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Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

February is the month of love. And, if you are looking to spread a little love this Valentine’s Day – volunteer to be a foster parent for an animal in need with El Dorado County Animal Services. If you would like to become a foster parent or receive more information, visit co.el-dorado.ca.us/AnimalServices and click on “foster care”...Join the American River Conservancy’s Blood Drive on February 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Coloma. Get a free pizza coupon and donate to a good cause. For more information call 530-621-1224 or contact [email protected] February 25, meet the newly elected El Dorado County Supervisors at the El Dorado Hills Library. District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting and District 1 Supervisor John Knight will be speaking at the Chamber Community Connections. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at 916-933-1335...Join the El Dorado Nursery on February 15 for their free pruning clinic on roses and Japanese maples. At 10 a.m. learn how to care for your roses with this “hands-on” class. At noon, learn how to feed, shape, and care for your maples from their very own “Maple Expert” Chris Aycock. For more information, visit eldoradonursery.com or call 530-676-6555...El Dorado County will be getting some help from the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, who will be providing more than $190 million to the County to use at its discretion over the next 20 years. The Band has annually committed contributions of $500,000 to law enforcement and will provide $104 million to the County to extend the HOV carpool lanes on Highway 50...Are you a wine lover and Amazing Race fan? If so, join the Fair Play Winery Association for their “Fair Play Amazing Race” held on March 1 at participating wineries, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This is an innovative new concept in experimental wine tasting, in which racers follow cryptic clues that lead them to various wineries. The race is open to teams of any size. For more information, visit fairplaywine.com/events/race.html...Red Hawk Casino hosted their Grand Opening Gala on January 22 with a red carpet entrance, a $100,000 Celebrity Blackjack Tournament, and a special musical performance by The Bacon Brothers. For more information, visit redhawkcasino.com...Mark your calendars for the 2009 El Dorado Business Showcase, presented by the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, on March 13, from 5-8 p.m., and March 14 from 10-3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds...The Lake Tahoe Community College is holding its Fourth Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on February 28 from 6-9 p.m.  For more information, contact Kay Odgen at 530-542-4546 ext.304 or e-mail, [email protected] of movies, don’t forget to tune in and see which movies will be crowned the cream of the crop at the 81st Annual Academy Awards on February 22, hosted by Hugh Jackman...And, be sure to check back next month for our annual Food and Drink feature issue; in the mean time if you have your own recipes that you’d like to share with us and the community, please e-mail them to [email protected] for inclusion in an upcoming issue! <hr>Send your news to: [email protected]

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Linda Erfle

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

There are some who might think that artists must possess prodigious talent and cannot be “taught” to create great art. Linda Erfle, however, might disagree. Erfle, a local artist from Placerville, is living proof that practicing art only improves an artist’s craft. At a young age, she found herself interested in art and was eager to pursue the subject in great depth. “I basically just started out drawing, but I wanted to learn about painting. So I started oil painting on my own and just kept doing it. I am pretty much self-taught with the exception of a few high school and college classes,” Erfle says. Through reading, observing other art, and painting one piece after another, Erfle became a prolific painter. While she regularly utilizes different mediums, a majority of her work is watercolor. “I prefer watercolor because it’s challenging. It’s not just about learning how to use the medium and brushes, but learning how to use the element of water…I finally have learned just how much water to use,” she says.Her subjects include floral layouts, landscapes and close-up objects. Don’t expect to see similar pieces elsewhere – Erfle makes a point to make each painting unique by taking her own photographs. “I always work from my own photos. I learned to take pictures that appeal to me to get me going. Without pictures it would be hard; if it’s something you went out and took, it becomes a part of you and makes it easier and more meaningful to paint when you know your subjects.”Erfle’s work reflects local subjects, but her pieces are appreciated at a national level; she is a member of the National Water Color Society. “It was definitely my proudest moment when I became a Signature Member in the National Watercolor Society in 2006. My painting won an award, too, and I went to the luncheon; it was just great to be surrounded by people who understood the significance of the membership and award, and were just as thrilled to be there,” says Erfle.Her talent is well known in northern California, and you can find it in several galleries. Some of her local show venues include: Flowers on Main Street, Goldsmith Gallery and Gallery 4; galleries in the greater area include the Artery in Davis, Highlight Gallery in Mendocino and the Kit Carson gallery.Erfle attributes a large part of her success to genuine hard work, and she advises others to do the same.“Being self-taught, I think it’s important to get a book, take a class, or go to museums and exhibitions to see what others are doing and how they do it. Spend time making art. You can’t expect to be good right off the bat. It takes time and effort. I think everybody has a creative side and the way to get good is to keep doing it…,” she says.

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Dancing Daddy

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Given the state of the economy, I have decided that I need a back-up career. My regular job seems secure enough, and for that I am truly thankful. But these days you never know, so it’s good to have a back-up plan. Mine is: A Dancing Sign Guy.  I’m not saying I’m a great dancer. To the contrary, I dance like Frankenstein stomping on ants with his shoes on fire.  But I don’t think you need to be a good dancer...just have a little enthusiasm. I mean, how often have you seen a “dancing” sign person who could better be described as a “standing” sign person, or a “sitting” sign person, or a “not-sure-where-they’re-at” sign person? C’mon guys...you’re not making me want to visit your new apartment complex very badly. Move around a little. Shake that thang. Uh, the sign, I mean. Mostly...but shaking other thangs probably wouldn’t hurt, unless doing so causes a slipped disc. Next, if you can, kick it up a notch. Add a little something extra, something that draws eyes to your presentation like wasps to a salmon barbeque. For example, there’s a young lady who dances sign (I’m not sure if that’s how they put it, but if truck drivers can say they “drive truck” I think it should be okay) on the corner of Garfield and Greenback. She can spin the sign on her finger like a basketball while simultaneously displaying footwork that would make her a finalist on Dancing with the Stars. Or, she’ll bend at the waist and whirl like a dervish, with the sign on her back rotating in the opposite direction. The Kings ought to hire her for a half-time show.Then there was a guy who used to sign wrangle for a furniture store on Riverside. He was unbelievably, another great dancer, who moved like he had certain sensitive parts of his body hot-wired to a car battery. Last I heard, a new gated community in the Bay Area hired him. Yeah baby...the Big Time.   But, again, dancing per se isn’t wholly necessary. For a while there was a guy on the corner of Junction and Foothill, who would simply head bang...I mean hard-core, neck-snappin’, scalp-flippin’, Angus Young-apin’ head banging. I don’t know what music he had in his headphones but I’ll bet it came with a parental advisory sticker. He would lurch and stomp menacingly towards traffic – think Gene Simmons straining at his dungeon chains – while shaking his sign as though it read “ROCK ON PUNY MORTALS” instead of “Mr. Pickles.” He made the idea of a sandwich seem like a power chord for your belly.Anyway, that’s the point. Like any job, you need a little zeal, and you need to know how to use it. So no, I don’t dance well. But give me a sign and step back, because I’ve given this a lot of thought and if I ever get this gig, I would take fundamental enthusiasm and the only dance steps I know – which are stolen from Bruce Springsteen in his “Dancing in the Dark” video – and combine them with the one irresistible force I can bring to the table (or busy street corner)...my man-kini. A joke gift (I hope it was a joke) from my wife for my 40th birthday – it’s never been out of its box. Really. No, REALLY. But it’s there, on a closet shelf like a skimpy, tiger-striped fire extinguisher, in case of emergency. I can hear the drivers now: “Oh my, what is that creepy sign guy wearing? (Enter gag reflex.) Hey, six months of free cellular service from Joe’s Mobile Phone Hut?!” I wouldn’t be a “Dancing Sign Guy.” I’d be a “Dancing Sign Daddy.” You know, on second thought, let’s just hope that I keep the job I have, and this whole recession thing is over really, really soon.Catch Tom on the Pat and Tom Morning Show on New Country 105.1.

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Powerhouse Ministries

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Compassionate community outreach defines Powerhouse Ministries, a Folsom-based nonprofit interdenominational corporation founded and formed by its Pastor and Executive Director, Nancy Atchley, to fulfill its mission to serve “families and individuals in crisis with love and mercy to meet their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.”Atchley began the ministry in response to what she identified as a community necessity at a time when there were no services for individuals in crisis beyond the Twin Lakes Food Bank. “Powerhouse was founded as a safe environment where low-income and at-risk-families could be introduced to the possibility of change, while [accessing] the resources and support necessary to make those changes,” Atchley says. Accordingly, Powerhouse does not ignore societal ills, which would be akin to ignoring its victims, who are so often children. “[Some] children play in back alleyways and have few experiences beyond their apartment building, school, or the visiting room at the prison,” Atchley explains. “Many of these children are at great risk for becoming inmates themselves because of their circumstances. I have witnessed many single mothers who wished to get help with their drug or alcohol addiction and change their circumstances, but [lacked] support.” Without access to resources, many individuals face homelessness, which Atchley calls “largely a hidden problem,” especially here in Folsom, a tight-knit, family-oriented community, where the thought of anyone living on the streets is difficult to fathom. But, according to Atchley, the Folsom Cordova School District estimates that there are 90 children in Folsom who fit the legal definition of homeless (not having a permanent address).  Many homeless families do not generally live on the streets, but do live in cars, or travel from house to house staying with friends or other caregivers. “There is a lot of fear on the part of homeless parents that if they are found out, their children might be taken away,” Atchley explains. As such, these parents attempt to keep a low profile and do not ask for assistance. To help eradicate this problem on a local level, Powerhouse Ministries offers a three-tiered approach to outreach. The first arm is its Drop-In Center, which provides food, medical and dental care, rental and utility assistance, and other social services. The second is Neighborhood Outreach groups that provide positive role models, facilitate support groups, offer tutoring to and orchestrate field trips for adults, teens and children. Lastly is Powerhouse Ministries’ Family Transition Center, which provides shelter, meals, an academic learning center, life skills classes and a relapse prevention recovery program.Naturally, the economic downturn has taken its toll on the organization at a time when Drop-In-Center traffic has doubled, with many individuals seeking assistance who previously never have. While need increases, however, donations have significantly lowered. “Our biggest challenge right now is to continue to operate our programs in the midst of a struggling economy,” says Atchley, whose future plans include the construction of a new building with increased capacity for the ministry’s transition center, a comprehensive program for children of transition center residents to address their unique issues, and an expanded after-school program for neighborhood children and teens.For involvement opportunities or how you can help, please visit powerhouseministries.wordpress.com, or call 916-983-0658.

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Paying for College

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

They got the grades. They got the acceptance letter. You’re getting the bill. Sound familiar? If you’re the parent of a high school student, and college tuition bills are causing anxiety, don’t fret. There are many avenues available for financial aid, regardless of your yearly income, plus savings plans for students and parents.First Things First: The FAFSA“One of the biggest myths about a college education is that students can’t afford one,” says Brett Tujague, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator at Roseville’s Woodcreek High School. He advises all his college-bound students to apply for financial aid, regardless of their family income.Financial aid is broken down into two main categories: grants/scholarships (money you don’t have to pay back), and loans (money you do have to pay back). The gateway to all financial aid is through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students will not receive any aid, not even student loans, without filling out the FAFSA. Both parents and students need to sign up for a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA, which is quick and easy to do at pin.ed.gov. Families should only fill out the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov, where the application is free. Many scam sites charge a fee to fill out the application, so don’t be fooled. The FAFSA filing period is between January 1 and March 2 each year. Once a student’s FAFSA is processed, the family will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that states the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number on it. This number is the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to their student’s education. A family’s EFC does not change based on the school’s price tag. In some situations, a private college or university may end up being less expensive than a public one.Scholarships/GrantsJill Lasko, Career Guidance Specialist at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills recommends starting the scholarship process as early as possible. “Obtain letters of recommendation from individuals who know [the student] well,” she says. “Prepare a resume, an educational/career goal statement, and request official transcripts from the high school’s registrar.” Because scholarships that require an essay often get fewer applicants, students should consider taking the time to write these essays to increase their chances of garnering free money for their education. Make it a goal to apply to one scholarship per week. To find scholarships, visit your high school’s counseling office, or sign up for a free online search service. A good one? fastweb.com. Grants are awarded through federal and state programs....For more information on College Funding tips and ideas, 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  [email protected], or call 916-988-9888.

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Local Area Tidbits

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

If you are looking for a unique way to show a little love this February, volunteer with the City of Folsom! With opportunities galore, check out a complete listing at folsom.ca.us and click on Volunteer in Folsom...Don’t throw out your old aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles; instead take them to the Folsom Zoo, where all money raised goes toward helping support the zoo. Items can be dropped off during normal zoo hours...Sierra Moms collected hundreds of toys for Gifts from the Heart this holiday season,  delivering toys to nearly 150 children...Have you heard that Folsom has a HazMat Service offering weekly and monthly pickups of hazardous materials? Learn more at folsomhazmat.com...On February 25, meet the newly elected El Dorado County Supervisors at the El Dorado Hills Library.  District 2 supervisor Ray Nutting and District 1 supervisor John Knight will be speaking at the Chamber Community Connections. Please RSVP at 916-933-1335...Congratulations to the Hotel Sierra Rancho Cordova who recently celebrated their grand re-opening after a $4 million makeover, including updates to the suites, fitness center, pool and patio areas – to see visit hotel-sierra.com...Did you know that flushing unused or expired medication down the sink or toilet can pollute the environment? Instead, arrange for a Free Monthly Pick-up of all non-controlled substances from the City of Folsom. To schedule a pick- up, call 916-355-8397. For controlled substances, call the police department at 916-355-7230...Brisbane Chiropractic has moved! Dr. Roger S. Brisbane and his staff can now be found at 510 Plaza Drive, Suite 160, Folsom...If you or someone you know is struggling with SAT anxiety, This month the Folsom Public Library will offer a workshop presented by Kaplan Testing. Students will learn test-taking strategies as well as get a chance to take a practice test. For more information visit kaptest.com/College...The Parkway Community in Folsom was recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation for their environmental efforts to protect and save trees, and will receive the 2008 Building With Trees “Award of Excellence” at the National Green Building Conference in May. Congrats!...Folsom Lake College continues to be among the fastest growing community colleges in the United States according to Community College Week, jumping from the 10th spot last year to number seven this year! Visit flc.losrios.edu...And if you have wellness on your resolution list this year, you must visit the new GNC (General Nutrition Center) in El Dorado Hills at Town Center, you can find them in Suite 110, or call 916-939-0120...Don’t forget to watch Hollywood’s best as they don their finest for the 81st Annual Academy Awards on February 22, hosted by Hugh Jackman. And, be sure to check back next month for our annual Food & Drink feature issue!Send your news to: [email protected]

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Thai Paradise

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Folsom’s Thai Paradise is a bright and inviting restaurant with a marvelous staff. Once you are seated, you instantly feel like an honored guest – your every dining wish is catered to. Paul Sainoi, manager of Thai Paradise gave Style some insight into the philosophy behind the wonderful food that they serve. Sainoi manages Thai Paradise and his sister Jarunee Fleming is the chef. Cooking runs in their family – Fleming has even cooked for Thai royalty. Royalty, perhaps, but when you go to Thai Paradise, you are visiting family – a family that is passionate about food and honoring their guests, which is exactly the feeling you get while dining with Fleming and her staff. The chefs at Thai Paradise have worked at some of the best Thai restaurants in the area, and they bring their skills and knowledge to the tiny gem of paradise.  “Our philosophy? We want to bring you the best and freshest food at affordable prices,” says Sainoi. And that is exactly what they do.Sainoi points out that their menu is small by comparison to many Thai restaurants. This is because every item is special and Fleming will not send out a dish that is not a source of pride for the restaurant.For more about Chef Jarunee Fleming and Paul Sainoi, including their recipe for Thai Yellow Curry Chicken, 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  [email protected], or call 916-988-9888.

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