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Read some articles from back issues of the print edition and supplemental content.

Turquoise Rocks!

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

KamaSutra Luxury Bathing Kit (bath salts), $22 at Body Basics, Placerville. 530-622-2988, shopbodybasics.net.Cake by Petunia Pickle Bottom Cosmopolitan Carryall (diaper bag), $342 at trenditikes.com.<hr>For more Local Swag Buys, 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 gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Turquoise Rocks!

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Tube dress, $38 at Cadence Corner (located inside Suds Carwash), El Dorado Hills. 916-673-6300.Hoshall’s Salon and Spa H-Line designer hair products. Fashion Gel, $12, Surf Spray, $16 at Hoshall’s Salon and Spa, Folsom. 916-987-1995, hoshallsfolsom.com.<hr>For more Local Swag Buys, 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 gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Did You Know...

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

...The American Podiatric Medical Association has five shopping suggestions for fitting growing little feet of children? Here’s what they recommend:To ensure a good fit, take your child with you to try on the shoes.Shop for shoes later in the day when feet are more swollen from daily activities.Shoes should be comfortable from the start. Buy shoes that do not need a break-in period. Feet are rarely the same size, so always buy for the larger foot. Have your child try on the shoes wearing socks or tights if that is how they will be worn.Also, watch how your child wears the shoes. If they always want to remove them, they may be too small. Let’s face it, children’s feet grow – fast – and there are times when it’s necessary to buy a new pair of shoes every few months as kids go through growth spurts. For more information (and new shoes) visit Starlight Starbright, featuring top brands like See Kai Run, Ecco, Primigi, Lelli Kelly, Robeez and more. Keep those little feet happy and healthy!<hr>Kerri KayeStarlight Starbright2766 E Bidwell Street, Suite 500, Folsom 916-983-9977, shopstarlightstarbright.com.

Winterhill Farms Turns One!

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Winterhill Farms celebrated their 1st anniversary with a celebration at their shop in Placerville on June 7.<hr>For more local Outtakes, 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 gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

BeAttitudes

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

For kids, standing apart from that which doesn’t hold value or empower, sometimes means standing alone. But to do so confidently with an understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, is to foster personal and community change. That is the meaning behind BeAttitudes In Me – a local nonprofit that teaches area youth (grades K-12) to celebrate uniqueness in order to embrace differences.BeAttitudes, still in its formative stages, began as The Artist In Me Foundation, which provided art classes for special needs children. Today, “BeAttitudes serves children, parents, schools and the community,” says the organization’s president and founder, Susan Lee. “This organization not only helps children, but also parents, [because] adults are role models. It is my hope that [BeAttitudes] will instill lifelong values in our children, while we as adults, recognize our own.” BeAttitudes recently celebrated its inception during a kick-off party at the El Dorado County Library – an event that also helped inform parents about the mission of the organization, which centers around monthly attitudes, such as Be Polite, Be Respectful, Be Forgiving, etc. A slew of activities help foster the “BeAttitude” in focus, including a themed book club, poster and story contests, and a charity project. As ambitious as the undertaking has become, Lee is actively fostering the organization’s evolution. She says, “I am developing a BeAttitudes Toastmaster program for middle and high school [students], which will incorporate presentation skills, empowering [participants] to share their opinions and respect others.”Not only does Lee preach (and teach) the importance of community involvement, she practices it too, with efforts that make a big difference in a small community like El Dorado Hills. This past June she started a “story time” at a local Starbucks, and is currently planning other story hours with area businesses. And while the organization has yet to host any fundraising events (BeAttitudes currently relies on personal, local and community sponsorships), it is one of Lee’s future goals. Since Lee is in the business of attitude adjustments, how is her own? Insightful and perceptive as always. “Children today are bombarded by so much from the media, video games, music, schools, peers, friends and even their families,” she says. “So many of our kids feel pressure to be many things to many people, but cannot truly be themselves. They are so busy going from activity to activity that I feel they’ve lost sight of who they are, and who they can be. I want to help kids develop a positive self-image, which includes recognizing and accepting their strengths as well as their weaknesses.”Is there a place for such idealism in today’s world? Judging by the enthusiastic reception BeAttitudes has received, the answer is yes. Powerhouse Ministries in Folsom is interested in integrating BeAttitudes into its children’s program, and Lee plans to present the organization to school districts and youth groups to see how its precepts may be incorporated. “BeAttitudes In Me is anything short of a dream come true,” Lee says. “I realize it is not the answer for everyone or every issue, but to me, it’s at least an opportunity to do something rather than just sit on the sidelines complaining and doing nothing. Our children are our future.” For more information on BeAttitudes, visit beattitudesinme.com (coming soon).

Headaches

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Millions of Americans suffer from headaches. According to the American Council for Headache Education, most men and women have experienced at least one headache in the past year. But what are these ailments, and are there any treatments?Ninety percent of headaches are tension, migraine or cluster. The remaining 10 percent of headaches are caused by more serious underlying medical conditions such as an infection or tumor. TensionThe tension headache is classified as either episodic (once in awhile) or chronic (repetitive). These headaches include pain around the crown of the head and dull pounding. They are related to stress, computer work and eye strain.MigraineThe migraine, or vascular headache, can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Sufferers may experience sensitivity to light, visual changes, or nausea and vomiting. Rest, sleep and complete darkness are methods used to shake the symptoms.Research has shown that alcohol, chocolate, cheese and nuts may trigger migraines. Also, MSG, a flavor enhancer, may be a culprit. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men, as a correlation has been linked to menstrual cycles and hormonal changes.It is still debatable whether or not headaches are related to strokes. According to the National Headache Foundation, while the likelihood of a migraine attack causing a stroke is remote, the leading factor for those under the age of 40 is a migraine headache.ClusterMen are more commonly affected by the cluster headache, in which very sudden, intense, localized pain behind one eye is experienced. This headache can last for a few minutes to several hours, and is characterized by returning each day around the same time. It can be triggered by alcohol consumption or smoking, and stress seems to be related to their frequency.TreatmentTreatment options for headaches include over-the-counter and prescription drugs, lifestyle changes including stress management and relaxation, and holistic approaches. Getting adequate sleep, monitoring caffeine intake, and logging dietary intake and daily activities may also help with headache management. Another option specifically for migraine relief is chiropractic treatment. The goal of this approach is to alleviate pain by relaxing neck tension and easing the range of motion. Spinal adjustments help to stimulate the healing process, and some feel relief within minutes. According to Neuromuscular, Cranial Sacral Therapist, Michael Clifford, “Spinal manipulation (Chiropractic), Cranial Sacral, Neuromuscular, Acupuncture, Biofeedback and Relaxation Therapies are common manual therapies used in conjunction with medication.” Dr. Day of Goldorado Family Chiropractic in Cameron Park agrees, “I practice Cranial Sacral, which has proven to be extremely effective, reducing symptoms 30-50 percent in an hour or so.”Other treatments can be done right at home. These include self-massage, taking warm baths, rubbing lavender oil on the temples, sipping chamomile tea, and avoiding diet colas due to their aspartame content. Another treatment is the Migra-stick, a portable stick that contains 100 percent pure peppermint and lavender essential oils. This can be applied to acupressure points such as temples, nape of neck and forehead, to relieve headache pain. The Salanpas patch, a relatively inexpensive option found in local pharmacies, can be affixed to the back of the neck as well to offer relief.

Local Area Tidbits

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

We hope our annual pet issue will inspire you to take a moment or two for the animals, whether it’s your own pet or local wildlife! One way to get involved is by volunteering at Sierra Wildlife Rescue in El Dorado. The Baby Bird Nursery is accepting volunteer applicants for any of three daily shifts (four hours each, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.) until August 15. Animal lovers ages 18 and up (or 12-17 accompanied by an adult) can come feed and care for baby birds under the direction of an experienced Shift Leader. Call 530-621-4661 for more information…It’s August, and that means the countdown to summer’s end has begun…time to make the most of those long summer days and nights! Feed your green thumb with a free class from El Dorado County Gardeners. Classes for August include: Fall and Winter Vegetables, (August 2) and Making a Container Fountain (August 9), held from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of California Cooperative Extension (311 Fair Lane, Placerville), as well as Gardening with our Deer Friends (August 16) and Lawns (August 23), held 9 a.m. to noon at the Placerville Main Library. Call 530-621-5512 or visit ceeldorado.ucdavis.edu for more information…Youth programs of the Pleasant Valley School System will get a boost from the Roots & Wings Fundraiser sponsored by Lucchesi Vineyards. The benefit event is a combination wine tasting and boat tour on Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley kicking off at 4 p.m. on August 16 from the Lake Wildwood Marina…If you’re in a charitable mood, give a pint and get a pint! Donors at the Blood Source Blood Drive, held at the Nature Center in Coloma will receive a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream as a thank you for their generous contributions. What better way to beat the heat while making a difference? Make an appointment by July 20 to secure a spot; the minimum age is 16. Call 530-621-1224 for more information…While we’re on the subject of health, make a note of an informative function coming to the area on August 20: Safe Drugs Down on the Corner will feature information about the most current and popular prescription drugs, as well as interactions to look for and avoid. Learn how to seek the optimum benefit for your own prescriptions as well as those of your loved ones. The event will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring Street. Contact Family Caregiver Support Program at 530-621-6251 or 530-621-6151 for more information…Congratulations to former Sierrastyle contributor Corky Oakes, who has just published her second book, Señor Fideles: Adventurer of Sierra Nevada and Beyond. This environmentally themed novel tells the parable of a bird who struggles to adapt to his changing environment, based on Donner Lake. Check in next month for news and notes from our annual art and wine issue!…

Flyin' Solo

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

W hile Tom is on hiatus this month, I volunteered to share my recent first-time-pilot experience. I was contacted by letsgoflying.org (sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) to do a story on their services. I don’t think I’ll be interviewing at Southwest anytime soon, but the opportunity gave me a nerve-racking, yet breath-taking Top Gun experience, not to mention an impressive conversation starter.After making sure to have my proper caffeine intake (alertness is key when flying... so I’ve heard), I met my instructor, along with my photographer (yes you’d better believe that I needed documentation of this event) at the Sacramento Executive Airport. Thankfully, it was a clear day, and my instructor, Ed, could not have been more reassuring… until we sat down at a small table to go over some pre-flight “basics.” Looking back, I’m not sure that “basic” was the appropriate word to describe the numerous technical terms that were thrown my way. I really had not been nervous, up until I got the “basics.” When Ed started explaining what each of the 27 gauges (don’t quote me on that figure) in the cabin were used for, I took a big gulp and quickly tried to remember if I brought along my anti-anxiety medication. But there was no time to think, I just listened as if it were life or death. After seeing the color draining from my face, Ed let me know that he would be sitting next to me and able to take control of the plane at any moment. Phew. He also informed us that if you put all of his flights together, he has been in the air for over a year and a half. Another sigh of relief. After the “basics” flew right out of my left ear, we headed to the field to pick our plane and perform all of the pre-flight inspections. With everything in check, we boarded the tiny, I mean tiny plane (is there such a thing as a SmartPlane?). Initially my biggest challenge was mastering the headset radio (not a good sign). Once I figured out the winning technique of pushing my lips up against the microphone to actually be heard, I moved on to firing the engine. So exhilarating that I temporarily forgot that I had much more to master. Next came my second biggest challenge: taxiing in a straight line while moving forward (easier said than done). When you taxi you actually steer with your feet, left peddle turns you to the left and so on, but you must also hold the wings somewhat level using the steering wheel (or the yoke I think it’s called). The procedure is very unnatural, like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time. Once I maintained a straight path for... oh, a few yards, Ed smiled and said I was a natural. Now it was time for take off. I was as ready as I ever would be, and frankly there was no turning back without a great deal of embarrassment (although I considered it). Taking off was as easy as pushing a button. Ed instructed me to slowly push in the throttle until we reached a certain number on one of those gauges that I wasn’t paying attention to in the beginning, and then I simply pulled out on the yoke to lift the nose of the plane off of the ground. And, voila! I was flying! I only knew that because Ed told me that I was. Flying over downtown Sacramento Ed coached me through the regular drills such as steering the plane in different directions and changing levels of altitude. As we ended our sightseeing, and I unclenched my teeth, Ed asked if I’d like to try landing myself. But just then, a gust of wind turned us a little sideways, and I replied that I’d let him handle the touch down. I didn’t want to push my luck; I would save the crash-landing for next time!

The Vine

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Erhardt 2001 – Clarksburg Chenin BlancSome wines get no respect! Consider Chenin Blanc. Here’s a variety that is one of the most versatile wines in the world, planted in most wine growing regions, and is the third most widely planted variety in California. Much of it is used to blend, but it is not often seen as a varietal at the forefront of retail shelves.Lucky for us, Clarksburg, just south of Sacramento, is famous for Chenin Blanc. The 2001 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc is made in a Vouvary-style, this wine is harvested high in sugar and fermented down to a dry wine, which creates a sense of balance. Pale gold color, light body, wonderful pear scent, and flavors of crisp pear and melon linger when sipping this wine. This is a great go-to wine for any chicken, seafood or Asian dishes; also a perfect aperitif wine alone. —Rick MindermannRick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento,personal assistant to Darrell Corti, and “The Good Taste Guy” for oodleboxtv.com.<hr>For more Fine Wine Selections, 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 gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Snapshots from Area Happenings

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Intel hosted its 3rd Sacramento LAN Fest the weekend of June 7, a semi-annual video gaming event at their campus in Folsom. 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Roberts Family Development Center with the Intel Foundation matching funds going to the United Way California Capitol Region.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 gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.
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