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Donnie Arax: Bringing the Bullard Knights Back

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

Donnie Arax is a born coach. He knew when he was 17 that he wanted to coach football. Deep inside, it was the Bullard Knights he wanted to lead, because nobody bleeds Bullard Blue like Arax. His older brother Mark, who wrote the book, “In My Father’s Name,” says, “Our dad Ara coached Little League by day and ran his nightclub in Fresno at night. Our dad was a great coach and he loved it.

Children’s Hospital Central California: Experiencing What’s Possible Through Adaptive Sports

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

The fun and excitement that come from water skiing on a hot summer day, achieving another level in rock climbing or winning a close basketball game can be hard to beat. For many people with a congenital or acquired physical disability, however, such enjoyable activities seem possible only from the sidelines.

Hanford’s Star Restaurant: Where History and Community Meet

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

The cuisine is basic American comfort food. But what makes Star Restaurant unique among Hanford’s eateries, and a fact that many locals are unaware of, is its longevity. Star Restaurant opened in 1901 and is Hanford’s oldest restaurant. When the historic Star Restaurant opened, people rode horse-drawn carriages down the new town’s dirt roads, the Model T Ford was eight years away and Superior Dairy would not open for another 29 years.

Hinds Hospice: Filling a Need to Help the Terminally Ill

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

Hinds began caring for patients in her home in 1981. Because of her own experiences and nursing background, she could care for patients and support their families on their end-of-life journeys. However, the State of California forced her to close her doors in 1985 and she spent the next two years lobbying and pursuing legislation to be allowed to open inpatient hospice homes.

Connecting our hearts and our ears through music and wellness

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

Music is a key factor for learning and communication for all people, especially those with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury. Recently, this subject was brought to the forefront with the remarkable recovery process of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Music was an integral part of her rehabilitation.

The Summer Balancing Act

Jun 26, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

Summer is underway! For most kids, that means no school, water play to escape the heat and lots of free time. Although parents also look forward to vacations and extra time with the kids, some may be anxious about what to do with their children’s wide-open schedules. Fear not. There are many activities available that will leave kids feeling like they can enjoy a well-deserved break, while still stimulating the brain and body.

Home Sweet Slome’s Farmers’ Market

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

For visitors to understand what makes San Luis Obispo the country’s happiest place, they need only visit the Farmers’ Market. Every Thursday from 6-9, rain or shine, the Farmers’ Market takes place in the center of downtown SLO. Walk down Higuera Street between Osos and Nipomo streets and you’ll encounter a feast for the senses. Inhale the aroma of freshly baked pizza from Palazzo Giuseppe’s and the sweet scent of fresh strawberries.

Sip: Kuppa Joy

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

After hearing nothing but raves about Kuppa Joy in Old Town Clovis, I had to check it out for myself. On a sunny Wednesday (then again, what day isn’t sunny in the Valley?), I stepped into the crowded (but not offensively so) coffee shop on Clovis Avenue and ordered my first cup of joy. Literally.

Book Review: Mark Geragos’ ‘Mistrial’

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

Mark Geragos is a criminal defense and civil attorney from Los Angeles. Well known for representing celebrities and clients on highly publicized cases, in 2004 he represented Scott Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife in Modesto. Addressing a crowd of community members and attorneys in Fresno, Geragos spoke about his life, his most recent adventures and his book, “Mistrial,” which focuses on the many cases he’s had as a successful defense attorney.

Water-Wise Gardens

Jun 28, 2014 ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

People often associate a water-wise garden with cactus and succulents. While these can be attractive and intriguing, they are not the only drought-tolerant plants from which we can choose. The Clovis Botanical Garden is a demonstration garden of water-wise plants from the Mediterranean regions with climates similar to ours – hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.

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