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COME TOUR OUR 5 NEIGHBORHOODS!

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All the elements of a truly remarkable lifestyle—including a charter school with some of the highest test scores in the region! RIVER ISLANDS TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY—OPEN, THRIVING AND MAKING NEWS! The state-of-the-art River Islands Technology Academy just received kudos from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for far exceeding state standards. As reported in the Manteca Bulletin, he called Academy students “ ‘among the top of California’s 6 million students.’ ”

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Features + Profiles 2016’s WONDER 66 WOMEN  By Nora Heston Tarte

Going beyond their day jobs to volunteer in the community, start new initiatives, and work around the clock to produce more positive outcomes for families, these women are transforming what it means to live in San Joaquin County. These inspirations—stewards of our communities, pillars of our neighborhoods—have earned the title of Wonder Women.

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20 WAYS: GO GREEN TO SAVE GREEN

 By Lindsey Rodrian & Nora Heston Tarte

“Going green” is easy. We did the math… and although the organic strawberries cost nearby double, picking up a few of these simple, easy practices will certainly save you some serious cash. After all, when you choose to live sustainably, you’re choosing to invest in a brighter, environmentally healthy and happy future.

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FACE THE FACTS!

KEEPING IT REAL IN 2016 TRENDING COSMETIC TREATMENTS  By Copper Williams

It’s all about taking charge of your cosmetic care this 2016! But how are you going to tackle some of the toughest decisions about your treatments when there are so many myths and mysteries desperately in need of debunking? Easy. We’ve sorted the facts from the fiction for you. So get your game face on, because here’s your crash course in everything you need to know from head to toe.

THE DELTA:

DON’T LEAVE, PLAY LOCAL  By Nora Heston Tarte

There’s no need to leave the comforts of our happy valley to feel like you’re “getting away.” Instead, grab a jet ski, book a hotel, sleep on a house boat, or just take in the wildlife before heading to shore for fruit picking and historic exploration on the Delta river banks. There’s no shortage of ways to stay and play on the Delta this summer.

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CONTENTS APRIL 2016

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Beauty in Every Brushstroke, Waste Not, From USDA to GMO, Putting the Ultra in UltraBar, Pets at Work, Brew Your Own Beer, & more.

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Let their smiles shine like never before.

PUBLISHER | EDITOR

Tony Zoccoli MANAGING EDITOR

Lindsey Rodrian CREATIVE DIRECTOR

David Martinez EDITORIAL & CREATIVE SECTION EDITORS

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Up Up & Away We debuted our annual Wonder Women edition last April, and knew immediately this special tribute was something we would expand on each year. With such an undeniably vast amount of local, super-hero-esc women here in San Joaquin, I look forward to this feature, and the opportunity to share with our readers this year's selection of wonder women preserving, shaping, rocking and rolling, expanding and improving our community.   The uniqueness of this feature comes from the women it represents. Are they all doctors and lawyers? Big wigs and CEO’s? No, because their impact reaches far beyond the suit they wear to work and the role they play there. Of course, these women all hold exceptional positions at community staple businesses and organizations… But the thing about Wonder Woman is… she was also Army Nurse Diana Prince. In addition to her already honorable career, she went above and beyond as Wonder Woman.   This year’s selection of women work with so many local charities and organizations outside of their job, that we literally couldn’t fit them all on the page. Not only that, but they’re mothers, wives, cancer survivors, marathon runners, and a voice for those in need.    My very own Wonder Woman, my wife Valerie, does everything I could never do, and then some. She raises our three beautiful children, instilling important characteristics, kindness, and respect—with this fun, zestful approach that keeps the kids constantly laughing. She dedicates her life to the success of our Autistic daughter, constantly integrating new teaching tools, challenging her, putting up with tantrums because she knows it’s in for Sabrina’s best interest, fighting to ensure she is able to experience milestone moments like other kids do…like this year's prom and graduation. (GO SISSY!) Val walks, loves on, and cleans up after two dogs larger than her. She cleans up after three messy guys, keeps us fed, and provides us with a totally cool house thanks to her creative refurbishing skills, fresh flowers, and bumping jams. Her energy is something else.    Show your Wonder Woman some extra love this month- and if YOU are your own wonder woman- stand strong in front of the mirror, look yourself straight in the eyes and say- You are beautiful, you are strong, you are loved, you are successful, and you deserve it.

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LAST THOUGHTS April pays tribute to earth day. My managing editor is a

recycle queen and is always marking “Recycle” on bins in the office, digging through waste garbage cans where water bottles are found, and unplugging her lamp when she’s out of the office to save the earth from phantom load. For me, a family of five with four dogs surely produces a lot of waste. How could we not?! Our trash bins are overflowing every single week. I think we’ll have to read Lindsey’s tips on how to consolidate waste. Our May HEALTH & Medical Magazine is breaking out on it’s own. Oh, Medical

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Erin Elizabeth

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When Erin Elizabeth, lifelong Stocktonian and local artist, picks up her brush and preps her canvas, she’s not just getting ready to paint. She’s setting off on

another adventure with an open mind, a palette of vibrant colors, and a world of opportunity at her fingertips. Stroke by stroke, any notion of control over her work diminishes. As she explains, “Each painting has its own personality and message that surprises me every time. The lesson is to let go of expectations and let the paint do its thing. It’s a constant practice of surrender and trust.”

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  This remarkable way of thinking and genuine acceptance for her work has led Erin to create a plethora of unique acrylics aligning her portfolio. From the amazing abstracts of her previous and current years, to the goddess paintings she holds dear, Erin has taken her town by storm, showcasing her incredible affinity for art and the lessons she’s learned far from home. It has also opened a new chapter in her life, through the University Park World Peace Rose Garden (UPWPRG) in Stockton, of which she is now the house artist.

  Erin’s creative passions began at a very "The young age. From piano lessons with her Wisdom mother, to hours hunched over paint-byRose" number designs, her artistic outlets were created for strong. During high school, Erin only took UPWRG. one art course, but it left a permanent impact. “I wouldn’t talk to anyone,” she recalls. “Just in the zone, and loving every minute of it. My art teacher and I both cried a little bit at the end of the year when I graduated. That’s always stayed with me.”    It took leaving California for Erin to truly begin a shift toward her calling. After tackling college and a few careers, the Stockton native studied closely with a few key artists whom solidified her love. “Traveling the world was the best education I could have asked for. I was curious. I wanted to see how the world worked, how people lived. I was [looking] for a purpose outside of myself, and I thought traveling the globe I’d eventually find it. I learned my purpose was within me the whole time.”    The artist returned to Stockton, her very first canvas, and there opportunities bloomed. After discussing a peony painting with world renowned artist Eric Zener, he advised Erin to continue working with flowers. She turned to close friend Meredith Baker for a chance to paint the roses Sandy and Kevin Huber, Meredith’s parents, were

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maintaining as part of their prep for the UPWPRG project, debuting May 2016.   “Several quickly-sold rose paintings later, teamed with a strong demand for more similar paintings via social media, Sandy and I decided to team up and support each other. A portion of each rose painting sale goes to the UPWPRG, and I believe so much in the message of the project. Our collaboration was meant to be.”   Between her Abstract Alchemy classes, showcasing her works with

the UPWPRG, Art Expressions of San Joaquin, and several other galleries, it’s no surprise that Erin is constantly enthralled with her calling. And a little advice for those looking to follow theirs? “Take a leap, it’s worth it. Life is too short to hold back. Honor yourself, your light, your gift...and see what happens.” LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIN: ErinElizabeth.com


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Most people are familiar with the classic slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. But many don’t realize the words creating this phrase are chronologically ordered. Sure, we recycle and we reuse—but do we reduce?   It’s difficult to reduce when living in a

society that supports consumerism. Each day we’re greeted by multiple platforms that insist we need this item, and that item, and this one, too. But when we choose to ignore the talking heads and purchase only true needs, we can afford that family vacation, and we feel more financially stable.   Reduction goes beyond just not buying junk we don’t need, but also being cognizant of the packaging used for our commonly purchased items. Yes, we all need food- but do you really need single servings of yogurt, frozen dinners, snacks, and water? Instead, ditch the small packaging and opt for the big tub of yogurt and a water filtration system. You’ll notice your grocery bill quickly declining!   Buying in bulk or concentrated form is an excellent way to reduce your waste, as it reduces packaging and plastic needs. Similar to foods, “one-time-use” items like cleaning products, laundry detergents, and hand soaps can be bought in concentrated form, eliminating the need to constantly re-buy. Supporting products that use biodegradable packaging is another way to support the cause next time you shop.    As San Joaquin residents, we are provided with an excellent tool in which to reduce- our yard waste curbside bins. These bins not only welcome tree, lawn, and garden clippings but also compost food waste like fruits and vegetables. Purchase a coun38

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tertop compost container and make it a habit to throw banana peels, apple cores, onion peels, and other left over ingredients into your countertop compost bin instead of the trash. You’ll notice that your trash will need emptied less, and will smell better. Once your countertop bin is full, simply empty it into your curbside yard waste bin and viola! You’re making a huge impact with that simple act.    Nationwide, the average person receives an estimated 40 pounds of junk mail per year, made from over 100 million trees. Yes, junk mail can be recycled, but more than four million tons are instead thrown into the garbage and taken to a land fill each

year. Instead of recycling or trashing, go paperless! Almost every bank, credit card, and utility company offers paperless statements and some even give discounts when you make the switch. It’s a quick and easy change that makes a world of difference.   Now that we’ve significantly reduced our waste, we can truly honor the meaning of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:” Reduce what you use first; reuse what you do consume; and when waste is created, recycle if possible.

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The“PRINCESS” OF THE D.O.V.E.S. GUIDANCE PROGRAM, COMFORTING KIDS IN SAN JOAQUIN

Gayle Oxford, owner of the D.O.V.E.S. Guidance Program, provides a little insight on one of her equestrian companions and their very important role—helping children. Q. HOW DID PRINCESS BECOME A PART

OF THE D.O.V.E.S. GUIDANCE PROGRAM?

A. Princess was donated to the D.O.V.E.S. Guidance Program six years ago. She was a retired “Cow Horse” and her owners were moving back east and thought that the trip would be too hard on her because of her age. Q. WHAT DOES PRINCESS SEEM

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A. She loves to be groomed and she loves her treats and pets! Q. HOW DOES PRINCESS GET TO INTERACT

WITH THE KIDS AND FAMILIES THAT COME OUT FOR A VISIT?

A. When her special  child arrives, the child and their volunteer-helper  bring Princess to the barn, where she gets a good grooming from a horse crazy kid and assistance from their volunteer in tacking up for their ride. All the kids go out to the arena where they learn to ride, improve their skills, and play horseback games. Princess is a very willing and gentle partner for her mount! She is patient and gives unconditional love to the kids. Q. ON AVERAGE, HOW MANY KIDS

DOES PRINCESS GET TO INTERACT WITH, PER SEASON?

A. Princess will work with one to three kids two days a week. Because of her age we don’t want to over work her, but the activity she gets keeps her healthy and strong. It gives her a purpose in her senior years.

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PUTTING

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Nathan Flood and Jeremiah Patterson took their personal need for a healthy, good-tasting energy bar to the next level by developing their own recipe as they trained for a 72-mile ultra marathon in Tahoe.

With a focus on both taste and ingredients, their passion project has become a full-blown business venture as they prepare to launch a 50,000 bar order and sell their products in local fitness shops, gyms, Whole Foods, farmers markets, and online.    “Nathan and I both have been into fitness for as long as I can remember,” Jeremiah shares. From playing sports in school to running marathons together after they met post-high school, the duo cares a lot about what they put into their bodies. “It came about because Jeremiah and I were running ultra marathons at

the time,” Nathan says of the power bar venture. For convenience, the roommates (who both hold full-time jobs at Wine & Roses in Lodi) would throw power bars into their bags before setting off on daily 13-30 mile runs. “Most of them tasted terrible and chalky and [were] hard to chew,” he said. So, Nathan went into the kitchen and developed a recipe that would offer the perfect ratio of protein to good fats and carbohydrates, using only whole foods.   In the end, he created a well-balanced bar made from foods like nuts and dates that fit his and Jeremiah’s vegan lifestyle. “We wanted it to be more like a candy bar,”—a vibe the organic, dark Nathan Flood and chocolate coating Jeremiah Patterson helps to achieve— Jeremiah says.   After family and friends assured the best friends that their bars indeed tasted delicious, they decided to test an unbiased market, taking their all-natural, soy-, gluten-, dairy-, and GMO-free Vicia Ultrabars to farmers markets in 2014. At the time, all of their bars were made by hand in a local kitchen.    According to Nathan and Jeremiah, it was a hit. The bar—at just 200 calories—wasn’t solely

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coveted by those who like to be active; others were devouring it as a snack or even a meal replacement. “You don’t have to go run 70 miles for this bar to work,” Nathan says.   After teaming up with Creative Energy Foods (the company that helped launch Cliff Bar), they increased shelf life by removing coconut water from the recipe and maintaining a preservative-free label. All of the ingredients that go into the bars can be left on the counter without going bad. “It’s a completely raw bar,” Nathan says.   In December the team started selling their first production run of 2,000 bars online. So far, feedback has been stellar. “It really fits anyone’s diet and needs,” Nathan says.    As Jeremiah and Nathan wait for their big order to come in (due in stores later this month), they look to the future. The goal is to launch other products— sports drinks, protein powders, and supplements—with the same integrity. “It’s pretty surreal to see where it’s come,” Nathan says.

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FROM

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GMO THE ABC’S OF FOOD LABELS

Though the term “natural” adorns many products these days, the meaning isn’t always clear. According to the FDA, an official, legal definition has not yet been developed. A recent survey by Consumer Reports asked over 1,000

participants what they understood the term to mean, with many believing foods labeled natural are made without artificial ingredients, pesticides, or genetically modified organisms. With you and your family’s health in mind, we researched words commonly slapped on packages found at the grocery, and seals we can trust.

Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Project Verified Created by a non-profit organization committed to preserving the non-GMO food supply and spreading awareness, the Non GMO Project Verified stamp is the real deal. The Non GMO Project Verified Program (PVP) administers the label after an independent, third-party technical administrator evaluates the product and determines it complies with the project’s standards.

USDA Organic We are beginning to see many more of these labels lately, and that’s certainly a good thing. While some misleading products use the word “natural” or “wholesome,” the USDA Organic label can be trusted. Foods sporting this label are held to federal guidelines that monitor soil quality, animal raising practices, weed and pest control, and use of additives.    Produce earns the seal of approval when grown on soil that has had no prohibited substances like synthetic pesticides and fertilizers added three years prior to harvest. And all organic produce is GMO free!   Meat regulations require animals to be raised in an environment that caters to their natural behaviors—like grazing—and fed 100 percent organic forage and feed. The USDA does not allow use of antibiotics or hormones. When it comes to processed foods, the USDA label ensures no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors, and requires all ingredients to be organic and GMO free.

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Certified Gluten Free Administered by The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), the Certified Gluten Free label adorns food assessed by the organization and proven to meet program standards under a contractual agreement. Any foods labeled by the GFCO stamp contain no detectable amounts of wheat, rye, barley, or their natural proteins gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein). If you’re shopping consciously, be on the look out for these seals of approval and be weary of food packaging and even brand names that utilize buzzwords like “all natural” “nature” “healthy” “wholesome” or “made with real fruit”. The entire family can enjoy the benefits and impact of a truly natural, whole, diet—and these organizations are here to help!


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On Saturday January 31st the Butterfly Auxiliary, a group of volunteers dedicated to the support of Hospice of San Joaquin, hosted their Lobster Feed. Attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner, quality time with friends, and of course, endless lobster!

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The Lion’s Club led another crab-filled night of fun at the Presentation Church on February 6th to support local students with scholarship opportunities, propelling them onwards and into college. Guests enjoyed a no host cocktail hour, followed by dinner, dancing and prizes galore.

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“Going green” is easy. We did the math… and although the organic strawberries cost nearby double, picking up a few of these simple, easy practices will certainly save you some serious cash. After all, when you choose to live sustainably, you’re choosing to invest in a brighter, environmentally healthy and happy future.

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BURN LESS FUEL. Swap four wheels for two and reduce household emissions by 6+ percent, save forests from being chopped down to make room for rubber plantations, and help your wallet, too. Ditch your car completely and the car payment goes with it, pay less—or nothing—for parking, stop doling out dollars for public transit, drop the gym membership, and cut www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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GO SOLAR. For a little change upfront, you can cut back on monthly expenses by going solar. Whether for home or for business, BTA Solar in Stockton can outfit your dwelling with panels to scale back on energy bills. Not to mention, California state rebates can add to your savings. Some companies even sell electricity generated by renewables back to the grid. 4639 E. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 464-5478, BtaSolar.com

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KEEP THE HEAT IN. You don’t have to invest in rooftop adornments to save on energy bills. Having a well-insulated home with double pane windows can also lower your monthly expenses. When heat is properly trapped inside, and not seeping out of hidden crevices, it costs less to keep your home at the temperature of your choice. Classic Design Floor to Ceiling in Lodi can assist homeowners in finding these pesky problem areas with solutions thatwon’t break the bank. 2303 S. Stockton St., Lodi (209) 334-4060, ClassicDesignFtc.com

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START COMPOSTING. An estimated one-fourth of landfill waste is actually compostable, which means building your own backyard compost pile has serious upsides for the environment. However, the collection of decayed organic material can help put some in the bank, as well. Grow a robust garden without buying twentygallon bags of fertilizer. Then, cut back on groceries as you reap the benefits of homegrown produce. San Joaquin County Solid Waste Division, 1810 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton (209) 468-3000, SjGov.org

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WASH DISHES SMART. Thinking about personal water use may be more common as California battles a record-breaking drought, but do you ever stop to think just how much it affects your wallet, as well? Skip washing dishes by hand (it dries out your skin anyway!) and use the dishwasher. An energy-efficient machine uses approximately three to five gallons of water; efficient hand washing uses eight. And while an older appliance can guzzle up to 15 gallons, not being a pro skyrockets water usage to 27 gallons for regular hand washing.

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WASH CLOTHES IN COLD WATER. Cold washing clothes not only cuts down on energy use, it’s good for colors. Utility bills will take a hit, and outfits will look brighter than ever. If you’re worried they won’t get clean, don’t fret! Cold water washing has proven an effective technique. Bonus for the environment? Use cold water exclusively and cut 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

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LET THE SUNLIGHT IN. Choosing blinds that let in natural sunlight not only creates an aesthetically appealing, open space, it gives reason to leave the lights off and put aside some dough. Save darkening shades for the bedrooms and make sure to consider direction (north, east, south, west) when installing new window treatments to get the most light out of your investment. Budget Blinds, 7819 Thornton Rd., Stockton (209) 933-9442, BudgetBlinds.com

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MAKE YOUR OWN HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS. Nothing beats a clean home. The countertops are sparkling, the windows are gleaming, and your house smells magical. What many don’t know? The cleaning products commonly used to create such perfection contain toxic chemicals that 2 cups filtered or distilled water can negatively influence air quality within our homes, 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar and have major adverse effects on water quality. Good ¼ cup 70 percent news—inexpensively crafting concentrated rubbing alcohol Costco-worthy batches of A few drops of orange essential oil your own family, animal, and environmentally friendly Mix all ingredients and cleaners is a breeze. All you store in a spray bottle need is a little baking soda, *Go even greener, and use a glass spray bottle! vinegar, and yummy smelly essential oils. When cleaning, spray first on a soft cloth and wipe immediately.

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GROW YOUR PRODUCE. Here in the Central Valley, small time family farming is a no brainer. Though we face an ongoing drought—it’s still cost effective. Include family oriented, fun, inspiring, meditative and rewarding to the list of benefits, and sign yourself up. First timers can always start with transplants—but it’s quite rewarding to begin this venture with a bag of seeds. You’ll want to start preparing needed tools (like a quality batch of organic seeds, seed starting mix (soil) and seedling kit, or green it

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up a notch and use egg cartons) five weeks before the last frost. Dampen and mix your starting soil in a bowl and then fill your pots. Push a pencil ¼ down into the soil, drop two seeds in each pot, and cover with soil mix. Keep your seedlings out of direct light, for about a week, and soon you will see tiny little greens poking through. Get your seedlings in direct sunlight as soon as they show their face, and monitor them closely as they grow, watering frequently (but don’t drench soil!) Till, fertilize, and test the pH of the soil in your outdoor garden before transplanting! Make the move to your garden when plants are over an inch tall.

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UPDATE YOUR LIGHT BULBS. How many San Joaquinians does it take to change a light bulb? Swapping your 60watt incandescent bulbs for lower wattage CFL bulbs (14 watts for same brightness) or LED bulbs (9.5 watts for same brightness) is good for everyone. So how does this equate to savings? Nationally, electricity costs about 11.88 cents per kilowatt-hour. The fewer kilowatts you use, the less you spend.

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TURN EVERYTHING OFF. Another way to gain some green is to turn electronics off altogether. Flip the switch before leaving a room, don’t let the television act as background noise, and unless your pooch insists, cut off the music before jumping in the shower. Turning electronics off when they aren’t actively in use is a surefire way to bank some Benjamins.

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BUY FOR THE LONG TERM. There are some home items just worth the investment. It’s hard to pass up a free, good-looking couch in someone’s driveway but chances are, quickly, the filling will flop, the upholstery will tear, a leg will break off, and it will be headed to the landfill. Though we totally support the secondhand function of reduce, reuse, recycle—it’s not a bad idea to make an upfront investment for an item that will stay in your home for over five years. Yes, it’s a larger initial cost, but you won’t be buying a $400 “new-to-you” couch every two years. Daniger Furniture, 4 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, (209) 368-0107, DanigerFurnitureLodi.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

CONSERVE ENERGY AND THE LIFE AND LOOK OF YOUR CLOTHING. Utilizing a drying rack or a clothesline supports not only the environment and your cash flow, but also the life of your beloved clothes. Avoid the catastrophe of accidently shrinking your daughter’s jeans by simply skipping the dryer! Hanging clothes to dry, either indoors or outdoors, gets the job done in more ways than one.

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SWAP OUT YOUR HAND SOAP. Purchase a re-usable hand soap dispenser that compliments your décor and avoid over-priced plastic dispensers that call for monthly replacement. Take it a step further, and instead of purchasing gallons of hand soap, make your own! Stop by Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition in Lodi for some Certified Fair Trade, USA Organic Pure Castile Soap. Packed with organic oils and natural ingredients, the highly concentrated 32 oz bottle will last what seems to be years. Dilute with water and enjoy scents like lavender and peppermint. Yum. 6 N. School St., Lodi (209) 3684800, Sheris.com

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REPLACE NON-STICK PANS WITH CAST IRON. Today everyone’s taking a deeper look into the preservatives and chemicals found in our food— but what about the tools used to prepare what we consume?

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to ditch your blow dryer—good for you, good for the environment. If you feel you need a blow out to truly style your hair, try to reduce your weekly use.

Teflon, the common substance coating nonstick pans, can release toxic gas at high heat levels. The Environmental Working Group reports heating nonstick pans over 680 degrees releases at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens. Cast iron, first utilized by the Han Dynasty in China and still today reigns among chefs, boasts chemical free cooking, is nonstick, and will add to your iron intake—a vitamin that many people lack in their day-to-day diets.

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CLEAN OUT CLUTTER AND BUY USED. “Reduce, reuse, recycle…” “Someone’s trash is another’s treasure…” We’re all familiar with these sayings but have we experienced their true magic?! With all the consignment stores, and killer estate and garage sales in the Central Valley there is plenty opportunity to sell, trade, and swap your stuff for “new-to-me” items, sure to be packed full of charm. If you simply want to spring clean, consider posting items in your “throw away” section on Facebook. Groups like Buy Sell Trade 209 offer an easy medium in which to recycle!

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AIR-DRY YOUR HAIR. Does your hair feel brittle, dry, and damaged? Do you spend more money then you’d like to admit on products promising a rebirth that will leave your hair looking and feeling smooth, oh, and of course a heat protectant? One natural way to seriously improve the health of your hair is

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SAY GOODBYE TO PLASTIC EVERYTHING. Many are aware of the controversy behind bisphenol-A (aka BPA), the industrial chemical used in plastic productive since the 1960s. BPA was found in everything from water bottles to utensils, dental sealants, and more, before falling under public scrutiny for its potentially harmful effects. In 2012 the FDA banned BPA use in bottles for infants, and many manufacturers began to print “BPA Free” on their boxes and labels. Today, BPA is commonly replaced by BPS (bisphenol S) and now, reports are surfacing that BPS is just as harmful. How do we keep track of FDA reports and new findings? Don’t. Just say no to plastic and instead turn to glass. You can literally find every plastic product you use in glass form—spanning from water bottles and food storage bins to spray bottles, containers, and more.

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DITCH THE BEAUTY PRODUCTS. In recent years both the power and the price tag of beauty products has skyrocketed. Whether you have wrinkles, acne, flat hair, big veins or simply dry skin—there is a product for that, and it likely costs at least 15 dollars and is made with toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group recently published

a study reporting that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many popular products are made with chemicals also used to keep concrete soft and de-grease auto parts, (yuck!) Because our skin is the largest organ in our body—and absorbs lotion, make up, and serum—it also absorbs any toxic chemicals used to form, preserve or create the product. Scary, huh? The easy solution could not be more cost effective or simple. Get rid of all your beauty products—your body wash, lotion, toner, and replace them with the natural products mother earth provides you. Use of coconut oil and shea butter result in silky smooth skin at a fraction of the cost, a spritz of Organic apple cider vinegar clears acne, and oil pulling can whiten your teeth.

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CONTINUE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF. Stay in the know on the newest trends to help cut costs while also shrinking your carbon footprint. Whether it’s buying an innovative appliance, trying a new technique, breaking a bad habit, or taking on an earth-friendly project, there’s always fresh ways to keep the earth green and your wallet full. VISIT STOCKTON’S EARTH DAY CELEBRATION ON SUNDAY APRIL 24 At Victory Park to keep abreast of all things green! LiveGreenSanJoaquin.org

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BY NORA HESTON TARTE PHOTOS DAN HOOD

Women sit in some of the most influential seats in San Joaquin County, with the premiere goal of creating a better place to live for all its residents. Making decisions to help those less fortunate, less connected, less able to help themselves, these members of our communities hold full-time jobs in nonprofits, spanning efforts such as revitalization, youth services, victim support, and more. But the work doesn’t end there.    Going beyond their day jobs to volunteer in the community, start new initiatives, and work around the clock to produce more positive outcomes for families, these women are transforming what it means to live in San Joaquin County. These inspirations—stewards of our communities, pillars of our neighborhoods—have earned the title of Wonder Women. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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FRANCES RICHARDSON JobRedi Foundation, Grant Manager

As the Grant Manager for the JobRedi Foundation, Frances Richardson, 35, serves youth from both San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties by sharing opportunities for education and career advancement. But that isn’t the only way she impacts local youth. While working with the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Frances was introduced to Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC), an organization that changed her life.   It started with a trip to The Lisa Project, a multi-sensory exhibit in Stockton where attendees experience the real world of child abuse through audio narration. “It made me decide to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA),” Frances says. “It got to my heart.” As a CASA, “you become the voice of the child in court,” she explains. While she is involved in many efforts within her community—the Business Education Alliance, Little Free Library Stockton, University of the Pacific Beyond Our Gates Community Council, and the Positive Youth Justice Initiative, to name a few—the majority of her time is dedicated to helping foster youth.

What is one reason you’ve decided to focus on foster youth? “Every child deserves a hero, but a foster child deserves a superhero! No child should ever feel alone, abandoned, neglected, or abused and I want to do my part to improve that.”

FINDING PURPOSE

With high heels and high hopes, Frances along with some friends started the Women Walking in Purpose nonprofit together where she serves as both the vice president and director of operations. Through annual fundraisers, most notably the Princess Tea Party (second annual scheduled for June), the non-profit raises money to help foster youth. Community members can buy tickets to attend the tea party that will later fund a second similar event for foster youth. Disney princesses (members in costume) serve tea and there are other fun activities like sing alongs and face painting. “It was the best experience I ever had,” Frances gushes.

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“All the kids were so excited and so happy.”   Money raised is donated to CASA, the Child Abuse Prevention Council (of which Frances is the bylaws chair), and other nonprofits that benefit foster youth.

DOING MORE

Frances and her sister launched a line called Mommy & Me Clothing that sells matching outfits for families, pets, and even dolls. “The reason we wanted to do that was to promote relationships with mothers and children,” she explains. Part of the proceeds will be donated to pregnancy crisis centers for ultrasound machines to ensure all women in California can receive free sonogram.

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LINDA PHILIPP

Community Foundation of San Joaquin, CEO

The forming of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin (CFSJ) in 2008 (one of the last six counties in California to develop such an organization) has helped the region take steps toward betterment; and Linda Philipp, 61, who came on board in 2011 with a unique set of skills she honed in the hospital fundraising space, is leading the charge.   The foundation, which works on long-term projects building funds for donors and other area nonprofits, allows groups to grow money to reinvest in the community. “Our needs are tremendous in this region, and a community foundation can be part of the answer to solving some of our most difficult problems,” the mother of five says.

NONPROFIT CONNECTIONS

Through CFSJ Linda is connected to other area nonprofits—such as the San Joaquin County Children’s Alliance and local animal shelters— as well a events like the Community Philanthropy Summit (an annual conference co-hosted by CFSJ and the Lodi Community Foundation) and the annual

Why have you stayed in Stockton? “We love this community. It’s very connected and very supportive. Everybody knows about the challenges but people come together to address major concerns… Everybody knows everybody and somebody is connected to somebody else.”

Super Bowl raffle. She has a hand in just about every area of giving, from children to pets to community.

ALWAYS A GIRL SCOUT

One of Linda’s newest endeavors is as a board member of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. “I was a Girl Scout and I had a wonderful experience,” she says. “I really think those kind of experiences are so important for young girls.”   At a February meeting, Linda recalls a fellow scout www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

received her 75-year membership pin. “She led the whole group in a song,” Linda says. “I swear to God I had not sung that song for 50 years and I knew every word.”

FOREVER A POWERCAT

A life-long resident of SJC, Linda is also a proud University of the Pacific (UOP) alum. About 18 months after graduating with a degree in Communication Arts, a former professor, Alan Mikels, suggested a position in the public relations department of Lodi Memorial Hospital. It was here that Linda “found out how rewarding and how fun fundraising was.”    “UOP is near and dear to my heart,” she says. “I went to UOP and I never left.”

OTHER SUPPORTED ORGANIZATIONS: • Cathedral of the Annunciation • Church of the Presentation • Diocese of Reno • Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem • Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton • St. Joseph’s • St. Mary’s Dining Room • UOP Athletics • UOP Women’s Center

Nonprofits are very rewarding… There’s a benefit to it that’s non monetary.

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SUZANNE SCHULTZ

San Joaquin County Family Justice Center, Project Director

Suzanne Schultz’s passion for public service was passed down from her mother, Vi Yip. Suzanne works in the same building her mother worked in for 40 years. “My mother watched the current courthouse be built and completed in 1964, the year I was born. Here I am, the next generation of public servant, working in that same building and I’m watching the next courthouse be built.” Suzanne, 51, says.    Serving as project director of the Family Justice Center, Suzanne and her colleagues are working to create a one-stop-shop for abuse victims—including sufferers of domestic violence child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking. The vision is to bring the outstanding service providers of San Joaquin County together under one roof. When victims of trauma decide they can take no more, they will only need to go to a single location for wrap-around services. The ultimate goal is to break the cycle of generational abuse.

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I’m a passionate public servant.

For years Suzanne’s husband Chuck was a homicide prosecutor. “Some of his cases were domestic violence homicide cases,” she says. Due to limited space in his office, Chuck would bring files and crime photos home to review. “I remember looking at one particular case…and thinking, she’s just an average girl… who fell in love with a bad boy,” Suzanne recalls. That worst-case scenario—the one she saw laid out on her living room floor — helped Suzanne recognize the true danger as she interviewed abuse victims later in her career as Family Crimes Coordinator. “You should never end up on an autopsy table because you picked the wrong person.”    So many times Suzanne has seen victims recant their statements due to fear. She hopes that a onestop shop FJC will allow victims to get the help and support they need, and ultimately follow through with the decision to leave.

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Commissioner on the Lodi Senior Citizen Commission as well as the AseraCare Foundation Board, a local hospice organization.   Suzanne enjoys providing outreach to the community in the areas of dating violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking

What advice would you give to an abuse victim? “Recognize your value as a human being. Don’t let fear, in any form, take such control of your life that you devalue yourself. Be kind to yourself.”

prevention. Recently, she has taken up painting and enjoys the experience of creating something beautiful. She says, “I find painting to be very therapeutic, and the completing of something in 2 hours is euphoric!”   Suzanne has been honored to have previously received the Susan B. Anthony Award in 2009 from the Commission on the Status of Women and the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award from University of the Pacific.


KANDI HOWE

Delta Health Care & Management Services Corp., Administrative Compliance/HR Coordinator

Kandi Howe, 39, is an integral part of a two-person administrative team (with Executive Director Brent Williams) at Delta Health Care. Not only does she handle compliance and HR, Kandi also writes grants to obtain funding for Delta’s health programs—including women’s health, nutrition, teen services, health education, and outreach.    “The two of us dedicated ourselves to saving Delta’s services,” she says of herself and Brent. “We gave everything we had and more to see this through.” Thanks to their efforts, Delta continues to serve a caseload of 14,000 per month through their WIC services, operates school-based health centers at local high schools, and offers breastfeeding support for new mothers.

BOOK BENEFITS

As an avid reader herself, Kandi sees the importance of literacy. “I spent a great deal of time reading as a child,” she says. And that passion, combined with her previous experiences with community youth, led her to help then-Councilmember Moses Zapien launch the award-winning Little Free Library program in Stockton. Part of a national effort—which began in Wisconsin—Stockton has 70 book exchanges suitable for children 0-17, specifically in areas with less access to books. “They were a way to build literacy and community,” she says.

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A couple of years ago, Kandi was involved in the We Can project with The First 50, a program set up with Franklin and Edison High School students in Stockton to expose youth to civic engagement and areas such as finance and urban agriculture. A student of the program suggested painting trashcans. The science behind the idea is that people are more likely to throw away their garbage in brightly colored receptacles. So, the group started taking to the parks on weekends painting all of the trashcans. It ended up being a springboard into other

community volunteer projects. Kandi became a mentor and took on a logistics/ coordinator role with the program. “It’s incredibly meaningful,” Kandi says. “When you’re around that you can’t help but be lifted up.”

AVID VOLUNTEER

Kandi gives her time to many downtown events. She is part of the SJC Pride Center Festival Commit-

Why have you become so focused on community art projects? “I think I’ve always leaned toward the creative… the more you tap into that, the more it changes your perspective…. That is what will ultimately change our community.”

tee, the Channel Brewing Community Circle, and supports Goodstock Productions events. She also joins local youth and Reinvent South Stockton on the weekends to cover vandalism in the community, using the same creative-driven approach established with the garbage can project years ago (and the little free libraries community kids helped to paint).

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AMBER SAUNDERS Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, Executive Director

Amber Saunders, 34, found her passion in high school while she participated in an after-school Junior ROTC Care program that focused on community outreach. The leader of her group was a foster youth. “At the time I decided I wanted to advocate for children,” she says. At the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, Amber does just that. The nonprofit, which is focused on filling care gaps for foster youth in the community, works to create better outcomes for children with rough roots, and ensure they never feel alone.

A CAREER SWITCH

After receiving her bachelor’s in child development from California State University, Stanislaus and a law degree from Laurence Drivon School of Law in Stockton, Amber began working with an attorney, but wasn’t happy. So, when an executive director position opened up at Mary Graham, she jumped

Does your law degree still come in handy? “Yes and no. I think the biggest part is it taught me how to research anything I want to know.”

at the opportunity. “I poured wine as a volunteer [in college] and now I’m actually running the foundation, which is amazing,” she says.

A 24/7 POSITION

When Amber isn’t in the office, she’s still on call. The main line is forwarded to her cell phone so she can help youth any time, day or night. “We want them to know that somebody does care about them,” she says. “They’re victims, not criminals.”    This round-the-clock care is especially important for foster youth who have been pulled from their homes by 72

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FAMILY INFLUENCE

Amber’s grandparents played a significant role in her career path, being advocates for youth themselves. “When they were involved in activities… I was always included in it so it showed me what the community really needs,” she says. “You can’t expect everybody else to do it, you have to step up and do it yourself.”    And while their efforts cover more than just youth services, Amber’s grandparents instilled very important values into her about kids. Children, after all, are our future.

OUTSIDE EFFORTS

   In addition to her fulltime job, where Amber admits— as the only main employee—her role is all-inclusive; she is also a sentinel for the Stockton Police, serves on the Family Justice Center planning committee, and volunteers for the United Way.

I can see the difference in having a family that loves you and one that doesn’t.

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DENISE JEFFERSON Stockton is Magnificent, President

When Forbes Magazine published its 2011 list of America’s Most Miserable Cities, Stockton ranked number one. Denise Jefferson, 61, along with other residents, just didn’t agree. They didn’t want the ranking to tarnish their beloved city’s outward appearance to the rest of the U.S., or—more importantly—internal feelings. In response, the Stockton is Magnificent event (in its fifth year) was born and has morphed into a nonprofit organization with Denise at the helm. She keeps a hand in all of the organization’s efforts, which include supporting the arts, reaching local youth, and providing support to low-income communities. “We need to improve our image to our own residents first,” Denise says. “How can we expect the outside to see us as great if the inside doesn’t see us that way?”

THE YOUTH FACTOR

While working for Miracle Mile, Denise met regularly with six teenagers on local clean-up projects. During

How does the annual event support Stockton revitalization? “Pretty much we provide a free booth space for any business that is offering a positive service for the community… We try to support any of the organizations in the community that are fighting to make Stockton a better place… It’s pretty all encompassing.”

an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), the disconnect between Stockton’s youth and its history was brought up. The group of six admitted they had never been to City Hall, thought the Stockton Port was simply a baseball team, and had never visited the Haggin Museum.    “I think it needs to start with the kids,” Jefferson says. “And that’s why we have our outreach to the elementary schools,”—a program designed to teach Stockton history to kids in the community. As part of that lesson, Jefferson pays special attention to the famous faces that have www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

come out of Stockton— like Jose M. Hernandez (astronaut) and Alex Spanos (businessman). “These kids need to know that they can have the dream of becoming someone important in the world.”

GEARING UP FOR GOOD

After undergoing a lengthy round of chemo almost two years ago, the Stockton native aims to become even move active. “I try to be involved in as many organizations as I can,” she says. In the past, she’s served on the Tidewater Art Gallery (now Art Expressions) Board of Directors, acted as director of the Miracle Mile Improvement District, and held the Development Director title for United Cerebral Palsy and Child Abuse Prevention Council. So, what’s next? Working on the Stockton revitalization efforts and Save the Delta for starters. “I have to do it slowly,” she admits. “I’m getting back up to speed.”

I grew up here, went to school here, —graduated from Delta Community College and University of the Pacific—and I love the community.

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What is some advice that has stuck with you? “My grandfather once told me, when I thought I wanted to be an international journalist, ‘Before you change the world, change your country, before you help your country help your state, before you help your state help your city, before you help your city, help your community and most importantly before you help anyone or do anything help your family and your self.’”

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MEREDITH BAKER

Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin County, Development Director

In 2011, Robina Ashgar, the Executive Director of CPFSJ, offered Meredith Baker, 27, an internship. “She told me to ‘go find what is missing’” Meredith remembers.    “I researched, talked to every person from the city-countystate level and I discovered that what SJC was really lacking was a vehicle to create positive change in at-risk historically disadvantaged youth,” she says. So with funding from Sierra Health Foundation for the Positive Youth Justice Initiative, the CPFSJ youth team got started.

ONGOING EFFORTS

Meredith helped establish youth programming services at CPFSJ that address the root causes of violence and generational poverty while giving purpose to disadvantaged youth, but she and her team strive to help kids by helping their families, as well. “Kids don’t grow in incubators. They go home, or to a friend’s house, or to the street. We can’t help them without helping and addressing the needs of their family.” To achieve this, in her roll as Development Director, Meredith is focused on policy work, revitalizing neighborhoods and working toward violence prevention.

DEEP ROOTS

Meredith and her husband are both sixth generation residents of SJC (my husband is 6th generation Sacramento County—but farming family), and aside from college, she’s never left. Meredith credits her family with pushing her to think about change and the ways she can make an impact in her own backyard. “I grew up being actively challenged by my family to think about solutions and to go beyond talking to implementing real transformative change,” she says.

Peace Garden, the ninth “World Rose Peace Garden” in the world—a free, public garden—in Stockton. The theme, “Peace Through Non Violence,” is a mission Meredith holds near and dear, and one that is echoed in her work at CPFSJ. This specific project merges many of Meredith’s passions from family, farming, and water to community beautification and early childhood literacy (the latter of which comes from a partnership with area schools to incorporate International Poetry of Peace words into the garden).   The grand opening will take place April 21, after more than 220 roses are planted.

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Meredith was recently invited to join the American Leadership Forum, a non-profit organization that joins established community leaders for public good, and will begin her newest journey in June. As an avid runner, she also hopes to start a fundraising run for CPFSJ.

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MAYWELL L. INONG DDS 4568 Feather River Dr,, Suite E, Stockton (209) 477-9105, InongDental.com

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Angela Karp was born and raised in Stockton, Ca. In 2011, she decided to combine her love for fashion and a passion to start her own business, and opened Sassy Pants Children’s Boutique in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. Sassy Pants is a children’s clothing and accessories boutique that features items that range from up and coming local designers, to amazing European couture. Growing up at her family’s owned and operated trucking company, she learned the importance of a strong work ethic. This is something she hopes to pass down to her children, as they grow up helping and contributing to Sassy Pants.

Dr. Maywell Inong is a Stockton native and graduate of the University of the Pacific. She opened her dental practice in 1999. Over the years she has become known as a leading dentist within the Stockton area. Dr. Inong went into dentistry with an earnest desire to partner with her patients to help them pursue a lifetime of optimal dental health. Towards this goal, she has been a leader in the field of dentistry by always endeavoring to become certified in the latest medical technology breakthroughs and surgical techniques that she feels can ensure better treatment success for her patients. As an example, Dr. Inong is the only dentist

within 100 miles of the Stockton area that is an experienced practitioner in the use of Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST) to treat gum recession by eliminating the need for painful gum grafts and long months of healing times that were seen in the past. Treatment recovery times for this new procedure have been reduced to just days with minor to no pain at all. Though she has been given many opportunities over the years to expand her practice to multiple offices, she has decided that by having just one location with her as the sole dentist on staff, it is the best way to maintain a personal relationship with her patients to attend properly to treating their individual health needs.


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ALTER CUSTOM HAIR DESIGN 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Ste. 12 Stockton, (209) 451-3280 AlterHairDesign.com

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Ann Staley, owner, has over 16 years of experience behind the chair and a passion for hair. With ambition and dedication to the industry and her clients, she opened Alter a year ago. She is an amazing colorist, haircutter, and bridal stylist. Megan Harvey has been a hairstylist for 14 years and part of the TIGI Education Team for three, focusing on haircutting and product knowledge. Hair color is also a specialty, as well as her sense of humor. Victoria Pena has been a stylist for 13 years. She has an edge for on-trend and classic hair coloring techniques and is a talented make up artist. Contact her for all of your bridal party needs. Nicki Breedlove is upbeat positive and ready for anything! She is a 10 year salon veteran who loves to create the very best custom color and cut with her clients. With over 20 years in the industry, Cristy Yoke is an

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KATHLEEN JENNISON Certified Interior Designer

KTJ DESIGN CO. Allied ASID, IIDA Associate, CID#6701, CSLB#944304

117 W. Harding Way, Stockton (209) 915-0442, KathleenJennison.com

Certified Interior Designer, Kathleen Jennison, specializes in home interior design and works with creative, edgy, and stylish new homeowners who want to create spaces that are show-stoppingly beautiful, functional, and unique. Whether you’re looking to rebuild, remodel or redesign, Kathleen Jennison and her team can take your big vision and turn it into a unique-to-you home you (and your friends) will love. In three short years of opening her boutique design studio in Stockton she has grown into a six figure business with a Senior Designer and Design Assistant on staff. In the last year, unique marketing efforts, a consistent branding message, and persistent relationship building has doubled her client base and earned her studio the reputation for being a premier designer in Central California. An award winning designer, Jenison has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and Business Administration. She is also a General Contractor. She serves as President of the American Society of Interior Designers, California

Central/Nevada and Director of Marketing for National Association of Remodelers, Greater Sacramento.

CASEY MEANS & JAN PETERSEN Owners

LOVELY GIRL MOBILE BOUTIQUE (209)483-8910, (209) 481-1447 LovelyGirlMobileBoutique@yahoo.com

Mother and daughter team Casey Means and Jan Petersen made their dream a reality when they opened Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique in April 2014. While watching the news one evening, Casey saw the idea of mobile businesses back east, and thought a fashion truck would be a great addition to the Lodi area. A year after her daughter, Emma, was born—Lovely Girl opened its rolling door. Inside Lovely Girl you’ll find ladies fashions and accessories sizes S-3X, as well as jewelry,

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purses, hats, scarves, and much more. Lovely Girl will come to your home, office, or special event for two hours and the hostess receives 25 percent off their purchase. There is no cost to book Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique, but they ask that there is a minimum of seven people. To inquire with Lovely Girl about a booking, you can contact them via email at lovelygirlmobileboutique@ yahoo.com or phone at (209)483-8910. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Janice G. Scott DDS moved to Stockton, CA in 1986, a graduate of Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. In 1996 Dr. Janice Scott spearheaded building a state of the art dental complex in the Brookside area, where she now has her practice, Deer Park Dental, in the Brookside Professional Center.  She enjoys the professional camaraderie with 4 specialty groups giving her patients a place where their dental needs can be conveniently served with quality professionals. Dr. Janice Scott’s passion is to help her patients achieve  their dreams and  desires for  their

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Leticia Robles, President of Pacific Homecare Services, understands that allowing a stranger to care for your loved one can be a very difficult decision. After witnessing both providers and clients alike express frustration towards this process, she became passionate about creating a better overall experience. Shortly thereafter, she founded Pacific Homecare Services.    Her commitment and love for her husband Jorge and two daughters, Sofia and Emma resonate in the way she leads her company. Leticia holds her parents responsible for providing her unconditional support and value-driven lessons that have afforded her the opportunities she embraces today.

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JACQUELINE & BRITTANY DAVIS Owners

Jacqueline Davis was raised in lovely Lodi. With the encouragement from her husband Tom, Jacqueline pursued her dream of opening her own business in the city she loved. Perfect Balance opened its doors in August 1988 with the goal of helping others realize their natural beauty and find confidence in themselves. Jacqueline’s daughter, Brittany, was appointed General Manager in 2011 assuming the position of leadership among the staff and head of innovation for Perfect Balance’s future. Together the dynamic Davis duo inspire their growing staff to constantly

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push the limits of excellence in customer service and set the standard in spa and salon services. As they approach 30 years in business, Perfect Balance has recently expanded their business by adding on an additional building housing their Spa Division deservingly named ‘The Hideaway’. Serving as a place for clients to escape from the world around them, relax in a tranquil atmosphere and amazing services; The Hideaway is complete with a Tranquility Room, Hot Tub and Wine Barrel Sauna and 6 new treatment rooms.


RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH Pediatric Dentist

2160 W. Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 RaziPediatricDentist.com Facebook.com/RaziPediatricDentist.com

Dr. Rafat Razi has many accomplishments as today’s woman in business. She is the owner of her practice, specializing in Pediatric Dentistry, in a beautiful state-of-the-art office in Tracy. She graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center in upstate New York. Furthermore, she served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. Throughout her education, training and faculty position, Dr. Razi has researched many dental topics, and has publications in scientific journals. Her expertise in her specialty is over fifteen years. Dr. Razi, a wife and mother of two children, balances her home life with her growing practice. “Our team is well-trained to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents in a caring, nurturing environment. Our office uses the latest dental materials, nitrous

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ERIKA VALADEZ

SIR GAUUAN’S SUPERHAIR INC 1209 W. March Lane, Stockton

We here at Sir Gauuan’s Salon have a passion for beauty and keeping up with “what’s in”. That’s what we do! We are a full service salon offering custom color, innovative precision haircuts, keratin smoothing treatment, waxing and so much more. We are committed to giving our guests the most exceptional experience possible. Not only are we a full service salon, we have one of the most extensive beauty supply location in town, offering you products like Enjoy, Morroccanoil, Joico, Pureology, Matrix... and that’s just the beginning. A half-century later and we are still the Central Valley’s go-to destination for hair care needs! We are open 7 days a week, open to the public and we are here to serve our guests every day with the best possible service. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Excited and joyous come to mind with regards to how I truly feel about Theadora Boutique’s meaning and purpose for all the great women who shop with us. Theadora takes great pride in providing a wide selection of fashion forward clothing and classic intimates to suit a wide range of age groups.   Since purchasing Theadora almost 2 years ago and with the addition of mastectomy products and specializing in bra fittings with bra sizes 28-44 band A-I cup, we have been able to provide virtually a one stop shop for all your clothing and intimate apparel needs. The fusion of fashion and undergarments in one boutique makes sense on so many levels. Feeling comfortable, supportive and yes…sexy in your intimates translates to looking great on the outside. In some cases a bra can be the difference between having a crummy day filled with adjusting and tugging or having a stress free, looking 5 pounds lighter day. I encourage all our Theadora Lovelies out there to take time to stop by to see what we have and how we can help you feel and look your best.

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Remember the clothes don’t wear you…..you wear the clothes. Fashion is individual and unique as it relates to you and only you so wear it well!

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Kay Claxton is “French at Heart”. With a heritage that includes a maiden name that is famous for a fine French Champagne, it is no wonder that she brings such passion to the art of gift giving. Walking into French at Heart, one gets the feeling of walking into her home. The small boutique exudes a warm and eclectic vibe. The space is filled with hand selected treasures including antiques, specialty body products, locally hand crafted jewelry and art, and gardener friendly products. Paring old and new to provide unique one of a kind personal gifts & body care is Kay’s passion. 82

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Natasha was born and raised in Stockton. She has worked for Robert Irwin, CPA since graduating from CSU Stanislaus. She also has her Esthetician License. Her journey with Nerium began February 2015 after she tried the product and had amazing results. Her time with Nerium has proven to be very successful. Earning extra income in her spare time. Juanita was born and raised in Lodi California. In October 2015 at a nail salon Juanita entered to get a pedicure. There she was r thinking to herself how she could be her own boss? Staring up at the glass chandelier, when going to pay at the front counter she answered her own question it was Nerium. This Hispanic business women wanted to be her own boss and has a lot of motivation. She wanted to be part of this amazing company. This was her opportunity to ride on the high roller coaster to achieve her goals in business.

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THE MAKE-UP & SKINCARE STUDIO 101 S. School St., Lodi (Inside Texture Salon) (209) 426-6444 TheMakeupStudio.biz

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Aimee has been in the esthetics industry for 15 years. Most of those years have been spent enjoying practicing as a single esthetician serving her clients. As Aimee’s business grew she saw the need to expand to better serve her clients. The Make-up & Skin Care Studio opened 5 years ago and along with it, Aimee brought on her manager, Teresa. The studio offers a wide range of services: facials, peels, waxing, microdermabrasion, make-up, and Lash extensions. We are committed to educating our clients on effective ways to achieve a healthy & beautiful look through our professional and clinically proven products.

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Salon Sirah SALON SIRAH 2401 W. Turner Rd. #390 Lodi, (209) 334-1133

The salon, originally known as Chez Carey, opened in 1987. Iva and Jane worked as part of the Chez Carey team for many years before purchasing the salon in 2009, renaming it Salon Sirah. Salon Sirah offers 19 talented stylists, one of which is a barber stylist. We also offer full nail care service, makeup application, and massage therapy. Our stylists and co-workers take their craft very seriously and are well educated in their field, from colors of all types, great hair  cuts, hair restructuring, hair extensions,  and special occasion styling. We love our clients of all ages and welcome then into our relaxed, clean, and caring environment.

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Face the facts! KEEPING IT REAL IN 2016 TRENDING COSMETIC TREATMENTS

BY COPPER WILLIAMS

It’s all about taking charge of your cosmetic care this 2016! But how are you going to tackle some of the toughest decisions about your treatments when there are so many myths and mysteries desperately in need of debunking?    Easy. We’ve sorted the facts from the fiction for you. That’s right, my soon-to-be-pampered elite! We want you to rest well come treatment time, knowing that you’ve made the right choice for your body. So get your game face on, because here’s your crash course in everything you need to know from head to toe.

Chemical Peels vary depending on your own personal needs. The type of chemical peel you require depends entirely on your skin. And because peels can extend to certain epidermal layers, you’ll want the one that best serves the function you’re looking for.    If you need to get rid of a few fine lines you’ll want a light peel. This skin-tingling treatment normally lasts for 15 minutes before the solution is rinsed off and you’re on your way.   Medium peels dip a little deeper into your 86

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skin and are perfect for treating acne scars, improving overall skin texture, and pigmentation. A good weekend treatment; you’ll be swollen for a few days following!   Sun damaged skin and severe wrinkles are best treated with a deep chemical peel. This treatment can produce dramatic, long-lasting results, but comes with a much longer recovery time. Prepare for temporary swelling, peeling, discoloration, and scabbing that can last for weeks.

Our Glycolic Peels resurface & clarify skin texture, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, assist in resolving acne, and reduce the appearance of discoloration -Aimee Pennington, The Make-up & Skin Care Studio

There is no “cure-all” for acne scaring and wrinkles.

U n f o r t u n a t e l y, nothing is available to remove every little nick and bump we have ailing our beautiful skin, but Dermabrasion is an amazing way to shave down the true eyesores plaguing our lovely looks. This treatment actually shaves off a few top layers of skin, minimizing the appearance of deep acne scars, facial lines, and scarring from accidents.


Dermapen / Micro-Needling works to reverse wrinkles and improve skin texture. Trust us when we say the prick of these micro needles won’t make you frown! The Dermapen is positively perfect for puncturing the outer layers of your skin just enough to stimulate your body into producing collagen, thus keeping your face wrinkle-free and fresh! It’s practically painless and requires very little downtime. Expect to stay pink for the next few hours after your procedure, but prepare for radiant skin with less creases, an even pigmentation, and better texture.

Microneedling can be performed on any skin type without the risks of lasers or peels. - Kimberly Cockerham, M.D., F.A.C.S.,

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There’s really no difference between injectables like Botox and fillers. Although Botox and fillers are both injected into your face, these products work very differently. Botox blocks nerve signals and prevents them from reaching muscles in the injected area. This, in turn, keeps the muscles relaxed and, over time, the wrinkles caused by your furrowing brow diminish.    Fillers work just as the name suggests and are often used with Botox. A filler like hyaluronic acid, also known as Juvederm and Perlane, is used to add volume to creases and deep lines in the skin, thereby removing them. A full face is a youthful face!

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There is no sure-fire way to permanently shrink your pores. No one likes it when their pores take center stage on a selfie, but don’t kid yourself if you think there’s a way to make them disappear forever. Take comfort in knowing that procedures are out there to temporarily minimize their appearance!    Chemical peels work to remove the top layers of skin that have taken a beating. These peels remove damage around the pores and potential debris trapped inside. By keeping the pores clear they aren’t as noticeable.    Laser skin resurfacing can pinpoint the areas that need the most work with powerful beams of light, prompting the body to produce a new layer of skin. This treatment is perfect for centralizing an attack on areas around the nose where pores can get blocked up by oil and dirt.

Laser skin resurfacing complements surgery by enhancing the appearance of the skin that remains. -Kimberly Cockerham, M.D., F.A.C.S.

When it comes to facelifts, one lift fits all.

You definitely need to face the facts on this one! Facelifts all depend upon the areas of your lovely epidermis you’re trying to contour. A traditional facelift focuses on your lower face and neck with incisions hidden along your hairline. Underlying fat and muscle are adjusted to give your face the boost it needs to look years younger while excess skin is trimmed away. This lift is typically paired with a brow lift and eyelid surgery.   A minilift works well for younger people needing only a little skin tightening to fix looseness and light wrinkling. It’s also useful for redistributing fat to add volume to shallowing areas in the face, providing a fuller, more youthful appearance.    A neck lift is useful for those accumulating fat and loose skin around their neck. With a similar incision to the minilift, the procedure fixes sagging jowls and tightens skin overall along the jawline.

Wrinkles and creases in the facial skin can be smoothed with a facelift. -Thomas McNemar, M.D., F.A.C.S., McNemar Cosmetic Surgery

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Removing unsightly varicose veins can not only make you look good, but help improve blood flow!

Va r i c o s e veins, those plump little eyesores roving up and down your lovely legs, usually due to a faulty vein valve, definitely need to go! And when they do, the larger veins that were meant to do all the hard work for proper blood circulation will be able to take up the slack that those tiny ones couldn’t! There are a number of treatments available to remove veins and all require very little down time depending upon the level of treatment. Ambulatory Phlebectomy treats larger veins with tiny punctures in the skin under local anesthetic, pulling the vein directly from the leg. Endovenous Laser Ablation heats up the vein and allows it to dissolve back into the body.

Endovenous Laser Ablation is the treatment of choice for large veins. It is a painless, outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia in an office setting - Stephanie M. Dentoni, M.D., California Vein & Vascular Institute


Facial moisturizers are more than enough to remove wrinkles.

Any skin care regimen begins with a thorough investigation of your skin.

If only the miracle to removing wrinkles really did come in a bottle! Alas, many moisturizers stacked on the shelves claim they can cure our creasing brow, but moisturizers normally manage to plump up our skin for a few hours before letting it fall back into line-etched disarray.    If you’re really looking to kick your wrinkles your best bet is to look for a chemical peel for your skin type, check into the best filler for your oh-so-fine lines or try laser treatments and micro needling on for size. Facials performed once a month help to lock in moisture and diminish visible creases, keeping skin silky smooth.

When you come in for a facial, peel, or any treatment, it should always begin with an assessment on the general area to be treated. This means talking with your specialist about what your skin’s general reactions are to certain products, if it’s too oily or dry, and so on. This process ensures that only the best treatments are used in order to prevent a breakout or allergic reaction during or after your skin care regimen.

After reviewing the clients skin consultation form they will be given an overview of the services we provide and which one we would recommend. -Teresa Georguson, The Make-up & Skin Care Studio

Breast augmentation and a breast lift are two very different procedures.

Although very different, these two procedures are often performed in conjunction. Breast augmentation utilizes implants to resize and shape your breasts, allowing you to increase your bust size or correct an imbalance between the two breasts.    A breast lift works to correct any sagging you experience as you age. This process tightens your skin and raises your breasts back up to a higher and natural looking position on your chest, returning perk and firmness.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is commonly recommended in addition to augmentation to create a more youthful contour as well as enhanced size. - Thomas McNemar, M.D., F.A.C.S., McNemar Cosmetic Surgery

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Laser treatments can cause more harm than good.

A statement that couldn’t be further from the truth! Although any cosmetic procedure carries its weight in risks, laser treatments were created to be as minimally invasive as possible while achieving incredible results.   Photofacials and Intense Pulsed Light procedures are perfect for removing sun damage and discoloration with no down time. Laser vein removal is a popular treatment for those with facial spider veins. Laser facial resurfacing is a procedure whose intensity is based around your needs. It removes the upper layers of your skin to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and pigment discoloration.

Facials performed at home work just as well as any treatment at the spa Sure, we all love to save money. And, honestly, who wouldn’t want to enjoy their treatment from the comforts of their couch? But the truth is that you and I can’t treat ourselves like a trained expert can. The staff at your favorite spas and studios has studied the best approaches to different skin types and can assess what will work well for your current The most important preparation [for a facial] is the ailments. Getting ready for a big date? Your specialist will suggest initial cleansing and skin analysis to determine the best something that will have your treatment for [the client]. – Laila Arian, Laila’s Spa skin glowing for days, and not in the sunburned kind of way!

Photofacials have to be done once a month for four to six sessions to see the results. -Candy Wilson, Milo Medical

Mommy Makeovers come in all-ornothing deals and require multiple surgeries.

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HELP US PREVENT

MOSQUITOES! • Dump and drain any standing water. • When outdoors, use EPA registered repellents like DEET, Picaridin or IR3535. Aedes aegypti (a.k.a. Yellow Fever Mosquito)

• Make sure windows and doors have tight fitting screens.

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• Call the District for mosquitofish used in water troughs, neglected pools and water features.

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• Report neglected swimming pools • Daytime biting mosquitoes

(There are daytime biting mosquitoes in San Joaquin County already. The District is working to prevent two new invasive daytime biting species from becoming established. These invasive mosquitoes are depicted above.)

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ince 2009, Kathleen Jennison has shared her passion as a premier designer in the Central Valley and East Bay Area. In 2012 she decided to focus her talents in Stockton, where she opened her diverse, beautiful, workshop bursting with elements clients are able to touch, feel, and experience. This aspect is important to Jennison, as she strives to capture the individual vision and vibe of each client.   Working with Kathleen and KTJ Design Co. means a host of benefits- ranging from access to exclusive trade resources and trusted vendors, manufacturers, and tradesmen- to the peace and security felt when working with a seasoned, experienced, and creative designer. Taking the first step toward your dream space is as simple as scheduling a “Chapter One Session.” During this initial meeting, Kathleen brings brochures, catalogs, and color decks to inspire your brainstorming and planning. “We roll up our sleeves and dig deep into what you are trying to accomplish in your home,” she adds.   Next, watch your vision come to life as Kathleen creates custom space plans, renderings, mood boards, shopping lists, and construction documents. “You know exactly how your project will look when it is done. You know exactly what you are going to purchase and that it will all fit together perfectly,” she explains. Kathleen and her expert team guide the project from conception to completion, to which she says, “We will procure it, store it, deliver it, and install it. By golly, it’s a “done for you” design!”

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omeowner dreams come true with help from the Sereno Group and its team of passionate, dedicated real estate agents and brokers. The boutique agency offers a personal experience, boasting unprecedented knowledge of the local market and community within Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz Coastal areas.    If purchasing a second property or moving to the coast is on your bucket list, John Ultsch is your man. Hailing from Santa Cruz and raised by a family of contractors, builders, realtors, and escrow professionals, John followed in his mother’s footsteps after serving 28 years as a firefighter and paramedic. With a clear vision and complete understanding of customer service, John seamlessly transferred his talents as he entered the real estate world. “Building relationships and understanding my clients’ needs is where I believe any successful realtor/client relationship begins.”    As a family man and Santa Cruz resident, John has personal experience living within the communities he represents and feels blessed and fortunate to raise his two boys in Santa Cruz County. His appreciation for the area, teamed with lifelong service experience strongly supports his passion: to help people obtain their dream of home ownership. FOR MORE INFORMATION: JOHN ULTSCH, SERENO GROUP, (831) 359-8501, JohnUltsch.com, CalBRE 01858587

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reen Man Materials is the cultivation of Stockton residents Eric and Beth Horton’s dream. With 25 years spent working in their yard and hunting down the perfect materials to craft their ideal outdoor living space, the couple set out on a business venture in hopes of helping others easily achieve their outdoor oasis. The locally owned and operated business is a one-stop-shop for personalized and professional landscape materials, landscapers and contractors, and access to products from California and throughout the United States. From gravel, bark, sand, and mulch to boulders, concrete, planters, pots, statues, and EasyTurf synthetic grass—they have what you need.    Their friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready and waiting to consult your next project, and happily welcomes custom orders of specialty blocks, pavers, and stabilization products. Need a shovel, trowel or wheelbarrow? Simply stop in and view their selection of hand tools and PVC fittings. Need your purchase delivered? They’ve got that covered, too. Visit Green Man Materials to begin building your outdoor living space, just in time for summer!

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ith over 120 years of experience beneath their belt, you can bet that Henderson Bros., still a family owned and operated business since 1896, has what it takes to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, regardless of the make or model of your HVAC system. Call on Henderson Bros for any scheduled service checks or equipment installation for a fast and thorough job well done. Any heating or cooling system on the fritz is their specialty for a timely fix.    Inquiring on a plumbing problem? You’ve come to the right place! Henderson Bros is happy to make any clogging complication a thing of the past. Their trained technicians specialize in a variety of home plumbing including sinks, water and sewer lines, tankless water heaters, bathtubs, garbage disposals and more. Contact their plumbing emergency line for any major malfunction requiring immediate assistance. Licensed and insured to care for your needs, call on Henderson Bros for all your air conditioning, heating and plumbing dilemmas and let them put the comfort back into your home! FOR MORE INFORMATION: 217 S. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 369-3671, HendersonsLodi.com

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hen it comes to summer, our region experiences some of the brightest! And SC Construction, the premier patio builder of the San Joaquin Valley and beyond, wants to ensure that each one is enjoyed by your family to the fullest! Family owned and operated, SC Construction works with you to design the best fit for your home and budget.    Lattices create perfect amounts of shade without losing the breeze, while high-quality patio covers offer options for insulation and ceiling fans. Select the best of both with the equinox cover, giving you full control over how much sunshine filters through your cover. Patio enclosures and sun rooms provide picturesque views of your backyard with plenty of natural lighting. And if you’re looking for the ultimate in outdoor comfort, select Life Room. This enclosure boasts remote controlled screens, making any wall a window of opportunity into your backyard. At night, enjoy LED mood lighting to set the tone of the evening. Life Room’s Soft Breeze technology will keep things cool- up to 40 degrees! Keep your home looking and feeling as chill as you’d like by giving SC Construction a call today for a free estimate!

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happy, healthy home goes beyond beautiful décor and comfy lounge chairs. As you prepare your home for a stellar summer, be cognizant of the critters inhabiting your space, the dangers they possess, and why they are there. San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district formed pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code, works to manage mosquito populations in an effort to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne

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virus transmission in our community, enhancing public health and quality of life for all. With summer just around the corner, most are gearing up for summer fun, investing in grills, swings, and outdoor entertainment. Just as important as the bells and whistles, is the overall safety of your outdoor area. The first step toward summer preparation is the removal of all standing water. Whether it’s old toys, tires, or buckets—if it can hold water, it’s got to be emptied and moved to prevent mosquito development. Mosquitoes will develop in as little as a plastic bottle cap of water. Different species prefer dirty water, some clean water, and others in water that collects in tree holes. Next, block ‘em out! Check all windows to ensure your screens

are in place and tight, and never leave windows or doors without screens open. If you have a pond or water fixture, considering inviting some mosquitofish into the mix—a fresh water fish known for consuming large quantities of insect larvae. And of course, wear repellents that are EPA registered, such as DEET. If you’re facing mosquito problems or daytime biting mosquitoes, call the District , they’re here to help!

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The sun is shining, the water level is rising and you’re itching to get outdoors. Spring is finally upon us and as the rain gives way to clear skies, the nearby Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta offers the perfect escape on home turf. There’s no need to leave the comforts of our happy valley to feel like you’re “getting away.” Instead, grab a jet ski, book a hotel, sleep on a house boat, or just take in the wildlife before heading to shore for fruit picking and historic exploration on the Delta river banks. There’s no shortage of ways to stay and play on the Delta this summer.

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   Just about every water sport has a place on the Delta, where beginners and professionals gather to hone their skills in areas like jet skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and more.    If you try any water sport this season, make it windsurfing—a sailing/surfing hybrid that has been regaining popularity after a steep fall in the mid-90s. Whether you’re already an enthusiast, or are modestly contemplating giving windsurfing a go, the Delta is the place to do it. Hailed as one of the best windsurfing destinations in California, the thermal breezes create ideal swell and chop for the sport. Sherman Island, located in the Delta, offers several launches for windsurfing and plenty of room for tricks and jumps just 200-feet offshore. Windsurfing’s younger brother kiteboarding also fairs well here, and both garner riders the sought-after thrill of turned-up water sports 104

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Wakeboarding Sherman Island

to glimpse the cool turns and high jumps the water sport promoters stage, the BWSC is rich with social opportunities as well as community driven efforts (like the Learn to Ski week for disadvantaged youth).    Looking for something a little more recreational? Rent a boat— really any kind of boat—and head out yourself. Adrenaline seekers can pick up a ride at H2o Craft in Tracy. Choose between a high-speed, responsive jet ski, a powerful ski boat primed for

mixed with the laid-back air of getting out on the water.   You can get the same rush from waterskiing, especially where tricks are encouraged. The Berkeley Water Ski Club in Stockton (bwsc.webflow.io), a club that dates back to 1958, encourages trick skiing with a slalom course right on the Delta. Whether you want to get in on the action and compete in the club’s upcoming tournaments that pit water skiers against each other in a friendly albeit competitive environment, or you prefer to stay landside www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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tubing, wakeboarding and waterskiing, or a more relaxing pontoon boat with ample seating for socializing and even a gas grill. Perhaps you want to take your vacation to the next level. Why not stay on the Delta?—and no, not in a hotel. True Delta lovers become one with the water with extended stays on houseboats. There’s nothing like taking a dive off your two-story vessel first thing in the morning, and floating down river with an iced-cold drink in your hand all afternoon. So, enjoy quiet Cruising aboard Lady Wanda

coves with generous camping space on one of California’s best-kept secrets and use your houseboat (Invert Sports on Bethel Island and Paradise Point Marina in Stockton have rentals) as a home base for all of your water activities. Don’t forget to explore the small towns that sprinkle the integrated waterways. Float from one locale to the next and take breaks to shake off those sea legs and explore the rich history of the area that surrounds.   Even if water sports aren’t your activity of choice, a lazy Sunday cruising the Delta, or tied up in port, is still a good

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way to waste away. The Stockton Port is alive with festivals throughout the year, and as boats travel through carrying goods, ship gazing is a worthwhile activity. Throughout summer, festivals and fireworks light up the port, while seaside restaurants and accommodations rival a chance to sleep on the water. Watch a Stockton Port’s baseball game, or simply use the port as a pushing off point for your water adventures. But don’t forget to come back for dinner and dancing at the Stockton Downtown Marina.   Starting April 1, cit-

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(RydeHotel.com), just five minutes from Walnut Grove, dates back to 1927, with a storied past that began during the prohibition era. Nearly 100 years ago, the Ryde Hotel was revered as the place to have a good time, with a lively speakeasy downstairs that served bootleg whiskey to all-star clientele, including influential politicians, mobsters, and movie stars. Not to mention, rumors of a secret passageway that led to the river’s edge screams mystery. Today, staff at the Ryde Hotel still knows how to throw a party. Beautifully renovated to maintain the hotel’s old-school charm while also offering modern amenities including a Jacuzzi tub, the historic Sacramento River hotel hosts lavish weddings year round as well as a sumptuous champagne brunch on Sundays, boasting bottomless champagne and gourmet cuisine to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.   Nearby, the town of Locke, founded in 1915, offers a glimpse into California’s Chinese history. As the Chinese section of Walnut Grove blossomed, a team of Chinese merchants decided it was time to establish a place all their own. After reaching an agreement with landowner George Locke, the town was laid out by Chinese architects. Industrious building ensued. Once dubbed Lockeport, Locke still looks today as it did in 1920, giving visitors a unique view of California Delta history.   Museums and monuments are a particular point of interest in Locke. From the Dai Loy Museum, an exhibit of Chinese gambling paraphernalia, to the Locke Memorial Park and Monument, dedicated to the Chinese who built the railroad, levees, and agriculture of California and the town of Locke, there’s too much history to pass up. Stroll through art galleries and oneof-a-kind shops before grabbing a bite at Al’s Place Restaurant. Don’t forget to make time for Connie’s Toilet Garden, a unique stop filled with a collection of planters made from discarded toilets of past Chinese residents (no joke!).    For those who like to wine and dine on vacation, have no fear. The Delta isn’t all adrenaline junkies in bathing suits. To continue your expedition by land, stop off at Clarksburg Wine Country, a rustic oasis with 12 tasting rooms. Along the country roads, quaint, unspoiled wineries dot the path and the little-known Clarksburg AVA produces more than 35 varietals. Bet you didn’t know the outdoor adventure park we call the Delta is also one of the best places to sip local vinos while you indulge in snacks and small plates. 108

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  Among 7,000 acres of wine grapes sits Bogle Vineyards, a family-owned winery that serves full meals in addition to their award-winning wines. Try a fennel-crusted rack of lamb or a stuffed veal chop before moving on to one of the appellation’s other wino havens.   Once you’ve enjoyed some luxury on the Delta, return to the fresh air that brought you there. While the high-end establishments speckling the waterways are a good place to regroup and recharge, the great outdoors are the real draw of this unique ecosystem. Just as the waterways are connected throughout the Delta, the trails offer the same convenience by land. Perhaps the most alluring hike is along Big Break where bicycles and equestrians are both welcome, in addition to those traveling by foot. Here, the former-farm called Big Break Regional Shoreline is a hotspot for other activities like fishing, swimming, and boating, and many species call the submerged upland home.   The unique climate of the Delta also makes it a good location for growing fruit. Local farms give families the opportunity to pick their own crops from the rows of offerings. Walnut Grove is home to two of these u-pick farms. The first, Delta Islands Organic (Deltaislandsorganic.com) is known for its 30+ varieties of heirloom tomatoes as well as other fruits, vegetables, and herbs, while Double M Farms is stocked with peaches, plums, apricots, apples, and nectarines throughout the seasons. In April, eggs, alfalfa hay, and pear BBQ wood are available for pickup at the latter, but most of the fruit picking starts in June.

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Big Break Regional Shoreline Photo by: Roni Gehlke

where fishing holes are home to sturgeon, bass, salmon, catfish, crawdads, and more. Locals have cleverly named approximately 30 fishing hotspots, many of which aren’t marked on your average Delta map. “The Dump Gate,” an Isleton spot near the city landfill, was given its name because of its surroundings while “The Sounding Board” is a historic nod to the area that paddle wheeler captains used to use as a way of determining their location in the waterways. A complete list is available at Californiadelta.org, but be sure you don’t get caught breaking the law. Check in with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (wildlife.ca.gov) to get properly licensed.   This time of year, grand derbies are a coveted event, and anglers can dive in to the local competition. In May the

catfish are calling and on May 15, enthusiasts can partake in a derby and deep fry at Mossdale Marina in Lathrop. Are you a novice? Get some pointers from local experts. Fly-fishing is a good place to start, especially as the water warms in spring. Striped bass and largemouth bass are both aplenty, and fly fishers can count on the aggressive stripers to chase their baitfish when conditions are ideal. If you have a boat that can weather the waves, fly-fishing can be an all-day activity, but if you’re working against high winds, opt for a morning excursion. Sloughs and coves offer solace from wind and waves that may deter fish. Fly Fishing Specialties in Citrus Heights (Flyfishingspecialties.com) gives introductory classes for beginners, as well as on-stream clinics for those looking to take their hobby to the next level.   Bird watchers also flock to the Delta where Swainson’s hawks, wood ducks, great blue herons, least bell’s vireo, red-shouldered hawks, golden eagles, and bald eagles reside. Threatened species like the brown pelican have made permanent homes in the Delta with the help of nature conservationists and restored habitats. And don’t forget the Delta’s cuddlier creatures including brush bunnies and mule deer. River otters are a particularly exciting citing for many Delta visitors, and beavers and muskrats also inhabit the area. Reptiles are abundant, too. Turtles, salamanders, snakes, toads, and frogs make their homes in the 1,000 miles of triangular-shaped waterways that connect San Joaquin, Sacramento, and Pittsburg.    There’s all this and more on the Delta, and you’ll surely need more than a day to explore the intricate waterways. So whether you’re looking for luxury on the water, lively city life in a downtown port, or an escape from it all filled with outdoorsy adventures, the Delta is the best way to escape without really leaving at all.


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Who doesn’t love the tantalizing crunch of a freshly prepared salad? Whether bedded in arugula, romaine, or sailing in a sea of spinach, the salad is a bundle of flavor that can be built with the preferences of almost anyone in mind. And that’s just what these masters of culinary charm have crafted in our corner of San Joaquin! Check out their artful combinations featuring freshly sliced fruits and vegetables, chopped nuts or succulent varieties of shrimp, chicken, and more. By the time you’re done, you’ll be rethinking your dinner plans and making reservations!

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er well! The asparagus represents a large portion of our agriculture in the Central Valley. Our rich soil is perfect for growing and harvesting these bundles of nutrition. Because of its locally grown and outstanding abundance, our port-side city has been host to the Asparagus Festival for years!

   But what makes asparagus so good for you? You’ll be pleased to know that a single serving contains 70% of your daily allotment in Vitamin K and nearly a quarter of your daily allotment of Vitamin A. Pairing these awesome benefits with the powerful anti-inflammatory and digestive supporting capabilities of asparagus makes this a top contender in healthy and delectable vegetables to pile onto your plate!


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Light grill. Toss asparagus with olive oil and place on grill. Cook until lightly charring and soft. Remove from grill and let cool slightly. Slice asparagus into strips and slice strips in half, horizontally, to fit into spring rolls.Combine orange juice, walnut oil, honey, and pinch of red chili flakes in a mason jar or other container that has a lid. Shake well and test for chilis- add more if desired. In a large bowl, toss together greens and cooked quinoa. Drizzle dressing over and toss until mixture is coated. Set up a rolling station with grilled asparagus, quinoa mixture, rice papers, a dish of hot water larger enough to hold the spring rolls, and a cutting board. Soak the rice paper for 10-15 seconds (you don’t want it too soft when taking it out of the water but pliable enough to roll.) Place rice paper on a cutting board and load with quinoa mixture and grilled asparagus. Roll, tuck, and fold in sides as you go. Continue with remaining ingredients. *Recipe courtesy of NaturallyElla.com

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BARSETTI vineyards Where Everybody Knows Your Name 

BY NORA HESTON TARTE

At Barsetti Vineyards, the theme is family. Located in Galt, the very location plays into the Barsetti family history. It is, after all, where Gottardo Barsetti, the grandfather of vineyard owner Janis Barsetti Gray and an immigrant from Switzerland, fulfilled his dream of owning and farming land in 1912.   Janis plays tribute to her deep family roots every chance she gets. The Barsetti red blend—dubbed Old Town Red—is outfitted with a label depicting old town Galt in the late 1800s. “It is my tribute to Galt,” Janis says. Likewise, the vineyard’s award winning, port-style dessert wine, Dolce Maria, is named for Janis’ grandmother, Maria Barsetti. She has even employed her niece, Allison Barsetti, as the tasting room manager. It is truly a family affair.   “I have a tremendous love for my business and my community and the history of Galt,” Janis says. “I am so proud to have my tasting room in old town Galt—an area that I remember as a child.”   Today, patrons are part of the family, too. “Someone said our tasting room is like the former television show Cheers 120

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where everyone knows everyone’s name,” Janis shares.   Frequent events draw crowds to the tasting room, which opened in December 2014 (though the vineyard began operating in 1996 and the winery in 2001). This year, Barsetti began hosting live music on Saturdays in addition to Galt’s Food Truck Mania, which takes place the first Saturday of each month on 4th Street (outside of the tasting room). It is there Wine Down Fridays (with live music and appetizers) draws the businesses’ regulars. “This has turned

into an evening of people relaxing after work and having a great time with friends,” Janis says of the weekly event.   A big part of Janis’ mission with Barsetti is giving back to the community she grew up in by participating in many non-profit events each year. Next up is the Lodi Wine & Food Festival on April 2 at the Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion at the Grape Festival Grounds in Lodi where Barsetti wine will be poured.    On warm, summer days, customers can seek refuge on the outside patio where umbrellas offer shade for patrons and their pooches. When it cools off, heaters kick on so there’s no need to budge. It’s the perfect place to sip glasses of Barsetti vino, including two new releases—the 2013 Zinfandel and 2014 Verdelho—which both received silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.   The granddaughter of Gottardo Barsetti is making more than just her ancestors proud. She says she knows her late husband—who pushed her to open the tasting room—would be pleased with the activities and all of the people who come to enjoy it. “My tasting room would not have existed if my late husband, Richard, had not been my driving force and encouraged me to follow my dream of have my business in Galt. I am glad he was able to see the tasting room through completion and operation for a few months,” Janis says.

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If you’re searching for an exciting white wine alternative to the commonly poured Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio this spring, then you’re in luck! One of the beautiful things about the Lodi wine region is that it doesn’t limit itself to standard commercial wine grape varieties. Amongst its 110,000 acres of fine wine grapes are experimental plantings of interesting white wine grapes like Albariño, Gewürztraminer, Torrontés, Picpoul Blanc, and oh-so-many-more. Here are three adventurous suggestions to help you take the wine road less traveled this spring: ACQUIESCE WINERY & VINEYARDS 2014 LODI ROUSSANNE No one does crisp white wines like winemaker Susan Tipton, owner of Lodi’s only dedicated white wine winery. Although it is difficult to find Roussanne (rooSAHN) outside of France’s Rhône Valley, we can feel lucky that it has made itself quite at home in the vineyards of Lodi’s Mokelumne River sub-appellation. Packed with flavors of apricots and cream, this juicy wine finishes with notes of almond, pear, and honeyed flowers. Steely minerality makes it the perfect partner for rich shellfish, roasted salmon or – if you’re feeling adventurous – foie gras. ($24) WhiteWineWinery.com MARKUS WINE CO. 2014 LODI NIMMO WHITE WINE Sourced from Lodi winegrowers Bob and Mary Lou Koth’s Mokelumne Glen Vineyards— the largest, most serious collection (over 40 varieties) of German and Austrian wine grapes in the U.S.—this may be the most interesting white wine blend you’ll ever sip. A blend of Kerner, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Bacchus—this vibrant wine exhibits flavors of lemon and orange peel, lychee, mango, and granite. Pair this energetic wine with fresh pasta salad or a simple shrimp ceviche with tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro cured in lemon juice. ($22) MarkusWineCo.com

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The origins of Eggs Benedict date back to 1894 when Wall Street Broker Lemuel Benedict ordered some buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce at the Waldorf Hotel in New York to cure his hangover. The dish was aptly named after him.     Today the American meal is a staple in

breakfast joints across the country, with variations to fit every taste, and there’s no better time to sample San Joaquin County’s selection. After all, April 16 marks National Eggs Benedict Day. Check out these local eateries to get your hands on one-of-a-kind breakfast plates. From seafood-packed to country-style, the only problem is choosing which one to try.    Eggs Benedict is so popular that everyone seems to have a classic offering on the menu, but Bud’s Seafood Grille in Stockton doesn’t stop there. In addition to their classic version (a toasted English muffin,

Canadian bacon, and two poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce), the restaurant serves two alternatives on their Sunday brunch menu. First up, the Crab Cake Benedict. This splendid seafood spinoff combines two crab cakes, tomato, and two poached eggs on a toasted English

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Bistro and Bar Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered byBistro many and to be one of Northern Bar California’s most unique fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine, and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. Three outdoor dining patios make for a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12, to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s is open Sun.Thur., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Blend is excited to offer a new dining experience to Lodi. We are a Restaurant & Bar that specializes in California Cuisine, Craft Cocktails, Local Wine & Martinis. We use only the best local ingredients, sustainable proteins and freshest produce in our kitchen and bar. Our small plate menu features house favorites such as Grilled Prawns, Steamed Clams, and Bruschetta with Prosciutto. We also proudly serve House-made Mushroom Tortellini, Grilled Swordfish, Grilled Bavette Steak, and a Rib Eye among other local favorites.

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ANGELINAS SPAGHETTI HOUSE 1563 East Fremont St., Stockton (209) 948-6609, Angelinas.com

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French 25 delivers an upscale casual dining experience with contemporary take on the bayou’s signature dishes. Lunch and dinner menus feature an impressive selection of southern favorites like Gumbo Ya-Ya, Jambalaya, Shrimp. Etouffee, Beignets, Po Boys, Chicken & Waffles and so much more! Don’t miss the “1/2 Off Happy Hour” Monday through Friday from 4-7pm to try a French 25 specialty cocktail including the infamous hurricane! Located at El Dorado and Weber Streets in Downtown Stockton. Open 7 days a week! To book reservations or to see our lunch and dinner menus, logon to French25.com or call us at 209-4510617. French 25...A taste of New Orleans in the Heart of Stockton. FRENCH 25 110 N El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 451-0617, french-25.com


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Nestled on the Brickwalk in Lincoln Center Midgley’s Public House specializes in steaks and seafood, with an extensive appetizer menu and unique desserts. Our bar menu consist of several unique cocktails, fine wines and spirits. We have several dining options including our extensive patio, dining room with floor to ceiling open windows, and a large bar area. We offer several dining options for large parties and do catering of all sizes. MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 296 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 474-7700 midgleyspublichouse.com

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Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread. The leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. We also invite you to come visit the newly renovated bar and lounge for one of our delicious specialty cocktails and bar bites. Please be sure to ask about our banquet and catering services for your special event or holiday party. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch. Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks and $5.00 bar bites 4pm 6:30pm BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270, budsseafood.com


The newly opened Kyodai Restaurant serves modern, Japanese inspired cuisine, offering dishes that can’t be found anywhere else in Stockton. We’re proud to serve fresh, high-quality sashimi and nigiri that doesn’t need to be covered in sauce. We also offer a wide variety of small plates, salads, grilled dishes and specialty rolls to satisfy the whole family. Look for special fish and a seasonal menu that highlights what our local farmers have to offer. Our contemporary space offers a full bar and patio seating as well as a large dining room with seating at the sushi bar for a unique dining experience with the chefs. Open 7 days a week. Lunch Monday through Saturday.

Hailed as one of the most authentic powerhouses of Japanese cuisine in the San Joaquin valley, Komachi offers a diverse array of exquisite dishes, ranging from the freshest sashimi to mouth-watering sushi rolls. “Come as a customer, leave as our family.” Hours: Mon - Thur 11AM to 9PM, Fri Sat 11AM to 9:30PM, Sun closed KOMACHI SUSHI 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. Ste. D Lodi, (209) 334-3131 SushiKomachi.com

KYODAI RESTAURANT 5779 Pacific Ave. Suite 115. (Stone Creek Plaza) Stockton, (209) 323-5495

Ernie’s Food and Spirits offers a unique dining experience, featuring exceptional cuisine, the highest service standards, an extensive, yet reasonably priced wine list, as well as a notably impressive collection of fine spirits. We are located in Manteca, California, central to Modesto, Stockton and Tracy. Unassuming from the outside, our doors open to a sleek, contemporary environment, reminiscent of dining in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago. Our vision is to prepare the absolute best  Certified Angus Beef as well as   Kobe style beef, the highest quality Chops, sustainable seafood, and the freshest produce available. Our menu will tantalize the palate, with our modern version of traditional menu items, creative, yet simple.

A favorite among guests who enjoy the comforts of fine food, Rosewood Bar and Grill, located in the heart of downtown Lodi, offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black & white marble floor. Rosewood offers Classic American cuisine with a full bar and an extensive outdoor dining patio, features seasonal menus sourced locally and regionally, and boasts a diverse wine list. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row. Open for lunch: Fridays 11am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5pm-9pm, Fri 5pm-10pm All Day Dining: Sat 11am-10pm Sun-11am to 9pm Bar open daily at 4pm

ERNIE’S FOOD & SPIRITS 1351 N. Main St., Manteca (209) 239-3351, erniesfoodandspirits.com

ROSEWOOD BAR AND GRILL 28 S. School St., Lodi, (209) 369-0470

Red Orchids offer bother traditional and fusion food concepts from the Asian niche. It features the blend of high-quality, Asian inspired cuisine in a stylish, contemporary setting. Our menu boast of popular in-demand recipes that were carefully selected from catalog spanning 25 years of restaurant expertise. Our food is always freshly prepared using only the highest quality ingredients. We offer a relaxed, warm environment where you can just sit down and enjoy the flavor in every bite. We make sure that your dining experience with us would be memorable and enjoyable every time. With our catering options, you can take the Red Orchids experience to your event. We can take care of everything including all the little details so you’re free to enjoy our food and more importantly, live in the moment.

Celebrating their 8th year in the Historic Tracy Inn, the chefs at Tracy Thai Restaurant have produced countless satisfied customers, with their wonderfully inventive dishes. The chef makes classics dishes like ‘Pad Thai’ and ‘Tom Kar Gai’ that leave the diner feeling that they have been transported to a street in Thailand. Many of the dishes such as Eggplant prawns, or Garlic Pork reflect a homestyle feel. The Menu is a delight and there are always Lunch and Dinner Specials. The wood panels and decors at Tracy Thai will bring you to a classic home style in Thailand. With a warm, cozy ambiance and delicious food, you would enjoy your meal at Tracy Thai.

~Live the Scene, Leave the Hassle~ THE RED ORCHID 126 E. Market St., Stockton, (209) 467-8140 Hours: Lunch Buffet M-F 11am-2pm Mon-11am-2pm • Tues-Frid 11am-6pm

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Owners Harry and Susan Yu have been a major part of the local economy since 2007 when Mikasa opened its location in Lathrop. Cooking with local produce and only using the freshest fish right from the Bay has always been key to their success. Fortunately the Yu’s chose Tracy for their newest location stocking the full bar with the most extensive liquor, sake, wine and beer selection around. Plus, with happy hour 7 days a week you’ll be sure to get your fill! Mikasa also offers off site catering and a separate banquet room for all your rehearsal dinners, large parties or business needs. Try the special SJM Roll (pictured). MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288 15138 S Harlan Rd., Lathrop, (209) 858-1818

 NORA HESTON TARTE At Double Dip Gallery—the Lodi shop that mixes fine art and ice cream—Swiss Orange Chip is a favored flavor. This specific Gunther’s Ice Cream (headquartered in Sacramento) that started as a “flavor of the month,” is now always kept on hand thanks to its unique zest. Indulging in a scoop is most often compared to biting into one of those break-apart chocolate oranges made by Ovation, but cold. Most people expect the dessert to be a bright orange-hue, but the citrus tang would be a surprise if you didn’t know it

was there, as the ice cream visually resembles traditional chocolate with chips.    Those who want a taste can order it by the scoop—available in a cone or a cup—or really dig in with a half-gallon or gallon to share. Don’t forget to check out the other flavors while you’re there, including a wine sorbet from Michael David Winery, as well as the art. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

DOUBLE DIP GALLERY 222 W. Pine St., Lodi (209) 365-3344 DoubleDipGallery.com

Lodi’s Habañero Hots Restaurante, a local cantina and hot sauce shop, is a gathering place where people from all over the region come for fun and food. Established in 1981, the restaurant is proud to offer Mexican Food prepared according to recipes handed down from generation to generation. The restaurant also features a bar which serves it’s famous margaritas, in addition to a full service catering company that can handle your next fiesta from a full sit down to a casual buffet.

HABAÑERO HOTS RESTAURANTE 1024 E. Victor Rd., Lodi (209) 369-3791 Habanerohots.com

Serving San Joaquin County since 1979

We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol-free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. If you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accommodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available. Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm & 5-10pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-10pm

PEKING RESTAURANT 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617 pekingstockton.com

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With its seasonally based menu and gourmet preparation, the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Offering a farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from local farms as well as their own garden, the Towne House Restaurant captures the subtle elements of fun and excitement while also providing unparalleled food. The Lounge features live music and an extensive wine list showcasing the best Lodi has to offer. Dine in the intimate setting of the dining room or outdoors on the veranda where guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the gardens.

TOWNE HOUSE RESTAURANT 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 371-6160

Still Simple & Fresh after 23 years! De Vega Bros. is family own Italian Restaurant and focus on very traditional Italian food and using the freshest ingredients. Our outdoor patio is a great place to take advantage for outdoor gathering and dining. Happy hour, full service bar. We offer banquet and catering for large or small events. Open 7 days a week, Lunch and dinner.

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Our new menu is a collaboration of our most popular items over the past seven years in addition to new items we add each year. Tantalizing your palate with seafood, steak, pasta, chops and crepes, we would like you to try:  the Pan-fried Sea Bass, Cajun Ribeye, Spicy Pastalaya, Panko-Fried Pork Chop and the Lobster Stuffed Crepe. Begin with our signature crisp shaved potatoes with crumbled blue cheese sauce or the Ahi nachos with homemade tortilla chips. But, save room for one of our heavenly dessert crepes. Ask our bartender about our fresh fruit cocktails.  Join us for Soul Food Sunday Brunch, Monday Night Mixed Grill, Tapas Night Tuesday, Pasta Night Wednesday and Sangria and Shrimp Night Thursday. We serve an all-day menu, Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; 5pm-9pm, Now open Sundays 11:30am-2:30pm. Call now to reserve your platters or book your holiday parties. M&J Bistro, your Taste of San Francisco, right here in Tracy. M & J BISTRO: 2515 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy (209) 832-2727, mjbistro.net

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Saturday, April 30th, 6-9PM Brookside Country Club Tickets: $75 in advance $95 at the door • Enjoy prime rib, mash-tinis, signature cocktails, wine tasting and more. • Try your luck on our Wheel of Beauty to win Botox, etc. • Compete for a week beachfront in Cabo San Lucas! Let the good times roll for a great cause!

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD: THE STORYTELLER TOUR

APRIL 12

The Stockton Arena will play host as Carrie Underwood croons to tunes from her fifth studio album, Storyteller. It’s sure to be fun for all ages as Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers take the stage, as well. Concert runs 7-10 PM. 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

THE GREAT STOCKTON ASPARAGUS DINE OUT

APRIL 1 – 15

There are plenty of reasons to love the month of April. And one of our personal favorites begins with the letter “A.” Asparagus, asparagus, asparagus! That’s right, folks! The Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out is back! Enjoy two whole weeks of exceptional menus, all revolving around that beautiful, locally grown stalk of deliciousness! Reach for your fork and get involved with dozens of restaurants from across our portside city. VisitStockton.org

35TH ANNUAL STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT

APRIL 4

Aim for the green, my friends! Stockton Chamber is hosting its 35th annual golf tournament, presented in a scramble format. For $160, golf enthusiasts can play the greens, grab lunch, rent a cart, and celebrate at the post-tournament party with raffle, food, and awards. Raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses—big and small—which are also responsible for sponsoring the event. Registration begins at 10 AM. Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd., Stockton, (209) 292-8423, StocktonChamber. org/golf-tournament

SHUFFLE AT HUTCHINS STREET SQUARE

APRIL 5

At this concert, patrons choose the music! Concert runs 7-9 PM. Tickets are available at the Hutchins Street Square box office. 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi (209) 333-5550, HutchinsStreetSquare.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Asparagus Eating Competition

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FREE Kids Zone with Games & Crafts

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WELCOME SPRING: LACP SPRING CARD PARTY AT THE HAGGIN

APRIL 6

The Ladies Auxiliary to California Pioneers will hold its 88th annual card party, themed “Welcome Spring” from 1-4 PM on April 6. Started in 1928 to raise funds to build the museum, the event offers guests—men and women— the opportunity to play a card game of choice preceded by dessert, coffee, and tea. Surrounding galleries will be filled with flower arrangements created by auxiliary members. Reservations are $12.50 per person or $50 per table. 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton (209) 940-6300, HagginMuseum.org

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& FOOD FESTIVAL APRIL 2 When it comes to wine, we can be pretty serious here in the Lodi appellation. The same goes for incredible cuisine across San Joaquin. So, when you think about it, there’s really no better place to combine the robust flavor of our local restaurants and the rich taste of our region’s wines! Take on an assortment of blind tastings, perfect wine pairings, and an abundant array of dishes from top chefs in the county! Did we mention there’d be music? You’ll just have to hold the stem of your glass a little straighter as you pull off your best moves among new and old friends alike. And don’t forget to purchase your raffle ticket to have a go at the Ultimate Wine Collection, featuring a cellar’s worth of exceptional stock. This oneday event is ready to hold your taste buds captive, so purchase your tickets soon! Lodi Grape Festival Fairgrounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi (209) 369-2771, GrapeFestival.com

STOCKTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS CLASSICS V: PINES OF ROME, GRIEG AND JON NAKAMATSU

APRIL 9

From 6-8 PM at the Atherton Auditorium (part of San Joaquin Delta College), the classical series will conclude with Pines of Rome, Grieg and Jon Nakamatsu. Don’t miss these award-winning artists in a brilliant concert event. Tickets are available online, via phone, or by visiting the Stockton Symphony Box Office. 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 951-0196, StocktonSymphony.org.

STOCKTON CAMBODIAN TEMPLE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

APRIL 15-17

Prepare for a cultural celebration! Each year thousands swarm to the Stockton event to enjoy food, displays, music, and more, commemorating the Cambodian New Year. The free event (donations accepted) offers fun for the family over the course of a weekend. Stockton Cambodian/Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple, 3732 Carpenter Rd., Stockton (209) 938-1555, WatdhammararamBuddhist.org

SAN JOAQUIN ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL

APRIL 15-17

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Come out and celebrate the county’s favorite green vegetable with the largest asparagus fest in the West. The event promises more than food to commemorate the weekend. Walk along Asparagus Alley, pick up souvenirs, and stop by the car show. Then, head to the kid’s zone where carnival rides and games are aplenty and a petting zoo is filled with animals to interact with. Don’t forget to stop off at the craft beer and wine pavilion, too! Admission is free for children ages 5 and under, and $5-10 for everyone else. Parking is $6 per car. 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton (209) 466-5041, SanJoaquinFairgrounds.com

STOCKTON PORTS' OPENING GAME

APRIL 7

It’s time to play ball, Stockton! The Stockton Ports will play their first game of the season against the Modesto Nuts at the Banner Island Ballpark (their home since 2005). Game begins at 7:10 PM. Don’t forget the peanuts and crackerjacks! 457 N. Van Buren St., Stockton, (209) 6441900, StocktonLive.com 136

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LODI'S ANNUAL SPRING ART SHOW

APRIL 15 – 17

Stroll through rows of submitted artwork at the 55th annual Lodi Arts Center Annual Spring Art Show featuring works judged by jurors Harriet Sparkman, Dale Laitenen, and William Wilson. Displayed pieces fall into one of the following categories: oils, acrylics, water color, graphics, mixed media, photography, functional 3-D items, or fine art 3-D. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery, 5950 East Woodbridge Road, Acampo, (209) 365-8139, LodiArtCenter.org

ANNUAL BREAKTHROUGH DANCE COMPETITION

APRIL 16

Get ready to get your groove on. The 9th Annual Breakthrough Dance Competition hosted by Rhythm Inc. is coming to the Bob Hope Theater! Starting at 5 PM, patrons can gather to get a glimpse inside the unique world of competitive dance where teams in San Joaquin County will be showcased and judged by the industry’s most established and influential choreographers. Tickets are $25-30 each. 242 E. Main St, Stockton, (209) 337-4673, RhythmincDance.com

SPRING LODI WINE STROLL

APRIL 16

Aloha wine! Grab your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and head to downtown Lodi where local winos will gather to sip new vintages in Hawaiian style. Over 25 wineries are set to participate, along with downtown shops offering special sales and scrumptious appetizers, from 6-9 PM. Tickets are $30-40 each. The Lodi Chamber of Commerce hosts the event. Downtown Lodi, (209) 3677840, ext. 105, LodiChamber.com

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CLINT BLACK at the Bob Hope Theatre APRIL 27 Catch one of country music’s biggest stars at the Bob Hope Theater. Hot off the release of his first studio album in nearly a decade, On Purpose, this tour also marks the 25th anniversary of his award-wining album, Killin’ Time. Twenty-two of the Texas-native’s singles have reached number one on Billboard’s country charts, including five in a row from his acclaimed premiere album. In addition to his singing chops, the country artist writes most of his own music, refusing to record any songs but his own until 2007, many of which were written with Hayden Nicholas, a country guitarist and songwriter.   The vocalist—who also plays guitar, bass, harmonica, and drums—is returning to the stage to dole out new favorites from his Thirty Tigers studio album, as well as perform a few oldies. 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 337-4673, StocktonLive.com

PACIFIC WESTERN CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL

APRIL 16

Come out and support music at the Pacific Western Concert Band Festival. Created to provide topnotch bands with an innovative, high-powered opportunity for musical growth, the festival has become a well-known destination for bands from all over the Western states. The full-day event boasts 45-minute performances for each band, inspirational presentations and clinics, an evening concert by the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and more. University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 9462285, Pacific.edu

STOCKTON HEAT HOCKEY GAME

APRIL 16

Watch the Stockton Heat square off against the San Jose Barracuda in the last game of the 2015-2016 inaugural season. The first 500 adults will receive a Heat zamboni and all visitors will have the chance to thank active military and veterans during Military Appreciation Night. Game runs 7:3010:30 PM. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 373-1500, StocktonHeat.com

FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS ENSEMBLE SCHUMANN

APRIL 17

The Friends of Chamber Music, in cooperation with University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, presents Ensemble Schumann performing works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Loeffler, Poulenc, Shostakovich, and more in a lively trio (Pinkas, Larson and Gallant). The 60th season is presented in Cooperation with University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Daniel Ebbers, and the Interim Dean. 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 946-0540, ChamberMusicFriends.org

AMY GRANT - LIVE LIFE TOGETHER TOUR

APRIL 17

At 6 PM the doors open for this one-ofa-kind collaboration between six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant and fellow Dove Award-winning artists  Nichole Nordeman and Ellie Holcomb. The Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton will be the first California stop on the 14-


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city tour where these songwriters and storytellers perform some of their most popular hits. Show starts at 7 PM. 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 337-4673, StocktonLive.com

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Sutter Health is sponsoring the upcoming March for Babies event at Caldwell Park in Stockton. Teams will gather to raise money for the nonprofit that works to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. MarchofDimes.org

Starting April 27, the Stockton Civic Theatre will play Funny Money, a hilarious farce from Ray Cooney, the author of SCT’s 2014 smash hit It Runs in the Family. In this comedy (rated PG), a mild mannered CPA accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase—one full of money—and immediately assumes that it is illicit cash and decides to keep it. Knowing that the former owner must have his briefcase, he rushes home to tell his confused wife they are moving to Barcelona! Hilarity ensues. 2312 Rosemarie Ln., Stockton (209) 473-2424, SctLiveTheatre.com

APRIL 24

Take in a game with your furry pal at Pacific Baseball’s Bark in the Park event. Starting at 1 PM, cheer on the Pacific Men’s Baseball Team as they take on Loyola Marymount. In addition to dog-friendly festivities, Sunday Funday favorites like post-game autographs and base running will take place. Don’t forget to enter the photo contest! Tickets are $4-8 each. Klein Baseball Field @ University of the Pacific, 1178 Larry Heller Dr., Stockton (209) 9462472, PacificTigers.com

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D.O.V.E.S GUIDANCE PROGRAM 8TH ANNIVERSARY & OPEN RANCH DAY

APRIL 23

To celebrate its 8th anniversary, the nonprofit will host an open ranch day where people of all ages can gather to meet the horses, indulge in a free lunch of hot dogs and lemonade, and complete arts and crafts such as decorating a horseshoe. From wagon rides to a scavenger hunt for 1218 year olds, there’s plenty to keep little ones occupied. Don’t forget to pick up a raffle ticket and try your luck at some worthwhile prizes! A drill team, riders, and volunteers will provide entertainment – from animal demonstrations to a stick horse and bull riding rodeo. 13749 E. Kettleman Ln., Lodi (209) 329-7034, TheDovesProgram.com

STOCKTON EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

APRIL 24

Head to Victory Park (behind the Haggin Museum) for Earth Day where visitors can raise a glass to the environment and rejoice in spring with music, food, and informational booths. 1001 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton (209) 937-8206, LiveGreenSanJoaquin.org 140

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LODI BEER FEST at Lodi Fairgrounds APRIL 23 A new beer festival has started in Lodi, and for its inaugural year the event will be held in the Ole Mettler Pavilion and the adjacent outside space. Here, beer enthusiasts can gather to taste brews from more than 30 breweries— including local establishment Dancing Fox, which will serve two on-tap options—a single hop pale ale (Galaxia) and an oatmeal stout dubbed Wishing for Winter. Big name brews will join the fest, as well.    Get the VIP treatment with a VIP Tasting ticket ($45). From 1-2 PM, before the event starts, participating breweries will provided a one-onone tasting experience for VIP ticket holders. Regular tickets are $30 in advance, and $40 at the door. All tickets include a commemorative beer glass. Designated driver tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available through April 22 online (grapefestival.com) and at the Lodi Grape Festival office. 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi (209) 369-2771, GrapeFestival.com

ETHAN BORTNICK AT HUTCHIN'S STREET SQUARE

APRIL 28

Ethan Bortnick is the youngest solo musician to headline his own tour, and he’s making a stop at Lodi’s Hutchin’s Street Square! He is an American pianist, singer, composer, songwriter, actor, and musician. 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi (209) 333-5550, HutchinsStreetSquare.com

POPS IV: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON

APRIL 30

The Pop series concludes with the music of Michael Jackson, performed by a seven-piece band in this top-notch revue, covering 40 years of MJ in music and dance—from Jackson 5 to Thriller and beyond. Alex G. Spanos Center, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 9510196, StocktonSymphony.org


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HEALTHY KIDS DAY is all about building on the “WOW” factor inside every kid…whoever they are and wherever they’re from. So come to HEALTHY KIDS DAY for a day of creative, challenging, smart, healthy fun and watch the “WOW” in your kid come out.

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Location: Weber Point — McLeod Plaza Time: 10am — 2pm For more information visit ymcasjc.org/hkd16 or call (209)472-9622

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LODI STREET FAIRE

MAY 1

Get ready to shop til you drop; the bi-annual Lodi Street Faire is back! On Sunday, vendors from across the state will gather in a 12-square block area of Lodi to sell unique goods and gifts. With more than 500 participating vendors, shoppers can expect to see exciting collections of antiques, arts and crafts, and commercial items. Don’t forget to fill your belly while you empty your wallet; vendors will serve everything from hamburgers and sausages to international cuisine and dessert. From 8 AM-4 PM. Downtown Lodi (209) 367-7840, LodiChamber. com/events/street-faire

JOE BONAMASSA AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

APRIL 30

Blues-rock superstar, Joe Bonamassa, has been credited with bringing his updated sound to the mainstream. Now he’ll take it to the Bob Hope Theater stage for one-night only. Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), and Paulie Cerra (saxophone), the guitar player will play songs new and old to commemorate some of his newest accomplishments, including his Billboard top-10 charting album from 2015, Different Shades Of Blue. 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 337-4673, StocktonLive.com

CATHOLIC CHARITIES’ 3RD ANNUAL WINE AND FOOD EVENT

APRIL 30

Gather for good food and good company at the Cathedral of the Annunciation church. Local eateries Angelina’s, DeVinci’s, Rubio’s, Miguel’s, and others will serve savory treats while local wines (St. Jorge Winery, Oak Ridge Winery) are poured. 425 W. Magnolia St., Stockton (209) 4631305, AnnunciationStockton.org

EL CONCILO CINCO DE MAYO FAMILY FESTIVAL

MAY 1

Celebrate the holiday in style with a full day’s worth of food, fun, music, arts and crafts, and games! From 10 AM-6 PM, the Weber Point Event Center located in Downtown Stockton will be alive with cultural festivities to help locals celebrate the Mexican holiday. Entertainment will include mariachi, ballet folklórico, live bands, and more. 221 N. Center St., Stockton (209) 6442627, ElconCilio.org 142

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NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN’S GOLF WESTERN REGIONALS

MAY 2-4

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is bringing their Division II Women’s Golf Regionals to the Brookside Country Club in Stockton. From May 2-4, enthusiasts can gather to watch the qualifying golfers play Brookside’s 18-hole championship course. 3603 St. Andrews Dr., Stockton (209) 9566200, BrooksideGolf.net

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Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation presents its 26th Walk for the Health of It event, featuring a 5K run, 5K fitness and poker walk, one mile kids’ fun run, and a walk and roll (for strollers and wheelchairs). Once you’ve finished your walk of choice, stick around to visit the health fair, snag a snack, and partake in fun activities for the whole family. Registration begins at 8 AM, and the first event starts at 9 AM. Preregistration is recommended. 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi (209) 339-7582, LmhFoundation.org

THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL’S ANNUAL DUCKY DERBY AND PUBLIC SAFETY DAY

MAY 7

Let the races begin! The 3rd annual Ducky Derby (hosted by CAPC and the Stockton Police Department) is coming to McLeod Lake. Related festivities begin at 10 AM and the duck race will start at 1 PM. Each participant will have a number that corresponds to one of the rubber ducks, thousands of which will swim the watercourse at Weber Point. The first to cross the finish line will be crowned the winner. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. 221 N. Center St., Stockton (209) 965-7678, CapcDucks.com


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