Seneca Family of Agencies was founded in 1985 to prevent foster youth from getting lost in the system and failing to achieve their potential. Today, as a leading children's mental-health agency in northern California, Seneca has expanded its programs to serve emotionally troubled youth and their families in a variety of situations. Seneca provides a broad range of residential treatment, school-based programs, and at-home services, all run by staff members who are dedicated to providing unconditional and individualized care and using whatever tools necessary to help people cope with crisis. They also collaborate with local agencies to ensure families receive adequate support services. In-school mental-health teams allay temporary spikes in emotional instability, whereas one-on-one meetings and group meetings with foster families help youth identify their support circle.
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A native of Paris, Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee sharpened his knife skills and his palate at l'Ecole de Paris des Métiers de la Table. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending the culinary traditions of his homeland with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth sweet-potato frites, quail stuffed with napa cabbage, and other dishes that embody the menu's inventive fusion spirit. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself—designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas—remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.
Inside private rooms bathed in earthy hues and filled with simple furnishings, Body Techniques' staff treats patients with holistic services designed to soothe the body and mind. The studio's massage-therapy sessions, acupuncture treatments, and stress-management programs aim to reduce stress and bolster bodily health without relying on medications or itchy cybernetic implants. Body Techniques' owners draw on more than 30 years of industry experience as they personally interview, screen, and train each staff member. The clinic's healing hands can travel to corporate clients and offices to conduct onsite massages, lead health-education classes, and imitate ocean-wave sounds for noontime naps.
Captain Aqua's enthusiastic instructors plunge developing divers and nascent Neptunians into the exhilarating realm of scuba in the introductory Try Scuba course. In the pool’s safe confines, the resident pros—with more than 50 years of combined diving experience—guide amateur aqualetes through the basics of breathing underwater, an experience as eye-opening and electrifying as Flipper's shrill rap battles with Shamu. Though prospective fin jockeys must provide their own towel and swimsuit, Captain Aqua's furnishes other necessary aquatic accouterments. Students should bring a mask, snorkel, and fins if already owned; otherwise, they are available to borrow, free of charge. Call Captain Aqua's to schedule a class, for updated info on class times and dates, or to show off a recently learned whale mating call.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$25 for most) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonally changing options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of Color Me Mine's helpful technique sheets, painters will select an underglaze from a collection of more than 60 colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell.
Earthy hues, dark wood, warm lighting & a wall of windows create an inviting backdrop for your meal. The contemporary black granite bar & modern art add metropolitan chic to the room. For city quality dining, locals flock to this intimate restaurant where they are assured of impeccable & knowledgeable service.