Lake Tahoe’s Relaxing Side Points North

By David Dickstein  |  2019-06-12

Kings Beach at the upper-most section of North Shore, has some of that side’s best boutique shopping. Photo courtesy North Lake Tahoe/Ryan Salm

Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide and is 42 trillion gallons full. As California’s second-largest lake and the nation’s second-deepest, the scope of statistics associated with this body of water is as lengthy as its surface area (192 miles). One piece of data you won’t find on a list of Lake Tahoe facts, however, is how vast the difference is between North Shore and South Shore.

Answer: Worlds apart.

Each side has a distinct vibe and contrasting tangibles. Enjoy being part of a crowd? South is best. Sour on urban sprawl? The sparser North is the ticket. Want nightlife? Party down in the South. Feeling lucky? Towering Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Hard Rock and MontBleu are all in South Shore, though “gaming” isn’t completely foreign in the north. Need a lift? The North has the highest concentration of ski resorts, but the South is no slouch with Heavenly and Kirkwood. Looking to relax? Well, if the North was an herbal tea, it would be chamomile.

The casino-dotted South Shore woos the majority of Tahoe’s estimated 24 million annual visitors, the bulk driving in from the Sacramento and San Francisco areas. The rest settle in between Tahoma on the West Shore to Sand Harbor on the East Shore. Few take in both shores on a single vacation. Maybe it’s the two hours of driving roundtrip to and from the extreme points, or a desire to not mix atmospheres.

Having done Tahoe a dozen or so times over the decades, always on the South Shore, this native Californian has recently benefited from some refreshing and enlightening northern exposure. Let’s hit the main vacation categories.

Alpine Accommodations

On the high end, and we don’t mean just being 6,250 feet above sea level, there’s a Ritz-Carlton nestled mid-mountain on the Northstar ski resort, considered by many as California’s best. Those five stars get you nothing ritzier on either shore, but no closer than a 20-minute drive to and from the water. Dropping a star gets you the waterfront Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, North Shore’s premiere hotel-casino in Incline Village.

As you’d expect from a major Alpine destination, lodging of all shapes, sizes and prices are found on both sides of the state line. On the California side, Cedar Crest Cottages is an unassuming gem on low-key West Shore. This quaint, family-owned inn has nine recently renovated units, all named for a bird with hanging pictures to match. Located across the street from a shared beach, Cedar Crest is a great property for those who want rustic, yet contemporary, non-chain, yet strict on standards. Cottages of one, two and three bedrooms, all private with lockable doors, feature a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer, living area and the most modern blackout drapes this pitch-dark-needing sleeper has ever seen – Hunter Douglas, not cheap. Cedar Crest Cottages feels more like a woodsy timeshare than motor lodge, so you’re trading such amenities as an adjacent restaurant for, say, a romantic firepit. It’s also located a 10-minute drive from a real town, so plan ahead for late-night hungries. Rates for a one-bedroom range from $260 to $320 a night with a two-night minimum.

Lakefront Fare

Ask a local or a seasoned North Shore visitor for restaurant recommendations, and the same names always come up. Here’s a quick take based on personal experiences at the most cited:

Gar Woods Grill & Pier, Carnelian Bay – Prices are about $5-10 more per entrée than the North Shore competition, but it’s so worth it when that gets you the whole package of laid-back fine dining, a most hospitable and competent staff, a fun, rum-favoring bar menu and a stunning bayside view and pier from a heater-ready outside deck. Loved making supper of two starters: pomegranate-glazed pork ribs ($20) and shrimp and lobster bisque ($13). The prime rib French dip with gruyere ($22) also was generous enough for dinner. Gar Woods’ signature drink, the “world-famous” and copyrighted Wet Woody, is an improved rum runner. Open for lunch and dinner.

Jake’s on the Lake, Tahoe City – The grilled Ora King salmon in miso broth ($36) and wild seabass with ginger saffron coconut risotto ($34) called to us on the carnivore-catering dinner menu and didn’t disappoint. Wonderful panoramic views of the marina.

Lone Eagle Grille, Incline Village – The Hyatt Regency’s top restaurant offers lakefront views while dining off a diverse lunch or dinner menu. Winning picks include the ahi poke with avocado and wakame salad, and a day boat scallop salad with toasted pine nuts and a champagne vinaigrette.

Fire Sign Café, Tahoe City – Expansive breakfast and lunch menus with a heaping of inviting specials, including savory crepes in the morning and a breaded chicken sandwich with homemade chipotle aioli in the afternoon. Just don’t ask to substitute a pecan waffle for pancakes with the “Cakes & Eggs Combo” ($13), even if offering to pay the $1.50 difference. That’s greeted with a flat “no.” Why? “Because the computer isn’t set up that way,” said the unapologetic server. So much for the laminated card on everyone’s table telling patrons that the restaurant’s “number one priority is to provide great service” and “dining with us today means that you are part of the Fire Sign family.” Decent food, but they sure waffle on their pledge, pecan or otherwise.

Rosie’s Café, Tahoe City – Great vibe, great grub and great décor. Vintage knickknacks hang from the eatery’s two-story rafters, keeping hungry eyes busy until the food arrives. The breakfast and lunch menus are comparable to Fire Sign’s, but Rosie’s also serves dinner, from real fried chicken to Italian schnitzel (both $17.49). Plus, they’ll happily substitute a waffle for a pancake without charge or attitude.

Explore North Shore

Engaging in outdoor recreation, be the activity dry, wet or icy, is way more serene on North Shore, even in the peak seasons of winter and summer. So is playing tourist when not snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, boating, sunbathing, swimming, paddleboarding, cycling, rafting, parasailing and many other -ings.

Attractions-wise, one of North Shore’s best-kept secrets, except to Lake Tahoe’s elite, local historians and the lucky schoolchildren who come here on field trips, is Thunderbird Lodge. George Whittell Jr. – millionaire, recluse, eccentric, philanderer, speed demon, lover of exotic animals – built this six-acre property on East Shore starting in 1936. He was no Sarah Winchester, but construction was certainly unusual and fairly constant until his death in 1969. Perched above a sandy beach, the main house, built of stone and by mostly local high schoolers, is an oddity like the rest of the place – a cross between Hearst Castle and Michael Jackson’s Neverland. But beyond the mansion, the Lighthouse Room, the opium den and servant’s quarters with the original kitchen, is a 600-foot-long tunnel leading to a boathouse where, when it’s not out for a spin, is arguably Whittell’s priced possession.

Any boat that can overshadow the pet elephant and lion who once trumpeted and roared on the estate, has got to be special. Thunderbird, the legendary wooden speedboat built for him in 1940, was just that. Twin 1,100-horsepower Allison engines — the same used in World War II fighter planes – power this double-planked mahogany beauty that entertained presidents and the Hollywood elite before its present-day role of serving as a floating fund-raiser for the non-profit Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society.

 Tours of this National Register Historic Site are given every day but Mondays through Oct. 19. The 75-minute walking tour costs $45 for adults, $19 for children 6 to 12. If you want to add some specialty wine and cheese to your visit, a better bet for the 21 and older set might be the $100 tours offered at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays from July 9 through Oct. 18.

Other attractions include a maritime museum, science center, ropes course and walkable cute, little towns with browsable cute, little shops – favorites being Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village and the proud host of the VIII Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley.

If You Go ….

North Lake Tahoe Visitor Bureau – 888-434-1262; www.gotahoenorth.com

Cedar Crest Cottages – 530-412-9222; www.cedarcrestcottages.com

Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site – 800-468-2463 (for tours); www.thunderbirdtahoe.org

Antiques Roadshow Returned to Sacramento

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-29

Al and Virginia show off their treasures – a French doll that is actually German, a Jerry Crandall painting paid for legal services with a tiny pistol that Al said “allegedly a lawyer carried this with him.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Approximately 22,000 people sent emails in hopes that they would be selected to have their treasures appraised when Antiques Roadshow pulled into Sacramento and set up shop Monday, May 13th at Crocker Art Museum. Two thousand pairs of tickets were distributed to fans and casual viewers from the Sacramento area and far beyond. Each person was invited to bring two items for appraisal, along with the story behind each object.

This is the show’s second visit to Sacramento, and according to one lucky viewer and collector of treasures who won tickets both times, this visit was quite different. The first time, the event was held in the Convention Center nearly ten years ago and long lines were normal.

“This time, Antiques Roadshow was a well-oiled machine,” said Mattie, who has watched the show since its inception and followed its precursor, “The Collectors.”

“We didn’t have to search for parking because a parking lot was reserved for attendees and a shuttle bus took us to and from the Crocker.”

The show issued tickets with times spaced thirty minutes apart, which helped keep lines to a minimum, although some lines were definitely busier than others. The clock appraisers were hoping for people, while lines for Asian art, jewelry, and paintings were longer.

A triage appraisal area was set up in the Crocker’s dining area where preliminary appraisals determined which lines people needed to visit. A watch, it turns out, could end up in the collectibles line if it was a Mickey Mouse watch.

The show works regularly with 150 appraisers who volunteer their time, and KVIE’s marketing guru, Sarah, said that Sacramento’s event had about 70 appraisers on hand, including Brian Witherell, COO and Consignment Director of Witherell’s Auction House located in Sacramento.

The event also enlisted the help of 125 volunteers who performed an array of duties from greeting people to guiding them to their appropriate destinations. Some appraisers were in the courtyard and others were on the second floor in the Crocker ballroom and adjacent gallery rooms.

As fans of the show know, there is always a story behind the object and of the expected 4,000 attendees, 150 segments would be taped based on suggestions from the appraisers. Of those segments, the show hopes to pull together three one-hour episodes to air in 2020.

One of those stories was discovered near the feedback booth, something that was not available when the show visited in 2010. Al and Virginia brought in a doll that she believed to be French. It was German and the clothes were not original. She still loves the doll. Al discovered that his pistols are something that he needs to further pursue by contacting Smith and Wesson as suggested by his appraiser.

This couple did not win the lottery pull for tickets, but they were offered a second chance through a program called “Knock Our Socks Off.”

The painting Al carried was given to him by the artist, Jerry Crandall. Al explained that the painting was payment for his legal work for Crandall’s divorce.

“Allegedly a lawyer carried this with him,” he said about the tiny circa 1855 pistol pointed toward the painting.

Look for Al and Virginia when the credits run next year during one of the Sacramento episodes.

Sacramento police officers secured the street in front of the museum and manned a table in order to examine firearms which include pistols and rifles older than 1899 for the California visit.

Several attendees came in costumes ranging from top hats to Victorian Era dress.

Show fans might have recognized Leila Dunbar, the baseball expert, and Nicholas Lowry, the poster and print expert who looked dapper in his brown plaid suit and waxed mustache.

The consensus from attendees was that the event was fun, well organized, and everyone had a smile.

For additional information, visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/.

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Carmichael Elks Lodge Presents 7th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-04-26

One of the many great cars on display at last year

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Elks Lodge will be hosting its 7th annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 4 with free admission to the public from 8am to 2pm. Filled with DJ music and Hot Wheel games for the kids, the show will be hosted in the Elks Lodge’s Shady Backyard. Breakfast and lunch will be available to purchase in case you feel like tasting various foods.


“I have been to the Car Show just about every year and I am glad to see that it’s growing thanks to friends and family,” said Diane Bristow of the Elk’s Car and Motorcycle Show committee.
The annual show features classic vehicles from 1975 and older. “This year we’ve added the new category of motorcycles to the show,” added Bristow.


Trophies and plaques will be awarded for the following vehicle categories:
Best Mopar; Best GM; Best Ford; Best Rat Rod; Best Orphan; Best Engine; Best Under Construction; Best Long Roof; Best Exalted; Best of Show; and Best Motorcycle.
Registration for those who want to enter a vehicle will be $19.95; And, for those who want to use the occasion to display their products, the fee for vendors will also be $19.95.

The Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103 is located at 5631 Cypress Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608.
Interested in joining the Elks? If you join in this month of April only, the regular $49 application fee will be reduced to only $1.

For more information visit our website at www.carmichaelelks2103.org

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California’s Rich Pioneer History Will Be Celebrated May 4 in Coloma

By Gary Zavoral  |  2019-04-23

Free wagon rides will be offered in Coloma during the Pioneer History Day May 4. Photos provided by PHD

Family Activities, Stage Shows and Historical Reenactments Highlight Third California Pioneer History Day

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Before the famed California Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of gold seekers and others to Northern California, there were hundreds of pioneers who paved the way for them to arrive, already having constructed homes and businesses, started farms and even began building cities.
On Saturday, May 4, area residents can learn more about how they lived and their accomplishments during the California Pioneer History Day at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma.
This free family event features historic reenactments and displays, a parade with descendants of early California pioneers, stage shows and musical entertainment, and many activities for families and children, including a cannon that shoots candy, free wagon rides, pioneer games and children’s crafts.
“Few Californians know about the rich early history of our state,” said Michelle Jones of Placerville, who is heading the effort along with Robert and Peni Frew from Auburn. “The California Pioneer History Day will give them the opportunity to discover this inspiring heritage in a fun and interactive way.”
The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with the parade at 10 a.m. and an opening ceremony following. This is the third California Pioneer History Day, which is sponsored by the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation and organized by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills. While the event is free, the state parking fee is $8. Food concessions will be available, or attendees can bring their own lunch.
During the Pioneer History Day, three-dozen interactive exhibits and activities organized into two “tent towns” will straddle Highway 49, the main thoroughfare into Coloma. Among the many historical exhibits are:
· The Buffalo Soldiers, an African American Army infantry unit that served in the West.
· The Pony Express, whose Western hub was Sacramento.
· Gold Rush Jewish Communities, highlighting the accomplishments of this minority group during the Gold Rush.
· Demonstrations with a sacred Indian grinding rock.
· Pioneer United Methodist Church, which had its start in Auburn in 1851.
· Chinese Cultural Club, exhibiting the culture and achievements of the many Asian men and women who traveled to the gold fields.
· The Ship Brooklyn exhibit, which recreates the cramped quarters of the Latter-day Saints who sailed in 1846 around Cape Horn to Northern California to escape religious persecution.
· Bear Flag Revolt, celebrating a small group of American settlers who, in 1846, rebelled against the Mexican government and proclaimed California an independent republic.
Tents will also feature many family-friendly activities that will give attendees a taste of pioneer life. These include:
· Brick, rope and candle making.
· Making and playing with pioneer toys.
· Pioneer doll making.
· Biscuit baking.
· Dutch oven cooking.
Among the reenactments will be cannon and musket firing, giving a detailed demonstration of how they were loaded and the safety precautions taken before firing. These will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30.p.m. The Pony Express will also recreate a mail hand-off during those same times, and free wagon rides will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition, there will be historical demonstrations on pioneer medicine, frontier justice, blacksmithing, wood carving, and free old-time photos with pioneer garb will be available.
On the main stage will be crowd-pleasing musical acts as well as old-time stage musical shows.
The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma features a museum and visitors center, a replica of John Sutter’s sawmill where gold was discovered in 1848, and many other buildings that recreate the town of Coloma during the Gold Rush.
It is located off Highway 49 between Auburn and Placerville; the museum address is 310 Back St., Coloma. For more information, go to www.californiapioneer.com/cphd/ or call the Gold Discovery park museum at (530) 622-3470.

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Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack  |  2019-04-08

For more information about the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car including stops and tour hours, please visit https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm

Available for Free Tours April 19-22

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As part of a series of special events, activities and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation proudly invite the community to Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car that will be on display Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22, 2019.


Free public tours will be available each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the visually-exciting rail car on display at Old Sacramento State Historic Park.


The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is a new, multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. Through sound, images and interactive technology, visitors will see how Union Pacific is building America in their communities and throughout the world. The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is part of Union Pacific's historic Heritage passenger rail car fleet going on a multi-stop tour that begins in Sacramento followed by a stop in Roseville before moving on to Sparks, Nevada and Ogden, Utah.


After entering the converted baggage car, guests will first learn about the investment, hard work and knowledge that went into building the Transcontinental Railroad. Moving forward along one wall they'll learn about the evolution of the locomotive, beginning with the world-famous UP No. 119 and leading to the modern-day diesel powerhouses. On the opposite wall, rail fans will trace how fresh apples are delivered from California and Washington to New York and understand every aspect of rail operations and innovation along the way. Next, exciting interactive technology will show how Union Pacific is using lasers, cameras and other detection devices to accurately inspect moving rail cars and railroad track. Guests will even be able to test their skills to see how they measure up as rail car inspectors. Before exiting, visitors will be able to communicate how they connect to the railroad using high-tech thermal reactive tiles. A final display celebrates the history of Union Pacific's Passenger Heritage Fleet through vintage photos.


For more information about the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car including stops and tour hours, please visit https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm

For more details and updated information about events, activities and exhibits presented by the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation, please visit www.Railroad150.org; for more information about the Museum or Foundation visit www.californiarailroad.museum; and for more information about Waterfront Days happening over Memorial Day Weekend, please visit www.oldsacramento.com


The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.

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Terminally-Ill Man Receives NASCAR Dream

Special Dream Foundation Release  |  2019-04-08

Winston Cain (Dream Foundation Dreamer), Glory Ariche (Genentech), Rene Hamlin (Snowline Hospice), Jeremy Lansing (Snowline Hospice), and Janice Curtin (Snowline Hospice). Photo provided by Dream Foundation

Dream Foundation celebrates Winston Cain’s life with a final NASCAR Race

El Dorado Hills, California (MPG) - Despite being diagnosed with ALS, which has left him paralyzed from the neck down apart from the use of one arm and hand, 71-year-old El Dorado Hills resident, Winston Cain, hasn’t stopped dreaming.

Winston has always loved NASCAR and car racing, having attended many races throughout his life. Now bed bound, Winston watches NASCAR intently every Sunday. He loves to imagine himself as the announcer, “Start your engines!” and dreams of attending one final race with his family.  

With support from Autoclub Speedway and Homewood Suites, Dream Foundation fulfilled Winston’s final Dream. This past month, Winston, his wife, daughter, and son-in-law enjoyed VIP treatment and a special meet and greet with his favorite driver, Chase Elliot at the Fontana NASCAR race of March 16th. The foundation will also provide accommodations, a wheelchair accessible van rental and extra travel funds for the trip.

Glory Ariche from Genentech, one of Dream Foundation’s Mission Partners, served “Dream Host” at the intimate gathering of Thursday, March 14th delivering everything that Winston needed for his Dream journey. Also in attendance were Snowline Hospice’s Rene Hamlin, Jeremy Lansing, and Janice Curtin who referred Winston to the organization’s dream-granting program. Their commitment to Winston was instrumental in bringing his final Dream to life.

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 30,000 final Dreams over the last twenty-five years.

The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management, ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit: DreamFoundation.org/donate.

Snowline Hospice serves the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, delivering end of life care and support to patients and their families.  Since 1979, Snowline has been dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are nearing the end of life's journey.  Our goal is to enhance living, comfort the dying and support the grieving with compassion and dignity.

 

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Hailing Volunteers

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-03-29

 Max McGregor (center), Dick Laursen (second from left) and other supporters were recently commended for volunteer effort at the Effie Yeaw nature Center. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Effie Yeaw Nature Center recently honored top volunteers with an awards luncheon.

Located in Ancil Hoffman park, the non-profit facility lost County funding nine years ago. Its educational mission is now spearheaded by the American River Natural History Association. Center doors stay open with the assistance of supporter donations and 250 nature-loving volunteers.

One of two helpers surpassing 1000-hours of selfless service was 17-year-old Max McGregor from Sacramento. The home-schooled teenager has assisted in animal care for three years and is the youngest of many volunteers to reach the 1000-hour mark. ARNHA board member Dick Laursen (90) also passed the grand milestone. 
 

Located in Ancil Hoffman Park, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its 100-acre preserve see many thousands of visitors in all seasons of the year. For information, call (916) 489-4918.

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All Buttoned Up

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-03-29

Rancho Cordova button collector Barbara Alfidi (right) enjoyed a display of historic fasteners with fellow enthusiast Dawn Healy at the Button Bazaar in Carmichael. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Dealers and collectors from three states recently assembled in Carmichael for the California Button Society’s bi-annual show. This year’s event was co-hosted by the Sacramento and Santa Clara Button Clubs.

The one-day bazaar drew 17 vendors and more than 200 aficionados to the la Sierra Center. “We’ve preferred Carmichael for 12 years,” explains Sacramento Button Society treasurer Sue Rhoades. “La Sierra Center is a great facility that affords lots of light – that’s very important for viewing – and it’s easily accessible from the Bay Area and the Foothills. Our vendors are experts from Washington, Nevada and California. A button show is a new experience for many people; we welcomed many new faces and everyone had a good time.”

The Sacramento Button Society is 65 years old. Its 25 members meet monthly. For information, contact fwolfe@surewest.net

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DOVIA Presents Annual Awards

By Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-03-29

Darlene Cullivan, CVA (Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement winner) with Rachele
Doty, Photos by Mika Guevarra, courtesy DOVIA Sacramento

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On March 14, volunteers were recognized by Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) at Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Northern California. Nearly 100 people attended the annual awards ceremony which recognized three categories of volunteers – Youth Volunteer of the Year, Individual Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement.

Rachele Doty, CVA is the board’s chair and presented the welcome to all nominees, their friends and families, judges, and Brian Ricks from Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s office. Doty said that each of the nearly twenty-five nominees present received certificates from DOVIA and from Cooley’s office. He was unable to attend this year but is very supportive of the awards.

The Youth Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Abby Schumacher, who has volunteered at Fairytale Town since 2016. In addition to the certificate, she received the $500 Margaret Einsphar Memorial Scholarship award to assist with college tuition. Youth volunteers are under 21 years of age and must currently be students. They are also required to have donated a minimum of 25 hours of service during the year and are nominated by their organizations.

Schumacher was nominated by Fairytale Town’s Education and Program Coordinator, Samantha Hawes who wrote, “Abby has truly made the lives of people who come to our park helping in summer camp, programs, events, marketing and so much more. We are so proud of her, and she is truly a wonderful volunteer.”

Doris Henke, a decades-long volunteer with Snowline Hospice received the Individual Volunteer of the Year award. She received a certificate and a $100 honorarium gift for Snowline Hospice. Henke has spent a lifetime giving back to the community in El Dorado County where she has lived since the 1960s.

“Doris Henke is a name to be recognized and remembered. Her name is truly synonymous with love and caring because of the profound difference she makes in the lives of others,” wrote Bonnie Davis, CVA, Director of Workforce and Volunteer Services for Snowline Hospice. Davis nominated Henke for the award. “It is impossible to quantify the hundreds or thousands of lives she has touched through the years. This loving wife, encourager, mother, caregiver, businesswoman, selfless giver, community developer, friend, ministry-builder, and mentor lives an intentional life of service to others and is a shining example of ‘giving your all’.”

The Individual Volunteer Award of the Year is new this year, said Doty. “We had always focused on the youth volunteer, and DOVIA is looking to the future.”

The final award for Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement award was presented to Darlene Cullivan, CVA of Eskaton for her work. “I am honored to receive this special award as it demonstrates Eskaton’s vibrant philanthropic culture. Eskaton is grateful for the over 2600 volunteers who invest their time, talent and compassion to enrich the lives of seniors. I am inspired daily by people of all ages aspiring to make a difference. Eskaton volunteers illustrate our belief that Age is Beautiful.”

Nominees were judged by Carla Lehn, CVA, Cole Forstedt, and Valeri Mihanovich and had, Doty said, a difficult time making the final decision this year because all of the nominees were “so wonderful.” Volunteer service must have been performed in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, or El Dorado counties during the 2018 calendar year.

Service includes work release time, without pay or for student course credit, and each nominating organization must provide service for the larger community, not simply for its members.

Nominees were involved with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sport, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, ACC Senior Services, Sacramento Sheriffs Explorer Program, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Breathe California Sacramento Region, yolo County 4-H, Project R.I.D.E., Inc., Sacramento Tree Foundation, First Call Hospice, Sacramento SPCA, Foothill Therapy Dogs, Sutter Hospice, Oak Park Community Center, Gardenland/Northgate Neighborhood Association, and Junior League of Sacramento, Inc., Snowline Hospice, Eskaton, and Fairytale Town.

“DOVIA exists to support the volunteer managers, to provide networking, continuing education and support,” said Doty who has held several board positions. DOVIA presents at least one event each month.

For additional information, visit http://www.doviasacramento.org/.

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Button Show Coming March 9

By Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-02-22

Faye Wolfe (left) and Susan Rhoades display some of thousands of antique and retro buttons that will be exhibited at the California Button Society’s March 9 show. Photo by Susan Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA  (MPG)  -  Some eye-popping antiques slip easily through a buttonhole. At the California Button Society’s March 9 expo, you might snag a Civil War tunic fastener for $50. If you lust for hand-painted 18th century pieces, be prepared to unbutton your billfold.  

What astonishes at such bazaars is the availability of seriously old stuff. Snipped from long-ago rotted garments, many are thumb-nail masterpieces. “We often look at old buttons and imagine the stories they could tell,” says Button Club treasurer Susan Rhoades. “They were traded, stolen and inherited. Lives were lost in making them; pearl dust and mercury (for gold plating) killed many. “You learn so much about history, art and manufacturing from buttons.”

In the Middle Ages, no material was too grand for the button makers’ art. Georgian aristocrats later bespoke Gainsborough-style portraits – sometimes of their pets – to fasten vests. When Queen Victoria took to wearing jet specimens, society followed. Though zippers have revolutionized modern fastening, nifty little buttons have never been completely undone. “People visit our shows show seeking that one perfect item,” says Sacramento collector Faye Wolfe. “One lady brought a vest she’d sewn; she wanted buttons for it. In the end, she chose four, each different. Who says they have to match? Our button world is full of eccentricity.”

The Button Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the La Sierra Center, 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael. The show offers a free service for valuing buttons. Admission is by $2 donation. For information, contact fwolfe@surewest.net

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