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APRIL 2012

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Nonprofit bridges the gap
e all can remember our first encounter with someone who was “different.” In grade school I remember Joy, a blueeyed girl I often encountered during recess. I recall she always wore sweatpants and a sweatshirt and was a lot like the character Corky on “Life Goes On.” I remember feeling awkward and unsure of how to play with her. Nowadays, I see more young people are comfortable with those with different abilities. I wonder if locally

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some of those improved attitudes are due to the outreach done by A Touch of Understanding. The Granite Bay nonprofit was founded with a unique mission of making students aware of the challenges faced by those with physical and mental disabilities. While many programs cater solely to the disabled, ATOU bridges the gap by help-

ing the broader community understand how the disabled are different, but also how they are the same. The organization celebrated its 15th anniversary last month, and this month marks their biggest event of the year, the Access to Care Fair at Bayside church. Whether you need a tune-up for your wheelchair, want to hear experts speak on autism or would like to expose your children to some of the disability awareness activities that will be available, check out this unique event April 21.

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Seeing through another’s eyes
Nonprofit founded in Granite Bay raises awareness on disabilities.

The real estate story in the March issue misidentified Jason Mata on page 23. He is the Branch Manager of Vitek Mortgage.

Nacho libre
Granite Bay’s connection to this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off. ON THE COVER:
Erika and Bill Schweickert, Jr. of Capital City Solar.
COVER PHOTO BY ANNE STOKES

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APRIL 2012 Volume 22 • Number 4
188 Cirby Way, Roseville, California 95678 www.granitebayview.com, 916-774-7928
Publisher: Kelly R. Leibold, 916-774-7910, kellyl@goldcountrymedia.com Editor: Michelle Carl, 916-774-7955, michellec@gold countrymedia.com Advertising director: Suzanne Stevenson, 774-7921, suzannes@goldcountrymedia.com
Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher shall not be responsible for any liabilities arising from the publication of copy provided by any advertiser for the Granite Bay View. Further, it shall not be liable for any act of omission on the part of the advertiser pertaining to their published advertisement in the Granite Bay View. A publication of Gold Country Media.

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Shave energy costs by harnessing sun power
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Owners of Capital City Solar, Erika and Bill Schweickert, Jr., have saved a significant amount on their family’s power bill since going solar.

e’ve all thought about it — cutting back. Whether it’s driving less, making things last longer, or remembering to turn off the lights, reducing our carbon footprint is in vogue. But what if you could make a change that would be easy, and would also save you a bundle of cash each year? Would you do it? That’s just what the Schweickerts, the couple who owns Capital City Solar, want to find out. While everyone’s home and energy usage is different, Granite Bay residents Erika and David Schweickert spend their days analyzing homeowners’ situations, in a quest to create green neighborhoods and save their customers money. “It’s very common these days — people are going green. For the last five years people have had a lot of interest. People want to save money,” Erika said. The company, formerly called Solar City Electric, has been in Rocklin for five years, though the couple has been in the solar industry twice that long. According to Erika, many traditional electric company customers in Granite Bay suffer under the tiered billing system, thanks to high-energy-use gadgets and large home sizes, which use lots of heating and air. “The more energy you use, the more you will pay with the tiered system,” Erika said. “People are making a financial decision when they go solar — families are evaluating every penny that goes out. We size our systems to take people off the high tiers.” That’s why Capital City Solar comes to potential customers’ homes to evaluate if solar is right for them.

“The more energy you use, the more you will pay with the tiered system. People are making a financial decision when they go solar — families are evaluating every penny that goes out. We size our systems to take people off the high tiers.”
Erika Schweickert, co-owner of Capital City Solar, along with her husband, David

“We base it on usage — the actual square footage of the home isn’t as important as how much energy a homeowner uses,” Erika said. The consultation includes discovering if homeowners use gas in the home as well as electric, the orientation of their home’s roof or potential structure and how much shade is on the property. Even the condition of the home’s roof is considered. “We do a free utility comparison for customers — we take a look at your bill and see if we can come up with a cost-effective solution,” Erika said. Granite Bay resident Owen Kitteredge is thrilled with the system Capital City installed. “We are saving over $3,000 a year,” he said. “And once you get something like this, you really become aware of what you are using, so you are saving a little energy, as well. Our original plan was to take care of 70 percent of our energy costs, but I would say we are closer to 80 percent. In the summer, our meter actually goes backwards.”
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continued from page 4 The process is easy. After a consultation, Capital City Solar installs panels — on the roof, patio trellis, outbuilding or even on the ground. “We are really looking for optimal sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Erika said. The company takes care of the permitting process and interfacing with the public utility. All the homeowner has to do is sit back and watch their bills go down. Homeowners can purchase the panels, or just lease them — there are several financing options, in addition to possible tax benefits. “A lot of it depends on how long you plan to be in the home,” Erika said of leasing versus purchasing. “We also monitor the sys-

SOLAR: System saves money at the meter
“The products are built to last for 25 years, minimum. People who have inferior products or had them installed incorrectly can spend a lot of money on repairs.”
David Schweickert, Jr.

tems to make sure they’re functioning correctly. When you purchase, the workmanship has a warranty for 10 years, and the modules have a warranty for 20 years.” The Schweickerts explain that it’s important to pick your solar company carefully.

“Choose a company that has lots of experience, and one that uses certified electricians on site,” David said. “You should be looking at the overall value of the company, not just the price.” Capital City Solar uses Sun Power products, which have their own warranty. “The products are built to last for 25 years, minimum,” David said. “People who have inferior products or had them installed incorrectly can spend a lot of money on repairs.” With two young kids, one of them in the Eureka District, the couple plans to help their Granite Bay neighbors with all their energy needs for years to come.

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David Schweickert, Jr. of Capital City Solar shows off the solar-powered system that powers his home in Granite Bay.

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A Touch of Understanding builds awareness of disabilities
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“Respect means treating people the way you want to be treated. Everyone should be treated with respect.” hat was the message on the whiteboard in the Dry Creek School classroom where around 35 fifth graders gathered for a disability awareness program on a recent Thursday. They sat on the floor, listening and interacting with Leslie DeDora as she talked about understanding and accepting people who walk, talk or act differently than they do. She held up a shoe with a leg brace attached. “Would you be good at math if you wore this shoe?” she asked. The students responded positively. DeDora is executive director and founder of A Touch of Understanding, a nonprofit based in Granite Bay that provides disability awareness programs for youngsters throughout the Sacramento area and in Calaveras and Mariposa counties. DeDora just made her 5,000th school visit since she and her father started the program in 1992. A Touch of Understanding incorporated as a nonprofit in 1996 and celebrated its 15th anniversary in March with a special ribbon cutting and program at Greenhills School. On April 21, it will hold its biggest annual event, the Access to Care Fair at Bayside Church. DeDora explained to Dry Creek students how she became aware of disabilities. She talked about her aunt who was an adult but behaved like a child. DeDora said she teased her until her mother took her aside and said her aunt had an intellectual disability. “That used to be called mental retardation,” she said. Years later, while working as an aide in a second grade class at Greenhills School in Granite

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Fifth-grader Noah Chilson, of Roseville, gets around Dry Creek Elementary’s playground via wheelchair in an exercise put on by A Touch of Understanding, a program designed to help schoolchildren better understand the lives and everyday struggles of others with disabilities.
Bay, where her children attended school, DeDora saw youngsters with disabilities who were targets for teasing. She started ATOU to help students understand their classmates who are different. “I knew in my heart the program had to be hands on,” she said. “We show students ways to adapt to different challenges and show them skills and tools that make it possible for someone with a disability to achieve their goals,” she said. “We don’t show disabilities in negative ways to promote pity. We promote respect.”

Walking in someone else’s shoes
A Touch of Understanding came prepared for the morning presentation at Dry Creek Elementary with a trailer full of wheelchairs and white canes, arms, legs and braces, headphones and mirrors, Braille slates and styluses and several volunteers. After listening to DeDora, students visited a vision station, a mobility station and an invisible disability station. They learned about autism and learning disabilities at the latter. At a table in one corner of the
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Executive Director Leslie DeDora speaks to fifth-grade students at Dry Creek Elementary School about A Touch of Understanding.
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Fifth-grader Ryan Pettit, of Roseville, works on drawing with a mirror in an exercise designed to show schoolchildren the difficulties faced by others with less visible disabilities, such as dyslexia and autism.

TOUCH: Exercise uses mirrors to explain dyslexia
continued from page 7 classroom, volunteer Julie Davison showed students how to write their names in Braille with a slate and stylus. She displayed a large Braille alphabet and explained that they had to punch the slate from right to left so the letters would protrude on the opposite side and they could read them with their fingers. The fifth graders then went outside where they walked along a sidewalk next to the play yard. They used white canes and did fairly well navigating the walk with their eyes closed. On the opposite side of the school yard, another group of students sat in wheelchairs, turning and pushing the wheels to travel across the blacktop and back. “Do your arms feel tired?” DeDora asked. “Next time you see a person in a wheelchair, notice how strong their upper

“I love to do the same things that you do, only I do them in a different way.’”
Greg Elie, 29, an A Touch of Understanding volunteer speaker who has encephalitis

body muscles are.” Another group checked out a table of prosthetics — arms, hands and legs, a tiny hand for a baby and a scoliosis body brace. Sylvester, one of the students, smiled as he tried on and caused the fingers of a prosthetic left hand to open and close by moving his right shoulder. Another student, Dylan, who manipulated a hand, called it “cool.” A third student encouraged the adults observing the class to try on the hand. At a third table, students donned headphones and lis-

tened to the various background noises a person with autism hears almost constantly making it difficult for him or her to focus on a conversation. “There are a lot of voices in the brain and they’re not connecting,” said volunteer Stephanie Solomon. She also talked about learning disabilities and told of a young man who was called “stupid” by classmates. “He became a medic in the Army and is now a nurse in Germany,” Solomon said. She held up a poster board with photos of four presidents, a couple of motion picture actors and other famous people, including Albert Einstein, explaining that they all had learning disabilities. To understand what people with learning disabilities experience, students penciled in a route on a map, only they didn’t look down at their papers, they looked into a mir-

Pam Gehrts, a volunteer with A Touch of Understanding, helps fifth-graders Sydney Carlos-Ruiz, right, and Rubi Villa with their Braille writing.
ror. All drew wiggly lines. The exercise has led to changed attitudes. DeDora said that during a presentation at a high school, one student told her, “My sister has learning disabilities and after this, I’m going to be more patient with her.” climb Half Dome at Yosemite but she can still go kayaking and skiing on special boards. “If you fall down, you’re already on the ground,” she said. Greg Elie, 29, was born with encephalitis and has had 15 surgeries. He talked about wearing a body brace for scoliosis, being deaf in his left ear and other problems. He likes video games and visiting Disneyland, where he doesn’t have to wait in lines. “I love to do the same things that you do, only I do them in a different way,’” he told the students. “Never doubt what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.”
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Volunteers share experience
Moving into the “Big Room” at Dry Creek School, the students listened to volunteers talk about their disabilities and how they live with them. Among them was Tukey Seagraves, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a motorized wheelchair. She can no longer

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continued from page 8 Amanda Hussa, 22, who is autistic, talked about difficulties in her younger years. She now acts in local stage productions and memorizes her lines instantly. Others also showed videos of active childhoods and teen years before an accident that caused their disability. A Touch of Understanding has around 90 volunteers, about half with disabilities, who visit schools to explain and show how they get along with everyday activities. ATOU also has a Youth Force of students from middle school on up who meet monthly with adult mentors and participate in the school programs. “They gain respect as experts among students,” DeDora said. ATOU’s staff includes three part-time and one “very part-time person,” said DeDora, who is the only full timer. Jackie Callahan of Fair Oaks volunteers in the office, attends every presentation and is the timekeeper, sounding a slide whistle when youngsters need to move on to the next station. “My mother named me right,” she said. “I’m Jackie of all trades. I do whatever needs to be done to help Leslie in the office and at school presentations.” She claims to volunteer 80 hours a week, helping with editing, graphics, transportation and presentations. “I wouldn’t do this for money,” Callahan said. “I’ve been a volunteer since 2001 and it’s more like a family than a business and like a haven for people with disabilities.” John Anderson of Auburn came to Dry

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Mike Penketh, a volunteer with A Touch of Understanding, speaks to Dry Creek Elementary fifthgraders about what it’s like living, and thriving, with a disability. Penketh, who lost his arms in an auto accident, now uses myoelectric prosthetics to help him accomplish everyday tasks, such as driving.
Creek School to observe the program as a potential volunteer. He wore a hearing aid at age 4 and progressively lost his hearing until becoming completely deaf at age 32. He had a cochlear implant in 1984, the first person east of the Mississippi to get one. He’s appeared on the “Today” show and National Public Radio. “People who are deaf didn’t accept me because I came from a hearing family and had a hearing mind,” Anderson said.

“We don’t say ‘don’t’ and leave a vacuum. Instead we show students how to behave.”
Leslie DeDora, A Touch of Understanding executive director

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Respect part of the lesson plan
DeDora takes the program to around 50 schools a year. Schools pay about one-quarter to one-fifth of the cost of a visit (funding for ATOU

comes from individual donations and grants). Many schools find the program is complementary to an anti-bullying program, DeDora said. At a presentation where students were asked why they bully others, one told her, “We tease them because we’re afraid.” But ATOU actually makes students more comfortable with dis-

ative activities. Free wheelchair safety and tune-up clinic. Familyfriendly disability awareness activities. When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: Bayside Church Campus, 8191 Sierra College Blvd., Roseville Info: For more information contact Leslie DeDora, (916) 7914146, or visit www. touchofunderstanding .org

abled individuals, helping them understand how that person is different, but also how he or she is the same. “We don’t say ‘don’t’ and leave a vacuum,” she said. “Instead we show students how to behave.” A Touch of Understand-

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Ruth’s Chris offers up more than just steaks
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hen you think Ruth’s Chris Steak House, you probably think highend steaks at high-end prices. But what might get overlooked is the attention to detail that goes into giving guests a truly special dining experience. And, oh yeah, you don’t necessarily have to take out a second mortgage on your home to eat there. Ruth’s Chris has a little of something for everybody, as I recently discovered when dining at the chain’s Westfield Galleria at Roseville location. I’m not usually a fan of corporate chain restaurants, but Ruth’s Chris has a reputation of excellence, and, never having dined there before, I was curious to find out what they are all about. The company began in 1965 as a locally-owned steak house in New Orleans and has since expanded to more than 100 locations in 32 states and eight countries worldwide. The formula is quite simple: quality food and quality service executed in refined yet unpretentious fashion. When my guest and I arrived just after 7 p.m. on a Tuesday, every seat and table in the bar was full, probably people still lingering from the restaurant’s popular happy hour. Ruth’s Chris in Roseville has a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. every weekday, offering $7 appetizers and $3 drink specials. With bites such as grilled tenderloin skewers served with sesame soy sauce over spring greens, a filet mignon sandwich with bearnaise sauce and spicy lobster tossed in a spicy cream sauce, this is hardly your typical happy hour bar food. General Manager Manuel Dos Santos told us that happy

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Executive Chef Eric Seeberger prepares shrimp in Ruth’s Chris Steak House kitchen.
hour is usually the restaurant’s busiest time of day. On our visit, however, my date and I bypassed the bar and went straight to a table — a comfortable booth looking across the spacious dining room decorated with inconspicuous artwork and pendant lighting. Our server, Eric Sanchez, arrived to the table within minutes and explained the concept of the menu, also going over the night’s specials.

Sanchez explained that all menu items are served ala carte and recommended for our main course that we each order one entrée and share two side dishes, which are served family style. For our first course, Sanchez recommended we try the fried calamari appetizer, which is tubes and tentacles sautéed in a sweet Thai chili sauce. We decided on the crab stuffed mushrooms because, well, we like crab. When the food runner (we didn’t get his name) dropped off our first course, I asked him what kind of crab was served in the dish — dungeness, lump crab, snow crab? “It is neither of those,” he said. “Any other questions?” Luckily, when Sanchez returned to the table, he was quickly able to explain that the crab stuffed mushrooms were made up of four baby bella mushrooms stuffed with fresh dungeness crab meat, Panko bread crumbs, garlic and parsley. A quick note on service: Sanchez was obviously an experienced and well-trained server. He was quick to answer all of our questions and never said, “I don’t know.” When faced with a question that he did not immediately know the answer to, he quickly replied, “I’ll be right back with that answer for you.” Sanchez recommended for our second course we try the Ruth’s chopped salad, comprised of 13 different ingredients tossed with a creamy lemon basil dressing. However, I am a sucker for tomatoes, so we opted for a beefsteak tomato salad. I was slightly surprised to see a tomato salad on the menu in March, but then again, it is a little hard to pass up three thickly sliced beefsteak toma-

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toes with red onion, cilantro, balsamic dressing and crumbled blue cheese. We asked Sanchez why they have tomatoes on the menu and where they were sourced. After consulting the chef, Sanchez said they were ripened on the vine in Mexico and shipped to California. While the idea behind the dish sounded too good to pass up, the lack of flavor in the tomato made me wish we’d gone with Sanchez’s original recommendation of the Ruth’s chopped salad. For the main course, I ordered the surf and turf special — a 6-ounce filet mignon served with an 8-ounce Caribbean lobster tail lightly dusted with Cajun spice Sanchez warned us that the steaks, which are seasoned with salt, parsley and butter, will arrive to the table on plates that “sizzle” at about 500 degrees Fahrenheit. My date ordered the crab cakes, which were served with

The New England Lobster Roll with Fries, from the Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Menu, is available during happy hour at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The roll consists of lobster meat lightly tossed in mayonnaise on a butter-grilled bun.
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a very generous amount of crab (what a crab cake is supposed to be), and broiled, not fried, in lemon butter and panseared until it is slowly cooked all the way through. For our side dishes, we ordered the Ruth’s Chris signature lyonnaise potatoes — thinly sliced Idaho Russet potatoes, lightly fried, tossed with sautéed onions with seasoning — and broccolini, broccoli spears and florets sautéed with

garlic. Between each course, Sanchez and his back server paid close attention to us without getting in the way of our conversation and replaced silverware and plates between each serving. For dessert, we could not pass on the crème brulee, which was served with fresh berries — a very sweet, refreshing end to a hearty meal. After dinner, Dos Santos

came to our table and explained the concept of the restaurant. “We make steak and potatoes, it’s as simple as that,” Dos Santos said. “We try to keep it as simple as can be.” Dos Santos explained that most of the restaurant’s recipes date back to 1965 and stem from a Cajun influence. Steaks are cooked in broilers that are kept at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and cook from the

top down, which sears the meat and traps in all the natural juices. I was also pleasantly surprised to hear that the restaurant offers a “classics menu,” which is basically a threecourse prix fixe menu with two price points — $40.95 or $49.95. Each classics menu option includes a salad or soup for the first course, a main entrée, a side dish and dessert for two people. “Most people think they need $200 to come here for dinner,” Dos Santos said. “We tell them that is not the case.” Dos Santos explained that servers are not hired unless they have extensive backgrounds in fine dining, and even after they are hired, they go through a rigourous twoweek training program. “The way we look at it is when you come in to Ruth’s Chris, you don’t just come in for the steak,” he said. “You come in for the experience.”

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t was a family dinner in Granite Bay that inspired the recipe for Loaded Nacho Burgers, one of 100 finalists in this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off. Pam Wilkinson, of Tracy, was on her way home from Lake Tahoe when she stopped in on her sister, Tracy McClure, who lives in Granite Bay. Both families visited a Granite Bay eatery and enjoyed a flavorful plate of nachos. (Pam is staying mum on which restaurant she visited.) During the remaining drive home, Wilkinson started pondering the recipe. “I love hamburgers and I love Mexican food, why not marry the flavors together?” she said. Wilkinson headed to Orlando, Fla., March 2527 to compete in the 45th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, hosted by Martha Stewart. Although she didn’t end up winning, she said she was excited to meet her fellow competitors. “We’ve built friendships (online), so I’m

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Pam Wilkinson tried to capture the colors and flavors of nachos with her Loaded Nacho Burgers. From left, Tracy McClure of Granite Bay, with her sister, Pam Wilkinson of Tracy, who is a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest.
excited about meeting them and having a good time,” she said before leaving. “I’d love to win, but there’s stiff competition. This is my first cooking competition I’ve ever entered, but I already have ideas for the next one.”
~ Michelle Carl

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“I’m really, really excited, but I’m more excited about meeting friends that are finalists. We’ve built friendships (online), so I’m excited about meeting them and having a good time.”
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You can find ageless beauty in an olive tree
100-year-old transplants add character to modern landscapes
BY GLORIA YOUNG

ometimes it takes something old to bring new landscaping to life. Planting century-old olive trees at a home in Granite Bay created that transformation. “It changed it from a big house sitting on a lot with more modern landscaping into a feeling like you are actually in Tuscany — like you are in an Old World house,” Dave Bushnell, owner of Bushnell Gardens Nursery, said recently. The trees, taken from an orchard near Corning, have a uniqueness that develops only through long years of growth and weathering. There are several things that make the trees special. “First, it is the variety of the olives we brought in,” Bushnell said. “The Sevillano is the queen olive. It’s the very large one. It has less fruit and larger fruit. (The trees) are more disease resistant. The trunks tend to be very gnarled. That’s that oldman tree trunk we all love. It has the deep cracks and crevices. The older the tree gets, the more gnarled the trunk becomes. The trunk is what is of great care and value. People buy the old ones because of the character and trunk.” The nursery has a 100-plusyear-old and 40-year-old Sevillano on display, as well a 25year-old Ascolano. “At 40 years, you get significant architecture,” Bushnell said. “That’s why we have

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(both). You can see the difference in the architecture of the (older) tree. It’s bigger, thicker, more gnarled and more substantial.” The Ascolano variety has a smoother trunk, olive green leaves and its fruit is used to produce oil and dried olives. The 25-year-old trees will also create a special look in the yard. “They’re more affordable because they are lighter in weight, don’t have as big and heavy a root ball and can be handled by more standardized equipment,” Bushnell said. “They are a more reasonable solution for someone who wants to line a driveway or line the frontage of a subdivision.” The older, much larger Sevillanos require special equipment for delivery and installation. A 100-plus-year-old tree weighs more than 12,000 pounds and a 40-year-old averages more than 8,000 pounds. “It’s a feature in the landscape,” he said. “It can change the whole atmosphere of the front or backyard. … People build fountains, they do retaining walls, masonry courtyard walls, arbors and trellises. An olive tree is an even larger statement than those other features.” But proper placement is essential. “You really want to locate this feature in the right spot and that’s a significant part of getting what you want out of the tree,” he said. “The spot has to be horticulturally correct for the

A score of these Sevillano olive trees dot the landscape at this Granite Bay home.
plants.” A transplanted 100-year-old olive tree still has plenty of years left in its lifespan. “I have a photo of an olive tree that’s 2,300 years old,” he said. Cost of the trees ranges from $2,000 at the bottom end to as much as $6,000. That doesn’t include delivery and planting. Homeowners looking to add older trees have other options as well. Japanese maples, although more delicate, can be another long-living variety. “They get a lot of character and a lot of beautifully twisting branches — particularly the lace leaf ones,” said Laurie Meyerpeter at Lakes Nursery in Newcastle. “They are the ones that are moved because they aren’t quite as large.” Bushnell is seeing a developing trend for the old olive trees and it’s a popularity that’s likely to grow. He recently brought in one of them for an edition of the DIY television series, “Yard Crashers,” filmed at a home in Newcastle. The show will air in July. “It may be the most exciting thing in the show,” he said.

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Transplanted olive trees, gnarled with weathering over 100plus years in a Corning-area orchard, bring Old World charm and flavor to this newly constructed Tuscan-style home.
tree to be healthy and live. You wouldn’t plant it in a wet area. It needs a high mounted, dry area. You wouldn’t put it in the middle of the lawn… you don’t want excessive water. And you must consider the community of other trees. It must be in its own space and can’t have the competition of other trees and

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IN BRIEF

Placer County is seeking applications from residents interested in serving on its County Charter Review Committee. The committee is being created to review and evaluate the County Charter, a governing document approved by voters in 1980 that provides a level of flexibility in local decision making. The charter also contains provisions that guide the organiza-

County charter under review

tional structure, duties and responsibilities of elected and appointed officials. The 2012 review committee will be comprised of seven members. The five members of the Board of Supervisors will each select one review committee member. The other two committee members will be at-large public representatives selected by the board as a whole. For an application form, call the Board of Supervisors’ Office at 530-889-4010 or go to the

county website at http://www.placer.ca.gov /Applications.aspx#coco. Completed applications should be delivered to the Clerk of the Board’s Office in person or by mail. The office is located at 175 Fulweiler Ave. in Auburn.

Court seeks grand jury volunteers
The Superior Court of California, County of Placer is seeking applica-

tions from Placer County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2012-2013 Grand Jury. The Grand Jury’s one-year term begins on July 1, 2012 and ends on June 30, 2013. In order to meet the minimum qualifications for service on the Grand Jury, applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older, and have resided in Placer County for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming

a grand juror. Service on the Grand Jury requires a substantial investment of time, usually 25-30 hours per month. For those interested in obtaining more information, the current Grand Jury will be sponsoring two Meet and Greet sessions on the following dates to discuss the workings of the Grand Jury: • 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the County Office of Education, Burns Room, 360 Nevada St. in

Auburn. • 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Santucci Justice Center Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, 10820 Justice Center Drive in Roseville. Additional information and applications for Grand Jury service are available by contacting the Court Executive Office at (916) 408-6186, or by visiting the Court’s website at: www.placer. courts.ca.gov. Application deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, May 18.

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A sun-filled home with several access points to the outdoors, 208 Cypress Court in Granite Bay has California living at its finest.
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Custom homes help neighborhood shine
Granite Bay community offers pool, tennis courts, private tunnel to golf club
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veryone’s beating a path to 208 Cypress Point Court in Granite Bay, and what a lovely path it is. Irregular flagstones lead the way to a courtyard that is designed for outdoor living in the unique setting that is the Residences in Granite Bay. The Residences, an exclusive gated neighborhood steps from Granite Bay Golf Club, is filled with amenities like a community pool, tennis courts, and a private golf-cart tunnel to the club. The development has been described as similar to a European village or Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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With hickory cabinets, the kitchen keeps a rustic feel, while offering high-end appliances.
But it’s the individual homes in the community that make this custom neighborhood shine. “The home is an exquisite Santa Barbara Mission style,” said Valisa Schmidley with Keller Williams. “The stunning home is artistic in its design,

yet lives comfortably.” Stunning is right. The two-story Spanish mission brings outdoors in, with front courtyard and backyard accordion doors that open wide from the family room to a grotto filled with koi ponds, spa-like seating areas and zen garden foliage. “The family room doors to the outside really add square footage to the home,” Schmidley said. The California style home is most inviting. “The Santa Barbara Mission Style is very rare in Granite Bay. It’s very casually elegant, with luxurious finishes,” Schmidley
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An accordion door in the family room opens to the oasislike backyard.

has rounded glass-block shower and sunken, jetted tub
continued from page 18 said. “The home is beautifully appointed — no need for a re-do. And this is one of the larger lots in the Residences, an interior cul-de-sac location in a lock-and-leave, ultrasecure neighborhood.” Rich hickory floors fill the downstairs and match the massive wood beams and door casings. A home office, private with double-door entry to the front courtyard, stands on one side of the entry, the formal living room, which can double as a sun-filled billiard area, on the other. One of the most desirable aspects of this home is the downstairs master. Complete with pre-cast fireplace and hearth in walnut tones, the master includes views to the backyard oasis and a closet that rivals the size of most bedrooms. Numerous organizers and space for furniture or a center island make this a bed-and-bath combo that will please the most discriminating homebuyer. The master includes a rounded glass-block shower and a sunken, jetted tub as well. But when it comes to loving your home, the kitchen is the room that comes to mind. And this kitchen will
thrill any homebuyer. Pale oatmeal smattered with brown sugar and cinnamon is the perfect description for the home’s granite — granite that tops kitchen counters, a center island and backsplash. With hickory cabinets, the kitchen keeps a rustic feel, while offering high-end appliances like Dacor sixburner cook top, Dacor double ovens and Miele dishwasher. A granitetopped wine area and butler’s pantry complete the kitchen that shares space with a rounded, window-filled dinette area. The home includes a downstairs guest bedroom with full bath and a welcoming hickory staircase leads to additional spacious rooms upstairs, as well. Two upstairs bedrooms include a full bath that offers separate shower area and vanities, while a large game room with built-ins offers plenty of room to relax or play. The upstairs includes two balconies, front and side facing, while the side yard below includes a sunken hot tub and room for a dog run. A sun-filled home with several access points to the outdoors, this is California living at its finest.

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Celebrate the love of reading and books at the Northern California Storybook & Literature Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Maidu Library and Community Center, 1530 Maidu Drive, Roseville. Meet authors from across Northern California, including New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood and local favorites Ann Martin Bowler and Jack L. Parker. The festival features family entertainment, book signings, free crafts for children, author panels and advice on how to get published. For more information contact (916) 774-5221 or www.roseville.ca.us/ LiteratureFest.

Meet authors at Storybook Festival

The South Placer Republican Women Federated April 2012 luncheon will be Saturday, April 14, at Sierra View Country Club, 105 Alta Vista Ave., Roseville. Registration at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for first-time guests. For reservations contact Ginny Townsend at Ginny townsend@gmail.com.

Republican women plan luncheon

Roosevelt, Muir share stage
Lee Stetson marks his 20th annual performance as California’s most famous conservationist, John Muir at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Dietrich Theatre on the Sierra College campus, 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. Stetson, along with actor Alan Sutterfield as Teddy Roosevelt, will perform “The Tramp and the Roughrider,” which depicts the historic meeting between Muir and Roosevelt in the Yosemite wilderness. Advance tickets: $10 general, $5 students/seniors/museum members. Available at the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies Office, located in the Library, LRC, room 442. Or send a self-addressed stamped envelope and check payable to Sierra College Natural History Museum, to: Muir Play Tickets - c/o Jennifer Skillen, Sewell Hall, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677. Tickets at the door: $12 general, $7 students/seniors/museum members. For information, contact Jennifer Skillen at (916) 660-7926 or jskillen@ sierracollege.edu. There is a $2 parking fee on campus.

Are you prepared for your retirement?
If you are like most folks who are looking down the barrel at retirement, you have to be asking yourself if you are really prepared. Are you ready for one of the biggest transitions in your life? The California Institute for Financial Literacy is now offering Retirement 101, an adult-education course starting Sunday, April 15, at William Jessup University in Rocklin. Learn how to get the most from Social Security, how to maximize returns and minimize risk, the truth about Medi-Cal and solutions for long term care and how to chose the right financial adviser. To register, call (800) 749-0619 or visit www. caifl.org. The California Institute for Financial Literacy is a regional nonprofit.

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Girl Scouts lay down an eco-challenge to the community
reached nearly a billion. Troop 3883 started an e-mail campaign asking families to join in on the challenge by using cloth bags for two weeks and donating 10 cans of food to their local food bank. The campaign was launched a few weeks ago and the troop has already reached 10 states and five countries. The troop hopes to reach all 50 states with 1,000 pledges by the end of the school year. To join the campaign, simply e-mail gs3883@surewest.net. Together we can make a difference.
~ Staff report

irl Scouts of Granite Hills Service Troop 3883 in Granite Bay has initiated two challenges to families all around the world. The 10 members of the troop researched and identified two areas of the challenge:

1. Cutting back on the use of plastic bags around the world.

Research shows that plastic bag use has become a serious epidemic to our eco-system. Every minute one million bags are used worldwide, simple math shows in one day nearly a billion and a half bags are used. Statistics show only one bag in 200 are actually recycled and it takes over 1,000 years for one to possibly decompose.
2. Donating 10 cans of food to your local food bank.

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In the U.S. it is estimated that 1 in 7 will go to bed hungry, worldwide the numbers have

Girl Scouts of Granite Hills Service Troop 3883 recently started a challenge to encourage the use of reusable bags. Front row from left are Meri Riley, Isabella Sarmiento and Taylor Whalen, and back row from left are Jordan Lawrence, Katharine Strong, Olivia Cox, Cameron Buck, Madeline Ghufran, Amanda Batiste and Tatum DeZorzi.

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Nancy Guin, owner of Fancy, Chic and Vintage, located in the Antique Trove in Roseville, straightens up the vintage items in her display pad filled with French, vintage and “glitzy” merchandise.
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Find unique housewares and premium-label clothing — without breaking the bank
enew your home with finds from area antique, consignment and thrift stores in honor of Earth Day this month. You’ll give your purchases a second life and keep some money in your wallet. On a recent Sunday afternoon, shoppers at Antique Trove enjoyed both the process of searching for unique items and the thrill of finding them. Katie Eckert showed off a vintage cut-glass cake stand. The price tag? $16. “We’re just kind of browsing around and seeing what appeals at the moment,” said Eckert, whose friend found an old cow bell. “We have three kerosene lamps from three

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different stalls waiting for us up front.” There’s a treasure in every aisle of Antique Trove’s 40,000-square-foot Roseville showroom. More than 200 dealers sell antique furniture, vintage dishware and collectibles of every stripe. Larger items such as statues, garden pottery and wagon wheels are displayed in an outdoor area behind the store. “I like glitzy stuff, like crystals, and glass and silver,” said Nancy Guin, a dealer at the Trove who has worked as a decorator in department stores. “You can put that with anything. I’ve seen it with country and any kind of French décor.” Guin’s milk-glass candy dishes and decorative tiered stands have been popular, as well as her French-themed décor items.

There’s a treasure in every aisle of Antique Trove’s 40,000-squarefoot Roseville showroom. More than 200 dealers sell antique furniture, vintage dishware, and collectibles of every stripe. Larger items are displayed in an outdoor area behind the store.
She calls her style “fancy chic and vintage.” Antique dealer Sherry She’s working on a new display that will Kolinski created a spring and incorporate elements of farmhouse, such Easter design in her display • SEE CONSIGN PAGE 28 pad at the Antique Trove.

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continued from 28 as old stoneware, silver trays and baskets. Guin said antique stores are a great resource for creating an eclectic look. “You might buy a new piece of furniture and you look around for a table and you don’t want something that looks like everything else,” she said. At the far right corner of the Trove, dealer Riley Gibson has assembled primitive pieces from Mongolia as well as Christian artifacts from France and Italy. Gibson pointed out American bookends from the early 1900s and Art Nouveau vases from the 1890s in one of his display cases. He said he generally favors pieces with a “more masculine look.” In another dealer’s space,

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“At the far right corner of the Trove, dealer Riley Gibson has assembled primitive pieces from Mongolia as well as Christian artifacts from France and Italy.“
Nancy Guin, a dealer at the Trove who has worked as a decorator in department stores

Platanitis in the Antique Trove is devoted to vintage home and garden finds.

shopper Danielle Zerr and her husband had hopes of finding a Little Orphan Annie mug. “I’m actually looking for a coffee mug for my sister that she had as a kid,” said Zerr, who broke the mug. “I’m kind of new to looking through antique stores. I can see where it’s going to be a habit.”

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Like antique stores, consignment stores such as Jordan’s Closet kids’ boutique in Roseville also offer high-quality items. The used children’s clothing store specializes in designer brands. Ingrid and Arlene Nairn, a mother and daughter team, opened the boutique in the Renaissance Creek shopping center last year. In addition to children’s clothes in sizes newborn to 16, Jordan’s Closet also sells used toys, maternity clothes, baby gear, and new hair bows handmade by local women. “We’re picky,” said Arlene Nairn, who took a break from a major in international business to launch Jordan’s Closet. “Everything that hits the floor, it’s cleaned, steamed — it’s in excellent condition. We try to make (the store) look like a boutique so that mothers enjoy shopping here.” When asked why her patrons shop for used items, Ingrid Nairn said the depressed economy is a factor. “I think the mentality is changing,” she said. “Now mommies are more aware that the items can have a double life.” Individuals who consign their items at the store receive 40 percent of the sale price. A size 4 Burberry button-down shirt, which retails for more than $100, had a price tag of $45 at Jordan’s Closet, before mark-

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downs. The price goes down the longer an item lives in the store. After three months, prices are slashed by 75 percent. Consignors then may pick up any unsold items or donate them to charities such as Birth and Beyond. Unlike consignment stores, thrift stores receive their merchandise through donations. Sales proceeds from the used women’s and children’s clothing at ReNew Boutique benefit Acres of Hope, a 10-room residential program for homeless mothers and their children located in Applegate. ReNew occupies a twostory, circa 1907 building on Walnut Street in Old Roseville. “When people walk in they say ‘I’ve never seen a thrift store like this. It’s so beautiful,’” said store manager Gerri Bennett. The three-year-old boutique carries brands such as Anne Taylor, Coldwater Creek and Talbots with prices in the $10 to $15 range. There’s also a selection of other items for $2 and $5, Bennett said. The boutique recently expanded to a second

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Fancy, Chic and Vintage, located in the Antique Trove in Roseville, is dedicated to French, vintage and “glitzy” merchandise, according to owner Nancy Guin.

“When people walk in they say ‘I’ve never seen a thrift store like this. It’s so beautiful”
Gerri Bennett, store manager of ReNew

Roseville location with a different focus. Urban ReNew features furniture, household goods and sports equipment.

Bennett said people donate items to ReNew because they believe in the work at Acres of Hope. The program receives some women directly from drug rehab. “When they’re reunited with (their) kids it’s the first time these kids have had a clean and sober mom and they get a safe place to live,” she said.

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The night’s emcee, Mark S. Allen, right, and wife Jennette, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the Emerald Brigade’s annual crab-feed fundraiser.

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Easy way to learn continents Here’s a way to learn the continents. Discover ways they are alike, for example, how the word begins: A=Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, E=Europe, N=North America and S=South America. Make up a silly sentence to help remember the continents, such as, Aliens Eat Natural Stuff. Seven Wonders of the World Have your child Google “The Seven Wonders of the World.” You may be surprised to find out now there are the “New Seven Wonders” and the “Ancient Seven Wonders.” Copy

the photos and descriptions and have a family discussion about why they would be considered “wonders.” The discussion will be worth it. Recently a teacher asked her students what they considered the Seven Wonders of the World and one student said, “To see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh and to love.” The whole class went quiet. It made me smile as I began to think maybe we overlook the simple and ordinary and shouldn’t take for granted what is truly wondrous. Perhaps, in the end, it’s simply a stimulating idea to help our children and grandchildren contemplate the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
Sheri Hitchings is a Granite Bay resident and former educator.

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Locals help launch Teens’ Teaching Kitchen at Koinonia in Loomis
eventy residents from Sacramento and Placer counties attended the grand opening of Koinonia Homes for Teens’ Teaching Kitchen for foster youth on March 2, which included appetizers and cake pops handmade by teens in the program. “This was a great opportunity to show our kids how much this community cares about them and to show our community members how much their generosity makes a difference in young lives,” said Bill Ryland, Koinonia Homes for Teens administrator. “The kids and guests alike had a great time.” Koinonia created the Teaching Kitchen thanks to grants from Herbalife Family Foundation and Bank of America to ensure foster youth in the program receive proper nutrition education, learn how to create

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Granite Bay resident Kathleen Zaro and her daughters help celebrate the grand opening of Koinonia Homes for Teens’ Teaching Kitchen for foster youth.
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healthy meals for themselves and a group, and explore career opportunities in the culinary field.

Prior to the Teaching Kitchen, teens in the program learned how to cook nutritious meals, but were gathered in a

small kitchen with few appliances and just enough curriculum to ensure they learned the basics.

With the new kitchen, more teens can gather around a kitchen island designed for instruction and use new appliances. Koinonia also will bring in more guest speakers to teach about nutrition and cooking as a profession. Koinonia Homes for Teens, a division of Koinonia Family Services, works with teens in several specialized programs. With six homes located in Placer and Sacramento counties, and a Community School and Treatment Center in Loomis, Koinonia is one of the premiere adolescent substance abuse treatment programs in the state. Each home is staffed with caring professionals that bring a home-like atmosphere and quality treatment during this difficult out-of-home placement.
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ith a pocket full of memories from the Central Coast, it is a pleasure to provide suggestions for San Luis Obispo. This wonderful spot on the map offers infinite opportunities.

Accommodations
Check out the hotel deals and packages, especially for romantic getaways. Our favorite is Madonna Inn (www.madonnainn.com), an experience you’ll not forget. You can have a one-night stay with a 60-minute couples massage! Also on our list is the Apple Farm Inn with golf, dinner and wine packages. Marriott also has a golf package. Embassy Suites Hotel, the Garden St. B&B on the beach and SLO Creek Lodge are also recommended.

Mission San Luis Obispo, the fifth California mission founded by Father Junipero Serra, at bottom, was built between 1773 and 1794.
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Adding a bit of spice
Downtown, enjoy the Center Cinemas, City Hall art, including the child and bear sculpture (take the trolley ThursdaySundays). Enjoy the flavors of the SLO Farmer’s Market and Street Fair on Thursday nights. Don’t miss visiting Mission San Luis de Tolosa. Tour the historic Jack House and Gardens, open every Sunday 1-4 p.m. Worth your while is Laguna Hills Park, one of the neighborhood’s parks with a view overlooking the city. Enjoy golf at the San Luis Obispo Golf and Country Club. Don’t miss the incredible sunsets. Travel to San Simeon to visit the magnificent Hearst Castle Historical Monument. The elephant seals and the wetlands of the park by Santa Rosa Creek in San Simeon are not to be missed, (800) 444-4445. Evenings are entertaining here. Theater enthusiasts can check out the SLO Little Theatre Performances (www.slolit-

tletheatre.org). Concerts in the Plaza are held June-September on Fridays. For music and art buffs, discover blues at the SLO Blues Society (www.sloblues. org) or Art-Ico in the Garden in May or performing arts at Cal Poly (www.pacslo.org).

A paradise for kids
Hike the craggy peaks of the Nine Sisters. Take a walk along SLO Creek downtown. Enjoy time at the Skate Park; picnic or camp at El Chorro Regional Park and Laguna Lake Park. Investigate the stone wall at the Mission and be on the lookout for Bubblegum Alley. At the Limekiln State Park, enjoy the redwoods, sandy beach and star gazing; picnic or grill at the Santa Rosa and Triangle Parks. Play racquetball and other

sports at the Rec. Center. Fish at Lopez Lake, bowl, walk the dog, enjoy the picnic area and amphitheatre at the 11-acre Dinosaur Caves Park (www. pismobeach.org) and visit the

Charles Paddock Zoo. At Franklin Hot Springs, kids can catch and release their fish or take a boat ride. Rent a dune buggy (www.sunbuggy.com), hike Poly Canyon, play beach volleyball or throw Frisbees at Pismo or Avila beaches. Horseback riding is available at Buckley Stables, (805) 5457915. Entertain yourselves with baseball and rugby (www. goplay.com). Savor the fresh-picked crops from Thursdays’ Farmer’s Markets. Higuera Street becomes an olfactory heaven with the aroma of barbecue and a feast for the eyes and ears with entertainment by belly dancers and folk musicians. Music concerts in the Plaza, dune buggy adventures at the SLO County Pismo Beach or elephant seal watching in San

Simeon should be on the “to do” list at some point.

Sip in the flavors
Enjoy Tolosa Winery, Opolo, Claiborne Churchill Vintner or have an evening picnic at Rincon Vineyards near Lopez Lake. Harvest Celebration weekend is May 16. Or you can savor the foods of San Luis Obispo at these spots. Enjoy the flavors of Big Sky Café, Novo Restaurant Lounge or Quarterdeck for seafood. Choose Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ or the Apple Farm with great food and a wonderful gift shop. For Asian cuisine enjoy Mondeo Pronto. Italian enthusiasts will find Ciopinot a great treat. Bon appetite and happy travels to exciting San Luis Obispo.
Sheri Hitchings is a Granite Bay resident and avid traveler.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 6
Thunder Laughs featuring Don Friesen at 8 p.m. at Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln. Tickets $19 and $29. www.thundervalleyresort.com or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Murder mystery dinner theater
The Station hosts a murder mystery dinner titled “Who’s Trying to Kill James Blonde?” at 7:30 p.m. at The Station, 1100 Orlando Ave. in Roseville. $39.95. Reservations at (916) 772-2405.

Blonde?” (see inset for details) Rachel Cheríe Wood book signing from 3-7 p.m. at It’s A Grind Coffee House, 7451 Foothills Blvd. in Roseville. www.rachelcherie.com or dear.rachelcherie@gmail.com. Spring dinner dance at The Flower Farm, 4150 Folsom Road in Loomis. $100 donation. Proceeds benefit Zafia’s Family House. For information, visit www.zafiasfamilyhouse.org. Placer SPCA’s 11th annual Funny Bones from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Timber Creek Ballroom at Sun City, Roseville, 7050 Del Webb Blvd. Silent and live auction, dinner, Hero Awards, comedian Dan St. Paul. $100. (916) 782-7722 ext. 102 or www.placerspca.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7
Louie Anderson performs at 8:30 p.m. at Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln. Comedian, creator of “Life with Louie,” former host of “Family Feud.” Tickets $32.50 and $42.50. www.thundervalleyresort.com or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19
“Legally Blonde – The Musical” performed by Granite Bay High School at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20 and 21, May 2, 3 and 4 at Granite Bay High School, 1 Grizzly Way in Granite Bay. $12. www.seatyour self.biz/granite or www.granite bayhigh.org/Page/1080.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10
“The Color Purple” national tour at 7:30 p.m. April 10, 11, 12 at Three Stages at Folsom College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Broadway musical. $39-$59, premium $69. (916) 608-6888 or www.threestages.net.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Berlin featuring Terri Nunn performs at 8:30 p.m. at Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln. Special guest Larisa Bryski. Tickets $22.50 and $32.50. www.thundervalleyresort.com or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Grove Blvd. in Roseville. Family entertainment, green businesses, cooking and animal shows and more. www.roseville.ca.us. Legends of Soul Tribute Show at 8:30 p.m. at Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln. Features music of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Michael Jackson. Tickets $21.50 and $31.50. www.thundervalleyresort. com or Ticketmaster (800) 7453000. Access to Care Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd. in Roseville. Latest products and services for people with disabilities and/or issues with aging. Workshops, family friendly activities, wheelchair tune-ups and more. Childcare available. Free. www.access tocarefair.com. (916) 791-4146.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
“Gardens of Folsom” garden tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 and 29. $12. Map included with ticket purchase. (916) 9843851 or www.folsomgarden.org. 6th annual Art & Chocolate Studio Trek from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay. Free. For passport map, visit www.art studiotrek.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20
“Legally Blonde – The Musical” (see April 19 listing) Totems, Plates & Teapots ceramic exhibition and competition runs April 20 through June 2 at the Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. in Roseville. (916) 783-4117 or www.rosevillearts.org. “The Tramp and the Roughrider,” depicting the historic meeting between John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, will be at 7 p.m. at the Dietrich Theatre on the Sierra College Rocklin campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Advance tickets $10 general, $5 students/seniors/ museum members or $12/$7 at the door. $2 parking.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
“The Color Purple” (see April 10 listing)

SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Gardening workshop at 10 a.m. at Bushnell Gardens, 5255 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay. (916) 791-4199. Friends of Roseville annual dinner meeting at 5 p.m. at 1023 Gabrielli Drive. Food, music, drawings. $5. Funds raised for scholarships, television programs and newsletters. (916) 783-9891. 5K run at Maidu Park, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville. 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race. $25 before April 1, $30 after. Proceeds benefit Zafia’s Family House. www.zafiasfamilyhouse.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12
“The Color Purple” (see April 10 listing) “Our Seniors, A Generation Worth Fighting For” presentation from 3-5 p.m. at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 2401 Olympus Drive in Roseville. Question and answer period, refreshments. Free. 2011-2012 Placer County Grand Jury Meet-N-Greet at 2 p.m. at Santucci Justice Center, 2nd Floor Jury Assembly Room, 10820 Justice Center Drive in Roseville. www.placergrandjury.org or www.placer.courts.ca.gov/grand jury/grandjury-fp.html. Spring Fling wine tasting from 46 p.m. at Partners Mortgage,

SUNDAY, APRIL 29
6th annual Art & Chocolate Studio Trek (see April 28 listing) “Gardens of Folsom” garden tour (see April 28 listing) Yomen: A Spring Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maidu Museum & Historic Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville. Opening blessing, dance groups, traditional art and craft demonstrations, guided tours, storytelling, children’s activities, craft fair. Free. (916) 774-5934 or www.roseville.ca.us/indian museum.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22
12th annual Raising Spirits wine and food tasting from 4-8 p.m. at Morgan Creek Country Club, 8791 Morgan Creek Lane in Roseville. Proceeds benefit Roseville HomeStart, Lazarus Project, St. Vincent de Paul and What Would Jesus Do? $45 single or $85 for two after April 1. (916) 624-2570.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
The American Tenors performance at 4 p.m. at Three Stages, Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. $25. (916) 608-6888 or www.flcca.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
“Legally Blonde – The Musical” (see April 19 listing) Fifth annual Celebrate the Earth Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mahany park, 1501 Pleasant

FRIDAY, APRIL 27
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The experience of selling your home depends on the ® REALTOR ® you choose. That is why Dan and Lisa Kraft, owners and Granite Bay residents, personally hire each agent to make sure your home sale is a positive event.

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NOT REO or Short Sale • Former Model 3bd/2ba home • In established Folsom neighbrhd • Well-cared for single story • On a large lot w/3 car garage • Whole house fan, newer roof & appliances • Tons of storage & built-ins.

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• Walk to Lake Natoma • 3 bed, 2 bath • Master Downstairs • Large Kitchen • Separate Family Room • Enclosed Sunroom/ Bonus Room off Kitchen

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$360,800

1627 Old Hart Ranch Rd. Roseville

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$259,000

Call Jeannie Robinson at 216.3911
Address 7270 Douglas Blvd 8590 Christy Ln 9922 Villa Florence Ln 9920 Villa Florence Ln 800 Hardwick Ct 9835 Village Center Dr 6920 Bell Dr 4852 Waterbury Way 6655 Stonehedge Ct 4041 Haviland Dr 7710 Boren Ln 9428 Richford Ln 5025 Woodspring Ct 7675 Sierra Dr 7405 Shelborne Dr 8950 Vista De Lago Ct 9975 Granite Point Ct Bed 3 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 6 6

Call Mina Rowe at 303.6056 Call Beverly Ramm at 870.8575
Bath 2 (2 0) 2 (2 0) 2 (2 1) 3 (2 1) 3 (3 0) 3 (3 0) 3 (3 0) 3 (2 1) 3 (2 1) 3 (3 0) 3 (2 1) 3(3 0) 3 (2 1) 4 (4 0) 3 (3 0) 4 (4 0) 6 (5 1) Sq Ft 1,432 1,624 2,129 2,129 2,832 2,797 3,413 3,312 2,779 3,465 2,000 2,508 3,084 3,584 3,558 4,705 5,629

Call Della and Reuben at 337.5233
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Call Sharon Whiting at 296.9417
List Price $174,900 $249,000 $299,900 $323,000 $399,000 $433,200 $449,900 $450,000 $475,000 $437,000 $549,900 $499,900 $589,900 $695,000 $750,900 $899,900 $1,399,000 Sale Price $175,000 $245,000 $292,000 $315,000 $400,000 $417,000 $435,000 $450,000 $463,100 $475,000 $525,000 $525,000 $567,000 $675,000 $745,000 $84,000 $1,220,000

RECENT GRANITE BAY HOME SALES

Information deemed to be reliable but not verified. Home sales are based in information from MetroList Services, Inc.

Congratulations!
to Della & Reuben Johnson Recipients of the Sacramento Magazine’s Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for 2012
This award represents the top 4% of agents in the area for providing exceptional service and overall satisfaction.

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN!
• Lovely 3 bed, 2 bath • Large kitchen w/bar seating • Living room w/custom fireplace • Finished basement w/Den, bedroom, Full bath • 4 year new HVAC

NEW LISTING!!
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