The team at Lynn Greene Photography has been snapping shots together since 2006—long enough to know that the most important part of their job is, by a happy coincidence, also the most fun. Each session begins with some lighthearted goofing around, establishing a playful tone that helps most people strike a relaxed pose. Their clients range from families to high-school seniors to sexy boudoir models, and they never fail to elicit a natural smile from any of the above. That said, they know when to get serious. They often help out corporate professionals looking for business headshots to separate them from the pack.
Immediately after holding an in-studio or outdoor session, clients are invited to preview their images at the studio. While there, they can decide which pictures to preserve as prints, in coffee-table books, or on fake dollar bills.
Hosted by the upscale Bistro 33 El Dorado, the 2011 Summer Dance Party shuffles feet with musical stylings by Sacramento’s shindig-stirring tunesmiths Mercy Me! (Band). A cover band that weaves R & B into an already high thread count of funk, Mercy Me! (Band) instigates good-vibe pandemics and awakens dormant electric slides with unforgotten favorites from the sensorial spectrum of Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, James Brown, and Sly and the Family Stone. Amphitheater space allows for open-air grooving and long-distance slap-bracelet attempts. Dancers can warm up before the show and take in Bistro 33 El Dorado's full food and drink menu, which sates grumbling tummies with a selection of soups, paninis, and upscale bistro fare. Or, parched pipes can grab a beverage at the amphitheater (this Groupon is not valid for food or drinks).
Run as a parent co-op, Bright Beginnings Preschool, a secular program located on the grounds of Journey Church, involves pupils' guardians in every aspect of youthful education. A cadre of energetic teachers lead classroom activities and provide continuity, and volunteer parents play backup by coming into the classroom to help on a rotating schedule. This involvement lets them bond with their kids and learn about early-childhood development while supporting teachers during games and art projects. Monthly meetings and a committee further integrate parents into the school, giving them the opportunity to discuss changes in the curriculum and plan for the school's future.
Newbold is a family-owned-and-operated full-service dry cleaner that has been serving savvy wardrobe owners since 1983. Bring your grimy garments down to its storefront and they'll be quickly cleaned of disquieting stains, swamp vapors, and ghostly ectoplasm, as well as more mundane filth. Pants, blouses, sweaters, and skirts can be de-dirtied for $5.25 a pop, while larger items such as a light jacket ($8), a one-piece dress ($10.25), and a two-piece suit ($10.95) cost slightly more. Polish a favorite power tie for $5, or prepare for the big interview at an impossibly tiny micro-office by cleaning up a suave sport coat ($6.25). Two-hour service is available Monday through Saturday. While Saturday service is a huge convenience in and of itself, Newbold's drive-thru service lane provides extra-speedy convenience for non-pedestrians and/or escaping Blues Brothers.