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I just turned 65. It sounds so much older than 64. I guess because it’s associated more with Medicare, Social Security, and retirement. Not that those are bad things, but they are always “old people’s things.” I need to change my perspective on 65—yes, I know it’s just a number, but it’s still a milestone, and people 65 and older are perceived a bit differently. Luckily, no one has yet said “Ok, boomer” to me. I do find that there are concerns I need to think about more than I did even just a couple of years ago. And this issue of Boomer covers many of the things that keep me up at night. My husband just turned 70, and although he’s as healthy as can be, I do think about mortality. Luckily for us, our mothers are both still alive and active—both in their 90s—so that bodes well for us. But if you have suffered the loss of a spouse, you know there are many stages of grief that you navigate. Everyone is different and although there’s no right or wrong way to deal with grief, we do offer some guidance (page 41). If you are going through the loss of a spouse, I do hope some of the info on these pages help you to cope and take comfort.

Something else much less sad but still keeping me up at night is the subject of hair loss. I have been losing hair lately, and it’s extremely concerning as it can be a symptom of an underlying medical issue. Read the causes and some treatments in “Hair Loss 101” on page 26. I learned that I need to talk to my dermatologist! I may have to add another treatment to my regimen of serums, facials, and Botox! I am 65, but I don’t have to look 65 (is 65 the new 45?). Vanity is my middle name and although people say I should embrace my wrinkles because I’ve earned them, um, no.

There’s Super Bowl Sunday (for you football fans) and Valentine’s Day (for you romantics) to enjoy this month. Even though it’s our shortest month, it’s a leap year, so we get an extra Saturday in February. There’s lots to do this month, so get reading….then get going!

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER

FEBRUARY 2020

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Exploring Holland and Germany Aboard the Crystal Bach

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Stay Local,

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10 Ways to

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Locke Historic

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Losing

Feature

Love

A Guide to Grief

40

DEPARTMENTS

8 THE 10 SPOT

Give Where You Live

26 HEALTH &

WELLNESS

Hair Loss 101

30 VOLUNTEER

Sacramento Tree

Foundation

34 MONEY

6 Smart Money Moves

36 HOME & GARDEN

4 Ways to Hygge

Your Home

47 TRAVEL

Exploring Holland and

Germany Aboard the

Crystal Bach

54 EAT & DRINK

//54 Stay Local, Eat Global

//58 4 Cool Coffee Shops

MORE

10 IN HISTORY

13 AN ADVENTURE

IN ANCESTRY

16 TAKE A HIKE/

ASK THE EXPERT

19 25+ THINGS TO DO

THIS MONTH

24 SOCIAL

BUTTERFLY

62 OUTTAKES

66 BRAIN FOOD

8 26 47

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MASTHEAD

"There are no happy endings.

Endings are the saddest part,

So just give me a happy middle

And a very happy start.”

—Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

I just turned 65. It sounds so much older than

64. I guess because it’s associated more with

Medicare, Social Security, and retirement.

Not that those are bad things, but they are

always “old people’s things.” I need to change

my perspective on 65—yes, I know it’s just a

number, but it’s still a milestone, and people

65 and older are perceived a bit differently.

Luckily, no one has yet said “Ok, boomer” to

me. I do find that there are concerns I need to

think about more than I did even just a couple

of years ago. And this issue of Boomer covers

many of the things that keep me up at night.

My husband just turned 70, and

although he’s as healthy as can

be, I do think about mortality.

Luckily for us, our mothers are

both still alive and active—both in

their 90s—so that bodes well for

us. But if you have suffered the

loss of a spouse, you know there

are many stages of grief that you navigate. Everyone is different and

although there’s no right or wrong way to deal with grief, we do offer

some guidance (page 41). If you are going through the loss of a spouse,

I do hope some of the info on these pages help you to cope and take

comfort.

Something else much less sad but still keeping me up at night is the

subject of hair loss. I have been losing hair lately, and it’s extremely

concerning as it can be a symptom of an underlying medical issue.

Read the causes and some treatments in “Hair Loss 101” on page 26.

I learned that I need to talk to my dermatologist! I may have to add

another treatment to my regimen of serums, facials, and Botox! I am

65, but I don’t have to look 65 (is 65 the new 45?). Vanity is my middle

name and although people say I should embrace my wrinkles because

I’ve earned them, um, no.

With the advances in DNA testing, we really can find out so much more

about where we came from, and in the case of our Publisher, Terry

Carroll, he found a long-lost and very close relative! It’s a fascinating

story. I’ve met her and can say they both have the same dry and wry

sense of humor. They are most definitely related! Speaking of Terry,

he and his wife (and Co-Publisher) Wendy Sipple enjoyed a spectacular

cruise aboard the luxurious Crystal Bach. Their adventures are

chronicled beginning on page 47.

Do you know what hygge is? I didn’t until reading Kerrie Kelly’s article

on page 36. This Scandinavian design trend has been around a long

time. I just didn’t know there was a word for it! Keeping with the

international theme, global cuisine is all the rage, and we’re featuring

six of our favorite local dishes from around the world (page 54). More

international info exists in these pages of Boomer. Did you know the

town of Locke, in the Delta, was built by Chinese immigrants in the

1920s? Learn all about it on page 12. And happy Chinese New Year!

FEBRUARY 2020

PUBLISHERS

Terence P. Carroll, Wendy L. Sipple

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Debra Linn, 916-988-9888 x114

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Megan Wiskus

DEPUTY EDITOR

Tara Mendanha

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Emily Peter

EDITORIAL INTERN

Alesandra Velez, Emma Warmerdam

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jerrie Beard, Gail Beckman, Kourtney Jason, Kerrie L. Kelly,

Lorn Randall, Julie Ryan, Janet Scherr

ART DIRECTOR

Gary Zsigo

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Please recycle this magazine.

There’s Super Bowl Sunday (for you football fans) and Valentine’s Day

(for you romantics) to enjoy this month. Even though it’s our shortest

month, it’s a leap year, so we get an extra Saturday in February. There’s

lots to do this month, so get reading….then get going!

By Debra Linn

Associate Publisher

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10 SPOT

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Give

Where

You

Live

By Megan Wiskus

Every day’s a good day to

give back, but sometimes

it’s tough knowing just

what to do. Thankfully,

we compiled a list of 10

easy ways to help get you

started. From volunteering

for a cause you care

about, to random acts of

kindness, there’s a need

you can certainly feed.

Ready, set, serve!

Beautify your backyard by heading to

a local park or nearby trail and filling a

garbage bag with litter.

Visit a senior center and play games,

read books, or simply converse with

lonely residents.

Play with puppies. Animal shelters are

always in need of assistance—from dog

walking and kennel cleanup to caring

for kitties.

Assist area food banks in myriad

ways—whether it’s sorting, packaging,

and distributing food; or donating

hygiene kits, canned goods, and other

items to the organization.

Be a good neighbor by baking and

delivering cookies to someone’s

doorstep, rolling in their recycling,

or sharing excess produce from your

garden.

Be book smart. Libraries are a prime

place to lend a helping hand. Tasks like

tutoring kids and shelving books are

typically in demand.

Help the homeless. Drop off a bagged

lunch, leftovers, warm blankets, or a

pair of socks to someone in need.

Pay it backwards. Next time you’re in

line for your morning cup of coffee,

pay for the patron’s order behind you.

Give blood. According to givingblood.

org, blood is needed every two

seconds. Find a blood bank near you

at aabb.org/tm/donation/pages/

blood-bank-locator.aspx.

Lights, camera, action! Have a passion

for performing arts? Check with your

local theater for current needs, which

might include ushering, marketing, set

design, or administrative duties.

Recycle photo by ©Konstantin Zibert - stock.adobe.com.

Other photo by akesin@gmail.com.

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February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 9


HISTORY

Locke

Historic District

The Delta’s Charming Chinatown

by JERRIE BEARD

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is a 700-mile-long maze of

waterways that encompasses over 60 tracts and islands created by 1,100

miles of levees. Over half a million people populate 14 cities and towns in

this rich agricultural area.

The Bay Delta was created as a result of the Swamp and Overflow Act of

1861, which was passed by the California State Legislature to encourage the

building of levees to reclaim farmland from marshes. Between 1860-

1880, hundreds of miles of levees were built, and 88,000 acres of

land was reclaimed from Delta marshlands—much of this work

accomplished by Chinese laborers.

Today, the Delta provides drinking water to over 25

million Californians, irrigates 4.5 million acres of

agricultural land, contains diverse ecological habitats,

and is home to the Locke Historic District.

Located 30 miles south of Sacramento along the

Sacramento River, Locke is an unincorporated

community built by Chinese immigrants in the

1920s. Once a bustling town with over 600

Photos by John Connelly.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Ring in the Year of the Rat on February 15 from noon-4 p.m. on Locke’s Main

Street. The celebration includes a lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, a tea

ceremony, and more.

residents, this sleepy hamlet now

houses a few museums, restaurants,

and small shops.

Chinese immigrants began arriving in

California in the 1850s searching for

Gold Mountain. In the 1860s, Chinese

were recruited by the Central Pacific

Railroad to build the Transcontinental

Railroad. Later, thousands of Chinese

were hired to complete the extensive

levees of the Sacramento-San Joaquin

River Delta.

Locke General Merchandise photo by Sarah Stierch. Locke roofs photo courtesy of

Design Media. Other photos by John Connelly.

The completion of the levee system

created hundreds of thousands

of acres of farmland and greatly

expanded the agricultural possibilities

facilitating a demand for manual

labor. Many of the Chinese laborers

from the levee project settled in

Walnut Grove, Isleton, Rio Vista, and

Courtland and became farm laborers

and sharecroppers.

In 1915, a devastating fire wiped out

the Chinese section of town in Walnut

Grove. Rather than rebuild in an area

where there were ethnic tensions, a

group of merchants headed by Bing

Lee leased land from George Locke

and financed the construction of nine

residential buildings and a general

merchandise store. The new town,

originally called Lockeport and later

shortened to Locke, already had a

boarding house, gambling parlor, and

saloon built in 1912 by Tin-san Chan

and two other Chinese merchants.

California’s Alien Land Law of 1913

prevented non-U.S. citizens (aliens)

from owning land; therefore, the

residents of Locke were only able to

lease the land but retained ownership

of the buildings.

Locke catered to farm workers and

residents in the area. It consisted of

one- and two-story wooden buildings,

including numerous residences, a

church, a Chinese school, restaurants,

boarding houses, a post office, hotels,

a theater, grocery stores, hardware

and herb stores, a fish market, dentist

office, bakery, and community garden.

The one thing lacking were police.

Bars, gambling houses, opium

dens, and houses of prostitution

proliferated, thus providing diversions

for the residents, agricultural workers,

and Caucasians from nearby towns

and cities. One of the most popular

gaming houses was the Dai Loy

Gambling House, which was owned

by Bing Lee, the town’s founder. His

establishment served as a social

center into the 1950s and today

serves as a museum.

Locke began to decline in the 1950s

as second-generation Chinese moved

to the cities for better opportunities.

When the state government shut

down the gambling establishments,

merchants started to move out

as well, negatively affecting the

population again.

In 1977, a development company from

Hong Kong purchased the town and

made plans to develop the area. These

plans never materialized, however,

and in 1990, Locke was designated

a National Historic Landmark.

The Sacramento Housing and

Redevelopment Agency purchased

the town in 2002 and continues to

work with the California State Historic

Preservation Office and the Locke

Foundation to preserve the town.

SOURCES

watereducation.org/aquapedia/sacramentosan-joaquin-delta

locketown.com

nps.gov/places/locke-historic-district.htm

scrapbookpages.com/photoessays/locke/

locke02.html

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WHERE WE LIVE

Lost

& Found

An Adventure in Ancestry

By Terry Carroll

A short while ago I received some information

connected to having tested my DNA in 2016

with ancestry.com. Firstly, it confirmed much of

where I suspected my family is from—Ireland,

England, Scotland, Italy, and Germany—and

showed other connections of people I know

or remember as being “family.”

Most interesting, though, was my cousin alerting

me to a high-level hit in the system that read: “close

relative, first cousin.” Intriguing, to say the least. My

parents had a total of four siblings, and I know all of

my family, including cousins. Well, at least I thought

I did.

Fortunately, this person left me a message. She

told me she was adopted shortly after birth

and didn’t know her biological father but knew

his name, address, and workplace at the time

she was born. The names were “redacted”;

however, there are ways to see the redacted

information if you really try.

So, here I was reading this information on a

Tuesday afternoon in my office. Her father’s

address at the time of her birth was 411 Adams

Street, Linden, New Jersey. It stated that he

worked at The American Insurance Company

in Newark. Now, this information was close to

being 60 years old and the truth is, it’s difficult

to find someone without a date of birth or

death.

Illustration courtesy of its respective company or organization.

Enter DNA. When your DNA matches others on

the site it places them into your family tree. I have

scores of people in mine now, most of whom I do

not know. However, this particular connection was

at the highest hierarchical level. I then looked

at the DNA match analysis. Our shared DNA

was 1916cm across 47 segments versus

a first cousin, whose shared DNA with me

was 910cm across 38 segments. (In genetic

genealogy, a centimorgan or map uni is a unit

of recombinant frequency, which is used to

measure genetic distance.) This, combined

with her birth father’s information—which was a

house I grew up in—could only mean one thing.

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 13


This was my sister.

Needless to say, the

following week was filled

with emotion and wonder.

Growing up an “only child,”

I always wished I had a

sibling and six decades

later I found out I did. I have

a sister named Melissa.

My wife and I decide to take

a trip to NJ and take a trip to

meet Melissa and her wife.

I was excited and nervous.

We met at a small Italian

restaurant for lunch and

when Melissa first stepped

out of the car, I welled up

from the emotion of it all.

While I didn’t see a

resemblance between us, I

wondered, as did my wife:

is it nature or nurture? The

four of us sat down to have

lunch and talked about our

families, what we do for a

living, where we grew up—

to which I was a little taken

aback. Turns out we both

grew up in central New Jersey, a mere 10 miles from one another.

The most interesting moment of the day, however, came in the middle of lunch. I’m

looking at my sister when an overwhelming sense of emotion hit me and brought

tears to my eyes. Why? Because as clear as day, I saw my father’s face in Melissa’s, and

it’s almost surreal. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. While all the DNA proof was there in

black and white, at thas moment I truly

realize this woman really was my sister.

After meeting Melissa and her lovely

wife, Karen (who, thankfully, pushed

Melissa to search for her birth parent

and test her DNA), and thereafter

having them over to our home in

California, the nature or nurture

question was answered. My wife,

Melissa’s wife, and our children will tell

you, it’s definitely nature. We’re alike in

many ways and that’s the true wonder

of it all. Most noticeable is our sense of

humor. We began needling each other

almost from the start.

I feel blessed to have found Melissa

after all this time. A year later, and I still

sit here in awe. When I was a child, I

dreamed of having a brother or sister.

Dreams can and do come true.

Photos courtesy of Terry Carroll.

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Distance: 3.6-mile loop; minimal

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Difficulty Level: Easy.

Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly

(must be leashed); parking is $10.

Fuel Up: Local Heroes (1120 High

Street, Auburn) serves up some of the

best burgers in town alongside fried

sides, milkshakes, beer, and a dogfriendly

patio.

Why We Love It: Well-maintained;

kid-friendly; provides great views of

the North Fork American River Canyon

and the Auburn Dam construction site.

Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction,

dress in layers, bring extra water and

snacks, remember sun protection (hat,

sunscreen), and, as always, pack out

what you pack in. Remember to keep

to the right, and that horses have the

right of way over mountain bikers and

hikers, and hikers have the right of way

over mountain bikers.

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Charlotte’s Web

February

February is National Grapefruit Month

By Tara Harbert

Charlotte's Web photo by Allen Schmeltz.

1Granville Redmond: The

Eloquent Palette. Best known

for his colorful Impressionist oils

depicting the California landscape

ablaze with poppies and other native

flora, this exhibition—the largest ever

assembled and the first in more than

30 years—includes 75 paintings in oil

and 10 in other media. crockerart.org/

exhibitions/granville-redmond

(THROUGH MAY 17)

Charlotte’s Web. Based on the

classic children’s book by E.B. White,

Sutter Street Theatre presents this

beautiful play about friendship with

all the enchanting characters: Wilbur,

Fern, Templeton, and, most of all,

the extraordinary spider, Charlotte.

Shows are Saturday and Sunday at 1

p.m. sutterstreettheatre.com

(ALSO 2, 8-9, & 15-16)

Popcorn Falls. The quaint, little town

of Popcorn Falls is reeling when a

corrupt politician threatens to turn

the village into a sewage treatment

plant. Options are closed and hope is

lost until the arrival of an arts council

check. To save its beloved town,

Popcorn Falls must put on a show.

Two actors play over 20 roles in

this feel-good, hilarious romp. Show

times and days vary.

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2Roseville Gem Faire. Discover

fine jewelry, costume jewelry,

precious and semi-precious

gemstones, beads, crystals, gold,

silver, and supplies all weekend long

@the Grounds in Roseville. Jewelry

repair, cleaning, and ring sizing are

also available. Hours are noon-6 p.m.,

Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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This Month

In History

3 rd , 1870

The 15th Amendment to the U.S.

Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing

the right of citizens to vote, regardless

of race, color, or previous condition of

servitude.

8 th , 1910

The Boy Scouts of America was

founded by William Boyce in

Washington, D.C., modeled after the

British Boy Scouts.

14 th , 1849

Photographer Mathew Brady took the

first photograph of a U.S. President in

office, James Polk.

21 st , 1965

Former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X

was shot and killed while delivering a

speech in a ballroom in New York City.

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Source: historyplace.com

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Ballet Folclórico Nacional

de México de Silvia Lozano

A.J. Croce. A.J. Croce has shared

the stage with Willie Nelson, Ray

Charles, Ben Harper, and even James

Brown. In this intimate concert at

the Harris Center, he and his trio

will pay homage to his late father,

Jim Croce. Beginning at 7:30 p.m.,

listen to songs like “Operator,” “You

Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” and

more—all complemented by

A.J’s original work and

songs that influenced

both father and son.

harriscenter.net

A.J. Croce

3Ballet Folclórico Nacional de

México de Silvia Lozano.

Designated an Ambassador of

Mexican Culture, Ballet Folclórico

Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano

has toured 40 countries in over five

continents, performing for royalty,

presidents, and prime ministers. With

a flourishing career spanning more

than 56 years, the ballet dedicates

itself not only to preserving the

culture of Mexico but disseminating

the art of Mexico around the world,

too. Don’t miss the unforgettable

performance at 7:30 p.m.

harriscenter.net

(ALSO 4)

A Cappella Live! In one fabulous

performance, come see the charming

boy band sound and moves of The

Filharmonic (from NBC’s The Sing-

Off); the rich harmonies of the

Grammy-nominated gospel/R&B

legends Committed; chart-topping

lead vocals and live-looping beatbox

by Blake Lewis (American Idol); and

internationally inspired songstresses

Women of the World. Shows begin at

7:30 p.m. harriscenter.net

(ALSO 4)

5Wine Trivia Night.

Come enjoy farm-totable

eats and drinks while

you test out your wine trivia

knowledge at Revolution

Wines beginning at 6:30

p.m. rev.wine

6Humans. Under the

direction of circus visionary

Yaron Lifschitz, Circa is bringing its

newest production to the stage

where 10 dancers take the audience

on a voyage showcasing what it

means to be human. The performers

challenge the boundaries of the art

form, blurring the lines between

movement, dance, theater, and

circus. Show times vary.

mondaviarts.org

(THROUGH 9)

Poetry Out Loud

Finals. Join students

from local high

schools beginning

at 7 p.m. at the

El Dorado County

Fairgrounds in Placerville

as they participate in this

competition, which is part of a

national program that encourages

high school students to learn about

great poetry. Admission is free.

eldoradoartscouncil.org/poetry-outloud

Poetry Out Loud Finals

Ballot Showcase. Members and

guests of Women’s Fund El Dorado

(WFED) are invited to attend this

educational event showcasing the

nonprofit agencies on WFED's grant

ballot for 2020. From 5-7 p.m. at

Cameron Park CSD, representatives

from each agency will be available

to explain their program and

answer questions, as guests visit

tables and enjoy heavy appetizers.

womensfundeldorado.org/events

Ballet Folclórico photo courtesy of Harris Center. A.J. Croce photo courtesy of Harris Center. Humans photo by Sarah Walker. Other photo courtesy of its respective company or organization.

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7Moon Over Buffalo. This

hilarious farce—performed by

Imagination Theater at the El Dorado

County Fairgrounds—centers on

George and Charlotte Hay, a fading duo

of the 1950s who are on the brink of a

disastrous split when they receive word

that they might have one last shot at

stardom. imaginationtheater.net

(ALSO 8-9, 13-16, 20-23, & 28-MARCH 1)

A Chocolate Affair

Join us for

Sacramento Children’s Home Guild

22 nd Annual Crab Feed with

Silent and Live Auction

Saturday, February 22, 2020

at the Folsom Community Center,

52 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA

Event details:

$60 per person ($30 tax deductible)

Fresh Crab/Salad/Pasta/Dessert

Live and Silent Auctions

Doors Open at 5:00pm/Dinner at 6:30pm

Proceeds to benefit the Sacramento Children’s Home

Online ticket sales: www.kidshome.org/events

Sponsorship and ticket questions: Ann Checkley 916.290.8203

media sponsor

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A Chocolate Affair photo courtesy of Robin Rogers. Port wine photo by The Freckled Photographer.

8A Chocolate Affair. Soroptimist

International of Placerville

presents this 22nd annual event at the

El Dorado County Fairgrounds from

6-9:30 p.m., featuring wine and beer

tasting, appetizers, silent and live

auctions, and, of course, chocolate.

Proceeds benefit local educational

scholarships, awards, and other

community service projects.

chocolate-affair.com

Port, Wine, and Chocolate. Head to

the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg from

10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days for a variety

of dessert wines (Ports, Sherries,

and Madeiras) paired with chocolate.

Admission includes wine tastings at

all participating wineries, a souvenir

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

with soloist Jon Nakamatsu, Ravel’s

Pavane, and Gershwin’s An American

in Paris—live at the Harris Center at

7:30 p.m. harriscenter.net

wine glass, chocolate sampling,

complimentary photo booth pictures,

live music, and entertainment.

oldsugarmill.com/port2020.html

(ALSO 9)

Ride Sally Ride. In this exciting

story, young Sally Ride is visited

by her idol, Amelia Earhart, where

together they explore the history of

aviation, smashing barriers, and the

role women had in the obliteration of

the patriarchy. Show times and days

vary. bstreettheatre.org

(THROUGH 29)

Escape from Folsom Trail Runs.

Get ready to run with the best views

of Folsom Lake at this 10-mile or

5K trail run that begins at Granite

Beach and continues to Oak Point,

past Dotons Point and Beeks Bight

(10-mile course), and back down

to Beal’s Point. All finishers will

receive a medal and the top three

in all age groups will be rewarded.

totalbodyfitness.com

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Al Di Meola. Don’t miss

prolific composer and

prodigious six-string talent, Al Di

Meola, live at the Harris Center at

7:30 p.m. Meola has amassed over

20 albums as a leader while

collaborating on a dozen or so

others with the likes of the fusion

supergroup Return to Forever and

the Rite of Strings trio.

harriscenter.net

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Defending

the Caveman.

Rob Becker’s Defending the

Caveman holds the record as the

longest running solo play in

Broadway history, finding laughs at

all the ways men and women fight,

laugh, and love. Shows are at the

Harris Center and times vary.

harriscenter.net

(THROUGH 16)

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s

Search Party. Join Mickey Mouse

and his friends, including Moana,

Belle, Elsa, and Captain Hook, in

this magical adventure on ice filled

with world-class skating, high-flying

acrobatics, and unexpected

stunts.

golden1center.com

(ALSO 14 & 15-17)

15

Swept Away. Folsom

Lake Symphony

presents an evening of favorites—

including Smetana’s The Moldau,

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. One of

the world’s most popular a cappella

vocal ensembles, Ladysmith Black

Mambazo draws from its album

Songs of Peace & Love for Kids

& Parents Around the World to

enchant young audiences with bright

harmonies and plenty of laughter.

mondaviarts.org

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Black History Month

Celebration. Head to the

Crocker Art Museum for this free

festival from noon-4 p.m. showcasing

the richness of African American

experience in live performances, art

activities, a “Black & Beautiful Artisan

Marketplace,” and more. Other

highlights include food from across

the African Diaspora, soul-stirring

talks, and a crowd-sourced drum

circle. crockerart.org/

event/2351/2020-02-16

22

Winter

Wine Adventure.

Presented by the 11 Carson

Road wineries and Hwy 50 Brewery,

attendees will enjoy wine and food

pairings and a Scavenger Hunt

Adventure at this second annual

event. carsonroadwineries.com

A Man and His Prostate. Based on a

true-life experience, a man discovers

his inner self in more ways than one

in this play that takes a comedic look

at a serious topic. bstreettheatre.org

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JD Souther. Grammynominated

JD Souther

penned countless hits for the Eagles,

Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James

Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait,

Trisha Yearwood, and Brooks and

Dunn, before finding success as a

solo artist. Don’t miss his perfect

balance of understated jazz with the

ineffable pop narratives at the Harris

Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

harriscenter.net

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Hamlet.

As Shakespeare’s

most popular play—both

during his own Elizabethan era and

today—this tragedy concerns Prince

Hamlet and his struggle to exact

revenge. It’s a dark, sumptuous

journey that grapples with themes of

Ladysmith photo courtesty of Ladysmith and Mondavi. Escape From Folsom photo by Craig DeVita. Other photo courtesy of its respective company or organization.

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death, honor, corruption, and a host of

other existential questions. sactheatre.

org

(THROUGH MARCH 22)

Academny of St Martin photo by Upstream Photography.

Affair of the Heart. This public,

health-focused event from 4:30-7

p.m.—presented by Marshall Medical

Center and held at the Cameron Park

Community Services District—includes

information sessions about heart

health, health screenings, and hearthealthy

refreshments. 530-626-2816

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The Return of Grey Wolves

to California. This

presentation from 6-7:30 p.m. by

Pamela Flic will provide an overview of

grey wolf natural history, ecological

role, current distribution, and

population in North America and

California. A discussion on the

reintroduction efforts to bring wolves

back to the northern Rockies will also

be held, as well as implications for wolf

recovery in the western states with an

emphasis on the importance of

coexistence and moving beyond myths.

arconservancy.org

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Miranda

Lambert. Awardwinning

country music singer

and songwriter Miranda Lambert is

coming to the Golden 1 Center for a

can’t-miss performance. The tour also

features the return of Lambert's

MuttNation Foundation campaign,

where fans are encouraged to help

shelter pets by donating dog food,

treats, supplies, and cash at the venue's

entrance prior to the show.

golden1center.com

Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Under the leadership of music director

and violinist Joshua Bell, English

chamber orchestra, the Academy of

St Martin in the Fields, returns for

an evening of Mozart, The Marriage

of Figaro Overture, Paganini’s Violin

Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven’s

landmark Fifth Symphony.

mondaviarts.org

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Book Club:

What to Read This Month

The Family Upstairs

by Lisa Jewell

Libby Jones turns 25 and receives a letter

telling her who her birth parents are. She

also learns they’ve left her a mansion in

London worth millions. But Libby isn’t the

only one who has been anticipating this

moment; others have been waiting, too, and

her life is about to take a suspenseful turn.

The Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

Alice Wright is unhappy and hopes the move

from England to Kentucky after marrying

her American husband makes her happy.

But when things start to seem worse, she

signs up to become part of a team of women

who deliver books on behalf of Eleanor

Roosevelt’s traveling library. As the women—

known as the Packhorse Librarians of

Kentucky—travel through danger to deliver

books to those who have never had any, they

unexpectedly find friendship and love.

The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Even if you haven’t read The Handmaid’s

Tale, you can read this book that takes place

more than 15 years after its events. The

Republic of Gilead is still in control; however,

their power may not last much longer,

especially with the help of three women and

their testimonies.

Photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.

Articles by Julie Ryan

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App

Alert

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Doze

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reenergize yourself nightly with

this app’s relaxing sounds and stories that

will help you fall asleep faster and wake up

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This app will test your hearing and

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Find inspiration and explore over

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you can think of: party planning, dinner,

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Find deals on flights, rental cars,

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searching for the best price, this app has

everything you need in one place.

Life360: Find Family & Friends

View the location of friends and

family members on a map, receive

alerts when they leave work or home, and

track a lost or stolen phone.

Hobby Spotlight: Bingo

Bingo isn’t only fun, but research has found that playing it has

health benefits, too. It takes concentration, which can improve

short-term memory, and promotes socializing, which supports

living a longer, happier life. Since bingo is a game of luck, you

don’t need any special skills to play, and the bonus is you may

even win a little money! Grab your good luck charm, choose a

dauber, and be ready to yell BINGO!

WHERE TO PLAY:

Note: Most bingo halls also have fundraising

opportunities for charities and nonprofits.

• Grand Oaks Bingo: 7919 Auburn Boulevard,

Citrus Heights, grandoaksbingo.com

• Sacramento Bingo Center: 3399 Arden Way,

Sacramento, sacramentobingocenter.com

• Madison Mall Bingo: 8830 Madison Avenue,

Fair Oaks, madisonmallbingo.com

• City of Folsom Parks and Recreation’s

Senior Center: 48 Natoma Street, Folsom,

folsom.ca.us/parks/events/programs/senior/

default.asp

Note: Bingo is offered on Wednesdays

from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

What can you

learn about

senior living

at our Lunch

and Learn?

A whole bunch.

Ask questions. Take a tour.

Try the food.

Ask more questions.

You get the idea.

It’s casual, it’s complimentary

and you’re invited.

Lunch & Learn

choose your date:

Wednesday, Feb. 19 th

11:30am

or

Thursday, Feb. 27 th

11:30am

Please call 916.877.4020 to RSVP.

Independent &

Assisted Living

Memory Care

601 Feature Drive

Sacramento, California

916.877.4020

RiversEdgeSacramento.com

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Going,

Going,

Gone

Hair Loss 101

By Kourtney Jason

Loss

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Photo courtesy of Siam Pukkato.

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Most people will first notice hair loss

on their pillow or in the shower, says

Michele Raithel, ND, at Revolutions

Naturopathics.

Photo courtesy of ©LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS - stock.adobe.com.

However, the causes of hair loss can range

from genetic to stress to hormone imbalances.

“It can be a reaction to stress [or] a reaction to

toxic dyes,” Dr. Raithel says. “Many times, it’s

related to hormone imbalances in the thyroid

or with shifts in sex hormone production. Hair

loss can also be caused by bacteria called

Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). Genetics

typically is a predisposition to a reaction to

precipitating events.”

Pattern alopecia is one of the most common

types of hair loss, and it can be seen in both

men and women, says Dr. Oma Agbai, health

sciences assistant professor of dermatology

and director of the Multicultural Dermatology

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 27


“When diagnosed

and treated early,

many types of

hair loss can be

slowed, stopped,

or even reversed,”

and Hair Disorders Clinic at UC Davis

Health. “In men, a receding hair line

could be one of the first signs. In

women, it may be a widening part

line at the crown of the scalp,” she

says.

In general, hair loss can mean

different things, and it’s worth

consulting your doctor to get to the

root of the cause. “It’s important to

be evaluated by a board-certified

dermatologist if you’re experiencing

hair loss, because certain medical

conditions and nutritional

deficiencies could be causing it,” Dr.

Agbai says.

The most important thing is to

communicate with your doctor

about your hair loss as soon as

you notice any changes. “When

diagnosed and treated early, many

types of hair loss can be slowed,

stopped, or even reversed,” Dr.

Agbai says.

Following a check-up, what are the

typical treatment options to possibly

slow or stop your hair loss? You can

use over-the-counter treatments

with minoxidil five percent foam or

solution, which Dr. Agbai says can

be applied once daily to the areas of

hair loss for women and twice daily

for men. “Minoxidil can take months

to work, and some patients might

be allergic to it. Also, it’s important

to live a healthy lifestyle with a

nutritious diet and exercise, as this

can promote healthy hair. A doctor

can discuss additional therapies

for hair loss, such as prescription

medications and even scalp

injections,” she says.

Dr. Raithel says, “Seeing a

naturopathic doctor will provide a

broad spectrum of testing to help

identify the cause and [course] for

treatment,” she shares. She also

recommends identifying nutritional

or hormonal imbalances as the

first course of action. “If P. acnes is

involved, an antibacterial regimen

can help. Peptide therapy and PRP

or injections with biological allograft

containing stem cells can also be

an option for some,” she says. “Hair

loss is difficult to treat and should

be addressed as early in the process

as possible.”

Hair treatment photo courtesy of ©photoguns - stock.adobe.com. Other

photo courtesy of its respective companie or organization.

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It is fitting that the Sacramento

Tree Foundation was founded on

Arbor Day nearly 40 years ago. On

that day, the city’s leaders called for

the creation of a nonprofit dedicated

to trees. Since then, hundreds of

thousands have been planted

throughout Sacramento, thanks

to the foundation and its partners,

as well as countless residents and

volunteers.

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“Sacramento has the largest handplanted

urban forest in the entire

world,” says Jacey Mayronne, the

group’s volunteer engagement

coordinator. “The Tree Foundation

has been working to preserve and

grow this legacy since 1982, so

all residents can enjoy the health,

economic, and environmental

benefits that trees provide.”

Volunteers play an important role in

keeping Sacramento known as the

City of Trees. Over 2,000 of them

join in tree planting events each year,

assist with outreach and education,

and work in office support roles.

The volunteers are comprised of a

diverse group of Sacramentans from

every neighborhood, background,

and age range, but they all enjoy

making connections with others in

the community.

Mayronne started out as a volunteer

herself and discovered a passion for

trees. “As an avid outdoor person

and lover of public lands, I always

knew that trees were good for the

environment,” she says. “After joining

the Tree Foundation I came to realize

how profound of an impact they

have on our quality of life. Now I’m a

lifelong advocate for trees, because

they bring priceless beauty, health

benefits, and a sense of place. A

single tree planted today takes

minimal cost and effort but will

outlive all of us to benefit multiple

generations—I can’t think of a more

impactful legacy.”

The Tree Foundation offers free

shade trees to the public through

its 30-year partnership with SMUD

and follows up with free tree care

workshops. Its educational efforts

include reaching out to local

schools in order to “grow the next

generation” of tree lovers through

the Seed to Seedling classroom

curriculum.

While volunteer events are hosted

nearly every weekend throughout the

year, Arbor Week in early March is a

special weeklong celebration of trees

and a great time to get involved with

tree plantings and activities that are

fun for kids and grandkids. Check the

Tree Foundation’s events calendar for

Arbor Week 2020 event dates.

“For those who may be concerned

about tree health, keep an eye out for

our Save the Elms program, whose

orientations begin in April,” Mayronne

advises. “We train volunteers to

identify and report symptoms of

Dutch elm disease, a fatal disease

that has already attacked thousands

of our beloved, iconic elms.”

Participants of gardening clubs

and community associations can

schedule free presentations about

shade trees and other programs.

The Tree Foundation welcomes all

opportunities to provide expertise,

training, tools, and advice to

empower the community to plant,

protect, and learn about trees.

“Sacramento did not naturally have

many trees,” Mayronne says. “So

when you consider that nearly every

tree you see today in this region

was planted by an ordinary person,

it becomes clear that our individual

actions can do a lot of good.”

sactree.com

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BECOME A

MEMBER TODAY!

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or call the Ticket Office Tue-Sat,

noon to 6:00pm at (916) 608-6888

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February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 33


MONEY

Cold

Hard

Cash

6 Smart Money Moves

By Lorn Randall

Are you seeking advice on how to strategize your

retirement planning, or contemplating some smallor

large-scale changes to maximize your retirement

comfort level? It’s ironic that while we research

and agonize over buying a new TV, many of

us suffer from “procrastinitis” or, conversely,

“analysis paralysis” when it comes to our own

money management. Here are six tips that

should help from Clint Herndon, CPA,

president at Next Peak (nextpeakcpa.

com), and Kimberly Foss, president

and founder of Empyrion Wealth

Management (empyrionwealth.com).

Photo courtesy of its respective company or organization.

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Happy couple photo by ©Monkey Business - stock.adobe.com. Health savings photo by ©phuangphech - stock.adobe.com.

1Pay off your house before you

retire, if possible. It’s much easier

to live on a fixed budget, travel, and

enjoy life when you don’t have to

worry about a house payment!

2Get long-term care insurance

at 60. Don’t wait until you have

health issues—it’ll be too late to qualify.

LTC protects you, your spouse, and

your family from having a catastrophic

medical/housing bill and helps raise

the standard of care. Think of it as your

Super Bowl-winning defense!

3Cultivate the savings habit.

Nothing is more fundamental to

financial well-being, but nothing is

rarer in today’s America. As widely

reported recently by CNBC and others,

almost a third of Americans would be

unable to handle an unexpected $400

expense without borrowing, and a

fourth has no retirement savings and/

or skipped needed medical care in

2018 because they couldn’t pay for it.

4Consider some ROTH conversions

(IRA funds converted to ROTH)

if you will not need the funds at 70.

For taxpayers who may have fewer

ways to shield income from taxation

after retirement (which includes many

self-employed individuals utilizing

the business expense deduction),

converting a traditional IRA to a Roth

IRA can make a lot of sense. You’ll

pay some taxes on the conversion

now, and your ongoing contributions

to the account will no longer be

tax-deductible, but the account will

continue to accumulate tax-free, and

the distributions you take in retirement

are not subject to income tax.

5Retirees should strategize

retirement income distributions.

Most of us spend our working lifetimes

focused on accumulating as much as

we can for a comfortable retirement,

but we forget that there are smarter

ways to take the money out when

we start using it in retirement. For

example, if you have maintained

proper diversification and rebalancing

of your assets during your saving

years, you can utilize that same

strategy to prioritize which “buckets”

should be tapped first.

6Stay diversified/stay your course.

Year in and year out, the most

successful investors are those who

tune out the background noise of

financial headlines and predictions

and stick to their long-term strategy

of diversification, rebalancing,

and staying focused on long-term

outcomes. Concentrate on what you

can control; the rest of it will take care

of itself.

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HOME & GARDEN

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Simply

Scandinavian

Photo by Dariusz Jarzabek Fotografia.

4 WAYS TO HYGGE YOUR HOME

By Kerrie L. Kelly, FASID

The Danish way of life, hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”), is both a lifestyle and design

trend, recognizable by its Scandinavian simplicity, modern décor, plush accents, little

indulgences, and homey details.

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 37


There’s no literal translation of

hygge into English; instead, the

beauty of the word lies in its ability

to be described in a multitude of

phrases and feelings. The warm glow

of candlelight, snuggling up with

tea and a good book, or creating

intimacy and a warm atmosphere

that allows your guests to feel safe

and at ease are all ways to describe

hygge. It’s the romantic experience

of cozying up in winter and enjoying

the carefree beauties of life. But why

stop with that desirable feeling once

the cold weather stops forcing us

indoors? Read on to see how this

design trend can last all year long.

LIGHT & BRIGHT

Hygge is all about straying away

from dark and dreary shades that

are all too common during harsh

Scandinavian (and often American)

winters. Creamy whites, natural

hues, and delicate shades are

great complements to rustic yet

sleek décor. Achieve the look by

introducing a neutral-colored chair

into your living space, opening up

your windows, or going for a bright

white paint in the extra guest room.

MOOD LIGHTING

Hygge wouldn’t be “hygge” without

the warm glow of candlelight and

fireplaces. A single candle in the

bathroom or on a coffee table can

instantly set a tone and add just the

right amount of ambiance. Bring

the coziness outside in the warmer

months with a backyard fire pit,

stairway lanterns, and clusters of

candles at an outdoor dinner party;

add snug throws into a big basket

for when that evening chill sets in.

Lighting is all about creating an

intimate space for reading your

favorite book or catching up with an

old friend.

SNUGGLY ADORNMENTS

Fur accents, plush flokati rugs,

blankets, and textiles are key for

creating a hygge space. As a way to

experience life’s pleasures during the

dreary winter, hygge takes advantage

of relishing in ultimate comforts. For

the warmer months, pair these items

with lighter linens, crisp white sheets,

and a fresh bouquet of pale pink

flowers.

SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN

Hygge is not only a lifestyle but

also a design trend that goes hand

in hand with classic Scandinavian

design. Like the region’s style, hygge

takes to heart simplistic modern

furniture, handmade crafts, and rustic

accents like wood, slate, and stone

(think Scandinavian cabin chic). Add

some cream-colored knit poufs, a

jute-weave rug, and some natural

wood shelves to create the look.

No matter what your style is, even

the simplest additions to your

space can make all the difference in

creating a dream hygge space. But

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Love

A Guide to Grief

Everyone grieves differently...

First and foremost, be there—

whatever that may look like and

knowing it could change at any

given time.

—Ashlee Janzen, LMFT

By Julie Ryan

Grief is a very personal experience, and when

you lose a spouse there are many different ways

to experience the pain.

Whether the loss was expected or sudden, there are stages you will

go through—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—

though, you may not go through them in that particular order. It’s

possible to skip one, and then visit it at a later date. Everyone is

different and stages vary from person to person.

Your mind isn’t the only thing trying to cope either; grief also affects

other parts of your body. You may have a loss of appetite, increased

blood pressure, or become sick with grief, also known as heartsick or

heartbroken. You may have trouble sleeping or have aches and pains

that weren’t present before. There is no right or wrong way to grieve

and no exact timeline for each stage.

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 41


If you or someone you know has recently lost a spouse, there

are ways to help you navigate through this time—people who

will help you and places you can go. Don’t try to deal with

it alone; find the best support system for you, whether it’s

group counseling, individual help, or surrounding yourself

with loved ones.

Spouse?

What are some tips

to help cope with

the passing of a

“The act of self-care is important. It’s

difficult to do when your life has been

turned upside down, but it’s essential.

Drink water, take naps, eat a meal, say

no. Sometimes we have difficulty in

grief doing simple things, but having

emotionally safe people you trust

who can help you through are key.

Grief is a process, and it’s okay to be

where you are in the process; you’re

allowed to change where you are

depending on the moment or day.”

—Ashlee Janzen, LMFT, Roseville,

ashleejanzenlmft.com

“It’s important to understand that

there’s not one way to grieve when

losing a spouse. Every person is

different. It’s common to have

strong, confusing feelings during

this time. Grieving the loss of a

spouse shouldn’t be an individual

experience. It’s important to take time

for oneself, but it’s also important

to connect with others during this

time by sharing your feelings with

people who knew your spouse and

family members, such as children,

who are also grieving. On the other

hand, many people find it helpful to

have a trusted person who didn’t

know their spouse that they can

share their feelings with. Professional

help is often beneficial, regardless

if one’s grief is complicated or not,

and regardless of whether clinical

symptoms are present. If grief

interferes with one’s daily life for

an extended period of time, it’s a

good idea to seek out professional

support. It’s also imperative to take

care of one’s body: sleep, eat, and

exercise. Physical and emotional

health support each other, so both

are critically important.”—Robert

Oldham, Chief Medical Executive,

Sutter Center for Psychiatry

“It’s important to

recognize your

loss: not only the

emotional part, but

also the practical part

(i.e., possible loss of

income and loss of

co-parenting). Expect

a multitude of feelings

(disbelief, anger,

sadness, numbness).

Don’t be afraid to

share your thoughts

and feelings with a

trusted source, whether

it’s a family member or a

professional. Take care of

your physical health as well.

Keep to a routine schedule

as much as possible. Be kind

to yourself.”—Patricia Hanson,

LCSW, Mercy Medical Group

Behavioral Health

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Best Books

About

Grief

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

When Bad Things

Happen to Good People

by Harold S. Kushner

The Way Men Heal

by Tom R. Golden

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How to Survive

the Loss of a Love

by Harold H. Bloomfield,

Melba Colgrove, &

Peter McWilliams

I’m Grieving as

Fast as I Can

by Linda Feinberg

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HOW CAN

YOU SUPPORT

FRIENDS AND/

OR FAMILY

Dealing

Loss?

with a

“Listen and validate their feelings.

It’s common to have strong but

complicated relationships with a

spouse. The feelings that come

up during the grieving process

can be very painful or confusing,

so a trusted support system that

can validate those feelings and

encourage the individual to take

care of one’s mind and body is

critical. If you’re supporting someone

“Everyone grieves differently, so

who is grieving but also grieving

don’t make assumptions about what

yourself, it’s important to set limits

they may need. First and foremost,

and boundaries to give yourself the

be there—whatever that may look

space you need. Other resources,

like and knowing it could change at

both professional and social, such as

“Remember that death

any given time. Maybe you’re not

support groups, can be very helpful.

belongs to the griever, so

comfortable with the emotional piece,

For those who may be uncomfortable

follow their lead. Stay present,

but you’re more of the practical type.

supporting an individual through

listen, and don’t try to ‘fix’

Making a meal and stopping by (with

grief, it’s important to know that

the situation. Be willing to

advanced notice) can go a long way.

taking someone to the movies, to

witness and sit with the

Remember that they want to feel

lunch, or anything they enjoy doing

griever’s pain. Ask the griever

some normalcy in a time that feels

with friends can be just as important

how you can help. Many

anything but normal; leave room for

as conversation and validation

times they won’t know.

the moments where maybe you’re

around feelings. It’s often a good idea

Anticipating tasks that need

laughing and reminiscing then maybe

to simply ask: ‘How can I support

to be done can be helpful.

crying together; send an encouraging

you?’”—Robert Oldham, Chief

Don’t promise to do what

text, email, or handwritten note; and

Medical Executive, Sutter Center for

you cannot do. There may

be sure to not ask the broad question

Psychiatry

be cultural/religious/spiritual

of ‘how are you doing?’ Instead,

considerations around how

ask ‘how are you doing today?’”— a griever processes death,

Ashlee Janzen, LMFT, Roseville,

too. Be mindful of this; most

ashleejanzenlmft.com

of all, show and share your

love.”—Patricia Hanson,

LCSW, Mercy Medical Group

Behavioral Health

Photos courtesy of their respective companies and organizations.

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Local

Bereavement

Widowed Persons Association of Sacramento

This non-denominational nonprofit is dedicated to

helping widowed people overcome grief and learn

to live and laugh again. All the people who work for

them are widows and widowers, so they know what

it means firsthand to lose a spouse. sacwidowed.org

Hope, Healing & Help

This group provides an extensive library of audio

and printed resources designed to give you

HOPE for your future, HEALING for your grief,

and HELP on your journey. Their programs are

available in MP3 on their “Archived Programs”

page. They also provide a number of

resources and support groups in the Greater

Sacramento area. hopehealinghelp.com

Groups

UC Davis Health System

Resources, including support groups,

are available for families and loved

ones, courtesy of the UC Davis Hospice

Program. Free but registration is required.

health.ucdavis.edu/homecare/pdfs/

bereavementsupportgroups_0115.pdf

Dignity Health

Both Mercy San Juan Medical Center

and Mercy General Hospital have

various bereavement support groups,

including drop-in options and closed

six-week groups with progressive and

structured agendas. 916-453-4552

Marshall Medical Center

Marshall offers grief support groups

for families who have experienced

the death of a loved one in the last

18 months. 530-621-7820

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser offers support for people

who have lost a loved one at

several locations throughout the

Sacramento area. 916-486-5300

Photo by ©New Africa - stock.adobe.com.

Sutter Health

System-wide services include

support groups and bereavement

programs such as individual grief

counseling, special remembrance

events, and specific workshops

related to navigating grief during

the holidays or other life events.

916-388-6255

Bereavement Network Resources

of Sacramento

This nonprofit has been providing

services in the Greater Sacramento

area since 1984 and was formed by

volunteers who experienced grief and

saw the need to help others in similar

situations. griefhelpsacramento.com

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TRAVEL

Cruise

Control

Exploring Holland and

Germany Aboard the

Crystal Bach

By T. Carroll

It seems like every

time you talk to someone

about vacations, river

cruising comes up. Over the

past decade, there’s been a surge

in passengers as well as the number of

companies operating river cruise lines—not

just in Europe but around the world.

Photo by Terry Carroll.

Why has this style of “vacation” captured the imagination

of so many? We were eager to find out and experience the

world of luxury river cruising.

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 47


Photos left to right:

Terry & Wendy in Cochem, Germany;

New Friends Joan & Dave; Crystal

Bach Butler Igor; The Crystal Bach;

Pastries in the Bach Bistro.

Our nonstop flight to

Amsterdam went without a

hitch, and we arrived a bit

tired but eager to see the city and

get ready for our departure the

following day. This was our first

time in Amsterdam, and we made

the most of it as we always do on

short stays in new places: using the

double-decker tour bus! I’ve heard

people gripe about them, but when

time is short, I find there’s nothing

like it; it’s kind of the Cliff Notes

of city exploration. Never been to

Amsterdam? Put it on the list now!

The city felt young and vibrant, was

loaded with things to see and do,

with top-notch food, and warm,

friendly people—most of whom travel

on bikes.

The following day we stepped on

board the Crystal Bach, considered

one of Crystal’s flagship river boats.

We have river cruised before, but

this was our first time aboard Crystal,

so we were eager to experience

this highly awarded cruise line.

The accommodations themselves

were extremely noteworthy, for

their size, luxury appointments, and

design. Crystal offers larger suites

and therefore 40% fewer suites and

passengers. What a difference this

makes when it comes to comfort.

From the moment we boarded, we

knew this was going to be different.

We arrived a bit early and were

offered champagne and directed

to the Palm Court as our cabin

was being readied.

Immediately, a very nice

crewmember asked us

what we would like to

drink. We simply asked

for water—sparkling for

my wife, and still for me—

and were never asked

again. From that point

forward, the crew knew. Of course,

they would ask before pouring, but

it was, “sparkling, ma’am?” then “still

for you, sir?” The entire crew was

exemplary. And take note that the

crew to passenger ratio is 1 to 1.6,

providing a level service that sets

them apart from any we have ever

experienced.

What else does Crystal do that makes

them stand out? Firstly, their cruises

are all inclusive—from cocktails to

excursions and tips for the crew—

there isn’t another charge involved,

period. Talk about a wonderful way

to travel. Also impressive was the

exquisite selection of wine and topshelf

spirits, which once again, was

all-inclusive.

When the time came to see our

accommodations, we were shown

the way and met by our “butler,” Igor,

who would be with us for the next

10 days. Igor was delightful and ever

helpful. Whatever we needed, he was

there. He was also there to surprise

us with a late afternoon snack if we

were in our suite a couple of times,

getting our clothes pressed for

dinner, and so much more.

Being 6’ 7”, having enough room

to move around is of paramount

importance; not only to me, but for

my wife too, who has to deal with me

if I’m feeling like I am in a shoebox.

This particular suite boasted a

comfortable, king-sized bed; walk-in

closet; bathroom with two sinks; and

a shower that I couldn’t only walk in

but stand straight up in, too! It was a

room that rivaled the finest hotels.

After the cruise officially began, we

chose our daily excursions (all but

just a couple are included in your

fare, and the choices can be difficult!)

and began our journey that took

us mostly on the Mosel and Rhine

Rivers. If you’ve never travelled this

region, you’ll soon find it’s one of the

most beautiful places to see—and is

also known for its excellent wines.

Croissant photo courtesy of Avid Cruiser. All other photos by Terry Carroll.

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Day 1: Amsterdam

Since we spent the previous day doing our own

tour of the city, visiting the exquisite museum

area, walking the canals, and dodging bikes (be

careful: In Amsterdam, everyone is on a bike and

they don’t stop for pedestrians!), we decided to

take the Amsterdam Jewish Heritage Tour.

Day 2: Cologne City Walk

Watching the boat cruise into a larger city is always

interesting. Cologne has it all: bridges, industry, homes,

buildings, churches, etc., but the cathedral—which took over

600 years to build and is one of the most remarkable gothic

structures in the world—was of particular interest. With

over 20,000 visitors each day, it’s a must-see when visiting

Cologne.

The River

Cruise Guru

raveling is about many

T things, not the least of

which is making friends and

simply meeting interesting

people. One that we met on this

cruise was Ralph Grizzle, the

owner/editor of two renowned

websites that offer tremendous

insight to all types of cruising

around the globe. We had the

great pleasure of spending

quite a bit of time with Ralph

and found him to be one of the

Ralph Grizzle

Day 3: Koblenz City Walk

Koblenz is a beautiful city that’s situated where the Moselle and Rhine Rivers

meet. Known for its wine and spring water, it’s one of those smaller cities

where you just want to walk all day, enjoying the shops, cafés, and beauty.

Day 4: Bernkastel Walk and Wine Tour

A quintessential medieval town on the Moselle, this may be one of the most

charming towns in Germany. You’ll find yourself surrounded by hillside

vineyards and stunning castles with a wonderful marketplace. The tour was

fun and informative, but the people watching from the cafés was particularly

fun.

most well-respected experts in

the world of luxury cruising. His

website rivercruiseadvisor.com

is filled with information and

photos about almost every river

cruise line and cruise you may

be interested in.

Ralph Grizzle photo courtesy of Avid Cruiser. All other photos by Terry Carroll.

Day 5: Trier

From the Porta Nigra

Gate, you’ll see the

Roman bath ruins,

an amphitheater, and

a stone bridge. The

Archaeological Museum

is a must-see, and there

are numerous Catholic

Churches to view, too

(the Trier Cathedral

was a standout). We

walked the marketplace,

enjoyed a traditional

German lunch in the

square, and windowshopped

to our heart’s

content.

Porta Nigra Gate

However, his experience and

knowledge doesn’t stop there.

His website avidcruiser.com

will open you up the world of

luxury ocean cruising and the

fascinating world of expedition

cruising.

Whatever kind of cruise you

are considering, you will find

Ralph and his websites to be an

invaluable resource.

Special thanks to Ralph

for providing our cover

photo!

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Day 6: Luxembourg

We docked in Trier overnight and

decided that on our second day there

we would do the day trip to Luxembourg

City. Our first stop on our short trip, via

Crystal Luxury Bus, was the American

Military Cemetery. When we arrived we

instantly recognized that we were on

hallowed ground. Seeing the rows and

rows of white crosses, where our men

are buried, most from the Battle of the

Bulge, brought up so many emotions

and an overall sense of pride. However,

we couldn’t help but see that one grave

was set apart, although we could not

see the name as the ground was too wet

to walk upon. We asked the tour guide

and I was taken aback when told it was

General George S. Patton. We were then

off to Luxembourg City where we toured

and enjoyed lunch on the square. The old

battlements were a sight to see and the

views from the city to the valleys around

it were spectacular.

General George S. Patton Tombstone

Day 7: Cochem

This was our second time

in Cochem, and it had

to be one of the most

picturesque places on

the Rhine. We toured the

city, dined, and visited

the Reichsburg Castle—

nestled above town on

a hill and filled with lore

and antiques, secret

passageways, and more.

Cochem Castle

Beethoven's Memorial

Beethoven's

Backyard

Day 8: Bonn

This may have been our favorite city in Germany. Bonn is a college town,

quite modern, but with many historic buildings and Roman structures

dating back to the first century B.C. It was also the capital of West

Germany and then the reunited Germany until 1999. Our tour took us

through the college area, shopping district, and to the highlight of our

day: the childhood home of Beethoven.

Nijmegen

Day 9: Nijmegen, Netherlands

I was fortunate enough to get the last spot on

this day’s excursion to the WWII museum here,

where we were able to sit through a lecture by a

local man who was eight when the German army

invaded the area. The stories were, as you can

imagine, riveting, sad, and ultimately triumphant

(the town was liberated by American British

Troops in September 1944). What stood out

was the reverence all the people we met in the

Netherlands have for Americans. As our lecturer

said to all of us of “allied” descent: “Thank you to

your parents and grandparents—you saved our

lives.”

All photos by Terry Carroll.

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Photo Captions Top Row:

Barkeeper, Elod serving up cocktails; Burger and cake in the Bach Bistro;

The Bach Bistro; Tom Wolber addressing the passengers.

Bottom Row:

A few of our favorite crew members; The Bach's Pool.

Crew photos and lobby photo by Terry Carroll. All other photos courtesy of Avid Cruiser.

Despite the wonderful times had on land, at the

end of every day, we found ourselves back on the

Crystal Bach, which was—in and of itself—a pretty

special place to return. How do you not look forward

to returning to what I can only equate as a top tier

floating hotel and one of the most comfortable

rooms I have ever stayed in?

Some of the highlights of our time on the Bach

included the exquisite meals each and every day

and nightly entertainment provided by the lovely

Roz and James, our entertainment directors from

New Zealand. On numerous evenings while traveling

between ports we played team trivia contests, had

special guest entertainers, dancing, lectures, and

more. And if I didn’t mention our lounge staff, I

would be remiss—what an on-the-ball and congenial

group they were—just like the entire crew! One last

note—our last night cruising back to Amsterdam

there was a Sound of Music trivia contest followed

by a singalong. Wendy is a Sound of Music NUT and

just happened to be chosen (wink-wink) to be on

stage as one of the singers—a night she will never

forget. Nor will those in the audience thinking, “why

is that pretty woman singing like Ethel Merman and

not Julie Andrews?” Honestly, she was great, and

does know every word!

Of note was that this particular cruise was an annual

"Presidents Cruise", one where we were able to spend

time and dine with Crystal President Tom Wolber,

his lovely wife Sharon and Susan Robison, Director,

Global Public Relations. They say you can judge a

company by the people who run it. Well, it was easy

to understand why the crew was as exemplary as

they were. But was it just this "special" cruise? We

asked at least 10 other travelers that question and

the resounding response from them, most having

traveled with Crystal multiple times, some multiple

times each year was: Crystal crewmembers are by

far the best in the cruise world.

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 51


To conclude, we just spent a week

and a half on one of the most

luxurious river ships in the world

and had a spectacular time. We also

made new friends like Joan and

Dave from VA., who we can’t wait

to see soon and possibly travel with

again. Any thought I had that there

would be any pretentiousness or

stuffiness was quickly dashed. Having

traveled all over the world I have

come to realize that there is nothing

like traveling with pure and simple

elegance. We are now completely

spoiled and in fact are planning our

next Crystal Cruise: New York City

to Quebec City via the coast of New

England and Nova Scotia on the

Crystal Serenity, an ocean-going

vessel. We can’t wait to go and to tell

you all about it.

Photo courtesy of Avid Cruiser.

For more info on Crystal and

all they have to offer, visit

www.crystalcruises.com.

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EAT & DRINK

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Stay Local,

Eat Global

6 Must-Try

Dishes

By Lorn Randall

Few people outside of our area recognize

Sacramento as a mecca for global cuisine. No,

it’s not on the level of Baghdad by the Bay,

but there are definitely some nuggets waiting

to be discovered for the adventurous that

are willing to search. Here are six we feel are

worthy of the quest.

Blue House Korean BBQ photo by Menka Belgal.

1Stone Pot Bibimbap at Blue House Korean BBQ

A sizzling pot of aromatic seasoned vegetables,

sesame oil, tongue-singing chili paste, and a fried

egg over rice. The vapors wafting up from this Korean

comfort food are intoxicating. Originally a vehicle

for disposing of leftovers before the lunar new year,

bibimbap has become a favorite in Korean-American

restaurants. 1030 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, 916-

646-2004, bluehousesacramento.com; 2030 Douglas

Boulevard, Roseville, 916-472-6598,

bluehouseroseville.com

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 55


2Nasi Rames at Bali Kitchen

Bali Kitchen is “The only

Indonesian restaurant in the

Sacramento area,” according to

their website, and even if they had

competition, I have a feeling they’d

still be number one. I reached out

to my Indo-food-loving friends for

their favorite dish and got the same

answer: nasi rames. I tried it and can

confirm that the combination plate of

spicy rendang (coconut beef stew),

lodeh (vegetables in coconut curry),

and pork or chicken satay skewers is

indeed lezat (delicious). 1100 Front

Street, Suite 150, Sacramento, 916-

446-4008, indo-cafe.com

3Paella Valenciana at Aïoli

Bodega Española

This classic, saffron-infused

Spanish rice dish—featuring shrimp,

mussels, calamari, chicken, and

pork—is served family-style (though

it’s so good you may not want to

share). The combination of smoked

paprika, luxurious seafood stock,

and saffron rice conspire to create

immense flavor and one of the finest

textural components in the culinary

world: soccarat (crunchy rice). 1800

L Street, Sacramento, 916-447-9440,

aiolibodega.com

4Kabeli Palow at Bamiyan

Afghan Restaurant

Known for its friendly service

and unique meat dishes, this familyowned

dine-in or takeout Afghan

eatery is also vegetarian- and veganfriendly

with a full bar to boot. Even

the most carnivorous diners can’t

get enough of the Kabeli Palow—a

cardamom-spiced dish with seasoned

almonds, plump raisins, carrots,

eggplant, pumpkin purée, and fluffy

rice. 1121 White Rock Road, El Dorado

Hills, 916-941-8787, bamiyanafghan.

com

5Magret de Canard a L’Orange

at Brasserie Capitale

Translated to “duck breast in

orange sauce,” this classic French

dish is always a favorite. Prepared

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with farm-raised duck, orange

marmalade, Grand Marnier, and a

little sherry, once you try it, you’ll

marvel at its delicious complexities…

and crave it again and again. 1201 K

Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, 916-

329-8033, brasseriecapitale.com

6Pork Belly and Uni at Kru

The ability and vision to

incorporate a sansho pepper

gastrique with sturgeon “chicharrón”

and California uni separate top chefs

from us mere mortals. Chef Ngo’s

piquant pepper sauce with crispy

sturgeon skin, buttery pork belly,

and briny uni combine elements of

French, Spanish, and Japanese for

the rest of us to savor. 3135 Folsom

Boulevard, Sacramento, 916-551-1559,

krurestaurant.com

Bali Kitchen photo by Eva Kingsley. Bamiyan Afghan, Aïoli Bodega Española, & Brasserie Capitale photos by Dante Fontana. Kru photo courtesy of DISRUPT Marketing.

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 57


Café Society

4 Cool Coffee Shops

By Lorn Randall

The best part of waking

up is local coffee in your

cup. Luckily, our region

boasts one of the nation’s

best café cultures, with

places that offer more

than just buzz-worthy

espresso. Here are four

of our favorites. In no

particular order…

1) Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

East Sac Café & Roastery: 4749

Folsom Boulevard, 916-451-5181;

Land Park/Curtis Park Café: 2940

Freeport Boulevard, 916-346-4731;

Downtown Coffee Bar: 3rd and Q

Streets, Sacramento, 916-400-4204

chocolatefishcoffee.com

Usually, having an eye-catching name

doesn’t guarantee success, especially

in a town brimming with competition.

Fortunately for us, Chocolate Fish

is more than just a catchy nom de

plume. They are, in fact, passionate,

dedicated roasters, baristas, and

educators. With three Sacramento

locations (and a fourth inside the

Sacramento International Airport),

they are only minutes from anywhere

in town. And as for the name? “A

chocolate fish is a fish-shaped

confection indigenous to New

Zealand given out as a ‘thank you’ for

a good deed. Owners, Andy and Edie

Baker moved from NZ where Andy,

the Kiwi, grew up in an espresso

culture.” We’ll drink to that!

Chocolate Fish photo courtesy of Ate6Media.

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2) Shine Sacramento

1400 E Street, Suite A, Sacramento,

916-551-1400, shinesacramento.com

Sited in the historic Mansion Flats

neighborhood, Shine markets

themselves as “a welcoming

community gathering space to

celebrate local food, drink, music,

and art. We are a local friends and

family, independently run café and

live music venue.” Featuring Naked

brand coffee and a breakfast/lunch

menu of breakfast burritos, eggs,

oatmeal, and bagels, this café invites

you to eat, drink, and stay awhile.

Enjoy a cup of joe (or beer and wine),

as you participate in Open Mic Night

(every first and third Wednesday),

Songwriter Circle (every fourth

Wednesday), Open Jazz Jam (every

Thursday night), and live music

(Friday and Saturday nights),

among other offerings.

Shine window photo by Lance J. Lawrence. Other Shine photos by Michael Kelly Dewitt. Old Soul photos by Go Gold Media.

3) Old Soul Co.

The Alley: 1716 L Street (Rear Alley),

916-443-7685; Weatherstone: 812

21st Street, 916-443-6340; 40

Acres in Oak Park: 3434 Broadway

Sacramento, 916-453-8540; 555

Capitol Mall: 555 Capitol Mall, 916-

890-1555, oldsoulco.com

The original location for this

expanding Sacramento company

was once a warehouse for another

Sacramento pioneer: Eppie’s

Restaurant. Now with four local sites,

they’re a Sacramento success story.

Not just a coffee house, the “Alley”

is home to their baking and roasting

operations, retail café, educational

center, and event venue. Old Soul

Co. emphasizes and practices local,

artisan craftsmanship in brewing,

roasting, and just about everything

they do (and that’s pretty cool!).

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 59


4) Chicory Coffee & Tea

1131 11th Street, Sacramento,

916-444-5107, facebook.com/

chicorycoffeeandtea

Where else can you find a java house

that transports you out of Downtown

Sacramento’s bustle into a warm,

Tahoe cabin-esque atmosphere

just by passing through the front

door? Chicory Coffee and Tea is that

place—right down to the fireplace

and wooden rocking chairs. Serving

up Terranova brand coffee and a twotime

past winner of Sacramento’s

Best Chai, this cozy stop is also

known for their food and homemade

soups; plus, it’s a great place to

mingle with the politicos from the

Capitol across the street!

Chicory photos by Katelynn Williams-Norman.

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OUTTAKES

One-Year Anniversary Party

Gather Studio & Marketplace, Granite Bay

November 30

Gather Studio & Marketplace, which

exclusively sells locally made items

and offers a variety of classes and

workshops, held a party for their oneyear

anniversary on Small Business

Saturday. Guests enjoyed craft

projects, live music, and food and

drinks, including treats by Taylor Made

Desserts.

Photos by Jeri Murphy Photography

Sweet Dreams Artists’ Reception

Big Spoon Yogurt, Roseville

December 2

1

Guests created art, enjoyed frozen

yogurt, and sipped complimentary

beverages while mingling with the

Placer County artists behind Sweet

Dreams, an exhibit celebrating all

things sweet.

Photos courtesy of Darci Frank

1: Susie Bauer, Leigh Arcualo, and

Jamie Lally-Gonzales

2: Mary and Jack Babbit

3: Sue and Greg Cirillo

4: Debbie Jaynes

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Holidays in the Hills

Placer County Wine Trail

December 7-8

Guests enjoyed wine tasting at 16

participating wineries along the Placer

County Wine Trail, in addition to small

bites, food trucks, music, and more

at this annual, self-guided tour. The

event also doubled as a fundraiser for

Toys for Tots; attendees who brought

a new, unwrapped toy for the program

received 10% off their first bottle at

each winery.

Photos by Heirloom Photography by

Anne Doupnik

February 2020 | SacBoomer.com 63


Hispanic Chamber Latina

Estrella Awards

DoubleTree Hotel, Sacramento

December 10

1

This fifth annual event honored

exceptional Latina women who are

headlining the way in their professions

and in the community. Awards were

given in categories such as Rising

Estrella (Leslie Valdivia-Rivas, winner),

Inspiration Estrella (Maritza Davis,

winner), Champion Estrella (Dr. Daisy

Gonzales, winner), and Legacy Estrella

(Alice Perez, winner).

Photos by Tia Gemmell

1: Brenda Rejamand and Juan Novello

2: Cathy Rodriquez-Aguirre, CEO, of the

Sacramento Hispanic Chamber, and

Linda Farley

3: Noemi Vitela, Brandon Rose, Kao Saephanh,

and Crystal Richardson

4: Caroline Cabias, Didler Giron, Mary Flores, and

Edgar Calderon

2 3

4

Crocker Ball

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

December 7

Over 300 guests attended this 58th

annual black-tie gala that featured

live music, food, an after party, and

a live auction. Funds raised help to

make art accessible to everyone in

the community, specifically those

with visual, auditory, physical,

and learning or developmental

differences.

1 3

2 4

Photos by Tia Gemmell

1: Patrick Harbison and Elizabeth Axelgard

2: Michael Brown, Roberta (Bobbe) Brown,

Daniel Farley, and George Grinzewitsch

3: Congressman, Ami Bera, Viva Ettin,

Janine Bera, Garry Maisel, and Mark Ulm

4: Emcee Kelly Brothers

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Brain Food

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Chocolate

Affair

A Custom Crossword by Gail Marie Beckman

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ACROSS

1. Cherry _______

5. Baked and cake-like

10. Company trademark

12. Chocolate follower

13. Ma's better half

14. Computer person?

17. _____ Pie

18. Method to your madness?

20. Foot cover

21. Yeah, fine

22. Mix together

25. Be with you __ __ second

26. Fro partner

27. Another Pie

28. When you're due in (init)

29. Hot chocolate, for one

30. I like it very ____!

32. Natchez state (abbr)

33. May I have a ______?

34. Precedes Grande

35. Cognac or chocolate confection

38. Calcium symbol

40. Short for Old English

41. What coating and cocoa have

in common

42. Royal Air Force, shortened

44. Something found in a collection

of 19 down

45. Fire Department, for short

46. High time?

47. Egotist's admirer

48. Short for Medical Doctor

49. Cashew or pecan

51. Cash deposit, shortened

52. Symbol for actinon

54. Comes before Capitan or Dorado

55. Soooo good!

57. Homophone of two

58. Silver symbol

59. A type of chew

61. Ages and ages

62. Unmixed

63. Skyward

65. You and I

67. Liquid chocolates

68. Certain cellist: Yo-yo ___

70. German Chocolate, for one

72. Utterance of hesitation

73. Ice Cream Shoppe offering

77. They're lovely when chocolate-dipped

78. Comes before or after chocolate

DOWN

1. Cashew _______

2. Another type of chocolate

3. They may be chocolate-covered

4. ____ over there!

5. Chocolate-dipped delight

6. Short for obstetrician

7. English, if you please

8. Near, shortened

9. Whipped pastry filling

11. Leave

13. Loaf or cake ending

15. Extremely

16. Particular cream puff

19. Chocolates with alcohol

23. Dorothy's Aunt

24. Delayed delivery, for short

26. Like a wedding cake

30. Between re and fa

31. Syringe meas.

32. Certain chips

33. ______ Butter Cups

35. Sugar boiled with butter and nuts

36. Special sauce: Chocolate ______

37. Crazy bird?

38. Vanilla or raspberry _____

39. Gold symbol

43. Hot ______ goes great on 73 across

47. (with 51 down) ___ Salt _______

dipped in chocolate

48. Belonging to me

50. Adds to, as a cherry

51. (see 47 down)

53. Chewy insides

56. Whipped cream-based dessert

60. More certain

64. Sound of contentment from kitty

65. Coffee container

66. Some folks like hot ____ with their

chocolates

67. Carob, instead of choc.

69. Inquire

70. Delivery amt.

71. Kroger's stock initials

74. Short for United States

75. Direct mail, shortened

76. Artificial intelligence, for short

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19

20 21 22 23 24 25

26 27

28 29 30 31

32 33

34 35 36 37

38 39 40 41 42 43

44 45 46

47 48 49 50 51

52 53 54 55 56 57 58

59 60 61 62

63 64 65

66 67 68 69

70 71 72 73 74 75 76

77 78

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AN AMERICAN

IN PARIS

This loving tribute to the Oscarwinning

film won four Tonys,

including choreography. Music by

the Gershwins (“I Got Rhythm,”

“’S Wonderful”). Five shows.

THU–SAT

JAN 30–FEB 1

BALLET FOLCLÓRICO NACIONAL

DE MÉXICO DE SILVIA LOZANO

Designated an Ambassador of Mexican Culture,

they’ve toured 40 countries, performing for kings,

princesses, presidents, and prime ministers —

proudly preserving the culture and disseminating

the art of Mexico for 56 years.

MON–TUE FEB 3–4

DEFENDING

THE CAVEMAN

A Valentine’s Day treat. This “outrageously funny and

surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap”

(Chicago Sun Times) was the longest running solo play

in Broadway history.

THU–SUN FEB 13–16

Broadway’s History-Making Comedy About the Sexes

Written by Rob Becker

INTERNATIONAL

GUITAR NIGHT

England’s “jaw dropping”(Guitar Player) Mike Dawes;

ground-breaking fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan;

Olli Soikkeli (“among the worthiest successors to

Django,” WSJ) and Jim “Kimo” West (“Weird Al”

Yankovic).

WED FEB 26

ACTORS FROM THE LONDON STAGE

THE TEMPEST

Co-founded by Patrick Stewart, the company

presents five brilliant actors — each from such

prestigious companies as the Royal Shakespeare

Company —performing Shakespeare’s work, with

each actor staging multiple roles.

THU–SAT FEB 27-29

THE ACTORS’ GANG

THE NEW COLOSSUS

Co-written and directed by Tim Robbins, this

intensely physical production finds actors telling

their own ancestors’ stories in twelve different eras—

stories of immigrating to America. “The New Colossus

holds a theatrical mirror to the nation” (Los Angeles

Times).

TUE–WED MAR 3–4

CHICAGO

THE NATIONAL TOUR

The National Tour returns! Long identified with the

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been honored with six Tony ® Awards, two Olivier

Awards, and a Grammy ® . Eight shows.

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