lute essential ingredient for life on Earth.

They have inspired poets, artists, philosophers, have mean- ing, symbolism and a language all their own. Sun warms our skin but the chill of fading winter still lin- gers. Flowers are woven into our lives and this fragile ecosystem so very threatened at this time in our history.

Sunset colors of softest pink and transparent whipped tangerine be- gin to ‘melt’ and drift as night falls. We sleep; we dream of the emer- gence of more responsible human- kind and find our place to continue being part of positive change pro- pelling us forward into our uncer- tain future. Be a part of the change. Check out You decide!

mozzarella cut up into small cubes. Around a third cup of good white wine. A cup of freshly grated Parmesan. Also a half cup of minced, fresh parsley. Salt and freshly ground black pepper. Some like a dash of nutmeg. If you like, some oregano. Use fine quality olive oil, if frying. (But that’s heavy. I prefer baking as fol- lows below.) For breading: flour, about 4 beaten eggs; about 1 ½ cups of Panko bread crumbs. To prepare the rice: First warm up the stock in a separate pot— and keep warm. Meanwhile: melt butter in a bigger pot (a 4 qt) moderate heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring to avoid burning, or browning. Now add the rice, keep on stirring until all is toasty, but again, not brown. Next add the wine.

Keep stirring. Ten

start adding the soup stock, ap- prox. a half cup at a time. Yes, this is a physical workout. Keep stir- ring until all the stock is mixed in and the rice is finally tender and creamy. It can take nearly twenty minutes. At this point you might feel like saying: Risotto! Tat’s it,- -with or without green peas, let’s

Quenched by Rain! Spring Birding in the Laguna Series Birdwatching and

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Natural History Walks Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Join us for this incredibly fun learning experience outdoors with one of the area’s foremost birders. On this walk we will listen for the resident songbirds and the colorful migrants arriving from Central America with their vi- brant songs. Meeting at


Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA. $50. Pre-registration re- quired: www.lagunafounda- ~ Phone: 707.527.9277

Arancini for Springtime! gobble it up.

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following day they prepare the Arancini, those yummy fritters, as follows: Pour all the cooked rice into a

bowl, stir and mix in the Parme- san, parsley, and seasonings. Te fun or challenge of this recipe is in adding your favorite fillings. If you like, serve it with marinara sauce on the side. Shape a scoop of the mixed rice in the palm of your hand. Tat’s when you can add a small cube of mozzarella and maybe chopped mushrooms, even bacon bits in the middle. Shape into small balls, or cone shapes. Dust each with flour. Dip into

beaten eggs. Ten into bread crumbs. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Always good to let whole sheet of them rest in fridge, an hour or so. Some spray olive oil on the Arancini before baking at about 385 to 400 de- grees

(every oven is different)

until golden brown. (Te beauty of this dish is you can prepare it ahead and it will hold in the fridge and/or freezer.) Enjoy! ~ Happy Spring wishes! ~Ellie

“Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.” Germany Kent

Double Delight! May 11, 2018

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Oliver’s Windsor Tavern Event Calendar April 2018

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ The North Bay Sinfonietta, a chamber or- chestra under the auspices of the Santa Rosa Junior College, will present their final concert of the season under the direc- tion of its Founder/Conductor Cynthia Weichel, on Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm at the Church of the Incarnation (550 Mendocino Ave.). The concert features two professional vio- linists Sid Page and Anthony Martin. They return to their hometown to play J.S. Bach’s beloved Double Violin Concer- to. General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door prior to the concert. 707.528.8884 ~ Contact Cyn- thia:

Windsor, CA. ~ Tavern Live Music Calendar: Every Friday from 11 AM - 3 PM: Donny Mederos and Levi Lloyd. Sat- urday, April 7 from 4-6 PM -- Mike Z and Bob McBain. Sat- urday, April 14 from 4-6 PM – Dave Hamtilton. Saturday, April 21 from 4-6 PM – Rich- ard Torres. Saturday, April 28 from 4-6 PM – Donny Mederos and Levi Lloyd. Oliver’s Mar- ket Windsor and the Tavern Off The Green are located at 9230 Old Redwood Highway, Wind- sor, CA 95492. The phone number is 707/687-2050. Tav- ern Hours: Sunday-Wednes- day: 11 AM – 9 PM; Thursday- Saturday: 11 AM – 9:30 PM.

JOKES & Humor # 4

My boss and I took a job applicant to lunch, where we tried, with little success, to get him to open up about his experience and qualifica- tions. Frustrated, my boss set his salad aside and pro- posed a specific and com- plex situation to the young man, then asked, “What would you do?”

The applicant hesitated, then, looking my boss straight in the eye, said, “Are you going to eat all those tomatoes?”

June 20th, 2018


Petaluma, CA. ~ For the first time ever on opening night, En Vogue will bring their timeless sound and age-defying beauty to the Petaluma Stage.

Fiori’s Buns & Burgers Try our New

Visit Us!

Charbroiled Burger on our Franco American Brioche Bun! Fresh Daily! Very Tasty!

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T ank you Sonoma County for all your support at our Grand Re-Opening in January aſt er the Tubbs Fire closed us down for 3 months! We are very Grateful to you all!


Fiori’s Buns & Burgers

406 Larkfield Center ~ Santa Rosa, CA 707-546-6835

Open 11am to 8pm Daily! “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • April 2018 • 13


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