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April 2019

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WINDMILL RIDGE W I N E RY TLAC The farewell pancake Easter Breakfast

SPRING BEAUTY& H O M E M U S T- H AV E S

Hector John


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CALIFORNIA WEBMAKERS 6

SPOTLIGHT ON YOU MICHELLE MAVIS

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WINDMILL RIDGE WINERY A GEM IN TRACY'S BACKYARD

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GO EXPLORE TRACY 1 8 T R A C Y L AT I N AT H L E T I C C L U B FAREWELL PANCAKE EASTER BREAKFAST

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Everybunny Loves Hector John

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WINDMILL RIDGE WINERY Award-Winning Wines in Tracy's Backyard

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TECH When people think of innovative tech companies most of us immediately think of Silicone Valley. Faiyaz Sami is co-founder of two start-up companies-Unolution and California Webmakers, and he lives and runs his businesses in Tracy, CA. Sami and his business partner both moved to Tracy a couple of years ago. Seven months earlier, Sami had been living in Alaska, and before that, spent many years living and working in Silicone Valley within the tech industry. Sami's companies specialize in helping business owners with advanced digital marketing solutionseverything from building better websites, to better content, better engagement to being more visible on Google. "We host meet-ups that help businesses improve by making free

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or inexpensive changes. We try to give them one or two tips that don't cost anything-where they can see results that help them gain more business immediately." We asked Sami about the affordability of his company's services. He explained, "When we established California Faiyaz Sami, California Webmakers Webmakers, we took a stand that we say "no" When asked his can be reached by to nobody. We find a opinion on the new age using the links below. way to help everybody question-'Do with their projects. If businesses still need a This is the official Facebook page for you come to us-we website in the age of have no cards, no powerful social media California Web Makers: brochures, no packagesplatforms like https:// or nothing like that." www.facebook.com/ Facebook, Instagram CaliforniaWebMakers/ Sami says that when and SnapChat. Sami he started his business reponded emphatically, Meet-up- Digital in Tracy just two years "There is no alternative content and marketing to having your own ago all of his clients workshops for free: website." There you started out as friends he https:// have it. began helping out for www.meetup.com/ free. "If I help them for If you are interested in Central-Valley-Digital2-3 months, they will connecting with Sami Marketing-Growthsee the value in my Meetup regarding Unolution, help. Ultimately, I will California Webmakers, have their business." or FanVerse, a popular online group for DC and Marvel fans, he

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SPOTLIGHT ON YOU Michelle Mavis, HulaFrog

I have been a Stay at Home mom for almost 10 years. I started with Hulafrog because I wanted to be able to provide parents with a great resource for things to do with their kids in our area. It’s been a great way for me to help parents create memories with their children and at the same time create memories with mine. I also run a design business, One Boy One Girl Designs, from home. I was in advertising for many years and love to create for other people. My husband bought me my first machine and once I started, I went feet first. I am on almost year 3 of running Hulafrog and One Boy One Girl Designs for 2 years. My short- and long-term goals with Hulafrog is to grow my subscribers and make it the go to place for parents and businesses alike to use for their resources for all things kids! My short-term goal with One Boy One Girl is to grow my business to outside of friends and family. My long-term goal is to be able to pay for a vacation with the money I earn from it. I would love for the people of Tracy to know that Hulafrog is a great resource for you to use not just for all the events I have on my calendar but for the kid friendly businesses that they can find there.

They can help by sharing with their family and friends that have kids that this site is a great place to find everything you need all in one location. And for One Boy One Girl Designs that I love to make your vision a reality. I love to have someone say “It came out so much better than I thought it would.” They can help by sharing the word that custom doesn’t always have to come from Etsy…you can get it in your own backyard. Tracy has a lot to offer its citizens and if we just took the time to enjoy the town, we live in we could see that. We are growing and expanding but at the same time still have that hometown appeal that people love! Find us online! www.hulafrog.com/tracy-manteca-ca https://www.facebook.com/HulafrogTracyMantecaCA/ email is michelle.mavis@hulafrog.com and One Boy One Girl Designs https://www.facebook.com/ OneBoyOneGirlDesigns/ Email:

michellemavis@yahoo.com

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If you are an avid connoisseur of upper echelon winethen you know that there are no shortage of beautiful winery destinations throughout California that can appeal to even the pickiest of palates. There are even a few enviable ones located in San Joaquin County-including one located in Tracy's own backyard. On the outside, Windmill Ridge Winery is a beautiful oasis of lush greenery, paired with rustic country charm. On the inside, it is warm and inviting with an attractive contrast of dark and neutral hues easily capable of sparking nostalgia of visiting an Old World vineyard. No one can argue that it is an astonishingly beautiful venue to host events, but we were interested in knowing how the winery contended with beng the only winery in Tracy in close proximity of other wellknown winery destinations such as Napa, Sonoma and even Lodi. ETT reached out to one of the owners, Jeimy Lopez and she candidly shared her thoughts us. "It is a really unique feeling. Sometimes we worry-being the only ones left is not something we can say that we are happy about. Being the only ones left, you can't be likethere's no competition... Because the wine industry is very different than other industries. The wine industry is a 'the more, the better' type of industry. That's kind of the way you have look at it. That's why Livermore has become the way 10 to Loreconda 21/04/17 it has become, Napa has become the way it has become -

because you have more to go to. It's become a destination place. People love going down there because they know that there is more than one stop. They can spend the whole day out there, the whole weekend out there. So, for us it is worrisome that we are the only ones left, but it's a good feeling in the sense that we do know that there are other wineries. We have Lodi, we have Livermore and it's a good feeling when we get a lot of people who are from over the hill or they've tried Napa wines, they've tried Lodi wines and they say, "Wow, the wines are not what we expected. They're good, they're great!" Windmill Ridge Winery has a quarterly wine club where members can sign up for a two, four or six (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) bottle membership. Every three months the winery releases a new wine, along with a wine that has been previously released. Depending on the wine club joined, members receive their wine allocation, first dibs on new wines, discounts off of wine releases and first notification regarding upcoming events. " We treat them a little more special just because they show us the support by staying in an active wine club. A lot of our wine club members really work as ambassadors for us by purchasing wine every 3 months, attending the tastings, and bringing in new members. Our wine club is a really neat thing." When asked how our community could better support our local winery, Lopez responded humbly, "The city 9


WINDMILL RIDGE WINERY A Gem in Tracy's Own Backyard holds a lot of events and I think that one way to support the winery would be when you have city events, for example-The Wine Stroll or Girls Night Out...Supporting would be carrying our wines, or pouring our wines versus getting them from (I'm not quite sure how they do it exactly-other wineries or a broker or however the association does it). The other thing would be just spreading the word about having a winery. I think one of our biggest challenges til this day has been that still people don't even know that we have a winery here in Tracy. And, it's hard because of course, how can you market and say 'yeah, we have one great winery in Tracy' and people are kind of looking like, "One?" It's a big question mark. The truth is there is only one. But, I think for the city...the city holds event and I think just getting the word out there, spreading that we are back here, supporting us by buying the wine. We've worked with the city in the past. For us, it's a pleasure, it's an honor. It's a wine that we put a lot of hard work into, a lot of love into. Someone buying our product, it's an honor and for the city to do that, especially if it's a large event. We've always worked with the city. We have always said , don't worry, we will give it to you at a discount rate-we try to do as much as we can. But, I think, sometimes it comes down to, just when they need it and I think that's where we fall off the wagon and people tend to forget."

we really are the only winery back there. We prioritize based on the organization, what they are going to be giving, and how they are going to be supporting the community. Patriots Supporting Warriors is very dear to me because the person that has put it together (Lisa Poff) has gone through the ins and outs of putting it together. She's been very dear to me because she's brought an organization that started from nowhere to where it's at now. So, thats's one of the reasons I enjoy helping her-because she pushes and pushes and pushes and is constantly seeing who else needs help."

Many fundraising events are held at Windmill Ridge Winery. The winery believes in giving back to the community and does whatever it can to show its support whether it be donating the venue or wine. With so many organizations, we asked how the winery makes the difficult decision of who to donate to. "It's hard to choose being that we have grown as a community and that Tracy is a little bit larger and that

To learn more about Windmill Ridge Winery please visit the links below:

Windmill does support other causes including those related to academics, schooling, education and more. "Very little do we outsource outside of Tracy because Tracy has gotten so big that we can barely keep up with the donations in Tracy. But, there's the Grand Theater we support once a year, the Epilepsy Foundation, sometimes we do the high schools to raise money for academics and sports. The best we can do from the top is-how much money are they are trying to raise? How many people are they going to be helping and what is it going towards? And that's how we figure what they are going to need. Can we donate the venue? Can we donate wine? Every little bit helps...We try to do the best we can do-whatever we can do to help, that's pretty much where we're at."

Wine Club: http://windmillridgewinery.com/wineclub-2/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ windmillridgewinery/ 10


HECTOR JOHN

C O S M E T I C S * FA S H I O N * H O M E

For those of us tuned into the world of beauty, home and fashion, Hector John Cosmetics is one of several absolutely gorgeous must-see boutiques who call Downtown Tracy home. Each boutique has its very own vibe, beckoning the attention of all passerbys. If trending fashion is your thing-it truly takes willpower not to spend every last dime in your pocket when strolling down Tenth Street. Hector John Cardoza, owner of the beautiful and Hollywoodesque boutique not only keeps his customers in style with the latest beauty, fashion and accessories, his boutique also carries unique home goods that keep our homes looking fresh each season. The young business owner has an amazing eye for all things beautiful and it’s no wonder-before becoming a business owner, Cardoza was a business manager for high-end beauty brands such as Dior, Lancome, and Chanel. Cardoza lived in Beverly Hills for four years, where he attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and studied product development. Cardoza worked as a celebrity make-up artist and while in Beverly Hills, began designing his own product line Hector John Cosmetics, which is very popular here locally.

Cardoza stated that they are currently in the process of transitioning the brand to fully online and by Summer, they expect to launch worldwide. “That is going to limit our intake for the store. Most of the line will only be available for purchase online. We’re just going more technology, as the rest of the world is doing that.” Cardoza explained that transition means redesigning what is carried in the current brick and mortar store. “We are currently leaning more towards something to do with the children. Something more interactive with the kids. While it remains to be seen exactly which direction the boutique will go, we can tell you for sure what to look for on your next visit to Hector John Cosmetics. Check out his Spring musthaves !

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“This time of year, when it comes to beauty the look is all about rose blushes and pinks, whereas last year it was about coral. It’s all about very light and airy highlights and blush.”

For the home-green gives a very clean look and pops anywhere you put it. It pops against white. It pops against beige. Green just automatically gives a nice spring Spring look…green plants, a green dish..The gorgeous green dishes we have in our store are imported from Portugal.

The kids have really loved our toy section We love that our customers can come in and find something for themselves and something for the kids and everyone leaves happy.

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May 2, 11:30 AM · Tracy City Hall


THE FAREWELL PANCAKE EASTER BREAKFAST

Tracy Latin Athletic Club (TLAC) started in 1972 and it's primary mission is to promote education and be a resource in the community. TLAC President, Eva Villialovos is one of three generations of her family members who have served on TLAC's Board of Directors (both her father and son have served as President). Villalovos is the first female to head the organization as it's President. "We've helped many causes in our community and we kind of help out where we are needed but the primary goal is to make sure that all four high schools have scholarships. We are the first organization to start a scholarship program and I believe we are the longest hispanic non-profit in Tracy."

TLAC's Pancake Easter Breakfast began about 44 years ago and at one time was the primary fundraiser for the scholarships. When asked why this year will be the last pancake breakfast, Villalovos stated,"We don't ask companies to give us money. We've always raised our own money. Our Easter Pancake Breakfast used to be 100% donated, now we are lucky if we get 10%. So, we don't make a lot of money, it's more of a community service." This is our last Easter Pancake Breakfast because the members want to retire from the breakfast. For the last 44 years, we have not spent Easter as a family.The Villalovos Family wanted

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to retire last year but the organization said 'we can't do the Easter breakfast without you.' So this is the last year. I also want to spend more time with Mom. My Mom is 82 years old and the primary reason our family isn't doing it anymore is so that we can spend more time with my Mom". Villalovos thanked the Tracy community for supporting the breakfast for 44 years. "It's with a heavy-heart that we end the breakfast. All good things have to come to an end. I really wish it would go forever but we thank the community for always being there and supporting us. They made our Dad's dream come true by giving these kids the opportunity to go to school." 18


CHEST OF HOPE RAISES AWARENESS Chest of Hope, a non-profit organization who assist victims of domestic violence in Tracy and other cities throughout San Joaquin County is hoping to bring awareness to all types of abuse, including sexual assault. In the United States, the month of April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 92 seconds an American

experiences sexual assault. ETT reached out to Chest of Hope and spoke with Director of Development, Felicia Medrano. Medrano shared how Chest of Hope uses events to raises awareness about sexual assault and other abuses. One such event is Chest of Hope’s Annual Salad Luncheon and Conference. This year’s conference addresses the effects of intimate partner abuse in our everyday lives. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Best-Selling Author and Sexual Assault Survivor, Kimleigh Smith.

In the event of abuse, Medrano shared that victims can reach out to Chest of Hope for help with various resources, but advises victims to contact law enforcement if they feel they are in immediate danger. Chest of Hope can be reached at 209-831-7889. Web: http://www.chestofhope.org Email: info@chestofhope.org

Medrano has been working with Chest of Hope’s Founder, Merlyn Pittman and the Chest of Hope organization for three years and is looking forward to helping more victims stating, “Community members can help by attending our events-such as the Annual Love Walk and Run 5k, the Salad Luncheon or by volunteering with us.” The organization recently opened Treasure Chest Thrift Store where proceeds are used to help victims of abuse. Medrano explained that shopping and donating items to the store is also another way to support the efforts of the organization.

MERLYN PITTMAN Founder of Chest of Hope, a 5 0 1 C ( 3 ) N o n - P r o fi t Organization, assisting victims of domestic violence.

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