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Snapshots from Area Happenings

The River Cats Foundation presented a check to the non-profit disability awareness program on July 7. For more local Outtakes, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Bill Monaghan

Artists have long painted alfresco, but it’s a select group who dubs their work as plein air – the French expression used to describe the art of capturing the beauty of natural light and elements by working exclusively outside. El Dorado Hills resident Bill Monaghan has been setting up canvases in the sunlight full-time for more than three years, and after extensive time spent in his own backyard, the Napa Valley, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Sedona, he’s got much to show for it. “I’ve always liked Monet and the Impressionist style, so I took some workshops and started using oils,” he says of his transition from a 20-year industrial product design career in San Jose to one of an artist in El Dorado Hills. As an industrial designer, Monaghan was more or less an architect, developing unique designs for common use products. Though he has always been a gifted sketcher, Monaghan’s experience designing products through the use of form, materials, color, graphics and ergonomics has proved valuable in his new craft.Now, Monaghan is toting his wares around the state and is setting up shop at numerous art events and showings. Locally, his playfully colorful works were on display at Z’s Wine Bar & Bistro on Embarcadero Drive in El Dorado Hills. “He had some beautiful work that we enjoyed, and it worked with the vineyard theme we have in our [restaurant’s] dining room,” says bistro co-owner Richard Zibull of the Napa and El Dorado-themed canvases he selected for his establishment. Deb Lawson, a stylist at El Dorado Hills Salon, has also selected Monaghan’s work to grace the walls of her business. “He does wonderful work and I have the same one in my bedroom,” she says of the Napa-inspired painting at the salon. “He started coming to me and told me about his work, and I love it. It’s a lot of flowers and gardens and nature, and everyone in the salon just loves it too.”Monaghan says the natural environment has always provided him with ample inspiration, and that the challenge of painting in changing light and elements is what attracted him to plein air.“Because the light changes, you have to work quickly, and the thing about oil paints is I love the color,” he says. “But I’m still a bit more on the Realism side than I would like to be. I want to be a lot looser and I am working toward that.”In fact, color might be what most often attracts visitors to Monaghan’s art show booths. He participates in more than a dozen each year from Tahoe to San Francisco. Art enthusiasts can find him at the 36th Annual Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in August, and on two separate weekends in September at the El Dorado County Studio Tour. Bring a little (or a lot) of plein air into your life with a painting by Bill Monaghan, he works with canvases of all sizes and he is available for commissioned works. To contact Monaghan or view his artwork, visit billmonaghanart.com.

Turquoise Rocks!

Bloomsberry & Co.’s Climate Change Chocolates. $5 at Borders, Roseville. 916-784-1088, borders.com.Tandem Cruiseliner Bicycle in Belize Blue from Trek. $660 at Bob's Cycle Center, Roseville. 916-784-2255.<hr>For more Local Swag Buys, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Flyin' Solo

First time pilot experience

Senior Citizens

Folsom has itself one tight fix, thanks to Seniors Helping Seniors – a unique peer-assistance program that has put several members of the community back to work. Sponsored and managed by the City of Folsom Redevelopment and Housing Department, the primary purpose of this handyman-inspired program provides minor health and safety repairs to Folsom homeowners age 65 and older without the financial resources to seek outside assistance, and also aids seniors aged 55 and older with a verifiable disability. If the City has provided its seniors with the tools of a truly unique trade-off, then the workers putting them to good and active use are equally as impressive; all program-affiliated workers are qualified senior tradesmen. According to Nelia Dyer, residential program specialist with the City of Folsom, Seniors Helping Seniors started approximately 10 years ago with the intent to correct “health and safety deficiencies” in senior-owned homes located within the City’s borders. Corrections include minor plumbing and electrical repairs, hard-to-reach light bulb replacements, door lock restoration and repair, etc. To be eligible for assistance, applicants must have an income that falls under state income guidelines established by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Seniors requesting services can do so by telephone – a valued courtesy considering that many individuals of an advanced age are immobile or do not have access to transportation to make the trip to City Hall. After initial contact is made, the program coordinator will ask the applicant questions to determine his or her program eligibility. Once eligibility is confirmed, a qualified senior tradesman is then sent to the applicant’s home to verify that the work required falls within program guidelines. If it does, the tradesman will complete the necessary repairs at no cost to the homeowner.Because the City of Folsom actively caters to seniors, it differs from other communities of similar size. Indeed, local residents seem to understand and recognize the valuable contributions of seniors and thus eagerly support programs and organizations designed to enhance their quality of life. In such a citizen-centric community, it is of little surprise that a program like Seniors Helping Seniors exists; it is, by all intents and purposes, an extension of the generosity that the community feels towards its own. Dyer feels that a senior-affiliated program is important to help members of Folsom’s older generation remain in, and keep their homes. “The City is pleased to offer this important service, as well as additional programs offered through the Senior Center at 48 Natoma,” adds Dyer, who counts the sincere thanks and joy the program receives as her biggest source of pride.Individuals affiliated with Seniors Helping Seniors, like Dyer, are pleased with the success and services of the program, which they hope will continue as is. (If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?) While there are no events currently associated with Seniors Helping Seniors, interested parties can find out more information by calling 916-355-7356.

Dog Training

Dogs have long had a reputation for being man’s best friend – the work it takes to keep that friendship going is less widely discussed! Bringing an animal into your home is exciting, but it can be difficult too, for both pet and owner. Even if you have raised your dog with patience, consistency and love, he may exhibit a behavior that you don’t know how to control or temper – how do you communicate effectively with your dog in such cases? Jason Davis of The Dog Guy offers his expert advice on some of the most common behavioral problems that dog owners face.Q. What is the best way to socialize my dog with other dogs and people?Anti-social or aggressive behavior in dogs is often a source of considerable anxiety for dog owners. According to Jason, the best measures against this type of behavior are preventative, and should be taken sooner rather than later.A. “Start them when they are young! Puppies should be with their natural litter for a minimum of eight weeks, ideally 12 weeks, because there are some dog-to-dog socialization skills that can only be taught by the littermates. Once you bring your puppy home and he’s had all the appropriate vaccinations, help him experience the “world.” Get outside, daily! Take your dog on walks through your neighborhood, downtown, to the parks, lakes, trails, and anywhere that dogs are welcome to expose him to a variety of environments. If your dog is a little older and hasn’t yet had these experiences, dog day care and socialization classes are another great option.”...<hr>For more Dog (and Cat) Training tips and resources, 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.

Napa Valley

With airline tickets and foreign exchange rates working against the common traveler, it’s no wonder so many of us have thrown in the towel on planning a summer vacation. But don’t give up yet; with fresh hotels and eateries popping up, and the fabulous new Oxbow Public Market open for business, Napa is looking better than ever. And if you’re thinking wine country is only for the winos...think again. ...Relaxation on the Napa RiverLimousines and the renowned Napa Valley Wine Train have long been the answer for wine tasting sans the designated driver dilemma, but now Napa’s spruced-up waterfront is enticing pleasure-seekers too. Board Napa River Adventures’ little electric motor boats for a peaceful picnic cruise through local marshlands. The cruise is priced at $40, or you can rent a kayak, double kayak or canoe from $45 a day...<hr>For more about Napa Valley, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Then & Now

THEN: This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings V.1, Woody Guthrie Cited as an influence by everyone from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, the name Woody Guthrie is synonymous with American folk music. This collection highlights some of Guthrie’s best-known songs, including the iconic This Land Is Your Land. NOW:Life Death Love & Freedom, John Mellencamp Mellencamp describes this new album as “modern electric folk songs.” With the help of this exciting and moving new material, Mellencamp can finally attain his long-deserved recognition as a truly accomplished folk singer. <hr>For more of Shelf Life including DVD and Book reviews, 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.

Fun for the Whole Family! The Folsom Family Expo & Wellness Festival!

The Style magazines and Mercy, a member of CHW present, the Third Annual Folsom Family Expo and Wellness Festival!It's fun (AND FREE!) for the whole family!Experience health screenings by the award-winning team from Mercy, wellness activities and fun for the whole family including: bouncehouses, face painting, outdoor games, clowns, dance performances, balloon twisters, a fashion show, and so much more!And, FREE entry to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary! Please note that if you wish to go to the zoo, you must enter the expo and go to the zoo booth to get your hand stamped.When: Saturday, September 20, 2008What Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Where: Folsom Community Center at 52 Natoma Street in FolsomFor more information about the event, or for sponsorship and exhibit space opportunities, please contact Aimee Mundy at 916-988-9888 x115 or via email at aimee@sierrastyle.com.This event is also sponsored by Wells Fargo, Folsom Premium Outlets, Perfect Sounds and the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.We'll see you there!

People and Their Pets

Pet lovers are a breed apart, and we've got the pictures to prove it! We asked you, our readers, to send us pictures of your furry, scaled, gilled and winged family members, and boy did you respond! Check out these pages filled with candids of some of our area's most lovable pets. Enjoy!

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