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FROM WHEN I WAS A KID AND NOW THE FOURTH OF JULY
What I love most about the Fourth of July is that it’s reminiscent of when I was a child. During my childhood, the Fourth was always patriotic, and it’s a little sad that today we don’t show our patriotism like we used to. This time of year, I think it’s important to celebrate our rights and freedoms we have as citizens of the United States and how we liberated this country nearly 250 years ago. I grew up in Ontario, California, which was and still is the home of the All States Picnic that takes place every year on July 4. This event started up around the end of World War I, and, to me, it exudes patriotism. The All States Picnic recognizes the different origins and lifestyles of people all across America by inviting people to Ontario for one of the largest picnics in the country. The picnic takes place on Euclid Street, which has a long strip of grass and eucalyptus trees that span about 10 miles. The picnic isn’t 10 miles long, but the area definitely has enough room for the hundreds of people that visit. Picnic tables are stretched out down the middle of this strip and are sectioned off by each state. My mother would cook chicken and prepare potato salad, and we’d sit in the California section to watch parades walk by on the road by the picnic area. There “What I love most about the Fourth of July is that it’s reminiscent of when I was a child.”
were times when my sister and I would walk along the picnic tables to watch and visit with people from other states. I also remember that my father, who is originally from Missouri, would always take us down to the Missouri section and talk with the people there. It was a really cool experience. Although I haven’t attended the event for years, I think I would like to visit again if I had the opportunity, even though I’m sure it’s very different from what I remember as a kid. Today, I celebrate the Fourth with my fiancée, who is the senior vice president of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. I’m sure many of you have attended or
heard about Folsom’s Fourth of July rodeo, called Folsom Pro Rodeo, and my fiancée is one of the people in charge of putting it together every year. While she is a lot more involved in the process than I am, I’m always happy to help wherever I can to get things ready. I believe is ex-military, drops out of an airplane that flies over the arena. As he comes down, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays from the speakers, and he has an American flag attached to his leg with a weight at the end of it. He spirals down into the arena with the flag flapping out behind My favorite event of the rodeo happens at the very start. Every year, a skydiver, who
him, and on the ground there’s usually 30–40 people waiting to catch the flag and stretch it out while everyone cheers. It gives me goosebumps every time. While I celebrate the Fourth of July differently now than I did as a child, the significance of what this holiday represents stays the same. No matter how you celebrate the Fourth this year, I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday. –Travis Black
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HIKING WITH YOUR KIDS
Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. ENCOURAGE THEIR CURIOSITY One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. BRING ALONG SOME TOOLS OF DISCOVERY Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come WATCH THEIR WORLD EXPAND WITH EVERY STEP
across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look. KEEP SAFETY IN MIND While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT
A hit-and-run car accident occurs when the person who causes an accident fails to stop afterward. This type of accident can involve two motor vehicles, a motor vehicle and someone’s personal property, or a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. Accidents, in general, are extremely stressful situations to be involved in, but when the accident is a hit-and-run, it can cause even more anxiety. After this kind of collision, you may have questions about how to find the other driver and get compensation for your personal injuries and losses. Most victims of hit-and-run accidents are unaware of their rights and what they can do to protect themselves. If you find yourself in a hit-and-run accident, here are the steps you should take. 1. Get emergency medical attention. As with any car accident, calling 911 for the police and an ambulance to help victims of life-threatening injuries is the most important step. 2. Gather information. Write down all the information you can remember about the other vehicle. If you see their license plate number, let the police know, and they’ll have an easier time finding the driver. It’s also crucial to get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
3. Take pictures. Document the scene of the accident by taking pictures of your car or any other damage the other vehicle caused. Also, check to see if any nearby businesses have video footage of the wreck. 4. Contact an attorney. An experienced lawyer can use the police report and information from the criminal investigator to handle your case. If the authorities find the driver, an attorney can help you obtain their insurance information and file a car accident claim. If they can’t locate the driver, your lawyer can advise you of other options for compensation. If you find yourself involved in a car accident, it is imperative that you exchange information, ensure everyone is safe, and file a police report. If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run, file a police report right away and document evidence of the damage done to your car. For more information on hit-and-run accidents, or if you have any questions regarding any accident you’ve been involved in, feel free to contact the attorneys at Travis Black Law at 916.962.2896.
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ZUCCHINI, AVOCADO, AND SWISS CHARD — OH MY! A GUIDE TO EATING SEASONALLY THIS JULY When you eat something during its harvesting season, you get the most out of your meal. In-season fruits and vegetables are more nutrient-dense than their out-of-season counterparts, and there’s no matching the flavor profile of fresh, in-season produce. Even better, because in-season foods are so bountiful during their peak, you can save a lot of money by shopping with the season. This July, enjoy some tasty foods during their prime with this handy guide. FRUITFUL HARVEST Avocado toast lovers rejoice! Your season is here. Avocados are in season during July, joining many other fruity favorites. Gorge yourself on scrumptious blackberries, sweet strawberries, and bountiful tomatoes. Don’t forget about the cherries and blueberries, too! Because these fruits are so plentiful this time of the year, it’s easy to find ingredients for your favorite recipes. Host a Latin-inspired foods night with fresh guacamole and salsa, or make a delectable shortcake with a blackberry and strawberry mixture on top.
GRILL GAME SO STRONG There’s no better time to fire up the grill than July, and not just because of the weather. Zucchini and corn reach their peak during July, and these grilling favorites pair well with steaks, burgers, hot dogs, or fish. Go low-carb by stuffing your zucchini with vegetables and a protein for a charred skillet bowl. Even better, add some corn to your fresh salsa to add an extra zing to your tacos. Regardless of how you utilize them, zucchini and corn are sweetest, juiciest, and freshest during July. GO GREEN Filling your plate with plenty of greens is never easier than in July. Pick up a bundle of spinach, arugula, lettuce, Swiss chard, or any other leafy green, which are all juiciest and freshest during July. Cucumbers and green beans are bountiful this time of the year, as well. This July, add some fresh flavor to your water with cucumbers or create hearty salads with any of the leafy greens mentioned above. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the middle of summer than by consuming its most delicious foods.
WATERMELON CUCUMBER SKEWERS
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INGREDIENTS • 1 medium-sized
• 1 block feta cheese, cubed • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves • Salt, to taste
watermelon, cubed • 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4- inch rounds
EQUIPMENT • 1 packet of bamboo skewers
DIRECTIONS 1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Celebrating the Fourth With the All States Picnic PAGE 1 Hiking With Your Kids PAGE 2 What Is a Hit-and-Run Accident? PAGE 2 Eat Seasonally This July PAGE 3 Watermelon Cucumber Skewers PAGE 3 Local Events PAGE 4
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WEEKLY LOCAL EVENTS THAT MAY BE PERFECT FOR YOU!
SOUL YOGA SUMMER SERIES WHERE: Piazza at Palladio WHEN: Every Saturday; 9–10 a.m. ADMISSION: Free! WEBSITE: GoPalladio.com/events Get that jump-start for your weekend you’ve been looking for with this energizing event! Join other yoga enthusiasts as they come together every week for rejuvenation, health, balance, and fitness. Serenity Spa & Soul Yoga will lead each session. You can visit their website here: SerenitySpaOnline.com. Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat and their zeal for yoga.
FREE TUESDAY NIGHT TECH CLINICS WHERE: Mike’s Bikes WHEN: Every Tuesday; 5–6 p.m. ADMISSION: Free! WEBSITE: MikesBikes.com/articles/free- tuesday-night-tech-clinics-pg212.htm Maintaining your bike might be easier than you think. While bikers can face a slew of problems out on the road, such as a popped tire, if they keep a wary eye on their bicycles, they can prevent issues from happening. In these sessions, you will learn different methods of improving, fixing, and maintaining your bike. Each week, Mike’s Bikes covers a different topic. You can view the schedule on their website above.
CAPPUCCINO AND CARS WHERE: Denny’s, 1011 Riley Street, Folsom WHEN: Weekly ADMISSION: Free! WEBSITE: CapCruz.com Come check out a gathering of classic cars from 1979 and prior hosted by the Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club. People are welcome to come and appreciate the cars the club will have on display and mingle with other car admirers. Guests will not only have a chance to see these vintage automobiles but they can also take part in a raffle that will be held at the event. You can learn more about the club and the event by visiting their website.
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