May 2015 Mt. Diablo Business Women
Serving the Lafayette Community
By Fran Miller
Are you seeking networking opportunities, marketing platforms, or new friendships? The Mt. Diablo Business Women (MDBW) organization provides all of these things and more. MDBW is a network of professional self-employed and corporate businesswomen from a variety of industries who come together each month to share industry knowledge, market their businesses, improve their communities, and simply have fun. The 21-year-old organization was founded by former Danville resident Mary Hardeman-Schulze, who sought to create a welcoming local network where East Bay businesswomen could easily and informally network. The group started small, but through referrals, quickly grew. Membership today is at about 50, and there is room for more.
Bookmark Contest winners: Back row, left to right: John Halstead (HVE), Chaya Tong (Stanley), Kristi Conner (Lafayette), Ethan Del Rosario (Stanley), Georgia Carpenter (Stanley) and Isabella Bartos (Stanley). Front row, left to right: Kaitlyn Yasumura (HVE), Mattioli Sena (Springhill), Emily Roberts (Lafayette), Sofia Bartos (BVE) and Matthew Gillette (St. Pertpetua). Not pictured: Lisi Burciaga (Stanley).
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The winners of this year’s Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Bookmark Contest are Kindergarten: Matthew Gillette, St. Perpetua School; 1st Grade: Emily Roberts, Lafayette Elementary School; 2nd Grade: Mattioli Sena, Springhill Elementary; 3 rd Grade: Sofia Bartos, Burton Valley Elementary; 4th Grade: Kaitlyn Yasumura, Happy Valley Elementary; 5th Grade: John Halstead; 6th Grade: Ethan Del Rosario, Stanley Middle School; 7th Grade: Georgia Carpenter, Stanley Middle School; and 8th Grade: Lisi Burciaga, Stanley Middle School.
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An Evening with the Stars By Jim Scala
Members of Mt. Diablo Business Women gather at a recent event. (l-r): Lisa Andrews, Tiffany Pociecha, Jeniffer Huie, Marlise Kalsbeek-Cook, Trudy Triner (president of Mt. Diablo Business Women).
Benefits of MDBW membership include expanded networks of helpful business contacts, listings on the MDBW website, the opportunity to be a ‘Featured Member’ in the online newsletter distributed to more than 300 local businesswomen, the opportunity to discuss one’s business at meetings, reduced advertising rates on the MDBW website, and reduced dinner rates at the monthly meetings. In addition, members receive free admission to Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill Chambers of Commerce mixers. Perhaps most valued, though, are the friendships made amongst members. “I believe most members would say the real benefit of being in the group is the chance to develop warm, personal relationships with women, many of whom will, along the way, become either your client, your vendor or, in many cases, both!” says current MDBW president Trudy Triner. The monthly meetings are held at the Lafayette Park Hotel and include a three-course dinner; rates are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. The
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Drive up Mt. Diablo on May 23rd, and arrive at the lower summit parking lot by about 6:30PM for an inspiring evening with the stars. The program will begin at 7:30PM. You’ll see the universe as never before. Members of the Mt. Diablo Astronomical society (MDAS) will be standing by their telescopes to show you celestial objects. You’ll see craters of the Moon and the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. Some deep sky objects including nebulae and star clusters should be viewable. The views will capture your imagination, and the night sky will never be the same again. Every visitor says, “Wow!” many Volume IX - Number 5 3000F Danville Blvd #117 times during a viewing. In twilight, beAlamo, CA 94507 fore observing action starts, you’ll Telephone (925) 405-6397 be treated to a short talk entitled, Fax (925) 406-0547 email@example.com “Planets of our Solar System.” Then you’ll walk among the variAlisa Corstorphine ~ Publisher ous telescopes and see a spectacu- The opinions expressed herein belong to the writers, and do not necessarily reflect that of Lafayette Today. Lafayette lar sight through each one. Today is not responsible for the content of any of the ad-
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Celebrating Bike Month on a Bicycle Built for Two By Alisa Corstorphine, Editor
When I was in my early teens my mother found a police auction that the family attended. I remember the atmosphere was like an exciting garage sale. The auction consisted of recovered items that could not be reunited with their owners. What I remember most was a plethora of bicycles for auction. During the preview we found a brown, Schwinn tandem bicycle, sitting in a heap. It was missing a wheel or two and needed some love. Coming from a hands-on family, it was just the project for dad to tackle with his daughters. We bid on the bike and won the auction. Shortly after winning the tandem, another bicycle came up on the auction block that had wheels which would fit the newly acquired tandem. As the bidding started on the homely bike with the desired wheels I remember raising my hand and offering 10 cents for it. My opening bid garnered an “are you kidding” look from the auctioneer, so I bumped up my opening bid to 25 cents...going, going, gone! I won the bike and was able to harvest the wheels for our tandem project. We cobbled the two bikes together, made some tweaks and modifications, and created a new bike that became the envy of all of the neighborhood kids. Many fond memories were made riding around the neighborhood, performing circus stunts such as switching seats while riding, and piling more than two people on board as we circled around the block. It was nerve-wrecking to be in the back seat where the handlebars remained in a fixed position! As my sisters and I grew older, the bike moved down to our family beach house in Pacific Grove. There, once again, the bike took our family and friends on many excursions along the beach and into town.
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Over the 40+ years of having the bike it was given new tires, brakes, and tuneups and was well used. After four decades of keeping the bike maintained, dad lacked the interest to fix it again, and a sister and her husband decided to replace it with a new, shiny, tandem. Upon hearing the old bike was headed for a recycling center, my son spoke up and said he’d like to tackle the fix-up project on the old tandem. I brought it to his home in San Jose where he and his roommates took it for a quick spin and then started the tear-down process. The wheels are off, the rusty fenders are getting polished, and it looks like the bike will have a new lease on life once again. Perhaps one of the allures of the tandem is its old-fashioned novelty. In 1892 English composer Harry Dacre wrote a song titled “Daisy Bell.”As noted by author David Ewen in the book American Popular Songs, “When Dacre first came to the United States, he brought with him a bicycle, for which he was charged import duty. His friend William Jerome, another songwriter, remarked lightly: ‘It’s lucky you didn’t bring a bicycle built for two, otherwise you’d have to pay double duty.’” Dacre was so taken with the phrase “bicycle built for two” that he soon used it in a song. While I didn’t remember the song being called, Daisy Bell, I do remember the jingle of the line: “Of a bicycle built for two.” The old fashioned lyrics ‘Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true/ I’m half crazy over the love of you/ It won’t be a stylish marriage/ I can’t afford a carriage/ But you’ll look sweet/ Upon the seat/ Of a bicycle built for two’definitely harkens to another era. The bicycle built for two leads to people being together on a common adventure. I hope that the old tandem bike continues to bring fond memories for my son and his friends, and maybe he will take his mom for a spin once it is all back together again.
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa will be holding their annual “Food for Thought” event on June 7th from 2PM to 5:30PM at The Hacienda De Las Flores, located at 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga. The event, held at a garden party venue, will feature food, wine, beer, auctions, and entertainment. Participating restaurants are Lark Creek, La Finestra, Rustic Tavern,The Cooperage American Grill, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Corners Tavern, along with Loaves and Fishes own Chef, James Porter. The cost is $65 per person, or reserve a table of 10 for $650. Register at www.loavesfishescc.org or call 925-687-6760. The mission of Loaves and Fishes is to feed the hungry of Contra Costa County by providing free hot nutritious meals at five dining facilities. Proceeds from this event will help Loaves and Fishes raise funds to support their safety net program.
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Fallen Heroes Celebrity Golf & Bocce Ball Tournament and Tribute Dinner/Auction
Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes is proud to announce their 6 Annual Fallen Heroes Celebrity Golf & Bocce Ball Tournament & Tribute Dinner/Auction at Diablo Country Club, Diablo on Monday, June 1st. The event begins with breakfast followed by an honor guard tribute and national anthem. Golf will be a shotgun start/scramble format with a bocce tournament kicking-off at 1pm. A cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 4:30pm, followed by dinner, tribute, and live auction beginning at 6pm. Evening entertainment will included renown tenor Daniel Rodriguez a former NYPD officer known as the ‘Singing Policeman,’ and celebrity appearances by Gary Plummer, Barry Sims, Larry Wilcox, Ron Masak, and more! Proceeds benefit the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund for the children of fallen peace officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty in California. Seventeen peace officers and firefighters who died in 2014 will be honored for their sacrifice in protecting their communities. Scholarship awards will be presented at the event. For additional information or to sign-up for the event, visit www.thefallenheroes. org, or call (925) 831-2011. Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to honoring and supporting fallen California Law Enforcement and Fire Service personnel by paying tribute to their sacrifice and providing relief to their family members who have lost their beloved heroes in the line of duty.
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Healthy Household Cleaners Saturday, June 6 ~ 1:30 – 3:30PM
Have you ever considered making your own cleaning products? Every day we are exposed to thousands of chemical compounds from cleansers, carpets, furniture, bedding, curtains, household products, and clothing. Fortunately, we have control over our indoor environment and what we bring into our homes. These decisions can result in a healthier home and a healthier family. Learn about some of the chemicals we are exposed to, and how to lessen this exposure or avoid it. See how cleaning with natural homemade products can result in a healthier home, and discover some easy and fun drought tips to share with your family. Denise Koroslev has studied, grown, and used herbs for over 35 years. She is currently treasurer of the Northern California Unit of The Herb Society of America and president of Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, a non-profit organization which is restoring an 1800s historic site in Pleasant Hill.
Miwok Native American, Summer Camp August 10 – 12 ~ 8:30 – 11:30AM ~ Ages 8-12
What does it mean from the movie Pocahontas, “to paint with all the colors of the wind”? Come discover nature’s riches all around you: her foods, her materials, her peaceful sounds and spaces. You may discover that you do not want to leave. We’ll explore nature’s land, plants, trees, and animals. We’ll make acorn meal, arrow shafts, clapper sticks, and more. And you’ll learn that “to paint with all the colors of the wind” is to know nature as well as you know a best friend. Cost is $30 ($15 deposit required at time of registration); Deadline: June 1 Note: An additional session will be offered August 13 – 15 (8:30 – 11:30AM) if the maximum number of registrants is met for the August 10 – 12 session. Classes held at the Lafayette Community Garden, unless specified, are free. However, a $5 donation to support our education programs is appreciated. Register at www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org/sign-up-for-events. The garden is located at 3932 Mount Diablo Blvd (across from and just west of the Lafayette Reservoir). For additional garden events and activities, please visit www. lafayettecommunitygarden.org.
New Carts, Colors, and Services!
Those emptied pizza boxes will soon have a fresh place to go – the organics cart being delivered as part of a new contract with Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste). Republic Services will be replacing all residential carts in Lamorinda – recycling, organics and solid waste – between May and July. The new carts will have a different color scheme and clearer signage explaining what to put in each, with the goal of reducing what goes into the landfill. Food and food-soiled paper such as napkins, paper plates, and pizza boxes will go into the green organics cart, along with green waste. These items will end up in a compost facility. Many more types of plastic, including hard plastic toys, will go into the blue recycling cart, along with the usual paper, cardboard, metal, and glass, and on to a recycling facility. For most residents, the new recycle, organics and landfill carts will be delivered the day before their regular collection day. The old carts will be removed the following day, after they are emptied. Look for details in the mail, or call Republic Services at (925) 685-4711. What happens to those old carts? If they are in good shape, they will be reused in cities that still use the ‘old’ color scheme. And if they are not in good shape, they will be recycled, of course!
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Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop Bathing Suits Event
The dedicated member volunteers at Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, located at 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette, are busy preparing for the “lazy, hazy days of summer” with the annual Bathing Suits event. This wellattended promotion begins on Tuesday, May 19, at 10 AM and continues, hopefully, throughout volunteer Rhonda Raphel invites you to take the following two weeks (subject Member the plunge during this “hot bargains for everybody” to inventory availability). Bathing Suits event! What makes this event a one-stop shopping spree is that it goes beyond bathing suits. Fantastic bargains include swimwear for the entire family, cover ups for both adults and children, beach towels, wet suits, sun shirts and sun hats—all “suitable” for pool side and beach time rest and relaxation. To quote a popular tune of the late 50’s, “Here Comes Summer,” so bring on the sun! Check out department store tags to realize the 50’s prices you will enjoy while improving the lives of those in our community who are vulnerable. To learn about Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s philanthropic programs that the thrift shop funds and the recently awarded GuideStar Exchange gold participation level status, please visit www.diablovalley.assistanceleague.org or the GuideStar Exchange.
Lafayette Hiking Group
Tuesday, May 19 ~ Guided Nature Hike on Mount Diablo The group will hike from Juniper Campground to Green Ranch. They will view late season wildflowers, learn about the geology of the mountain, visit an area recovering from the 2013 fire, and hear the fascinating history of Green Ranch. Park entrance fee is $10. Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Olympic Blvd & Pleasant Hill Rd. South The group forms carpools to the trailhead. Bring lunch and snacks, water, layered clothing, good walking shoes, sun protection, hiking poles (if you normally use them), and money to contribute toward gas and parking ($5). • Moderate 4 ½ miles with a 500 foot elevation gain. • Guest Leader: Ken Lavin of Save Mount Diablo and Green Belt Alliance Tuesday, June 9 ~ Mission District, San Francisco The leader will take the group on a tour of the area where he grew up, including the Mission Dolores Basilica and the Mission, other churches, his grammar school, Dolores Park, and up to the top of some of the hills for great views of the area. Meet at Lafayette BART at 8:30AM. Note you will need to park elsewhere and/or walk to BART. Bring money for BART and lunch and optional lunch in a Peruvian restaurant or a taqueria. • Moderate 4 to 5 miles, with some hills. • Leader: Joe Azalde Email any questions to LafayetteHiking@comcast.net.
What Kids Can Do in a Big World
Youngsters can and do make a difference. A five-day “Summer Adventures in Learning” program will reveal how and why children in the Bible and other walks of life influenced the world. The morning sessions will also focus on ways today’s girls and boys can make positive changes. Youngsters from four to eleven years old will participate in music, crafts, games, Bible stories, and snacks with a theme of “Little kids in God’s big world. What can one little person do?” The sessions will run from 9am to noon, August 10-14, at Lafayette Christian Church, 584 Glenside Drive, Lafayette. The First Christian Church of Concord is a co-sponsor. A follow-up Lafayette celebration is planned for Sunday, August 16, at 11am. The program is $20 per child or $40 for a family. Registrations should be made by July 24. Call (925) 283-8304, (925) 685-7503, or visit lafayettechristianchurch.org.
Sons in Retirement
Lamorinda Branch 174
Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 174 is a social organization of retired and semi-retired men who enjoy spending leisure time with friends and participating in activities. Activities include golf, bowling, bocce ball, table pool, travel, fishing, computers & technology, bridge, poker, pinochle, investing, wine tasting, walking, astronomy, stamp collecting, etc. The group meets for lunch at 11AM the second Wednesday monthly at Holy Trinity Culture Center, 1700 School Street in Moraga. The guest speaker on May 13th will be from The Lamorinda Village. For attendance and membership info, call Tyler at (925) 284-5561. Please visit the group’s website at www.branch174.sirinc2.org.
Las Trampas Branch 116 We have many special activities scheduled this month, including a luncheon
for our ladies with live entertainment by vocalist, Antonia, who has performed in the Bay Area, LA, New York, Italy, and Africa. The event will be held at the Contra Costa Country Club, located at 801 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, on Thursday, May 14th. This is our annual Spring Fling and includes lunch, entertainment, door prizes and surprises. On Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20 the fun continues with a twoday golf outing in the Carmel Valley with spouses and guests, and a BBQ dinner at Rancho Cañada Golf Course. The SIR Computer and Technology Group will have a special presentation on TV streaming by SIR Neil Schmidt, from 9:30am to 11:30am on Thursday May 21 at the Walnut Creek Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Drive. Neil will cover the different options and methods for connecting your TV to the Internet and explain some of the free, as well as paid, things you can do with a connected TV besides streaming movies. If these are activities you like to do, then you may find even greater enjoyment in doing them with the friendly group of retirees. We welcome guests to attend our monthly meetings and invite you to become a member. For more information about these and our other activities for retired men, please visit www.Branch116.org.
“Save a Kitten” fundraiser
In addition to flowers and allergies, there’s something else that happens every spring around the country: kittens! That sounds like a great thing, but there are more kittens than pet rescues and shelters can easily manage. Kittens cannot be adopted until they are big and old enough (2 pounds and 8 weeks) to be spayed or neutered. There are two ways people in Lafayette can help: • Foster kittens through your local shelter or rescue • Phase 1 (up to 1 pound and 4 weeks old) - bottle feeding every 3 hours • Phase 2 (from 1-2 pounds and 8 weeks old) - feeding 3 times a day, socializing • Donate to “Save a Kitten” fundraiser at Pet Food Express in May • Donate supplies for foster families (pre-ween kits, litter, food, etc.) • Donate dollars for shelters/rescues to care for the kittens The majority of these kittens are born to stray or feral cats. People who find these kittens bring them to animal shelters thinking the kittens were abandoned. Too young to survive without their mother, they require 24-hour care during “phase 1” until they can eat on their own. Most shelters and rescues don’t have the staffing levels to provide 24-hour care, and the only way to save those kittens is to get them into foster care as soon as they arrive. Gopher Removal Bay Area based retailer Pet Food Express is collecting donations at all of No Poison its stores during May (donations will be given to foster families through the 925-765-4209 shelter/rescue programs). Mike Murray of Pet Food Express can answer any questions about kitten season, Save a Kitten fundraiser, and provide contacts to the rescue/shelter in Lafayette. Mike can be reached at (925) 7055762 or mmurray@ petfoodexpress.com.
Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour
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Tickets are on sale for the Lafayette Juniors 16th Annual Kitchen Tour. This self-guided tour will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 10AM to 3PM and will feature six special Lafayette homes with beautifully designed classic, traditional, contemporary, transitional, and modern cottage kitchens, and a mid-century modern kitchen recently featured in Houzz “Kitchen of the Week.” Attendees will receive a Kitchen Tour program, detailing all the special design elements of the kitchens as well as information on the architects, designers, and contractors who created these spaces. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the work of five local non-profit organizations: Ruby’s Place, Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley, Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek, and VESTIA. These organizations were selected by the Lafayette Juniors for the support they provide to children, families, and seniors in need in Contra Costa and neighboring East Bay counties. “In preparation for our 16th annual Kitchen Tour, I am reminded of what’s possible when we come together to raise funds for charity,” said Laura Lashinsky, President of the Lafayette Juniors. “We would like to thank everyone who is helping to make this year’s Kitchen Tour possible, from our sponsors and donors, to our generous homeowners who are opening their homes to us all.” Tickets are $40 ($35 tax deductible), with a box lunch available for $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lafayettejuniors.org and are also available at Premier Kitchens in Lafayette. For more information on the Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour and its beneficiaries, visit www. lafayettejuniors.org.
Don’t Miss Lafayette’s Favorite Dinner Party
“Taste of Lafayette” Restaurant Stroll, Tuesday, May 19
There is no better way to experience Lafayette’s Restaurant Row dining than with friends, family, and neighbors – and that is exactly why “Taste of Lafayette” has become such a popular annual event. The Taste of Lafayette offers more than a chance to stroll through beautiful downtown Lafayette while sampling signature dishes from the town’s regionally popular Restaurant Row restaurants and local caterers – although that is as delicious as it sounds. Now in its 13th year, this popular culinary treat has become a much-anticipated annual community party. The restaurant stroll starts with a hosted wine and beer reception for all at 5:30pm at the Lafayette Plaza Park. Here, participants check in, meet friends, nosh on appetizers provided by local restaurants and caterers, and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer, courtesy of Wine Thieves. There is always entertainment at the reception area. This year expect a special treat that just might inspire dancing. Red House Studios has organized musicians for a Beatles tribute in honor of the band’s 50th Anniversary. The “stroll” begins at 6:30pm, when ticket holders head out at their own pace with friends to stop at any or all of the participating restaurants for sampling. Enjoy as much as you can in two hours at the participating restaurants which include Amarin Thai Restaurant, American Kitchen, Back to the Table, Chevalier Restaurant, La Finestra Ristorante, Mangia Ristorante, Patxi’s Pizza, Postino, Round Table Pizza, Rustic Tavern, Susan Foord Catering, SusieCakes, The Cooperage, Uncle Yu’s Szechuan, and Yankee Pier. Don’t worry if some friends want to set a different pace. It’s an easy walk but for those who prefer to ride, there are two free shuttle buses. Everyone meets back at Lafayette Plaza Park at 8:30pm to compare notes over dessert and coffee. This fun community event also serves an important local fundraising purpose. It helps raise funds for Lafayette Community Foundation, a long standing local non-profit that invests in programs and projects which promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational, and environmental health of Lafayette. Please join in this fun, and tasty, community celebration. Tickets for this event are available online at www.lafayettechamber.org: at the Lafayette Chamber offices, located at 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103; or by calling the Chamber at (925) 284-7404. Get organized early and save: Tickets are $50/person. Tickets quantities are limited and will also be sold at the event registration table subject to availability.
Weekly Family Bike Ride
On Sundays, May 17, 24, 31 from 9am-11:30am join other local families for a fun, casual bike ride to Moraga Commons and back. The ride is recommended for ages 7 years and up, but you are encouraged to bring younger children in a trailer or on your bike. They’ll have fun playing at the Commons. The group usually returns to Stanley Middle School by 11:15am. Bringing a snack and water is encouraged. Meet on the Lafayette-Moraga Trail at Stanley Middle School.
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The Bookworm By Joan Stevenson
The New York Times recently described libraries as “Power Plants of Opportunity” which certainly nails it for Lafayette Library and Learning Center. So let me introduce you to a few of the opportunities waiting for you in the next six weeks. The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series will bring two programs for vacation planning. The first speaker presentation, on May 19 at 7PM, will be Arabella Bowen, editor-in-chief of Fodor’s Travel, the guidebook that should be the first item in your suitcase to assure an amazing trip. Bowen will utilize her extensive travel experiences to share first-hand destination expertise. When asked what one item she never travels without, Bowen responds, “A guidebook. Traveling with just my iPhone to guide me really stresses me out. I need the local context, orientation, and serendipitous discoveries that only a guidebook provides. That it doesn’t need batteries or WiFi to work is also a plus, because I want to be looking around me when I travel, not staring at my phone.” She might have a vested interest, but her words are good advice, nevertheless. The second speaker, David Downie, presenting on May 29 at 7PM, will discuss his latest memoir and travelogue, A Passion for Paris. He talks with candor about his love affair with the City of Light and why he left the City by the Bay to make a permanent home in Paris. The Friends of the LLLC have two Sweet Thursday programs ahead. On Thursday, May 21 at 7PM we will welcome Melissa Cictaro to talk about her provocative and poignant memoir, Pieces of My Mother. One summer day Cictaro’s mother drove off without explanation. Devastated, Melissa and her brothers were left to pick up the pieces, always tormented by the thought: Why did our mother abandon us? Haunting yet ultimately uplifting, Pieces of My Mother chronicles one woman’s quest to discover what drives a mother to walk away from the children she loves. The Summer Reading Festival, “Read to The Rhythm,” rolls out June 6th, and there is something special for every age. On the last day of school, June 11th at 1PM, take a seat in the outdoor amphitheater for DRUMMM. Come join in the rhythm as this special drumming group celebrates the end of the school year and the beginning of vacation. While you are there take a minute to sign up for the summer reading program, and keep track of the books you read. There will be winners and prizes! If you are a teen, we have great opportunities for volunteers -- the kind of
www.yourmonthlypaper.com things that look terrific on your college applications. If you are going into 7th grade and beyond in the fall, then fill out a library volunteer application at the information desk. For more on opportunities to serve on the Teen Advisory Board, help with the Summer Reading Festival, and assist as a library helper, contact Patrick Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org. On May 19th the teens are shaking things up by making their own maracas from 3:30 – 5:30PM. Who doesn’t love a cliff-hanging mystery to read on a plane or simply while relaxing in a hammock? New York Times best-selling author John Lescroart returns to the Lafayette Library on Thursday, June 4 at 7PM for a discussion of his latest novel, The Fall. This riveting legal suspense thriller features Dismas Hardy, a San Francisco lawyer, and his daughter, Rebecca, who are working together to solve the mystery behind a young woman’s death. These programs and others are brought to the library through the generosity of the Friends of the Lafayette Library, the community support of the Friends Corner Book Shop, and the tireless volunteers who make the magic happen. Where would we be without them? Here is another example: WOW (Wonders of the World) presents a docent discussion on Wednesday, May 27th at 2PM of the exhibit High Style, currently a feature at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Gowns, accessories, and other looks by the most influential designers of the last one hundred years—including Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, and Charles James— trace the evolution of fashion in the 20th century. This is the exclusive West Coast presentation from the Brooklyn Museum’s distinguished costume collection. Come to Science Café on Tuesday, June 2 at 7PM for an explanation of what elements make a healthy olive oil. Find out from two industry experts while sampling olive oil courtesy of Amphora Nueva, Lafayette. Polyphenols, peroxide value, free fatty acids, and oleic acid all impact the health benefits, taste and quality of ultra premium extra virgin olive oil. Do you know how to taste the difference? Michael Bradley, a recognized expert in the olive oil industry with 40 years experience and an “encyclopedic” knowledge of olive oil, and Leah Bradley, a member of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and the “resident chemist” with Delizia Olive Oil Co., will lead an exploration of the chemical elements of olive oil that influence the taste and health benefits. Coming down the pike on June 18 at 7PM is a talk by Leigh Steinberg, acclaimed as the greatest sports agent in history; a Maker Fest on July 25 with 20-25 activities; and a special event for all of us that love the art in children’s books when illustrator Raphel Lopez visits on June 19. Watch for details in the June Bookworm.
Fifty Years Ago
Local Minister’s Eyewitness Account of Selma Nightmare By Ruth Bailey, Lafayette Historical Society
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In March 1965, as reported in the Lafayette Sun, Moraga Lafayette - According to industry ex- sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers minister Rev. James Kirchhoffer “returned to his native perts, there are over 33 physical prob- away altogether. In most cases, you can Southland, the land he left as a boy of five, and said, to lems that will come under scrutiny during make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself his dismay, that he no longer spoke the same language as a home inspection when your home is if you know what you're looking for, and ‘these people.’ for sale. A new report has been prepared knowing what you're looking for can help “Rev. Kirchhoffer, who is the pastor of St. Giles Epis- which identifies the 11 most common you prevent little problems from growing copal Church, left for Selma last Wednesday and returned of these problems, and what you should into costly and unmanageable ones. Sunday. 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That's why it's call toll-free 1-866-265-1682 and enter apathy and inaction. “‘The solution to Selma will start when simple, average, critical that you read this report before 2003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, everyday people realize that what we think this country is you list your home. If you wait until the 7 days a week. like simply isn’t true for our Negro brothers,’ he said. ‘It building inspector flags these issues for Get your free special report NOW to learn is we in our nice, safe cocoons who have permitted the you, you will almost certainly experience how to ensure a home inspection doesn't costly delays in the close of your home cost you the sale of your home. situation to get out of hand. This report is courtesy of J. Rockcliff Realtors CalBRE #01763819. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright © 2015 “‘Not only the leaders and people of Alabama have deprived the Negroes of their rights, but also the clergymen of that state,’ said Rev. Kirchhoffer. Church doors, even to their own denominations, were closed to some clergymen and others who had gone there to demonstrate. “‘They don’t want agitators to worship in their nice, clean churches. They want to maintain the status quo,’ he said. “He went as an individual ‘fellow human being, to do what I could to help those Negroes who were making a protest to gain their rights.’ Not his church, nor any group, had asked him to go, he said. He said that the ‘power structure of resistance’ by the people of Selma and their police and government to the Negro’s rights became a stark reality, for the first time, to him. ‘Our world here is the unreal world that simply doesn’t understand what’s going on.’ “‘The demonstrators are there to stay,’ Rev. Kirchhoffer said emphatically. ‘They will remain until anyone can go to the courthouse in Montgomery and Selma and demonstrate freely.’ He said that Niles County [adjacent to Selma] has a large majority of Negro population, but not one registered Negro voter. “The Moraga minister left San Francisco at 1AM, arriving in Birmingham at 9:30, and went by bus to Selma. Arriving there at 3:30PM, he walked with two Negro girls into The Project. And thus began four days in a new world. The Project is two city blocks long and about as wide, he said. It encompasses the George Washington Carver Housing Project, with the First Baptist Church at one corner and the Brown A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal Church)near the other. Many of the civil rights workers, from cooks to commanders, are crammed into the churches. Surrounding The Project are the shacks in the Negro district. “‘No one leaves Selma by bus,’ he explained. ‘The Crackers (a colloquial term for Southern poor white) wait at the bus station.’ “From the time of his arrival Thursday afternoon until 2AM Friday, the young minister went to The Line. He said it varies from 200 to 1,000 and is comprised mostly of Negroes. ‘The Line sings all day, all night…wonderful magnificent rhythmic songs to which they clapped hands.’ He referenced an international symbol, calling The Line ‘The Berlin Wall separating the protestors from the police.’ He said it was along just one side of The Project on the day he arrived, but by the time he left it encompassed the entire area. “It rained on Thursday and Friday, and the demonstrators put up a plastic covering, which the police made them take down. The minister stood in The Line, ‘eyeball to eyeball with the police’ for six hours at a stretch. “A march was planned, in rows of five, for Saturday at noon. He happened to be one of the five in the front row of marchers attempting to reach the county courthouse. After what happened to a Boston minister (who had been killed as he prepared to leave town) the front-row position ‘was much to my concern,’ Rev. Kirchhoffer said. “Saturday’s line was stopped by police with clubs. The police commander was replaced by officers with billy sticks and pistols. [The demonstrators] were forcibly moved back with If you find him and your name is drawn! billy sticks jabbing them in the back. “During their stand, they heard over the air He is very small, so you will have to look hard if you want to find him. that President Lyndon Johnson had affirmed their right to protesting demonstrations. “‘The law is not the issue,’ said Rev. Kirchhoffer. ‘As an agitator, the He has become lost in this paper. law became my enemy. The police in Alabama didn’t want to protect us. Send a letter telling us where you found him, along with your name and address to: They had an obvious desire to butcher.’ “[The reverend’s] natural tendency toward keeping out of the limelight Lost Dog! Lafayette Today, 3000F Danville Blvd #117, Alamo, CA 94507 as a person has become pre-empted by [his] desire to bring home to the Barbara Falkenberg is our winner! people here the nightmare of Selma. The Line, Crackers, the ‘Berlin Wall’ Luther was hiding on page 15 last month. and The Project are a very real world, he said.”
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A Short Update
By Art Lehman, Village Associates Realtors
As of the writing of this article, listing inventory has finally improved “a little” in Lafayette with 51 homes on the market - 16 above $2 million, 32 between $1 and 2 million, and only three homes under a million. The next issue in Lafayette appears to be affordability. With homes escalating in price and still having multiple offers (although I’ve notice less in numbers), are buyers going to give up? I suspect they won’t for a while, but sooner or later prices simply far exceed incomes. What happens next is a cool down! The great thing about a free market economy is that the market will tell us when pricing gets too aggressive. For those selling their homes, you’ve certainly picked a great window of time to do so--maybe the best I’ve seen in 23 years in the business. For buyers, the situation can be very frustrating! For them I say to keep hanging in there: continue making your offers cleaner and a bit more aggressive, and good things will happen. For the rest of you waiting to decide what to do, no one knows what the best course of action is. Sometimes patience and waiting on the sidelines is a good strategy, although I suspect you may be waiting for a while. If you are looking to get a more specific idea of how your home fits in this market, please contact me at 925-200-2591 or by email at art@ artlehman.com. It would be my pleasure to meet with you and discuss the best direction to go. Advertorial
Cinema Classics and Musical Notes They Died With Their Boots On By Peggy Horn
This month’s Cinema Classic is, They Died With Their Boots On, (1941) starring Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland. The movie was directed by Raoul Walsh, and it was the eighth and final film that Errol Flynn and Miss De Havilland made together. This film is based on the lives of George Armstrong Custer (General Custer), played by Errol Flynn and Custer’s wife, Elizabeth Bacon (nicknamed “Libby”), played by Olivia De Havilland. Because Custer was a controversial figure historians differ on his merits and faults. His wife, Libby, wrote a book, entitled Boots and Saddles, (1885) about their life together detailing their journey to Fort Abraham Lincoln in North Dakota and the period they lived there. In her book, Mrs. Custer concentrated on aspects of their family life. She describes the enormous affection her husband had for his animals including horses, dogs and even a field mouse and how devoted the animals were in return. The movie appears to reference this briefly in a scene in which General Custer’s palomino is seen trailing the brigade seemingly without a rope or halter. The movie reinforces the image of General Custer that Mrs. Custer tried to foster: that Custer was a dedicated and honorable soldier and deserving of praise for his military activities. Many people blamed him for the losses at the battle at Little Big Horn and Mrs. Custer sought to rehabilitate her husband’s reputation through her books and speaking engagements. What the truth is lies somewhere among the various reports about his life but it is an interesting aspect of American history to explore. The movie spans Custer’s life from his beginning at West Point until his death and presents Custer as a fun loving, mischievous daredevil who was a stickler for honesty and honor. The movie was a big hit during its original release. Although it won no Academy Awards, it is entertaining nonetheless. It cannot be counted upon as a historical account but is a highly idealized and exciting presentation of Custer’s life. Musical Notes – This month’s selection is “Garryowen,” an Irish tune that was General Custer’s favorite song. It was thought to have originated from a twelfth century church by the Knights Templar in dedication to St. John the Baptist. The title is derived from Irish words “Eoin garrai.” “Eoin,” is an Irish form of the word John and “garrai,” is a word for garden, hence “John’s Garden.” It is a famous marching tune with which most of us are familiar.
SAVE LIVES! Be an Organ and Tissue Donor By Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County Supervisor
My colleague on the Board of Supervisors, Federal Glover, is currently hospitalized while awaiting a heart and kidney transplant. In support, the Board took action to declare April as National Donate Life Month in Contra Costa County. Thus, I thought it timely to write about the extreme need for organ donation and the California Donor Registry. More than 123,000 individuals nationwide and more than 22,000 in California are currently on the national organ transplant waiting list. Unfortunately, 21 people die each day simply because the life-saving organ they needed was not available in time. The need for donated organs is especially urgent in Hispanic and African American communities. A single individual’s donation of the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and small intestine can save up to eight lives; donation of tissue can save and heal the lives of up to 50 others; and a single blood donation can help three people in need. Millions of lives each year are saved and healed by donors of organs, tissues, marrow and blood; and the spirit of giving and decision to donate are not restricted by age or medical condition. More than 12 million Californians have signed up with the state-authorized “Donate Life California” registry to ensure their wishes to be organ and tissue donors are honored. While 50% are registered nationally, only 39% of the eligible state population is registered. “Donate Life California” is a private, nonprofit entity created to administer the organ, eye, and tissue donor registry dedicated to saving the lives of thousands of Californians awaiting life-saving transplants. Administered by California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organizations, or OPOs (which facilitate the donation process in the state), the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry enables Californians to personally consent to the donation of organs, tissue, and cornea after death. In California, consent (first-person or by the family) is given in approximately 80% of cases where patients are pronounced brain dead and are medically suitable to be organ donors. The Registry allows Californians who are 18 years of age or older to register their personal authorization to donate specific or all organs and tissues upon their death. Minors may register to express their wish to become donors, but their parents/legal guardians are responsible for granting consent for donation until they reach 18 years of age. When a patient in a hospital has suffered a severe, non-survivable brain injury, the hospital contacts the local organ procurement organization (OPO). Only after the family has been informed of the patient’s death or imminent death is the opportunity for donation discussed with the family. In cases where the patient was not a registered donor, the family is asked for authorization. With permission and after the patient’s medical team has declared death, the recovery process moves forward, which includes establishing medical suitability of the donor and finding appropriate recipients. Organs are assigned based on a complex medical formula that is established by transplant doctors, public representatives, ethicists and organ recovery agencies. UNOS (the United Network for Organ Sharing) maintains a national list of patients waiting for organ transplants. A donor’s blood type, tissue type, body weight, and size are matched against patients on the list. If there are multiple matches, priority is given to the sickest patients or, in the case of kidneys, those who have been on the waiting list the longest. Factors such as race, gender, age, and income or celebrity status are never considered when determining who receives an organ. The vast majority of designated donors sign up through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when they apply for or renew their driver license and/or ID card. You can also enroll online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia. org. If you’re not already signed up as a donor, please consider registering today. My office is here to serve the residents of Contra Costa County District 2, which includes San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Saranap, Parkmead, Lafayette, Moraga, Canyon, and Orinda. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can provide you with additional information on this topic or on other County issues. I can be reached at SupervisorAndersen@bos. cccounty.us or (925) 957-8860.
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Walking the Reservoir By Jim Scala
Rez-Otters. Rez walker Alisa saw an otter steal a big rainbow trout off the dock that a boy had caught and put down. She asked, “Was I seeing things? Are there otters at the Rez?” In Steve Hobbs’ pictorial book about the reservoir, A Visual Celebration, page 127 has an excellent picture of a Rez river otter. Several otter families live there. At the beginning of April, several early walkers saw six otters gracefully run up the grassy hill from the creek, cross the dam, and go into the reservoir. Megan Isadore, founder of the River Otter Ecology Project, said, “River otters are finding conditions in the Bay Area agreeable with enough food and diverse habitats to thrive. They have proven themselves very adaptable to urbanized areas.” They’ve learned to live with us humans. Let’s hope our Rez-otters continue to thrive. Better Health with the Big Three. USDA data shows that Americans consume 4.65 ounces of sugar daily – over a quarter cup! In addition, we consume one-and-three-quarter cans of sugar sweetened soft drinks, from soda and lemonade to energy drinks. I walk the Rez several times weekly with people of various ages. From my incessant questions, I concluded that they get less than half that amount of sugar and don’t come close on drinking the average number of soft drinks. Regular Rez-walkers are more health conscious than average, so I’m not surprised. What disturbs me most is sugar’s harmful effect on the liver – especially in youngsters. Some nutritional pundits say, “Calories are calories.” Decide for yourself: one ounce of whiskey, 1.25 tablespoons of sugar, a thick pat of butter and an apple deliver about 90 calories while a typical soft drink delivers more – all from sugar. The booze and sugar play havoc with the liver, and the butter accumulates in the blood vessels. In contrast, the apple’s sugars are enrobed in fiber that modulates their entry into the bloodstream and enter similarly to the liver. It has no deleterious effect, proving that calories aren’t calories. By age 40, over one-in-ten Americans have type-2 diabetes and onein-four have it by about age 65. It’s an age-related epidemic preventable
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by exercise, diet, and weight. Children are born with a 15% risk of having diabetes when one parent has type-2 diabetes, and that increases to 75% when both parents have it. The cycle is easily broken if the child is raised according to the big three: exercise (like walking the Rez), eating a Mediterranean diet, and staying off junk food! Astronomy on Paul Revere’s Day. On April 18th I set a telescope up on the dam. People from ages ninety-one to four, lined up to view spectacular sunspots. Ten-year-old Karen understands astronomical distances and said to several adults “We see the sun as it was eight minutes ago.” We had an interesting conversation about space-time. As twilight lowered, I turned the telescope on Venus. Venus resembled a small, quarter-moon nd Thomas, another smart youngster, explained why to the adults. Some smart kids and their families walk the Rez. On May 23rd we’ll look at lunar craters in addition to the Sun and by then a slender crescent Venus. Reservoir People. Most weekday mornings on the bandstand you might see young women working under the no-nonsense guidance of Kat Nyhan. Kat, not yet 35, a retired boxer who won over 75% of her fights, now uses her skill to coach upcoming women seeking high levels of fitness and strength for boxing or other combative sports. Kat studied under Virgil Hunter, coach of Andre Ward, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist boxer who carried on the tradition of Mohammed Ali. Indeed, I met Ali’s cousin training under Kat at the bandstand. Watching these young ladies develop their footwork and strength with their special apparatus is like watching poetry in motion. I promise you won’t be disappointed and you’ll meet Kat’s friendly dog Namaste, a Hindu word meaning “I bow to you.” That word is used by yogis everywhere to greet others and wish them well. Senior walking program. Our senior program has expanded to Tuesday and Thursday, and we start at 9AM. After the walk some of us meet at the bandstand for easy yoga emphasizing balance. Reservoir Vultures. Starting on our senior’s walk we saw a large redheaded vulture swoop down to the dam, scoop up a dead fish, and fly away. These magnificent birds, with a four-foot wing span, are nature’s special cleaning crew. Watch them at work cleaning carrion wherever it’s found. In some areas they’re an endangered. Let me hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Quick Trips By Linda Summers Pirkle San Francisco Flower Mart
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While most of San Francisco is asleep, the Flower Market located on the corner of Fifth and Brannon Streets is busy with coffee toting florists, CARLOS “KIKO” CAICEDO designers, and vendors greeting each other in the wee hours of the morning. The Mart opens for business at midnight, when trucks with fresh blooms, Shop (925) 284-4852 plants, and everything to do with floral design arrive for the day’s sales. Cell (925) 285-0783 email@example.com One of just five Flower Markets in the nation, Martha Stewart has called it “the best.” Besides great customer service, the Mart, which has been in the 3470 Golden Gate Way , Lafayette, CA 94549 SOMA (South of Market) area since 1956, is the best place to find gorgeous cut flowers, potted plants, and floral supplies at excellent prices. I have been going to the Mart since I was in my teens, when fresh flower sales from buckets set up along the side of the road were popular. I drove a cute little 1963 VW (the Flower Bug) from the Independent service and repair for Mercedes Benz East Bay, arrived at the Mart at around 5AM to purchase carnations and roses, and then sold the flower bunches to clients. It was a fun part-time job, and I enjoyed talking to and visiting with the vendors JERRY FIGUEROA who were always very helpful. Florists and designers from as far as Oregon and Utah make the trip two or Shop (925) 284-4852 Cell (510) 754-1942 three times a week. Currently there are over 50 vendors firstname.lastname@example.org at the Mart, each selling their specialty, some product grown on their own farms. 3470 Golden Gate Way , Lafayette, CA 94549 The month of May is a wonderful time to visit the Mart for all the gorgeous flowers, especially the hydrangeas. I spoke to Dr. Jerry Bolduan, retired physician and owner of Green Valley Growers, a long time S.F. Mart wholesale seller (booth#89) whose hydrangeas are renowned for their spectacular colors and sizes. “Our hydrangea colors range from lightest pale blue all the way to deep indigo or even navy blue. Purples vary from light lavender and lilac to deepest royal purple. Pinks vary from pale blush to almost red in color. We actually have red colors later in the year due to colder nights and matured flowers.” When Green Valley Growers started over 25 years ago, hydrangeas were not that well known as cut flowers in the U.S. But then Bolduan’s hydrangeas caught the attention of Martha Stewart. Bolduan recalled, “When Martha found us more than 25 years ago, she was fascinated by our ability to grow a large variety of hydrangeas. I even hand carried ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangeas to Martha’s East Hampton property for her gardens there.” On market days, Pablo, who has been with Green Valley Growers for over 26 years, makes the trek to the S.F. Mart with astounding blooms. The hydrangeas can sell out quickly, so it is best to pre-order. Another booth to check out is J.P. Evergreen (booths 41 and 43). Jesus Palafox, proprietor of J.P. Evergreens, has been coming to the market since he was a young boy. He assisted his father with “cutting branches, pushing crates, watering the trees at the ranch, and doing just about anything that needed to be done.” He carries everything needed for arrangements except the blooms. On a recent trip to the Mart he was selling cherry blossom branches, eucalyptus (spiral, seed and pods) pussy willows, tree tulips, dogwood, and his specialty, curly willow. His faithful boxer Samie always accompanies Jesus to the market and has been a fixture in the booth for over ten years. *If you are ordering hydrangeas for a special occasion, Jerry Bolduan at Green Valley Growers suggests bringing fabric swatches to match for color. There is no extra fee for color matching and no minimum order if you pick up at the S.F. Mart. Minimum order for shipping is $200. Check their website at www.greenvalleygrower.com for more information and how to preorder. *Visit the Mart soon; the property has recently been sold, and changes are in the works. The S.F. Flower Mart is located at 640 Brannon Street, San Francisco. Hours for the general public are 10AM-3PM, Monday-Saturday except on Giants game day when the market closes earlier. Inspired by the many wonderful places to visit in the Bay Area, Linda Summers Pirkle, travel consultant, organizes day trips, either for groups or for friends and family. To share your “Quick Trips” ideas, email Coverthemap@gmail.com.
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June 1, 2015
Lafayette Garden Club Meeting
The Lafayette Garden will present Dustin Strobel, Store Manager of Sloat Garden Center in Danville, at their May 14th meeting. Dustin’s program, “Spring and Summer in the Garden,” is sure to be both informative and entertaining. Visit Dustin’s website at www.sloatgardens.com. The event will begin with 9:30AM coffee, and from 10AM to noon the meeting and program will tale place. The meeting will be held at Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Lafayette Garden Club welcomes guests. E-mail email@example.com with any questions.
Replacing Your Water-Thirsty Lawnâ€ŚItâ€™s Time! Sustainable Lafayette Tip of the Month
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Since we donâ€™t get any rain for . half the year, lawn watering uses more than half of all the water used by most California households THE WRITING STUDIO (the average irrigated home lawn uses more than 10,000 gallons of water each summer). You Where Words Come to Life also have to contend with persistent weeds, broken sprinklers and coverage problems, gophers Â Â?Â?Â?Â?Â?Â Â and other rodents, loud mowers, chemical fertilizers, weed control, and more. Lawns are actually treated with more pesticides and herbicides per acre than any other â€œcropâ€? grown in the U.S. More and more Lafayette residents are discovering that native plants and San Francisco Opera Orchestra Musicians grasses are far easier to care for, which makes sense, since they evolved to thrive in this area without any help from us. They actually like it when we Star in Whirlwind The Gold Coast Chamber Players are proud to present their final concert leave them alone! of the 2014-15 Season, Whirlwind. 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Plant Your Native Garden tickets are in â€“ You can plant immediately great demand. by digging holes through the The appearance cardboard, or wait around six months for the cardboard and lawn to break down. last season by Once youâ€™ve done your lawn conversion, there may be a reward for you. Oboist Mingjia Starting in January, EBMUD began offering lawn conversion and irrigation Liu and Hornist rebates. You can reduce your water bill and earn rebates for one or more Kevin Rivard landscape and irrigation equipment upgrades -- up to $2,500 for single- and proved to be the most popumulti-family (4 units or less) residential dwellings, and up to $20,000 for lar concert in commercial and multi-family (5 units or more) buildings. the last decade. To learn more about this program and others related to lawn conversion, Seating is limSustainable Lafayette has created a special webpage where you can access a ited, so please Lamorinda Lawn Conversion Guide and many other resources to help make reserve early your project as easy and affordable as possible. Furthermore, one of the hot to avoid disaptopics on our webpage, sustainablelafayette.org, is sustainable landscaping, pointment. with even more information about gardening with less water. You can also share Ticket price ideas with other residents about lawn conversion on Sustainable Lafayetteâ€™s includes complimentary champagne, a pre-concert talk at 2:30PM, and a reFacebook page. Finally, several local organizations sponsor lawn-replacement ception with the musicians following the performance. Tickets are available workshops, and we try to put all of them on our websiteâ€™s events calendar. at www.gcplayers.org and by phone at (925) 283-3728.
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Memorial Day By Mark Becker, GoSimple Solar
Traditionally, a folded, triangular American flag in a case is given to a deceased veteran’s grieving familymember during a memorial service. Perhaps a wreath or flowers are laid on a veteran’s grave, or maybe a street, building, military base, or airport is named after them. Events such as these are amongst our nation’s efforts to memorialize deceased veterans as a thank you for their service to our nation. Please take a moment of introspection to remember why we have a Memorial Day holiday. Estimations are that renewable energy will replace fossil fuels as the primary source of electric power by mid-century. A solar PV system installed on an average home today will have paid for itself more than ten times 20 years from now. Thirty-year product warranties are now available. Expected solar panel life can be even longer assuming the proper products are chosen. Safe and long-term financial returns are the reason why more than 246,000 California homes and businesses have “gone solar.” More good news for our veterans and our nation: The Department of Energy’s “Solar Ready Vets” program has increased its scope to 10 participating military bases. This program trains and readies separating military personnel for jobs in the fast growing solar PV industry. If you haven’t already, you may get an unsolicited phone call from the “Renewable Energy Council,” a Better Business Bureau “F” rated company. You will not get accurate or adequate information from doorknockers and spam callers. Seeking out a highly rated solar company who can provide facts and data in the consult/sales process is the best way to see what solar can do for you. Negate risk by using a NABCEP certified design and project manager, American products, licensed roofers, and licensed electricians. This approach may have slightly higher initial cost, but it will always result in the lowest long-term cost of ownership due to no, or very limited, call-backs over the life of the system. Solar, done right, is an extremely reliable investment. Many Middle East OPEC nations are making great efforts to remain
Chain of Events
By Evan Corstorphine, Portable CIO
If you know me, you know that while I’m certainly immersed in technology, I also live in a state of awe at these inventions and creations that surround us. I am grateful for what I have and at the amazing intellects that have combined to bring us these tremendous products. These products are just the latest in a long line of life-enriching inventions that we have enjoyed and often take for granted. We recently welcomed a new little member into the extended Portable CIO family when one of our staff had a baby boy. I started to think about the amazing inventions that this little person will simply accept as “normal” and things I am familiar with that he’ll only read about in history books or see in museums. I was discussing all of this with my daughter, who shares my feelings of awe at modern technology, and we started to talk about all of the things that have had to be created and improved upon for something as wondrous as our iPhones to exist and function. The smartphone is an amazing device, one that can transmit your voice and image around the world and which connects you to the largest database in the world: the internet. The chain of events, inventions, services, and patents that makes this smartphone possible is mind boggling if you stop to think about it. I realize this may seem a little geeky, but I’m going to mention a specific Star Trek: Next Generation episode that has always stuck in my mind. This episode had to do with time travel, and a character’s realization that one cannot pick and choose key events from our past to erase, because all of our experiences, good and not so good, weave together to form the tapestry of our lives and who we are. When we pull a single thread, we unravel the entire tapestry with unintended consequences. The point is, there are so many interwoven pieces that have enabled the creation of the smartphone, that in the same way the removal of any one of them would have unknown and probably catastrophic consequences. It’s an amazing web of interdependent pieces of technology.
www.yourmonthlypaper.com economically relevant for as long as possible. They’re conserving their oil by installing very ambitious solar projects. As a result, they’ll have more oil to sell to nations that remain reliant on it. Even the Saudi Minister of oil has recognized that their time is limited. He said, “The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil.” It would be wonderful for our energy policy to be independent of our foreign policy some day. It’s our actions that help accelerate that process. Some of you may have seen GoSimpleSolar’s military surplus M923A2 five-ton cargo truck; we’ve purchased her for many reasons. Remembrance: Using her for local events to memorialize our veteran’s sacrifices. Message: She runs on alternative fuel (used vegetable oil, a biofuel). American Energy Independence: We shouldn’t need imported oil. Community: She provides smiles to the kids who love to ride and sit in her. Charity: She’ll be used to support a local veteran’s organization. If you see her outside our showroom in downtown Danville, please feel free to ask for a “tour.” This Memorial Day, I’d like to personally memorialize friends and squadronmates who died too young in battle or training accidents: Major Gene “Smokey” McCarthy, Captain John “Homey” Edwards, LtCol Dave “Rhino” Green, LtCol Lee “Bubba” Lenderman, Lt Tom “Riggsy” Riggs, Major Ken Johnson, Lt Chris Tanner, Major Mike Bradley, LCDR Dale “Doc” Phillips, LtCol Bob “Ramrod” Theilmann, Major John “Casper” Walsh, Major Steven Palumbo, Capt David Cross, Lt Pat Fleming, Capt William “Dome” Cronin, Capt Gary “Dilly Bop” Dillon, Capt Kevin Dolvin, Capt William Hurley, Sgt Kenneth Keller, Sgt John Kilkus, Cpl Timothy Romei, LCpl Thomas Adams, Capt “Super Dave” Herr, Capt James Thorp, Cpl Albert Haddad, Cpl Kurt Benz, Lt. Colonel David Knott, Lt Steve Viser, Capt Scott Paul, Capt Bruce “Tuna” Bolton, Capt Mark Vagedes, Capt Ken Hill, Capt Steve Leslie, and Capt. Michael McGrevey. Of course we memorialize Danville’s own Lcpl Joshua “Chachi” Corral, KIA, Operation Enduring Freedom, 2011. Rest In Peace, we’ll remember all of you. Mark Becker is the President and business owner of GoSimpleSolar, by Semper Fidelis Construction Inc, CSLB 948715. GoSimpleSolar is one of the very few (and proud) solar PV installers utilizing both licensed roofers and licensed electricians for installation work, project managed by a solar PV NABCEP professional. For questions or comments email Mark@GoSimpleSolar.com or call 925-331-8011. Advertorial What if Shockley, Brattain, and Bardeen hadn’t invented the transistor in 1947, paving the way for the invention of the integrated circuit (IC) in the 1950’s and subsequent miniaturization of modern electronics? What if Moore and Noyce hadn’t founded Intel in 1968? What if what we now call the “internet” was kept private as “Darpa-Net,” to be only used for government research and defense contractors? What if Steve Jobs stayed at Reed College and studied philosophy instead of dropping out to start Apple? There are thousands of similar stories, players, systems, and companies that have gone into providing the modern conveniences we enjoy every day. Instead of going backwards to figure out the iPhone, I decided to look forward and start thinking about what’s coming next. A little searching on the term “2020 predictions” turned up an amazing amount of material from people who spend their careers thinking about the future. For instance, even though it is not a huge producer when compared to oil or nuclear power, solar power will take over other types of power generation because of the sheer quantity of solar cells that will be fabricated directly into the building materials we use. A whole house will generate power, dramatically changing the power equation. By 2020, a $1,000 personal computer will have the raw processing power of a human brain. By 2030, it will take a village of human brains to match a $1,000 computer. By 2050 (assuming a global population of 9 billion), $1,000 worth of computing power will equal the processing power of all human brains on earth. In the next five years, human blood will be fully synthesized, and also within five years, scientists expect to be able to do a whole-body transplant. In other words, they expect to be able to take the head off of someone, and transplant it onto another body that maybe is working better. Holy smokes. In networking, gigabit broadband service will be in every home, and every household appliance, every device, every car will be in some way connected. Finally, robotic consciousness is expected within the next 15 years. We are at the point where life seems to be beginning to imitate art. Want to learn more? Go watch Star Trek or Star Wars to see what’s coming next! Strategic planning based on technological trends is one of the services that Portable CIO offers, and if you would like to consider some of these questions in a business context for your organization, small or large, Portable CIO can help. Reach us via email, email@example.com, or call (925)552-7953. Advertorial
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By Blaine Brende & Joe Lamb
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At the April Lafayette Garden Club meeting we were treated to a talk and introduction of plants given by Rosemary Lovell of Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville. What great things she had to show us. My tomatoes are already producing their first fruits (not ready to eat for 3-4 more weeks), but I’ve never had any luck with growing the complimentary herb basil which is essential for my tomato recipes; it always flowers before I can clip the leaves off, making the leaves bitter. Well, be still my heart...Rosemary brought two newer hybrids to show us at our Club meeting that will rescue me from basil neglect. Ocimum ‘Pesto Perpetuo,’ which never flowers, is a sterile variety that you can overwinter indoors, or cut some slips from it to start in water and plant in an indoor pot until frost damage has passed in the spring. But, the one I was most interested in was Ocimim ‘Wild Magic,’ which flowers, but is also sterile. The advantage of this variety is that the blooms, which do not affect the flavor, draw bees. These are great nestled among my tomato bed. When I called the local nurseries to purchase these, none of them had these varieties, so I joined a good friend and great Italian cook, Peggy, and off we set for Morningsun Herb Farm for a day trip. You can find the directions and hours online. Morningsun is a wonderful small grower located off of the Pena Adobe exit on 80. We stocked up on culinary essentials. First were the two sterile basils. They also carry a Thymus ‘Spicy Orange’ plant in my garden. I have about every know kind of thyme which I use for both cooking and ground cover to prevent moisture loss. I had never seen Spicy Orange, so I added two to my cart. The plant has smaller leaves and a fantastic aroma. I know what I am going to use it in, a favorite pasta recipe which makes a light sauce of reduced orange juice with olive oil with chiffonade’s of basil added right before tossing. I also bought two English Lavender plants, Lavandula agustifolia
‘Folgate.’ It has deep violet flowers. The other English Lavender that is good for culinary use is ‘Hidcote.’ These are also great for drying for bouquets and sachets. Only the English Lavenders are good for culinary use, as the other varieties have a soapy taste. I use lavender flowers in baking (pound cakes and shortbread), and in cold veggie soups and salads. Folgate is a semi-dwarf, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space. The other hard-to-find herb I purchased is Winter Savory which is a perennial (Summer Savory is an annual). It is also known as Satureja montana. When you pinch the leaves of Winter Savory, you discover the aroma that you know from great soups and stews, that thing that you could never replicate and that recipe books rarely tell you about. It is an easy herb to grow, and it over-winters well. I find it essential for my kitchen. The Herb Farm also has a series of mints and oreganos, including the decorative non-herbal Origanium ‘Kent Beauty’ and O. dictamus. These are just beautiful trailing over walls and make lovely dried flowers (really bracts). Morningsun also carries a broad range of landscape plants that attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. If my garden wasn’t so small, I would definitely add the Aloysia virigata. You are probably familiar with Lemon Verbena, the mostly widely planted Aloysia which is used for teas and scent in soaps. The virgate has very fragrant leaves that smell of sweet almonds and is a true garden path stopper. It grows 6 to 8’ and is best placed in the back of a sunny bed. All Aloysias were great English garden favorites because of their fragrance but have fallen out of favor in the modern garden because they get rangy. The truth is that they like hard pruning which keeps the plant fuller and smaller, increasing the abundance of leaves...but many gardeners do not want one more pruning chore, even an easy one. I think you will find them well worth the 45 minutes of time to prune each winter. Most herbs are drought tolerant, and some are also beautiful ornamentals, even if you never cook. I love two of the salvias, S. ‘Dancing Dolls’ with its 6-8 month bloom cycle of multi-hues pink blooms and S. chamaedroides with its brilliant blue blooms, both sun lovers and drought tolerant. Happy gardening and bon appetite!
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Life in the Lafayette Garden
Understanding the Design Process By John Montgomery, ASLA, Landscape Architect #4059
A landscape design is more than the result of designing with plants. Designing a landscape or outdoor environment is as complex (in most cases these days) as designing a house. With the complexity of client’s wants and the degree of difficulty of Lafayette lots, the design process takes time, patience, and professional expertise. Most homeowners don’t understand the complexity that goes into a landscape design. A full scale design project usually entails knowledge of planning, construction, engineering, design creativity, and budget analysis. You might find that the average Lafayette project has a scope of work that includes a swimming pool, water features, concrete, masonry, carpentry, or built structures like a pergola or cabana, retaining walls, structural and geotechnical engineering, irrigation and drainage systems, electrical and landscape lighting, planting, and long-term maintenance considerations. In developing a landscape design, there are three phases of the design process that needed to be considered in order to achieve the end result. Phase one of the design process is the conceptual design. In creating the conceptual design, the landscape architect needs to gather a lot of information before Call for details embarking on sketching out ideas. The first step is user analysis in which the land925.939.8300 scape architect interviews the client and analyzes the wants, desires, vision, and solartechnologies.com function of the users of the landscape. The second step of phase one is site analysis Lic. #932914 which is the process the architect goes through in getting to know the site and its parameters. Site analysis includes site visits which look at location and proximity, legal boundaries, set-backs and easements, neighbors, zoning and jurisdictional issues, homeowner CC&R’s, soil and geotechnical issues, and existing conditions. There is a lot involved in this phase, and the conceptual design is not on the table yet! Once all the user and site information is analyzed, the layout of the site can be measured or surveyed and drafted out as the base plan for the design. Every home has a footprint; property lines, and existing conditions like trees, fences, patios, slopes, etc. guide the architect to create an appropriate design that can actually be built. And now, the conceptual design can be done! This is the process where the ideas are flushed out in an accurately scaled schematic drawing that represents the user, the site, and the ideas. This is the fun part and the creative part of my job, and it is the fun part for my clients as well. This is where their vision comes to fruition (on paper) and the designer’s creativity is expressed. The last part of phase one is to understand that the conceptual ideas can actually be built. In understanding this, the client needs to accept the ideas, the architect needs to know that the project can be built as designed, and the project must fit the client’s budgetary needs. Designing to the client’s budget is a priority! Phase two of the design process is taking the conceptual design and producing the construction documents that are essential in giving the planning and permit department and contractors all the information they need to permit and build the project. The construction drawings are blueprints that include general notes and specifications, hardscape plan, planting plan, irrigation and drainage plan, electrical and lighting plan, and construction details that show how each element will be constructed. This includes the materials, methods, and engineering. Once the construction documents are finished, the owner can get bids and hire a contractor to build the project. Most often the landscape architect is involved in assisting the client with questions from the contractor, clarifying the scope of the project, analyzing the bids, and holding the client’s hand through this often-times stressful process of contract negotiations. It would seem that once the owner selects a contractor or contractors, the design process is over. Actually, design decisions and interpretation will continue to take place throughout the project implementation. Phase three of the design process is Construction Phase services that include site observation to make sure the design “ideas” are realized and to make sure the contractor adheres to the plans and specifications of the construction documents. The scariest part for my clients is the actual construction. This is where contractors notoriously cut corners, delete elements, or inflate the budget with change orders. The landscape architect can assist the client and contractor in monitoring the construction; which includes design decisions, interpretation, revisions and changes; and guiding the design vision to reality. I have been perfecting my design process now for over 35 years. A successful project takes creativity, a budget and patience, and the outcome of each and every project has been stunning and satisfying. A hot tip from your local Landscape Architect: Landscape Architects hold a license from the state and must pass a very comprehensive state board exam to qualify to be licensed. Ask for a licensed Landscape Architect when considering your project. Gardening Quote of the Month: “How much the making of a garden, no matter how small, adds to the joy of living, only those who practice the arts and the science can know.” - E. H. Wilson If you would like me to write on any particular subject email your ideas to jmontgomery@ jm-la.com or visit www.jm-la.com. Advertorial
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Estate Planning Strategies for Blended Families, Part 2 By Robert J. Silverman, Esq.
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Artists continued from front page Hall of Fame winners are Kristi Conner, a 5th grader at Lafayette Elementary School; and Isabella Bartos and Chaya Tong, both 6th graders at Stanley Middle School. The Hall of Fame honors students who submit outstanding artwork and have won the contest previously. More than 500 Lafayette students participated in the annual contest. The awards ceremony took place at the Lafayette Library on April 29th. Each winner received gift certificates from The Storyteller Bookstore and The Friends Corner Book Shop. In addition, Anthony Ruiz of FastFrame in Lafayette will frame each student’s bookmark free of charge. Mr. Ruiz also frames all of the winners’ artwork for display in the Library. He has generously supported the Bookmark Contest for over 25 years.
Scottish Country Dancing
Come dance every Thursday evening, year-round. No partner is required and no Scottish ancestry is required. Adult beginner classes for Scottish Country Dancing take place each week with free lessons at 8PM. More experienced dancers also begin at 8PM. Once a month Ceilidh dancing will take place as well. Dancing will be held at the Danville Grange, located at 743 Diablo Rd in Danville. All dance nights are drop-in. The first beginner lesson is free, afterwards the cost is $8/night or $6/night if attending a 10-week session paid in advance. Call Witsie at (925) 676-3637 or Kathleen at (925) 934-6148 for more information. For children’s classes ages 7 and up, please contact Cathy at (925) 284-9068 for dates and fees.
Hospice Volunteers Needed
Hospice of the East Bay is seeking volunteers to assist Hospice patients and their caregivers. Opportunities include: • Licensed Hair Stylists to offer hair cuts and styling • Certified Massage Therapists to provide massage therapy • Mobile Notaries to witness the signing of important documents • Bereavement Support Volunteers to provide support to family members after their loved one has died • Patient Support Volunteers to provide companionship and practical assistance To apply for free training, call Hospice of the East Bay at (925) 887-5678, and ask for the Volunteer Department, or email volunteers@ hospiceeastbay.org. Established in 1977, Hospice of the East Bay is a not-for-profit agency that helps people cope with end of life by providing medical, emotional, spiritual, and practical support for patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more or to make a donation of time or money, please contact (925) 887-5678 or visit www.hospiceeastbay.org.
Estate planning for blended families can be complex, sensitive, and difficult. Here, I will explore a few potential strategies that can be used to help overcome limitations of commonly structured living trusts. Case study facts: Jay, 65, and Bea, 55, married. Each has children and assets, as follows: The ‘J’ Family: Jay’s children are Jeff and Judy, 40 and 35 years old. Jay has an $800,000 home, with no mortgage, and cash and securities totaling $200,000. The ‘B’ Family: Bea has a daughter, Betty, 20 years old. Bea has cash, securities, and retirement plan funds totaling $400,000. Upon marrying, Jay and Bea moved into Jay’s house and plan to stay there indefinitely. They have good jobs, are in reasonable health, plan to retire within five to ten years, and do not have long term care insurance. Generally, it’s most efficient for couples - even blended families - to establish a joint living trust (which can hold community property and separate property assets). Typically, blended family trusts are structured to split into two pots (“sub-trusts”) on the first spouse’s death. The deceased spouse’s assets go into one pot and the surviving spouse’s assets go into the other. Jay and Bea each need to make two critical decisions about their living trust - what will happen to the assets of the deceased spouse: 1) during the surviving spouse’s life?; and 2) upon the surviving spouse’s death (if any assets are left?). Jay and Bea obtain expert legal advice and do some important soul searching about the first question. If he or she dies first, does he or she want his or her assets to go: a) immediately to his or her children?; and/or b) outright to the surviving spouse?; and/or c) into a trust to be used for the needs of the surviving spouse (on the survivor’s death, remaining assets in the deceased spouse’s pot, if any, usually go to the deceased spouse’s children)? If Jay dies first, he might give most or all his assets, including the house, to Jeff and Judy. If so, where will Bea live? She could use some of her own $400,000 to buy a small condominium, or she could rent. But, would Jay be comfortable with Bea having that standard of living and financial risk, particularly if she lives a long life and has substantial long-term care expenses? Alternatively, Jay could leave only his $200,000 outright to Jeff and Judy, and keep the house in trust for Bea. Thus, Bea will have a nice house to live in with low expenses. But Jay may not want to tie up the bulk of his assets (his home) that way. If Bea lives to age 100, Jeff and Judy would not inherit the lion’s share of their father’s assets until they are 80 and 85. Jay could avoid this by: a) keeping his home in trust for Bea for some fixed number of years; or b) mandating that the house be sold; that a portion of the sales proceeds be used to purchase a (more modest) replacement residence for Bea; and that the other portion of the sale proceeds be distributed to Jeff and Judy; or c) purchasing a life insurance policy for, say, $500,000 or $1 million, naming Jeff and Judy as beneficiaries, and then leaving the home either outright to Bea or in trust for her lifetime. If Bea dies first, she might give her $400,000 to Betty, feeling fine about that since Jay has substantial assets of his own. But, Jay’s major asset, his home, is illiquid. So, without any of Bea’s assets, he could easily use up his liquid assets and need to sell his house (or obtain a reverse mortgage). Another consideration is that even if Jay lives to 90, Betty would only be 45 - a fairly young age to receive her mother’s inheritance. Accordingly, Bea may wish to: a) leave her $400,000 in trust for Jay’s lifetime, during which he is allowed to use interest only, thus, supplementing his income while preserving the principal for Betty when Jay dies; or b) purchase a life insurance policy for, say, $250,000 or $500,000, naming Betty as beneficiary and leave her $400,000 outright (or in trust, as described above) for Jay. I’ve just scratched the surface, but the above examples illustrate that careful planning can result in providing for loved ones in a practical manner while avoiding potential conflicts between step-parents and step-children. Upon request, I’ll be happy to provide you, on a complimentary basis, any or all of the following: i) an “Estate Planning Primer”; ii) a brochure on alternative methods of holding title to property; iii) an introductory meeting. Mr. Silverman is an attorney with R. Silverman Law Group, 1855 Olympic Blvd., Suite 125, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; (925) 705-4474; email@example.com.
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Social Security and Retirement: What a Surviving Spouse Needs to Know
By George M. Noceti, CRPS® -Wealth Advisor and Paul A. Noceti, Financial Planning Specialist with The Integra Group at Morgan Stanley
Widows and widowers often have unique rights when it comes to retirement and Social Security benefits. This article will examine some of the unique spousal benefit features of qualified retirement accounts and Social Security, and identify some of the decisions widows and widowers need to make. For anyone who has recently lost a spouse, focusing on financial matters, let alone the specifics of Social Security, can be difficult. But knowing your spousal rights and benefits is an important step and can make a significant difference in your future income and peace of mind.
The Basics of Spousal Benefits
As the surviving widow or widower of someone who had participated in Social Security, you are likely to be entitled to benefits on your spouse’s account. This would be true whether or not you’ve earned any benefits based on your own work history. Here are some common scenarios. • You and your spouse were already collecting benefits. If you were each collecting benefits on your own accounts, you can continue to collect your individual benefit or you can collect a survivor’s benefit equal to your spouse’s previous benefit, whichever is greater. If you were collecting as a spouse under your partner’s account, you can step up to a full survivor’s benefit on that same account. Be sure to notify Social Security of your spouse’s passing. Do not cash any Social Security check sent to your spouse, starting in the month after your spouse’s passing. If you are receiving payments electronically, notify the bank and arrange to have any such payments returned. • You and your spouse were not yet collecting benefits, but you are both old enough to begin collecting benefits. You can begin collecting the survivor’s benefit against your spouse’s account immediately. It will be calculated based on your spouse’s age and earnings history. If you continue working, a portion of the benefit may be reduced in proportion to your earnings if you are under the full retirement age. If you earn enough on your record to eventually claim a higher benefit, you can claim the larger amount at a later date. • One of you was working, and the other was claiming benefits. If you were collecting spousal benefits, you can step up to the survivor’s benefit. If you are working you can immediately claim the survivor’s benefit. And if you are collecting based on your own account, you can continue that or claim the survivor’s benefit, whichever proves to be better. Many factors will determine the size of each possible benefit, including your spouse’s age at death, your current age, your full retirement age, and your spouse’s full retirement age. Other benefit terms are governed by disability and the existence of dependents. A possible exception to these scenarios would be partners in a same-sex marriage. While federal law recognizes same-sex marriages, spousal benefits under Social Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs are generally available only to couples who also live in states that recognize their marriages. Those state-recognition requirements are built into the statutes enabling Social Security and Veterans programs, and these laws will require additional Congressional action to change. There may be some administrative leeway in carrying out some policies, but at this writing, the safest course for a surviving spouse in these circumstances could be to pursue Social Security claims as the resident of a state in which the marriage was recognized. Let us help you weigh your options in this complex decision. For further information, as well as a complimentary Social Security analysis, please contact us at George M. Noceti, CRPS® -Wealth Advisor at 925-7462982, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.ms.com/fa/theintegragroup. Connect LinkedIn: George M. Noceti, CRPS® Follow me on Twitter: @GNocetiMS. The opinions expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and data in the article or publication has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by Morgan Stanley with respect to the purchase or sale of any security, investment, strategy or product that may be mentioned. Individuals should consult their personal tax and legal advisors before making any tax or legal related decisions. Morgan Stanley and its Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. Advertorial
No-Cost Energy and Water Assessments
This summer, Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program will provide local residents with no-cost energy and water conservation services through a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company the City of Lafayette, the Town of Moraga, and local water districts. CYES trains and employs local youth ages 15 to 22 to become ‘Energy Specialists’ who serve their city’s residents with Green House Calls (GHC). At each GHC, Energy Specialists perform an energy and water efficiency assessment; install energy-efficient lighting, water-efficient showerheads, and faucet aerators; perform a toilet leak detection test; inspect attic insulation; provide e-waste pick-up and disposal; offer tips on recycling and energy and water conservation to save money on utility bills; and give an energy-conscious gift from Rising Sun Energy Center — all at no cost to residents. The program helps cities reach their Climate Action Plan targets and do their part to address California’s drought. GHC will begin July 1 and run through August 6, and calls are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot now and start saving on your bills! Call 510-665-1501 x5 to schedule your Green House Call, or sign up online at www.risingsunenergy.org/content/greencall.html. For more information about Rising Sun and its programs, visit www. risingsunenergy.org.
Lamorinda Peace and Justice
The Lamorinda Peace and Justice Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9PM in the Fireside Room of Lafayette Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette. We are committed to working to support a healthy planet, a thriving local community, and a safe, equitable world for all. For information, call (925) 946-0563.
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Brainwaves by Betsy Streeter
evening begins with a reception, where no guest is ever found standing alone. It’s a friendly and warm atmosphere where everyone is made to feel comfortable and valued. Announcements are made, and then a guest speaker is introduced. Raffle tickets are sold throughout the evening to benefit the group’s charitable interests; the prizes are provided by members and might include samples from one’s business, such as from a skin care line. At the end of the meeting, members are encouraged to further network by dropping a business card into a basket, from which pairs are extracted. The random pair is to meet for coffee sometime before the next meeting. Triner first joined the group because of its friendly reputation. She was working for a large healthcare organization, and networking was not her motivation. “I like meeting new and interesting women and that has certainly turned out to be the case,” says Triner. “In the early days, I made really good friends and became a client for several of the members, including the home decorator, the professional organizer, the kitchen remodeling consultant, and the personal stylist. These are all professional women who have similar concerns, whether about job issues, balancing home and family, or just want to develop themselves by learning from our speaker and from one another.” But when Triner retired from corporate life and started her own business, she found MDBW doubly helpful. There, she connected with a publicist, a graphic designer, and a marketing expert to help her launch her new business. “I can truly say that being a member of MDBW has enriched my life in numerous, and sometimes unexpected, ways,” says Triner. “Had I never joined MDBW, I would have fewer good friends, less community involvement, fewer reliable resources, and a less flourishing business! Joining this organization had benefits I never expected and which I truly appreciate.” Guest speakers at the monthly meetings educate the group on issues important to professional women, and two specific meetings annually allow for optimal networking. One of these two meetings will take place Thursday, May 14, when attendees can boost their businesses by making new professional and personal connections, seek out new clients, identify new opportunities, and grow their networks. Attendees are encouraged to bring 30+ business cards to this meeting. The group is also dedicated to community service and involvements include opportunities for members to give back while also getting to know others in a more casual atmosphere. MDBW supports a number of local non-profit organizations, such as the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment that provides training, funding and ongoing support to high potential, low-income women. MDBW also sponsors the annual Wardrobe for Opportunity Woman-of-the- Year Luncheon, and when the budget allows, also contributes to Stand! Against Domestic Violence. “I consider myself immensely fortunate to have been introduced to this amazing group of women and would encourage any business or professional woman to consider attending a meeting and to feel the great vibe for herself!” says Triner. Dumploads OnUs For more information on MDBW, visit specializes in their newly revamped website at http:// providing the ultimate mtdiablobusinesswomen.org. Annual membership junk removal solution. is normally $150 per person, but through May 31, We’ll haul away just members can join for $100.
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Search and Rescue
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team needs volunteer members to respond to missing person incidents, disasters, and other critical incidents. Team members are on call 24/7 year-round. The program provides required training; including wilderness traveling, first aid, map and compass usage, tracking disaster response, and search skills; and may also include special training for canine, equestrian, technical, mountain bike, or other rescue skills. For information and applications, visit www.contracostasar.org or call 646-4461.
The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society meets at 10am the third Tuesday of every month, except August and December, at the Danville Family History Center, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo. A speaker is at every meeting. Everyone is welcome. For information, call Ed at (925) 299-0881, or visit http://srvgensoc.org.
Your Personal Nutritionist
Hidden Sugars Lurking in Our Food By Linda Michaelis RD,MS
In my practice I have seen many knowledgable clients who do not realize how much sugar they consume each day. My client, Charles (name changed), was referred to me by his doctor for prediabetes. Every morning for breakfast Charles enjoyed his favorite Raisin Bran cereal along with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. He thought this was a healthy choice for him. After our meeting he realized that he was eating two servings of cereal with almost two cups of milk each morning and was consuming almost 40 grams of sugar from the cereal plus 20 grams of sugar from milk with its naturally occurring lactose (milk sugar). His total sugar intake from his bowl of cereal was 60 grams. His glass of orange juice accounted for another 30 grams of sugar. I taught Charles that one teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams. Charles was consuming 90 grams of sugar each morning, or about 20 teaspoons of sugar. Charles almost fell out of his chair from surprise. Now, of course, that was only breakfast. Charles learned from his employees that Greek yogurt is good for you, and thus he purchased all the berry flavors for the office to snack on. Unfortunately, his nonfat blueberry Chobani brand Greek yogurt has 20 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar. I informed him that many companies now offer Greek yogurt with about 10 grams of sugar or less which is more acceptable. Once in a while Charles frequents Starbucks and orders a non-fat vanilla soy latte. I reminded him about the natural sugar in the milk along with the sugar in the vanilla flavoring. I told him that fewer “pumps” of flavoring was a good way to reduce the amount of sugar in the drink. Charles mentioned that for lunch he often has a turkey sandwich with chips and a Coke to drink. Did you realize that an average size Coke, has 30 grams, or about 6 teaspoons, of sugar? To wean Charles off of the Coke I recommended drinking just a half serving over a lot of ice or diluting it. I introduced Charles to “no sugar added” Snapple and Sparkling Ice that is also carbonated. He has now weaned himself off of Coke and is enjoying Raspberry Sparkling Ice.
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Astronomy is called the “gateway science” because many scientists, engineers, and medical doctors say their scientific curiosity was sparked and nurtured by looking through an amateur’s telescope. MDAS’s main mission is outreach. Any member will say, “We like to show everyone what’s out there.” The programs for 2015 are outstanding. They will inspire anyone and cause many young people to think about science. By about 11PM you’ll leave on an escorted drive down the mountain with much to discuss. Return on one or all of the dates shown below for more inspiring evenings. May 23, 7:30PM ~ Planets of our Solar System ~ Here’s your chance to explore three planets plus our Moon through the telescopes. Make a Pocket Solar System and imagine what it would be like to live on other worlds. June 20, 8PM ~ Supernova! ~ Why do some stars explode? Which star is next? Would you exist without supernovae? Take home a sky map of stars that will explode as supernovae. July 18, 7:30PM ~ Explore our Sun ~ How does the Sun power Earth? Arrive at 7:30 to safely view the Sun through telescopes. After sunset, view the rest of the stars in our Galaxy. August 15, 7:30PM ~ Our Place in our Galaxy ~ Build a mental model of our Milky Way Galaxy – and our place in it. Find the center of our galaxy. Tour the telescopes through our galaxy. September 19, 6:30PM ~ Moon: Earth’s Lost Rock ~ How would Earth be different without the Moon? How is our Earth like our Moon? Explore the surface of the Moon in telescopes. You’ll be ready for the eclipse of September 27th. October 17, 6PM ~ Search for Alien Worlds ~ What will the first alien life we discover likely look like? Explore where weird life exists on Earth. What does that tell us about life elsewhere in the galaxy? Which stars have planets where life might exist? For more information, visit www.mdas.net. Click on “Public Program” for a link to the 2015 Event Calendar and also a link for directions to Mt. Diablo and the Lower Summit Parking Lot. Plan to enter the park before sunset, and allow 30 minutes for the drive to the lower summit lot. Better, arrive early, bring a sandwich, and watch astronomers set up telescopes. Even that will be a learning experience.
Lafayette Today ~ May 2015 - Page 19 Food products have many ingredients that contain sugar. Various names for them include white and brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, honey, invert sugar, maple syrup, raw and beet sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, malt, molasses, and turbinado sugar. Please realize that when fruit juice is listed on bakery goods it is also referring to a sugar.
Hidden Sugars in Foods
Food Serving Size Added Sugar Angel food cake 4 oz piece 7 tsp Banana cake 4 oz piece 2 tsp Brownie, no icing 1 oz piece 4 tsp Cheesecake 4 oz piece 2 tsp Chocolate cake, iced 4 oz piece 10 tsp Chocolate chip cookie 1 cookie 2 tsp Coffee cake 4 oz piece 5 tsp Cupcake, iced 4 oz piece 6 tsp Fig Newtons 2 cookies 2 tsp Gingersnaps 1 cookie 3 tsp Glazed doughnut 1 doughnut 4 tsp Oatmeal cookie 1 cookie 2 tsp Chocolate candy bar 1 bar 4.5 tsp Chocolate mint 1 piece 2 tsp from Sparkspeople website 2015 Clients often ask, “How does a high sugar intake affect them other than weight gain and possible diabetes?” People don’t realize that sugar can also feed yeast, fungi, and detrimental bacteria in your gut which can cause bloating and gas. Symptoms such as joint pain, headaches, fatigue, inability to lose weight, and constant sugar cravings can often be decreased with a lower sugar intake. If you feel you are having a difficult time controlling your cravings for sugar, which is not helping your weight loss efforts, help your yourself by allowing me to set up a food plan that will work with your life. It is perfectly fine to have sugar in your day as long as it is eaten in a balanced way. I am glad to inform you that insurance companies such as Aetna, Sutter, Health Net, ABMG, and Hill Physicians will cover nutritional counseling. Please visit LindaRD.com for the list of all insurance companies, past articles and information on nutrition. Call me at (925) 855-0150 or email me at email@example.com. Advertorial
By Monica Chappell
When we talk about white wines for summers, we implicitly understand the reference. Summer whites are bright, light, thirst quenching wines that are eminently drinkable. Sancerre, Riesling, and Pinot Grigio immediately come to mind. Summer reds are more difficult to define. We know we are not breaking out a pensive vintage Bordeaux for the family barbeque or uncorking a luscious California Cabernet Sauvignon with a bowl of chilled asparagus soup, but is it possible to reduce the entire universe of reds to a simple rule of thumb for the summer months?
• One helpful idea is to think about the climate of the wine’s region of origin. Warm climate reds tend to be juicy with plenty of body and just enough acidity to be mouth-watering. Think Nero d’Avola from Sicily, Malbec from Mendoza, or Grenache from the southern Rhone Valley. These intensely flavorful wines will maintain their structure in the face of bold, smoky, spicy summer fare.
• On the other end of the spectrum are the cool climate reds, what we call bistro wines, since they show so well served lightly chilled by the carafe. At their best, cool climate reds are youthful and delicious, tasting of fresh berries often with floral or mineral notes. They won’t overwhelm a fresh salad niçoise, spring pea soup or chicken paillard. Some very fine examples can be found in the Loire Valley, notably the Cabernet Franc from Chinon. Other sources worth seeking out are Pinot Noirs from Alsace. What are you pairing your red wine with this summer? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monica Chappell teaches wine appreciation classes in Lafayette. For a class schedule visit www.wineappreciation101.blogspot.com.
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Refreshed not Weird: How Botox, Dysport, and Fillers Should Look
By Dr. Barbara Persons, Persons Plastic Surgery
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A new labyrinth for meditation will celebrate its’ grand opening at the Hap Magee Park located at 1025 La Gonda Way in Danville. The dedication will take place on Sunday, May 31, at 4pm. Please come and experience the labyrinth in the beautiful park setting.
Coping with the Death of a Pet
When you lose your pet, you often feel like a part of you is lost. The death of your beloved animal companion is one of the most difficult losses you may ever feel. This loss is sometimes made more painful by society’s seeming lack of support for pet grief. Hospice of the East Bay and the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation is offering a support group where participants can share memories and feelings and talk to others who truly understand and care. Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month from noon - 1:30PM at the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. For further information and/or to register, please call Bereavement Services at Hospice of the East Bay (925) 887-5681. Pre-registration is required. Hospice of the East Bay Bereavement Services are provided free of charge to all community members in need. However, donations are greatly appreciated.
A friend had just finished a high level business meeting with two women. He said, “What is it about 40-year-old women who have been overdone?” He was talking about people that have gone overboard on injectable treatments such as fillers and Botox. My initial thought... he doesn’t realize that these women are not forty-something. They do look younger than their 50 years, but they look overdone. This is indeed a problem, and it’s becoming a more common problem that I am being asked to fix in my practice. Facial rejuvenation is one of the top requests I receive. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all like the thought of a refreshed version of ourselves. Ultimately, gravity wrinkles and loss of volume over time will ultimately be most improved by surgery: a neck lift, facelift, eyelids, etc. But, for many patients, natural fillers and fat grafting, Botox, Dysport, Filaser, and RF treatments provide a safe and effective treatment to subtly improve our look. The key in facial rejuvenation -- from Botox to fillers to fat grafting -- is achieving a look that is youthful, not “weird,” as my friend stated. The look should be refreshed, never overdone, and most importantly natural. Aging gracefully is just as important as looking beautiful, and the secret here is ensuring no one can guess there been a treatment done in the first place. As an expert in face work, I have many tools to use, but the secret to subtle, successful artistry is understanding how exactly to use them. There are two basic sets of concepts when it comes to facial rejuvenation. The first is lifting with volume replacement, and the second is improvement of texture, lines, pigment, and laxity. There was a time when we associated aging only with “gravity.” However, we now understand that volume loss can also dramatically change the aesthetic balance of the face. Volume loss occurs in soft tissues and bone, especially in the temporal areas, nasolabial fold, and the cheeks. This results in hollow areas of the temples, sunken eyes, eye bags, tear troughs, mid cheek breaks, marionette lines around the mouth, droopy skin at the jaw, and excess neck skin and bags. The combined effect of volume loss, sun exposure, and age also contributes to increased skin laxity, which presents as wrinkles around the eyes, the forehead, and the middle brow. The face looks more aged, more tired, less full, and overall less youthful. In the wrong hands, or with the wrong product (cheap counterfeit versions of many popular products like Botox, Dysport and fillers are a real problem), the results are only made worse...you become overdone and look weird The correct approach in my opinion is a whole face approach: recreating the beautiful normal. With Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, the muscle relaxers, I recommend a balanced treatment. This means relaxing each of the main muscles, say in the forehead or around the eyes in a balanced synergistic way. Fillers and fat grafting should be used to perform a liquid facelift while keeping the proportions natural. Phi or the ideal proportions can be referenced. Properly treated lips should look natural, not weird. Nasolabial folds should not look like sausages - laser treatments and/or Botox/Dysport for fine lines and wrinkles and the right filler for replacing volume. There are new fillers such as Voluma, Restalyne Silk, and Radiesse Plus for treating very specialized areas of the face that may be worth the higher cost. Most importantly, consistency is key. Make sure you use a well-trained, highly skilled injector with a heightened aesthetic sense who is able to learn the intricacies unique to your face. Find a physician or nurse injector you like, and stick with that person. Most people who end up overdone have had multiple visits with multiple doctors. Our nurses, Melissa and Brittney, work hard with me to make sure you look natural. As always, we look forward to meeting you at Persons Plastic Surgery for a consult so we can demonstrate our approach to consistent results. Persons Plastic Surgery, Inc. is located at 911 Moraga Rd, Suite 205 in Lafayette. To contact me call 925-283-4012 or email drbarb@ Advertorial personsplasticsurgery.com.
Hydration is Key to Avoiding Kidney Stones By Dr. Wei Zheng
As the California drought is extending into its fourth year, it is safe to assume that this coming summer will be a long and hot one. There is no better time than now to start talking about kidney stones: how and why they are formed, signs and symptoms, and finally, treatment options. The fall season is dubbed by urologists as “stone season” since we see most of the kidney stone patients during this time. To understand the reason behind this surge, one needs to know how the stone is formed. First, tiny little crystals are formed in a supersaturated urine which are the result of dehydration. With time, these crystals aggregate to form a stone nidus, which then snowballs into a stone. The entire process can take a few weeks, but more typically it takes a few months. People tend to be more active and spend time outdoors in the summer, and without proper hydration...voilà, we have our “stone season” in the fall. The most common symptom of a kidney stone is unmistakable back/flank pain. It was described by many as one of the worst types of pain one can have. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, blood in the urine, or symptoms that mimic urinary tract infection such as constant urge to urinate or burning with urination. The treatment of a kidney stone depends on its size and location. Stones that are smaller than 4-5 mm have an excellent chance to pass spontaneously. Proper pain management, good hydration, and physical activities are the keys for this expectant therapy to work. In some cases, medications called alfa blockers, such as Tamsulosin, can be given to certain patients to aid the stone passage. If the stone is too big to pass on its own, then it can be treated with one of following treatment options: Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL), ureterscopy with laser lithotripsy, or percutaneous nephrolithotomy. The most commonly used treatment is ESWL. This non-invasive, outpatient procedure is done under either heavy sedation or general anesthesia. It usually takes no more than 40-45 minutes to do. Most of the patients can return to work 1-2 days post procedure. To improve the care for kidney stone patients in our area, Pacific Urology and John Muir Health have joined forces to form a kidney stone center. The goal of this center is to have kidney stone patients seen the same day kidney stone symptoms are present and have the stone treated within a day or two if the stone is deemed to be impassable. Of course, the best treatment is to have no treatment at all. The best way to avoid a kidney stone is to practice HYDRATION. How do you know you are adequately hydrated? Look at the color of your urine. It should be light yellow or clear at all times. Have fun this summer! But remember to keep a bottle of water around, unless you want to see me in an emergency room this fall. Dr. Zheng is a board certified urologist with Pacific Urology and sees patients at offices in Concord and Walnut Creek. Dr. Zheng specializes in the medical management and surgical treatment of kidney stones, he also practices general urology. For more information, call (925) 609-7220 or visit www.pacific-urology.com. Advertorial
Church Provides Community Care
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian’s Stephen Ministry has 25 trained lay people who provide ongoing, one-on-one Christian care to those in our congregation and in the community who are experiencing transitions in their lives. LOPC Stephen Ministry is confidential and is provided at no cost. A Stephen Minister is... • A congregation member with a gift for listening, • A lay person who has received 50 hours training in providing emotional and spiritual care, • A committed caregiver who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages those who are hurting, and • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need. Stephen Ministers are available for those who are dealing with illness or hospitalization, loneliness, aging, being shut-in, separation due to military deployment, death or serious loss, separation or divorce, disabilities, or grief and anxiety. If you know of someone who would benefit from the ongoing confidential, no cost, spiritual, and emotional support of a Stephen Minister, contact Jean Lee at (925) 943-2237, or visit www.lopc.org/care_ stephen_ministry.asp.
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin and Retinoids By Christine Chung, MD
I recently met a vibrant, athletic, well-dressed woman who had just turned 60 years old. Six months earlier, she had developed a red bump on her left forehead, just above her eyebrow, which was squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a type of skin cancer. She was treated with Mohs surgery, a procedure in which a dermatologist shaves off layers of skin to remove the cancer. Unfortunately, my patient’s skin cancer kept recurring in that same area. After her third Mohs surgery, we treated her with radiation therapy to decrease the risk of cancer recurrence. After her last treatment, she wanted to know if she had done anything that had led to her skin cancer. “Dr. Chung, did I get my skin cancer because of all the Retin-A that I’ve used for my wrinkles?” she asked. SCC of the skin is one of the most common malignancies diagnosed in the US, with over 700,000 new cases each year. It occurs most frequently on sun-exposed skin in fair-skinned individuals, though it may also develop in people with darker skin. SCC of the skin is associated with exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, and it occurs more often in older people. Patients who have undergone organ transplantation and require chronic immunosuppression are also at greater risk of developing skin cancer. This type of cancer can take many forms, including flat red spots, painless bumps, or scaly patches on the skin. A doctor needs to biopsy the skin to confirm the diagnosis of cancer. Over 90% of skin SCC are cured with local therapy alone, usually surgical excision like Mohs. An advantage of Mohs microsurgery is that the surgeon can look at the cells as they are being removed, to ensure that all of the cancer has been fully excised. Low-risk SCC may also be treated with freezing (cryotherapy), radiation therapy, or a topical cream. Some patients may need radiation after surgical excision, if the cancer cells have aggressive features, such as invasion into the local nerves, or if the cancer continues to return even after being surgically removed. Also, the surgeon may refer the patient for radiation if the tumor could not be fully excised. To answer my patient’s question, her skin cancer was most likely caused by her history of sun exposure, rather than the use of Retin-A cream. RetinA contains retinoids, which are derivatives of Vitamin A often used in antiaging creams to help promote skin renewal. In fact, retinoids that are taken orally can decrease the risk of SCC of the skin in certain high-risk populations. However, retinoids in topical form have not been shown to reduce skin cancer risk. But remember that when you use Retin-A and other topical retinoids, your skin is more susceptible to ultraviolet light. If you use these products, take special care to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen. Dr. Chung is a Radiation Oncologist with Diablo Valley Oncology & Hematology Medical Group. She sees patients in Pleasant Hill and Berkeley and can be reached at 925-825-8878. Attend an educational program on May 20th, 6:30-8pm at the Walnut Creek Library’s Oak Room. “The Many Faces of Skin Cancer” will feature a panel of medical experts who will discuss the most current information regarding prevention, early detection, risk factors, treatment options. To register call 925-677-5041. Advertorial
Meals on Wheels
Seniors in our community need your support! Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services have been supporting seniors in YOUR neighborhood since 1968. Two of the programs, Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visitors, rely on the support of volunteers, and we need your help now more than ever. Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers deliver meals to local homebound seniors through regular two hour shifts once per week or as substitute drivers. Friendly Visitors volunteers provide weekly one-hour companionship visits to isolated seniors. To volunteer for either program, please call (925)937-8311.
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Events for Lafayette Seniors
All classes are held at the Lafayette Senior Center (LSC), located at 500 Saint Mary’s Rd in Lafayette, unless otherwise noted. Space is limited. Please call 925284-5050 to reserve a spot. Unless otherwise mentioned, events are free for members and $10 for non-members. Get Organized with an Estate Plan Wednesday 5/20 • 10:30AM - 12:00PM • Cedar Room, LSC - Are you aware of the basic documents you should have in place? Estate Planning Attorney, Stefanie West will cover the essential forms: Living Trust, Will, Health Care Directive, Financial Power of Attorney, beneficiary forms, personal items distribution list ,and POLST. There will be plenty of time to answer your questions, such as “Why do I need these?”, “What happens if I don’t have them?”, “How do I make sure they work correctly?” and “Are my old documents valid?” Strokes Presentation Wednesday 5/27 • 11AM - 12:30PM • Sequoia Room, LSC The effects of a stroke can be devastating. Learn what causes strokes and how to recognize when one is occurring in order to avoid some of the debilitating effects. Reservoir Walking Group Tuesdays and Thursdays • 9AM – 10:30AM • Meet at reservoir center bench on the dam - Led by Jim Scala, Lafayette Today’s “Walking the Reservoir” columnist. Join us every Thursday for camaraderie, fresh air, and enjoyable exercise, all in magnificent surroundings. Optional bonus: at the end of the walk, Jim will lead you through easy yoga poses and breathing exercises in the most beautiful outdoor yoga studio: the band stage overlooking the water. Increase your balance and fitness, both physical and mental, and leave each week feeling uplifted and radiating that overall sense of well-being! Please call (925) 284-5050 to add your name to the email notification list. Bring quarters or a credit card for the parking meter. Annual senior (62+) passes may be purchased at the reservoir visitor center. ‘As The Page Turns’ Book Club 3rd Tuesday • 1PM - 2:30PM • Elderberry Room, LSC - Looking for a good book to discuss with others? Join this informal group of book lovers and enjoy enrichment, lively discussion, fellowship and refreshments. Please call Lafayette Senior Services for the book title and to add your name to the email notification list: 284-5050. Lamorinda Nature Walk and Bird-Watching Wednesdays • 9AM - noon • Alder Room, LSC - Experience nature at its finest along our local trails. Delight in the beauty that unfolds around each bend, all the while learning to identify a variety of birds. Bring a water bottle; binoculars will be helpful if you have them. Join us every Wednesday or whenever you are able. For more information or to place your name on the route email/phone list, call Lafayette Seniors Services, 284-5050. Apple Basics 1st and 3rd Thursdays • 11AM - 12:30PM • Cedar Room, LSC - This on-going series covers topics such as the technology needed for wireless communication, yourApple ID, iTunes, iCloud and the basics of iPad and iPhone usage. Topics for future sessions will be determined by participants’ input and needs. There will be time for Q&A at the end of each class. Please note: this series deals with Apple devices only. Free LegalAssistance for OlderAdults (60+) 3rd Thursday monthly • 10AM and 11AM • Alder Room, LSC - NOTE: A $15 deposit, fully-refundable at the time of your appointment, is required to reserve your spot. Refund will be issued if cancellation is made at least 24 hours prior to appointment. In order for legal counseling to take place, both time slots must be filled. Please send check, made payable to Senior Legal Services, to Lafayette Senior Services, 500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. • Landlord/Tenant Problems • Medi-Cal Issues • Durable Powers of Attorney • SSI Overpayment • Rights of Nursing Home & Long-term Care Residents Lafayette Senior Services Commission 4th Thursday of the month from 3:30 – 5:30PM at the LSC - View agendas at the City of Lafayette office or at www.ci.lafayette.ca.us. Lamorinda Nature Walk and Bird-Watching Every Wednesday • 9AM - Noon • Alder Room, LSC - Experience nature at its finest along our local trails. Delight in the beauty that unfolds around each bend, all the while learning to identify a variety of birds. Bring a water bottle; binoculars will be helpful if you have them. Join us whenever you are able. For more information or to place your name on the route email/phone list, call Lafayette Seniors Services. No charge. Positive Living Forum (“Happiness Club”) 2nd Thursday monthly • 10:30AM – noon • Elderberry Room, LSC - Brighten your day with Dr. Bob Nozik, MD, Prof. Emeritus UCSF and author of Happy 4 Life: Here’s How to Do It. Brighten your day and take part in this interactive gathering which features speakers on a wide range of topics that guide participants toward a more ideal and positive life experience. Drop-ins welcome!
Words of Wisdom...From the Philosophical to the Lighthearted
3rd Tuesday Monthly • 10:30AM–noon • Elderberry Room, LSC - Take part in this free-wheeling exchange of inspiration, information, and humor. Topics will be
www.yourmonthlypaper.com explored, examined, and discussed by participants. Stories and photographs will stimulate humorous discoveries regarding the benefits of becoming the ‘elders of our tribe. Come Play Mahjong! Every Tuesday • Noon–3PM • Cedar Room, LSC - Come join us on Tuesdays for a drop-in game of mahjong. Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and certain degree of chance. All levels welcome. Bring your card, a mahjong set, and a snack to share (optional). RSVP not required. Lamorinda Dance Social Wednesdays • 12:30 – 3PM • Live Oak Room, LSC - Enjoy afternoon dancing every Wednesday, and learn some great new dance moves. On the first Wednesday monthly, professional dancers Karen and Michael will provide a dance lesson and live DJ services, playing your favorites and taking requests. Hearing Screening & Telephone Distribution - 1st Wednesday monthly • 1-2:45pm • Alder Room, LSC. In addition to your hearing screening, if it determined that you are eligible for specialized telephone equipment, a representative from the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) will provide you with a free adaptive telephone at your appointment. Appointment required. Call Lafayette Senior Services at 284-5050 to sign up for a 20-minute appointments.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Programs (HICAP)
First Wednesdays and Tuesdays • 10AM, 11AM, and noon appointments • Alder Room, LSC - HICAP provides free and objective counseling and advocacy services to Contra Costa Medicare beneficiaries and their families who need assistance with Medicare enrollment and issues involving Medicare and associated insurance programs, including prescription drug coverage. HICAP does not endorse or sell insurance products. For appointments, call Lafayette Senior Services: 284-5050. Free Peer Counseling - Contra Costa Health Services offers free one-on-one counseling with senior (55+) counselors who use their life experiences to help other older adults cope with life changes, problems, crises, and challenges. Confidentiality is strictly observed. Appointment required. Please call Lafayette Senior Services to sign up for one of the 60-minute appointments: 284-5050.
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By Mary Bruns, Lamorinda Senior Transportation
Susanne was one of our long-time very appreciative Lamorinda Spirit Van shoppers who went with us to several shopping and errand destinations every Lafayette shopping day. She walked very slowly with a cane and later with a walker due to her age and physical condition, and the drivers were very patient. She was well loved because she was positive, upbeat, and appreciative. If you took her somewhere, she wanted to give you something, too. Out would come a chocolate treat for you to take home. Susanne used to tell us that she walked Susanne pictured in middle and surrounded 3,000 steps every day for exercise. It by friends. was her attempt to keep herself able to walk and prolong her independence. The Spirit Van drivers, staff, and Susanne’s friends were all worried that she would fall down the steps in her twostory town home. Eventually with the prodding of friends, she moved into a lovely apartment in a beautiful independent living facility that also had assisted living floors. Although this was a very beautiful facility, Susanne was not happy about leaving her home of many years. After she moved, she spoke of those of us who lived on the “outside” and those who lived on the “inside,” giving the impression that she lived in an institution instead of a lovely apartment. It is important to “hear” Susanne’s underlying message because it expresses the heart of older adults’ desire to live at home and age in place. It also brings home the importance of doing our best to remain or become physically fit so that we can walk as we age. Three thousand steps a day is good, but additional exercises are necessary to build the important thigh We invite you to come meet our team, see our muscles that support us in sitting down without falling into a chair and standing back up again. Those thigh muscles help us beautiful building and learn about the retirement safely walk up and down steps and navigate uneven pavement. There were two things that Susanne treasured – visits from lifestyle at Merrill Gardens at Lafayette. her friends and the quality and taste of food and good coffee. She loved to be out and about – to go out to lunch with one of her friends and experience the vibrant energy of the places Many of our apartments she would visit. She commented on the physical changes in Lafayette as we drove to Uncle Yu’s for lunch. She enjoyed have already been reserved. seeing pictures of grandbabies and reminded me to “make sure Don’t miss your opportunity they got enough food.” When we went clothes shopping, it was important that shoes were comfortable and could be slipped on to select your new apartment! and off. She had definite tastes in clothes. She loved to smell the perfumes as we walked through Nordstrom’s and McCaulou’s. She purchased clothes that were comfortable and could be put (925) 854-1858 on easily, clothes that could be laundered. 1010 Second Street As time went on, it was harder to take Susanne places as Lafayette, CA 94549 her walking became extremely slow and a little precarious. Her friends sometimes took a wheelchair for her which she really Lic #079200358 merrillgardens.com appreciated. Over time, Susanne’s hearing severely diminished, and it was hard to communicate with her, so I began sitting with Retirement Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care her and writing notes, asking her how she was doing…if she needed anything…if she was getting enough help in personal 031615a_Lafayette_LafToday_CMYK_U_A.indd 1 5/1/15 2:17 PM care. Then she could chat, and I could hear what was needed. Of course, what she needed and wanted most was lots more company, visiting, and getting out and about. Susanne passed away before she was moved to the assisted living floor, striving to be independent until the end. She exemplifies how important it is to remain independent and to make time for friends and family.
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Lamorinda Senior Transportation An Alliance of Transportation Providers
Volunteer Drivers – Needed, Valued, and Appreciated We will accommodate your schedule, travels, and vacations. You will be helping your friends, family, and community!
Lamorinda Spirit Van
Takes Lamorinda older adults to errands, appointments, grocery shopping, special events, and to lunch at the C.C. Café. Call early to reserve your ride. WE LOVE TO SAY “YES!” Wheelchair and walker accessible.
Contra Costa Yellow Cab and DeSoto Company 284-1234 20% discount for Lamorinda seniors.
Orinda Seniors Around Town
Senior Helpline Services Rides for Seniors
County Connection LINK Reservation Line
Volunteer drivers serving Orinda seniors with free rides to appointments and errands. Volunteer drivers serving Contra Costa seniors with free rides to doctors appointments during the week. Grocery shopping on Saturdays.
Older adults often have “age-based” disabilities. By describing your disability, you can become eligible for this service – providing you with additional transportation options.
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