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                                                                                  Serving Fair Oaks, Gold River, Rancho Cordova & Sacramento County                                                                                    Second Edition for February 2012


Raising Money
for the Wounded                                                                       Dedicated to Giving Back                                                                                         Public Responsible Innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grange Supports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GMO Labeling for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              November Ballot
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Dedicated Employees
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (PRIDE) Scholarship awarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                       each year to a graduating high
                                                                                                                                                                                                       school student in Rancho                 Thousands of volunteers are
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cordova.                              now fanning out state-wide to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Community PRIDE                launch a petition drive to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Scholarship was started in 2008       the California Right to Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                       by the EAT Committee to recog-        Genetically Engineered Food
                                                                      Page 2                                                                                                                           nize the value of education and       Act on the ballot in November.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       honor exceptional youth by help-      In the thick of the grass-roots
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing them achieve their higher         initiative is the California State
                                                                                                                                                                                                       education goals. “Employees
A Leisurely History of                                                                                                                                                                                 are honored to recognize local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Grange, one of the leading part-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ners in the effort.
Sacramento County:                                                                                                                                                                                     students who exhibit pride in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       their community,” said Brown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The California State Grange
65 Million Years                                                                                                                                                                                       An employee Spaghetti Feed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             has long supported the idea that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             GMOs (genetically modified
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Talent Show will be held
Per Hour                                                                                                                                                                                               March 2 to raise funds for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             organisms) in the food supply
                                                                                                                                                                                                       scholarship.                          should be adequately tested and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          For more information about         that consumers are entitled to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the scholarship or to apply, visit    know what’s in food they eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.cityofranchocordova.org.          The American people agree. Yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Each time the City of Rancho          despite overwhelming support for
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cordova receives feedback from        GMO labeling, for over a decade
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the community, employees are          regulators and legislators at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       driven to find additional ways to      national and state level have
                                                                                                                                                                                                       make a difference.                    largely ignored public concerns.
                                                                                                                               Photo Credit Rancho Cordova.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          This week, a letter and               That’s why the Committee for
                                                                                  R A N C H O C O R D O VA –        a team called “Run Bubbas                 about Bevin’s journey, visit             Certificate of Appreciation were       the Right to Know is taking the
                                                                               Behind the scenes at Rancho          Run” to participate in this year’s        http://bevinsadventureswith-             received from Maria Barrs,            issue directly to the voters of
                                                                               Cordova City Hall, City employ-      Arthritis Walk at the Capitol on          jra.blogspot.com. Many of the            President and General Manager         California. Now, with petitions in
                                                                     Page 10   ees champion fundraising             Saturday, May 5, 2012.                    employee fundraisers are made            at News 10, thanking the City for     hand, over 1,500 volunteers will
                                                                               activities to support the commu-        “Bubbas” is Bevin’s term of            possible because of the City’s           participating in the news orga-       be gathering signatures at stores
                                                                               nity they live, work, and play in.   affection for her favorite stuffed        Employee Advisory Team                   nization’s Coats for Kids drive.      and farmers markets up and down
                                                                               In the last year, City employees     animal. Throughout the day, City          (EAT).                                   “Thanks to your generosity, we
How to Build Your                                                              participated in over 40 com-         employees drop plastic bottles               The EAT Committee was                 were able to meet and surpass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the state.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The bottom line is Californians
                                                                               munity events and fundraising        and soda cans into a collec-              created in 2004 through the sug-
2012 Herb Flower                                                               activities.                          tion bin beneath Bevin’s photo.           gestion of a City employee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       our goal of collecting 25,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                       coats,” Barrs wrote.“Together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             have a right to know what’s in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             food we eat and feed our children.
Veggie Garden                                                                     The focus of the current fund-
                                                                               raiser is a smiling 3-year old
                                                                                                                    The family is collecting recy-
                                                                                                                    clables to raise money for Team
                                                                                                                                                              EAT’s purpose is to increase
                                                                                                                                                              communication among employ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       with your help and the help of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       many schools and businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             It’s time to send a strong, direct
                                                                               child named Bevin. Her photo         Run Bubbas Run to support the             ees and provide a forum for                                                    message to those who govern us,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       throughout our region, we were
                                                                               hangs in the employee break          Arthritis Foundation in finding a          ideas and suggestions to enhance         able to make over 26,000 coats        whether they be agency or elected,
                                                                               room. Bevin is the granddaughter     cure.                                     the unique workplace culture.            available to children and family      that we want genetically engi-
                                                                               of Customer Service Specialist          “My family has been so hon-            “One component of the EAT                in need this winter!”                 neered foods labeled,” says Pamm
                                                                               Evelyn Richardson.                   ored and appreciative of the              Committee is to coordinate                  Through a fundraising drive,       Larry, founder of the Committee
                                                                                  The child was diagnosed with      support we’ve received from               community fundraising activi-            the City collected 45 coats to        For the Right to Know.
                                                                               Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis        the city and my co-workers for            ties,” said Lisa Brown, Human            support the winter coat drive.           Check the website, www.label-
                                                                               (JRA) in November 2010. JRA          the recycling drive,” Richardson          Resources Analyst and EAT                   The City has donated about         gmos.org for more information on
                                                                               affects her hips, knees, and left    said. “It’s only recyclables, but         member. “City employees are              450 coats in the last six years.      this issue.
                                                                               ankle causing her to walk with       every little bit has helped Bevin’s       dedicated to giving back to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         For more information on
                                                                               a limp and requiring daily med-
                                                                               ication and weekly injections.
                                                                                                                    team.”
                                                                                                                       To date, Team Run Bubbas
                                                                                                                                                              community year round through
                                                                                                                                                              donations and volunteering.”             the fundraising and charita-               GOT MORE
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ble activities of City of Rancho
                                                                     Page 11   Since diagnosis, the family has      Run has raised a total of $1,260             The EAT Committee is now
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cordova employees, go to                 LO C A L N E W S ?
                                                                               been working with the Arthritis      and $255.42 of this amount is             fundraising to support a $500
                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.cityofranchocordova.org.
                                                                               Foundation. They have formed         from recycling. To learn more             employee-sponsored Community                                                      CALL 773-1111

                                                                                                                                                               Capitol Pops Concert Band Receives Grant
                                                                                                                                                              based community band celebrat-           the band’s 15th anniversary concert   in Royer Park in Roseville.
                                                                                                                                                              ing its 15th year in 2012.               on April 21, 2012, in the gym at         About 75 musicians in the self-
                                                                                                                                                                 CPCB Director Jerry Lopes, who        Rusch Park in Citrus Heights. Other   supporting, nonprofit CPCB span a
                                                                                                                                                              has served as the band’s director        performances include concerts in      wide range of ages, from students to
                                                                                                                                                              since its first rehearsal on Feb. 6,     Roseville, Carmichael, Fair Oaks      nonagenarians. Concerts also feature
     Scan our QR Code for a
 direct link to our online edition!                                                                                                                           1997, announced the awarding of          and other Sacramento-area locales.    musician soloists and vocalists. The
                                                                                                                                                              the grant.                                  Under the baton of Lopes, CPCB     CPCB scholarship fund provides
                                                                                                                                                                 The one-time grant will be used for   concerts feature Broadway show        private music lessons for interested
                                          Change Service Requested




                                                                                                                                                              the band’s upcoming concert season,      tunes, movie themes, marches and      students.
                                                                                                                                                              which will feature more than a dozen     patriotic songs, as well as old/new      For more information on the
 PRESORTED STD.




                         Carmichael, CA
   US POSTAGE




                                                                                                                                                              free-to-the-public      performances     popular standards. Through two        band, call (916) 967-1461, visit
                          PERMIT 350




                                                                                     Capitol Pops Concert Band Director Jerry Lopes.                          throughout the greater Sacramento        decades, the band has performed       www.capitolpops.org or visit the
                  PAID




                                                                                                                                                              region. The band recently resumed        at venues and events throughout       band’s Facebook page. Venues
                                                                                 SACRAMENTO REGION –                munity Foundation has awarded a           rehearsals in preparation for this       the Sacramento area, including the    interested in booking the band
                                                                               The Louise Hess Foundation of        $1,500 grant to the Capitol Pops          year’s series of concerts.               Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the       should send e-mails to Lopes at
                                                                               the Sacramento Region Com-           Concert Band, the Fair Oaks-                 The CPCB season will begin with       annual Fourth of July celebration     glopes@macnexus.org.



                                                                                                                     Free Flapjacks Fundraiser at IHOP
                                                                                                                      For every short stack of but-           Day 2011 and pancake lovers                 National Pancake Day 2011          has evolved into a month-long
                                                                                                                    termilk pancakes served on                donated more than $2.5 million to        was IHOP’s largest one-day event      celebration that takes place dur-
                                                                                                                    National Pancake Day, IHOP                children’s charities, exceeding the      in the company’s 53-year history.     ing the month of February. It will
                                                                                                                    guests are invited to make a vol-         fundraising goal of $2.3 million.·          Pancake Day is a tradition that    culminate with the free flapjack
                                                                                                                    untary donation to Children’s                All of the free pancakes served       dates back several centuries to       giveaway on February 28.
                                                                                                                    Miracle Network Hospitals.                on National Pancake Day 2011             when the English prepped for             To find a local IHOP or to
                                                                                                                    Donations made at IHOPs in the            would create a stack nearly 16           fasting during Lent. Strict rules     donate online, visit www.ihop-
                                                                                                                    area will benefit the Children’s           miles high. National Pancake             prohibited the eating of all dairy    pancakeday.com.
                                                                                 SACRAMENTO REGION –                Miracle Network Hospitals’ pro-           Day at IHOP is TUESDAY,                  products during Lent, so pan-
                                                                               For the seventh consecutive year,    gram at UC Davis Children’s               February 28, 2012, 7 a.m. – 10           cakes were made to use up the
                                                                               IHOP restaurants nationwide          Hospital. IHOP hopes to raise             p.m. (15 full hours)                     supply of eggs, milk, butter and
                                                                               will offer each guest a free short   $2.7 million this year, with a               Since the inception of National       other dairy products…hence
                                                                               stack of its famous buttermilk       goal to bring the total amount            Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has            the name Pancake Tuesday,
                                                                               pancakes on National Pancake         of funds raised to more than $10          raised nearly $8 million and given       or Shrove Tuesday. This year,
                                                                               Day in an effort to raise aware-     million.                                  away more than 14 million pan-           IHOP’s National Pancake Day
                                                                               ness and funds for Children’s          IHOP served four million free           cakes to support charities in the        will be celebrated a week later,
                                                                               Miracle Network Hospitals.           pancakes on National Pancake              communities in which it operates.        as the popular annual campaign
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  Birds of a Feather Breakfast Together
                                                                                      industrious season. Few eyes
                                                                                                                                   Raising Money for the Wounded
                                                                                      could spot a nickel-sized hum-                                                                                                    provides the path to adventure
                                                                                      mingbird nest, constructed from                                                                                                   through adaptive sports.
                                                                                      grass and cobwebs. To view it                                                                                                        For 45 days, John will be trav-
                                                                                      bulging with microscopic chicks is                                                                                                eling on an established cycling
                                                                                      a further revelation. Audubon peo-                                                                                                route known as “The Southern
                                                                                      ple research Effie Yeaw’s 80 acres                                                                                                 Tier.” At approximately 3,100
                                                                                      — and the adjacent riverside — in                                                                                                 miles, this route plays hosts to an
                                                                                      preparation for the pre-breakfast                                                                                                 exciting mix of landscapes, featur-
                                                                                      ramble. Small groups of guests are                                                                                                ing extremes in both elevation and
                                                                                      lead from habitat to habitat.                                                                                                     temperature. A seven-map set from
                                                                                         A spring tradition for many                                                                                                    the American Cycling Association
                                                                                      wildlife fans, the avian safari is                                                                                                will guide him through California,
                                                                                      followed by a sumptuous breakfast                                                                                                 Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,
                                                                                      served by American River Natural                                                                                                  Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
                                                                                      History Association board mem-                                                                                                    and Florida. Along the way, John
                                                                                      bers. $35 admission assists the                                                                                                   is sure to encounter a wide variety
Scouting for breakfast near the American River, a black crested night heron
                                                                                      survival of the Effie Yeaw Nature                                                                                                  of wildlife, many of which would
is among species likely to be spotted at the March 10 avian safari.                   Center. “It’s a rare opportunity                                                                                                  be quite content with trying to eat
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.                                                       to experience animal lifecycles                                                                                                   him!
                                                                                      and study things you often pass                                                                                                      Follow John Schuessler’s
By Susan Maxwell Skinner                beat homeward passages in the                 without seeing,” promises center
                                        winter sky. You hear unlovely                                                                                                                                                   daily journal w/photos at www.
   E F F I E Y E AW N AT U R E                                                        staffer Betty Cooper. “We sell out                                                                                                johnridesforthewounded.com.
                                        squawks from elegant herons and               every year.”
CENTER – The egret has landed.                                                                                                                                                                                             There will be blogs on John’s
                                        the barely audible chip-chip of                  The event is not recommended
The aquatic hen has also mated,                                                                                                     SACRAMENTO REGION                        The charities that John will be            web site where you can send a
                                        hummingbirds.                                 for young children. Participants
nested and is coddling chicks by                                                                                                  – Orangevale resident John              riding for are:                               heartfelt “thank you” and other
                                           It helps to have a guide. And              should wear comfortable shoes
March. In this otherwise bleak                                                                                                    Schuessler departed San Diego              The Wounded Warrior Project                words of encouragement to our
                                        that is how a 21 year tradition               and bring binoculars. Attests
month, nature observes its own                                                                                                    February 20th on a solo, self-          – Providing programs that are                 brave men and women returning
                                        at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center                Cooper: “Rain or shine, it will
schedule; early bird moms are                                                                                                     supported bicycle trek across the       uniquely structured to nurture                from war.
                                        assists. The non-profit’s annual              happen. Birders are an intrepid
already serving worms.                                                                                                            United States. It is John’s hope        the mind and body, and encour-                   Additionally, there will be
                                        “Bird and Breakfast” fundraiser               lot.”
   If you know where to look on                                                                                                   that the burden of pedaling such        age economic empowerment.                     direct links to the aforemen-
                                        on March 10 provides feasts for                  Bird and Breakfast begins at 8
the American River Parkway, you                                                                                                   a heavy load will diminish on the          Paralyzed Veterans of America              tioned charities where your
                                        eyes, ears and (human) tummies.               a.m. Bookings are essential; num-
can see dazzling egrets guarding                                                                                                  knowledge that funds raised will        – This organization champions                 donations (even small ones) can
                                           As the sun rises, Sacramento               bers limited. To learn more about
lofty nests; woodpecker babies                                                                                                    benefit our wounded soldiers            for improvements in health care               make a difference in the lives of
                                        Audubon Society guides will                   the fundraiser, call (916) 489-
hatching in sky scraper tree cav-                                                                                                 returning from conflicts abroad.         benefits, career placement, and                our heroes and their families.
                                        lead explorers to view dozens                 4918.
ities. Above, migratory species
                                        of bird species during their most



 Singles Nite in Hollywood Dance                                                                                                                   Fair Oaks Recreation and
   Christian Singles Network           over 7,500 singles on its ros-                 $10 at the door is available when
is hosting a Nite in Hollywood
Dance for single adults Saturday,
                                       ter and hosts dances every 3 to
                                       4 weeks. Call the number below
                                                                                      people join CSN for a year.
                                                                                         Pre-sale tickets are available
                                                                                                                                                  Park District Events Schedule
March 3, from 7 PM to 11:30            for directions or more informa-                at Berean Christian Bookstore,
PM. At Carmichael Presbyterian         tion. The price also includes                  Sacramento; Jireh’s Bookstore                  Ladies Night Out                                            family. Please join us for a FREE egg hunt for chil-
Church, 5645 Marconi Ave.,             appetizers (including dessert)                 in Placerville, and on line at                                       rd
                                                                                                                                     Saturday, March 3 @ the Fair Oaks Community                 dren 0-13 years old, or hop on over and purchase
Carmichael. The evening fea-           and complimentary non alcohol                  www.christiansinglesnet.com, or                Clubhouse 8 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.                                  entry into the morning breakfast and a *$10 wrist-
tures DJ John Maricich playing         beverages. The dance music is a                by mail through CSN, P.O. Box                    Entertainment, shopping, pampering, raffle, and            band for unlimited carnival games and inflatables,
dance music 8-11:30, and dance         mix of rock and roll, ballroom,                909, Meadow Vista, CA 95722.                   wine tasting (presented by the Active 20/30 Club            one (1) choo-choo ride, and one (1) face painting.
teacher Dancing Dave teach-            Latin, and Christian music.                    Volunteers receive a discount or               of Greater Sacramento)                                      Attention adults: Don’t get left out of the fun, pur-
ing the Merengue 7-8 PM. Dress           Tickets are $15 pre-sale or                  attend free for helping. Call the                $10 presale/ $15 at the door (cash only)                  chase your $3 admission ticket for the Fair Oaks
like a movie, tv, music or sports      $20 at the door. Membership is                 office to volunteer.                              Child care (ages 5-12) available from 6p.m.-              Youth Advisory Board’s “Adult Egg Hunt” for a
star, or come as the star that you     not necessary to attend, and all                  For more information call the                                                                           chance to hunt around for giftcards and prizes!
                                                                                                                                     9p.m. in the arts and crafts building. $5 per child.
are! Costume contest with prizes.      ages and all denominations are                 24 hour event line at (916) 658-
Usually about 1/2 of the attendees     welcome. CSN will be cele-                     0606 or the CSN office at (530)                                                                               *Carnival tickets are also available for purchase
                                                                                                                                     Easter Eggstravaganza                                       for 50¢ each. Cash only. No refunds, no excep-
dress with the tme so either way is    brating its 20th anniversary this              878-8606. The website, www.                    Saturday, April 7th, 2012
acceptable.                            year, drawing singles from the                 christiansinglesnet.com, includes                                                                          tions! All ticket sales will end @ 12:00pm, one
                                                                                                                                     8am – 1pm 8 Fair Oaks Park
   Christian Singles Network,          Sacramento, the foothills, and                 directions to the dance as well as                                                                         hour before the event ends.
                                                                                                                                       The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District pres-
Northern California’s largest          beyond to Reno and the Bay                     information about upcoming events
                                                                                                                                     ents an “Eggciting” Easter adventure for the entire
inter-church singles group, has        Area. A special ticket price of                including seminars and parties.




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           A Tale of Two Tails
                                                                          with eyes that said: it’s time. We
                                                                          went to the vet together. It was
                                                                          tough.” At length, Peters decided
                                                                          to fill the space in home and heart.
                                                                          Relatives recommended eight-
                                                                          year-old mini schnauzer Ernie as
                                                                          a great dog from a broken home.
                                                                          “Bring him over,” suggested
                                                                          Peters.
                                                                             Rapport was immediate.
                                                                          “Though I’d never had a boy
                                                                          dog, we got along fine,” said the
                                                                          adopter. “Ernie loves to go places.
                                                                          I put a high chair in the back of
                                                                          my car so he can look out. I catch
                                                                          myself calling Ernie ‘Bryn.’ And
                                                                          sometimes, his name comes out
County Supervisor Susan Peters parades her new pooch, Ernie. The mini     ‘Bernie.’”
schnauzer succeeds Peters’ deceased Welsh terrier Bryn (right) .             Two gregarious hounds have
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.                                           demonstrated their value in pol-
                                                                          itics. “Everybody loves dogs,”
By Susan Maxwell Skinner              many vacations together –
                                                                          surmises Peters. “At park events,
                                      Mexico, Wyoming, Oregon – she
   SACRAMENTO COUNTY                                                      children run to Ernie. Parents
                                      always flew with me. She attended
– Sacramento County’s third                                               usually follow. He’s a great con-
                                      my outdoor events and there was
supervisorial district has a new                                          versation starter. Three kids
                                      nothing better than her beautiful
first dog. Filling paw-prints of                                          knocked on my door last week,
                                      brown eyes meeting me at the end
Supervisor Susan Peters’ beloved                                          collecting for a food drive. They
                                      of a long day.”
Welsh terrier Bryn, a rambunc-                                            got so busy petting Ernie, they
                                        The wooly companion slowed
tious bundle of white fur now                                             forgot what they’d come for.”
                                      down at 12 years old. “She had
scampers in tow.                                                             Approves his best friend:
                                      kidney disease,” explained her
   “Bryn and I had been partners                                          “When I come home, he’s jump-
                                      mistress. “Medical interventions
since my husband (Sacramento                                              ing with all four feet off the
                                      helped for a while. At last she
businessman Peter McCuen)                                                 ground. Gosh, my husband never
                                      couldn’t get around and she hurt.
died,” said Peters. We’d taken                                            did that.”
                                      One day she just looked at me


                 SCC Music News “Gospel Mass”
  SACRAMENTO – The Sacra-             combine centuries of old tra-       Sacramento, 95822 Sunday,
mento City College Choral             ditions of Mass settings with       March 11th, at 8pm at St Luke’s
Department will appear in con-        sounds of the contemporary          Lutheran Church, 7595 Center
cert, featuring Robert Ray’s          Black Church. “                     Parkway, Sacramento 95823
“Gospel Mass”, along with other         The concert will be presented     Admission for each concert is
Gospel pieces and Spirituals.         on the following two dates:         $5.00.
  As described by Ray, the              Friday, March 9th, at 8pm,          For more information, contact
Gospel Mass, presented entirely       at the Lutheran Church of the       Doreen Irwin at 558-2496.
in English, “is my desire to          Master, 1900 Potrero Way,



                                                           Foster Care
                                                        The need is great for loving,
                                                     safe homes for foster children ages
                                                      0-18 & pregnant/parenting teens.

                                                      We offer free training,
                                                       fingerprinting, CPR/
        Call Lenka                                    1st aid, 24 hr support,
      (916) 338-7156                                     monthly reimb.
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                                        POPPOFF!
                                        with Mary Jane Popp
                                                                                                                                                           Dave Says
                                        my POPPOFF Radio Show, she             worrying are turnoffs, so drop                                             Dear Janine,                           university. If he did this he would
                                        promised her advice will show          the drama! A positive attitude                                                Someone who isn’t making            incur more than $100,000 in stu-
                                        you why and what you can do to         is sexy.                                                                   any headway in getting out of          dent loan debt, and that’s with us
                                        turn things around right now. If          3) Men are “as is” mer-                                                 debt while they’re single proba-       picking up half of the cost. What
                                        you’re stuck in bad relationship       chandise. Don’t try to “fix” or                                            bly isn’t going to do a complete       do you think I should tell him?
                                        patterns and want to stop the          improve them. EVER!                                                        turnaround just because they           - Will
                                        insanity, she will set you straight.      4) Take charge of your life!                                            get married. You can act as his
                                        And, if you’re already in a rela-      Confidence will make you more                                               accountability partner if you          Dear Will,
                                        tionship, but can’t seem to hold       sexy and appealing.                                                        want, but you don’t have to get           I’d have a hard time tell-
                                        his interest, she will reveal your        Marie goes on to say sexual         Dave Ramsey is a personal           married to help him. In fact, dat-     ing anybody that one school is
  MAKE EVERY MAN                        personal path to keep him want-        mistakes women make turn men                                               ing is probably a better way to do     $100,000 more valuable than
                                                                                                                    money management expert, pop-
    WANT YOU                            ing more, more, more!!! It’s a         off, and this one might surprise     ular national radio personality       this, because you can determine        another one. The fact is unless he
                                        one-stop shop for women who            you, why “knowing what you           and the author of three New York      whether he’s really changing, or       has $100,000 lying around some-
   Valentine’s Day has just                                                                                                                               if he’s just trying to get you on      where, he shouldn’t go to that
                                        want to be truly irresistible…         want “ in a man can actually pre-    Times bestsellers – The Total
passed, but how would you                                                                                                                                 board to help pay the bills!           other school for one very simple
                                        inside and out…and experience          vent you from finding one. She        Money Makeover, Financial
like to be sexy and irresist-                                                                                                                                Don’t misunderstand, Janine.        reason – he can’t afford it!
                                        a life bursting with fun, self-con-    also talks about the deadly effect   Peace Revisited and More Than
ibly attractive to men all year                                                                                                                           Debt, in itself, doesn’t keep             We hire people every week
                                        fidence, and well-being.                talking about the past…espe-         Enough. In them, Ramsey exem-
long? Then forget about play-                                                                                                                             someone from being marriage            at my company, and where they
                                           Marie is quite frank in her         cially if you don’t know the right   plifies his life’s work of teaching
ing games. Those things don’t                                                                                                                             material. But you’re definitely        attended college is a very minor
                                        advice like, “Trying to manipu-        way to talk about it. She also       others how to be financially
work in the long run. That comes                                                                                                                          not marriage material if you           deal. There will always be a few
                                        late yourself, or someone you’re       goes into how to upgrade your        responsible, so they can acquire
from Marie Forleo, Fox News                                                                                                                               don’t work, you’re irresponsi-         corporate types out there who
                                        with, into a long term relation-       personal appearance without          enough wealth to take care of
online life coach and relation-                                                                                     loved ones, live prosperously         ble, you haven’t taken control         play games and try to turn the
                                        ship using ‘rules’ or ‘techniques’     spending a ton of money to do it.                                          of your life, have no character or
ship expert. Marie gave advice                                                                                      into old age, and give generously                                            office into some kind of snooty
                                        quite frankly, sucks.” And,            Bottom line, Marie helps you to                                            can’t manage your own behav-
to Rachel Ray, ABC’s 20/20,                                                                                         to others.                                                                   country club, but the fact is most
                                        “Eventually, any woman who’s           overcome the most self-defeating                                           iors. These kinds of people are        employers don’t care where you
even Kelly Ripa says she has
                                        interested in having true love         dating mindset. Ladies, she even                                           going to stay in debt and not be       went to college.
the answers to unlock your inner                                                                                    Take your time
                                        needs to learn how to relate to        gets into the biggest mistakes                                             able to pay their bills for the rest      It’s what you learn and being
magnet. Now Marie brings us                                                                                         with this one …
                                        herself, and others, in an honest,     women make in bed that spark                                               of their lives.                        able to use that knowledge in the
“Make Every Man Want You.”                                                                                          Dear Dave,
                                        straightforward and compas-            a man to stray. She is adamant                                                I’d say date this guy a little      marketplace that’s really valu-
   According to Marie, most
                                        sionate way.” “Make Every Man          that women must end the “war.”          My boyfriend has a lot of debt.    longer, just to see if he’s serious    able, Will. Knowledge is king,
women have no idea that many
                                        Want You” encourages a spiritual       She takes to the battleground in     The other day a creditor called,      about changing. But don’t get          and we live in a knowledge-
of their normal and traditional
                                        solution that includes recogniz-       “Make Every Man Want You”.           and he wouldn’t answer the            engaged yet, and don’t pay one         based economy. If you can’t
ways of relating damage their
                                        ing a relationship doesn’t fix or       You can also check out her web-      phone. Then, he told me it would      penny of his bills for him!            retain and apply what they’re
ability to have satisfying rela-                                                                                    be easier for him to pay off his
                                        complete your life. Here are a         site at www.marieforleo.com.                                               - Dave                                 teaching, then the only thing
tionships with men…and with                                                                                         debts if we were married because
                                        few succinct hints at what you         Good luck at IRRESISTIBLE!!!                                                                                      more worthless than a college
themselves? She wants you to
                                        need to do.                                                                 I could act as his accountabil-       What’s in a Name?                      degree is a college pedigree!
break free from old condition-                                                                                      ity partner. I don’t want to be the
                                           1) Believing that you need           Join Mary Jane for the                                                    Dear Dave,                             - Dave
ing, dissolve habitual behaviors                                                                                    money cop, and I wonder if he
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tic irresistibility once and for all.                                                                               - Janine
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        for City Scholarship Fund                                                                                                         END of the
   R A N C H O C O R D O VA –
Employees of the City of Rancho
Cordova have exhibited their pride
                                       Applications are due by
                                     5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2012.
                                     Scholarship applicants must
                                                                          at www.cityofranchocordova.
                                                                          org, click on Community PRIDE
                                                                          Scholarship under “Latest News                                    BENCH
in the community in many ways,
by supporting many activities and
organizations throughout the year.
                                     have a minimum 3.0 grade point
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                                     tance at an accredited college,
                                                                          & Updates.” Application packets
                                                                          must be postmarked no later than
                                                                          March 30, 2012 or be delivered
                                                                                                                                                    by Gerry Scholl
They have formed the Community
Public Responsible Innovative and
Dedicated Employees (PRIDE)
                                     university, vocational, or techni-
                                     cal college. Applicants must also
                                     write an essay about their student
                                                                          to City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on that
                                                                          date. Entries will be judged by a
                                                                          panel of City employees.
                                                                                                                                 Of Rivalries and The Zone
Scholarship to present to a grad-    and community activities and aca-       “We want to reward young               Two of my favorite things in       there is Stanford, of course, and   throughout the basketball world.
uating high school senior who is     demic plans. Essays should not       people who have demonstrated           sports are rivalries and The Zone.    UCLA and Arizona (all despi-        On the verge of being cut by a
a resident of Rancho Cordova.        exceed 700 words.                    attributes of good citizenship in         With the limited number of         cable foes), but the one I like     third team this season, he seized
“Recognizing the value of edu-         Applications for the 2012          our community by helping them          hours in a day to tune into sports,   is with Oregon. It seems every      an opportunity for playing time
cation and honoring exceptional      Community PRIDE Scholarship          achieve their higher education         I always prefer to zero in on the     time I watch the two face off       and made a sensation out of it.
youth are the best ways to demon-    are available at City Hall,          goals,” Brown concluded.               classic matchups — the rivalries.     it’s a great game, including last   His “game” has been compared
strate support for our community,”   2729 Prospect Park Drive,            Source: City of Rancho Cordova            There have been a lot of           Thursday’s 86-83 thrilling Cal      to two-time league MVP Steve
said Lisa Brown, a member of the     Neighborhood Services, 2880                                                 rivalry games in college bas-         victory.                            Nash. Don’t get too carried away
City’s Employee Advisory Team.       Gold Tailings Court, or online                                              ketball lately. I really like the        I’ll scour the weekly listings   too soon.
                                                                                                                 college game, and I don’t care        for the best matchups and, I have      All the well-known rage these
                                                                                                                 what anybody else says. Many          to admit, I get a good charge       days, Lin has led the Knicks


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                                                                                                                 on-air personalities make a habit     out of the North Carolina/Duke      back from oblivion and to a
                                                                                                                 of ripping college hoops and the      feud. Duke won the last meeting     8-1 record since taking over his
                                                                                                                 quality of play. Sure, it’s not       a couple weeks ago, 85-84, with     position, setting a number of
                                                                                                                 up to professional standards,         a late comeback and a buzzer-       records for a beginner along the
  RANCHO CORDOVA – Two               Income Tax Credit (EITC) eli-        their 2010 tax returns. If itemiz-
                                                                                                                 but I like following my favorite      beater shot.                        way. Sunday it was The Kid ver-
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                                                                                                                 the rivalry games still make it       Sacramento Kings and Golden         point guard of defending cham-
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                                                                                                                 an attraction for me. And, I’m        State Warriors are two lousy        pion Dallas, Jason Kidd. After
Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect     American Association of              and mortgage and medical state-
                                                                                                                 often rewarded with some clas-        teams lost in the ozone again,      Lin went for 28 points and 14
Park Drive.                          Retired Persons (AARP)               ments. Last year at the Rancho
                                                                                                                 sic games.                            but when they play each other it    assists in a 104-97 comeback
Volunteers in Tax Assistance            The AARP tax counseling and       Cordova sites, VITA prepared
                                                                                                                    St. Mary’s, back in the days       is usually pretty good. Or, take    victory, Kidd quickly made it
(VITA) The VITA site will            preparation service will be avail-   108 returns and AARP assisted
                                                                                                                 when they were rarely good, it        either playing against the L.A.     over to the new kid on the block
be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.        able from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on       247 taxpayers.
                                                                                                                 was all about beating USF and         Lakers and it could be good         to offer a hug of congratulations
on Saturday, February 25th;          Fridays through April 13th in           “The City is pleased to be part
                                                                                                                 Santa Clara. Now, under coach         because our loveable losers usu-    and encouragement.
Saturday, March 3rd, Saturday,       the Community Board Room on          of this helpful program for qual-
                                                                                                                 Randy Bennett, the Gaels have         ally raise their level of play,        Lin, the Palo Alto High
April 7th; and Saturday, April       the first floor of City Hall. The      ified taxpayers,” said Rancho
                                                                                                                 been good and that has spawned        though they usually lose.           and Harvard grad, has gone
14th on the second floor of City      free service is for taxpayers with   Cordova Mayor David Sander.
                                                                                                                 a great rivalry with Gonzaga. I          Raising the level is all about   from sleeping on couches to
Hall. Appointments are not nec-      low- and moderate-incomes, with      “Both AARP and VITA com-
                                                                                                                 never felt the Gaels (23-5) were      that over-used word in sports,      the tip of everyone’s tongue,
essary but can be made by            preference to those who are 60       mended the City site for its easy
                                                                                                                 quite as good as their national       focus. Focus is all about trying    Saturday Night Live and David
calling (916) 498-1000 or 2-1-1.     years and older. Walk-in’s are       parking and access and for its
                                                                                                                 ranking this year (as high No.        to get into The Zone. The Zone      Letterman’s Top Ten in a cou-
  Part of the Sacramento             welcomed; no appointment is          spaciousness and inviting atmo-
                                                                                                                 13), but they are in position to      is tunnel-vision, total focus on    ple weeks. In a TV interview he
Coalition for Working Families,      needed.                              sphere. This is an example of a
                                                                                                                 break Gonzaga’s string of eleven      the task at hand. Everything is     said spending most of last year at
VITA offers the free service            Participants should bring         great partnership, and evidence of
                                                                                                                 straight WCC titles, holding a        clicking. The basketball is part    the end of the bench for Golden
to those with incomes under          photo ID’s, their Social Security    this City’s commitment to its res-
                                                                                                                 one-game lead with two to play.       of your hand and the hoop is        State “brought me to tears.”
$50,000. People can also get free    cards, income information and        idents to provide the best services
                                                                                                                 The pair shared the crown last        as big as the ocean. Teammates      That could do that to anybody.
help in determining their Earned     documentation, and a copy of         and quality of life in our region.”
                                                                                                                 season. With two losses and two       are like siblings, you are famil-   Now he’s all smiles on T-shirts
                                                                                                                 key injuries, though, St. Mary’s      iar with their every move. You      everywhere.

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                                                                                                                 has slipped to No. 23 in the ESPN/    block out all distractions, but        It will be most interesting
                                                                                                                 USA TODAY Coaches Poll.               absorb the positive influences      to see if it all continues when
                                                                                                                    Meanwhile, Cal (22-6, 12-3)        and vibes of teammates and fans     injured superstar Carmelo
  Senator Ted Gaines has several       He is continuing to add them to                                           leads the undervalued Pac-12          osmotically.                        Anthony returns to the Knicks’
  “Community Coffee” sessions          his calendar every week, so please                                        along with Washington and is             Jeremy Lin is in The Zone.       lineup and infiltrates The Zone
  scheduled to give everyone an        check his web site at www.senate.                                         on the verge of breaking into the     The New York Knicks’ young          — it can be a delicate thing.
  opportunity to meet with him and     ca.gov/ GAINES, for up-to-date                                            rankings for the first time all sea-   point guard phenom has it all       Regardless of what happens, it
  discuss individual and community     information as Community Coffee                                           son. I most closely follow the        going (except for a few too         was terrific watching Lin light
  issues.                              events are scheduled.                                                     former Pac-10 because there are       many turnovers). Lin has bro-       up Kobe Bryant and the Lakers
                                                                                                                 so many long-standing relation-       ken through from the fringes        for 38 points during his rise to
                                                                                                                 ships among the teams. For Cal        of the NBA to create Linsanity      fame. Linsational!!




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                                           The Gospel                                                                           Where in My Schedule
                                        According to Jesus                                                                        did January go?
                                           As those words were spoken in       had were Jesus’ words: “Follow        By Rev. James L. Snyder                 concentration.                           “Boy,” I said heartily, “you
                                        that Latino church, the surround-      me, for the Kingdom of God is                                                    There was silence for a bit        almost got me with that one. I’ll
                                        ing countryside had just endured       at hand.” They had no prom-               I take a certain amount of          and then my residential compan-       give that one to you.” Then I
                                        its worst flooding in five decades.      ises of a big heavenly payoff. No     well deserved, if I say so myself,      ion broke said silence by saying,     went back to my work.
By Ronnie McBrayer                      Gang graffiti clung to the walls        fluttering angels’ wings, no cross-    pride in keeping to a well orga-        “You do know what month it is,           “But it is February,” she said
                                        and sidewalks just steps from the      ing over the River Jordan to the      nized schedule; my to-do-list.          don’t you?”                           more sternly than I have heard
   While traveling in Central           church’s front door. Thousands         Hallelujah Shore, no promises of      If it is on that list, I am going to       With an air of sarcasm in my       her say anything for a long
America, I had the opportunity          of people were trying to survive       golden streets or pearly gates, no    do it, regardless of the difficulty      voice I answered, “Of coarse          time. “It is now February, not
to worship at an international,         grinding poverty.                      “full assurance that you will go to   attached. The trick is to get on        I know what month it is. It’s         December.”
interdenominational, English-              To say to all these people and      heaven when you die.” All they        that list which I guard with my         December and I’m trying to sort          I had to pause. Normally she
speaking church. The                    in all these of conditions, that       had was the invitation of Jesus to    very life.                              out my to-do-list for the month.      does not play tricks on me like
congregation contained Africans,        “real life” is checking out of this    “Follow me.” For them, that was          Not that I worship my to-do-         I think I’ve got just about every-    this. Most of the time she is an
Italians, Spaniards, Latinos,           life for the next one, is a mock-      enough.                               list, but I do reverence it with        thing covered.”                       upstanding person and always
Americans, and Asians. We sang          ery of reality and a refusal to           This may sound strange – it        a great deal of deep personal              Again, there was that silence      tells me the truth, even when
old Irish hymns and modern,             heed the gospel that Jesus actu-       sounds a bit peculiar to my own       appreciation. I think long and          that you could cut with a but-        there are times I do not want to
Australian worship choruses.            ally proclaimed. When Jesus            ears – but even if there was not a    hard before anything appears on         ter knife if you had one on your      hear the truth.
   The service was a mixture            began preaching his gospel in the      heaven, I would still be a follower   my to-do-list. Once something is        person.                                  “You’re sure it’s February?”
of Lutheran, Reformed, and              Galilean hills, his message was        of Jesus. Why? Because I believe      on my to-do-list, there it is for all      “So,” she said rather thought-        She smiled one of those smiles
Pentecostal elements. The wel-          clear and singular: “The Kingdom       that how Jesus taught us to live      and sundry to gape upon it. It is       fully. “You are completing your       that really irritates me and simply
come was given by a Canadian, a         of God is at hand. It is here and      and the life he has to give, is the   a deep honor for anything to be         December’s to-do-list. Is that        shook her head in the affirmative.
German read the Scripture lesson,       now,” he said. “It is today.”          greatest hope for our world today.    put on my to-do-list.                   right?”                               I know I am an easy turkey to
and an American did the preach-            Jesus’ intention, it seems, was     He offers redemption, in all its         Another reason I take my time           I grunted my approval and          pluck, but this was actually seri-
ing. It was a wonderful, diverse        not to rescue people from earth,       magnificent and diverse manifes-       in putting something on that list       continued with my ultra-con-          ous. With the rather stunned tone
experience, and for a little while      per se, transporting them to a         tations, as more than the blessed     is that the only way it can come        centration work at hand. I really     to my voice I ask, “Whatever
I thought the kingdom of God had        far removed heaven. His inten-         hope of heaven. He offers it as the   off is if I actually do it. After       have no time for nonsensical          happened to January?”
come.                                   tion was to put heaven inside of       blessed hope for people today.        all, that list is not supposed to       chitchat. My time is valuable; I         It was then the laughter
   This, I thought, is what wor-        people. A gospel that ignores             So the choice before us plain:     be stared at but rather to inspire      have work that needs to be done.      started. I must say it has not sub-
ship should be: People of various       this fact – and this current world     We can give up on the present,        activity on my part.                    I cannot be side tracked by every     sided appreciably since. She
Christian traditions, streaming         – because our status in the next       pack our bags, and wait for the          The other night I was busy           little noise that comes up.           has a way of rubbing things in
together from all tribes and            world has been properly secured,       paradise rescue from above; or we     with my to do list going over              I take great pride in work-        when I am wrong. If the tables
nations, gathered in an idyllic set-    is a distortion of Jesus’ redeeming    can join Jesus in bringing some of    each and every item with the            ing through my to-do-list each        were turned, and they never are,
ting, worshiping Christ together.       message.                               that not-here-yet of God’s heaven     utmost care hoping that St. Nick        month. It gives me a great sense      I would not take advantage of
Then the sermon began, and                 Thus, the gospel accord-            to the here-and-now earth. The        would soon be there. Each item          of satisfaction knowing that I am     such a situation.
things changed.                         ing to Jesus, is not just about        choice, I think, is clear for the     on that list needs to be care-          actually accomplishing some-             I swallowed my pride, which I
   The pastor’s sermon could have       a harp-playing, cloud-riding,          present – not the future – is the     fully scrutinized and sometimes         thing and I have the records to       have had a lot of practice doing,
been heard in many an evangelical       hymn-singing, glory-praising,          arena in which we follow Christ.      even underlined for empha-              prove it. If somebody would           and began to realize I had been
congregation in North America. It       pie-in-the-sky heaven. It is holis-    Today – not tomorrow – is where       sis. Often I have to recalculate        ever come up to me and ask me         working on a false premise. It
was about who was “right” and           tic, all-encompassing deliverance,     we live out the gospel according      and sort out the items and give         to prove that I have been busily      was actually February, time had
who was “wrong,” who was “in”           now. I’m not denying the exis-         to Jesus.                             them new priorities. I must have        engaged in profitable activity, all    gone by so quick and I was so
and who was “out.” He summed            tence of the afterlife; no, not at                                           been busily engaged for I did not       I would have to do is show them       busy I did not realize how fast it
up his sermon, and his philosophy       all. But I do not believe that we        Ronnie McBrayer is a syn-           hear the Gracious Mistress of the       my well documented to-do-list.        was going.
for life, with these words: “Real       have to die to personally experi-      dicated columnist, speaker,           Parsonage address me.                      “I hate to bust your bubble,          In Ecclesiastes 3:1, the man of
life is full assurance that you will    ence the life God has for us.          and author. His books include            Finally, it dawned on me that        but…”                                 God says, “To every thing there
go to heaven when you die. That            Jesus’ first disciples did not      “Leaving Religion, Following          somebody, other than my inner              I hate when people say they        is a season, and a time to every
is the gospel.” At great risk of        have the benefit of two-thou-          Jesus” and “The Jesus Tribe.”         conscience, was addressing me. I        hate to do something and then         purpose under the heaven.”
being misunderstood, I could not        sand years of Christian tradition      Visit his website at www.ronniem-     looked in her direction and said,       they go right ahead and do it. I         If you are too busy to know
disagree more.                          and theology. All those disciples      cbrayer.net.                          “Huh?”                                  wanted to tell her to save herself    what time it is, you are too busy.
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                                                                                                                     “what are you so intently               busting my bubble, or whatever           The Rev. James L. Snyder

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                                                                                                                        “I’m working on my December
                                                                                                                     to-do-list,” I said with a touch of
                                                                                                                                                             she was trying to bust at the time.
                                                                                                                                                                Then, being the gentleman that
                                                                                                                                                             I am, I allowed her to say what
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                                        things don’t work out as planned.      from God doesn’t mean there’s            “My December to-do-list,”            my end of the room. Being the         www.whatafellowship.com.
                                        There’s a great example in the         not going to be any fear, there       I said trying to get back into          good-natured person that I am, I
                                        Bible in the book of Daniel.           will be.                              my sphere of supersensitive             just burst out laughing.
                                        Three Hebrew boys were about              You think, “But what if I fol-
                                        to be thrown into a fiery furnace       low my dream and fail? What if I
By Pastor Ray Dare                      because they refused to worship        set a goal and fail?” What do you

   The Bible teaches that the
                                        king Nebuchadnezzar. They said,
                                        “If we are thrown into the blaz-
                                                                               mean “if”? You will fail! Count
                                                                               on it! You will do far more things
                                                                                                                                                              Read God’s Love Letter
way we please God is living by
faith. Just like a diamond, faith
has many facets. One of the fac-
                                        ing furnace the God we serve is
                                        able to save us from it and He
                                        will rescue us… But even if He
                                                                               in life that you fail at than you
                                                                               succeed at. So what? Failure is
                                                                               no big deal. You just get up and
                                                                                                                                                             Personally - Just For You
ets of faith is risking failure. That   does not we want you to know, O        do it again. That’s how you learn.                                            accept Jesus Christ as personal       “spiritual fruit” in their lives.
means going after that goal or          king, we will not serve your gods      Besides, if you’re motivated by                                               Savior of their soul— by accept-         The Holy Bible is God’s sov-
what you’ve always dreamed of           or worship the image of gold you       love it can’t be considered a fail-                                           ing His death as the sacrificial       ereign love-letter to everyone
doing, even if it means failing. A      have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18           ure because the Bible says love                                               Lamb of God for the forgive-          in the world and it is the simple
great missionary once said, “I’d           Have you ever been burned in        never fails. So if you’re doing                                               ness of all their sins. We tell       message of a dynamic, loving
rather attempt something great          life? Has anyone ever burned you       it in love you’re not a failure no                                            them about Adam’s sin of rebel-       God who provided the “Way” for
for God and fail than do nothing        in your attempt to follow God?         matter what the results are.                                                  lion falling on everyone born         His creation to enjoy eternity in
and succeed.”                           Faith is willing to be burned.            Goals are based on what you        By Marlys Norris,                       and their need for a Savior. Sin      heaven with Him. It breaks His
   Faith is being willing to risk       “God, I trust You to do this, but if   believe God can do, not what you      Christian Author                        and rebellion against God will        heart so many refuse to accept
failure to go after the dream that      you don’t, even if it doesn’t work     believe you can do. We may not                                                cause those who refuse to choose      His loving messages of truth and
God has put in your mind and            out, it’s okay. I still trust You.     reach all of the goals we set in        Many years ago growing up             God’s truth actually choose their     hope recorded in Scripture. God
in your heart. The Bible says in        You know I’m doing it in faith.”       life. So what? At least you tried.    in this world, the name of Jesus        own destiny to go to hell. Jesus      who “always existed”, loved you
Acts 15, “They risked their lives       God will honor that faith even if      God will honor that. The thing is,    was “too sacred to speak” out           became the “Door” to eternal          before the foundation of the earth
for the sake of our Lord Jesus          it didn’t work out the way you         you died trying. You gave your        loud — did nothing to help one          life through which everyone           and desires you to have faith and
Christ.” That’s why God blessed         intended it to work out.               life doing something good and         understand the significance or          must go to be accepted by God.        trust of a little child — believing
them. Have you ever taken any              Don’t ever not do some-             great for God.                        power of His Holy Name. Only            Telling them that Jesus paid the      His Holy Word is Truth so you
risks for the Lord? Have you            thing because you’re afraid.           Pastor Ray                            two times a year, Christmas and         sacrificial price on a Cross, to be    will come to Him through the
ever risked anything for God?           “I’m afraid, so I won’t go after                                             Easter, were the stories about          reconciled back to the Heavenly       death of His only Beloved Son’s
Remember the turtle–he only             my dream. I’m afraid to fail, so                                             His life and death freely dis-          Father and go to heaven when          death on a Cross for you. “For
                                                                                                                     cussed by most people. Possibly         they die, hopefully will bring        God so loved the world, He sent
                                                                                                                     in some cultures today, it might        conviction and surrender of their     His Beloved Son into the world
                                                                                                                     also be true.                           life to God. Unfortunately they       (to you and I), that through Him
                                                                                                                       Obviously knowing “about”             may do this but it stops there!       the world (you and I) might be
                                                                                                                     someone, is much different than         No one tells them there is more       saved” John 3:16. Come! Enjoy
                                                                                                                     actually “knowing” them.. Too           or about reading and understand-      the New Life He Gives! Be
                                                                                                                     many people are “religious”             ing the Bible or being obedient       “Born Again” Spiritually and Be
                                                                                                                     but fail to “know” the Savior.          to what they hear and learn. So,      Adopted in His Huge Family all
                                              car wash                                                               Religion alone will never “save”
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                                                                                                                                                             their lives remain the same with-
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              Meals on Wheels Awarded $1,500 “Share The Love” Grant
  SACRAMENTO – (February                  2,000 meals a day. Senior hunger        partnerships between local Meals        difficult to raise money to pro-   charities, including MOWAA.             on Wheels by ACCMeals on
22, 2012) – Meals on Wheels by            is growing throughout Sacramento        On Wheels programs and Subaru           vide meals to the community’s      Over the past three years, pro-         Wheels by ACC is a non-profit
ACC is proud to announce it has           County and Maita Subaru’s com-          dealerships. MOWAA is award-            homebound seniors. Meals on        ceeds from the Subaru “Share The        organization that provides nutri-
been awarded a $1,500 grant from          munity involvement to help bring        ing $150,000 in Most Meals              Wheels by ACC will use the mon-    Love” Event have provided funds         tious meals and nutritional ser-
Meals On Wheels Association               awareness and support to our pro-       grants to the 48 Meals On Wheels        ies to help sustain our services   to MOWAA to support its vision          vices that allows seniors through-
of America (MOWAA) in rec-                gram is significant” stated Rithy       programs across the country that        throughout Sacramento County to    to end senior hunger by 2020.           out Sacramento County to live
ognition of its participation in          Thong, Program Manager. Thong           recruited dealership employees to       help offset these tough economic      “We are honored to be part of        independently and to Eat Well and
MOWAA’s “Share The Love”                  further stated “We also appreciate      volunteer, deliver meals in Subaru      times.                             ‘Share The Love’ again this year,”      Age Well. We do this by serving
Most Meals Contest.                       and thank Maita Subaru’s choice         vehicles and engage community              The Subaru “Share The Love”     said MOWAA President and                approximately 10,000 meals each
  As part of Subaru of America,           of Meals on Wheels as their             members in the fight to end senior      Event ran from November 19,        CEO, Enid Borden. “Subaru is            week through home delivered
Inc.’s “Share The Love” Event,            Charity of the Month for March.”        hunger.                                 2011 to January 3, 2012. Subaru    a corporation with a conscience.        meals and at 22 locations called
Meals on Wheels worked with                  As one of the five Subaru              Most Meals grants awarded             is donating $250 for every new     They understand that providing          All Seasons Café. We are Meals
Maita Subaru during the holiday           “Share The Love” Event chari-           by MOWAA range from $250 to             Subaru vehicle sold or leased      nutritious meals to hungry and          on Wheels so no senior goes hun-
season to highlight senior hunger         table partners, MOWAA created           $35,000. The nation’s economic          during “Share The Love” to the     homebound seniors in need is a          gry. For more information, visit
and to learn what it takes to serve       the Most Meals Contest to foster        downturn has made it more               customer’s choice of one of five   moral imperative.” About Meals          our website at www.mowsac.org.


                                                                                  popcorn and a big cone of cotton
                                           Riley                                  candy. It’s fun in the moment for
                                                                                  the adolescent crowd.
                                                                                     The pairing of Dwayne Johnson

                                           Reviews                                and Michael Caine is interesting
                                                                                  for some of the back-and-forth
                                                                                  dialogue. The film benefits from
                                           FAMILY FUN IN                          the presence of these two titans
                                           “JOURNEY 2” RELIES                     of natural charm.
                                           TOO MUCH ON EFFECTS                       One good reason not to be late
                                                                                  to the screening of this film is that
                                           with the writings of Jules Verne       it should be preceded by a funny
                                           that he invented the familial crav-    animated short called “Daffy’s
                                           ing for wanderlust.                    Rhapsody,” an adventure with
                                              Once in the South Pacific,          Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd.
A Film Review by Tim Riley                 Hank, in what appears to be a             Oh, just one more thing, you
                                           dubious idea, hires goofy, excit-      should know that both the Warner
JOURNEY 2:                                 able helicopter pilot Gabato (Luis     Brothers cartoon and the feature
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND                      Guzman) to locate the island.          film are in 3-D
(Rated PG)                                    On the upside, at least for Sean,   DVD RELEASE UPDATE
   Only upon digesting the com-            is that Gabato’s pretty daughter          This column has often extolled
plete title of “Journey 2: The             Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) tags         the virtues of British television
Mysterious Island” was my mind             along for the ride. This, of course,   programs that may find their way
nudged ever so slightly by the             sets up the film’s only love inter-     to BBC America and eventually
thought of Jules Verne.                    est subplot.                           to a DVD release.
   The problem, which remains                 Meanwhile, a crash landing             “Northern Lights: The
for this film as well, is that the          on an island immediately brings        Complete Collection,” featur-
first film, titled “Journey to the           to mind that “Journey 2” could         ing all 12 episodes and two
Center of the Earth” and released          detour into a missing episode of       movies of this comedy series, is
in 2008, is entirely forgettable.          “Lost.”                                being released on DVD by Acorn
   “Journey 1,” starring Brendan              Alas, that is not to be, for our    Media, to go-to outfit for British
Fraser, now nowhere to be found            intrepid travelers are exposed to      imports.
and not even lost on a mysterious
island, was a Jules Verne-type
                                           the mystery of an upside-down
                                           world, where elephants are small
                                                                                     The series followed life-
                                                                                  long friends and rivals Colin
                                                                                                                                                                              R.K. Jacobs
adventure, one that may have
pleased kids.
                                           and bees and lizards are giant pre-
                                           historic beasts.
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   The sequel is equally designed             Naturally, grandpa Alexander,       on a hilarious series of misad-                                                              Home • Auto • Business
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goers, such that the teen hero             signals with his coordinates, is       wackiness.                                                                                       Office (916) 966-3733
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                                                                                  Howard fought over girls, soccer
his mother (Kristin Davis) for             fact that it is rapidly sinking into
another globe-trotting quest.              the sea like Atlantis.
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he were hanging out at Venice
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                                           effects, none more thrilling than
                                           watching Sean riding bareback
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stepdad to the peripatetic Sean.           on a giant bee.                        rivalry of one-upmanship, where
   In what is expected to be a                Since the story is family-          they try to outdo each other,
bonding experience, Hank takes             friendly, “Journey 2” lacks the        even with Christmas decorations.
Sean on a journey to a mysteri-            inherent menace of prehistoric         Meanwhile, their long-suffer-
ous island, following secret clues         threats found in “Jurassic Park,”      ing wives endure the collateral
that Sean believes Jules Verne left        though giant iguanas appear            damage.
behind.                                    threatening.                              “Northern Lights” is the kind
   Curiosity runs in the family               To be sure, “Journey 2” is a        of classic comedy that “The
because it is apparent that Sean’s         formulaic adventure story relying      Guardian” rightfully called “warm
missing grandfather Alexander              heavily on special effects, which      and witty comedy drama.”
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           STATEPOINT CROSSWORD • THE OSCARS                                                                                     Governor Brown Served with Summons in Second Amendment Lawsuit
                                                                                                                                    Motion for Preliminary Injunction to be heard in April
                                                                                                                                                                         From CaliforniaRightToCarry.org            The hearing on the motion for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the preliminary injunction will take
                                                                                                                                                                            SACRAMENTO – On Thurs-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 place in early April. If the injunc-
                                                                                                                                                                         day, February 16th Governor Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion is granted, California’s 1967
                                                                                                                                                                         was formally served with a Federal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ban on openly carrying a loaded
                                                                                                                                                                         Summons requiring him to explain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 firearm can no longer be enforced
                                                                                                                                                                         to the Court why California’s ban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 until the Federal Court judge issues
                                                                                                                                                                         on openly carrying a loaded fire-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 his final decision in the lawsuit.
                                                                                                                                                                         arm in public places should not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    California’s recently enacted
                                                                                                                                                                         overturned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ban on openly carrying unloaded
                                                                                                                                                                            The Governor has 21 days to file
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 handguns would also be rendered
                                                                                                                                                                         his answer with the court, his dead-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 unenforceable.
                                                                                                                                                                         line is March 9th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If the preliminary injunction is
                                                                                                                                                                            The following week, a motion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 denied, Mr. Nichols will imme-
                                                                                                                                                                         for a preliminary injunction will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 diately appeal the denial of the
                                                                                                                                                                         be filed by the Plaintiff in the law-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 injunction to the 9th Circuit Court
                                                                                                                                                                         suit, Charles Nichols – President of
                                                                                                                                       Governor Jerry Brown                                                      of Appeals.
                                                                                                                                                                         California Right to Carry a Second
                                                                                                                                                                         Amendment Advocacy group.



                                                                                                                                 Senator Gaines Announces New Committee Assignments
                                                                                                                                 Gaines Assigned to Two Additional Committees, Serves on Six Total
                                                                                                                                                                         important issues facing our state       ethics laws and works to main-
                                                                                                                                                                         and defend the interests of hard-       tain the public’s trust by making
                                                                                                                                                                         working taxpayers.”                     sure the Legislature’s business is
                                                                                                                                                                            The Budget and Fiscal Review         done in a manner consistent with
                                                                                                                                                                         Committee reviews legislation           the standards laid out in the State
                                                                                                                                                                         dealing with the state budget.          Constitution.
                                                                                                                                                                         The Committee breaks the bud-              “I take this responsibility very
                                                                                                                                                                         get into broad subject matters          seriously and will work hard to
                                                                                                                                                                         (such as Education, Resources,          make sure we are maintaining the
                                                                                                                                                                         Health and Human Services, State        people’s trust in their government
                                                                                                                                                                         Administration or Public Safety)        by holding the Legislature account-
                                                                                                                                                                         and assigns committee members           able,” said Gaines. “Californians
                                                                                                                                                                         to these subcommittees. Senator         must be assured that their elected
                                                                                                                                                                         Gaines will serve on the Education      officials are conducting their
                                                                                                                                                                         subcommittee.                           business in a moral and ethical
                                                                                                                                                                            “For years I have been calling       manner.”
                                                                                                                                                                         for structural reform to California’s      Senator Gaines will remain in
                                                       CLUES                                                                            Senator Ted Gaines               budget process,” said Gaines. “As       his posts as vice chairman of the
   ACROSS                        40. Chess piece that looks    DOWN                            34. “Crocodile Rock” performer                                            a small business owner, I have to       Senate Insurance Committee and
   1. Type of eclipse            like castle                   1. A deadly sin                 36. Augmented                       SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted              cut back when times are tight and       the Transportation and Housing
   6. *1941’s “How Green ___     41. Barges                    2. Beehive State                38. Foolish person                                                        find ways to save money while           Committee. He is also a mem-
   My Valley”                    43. Circus venue              3. World’s longest river        42. Frown with anger             Gaines (R–Rocklin) announced
   9. Drink too much             44. Reason by deduction       4. Even though, arch.           45. *”The Girl with the Dragon   February 16th he has been                providing the same services more        ber of the Senate Elections and
   13. Being of service          46. “The Iliad,” e.g.         5. Wish ill                     Tattoo”                          appointed to serve as a member of        efficiently. Government should be       Constitutional         Amendments
   14. Gilligan’s home           47. *Mechanically-inclined    6. Smack or sock                49. Band event                   both the Budget and Fiscal Review        taking that same approach. While        Committee and the Public
   15. Chicago’s ORD             film orphan                   7. Leo month                    51. “We the ______” in the                                                on the Budget Committee, I will         Employment and Retirement
   16. Smelling _____, pl.       48. Seaman or sailor          8. It has no back and no arms   Constitution
                                                                                                                                Committee and the Legislative
                                                                                                                                Ethics Committee for the remainder       advocate for the needs and pri-         Committee.
   17. In the past               50. Bus ____                  9. Bangkok inhabitant           54. “30 Rock” character
   18. Type of beam, also an     52. Room in a house           10. Kiln for drying hops        56. Emerald Ash _____ pest       of the 2011-12 legislative session.      orities of California taxpayers and        Senator Ted Gaines represents
   acronym                       53. Like acne-prone skin      11. The hunted                  57. “Wolf” in French                “I am honored to have been            bring discipline and responsibility     the 1st Senate District, which
   19. *Best Picture nominee     55. Charlotte’s creation      12. “Ever” to a poet            58. Great masters’ medium, pl.   given these additional committee         to the budget process.”                 includes all or parts of Alpine,
   set in Jackson, MS            57. Hotel meeting place       15. *He played Cold War spy     59. Strong desire                                                            The Legislative Ethics Com-          Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado,
   21. “Ripley’s Believe It or   60. *”The Descendants”        20. Grommets, e.g.              60. *It works with the cast on   assignments in critical areas that
   Not” showpiece, e.g.          nominee                       22. Milk ___, popular at the    films                            affect the lives of all Californians,”   mittee is responsible for govern-       Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada,
   23. Accused by some of        64. Wavelike patterned silk   movies                          61. Most luminous star           said Gaines. “I will work hard to        ing members and employees of            Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and
   breaking up The Beatles       65. Make imperfect            24. Coroner’s performance       62. Day before, pl.              achieve bipartisan solutions to the      the Legislature with respect to all     Sierra counties.
   24. Obama to Harvard Law      67. Home to BYU               25. *Place of Woody’s mid-      63. Yesteryear
   School, e.g.                  68. Curving outward           night magic                     64. Earned at Sloan or
   25. Bud or chum               69. “___ to Joy”              26. Unaccompanied               Wharton
   28. Cough syrup balsam
   30. To mark with spots
                                 70. Pivoted about a fulcrum
                                 71. It usually contains the
                                                               27. Used for washing
                                                               29. Often spread in the
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   39. Like sound of pinched
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                TRUMP: NO ONE’S APPRENTICE                                                                                    A Leisurely Cenozoic History
           Why Mitt Romney?                                                                                                      of Sacramento County:
 He’s ready to rebuild American success
                                      airports, biggest ports, a powerful    pie rather than crumbs handed out
                                                                                                                               65 Million Years per Hour
                                                                                                                                                                       Sacramento County’s geo-         the conclusion. Don’t miss this
                                      military and the best of every-        by Washington. Mitt understands                                                        logic history is much more          opportunity to be carried away
                                      thing. And we’re paying for it         that government needs to get out                                                       complex than the county’s sub-      by Dr. Bob’s infectious enthusi-
                                      all by purchasing their products.      of the way if American business is                                                     dued topography might suggest.      asm and sense of humor!
                                      We’re buying everything they           to do what it does best: innovate,                                                     “Understanding this unique            The lecture will be held
                                      make because they keep their cur-      make the products that people                                                          geologic history is pivotal to      Wednesday, March 14th dur-
                                      rency artificially low, giving them    around the world want to buy, and                                                      comprehending the distribution      ing the monthly meeting of the
                                      an annual windfall of some $250        hire American workers.                                                                 of the county’s vegetation and      Sacramento Valley Chapter–
                                      billion. They are holding the yuan        Right now, government regula-                                                       flora,” says Dr. Bob.               California Native Plant Society
                                      at a level at which it is impossible   tions cost us annually $1.75 tril-                                                        He melds his unique combina-     and will take place at the Shepard
                                      for us to compete.                     lion. They constitute a stealth tax                                                    tion of botanical and geological    Garden and Arts Center at
                                         Mitt Romney not only under-         that is larger than the amount the                                                     knowledge with wry humor into       McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley
                                      stands all this, he has thought        Internal Revenue Service collects                                                      an easy-going speaking style that   Blvd, Sacramento. It begins at
                                      through the policies we need to        every year from corporations and                                                       is accessible and entertaining      7:00pm and is free and open to
By Donald J. Trump,                   begin to set things right. Unless      individuals combined. In just           Dr. Bob illustrates the geologic history of    for scientists and non-scientists   the public. Books, wildflower
                                                                                                                     the Central Valley by preparing a multi-       alike.                              seeds, and other merchandise
The Washington Times                  China changes direction, he has        three years, Mr. Obama has added        layered salad. Photo credit: Josie Crawford.
                                      pledged to have the Treasury           hugely to the annual regulatory                                                           Working in surprising mixed      are available for purchase.
As Seen in the Washington                                                                                               SACRAMENTO COUNTY                           media, Dr. Bob and his “bot-        Refreshments are provided.
Times on Wednesday,                   Department designate China as a        bill. Mitt is going to pare that back
                                                                                                                     - Join us for an entertaining                  anartist” spouse, Ginny Dains,        The      Sacramento       Valley
February 8th, 2012                    currency manipulator on Day One        and make sure every single regu-
                                                                                                                     evening of storytelling by plant               will walk us through the past       Chapter of the California Native
                                      of his administration. We can then     lation has benefits that outweigh
   The time has come for the                                                                                         ecologist and biogeographer,                   65 million years, exploring how     Plant Society is a non-profit
                                      impose duties on China’s unfairly      costs and that they don’t kill U.S.                                                    geological history has shaped the   organization committed to the
Republican Party to close the                                                                                        Bob “Dr. Bob” Holland. He will
                                      priced products. The Chinese           jobs.                                   regale us about the fascinating                plant communities we see around     conservation of California native
deal. I believe Mitt Romney is the    will get the message faster than          Mitt also is going to rein in Mr.
best choice for the presidency. Let                                                                                  interactions among vegetation,                 Sacramento County today. It         plants and their natural habitats
                                      an ICBM. As Mitt has said, “We         Obama’s out-of-control spending         flora, geology, and soils through-             will be quite unlike any geol-      and increasing understanding,
me tell you why.                      don’t want a trade war, but neither    and bring the federal budget back       out California that he has been                ogy talk you have experienced       appreciation, and the horticul-
   To begin with, like me, Mitt is    can we accept our current trade        into balance. He’s laid out the gov-    studying for almost four decades.              – especially when they serve up     tural use of native plants.
a businessman, not a career politi-   surrender.”                            ernment programs that he’s going
cian. In other words, he’s accom-        Fixing our trade relations          to eliminate and cut. He’s deter-
plished far more in his life than     with China is just one part of         mined to trim the bloated federal
collecting campaign cash from
special-interest groups and mak-
ing promises at press conferences
                                      Mitt’s comprehensive plan to get
                                      America back in gear. The Obama
                                                                             workforce. That’s going to take a
                                                                             lot of hard work and the negotiat-
                                                                                                                                                 Thank A
with the help of a teleprompter.
   Mitt played an instrumental role
                                      administration seems to have
                                      accepted record high unemploy-
                                      ment as the new normal. But it
                                                                             ing skills of a successful business-
                                                                             man. It’s precisely why we need
                                                                             someone with Mitt’s financial
                                                                                                                                              Veteran Today
in starting or managing such job-     is not acceptable to me, and it is     background and business experi-
creating giants as Domino’s Pizza,    not acceptable to Mitt that nearly     ence to run the country.
the Sports Authority, Staples and     24 million Americans are unem-            True, Mitt Romney does have
many other firms. He single-          ployed, underemployed or no lon-       his shortcomings: He’s never built
handedly saved the 2002 Winter        ger even looking for work. Mitt’s      a Mitt Romney Tower in New York
Olympic Games from financial          jobs plan will create millions of      City or 12 Mitt Romney champi-
ruin and turned it into one of the    jobs over four years, and I will be    onship golf courses. Not everyone
best competitions in living mem-      out there myself doing some of         can be a Donald Trump. However,
ory. Amazingly, he governed blue-     the hiring.                            over the course of Mitt’s distin-
state Massachusetts as a conser-         Some people call Mitt’s jobs        guished career, he has built other
vative, balancing its out-of-whack    plan conservative. I happen to         kinds of enduring monuments of
budget while cutting taxes, feats     know something about creat-            accomplishment that have earned
carried out despite a Democratic-     ing jobs, and I call it common         my highest regard. Mitt Romney
controlled legislature.               sense. Middle-income Americans         is no one’s apprentice; he’s fully
   Mitt has what it takes to turn     deserve far better than the slow-      ready to step into the nation’s top
the country around. And he has        growth and no-growth policies          job as the next president of the
laid out a plan to do just that.      President Obama has put in place.      United States.
   Right now, China is cleaning       They need a president who will
America’s clock. The Chinese                                                   Donald J. Trump is presi-
                                      make it possible for all Americans     dent and CEO of the Trump
are building the world’s largest      to get a bigger slice of a growing     Organization.




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 Crossings Housing Development Opens                                                                                           How to Build your 2012
                                                                                  RANCHO CORDOVA – A
                                                                               grand opening event was held
                                                                               at the Crossings at New Rancho
                                                                                                                              Herb Flower Veggie Garden
                                                                               on February 9 to introduce the
                                                                               first new-construction affordable
                                                                                                                          By Wayne Turrell,
                                                                               community-driven housing since             Master Gardener, Certified
                                                                               Cityhood. Rancho Cordova City              California Grower and
                                                                               officials participated in the ribbon        Owner of Wayne’s Herbs
                                                                               cutting ceremony.                          Flowers and Veggies
                                                                                  Replacing a dilapidated motel              SACRAMENTO REGION
                                                                               that had been vacant for nearly a          – Let’s talk about planning and
                                                                               decade, the Crossings blends fam-          preparing for a successful year of
                                                                               ily housing with on-site supportive        growing herbs and vegetables in
                                                                               services to provide a safe, healthy        your yard.
                                                                               and friendly environment.                     Step 1: What do you want to
                                                                                  The project is the result of            grow? Make a list. Keep a log.
                                                                               collaboration among the City               Any planting strategy requires a
                                                                               of Rancho Cordova and its                  good basis garden plan and a sim-
                                                                               Community Redevelopment                    ple record of each year’s crops.
                                                                               A g e n c y, d e v e l o p e r U r b a n   Keeping track of the garden on
                                                                               Housing Communities, and the               paper enables the gardener to
                                                                               California Department of Housing           practice crop rotation more effec-
Mayor David Sander, Neighborhood Services Manager Kerry Simpson, and           and Community Development                  tively, to determine the success of   Pick your ripe vegetables early in the day and pick them often.
Code Enforcement Officer Michael Rodriguez are all smiles on the new           and Neighborhood Stabilization                                                   Photo courtesy of Wayne Turrell
playground at the Crossings. . Photo courtesy of City of Rancho Cordova.
                                                                                                                          different varieties, to better con-
                                                                               Program.                                   trol pest problems, to calculate      water so you need to add humus,          watering method. Some vegeta-
                                                                                                                          the best planning schedules, and      aged manure, or peat moss. If            bles need to be watered every day,


                          The Cat’s Meow
                                                                                                                          to anticipate harvest times. Keep     you have LOAM you should be              some every other day. I recom-
                                                                                                                          the entries short, but personal.      happy, just add a little compost         mend keeping the whole garden
                                                                                                                             Step 2: Where do you want to       now and then. Herbs and vegeta-          lightly moist.
                                                                               be willing to groom their cat daily        grow them. You need a southern        bles can be planted directly in the         Step 6: Weeds choke the life out
                                                                               if they decide to keep their pets          exposure and need a minimum           soil in rows, in raised beds, and in     of plants. Practice weeding early
                                                                               in full coats. The only Persians           of six (6) hours of sunlight. The     containers. Remember to amend            in the morning and weed often.
                                                                               that will retain the blue eyes are         Sacramento area averages 300          your soil with good organic com-         Use landscape fabric or mulch.
                                                                               the Colored Painted Persians               days of growing season. Chart         post at least twice a year.                 Step 7: Insect/fungus control.
                                                                               (also known as Himalayans) and             out the garden space. This may           Step 4: How to plant your gar-        Disperse Marigolds throughout
                                                                               the white Persian cats. All other          be a sunny porch/deck using con-      den. Plant your garden in a north        the garden. They are pretty and
                                                                               Persians will have either copper           tainers. Use 8 ½ inch by 11 inch      south orientation. Tallest plants        beneficial. Organic Neem Oil is
                                                                               eyes or green eyes In rare cases           paper or graph paper and make         like corn or trellised tomatoes          an insecticide, fungicide, and a
                                                                               some Persians can have aqua eyes           several copies of the master          at the edge of the north side and        miticide can be used. You can
                                                                               or contrasting eyes, meaning one           diagram to use in subsequent sea-     the lowest plants at the south end       spray on an edible product, wash
                                                                               blue and one green or copper eye.          sons. This visual representation      of the garden. The next question         it off and eat it.
                                                                                   The Persians are laid back, lov-       will help you picture a reasonable    is whether you are starting your            Step 8: Harvest. Pick your ripe
                                                                               ing, very affectionate and want to         spacing scheme. For each plant-       plants from seed or buying trans-        vegetables early in the day and
                                                                               be with their owner all the time.          ing you make, note the date and       plants. Seeds can be started in a        pick them often. Most vegetables
                                                                               They get along well with dogs and          fill in the diagram. Use a calendar    green house months before going          reach peak flavor before they’re
BiColor Persians Dancer, Giuseppi, Flashy. Photo courtesy of Kay Burton.       even like water. Watch out when            to note times.                        into the ground. Wait to plant           fully ripe. It is better to pick early
                                                                               you take a shower, they will join             Step 3: Soil Preparation.          your transplants until after the         in the day rather than late in the
By Kay Burton                           old. They are accustomed to get-       you.                                       Sacramento has a lot of clay soil.    last frost.                              day.
                                        ting their nails clipped, bathed and      Never allow your cat to play            CLAY soil will prevent air and           Step 5: Water. Too much is just          Check out my website at www.
   Gentle, quiet and sweet-natured,                                                                                       water movement so you need to         as bad as too little and erratic         waynesherbs.com for additional
                                        faces washed daily.                    with string, Christmas tree tinsel,
the Persian cat is one of the most                                                                                        add compost, peat moss, and per-      watering is even worse. A soaker
                                           They eat baby food and drink        or other linear objects, which are                                                                                        information and classes.
placid breeds. These also seem to                                                                                         lite. SANDY soil will not retain      hose or low spray is the best
                                        goat’s milk until they are 4 months    potentially fatal if swallowed.
be one of the least vocal breeds,
                                        of age. They eat high protein food
although some owners describe                                                    Kay Burton is a longtime col-
                                        that has no grains. They all have
their voices as melodious.                                                     umnist and supporter of the
   Terri Lynn Anderson is the
owner of these beautiful cats.
                                        great personalities, each one dif-
                                        ferent even though they are raised
                                        and loved the same way.
                                                                               SSPCA and other rescue groups.
                                                                               To share your family pet story with
                                                                                                                               To Advertise Call 773-1111
They all live in Citrus Heights.
   They are bathed, groomed and
                                           The Persians are a high mainte-
                                        nance cat and an owner needs to
                                                                               our readers, email: Kayburton1@
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