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Local Area Tidbits

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

It’s a good time to get your pet equipped with a microchip to help maximize the chance of being reunited if separated. So, lucky for us, the City of Folsom offer rabies vaccinations for $5, and micro-chipping for $20 (cash only), on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Folsom Zoo, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 916-439-2268…And speaking of animals, don’t forget to share in the holiday festivities with your favorite zoo friends. Take a break while your turkey is cooking and watch the animals at the Folsom Zoo receive their Thanksgiving dinners. Feedings begin at 11 a.m. For more information, call 916-351-3527 or visit folsomzoo.com…Congratulations to Folsom Lake College for being the recipient of a $469,000 grant. The Governor’s “Career Technical Education Community Collaborative Project” grant was awarded to the college and several participating partners…And, congrats to Stage Nine Theatre for receiving four Elly Awards! Artistic Associate and Director Allen Schmeltz received Best Direction - Young People’s Play for Cinderella; Carly Abney received Best Leading Actress, Child - Young People’s Play for Alice in Wonderland; Jesse Larrosa received Best Leading Actor, Adult - Young People’s Play for A Song of Sixpence; and Giana Andersen received Best Supporting Actress, Child - Young People’s Play for Cinderella…Join the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce for a trip to Costa Rica! $2,359 covers it all - roundtrip airfare, four-star hotels, deluxe tour buses, admission to attractions and more. Call the Chamber at 916-933-1335 or visit eldoradohillschamber.org…November 12 is the Annual Holiday Bazaar and Auction sponsored by Folsom Women’s Connection. Donna Taigen, retired and well-known high school principal will be the inspirational speaker. The event is $15, including brunch, and will be held at the Folsom Rotary Clubhouse from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 916-934-0869 for reservations…Stop by the NEW Folsom Grocery Outlet at 671 E. Bidwell and check out the savings! Locals Ralph and Cynthia Beard opened the store September 4…Sutter Street Artists will be showing their works at the Procissi Wine Gallery at 627 Sutter Street in Folsom at their grand opening reception on November 2, from noon to 4 p.m. The artist’s work will be on display year-round…And good news on the home front: a four-year study yielded positive results for the work done by local drug-free community coalitions! The Vision Coalition of El Dorado Hills in conjunction with other community coalitions has helped to reduce teen substance abuse. Congrats to the coalition’s director, DJ Peterson for helping to make a difference in the lives of our youth...The Monroe Salon in Folsom is having its first annual “Open House to Help a Family in Need” on March 1, 2009, from 4-8 p.m. To nominate a family in need, submit a letter with the family’s name and why you nominate them, to Monroe Salon at 707 Natoma Street, Folsom (or email the Web site at monroesalon.com). The deadline for all entries and donations is January 15. For more information call 916-985-9500. That’s all for this month, but check back next month for our annual Holiday Gift Guide!

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The Vine

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Foxen 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir“Pinots pair perfectly.” Say that five times fast and you will not only have a great new tongue twister but also the mantra for the holidays. Holiday meals can be challenging to pair wine with due to the many combinations of flavors. You can have sweet, tart, intensely savory, and gamey flavors all in the same meal. The perfect holiday wine is the much loved and versatile Pinot Noir. Most Pinots having general characteristics of earth, cherries, red berries and spice, which complement the wide variety of sensory experiences in a holiday meal.In the wee hours of October 2, 2006, after being left on the vines for a little extra time, the Foxen Vineyard’s 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir was born. Hand picked with the grapes left lovingly in whole clusters, Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir has to be one of the deepest and most complex Pinots around. The fruit is sourced from one of the coolest vineyards of the Cambria Estate in Santa Barbara County. The soil composition of this west-facing hillside is primarily gravel and rocks, which make the vines work for their juice, the result: intense and concentrated flavors.Foxen’s 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is a beautiful light ruby color with deep aromas of smoky cherry and spicy rhubarb. Pair this Pinot with smoked turkey along side clove and cinnamon spiced cranberry sauce, and you’ve got a marriage made in heaven.— Julie MorelandJulie is the owner and Wine Psychic of WineStyles – Granite Bay.For more wine reviews, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Eco-Friendly Territory

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Don’t look now but the 50 Corridor just got sustainably street legal! Cost Less Auto, located in Rancho Cordova, has us all revved-up, and for a good, responsible reason. (And let’s face it, when was the last time we were driven to report about anything requiring a drastically inflated tank of gas? Exactly.) Well, these days Style is pleased to report that there is truth in advertising – Cost Less Auto, anyone? Now that locals have access to the area’s only line of electric cars, trucks, and scooters manufactured by ZAP — a company committed to repaving the way we think about transport.  Among the cache of available eco-rides at Cost Less Auto is the affordable new city-speed electric car design called the ZAP Xebra. And, with gases tipping the scales to where no one wants to travel (least of all commuters), rest easy because the Xebra uses no gas (yeah, really!), which not only fuels our conscience, but also comes as simply great news for our collective wallets. And get this: the Xebra is actually a car you want to be seen motoring (yet another perk we love). The vehicle comes in both truck and sedan configurations specifically designed to be driven at slower speeds (think 40 MPH). So while your dreams of being Jeff Gordon will have to remain just dreams, you may be able to shell out for some driving lessons with all the extra cash you’ll save. Of course the most important thing about this win-win scenario is that by driving an eco-friendly vehicle, you are putting the pedal to sustainable metal. So what do you say — isn’t it time to stop spinning your wheels? We think so. Start your engines at 1940 Zinfandel Drive, Rancho Cordova, call 916-859-0007, or visit costless1.com. For more on ZAP, visit zapworld.com.For more Green Tips, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Home for the Holidays

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Treasured family recipes bring us comfort every year, but the real magic lies in the memories made while sharing time with family in the kitchen. Style collected recipe cards from the community and prepared a sampling of holiday recipes from local folks, and the memories they’ve made over the years. "At this time of the year the recipes, the smells and the entire cooking process is a way for me to remember family members whom are no longer with us, but are still here in spirit to remind me to add one more touch of cinnamon, or to not forget to have cool hands when working with pie dough. The smell of my mother baking cookies always signaled a special occasion in our house growing up, and it’s this recipe that stands out the most for me." –Fran Stricker Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ice Box Cookies1 cup brown sugar1 cup white sugar1 cup melted shortening2 eggs, beaten1 tsp. vanilla1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. soda1 cup flour4 cups oats (minute style)1 cup coconutCream sugars and shortening together, add eggs and vanilla. Beat. Sift together salt, soda, flour and add to shortening mix. Then add oats and coconut. Shape into small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (This is a moist cookie.)For more Holiday recipe ideas and memories, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Gaston Catering

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

We are not a big company. We like to think of ourselves as a boutique catering company, very hands on. If you plan your wedding with us, then we’re actually at your wedding.” Chef Ed Wehr and event planner, Christine Ice, make a point to both be present at the events they plan and people think that’s very important. Because of their experience and backgrounds, they can do any style of cooking and provide full-service event planning. “With the exception of bread, everything we serve, we make from scratch.”Gaston Catering is resident caterer at the Folsom Community Center, but they also do special events as far away as Lake Tahoe. Wehr was a partner in two Bay area restaurants as owner and chef for18 years. He also took part in some television broadcast cooking segments, and then started doing off-site catering for a large number of Silicon Valley companies. When the pair moved to Folsom it was a natural transition to blossom into formal social events and weddings.Chef Wehr was formally French-trained but he loves all types and styles of cooking. They do themed-event barbecues such as Mediterranean and Texas-style. “The big, hot thing right now is winery weddings. There’s no kitchen, so it’s a little like camping,” he says.For more about Chef Edouard Wehr including his recipe for Dates with Goat Cheese Wrapped in Prosciutto, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Turkey Trot

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Folsom’s gorgeous landscape is complemented by the generosity of its residents. The quality of life for all who live within or enjoy the city is unparalleled as far as small towns are concerned, which, ironically, is exactly what this Gold Country community is. This month, the city’s sense of action and activism will intersect on Thanksgiving morning at the Second Annual Folsom Turkey Trot.The event is organized by resident founder and Race Director, Todd Drybread, who, in partnership with Felix Poggemann, started Capitol Adventures, a company that hosts local events for families, including Folsom Lake Open Swim (FLOW) and Iron Hills Youth Triathlon in El Dorado Hills. Naturally, the Turkey Trot was also designed to accommodate families and encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate.Before the Turkey Trot took off, it was merely a good idea. After identifying a need for such an event locally, hearing about the success of similar Thanksgiving morning races such as Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento, and wanting to help the efforts of local charities, Drybread organized what is now the second year of a race that celebrated a successful inaugural outing. Drybread expected only 500 to 800 people to participate in Folsom’s first Turkey Trot, but was surprised by the race’s eventual 1,900-person turnout.Local enthusiasm isn’t a surprise to anyone with an affiliation to Folsom. Residents of the city itself, and those of neighboring communities, are eager to help their own, and commonly do so as part of everyday living in a small town. In fact, it is the event’s local ties that make the Turkey Trot especially important to Drybread. “It always feels great being able to help those in need, but I really love the idea of helping people in my own city,” he says. “I think there are a number of reasons why there is such kindness and generosity in our city, but what is most obvious to me is that there are many residents raising families and trying to teach their kids some important values.”It makes sense, then, that the Turkey Trot is family-centric. With two categories of participation from which to choose – 5K (3.2 miles) and 10K (6.25 miles) – runners and walkers can race with as much (or as little) competitive fire as they wish. Sixty award medals will be given to the race’s top three finishers in five different categories for both males and females. All kids will receive medals.Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will benefit the Folsom Twin Lakes Food Bank and the “Never In Our Town” Youth Scholarship, which, last year, received $16,000 and $5,000 in race donations. Although the event is gaining momentum, and the community-minded Drybread is happy to see it evolve, he says, “I like the idea of keeping it a smaller community event, bringing unity to our city.” Style gives thanks to that! The Second Annual Folsom Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning, November 27. For more information about the race or to register, visit folsomturkeytrot.com.

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Birthday Bashes

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

So your child’s birthday is less than a month away. The pressure’s on to make his or her special day both unique and memorable, but you’re fresh out of ideas… and time. To help get the creative juices flowing, we asked one of the area’s best resources, the El Dorado Mother of Multiples (EDMoMs) club, for input on the latest party trends and locations. Boasting members from Rocklin to Placerville with a total of more than 450 kids, this group knows birthdays.TODDLERS (ages 2-4)Because children this age are just starting to form friendships, larger group parties tend to encourage interaction between kids, and parents too. All-InclusiveLet’s face it, planning entertainment for 20-30 little ones can be overwhelming. For some parents, the “house of fun” that handles all details is an attractive alternative. Popular local places include: Funtastic, Tumble Time, My Gym, Tricks, Strikes Bowling, Kidspark, Bounceopolis, Bounce Town, Jumping Jacks Gym, Pump It Up, All Star Gymnastics and Cheer, Tumble Time Gymnastics, The Little Gym, American Powerhouse, and Chuck E. Cheese. Your local Parks & Recreation Departments also offer great party options for varying ages.If you host your toddler’s party at home or a nearby park, professionals like Sierra Balloon Creators of Placerville (sierraballooncreators.com) or Trevor the Magician (916-524-9600) can help make it even more special. Additionally, local celebrity Music Mike (musicmike.com) would be a hit at any birthday party.For more great birthday party ideas including ideas for children of all ages be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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Aging Gracefully

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

If you thought the “golden years” meant slowing down, think again. Just ask Barbara Terry. A very young 86-year-old, she holds the same job she’s had for nearly 40 years as a tax preparer for H&R Block, actively takes care of her spacious garden, cooks elaborate meals for family members, and completes a crossword puzzle every day. “It keeps my mind sharp,” she says of her daily routine. It’s not that life in the last couple decades has been completely smooth sailing. For her entire life she’s struggled with a serious asthma condition; in the mid-‘90s, she successfully fought off a bout with breast cancer; a year later she cared for her ailing husband who suffered from heart problems, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. But, even after his untimely passing, Terry never wavered. She went on with her job and usual activities, remaining a truly independent and inspirational force for all who know her. We will all face different hurdles as we age, from sudden stressful occasions to plain old genetics. But, there’s one element we can control, our attitude…and a good one goes a long way. Here are a few tips on staying younger and healthier well into your 60s, 70s and 80s.The Spectacular 60sFor many, entering their 60s may reveal that anticipated milestone - retirement. Others may choose continuing to work well into their 70s or longer. Either way, it’s important at this phase to keep stress under control. If you’ve been spending long hours at the office, consider cutting back a bit. Those extra minutes under pressure could be doing irreversible damage to your health and make you a stronger candidate for heart disease or stroke. Take off some steam and bring the grandkids to an amusement park, or take your spouse on a favorite getaway. You’ll all be better for it.You may also find your eyesight isn’t what it used to be. If you’re straining to read the daily paper, think about getting your eyes checked regularly. Even if you’ve had 20/20 vision all of your life — it’s never too late to invest in a cool pair of specs....For more about Aging Gracefully, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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