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Gold Country Roots

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

The history of Celtic music in California goes all the way back to 1579 and Sir Francis Drake and his crew. Pennywhistles were carried because they would fit in a pocket and fiddles were present for the numerous nautical songs, necessary to the rhythm of a sailing ship. Drake’s crew had a heavy Irish presence, and a strong Celtic musical influence. Through the centuries, the Celtic influence on the folk music of the Gold Country has been vast. The promise of California gold and the railroad brought thousands of Irish and Scottish descendants to the Wild West, and they brought their music with them. The sound of Northern California folk music is the sound of fiddles, pennywhistles, Irish drums, hammered dulcimers, Celtic harps and Uilleann pipes, in addition to the mellow melodies of guitars, the twang of banjos and the skirl of steel guitars (as well as an occasional random accordion thrown in for good measure). Celtic music is a marriage of many influences, but Celtic roots are always present in the background.Coloma Celtic keeps this unique music of the Golden State alive. In the tradition of folk music, Coloma Celtic is a group of four friends: Jenny, Alan, Dan and Jim, each of whom are, in the words of Dan Little, “serious amateurs,” devoted to the tradition and the beauty of the music of the Gold Country. Coloma Celtic doesn’t conduct formal practice sessions. They get together and they play, and it all just comes together. The life of folk music depends on the skill of the players, the experience and the interaction of the musicians with one another. This group’s skill and experience comes through lyrically in their musical interactions. The music is a living conversation between the musicians – every time they perform a piece, the piece evolves, just as it did in the days that folk music was new.  Coloma Celtic has the ability to transport the listener to a different time and place with their Gold Country Celtic music. Each member of the group has been playing Celtic music since 1979 – they have played together in different groups at different times – but they have been playing together as Coloma Celtic since 1999. This is a group of old pals who are getting together to tell a new story together, or perhaps retell an old one.Coloma Celtic plays a variety of venues, big and small, throughout the Gold Country. You will find them at Marco’s Café in Coloma one evening, or entertaining rafters some afternoon after a day on the river. Recently, they played the main stage at Georgetown’s Founders’ Day celebration, and nine times per year you will find them playing at state parks. They are often found at the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School entertaining and educating the kids and exposing a new generation to the beauty that is the folk music of our region.

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Neill Soohoo

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

As Chairman of the Folsom Arts and Cultural Commission for the last three years, Neill Soohoo has been working hard to keep the arts alive in Folsom. Together with the non-profit organization Folsom Patrons of the Arts, the commission raises grant money each year to support arts and cultural programs all over Folsom. “My son grew up in the city of Folsom,” Soohoo says, “[so] having an environment where arts are important creates a place where kids who are into art can thrive.” The grants work to support school arts programs, as well as popular events such as the Summer Concert in the Park series. The commission also works on projects aimed at the overall beautification of the city, such as the new sculpture decorating the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School, and the soon-to-be-complete sculpture garden  at The Gallery at 48 Natoma. “We do fundraising in order to stabilize the arts in a long term manner,” Soohoo explains, and he encourages residents to contribute in any way they can. The new “Take Part in the Arts” Utility Bill Donation Gift Fund asks residents to make a $1 donation with each of their monthly utility bill payments, and the money goes to support arts and cultural programs in Folsom. In the future, Soohoo also hopes to mandate that two percent of all building fees for public buildings go to the arts programs in Folsom. “Arts enliven your community,” Soohoo says, and as chairman of the commission he is working to see Folsom fulfill its potential as a vibrant center for artistic expression.  For more on Neill Soohoo 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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Sacramento

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

San Francisco and Los Angeles may get all the fanfare as destination cities in California, but Sacramento is full of art, culture and history, and it’s nowhere near as far away. Whether you enjoy perusing art galleries, mingling with fellow wine enthusiasts and sipping this year’s vintage, taking the kids to ride holiday-themed trains or just strolling down historic streets and taking in the sights and ambiance – Sacramento won’t disappoint as a weekend destination.The Crocker Art MuseumHoused in a Victorian-style building, the museum has been operating since 1885, continually expanding and updating its exhibits. Starting November 14 and going through January, the art of Warner Bros. will be on display, including more than 160 pieces featuring cartoon characters and a breakdown of how they were made. Additionally, the Crocker’s annual Art and Craft Festival will be held on the weekend of November 28-30, at the Scottish Rite Center at 6151 H Street (due to the museum’s expansion project). The wares will include jewelry, paintings, gourmet food and more. Find out more at crockerartmuseum.org....For more about Sacramento, 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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Out With the Old

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

It can happen to the best of us. As life barrels along, we accumulate stuff. We don’t throw things out for fear it may come in handy one day. We’ve asked the experts for advice on how to rid your home of its unnecessary clutter once and for all, in just a few simple steps…and just in time for holiday guests!Though the task may seem daunting at first, getting started is easier than you may think. Holly Hitchcock Graff, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant at HR Associates Clutter Control Angels (cluttercontrolangels.com) explains how to take the first step. “I like to start with the big trash bags for recycling and donating,” Graff says. Then make a simple plan that can be completed “in 30 minutes or less.” One small accomplishment like this after another will make a large task seem more manageable. “And then, start sorting,” she says. Teri Mangel of Refresh and Refine (refreshandrefine.com) points out that overwhelming yourself by attempting to get everything done in one sitting is a “sure-fire” way to sabotage your success.Staying in a small area, begin by grouping things together. “For example,” Graff instructs, “to de-clutter the kitchen. You’ll need trash bags, recycle bags, a box for donations, and another box for items that go to other rooms. Sort by categories – office supplies, videos, magazines, paper, clothes, etc. Sorting helps you identify what is being accumulated. At the end of the 30 minutes (you should already see results), take the items that go to other rooms and put them away in their ‘homes’. Repeat this 30-minute process until the room is clutter-free.”Christine Giri, a professional organizer with Simply Organized (simplyorganizedca.com), notes that your kitchen cabinets waste plenty of vertical space, utilize shelf stackers to store items under and on top of the shelves. Beside the obvious benefits a clutter-free home provides, Giri says, “Living with clutter affects your stress level…it is never about the stuff that we accumulate, it’s always about the need to have more, or the fear of letting things go.” An organized environment can add other advantages to your lifestyle, as well. Terry Prince (terryprince.com), who has been in the organizing business and serving the greater Sacramento area since 1983, points out that by de-cluttering, a homeowner can improve the safety of their home, and even save money. “You don’t have to buy what you already have,” she says, which makes sense, especially to those of us who have ever purchased something a second time because we misplaced it the first.Some particularly helpful hints to keep in mind once you’ve made the commitment to go clutter-free:1. Sort it. Shred it. File it. Toss it.Sort your mail right when you walk into the door. Walk your junk mail to a shredder that you keep tucked out of the way, toss your bills into a pretty bin or gift bag near the place you pay them each month. If you have larger items, or a large quantity of items to get rid of, Just Junk It (justjunkit.com) offers a great service and will come straight to your door.For more about maintaining clutter-free spaces, 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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Life Coaching

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Today’s stop-for-nothing lifestyle has birthed a cadre of assistance for those who require it, which, if we’re really honest with ourselves, is most of us in some capacity.  And yet, despite society’s helpful workforce, many of us are overly stressed, too thinly spread, and generally unhealthy. Enter the “Life Coach.” WHAT IS LIFE COACHING?“As a life coach I help my clients get their lives back on track, empower them to learn more about themselves and to fully understand and appreciate their true potential,” says Professional Certified Life Coach David Rude, who, through his Folsom practice, helps residents realize, then manage, unfulfilled aspects of their lives. He does so by assisting these individuals to “rediscover their dreams and goals” by first identifying obstacles and challenges that prevent these aims from being reached. According to Life Coach and Retreat Leader, Cindie Wilding of Roseville, “A life coach can help individuals who need structure and accountability in order to make challenging changes.”Life coaching may easily be, and often is, confused with traditional therapy. And while there is some overlap, there are fundamental differences, according to Rude, who explains that psychological therapy tends to focus on feelings and experiences related to past events. Wilding goes on to say that, “a coach does not look back, but rather works with the client to take action, moving forward towards their goals.”HOW IT WORKSThrough attentive, one-on-one discussion and goal setting, life coaches help clients define clear, achievable objectives. The process is most successful when client ambitions are based upon his or her core needs and values.  Wilding explains, “[Life] coaching is not something that happens to you, but something you make happen. If you are ready to make some changes, you are ready for a coach.” Rude says, “accelerated personal and professional growth is the hallmark of being coached.” WHO BENEFITS?Because we all possess the ability to overwhelm ourselves, life coaching benefits all who fruitlessly spin their wheels, whether it is a single working mother, a high-profile corporate executive, or a member of the chronically over-taxed set. “I work with students, housewives, corporate administrators, teachers, lawyers, business leaders and so on,” Rude says, “anyone interested in enhancing their professional and/or personal life and willing to make a commitment to growth.” Wilding helps her clients look at the roadblocks to their personal goals, and focuses on solutions for removing them.Rude also raises a crucial point in this whole exercise – personal accountability.  But, if you lack motivation at times, Wilding recommends having a coach at your side, cheering you on, because it really does make all the difference.For more about Life Coaching, 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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Life Coaching

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Today’s stop-for-nothing lifestyle has birthed a cadre of assistance for those who require it, which, if we’re really honest with ourselves, is most of us in some capacity.  And yet, despite society’s helpful workforce, many of us are overly stressed, too thinly spread, and generally unhealthy. Enter the “Life Coach.” WHAT IS LIFE COACHING?“As a life coach I help my clients get their lives back on track, empower them to learn more about themselves and to fully understand and appreciate their true potential,” says Professional Certified Life Coach David Rude, who, through his Folsom practice, helps residents realize, then manage, unfulfilled aspects of their lives. He does so by assisting these individuals to “rediscover their dreams and goals” by first identifying obstacles and challenges that prevent these aims from being reached. According to Life Coach and Retreat Leader, Cindie Wilding of Roseville, “A life coach can help individuals who need structure and accountability in order to make challenging changes.”Life coaching may easily be, and often is, confused with traditional therapy. And while there is some overlap, there are fundamental differences, according to Rude, who explains that psychological therapy tends to focus on feelings and experiences related to past events. Wilding goes on to say that, “a coach does not look back, but rather works with the client to take action, moving forward towards their goals.”HOW IT WORKSThrough attentive, one-on-one discussion and goal setting, life coaches help clients define clear, achievable objectives. The process is most successful when client ambitions are based upon his or her core needs and values.  Wilding explains, “[Life] coaching is not something that happens to you, but something you make happen. If you are ready to make some changes, you are ready for a coach.” Rude says, “accelerated personal and professional growth is the hallmark of being coached.” WHO BENEFITS?Because we all possess the ability to overwhelm ourselves, life coaching benefits all who fruitlessly spin their wheels, whether it is a single working mother, a high-profile corporate executive, or a member of the chronically over-taxed set. “I work with students, housewives, corporate administrators, teachers, lawyers, business leaders and so on,” Rude says, “anyone interested in enhancing their professional and/or personal life and willing to make a commitment to growth.” Wilding helps her clients look at the roadblocks to their personal goals, and focuses on solutions for removing them.Rude also raises a crucial point in this whole exercise – personal accountability.  But, if you lack motivation at times, Wilding recommends having a coach at your side, cheering you on, because it really does make all the difference.For more about Life Coaching, 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

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

November is Aviation Month. Celebrate it with your kids by engaging in airplane-related activities like making paper airplanes and having races or contests (with awards like fastest, loopiest, best decorated, etc.)…Apple Hill season continues through the month and ends in the middle of December. Find the best apples, Christmas trees and pumpkins around! Enjoy lots of free family fun while you’re at it. Visit applehill.com for more information and a calendar of events, or call 530-644-7692…Basketball season is starting up again and Cameron Park Recreation Department starts their sign ups for first and second grade leagues on November 21. For more information on the youth basketball league, call the CP Recreation Department at 530-677-2231…For the environmentally conscious and those animal lovers out there, Sierra Wildlife Rescue will be having a free wildlife class called “Better Nests and Dens,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Classes will be held at the SWR Center, 6236C Pleasant Valley Road in the El Dorado Shopping Center, call 530-621-2650 or visit sierrawildliferescue.com for more information…The recipients of caregivers trust that their helpers know what they are doing. It is often a challenging role that must be done to the best of your ability. Take the opportunity to meet the local support group, Family Caregiver Support Program, share information and connect with others that are in the same position on Tuesday, November 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. at 6283 Main Street in Georgetown. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 530-621-6251 or 530-621-6151…Opening late 2008 in Placerville, Red Hawk Casino has named 23-year food operations veteran Joe Diver VP of Food and Beverage; congratulations and welcome Joe!…You Are Not Alone (YANA) is a free program that checks in on El Dorado County residents that have limited contact with their family or the community. Volunteers from the Sheriffs Team of Active Retirees (S.T.A.R.) and El Dorado County Department of Human Services will call individuals on a daily basis to ensure their safety and health. Those interested in volunteering should call Connie Zelinsky at 530-621-6119 or Tammy Bragg at 530-621-6151…It’s a good idea to get your pet equipped with a microchip to help maximize the chance of being reunited, should he wander off on an extended fall stroll. So lucky for us, Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode offers low cost microchipping for cats and dogs, which includes lifetime registration. They’re located in Diamond Springs at 6200 Enterprise Drive, Suite D; for more information call 530-642-2287...An afternoon of carnival fun will be hosted by Golden Hills School, there will be fun for all ages on Saturday, November 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Expect games, prizes, food, crafts, cakewalk, and more! This event takes place at 1060 Suncast Lane in El Dorado Hills (Use entrance 1 to the EDH Business Park off  Latrobe Road). For more information, please call the school at 916-933-0100.And last but not least, in the “oops we’re only human department,” last month we mistakenly listed the Grand China Restaurant’s address to be on Main Street, however, it’s actually located at 4340 Golden Center Drive, Suite D, Placerville...That’s all for now, but check back next month for our Annual Holiday Gift Guide!Send your news to: [email protected]

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Aging Gracefully

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● 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 Energetic 80sDon’t forget that a little exercise can make all the difference whether you’re a sprightly 60-year-old or an athletic 80-and-young. Especially in later years, the virtues of regular physical activity cannot be argued more strongly. Whether a brisk walk, a few laps in the pool or a short chase with your grand or great-grandkids, movement is key to a happier heart, healthier bones and more joyful joints. Just be aware of your limitations to help prevent unnecessary falls and exhaustion.Above all, remember to enjoy every single moment. No fight need be unbeatable, no obstacle too great to overcome, and certainly, no memory worth missing. So keep positive, keep active and show your “90s” who’s boss. For more about Aging Gracefully, 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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