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hen conversation turns to California wines and wine country, Placer County is usually not one of the first regions that comes to mind. But that may be changing as Placer County growers and winemakers are now gaining statewide recognition for the quality of their wines. And a group of growers, organized as the Placer County Wine & Grape Association, have become more active in promoting their vineyards with a slick four-fold brochure and sponsorship of wine

and food events. Fall is the traditional autumn harvest when the now-ripened fruit is cut from the carefully nurtured vines and brought to the wineries. This is where the vinification - thats winemaker speak for wine-making process begins. In the Lincoln-LoomisNewcastle area, five wineries have specific production and distribution sites, although a total of 18 wineries call Placer County home. Local wineries include Lincolns Wise Villa Winery and Rancho Roble Vineyard and Winery, Pescatore and Dona dal

Cielo Vineyard in Newcastle, and Secret Ravine Vineyards & Winery in Loomis. The harvest and production this year has been fast and furious, owing to a rather cool summer, followed by several hot days in late August and early September. And harvest numbers were down for a few wineries, with one reporting harvest figures that are down 60 to 70 percent of normal. Culprits include the April frost, late spring rains, some hail and a summer that was cool for much of the season. Other wineries with


slightly different mini-climates are reporting average or slightly above-average harvest numbers. Growers advise that although the LincolnLoomis-lower Newcastle area that houses the five vineyards is relatively compact in terms of square miles covered, several micro-climates at different elevations can be identified. Despite some estimates in early August that suggested the grape harvest and crush would be late this year, the late season heat blast changed those expectations as the pace of grape ripening increased. The harvest is now in full swing and many acres have been picked. Although growers may disagree on the primacy

Growers advise that although the Lincoln-Loomislower Newcastle area that houses the five vineyards is relatively compact in terms of square miles covered, several microclimates at different elevations can be identified.
of one factor over the other, most would agree that grapes generally grow well in Placer Countys warm, dry summers and mildto-cool wet winters and

that the rich decomposed granite soil adds to the terrior. Thats a term borrowed from the French to denote the special characteristics that geography, geology and climate impart to a region and its wine varieties. Wines produced by local wineries include both reds and whites. The reds include Barbera, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. Whites include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The Placer County Wine & Grape Association, a nonprofit organized to provide educational programs, increase public

Secret Ravine Winery owner Vicki Morris, right, explains to your columnist how this vat of just-picked grapes will ferment over the next several days after the yeast is added.

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continued from page 3 awareness and promote Placer County wine production; was established in 2001. Members include wineries, commercial companies and individuals with an interest in wine. A total of 18 wineries in 12 sites participate in the groups activities, which include production and distribution of the regional wineries four-fold brochure and map and participation in regional wine and food events. The wine group is sponsoring one such wine event on Saturday, Oct. 22, entitled Discover the Taste of Placer County. Most of the wineries will participate, according to the wine association. The celebration takes place at the Rock Hill Winery, 2970 Del Mar Avenue in


Pescatore Winery owner Dave Wegner enlists several family and friends each year to help bring in the harvest. These workers are picking Syrah and Petite Sirah. After approximately four hours in the field, these volunteers will be feted to a barbeque and wine tasting.
Loomis and runs from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and will cover wine tasting from the Placer County wineries and gourmet appetizers from local restaurants, featuring local grown food. Go online to WineFestival.html for information on the festival and how you

can join the wine group. You can also find Placer County wineries at other area wine and food events. The Auburn Wine and Food Festival this coming weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8 is one such example. Featuring wine, food, gifts and arts in downtown and Old Town, this event promises to be reminiscent of typical Autumn European village festivals. Check out the website at for more details. Although filmmakers have long given us a romantic picture of the grape pressing with traditional barefoot stomping with ubiquitous and lively music in the background, the reality is that it is hard work and barefoot stomping is a distant memory. Most pressing involves machinery. Pundits have long asserted

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continued from page 4 that if you want to make a small fortune in the wine industry, start with a large fortune. Growers are unanimous in agreeing with these sentiments. Equipment is expensive and the work is hard. Wine making is a way of life, according to Placer County Wine & Grape Association President Renae Messamore. You have to be willing to get up Saturday morning to harvest, said Messamore, who still holds down an engineering job with a local manufacturer. Yet, despite the hard work and expense, growers seem universally happy and content. Messamores nephew, Chris Wall, graduated from Yorba Linda High School in 2008 and moved to Loomis for a brief visit with his grandparents Vicki and

Ron Morris, Secret Ravine Winery owners. He hasnt left yet, having become enamored with the grape growers life. Why wouldnt you want to do this? Wall exclaimed. He will soon enroll in University of California at Davis oenology and viticulture program. Growers and enthusiasts willingly go into the vineyard to nurture their vines, enlist friends and family to assist in the harvest, and eagerly participate in regional events to promote and celebrate their wines. And occasionally, they sponsor their own events. In future columns, we anticipate keeping our readers abreast of wine news and happenings in our region. Placer County and the Lincoln-Loomis-Newcastle are growing areas. And were proud of it!


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Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for local high school sophomores and juniors to attend an intensive, all-day Teen Car Control Clinic in Willows on Nov. 25. The deadline to submit is Nov. 3. The National Auto Sports Associations Teen Car Control Clinic gives students real-world, hands-on experience behind the wheel of their own cars. Students go through training that includes, but is not limited to: skid control, emergency stops, reverse driving, parallel parking, hazard avoidance, freeway merging, and much more. The Stephanie Bellotti Teen Fund at the Placer Community Foundation provides scholarships to teenagers in Placer County. Space for the class is limited. Application forms can be downloaded at

hope you didnt miss it! Downtown Lincoln was in full party mode on Saturday, Sept. 24 and was a great success, thanks to more than 800 Showcase guests and the events generous sponsors. The food and beverages were outstanding this year, thanks to more than 40 vendors from all over the region and LoveTrain had us all on our feet and dancin in the streets and Beermann Plaza until the very end. This year, we added three great opportunity drawings for party-goers, including first prize of $500 cash. The winner of that drawing was obviously glad she made Showcase part of her weekend. Thank you, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville and the region for making Showcase Lincolns

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annual biggest and best party. Now that the partys over, dont forget the popular Brown Bag Business Forums at noon on the first Wednesday of every month in City Hall. There is no charge for this benefit that is open to all Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce members and it is a valuable business resource. Call the chamber office at 645-2035 to register for these Brown Bag events. Ill close by encouraging you


This years Lincoln Showcase drew more than 800 guests.

to mark your calendars for this years remaining monthly chamber breakfasts. It gets a bit tricky around the holidays so please reserve these dates: Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Dec. 7. Join us at Orchard Creek Lodge for a delicious breakfast, motivating speakers and networking opportunities. There is no chamber breakfast in November. I look forward to seeing you in and around Lincoln,
Mark Luster is the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce president.

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Dont forget that extension ...

Look first at your tax situation. If you received an extension of time to file your 2010 tax return, be sure you file it not later than Oct. 15, 2011, said California Registered Tax Preparer Tom Bauer. Its easy to overlook at this time of year.

Dont wait until December to make the rest of your annual charitable contributions. Spread your giving over the next few months rather than panicking at the end of the year.

Seniors and that MRD ...

For our senior readers,

if you are 70 years and 6 months old or older and you have traditional IRA accounts, you need to take your minimum required distributions (MRD) by the end of the year if you have not already done so this year. Bauer pointed out that the penalties for failing to take this distribution are severe a 50 percent penalty for the required amount not taken. A few

exceptions apply and you should contact your tax professional to see if you qualify.

Accelerate your expenses ...

If you itemize deductions, it may be advisable to accelerate expenses this year to reduce your tax bill next April. For example, you can pay the second installment of your real proper-

ty taxes - due in April 2012 - before the end of 2011 and claim a deduction on your 2011 taxes. You can also make an extra mortgage payment or make your January payment before the end of December to increase your deductible housing interest.

Donations ...
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your annual charitable contributions. Spread your giving over the next few months rather than panicking at the end of the year. And if your house is cluttered but you dread the thought of a garage sale, save taxes and time by donating the stuff to your favorite charity. USAA Certified Financial Planner Scott Halliwell advised that recordkeeping is important. Get a receipt from the charity that includes the organizations name, the date and location of the contribution and a description of what you donated, Halliwell said. If you contribute proper-

ty worth more than $5,000, youll need an appraisal. IRS publications 526 and 561 have the details.

Reduce taxable income ...

You have until next April to fund an IRA, including a SEP-IRA for the self-employed for 2011, but you only have until the end of this year to fund your 401(K) or other employer-sponsored retirement account, according to Halliwell. If you think you might come up just shy of the limit - $16,500 - consider stepping up your contributions immediately,

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continued from page 9 Halliwell said. Contributions dont have to be spread evenly over the year so you can increase your contributions in the last months of the year. Halliwell continued. Thats especially important to remember if youll be receiving a bonus before the end of the year, Halliwell said. Because some employers cap retirement plan contribution amounts, the USAA planner advised, you should check with your humanresources department. If you set up a flexible spending account earlier this year, be sure you plan to spend all of it by the

While the tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements are less this year than last, you can still recover some costs for Think green ... While the tax credits for certain heating and air conditioning systems, energy-efficient home improvements are less water heaters, windows, doors and roofing.
this year than last, you can still recover some costs for certain heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters, windows, doors and roofing. But, the enhancements must be for the home you own and use as your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify. Bauer urged that you check with your tax professional before signing any contracts to see if youre eligible. More on energy credits is available online at These credits end on Dec. 31, 2011 so you need to act quickly. year. Jensen recommended that business owners get a W-9 completed before giving vendors their check. Otherwise, they have no motivation to get it back to you.

end of 2011. Any funds unspent and remaining in the account will be lost.

If you have a business ...

For businesses, make sure your W-9s are up to date for the vendors that need 1099s, advised Lincoln CPA Jennifer Jensen. It gets harder as you get closer to the end of the

Social Security savings ...

The federal government reduced the social security tax rate by 2 percent this year, reminded

Helliwell. But, he cautioned, since this break is currently scheduled to vanish on Dec. 31, your takehome pay could dip in January. To soften that blow, Helliwell suggested taking those funds out of your spending right now, if you havent already made the adjustment. Helliwell provided an example: take 2 percent of the gross amount of each paycheck and put it in a savings account. If your gross pay is $2,000, you would set aside $40. So, if the current tax break isnt extended, youll be used to living without the spending money and youll have added to your

savings. But, if you cant afford to take the savings for the next three months, at least youll have a headsup that your net income in January could be less. So you can plan your spending for 2012 with that in mind.

Estate planning issues ...

Lincoln estate planning attorney Therese Adams told us her firm has been busy this year with numerous estate and trust administration cases. She noted that out-ofdate or poorly drafted trusts are particularly troublesome and expensive for surviving spouses.

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For couples with living trusts, Adams identified two potential problems as AB or bypass trusts and couples with blended families. Blended family dynamics are tricky, according to Adams. Relationships change and a person named as successor trustee could have been just fine 10 years ago, but now has lost their jobs, filed for bankruptcy and lost their homes. Not the best candidate for a successor trustee. Although she deals with other issues such as special-needs trusts and competency issues, Adams said, the trust and blended families items occupy much of her daily activity. The message for couples with trusts is clear: ensure the document is up-to-date and properly written, and do so while both parties are still com-

petent to make needed changes.

Investments ...
Review your asset allocations, risk tolerance and long-term goals and consider making adjustments accordingly. Consult with your investment advisor to determine if rebalancing your portfolio mix of stocks and bonds is appropriate.

property may have increased so you need to increase your real property coverage.

Review your 2011 spending plan ...

Think of the plan you developed earlier this year as a report card. Did your income and spending perform according to plan? How about your net worth? Do your assets exceed your liabilities? Finally, how about your savings? If you didnt have a written plan, will you prepare one for 2012? And what lessons from 2011 can you carry forward into 2012? Your last tax return, the one you filed this year for 2010, is part of your financial plan. So you should review it as well. Did you receive a refund this year? If so, you may be having too much withheld. Refunds are nice but

the IRS and FTB do not pay interest on that money. Youre just getting your own money back. Consider changing your withholding documents.

Volunteers needed for tax assistance

AARP Tax-Aide, the nations largest free, volunteer-run preparation service is looking for volunteers to help taxpayers complete their 2011 federal and state returns in Lincoln during the 2012 taxfiling season. This is a free community service program and is administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. You do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to volunteer. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. The free, comprehensive training and certification class for tax preparers will be held the second week of January, 2012, in Roseville. Some knowledge of computers is required to assist in providing our free electronic filing service (e-file). Volunteers are asked to give a minimum commitment of 4 hours in one day per week during the tax-filing season, February 1st through April 16th. For more information, e-mail Mark Burke at

Your financial professionals ...

Because no single advisor has all the answers, you need a reliable team of financial professionals to assist you. Depending on your financial complexities, your team may include your attorney, tax preparer, investment broker, banker and financial planner as essential advisors. But, you could also have fewer members. However many advisors you have, include them in your decision-making process and consult with them often. Their advice will likely save you time, trouble and a lot of money.

Insurance needs change ...

Reexamine your needs for life and property insurance. If you were fortunate to have children come into your life this year, you may want to increase your life insurance. And if one or more children have left the nest, you might want to consider reducing your coverage. Have you added a home improvement? If so, the value of your

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tions for heating and cooling systems for various sums of your green. Costs ranging from $40 to as much as $120 seem to be the norm. But its an individual homeowner call as to whether a tune-up is necessary. According to Tom Howes, owner of Howes Company in Orangevale, home furnaces are relatively uncomplicated appliances. They work or they dont, Howes said. Although units do wear out, they are remarkably resilient, often lasting 15 to 25 years without major


acing the last three months of the year, our thoughts shift to pumpkins, turkeys and Christmas trees. No less important, however, is the reminder that winter with its wet and cooler weather will soon be upon us. And, we need to begin preparing for it now.

Keep the home fires ...

With winters approach, the need for a reliable, well-working furnace becomes a top concern. The trade ads are now flooding the newspapers and the mailboxes offering tune-ups and inspec-

repairs. Nevertheless, Howes advised, if their home furnace is malfunctioning, homeowners should call a qualified and licensed professional to inspect the unit. The U.S. Department of Energy, through its Energy Star website, recommends that a typical maintenance checklist would include: Check thermostat settings Tighten all electrical connections Lubricate all moving parts Inspect the condensate drain to ensure the


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Renew the paint ...

Dave Cearlock, owner of Cearlocks Custom Painting in Loomis, cautioned that painting individual homes is a protective as well as a decorative issue and should not be deferred. Examine your homes exterior and look for cracks in the wood or stucco. Inspect the ends and surfaces of wood trim and supporting timbers for a condition known as checking.

If detected, this means your wood is drying out and could be splitting. According to Cearlock, splitting allows water intrusion that leads to eventual wood rot. You cant repair rotted wood, Cearlock said. You have to replace it. Homeowners can correct the problem by resealing the damaged wood with a good quality paint. A satin finish will repel moisture better than flat finish as the paint dries, although both will seal the wood when theyre completely dry. Stucco, although remarkably resilient can also develop cracks. Cearlock recommended filling cracks with commercial stucco or caulking. Then paint it, he said. Repainting costs vary, depending on architecture, size of the home and materials used in construction. Homes with more exterior wood tend to cost more because


If it needs it, make painting your home a priority. But act fast before the winter weather arrives.
wood requires more preparation. Get at least three bids from licensed contractors and insist that the bids include top quality paint.

Also, be wary of any contractor who represents that your home must be painted on a time interval, such as every 10 years. For example, some Sun City Lincoln Hills residents have been solicited by painting contractors stating that community regulations require repainting every 10 years. But thats not accurate. We reviewed the governing documents and interviewed community officials and found no regulation requiring this interval repainting. You can check a contractors license status by contacting the California Contractors State Licensing Board at (800) 3212752 or go online to Because your painting surface should be dry and the outside temperature 45 degrees or warmer to allow the paint to dry in a reasonable amount of time, Cearlock urged homeowners to act quick-

ly before the weather arrives.


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A few months ago, we cautioned that building experts advise that roofs should be inspected every two to three years and more frequently if you live on a golf course. Roof tiles can crack over time, golf ball strikes take their toll, wood shakes dry out and even composition roofs deteriorate. So, unless you find the thought of crawling across your roof exciting, you should contact a roofing company, preferably the one who originally installed the roof and arrange for an inspection. We found a company that, for $150, will inspect the roof, replace up to five damaged or broken tiles and re-caulk open seams. The repairman also blew debris out of the gutters. Other companies may have similar pro SEE MAINTENANCE PAGE 14

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debris. While the air blowing is nice, it may not be quite enough to dislodge years of accumulated mud that will surely clog your downspouts over the next winter. Clogged downspouts can cause water backup in the gutters and an eventual overflow penetrating walls and ceilings.

Windows and doors and drafts ...

This is a perfect time to clean the dirt and debris from windowsills and door tracks.

While youre at it, lubricate sliding doors and windows with silicon spray or other non-petroleum product. Include your overhead garage door in the maintenance schedule, using the lubricant recommended by the manufacturer. Because homes shift and settle, gaps can appear around windows and doors. Inspect and replace weather stripping; install new moisture and breeze barriers where necessary.


Trimming shrubs in the cooler weather avoids plant shock.

Lincoln area. Trimming in the cooler weather avoids plant shock. And summer annual flower beds are now ready to yield space to their winter-blooming cousins. Ambitious gardeners with extensive crop and herb gardens will also be busy with the harvest and composting. Savvy homeowners will plan their end-of-year maintenance program now so they can enjoy a stress-free holiday season.

Landscaping ...
This is a great time to re-seed those bare spots in your lawn, advised Carlos Carapinha, owner of NorCal Landscape Company (872-8275). The weather is perfect for this due to cooler weather (80s) and the soil holding needed moisture to germinate, Carapinha said. Carapinha cited shrub pruning and flower changes as the other typical fall activities in the

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Although public safety is an issue we all should take seriously throughout the year, fall and winter weather conditions can create some unique conditions. We asked Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt and Lincoln Police Chief Paul Shelgren for their insights and comments.

Fire Department concerns ...

Although prudent homeowners maintain their homes and keep them updated throughout the year, changes in the law occasionally create

new requirements. Whitt points out a new law that became effective on July 1, 2011. The law requires that every single family home and rental residence with appliances that burn fossil fuels must have a working carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This means if you cook or heat with natural gas, Whitt said, you would need a CO detector in your home. The purpose, said the fire chief, is to prevent needless injury or death from this odorless, colorless gas that bonds with the bodys blood stream 300 times faster than oxygen.

Unlike the air we breathe, Whitt said, the CO stays connected to the blood cells and takes longer to release, making even low levels of exposure over a period of time potentially deadly. Whitt cautioned that homeowners need to ensure that all their appliances, including stoves, ovens, water heaters and gas-powered items (lawn mowers, leaf blowers etc.) are well maintained not only for the aspect of possible CO production but also to save them money. The fire chief also urges homeowners to ensure that their smoke detector


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continued from page 15 batteries are fresh and serviceable. This is also a good time to stow and secure items around the house to protect against the inevitable wind, rain and possible late-season fires. Whitt asks if you are prepared for an emergency. If you have to evacuate or live without power for a few days, do you have your medicines or a list of them? Experts suggest that homeowners build emergency-supply kits with bottled water, flashlights, transistor radio, batteries and some canned food. Depending on individual family needs, other items can be added to the kit.

Police Department issues ...

As one might expect, the primary police concerns relate to home and personal security. Lincoln Police Department Sergeant Kevin Kemp responded for Chief Shelgren and provided a few tips on home security that included: Installing a security bar on garage side doors Removing light bulbs from garage door openers so the garage is not illuminated when you exit your home (gives a signal to burglars that the home may be vacant), Unplug or disconnect the garage door automatic opener if leaving for long periods.


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primary homes, should also visit police headquarters in downtown Lincoln (770 7th St.) to complete a home security check request. Call 6454040 for more information. Police and fire department representatives were unanimous in recommending that neighbors become acquainted with each other to ensure a level of mutual awareness and cooperation.


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continued from page 17 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest From 3-5 p.m. a special Sunday event with 25 poets, including 12 Young Poets ages 7-17. Everyone is invited to this free event at Twelve Bridges Library, Willow Room, 485 Twelve Bridges Dr. Refreshments will be provided.

tickets to the Oct. 22 event. No tickets are sold at the door, tickets are $15 per person. Contact Sam Silvas for tickets at 645-2777.

p.m. Pick-up at Rainbow Market Complex, 255 G St. Call Mary Weir at 645-2818 or Roberta Babcock at 6453490 for reservations.

434-2404, or visit friendsofthelincoln Fall Food Faire From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Methodist Church Social Hall, 629 I St. Lincoln.Craft sale available with homemade pies, soups, chili dogs for sale. National Remembrance Day For families who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy or infancy. There will be an environmentally friendly balloon release at 6 p.m. in McBean Park. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to allow time to write notes to their children on seed paper, which will be handed out with the balloons at 5:30 p.m. Questions or to register contact Renee Maldonado at Event is free, but donations accepted.

Lincoln Highway Band Performs from 5-9 p.m. at Kims County Kitchen, 537 G St. Lincoln during Taco Tuesday. Info 645-2727. Healing Hands for Arthritis All Massage Envys will donate $10 from every onehour massage and facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Massage Envy, 100 Gateway Drive, Suite 120 in Lincoln. Info: 434-8080.

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Michael Gregory Performs 6-8 p.m. at Kims Country Kitchen, 537 G St. Lincoln. Info: 645-2727. 20th Oktoberfest See inset for details Art and Design of Jean Cross Friends of the Lincoln Public Library present The Art and Design of Jean Cross starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Willow Room, at 12Bridges Library. Jeans work will remain on display throughout the month. Info:


Open House The Lincoln congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will hold an open house from 7-9 p.m., 252 O St. The public is invited to attend and enjoy special musical numbers, a special speaker, a Chapel tour and light refreshments.

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The Knights of Columbus 20th annual Oktoberfest will be on Oct. 15 in the McBean Park Pavilion at 65 McBean Park Drive. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Fun for all family members includes a German buffet-style dinner, Alpendancers and Guenter Gumnor German Sauerkraut Band. The festivities also include a raffle and a no-host bar. Tickets are $20 per person or $50 per family, which covers two adults and any number of children under age 12. Call Kevin Blake at 434-2575 for more information.

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Fat Fingers Performs from 5-9 p.m. at Kims County Kitchen, 537 G St. Lincoln. Info 645-2727.

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SARTA Announces Green Innovation The Engine of Growth Fall Showcase. Participants can network with the clean tech community. From 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sacramento State University, University Union, 6000 J St., Sacramento. Info:

listing for details. Education Series for Seniors and Caregivers 6 p.m. A Physicians look at End of Life with speaker Dr. Pat Hardy at Oakwood Village, 3388 Bell Rd. Auburn. Dr. Hardy will share his sometimes uncovential throughs on the journey of life. RSVP 965-5565. Bridget Marquardts Halloween House Party At Thunder Valley 8 p.m. Tickets available at Thunder Valley ticket office or call 800745-3000.

Toys for Tots campaign Kick-off - Toys for Tots kicks off its 2011 toy drive campaign. Any business, church, non-profit agency or government office interested in collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need, please contact Harry Maker, at 916-408-3797, or Frank Neves Jr. at 916-408-7205, franknevesjr@ A collection box will be provided and toys will be picked up periodically by avolunteer.

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Del Oro Class of 1991 Reunion meeting for a Del Oro home football game against Granite Bay. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. Vince Neil of Motely Crue Performing at Thunder Valley Summer Concert series 8 p.m. Tickets available at Thunder Valley ticket office or call 800-745-3000.

with The Alpen Band, a silent auction, raffle, and tastes of brews, wines and cruisine. All proceeds benefit Placer County victims of domestic violence. 21 and over event, $35 each, available online at www.peaceforfamilies, (530) 823-6224.

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Stephen Cook Performs 6-8 p.m. at Kims Country Kitchen, 537 G St. Lincoln. Info: 645-2727.

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or Auburn resident Alisa Greenhill, gardening is an art form. Greenhills deck is her garden canvas where she creates color and texture with dozens of succulents, most of them in handmade pottery and surrounded by figurines, tinted rocks and unusual elements. Shes been amassing her collection for 15 years, browsing through local nurseries to find interesting and eye-catching specimens. I like (succulents) because theres such a variety and they are so unique, she said. Among her finds are string of bananas, with flowing strings of bananashaped leaves, and string of pearls, with round pearl-like leaves. There are kitten ears and donkey

ears with fuzzy leaves soft to the touch. A large flourishing Medusa is filled with thin, snake-like stems. There are several split rock also called cleft stone or living rocks and pencil varieties as well as groupings of hens and chicks. Shes arranged the plants into display areas some on tables, others in greenhouses Greenhill designed especially for them. One area has the succulents showcased in pots she made during her pottery year, she said. The dozen or so pots are in earth tones and have unusual shapes. The location perfectly situated for the plants gets bright, filtered morning sun but is shaded through the afternoon, thanks to a large fruitless mulberry tree. The house is a tree house in summer because

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Im surrounded by leaves, she said. In winter I can see the American River canyon. Greenhill describes the succulents as easy to care for and not prone to insects. These plants thrive on benign neglect, she said. She cautions against over-watering and leaving them out in the cold. Over-watering will cause

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good weather and closes when it gets chilly. Auburn Master Gardener Linda Ewing is also an avid collector of succulents. Her favorites are aeoniums. They look like big roses, she said. They get really big. The stem gets really long. Ewing estimates shes collected 50 or so in her travels, and they vary somewhat in cold and heat tolerance. The ones that are not

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She studied art at UCLA and taught it for 12 years after graduation. In 1969, when personalized car license plates came out, she chose Im artsy. She still has it. Im artistic and I like the artistic, she said. These days, she no longer paints, instead focusing her creativity on her home, her plants and cooking. My creativity in food is just throw in a little bit of everything, she said. I feel that way about art, too just throw in a little bit of everything. To Greenhill, each of the succulents is an art piece and each has a special meaning for her. Its painting with plants, she said.

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