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John Crews

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

John Crews knows a thing or two about bicycles. After years as a professional BMX rider, he retired at the ripe old age of 24 and founded Bicycles Plus, a bicycle rental and repair shop that has grown over the last 20 years to become a staple in the Folsom community. “I’m a has-been and I love it,” John admits, referring to his 2006 induction into the American Bicycle Association Hall of Fame. These days, John is still riding, although now he rides with a larger purpose in mind. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003, he founded Ride for a Reason (rfar.org), a charity to raise funds to research cures for both Parkinson’s disease and cancer. “[Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease] made me realize the important thing in life is not money or tangibles; it brought me closer to my kids and other people. It really, truly has been a blessing.” John knows that bicycles can make a difference, not only in the fight against tragic diseases but also in our daily lives. “Riding is a great way to plug into your kids, have fun and benefit from health and fitness,” he tells us, and with the current rise in gas prices, it’s easy to see why it’s a good idea to hit the road on two wheels instead of four.<hr>For more on John Crews 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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Eco-Friendly Territory

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

If eco-responsibility is necessary for the future of a healthy earth, then it is only fitting that Folsom welcome the Home of the Future – an “ultra-efficient” residential bungalow constructed by local builder Robert Walter in partnership with SMUD. Their vision: a monthly energy bill of just $24. Considering that the average energy bill (a combination of heat and gas) is somewhere in the vicinity of $140 per month for residences built to new-home standards, and factoring in what most of us are paying at the pump, the relative smallness of a $24 bill represents welcome relief to the homeowners who will pay it, and for the planet they inhabit. The master plan for the 1,940 square feet Home of the Future is nothing short of eco-genius. According to a SMUD-issued news release, the home will feature “two-inch by six-inch framing to allow more room for advanced insulation,” as well as environmentally-friendly amenities, which includes solar electricity, solar hot water, LED lighting and factory framing; the latter of which will play an instrumental role in helping the home earn LEED platinum certification — the standard by which all other green structures are judged, and very difficult to achieve. Should the Home of the Future earn LEED certification, it will be one of only two California homes to hold the honor; the other is in southern California. The aforementioned release also states that the combination of impressive technical and SMUD’s financial incentives is what makes this home a model of green building, very clearly stating that, “The ‘Home of the Future’ is meant to demonstrate to the building community and the home-buying public that attractive and ultra-energy-efficient homes can be built and marketed at reasonable prices.” The Home of the Future – a product of rigorous and thoughtful teaming – is slated for completion this month. Folsom’s older residences will surround the Home, which, somewhat ironically, is just blocks removed from Old Town.

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Eco-Friendly Territory

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

We all love to surf the Net, and if you have five hours to kill and no responsibilities, we say have at it. Unfortunately most of us don’t have access to that much leisure, so put your Web surfing skills to better use in maximum time. The El Dorado County Library has made it easy by posting a weekly list of links to various online sites that speak to current issues and pressing concerns. These days that means a dramatic rise in gas prices, inflation, recession woes, you name it. At press time, the site, called “What’s Hot on the Internet This Week,” has links to several media-rich Web pages and stories, the likes of which include environmentally responsible tips, current eco-statistics, information from Edmond’s green car guide, news about alternative energy resources and fuels, an automotive study about green vehicles, energy statistics and ways consumers can find relief from high gas prices and rising energy costs. Did we mention that the information comes with the convenience of accessing it from the confines of your comfy living room? Of course you are always welcome to surf the Net at the library. As good as that bit of news is, it actually gets better. You can also look up past environmental news via the library’s “Hot List” archive, which houses and catalogs up to four months of past “What’s Hot…” Web pages. With so much information available (literally at your fingertips), eldoradolibrary.org offers a helpful code to prioritize it all. A “Go” arrow is the library’s way of indicating a helpful site, while a checkmark references a site chock full of information especially pertinent to local residents. So get caught up on your summer reading with the help of the El Dorado County Library, online at eldoradolibrary.org.For more Green Tips, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. 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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Starter Pets

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Pet ownership is a rite of passage. In many ways, it’s also a test. Some people are lucky and enjoy one, maybe two pets in their life. These are lifelong friends that become honorary family members. Others, like yours truly, have owned many pets, many of them cats, and many of them unstable (read: deranged), the kind that run away in the dead of night or in the case of my first cat Smokey, are “let loose” on my uncle’s farm. (I’ll leave you to parse that uncomfortable rural euphemism.) Needless to say it took our family a while to accept that we were better off with a dog. In fact, Mindy the dog has been a beloved family member for more than 10 years… with no rural euphemisms in her future. And of course, there are those who have yet to experience the joys of pet ownership. Whether you’re a tried and tested pet owner or a newbie, one thing is for certain: there are many factors to consider when choosing a new pet. Gone are the days when you went to the pet store and pointed to the cutest animal. Well, those days aren’t necessarily “gone,” it’s just that that method is somewhat ill advised. With animal shelters and rescue homes crowded with abandoned and abused animals, many of them former pets, for the sake and safety of the animals in question, we can no longer afford to practice the “point and shoot” method of pet selection. Understanding animal breeds and their suitability to the owner’s home environment is one of the most important first steps, before even deciding on a pet.With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide for those of you who may be considering a new pet, or it can be an inspiration for those of you who don’t think that you need a pet. Read on, and remember: choose wisely!...<hr>For more pet picking ideas, 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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Treasure Hunt

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

The downtown Placerville Craft Faire, celebrating its 12th year on August 10, features more than 100 regional artisans showing their creations all along Main Street. Somewhere, among all of the booths and banners, there’s likely to be a one-of-a-kind work of art with your name on it. All you have to do is find it. “These works are all labors of love,” says Lisa Crummett, marketing director for the Placerville Downtown Association, which organizes the event. “Whether it’s bird houses, fine art or any of the numerous other handcrafted works, the Craft Faire brings together a huge variety of things you can’t find just anywhere.”A few of these unique works include the photographic art of Bill Robinson, who makes photographs look like watercolors or oil paintings, the outdoor yard art of Kyle and Rita Yates, and the exquisite work of Gene Gracey’s “Nature’s Looking Glass,” which combines nature photography with jewelry and memory boxes, coasters, framed tiles, note cards and other items to create works that are as functional as they are lovely. In addition, there’s pottery, dolls, quilts, soaps, candles, jewelry, woodwork items and much more.Originally the dream of a local shop owner, the Placerville Craft Faire now brings more than 2,000 people to downtown Placerville each year – rain or shine. Planning for the one-day free event starts months in advance, as each exhibitor must be approved before they’re allowed to put their crafts on display.“We jury the whole show in advance to make sure we’re featuring truly unique crafts, as opposed to more commercial items,” Crummett says. “Artisans have to send in photos of their work, and then we go around and check all the booths on the event day. We really want visitors to feel when they come to the faire they’re finding something truly unique.”For those of us who are still horrified by gas prices, consider the faire two trips in one, as the event is also a great way to explore downtown Placerville. Even though Main Street will be closed to automobiles, all street-side shops and restaurants will be open for business. It makes for a great day of mixing food, shopping and entertainment, and best of all it’s close to home. Throw in free parking and admission, and there’s no denying that the Craft Faire is hard to beat as a good value for a day’s entertainment. Just be prepared, however, August tends to be a warm time of the year, so anyone preferring cooler weather should plan on visiting right when the faire opens at 8 a.m. Finally, for anyone who thinks they may have a craft to share, the Placerville Craft Faire is a great place to talk to other artists, get information, and maybe even acquire a few tips on how to get started. <hr>For more information on the event, visit the Placerville Downtown Association’s Web site at placerville-downtown.org or call 530-672-3436.

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Youth Group

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Among the many reasons South Placer County residents have to count their blessings is KidZKount – the DBA name for the programs and services offered by the Placer Community Action Council, Inc. (PCAC), a nonprofit organization that offers Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as State Preschool.According to the group’s Executive Director, Denyse Cardoza, KidZKount is the vital connector that links together PCAC’s impressive menu of services, partnerships and collaborative agreements. As such, it assists families and children of differing backgrounds from Placer and Nevada Counties. Armed with that ambitious responsibility, it is fair to say that KidZKount is really in the business of empowerment. Its vision: “To establish children and families as our Nation’s Top Priority,” is clear; its mission: “To empower children and their families to maximize their full potential through opportunities for growth and change,” is admirable; and its values: “Creating and fostering a supportive environment which promotes trust, respect, professional growth and quality leadership,” are aligned with those whom it aims to serve.KidZKount helps fulfill both its purpose and its promise by providing a variety of programs customized to address the specific needs of individual local families, including a number of center- and home-based development services. “Our goal is to help support families with social service needs, continuing their education and training in program governance,” says Cardoza, who, together with the organization’s key players, works tirelessly to do just that. As is typical with nonprofits, however, KidZKount and PCAC are not immune to fund-raising challenges. The majority of funds that the organization receives come directly from the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. In fact, 80 percent of Head Start programs are federally funded. PCAC is responsible for raising the additional 20 percent through non-federal resources, including in-kind donations from service providers, as well as parent and community members. Grants and events help supplement and fund non-federally sponsored programs. Locally, KidZKount’s Sixth Annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at Auburn Country Club on October 6, 2008, is instrumental in helping the nonprofit reach its 20 percent goal so that it can continue to offer vital services, including medical endowments to families who cannot afford health and/or developmental procedures for their children, and a myriad of worthy programs.If funding makes KidZKount possible, its comprehensive programs make it successful. Designed for the whole family, these programs involve goal setting, home visits, classroom volunteering, etc., which result in services like the KidZKount Kindergarten Readiness Summer Camp funded by First Five Placer, the Daddy Read to Me program, and others of value to the community and its families. Naturally, Cardoza gives the community, the organization’s partners, and its staff credit for helping KidZKount provide such quality services. She says, “Strong relationships make it all possible.” A variety of upcoming recruiting events will help fill KidZKount’s program enrollment for the next year. For details on how you can help, please call Recruitment Coordinator, Melinda Dudley, at 530-886-4103. If you would like to be a sponsor for the golf tournament, or if you are interested in enrolling your children in KidZKount programs, or for volunteer opportunities, please contact KidZKount at 530-885-5437.

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The Vine

Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

2007 Domaine de Nizas Rosé Coteaux du LanguedocWhy not think pink? In the past, the place for pink wines was always at the lowest rung on the wine totem pole. When winos thought of pink wine, their automatic response was “White Zinfandel.” This sweet pink wine, that didn’t seem to pair well with any food, started most of us on our wine journey. Are all pinks created equal? Absolutely not!Nowadays, pink wines are coming on strong in the U.S., but in the form of dry rosé. Dry rosé wines are fruity, refreshing and extremely food friendly. For those strictly red drinkers, rosés are perfectly refreshing and still have a level of complexity that red drinkers are accustomed to, and a great alternative to a heavy Cabernet or Zinfandel. For those white drinkers, rosés can more easily transition them into exploring more intense reds.A perfectly traditional rosé comes in the form of the 2007 Domaine de Nizas Rosé Coteaux du Languedoc. This wine is a wonderful expression of what summer is meant to be. With a blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir, and Mourvedre, the color of this sunshine-in-a-bottle is a soft but vibrant pink. In the mouth, this fuller bodied rosé delights with flavors of strawberries and raspberries, finishing with a very slight toasty sweetness that lingers; think of marshmallows or a bit of caramel. Even though this wine is a traditional French rosé, the fruit-forward nature will please just about any palate. So don’t be afraid to think pink and think outside the box. Pink is in, baby!—Julie MorelandJulie is owner and Wine Psychic of WineStyles ­– Granite Bay.<hr>For more Fine Wine Selections, 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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