Boomer Magazine: April 2020

As I write this, the world is suffering from a pandemic. COVID-19 seems to have affected all of us in one way or another. Although I don’t have any school-aged children, my adult kids are still afraid. The only reassurance I can give them is to do the best they can and follow what the CDC says—wash your hands often (forget hoarding TP, I want hand lotion—my hands are sooo dry from washing them so much!) and social distance as much as you can without isolating yourself—unless you are sick. But they seem to be more worried about my husband and me who are both over 65. I am thinking of getting a fake ID showing that I’m only 64 (or perhaps younger…might as well give 55 another go). I don’t want people judging me for leaving my house! I’m healthy and keep away from those who aren’t and follow the guidelines. I don’t want my kids to worry. But there is one thing we can all do while we’re home hiding under our beds. And that is to READ! This magazine, for one, has tons of interesting articles. Keep in mind that almost all of the editorial was written before the pandemic landed in our area, so please check the websites of any event, restaurant, or business that we’ve discussed to see if they are open or have shortened hours. If you can, visit the local shops and anywhere that is open—we must do our part to help the economy. Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community and ours is no exception. So, shop if you can, dine out if you can, and if you can’t then order in! Many places are offering delivery and takeout. Take advantage!

As I write this, the world is suffering from a pandemic. COVID-19 seems to have affected all of us in one way or another. Although I don’t have any school-aged children, my adult kids are still afraid. The only reassurance I can give them is to do the best they can and follow what the CDC says—wash your hands often (forget hoarding TP, I want hand lotion—my hands are sooo dry from washing them so much!) and social distance as much as you can without isolating yourself—unless you are sick. But they seem to be more worried about my husband and me who are both over 65. I am thinking of getting a fake ID showing that I’m only 64 (or perhaps younger…might as well give 55 another go). I don’t want people judging me for leaving my house! I’m healthy and keep away from those who aren’t and follow the guidelines. I don’t want my kids to worry.

But there is one thing we can all do while we’re home hiding under our beds. And that is to READ! This magazine, for one, has tons of interesting articles. Keep in mind that almost all of the editorial was written before the pandemic landed in our area, so please check the websites of any event, restaurant, or business that we’ve discussed to see if they are open or have shortened hours. If you can, visit the local shops and anywhere that is open—we must do our part to help the economy. Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community and ours is no exception. So, shop if you can, dine out if you can, and if you can’t then order in! Many places are offering delivery and takeout. Take advantage!


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As I write this, the world is suffering from a

pandemic. COVID-19 seems to have affected

all of us in one way or another. Although I don’t

have any school-aged children, my adult kids

are still afraid. The only reassurance I can give

them is to do the best they can and follow what

the CDC says—wash your hands often (forget

hoarding TP, I want hand lotion—my hands are

sooo dry from washing them so much!) and

social distance as much as you can without

isolating yourself—unless you are sick. But they

seem to be more worried about my husband

and me who are both over 65. I am thinking of

getting a fake ID showing that I’m only 64 (or

perhaps younger…might as well give 55 another go). I don’t want people

judging me for leaving my house! I’m healthy and keep away from those

who aren’t and follow the guidelines. I don’t want my kids to worry.

But there is one thing we can all do while we’re home hiding under our beds.

And that is to READ! This magazine, for one, has tons of interesting articles.

Keep in mind that almost all of the editorial was written before the pandemic

landed in our area, so please check the websites of any event, restaurant,

or business that we’ve discussed to see if they are open or have shortened

hours. If you can, visit the local shops and anywhere that is open—we must

do our part to help the economy. Small businesses are the lifeblood of any

community and ours is no exception. So, shop if you can, dine out if you

can, and if you can’t then order in! Many places are offering delivery and

takeout. Take advantage!

You may not be suffering from any virus symptoms, but you may have

seasonal allergies. You may not be able to go outside and smell the flowers,

so we brought them to you! In The 10 Spot on page 9 we show you 10

different varieties of flowers and where to see them locally. Enjoy your

virtual tour of the garden. No tissues required!

CBD has been touted to cure everything from wrinkles to warts. There are

so many varieties that it can be stressful to try to figure out which products

to take and for what reason. We break down some of the confusion in

Health & Wellness on page 28.

Craving a burger? We’ve got you covered in this month’s Eat & Drink

department. The mouthwatering feature about some of our area’s best

burgers begins on page 48. Just be sure to contact each location for

current hours. I was

“I wish it need not have happened in

my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all

who live to see such times. But that

is not for them to decide. All we have

to decide is what to do with the time

that is given us.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

supposed to make a recipe

that we featured last month,

but I ran out of time. I’ll try

again. In the meantime I’ll

continue to work and keep an

eye on my elderly neighbors.

Social distancing doesn’t

mean we can’t do our part to

take care of those who really

are in need.

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Flower Spotting

By Tara Mendanha

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies—unless it’s spring.

Then it’s also sunshine, birds, and lots and lots of flowers.

Slow down and savor the season at the places below.

UC Davis Arboretum’s Gateway Garden is full of vibrant

poppies, gilia, goldfields, and yellow tarweeds. Near the

teaching nursery—with plant sales on April 4 and 26—is the

Hummingbird Garden; Storer Garden has flowering shrubs,

succulents, and roses; while the South African collection

features unique and often strange flowers. Some events

to catch this month are the Annual Picnic Day Celebration

(April 18) and Wednesday Walk with Warren (April 8).


The delightful flower, Sweet Dreams Coreopsis, was

discovered at Flower Farm in Loomis. They’re hosting

Earth Month each weekend in April with pop-up fairs (10

a.m.-2 p.m.) featuring local, handmade art, earth-friendly

products and services, gardening info, garden tours, live

music, and workshops. Peruse their nursery for unusual

perennials and succulents. Their plants are bee-friendly,

butterfly-attracting and water-wise. flowerfarminn.com

California Poppy photo courtesy of Ryan Deering.

California Poppy

at UC Davis

At Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville, you’ll

find kerria, flowering maple, wall flowers, carnations, and

butterfly bushes. April brings free classes to the public like

an open garden, guided tours, and observatory safe solar

viewing on April 4 (9 a.m.-noon), Open Garden Day on

April 11 (9 a.m.-noon), and the Annual Plant Sale on April 18

with a selection of perennial plants, shrubs, trees, natives,

vegetables, herbs, and succulents. mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/


The California State Capitol World Peace Rose Garden in

Sacramento was voted “7th Best Public Rose Garden in the

USA” by the All-American Rose Selections—and for good

reason. The Victorian-designed garden features about

650 roses in over 140 colors and fragrances. It’s a feast

for the senses, with a courtyard, fountain, and glimpses

of the Veterans Memorial Hall and the State Capitol.

Additionally, 44 Inspirational Messages of Peace have

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 9

een engraved on plaques

throughout the garden.


Amador Flower Farm in

Plymouth boasts over

1,200 daylily varieties—

hardy, evergreen plants

that come in all shapes,

colors, sizes, and bloom

cycles, and known for

their attractive flowers.

Their Spring Fling event

on April 6 and 7 will allow

you to take a stroll through

demo gardens, shop in

the nursery and gift shop,

and buy a burger at the

local 4H Kids’ Fundraiser.


Daffodil Hill in Sutter Creek

is not opening this year,

but 10,000 daffodils will

grace the hamlet of Sutter

Creek this spring and many

thousands more will bloom

throughout Amador County

through mid-April. Make a

day trip out of it and head

to the Wildflowers and

Wine event on April 5 that

will have you sipping fine

wine, listening to live music,

experiencing live art, and

enjoying some delicious

food. suttercreek.org

High Sierra Iris & Wedding

Gardens in Camino is a

hillside of irises—also called

the “Grand Ladies of the

Garden.” Visitors will be

greeted by vibrant colors

(white, yellow, purple,

blue, pink, and orange) in

May. There are over 1,000

varieties or irises in the

garden plus hundreds of

daylilies, blooming shrubs,

and trees. The gardens are

free and open seven days

a week. weddingsnflowers.


The Charles C. Jensen

Botanical Gardens in

Carmichael exhibit flora

including camellias,

dogwoods, azaleas, and

rhododendrons. One of the

jewels of Carmichael, they

also have Myriad varieties of

magnolias and dogwoods,

Japanese maples, and

thousands of tulips. The

botanical garden has a

nature path for the blind

where visually impaired

and disabled visitors can

feel different textures

and experience unique

fragrances of various plants.


The Cosumnes River

Preserve in Galt has

magnificent vernal pools

that exist only in California’s

Mediterranean climate and

support flora and fauna

found nowhere else in the

world. The Vernal Pool

and Wildflower hikes at

the Rancho Seco Howard

Ranch Trail on April 18 and

25 will feature said vernal

pools and the opportunity

to walk through open

grasslands where

wildflowers carpet the

landscapes. cosumnes.org

A little ways off in the

Eldorado National Forest

the Carson Pass Round

Top Botanical Area will

show off wildflowers that

have been blooming for the

past 10-12 thousand years.

You’ll find wildflowers like

monkeyflower, paintbrush,

Sierra primrose, meadow

larkspur, and irises. For

the best sights, start at the

Carson Pass information

station. Flowers will begin

to bloom closer to July.


Special Notice

As we were going to print,

there was a lot happening

regarding the COVID-19

pandemic, and many events

were being postponed or


Please be sure to call or

check online for updates.

Sherwood Demonstration Garden

Flower Farm

World Peace


UC Davis


Wall Flower

Butterfly Bush

Hot Lips

Orange Blossoms

Solar Fire

World Peace

Garden Entrance

African Conebush

Australian Grevillea

World Peace Rose Garden photo courtesy of TJ David. UC Davis photos courtesy of Ryan Deering.

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William Land

A Heart for



On a beautiful spring day residents

of Sacramento have the

opportunity to utilize many

parks. For those living south of the city,

in a place once known as Sutterville, the

park du jour is most likely William Land

Regional Park.

Established in 1918 from a bequest

left by hotel mogul William Land, today

the park includes a golf course,

basketball courts, soccer and softball

fields, an amphitheater, the Sacramento

Zoo, Funderland, and Fairytale Town,

in addition to numerous lakes, jogging

paths, and picnic and play areas.

But who was this benefactor who bequeathed

$250,000 to the city to “purchase

a public park within a suitable

distance of Sacramento”?

William Land was born in Herkimer,

New York, in 1836. One of 14 children,

he was sold into indentured servitude

by his father for a $50 per year payment

to his family. He eventually purchased

his freedom from this contract, went

to college, and graduated with honors

from Iron City Commercial College in


In 1860, Land headed West and arrived

in San Francisco with three dollars in

his pocket. He proceeded to walk to

Sacramento, renting a room for 50

cents at the Western Hotel, which was

located on K Street between 2nd and

3rd Streets. He secured employment as

a sweeper and busboy at the hotel, and

so began his career in hospitality.

By 1871, Land had amassed the funds

necessary to purchase the Western

Hotel from then owner N.D. Thayer.

He lost no time in promoting his new

venture in the Sacramento Union. Advertisements

touted the many features

of the hotel including the “Two

hundred and seven large family and

single rooms, neatly furnished by the

day, week or month. The table always

supplied with the best the market affords.

Breakfast in time for the cars and


Sacramento Bee, August 2,




Chico Record, Number 294, 7

January 1912

boats.” And all of this for the price of

“Board, $4 per week; meals, 25 cents;

single rooms, 50 cents.”

Land was forced to rebuild the Western

Hotel in 1875 when it was destroyed by

fire. The new building was constructed

in seven months, and according to the

Sacramento Union, was the “finest

Hotel Land photo courtesy of Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD). Western Hotel photo from mark-heringer.com.

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William Land Park

William Land Park photo by Joseph Repotente

second class hotel on the (Pacific)


Land continued to purchase lots adjacent

to the hotel to prevent the construction

of other buildings that would

block light to his hotel and later to add

on to the structure. In 1892, he purchased

the State House Hotel on the

southwest corner of 10th and K Streets.

In 1909, he had the building demolished

and put up the five-story Hotel Land

on the site. Although he died less than

two years after Hotel Land opened, the

business remained in operation until


William Land was one of Sacramento’s

wealthiest residents and one of its

biggest benefactors. As Sacramento’s

mayor from 1898-1899, he supplied an

interest-free loan to the city of $80,000

to help reduce taxes and retire city

bonds. Throughout his lifetime and

after his death, he provided financial

support to the city that furnished his


Upon his death in 1911, the full extent

of Land’s philanthropy became evident.

He bequeathed $450,000 for

the public well-being stipulating that

$250,00 was to be used to purchase a

public park within a suitable distance

from Sacramento. In addition, a fund

of $200,000 was left to the city, “the

income of which is to be used for the

care of the indigent poor.” The Sacramento

Orphanage received $10,000,

and the Catholic Convent, the YMCA,

and YWCA each received $5,000.

In 1918, the City of Sacramento used

$147,000 of Land’s bequest to purchase

238 acres of land just south of the city in

a place once known as Sutterville. The

park that was developed on that parcel

is known as William Land Regional Park

and has become a well-known and wellloved

addition to the city.

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 13


Take a Hike

Pioneer Express Trail

By Emily Peter


[• Follows Folsom Lake

• Provides lake and forest views

• Option to hike as much or

little as you like

• Fairly flat

• Well-maintained

• Can be accessed at multiple

points between Folsom and



Photo by Rob Small.

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 15

Ask the


Pioneer Express Trail

Located In: Folsom; search “Pioneer

Express Trail” in Google Maps.

Distance: 14 miles point to point;

minimal elevation gain.

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly

(must be leashed); no biking allowed;

parking is $12.

Fuel Up: Dominick’s Italian Market

& Deli (8621 Auburn-Folsom Road,

Granite Bay) offers sandwiches,

soups, salads, pizzas, and more in

relaxed environs.

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 hikers.

For more information, visit alltrails.


Do you have a favorite trail

in the region you’d like to see featured? Tell us all about it at info@stylemg.com.

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A: It’s helpful to improving balance,

losing weight, moving more efficiently,

increasing energy, decreasing pain,

getting stronger, and gaining confidence.

Also, the social aspect of this style of

personal training makes it fun, since you

can work out with friends, colleagues, or

family and enjoy a variety of exercises to

develop the whole body.

—Kim Crespo, General Manager

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Dorado Hills

916-304-5482, strongstudioedh.com

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A: Solar panels have advanced a lot over

time and can easily go 25-30 years without

any upkeep. The only maintenance that

you should perform is washing and

cleaning them two to four times a year,

in order to get rid of dust and to ensure

they’re performing optimally. Cleaning

can easily be done using a garden hose

or by hiring a third party.

—Razmik Gdlian, Digital Marketing Director

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503 Giuseppe Court, Suite 4, Roseville,

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April is

National Soft

Pretzel Month


Yamato photo courtesy of Mondavi.

3Spring Fling Fashion Show.

Head to the Placerville

Shakespeare Club at 6 p.m. for

a fun evening featuring clothes from

local boutiques (Ambiance, Off

Broadway, Sole Desire, Home

Inspirations, and more) plus finger

foods and glam bags. Proceeds

benefit New Beginnings Gold

Country, a local nonprofit that

provides support and resources to

help men and women reenter society

after leaving juvenile hall, jail, or

prison. newbeginningsgoldcountry.org

4Robert G Smith Walk to

Cancel Out Parkinson's. Join

the Parkinson Association of

Northern California from 9 a.m.-noon

for a 1/2-mile to three-mile walk at

Maidu Park, along with

entertainment, a resource fair, and

lunch. All money raised will aid local

residents dealing with the effects of

Parkinson's. panctoday.org

Gala & Concert. Wildwood

Performing Arts Foundation presents

this black-tie-optional event in

Historic Folsom featuring talented

musicians from across the country

and some of our community's most

gifted young performers. The VIP

hour includes dinner, drinks, live

music, and the work of awardwinning

writer and photographer,

Vicki Langdon. Proceeds support

arts education in local classrooms.


A Taste of Excellence. Join the

Sierra College Foundation at the

Campus Library from 6:30-10 p.m.

to support their largest fundraising

effort of the year. Included will be a

tasting of fine foods and wines from

the best restaurants and wineries in

Northern California. sierracollege.edu/


Spaghetti Feed. From 3-7 p.m.

at the Mother Lode Lions Hall

in Diamond Springs, Friends of

Seniors is hosting their ninth annual

fundraiser that benefits the Senior

Defensible Space Program, El Dorado

County Fire Safe Council, and Senior

Emergency Fund. In addition to a

spaghetti dinner, guests will have

opportunities to win gift baskets and

other prizes. friendsofedcseniors.org

The Planets. A beautiful and

sparkling evening awaits as Maestro

Peter Jaffe and the Folsom Lake

Symphony present an imaginative,

colorful, and popular presentation

of this perennially loved, majestic

orchestral treasure. Also on

the program is Edouard Lalo’s

Symphonie espagnole for Violin and

Orchestra, Op.21. featuring guest

violinist Ji in Yang. The show begins

at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Center.


5Yamato. Through traditional

Taiko drumming, Yamato seeks

to create “tamashii,” which

translates as soul, spirit, and psyche.

Hailing from the village of Asuka,

thought to be the birthplace of

Japanese culture, this globe-trotting

troupe infuses traditional drumming

virtuosity with original compositions

and theatrical staging.


April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 19

3Vladimir Feltsman. Pianist

and conductor Vladimir

Feltsman, one of the most

versatile and commanding

musicians of our time, is

returning to the Mondavi Center

for a second performance

focusing on the work of

Schumann and Brahms. The show

begins at 8 p.m. mondaviarts.org

Toast to Wildlife Champagne

Brunch. Sierra Wildlife Rescue is

hosting its biggest fundraiser of

the year from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at

the Cameron Park Country Club—

complete with an elegant brunch,

no-host bar, pick-your-prize raffle, a

silent auction, and guest speaker Guy

Galante. All proceeds go directly to

the care of orphaned and injured wild

animals in rehab. sierrawildliferescue.


7Bollywood Boulevard. This

show—fusing dance, live music,

and storytelling with beats—

appeals to both the dedicated

Bollywood connoisseur and filmgoers

new to the genre. Performances are

at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


8Drum Tao 2020. Combining

highly physical, large-scale

drumming with contemporary

costumes, precise choreography, and

innovative visuals, Drum Tao presents

an energetic and unforgettable show

at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. harriscenter.net

9Keyboard Conversations with

Jeffrey Siegel. To celebrate

Beethoven’s 250th birthday,

pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform

"Moonlight Sonata" and "Sonata

Opus 110," then briefly and

engagingly speak about the music—

enriching the listening experience

for avid music lovers and

novices alike. harriscenter.net

10 The

Illusionists. Don’t

miss this one-of-a-kind

magic show featuring an

all-star cast of magicians and a

powerful mixture of nonstop,

outrageous acts. Show times vary.



HellaCappella 2020. Join The

Spokes—the premier all-female a

cappella group—at 7:30 p.m. at

Mondavi Center. Since being founded

in January 2004 by Camaron

Ochs and Jaclyn Fromer, they’ve

served as a source of inspiration

and empowerment for women and

girls all over the West Coast. Also

performing are Divisi, On the Rocks,

Fleet Street, The Liquid Hotplates,

Drawn to Scale, and The Ninth Street

Hooligans. mondaviarts.org


Renée Taylor. In

her hilarious

one-woman show,

Oscar-nominated and

Emmy-winning Renée

Taylor looks back on a

life full of memorable

roles in film and on

Broadway. Featuring stories

about her myriad highs and lows, this

comedy legend proves the ability to

laugh gets you through it all. Show

times vary. harriscenter.net


Vladimir Feltsman photo courtesy of Vladimir Feltsman. All other photos courtesy of Harris Center.

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Stand Up for MORE




Mamma Mia. Woodcreek High

School presents this fun-filled

musical about a young woman

about to be married who discovers that

any one of three men could be her

father and invites all of them to the

wedding without telling her mother.

Show times vary. woodcreekhigh.com



Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020

Father’s Day, June 21, 2020

Make your reservations early.

Stand Up for MORE 2020. Attendees

will enjoy a catered meal, adult

beverages, a raffle, live auction, and

entertainment from multiple comedians

at this fifth annual fundraiser for

MORE—an El Dorado County nonprofit

whose mission is to empower

individuals with disabilities. Festivities

began at 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado

County Fairgrounds. morerehab.org


Folsom 916-983-1133

Roseville 916-787-3287

Stand Up for MORE photo by Samantha White. Other photo by its respective company or organization.

The Great Out There. Enjoy beautiful

El Dorado County at this annual wine

tasting event where attendees are

given access to over 25 wineries.

Purchasing the passport guarantees

wine tasting with food pairings, along

with music and accommodation

specials. eldoradowines.org/passport


Sandbox Percussion. Through

collaborations with composers and

performers, Sandbox Percussion

seeks to engage a wider audience for

classical music. Both performances

The Great Out There

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 21

will also feature works by composer

Andy Akiho: Karakurenai (featuring

student performers from local

schools) and Seven Pillars.


(ALSO 19)


Black & Red Gala.

Sacramento Theatre

Company hosts this annual

gala with proceeds going to support

the company and their mission for

professional theatre and arts

education. Hosted at the Milagros

Center in Carmichael, guests will

enjoy food, drinks, and

entertainment. sactheatre.org/shows/


Natural History of Salmon Falls

Ranch Hike. Outdoor enthusiasts

won’t want to miss this guided,

intermediate, four-mile hike on part

of Salmon Falls Ranch near the lower

American River. 530-621-1224

Spring Into Zin. Nine different

wineries along Steiner Road will pour

a minimum of two Zinfandels paired

with small bites from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets include a “Start on Steiner”

logo glass and pass holder wine

specials. Limited tickets available.



Spring Arts & Crafts Fair.

Find unique and handmade

items from over 200 artisan

crafters at this annual Historic Folsom

event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is

free. Rain or shine. historicfolsom.org/



Straight White Men.

B Street Theatre presents a

searing examination of

privilege and family dynamics in this

celebrated comedy about the Norton

brothers, who have assembled at

their childhood home to celebrate

with their widowed father. As the

brothers slip back into old rhythms,

gleeful fraternal hazing peels away

the frustrations of who they were

raised to be and who they’ve

become. Show times vary.




Bet on Rotary 2020. Head

to Empire Ranch Golf Club

in Folsom at 6 p.m. for

heavy appetizers, cocktails, music,

and gaming fun. Hosted by the

Rotary Club of Folsom Lake and

Rotary Club of Historic Folsom,

proceeds benefit local youth, seniors,

and veterans. folsomlakerotary.org

Folsom Historical Society Golf

Tournament. Get a foursome

together for a day of golf and

fun at Empire Ranch Golf Course.

The fee includes golf, cart, range

balls, a light breakfast, and lunch.

Proceeds allow the Folsom Historical

Society to preserve, protect, and

promote the city’s unique history.


Lincoln Wine Fest


Lincoln Wine Fest. Enjoy

wine and food from Placer

County’s top wineries and

restaurants from 1-5:30 p.m. while

checking out Downtown Lincoln's

boutiques, museums, and attractions.


Placerville Earth Day. Head to

the Main Library in Placerville for

this annual event from 10 a.m.-

4 p.m. featuring live music, local

arts and crafts, along with experts

giving information on earth-related

subjects. Kids can also enjoy a

dance with Smokey the Bear and

face painting. Admission is free.


Wine & Wishes. From 5-7 p.m. at

Mather Jet Center, sample food and

wine from some of the region’s best

restaurants and wineries; from 7-10

p.m., participate in a VIP gala and live

and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit

the Make-A-Wish Foundation and

their mission to help make wishes

come true for local children with a

critical illness. necannv.wish.org/newsand-events

Gardens of Folsom. From 11 a.m.-4

p.m., enjoy six garden settings in

Folsom, get your garden questions

answered by a Master Gardener, take

part in a plant and bake sale, and

more. All proceeds benefit college

scholarships, grants, and community

projects sponsored by the Folsom

Garden Club. folsomgarden.org/2020-


(ALSO 26)


Arlo Guthrie. Initially

making a name for himself

in the ’60s with the iconic

"Alice’s Restaurant Massacree," Arlo

Guthrie helped define the singersongwriter

genre. With over 30

albums to his name, Guthrie returns

to the Mondavi Center to present an

amazing time capsule from the works

of his dad, Woody Guthrie, to the

present day. mondaviarts.org


Giving & Granting

Celebration. All

community members are

invited to join Women's Fund El

Dorado (WFED) for a buffet dinner

and celebration of giving and

granting to make a difference where

we live. The joyous event from 5-8

p.m. at the El Dorado County

Fairground's Forni Building will

recognize the successes of WFED's

2019 grant recipients and formally

recognize the 2020 grant recipients.


Sandbox Percussion photo by Kjell Van Sice. Arlo Guthrie photo by Sarah Lee Guthrie. All other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.

22 SacBoomer.com | April 2020

This Month

In History

3 rd , 1995

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day

O'Connor became the first woman to

preside over the Court, sitting in for Chief

Justice William H. Rehnquist who was out

of town.

6 th , 1896

After a break of 1,500 years, the first

Olympics of the modern era was held in

Athens, Greece.

9 th , 1866

Despite a veto by President Andrew

Johnson, the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was

passed by Congress granting blacks the

rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.

18 th , 1906

The San Francisco Earthquake struck at

5:13 a.m., followed by a massive fire from

overturned wood stoves and broken gas

pipes. The fire raged uncontrollably for

three days resulting in the destruction of

over 10,000 acres of property and 4,000

lives lost.

Source: historyplace.com



2Clarksville Day. Celebrate the rich history of El

Dorado Hills from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on White Rock Road

and Silva Valley Parkway at Highway 50. Activities

include historical exhibits, live music, antique cars, craft beer,

local wine, wagon rides, and more. edhhistory.org

9Lincoln Pace Race. Promoting ageless commitment

to exercise is the theme of this 10K, 5K, and kids’ fun

run at Sun City Lincoln Hills. People of all ages,

backgrounds, and abilities will join together for a morning

run or walk (choose from a kids’ fun run, 5K, or 10K),

followed by a children’s petting zoo, DJ, sponsor booths, a

beer garden, and food. This year's beneficiaries include Ride

To Walk, Phoenix and Lincoln High Schools, and the Lincoln

Hills Foundation. lincolnpacerace.org

El Dorado Hills Art, Beer, and Wine Festival. Head to

the El Dorado Hills Town Center to view artwork from over

80 of the best artists from near and far. There will also be

food, live music, and tastings from some of the area’s most

prestigious wineries and breweries. eldoradohillsartfestival.org

(ALSO 10)

Special Notice

As we were going to print, there was a lot happening

regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and many events

were being postponed or cancelled.

Please be sure to call or check online for updates.

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 23




Patris Miller

By Heather L. Nelson

Enchanted with urban landscapes,

Patris Miller paints images that

portray city life, along with her

true passion: plein air scenes of

California, her old stomping grounds

in Northwest Montana, and Glacier

National Park. Mainly using oils, the

artist—who also teaches drawing

and painting at the Crocker Art

Museum and in her Oak Park studio

and gallery; and hosts paint & sip

events, master workshops, and artist

exhibitions—enjoys the never-ending

process of learning and discovering

new applications for the medium.

“I love working from life and direct

observation,” shares Miller. “I seek

to convey the beauty I see and feel

when painting outdoors and in urban

landscapes, focusing on the positive

aspects, interesting architecture,

and juxtaposition of natural creation

with man-made elements.” Miller has

been chosen to participate in this

summer’s Plein Air Glacier 2020—a

prestigious event where invited artists

venture into Glacier National Park and

surrounding areas with their brushes

and easels for one week and then

present their work in a collaborative

show—and will also be teaching her

first destination workshop in August

("Beginning Landscape Painting in

Oils") at the Mendocino Art Center.

Glacier Cabins

Artist photo by:

Dante Fontana

Artwork photos:

courtesy of Patris Miller

24 SacBoomer.com | April 2020


35th Street South Monterey Coast Broadway Rain

HLN: How has your background

shaped your art?

PM: I grew up in Montana surrounded

by the grandeur of the landscape,

forever instilling in me a love of

nature. I lived in a small town without

many art opportunities, yet my

mother always encouraged me to

draw and create. Instead of art,

however, I pursued a master’s degree

in education and worked teaching

English to refugee students from Laos,

working on language development

and program administration for

second language learners at the

Department of Education. It was

tremendously rewarding, but after

losing my mother to cancer, I changed

life's course and began pursuing my

heart's passion: art.

HLN: What significance does the Oak

Park area have on your work?

PM: I started my artistic journey

painting images of my community

that highlighted its beauty. I still

create vibrant images of Oak Park

that reveal a positive perspective,

focusing on the hidden beauty and

unseen charm woven into the design

of Sacramento’s first established

suburb. My greatest aspiration is

to support the renaissance of this

neighborhood and invite others to

enjoy the treasures of it.

HLN: In 2012, you opened your own

studio and gallery. What was your


PM: Patris Studio and Art Gallery’s

vision is to foster growth in the

visual arts and provide a place for

artists—including myself—to work

and connect with other artists. I

also want to enrich the community

with high-quality programs focused

on art education and practice, art

appreciation, and exhibitions.

HLN: What words of wisdom do you

have for new artists?

PM: Art is a journey, and no

one is born a master; it takes

constant practice, learning, and

searching. Artistic growth doesn't

happen overnight. Developing as

an artist is a process and takes

time and devotion. Wanting instant

perfection is the enemy of making

art, while adopting a beginner's

mind keeps us open to exploring all

possibilities. There’s an important

difference between demanding

perfection and seeking excellence.

The latter requires us to put in the

time, devotion, and commitment;

the former only seems to end in



April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 25


Book Club:

What to Read This Month

The Measure of a Man: A

Spiritual Autobiography

by Sidney Poitier

Of his memoir, Poitier says: “I began this

book as an exploration, an exercise in self

questioning. In other words, I wanted to

find out, as I looked back at a long and

complicated life, with many twists and turns,

how well I’ve done at measuring up to the

values I myself have set.”

When You See Me

by Lisa Gardner

In this thrilling page-turner, Detective D.D.

Warren, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy,

and vigilante Flora Dane work together to

solve a crime that seems to have links to one

they already solved involving deceased serial

kidnapper Jacob Ness. Will they be able

to crack the most disturbing case of their


The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

Danny and Maeve, brother and sister, grew

up outside of Philadelphia in an estate

named The Dutch House. Wealthy living

ended when their stepmother threw them

out and into poverty. The story is told

over five decades as their relationship and

brother/sister bond is tested.

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Articles by Julie Ryan

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Do You Know Your CBDs?

By Kourtney Jason

Kathi Kridler was first introduced

to hemp in 2017 after

she was diagnosed with chronic

Lyme disease. “I was having debilitating

episodes of pain where I could

neither stand nor sit for more than

five minutes,” she says. But doctor

after doctor refused to see a patient

with her diagnosis. “[It] seemed very

strange to me and was frustrating,”

she shares.

Ultimately, Kridler decided to do her

own research, focusing on homeopathic

treatments. “I found articles on

the immune system and how it’s compromised

with this disease, [which] is

where I read about cannabinoids, or


CBD is a non-intoxicating, non-addictive

compound derived from cannabis,

a plant in the mint family that

grows wild all around the world, explains

Lauren Mathewson, ND, at Revolutions

Naturopathic. The difference

between CBD and THC (another cannabinoid

found in hemp/marijuana

plants) is that THC is the intoxicating

component that gets you high.

In recent years, CBD has exploded

in popularity. Various products—including

capsules, tinctures, patches,

gummies, oils, and balms—have hit

the market, often promoting an ability

to improve your sleep, memory, appetite,

mood, stress response, immune

function, and pain regulation.

To help with her pain, Kridler started

taking supplements to boost her

immune system, as well as hemp oil.

“I read a lot about different types of

hemp oil and selected what I thought

was the best, started taking it twice

daily, and haven’t stopped,” she says.

“I’m happy to say that I haven’t had

an outbreak of my debilitating pain

since. I am in no way making a medical

claim that this is due to the hemp

oil, but what a coincidence!”

Kridler isn’t the only one with an

experience like this, however. Bob

Campbell, co-owner of sBarkles, has

been selling CBD products for pets

for more than two years. “It’s our belief

that anyone can benefit from CBD,

[especially] dogs or cats with arthritis,

pain, seizures, and anxiety,” he

says. “Most people continue to return

for more, as they see a positive effect

in their pets.”

While there’s no shortage of anecdotal

evidence, doctors do warn that

scientific studies and research on

CBD is still very limited. “CBD is often

promoted to relieve stress, pain,

and inflammation and help people

sleep, among other uses. However,

there are no rigorous clinical studies

or evidence at this point to support

these claims, [and] it’s currently illegal

to promote non-Food and Drug

Administration (FDA)-approved CBD

products for health and wellness use,”

warns Michael G. Chez, MD, FAAN,

FAES, and regional director of Pediatric

Neurology and Pediatric Research

at Sutter Health Valley Area. With that

said, the FDA has approved one pharmaceutical

form of CBD (Epidiolex)

to treat seizures associated with two

types of severe epilepsy.

“I’m happy

to say that I

haven’t had

an outbreak of

my debilitating

pain since."

If you’re intrigued by the potential

benefits of CBD, medical professionals

give two warnings: first, consult

your doctor; and second, read product

labels. “It’s important to know

what you’re taking and to do so under

a doctor’s care. CBD can have side

effects—although typically mild—and

may also interact with other medications

that people are taking,” Dr. Chez


Yu-Fung Lin, PhD, associate professor

in the Departments of Physiology and

Membrane Biology and Department

of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine,

School of Medicine at UC Davis

echoes those concerns. “You may be

thinking about the benefits of CBD,

but you should also be informed on

the other ingredients,” she says. “You

could be harmed by what else is in the


Additionally, the long-term effects

haven’t been studied. “We don’t have

a follow-up study or data that shows

whether it’s safe [in the long run].

That’s not to say it’s unsafe, but we

just can’t say it is safe for long-term

use,” she warns.

What’s ahead for CBD? Dr. Chez says

there will likely be more research available

in a few years. “FDA approval of

the first cannabis plant-based medicine

established parameters for how

CBD should be studied for consumer

use, opening the door to further studies

in other medical conditions and

setting the stage for what’s to come

in the use of cannabis for health and

wellness,” he shares. “Like any medicine,

consumers deserve access to

CBD products that have been proven

safe and effective and meet quality


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CBD Gummies. A daily

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Soil Born Farms

Cultivating Community

By Linda Holderness

Twenty million Victory Gardens

helped feed the country during

World War II. Then, fruits and

vegetables tucked into found spaces

in yards and rooftops supplied

more than a third of the nation’s

produce. Today, with nearly 20% of

California families unable to afford

or obtain adequate food, according

to Department of Agriculture data,

the nonprofit Soil Born Farms in

Rancho Cordova is reprising the

idea of these edible landscapes as

a means of addressing local hunger,

reducing food waste, and improving

health. “Our purpose,” says Shannon

Hardwicke, youth education manager,

“is to connect food, health, and the

environment. We want to give people

the desire to grow their own food

in their own space.” As with Victory

Gardens, that space doesn’t need

to be large. Fruit trees can replace

shade trees, Hardwicke suggests,

and vegetables can be grown in

containers on a patio.

Top photo by Maggie Mason. Bottom photo Gao Ly Yang.

30 SacBoomer.com | April 2020

Top photo by Abbey Hardwicke. Butterfly photo by Rebecca Le. Other photos by Joan Cusick.

Soil Born cultivates crops and

educates and nourishes consumers

at a 55-acre historic ranch inside the

American River Parkway. Sacramento

County Regional Parks owns the

farm land, and Soil Born Farms Urban

Agriculture and Education Project

steward it. The parcel includes

acreage for organic farming; bee,

butterfly, and native-plant gardens;

riparian habitat; and facilities for

instruction and interpretation.

Monday through Saturday, staff

welcomes visitors to explore the

gardens or learn how to prepare

fresh food, cultivate herbs for

health, and understand the natural

environment. Some of Soil Born’s

programs include:

• Farmstand. Every Saturday, from

early April through mid-December,

and a handful of Saturdays during

winter, the farm sells garden produce

and related wares, as well as

products from other local growers,

and offers visitors a fun outing with

fresh pastries and fair-trade coffee,

music, classes, and activities for both

youngsters and adults. A winter Pop-

Up Farmstand, featuring fruit trees

and herbal medicines, is planned for

February 8.

• CSA (Community Supported

Agriculture). Patrons can partner

with Soil Born to receive boxes

of organic vegetables weekly or

biweekly for most of the year. Each

box contains 8-10 fresh items.

• Field Trips. Almost daily during

the school year, Soil Born hosts

classroom visits for about 1,500

students a year, Hardwicke says. The

content and theme of each field trip

varies by age and can be coordinated

with the students’ curriculum.

• School Gardens. Soil Born has

helped 50 schools set up gardens at

their sites and works weekly with 10

of them in locales with limited access

to nutritious foods. Because no

pesticides are used, kids can, and do,

simply rinse and eat the vegetables

from the ground. “It’s a dynamic,

hands-on learning experience,”

Hardwicke says. A survey of teachers

last year indicated that gardening

improved students’ skills—not only

in course subjects such as math, art,

writing, and social studies but in

group work, leadership, and cultural

awareness. Plus, Hardwicke adds,

they learn to want healthier foods.



Harvest Sacramento Work and

Learn: Spring Plant Starts Care and

Citrus Harvest

April 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Learn about spring plant starts and

get your hands dirty working on a

farm project or harvesting citrus in

the neighborhoods surrounding the


Work and Learn on

Wellness Wednesdays

April 8 & April 15 at 9 a.m.

Help out and learn about medicinal

herbs, native plants, flowers, trees,

vegetables, and succulents, as you

help with greenhouse activities, plant

sales, and fruit tree orchard care.

Year-Round Garden Team

April 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Help out and learn about medicinal

herbs, native plants, flowers, trees,

vegetables, and succulents, as you

assist with greenhouse activities,

plant sales, fruit tree orchard care,

and occasionally harvest fruit from

surrounding neighborhoods.

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In Good



Tips for Starting a

Business After 50

By Lorn Randall

For most of us over the age of 50, we see the light at the end of the workinglife

tunnel. Thoughts and plans of golf, leisure time, and cruises to sun-baked

beaches fill our mind’s horizons. But for many out there, the allure of the

entrepreneurial spirit is beckoning, and age never enters the equation. For

those brave citizens, I sourced some trusted professionals for their top tips for

business success. Here’s what they had to say…


Hire professionals

Kimberly Foss of Empyrion Wealth

Management (empyrionwealth.

com) says, “Get help if you need it.

A certified, professional financial

adviser can be a huge resource for

those making decisions about starting

a business after 50—or at any age.”

Clint Herndon of Next Peak CPA

(nextpeakcpa.com), echoes those

sentinments. “Surround yourself with

experts: an accountant, an attorney, a

financial advisor, and a coach. Unless

you’re an expert in one of these fields,

don’t ‘save money’ by not hiring these

crucial resources. You may end up

paying more on the back end.”

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Top photo courtesy of ©zinkevych - stock.adobe.com. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.


Consider your finances/costs

Rudy Miramontes of The Principal

Financial Group (principal.com) tells

us, “The first thing you should consider

is your finances. Anytime you start

a business, you need to consider

your cost associated with opening a

business. I usually don’t recommend

using retirement money for a new

venture. Unless you have a big enough

financial cushion, this can be a financial

disaster if your company fails.” Foss

says, “The number one reason for the

failure of new businesses is inadequate

startup funding. [Ask yourself]: Is the

necessary financing within your means,

and how will meeting that need impact

your desired lifestyle? If your idea

doesn’t work out, will you still be able

to live comfortably with the resources

you’ll have left? Remember, as an

[older] entrepreneur, you don’t have

as many years to recover if things go



Write a business plan

“It doesn’t have to be 10 pages

long. Keep it simple—no more than

two pages. It can be as [easy] as where

am I now, where do I want to go, and

how do I get there?” says Miramontes.

“The Small Business Administration

(SBA) is a great resource to help your

company financially. They also help

with writing a business and marketing



Do your homework

“Does the business meet a

legitimate marketplace need? Your

homemade cookies may have won

every award at the county fair for

the last 10 years, but is your baking

operation scalable? Do enough

consumers want your cookies (or

can enough be made to want them)

to present a viable customer and

revenue base?”

asks Foss. “Another

resource I recommend

is Score (score.org).”

Miramontes says,

“They have a suite

of resources you can

tap into...Further

recommended reading

is The E-Myth Revisited

by Michael E. Gerber,

which talks about why

most businesses fail in

the first five years and

what you can do about

not being one of them.

Also, Robin Sharma’s

The Leader Who Had No Title will

teach you humility, leadership, and

how you can implement these traits

upon your team.”


Get social

Miramontes says, “All marketing

plans should always include social

media. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram,

blogging, and more will all help your

business. And, depending on the

type of clientele or niche market you

want to attract, one may serve you

better than the others. However, the

more social marketing mediums you

use, the faster your company can

grow.” According to Foss, “It’s vital to

understand how to use social media

effectively for your business and

possibly the most critical advantage

mature entrepreneurs have, [since]

they’ve been around long enough to

know lots of people.”


Assess the risks

“Avoid high risk or niche businesses

with an untested market. This is not

the time in life to try to strike gold if it

can cost you your nest egg. Plan wisely

and find a business that has a steadier

chance of success with fewer highs

and lows,” says Herndon.

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Living Dream


Your (Second) Career is Calling

By Kourtney Jason //

Photos by Dante Fontana

It’s never too late to follow

your dreams. These four

boomers (and one Gen

Xer!) are living proof that

sometimes your second act

can be more fulfilling than

the first. Read on to hear

about their first career, how

they pivoted to a second, and

all the lessons they learned

along the way.


Folsom 61


Having recently transitioned to

freelance consulting, Ronna has been

in human resources for more than 30

years. She started her career in LA

in the television and entertainment

industry, where she began in

workforce planning focused on

production teams, including camera

operators, audio techs, editors, and

more. “I transitioned to a professional

special effects makeup artist for film

but came back to human resources,”

she says.

Ronna left the entertainment

industry in the early ’90s and moved

to Silicon Valley when it was at its

height. “Business was booming,” she

remembers. “I worked for Electronic

Data Systems (EDS), Hitachi, Cisco,

DelMonte, etc. During this time, I took

a more strategic role of planning

for workforce development and

leading teams across divisions and

nationally.” In the late ’90s, she

moved to Sacramento. “It was where

I wanted to raise my child,” she says,

“and was one of the best decisions

of my life.” Ronna worked for Intel

Corporation in Folsom for 18 years,

where she focused on leadership

development, organizational health,

and set up mentoring and coaching

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 35

programs. “My last years with Intel,

I moved [into an] HR role,” she

says. “They have such a large HR

department; they need their own HR

support. This allowed me to continue

my passion while working with the

HR managers and leaders, coaching

and developing strong leaders on a

global level.”

Ronna retired in the summer of 2017,

and she did “nothing” for six months.

“In truth, those six months were full

of figuring out my new health care,

adjusting to my newfound freedom,

finding a financial advisor that suited

me, doing the house projects that

had been neglected, and taking some

much-needed vacations,” she shares.

Later that year, a former Intel

colleague (now CEO at Eisel

Consulting) asked Ronna to partner

on a training session at the College of

Continuing Education at Sacramento

State. “The content spoke to much

of the work I had done in the past

and the instructor asked if I would

assist with the Q&A. The experience

reminded me how much I loved the

work and the interaction,” she says.

In addition to partnering with Eisel

Consulting, Sacramento State,

and Unleashing Leaders, Ronna

has started a consulting business,

offering coaching, strategic planning,

organization health, and leadership

development. “I love what I do and

continue to grow and learn, so I can

bring the most relevant, current

information and the best of me to

my clients,” she shares. “I never saw

myself as an entrepreneur but here I

am. When I left full-time work, I didn’t

dream this would be my trajectory in

2020 and moving forward. I’m living

my best life.”

What advice would you give to

someone looking to change career


Taking the six months to settle in and

transition was one of the best things

I did. It gave me time to consider

my options and really decide what I

wanted this next chapter in life to be.

Where do you see yourself in five


As of now, I love the balance I have

of work and play. I don’t see myself

stopping. I do a reset of goals and

vision for myself every year. If, at

some point, my goals and vision

change or I’m no longer truly having

fun, I will make a change. This

chapter, more than ever, reminds me

that this is my shot to embrace the

life I want. While my health is still

good and my body allows, I want to

travel and play as often as possible.

It’s not uncommon to find me

walking the Folsom trails for several

miles or kayaking when the weather

is warm.

What does success look like to you?

It’s about the experiences in life.

Am I happy? Am I bringing value?

Am I embracing life? Am I spending

quality time with friends and family?

Am I making space for me? Someday

I will get to look back and know I

made deep, meaningful friendships,

was a good mother and supportive

daughter, and will leave a legacy of

improving the work environment for

multiple businesses and industries.

For me, that is success.

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With her skills, experience, and

education, Granja says it was still a

big leap, as she knew building an

investment practice would require a

lot of effort, grit, and determination.

“Every skill and experience I have

gained over my 20-plus years

in financial services helps me

understand and serve my clients

better—not just my job knowledge,

but my people skills as well,” she

says. “No matter where my clients

are in life or when they start their

financial journey with me, their goals,

fears, and dreams are all significant

for me to comprehend. Having a

close relationship with my clients

helps them to open up, which really

helps me to understand how to best

serve their interests.”

Julie Granja

Fair Oaks 55


Julie Granja is a financial advisor

and works with her clients to make

plans that will help them reach their

financial goals, whether it’s retiring,

sending children or grandchildren to

college, building financial freedom,

or protecting and transferring their

wealth. “Previously, I worked in

the banking and financial services

industry for over 20 years in several

different areas, including trust

administration, securities processing

and taxation, loan underwriting,

customer service, and client

management,” Granja says. “I always

dreamed of being a financial advisor,

but I hadn’t completed my college

degree, so I didn’t feel I could or even

should obtain that type of position.”

When Granja had her son at 41, she

decided to stay home with him. “I

knew my career would take a hit,

but I felt it was worth it,” she says.

“But rather than leaving a gap in my

resume, although explainable, I took

the opportunity to go back to school

and complete my degree at the

University of San Francisco, with the

goal of becoming a financial advisor

when I went back to work.”

What advice would you give to

someone looking to change career


Do some deep introspection and ask

yourself why you want to make a

change. Ask yourself if you will regret

not having taken the leap. Do an

inventory of the skills and experience

required, and talk to current or prior

colleagues for their input. Go into it

well informed, get prepared, and go

for it! Understand that it may take

time and effort, but if your “why” is

strong enough, all the effort will be

worth it.

Where do you see yourself in five


Right where I am now—continuing

to do what I’m passionate about

and partnering with my clients to

help them achieve their goals and

celebrating together with them, by

attending their retirement parties and

reveling in special milestones.

What does success look like to you?

It’s the “aha” moment when clients

put it all together and can see a

tangible plan for their financial goals,

partnering with them to develop

a plan they can embrace, then

watching as the plan progresses to

get them where they want to be.

When they can see their retirement

as a reality, it’s like watching the

weight of the world being lifted

from their shoulders. I rarely meet

someone who won’t benefit from

some type of financial planning.

When clients are cheerful and

want to exchange hugs after an

appointment, I know I have my dream


April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 37

Reg Holliday

Gold River 72


In March 1971, Reg Holliday graduated from

the University of Georgia and moved back

to California, where he landed a job in a

department store in Pasadena. “I got a job offer

from the A. T. Cross Company—a manufacturer

of fine writing instruments—starting as an

independent sales representative in Northern California.

I worked for them for 21 years,” Holliday says.

After Cross changed their structure and eliminated all

the independent manufacture representatives, Holliday

worked for the Sacramento Bee as an ad salesperson

for their weekly Spectrum Newspaper for a few years,

followed by KVIE public television for a year, and then

Sacramento Magazine for nine years. “In 2008, Style

Media Group offered me an opportunity to work as

a territory ad sales rep, and I’ve been with them ever


Holliday said he feels lucky to have a publication and

a company he’s proud to represent. “I love that I get

to interact with a lot of people, both coworkers and

customers,” he says.

How did your previous career experience help you

succeed in your current career?

As the A. T. Cross representative, I covered a fairly large

territory and called on a diverse group of people and

companies. Since I was based in Northern California and

Cross was in Rhode Island, I had to develop the ability to

be a self-starter. I had no one looking over my shoulder

every day to report to. Those self-starter abilities go

hand in hand with being an ad sales representative.

What does success look like to you?

Success, at this point, is being comfortable in

my own skin and not trying to impress anyone.

Friends, family, and good health are most

important. Every day is a gift!

Job-Hunting Tips

Baby boomers are retiring at a rate

of about 10,000 per day. Yet, if you

are eager to retire from your full-time

job, but still want to remain in the

workforce doing part-time work or

consulting gigs, here are a few simple

tips to help you stand out as the best

candidate for the position.

1. Be willing to learn.

Technology has changed, and it

can be hard to keep up. By staying

connected and learning the new apps

or programs, you will keep your mind

sharp. And it will show prospective

employers that you aren’t afraid of


2. Forget about being overqualified.

Even if you’ve been working for

30, 40 or 50 years, remind yourself

that you don’t know everything.

We all have our own strengths and

weaknesses as well as qualifications.

If you are asked if you think you are

overqualified in an interview, spin

it to highlight that you are highly

qualified, and your experience will

benefit the team.

3. Make a great impression.

As you know from your career,

practice makes perfect. For

any interviews or networking

opportunities, make sure to still

38 SacBoomer.com | April 2020

do your research, prep for the

conversation, and have your talking

points ready. A bit of preparation

will help you feel confident to make

the best first impression. Ageism

unfortunately does exist, and the

more you prepare, the better you’ll

do to showcase your talents and

highlight your skills.

4. Use your network.

As a retired baby boomer, you’ve

got a huge network of friends and

colleagues who may be able to

help you find that next career

path and/or help you make a

new connection or introduction.

Use this to your advantage.

Share your goals with those

around you, which will allow

you to put it out into the

universe. And in return, that job

just might come directly to you.

Cindie Wilding

Rocklin 65


Cindie Wilding thought she would be a

teacher, just like her parents. “I graduated

from college with a degree in English,

because I love stories and I love to write,”

she says. “However, while I enjoyed student

teaching, I didn’t see it as being my forever

career path.”

Wilding graduated from paralegal school

and spent nearly 35 years as a trial

paralegal. “I worked directly with clients

for a long time, which I loved, and then

switched to environmental law where

our clients were water companies,” she

remembers. “While I loved the work we did,

my job was a lot of summarizing massive

amounts of documents—boxes and boxes of


After some time, she began to realize the

work didn’t fulfill in a way it once did. “It

was no longer feeding my soul,” she says.

“I began looking for another career—one

that ideally could be my own business and

sustain me.” But after short stints as a life

coach and certified retreat coach still felt

she needed something more.

Then one day, she saw an ad in a magazine

for The Celebrant Institute. “The ad stated

something along the lines of ‘make all

ceremonies meaningful for the people

involved,’” she says. “This totally resonated

with me, as I had been to so many weddings

and my own mother-in-law’s memorial,

where the ceremony had nothing to do

with the people. I always felt rather empty

afterward, as I wanted to know more about

that person or those people. When I shared

the ad with my best friend and told her I

was thinking of going through the program,

she told me she had seen the same ad and

immediately thought of me.”

After completing two specialties in the

online program, she began doing weddings

while still working at the law firm. Every

year, the number of ceremonies increased.

“After four years of a ‘day job’ and my

celebrant practice, it was time for me to fly

the nest. For the last six years, I’ve run my

business quite successfully and am so very

proud of what I have created for myself and

for the people who are my clients.”

What is the best job perk you have right


I absolutely love what I do, and so many

people, both clients and those who know

me intimately, comment on how well it suits

me. I love meeting new people and getting

to know them and tell their story. Every

ceremony involves a love story—the love

story of the people involved, whether it’s a

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 39

wedding or a memorial or anything

else. I find that fascinating and so

very connecting to be the one to

tell that story to their nearest and

dearest friends and family, or in

the case of an elopement, to read

their love story directly to them.

I love writing, spending the time

researching and writing their special,

one-of-a-kind ceremony, and then

performing it while hearing the

laughter and the tears and getting

comments afterwards about how

“that was the best wedding I’ve

ever been to!” or “How do you know

them? It feels like you must be an old


What advice would you give to

someone looking to change career


I know it sounds cliché, but listen to

your heart and keep going through

doors as they open. I had a very

good picture of what I wanted and

how it would look, and I do believe

that I have manifested just that. I had

a vision and kept listening to what

my inner voice suggested. And, as

a door would open, even if it didn’t

feel likely to lead to anything, I would

go through it. You just never know

where things will lead you down the

road. Believe in yourself and your

vision. It’s sort of like, “if you build

it, they will come” mentality. Create

something that is uniquely you and

your passion, and people will fall in

love with that. I have people tell me

all the time how much they love my

website and that it makes them want

to get married, even if they weren’t

planning to! I designed my website

and maintain it, and I’m not great

at techy stuff or art, but I think it

reflects my genuine joy for what I do.

Where do you see yourself in five


I have said I will never say I’m retiring

and doing my last ceremony. That

won’t happen. For one thing, I am the

family celebrant. I have performed

memorials for my mom, brother,

niece, and former husband, as well

as weddings for various family and

friends. I love what I do too much

to stop. I will probably slow down in

the next few years to allow time for

travel and time with family, but I see

myself continuing to take ceremonies

that fill my heart and soul and make

me feel I am doing some good in this


Cool Jobs for Retirees

Are you retired but missing the

fulfilling feeling of clocking in,

socializing with coworkers, and

bringing home a paycheck? It

might be time to get back into the

workforce. But there’s no reason

to feel the pressure to get a 9-to-

5 or to go back to the industry

from which you retired. Here are

some cool jobs that will get you

out of the house and put a bit

more dough in your pocket.

Uber/Lyft Driver

You can make your own hours,

explore your own city, listen

to your favorite music and/or

podcast, and meet interesting



If you love coffee, just think of the

employee discounts! Working at

a local coffee shop will introduce

you to new people—who will

become your regulars as you get

to know exactly how they like

their coffee.

Hotel Concierge

If you’re the person who always

knows the hot new restaurant

in town or the interesting new

museum exhibit, you might

consider stopping in to local

hotels around town to see if there

are openings for hotel concierge


Dog Walker

For the animal lover who also

enjoys staying active, walking

dogs will combine those passions

into one cuddly gig.


If your own kids are all out of the

house and you’re feeling a bit of

the empty-nester syndrome, you

might consider looking for jobs

as a nanny. If you enjoy cooking,

cleaning, and being surrounded

by energetic kids or cuddly

infants, this just might be the job

that will keep you feeling young

at heart.


If you find yourself spending most

of your free time reading, working

part-time as a librarian will allow

you to share that love with other

bibliophiles of all ages.


Not inspired by the gigs listed

here? Follow your own dreams! If

you see a gap in the market

40 SacBoomer.com | April 2020

Brandy West

Rancho Cordova 46

With a resume that includes time

spent as a gas station attendant,

retail worker, and a restaurant

hostess, Brandy West has done

just about everything. When she

was 21, she began working as the

headquarters receptionist at a familyowned

car dealership. “This was

my real introduction to the working

world,” she says. “Roughly four years

later, it was announced the company

would be closing, and one of the

assigned auditors was impressed

with my work, and referred me

to their office with Deloitte and

Touche. I accepted an offer with

their Portland, Oregon, office as their

travel and events coordinator.”

One year later, her husband’s job

required them to relocate back

to California. “I was hired by a

pharmaceutical benefit company

to be a part of their marketing and

advertising department,” she says. In

2003, she had her first child but was

laid off one month after returning

to work. She took time off to be a

stay-at-home mom and while looking

for her next job discovered she was

pregnant again. “While searching for

maternity clothes, I was approached

by the store manager about

accepting an associate manager

position,” she says, and ended up

working with Motherhood Maternity

in management for over five years.

To focus on her daughter’s

health, West left the job and soon

rediscovered her passion for cooking

and baking. “Food Network became


April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 41

my best friend! I loved being home

with my family, and I have never

regretted making that decision.”

In 2011, Brandy was pregnant again—

this time with twins. “Although,

things didn’t go well, and one

week before Christmas, we said

goodbye to them,” she says. “I was

understandably devastated, as was

my husband who didn’t want to try

again. He was about to be 40, and I

was 37. We had also just learned that

our daughter would require surgery

for a previously diagnosed health

issue,” she says.

Feeling at peace with the decision

to not have more children, West

thought about what else she wanted

for herself. “While watching my

beloved Food Network, I saw an

advertisement for The Art Institute’s

culinary program. I decided in that

moment I wanted to return to school

and get my degree. So, at 38, I [did],”

she says.

Planning to go the savory route, she

decided to switch gears and joined

the Baking and Pastry program

midway through her training. “At age

40, I walked across that stage, family

and friends cheering, with a gold

tassel, summa cum laude,” she says.

West took a part-time position at

Michaels to teach cake decorating

and a year later received a request

for a custom cake order. “She wanted

a three-tier, topsy-turvy cake, with

fully sculpted characters from many

of the Tim Burton films,” she says.

“That day, I discovered God gave

me a gift I had no idea existed. I

was able to sculpt 12 characters

out of chocolate that were fully

recognizable. That cake led to the

biggest decision of my life!”

In 2016, she launched Go West

Baking and Events. “In my first month

of business, I was invited to be a

part of a window display and photo

shoot; in my second month, I filmed

an episode of Cake Wars on Food

Network; and by the end of the year,

I was voted Best Wedding Cakes in

Sacramento—a title I was able to hold

onto for three years,” she says.

What advice would you give to

someone looking to change career


Don’t focus on the fall, just jump! If

it turns out to be the wrong move

at first, what have you really lost? In

all likelihood, it’s exactly what you

42 SacBoomer.com | April 2020

needed to push yourself down the

right path.

Where do you see yourself in

five years?

Truthfully, I have learned not to

look too far down the road. There

may be a “road less traveled” that

I don’t want to miss. But, for now, I

love what I do, and I’m going to keep

right on going.

What does success look like to you?

The happiness on my customers’ faces,

the pride in my husband and children’s

faces, and waking up and looking at my

own face in the mirror with no regrets.

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5 Cool Hot Springs

By Suzie Dundas

Whether you prefer communing with nature in your

birthday suit or escaping on weekend retreats, hot

springs aficionados are in luck: Northern California is covered

in them. While some have luxury resorts surrounding their

waters, others are deeper into forests without any amenities

(or even signage, for that matter). Here’s a roundup of our

favorites within three hours of Sacramento.

Wilbur Hot Springs

Wilbur Hot Springs falls somewhere between “hidden in

the woods” and “lux resort.” The self-described sanctuary in

Williams often hosts yoga retreats and wellness workshops

around the mineral-rich springs, which range from 98 degrees

up to 109. There are covered and exposed springs, and guests

can come for the day or book an on-site campground or cabin.

Room rate: Camping starts at $75; rooms start at $100

Hot springs day rate: $59

Distance from Sac: 1.5 hours

3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Williams;



Room rate: N/A

Hot springs day rate: Free

Distance from Sac:

3.5 hours

Near mount Shasta

and Lassen National

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Hunt Hot Springs

Hunt is the furthest away

hot springs on this list,

but its location makes it

an excellent add-on to a

Mount Shasta or Lassen

National Park trip. It’s also

the most natural spring,

with no amenities and very

little human interference.

After about a 10-minute

hike, you’ll reach the small

pools, a few of which have

been built up with rocks.

You’ll need to pack in and

pack out everything you

need for your visit, and be

sure to download driving

directions, as the dirt roads

to the springs can be hard

to find.

First Hunt Hot Springs photo by Jenna Chhea. Second Hunt Hot Springs photo by Rainy Groberg.

Other photos courtesy of Wilbur Hot Springs.

44 SacBoomer.com | April 2020

Vichy Springs Resort

Sure, hot springs are great, but

have you ever sat in a carbonated

hot spring? Probably not, unless

you’ve been to Vichy Springs Resort

in Ukiah. The resort’s been around

the springs for more than 165 years

and more than a dozen pools are

available for your soaking pleasure.

In the summer, it’s worth taking a

short hike across the compound’s

700 acres to the natural swimming

hole at Chemisal Falls.

Room rate: Starts at $195

Hot springs day rate: Starts at $35

Photos courtesy of Vichy Springs Resort.

Distance from Sac: 2.5 hours

2605 Vichy Springs Road, Ukiah;

707-462-9515, vichysprings.com

April 2020 | SacBoomer.com 45

Boyes Hot Springs at the Fairmont

Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Boyes Hot Springs have been drawing

visitors to Sonoma for well over 100

years, but the modern facilities inside

the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont

Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa elevate the

soaking experience to a whole new level

of luxury. A day pass includes access to

the posh facilities around the mineralrich

pools, including saunas and steam

rooms. It’s recommended that you relax

in the coldest pools first to receive the

full benefits of soaking.

Room rate: Starts at $199

Hot springs day rate: $89

Distance from Sac: 1.5 hours

100 Boyes Boulevard,

Sonoma; 707-938-9000,


Sierra Hot Springs

Located just north of Lake Tahoe in Sierraville, Sierra Hot

Springs has the vibe of a commune turned into a resort.

Camping and a few B&B-style rooms are available on-site

and guests can choose to soak in a covered indoor pool,

an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor meditation pool,

or one of a few private covered pools hidden in the woods.

Many bathers here go au naturale.

521 Campbell Hot Springs Road, Sierraville;

530-994-3773, sierrahotsprings.org

Room rate: Camping starts at $35;

rooms start at $77

Hot springs day rate: Starts at $20

Distance from Sac: 2 hours

First Sierra Hot Springs photo by Jivan Child. Other Sierra Hot Springs photos by Kaisa MacDonald.

All other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.

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10 Must-Try Burgers

By Lorn Randall //

Photos by Dante Fontana

Attention, burger fanatics! I’ve done

the work for you: polled social media,

called on, driven to, and chewed

my way through some of the top

burgers in town. Here are some you

may or may not know about but

should definitely try. And though I’ve

listed several “specialty burgers,”

rest assured—if you’re a basic burger

lover, each of these purveyors of

the patty on a bun serves a quality

ground beef sandwich, too. Here

they are, in no particular order…

The Dive

With an almost fanatical following of

burger aficionados, The Dive Burgers

& Brews serves up some of the

area’s best and most unique burgers.

Their signature burger, aptly titled

“The Dive,” features fresh ground

beef, chopped bacon, an overeasy

egg, sautéed mushrooms and

onions, cheddar, and house-made

mayo. (Looking for something truly

different? Try the Redneck!)

The Dive Burgers & Brews

5050 Rocklin Road, Rocklin,

916-824-1411, dineatthedive.com


Brie Burger

In addition to Out of Bound's quality

craft brews, their Boundless Brie

Burger—which is essentially a cheese

plate with a patty—is also worth

sampling. The combination of brie,

sliced apples, walnut-fig jam, balsamic

reduction, field greens, tomatoes, red

onions, house aioli, and brisket short

rib beef works in myriad ways. The

seasoning and medium-rare cook on

the beef are both spot-on, which, in an

era of frozen patties and over-salted

food, is a pleasant surprise.

Out of Bounds Craft Kitchen

and Biergarten

13407 Folsom Boulevard, Suite

D, Folsom, 916-357-5250,


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Most times, when I’m craving

a burger, I gravitate to my

favorite flavors: BBQ, cheddar,

bacon, and onion rings. Call

it a Western, Cowboy, BBQ,

or at Primo’s—Golden Eagle.

This huge half-pound patty is

grilled over an open flame (as

are all of their burgers), topped

with cheddar, and crowned

with my prerequisite helping

of onion rings and a slather of

BBQ sauce. The flame-grilled

flavor makes their burgers taste

like they just came off the “Q”

at home (and I don’t have to

break out the deep fryer for the

onion rings!).

Primo Pizza Rocklin

2600 Sunset Boulevard, Suite

103, Rocklin, 916-259-1010,


Sriracha PB&J Bacon

I’ve tried a few renditions of a peanut butter burger, but like a

lot of things The Chef’s Table serves, this one is just that much

better. Granted, you have to be adventurous (and willing to

ask for it; it’s not always listed on the menu), but the peanut/

sriracha combination impart a Thai flavor to their burger that

makes it a “must-try!”

The Chef’s Table

6843 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 103, Rocklin, 916-771-5656,


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Fresno Fig Burger

A charcuterie platter in a bun—warm, melted goat

cheese and fig marmalade, plus bacon, red onions,

and spicy porter mustard accompany the beef. The

tart goat cheese and sweet fig marmalade transform

the classic American burger into something special,

but don’t think this is a “wine lover’s-only-burger,”

it’s right at home with one of their many craft beers!


234 Gibson Drive, Roseville, 916-864-9500,


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(Add Bacon-Onion Marmalade)

Skip’s grinds their sirloin/chuck

blend, 85% lean patties every day.

The three-cheese combination

of blue, brie, and provolone (add

the house-made bacon-onion

marmalade—you’ll thank me later)

and cooked-to-order beef on a

brioche bun combine for a next-level

cheeseburger. Skip’s Kitchen has a

smorgasbord of options to choose

from, and they’re extremely friendly,

so please ask for it your way!

Skip’s Kitchen

4717 El Camino Avenue, Carmichael,

916-514-0830, skipskitchen.com

Beast Burger

“The Beast” was named the 2019 Sacramento Burger Battle

Judges’ Pick, beating out some meaty competition. Featuring

an eight-ounce, house-ground patty, house-made brioche

bun sprinkled with ODB seed mix, butter lettuce, ash onions,

heirloom tomatoes, B&B pickles, and Dijon aioli, this is a classic

American hamburger on steroids. Get there for lunch; it’s not

on the dinner menu…yet.

Beast + Bounty

1701 R Street, Sacramento, 916-244-4016,


South Burger

Bacon, havarti cheese, and leek-shallot jam should be

enough to entice you. If not, spicy aoli, house-made slaw,

and Sonoma Brinery pickles on a brioche bun should get

those salivary glands working. Add to that the “(P)” on the

menu indicating thar’s pork in that thar burger, and you

have a little taste of the South in your mouth. Feeling really

adventurous? Try the Southside Royale!


2005 11th Street, Sacramento, 916-382-9722,


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Porch Burger

More Southern goodness from the folks at The Porch

in Sacramento—adding pimento cheese and fried

green tomatoes to their Braveheart Black Angus

Beef patty. Did I mention there’s also bacon…and a

sesame seed bun? So, let’s analyze this: It’s a fried

green tomato BLT burger with pimento cheese,

which makes me want a glass of sweet tea. How

about it, ya’ll?

The Porch Restaurant and Bar

1815 K Street, Sacramento, 916-444-2423,


Pangaea Burger

The Pangaea Burger is a three-time winner of the

Sacramento Burger Battle, winning every time it’s

been entered—most recently in 2018 winning the

Judges’ Vote and the People’s Choice. No fruit

spreads or trendy ingredients, just 100% Angus

Beef, cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, lettuce,

tomato, pickles, and onion on a brioche bun with

a little house-made special sauce. Perfection on a

patty and a bun? You decide!

Pangaea Bier Café

2743 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, 916-454-

4942 pangaeabiercafe.com

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Sip on This

5 Wines We Love Under $25

Compiled by Megan Wiskus

When it comes to wine, less (money) is more. The following bottles hail from some of our

region’s most beloved wineries and promise high-quality flavors alongside less-than-premium

prices. We’ll drink to that! In no particular order…

OZV Zinfandel

ABV: 14.2%

PRICE: $13


Ridge Winery, 6100

East Highway 12,

Lodi, 209-369-4769,



This old vine

Zinfandel is enticing

and jammy—a true

expression of Lodi’s

unique terroir. Flavors

of boysenberry and

mocha are prominent,

with a hint of plum

liqueur on the finish.

2019 Rosé

ABV: 13%

PRICE: $24

PURCHASE: Scribner

Bend Vineyards,

9051 River Road,





Crisp and clean with

abundant aromas of

fresh strawberry and

watermelon, this rosé

is a pure celebration of

springtime. Keep a few

chilled bottles ready for

impromptu parties.

Painted Fields

Cuvée Blanc

ABV: 13.1%

PRICE: $25

PURCHASE: Andis Wines,

11000 Shenandoah Road,

Plymouth, 209-245-6177,



luscious, medium-bodied

white blend of unique

Mediterranean grapes grown

in the Sierra foothills features

a tense interplay of apple,

pineapple, and peach. Crisp

and dry, it’s perfect poolside

or alongside springtime


2016 Davis Road Red

ABV: 14.6%

PRICE: $22.99

PURCHASE: Van Ruiten Family

Winery, 340 West Highway 12,

Lodi, 209-334-5722,


TASTING NOTES: This red blend

offers a very nice aroma and

flavor profile (dark fruits, anise,

and spice) with good structure;

complex, ripe tannins; and a

lingering, spicy finish.

Riaza 2018 Elemental

ABV: 11.8%

PRICE: $17

PURCHASE: Riaza Wines,

2441 South Stockton Street,

Suite 1, Lodi, 209-625-1103,



relatively unknown Spanish

white grape, is the star of

the show in this particular

bottle that boasts bright

flavors of citrus, stone

fruit, and green apple. A

crisp acidity keeps things

fresh, while the finish helps

frame the grape's telltale


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Art Reception

Art League of Lincoln’s Art Center, Lincoln

February 8

Art League of Lincoln welcomed mixed

media artist Connie Rodriguez, PhD, at

this reception celebrating the opening

of her exhibit, Earth Elements.

Photos by Maggie Rose McGurk

1. Judy Dillion

2. Terri Goodman and Connie Rodriguez

3. Marie Soto with Ross and Karen Burnett

4.Darlene and John Engellenner





A Chocolate Affair

El Dorado Fairgrounds, Placerville

February 8

This 22nd annual event hosted by

Soroptimist International of Placerville

treated guests to a variety of chocolate

desserts, wine and beer tastings,

and food from local restaurants.

Proceeds supported local educational

scholarships and awards, along with

other community service projects.

Photos by Robin Rogers

1. Brian and Alexia Rauchfuss, Leticia

Williams (Soroptimist International

of Placerville's 2020 Live Your Dream

scholarship awardee), and Krissun Austa

2. Nello Olivo Winery

3. Janet Bailey, Sherry Phillipsen, Staci

O'Toole, and dog Mila

4.Melanie Cain and Rita Ferndon





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Sacramento Children’s Home

Guild Crab Feed

Folsom Community Center

February 22

Guests took part in live, silent, and cake

auctions, while enjoying all-you-caneat

crab at this 22nd annual fundraiser

whose proceeds ($125,000) will benefit

children and families in need.

Photos by Tia Gemmell

1. Evelyn Jensen, Community Ambassador,

Sacramento SPCA

2. Susan Scotland, Dr. Mark Heller, Todd

Koolakian, and Nick Clevenger

3. Todd and Jennifer Aquilina

4.Dr. Mark Heller, Todd Koolakian, Joe

Gregorich, and Steven Kesinger

5. Cecil and Louise Aswell


3 4 5

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Valentine’s Dinner & Dance

Catta Verdera Country Club, Lincoln

February 8


Attendees at this fourth annual event

hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln

Foothills were treated to an elegant

dinner, music, and dancing, along

with a silent and live auction. Event

proceeds totaled $13,000, which

will benefit disadvantaged children

in Lincoln and other surrounding


Photos by Maggie Rose McGurk

1. Mayor Dan Karleskint and his wife Cheryl

with friends

2. Joe and Lou Hill

3. Bec Cannistraci and John Gho

4.Cecillia Bulich with Larry and

Carolyn Millea

2 3 4

El Dorado Hills Chamber

of Commerce Installation &

Business Awards

Serrano Country Club, El Dorado Hills

February 20

Around 180 dignitaries and business

leaders attended this sold-out event

to recognize distinguished premier

partners and committee members

and to congratulate Business of the

Year winners.

Photos by Charm Photography

1. Business of the Year Winners:

El Dorado Saloon & Grill, Cook

Engineering, Inc., MAMAssistant,

KrickFit, Doug Mitchell/GVM Law LLP,

and Gold Rush Energy Solutions

2. Kevin Barri, DeeDee Riley, Kelly

Seymour, Craig Badolian, David

Williamson, Lynn Repstad, Cathey

Cort, Jenna Hoyt, and Josh


3. Shiva Frentzen, Sreenivas Kalluri,

Debbie Manning, and Brianna


4. Amanda Easton, Angela Nicholson,

Jennifer Bassett, John Knight, and

Laurie Heyman



3 4

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Steppin' Out

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

A Custom Crossword by

13 14 15 16

Gail Marie Beckman


17 18 19


Brain Food

20 21 22 23 24

25 26 27


1. Lofty mountain area

6. Grounds right in the pot of

water and boiled:

Cowboy ______

10. Bureau of Land

Management, for short

13. North or East, for ex.

14. Ascend

15. Dome hut made of snow

17. Cancel, as a check

19. Of the sun

20. Surrounding nature,


22. (with 49 down) Selfguided

hiking trails to

educate about the native


25. Morning initials

26. Sis cousin?

28 29 30 31 32

33 34 35 36 37 38 39

40 41 42 43


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

27. Fine film

28. Precedes Fi

30. Water Closet, shortened

32. Word with day or diem

33. One on the computer

36. Sweetie; darlin'

37. A _____ in the woods

40. Short for remote control

41. Word before side

42. Got off the horse

43. Part number, for short

44. RN workplace, often

45. Fix it up nicer than it was

(3 wds)

50. Thumbed through a


51. Tent-like dwelling

52. Apiece (abbr)

53. More than a hot ash

58. Comes before IOU

60. Backpack

61. At lunch

62. Sure!

64. Revolutions Per Minute,

for short

67. Between re and fa

69. Novelist, for one

71. Scenic outdoors

75. Particular feeling

76. Let's hit the ____!

77. Large sled


1. Exciting experience

2. Certain habitat

3. Secluded

4. No Smoking, for short

5. Reverberate

6. Rock follower

7. Short for Old English

8. Particular hold

9. What neither and weird

have in common

10. Link between blue and


11. Behold!

12. One in a range

16. Locale for flowers and


18. Hardly lit

19. Temporary abode in the

winter (2 wds)

21. Utterance of hesitation

23. Continent between the

Atlantic and Pacific (abbr)

24. Symbol for einsteinium

28. Season just beforehand

29. Pro opposite

31. Short for calorie

32. Barbecue or fire ending

34. Mass of small rocks

35. Protective cover for the


38. Improvised campsite

39. Cover for all types of

weather: _____ blanket

46. Manhattan locale (abbr)

47. Particular pole

48. Football pos.

49. (see 22 across)

54. Sleeping bag type

55. Short for blind corner

56. Barely get by; ___ out a


57. Initials before VP

59. When you just rest at the

campsite:_____ Day

61. Certain 3's

63. Offshoot from the main


65. Between L and P

66. RR stop

68. Exists

69. Clearing what the spiders

left on the trail: ____ -


70. Jog quickly

72. Relative of Ave. or Ln.

73. That thing

74. Perform

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