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Danielle Biondi, 20, displays handfuls of Early Girl tomatoes from her produce stand at the Saturday morning farmers’ market at Country Club Plaza in the ArdenArcade neighborhood. “Tomatoes are our top sellers,” she explains. Although Danielle has only been operating the stand for two weeks, she expresses competence and a depth of knowledge about her produce. “My first job was selling juices,” she says. “I really learned the importance of fresh, healthy foods.” Danielle mentions that she also runs a food stand at the downtown farmers’ market on Sunday morning at 8th and W Streets. At that market she will have to keep produce covered with

nets or plastic to fend off the invasive oriental fruit fly. According to the state Department of Food and Agriculture these measures are required because of the risk to produce like tomatoes from the fly infestation Fortunately, Saturday’s location at the Arden-Arcade market is just outside of the quarantine zone. The Country Club Plaza market, unlike some other farmers’ markets in Sacramento, is free of all restrictions concerning the infestation. “The market manager has told me that tomorrow when I move the stand to down town that I’ll have to have plastic tents ready to cover everything.” A step ahead of other fruit stands, though, Danielle has brought her toma-

toes in transparent plastic storage boxes which can safely enclose the produce throughout the day. She explains that the lids on her boxes will probably be good enough to protect the tomatoes. Everyone it seems agrees that the plastic tents over the market items look kind of ugly. Hopefully, the Country Club Market will remain pest free. In that “best case scenario” Danielle knows that she will always be able to take her tomatoes out of the plastic boxes and display them in the open air on an attractive counter. Right now, as she stands near her food stand, there is plenty of confidence that the Arden-Arcade market will stay outside of the quarantine. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


Arden-Carmichael Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring Volunteers are needed at Cal Expo on Sept. 22 from 6 a.m.-noon for the California CareForce 2018 Sacramento Clinic as part of United Way California Capital Region’s Day of Caring happening across the region. The clinic will provide free medical, dental and vision care to 1,500-2,500 underserved individuals and families with the help of 600-1,000 professional and community volunteers. Twenty-five to 50 community volunteers are needed to register patients, escort them around the clinic, restock supplies, sterilize dental equipment, check patients out and more. Medical professionals also are needed as volunteers, including medi-

cal doctors, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, dental assistants, dental hygienists, general dentists, oral surgeons, optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/dayofcaring. One thousand local residents will spend a day caring for the community Sept. 21-22 by signing up for nearly two dozen volunteer projects happening at nonprofits and schools across the region during United Way’s annual Day of Caring, sponsored by Nationwide. Since United Way California Capital Region held its inaugural Day of Caring in 2013, 3,692 volunteers have donated 18,054

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hours of service for 182 projects benefiting nonprofits and schools across the region. “This is the single largest volunteer event in our region,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This is our opportunity to volunteer our time and energy as we dig our hands in to help the nonprofits and schools that do so much for our community every day.” Two Arden-Carmichael businesses are sponsoring United Way’s Day of Caring. Nationwide is the presenting sponsor of the event, including five projects where volunteers from the company will be serving. ESM Prep, an educational services firm that provides per-

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Carnaval de Quebec, Quebec City Offers the Most Amazing Winter Family Travel Opportunities By Carmel L. Mooney

If you want to experience one of the most unforgettable family travel experiences in North America then look no further than Canada for something that will be a lifelong memory that is completely unsurpassed. Every year thousands of visiting families from around the world come to Quebec City to enjoy the festivities of one of the world’s most enormous winter festivals. Quebec Winter Carnival is ranked among the world’s top ten best winter festivals and is considered one of the world’s 1000 mustsee destinations. Parades, rides, attractions, sporting events, dog sledding, dining, ice sculptures, ice buildings, skating, skiing, snow shoeing and more create a world class vacation destination in one of North America’s most majestic and thoroughly magical cities. Flying into Quebec City at Jean-Lesage International Airport is hassle free even with kids. The magical and historical city of Quebec is

transformed into a winter wonderland worthy of a movie or fairy tale. Music, events, dining and activities abound that celebrate Carnaval. Bonhomme, the snowman, is the mascot whom visitors revel in spotting and meeting throughout the city during the Carnaval festivities. We stayed at the Hilton Quebec which was within walking distance of everything the picturesque city offers. This proved invaluable. We enjoyed dog sled races and show shoe races and live bands on the Plains of Abraham. The Carnaval Day Parade rivals the Macy’s Parade and is a must see with dozens of gigantic inflatable characters including Bonhomme. Also one magical evening we were enchanted by a lovely ice skating session just blocks from our hotel at Place D’Youville where folks of all ages skate under gently falling snow to music. Bonhomme arrived and everyone went wild with excitement. It was just like a scene out of a movie with the beautiful and historic buildings and lights fram-

ing the rink. One highlight was a guided Snowshoer’s Walk on the Plains of Abraham where our entertaining guide dressed in period costume, narrated and sang with us while weaving a tale of the history of the area. Just a few beautiful miles from Quebec City is Le Nordique, a gorgeous spa retreat where couples and families can enjoy massages, hydrotherapy pools and more, all amongst majestic mountain backdrops and frozen rivers and lakes. A beautiful hotel property nearby, Le Manoir du Lac Delage offers sumptuous meals and gorgeous views. We spent the afternoon eating a simply wonderful lunch and partaking in a fun outdoor activity called Rand Orientation where, on snowshoe, participants hunt for markers in the forest from coordinate clues and a compass. It was a wonderful way to see the back country and exercise while testing our skills. Also nearby is the Wendake nation’s hotel and museum. Home of the first inhabit-

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ants of the Americas, this village is very intriguing. The four star hotel, Hotel-Musee Premieres Nations, blends tradition and culture of the Wendake native people. The food is a cultural experience where delicious native foods like smoked sturgeon and seal are extraordinary. And home baked breads made by native grains like bannique bread made with wild berry corn andt flour are tantalizing. The foods are prepared by native peoples or by elders using generations-old techniques. Local cheese and locally crafted adult beverages make this so unique and delightful. Even the herbs used to prepare the foods, over 90 of them, are locally produced. The entire community is full of historic and educational buildings and a walking tour is a must. Also just outside the city of Quebec we enjoyed Montmorency Falls Park where we took the grand cable car ride up the mountain to a spectacular historical and natural wonder. These falls are higher than Niagara Falls and simply amazing. The entire experience is nothing less than breathtaking. We enjoyed it more than Niagara Falls. Quebec City is an immensely exquisite destination and perhaps there is no better time to visit than during Carnaval. Another novelty of the Quebec City area is the Hotel de Glace just a few miles from the city where a wonder of frozen water brings visitors from around the world into a mesmerizing world of sleeted chandeliers, indoor polar slide, ornate frozen furniture, and refrigerated artistry. In just a matter of weeks this engineered spectacle is re-designed and re-constructed each winter season from hundreds of tons of ice and tens of thousands of pounds of packed snow. No two years are alike as several dozen uniquely themed rooms and suites, glacial nightclub, a majestic wedding chapel, and an

unforgettable lodging experience are created for brave adventure seekers looking to be awed for a day visit or an overnight extravaganza. For those of any age, brave enough to take the class and prepare adequately, sleeping in the Hotel de Glace is successful only with the help of arctic rated sleeping bags, and meticulously planned pre-sleeping organization. If sleeping in a room where cell phones freeze, cameras malfunction, and even boots and sweaters must be protected, sounds doable, get ready to slumber, or not, on top of a mattress placed on a block of ice as a bed foundation. When we stayed even families with infants braved the cold and had a successful visit. However, less adventurous families just visit for the day to tour and the Hotel de Glace partners with the Four Points by Sheraton Quebec about a mile away. Checkins take place through the Sheraton, where typical hotel amenities, and warmth are only a 2-3 minute complimentary shuttle away and a warm and cozy room is waiting, just in case. As locals say, “ There is no shame in not making it through the night.” Overnighters at the ice hotel might enjoy an ice cockSee Quebec page 6 Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


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Chalk-It-Up! to Sacrament a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created to benefit children’s arts education programs, which raises money through various events held its annual Art & Music Festival at Fremont Park over Labor Day Weekend.Proceeds fund grants in support of Youth Arts Programs throughout the Sacramento region. Chalk-It-Up! is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers and funded through the generosity of our extraordinary community. Shown here is a collection of photos from the weekend’s festivities.

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The dad navigates choppy waters: KD makes the call trance into the world. It was not what we expected, and it almost turned out really badly. That was an extremely difficult period of our lives, and it’s hard to write about. So, I’m going to take a break and get back to the story later. A couple weeks back we hit the wall. The heat had turned us into a monster family. KD wrapped himself in icepacks and headed to his room. Captain Mommy (my wife Stephanie) and I sat and bickered about stupid stuff for no good reason. It was not looking like a good day. Or a good weekend! Around 11 a.m., KD skipped into the living room and said with a tentative smile, “Can we go to the City?” Captain Mommy looked at me, and I looked at her. Without a good reason to say “no,” she headed into the garage and raided her secret stash. I locked the bedroom door and did the same. KD chipped in

a few bucks. And we hit the road at noon. Next thing we knew it, we were at the top of Mt. Sutro, where it was a misty and windy and a balmy 59 degrees. A temperature check in Sacramento showed 101, a 42-degree difference. Sure, a picnic would have been nice, but we got cold quickly and headed to the car. Needing a warm up, we drove frantically to Ritual Coffee, one of my favorite spots in the city, for a steaming latte. Sadly, it closed two minutes before we got there. Fortunately, before the tears rolled down my face we turned around and discovered Weaver’s Coffee, which is really solid. It’s worth a visit… I looked at my phone, and it was still too hot to go home. So it was time for a burger at Calibur Burgers. We discovered it a couple of weeks ago and knew it was worth another visit. And after a leisurely

and delicious burger and garlic fries, it was cool enough to head home. To summarize: we got out of dodge when it was brutally hot, had a perfect hike, a delicious cup of coffee, and a yummy burger. I had everything I needed for my article on the perfect day trip to San Francisco. However, since I’m a parent, spouse and therapist, I suppose I should have a larger point. And I think I do. As much as our kids want to make significant decisions, their thoughts, feelings, and suggestions are often devalued or ignored, and parents make the decisions. This makes sense most of the time. If your kid says, “Hey dad, I’m only 15, but since you don’t drive, can I get behind the wheel next time?” or “Dad, can we share a beer next time we’re in the City?” the answers should be a resounding “NO!” However, when we

can allow our kids to suggest and make reasonable suggestions, the answer should be a resounding “YES!” In this case, KD threw out an idea, and there wasn’t a good reason to say no. So we shouted, “Yes” and hit the road. Postscript: Sunday hit, and it was a cool morning. Captain Mommy and I got up and announced that it was time to do the yard work we’d been putting off for the last month. With newfound courage, KD tried to change directions and suggested we go out for brunch. We immediately nixed it and told him to put on his grubby clothes. We got to work…

Some suites at the Hotel de Glace even boast fireplaces continued from page 4 that are strictly for ambiance and eye appeal, since they are tail in the Ice Bar, complete specially designed to not emit sleeping equipment, access to heat. the hot tubs and sauna area, In order for the arctic sleepa hot wake-up beverage, and ing bags to function correctly breakfast. your clan must wear the cor-

rect synthetic fibers and socks and have clean, dry, and unworn clothes separately reserved just for sleeping, as moisture is the enemy. One amazing attribute is the extreme insulation and acoustic property of the ice structure. Even with the blaring music from the disco, the suites and rooms are supremely quiet and serenely peaceful at night. So quiet in fact, that some guests comment on the eerie still-

ness, even with no doors on the rooms. A day or early evening visit and tour may be more enjoyable if you aren’t into preparation and gear. The crystalline ice sculptures and intricately designed walls, indoor ice slide, bars, and discotheque are an unforgettable sight to see and experience. In fact, well over a half million visitors have experienced this wonder just since 2001.

So whether you are a more tame and less risk-taking traveling family or like to live life on the icy edge, Quebec City and its environs offer the absolute best for families looking to make the most spectacular winter vacation plans imaginable! Dust off your passports, and start planning now in the Autumn if you plan to visit this Winter wonderland as families from all over the world will be joining you in the fun.

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Builder returns to alma mater:

David Garner’s #MySJStory Over the next year, San Juan Unified will be highlighting a series of stories demonstrating collaboration, perseverance and success, which the Arden-Carmichael News is glad to share. SJUSD calls the series #MySJStory and this month they are highlighting a member of the business community: Flint Builders Sr. Project Manager David Garner. When 1996 Casa Roble Fundamental High School valedictorian scholar David Garner started his career in construction management, he knew he wanted to be a builder that made an impact in the Citrus Heights and Orangevale communities that he grew up in. After 17 years as a professional that has taken him to different locations throughout the state, that desire to “come home” has become a

reality for Garner, and the journey has landed him even closer to his heart than he previously imagined. Garner, a senior project manager for contractor Flint Builders, is leading construction on Casa Roble’s signature project – a brand new student union and administration building. “I always knew that I wanted to move back here and raise my children in San Juan Unified,” Garner said, noting that he could have climbed the ladder in other areas for firms that build prisons or buildings for California universities (he was on the team that build the UC Davis Mondavi Center). “To build a signature project that is going to transform my alma mater, that’s pretty special,” he added. “My connection to San Juan Unified runs deep. I have cousins that attended San Juan Uni-

fied schools, my grandmother worked in the finance department until the early 2000’s and I have an aunt and uncle (Susan Gumbiner and Andy Otten) who were in the classroom.” Garner’s connection to San Juan Unified did not go unnoticed by the district’s facilities construction team prior to Flint Builders and JKA Architects being awarded the Casa signature project. Director of Facilities Construction & Modernization Brett Mitchell said he got a big smile on his face while reviewing proposals. Garner didn’t use a company photo on the “about us” page of the packet. Instead, he used a yearbook photo from his senior year of high school at Casa Roble Fundamental High School. “It was a nice touch. I couldn’t grant Flint and JKA more points for (the photo), but when their proposal ended up being the winning proposal, it was a truly great feeling for us as a district to

know that we were entrusting this project to someone that is so invested … not only in San Juan Unified but in Casa Roble,” Mitchell said. Before graduating from Casa Roble, Garner attended preschool in the early 1980s at Coyle Avenue Elementary and then kindergarten through sixth grade at the former LIttlejohn Elementary School (where he notes current Board of Education President Pam Costa was his principal). He went to middle school at Louis Pasteur. Another highlight he recalls is spending summer in programs at Camp Winthers, which is why he recently encouraged Flint Builders to donate new tent cabins to the campsite. “It really means alot for me to give back to Camp Winthers because it really enriched my life a lot,” he said. To top it all off, Garner is becoming a Sacramento Builders Exchange mentor at San Juan High School for students enrolled in con-

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Walk the Hidden Parks of Carmichael set for Saturday, Sept. 22 The Sacramento Walking Sticks Volkssport Club invites everyone, including the family dog, to join them on Saturday, September 22, 2018 on a newly designed walk that will take them to three different Hidden Parks in Carmichael. Everyone can choose to walk either a 5K (3.1 miles) or an 11K (6.8 miles) route; both are rated a 1B. There will be the opportunity to walk through older, established Carmichael neighborhoods to experience these three entirely different parks. Two of them are nicely developed with trails and playgrounds, while the third is a very large nature area. This area hasn’t been developed but was planted with many eucalyptus trees many years ago so that the forest is like being in Australia. The start location is the SaveMart Grocery Store parking lot in Crestview Shopping Center, 4708 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael CA 95608. The walk is available on Saturday, September 22, 2018 and people can register anytime between 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone must be off the trail and return by 3:00. The cost is FREE to everyone; however donations are always welcome. People wanting volkswalk credit will pay $3.00 for the walk. Dogs must be on leash with cleanup and strollers and wheelchairs would be fine with either of the routes. Restrooms are available at the start and finish and each of the parks along the way has porta potties in them. We encourage everyone to bring water and keep drinking so they keep hydrated as well as wearing hats and sunscreen. Children of all ages will love the parks and playgrounds so feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the route. Volkssporting (translation means sport of the people) originated in Germany 8

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in the 1970’s and is still going strong in Europe. The sport is also popular here in the USA with over 250+ clubs in every state; the Sacramento Walking Sticks are the largest club in the USA and Canada with over 550 members. Volkswalking is a sport anyone can do and is especially good for families because it gets everyone out walking in the great outdoors. Routes are always designed to showcase the best of a town and it is a perfect way to meet and make new friends and to try out new, local restaurants. What do people need to participate? Comfortable shoes, a hat or visor, sunscreen and drinking water to keep them hydrated. The Sacramento Walking Sticks Club has a variety of walks that are offered on a weekly and monthly basis. There are regular Tues and Thursday morning group walks that allow individuals to pick a 3 or 6 mile routes and a Wednesday night group walk that features a 3 mile walk with dinner afterwards. These walks are situated all over the Sacramento region and are available for individual use anytime that the host start location is open. Monthly the Club hosts Full Moon night group walks that include Moon Pie treats and Road Trip Adventures mid-week to locations at least fifty miles from Sacramento (Mill Valley, San Jose, Squaw Valley, Red Bluff, Oakdale to name a few we’ve done recently). www.SacramentoWalkingSticks.org > click on Calendar of Events link Sacramento Walking Sticks, P.O. Box 277303, Sacramento CA 95827-7303 Are you curious about the names of the three parks? They are Jan Park, Schweitzer Grove Nature Area Access and O’Donnell Heritage Park. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


One four all: The 4th Annual Wildlife Care Association fall photo contest takes flight One picture. That’s all it takes to be a winner. Take your mobile or camera outside and submit your best shot of a bird or birds in your backyard, local park or other wild location! It’s easy. Submit your picture on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message attachment. Contest is open between Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Entries can be made in two categories. Those 12 years old and younger can enter free. Those over 12 are asked to include a minimum $5 donation to WCA on the Facebook donate link for each entry. Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be. Enter @

wildlifecareassociation on Facebook. Each photo may be entered once, but individuals may submit more than one. Enter often and donate to help the WCA heroes of nature save thousands of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife every year. The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation volunteers depend on the community for their support giving wildlife a second chance to live. The WCA Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/ Instagram as a hero of nature! For more information

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When I asked my dad where Arkansas was, he asked me where I had heard of that state. I told him that was where my new Brownie Leader, Fern, and her husband were from. He smiled and said, “Is that so?” “Does she talk a little different than we do?” I nodded, yes, she does. How did he know that? My dad always seemed to know everything. I guess he thought it was time for his older kids to learn about the “United States of America”. Rodney and I knew a little bit about the United States from going to school. But, we did not know how many states there were and all of the names of the states. We knew about Wisconsin, because we both had started school there. And, we knew about California, because that was where we lived now. And, we had driven through some of the other states when we moved to California from Wisconsin. Wayne and Rodney were

born in Wisconsin. Timothy, Linda, Rita, Sandra and, of course, me, had all been born in California. Both of our parents had been born in Wisconsin. They had lived there all of their lives. They met there when they were just teenagers, were married there, and their first born child, Rodney, was born there. But, then they moved all the way to California. I was the first kid to be born in California, when we lived in the Clarksburg area, in a small house near the river. After Timothy, Linda and Rita were born, they decided to move back to Wisconsin. I guess they must have missed their families. We packed up all of our things in a big truck when we moved back. We all traveled in the truck, stopping along the way to eat and exercise. But, we were inside the back of the truck in an area our dad had created and could not really see where we were going un-

less we peaked through the small window. I liked all of my aunts and uncles that lived in Wisconsin, but we did not see them very often. But, after my brother Wayne was born there, my dad decided to move back to California again, so that he could get a better job. After all, he had six children to support. Their move to Colonial Village in Sacramento was a great idea. Our dad found a good job with a local construction company and earned enough money for his family to finally live in a new and larger house. And, we had four bedrooms in the new house, and a large backyard to play in whenever we wanted to. A few days after I told my dad about Sue’s mom and her accent, my dad came home from work with a box. After dinner was finished and I had helped my mom clear off the table, he told his older kids to sit down. Rodney, Timothy, Linda and I all gathered around, waiting to see why he wanted us to sit down. He brought the box over to the table and opened it. Inside was something that looked like a puzzle. It was a map of the United States with puzzle pieces of each state. Now, we could learn about all of the states and where they were located and how they all fit together. There were forty eight puzzle pieces in various colors, and the names of the states were printed on the pieces. This was a great idea! Our dad and mom wanted us to learn as many things as we could. Neither one of our parents had finished high school. They wanted us all to graduate and to have better lives than they did but getting better jobs in the future. I will always remember that puzzle and how much I had learned about how the pieces fit together to make the United States of America. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


Faces and Places: Rio Americano grad and local puppeteer Peter Bond goes national on Jimmy Kimmel Photos by Monica Stark

Rio Americano grad Peter Bond has successfully created an immersive storytelling experience that the whole family will enjoy together with his latest production: Galaxy Express- Super Extravaganza.In an effort to promote community children's theatre, the Point West Rotary Club offered free showings of Bond’s Jim Henson-like puppet show. With a high production value, the “puppet show” included a full set and actors. Bond has been nationally recognized and as this paper was going to press he told the Arden-Carmichael News that he was going to be in a short short skit on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. “Bout 30 seconds of me and my puppets and a Jimmy Kimmel puppet I made a while back. They get to make fun of me.” Shown here is a collection of photos from the last performance of Galaxy Express- Super Extravaganza, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Howe Park Theatre. He’s currently looking for local woodworkers or set builder, designers, artists who might want to help with his next project, a sci-fi shuttle interior to be inhabited with creature puppets will inhabit and will be submitted to some festivals. He can be reached at peterbond@sbcglobal.net

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you’d planned. You’d planned to read a specific stack of books and magazines. You’d planned to do email and FB. You’d planned to write. And you’d just assumed you’d be able to see the human face. But everything is foggy, everything. You look at your feet. You can’t count the toes poking out of your sandals. You can’t see the toes. Your own toes. Gone. “I’m blind,” you say. You remember the Will Farrell movie where he goes blind and tries to comb his hair with a fish. You’re not that bad but the persistent dense blur that won’t let you read is a shocker. Everybody says, you’ll be reading in a few days. Don’t panic, they say. But panic is your mode. It’s how you embrace the unexpected. Your ex comes over and takes you to lunch. You hang on to his arm and tell him, “I’m blind.” After lunch you are rubbery-legged while walking to the car. “If only I could read,” you say in your pitiful voice. “You need to rest,” he says. “You just had both eyes operated on.” He thinks your fixation on reading is, at the moment, misplaced. But his world is bright and shiny, and he can read. There’s nothing left for you but daytime television, TV made blurry by your now itchy eyes. But it’s not so bad because if you sit close you sort of see reruns of Naked and Afraid and get to watch Dr. Sandra Lee extract vast amounts of a potato-like substance from people’s various and astonishing lumps. After awhile you fall into a stupor on the couch. The next day you return to the doctor, this time with your sister. He says you’re doing fine. But he wants to see you again in a week. “He’s so thorough,” you say afterward. You can tell your sister likes him too. Medical doctors are admired in your

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What’s SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 MONTE CARLO NIGHT AT ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL (5701 Locust Ave, Carmichael) at 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 WALK THE HIDDEN PARKS OF CARMICHAEL: The Sacramento Walking Sticks Volkssport Club invites everyone, including the family dog, to join them on Saturday, September 22, 2018 on a newly designed walk that will take them to three different Hidden Parks in Carmichael. Everyone can choose to walk either a 5K (3.1 miles) or an 11K (6.8 miles) route; both are rated a 1B. There will be the opportunity to walk through older, established Carmichael neighborhoods to experience these three entirely different parks. Two of them are nicely developed with trails and playgrounds, while the third is a very large nature area. This area hasn’t been developed but was planted with many eucalyptus trees many years ago so that the forest is like being in Australia. The start location is the SaveMart Grocery Store parking lot in Crestview Shopping Center, 4708 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael CA 95608. The walk is available on Saturday, September 22, 2018 and people can register anytime between 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. Everyone must be off the trail and return by 3:00. The cost is FREE to everyone; however donations are always welcome. People wanting volkswalk credit will pay $3.00 for the walk. Dogs must be on leash with cleanup and strollers and wheelchairs would be fine with either of the routes. Restrooms are available at the start and finish and each of the parks along the way has porta potties in them. We encourage everyone to bring water and keep drinking so they keep hydrated as well as wearing hats and sunscreen. Children of all ages will love the parks and playgrounds so feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the route.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 K-ZAP LISTENER APPRECIATION PARTY AT SERPENTINE FOX: K-zap Listener Appreciation Party from 5 to 8 p.m. will include drawings/giveaways! Performing live is Sacramento’s own blues man, Jimmy Pailer. Special weekend happy hour food and Drink specials! Beer Specials by Blue Note Brewery from Woodland, including “Blood on the Tracks” – a blood orange DIPA! (A tip of the hat to Bob Dylan.) K-ZAP merch for sale too. Location: 2645 El Camino Ave, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 9131159.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 WELCOME BACK, SALMON: Friends of the Riverbanks invites you to this monthly event, which generally meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. (note there are exceptions so check the calendar), at Sutter’s Landing Park at the VERY end of 28th Street in SacramenValley Community Newspapers, Inc.

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to. Bring water and sunblock, and a change of clothes for young ones who are sure to get sandy, muddy, and wet. Children under 13 must wear life jackets if they go into the water, per law. Leave your dogs at home and please bike, walk, or carpool if you can to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Directions: Head north on 28th Street, cross C Street and then the railroad tracks. Continue to the last parking lot where the park abuts the American River Parkway.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14 SACRAMENTO SYMPHONIC WINDS, A 60-PIECE SYMPHONIC BAND, PRESENTS “… AND THE HEART REPLIES”: Bring the entire family to this extraordinary concert season entitled “… and the heart replies” at the new Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts. The Sacramento Symphonic Winds is a 60-piece adult symphonic band conducted by Music and Artistic Director Timothy M. Smith. The season will include James Sochinski’s epic Legend of Alcobaca, Frank Ticheli’s setting of Amazing Grace, Robert Jager’s inventive Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann (The Happy Farmer) plus clarinet soloist Robert Mitchell performing Black Dog by Scott McAllister, lyric baritone vocal soloist Omari Tau performing selections from Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, and our own trombone soloist Thomas Eckert performing Carnival of Venice by Herbert L. Clarke. Visit our <http://www. sacwinds.org> Date/Time: Sundays; October 14 & December 9 (2018) and March 10 & May 5 (2019), 2:30 pm. at Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts, 4540 American River Drive. Tickets sold at the door: Children 10 and under Free; Student/ Senior (65+) $10; General $15. For more information, call 916-489-2576 or visit www.sacwinds.org https://www.google. com/maps/place/4540+American+River +Dr+95864

THURSDAY, OCT. 25 COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR SUSAN PETERS AT MISSION OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER: The meeting, starting at 6 p.m., provideS an opportunity for residents to hear a brief update on what is going on in Sacramento County and to ask questions. The meeting will also have a guest speaker from a variety of county departments. 6 to 7 p.m. at Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR SUSAN PETERS AT MISSION OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER The meeting, starting at 6 p.m., provides an opportunity for residents to hear a brief update on what is going on in Sacramento County and to ask questions. The meeting will also have a guest speaker from a variety of county departments. 6 to 7 p.m.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 10 SURPRISE! Enjoy beautiful fall day outdoors independently. Friends of the Riverbanks invites you to this monthly event, which generally meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. (note there are exceptions so check the calendar), at Sutter’s Landing Park at the VERY end of 28th Street in Sacramento. Bring water and sunblock, and a change of clothes for young ones who are sure to get sandy, muddy, and wet. Children under 13 must wear life jackets if they go into the water, per law. Leave your dogs at home and please bike, walk, or carpool if you can to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Directions: Head north on 28th Street, cross C Street and then the railroad tracks. Continue to the last parking lot where the park abuts the American River Parkway.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 PARTICIPATE IN 34RD ARNHA ANNUAL WILDLIFE COUNT: Friends of the Riverbanks invites you to this monthly event, which generally meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. (note there are exceptions so check the calendar), at Sutter’s Landing Park at the VERY end of 28th Street in Sacramento. Bring water and sunblock, and a change of clothes for young ones who are sure to get sandy, muddy, and wet. Children under 13 must wear life jackets if they go into the water, per law. Leave your dogs at home and please bike, walk, or carpool if you can to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Directions: Head north on 28th Street, cross C Street and then the railroad tracks. Continue to the last parking lot where the park abuts the American River Parkway.

SUNDAY, DEC. 9 SACRAMENTO SYMPHONIC WINDS, A 60-PIECE SYMPHONIC BAND, PRESENTS “… AND THE HEART REPLIES”: Bring the entire family to this extraordinary concert season entitled “… and the heart replies” at the new Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts. The Sacramento Symphonic Winds is a 60-piece adult symphonic band conducted by Music and Artistic Director Timothy M. Smith. The season will include James Sochinski’s epic Legend of Alcobaca, Frank Ticheli’s setting of Amazing Grace, Robert Jager’s inventive Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann (The Happy Farmer) plus clarinet soloist Robert Mitchell performing Black Dog by Scott McAllister, lyric baritone vocal soloist Omari Tau performing selections from Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, and our own trombone soloist Thomas Eckert performing Carnival of Venice by Herbert L. Clarke. Visit our <http://www. sacwinds.org> Date/Time: Sundays, December 9 (2018) and March 10 & May 5 (2019), 2:30 pm.

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JAN. 1, 2019 NEW YEARS GATHERING: Friends of the Riverbanks invites you to this monthly event, which generally meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. (note there are exceptions so check the calendar), at Sutter’s Landing Park at the VERY end of 28th Street in Sacramento. Bring water and sunblock, and a change of clothes for young ones who are sure to get sandy, muddy, and wet. Children under 13 must wear life jackets if they go into the water, per law. Leave your dogs at home and please bike, walk, or carpool if you can to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Directions: Head north on 28th Street, cross C Street and then the railroad tracks. Continue to the last parking lot where the park abuts the American River Parkway.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 SACRAMENTO SYMPHONIC WINDS, A 60-PIECE SYMPHONIC BAND, PRESENTS “… AND THE HEART REPLIES”: Bring the entire family to this extraordinary concert season entitled “… and the heart replies” at the new Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts. The Sacramento Symphonic Winds is a 60-piece adult symphonic band conducted by Music and Artistic Director Timothy M. Smith. The season will include James Sochinski’s epic Legend of Alcobaca, Frank Ticheli’s setting of Amazing Grace, Robert Jager’s inventive Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann (The Happy Farmer) plus clarinet soloist Robert Mitchell performing Black Dog by Scott McAllister, lyric baritone vocal soloist Omari Tau performing selections from Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, and our own trombone soloist Thomas Eckert performing Carnival of Venice by Herbert L. Clarke. Visit our <http://www. sacwinds.org> Date/Time: Sundays, March 10 & May 5 (2019), 2:30 pm. at Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts, 4540 American River Drive. Tickets sold at the door: Children 10 and under Free; Student/ Senior (65+) $10; General $15. For more information, call 916-489-2576 or visit www.sacwinds.org https://www.google. com/maps/place/4540+American+River +Dr+95864

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