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Bodega Bay

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

On the coast of California, approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco, lies Bodega Bay; a charming, windy inlet that hugs the Pacific Coast shoreline and marks the boundary between Marin and Sonoma counties. Most famous as the setting of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The Birds, Bodega Bay offers far more than cinematic allure. Among the many reasons to visit the breezy, coastal enclave are quick daytrips to area hotspots, charter sportfishing and stunt kite-flys, but there are several more. Here’s a look at five Style faves.Comb the BeachesJust north of Bodega Bay on California’s Highway 1 are three pristine beaches – vantage points from which to watch local surfers and skim-boarders ride restless waves, stargaze after sunset, and walk hand-in-hand with your sweetie, kicking sand and pocketing seashells. Salmon Creek is great for families as it intersects with the ocean, making it a safe spot for little ones to play and explore; Goat Rock is a well-known landmark that yields exceptional views, and Portuguese Beach offers a lengthy stretch of sand, surf and cliffs. Visit bodegabaytravel.com.For more about Bodega Bay, 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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Staying Active

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

OK, I need to provide full disclosure here. Most, if not all of the "seniors" I know, in particular my parents and in-laws, have more energy and a more vibrant social life than those of us of a younger generation. They travel around the world, attend countless social events, and can traipse off to Hawaii at the drop of a hat. Let's face it, today's 70 is the new 40. Those "experienced in life" are taking better care of themselves and living longer, more fulfilling lives. I'd like to think it's partly because there are so many wonderful opportunities for involvement and enrichment in their lives.The El Dorado Hills Senior Center (916-358-3575) provides a wealth of phenomenal classes and activities, with something for everyone at every fitness level. Yoga, book clubs, dancing, movie nights and more, provide connections and entertainment for anyone seeking to stay active. However, for some seniors we talked to, they weren't simply looking to be entertained. Rather, they sought opportunities for community involvement and a chance to make a difference. And in the midst of their busy lives, they wanted what little "down time" they had to really count. As we explored the staggering need for volunteers and mentors right here in our community, we pulled out just some of the openings available to those with life experience, compassion and hopefully a little spare time.Become a Mentor to Small Businesses Seniors with a business background can serve as professional mentors for organizations like SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business (sacscore.org, 916-635-9085), which utilizes retired executives to assist small businesses and start-ups. As Jeff Hendy, chapter president for Greater Sacramento, says, "We are always looking for new volunteer counselors – it is a good opportunity to give back to the existing and emerging businesses in our community."Support Our TroopsThere are amazing local support groups throughout our area that invite and coordinate an outpouring of support to our men and women in the armed services. Volunteers are continually needed to help stuff care packages, coordinate fundraisers and donations, and keep the effort strong. Toys for the Troops Kids is one such local organization (toysforthetroopskids.org).Make Blankets for ChildrenProject Linus (projectlinus.org, 916-965-8955) provides new, handmade blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children in our community. If you love to quilt, crochet or sew, they can use your talents.Help Care for AnimalsOur county-run and non-profit shelters are desperate for help caring for, and giving a voice to, animals. Local animal rescue operations would love to get your call offering administrative or in-field assistance. The Grace Foundation of El Dorado Hills (thegracefoundationofnorcal.org) and Folsom Feline Rescue (folsomfelines.org, 916-484-4099) are two organizations that could use your help.Become a Foster GrandparentThrough the vital Senior Corps Program, seniors can make a difference in the life of a child by mentoring troubled kids, caring for premature newborns and helping abused children. Visit seniorcorps.gov for more information. Participate in Focus Groups Get paid for your life-formed opinions and input. Focus group research is vital in today's market-based economy, and it pays an average of $75-$150 for an hour-long focus group. To find a focus group near you, visit Senior Corps online at seniorcorps.gov, or Opinions of Sacramento Focus Groups at opinionsofsac.comVolunteer on a Political CampaignA unique opportunity this summer is the chance to volunteer on a political campaign, or for a party-affiliated organization. There are several races at the local, state and federal levels, and the campaigns or parties themselves welcome volunteers in all capacities. Find out how you can get involved by calling your local party representatives: El Dorado County Republican Party, edcgop.com, 530-676-4757; El Dorado County Democratic Party, edcdemocrats.org, 530-626-8270.Serve as a Museum DocentPut your love and appreciation for history or art to good use by serving as a volunteer tour guide at any of our regional museums.The Folsom History Museum is always looking for volunteers. Visit folsomhistorymuseum.org, or call 916-985-2707 to find out how you can help.Volunteer at Thrift Stores These non-profits directly support causes like hospice and the cancer society, and are always in need of volunteers as well as donations. As Nancy Symons, of the new Partners in Care Thrift Store in Placerville, says, "We love volunteers and can always use more!" The Snowline Hospice Thrift Store (snowlinehospice.org, 916-984-5853) and the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary (916-984-7371) are always in need of volunteers and donations.For the senior who can't stand to sit still, volunteering just might be the solution. And where better to volunteer than in your own community?

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Local Area Tidbits

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Can you feel it? Summer is here! And in case you’ve been too busy escaping the heat to know what’s been going on, here’s the rundown... EDH Chamber of Commerce recently awarded five scholarships to local Oak Ridge High School students Kristina Ballangee, Kristine McCracken, Kamrin Klauschie, Brittney Woods and Erin Vierra. Funded by private donations to the Chamber, Sam’s Club, and Jiffy Lube of El Dorado Hills, each scholarship awarded is valued at $1000. A big congratulations to the scholarship winners…And some more students to congratulate – Folsom Lake College students Andrea Eggert and Adam Sanchez were selected to participate in the prestigious 2008 United States Model House of Representatives program this past May at Capitol Hill, conducted by the American Youth Scholarship Foundation…In more school news, Folsom High School bids farewell to principal Paul Richards who retired on June 20. A big “Thank you” goes out to Mr. Richards for his many contributions over the years…Oak Ridge student, Sara Haley, is making a big name for herself. Earlier this month, Haley competed in the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Check back next month for her results…If you have Olympic aspirations or are simply looking for a place to cool off, check out the Folsom Aquatic Center (916-355-8318) and the El Dorado Hills CSD (916-933-6624) for swim times and swim lessons for all ages…In the mood to groove? Center Stage Dance Academy of El Dorado Hills is offering a six-week summer dance intensive beginning July 14. Classes are available for all skill levels and ages. Visit csda.info for more information…For more dancing, don’t miss the Summer Dance Party concerts at The Amphitheater at Town Center hosted by Bistro 33. July’s concert on the 19th features local rock legend, Wonder Bread 5. For details, visit bistro33.com…The long-awaited Active 20-30 Club of Greater Folsom is up and running. This organization, serving Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Rancho Cordova is for people in their 20s and 30s to come together to help the community…We hope by now you’ve enjoyed the latest in Folsom dining, but in case you haven’t heard, check out the new Back Wine Bar located at 25075 Blue Ravine Road (in the new Raley’s shopping center), and Sudwerk (in the same location as the old Cliff House)…We hope you have safe and festive Fourth of July, and until next time, stay cool out there. •

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The Great American Road Trip

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

I would hate to see something so simple as blind corporate greed cripple a tradition as grand as the Great American Road Trip. But according to a survey by Mapquest, 72 percent say they’re scaling back summer road trip plans or ditching them altogether because of the unprecedented price of fuel. And that’s a shame, especially now. With housing prices in the tank (it’s not a gas tank, is it?), the presidential campaign love-fest in full swing, and the slim chance of the Giants making the playoffs...well, if ever we needed a road trip, it’s now. This piece wasn’t even going to be about the newly endangered road trip. It was going to discuss one of the most critical components of said trip…the tunes. But writing about rolling down the window and cranking up “Runnin’ down a Dream” seemed kind of, er, petty compared to what we’re facing now. But wait. Don’t start planning that “stay-cation” just yet. Maybe we just need a little inspiration. Maybe we just need a little Tao of Griswold. Think back to National Lampoon’s Vacation. Despite all the obstacles, Clark Griswold never slowed down (as, sadly, Aunt Edna’s dog could attest). Unscrupulous mechanics, Cousin Eddie, Christy Brinkley in that convertible – none of them stopped him from delivering his family to the glorious gates of Wally World. And when they got there and found it closed? He still found a way inside. Granted it took a pellet gun and an incompetent security guard (God bless John Candy!) but still, the point is, nothing deterred Clark. Do you think a little thing like gas prices would have? Not on your 1983 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon it wouldn’t. We need that same kind of blind determination now. Folks, it’s not a road trip anymore. It’s more than that. It’s a necessary act of defiance. Who cares if the final fuel bill rivals one year’s college tuition…at Stanford. The road trip is an American birthright. What were 19th century immigrants if not the first tourists? The Oregon Trail was the first interstate. Calistoga wagons were the first SUVs. A more insensitive type might even suggest that the Donners were the first Griswolds…but I would never do that. Fact is, the road trip is our heritage and “are we there yet?” is the chorus of our anthem. Are we going to let some cigar smoking, pinky-ring wearing, triple-chinned oil executive take that away? It’s time that we look into our collective rear-view mirrors and in our most intimidating mom and dad voices, tell them all, “DON’T MAKE US TURN THIS CAR AROUND!” OK, sure, it may seem counter-intuitive to protest by, um, traveling long distances and paying exactly what those oil(y) men are charging us, but something as sensible as logic never deterred Clark. Why should it stop us? So let us summon our inner-Griswolds; get out the maps, stock up on snacks, load the kids in the car and hit the open road. And as we stop by the first gas station to fill up, find the right words to explain to the youngest why college might have to wait. Then save the Tom Petty, slip Jackson Browne’s “Runnin’ on Empty” into the CD player and hit the highway. Because somewhere beyond that horizon, our own personal Wally Worlds await, and it’s our duty to go. Just make sure you undo the dog’s leash from the back bumper first. Catch Tom on the Pat and Tom Morning Show on New Country 105.1 KNCI.

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Jared Pagett

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

On the surface, Rocklin resident Jared Pagett seems like a typical 11 year-old boy: friendly, exuberant, obsessed with baseball and, above all, the picture of good health. But, two years ago, Jared received news that no child should ever have to hear. After visiting the doctor for what seemed like a simple flu virus, Jared was told that he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).This devastating diagnosis was the beginning of months of medical tests, hospital stays, isolation wards to keep him away from life threatening germs, and more poking and prodding than most people get in a lifetime. In the end, Jared received a miracle – a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor, which ultimately saved his life.As Jared talks about the course of his illness, he never once complains about his ordeal. Instead, he focuses on all the people who supported him throughout his hospital stays and home isolation. Jared and his family were also amazingly touched by his fifth grade teacher who went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that he didn’t fall behind in school by getting him his assignments, and tutoring him when he was on home isolation.When he got sick, one of the most difficult things for Jared to do was to give up playing baseball. His team gave him a special baseball to help keep him inspired to get well, but Jared was determined not to throw the ball until he was healed. After a long battle, Jared got to throw that ball for the first pitch in the 2007 opening ceremonies for Rocklin Little League. This year, happily, he not only got to throw that special ball for the first pitch again, but he went on to join his team.— Christine HaleFor more on Jared Pagett, 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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