What's Up In July: The Newest Awards, Events, and Announcements from El Dorado County to Roseville
New & Coming Soon
Ruby’s Books (rubysfolsom.com)—an inviting, community-focused bookstore that will carry a highly curated selection of new books from many genres—is slated to open this September at 724 Sutter Street in Folsom. Online shopping is currently available at bookshop.org/shop/rubysbooks.
Impact Axe (impactaxe.com), a fun, safe place for indoor axe throwing, opened at 4415 Granite Drive, Suite 1000, in Rocklin. In addition to 13 lanes, they also feature a wide selection of locally brewed beers and food from Randy Peters Catering. What’s more, students, teachers, military, and first responders receive a discounted rate with a valid ID.
Powerhouse Ministries (phmfolsom.org)—a Folsom-based nonprofit serving families and individuals in crisis with love and mercy via myriad resources and support—will double their capacity after expanding the Women’s Transformation Center. The new and larger facility—which celebrated its groundbreaking last month—will feature housing (including showers, laundry, and a common area), an office, and childcare.
Gold Country Wildlife Rescue (goldcountrywildliferescue.org) has acquired a 15-acre property in Auburn that will provide critically needed space for its wildlife rescues and public education. The organization has also secured a donation of nine portable modular units that will be used for emergency wildlife intake, rehabilitation, education, and offices. They hope to be in their new home this winter.
Michael and Meghan Krick, personal trainers and owners of KrickFit in El Dorado Hills, have rebranded and reopened as The Quad (thequad.co)—a collaborative wellness studio featuring personal training, small group fitness, yoga/meditation, chiropractic care, massage, bodywork, workshops, and more. The Quad is a place for everyone to gather and learn how to best take care of their individual bodies.
ARTS & CULTURE
Ron Nabity and Patrick Storm are working with the Arts Council of Placer County to produce a video that takes a look at local arts during COVID-19. It will also be a salute to the heroes who are dedicated to keeping us safe. They’re looking for content, such as online performances, interviews, tributes, etc. If you have an idea, email [email protected]
The Roseville Mural Project is launching this month (visit bluelinearts.org/roseville-mural-project for all the events, including a Mural Tour & Mixer on July 21), and they have plenty of volunteer opportunities available, from administrative preparation to docent tours. To join their team remotely or on-site, visit bluelinearts.org/volunteer.
In addition to free, self-guided tours at Blue Line Arts, you can also opt for an Art Docent Guided Tour ($10 per person). Walk-in visitors will be accommodated, as long as the gallery isn’t at their limited capacity (10 people).
To assist the arts and culture fields that have been affected by the pandemic, the California Arts Council compiled an extensive list of resources that are available specifically for artists. To view it, visit arts.ca.gov/resources.
#SparkRecovery—an effort to spark economic recovery by supporting local businesses and bringing joy to the community through art—is commissioning area artists to paint original works on the windows of businesses throughout the region. Locally owned and operated business owner, Kelli Griggs, and her team of agents at Navigate Realty are the people behind the program. To find an artist, become a contributor, register your business, or sponsor a local business, visit sparkrecovery.org.
FOOD & DRINK
Willamette Wineworks (willamettewineworks.com), which opened its doors in Folsom’s Historic District Plaza two weeks before having to temporarily close when COVID-19 restrictions went into place, has reopened! Stop by to enjoy wine that honors the Folsom region’s 150-year history of winemaking and grape growing along the American River, in addition to food and wine blending experiences where customers can blend their own wine from barrels.
In last month’s magazine, we featured “Reader
Favorites: Beer & Wine” and received a last-minute submission from
Lisa Warner about her go-to seasonal sipper. “I love Andis Wine’s 2018
Old Vine Semillon Bill Dillian Vineyard, because it has the bouquet of
summer. Blossoms, green apples, lemon zest, and hints of green pear,
herbs, honey, and tropical fruits—all from grapes grown in a vineyard
planted 40 years ago in Shenandoah Valley. Plus, Andis’ vineyard is
recognized by critics as the ‘hidden gem of California.’”
Temporary outdoor dining located in parking spaces, aka “parklets,” have been installed in the Historic Folsom District. They were designed to help restaurants with additional seating because of restrictive COVID-19 regulations and can be found at Citizen Vine, Alice’s Ice Cream and Coffee, Escape Folsom, Reset Café, Sutter Street Taqueria, and other eateries.
Amador County’s award-winning Taste Restaurant has a new food truck. Taste a Go-Go serves a rotating menu featuring casual cuisine at various locales in Amador County from Wednesday-Sunday. To find their whereabouts, call 209-245-3463.
Way California Capital Region’s Free Tax Prep program is providing
virtual assistance to households who earned $66,000 or less in 2019.
Qualified households can upload documents online and a United Way
IRS-certified volunteer will call them to help claim the maximum tax
credits for which they’re eligible. To get started, visit getyourrefund.org.
Sacramento RiverTrain (sacramentorivertrain.com) has a new attraction in town: Railbikes. Throughout the roughly 15-mile, 1.5-hour experience, riders (ages six and older) pedal with an optional electric assist along the Sacramento River and wind through local farms and orchards. For hours, safety requirements, or to book a private event, visit sacrailbikes.com.
People & Places in the News
Marshall Medical Center issued four, $1,000 scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing careers in health care. The one-time awards will help Katie Kenny from Oak Ridge High School, Dominic Benedetti from Ponderosa High School, Leslie Calderon from El Dorado High School, and Dallas Pittman from Golden Sierra High School pay for their tuition, books, and other school-related expenses as they begin college this fall.
El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) selected Jeremy Hunt as the new principal of Ponderosa High School. Since 2008, Hunt has worked at Ponderosa in various roles, most recently as the assistant principal.
Independence High School—an accredited public high school in Roseville that offers online classes, including Career Technical Education offerings like robotics, computer animation, composing music, and more—has named Ross Fernandes as their new principal for the upcoming school year.
Hands4Hope volunteers are providing bagged lunches and handmade inspirational cards two times a month to approximately 150 senior residents at Creekview Manor in Folsom. If you would like to donate food for an upcoming lunch, email [email protected]
Congrats to Sutter Holden, Esteban LaCam, and Olivia Trifiro—all recent high school graduates from our region—who were featured on a mock STYLE Magazine cover in exchange for their family making a donation to Twin Lakes Food Bank (TLFB). If you would like one for your high school graduate, all we ask is that you make a minimum donation of $10 to TLFB, Placer Food Bank, Food Bank of El Dorado County, or Upper Room Dining Hall. For more info, email [email protected]
On May 28, THE STUDIO Martial Arts & Fitness in Roseville hosted a drive-thru celebration for students who were promoted to new belts and others who competed, and placed, in an online tournament.
Congrats to our region’s new Rotary Club presidents, including Debbie Newell-Juhos (Rotary Club of Historic Folsom), Sonny Di Marto (Rotary Club of Folsom Lake), Monika Reyes (Rotary Club of Folsom), Amanda Jansen (Rotary Club of Roseville), and Aaron Palm (Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills).
Congrats to Alizabeth Thomas, the owner of Blue Rose Boutique Photography (blueroseboutiquephotography.com)—a Pollock Pines-based business that specializes in couples and boudoir photography—for winning a Julie Award at Go Boutique Live. The international event honored the accomplishments of boutique photography businesses worldwide.
by MEGAN WISKUS