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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2013

CONTENTS 8 Holiday Happenings

What's Happening around San Joaquin County to get you in the holiday spirit By Lindsey Rodrian

10 Holiday Crafts to

do at Home Show your kids that Christmas doesnt begin and end at the mall! By Katy Berry

12 Stress-Free Holidays

Start a new tradition of a stress-free Christmas By Nissa Hallquist

14 Real Life Superheroes Parents by Choice helping the youth of San Joaquin By Allen Russell

16 Gifts From The Heart Don't break the bank... Give someone a present from the heart rather than the bank. By Heather Reagan

20 Blendingthe Holidays Simple things can make the difference between cherished memories or sorted recollections. By Heather Reagan

28 Calendar

This issues round up of family fun activities. By Michele Bird

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HOLIDAYS ON THE

FARM BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Holiday

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Dell’Osso Family Farm is a holiday dreamland. The pumpkins and haunted castle that accompany Halloween and Thanksgiving will soon be replaced by gently falling snow and colorful lights. As the fifth annual Holidays on the Farm, this dreamy winter wonder land will have the whole family singing, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…”    Beginning December 7 and running to January 4, Dell’Osso Farms will enchant the young and old alike. Pick your favorite Christmas tree, make an ornament, and meet the man of the hour, Saint Nick! The option of ice skating and snow tubing in San Joaquin County surely bring the holidays to life. Christmas shopping is made fun at the Country Store, be sure to visit the Bakery for some delicious, old-fashioned treats!    Northern California’s largest farm light show can be enjoyed in your car, on a hayride, or on the Dell’Osso Express Train. This magical mile of lights is an enchanting display. Featuring 240 different lighted displays, and a light tunnel spanning 200 feet, the Dell'Osso has really decked the farm!

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MICKE GROVE ZOO PRESENTS ZOO LIGHTS NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 1 & DECEMBER 6-8, 5-8 PM

Take a stroll through Micke Grove Zoo to enjoy the sparkling and twinkling of the lights. Now is the time to visit Santa’s workshop, where Christmas wishes can be passed on to the man in the red suit. Photos are available to capture the special moment. In addition, enjoy multiple performances, games, crafts and refreshments. mgzoo.com/zoo/mickegrove, (209) 331-2010 LODI’S ‘CHRISTMAS CAROLS’ PARADE OF LIGHTS Ring in the holiday with Lodi’s Parade of Lights. This year, the theme of Christmas Carols will flood the one mile parade route, beginning at Lockeford Street and ending at Louie Ave. Adorned floats, marching bands, dance groups, and themed vehicles will make it feel a little more like Christmas. December 5, 6:17 PM , lodichamber.com/events/lightparade, (209) 367-7840 TRACY’S HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION This two day celebration is packed full of holiday fun! Saturday features a family breakfast with Santa, children’s crafts, a dinner dance, and a gift boutique. Sunday’s events include a senior breakfast and a fashion show. Enjoy the community, the feasts and fun as the city of Tracy rings in the season! November 23-24, 9 AM to 5 PM. tracyshomefortheholidays.com, tracyshomefortheholidays@gmail.com

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HOLIDAY

CRAFTS TO DO AT

HOME BY KATY “HOLLY” BERRY

Show your kids that Christmas doesn’t begin and end at the mall. These fun craft ideas will get them in the spirit while you trim the tree, deck the halls, and make great gifts together. You’ll have fun, and you won’t break the bank.

CINNAMON DOUGH ORNAMENTS These ornaments are fun, easy, and they smell great! WHAT YOU NEED:

2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 5 tsp. cinnamon, 3/4 to 1 cup water Cookie cutters, Decorating supplies, Ribbon Combine the flour, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Gradually stir in water to make the dough. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes until smooth and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out the dough until it’s about ¼ - ¾ of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to create hearts, stars, gingerbread men, or other fun shapes. Use a straw to punch a hole in the top so you can hang the ornament. Place your ornaments on a baking sheet and bake at 325° for roughly 1.5 hours. Check on them every 45 minutes since the drying time varies with the thickness of the dough. Let your ornament cool before decorating. Use acrylic paints, buttons, ribbon, glitter, or any fun accessory you’d like to make it unique. Thread ribbon through the hole so you can hang it. To help make your ornament last, you can coat it with acrylic varnish after it has completely dried (optional).

REINDEER CANDY BOWL

This makes a great gift or decoration, and Rudolph has never looked cuter. WHAT YOU NEED:

5-inch terra cotta flower pot. Two shades of brown construction paper or craft foam. White and black construction paper or craft foam. Glue, Red pom-pom, Candy First have your kids trace their hands on the darkest piece of brown paper and cut them out for the antlers. Then use the next lightest shade of brown to cut out two ears. Glue the ears onto the antlers, and then glue the antlers to the back of the pot so they are sticking up. Cut out two white circles and two smaller black circles. Glue the black circles inside the white ones to make eyes. Glue the eyes to the front of the pot and add the pom-pom for Rudolph’s nose. Fill the pot with candy and Voila! This craft can also be done with smaller terra cotta pots, just use your own creative antler design instead of your hands, and use smaller eyes.

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PENCIL HOLDER FOR THE TEACHER

Kids can give their teachers some holiday cheer before vacation begins. WHAT YOU NEED:

A coffee can with a lid, Construction paper Glue/tape, Markers, Decorations First, wrap a fitted piece of construction paper around the coffee can and tape or glue the overlapping edges. Then decorate the can with whatever you’d like. Write your teacher’s name, draw pictures, and even add sparkles or buttons. Cut a few X’s into the lid so your teacher can put their pencils, pens, and paintbrushes in the top. Optional: Use a hot glue gun to attach a magnet for holding paper clips.


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STRESS-FREE

Hol idays BY NISSA HALLQUIST

The stress of the Holidays is one of the world’s worst-kept secrets. Behind the beautiful twinkling lights, vibrantly wrapped presents, and those delicious, elaborate dinners, we’ve been frantically scurrying to hang those lights, buy and wrap those presents, and cook those meals. So much for Peace on Earth. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. Start a new tradition of a stress-free Christmas by doing things a little differently this year.

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To save yourself time and nerves, having a pre-planned Christmas shopping strategy and schedule is a must.

Shopping isn’t the only activity that can benefit from your family breaking down a huge task into workable segments. Not only will the following save time, but it can be the start to traditional holiday family time.

With all the good you’re doing for others, don’t neglect yourself. Go ahead and splurge on a little something to keep yourself in the holiday spirit.

   • Plan a day to the mall during the middle of the week to avoid weekend and/or evening crowds.    • Avoid the mall altogether. Try shopping at specialty shops off the beaten path. Again, you’ll avoid crowds, and you just might find some unexpected treasures and great deals.    • Whenever or wherever you go, have a list ready of who you’re shopping for and what they want. Take your family along and make     each member responsible for completing a section of that list.    • Take care of any unexpected/last minute     gifts by pre-purchasing gift cards or gift      baskets, or prepare plates of homemade     cookies or other nibbles.

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   • When cooking, have each family member be responsible for preparing a certain dish: side dish, salad, rolls, or dessert.    • Choose a day, then spend it together     decorating. Everyone can pitch-in hanging     lights and decorating the tree. Consider     having hot cider or cocoa on-hand     throughout the day to keep everyone warm     and happy.    • Have a baking day, preparing cookies and other goodies together to give as gifts.    • Along those same lines, a gift-wrapping day. Think assembly line.    • Another way to keep the wrapping to a      workable minimum is to wrap as you go: Take the extra half-hour to wrap the gifts you bought that same day, and you’ll never have a daunting pile of gifts awaiting

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   • A spa day. Nothing soothes the soul     like a good massage and facial.    • A new sweater, shoes, or some other cozy article of clothing you’ve always wanted.    • Dinner and a movie. A night on the     town makes for the perfect escape     away from any holiday chaos.


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SPOTLIGHT | PARENTS BY CHOICE

REAL LIFE

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   When we think of superheroes, what often comes to mind are fictional characters that sport spandex and dramatic capes, lurk on rooftops under the cover of night, waiting for the opportunity to save the world. As we know, this isn’t reality. Real superheroes are invisible to the untrained eye. They are inconspicuous ordinary people who fly under the radar. They never stand on rooftops while waiting for the opportunity to save the world; instead they quietly act on behalf of others. Often times without a simple thank you. Real superheroes serve in various roles. They are moms and dads, big sisters and big

brothers, policemen, firemen, school teachers, soldiers, coaches, mentors, electricians, plumbers and even some politicians, just to name a few. However, there is one type of superhero that goes virtually unnoticed: foster parents.    In San Joaquin County there are approximately 1,700 foster youth in care. Many have difficult lives and need special care as a result. Consequently, the basic needs of at-risk youth escalate, increasing the difficulty for the caregiver to adequately provide for the child. For many people this would be a deterrent, but not for foster parents. They seem to overlook

the present challenges to see the greater benefit of raising a foster youth. Like superheroes, foster parents see potential. This is what makes them heroic. The ability to see what can be, as opposed to what is. They step out of themselves, often sacrificing their own needs and desires to invest in the life of a foster youth that in many cases can save their life.    You may be asking yourself “Have I ever met a heroic foster parent?” Chances are you have, possibly in line at the grocery store, in a PTA meeting or maybe one lives next door. As is often the case, you didn’t notice them because they are quietly serving. On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of current and former foster youth around the world, we would like to say THANK YOU for a job well done! You are our real life SUPERHEROES. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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BY HEATHER REAGAN

GIFTS FROM THE

HEART As the holidays approach, we tend to go into a time of reflection and consider choices about how we want to spend our lives, our time, and our money. More and more Americans are intentionally choosing simplified lifestyles with less materialism, less distractions, and less hustle and bustle. Instead, we want to create experiences that mattercreating memories with family, carving out time for all those things we have always wanted to do, being more present emotionally, feeling more profoundly, and trying to connect to a more content place within ourselves so that we can carefully and gently affect others. In an effort to spend your holidays in a more authentic manner, below are some gift giving ideas from that heart that won’t break your bank, but instead provide more meaningful experiences for ourselves and those around us. Give the gift of home baked goods to friends and neighbors. Add the personal touch of a note about why that person’s presence in your life is important. Pick a charity-Ask friends and loved ones to donate to the charity that is near and dear to your heart instead of giving you a gift. Create a scrapbook-(digital or otherwise) that recounts special events or times you shared together throughout the year. You can create these for family members, children, or friends. A great way to get your kids involved in random acts of kindness during the holiday season is to create a Secret Samaritan program. Family members draw

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names and perform random acts of kindness for their secret family member during the week leading up to Christmas- sweet surprises such as tidying up a bedroom, a candy bar under a pillow, a note of encouragement, or taking on the other family member’s chores for the week. Create Vouchers for experiences like watching a movie together, giving a massage, or washing the car. Create a special Playlist of your loved ones favorite music and put it on their iPod. Write a blog about why you admire a particular friend or loved one, and why they have made a difference in your life. Send them the link to the blog. Host a child in another country. As a family, Adopt an animal from a shelter that touches your heart. Host a holiday dinner and have each guest bring something homemade- either an heirloom recipe, or a favorite dish, and gather around the table and have everyone share why they brought this dish and what it means to them. Go further, and have everyone share something they are grateful for this year. A great way to get the whole family and extended family together is to Purchase a genealogy software program and get everyone involved in creating your family’s history. You will hear recollections, stories, and find that the experience of fellowship while creating your family’s history is gift from the heart in itself.


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BLENDING the HOLIDAYS BY HEATHER REAGAN

The holidays are known for provoking feelings of eager anticipation, excitement, and joy. But for divorced or blended families, the holidays can feel fragmented, stressful, and even lonely. Unfortunately, the back and forth shuffling can leave kids with intense anxiety. As a mom of three kids, and a step mom of three kiddos, (we are a modern day Brady Bunch) I have found that the key to preserving holiday bliss is to keep kids first- as rudimentary as it is in theory and in practice. Simple things can make the difference between cherished memories or sorted recollections.

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  Forecast, and re-forecast. Kids naturally desire routine, so maintaining something they can count on is especially important during the holidays. Parents should coordinate a holiday schedule far in advance and then communicate that schedule with their children. Follow up if there are any changes in the schedule. My first holiday with my step kids, I sat down with my children before they came and planned activities for all of us. Not only did this comfort their tangled nerves, it also showed them that we were excited about their visit.    Treat. If you’re a stickler like I am about dinner before dessert, loosen the reigns around the holidays. I know my step kiddos’ stomachs were in knots at various times throughout the holidays- missing their mom, worrying about


what’s to come, and what they were missing out on- so, easing up on their normal wholesome nutrition regimen just made sense. Their anxiety was at the forefront of my mind, so I rationally reckoned it was at theirs, too. I wanted them to feel more relaxed and less stressed at family meal time, so I dished out the free passes for carefree eating. But don’t spoil. On the flip side of routine resides chaos, which kids can sense a mile away, so keep a steady grip on the spoils. (This also goes for gifts, too; everything in moderation.)    Create new traditions, honor old traditions, and marry one or two. Find out the special things that are cherished by your blendedfamily, and include them into your day while also coming up with new ideas for the whole family. My kids and I had puzzle races every Thanksgiving. So, our first Thanksgiving as a blended family, we split off in teams- The Steps face the Bios. After the first race, blended teams were created and a second puzzle race ensued. Puzzle races are now a married family tradition along with a “friendly” game of parents vs. kids in HORSE. We also have a new tradition of citing our most coveted thing, item, favor, gift, experience or achievement throughout the year. Marrying

some old with some new helps remove a bit of the nervousness children feel about what to expect. It also sends the message that your step kids belong, unmatched genetics and all.    For Pete’s sake (or Billy’s, or Susie’s) don’t compete. Adults need to be good co-parents all of the time, but especially during the holidays. Giving gifts is not about making one parent look good at the other parent’s expense. Set a budget which both sets of parents will agree to and can follow. Share the expense of a big ticket item. Create the opportunity to open the lines of communication and work together, not against each other, so the kids can prosperand not just materially.    Give a little, Get a little. Put a moratorium in place on the war between you and your Ex. Post-holiday battle can resumegranted the kids are free and clear- but transition is tough during the holidays, especially when you factor in extended family’s wishes. When you provide peace offerings, however small, you are doing your part to ease the tension, which makes the already unnerving situation easier on the kids. You just might be surprised at the probable likelihood of your Ex following suit.

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Have you ever wanted to learn the dance moves of your favorite music artists? Well, here’s your chance! This class will teach you the latest steps and the most recent dance styles of artists like Lady Gaga, Usher and more. In addition, students will learn basic principles of pop and hip-hop. Ages 8-12.

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Students taking this class will learn to be more comfortable speaking in front of an audience as they learn how to use verbal skills, nonverbal skills, and strategies for marketing themselves for roles in dramatic or verbal projects such as plays, musicals, or debate teams. Ages 10-14.

CREATIVE MASK-MAKING WITH CLAY

This class allows participants to create a series of masks based on the human and animal face. Using the unique qualities of clay, students use texture and form to make masks decorated with satin/ glaze and then fired in a kiln. Finished masks will be ready to hang on a wall. Ages 14-Adult.

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Experience the journey of brainstorming and planning a short story, children’s story, your first novel, or even a screenplay. Students will learn to outline stories, develop characters, and create storyboards. Come join a fellowship of new and ‘used’ (experienced) authors, while being inspired by fellow students’ creativity. For those who want to illustrate as well as write, the instructor will demonstrate while others work on writing. This class will also discuss publishing, self-publishing, online e-publishing and copyrighting. Ages 18-Adult. PERUSE THE NEW FALL 2013 CLASSES HERE:

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Join Stockton’s own hockey team in the annual breast cancer awareness event weekend as they take on the Utah Grizzlies. Along with ticket sales, the funds raised from auctioning off player jerseys will benefit St. Joseph’s Medical Center. 7:30p.m., both games. Ticket prices vary. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1500, stocktonthunder.com

The San Joaquin Kennel Club will host the annual dog show at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, where over 2,500 dogs from all over the country will compete for top titles. Come out to watch an all-breed match beginning at 5p.m. on Saturday and two all-breed shows on Sunday and Monday from 8:30a.m. – 5p.m. Specific judging times can be found online. Free admission. Parking is $5. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 South Airport Way, Stockton, sanjoaquinkc.org

Run/Walk against Hunger NOVEMBER 22, STOCKTON

If you’re looking for a great opportunity to get your family fitness-ready for the holidays, sign up to be a part of the scenic sprint along Stockton’s waterfront. This family-friendly event starts and finishes at the Port’s baseball stadium. Support a good cause by signing up the little ones for the kids run or registering the whole family for the walk. 8a.m. $10-40. Stockton Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 4647369, runagainsthunger.org

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Parade of Lights DECEMBER 5, LODI

Don’t miss out as the annual Parade of Lights makes a festive appearance through downtown Lodi. Dive into the merriment with decorated floats, dance groups, marching bands and themed vehicles. It begins at Lockeford St. and ends at Louie Ave. 6:17p.m. Free. Downtown Lodi, (209) 367-7840, lodichamber.com


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Join the World of Wonders Science Museum for Digology day, where kids will have an opportunity to explore paleontology through handson excavation activities. Included with admission, children will leave with their very own dinosaur fossil, as well as a Digology t-shirt. Call in advance to reserve a spot. $20 for WOW members or $25 for non-members. World of Wonders, 2 North Sacramento Street, (209) 368-0969, wowsciencemuseum.org

Get ready for the third annual Run/Walk for a Brighter Christmas. With the addition of the 1 mile Kids Jingle Jam, now the kiddos can take part in the merriment. Ages 4-10 are encouraged to participate in the one mile run in pajamas or a Christmas costume. Don’t forget to get a picture with Santa and grab a free cup of hot chocolate/cider. Funds raised benefit over 800 families with food and gifts. Bring a gift for $10 off registration. 8 a.m. Eagal Lakes, 12 W. Lorenzen Rd., (209) 640-4252, eagallakes.com

Radio Disney Holiday at Sherwood Mall DECEMBER 7, STOCKTON

Ring in the holidays with Radio Disney’s Rockin Road Crew at Sherwood Mall. This free celebration is for kids 12 and under. With lively music, games and fun prizes, don’t forget to mark your calendar. 1-3 p.m. Sherwood Mall Pacific Avenue, Robinhood Drive, Stockton, (209) 478-1791, sherwoodmall.com

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Catch the WWE superstars on tour at the Stockton Arena on December 6. Experience the thrilling wrestling action firsthand in a stadium bursting with enthusiasm and energy. The lineup of wrestling superstars includes CM Punk, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Kofi Kingston, the Wyatt Family and Roman Reigns. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. $15-90. Doors open at 6:30p.m. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Freemont St., Stockton, (209) 3731400, stocktonlive.com

It’s that time of year again to clear out the pumpkins and transform Dell’Osso into a winter wonderland. Plenty of fun for all, with ice skating, snow tubing and magnificent light displays. Also, take a stroll through Santa’s village and pick out your Christmas tree. Event times and prices vary. Dell’Osso Family Farm, 26 Stewart Rd., Lathrop, (209) 982- 0833, holidaysonthefarm.com


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Lighted Boat Parade DECEMBER 7, STOCKTON

Take your family to the downtown waterfront to watch the thirty-fourth annual parade of boats. Led by the Port of Stockton fireboat, each boat and yacht will be adorned with a dazzling display of lights. Beginning at 5p.m., it is expected to sail into Downtown Stockton near 6p.m. Weberpoint at the Downtown Waterfront, Stockton, (209) 477-7653, mwyc.org

Festival of Trees DECEMBER 7-8, LODI

The Historical Society brings Christmas to Lodi for the twenty-second year with a uniquely Victorian celebration. With over 60 Christmas trees decked out in a spectacular display of lights, the annual Festival of Trees does not disappoint. It’s fun for the entire family, with exhibits, children’s activities, arts and crafts tables and photos with Santa. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $10 general admission, $1 for ages 2-12. Parking is free with the advance purchase of tickets. San Joaquin County Historical Museum , 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 331-2055, san joaquinhistory.org

Holidays at the Haggin Museum DECEMBER 14, STOCKTON

Along with the current Driven to Dream exhibition, the Haggin Museum welcomes families for an extra itinerary of kid-friendly fun. In light of the holidays, there will be car-themed holiday decorations and activities geared towards ages 5-12. Reservations aren’t necessary. 1:30 – 3p.m. $5-8 or free for members and children under 10. Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940- 6315, hagginmuseum.org

Holiday Pops: ‘Tis the Season with the Broadway Tenors” DECEMBER 14 – 15, STOCKTON

Welcome the holiday season with a joyous holiday performance by the Stockton Symphony and Broadway Tenors. Warm up your vocal cords, because soon enough they’ll have you singing along. Appearances by Brent Barrett, David Burnham and John Cudia. Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30p.m. $25-60. Warren Atherton Auditorium, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 951-0196, stocktonsymphony.org

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Children’s Dance Theatre “The Nutcracker Ballet” DECEMBER 21-22, TRACY

Perfect for children and families, share in the Nutcracker holiday tradition with an enchanting performance by Children’s Dance Theatre. Don’t miss out on a Christmastime classic that brings audiences of all ages together through a spellbinding performance of traditional and contemporary dance. Times and prices vary. Grand Theatre Center, 715 Central Tracy Ave. (209) 831- 6858, atthegrand.org


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