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What’s New, Fresh & Exciting in Flooring! With Lynn Lawson, Ralph Opfer Floors

Lynn Lawson and Samantha Irvin

Q: What has emerged recently as a new and hot product in the flooring industry? A: L.V.T. is the biggest thing that comes to mind. There are a lot of trends that come and go in this industry, but L.V.T. has gained a lot of power and has made a bold stand in the flooring world.   Q: L.V.T., huh? So what exactly is that? A:   L.V.T. stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile. Its primary component is PVC vinyl, which makes L.V.T. dimensionally stable and flexible. It comes in planks that look like either wood or tile. Q: Okay, so what makes L.V.T. so hot these days? A: L.V.T. can be manipulated in any way to mimic any material. This allows every customer to find the look they want in an L.V.T. It’s also a great product because it’s easy to keep clean, it’s durable, water resistant and it doesn’t fade, stain or dent. Q: How does L.V.T. weigh against laminate? A: Compared to hardwood, L.V.T. and laminate can both imitate any look, are more cost effective, are easier to repair and easier to maintain.  What sets L.V.T. apart from laminate is that it looks like laminate but can be glued down and is more water resistant. Q: Is L.V.T. available for both residential and commercial properties? A: Yes. Q: Great, so to sum up why L.V.T. is the hottest trend in flooring: It’s durable, affordable and looks just like its flooring counterparts? A: Exactly!  2 GO FOR IT August 2013

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Fo cus on Fu n By Bob Cox A couple of weeks ago, I was having one of those days where nothing seemed to be going right. I was frustrated about practically everything in my life and my business. I felt like no matter how many steps forward I had taken; there was some annoying force that was pulling back to square one. When I came home for lunch, my wife Diana immediately knew something was wrong, so for the next 30 minutes I vented like a raving lunatic about how much my life sucked. Fortunately, Diana gave me the best possible advice when she insisted that I take the rest of the afternoon off, cool down and take a break from my plight. I’ve done it the other way many times, resolved and determined to not quit and forcing myself go back out in spite of being caught up in a negative mood. Sometimes, I’ve been able to straighten myself out, but more often than not my negativity works just like a magnet, bringing in even more reasons to be frustrated. Boy, do I hate when that happens! I followed Diana’s suggestion and within a few minutes, I was feeling lighter, peaceful and more balanced. That’s when I realized that I had been sabotaging myself again. I had been obsessing about what I didn’t have and wanted (more revenue), which is something I could not control, while losing sight of the one thing I could control…my thoughts. The thing that brings me real joy and success in my business is when I let go of all the heavy financial expectations

and responsibilities and focus on just one thing that I can be genuinely enthusiastic about and then have fun sharing my light hearted enthusiasm with others. So, what was that one thing I got really get excited about that turned a lemon of a day into lemonade? That’s easy; it’s our new fun guide and community events calendar! It’s really hard to stay in a bad mood whenever I’m sharing our fun guide and events calendar with other business owners. More often than not, I see the person’s mood brighten as they review all the great attractions we have right here in our beautiful city. I’ve especially enjoyed describing some of the lesser known attractions that many people have never heard of but would love to learn more about and eventually explore! Sharing our new fun guide reminds me of my days in college, when I worked part-time delivering flowers. Whenever I’d be out making a delivery, everyone was always happy to see me. On many occasions, they would playfully ask if the flowers where for them. What I’m doing now is even better, because the fun guide is a gift not just for a few lucky slobs, but for everyone I meet! If you find yourself having one of those days, follow Diana’s advice. If it’s possible, take a break from the world by avoiding other people or situations that could make matters worse. Once you start to feel better, take a few slow deep breaths, open up your mind and focus on just one thing in your life that you can be genuinely excited about. If you can’t come up with anything, try exploring our new fun guide and events calendar. Once you have your idea in mind, share your enthusiasm with the people you trust. Once you get them on board and excited, ride the wave of momentum and share it with everyone you want. What could you do if you really want to have some great fun? Try sharing our fun guide with your friends and family and then be prepared to be amazed. The positive transformation you’ll see and feel in yourself and others may be more fun than you ever dreamed possible! Bob Cox is the founder and publisher of Go For It Magazine. He can be reached by phone at (916) 266-3115. His email address is coxrobert@ Go For It Magazine is owned and operated in Rancho Cordova, CA. Copyright © 2013.

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What Local Business Owners Do For Fun!

I like going to Monster Mini Golf in the Nimbus Winery off Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova. That’s a lot of fun! Amber Elliott Elliott’s on El Camino Ave.

I love the American River! You can raft, bike, hike, jog and just enjoy the beauty of the river. Joel Perez Remax Realty and Jimboys in Rancho Cordova

Depending on the weather, Gregg (husband) and I drove his M.G. convertible up to Nevada City and had lunch. We took the back-roads through Colfax and it was beautiful! Lynn Lawson Ralph Opfer Floors

The one really nice thing about living here is the warm summers. I spent a year in Portland, Oregon in my early 20’s. It’s green for a reason! I will never complain about the summer heat while I barbeque in my backyard. John McCain Premiere Nutrition

I love Sacramento because it’s so centrally located. We can go to the Bay Area and sail one weekend and ski in Tahoe the next. I also love Old Sacramento and taking my dogs to the river. Annette Arent Easy Living Cleaning

Community Events Calendar for August August 1-11: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento (916) 995-5464. August 1-11: Venus in Fur, B Street Theatre, 2711 B St., Sacramento (916) 443-5300. August 3-4: Grape Days of Summer, 11am-5pm, Auburn, Lincoln & Newcastle, CA. Placer County Wine Trail – Lincoln, Auburn & Newcastle – Sierra Foothills. Cost: $25. August 6-11: The King and I, Wells Fargo Pavillion, 1419 H St., Sacramento (916) 557-1999. August 7: Because (Concert Series), Palladio in Folsom. August 9: Auburn Cruise Night, 2013 5pm-9pm Auburn, CA. Cars will be lined up along Lincoln Way in the late afternoon and early evening. Upper Lincoln Way Auburn, CA (916) 878-7936. August 10: Dave Koz & Friends: Mindi Abair * Gerald Albright * Richard Elliott. Sunrise MarketPlace. August 10-11: 4th Annual Sacramento Banana Festival, William Land Park, Sacramento, CA. Join the celebration of art, music, food, culture, community, diversity, health and wellness! August 10-11: Heritage Trail Tour, 10am-4 pm. Discover the hidden nuggets of Placer County History. Tour 18 Placer County Museums between Roseville and North Lake Tahoe. August 15: Boyz II Men with Bel Biv Devoe, Sunrise MarketPlace (916) 536-1195. August 17: Lewis Black, 8pm, Sacramento Theater Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 443-6722. Aug 17-18: Relay For Life 10am Saturday until 10am Sunday. Gold Country Fairgrounds 1273 High St. Auburn, CA. This is a 24 hour event where we celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to the disease and fight back against cancer. This is a free, family event open to the entire community.

August 17: 2nd Annual Gold Pan Ukulele Festival, 10am-6 pm 471 Maidu Dr. Auburn, CA. Workshops, open mic, indoor and outdoor jam time and a barbecue lunch culminating activity. $30 Registration Fee Payable to ARD, $50 for Couples and kids under 12 free - pay only $5 lunch fee. August 17: Birdies and BBQ Golf Tournament 2013 1pm, Lincoln Hills Golf Club, 1005 Sun City Bl., Lincoln, CA. Birdies and BBQ Golf Tournament 1 p.m. Shotgun Start. $85 Ticket includes golf and cart, beer, water, soda, snacks, barbeque dinner and awards ceremony. August 18: Classic Car Show, Poker Run & Tri-Tip BBQ, 9am-3pm, Memorial Park Foresthill, CA (530) 367-2474. Cruise the Historic Gold Country. This fun-filled event includes a scenic drive through the Gold Country, poker run, show ‘n shine, music from the 50’s and 60’s and a 50/50 drawing. August 21: Rhythm Vandals (Concert Series), Palladio in Folsom. August 21: Willie Nelson, 8pm, Sacramento Theater Company Sacramento, CA (916) 808-5181. Aug 24: High Hand’s Tomato Festival, 9am-4pm, Maple Rock Gardens, 100 Clark Tunnel Rd., Newcastle, CA Tomato tasting, tomato classes taught by Farmer Fred, walking tours of the gardens, live music and the largest miniature railroad in Northern California.  August 24: Wines Around the Bay, 7-10pm 5550 Douglas Bl., Granite Bay, CA 95746. Join us for a lovely evening at Quarry Ponds Town Center in Granite Bay Come savor fine wines plus delectable appetizers and desserts from local vineyards and restaurants, while enjoying live music and entertainment. August 24: Sail Rock Tour: Christopher Cross * Orleans * Gary Wright * Firefall * John Ford Coley * Robbie Dupree * Player. Sunrise MarketPlace (916) 536-1195. August 27: Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran, 7pm, Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA August August2013 2013 GO GO FOR FOR IT IT 7

Go For It Fun Guide Harris Center for the Arts: Formerly known as Three Stages

at Folsom Lake College. Long envisioned as a critically important element for Folsom Lake College, the visual and performing arts center was initially conceived as a facility to instruct, develop, and guide talented students to become actors, musicians, dancers, visual artists, and behind-the-curtain technicians. The scope and size of the center expanded significantly and now serves as a regional arts center for the greater community. Today, the center hosts upward of 400 public events per year, attracting over 150,000 patrons annually. Rock legend Kenny Loggins will appear on August 5-7. The center is located at 10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630 and their phone number is (916) 608-6888.

Adventure Connection (Coloma, CA Whitewater Raft-

ing): If you want to go for a thrilling journey along California’s best whitewater rivers, Adventure Connection will hook you up. With over 25 years of running the highest quality rafting trips and river tours, Adventure Connection invites you to join them on one of their spectacular rafting adventures. They have whitewater rafting trips on the South Fork American, Middle Fork American, North Fork American, Tuolumne and Kaweah rivers. Call (800) 556-6060 or visit for more information.

California State Military Museum: The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California. This was reinforced on September 11, 2002 when Governor Gray Davis signed legislation making the museum a permanent museum under the California State Military Department and providing permanent funding for the museum. On July 13, 2004, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to amend the Government Code to make the museum the state’s official military museum. The California State Military Museum is located at 1119 Second Street in the Old Sacramento State Historical Park. Their phone number is (916) 854-1900. Crocker Art Museum: On May 6, 1885, Margaret E. Crocker presented the Crocker art gallery building, the grounds, and the E. B. Crocker Collection “in trust for the public” to the city of Sacramento and the California Museum Association (now the Crocker Art Museum Association). The city leaders planned a Floral Festival on the day the gallery and collection were presented and it drew a reported 20,000 visitors from within the region and abroad. Acknowledged as the largest such event of its day, the Festival was described as larger and more splendid than any held to honor Queen Victoria. Today, the museum continues to build upon the Crocker family legacy by collecting and exhibiting work representing all media, time periods and cultures. This furthers the spirit of the Crockers’ love of art and their intention to develop a center for its appreciation in California. The museum is located at 216 O St. Sacramento, CA 95814 and their phone number is (916) 808-7000. Folsom Zoo Sanctuary: Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. Many were raised and rejected as wild pets. Others were injured or orphaned in the wild. All have names and personalities, and their individual stories are posted at the exhibits, along with factual, up-to-date information about their species. This is not a “mainstream” zoo. Rather, it is a sanctuary in management and philosophy, except that it is open to the public, for a fee, six days a week. People who “don’t like zoos” are generally comfortable here. The zoo is located in Folsom City Park at Natoma and Stafford Streets at 403, Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 351-3527; 8 GO FOR IT August 2013

Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club: Over the past 27 years,

Laughs Unlimited has been home to the best in the stand-up comedy business. As the twelfth longest running comedy club in the nation, Laughs Unlimited has been instrumental in helping to  build the careers of many comedic legends, including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, Yakov Smirnoff, George Wallace, Harry Anderson, Bob Saget, Dennis Miller and Paul Reiser, all of whom cut their teeth on Laugh’s stage.  With a full bar, great food, side-splitting entertainment and upscale ambience, Laughs Unlimited is the complete package. They are located at 1207 Front Street in Old Sacramento. Tickets and information are available for upcoming events at 

Leatherby’s Family Creamery: Leatherby’s harks back to a simpler time of cheerful service, generous portions and tasty homemade treats and eats; all made onsite, using cherished family recipes and the finest natural ingredients. It’s no wonder Leatherby’s is considered a sweet and family-friendly institution, with 30 years of service in Sacramento. Leatherby’s is family owned and operated, with three generations cheerfully serving up tasty treats. Leatherby’s now has three locations in the Greater Sacramento area: Sacramento, Citrus Heights and their newest location in Elk Grove. Visit www.leatherbys. net for more information. Metro City Soccer: From veterans to amateurs, Metro City

Soccer offers a fun and competitive environment in an indoor soccer setting. Since 1999, they’ve established themselves as the greatest indoor soccer arena in the Sacramento area. They are located at 11327 Folsom Blvd, #120 Rancho Cordova, CA 95742. Their phone number is (916) 638-4625 and their website is

Music Circus: Music Circus is an experience like no other, which is why it’s been an integral part of summer for generations of musical theatre lovers for more than 60 years. Music Circus brings professional musical theatre in an in-the-round setting. This theatre allows Music Circus audiences to experience some of Broadway’s top talent in a setting so intimate they feel as if they’re part of the show. Music Circus is located in the Wells Fargo Pavilion on 1419 H St. Sacramento, CA 95814. Their phone number is (916) 557-1999 and their website is

Old Sacramento Underground: Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Today, you can join thousands of residents and visitors in uncovering the facts behind the legends that lie below our buildings and sidewalks. These hour-long guided tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento. Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Sacramento History Museum, or over the phone by calling (916) 808-7059.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park: In 1839 a Swiss immigrant named John Sutter received a land grant in the Sacramento Valley from the Mexican government. He used the land to create a flourishing agricultural empire and named it New Helvetia (New Switzerland.) This empire established Sacramento’s earliest settlement and the first non-Indian settlement in California’s Central Valley. Less than a decade after they were established, Sutter’s properties were overrun by gold seekers and the fort is all that remains of New Helvetia. It has been restored to its former state based on an 1847 map published in Darmstadt, Germany and is open for tours. Sutter’s Fort is now offering the site for weddings and receptions. Sutter’s Fort is located at 2701 L St. Sacramento, CA 95816 and their phone number is (916) 445-4422.

Sacramento State Aquatic Center: The Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma is a cooperative operation of the Associated Students Inc. of California State University, Sacramento, the University Union of Sac State, California Department of Boating and Waterways, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The general public can rent a variety of equipment, including sit-ontop kayaks, hydro bikes, canoes and beach cruiser bicycles without having taken a class or being checked out. However, rental of a sailboat, windsurf, stand up paddle board or rowing shell must be checked out (have taken a class or private lesson.) This facility occupies eight acres of land and is one of the finest in the state, featuring a beach area, picnic tables, barbeques, four docks, classrooms and convenient parking. S.S.A.C. is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Sac State as well as the general public. They are located at 1901 Hazel Av. in Gold River, CA 95670. Their phone number is (916) 278-2842 and their website is

The Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park: California’s executive mansion, popularly known at the Governor’s Mansion, was built in 1877 for Albert and Clemenza Gallatin. Albert was a partner in the Sacramento hardware store of Huntington & Hopkins. The State of California purchased the house from Joseph and Louisa Steffens to use as a home for California’s first families in 1903 for $32,500. Today’s guests see marble fireplaces from Italy, gold framed mirrors from France, and exquisitely handcrafted hinges and doorknobs, all of which are reminders of the Gallatins and the Victorian era. Outside some of the Mansion’s abundant vegetation includes flowers, shrubs, and trees dating back to 1877. The park is located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in downtown Sacramento.  For more information, call (916) 323-3047 or visit

Sacramento River Sightseeing Cruise: Spend a leisurely

hour sightseeing on the Sacramento River. Learn about the importance of the river and how it helped transform what was a trading colony and stockade into the major American city Sacramento is today, during this narrated tour on an air-conditioned vessel. See where the American and Sacramento rivers come together and experience the wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty that this historic and important waterway has to offer. Visit their website at or call 800-510-8004.

The Northern California Swimstitute: The Swimstitute

is Sacramento’s premier indoor swimming pool and aquatic center. Their spacious indoor facility includes 8 lanes, 25 meters and 275,000 gallons of heated swimming pool, perfect for lap swimming, triathlon training, swim conditioning, masters swimming and stroke work. Swimstitute is also great for water aerobics, swim lessons, kayak roll classes, beginning scuba to advanced scuba and year round indoor parties. They are located at 11335 B, Folsom Bl. Rancho Cordova, CA 95742 and their phone number is (916) 851- 0840.

Second Saturday Art Gallery Openings: Sacramento

Second Saturday is the monthly Sacramento art gallery walk. Sacramento-area art galleries stay open late so you can enjoy an evening of art, music, wine-tasting and people-watching. Meet local artists and art lovers or just enjoy the scene. It takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 6PM to 10PM, depending on the art gallery (hours vary). Visit for more information.

State Indian Museum: The State Indian Museum, opened in 1940, depicts three major themes of California Indian life: Nature, Spirit, and Family. Native peoples lived prosperously for thousands of years in what is now California.  All of the exhibits and photographs on display in the museum are presented with respect for those who went before us on this land and continue to live in California communities today. There is a wall of photographs devoted to honoring California Elders, and a hands-on area where visitors have the opportunity to utilize Indian tools like the pump drill, used for making holes in shell beads, and the mortar & pestle, used for grinding acorns. The State Indian Museum is located at 2618 K Street and their phone number is (916) 324-0971. Sunrise MarketPlace Outdoor Pavilion: Come enjoy

the ultimate experience at the Sunrise MarketPlace Outdoor Pavilion, centrally located in the Sacramento Region at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. The 2,500-seat pavilion offers an alternative to larger venues located in the area. The outdoor pavilion offers spacious seating with plenty of leg room, a range of seating choices, ticket prices and FREE PARKING! Big name musical talent coming this August includes Dave Koz, Boyz II Men, Christopher Cross and Trace Adkins. Call (916) 536-1195 or go online at for more information.

Thunder Valley Casino: Experience the excitement of Vegas

style gaming without the long and arduous all day drive through the desert. Thunder Valley Casino features a 144,500 square foot casino and a luxury resort with 300 well-appointed rooms and suites, each with an unparalleled level of service. Take a break from the action and unwind in the fabulous spa, or sit back and enjoy the unique bars, lounges and captivating entertainment from around the world. Hungry for more? Nine unbelievable restaurants boast an eclectic array of cuisines that delight in every bite. Thunder Valley Casino is located at 1200 Athens Av. Lincoln, CA 95648 and their phone number is (916) 408-7777.

Wineries: If you don’t want to make the longer trek to Napa, then take a tour of the nearby wineries in Lodi, El Dorado and Amador counties. Enjoy the beautiful countryside as you sample award-winning wines. For more information, log on to, and August August2013 2013 GO GO FOR FOR IT IT 9

Wineries & Breweries Wineries in & Around Town

Breweries in & Around Town

AVIO Winery 14520 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. (209) 267-1515

American River Brewing Company 11151 Trade Center Dr., #104, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. (916) 635-2537

Broll Mountain Vineyards 106 Main St., Murphys, 95247. (209) 728-9750 Chateau Rodin 4771 Greenhills Rd., Placerville, CA 95667. (530) 622-6839 Deaver Vineyards 12455 Steiner Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669. (209) 245-4099 Fitzpatrick Winery & Lodging 7740 Fairplay Rd., FairPlay, CA. (530) 620-3248

Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar 112 Pacific St., Roseville, CA 95678. (916) 749-4641 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery 2730 E Bidwell St., Folsom, CA 95630. (916) 404-2000 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery 1200 Roseville Pkwy., Roseville, CA 95678. (916) 580-2100

Frasinetti Winery & Restaurant 7395 Fransinetti Rd., Sacramento, CA 95828. (916) 383-2447

Bone Shaker Brewery Public House 2168 Sunset Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95765.

Gold Hill Vineyard 5660 Vineyard Ln., Placerville, CA 95667. (530) 626-6522

Bradley’s Brewing Co 8942 Greenback Ln., Orangevale, CA 95662. (916) 988-2723

Hart 2 Hart Vineyards & Winery 5821 Hwy. 49, Coloma, CA 95613. (530) 885-WINE

Hoppy Brewing Company 6300 Folsom Bl., Sacramento, CA 95819. (916) 451-4677

Indian Springs Vineyards 303 Broad St., Nevada City, CA. (530) 478-1068

Low Brau 1050 20th St., Sacramento, CA 95811. (916) 706-2636

Ironstone Vineyards 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys, CA 95247. (209) 728-1251 Renaissance Winery 12587 Rices Crossing Rd., Oregon House, CA 95962. (530) 575-1254 Rome Valley Vineyards 5869 Traverse Creek Rd., Garden Valley, CA 95633. (530) 295-9260 Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery 11179 Gibson Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945. (530) 477-8277 Stone’s Throw Vineyard & Winery 1900 Hidden Valley Ln. Camino, CA. (530) 626-6858 , Story Winery 10525 Bell Road, Plymouth, CA 95669. (209) 245-6208 TKC Vineyards 11001 Valley Drive, Plymouth, CA. (209) 245-6428 Wilsons Vineyards Clarksburg (Sacramento), CA. (916) 744-1456 10 GO FOR IT August 2013

Pyramid Alehouse Brewery 1029 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 498-9800 Rivercity Brewing Co 545 Downtown Plaza, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 447-2744 River Rock Brewery & Café 1595 Eureka Rd., Roseville, CA 95661. (916) 780-2739 Rubicon Brewing Company 2004 Capitol Av., Sacramento, CA 95816. (916) 448-7032 Sacramento Brewing Co 4770 Lonesome Dove Dr., Shingle Springs, CA 95682. (530) 676-5347 Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery 2001 2nd St., Davis, CA 95618. (530) 758-8700 Two Rivers Cider 4311 Attawa Av., Sacramento, CA 95822. (916) 456-1614

How Do YOU Solve a Problem... Rodgers & Hammerstein addressed that question often in their musicals and sometimes concluded “It’s a Puzzlement”! OK, I’m dating myself a bit but I am sure modern songwriters like Taylor Swift are addressing that same question... One answer is to follow a system, a gameplan, a strategy that someone else has already figured out. Since the dawn of man, we have known there is no point in reinventing the wheel. As far as complex puzzles, I cannot imagine anything as puzzling as a Rubik’s Cube. If you try to solve it, you might, like me, just fumble around a bit until we get a few colors lined up only to find the back side a complete mess... Wouldn’t take me long to give up in frustration... Sound familiar? However, if you know the “secret”, then it’s a piece of cake. Know what the world record for solving the Cube is? I Googled it... it’s 5.55 seconds!! Holy smokes!! (Check out the video on - won’t take long to watch!) And if that wasn’t amazing enough, there are records for doing it blindfolded (memorizing the original state), doing it one-handed and with no hands, just feet... really! What’s the point? Don’t reinvent the wheel! I found a video of the “5 SIMPLE moves to EASILY solve the Rubik’s Cube”... So no matter what problem you are trying to solve, don’t give up!! There is more than likely a class, book or app for that!! If technology is one of your puzzlements, visit We are helping businesses and individuals get a handle on technology... one muggle at a time! • Check out a local networking opportunity: join us at the Rancho Cordova Exchange: A Business to Community Expo. • Check out the digital possibilities: visit for articles, tips, and discussions! Monthly meeting in Rancho Cordova on the second Tuesday of each month as well as other area locations. FREE for first timers!

VENDORS: Reserve Your Spot Today! • Expecting to exceed 500 attendees this year

• Business-to-Business mixer prior to the Expo • FREE Quick-Response (QR code) capability for each vendor • FREE training on “Technology at Expos” on August 13, 11:30am-1:00pm. • Vendor space is limited. Reserve TODAY! For details, call 916-273-5688, scan the QR code on the right, or visit Also proud to work with and support:

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Win a Ride: Support Bronte We decided to try the ketogenic diet to help control her It was early morning almost twenty years ago when Bronte seizures. After the very first day, Bronte’s seizures stopped had her first grand mal seizure at my mother’s house. Needless to completely. But the diet dehydrated her, so she was always in say, we were terrified. We had no idea of what was happening to the hospital. Every night after dinner she would just cry and cry her. We raced her to the hospital. I was driving, tears streaming because she wanted something else to eat. down my face, my mother holding Bronte, talking to her, trying to After two years she seemed to be doing well on the diet, and stay calm. We were living a nightmare. It took a lifetime getting to we hoped we could wean her off the Depakote. that hospital. She was diagnosed with epilepsy in We started taking her off the medication and she January of 1994 and was placed on Phenobarbital. immediately started seizing constantly. I thought At the tender age of five months, my daughter, it was too much to have Bronte on both the Bronte Alexis, was having practically every kind ketogenic diet and so much medication, so we of seizure, grand mal, absence - you name it. took her off the diet and the doctor put her back Sometimes she would stiffen up; other times she on Depakote. would suddenly drop her bottle from her hands. Bronte had grown into a beautiful fiveUnfortunately, her small, growing body didn’t year-old. She was having fewer seizures, but she respond well to the medication. It made her very still had absence seizures about every hour. We hyper and she couldn’t sleep at night. The only needed something to control them. We flew from way I could get her to sleep was to let her sleep our home in Sacramento, Calif. to see a doctor on my chest. She seized constantly throughout the in Minneapolis who referred us to a doctor at night and mommy’s chest was her only comfort Stanford University. The doctor added Lamictal place. Bronte also had constant colds because of to Bronte’s cocktail, which did decrease her her fragile immune system. During the winter I “absence” seizures. had to sleep sitting straight up in bed so she could Besides the constant dehydration, I think the breathe. My daughter slept on my chest for four Bronte with Mary Lou Sordi. ketorgenic diet had another side effect on Bronte; years. she went through a “food thing.” She wouldn’t When Bronte was two and a half years old, eat anything. She went months and months just eating rice. She she went through a two month spell where she had 10 grand was shaky and fell down a lot because she was so weak. mal seizures a day. A new doctor took her off Phenobarbital and When Bronte was six years old, everything started again. The started her on Depakote. He diagnosed Bronte with Lennoxgrand mal seizures were back and she started getting sick again Gastaut Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Her childhood - high fevers, vomiting and lost motor control. She would be sick would be characterized by frequent, hard-to-control seizures and and in bed for weeks at a time. From September 1999 to May mental impairment. We were told Bronte might never talk. 2000, she was in school for two weeks, then home for two weeks. It was a terrible cycle. The doctor added Topamax to Bronte’s medications to control the grand mal seizures. She lost her appetite after that and started to starve herself. The only thing I could feed her was Pediasure. Bronte’s health is only one of the battles we’ve fought with her. We’ve had to fight for her to get the education she needs. Bronte entered the school system when she was three years old. She was in a special education class and had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for three years. Yet as she was nearing kindergarten, she hadn’t achieved any of her goals and hadn’t learned one new skill. She desperately needed an aide in school. I knew my daughter could learn. It had taken us five weeks to learn on task at home, but she could do it. She was such a quiet little girl and I believed she was just being overlooked in the classroom. The school district was a constant battle. Despite many IEP meetings and four doctor’s reports indicating Bronte’s need for an aide, the school district wouldn’t provide one for her. Several neuro-psychological evaluations were performed on Bronte, and my mother and I spent hours on the phone trying to convince the school district that Bronte needed an aide. We finally won the fight and Bronte got an aide in her kindergarten class. We believe that more research into a cure for epilepsy is the only hope for Bronte, and for others whose days are filled with seizures. Now Bronte’s seizures are a part of our lives, but we hope that one day that won’t be the case. My daughter is such a special girl. She loves to rub faces and hug other people. 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Epilepsy Research Foundation of Medicine — a subject to which A: The Bronte Epilepsy Research she is deeply connected. Foundation funds a series of Diagnosed with Lennoxseminars, research conferences, Gastaut syndrome, a very rare and and collaborative lectureships. It severe form of epilepsy, Bronte is provides a forum bringing teams susceptible to seizures every couple of nationally and internationally minutes without medication. While recognized scientists and physicians no cure exists for Lennox-Gastaut together in Sacramento to share syndrome, medications can help research knowledge on a regular but their toxicity may lead to more basis. It cultivates the exchange of brain damage. While Mary Lou and ideas among the best and brightest Chris are delighted with Bronte’s colleagues, and educates the next progress under the guidance of generation of Epilepsy experts. The Sutter Medical Foundation and UC research program is supported by UC Davis physicians, they want more Davis Medical Center and the Sutter for her. They want to conquer Health Neuroscience Institute. epilepsy. The key is research — the kind being conducted by both Q: What can people do to help Sutter Medical and UC Davis and Bronte and her mother Beth during an EEG testing. Bronte and others who suffer from the kind that takes enormous Epilepsy? funding. A: Your generosity will provide Over the years Mary Lou has sponsored many fund raising much needed financial support and hopefully you will also be able activities through Golf Tournaments, Car Rally’s, Musical to spread the awareness for more attention to finding a cure for symphonies, and now a rare automobile display. The combined total this disorder. Come to Zinfandel California Cuisine in Gold River, of funds raised through the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation, CA on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 11am to 3pm, enjoy a for Epilepsy Research and Treatment is over $1,400,000, with an delicious brunch and purchase one or more raffle tickets for a additional $1,800,000 in Research Grants. Every penny of these chance to ride in one of three beautiful exotic sports cars. If you funds is forwarded to Epilepsy Research Divisions at both UCD can’t make it to the event, please contact Mary Lou Sorte directly Davis, and Sutter Neuroscience Institute. by phone (916) 965-5510 or email at For more information about the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation, Q: What is Epilepsy? visit our website at A: Epilepsy is a neurological condition that from time to time produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain. Normal brain function is made possible by millions of tiny electrical charges passing between nerve cells in the brain and all other parts of the body. Seizures are a symptom of Epilepsy. A seizure starts when a tiny cluster of brain cells begins to emit rapid, highly rhythmic, synchronized, and repetitive electrical discharges. The malfunction may remain localized to a small area or, with seconds, like a ripple in a pond, involve the entire brain. The result is a seizure, the form of which may range from a brief staring episode or sudden drop attack to a massive, prolonged, life-threatening convulsion. Q: What is the impact of Epilepsy during childhood? A: The severe Epilepsy syndromes of childhood can cause developmental delay and brain damage, leading to a lifetime of dependency and continually accruing costs—both medical and societal. Q: How many people are affected by epilepsy? A: Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages – more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease combined. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the United States. Epilepsy affects 50,000,000 people worldwide. Q: What is Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome? A: Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), which Bronte has been diagnosed with, is a severe form of Epilepsy. There is no cure for this syndrome; therefore, freedom from seizures and the possibility for normal development remains in hands of researchers. The nature of the seizures, plus the drug toxicity and the continuous electrical abnormalities often reinforces the brain dysfunction and produce a severely handicapped child. Q: What is the purpose of the Bronte Epilepsy Research Foundation? August 2013 GO FOR IT 15

Three Simple Steps Towards Wellness You hear a lot about wellness care when it comes to healthcare today. In fact, wellness care has taken on a very broad meaning in the healthcare industry. In our practice, we consider wellness care to be the use of natural methods, without drugs to restore and maintain your health. Wellness care is a partnership between you and our office that will greatly assist in improving your life.

1. Reducing chemical toxicity

The first factor contributing to health problems is the pollution of our water, food and air. Although the water and air is polluted world-wide, the American food supply contains more chemicals than most other countries. This could be why the United States ranks 50th in life expectancy, but is still number one in obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. There are 82,000 chemicals that we come into contact with each week. To defend against these chemicals, our body surrounds them in fat where they are stored. As a result we gain weight, feel fatigued, can’t focus and are more susceptible to a host of other health problems. A nutritional cleansing program can help get rid of chemical toxicity in your body. As a result you will improve your overall health,

have more energy and lose unwanted weight rapidly. This is why step 1 is: Determine what supervised nutrition cleansing program you should do.

2. Reducing the destructive effects of stress

In today’s fast-paced environment, stress is a fact of life. Prolonged stress is harmful and can lead to hormone imbalances in the stress glands of the body called the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce many hormones that help us handle physical and emotional stress. In situations of chronic stress, these hormones can cause damage and the adrenal glands can become fatigued. This can affect the quantity of hormones that are produced. The adrenal glands secrete hormones that control sleep, digestion, weight gain, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, allergies, arthritis, immunity, heart function, fatigue and more. The adrenal glands as well as other glands can be checked and if malfunctioning, can be repaired through diet and supplements. This is why step 2 is: Have your adrenal glands checked and get onto a supervised program to improve adrenal function.

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Let Our Family Take Care of Yours! By Dr. Andrade & Dr. Montalvo We all have our reasons for falling into bad habits. We grow so accustomed to doing certain things in a certain way that when we change, it can throw off our routine. With the kids out of school, we are busy taking vacations, camping trips, and going to birthday parties, so all these things combined makes it hard to maintain the same oral hygiene regimen. So, to prevent falling into bad habits, here are a few tips on how to keep a healthy mouth even when you are on the go. * Travel toothbrush is essential. You can find many types of folding or two-piece toothbrushes that serve as their own travel toothbrush holders, which is especially helpful if you have limited space. Travel-sized toothpaste and a small container of dental floss. You can put this in your purse, brief case, coat pocket or office desk drawer. It’s also smart to make sure you have one in your carry-on bag as well. Keeping a kit stocked with these items will make sure they’re ready to go when you are. Chew gum If food and water are scarce on a trip, bring a pack of sugarless gum with you. Airplane travel can contribute to a dry mouth, which can promote tooth decay. Chewing sug-

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Collision Repair at Valley Motorwerks! By Walter Ford From time to time, we’ve been able to help our customers with collision repair. How this all started was when I would take my cars to the body shop and they would look good on the outside but as soon as you looked underneath the car, a lot of details were left out. Part of the issue is that these cars (BMW’s) are very complicated, like jigsaw puzzles underneath. They require little fasteners. So, you can have four fasteners in a row, and the two in the middle can be completely different than the two on the outside. A lot of non-German shops will use any generic screw. Well, there’s a reason why a car’s interior is a certain way. What I found was the best thing for everyone was for us to do the teardown, send the paintwork and framework out and then we do all the assembly. We make sure that all the fasteners are properly installed and that all the T’s are crossed and all the I’s are dotted with the insurance company. We actually act as a buffer. The customer never has to interface with either the body shop or the insurance company beyond the initial filing. We are their advocate with the collision repair. We’ve always partnered with collision repair facilities that know they will be held to a higher standard, that the car must look absolutely original or they’re going to do it again.

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We started doing this as a soft service about a year and a half ago and we’ve completed about a dozen cars. We haven’t advertised it until now. When a customer calls and says, “Hey, I’ve had a fender bender”, we let them know they can drop it off with us and we’ll make sure it all gets taken care of. We do all the detail finish work and handle all the interface for the customer, so they’re not left with having to deal with all the little things they may not be familiar with. Most people don’t come in contact with this sort of process very often, so when they do, they tend to be a little lost. Not long ago, we took in a car that was literally shorter than the front. The insurance company didn’t want to fix it and the owners didn’t want a car with a salvaged title. The value of the car wasn’t very high, but the value of the car to the customer was high because it had been in the family a long time. So, we were able to affect a good proper repair that would withstand the test of time. The repair was completely undetectable and the customer now has a car that can be passed down to the children and he feels completely comfortable knowing that the car has been repaired properly. Editor’s notes: Walter Ford is the owner of Valley Motorwerks. He can be reached at his shop, which is located at 11401 White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova, CA. His phone number is (916) 636-9526 and his website is

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Do You Like the Way You Look? By John McCain Well, do you? Chances are good that the answer most American’s would give is: “No, I hate the way I look!” And why is that? Because 86% of Americans are overweight and according to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 percent of Americans older than 20 suffer from extreme obesity! Another startling fact is over half of Americans (60%) are dehydrated because we’re not drinking enough water. We’re replacing water with sugary energy drinks that aren’t healthy for us. To make matters even worse, we often confuse hunger signals when we’re actually thirsty, causing us to eat even more! If you think we’re the only country that’s having a battle of the bulge, guess again! In 1950, China had an epidemic when 750,000 people died of malnutrition, but now they are gaining ground on the U.S. by gaining more and more weight. Why is this happening? They no longer ride their bikes, they drive automobiles. Second, they’ve added over 3,000 Burger Kings, McDonalds and KFC’s. Plus, they no longer drink tea every day; they’re gulping down Coca Cola. And now they are the fifth fattest country in the world! What is the reason for this global overweight epidemic? It’s the terrible food choices we’re making. Nobody makes us eat bad food that’s not good for us. We can choose to eat better and still have a day where we go into those places that aren’t good for us and enjoy an occasional cheat meal. If we want to get serious about losing weight and getting healthy, we have to want to change. That does not mean starving and depriving ourselves. We have to choose better foods and be committed to it. We have to look at food as premium fuel for our bodies. We have to stop being sick and tired of being sick and tired. We have to change, but where do we begin? One option is to give me a couple of days to help you get on a healthy routine. Just a couple of days is all it will take for you to see and feel the difference. You have the free will to make choices and if you are serious about the positive choices you make, you will be successful. It doesn’t mean you have to be 100% committed 100% of the time. But you have to be 100% committed to making a healthy change. What happens if you cave in to temptation and fall off the food wagon by eating something that’s not good for you? Well, probably

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not much if you choose to get right back on track with your serious commitment to yourself. You will likely need to make some other major mental adjustments. The reality is you didn’t put this weight on overnight and you can’t get it off overnight, but if you work at it steadily, you will take off unwanted pounds without starving yourself. Healthy weight loss is not about reducing your calorie intake; it’s about eating the right foods. Why am I always so excited? Because I have a program that really works and helps people look and feel great! We encourage our clients to substitute one or two high calorie meals with two shakes a day, along with some enhancers to help them increase energy while eliminating hunger pangs and cravings for sweets. Our program is balanced, simple, nutritional, natural and good for you. I have two clients that have enjoyed great success over the past 6 months. Bob Cox has lost 25 pounds and Rex McNeill has lost over 20 pounds! Equally impressive: Both are feeling great and they’re not starving to death or feeling deprived. They’re just eating the right foods and enjoying a couple of tasty shakes a day with some enhancers. I became a believer in the program when I lost 31 pounds in the first 90 days! I felt different and it really changed my life. I believe that if I can do it, anyone can do it. With a little helpful coaching and a serious commitment, I’m confident that I can help you say yes the next time someone asks you if you like the way you look!

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