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I Promise To...

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

The beginning of January is the traditional time we pledge to lead healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives in the year ahead. Making New Year’s resolutions helps formalize our personal goals of behavioral change, and hopefully provides the motivation we need to stay on track past February. But resolutions aren’t just for grownups. Annual goal setting also can be helpful for kids and adolescents who face increasing responsibilities at home, in school and in their community. To help celebrate the New Year, we asked a few local kids to share their poignant, funny and inspiring resolutions for 2009. ...Alexis’ resolutions1. To be a thinker2. To be caring3. To be knowledgeable4. To be a better person5. To Do my chores6. To help my brothers7. To call my grandparents more8. To love on my parents9. To eat more healthy10. To help our community11. To give joy to the world— Alexis, Age 7, 2nd Grade Loomis Basin Charter School If your child hasn’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, it’s not too late. Helping children set goals can be a fun and enlightening experience for the whole family. You may be surprised to hear what they have prioritized for 2009! For more local kids' New Year resolutions, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin 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 [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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Achieving Health Happiness

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Mike was told he would never walk again after a near-fatal head-on collision with a semi. Dennis was 200 pounds overweight, had undergone three surgeries and was taking 13 prescription medications per day. Sandra simply wanted to get in better shape in order to prevent the diabetes and heart disease her family is prone to.There are as many different reasons to make changes to diet and exercise habits as there are people. No matter your age or size, chances are, there is something about yourself you would like to improve. Thinking beyond the “you” of today, physical fitness is important for the “you” of the future. Being Proactive is Key for Better Health Better physical fitness can prevent accidents as well, or at least minimize the damage they cause. Steven Harrity, Physical Therapist, Owner and President of Cameron Park Physical Therapy, works with people in his wellness center who want to lose weight or otherwise improve their health. Harrity notes that with the rising levels of obesity in the country, there is also an increase in the number of people who are proactively improving their health before accidents or diseases affect them.“The better physical condition you’re in, the less chance you have of falls or other accidents,” says Harrity. He points out that increased muscle and ligament strength and improved balance all contribute to this, and protects your bones if you do have an accident. Harrity’s practice also works with many seniors for the same reason. As we age, changes to our inner ears and eyes cause changes to our balance, increasing the risk of falls. “We work with all [body] systems to help them be more stable. When they fall, they lose confidence and become more sedentary and homebound, which makes them more likely to fall [again].” With increased physical fitness, this vicious cycle can be broken. Roseville Health and Wellness is equally committed to helping clients achieve their best possible fitness level. “Our goal is to make Roseville the healthiest community in America. We provide a unique combination of medical, rehabilitation, and fitness services allowing each individual to achieve total body wellness,” states Jeff DeRaps, President RHWC, Inc.An Alarming TrendAccording to the American Medical Association, obesity is the number two preventable cause of death in the United States, after smoking and before alcohol abuse. Causes of obesity include poor dietary choices, an increasingly inactive lifestyle, genetics and socioeconomic strata. Of course, the management of one’s diet is fundamental to healthy weight. As important as dietary choices, if not more so, is maintaining a healthy amount of physical exercise. Jobs in the United States are increasingly sedentary as much of our physical labor is transitioned off shore and even the normal labor of office work is reduced through increased automation. These are minor changes, but they add up to a tendency toward being inactive and, ultimately, to weight gain.Vowing to lose weight or to achieve better muscle tone is easy. We all do it with the best of intentions, making New Year’s resolutions every year to lose “X” amount of weight or to take up jogging. The hard part, it turns out, is actually doing anything about it. Style recently had the opportunity to speak with a few admirable people who not only made the vow to achieve better health, but who had the discipline to take the necessary steps. Some made the choice to achieve better health, but in one case the choice was made for him. Here are their stories.Sandra MirandaSandra works with the Department of Corrections. She has been with them for 18 years, 13 of them as a Corrections Officer. She knows her family history and she saw that genetically, she is prone not only to being overweight, but to Type 2 diabetes and all of the related health problems that come with that disease. She knew she did not want to risk her health any further and acknowledged that she was already heading down that path with the choices she was making regarding her diet and exercise. What was Sandra’s response to this? She took a very logical and proven path to better health. She started by going to Weight Watcher’s meetings. They offered her a framework for her weight-loss project with a proven system, and they provided her a great support group of like-minded individuals seeking similar goals to her own. Then, to step up her weight loss and improve her strength and flexibility, she went to Snap Fitness in El Dorado Hills to get some guidance for her physical regimen. There she met Sonya, her personal trainer, and got the motivation she needed to go to the gym on a regular basis and to continue working toward her goal. Also at Snap Fitness, Sandra attended a course on eating good foods – what you should and should not eat to achieve better health. “You need to avoid the processed foods,” Sandra shared. “Processed foods are terrible for you.” Sandra is on her way. Her initial goal was to drop 50 pounds and to achieve overall better fitness. So far, she has lost 20 pounds and is well on her way to her goal! Sandra says, “The hardest part is finding the motivation to get into the gym! But, once you are there, you know what to do!"...Anyone who truly wants to make a change can find a way to do it, and we here at Style wish you all the luck and success in the world.

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Get A Grip

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

So you just purchased that oversized 460cc driver, or a new fancy set of irons, or maybe even a new hybrid or two, and you see little or no improvement. I suggest that you spend some time and effort to improve the way you hold your golf equipment. The most important fundamental in golf is your grip, or how you connect your equipment to the body. Most golfers simply hold the club the way that feels most comfortable to them, weak and in the palms, which is generally incorrect.Solid, consistent ball striking begins with a firm, functional grip. A common mistake is holding the club too weakly, or more in the palm of the left hand. This is generally followed by a right hand position that is also weak or on top of the club. Most right-handed golfers have too much tension in their right arm, extending their right arm at the address position. The shoulders and forearms are now open or aligned to the left of their target. The path of the club head on the down swing and at impact will naturally want to follow the alignment of the upper body. The club head crossing the target line in this fashion will impart clockwise rotation on the ball, creating a slice or left to right spin.I was taught “old school” in my youth. My mentor was a gentleman by the name of Art Bell. Mr. Bell was the Pro Emeritus at the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links back in the 1970s. He was a firm believer that the target side of the body is the workhorse in the golf swing. For right-handed players your target side (or the side of your body closest to the target) is your left side, left arm, and left hand. I spent two years trying to do everything I could to increase strength and coordination in my left hand. Every practice session with my mentor began the same way – me hitting balls with my left hand only. This drill would show whether or not my left side was getting stronger, and how much more I needed to improve or practice.The proper golf grip begins with a strong left hand position. This means that with a square club face, the grip end of the club should rest under the heel or pad of the left hand. You should feel that you are carrying the club more in your fingers, and not in the palm of your left hand. Your left thumb is positioned slightly right or clockwise on the club at 1:00. Looking down on your left hand you want to see two knuckles. The “V” you form on your left hand between your forefinger and thumb is pointed between your chin and right shoulder. Your right hand should also hold the club more in the fingers, rather than in the palm. The “V” of your right hand should be pointed to your right shoulder. Personal preference will dictate how you connect your hands, either interlocking or overlapping the little finger of your right hand with your left hand.Remember that a strong grip (the hands rotated slightly clockwise or away from your target) will also square up your shoulders and forearms to your intended target, allowing you to release the hands and the club head more efficiently, and down the target line longer. This practice will lead to more solid and straighter golf shots.Eric Pohl is a PGA Life Member and Head Golf Professional and General Manager at Bass Lake Golf Course. To reach him, call 530-677-4653 or visit  basslakegolfcourse.com.

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Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Bamiyan Restaurant owner Mousa Amiri and his family emigrated from Afghanistan in 1983, but through his love of cooking, Amiri has made sure that home is only a “spoonful away.” Amiri opened his first Afghan restaurant in Connecticut in 1988 (the restaurant is still in the family, now managed by his sister). After moving to California in 2002, Amiri opened his second location in Citrus Heights in 2003, now a mainstay on “Best of Sacramento” lists and attracting diners from Midtown, Davis and even Napa “weekenders.” His El Dorado Hills restaurant opened in July and it promises to be just as popular. For diners unfamiliar with Afghan cuisine, Amiri promises a feast for the senses. An ancient culture with over 5,000 years of turbulent history, he says guests can look forward to a fascinating blend of Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean and Armenian influences, showcasing ingredients like lamb, eggplant, flavorful rice dishes, and even pasta. Family plays a huge role for Amiri – all of the dishes come from his mother, wife and brother, co-owner of the restaurant. Amiri describes the Bamiyan dining experience to be just like eating in his mother’s kitchen. Just like home, all Amiri’s dishes are made from scratch; everything from the sauces to the yogurt is made on site. For Amiri the most rewarding aspect is social; talking to his diners as they are eating the food that he’s prepared for them. Amiri loves what he does and truly believes in sharing the joy of his traditional cuisine. You can taste that joy in every bite at Bamiyan Restaurant. Amiri’s own cookbook, Classic Afghan Cuisine, is available for sale at the restaurant if you’d like to experience Bamiyan in your own kitchen.For more about Chef Amiri, including his recipe for Soup Hash (Afghan Noodle soup), 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 [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Battle of the Bunker

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Getting out of the bunker would seem to be a simple task.  However, it’s quite the contrary. Many golfers would credit “getting out of the bunker” with having a good sound short game. On the other side of the equation, I’ve seen a golfer take 14 strokes to get his ball out of the sand trap during one of our member tournaments. Walter Hagen once said,  “The bunker shot is the easiest shot in golf.” What was he thinking? Truth be told, those shots are not easy and I will give you a few tips on how to improve your bunker skills on a greenside bunker.  Start with your footwork. Once you’re in the bunker, you should establish firm footing that will support your swing, without slipping. You can do this by slightly twisting your feet back and forth into the sand until they are between one and two inches under the surface of the sand. Give yourself an open stance (feet should be lined up slightly left of your target). Now that you are entrenched in the sand with an open stance, you are ready to think about the swing.Most bunkers will have “lips” or high “faces.” This type of bunker design will require you to hit the ball higher in order to get out. You’ll want to swing your club on a target line that matches the alignment of your feet. In other words, you will be swinging the club left of the flagstick. However, you’ll want to swing with an open clubface (head of the club facing to the right). If you’ve ever hit a shot with an open clubface, you will notice that your shot will go higher and to the right of your target. So, if you are aimed left of the target and your clubface is square to the target, you now have an open clubface, and you’re ready to swing.Line up to the left with an open faced sand wedge (56 degrees loft) or lob wedge (60 degrees of loft), try taking a full swing at the ball. That’s right, A FULL SWING! The biggest hang-up with many golfers is that they do not accelerate through the ball and follow through to get the ball up and out of the bunker. A full follow-through is the most important part of getting out of that hazard.  Now imagine that your ball is lying on a one-dollar bill. You want to scoop that dollar with your club. Your club should enter the sand approximately two inches behind the ball and leave the sand about two inches behind the ball.  Hence, your club will dig into the sand roughly one inch under your ball. Most golfers are unaware that (when you hit a good bunker shot) your club will never physically touch the golf ball during the shot.  Finally, wrist usage during the shot is key. Ideally, you don’t want your clubface to close (toe of the club should not pass the heel of the club). You also do not want much wrist action until the follow through. This will ensure the height of your bunker shot. If you close the face during the swing, the ball will reach the optimum height of that bunker shot. I leave you with this: Bad bunker shots are caused by poor technique paired with a lack of confidence, which leads to apprehension.<hr>Jim Stewart  is PGA Head Golf Professional at Granite Bay Golf Club. To reach Jim, call 916-791-7578.

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The Vine

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Novecento Sparkling Rosado Dulce Everyone wants and needs value these days. The catch is, we still want to feel like we did in the yesteryears of indulgence. Cristal from the famed champagne house of Louis Roederer represents that “bling” lifestyle. You see it in high-end restaurants and in the hands of celebrities in every paparazzi shot, in every hot club in the country. Nothing can be more extravagant. Tack on the fact that the Brut goes for about $300 and the Rosé for $550 a bottle; this can bust your wine budget for months. Don’t get me wrong, both Cristal’s Brut and Rosé are very nice. Would I pay that? Heck no! Especially if there are absolutely wonderful alternatives. I’d rather have a pair of Jimmy Choos. There is an extraordinary sparkling rosé that I think will make you feel like a celebrity without having to spend the dough. The Novecento Rosado Dulce is a fabulous example of an exceptional wine for an exceptional price. This pink sparkler is made in Argentina from Chenin Blanc and Ungi Blanc grapes from a vineyard high above Mendoza. “Dulce” means sweet but this bright and flavorful bubbly is far from it. On the contrary, it’s bright, clean, and finishes with nice red berry and a touch of citrus. Full of rich fruit flavors and fine “pearl” bubbles, you won’t be disappointed especially for the retail price below $15. Don’t let the price fool you though – this is an over-performer! Now you don’t have to wait for a special occasion, you can “bling” it up everyday. — Julie MorelandJulie is the owner and Wine Psychic of WineStyles – Granite Bay. For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin 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 [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Susan Lee Giles

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

For Susan Giles, Pakistan is another world. As Goodwill Ambassador for the Newcastle Golden Spike Lions Club, she spent several weeks last summer in Karachi, Pakistan, as the honored guest of the city’s own Lions Club. “In the U.S. we don’t really know what poor is like. It was a life-changing experience,” she says. In Karachi, the club’s funds go primarily to medical clinics and other relief for the poor, and although Giles came face-to-face with conditions of extreme poverty throughout her trip, she came away from the experience with a feeling of hope. “I was really touched by the people,” she explains. “Despite terrorist attacks, and violence happening, the majority of people just want to earn a living and survive.” The Newcastle Lions club plans to send money annually to support their “twin” club in Karachi, in addition to their primary focus of helping the residents of Newcastle. Each year, the club provides a variety of community services, ranging from constructing wheelchair ramps for the disabled to recycling hearing aids, cell phones and eye glasses for those in need. “I have discovered my purpose and I have found my joy,” Giles states. “If I die tomorrow, I will leave this world knowing my life was worthwhile.”For more information on the Newcastle Golden Spike Lions Club, visit newcastleca.lionwap.org.For more on Susan Lee Giles be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin 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 [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Food for Thought

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Granite Rock Grill took Best of Best Catering and Breakfast awards for 2008, and it’s no wonder. They are well known for their homemade quality and down-home service. “Everything is made fresh every day. We make our own burger buns, cinnamon rolls, soups, sauces, gravies…you name it, we make it.” Their Folsom restaurant, which they have owned for 10 years, has been awarded the honors of Best Breakfast for five years in a row now. The restaurant, which features American food, mixed in with a little bit of Mexican cuisine, serves breakfast and lunch, daily until 2 p.m. Chef Rich Gardner was nearly 25 years-old when he decided to run his own business. When he met his wife Kay, she already owned a restaurant and Gardner realized his dream in their union – he now manages the back of the house, while Kay takes care of the front. The Gardners are both very hands-on, and they make their customers feel like they’ve always known them. Granite Rock Grill offers full-service catering, and buy all of their eggs, produce and dairy locally. The Grill is grateful to its customers and has decided not to raise prices even though costs of food have “gone through the roof.”For more about Chef Rich Gardner including his recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin 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 [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Local Area Tidbits

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Can you believe that it’s 2009 already? Brace yourselves for another year that will fly by. There’s plenty going on to keep you busy this year...January is National Blood Donor Month, so visit BloodSource at 151 N. Sunrise in Roseville to do your part..The Roseville Public Library’s newest discussion series Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness, kicks off Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m., and it’s free!...DuFault’s Beauty Boutique is now open in Roseville! Owner, Jefferey DuFault, a nationally acclaimed stylist, is one of five artistic members of leading hair products company, Pravana. Welcome to the neighborhood!...Congratulations to the Cornerstone Christian School in Roseville for being a finalist in the Fox 40 Live Contest, featuring high school performing arts groups throughout all of Northern California...If you’re looking to expand your wardrobe, the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, located at 1813 Douglas Boulevard will be holding their Chic to Chic Designer Event January 23-25. This event will feature a fabulous collection of designer label clothing, purses, shoes, and much more...It’s never too late to start being more environmentally conscious, so check out the Prescribed Grazing Workshop at the Rocklin Police Department on January 15 to learn about grazing as an environmentally friendly method of vegetation management. For more information, call 916-625-5500...This is your last chance to drop off your used holiday wrapping paper, gift boxes, and other paper products. Drop off runs through January 5 and is sponsored by the City of Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Department, in partnership with the U.S. Green Fiber. Drop off locations are at Maidu Park, Mahany Park, and across from the All American Raceway in Roseville. For more information, call 916-774-5780...Accomplished hairstylists Rebecca Bauer and Rozlyn Roonery realized their dreams and opened a new luxurious salon, De La Muse Salon & Spa, located at 7700 Folsom Auburn Road, Suite 120, to make an appointment, call 916-987-7779...The Roseville Arts and Blue Line Gallery Artists will be holding their first workshop in their Photographic Workshop series on January 24, to be taught by renowned local photographer Terry Armstrong. For more information, call 916-783-4117...Congratulations to Soldiers’ Angels of Northern California who received a $10,000 donation from the Masters of Giving. This donation provided the resources necessary to move 15 homeless veterans and their families into permanent housing...It’s that time of the month again for the Third Saturday Art Walk in downtown Roseville. Come out and enjoy the great galleries Roseville has to offer. For more information, visit 3rdsaturdayartwalk.com...And, it’s Super Bowl time again! Super Bowl XLIII will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on February 1, so tune in and watch a great game, along with the year’s funniest and most expensive television commercials!...In the “Oops we’re only human” department, in December’s Gift Guide, the Web Site address for Discovery Toys should be dtjudy.com...Since we love getting feedback from our readers, we would like to invite you to a Style Reader’s Appreciation Lunch to discuss you likes and dislikes. Send our editor an email at [email protected] and let us know if you’d like to join us for lunch in the future...Also in an effort to get our readers involved, we’d like to include your favorite recipes (any and all courses) along with specialty drink recipes too, in our annual Food & Drink feature to appear in the March 2009 issue. Please email your recipes, and photos if you have them, to [email protected] with “Food & Drink Feature” in the subject line.That’s all for now, but check back next month for our annual Home Design Feature! Send your news to [email protected]

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Local Area Tidbits

Dec 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Can you believe that it’s 2009 already? Brace yourselves for another year that will fly by. There’s plenty going on to keep you busy this year...January is National Blood Donor Month, so visit BloodSource at 3105 Cedar Ravine Road, Suite 102 in Placerville to do your part...If hiking is your thing, the American River Conservancy is offering a Waterfall Trail Hike on January 31. For more information and meeting locations, call 530-621-1224...Sign your kids up for little league! The Pony Express Little League and Ponderosa Little League have merged and spring signups have begun. For more information, visit pondolittleleague.com or call 530-677-5555...Congratulations to the Eskaton Village Placerville Lodge, which will open its new Assisted Living and Memory Care apartments on January 15 from 5 to 7 p.m....If you’re looking to tickle your funny bone, the Sequoia Restaurant is hosting a comedy showcase on January 7, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit sequoiaplacerville.com or call 530-622-5222...Don’t miss Grammy Award winning Native American Flutist Mary Youngblood for a one night only performance at the Imagination Theater on January 31 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit imagination-theater.org...If you’ve ever wanted to travel back to the Gold Rush era then come out on January 24 to the Gold Rush Discovery Day Celebration to commemorate the discovery of gold in the South Fork of the American River by James Marshall. This event will feature a reenactment at the very site where Marshall struck gold. For more details, contact the Park Museum and Visitors’ Center at 530-622-3470 or the Events Line at 530-295-2162...Placerville’s Marshall Medical Center has cleared the final hurtle in their new expansion, which will include a 17-bed birthing center, a 12-bed intensive care unit, and 34 beds for acute-care patients. Marshall Medical Center is one of the few independent community hospitals in California and the only hospital on the county’s west slope...Go stargazing at Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory and learn about the stars from a trained observatory docent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, weather permitting. For more information, visit communityobservatory.com...The Friendly Visitors Program of El Dorado County is looking for volunteers to enrich the lives of homebound senior citizens in the El Dorado County area. If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer please call 530-621-6119 or e-mail [email protected] we love getting feedback from our readers, we would like to invite you to a FoothillStyle Reader’s Appreciation Lunch to discuss you likes and dislikes. Send our editor an email at [email protected] and let us know if you’d like to join us for lunch in the future...Also in an effort to get our readers involved, we’d like to include your favorite recipes (any and all courses) along with specialty drink recipes too, in our annual Food & Drink feature to appear in the March 2009 issue. Please email your recipes, and photos if you have them, to [email protected] with “Food & Drink Feature” in the subject line. That’s all for now, but check back next month for our annual Home Design Feature!Send your news to: [email protected]

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