4-foot circle with rocks for containment. • Tinder: pine needles, wood shavings, a fire starter • Kindling: large twigs, chunks of wood, cardboard • Fuel source: large dry logs, peat, etc. 3. Lay down a small pile of kindling and set your tinder on top. 4. Light the tinder (and pray that it catches the kindling). 5. Arrange your fuel around the starter fire: most common formations are the “teepee,” “log cabin,” “pyramid” and “lean to.” 6. If the fire doesn’t go out at any point during these steps, you’ve got yourself a campfire!

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THOREAU CAUTION TO THE WIND: CAMPING FOR SOLITUDE SEEKERS Bear River Park and Campground, Colfax BearRiverCampPol.aspx

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In warm weather, crowds are often a mainstay of any popular campground. If you’re inclined to get away from it all, and by “it” you mean people, and by “all” you mean every last human, then a more serene, isolated campground might be more your style. Those in search of serenity will find it at Bear River Park and Campground just outside Colfax. With 23 family and two group campsites, you won’t have to fight any kind of crowd; each campsite sits right alongside the river, so Mother Nature herself is your friendly neighbor. Imagine waking to the gentle sounds of the river, and sipping a cup of coffee in the morning sun. Sold, right? Bring along a flotation device and head up the river a mile or so for a leisurely float downstream, or go exploring among the trails. Bear River’s wealth of nature’s gifts will allow you to live deliberately and satisfy your inner Thoreau.

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CAMPING PLAYLIST Ten chilled-out, camp-friendly tunes that should be on your rotation 1. Bat for Lashes, “Wilderness” 2. Neil Young, “Harvest Moon” 3. Dobie Gray, “Drift Away” 4. Heart, “Dog And Butterfly” 5. Alabama Shakes, “Rise to the Sun” 6. Explosions in the Sky, “Have You Passed Through This Night?” 7. The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” 8. Arcade Fire, “Wake Up” 9. Elvis Presley, “True Love Travels on a Gravel Road” 10. Jack White, “I Guess I Should Go to Sleep”

Boasting 500,000 visitors annually, and featuring eight campgrounds—from close to the water to woodsy and secluded sites—plus numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking, or even equestrian trails for the “horsey family,” Sly Park couldn’t be more family-friendly if it tried. Let’s talk location. You and your family will be camping by the crystal clear Jenkinson Lake, big enough for boating and/or fishing, yet perfect for swimming or just relaxing. Jenkinson Lake is actually a reservoir, which means plenty of calm water to entice even the most water-shy little ones. Surrounded by towering pines and wildlife, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from civilization. With so much to do, and so much beautiful scenery to enjoy, the only downside of bringing your family here is they won’t want to leave!

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CAMPING GADGETS Utility Knife: A Swiss Army knife, a Leatherman, whatever floats your boat. You will need it and you will use it. Plus, they’re cool. Collapsible Bowls: These rubber/plastic combos store flat and pop into shape when they’re ready to use. Check your favorite camping supplier. Jetboil: A one-liter travel mug attached to a small portable burner. No big deal—except that it boils water in two minutes. Come on, you need one…even if just to grin smugly at your co-campers. Headlight: A small powerful flashlight that you strap to your head. Accidentally drop your flashlight into the campground portaloo and you will suddenly see the wisdom of these nerdy-looking headlights. They’re also great for impromptu campfire dance parties.

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COFFEE IS FOR CAMPERS Roughing it should never mean going without coffee. Aerobie AeroPress: Cheap and portable comprising two interlocking plastic cylinders, and the wonders of vacuum brewing. Makes coffee or espresso. (We know. It had you at hello, right?) Brunton Flip N’ Drip: Heat the water in the carafe. Twist on the coffee filter and drinking mug, flip it over and brew a delicious cup of coffee! French Press: Grab a stainless steel thermal French press from a camping supply store. Not fancy or scientific but it’s delicious coffee that stays hot! MSR Mugmate Tea/Coffee Filter: A simple reusable filter that fits in your travel mug: just add your tea leaves or coffee grounds, pour over some hot water, cover it with the lid and let it steep. Voila!

GREAT CAMP EATS: THERE’S MORE THAN S’MORES Choconana: Cut banana lengthways with skin on. Add chocolate pieces, mini-marshmallows, nuts, etc. Wrap in foil and bury in coals. Leave for 10 minutes. Unwrap. Put in face. Baked apple: Core an apple and set it on a sheet of tinfoil. Mix together some raisins, cinnamon and sugar; fill the hole with the mixture. Wrap in foil, set in coals for 10-15 minutes. Voila! Campfire popcorn: Put 2 tablespoons popcorn and 2 tablespoons oil on a large square of foil and seal into a loose pouch. Tie a length of string to one corner of the pouch and tie the string to a stick. Shake the pouch over campfire until it’s popped. Eat!

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Pro tip: Before you go camping, pre-grind and measure out your coffee into portion-size containers or bags ready for your morning coffee ritual.

Folsom Lake Photo by John Stricker. Pocket knife photo © yaisirichai/ Coffee photo © Peter Atkins/

Say “camping” and people usually envision a lot of travel, which is fine if you’re determined to get away from it all for an extended period of time. But for the weekend, sometimes the getaway you’re seeking is right in your own backyard. For Folsomites and Roseville-dwellers especially, Folsom Lake is the perfect quick getaway for close-by camping. Beal’s Point Campground, part of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, can get pretty crowded in the summertime, but it’s a great spot for a short getaway on those warm spring weekends too. Swim, fish, hike, or head around to the marina and enjoy boating on the lake; there’s plenty of activities to take advantage of. Bring your bikes or jogging shoes and trek the American River Bike Trail that starts at Beal’s Point—it can take you all the way into downtown Sacramento if you’re so inclined.

golf to a tee A Sport Fore the Whole Family by Kevin Elms

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olf has come a long way over the years. It’s broken through the barriers of what once was a wealthy elitist’s game and transitioned into one that families from all backgrounds can enjoy together. Professional golfers like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Rickey Fowler have become the superstars of their generation. They grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, Wheaties boxes, and have even been segmented on TMZ. Their celebrity status has made them role models to a younger generation and has made golf just as popular, if not more popular, than other major sports.

MY LOVE OF THE GAME I remember my first golfing experience; it was at the ripe young age of eight. My dad let me skip school, which was a treat in itself. It was a Wednesday morning and he was playing with a few friends. And even though the course rules stated you had to be 16 years old, he let me drive the cart. Every time the marshal drove past we switched seats to avoid getting in trouble; this happened numerous times throughout the round, but I never got caught. When we got to the 12th hole, I noticed it had a giant water hazard. I asked Dad if I could take a swing and hit it into the water. We had no groups behind us and his friends thought it’d be funny to see, so Dad agreed. It was a par 3, 186 yards. I grabbed my dad’s driver, which was too big for me, and set the ball up on the tee. Squinting down on that Titleist, I swung the club as hard as I could. Expecting to see a splash, everyone was amazed to see the ball soar toward the green. I can still remember everyone’s faces as we walked over to see my ball two feet away from the hole. I hit it closer than everyone in the group, including my dad. Needless to say, I was hooked on the game and still have that ball as a memento. It usually only takes one great personal moment to fall in love with the game of golf. After my moment, Dad signed me up for lessons with the local golf pro, which helped me gain a clearer understanding of the game. Lessons are not only instructional, but can be great for every member of the family. No matter your skill level, getting hands-on training will improve your level of play.

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DID YOU KNOW? The “19th hole” is also called the clubhouse bar. The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. An ace is when a player hits a ball directly from the tee into the hole with one stroke; also called a hole in one. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million. A fore is a warning shout given when there’s a chance the ball may hit other players or spectators. A signature hole is the one hole a golf course decides is the most aesthetically pleasing and most photographic. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. “Address” in golf is the position of one’s body taken just before the golfer hits the ball. Contrary to popular mythology, the word golf is not an acronym for “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden.” Golf balls travel significantly further on hot days.

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can sometimes pose a challenge. The most important thing is to find a course close to home. Depending on your skill level, I recommend using a 2-iron or 3-wood. Every course plays at different levels of difficulty, but you can choose from multiple tees to fit your family’s skill level.

GEAR UP Once you’ve found the right course, start looking for gear. When looking for clubs, most people just go for the top name brands. This is usually a big mistake and could affect the way you play. Always test your clubs before buying them. Almost every pro shop or golf specialty store will let you demo drivers, irons and putters before making the final purchase. Places like Golfsmith and course pro shops have many options to choose from and can make instore alterations to your clubs for an even better feel and swing. After clubs, comes finding a bag. I recommend a bag with wheels or a pull cart to go along with your bag, which will give you the option to walk the course. Walking 18 holes sounds tedious, but it can be

a healthy bonding experience with the family. Now it’s time to dress for success. The days of knickers and sweaters are long gone, although elements from the past are alive in today’s styles. Unless you’re at a country club where dress code is strictly enforced, it’s key to dress for comfort. Especially when walking the course, you want to be as comfortable as possible. Most major athletic brands such as Nike, Adidas and Puma produce clothing and shoes specifically for golf. Always remember to wear enough layers to brave the elements. Starting a round in the morning may require a heavy jacket, then as the weather improves it’s time to move to a light sweater, and when the day peaks dress down to your polo. I can’t emphasize dressing for comfort enough. It will make the round and your swing more enjoyable.

LESSONS LEARNED Now that you have all your gear, let’s move on to improving that swing. Before you hit the links, take a lesson with a local golf pro. Lessons are beneficial for a child’s first experience or for a seasoned

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A Sampling Of Style’s Favorite Courses Apple Mountain Golf Resort “Carved through towering stands of pine, cedar, and madrone, the golf course offers some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere.” 3455 Carson Road, Camino, 530-647-7400,

BASS LAKE GOLF COURSE “Everything the beautiful California Sierra Foothills has to offer is on display year-round.” Bass Lake Golf Course in El Dorado Hills offers a threeday Junior Golf Camp for boys and girls of all skill levels and various age groups (7-8, 9-12 and 13-17). The camp includes instruction, activities and lunch each day. PGA professionals help youth with confidence, self-control, patience, respect for the game and etiquette. 3000 Alexandrite Drive, Rescue, 530-677-4653,

Diamond Oaks Golf Course “Designed by Ted Robinson, Diamond Oaks will suit all levels of ability as well as providing a fully stocked Golf Shop, Legends & Heroes Grill and practice facility.” 349 Diamond Oaks Road, Roseville, 916-771-4653,

EMPIRE RANCH GOLF CLUB player’s improvement. Some golf pros offer family rates, charge per lesson or do package rates. Check with your local course for rates and availability.

“The links-style golf course provides the perfect balance between challenge and reward.” 1620 East Natoma Street, Folsom. 916-790-1595, clubs/empire-ranch-golf-club


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FUN WITH THE FAMILY As you walk from hole to hole, find fun, fresh ways to challenge yourself and your family. Have contests, such as longest drive, closest to the hole or best putt. This will get the kids excited, and it’s far better than playing lowest score. And remember: Although you’re playing as a family, golf is an individual sport and it’s easy to get frustrated with yourself, which can sometimes be hard for younger players and dent their confidence. Explain to your kids that practice makes perfect. Most importantly, have fun! Golf is a great game—one that’s become more family-oriented in recent years. With the arrival of spring and warmer temps, round up your family and take advantage of this great game. As well, most golf courses have a “twilight” greens fee starting around 3-4 p.m., letting you play until dark at a reduced rate—an excellent opportunity for families, or anyone, to practice without breaking the bank. Fore!

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“Granite Bay Golf Club is a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary with a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Kyle Phillips.” 9600 Golf Club Drive, Granite Bay, 916-3674589,

Haggin Oaks “The clubhouse and facilities at Haggin Oaks include the largest and beststocked pro shop in the United States. The pro shop has won numerous awards including the coveted Golf World Top Public Golf Shop Award.” 3645 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, 916-481-GOLF,

MATHER GOLF COURSE “Located on a former Air Force base, there are 18 holes of tree-lined open fairways and medium-sized greens.” 4103 Zinfandel Drive, Mather, 916-3644354,

WHITNEY OAKS GOLF CLUB “Professional golf legend Johnny Miller and Santa Rosa architect Fred Bliss designed this challenging 6,800-yard course where water or wetlands come into play on every hole.” 2305 Clubhouse Drive, Rocklin, 916-632-8333,

Woodcreek Golf Club “Designed by Robert Muir Graves in 1995, Woodcreek features a distinct mix of 18 championship holes set amongst mature oak tress and native wetland habitat.” 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard, Roseville, 916-771-4653,

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Guinness Bread Pudding

The menu spans the usual pub offerings, from familiar dishes with a twist to the wholly unexpected.


raped in black and red paint, 36 Handles—which opened in early December—may seem like a brooding pub replete with dark corners and standoffish patrons, but step inside and you’ll find that restaurateur Richard Righton (of nearby Relish Burger Bar and Bidwell Street Bistro), has created a warm and open locale where the jersey-clad cheery staff are serving up hearty food and quality brews with a side of cool-kid swagger. Relax with a game of darts or shuffleboard and head to the namesake 36 tap handles for a Guinness (or if you’re in a local mood, try the Old Town Brown by Auburn Alehouse); be sure to check out the charmingly old-school chalkboard for a list of what’s featured on the eight rotating taps. The menu spans the usual pub offerings, from familiar dishes with a twist to the wholly unexpected. A charcuterie plate appetizer seems counterintuitive, but is sure to please. The jalapeño bacon mac & cheese—with its roasted jalapeños, bacon, garlic and Parmesan breadcrumbs—takes a childhood classic from “comfort food” to a “transcendent delight.” It’s merciful that it’s an appetizer, because I would definitely eat a mealsized portion (knowing I shouldn’t). The pub-menu staple fish & chips comes with an option of cod, haddock (cod’s slightly sweeter cousin) or salmon, in either panko or classic deep-fried versions. Another menu highlight is the macho bacon wrapped meatloaf, made with certified Angus beef and ground pork, then topped with a brandied mushroom sauce and crispy onion straws. Other enticing menu offerings include the corned beef Reuben with braised cabbage on marble rye, and on the lighter side a salmon wonton salad, with butter and iceberg lettuce, sliced almonds, wonton strips, preserved lemon, roasted red pepper and citrus vinaigrette. With food this good it may seem impossible, but you must save room for dessert—the Guinness bread pudding served with vanilla bean ice cream and Bourbon caramel sauce is so good you’ll be asking for extra to take home.

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Log Cabin Café A Meal to Remember by Nelli Badikyan Photography by Dante Fontana

Fettucine Alfredo with Smoked Salmon


t was the perfect date! A friend visiting from Los Angeles joined me for lunch, and I’m proud to say I sent her home with an experience uncommon in her natural habitat. Isolated among tall trees in the middle of a dirt road stands a beautiful site very unique to the usual dining scene. Log Cabin Café (aka Sierra Banquet Center) is a two-story, cozy cabin look-alike, thanks to the exterior’s hand-carved, red pine logs and interior’s granite, wood-burning fireplace and elk chandelier. If the eatery doesn’t leave you with a smidge of historical sentiment, perhaps the 900-year-old bar’s wooden top (the ninth oldest in the U.S.) may have something to add. Kudos to the waiter for putting our appetite into gear with the deep-fried butterfly shrimp starter, followed by my entrée: fettuccine Alfredo with smoked salmon. Tossed in creamy Alfredo sauce, capped with robust salmon and finished off with grated, Parmesan cheese, it was love at first sight (with the assistance of Frank Sinatra’s music filling the room). The folks in the kitchen must know the true meaning of the term “fresh” because my guest was overly pleased with her choice of fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp. Both entrées were served with Log Cabin’s house salad, lightly dressed in a delicious balsamic vinaigrette. The apple berry crisp—a soft crust topped with baked apples, berries and scoops of vanilla ice cream all drizzled with warm caramel sauce—was the perfect finishing touch. Remarkable dishes may be one reason behind the confidence the restaurant exerts when offering memorable events (another service they provide), but the views are another. The second story shares a breathtaking sight of the Sierras and the gardens below. I can’t say which I appreciated more, the comforting setting or the vigorous meals, but am conclusively giving it two thumbs up for the combined experience. After all, there was nothing more satisfying than leaving my guest content with her visit.

Kudos to the waiter for putting our appetite into gear with the deep-fried butterfly shrimp starter…

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Log Cabin Café, 3220 Pondorado Road, Camino, 530-644-0345, April – 57

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EL DORADO HILLS 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 offering some 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.

Chantara Thai 4361 Town Center Blvd. (916-939-0389 or 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.

Chiyo Sushi 1121 White Rock Rd. (916-934-0460, 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 the 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 topnotch seafood, it is the perfect dining spot for any day or night.

Sienna Restaurant 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 9

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 Hub Coffee House & Café 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 110 (916-9396764). Café, coffee/tea, outdoor seating available, free Wi-Fi $ ➻ No café says “welcome” in a more inviting way than the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of The Hub Coffee House & Café. Independently owned and operated, they offer a wide variety of fresh made coffees alongside their homemade quiches that will leave your taste buds gratified. Enjoy jazz? Stop by on Friday nights for some live jazz music as a great way to end the evening.

The Purple Place 363 Green Valley Rd. (916-933-2616 or 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.

Sky Sushi

Bidwell Street Bistro **

3907 Park Dr. (916-941-6310 or 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

1004 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-7500 or French/American, lunch/dinner, full bar, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$$ ➻ Bidwell Street Bistro has been serving excellent food and wine in Folsom for over 9

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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 your special events and business dinners. Stop by and enjoy the seasonal menu and extensive wine list. See ad on page 62

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!

Early Toast ** 25075 Blue Ravine Rd. (916-984-5200). Breakfast & brunch, beer & wine only, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Early Toast is a family-owned restaurant dedicated to leaving their customers highly satisfied with their excellent food and dedicated service. Located in the heart of Folsom, they offer a wide variety of breakfast items, from omelets to crepes. $5 mimosas, all day, Monday thru Friday? Absolutely!

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, house-made 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 11

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.

Folsom Sports Garage ** 25005 Blue Ravine Rd. (916-984-7008 or American sports bar, lunch/dinner, full bar, happy hour, reservations accepted, outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi $$ ➻ If you enjoy watching sports, you will love the Folsom Sports Garage. With 14 flat screen TV’s around the restaurant, you will surely find your favorite games on. Choose from the selection of juicy burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and be sure to catch the happy hour drinks at the fully stocked bar!

Girasole Pizza 2700 E. Bidwell St., Suite 500 (916-984-7179 or Italian, lunch/dinner, beer & wine only, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Are you in on Folsom’s best kept secret? It’s all about the homemade, artisan quality of Italian food! Stop by and get a taste of the New York-style, thin and crispy crust pizza or the pomodoro al forno pasta, the authentic way. Ask about their weekly specials and you may be in on a sweet surprise.

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 got yourself the perfect meal. The unique ingredient combinations at Hampton’s on Sutter create one-of-a-kind meals; while the phenomenal customer service and cozy ambiance, with upstairs and downstairs patio seating, leave you with a 5-star dining experience.

I Love Teriyaki & Sushi 185 Blue Ravine Rd. (916-357-5202). Japanese sushi bar, lunch/dinner, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Did someone say miso soup? If you love the taste of the steamy, hot Japanese soup, I Love Teriyaki & Sushi is the place for you. Enjoy complimentary miso soup with anything you order on any evening! The Teriyaki plates are a specialty and come in large portions to appease your appetite.

Jack’s Urban Eats ** 2756 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-5553 or 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.

Karen’s Bakery and Café ** 705 Gold Lake Dr. (916-985-2665 or 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 over 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 or 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 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

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restaurantguide La Rosa Blanca continued... seating available $$ ➻ You’re part of the family at La Rosa Blanca restaurant 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.

Main Street Bagel Café ** 1125 Riley St. (916-983-6444). Bagel café $ ➻ Whether you are looking for a breakfast bagel, a healthy bagel, or a chocolate chip bagel, you will find it here at the Main Street Bagel Café. With so many different bagels to choose from you can rest assured you will find the perfect one. And, with the large variety of drink choices, you can certainly make it the ideal meal.

Mary’s Gold Miner Café

916-984-8607 | 25095 Blue Ravine Rd. Folsom, CA In the new Raley’s Center

426 E. Bidwell St. (916-984-4181 or Traditional American, breakfast & brunch/ lunch $$ ➻ Stop by Mary’s Gold Miner Café for a little taste of one 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.

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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 breakfast every Saturday and Sunday. See ad on page 60

Pronto’s Pizzeria 299 Iron Point Rd. (916-608-0720 or 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 & 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

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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 the allyou-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. See ad on page 59

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 71

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.



Wasabi House 2371 Iron Point Rd. (916-817-8887). Japanese, beer & wine only, reservations accepted, outdoor seating available $$ ➻ Superb and chic ambience, friendly staff and delicious dishes at reasonable prices – what more can the impeccable Japanese restaurant possibly consist of? At Wasabi House you will be convinced that great service is priority and great food is valued when you try one of their thin beef with scallions or broiled filet dishes.

Willow Café & Sweetery 13405 Folsom Blvd., Suite 950 (916-2947805 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.

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taste Puerco Pibil From Flavors of Belize: The Cookbook Recipe by Chef Sean Kuylen (McNab Publishing, 2012, $47.95)

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5 lb. pork shoulder or pork leg, bone-in 1 head garlic 1 1/2 tbsp. salt 2 tsp. cumin 1 1/2 tsp. allspice 1 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp. red recado, diluted to form paste 1/2 cup sour orange juice 2 medium onions, quartered 2 medium green bell peppers, quartered 1/4 cup cilantro, minced Smoked banana leaves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pierce pork with knife and insert garlic cloves all around. Mix all dry ingredients; combine with recado (diluted in orange juice) and coat pork. Marinate overnight. Place pork in large roasting pan lined with banana leaves. Add onion, sweet pepper and place cilantro on top. Pour remaining marinade liquid and add more water to pan to approximately 1 inch high. Cover with banana leaves and seal tightly with foil. Bake for 5 hours or until meat is very tender and starts to release from the bone. Shred pork and serve on warm corn tortillas topped with pickled red onions or habanero salsa. The pork can also be cooked in a slow cooker, on low, for 12 hours, or on high for 6 hours. Serves 8 Cochinita (small pig) pibil (to bury) literally translates to “buried whole suckling pig.” Traditionally, you should marinate the pork in the same manner, but cook the whole pig wrapped in banana leaves underground with fire wood and hot stones for hours until tender.

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SHENANDOAH VINEYARDS 2010 SPECIAL RESERVE ZINFANDEL Zinfandel is a dark-skinned grape variety, which has been widely cultivated in California since its arrival from Europe in the early 19th century. It wasn’t until the 1990s when Zinfandel was confirmed to be Italy’s Primitivo, which originally came from Croatia. Here in the Sierra Foothills, wineries are well known for producing great Zinfandels. One of those great Zins is the 2010 Special Reserve Zinfandel from Shenandoah Vineyards, a winery owned and operated by the Sobon family since 1977. The grapes for this wine are grown in one of the oldest vineyards in the area, Paul’s Vineyard (Paul Sobon is the winemaker); the vines were planted before prohibition and are very low producing. This wine variety has been amazing for a long time, but the 2010 vintage is exceptional! It has intense fruit-forward flavors of ripe plum and cocoa, and is a bold mouth-filling wine that will go well with a variety of foods, including lamb, duck and this month’s flavorful pork recipe, Puerco Pibil. Have a taste of “old vine Zinfandel” for approximately $11 a bottle. Cheers! —Richard Righton Owner, Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom

Wine bottle image courtesy of Sobon Estate & Shenandoah Vineyards; recipe and cookbook images courtesy of McNab Publishing.

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discover saratoga Small Town Charm, Big City Amenities by Barbara L. Steinberg 64 - April 2013

few distractions to bring you back again and again.

UNWIND AND SNOOZE A one-time motor court, Saratoga Oaks Lodge has shed its cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly. From a single-queen room to two-room suites, it’s the ideal hibernation destination. Newly constructed “tree house” bungalows accommodate couples or groups—the perfect haven to chill out following the day’s escapades. In-room whirlpool bathtubs and steambath showers help you find your bliss, while amenities—including a microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast—abound. Shaded by majestic oaks, balconies and garden patios are a joy any season. Need further relaxation? An easy stroll leads to the full-service Preston Wynne Spa. Indulge alone or in pairs, while unwinding in the lounge or on the curtain-draped balcony. Staff comfort and fulfill your every need; for parties of two or more, ask about the duetto suite and spa packages. Fully de-stressed, pour yourself into village wine tasting rooms Cinnabar Winery, Big Basin Vineyards, Uncorked and M4 Michaud & Martella. Nothing goes better with wine than luscious, handcrafted chocolates; luckily this sinful pleasure is close enough to see and taste at Saratoga Chocolates.


Photo courtesy of The Mountain Winery.

View from The Mountain Winery


alifornia’s byways never disappoint; interstates and boulevards wind their way through the outskirts of San Jose to Big Basin Way and Saratoga Village. The small-town charm and pedestrian-friendly “main street” beckons visitors to walk and explore Sara-

toga’s finest dining, day spas, wine tasting, art galleries, and fabulous retail shops. Close by, performing arts venues provide astounding entertainment, including yearround and seasonal top-name performers. Historic gardens, hiking, horseback riding, wineries and breathtaking views are just a

On the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, zigzagging and sometimes precipitous roads lead from Saratoga Village to stunning vistas, hidden gardens, a captivating villa and chateau, vineyards and tasting rooms. Be swept away by the magic! Arriving at the regal Mountain Winery, you immediately understand why Paul Masson—the original owner—called it his “vineyard in the sky.” Views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Silicon Valley below are inspirational, while a sacred feeling exudes within the winery’s inner sanctum. A Saratoga landmark since the early 1900s, the summer concert series, world-class wines and cuisine catapult Mountain Winery to the top of your bucket list! Just a few miles away, sequestered on a hillside, the Mediterranean-style Villa Montalvo is another Saratoga jewel. The 175-acre estate—now Montalvo Arts CenApril 2013 - 65

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visitors wander the gardens and meditate on benches overlooking the koi pond or bamboo forest. Hakone also conducts a number of their own events, including tea ceremonies and Maturi (a spring festival), slated for May 19. The 28-acre organic Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards and Garrod Farms is an experience like no other. Just minutes from the Saratoga Village, enjoy scenic horseback-riding adventures through the vineyards and Mid Peninsula Open Space Preserves, followed by wine tasting in the historic fruit house.


Mountain Winery Saratoga Chocolates

Bella Saratoga Restaurant

Located in a stunning Victorian house, Bella Saratoga Restaurant serves superbly prepared Italian fare in an intimate setting. Plates of award-winning pastas, local vegetables, fresh fish, filet mignon and pizzas are bountiful, so come hungry. Fronted by a lovely covered patio, ask about dining al fresco in spring and summer. Haute cuisine? Haute décor? The Michelin-rated Plumed Horse is exactly that. The ambiance exudes chic elegance and comfort. Draped in golden light and warm woods, dining rooms are exquisitely decorated—a true visual feast. Feel free to roam and ogle the towering wine cellar housing more than 1,800 wines from around the world. But brace yourself! You are about to be treated to gastronomic artistry. Every berry, vegetable, meat, fish, wild game, sauce and dessert is painstakingly plated. Chef/owner Peter Armellino’s classic French style will captivate your palate.


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ter—offers extraordinary performing arts programs, year-round concert series, miles of woodland hiking trails and formal and informal gardens. Go in search of Sculpture on the Grounds—a multifaceted installation of works of art. Enjoy the music of waterfalls and Mother Nature at her finest at Hakone Estate & Gardens. Influenced by Buddhist and Zen cultures, this ever-changing landscape presents something new each 66 - April 2013

Hakone Garden Moon Bridge and koi pond

season. In spring and summer, multihued wisteria, azaleas and rhododendron await; delicate maples show their best fall colors; and winter brings a wall of camellias. The oldest Japanese and Asian estate garden in the Western Hemisphere, it is also a treasure of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More than 18 acres,

Cyclists adore road trips up Highway 9 into the Santa Cruz Mountains. At Blue Rock Shoot, a wide selection of fresh-roasted coffees and specialty drinks make this a perfect rise-and-shine locale for a morning wander or post-bike ride hangout. Live music and comedy nights are also popular here. If memories aren’t enough, Deja & Co. Exquisite Jewels provide the definitive memento. A collection of jewelry from around the world and house-designed pieces are lavishly displayed for your viewing pleasure.


Preston Wynne Spa photo courtesy of Preston Wynne Spa. Villa Montalvo courtesy of Bahara Emami. The Mountain Winery photo courtesy of The Mountain Winery. All other photos courtesy of Barbara L. Steinberg.


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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? We found each other! I’ve been a fine carpenter my whole life and love working with kitchens and cabinetry. Over the years, I’ve developed bringing complete quality and value into my clients’ homes. Now I’m an award-winning designer. How are you involved with both the community and your customer? I love my community! Everything I do is in the best interest of my customer. My clients have given me so much over the years, and all I want to do is give more back. Where do you go when the going gets tough? My wife—she is the best spiritual advisor one can have. What’s your biggest job perk? I love seeing my designs built. It’s very satisfying to design a kitchen and then to build it! After, when it’s complete, I love spending time photographing it. What’s your favorite childhood memory? I used to love going on long walks with my grandfather and hearing his stories from when he was young. If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why? The Dalai Lama for infinite wisdom; Pablo Neruda to put all my words into a poem; Leonard Cohen to put all my words into a song. What’s your favorite local event that you go to? I love going to all of the local farmers’ markets around the Sacramento area; I love the smell of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. If you could be any other profession, what would it be? A food critic—I love to eat and talk about it. And finally, customer service is…? At NAR Fine Carpentry, customer service is exceeding our clients’ expectations with professionalism, quality, innovative designs and products, and a seamless experience with their home investments. We are who we are because of our wonderful clients!

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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? I honestly believe this business found me. Some members of my family have health issues, and when I saw all of the great things virgin coconut oil (VCO) was doing for them and how it was changing their quality of life, I started to research and break down what it would do for others and myself. That is when I decided to be a distributor of Santa Maria 100-percent Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines; it is the best of the best. What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience? I grew up in San Jose and at a very young age I took care of newborn babies. Our neighbors had a baby girl and the mom needed to go back to work part-time, so as soon as I came home from school, I would go to their house and take over. It always amazed me how wonderful it was to hold and nurture a baby. Now I sell a Leona Sunseri product that is good for the baby and helps the mother too. What is your hidden talent? Mentoring middle school-aged girls and teaching them to knit after school. I’ve been Tree of Life doing it for several years now and have taught some to knit, crochet, and even sew. We 2827 Stanford Lane start with simple tasks and then move on to other items of interest. When I tell people El Dorado Hills what I do with my time in the community, I get all of the supplies donated. I usually go 408-718-5665 to garage sales and get sewing machines donated; I’ll clean them and then gift them to the students. What is your favorite place to eat out locally? Asian Bistro—I love their Combo Noodle Soup. They’re always friendly, and they always recognize my voice on the phone. What is your favorite local event that you go to? Concerts in the Park at the CSD in El Dorado Hills.

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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you? Candle Soap Bar is a luxury soy candle and all-natural soap company. It was born during a very relaxing candlelit bubble bath one night. I was tired of purchasing toxic-burning candles and using bath products that weren’t of good quality, so I set out to produce luxurious clean-burning soy candles and all-natural quality soap products to offer people who appreciate health and relaxation. I’ve always been passionate about having a good smelling home and obsessed with candles. As well, I call myself a bath product junkie—this business was a no brainer for me. I’d say it was meant to be. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? I’m most proud of my beautiful family and the home I’ve built. I’m also very proud to have started a company while juggling caring for my two small infants and watching my business come to life. Where do you go when the going gets tough? I go straight to my bathtub and turn off all the lights, light my candles, reflect and relax. What’s your biggest job perk? I will never have to buy candles, soap or bath products ever again! What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? The Purple Place in El Dorado Hills. Where do you and your family go locally to have fun? I like to take the kids out on Folsom Lake in the summer for water fun and camping. In the winter, I take them to the Sierra to play in the snow. What’s your favorite local business other than your own? Maribou Salon on Sutter—it’s where I get my hair styled and the staff is so friendly. And finally, customer service is…? The key to my success. My customers mean everything to me and I strive to make them happy and give them a product that is well worth the cost.

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Describe your business. I’m a nurse practitioner who’s been practicing women’s health for 20 years; I’ve loved contributing to many amazing women throughout the years. I’m now focused on assisting them with finding personalized, integrative ways to create the life they desire and deserve—whether it’s hormonal evaluation, lifestyle changes, or both. What life accomplishments are you most proud of? I’ve raised three beautiful sons that have become a wonderful contribution in their own right. Also, I like to think I’ve helped, supported and made a difference to the women I’ve served throughout the years. Who is your role model in business or in life, and why? My role model is Mother Teresa. I love her quote, “If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” What’s your hidden talent?
 Mary Ann Simpson, N.P. It’s not really hidden—most who know me, know I love to cook. What’s your biggest job perk? I love connecting with other women and sharing my pearls of wisdom, along with hearing Mary Ann Simpson, theirs; as well, I love creating a sense of community—a safe place for women to come and 820 Wales Drive, Suite 2 experience support and understanding. Folsom What’s your favorite place to eat out locally? 916-757-8035 Manderes in Folsom. Where do you and your family go locally to have fun?
 We love to be in nature, whether hiking or swimming. I also love the American River Bike Trail and ride there whenever I get the chance. Being in our gorgeous parks and rivers is amazing; I’m so grateful to live in this area. If you could be any other profession, what would it be? A horse trainer (or anything that has to do with horses); I don’t have one, but I love them.












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hounding the pavement Adventures in Dog Walking by Tom Mailey


f you’ve ever seen a five-year-old learn it’s Christmas morning, or they are going to Disneyland and all they have to eat for the whole trip are candy canes and cake, you might see the kind of reaction my dogs have every time I utter the word walk. They could be dead asleep, two rooms away, but when I say walk, they’ll come bounding up to me like the next contestants on The Price Is Right. I’m actually bracing myself right now just typing the word, because I’m not so sure they can’t read my mind. We have two dogs. Bella is a sevenyear-old chiuweenie. When she hears walk, she’ll rear back repeatedly on her hind legs, her front feet pawing at the air like a miniature version of the Lone Ranger’s horse. Instead of the God-awful sweaters my wife sometimes makes her

wear, I think she should have a little custom-made saddle. Bella isn’t a ball-chasing kind of dog. I’m not sure if that’s because she’s too stupid, or too smart. Her idea of fun is hitting the empty field behind our neighborhood, where I unclip her to do what she loves most: protect the world from dangerous jackrabbits and pheasants of ill repute. With her nose to the ground she takes off through the brush—until the culprits are flushed from their tangled hideouts. More than once I’ve had the holy living crap scared out of me when a long-eared rabbit or colorful bird suddenly explodes from a clump of grass in front of me to escape our hoagie-sized hellhound. Bella will chase the animal for a few yards before halting with her diminutive chest puffed out and rather smug look on her face. Then she’ll glance

back; I can’t tell if she’s thinking “You’re welcome” or “Did you see that? That was awesome!” Probably both. Diamond, on the other hand, is our elderly white lab. She’s going on 14 now, which is pretty much “assisted living” in dog years. Diamond used to get as worked up as Bella before a walk. Her tail would wag so hard it became a happy weapon that bruised shins and knocked knick-knacks from end tables. Now, even though she’s got arthritis and more lumps than a beginner’s mashed potatoes, she still likes to go. At the sound of the word she’ll pad over to me gingerly, her tail flitting back and forth with as much enthusiasm as she can muster and an expression on her face that can only be described as grateful. If she were a person, Diamond would need a HurryCane. But boy, back in the day, she could outrun the wind. Unlike Bella, she lived to chase a ball. I had one of those tennis ball flinger-things that could rocket the ball 75 yards away with ease, and she could almost reach it before it stopped rolling. Then she’d gallop

back, her ears flapping behind her like two flags in a windstorm, and plop it at my feet. That could go on for hours. As she got older, the catch sessions grew shorter until gradually, sniffing became her new hobby. Getting to the field as quickly as possible is no longer important (she used to pull our boys on skateboards like a suburban sled dog). Now all she wants to do is stop and smell the roses…and the lawns, the fire hydrants, the neighbors’ car tires. And pee on most of them too, which I guess is dog for “DiaMoNd Wuz HeRe.” In fact, I should take them for a walk right now. Or maybe, all this time, they’ve been taking me.




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“The Uncensored Message that My Wife Asked Me Not to Write…” Dear friend, Well, at first, my wife asked me not to write this. We had a big discussion about it. Finally, she understood what I was trying to do, and actually helped me write this letter to you. Here’s the thing. In my office, most of the people that come in to see me tell me they’ve “tried everything.” They’ve had “every” test, wound up with huge medical bills, and are still no better off. Often, they’ve been subjected to medications that have only served to temporarily mask symptoms. That’s not what most people are looking for.

might never regain feeling again in her left leg. A friend of mine convinces me to give his doctor a try. This new doctor does an exam takes some films, and then ‘adjusts’ my wife’s spine (he tells us there is compression in her body creating pressure on the nerves that are affecting her legs.) The adjustment is very gentle, and post exams and films are taken to assure the adjustment is successful.

Health, or the lack of it, very often has simple causes, and very reasonable corrections. That’s what I’m going to tell you about. But, before I tell you more, let me On the way home from our visit tell you something about me… my wife states that she felt At the time, I’m about to become a tingling in her legs! Oh, did I brand new father. For nine months mention that this doctor is a my wife and I are excited and a bit chiropractor? Within a few short nervous to meet our unborn months, she has full use of both daughter. Then it happens, my legs. I’m so impressed with the wife is having complications so the results, and the other ‘miracles’ doctor induces her one month that are shared with us at his early. The labor is exhausting and office, that I eventually went to the cord is wrapped around my chiropractic school myself. And daughter’s neck. With no time to that’s how it happened! spare, the doctor delivers our baby by way of forceps. Our newborn is Back to what my wife (at first) lifeless when we first meet her, and didn’t want me to write. It’s that my wife is physically, mentally, chiropractic is one of the biggest and emotionally spent. “secrets” in health care. Few people (relatively, only 10% have After a week in the intensive care been to a chiropractor) know unit my daughter, Aislyn, is well about it. And many of the rest enough to go home. Sadly, my could be helped if they only knew wife is not doing well. She has the true story. My wife could have limited use of both of her legs and been confined to a walker or is checked out of the hospital with possibly a wheelchair had we not a walker. Our lives become a been encouraged to seek challenge as she cannot carry our chiropractic care. So, I often feel baby from room to room, and I am like shouting it from the away most of the day. The doctor’s mountaintop! Is that at the hospital are perplexed so “professional?” Well, maybe it is, they refer us to a neurologist. We or maybe not. But, I’ve decided left with a grim prognosis that she people should know.

Many of my patients travel well differently to care, but we get over an hour each way to see me terrific results. It’s that simple! for various problems like: Exciting Offer-Look, I know you’re smart. You want to get to  Headaches the cause of your problem, and not  Migraines just cover it up with drugs. When  Chronic pain you are one of the first 20 people  Neck pain to call and schedule a new patient  Shoulder/arm pain exam (by April September 2012) 30th,28,2013  Whiplash from car you’ll receive that entire exam for accidents $37. That includes x-rays, a  Backaches computerized postural analysis  Numbness in limbs and a detailed report of findings.  Athletic injuries The whole ball of wax, and, there Just to name a few… are no hidden fees. But, call right away because we expect to be Here’s what some of my flooded with calls as this exam patients had to say: normally costs $275. Again, there’s only 20 of these slots, so After my first adjustment, it don’t miss out and call today (by law, this offer excludes was like the floodgates were open. . I have been twisted up Medicare/Medicaid recipients.) for over 20 years and for the Great care at a great fee…Please, I first time I am moving in the hope that there’s no right direction. misunderstanding about quality -Sam W of care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at Dr. Hassey’s technique proves I a great fee. My qualifications…I’m didn’t have to be in pain for the a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. rest of my life. I was able to get I’ve been entrusted to take care of back to the active life I enjoy. tiny babies to pro athletes that -Toni S. you may know. I just have that low exam fee to help more people who As amazing as this may sound, I need care. have been symptom free since my first visit! My assistant is Kristen Katie and she is a -Greg G. really great person. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at After many years of major home. We have a wonderful shoulder pain, I saw Dr. Hassey service, at an exceptional fee. Our and after a few corrections the office is called NUCALI SPINAL constant pain was gone. CARE and it’s at 1200 Suncast -Tod J Lane, El Dorado Hills, CA. Our phone number is 916-626-4300. I have more stamina, am less Call Kristen Katie today for an stressed and I have increased appointment. We can help you. energy. Thank you and God bless. - Tantra M. -Matthew Hassey, D.C. Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with P.S. When accompanied by the their health problems. But I can’t first, I am also offering the second really take the credit. The truth is family member this same that I’ve never healed anyone of examination for only $10. anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. Of course, all people respond


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