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If I had just one day to spend in your town, what should I do?” This has become one of my favorites questions. I ask it in restaurants and hotels. It’s fun in supermarkets too. Gas stations. Parties. Wherever locals gather, there my question goes. I asked it of a table server in Loomis. She couldn’t think of anything to do in her town. I asked it in my own town, which is filled with fun things to do. “Go to the movies,” I was told.A few years ago I attended the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Each October 10,000 people spend a weekend in this small town listening to professional storytellers. But when I posed "the question" to a clerk at the grocery store there, she was stumped. (Pause. Frown.) “I’d go to a different town.”Last spring while in Epcot Center at Walt Disney World, a melting pot and perfect place for my question,  I saw a friendly-looking Frenchman in front of the replica of the Pont Neuf bridge. I asked, “If I was in Paris for one day, what should I do?” He lost his friendly look. What kind of idiot goes to Paris and only spends one day? (He didn’t say this, but I know he thought it.) What he said was, “How can you go to Paris and only spend one day? That’s impossible.” When I agreed it was truly impossible, he relented too. He said, “I’d go to the Champs Elysees.” I was making progress. So I extended the time frame, “What if I actually had two days?” He thought and replied, “I’d do the Champs Elysees again!” Thank you, Mister Creativity.All right, now, bring it home. What if I asked my question of you? If I had one day in our town, what should I do? Do you know? Do you have an answer? Very often I hear from teenage kids that there is nothing to do in their home city. Their town is boring. Their town might not be the dark edge of the universe, but you can see it from there. Somehow we’re not helping our kids to be creative, or think creatively. Now, it might be too late to inspire the teenagers. But what could be done to help our younger children to think creatively about their hometown? I’d start by asking them my question. And keep on asking it until they grow up into creative, visionary human beings who love living on this fascinating planet. This question also opens the door for family experiences, getting out together and experiencing what is taken for granted in our backyards.Brad Franklin is the founding pastor at  Lakeside Church in Folsom. To contact him visit, or check out his blog at

Jeannette Maynard

Jeannette Maynard is proud to be founding member of the California Rhythm Riders, an all female equestrian drill team located in the Placerville area. The riders are all ages 17 and up and perform locally to raise funds for non-profit organizations as well as compete at drill team competitions and appear at shows, rodeos, schools and parades. When asked what her favorite part of the group is, she responded, “Seeing the team go out there and ride their hearts out with big smiles on their faces after working many months to perfect choreography and timing.” Maynard describes the riders as a committed group. “They’ve driven through many storms then tacked up in the rain to practice one maneuver over and over until it comes together. We work hard, we laugh hard, it’s often frustrating, but I love seeing the team work together and support each other through good times and bad." The team lives by two mottos – “Friendship First,” and “It’s a Thrill To Drill.” Watch the riders perform at the Placerville Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 7.To learn more about the Rhythm Riders and the great things they are doing in the community, visit more on Jeannette Maynard be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Local Area Tidbits

December is National Read-a-New-Book Month, so check out your local library and pick up a new read...Apple Hill season is not over! Madrona Vineyards in Apple Hill invites the public to kick off the holiday season with “Christmas in the Cellar,” wine sipping, food sampling and holiday shopping included, on December 6. Special wines will be available! Email for more information...On December 5, David Girard Vineyards will host its Repeal of Prohibition event from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit for a list of participating Speakeasies to visit to get the secret password for entrance to the party; $15 per person, $20 per couple, or $5 for a designated driver. Proceeds will be donated to Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprise of Placerville...The annual Christmas Parade in Historic Downtown Placerville will take place December 7 at 1 p.m., rain or shine, starting at the Mountain Democrat parking lot and heading west on Main Street...Habitat for Humanity of El Dorado County holds board meetings the second Tuesday of every month in Placerville. Contact Candy Alexander at 916-718-5565 or for information...The Gold Country Woodworkers meet the first Monday of the month at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Shingle Springs. Call John Brideson at 916-933-0488 to get involved...Join area women at a designated session to create Quilts of Love for needy children this Christmas. Call 530-672-2223 or e-mail for meeting times and location...Cantare Chorale, sponsored by the El Dorado Community Concert Association, will present an annual Christmas concert series December 10. For location and ticket information, call 530-622-4218...The Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory offers a heavenly view of the winter night sky. Visit for viewing conditions and special events...Remember Red Hawk Casino’s grand opening is expected this month! Exciting property details include 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, six restaurants,  and more than 3,000 lighted and covered parking spaces. Visit for more information...Sierra Vista Bank also welcomes a new face. Lourdes Lewis joined the Cameron Park branch November 3, as the AVP Business Banking Specialist...Reader Appreciation Lunches...We love getting feedback from our readers, so FoothillStyle invites you to a Reader’s Appreciation Lunch (date TBA) to discuss your likes and dislikes; there will be good conversation and good food! Send our editor an email at and let us know if you’d like to join us for lunch in the near future!Send your news to:

Holiday Time

Here come the Holidays! Are you psyched? The Christmas décor came out even earlier than usual in the department stores this year. In the middle of October, one friend said he saw a Santa in a store holding a pumpkin. I also received my Cabela’s Christmas 2008 catalog, and do you know that inside they gave me a coupon for 20 percent off if I place an order of $150 dollars or more? Wow, I was tempted to look for things in the catalog that I didn’t need just to save money and get a jump on my Christmas list and my holiday shopping!  For many of you, the demands and obligations of the holiday season propel you into a pace of life that is often fun, but also fast and furious. The parties, the shopping, the meals and the gatherings seem to subtly grow in magnitude each year. There is a part of us that looks forward to all of the frenetic festivity, but after all is said and done and another January rolls around, we often look back with tired bodies, depleted spirits and souls that replace “ho, ho, ho” with a sighing “ho, ho, hum.”   I think we have all wondered at one time or another, “Is it all necessary?” Moreover, have we celebrated the holidays with all the American gusto we can muster? Perhaps, but did we truly experience a spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving and well up with the joy of Christmas? Are holidays hopelessly harried? I want to encourage you to be intentional, be courageous and do some things differently this year to fight that trend.  Start now and get out a piece of paper. Make a list of words that describe what you want your holidays to be like.  Brainstorm with your spouse and kids and get their desires down on the list. You might want to make a list of what you liked best about some of your past holidays, and what you liked least. Next, jot down some ideas about what you can intentionally do less of, or more of this year to get you closer to the holiday experience reflected in your list. Now, get out your calendar. Here’s where you will need the courage that I mentioned earlier. Block time out (or block time in) for the things that will help you to have the holiday season you are longing for. I hope you will take time to slow down, linger with your spouse and loiter with your kids. Making time to be fully present with your closest circle of family and friends is one of the most important gifts you can give and receive.    Finally, in the midst of all the demands of Christmas, don’t forget to reflect on the stunning reality of what the holiday means to you, whatever that may be. Here comes Christmas! Enjoy it to the fullest.Brian Long is senior pastor at the Church of the Foothills in Cameron Park. To reach Pastor Long, call 530-677-3057.

Fast Fixes?

Detox diets are also referred to as fasting and cleansing, but are they safe? Detox diets are designed to help rid the body of toxins by fasting with juices or water and slowly reintroducing foods. There are conflicting opinions from experts regarding the effects that detoxification has on the body. Proponents believe the body should be occasionally cleansed to rid it from the toxins in the vegetables we eat, the air we breathe and water we drink. They claim detox diets help with weight loss, increase energy, assist with clarity of thought, and aid in disease prevention. Author of the book Detoxification and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Linda Page, N.D. (naturopathic doctor), Ph.D., believes that the modern day toxins we are exposed to are more than the average body can handle, even though our bodies naturally eliminate toxins that we ingest or inhale. Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, glands and skin. Dr. Page says, “The body doesn’t know what to do with foreign substances, so it will store them outside of the regular elimination system in our fat, so we don’t get poisoned.” Her detox program involves drinking fruit juice, taking cleansing boosters such as herbal laxatives and colonics, as well as probiotics, which replenish healthy bacteria and antioxidants during the weekend-long program. Richard DeAndreas, M.D., N.D., believes in a 21-day detox program during which you follow a strict plant-based diet, which means no meat and no dairy. However, Chris Strychacz, Ph.D., a research psychologist believes that a once-a-year, week-long water fast is the answer.  However, Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., Director of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson says, “There is no scientific evidence to support claims made for detox diets.” He believes [that] the best thing you can do is [to] stop putting harmful toxins into your system, eat organic foods, drink purified water and avoid second-hand smoke. ...For more about safely detoxing and cleansing, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Strokes of Genius

Award-winning local artist Barry Jamison, a Bay Area native and Folsom gallery owner, colors his world in bold shades of ambition. Not bad for someone who started drawing “all kinds of stuff,” testing oils and acrylics, and imitating rock ‘n roll poster art before finding his creative niche with pastels – the artistic medium that he currently favors. Largely self-taught, Jamison has occasionally studied with various nationally known artists throughout his 50-year career, but credits his longevity and success to keeping an open mind. Today he draws inspiration from the local landscape, which he describes as, artistically, a “limitless possibility.” He refers specifically to the region’s open vistas, uncrowded backroads and underdeveloped natural spaces. The area surroundings complement Jamison’s affinity for pastels, a medium that allows him to explore color more conveniently. “Some artists will use an inordinate amount of intense colors in a work, which a lot of time, confuses the viewer as to what is the most important thing [the artist] wants them to see,” he explains. “I like to downplay surrounding areas of color while keeping the center of interest most vivid.”  In addition to painting striking pieces of locally-inspired art, Jamison teaches classes at his Folsom-based gallery/studio, Sutter Street Pastels, which opened in 2002. The studio’s small-sized classes are open to the public and its students are given carte blanche to work on individual projects. During these sessions, master instruction is a given but also is fun. “Most people who join my classes prefer them to be relaxing,” Jamison says.  “When I can schedule it, I’m going to incorporate extended Saturday sessions where we’ll work on location. I’ll teach it like a mini-workshop, starting with a demonstration.”Jamison currently has 16 different pieces of artwork on display at the Holbrooke Hotel in neighboring Grass Valley, and also displays a number of paintings at Edward Jones Financial Services in Folsom. This coming May he will host a one-man art show in Auburn. And somewhere during his packed schedule, he finds time to complete commissioned artwork.In the future, Jamison plans to experiment with three-dimensional work and murals. He also envisions participating in invitational events around the country, such as plein air competitions and exhibitions, and would also like to see a “bona fide” juried art and wine festival in Folsom’s Historic District, complete with “minstrels, jugglers, and street theater.” He hasn’t ruled out starting an artists’ cooperative either.Continual attempts by Jamison to evolve artistically are not surprising, given the fact that the artist says, “I believe my art to be evolutionary; I enjoy challenging myself with subjects that are interesting to me. The key is to be open to happy accidents that may occur and take a painting in a whole new direction.”Discover more about Barry Jamison and Sutter Street Pastels online at

Christmas in Coloma

Once again the holiday season is fast upon us, like snow on a pine branch. Children are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa, popular Christmas songs are playing on the radio, trees are popping up in living rooms all aglow with lights, and there’s that cool nip in the air that says, “Winter is here.” Some folks may think that the season, as we know it, has existed since time out of memory. However, the customs surrounding our modern Christmas are, historically speaking, not so far removed from our present. The “traditional” Christmas as we know it, originated before the Civil War, specifically in the 1850s. Step back in time to 1850s Placerville during the holidays, and you would see the beginnings of the more familiar customs as well as some traditions that have all but disappeared. Though far from common, folks were placing Christmas trees in their homes. Some folks, following the German custom from which the Christmas tree originated, placed the tree on a table. Still, others placed it on the floor. These trees were commonly decorated with various fruits and homemade ornaments. Candles placed on the boughs of the trees would become common in the late 1850s, while glass ornaments, originating in Europe, wouldn’t catch on until decades later. Santa Claus was hardly the cultural icon he is today, and shared the gift bearer status with the likes of Father Christmas and Kris-Kringle. Gift giving was quite common at this point, and so was commercialization, though it wasn’t near the fever pitch it has reached in modern times. In many ways, the early “traditional” Christmas of the 1850s was similar, and yet unlike, the Christmas of the present. Interestingly enough, if you want to see how Christmas was celebrated our area over a century ago you do not need a time machine. A drive to Coloma on the either the 13th or the 14th of December would suffice. Musicians wearing top hats wander about performing merry melodies, young children wearing period clothing make dolls from cornhusks, and the scent of roasting chestnuts and baked sundries, carried by the cool winter air, and into to the nose of passersby. Wreaths are handmade, as are other such arts and crafts featured at the various booths and tables. Volunteers, all dressed for the occasion, walk about, telling Christmas stories or giving demonstrations of various trades and crafts that were done during the 1850s. For children, there’s toy making, various period games to learn and play, and a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Additionally, horse-drawn carriage rides are offered so patrons can enjoy the festivities in style. A steaming cup of hot apple cider will no doubt make a perfect end to a perfect day. Nothing beats an old-fashioned country Christmas celebration. Perhaps, after considering the origins of our modern customs of Christmas, getting back and celebrating the roots of the holiday can be just as fun as celebrating the holiday itself.

Family Philanthropy

Each day, hundreds in our community receive a helping hand from volunteers who understand that supporting others is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures.Yet the delicate balance between ongoing needs and the resources available to help can easily be upset. As we witness in today’s challenging economy, more and more people are being forced into a position of hardship. At the same time, local charities are reporting a decline in private and corporate donations, and fewer volunteers as well.As a result of an increased push in volunteerism to support our overtaxed community services system, local families are finding that volunteering together can be as rewarding for them as it is life-changing for those they help.Helping Others is a Family AffairVolunteering as a family can be a meaningful, shared experience that brings families closer together as well as teaches both children and parents valuable life lessons about empathy, diversity and social responsibility.Lending a hand to those less fortunate can also help the entire family appreciate how blessed they are to have simple luxuries such as shelter, food, clothing and good health.Encouraging family philanthropy is the goal of Hands for Hope, a youth-driven outreach program started in March by El Dorado Hills mom Jennifer Bassett. The group, now 75 kids (and families) strong, works with Powerhouse Ministries in Folsom, as well as local schools and food banks to meet various community needs.Bassett hopes the program’s immediate and growing popularity will have a long-term impact on local families. “The benefit of getting these young kids involved is that they will grow up with compassion for others,” she says.“We are helping raise a generation of children who are already inspired by knowing what they can do to make a difference. Volunteering will just be a part of their lives.”For more family volunteering resources be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

Snapshots from Area Happenings

October 25.For more local Outtakes, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

Turning the Tables

Holiday gatherings with friends and family often center around your dining room table, decorated in all its festive glory. In the spirit of the season, we asked three local interior designers to describe the inspiration behind their favorite holiday tablescapes....Classic EleganceNancy Murphy of NT Interior Design & Home Staging in Diamond Springs, says designing eye-catching tabletops is a vital part of her business. Murphy’s favorite setting for the holidays is a classic combination of whites, soft blues and silvers in what appears to be a magical, winter wonderland.To start, Murphy fills long silver trays or glass vases with ornaments of different shapes and sizes. She sprinkles white plastic snow and adds large white feathers and other sparkly seasonal elements. “The result is a beautiful, low arrangement that lets people visit,” she says. “Then in the middle, I’ll use crystal candlesticks to create height.”Murphy also has fun incorporating bows into her holiday themes. “I’ll tie little bows of blue ribbon on chandeliers,” she says. “And on chairs, I’ll wrap gauze material into a bow in back. It adds such elegance.”When planning your table, Murphy recommends keeping perspective. “People watch design shows on television, then try something new and usually go overboard,” she says. “They should bring in what feels right for them, not go with a certain popular style.” ...For more of Table Design ideas be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116