Saturday, June 22, 2013

Local Designer Is New Silestone Trendspotter

Silestone (, a world leader in natural quartz surfacing, will re-ignite its popular Trendspotters program at Dwell on Design, America’s largest modern design event, which started June 21and continues to June 23 in Los Angeles.

This year, three new leading designers from across the country will become the 2013 Silestone Trendspotters — on the hunt for the latest products, design innovation and trends.

From inspiring color to creative patterns and innovative textures, together the Silestone Trendspotters will utilize their collective experience and keen eye for great design to instantly report on emerging trends and innovative products at Dwell on Design through their own blogs and social media channels as well as the Silestone digital platforms, using the hashtag #SilestoneTrends.

The up-to-the-minute insight will allow other architects and designers who can’t attend to stay informed on the newest products and trends for their design projects. Additionally, consumers and design enthusiasts can get a sneak peak and join in the design conversation on where all #SilestoneTrends updates and insights will appear before, during and after Dwell on Design.

This year’s Silestone Trendspotters are renowned designers with distinct and compelling design aesthetics from three important U.S. markets: Chicago, Dallas and Sacramento.

One of the Trendspotters is Kerrie Kelly, an award-winning interior designer and author who founded Sacramento-based Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. Kerrie Kelly is also a Style Magazine Contributor!

She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, and the newly released My Interior Design Kit. In addition to being a certified interior designer, she’s also earned an MBA and is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and shares her design inspiration on her blog, "Everyone Deserves Great Design." Kerrie’s work has been featured on several HGTV shows and publications, including Room Crashers, Bath Crashers and House Crashers, Dwell, Elle Décor, Redbook and Colorado Homes & Lifestyle, Sacramento Magazine, Style Magazine and numerous blogs.

Following the show, they will then serve as design ambassadors delivering their own trend report at their local Cosentino Center this fall.  The Trendspotters also will serve as the judges for the Silestone Design Contest, which seeks to honor independent designers who demonstrate a mastery of color and design creativity in a kitchen project.  Details on the contest and how to submit projects can be found at

The inaugural Silestone Trendspotters program was launched in 2012 at the Kitchen and Bath Industry show in Chicago, with four leading designers from three major design hubs. The highly successful program featured Kim Lewis, former designer for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Los Angeles; John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the design duo behind Madcap Cottage in Brooklyn; and Mark Williams, founder of Mark Williams Design Associates in Atlanta. Captivating the kitchen and bath audience at KBIS, the Trendspotters’ inspirations and insights inspired a trip to Spain, the home of Cosentino’s global headquarters and production facilities, where the Trendspotters were immersed in the Spanish culture and reported on international design influences. Images and observations from the 2012 Trendspotters also can be found at

For more information on Kerrie Kelly, visit her website at

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Sharp Communications.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Calling All Dreamers: Help Make A Local Business's Dreams Come True

Are you a dreamer? Help make a local business's dreams come true!

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership has five local finalists in their "Calling All Dreamers Competition."

Voting has opened and will go through July 3rd. Although  votes will not determine the winner, it will be a consideration by the judges.

One of Style's very own partners, The Dailey Method, is the only Placer County business in the running! They currently have locations in Folsom and Roseville, and if they win, would be able to open their doors in Sacramento.

To see the five finalists videos and cast your vote, go to

Blog Post information courtesy of KFB Public Affairs & DSP, picture courtesy of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

CSUS Hornet Stadium The Site of Nationally Acclaimed Drum & Bugle Corps Competition

Bang the drum slowly? Not hardly. Bang the drum firmly? Most likely. Band the drum with great precision? Most definitely!

With instruments in tow, Drum & Bugle Corp teams from around the country will compete at the 34th Annual Moonlight Classic. This year’s competition will be held at CSUS Hornet Stadium on Sunday, June 23rd, from 6 to 10p.m.

For the uninitiated, this non-profit event with thousands in attendance is the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

Competing corps can include up to 150 youths, ages 8-21, comprised of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. The color guard component has evolved from merely carrying the flag to now include dance and props such as rifles, sabers and other specialty items.

Each 11 minute performance, which can span the entire football field, will include all of these elements in a meticulously choreographed presentation which, in past competitions, has included spectacular visuals like a field of mirrors, giving the illusion of doubling the size of the corps, full on Spartacus inspired gladiator match.

Other sense-dazzling performances have included a presentation of the Who’s rock opera Tommy, as well as a James Bond theme with the corp in tuxes, and a horse race, complete with track, accompanied by, what else, the William Tell Overture. Military drill has graduated to big-time show biz, and the appreciative crowds, which, like last year, are expected in the thousands, love the show!

Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, and color guard.

Participating Drum Corps:
  • Blue Devils – Concord, CA (14 time national champs)
  • Blue Devils B – Concord, CA (2 time national champs)
  • Blue Devils C – Concord, CA
  • Blue Knights – Denver, CO
  • Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC
  • Mandarins – Sacramento (8 time national champs)
  • Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
  • Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA (6 times natonal  champs)
  • Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA (2 time national champs)
General admission is $20, Reserved VIP Seating is $30.

Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site at, or at the gate that night.

About S.O.M.E.:   
The Sponsors of Musical Enrichment is a non-profit California corporation founded in 1978 for the purpose of supporting local youth music organizations and the performing arts on a continuing basis.  Funds raised by this organization are reinvested in the local community.  To date, over $2,500,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of S.O.M.E.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hands4Hope And Town Center To Honor Our Troops With Care Package Drive

Hands4Hope, a local youth driven outreach organization, is teaming up with El Dorado Hills Town Center for the third year in a row to honor men and women serving our country overseas.

The 3rd Annual Soldier Care Package Drive at Town Center will begin on June 17 and run through July 5. The following businesses are designated drop off spots for donations: Chili's, Nugget Market, Face in a Book, It's Kids Time, Round Table Pizza, Ruffhaus Hot Dog Company and Wells Fargo.

On July 3, during the Town Center Fireworks Jubilee, Hands4Hope will be collecting donations at a booth along the main boulevard. Items needed include black crew socks, beef jerky, foot powder, sunscreen, lip balm, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, Frisbees, golf balls, hard candy, granola bars, tuna packs, and thank you cards and letters.

Hands4Hope youth, in conjunction with the Honor Our Troops Committee, will create care packages with these items and mail them to soldiers overseas on July 10. Hands4Hope appreciates your effort to join them in recognizing our deployed soldiers during this patriotic time of year!

For more information on the Hands4Hope Soldier Care Package Drive or Hands4Hope, please visit or call 916.484.5873.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Hands4Hope.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Insurance Counseling For Medi-Care Beneficiaries

The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a nonprofit organization that provides unbiased information and assistance for Medicare beneficiaries. All services are free and confidential.

Counseling appointments are available at the El Dorado County Senior Center sites in Placerville, El Dorado Hills and South Lake Tahoe.

Medicare beneficiaries with incomes below a certain level may qualify for a program called Extra Help, which provides financial assistance for Part D prescription drug costs. Individuals with annual incomes below $17,235 ($23,265 for married couples) and financial resources less than $13,300 ($26,580 for married couples) may qualify for zero or reduced  monthly premiums, zero or reduced annual deductibles, and reduced copayments for both generic and brand-name drugs.  (Financial resource limits do not count your home, one vehicle, or personal possessions.)

Beneficiaries with full Medi-Cal coverage automatically qualify for Extra Help.  Individuals with drug coverage as a retiree benefit should first check with their benefits administrator before signing up for Extra Help because it may cause a loss in retiree coverage.

For more information about Extra Help, or if you have other questions or problems related to Medicare, free counseling is available from HICAP.  To schedule a FREE individual appointment with a registered HICAP counselor, please call 530-621-6369 or (800) 510-2020.

Blog Post and picture courtesy of El Dorado County Health and Human Services.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

40th Annual 'Eppie’s Great Race' July 20th

The 40th Annual 'Eppie’s Great Race' is Saturday, July 20th!

WHAT: The 40th annual “Eppie’s Great Race” - known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon” - is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Both teams and/or individuals can compete in divisions from “Junior,” to “Iron Person,” 14 - 70 years and older. 

The Eppie’s Great Race participants run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles, and paddle boats 6.35 miles, on a racecourse located on and alongside the American River Parkway.

Continuing in 2013 will be the Eppie’s Great Race “Kids’ Duathlon,” a 2.5 mile run, and a 6 mile bike ride; where children can train with their families, and compete in their own race.  Race event volunteers, event sponsors and potential exhibitors, as well as race participants, are encouraged to check, to sign up or receive more information.

WHEN: Saturday, July 20

Eppie’s Great Race-
7:58 a.m. - Adaptive Divisions.
8:00 a.m. - Ironpersons & All Other Teams & Divisions.
Eppie’s Kids Duathlon-
10:00 a.m.

WHERE: American River Parkway, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento
Begins at William Pond Recreation Area: From Hwy. 50, exit Watt Avenue North, turn right on Fair Oaks Blvd., and then right on Arden Way to the Park. From the Capital City Freeway, exit Arden Way East, and stay on Arden Way to William Pond Recreation Area.

Run-to-Bike Transition: East end of the Guy West Bridge off University Ave., across from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

Bike-to-Boat Transition:  Located at Lower Sunrise Parking Lot and Footbridge - Hwy. 50 East; Exit Sunrise north (left over the freeway); Right on S. Bridge Dr. (toward American River Raft Rentals; if you cross Sunrise Bridge you’ve gone too far). Go past American River Raft Rentals; Left at intersection—about ½ mile to the parking lot.  
WHY: Eppie’s Great Race has been implemented each year as a fundraising event benefiting programs for the Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services (SCTRS) that support mentally- and physically-challenged people. Proceeds from the Eppie’s Great Race entry fees are donated to support SCTRS. To date, The Great Race has raised more than $1 Million for SCTRS, accounting for over 20% of the program’s budget.
FURTHER INFO: Please check or call 916-480-0270.

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