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WINTER WORTHY TRIPS  By Nora Heston Tarte

Winter has welcomed cold weather to San Joaquin County giving residents two choices when it comes to this season’s vacation plans: they can either head to the snow-capped mountains where winter activities abound, or they can get the hell out of dodge, and move toward warmer weather where it’s easy to pretend summer is still upon us.

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

I’m the guy that can’t wait until Thanksgiving to start decorating for the holidays. As soon as we take our Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Extravaganza down, the Zoccoli family is back at it, stringing rainbow lights, positioning reindeer and jingling all the way. I love the holidays. The magic, the fun, and the family time—you can’t beat it. Of course, there is always a little stress that comes with the season. There are presents to buy, parties to plan, and dinners to cook. After all, it just wouldn’t be the same without a little madness. I’ve come to expect my Great Danes to steal at least one main component of our holiday dinner off the counter—It keeps things interesting! I have to admit the only job I’d take over Publisher of San Joaquin Magazine, is Santa. And I mean the real Santa, people! Not Billy Bob Thornton’s take… however hilarious it may be. There honestly has to be nothing better than his gig. He lives in the North Pole, drives a flying slay, and brings everyone presents. My dogs are basically one step away from reindeer… they just need the antlers… and well, the ability to fly. I guess that’s a crucial element, so I’ll stick to my own version of Santa. I make the kids wear antler headbands, we make waffles on Christmas morning, and we joke and laugh as we hand out presents and enjoy what’s wrapped inside. There is nothing sweeter. Surrounding that very special morning is an entire month of opportunity. Let the season inspire you to find bliss! Whether it be helping those in need experience a celebration or your proportion, or discovering the true meaning yourself, our thoughtful community is always here to help. San Joaquin residents truly support and encourage each other to be there best and that’s something rare and it must be celebrated and treasured! Consider bringing the holidays to a family that may not have one, by donating to Child Abuse Prevention Council, in support of their aim to give over 600 local families a special Christmas morning. You’ll find so much more meaning, and you’ll be glad you did. Don’t get lost in the consumerism! A simple, love-filled Christmas is all anyone needs. Although I do enjoy the bells and whistles, I’d be just as happy with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, as long as my family and I spent a night stringing popcorn garland.

Happiest of holidays, from my family to yours.

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LAST THOUGHTS ‘Tis the season for engagements! If you would like to announce your engagement in San Joaquin Weddings Magazine please submit your engagement photo and contact information to Lindsey@ SJMag.com Wondering what to buy your man this holiday season? I know my wife always struggles, because what do you buy someone that’s addicted to Amazon Prime?! Our Gifts for Your Guy is every woman’s goto for every type of man. Is he obsessed with the newest thing? Outdoorsy? Artistic? We’ve got you covered with information, photos, and where to get it! What is your resolution this year? Check in with our local experts in our article—Resolutions 101— as they share tips for keeping that NYE inspirational ball rolling!


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“What is my purpose?” Shauna Jacob asked herself while working through The Purpose Driven Life program with her husband at Lodi’s First Baptist Church. Without a clear answer, “We went on a journey to figure it out.” At that time, the mother of two and business marketing major worked closely with her father—a business developer—and together they opened numerous businesses, built them up, and sold them off. “Many families within our church were fostering and adopting,” Shauna explains. “And

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due to substance abuse issues within my family, I was used to dealing with people in crisis.” Shauna also had custody of her niece, and her husband had spent time at Mary Graham Shelter in his youth before joining the Marines. “So, we had a bit of background on how the foster care system worked, and decided to go through the process.” Shauna and her family flew through the steps required by foster applicants, and soon welcomed their first placement, two young boys in need of two-day respite care placement. As Shauna explains, respite care placement serves as a break for foster families, and the stay was much more challenging than the Jacob family anticipated. A few months later they opened their doors again, to an AB12 girl in need of a home. “AB12 allows children that have spent most of their time in the system to remain there until they’re 21, instead of 18,” Shauna explains. “It was an amazing experience. We quickly realized our family worked much better with older children.” As the Jacobs continued to care for AB12 girls, Shauna became involved in Safe Families, a national program that operates under the umbrella of her church. “The church came to me in 2012 and asked if I’d be interested in heading the program,” Shauna says. With years of varied business experience under her belt, she jumped right in, working with families from the church that are teamed with families in crisis. “Safe Families take a child in, and also work with their parents as they get things in order, and go 40

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through needed steps to put their family in a stronger place.” Shauna continues, “Today, many families are socially isolated and their extended family is nonexistent, or unavailable or unable to help. That’s where Safe Families steps in to be the support system for a family in need.” A year later, First Baptist was approached by the Lisa Project—a ten-minute, gut-wrenching, interactive experience about child abuse—in hopes to share their message with the community. Shauna presented the Project and its proposed partnership to the congregation, emphasizing the faith-based community’s responsibility to help fight child abuse. Unknowingly, San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council’s (CAPC) Executive Director, Lindy Turner-Hardin, also heard her message. “She approached me after hearing me

speak and said, ‘You need to come work for me!’” Shauna joined the public relations team at CAPC, with a goal to act as a bridge between the organization and the local faith-based community. As she climbed the ranks to her current title as Development Director—CAPC’s operating budget increased by a whopping $11 million. “This is our first year with the $14 million budget,” Shauna says, “So, this is our year of stabilization!” A part of the many projects, events, and resources CAPC offers is Adopt a Family—a holiday-focused program for children receiving services at CAPC. “As the program grew, we realized the importance of family bonding and changed it to be more of a pickup site—to encourage families to be together, open the presents at home, and take the opportunity to have quality time together,” Shauna says. “The families that we work with are in crisis. They’re facing a battering array of situations, dealing with hard topics, and their children are often seeing things they never should, experiencing things they have no control over… things that could define their life. We want to step in for those families and give them a hand up for the holidays,” Shauna says. Currently, CAPC brings Christmas to nearly 600 children, with help from amazing donors—like St. Joseph’s who gifts the program’s first 200 kids—and individual supporters. Donors may select the age and sex of the child before receiving the child’s wish list via email. “Having money at Christmas is stressful, imagine having none and a child that is asking if Santa is coming tonight…. That’s a burden these parents won’t have to carry this year.”

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REDUCE HOLIDAY STRESS & WORRY

the natural way  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

When winter comes, the season’s holiday cheer may be tinged with dread. The excessive time commitments, gift buying, hosting duties, and traditions can take a toll on our psyche. Instead of letting an overwhelming to-do list get you down, learn how to fight holiday stress the all-natural way. Here are five all-natural tips we’re employing to cut holiday stress and worry this season.

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Go tech-free. When it comes to technology, it’s easy to get caught up in sharing the great things we are doing whilst forgetting to truly enjoy them. Put down the phone, power down the laptop, and be in the moment. Ditching the tech—if only for a few hours— will reduce stress and deepen connections with family and friends.

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DIY aromatherapy. Unless you’re baking fresh cookies at home, ditch the sugary scents that are in abundance during the holidays and instead fill your home with citrus. Light a Citrus Delight pillar from Carole’s Candles, Inc. or stock up on a selection of Greenleaf, Voluspa, and Luminara verities from Mia Bella’s Boutique in Tracy. Don’t forget to overhaul your toiletries with orange- and lemon-scented products. (French at Heart in Lodi sells plenty!)

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Give yourself a squeeze. See the fleshy part of your hand located between the thumb and pointer finger? It’s called the Hoku Point. Chinese medicine dictates squeezing this area tightly for 30 seconds will instantly relieve feelings of stress, as well as headache. Do it yourself anytime you feel stress taking over, step up the practice with a pair of Chinese stress balls, or schedule a massage with a acupressure specialist for more impact.

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Watch what you eat. Instead of counting calories, whip up meals with stress-beating ingredients. Honey, mango, and spicy soups are all shown to lower stress, so order up a bowl of hot and sour soup at Peking in Stockton or munch on Towne House Restaurant in Lodi’s fresh, Dungeness crab cakes made with mango aioli. Don’t forget to eat breakfast, too. “The most important meal of the day” does wonders for your mood.


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FUELING PASSION WITH FASHION  BY COPPER WILLIAMS

Our community is something special. We come from all walks of life, striving to build up the region we call home. It’s certainly some-

thing to take pride in, which many of us do. But now there’s a non-profit that showcases that pride in t-shirt form. Live 209 is an organization that produces a variety of cutely designed t-shirts and tanks, each printed with an ornate version of “Live 209” on the front. But besides the cool design, what makes these tees so unique? With every t-shirt that’s purchased, one is donated and 100 percent of the profits go directly back to the community. That’s right! Treat yourself to something special while simultaneously giving back. How’s that for a win-win? The idea sprang to life when founders Rima Barkett, Susan Traverso, and Lynette Zeiter were volunteering in Guatemala. Their work away from home spurred them to find some way to show pride and unity in their beloved 209. With designs by Danielle Zeiter, Live 209 sets out to events in our area, showcasing their passion for serving our community while also remaining pretty stylish! The tees are also available for purchase at Blackbird Boutique, Zuesters, and Caterpillar Children’s Boutique in Stockton. The sizes vary—from kids to adults—so everyone in the family can gear up. And organizations are encouraged to show their support, too! Corporate sponsorships are available for those who’d like to get their whole business revved up or to instill pride in their workers’ community.

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SWEATER  BY COPPER WILLIAMS Who’d have guessed that those lacelined, ribbon laden bundles of wool would become the mainstream trend for winter 2016? I sure didn’t! But darn it all, if they aren’t the comfiest, warmest garments to wear during the holiday season! That’s right! Suddenly those hand-made sweaters grandma won’t stop dishing out every year are making runway appeal, much to her knitting circle’s delight! But how can you tell that your holiday garment is up to snuff? Simple! Follow our handy checklist below and rest easy knowing you’re the highlight of this year’s Ugly Sweater Showdown!

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Whether they’re ornaments dangling from your shoulder blades, Rudolf’s nose in the form of a little foam ball, or Santa’s scarf spilling off his two-dimensional neck and strangling your own, some part of your sweater had better be breaking the fourth wall.

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From ginger tea and infused smoothies to gingerbread— it seems as if everyone is head over heels for the flowering plant’s rhizome (root), which has been cultivated and used in cultures throughout the globe for centuries. This special spice has cropped up in various desserts, diet plans, and detox teas. Even celebrities like Selena Gomez have made it a part of their daily regimen! Whether you’re curious about all the Hollywood hype, following the latest trends, or walking to the beat of your own hip and healthy drum during your ginger discoveries, studies have shown how wonderful this intriguing piece of plant is for our bodies! Ginger originally hails from southern Asia, grown from the Zingiber officinale plant. Although it may look like the root, it’s actually an underground stem! Ginger thrives in tropical climates, where the temperature and humidity are equally high. Throughout its journey across the continents, it’s become a staple in teas, sweets, beers, and various recipes. And as many ginger fans can attest, it’s the perfect all-natural prescription for a variety of stomach problems. Going on a cruise, but worried about seasickness? Bring along some candied ginger to chew on for nausea relief. Feeling a little funny after dining out? Knock out any nasty bacteria brewing in your belly by drinking a few cups of ginger tea to curb dysentery. Studies have confirmed that ginger can help relieve muscle pain and aids with cramping during monthly menstrual cycles. Another huge benefit from this miracle spice is how 46

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helpful it’s been for cancer patients currently taking chemo. It’s not only curbing those nasty bouts of nausea, but helping to improve appetite! If you aren’t so keen on tea or candy, go Gomez style and chug it all down in one go with a ginger shot. These liquid boosts are shown to support your digestive and immune system and help keep intestinal inflammation at an alltime low. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on some ginger and start feeling better today!

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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Most people have a resolution in mind during the countdown to the New Year. Plenty have guzzled down their last bit of champagne, vowing to give up that bad habit once and for all, gain the physique they know is hiding behind a few inches of belly fat, or take up an interesting hobby they’ve always wanted to learn. The hard part? Actually sticking to these commitments….Luckily, San Joaquin Magazine is ready and more than willing to help you give those resolutions the one-two step—providing key advice from professionals on how to stick ‘em out! Stay strong, San Joaquinians! LOSE WEIGHT “Crossfit—when programmed and coached correctly—is a great workout for every body, young and old. It’s fun to participate in and to learn, while also allowing you to go at your own pace and be a part of a community. It balances all elements of fitness and can help make your body injury-proof and long lasting." – Gabe Subry, Crossfit209 LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE “If you are serious about learning a language in 2017, High Intensity Language Training summer session at the San Joaquin County Office of Education offers five days of intensive instruction of Spanish for educators, and is open to the general public. We design these classes so that educators and others can have a firsthand experience of language acquisition, which in turn reinforces the importance of the teaching strategies we simultaneously model.” – Karen Linn-Nieves, Director of Language & Literacy at San Joaquin County Office of Education BETTER MANAGE STRESS “Simplify your to-do list. Having too much on your plate can be a recipe for an emotional meltdown. There’s no shame in scaling back your activities and obligations, when possible, to simplify your life. Don’t let the abundance of great ideas you’ve pinned on Pinterest make you feel like you should be doing more.” – Cathy Francis, PsyD, MFT, Social Services Director of St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health STAY ORGANIZED “So many people hang on to chotskies way too long. Do you really need 29 snow globes from every amusement part you ever visited? My recommendation is to purge your living spaces of all excess items. If they are extremely important to you, pick your very favorite three and donate the rest to a thrift store.” – Kathleen Jennison, KTJ Design Co., Certified Interior Designer 48

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FRIENDS OF A FEATHER LOCAL OWLS PROVIDE RODENT-RESPITE IN VINEYARDS  BY COPPER WILLIAMS

If you’ve strolled along the grape vines at twilight, or enjoyed an evening tasting at one of Lodi’s wineries, you’ve probably heard the tell-tale screech of an owl overhead. Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to spot those flapping wings—off for a late night snack—hard at work ensuring the safety of the vines! Yes, owls have become an important part of pest management in our Lodi Appellation—so much so, that farmers and wine growers are offering up free homes in the form of owl boxes in order to receive round-the-clock rodent control.    “In the early 1990s, Lodi winegrowers were encouraged to utilize owl boxes as part of an integrated approach to rodent control,” Stuart Spencer, Program Manager at the Lodi Winegrape Commission, explains. “A family of barn owls occupying

one box can consume 2,000-3,000 rodents (mostly pocket gophers, a pest in local vineyards) in one season.” Boasting lowcost, low hassle, and all natural pest control, many fields and vineyards are welcoming owls via owl box establishment.    One such owl box rests on the property of Twisted Barrel Winery, which the Tanner Family installed in late 2015.    “My parents also live on our ranch, and they are bird watchers,” Maxine Tanner explains. “We agreed that it would be an interesting pastime, and beneficial for the vineyard, as the owls can keep the rodent population under control.” During an expedition to check out the box, a friend of the Tanner’s accidentally bumped the pole, and down one of the owlets went. Luckily, their family friend, an experienced falconer, was able to return the (unharmed but unable to fly) owlet back in its home. Just a few weeks later, the owlets were well on their way to becoming expert rodent catchers, providing sustainable benefits for themselves and their wine-loving counterparts!

“In the early 1990s, Lodi winegrowers were encouraged to utilize owl boxes as part of an integrated approach to rodent control.” – Stuart Spencer, Program Manager at the Lodi Winegrape Commission

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KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR Barn Owls are the norm for our region, well known by their heart shaped faces and how quietly they can swoop on by! In fact, you won’t hear a hoot out of them, but rather a screech. These non-territorial predators communicate with their fellow barn owls through high-pitched cries and shrieks, maintaining their mutual perimeters and keeping the vineyards rodent-free.


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Dozens of residents from across the valley gathered at Waterloo Gun & Bocce on October 7th to support the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired with delectable seafood! Raffle prizes and key speakers dusted the event, along with friendly conversations across all tables.

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On October 8th, our community became the guests of honor in an international feast, raising funds for Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. The gala hosted wine, cocktails, dinner, and a variety of entertaining auctions. Raffles were also on the menu, continuing the fun throughout the evening!

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On October 6th, Stockton Arena’s floorline filled to the brim with delectable bites, beautiful décor, and the leading men and women of San Joaquin! Between raffles, chef tastings, and auction bid battles, lavishly gowned guests posed for photo-ops and discussed March of Dimes’ incredible work.

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On Sunday November 6th, couples ready for their walk down the aisle poured into the grounds of Wine & Roses to take part in an evening of fine dining, perusing vendor booths, and enjoying the latest wedding trends. Guests took part in a multitude of contests and toured one of our region’s top venues.

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Gifts

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Are you stumped about what to get that special guy who geeks out over the coolest new gadgets and gizmos? We put together this list to help you out!

THE OUTDOORSY GUY: Suunto GPS Watch

Any outdoorsy guy knows that using a smartphone is unreliable, spotty, and almost always dies too quickly, so it’s not a good option to also double as a GPS device. Besides, saving your phone’s battery is important for emergency phone calls. That’s why having a dedicated and reliable GPS watch with fewer extra features and more functionality could be a lifesaver. Available online at Suunto.com.

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THE NERDY GUY:

PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Headset Virtual reality is finally here to stay. You might have heard of Oculus, a company that Facebook bought a couple of years ago for a few billion dollars. Now, this holiday season, Sony is releasing its answer with the PlayStation VR headset. Every nerdy guy will want one of these if they have a PlayStation 4. Available through Amazon and you local Best Buy or GameStop.

THE TECH GUY: Google Home

Personal assistants are expensive. But what if you could buy your guy a household item that could act like his own assistant around the entire house? Send emails, make appointments, check traffic, and more using nothing more than your voice. That’s what Google Home is all about. The device works similarly to the Amazon Echo, but with more seamless Android integration with all of your devices. Available online at Google.com.

THE CREATIVE GUY: M3D Micro 3D Printer

If your guy has a creative edge, then chances are he is quickly reaching the limit of what he can create with pen, paint, and paper. Sculpting taps a whole new part of the creative mind and, while molding clay and carving ice is great, a more tech-focused angle can be fun. 3D printers let people design shapes and objects on a computer and then print it out in full form! Available at Staples and various online retailers.

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THE “I’ve got to get the newest thing” GUY: Snapchat Spectacle Glasses

We all know this guy. Before you even have a chance to ask him if he wants something, he probably already has the next model of the device you hadn’t even heard of yet. Well, there’s nothing quite like these yet. These glasses have Snapchat built into them, so all you do is tap a button and—BOOM!—It records a 10-second snap straight to your Memories feed. Available online at Spectacles.com.

THE HANDYMAN GUY: LawnBott

Remember the Roomba? It was that little robot that would zoom around your living room and clean up everything without you having to pull out your actual vacuum cleaner. This is like that, but for your lawn. That’s right, it’s a robot lawnmower. If that doesn’t sound amazing, then I don’t know what to say. It would free up tons of his time and be fun to show off to friends. Available online at LawnBott.com.

THE SPORTS GUY:

Sony W Series Wearable MP3 Player Bluetooth headphones are the new standard for listening to music while working out or doing anything active. But no one wants to hold their smartphone the entire time, which is why these ear buds are so great: they have an MP3 player found inside! So regardless of which sports or activity your guy loves, these will certainly come in handy. Available at Walmart and various online retailers. 70

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THE FISHERMAN GUY:

Fishing Hot Spots Pro 2016 In this day and age, most of us don’t turn on our car without having a GPS handy, why would anyone want to start up a boat any differently? The lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world are nearly impossible to navigate without a reliable map and this device is the most up-to-date resource for not only traversing the waters, but finding the fish as well. Available at Bass Pro Shops and various online retailers.

THE MUSIC LOVING GUY: Remidi Pro Glove

If your guy loves music and gadgets, then this is perfect. It’s a glove that you wear like normal on your hand, but it also doubles as a musical instrument. Basically, it can turn someone into a musical wizard of magic and technology. It’s a gadget that he never knew he wanted until you give it to him. Available online at Remidi-pro.com.

THE RETRO GUY: NES Classic Edition

Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and the list goes on and on. If your guy was a child of the 80s or 90s, then he probably has fond memories of the original Nintendo. This little hunk of plastic packs 30 of the system’s best games into a single device that you can plug and play in any modern television. Available at Target, Best Buy, and various online retailers. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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SAY IT WITH A BOX Local goods + Gift Boxes.

Discover small independent California & U.S.A makers. Many based and producing in the San Joaquin Valley. Epicurean foods for fine dining, entertaining and cooking. Treats for mind, body & home. Corporate Gift Boxes and Snacking.

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DRESS: BETSY ADAM, DILLARD’S SHOES: STEVE MADDEN, DILLARD’S HANDBAG: COACH, DILLARD’S

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DRESS: B DARLIN, DILLARD’S SHOES: GIANNI BINI, DILLARD’S BRACELET: CEZANNE, DILLARD’S

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DRESS: LOVELY GIRL MOBILE BOUTIQUE STATEMENT NECKLACE: LOVELY GIRL MOBILE BOUTIQUE SUN GLASSES: JIMMY CHOO, MEYERS FASHION OPTICAL SHOES: ADRIANNA PAPELL, DILLARD’S BRACELET: CEZANNE, DILLARD’S

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DRESS: FINA SHOES: STEVE MADDEN EARRINGS: ANNE KLEIN, DILLARD’S

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DRESS: FINA SUN GLASSES: L.A.M.B., MEYERS FASHION OPTICAL NECKLACE: NAL, DILLARD’S SHOES: GIANNI BINI, DILLARD’S

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DRESS: NICOLE MILLER, DILLARD’S NECKLACE: NAL, DILLARD’S BRACELET: FINA SHOES: ANTONIO MELANI, DILLARD’S

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Winter has welcomed cold weather to San Joaquin County, giving residents two choices when it comes to this season’s vacation plans: they can either head to the snow-capped mountains where winter activities abound, or they can get the hell out of dodge, and move toward warmer weather where it’s easy to pretend summer is still upon us. Check out our top choices for fun winter escapes that could have you tanning poolside, or cozying up to a roaring fire.

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A short drive from San Joaquin County, Lake Tahoe is an obvious pick for winter enthusiasts, and if you look beyond the most apparent choices, you’ll find obscure activities—with just as much appeal—lurk nearby.

to Northstar (5001 Northstar Dr., Truckee) to slide down the slopes, but there’s more adventure to be had in Lake Tahoe. Let a team of huskies guide you through the Sierra Nevada by dog sled (dogsledadventure.com), and take up snowshoeing (almost all of the ski resorts in Lake Tahoe offer equipment rentals and trails). A quick search turns up an abundance of routes—and if you booked a dog-friendly room at the Landing Resort, there are plenty of dog-friendly snowshoe trails around, too.

WHERE TO STAY:

Cedar Glen Lodge (6589 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista) is an ideal stop for those looking to embrace the mountain life. From one- or two-bedroom suites to cozy cottages across from the lake, it’s easy to spend the entire weekend holed up indoors, with frequent trips to the wine bar (complete with fireplace), hot tub, and The Rustic Lounge, where an award-winning chef duo serve seasonal fare in a casual fine dining restaurant.    With a flair all its own, The Landing Resort & Spa (4104 Lakeshore Blvd.) is a boutique hotel with a fivestar rating offering lakefront properties and premium suites. Every detail not so subtly screams extravagance, from the plush robes you can wear to the spa to the in-room fireplaces that make every space a romantic escape for guests. You can even invite Fido to join the family vacation by booking a petfriendly room at the property.

WHERE TO EAT:

Stop at The Dam Café (55 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City) for organic, easy breakfast foods and a cup of the best hot chocolate on the planet—so they say. Here, visitors can buy everything from coffee to burritos.

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Visiting Yosemite in winter is like discovering Yosemite for the first time.

WHERE TO STAY: Previously known as the Ahwahnee, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (1 Ahwahnee Dr.) has been rebranded—and updated—to offer all the luxury the Awahnee was known for under a new name.    Recent renovations re-imagined several areas of the historic hotel, including the bar and subsequent kitchen. Set on the valley


floor, rooms proffer views of Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Yosemite Falls, and the hotel is just 1.5 miles from Yosemite Village.   Book travel on New Year’s Eve and partake in an opulent celebration of the hotel’s 90th anniversary, complete with live music, a lavish six-course

dinner, dancing, and more. If you’re looking to rekindle the romance, book a room at Tin Lizzie (7731 Laurel Way, Fish Camp), a cozy bed and breakfast with opportunity to drive model-T cars.

WHERE TO EAT: Both hotels come with their own on-site dining options. Eat in the chandelier-lit dining room at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, or indulge in a home-style meal at Tin Lizzie. Nearby Yosemite Village has options, too—including Half Dome Village Pizza Deck (9010 Curry Village Dr.), a pie and beer eatery with park views.

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WHERE TO PLAY: Hiking in winter grants guests breathtaking views you can’t get in July, and there are safe trails to traipse through despite the snow at Curry Village, as well as seasonal ice-skating. Don’t miss a trip to Badger Pass (7082 Glacier Point Rd.), where you can take up snowshoeing, roast s’mores (as snow falls around you), and sip spiked hot chocolate. If you’re looking for a challenge, ski Half Dome!

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The rustic, bare bones accommodations at Mt. Tamalpais State Park allow visitors to truly escape.

WHERE TO STAY:

Forego lavish hotels for understated cabins at Steep Ravine (Stinson Beach). Outside each front door exist spectacular views of the water, bridges, dense forests, and dramatic cliffs. Beware, the accommodations lack modern amenities such as electricity and cell reception. Instead, this cool take on a winter escape has whales leaping outside your door, and fire pits to warm your toes next to.    Want to enjoy all the State Park has to offer without forgoing luxury? Stay nearby at the Marin Suites Hotel (45 Tamal Vista Blvd.), just 3.3 miles away in Corte Madera, and visit the park during the day.

WHERE TO EAT:

Grab elevated grub at The Counter (201 Corte Madera Town Center) or pick up sandwiches to bring back to camp from Boudin SF (1734 Redwood Hwy).

WHERE TO PLAY: Temperatures hover in the 50s and it’s not likely to snow (though it does on occasion) allowing hiking trails to stay open in winter, and fishing to not disappoint.

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WHERE TO STAY: There’s no shortage of chic hotels in Monterey making it easy to point and pick. Before making a decision, however, check out The Monterey Hotel (406 Alvarado St.), with fireplace-clad accommodations boasting old world charm in a casual atmosphere, or head to the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (400 Cannery Row) where luxury lurks in every corner.


WHERE TO EAT: At the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef James Walker prepares meals at the on-site Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar making it a must for hotel guests.   If you’re looking for a quick bite, the Wharf Market Place Deli & Café (290 Figueroa St.) serves robust breakfasts and a full menu of coffees.

WHERE TO PLAY: Did you know Monterey is revered for its whale watching? Until December 16, humpback whales, blue whales, orcas, and dolphins are easily seen from the Monterey Bay waters (and killer whales, minke whales, and fin whales are oft spotted, too). After December 17, gray whales and dolphins become the norm.   Book a tour—ranging from four hours to all day—and spot these and a variety of other mammals and seabirds, including otters, sea lions, and fur seals (www.gowhales.com). The fourhour trip allows plenty of time to catch glimpses of the majestic creatures as they rotate through feeding locations, and three to seven species are routinely spotted each trip.    It gets chilly, so bring a blanket and settle in for the adventure. As you navigate the waters, marine biologists narrate and answer questions. EXPERT TIP: cancellations do occur based on weather, so book a morning trip if possible when weather and visibility are at their best.    There’s one more kind of tour you can’t pass up during your rendezvous to Monterey. Hop on a historic wine trolley ( w w w. t o u r s m o n t e r e y. com) and venture through local wineries pouring everything from pinot noir to viognier. Many packages include “trolley platters” for lunch. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

They say California has it all, but sometimes you have to venture outside the border of our varied state to find the treasures that lie in destinations nearby. About a seven-hour drive from San Joaquin County, Bend, Ore. is revered for its top-notch skiing and après ski activities.

WHERE TO STAY:

Stay near the action at the Mount Bachelor Village Resort (19717 Mt. Bachelor Dr.), or enjoy a $10 million renovation at the revamped Riverhouse on the Deschutes (3075 U.S. 97 Business), a riverfront property with an indoor pool conveniently located near Deschutes National Park.

WHERE TO EAT:

Eat at Scapolos. Perched at 7,800 feet on Mt. Bachelor (3000 Century Dr.), staff serves a casual lunch with a view. Nearby, the Clearing Rock Bar is prime for après ski beverages.

WHERE TO PLAY: Ski Enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies need look no further than Mt. Bachelor, one of the highest-rated mountains in the area. Here, skiers can take daring rides across 3,683 acres of terrain (accessible via ten lifts).   Those looking to reach new heights minus the skis can visit the Point Butte State Scenic Viewpoint (Greenwood Ave.) Hike to the summit through clusters of aromatic juniper and sage

plants and marvel at the panoramic views. Snowcapped mountains glow at sunset.   Rich in volcanic history, Central Oregon is also known for its lava lands. View the site and learn more at the visitor’s center within Deschutes National Park where experts tell tales from its storied past—from the rumored Native American beginnings to its use for astronaut training in the 1960s.

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WHERE TO STAY:

Stay at the Phoenician (6000 E. Camelback Rd.) and partake in all the activities winter has taken from you. This place has nine pools, a golf course, and a spa! (Did you forget what it felt like to golf without dreading a weather-related cancellation?) Explore the grounds, nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, and take in cactus gardens, guided tours of the flora and fauna, and a sculpture garden boasting the work of renowned artist Alan Houser.    For a stay that promises to be anything but boring, choose Hotel Valley Ho, a brilliant melding of 96

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WHERE TO EAT: A celebrity chef whips up culinary masterpieces at the eight dining destinations inside the Phoenician. At Hotel Valley Ho, guests can signup for monthly chef’s dinners or beer and food pairings.

WHERE TO PLAY: If you absolutely must leave the comforts of the resorts, head to the Scottsdale Waterfront (7135 E. Camelback Rd.) to enjoy an afternoon of shopping and dining. The weather is perfect for strolling from store to store without fumbling with an umbrella. And if you’re missing the outdoors, spend time hiking the nearby Arizona Canal Trail or Piestewa Peak.

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Average temperatures still sit in the high 50s to low 60s in Las Vegas in December so there’s nothing limiting how you play in the resort city famed for its vibrant nightlife and around the clock entertainment.

Who says December is an inappropriate time for a beach vacation? We certainly aren’t judging your need for soft sand and crashing waves this time of year, and Coronado Island is just a 14-mile drive from San Diego, making it an accessible escape for San Joaquin residents.

WHERE TO STAY:

Stay at the Bellagio (3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.), a luxe, Italian-inspired resort that decorates with over-the-top Christmas decorations in December and sets the famous water fountains dance to Christmas tunes. Caesar’s Palace (3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) is another option for accommodations amid the festive action. The hotel’s Forum Shops hire scuba elves to feed the tropical fish.

WHERE TO EAT: Restaurants book fast around the holidays. Make reservations at The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay (3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) located 63 stories up with an outdoor patio and sweeping views of the Las Vegas skyline, or chow down at Bellagio’s all-you-can-eat buffet, simply dubbed The Buffet.

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WHERE TO PLAY: In Las Vegas, the whole city is your playground, but don’t forget to catch these must-see attractions. The LINQ promenade, an outdoor retail, dining, and entertainment plaza, will transform into Winter PARQ starting December 11, with nightly holiday-themed shows every 30 minutes from 5-9 PM.    Take in an infamous cirque-style show. Caesar’s Palace hosts Absinthe, a wacky, must-see take on the cirque craze.

Bathe in luxury at Hotel Del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.), a red-roofed Mecca situated atop one of the best beaches in the world. Because of its southern location, Coronado is warm enough to spend some time at the beach, even if you aren’t dipping into the water, and pre-bed bonfires are the ideal way to warm up in the chilly air. Fancy yourself a history buff? Book a tour of the grounds.

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WHERE TO EAT: Dine at Hotel Del Coronado’s own 1500 Ocean, a fine dining stop specializing in seafood. Or, venture downtown to taste Asianinspired seafood dishes at Bistro D’Asia (1301 Orange Ave.)

WHERE TO PLAY: Coronado’s picturesque downtown is easily accessible by foot, bike, golf cart, and ferry, and it’s home to plenty of shops and restaurants, making for a pleasant afternoon of exploration.   The art scene in Coronado is sizeable. Catch a showing of the Tony Award-winning production A Chorus Line through December 11 at the Coronado Playhouse (1835 Strand Way). Directed by Thomas Fitzpatrick.

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Winter is an ideal time to visit this exclusive desert city without melting in its high summer temperatures.

WHERE TO STAY:

Book a room at the Colony Palms Hotel (572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.) where a gorgeous pool surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas just outside of the on-site restaurant, is a focal point.    Rooms boast impressive in-room bars perfect

for pre-dinner drinks, and a Moroccan-themed spa gives guests a place to relax on a couple’s escape or girls trip.   Another excellent option is the Korakia Penisone (257 S. Patencio Rd.), where pools are heated to 100 degrees for warm nights and open 24/7. For a special evening affair, head to the courtyard for black and white movies, a truly appropriate offering for the posh desert city.


WHERE TO EAT: There’s no need to venture outside your resort for worthy cuisine. Both hotels offer varied menus across several meals.

WHERE TO PLAY: Stroll down Palm Canyon Drive to visit an array of cute boutiques and interior design shops celebrated for their charming—and varied—tastes. Nearby the Coachella Valley (yes the one famous for its raucous summer music festival) is the perfect backdrop forhiking, biking, and horseback riding. Smoke Tree Stables (2500 S. Toledo Ave.) offers rides over150 miles of open land.

WHERE TO STAY: Go rural at Mesquite Spring Campground with access to the ubehebe crater and racetrack playa or skip camping and head to the Inn at Furnace Creek (328 Greenland Blvd.), a middle of nowhere, four-star oasis.

Death Valley is known as the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America (in 1913 it reached the record temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit at Furnace Creek where the name alone speaks volumes about daily temps). During winter, however, daytime temperatures are mild, and it only occasionally reaches freezing at night, making it an ideal escape for outdoorsy families.

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Enjoy casual saloon dining at Stovepipe Wells (Rte. 190), or opt for fine dining at The Inn at Furnace Creek Dining Room (Hwy 190).

WHERE TO PLAY: Known as an outdoor playground because of its many trails for hiking, biking, and more, Death Valley is ideal for families, friends, and couples, and despite lower temperatures, December marks slow season so families can take advantage of reduced rates and less crowds.   Kids will enjoy the campgrounds and stovepipe village, Sunset Campground has a tailgate party atmosphere perfect for rowdy groups, and romantic sunrises across the park create romance for couples. Don’t forget to track down some of the Valley’s ghost towns—remnants of a booming mining industry that busted. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Of course, we’re all running around with our heads cut off mid holiday season. The in-laws will be here in a few weeks, and the last thing we have time, or money, for is home improvement projects. With your sanity in mind, we’ve compiled a few budget-friendly ideas that will transform your space.

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CREATE AN ACCENT WALL

Of course, there’s no time to dive into an interior re-paint during the holidays, but an accent wall is a quick way to revamp any room. Before you grab an extra paint can from your garage, be sure to decide on which color, material, and wall is best suited for this quick project. Color theory is the perfect place to start. Do you want to open up a narrow hallway? Are you looking to add a splash of sass? If sass is the name of your aim, be sure to choose the farthest or longest wall, and keep in mind that colors like yellow, orange, and red make a wall appear closer than it truly is. Blues, greens, and purples push walls away from the eye, making a skinny hallway seem wider, and a short room feel longer.

REFRESH BACKSPLASH

If you feel your kitchen is a bit drab, a new backsplash can offer a serious facelift—while also protecting your walls against splashes and spills sure to happen this holiday season. Backsplash that contrasts with counter tops is

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all the rage, as it allows both surfaces to truly pop. The trending use of porcelain perfectly compliments marble countertops, while calacatta’s enduring, classic marble look is more realistic than ever. Incorporate your personal style and use the backsplash as a way to truly pull your kitchen together, tie in colors, and create a focal point. Because the area covered by backsplash is typically small, be bold and bright, or opt for tiles in different shapes and colors that serve as a statement piece.

ADD A LUXURY SHOWER HEAD

Hosting for the holidays is all about making your company comfortable. If the guest bathroom is lacking in luxury, a quick showerhead update could be the fix. If your father in law stands 6 feet tall, opt for something that won’t force him to hunch over, like a ceiling head unit that peacefully mimics falling rain. If pressure is an issue, there’s a quick fix for that too. From filtered-water to massage setting and hand-held features—today’s latest luxury showerheads have much to offer.


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REPLACE YOUR FRIDGE

Of course, more people mean more food! Prep your home with a brand new fridge sure to hold all the leftovers. Refrigerators have been seriously influenced by technology in the last decade, making leaps and bounds in efficiency—with LED screens that can be programed to showcase photo slideshows, hold massive amounts of food, and save on energy. Consider an upgrade if you don’t have easy access to filtered water and have to purchase costly, wasteful water bottles, wish your food would stay fresh longer, or want to reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, a new, shiny, stainless steel fridge can bring some serious style to an old kitchen.

CLEAN YOUR FLOORS AND UPHOLSTERY

Call in a professional to clean your carpets and upholstery, and welcome guests into a home that looks and smells new! Years of foot traffic, spills, and simply living, take a toll—and sometimes more than we even notice. Forget the true hue of your carpet and couch? Now is the perfect time to find out! Improve air quality, eliminate trapped pollutants, take out dust mites, prevent mold, and say hello to super-fresh smells. 104

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UPDATE FIXTURES

From faucets, fans, and sinks to your cabinet finish and handles, opting to update one of these features can make a room feel new. Keep cost extremely low by replacing cabinet and drawer handles or faucets in your kitchen and bathrooms. Add a dash of color, enhance a vintage feel, or go for longevity and choose an industrial design sure to keep up with the kids. This small change will make a huge impact! If you’re not yet ready to replace your cabinets, a refresh is the way to go. Remove doors, add shelves, paint with stencils, or hang wallpaper in the back of glass-front cabinets.


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UPDATE THE AREA RUG

The right rug can transform a room. Is it color, comfort, cleanliness, or style you crave? There’s a rug for that. Cover stubborn floor stains, add warmth, define your space, and keep your little holiday visitors safe. Area rugs define space as they create a mood for your visitors, inviting them to gather around couches in the great room, or hinting that this area is adult-only. The style, color, pattern, and materials of today’s rugs are seemingly endless and can bring unique style. The “over dyed” rug look really took over this last year, stripping vintage and antique rugs of their original color and saturating them in vibrant, contemporary hues.

ADD CROWN MOLDING

Baseboards and crown molding add width, depth, and height to boring rooms through architectural interest. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to make a room feel new is to beef up your moldings — either adding them for the first time, or heightening the trim. Baseboards provide a visual foundation while molding draws the eye upward. If you’re on a tight budget, consider molding made of MDF—a combination of wood and resins that come pre-primed and ready to paint!

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ADD CURTAINS

Bring elegance and style to your home with help from window treatments and curtains. You can pull a room together, enhance décor, make a statement, add a dash of color, and the list goes on. Aside from aesthetics, curtains provide privacy, prevent dust, and control light—all features sure to make your guest more comfortable!


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Lodi Academy is a Christian, college-prep high school focused on providing the best possible high school experience to our students. We offer a complete program centered on academic achievement, spiritual development, and co-curricular opportunities. Since 1908, Lodi Academy has helped thousands of students prepare for their future with the skills necessary to pursue their post-secondary educational and career goals. Located on a

This year Snell’s Pre-Kindergarten School is celebrating our 110th year of educating area children! We are the oldest privately owned pre-school in California and have been a family tradition for many and a must for those who have wanted educational excellence and a joyous pre-school learning experience for their children. Our teaching philosophy combines oldfashioned values, new ideas, and skills for the challenges children and parents face in the 21st Century. Our dedicated staff works with the individual youngster to facilitate and expand his/her learning capabilities. Keeping with the tradition established by Miss Snell in 1906, we continue developing innovative, specialized programs and keep abreast of the necessary academic standards and skills needed 112

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beautiful 40-acre campus, we keep our class sizes small. Our teachers are credentialed in their subject areas, and many hold Masters or Doctorate degrees. We value each and every student. We offer a well-rounded program and an active spiritual environment that includes many outreach opportunities and community service projects. The Fine Arts program at Lodi Academy is thriving with more than 80% of our students involved in the musical programs, art, band, choir and drama. A variety of varsity sports are offered and compete regularly in the CIF League. Our athletes are high achieving students with the majority of our athletes on honor roll maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better. Off-site learning experiences and incredible trips are offered throughout the year. Lodi Academy is WASC accredited and is recognized by the University of California as an approved college preparatory secondary school. We invite you to tour our campus, talk to our staff, visit our website and learn more about how we can partner with you in the education of your children! LODI ACADEMY 1230 South Central Ave., Lodi 209.368.2781 www.LodiAcademy.net

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four and five year olds. Our objectives for our Tuesday, Thursday 3 Year Old Classes are to have a happy learning atmosphere in which each child’s individual capabilities and interests can be developed; to help each child learn to listen and follow directions; to see each child work and play cooperatively with others; and to see each child gain a respect for himself/ herself and others. In addition to our traditional Pre-Kindergarten half day programs we also offer a beforeand-after-school extended Educare program for working parents needing full and parttime care for their child. Helping today’s child become tomorrow’s responsible citizen!

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prior to starting high school and assessed regularly for progress. Students enjoy access to a full array of in-class and online curricula enabling them to choose courses of interest, and they are challenged to accelerate their coursework to participate in dual enrollment at local colleges. Preparation for career success drives the personalization of our career technical offerings. Each student participates in a ten-year planning exercise that begins during freshman year and continues according to a vision that extends six years beyond high school graduation. With this, we completely reconfigure the college readiness paradigm by asking students first to identify a selection of interesting careers. We then work with them to examine the required courses of study and assist in selecting the programs necessary to prepare for bright futures. We help learners to get focused on what they want from life and to develop skills to succeed throughout high school, college, and career entry. Highly fortified with talent and dedication, this educational community works together to ensure amazing outcomes for our students. From our nationally recognized agriculture and engineering programs to very competitive athletic teams, we provide a nurturing environment where values of integrity, personal dignity, and “grit” combine to develop happy and confident graduates.

If you seek a unique, educational environment where your child will have the chance to choose academic and career technical pathways, grow knowledge and develop life skills, while imaging and preparing for success after graduation, we invite you to explore Galt Joint Union High School District. You will experience the differences as you tour our campuses. Students still stop conversations to open doors for visitors, respect each other and staff, and know that high school life is enhanced by engagement and contribution in a spirit of community.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 12945 Marengo Rd., Galt (209) 745-0249 Ghsd.k12.ca.us


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Health Careers Academy (HCA) is a charter school located inside of University Park. HCA prepares our diverse student population for a future in the medical field. HCA provides a rigorous, student-centered, college preparatory environment. HCA students develop academic skills, health career themed technical skills and community awareness qualities. HCA provides students with a solid foundation for a career in the medical field and post-secondary academic success. HCA offers AP, articulated college courses, Dual Enrollment with Delta

College and Biomedical Science curriculum in addition to the regular California required standard core curriculum. HCA provides community support for our students in the form of the Community Partners Advisory Council (CPAC). CPAC members represent Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Grupe Commercial and many others including elected officials. This group provides opportunities such as job shadowing, mentoring, internships, scholarship, medical scrub and white coats. CPAC is also involved

in guest speakers, mock interviews and resume writing for our students. Last year, HCA celebrated a 100% graduation rate with 91% of its graduates pursuing post-secondary education. HCA has graduates attending many top notch institutions including the highly competitive UCLA School of Nursing. Last year, HCA was awarded by US News and World Report a bronze distinction as well as Newsweek Magazine naming HCA of the Top 500 schools in the Nation. HCA was also named the Best Charter School by San Joaquin Magazine and most recently, one of the top public high schools by the Stockton Record.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 931 E. Magnolia Street Stockton, CA 95202 StocktonUSD.net/HCA

Educating, inspiring, and rehabilitating, Community Center for the Blind has been meeting the needs of people in San Joaquin County who are blind or visually impaired since 1949. Support from the community has allowed the agency to provide the information, tools and resources that empower and inspire people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their full potential. An adult confronted with vision loss often feels limited and frustrated in performing a variety of daily activities and requires new techniques and tools to accomplish those activities. Young people who are blind or visually impaired must learn life skills beyond those of a classroom. CCBVI blends educational, social and recreational activities, adaptive techniques and assistive technology, and a nurturing environment with peers to facilitate integration with the sighted world.    CCBVI offers services for people of all ages to help them, and their families and friends, cope with vision loss, improve their quality of life, and become or remain independent, participating members of society: • Information/Referral • Braille • Assistive Technology • Orientation & Mobility • Daily Living Skills • Summer Youth Camp • Second Saturdays • Adjustment to Vision Loss • Vision Loss: A Family Affair

LEARN MORE ABOUT CCBVI: 2453 Grand Canal Blvd., Suite #5, Stockton (209) 466-3836

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As the Principal of Rio Valley Charter School, and as a homeschooling parent, I know that creativity and academic achievement can coexist through individualized education. Our dedicated staff is committed to our students’ success. We provide choice and support to our families with full access to curriculum, technology, generous discretionary funds, onsite workshops and classes, as well as our UCCI integrated arts program. We would be honored to assist you in charting your child’s unique path to success. Thank you. -Dr. Marcie Grill

Jayleen might only be 3 years old, but she’s already on her way to getting the education she will need to pursue her dreams. That’s because she’s a preschooler at Baby Steps, part of a network providing no-cost preschool and other Head Start and Early Head Start services in the county through Head Start San Joaquin. “I think it’s better that she’s learning early. She actually likes school, so I think that’s a good start for her,” said her mom, Elena. “I hope Jayleen’s successful, and that she follows her heart, whatever she wants to do.” Jaylee’s preschool is helping Elena follow her heart, too. She’s a student at the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s (SJCOE) one.New Start school, which specializes in helping single parents complete high school. Not having to worry about childcare allows teen parents to focus on their own education. Located in downtown Stockton, Baby Steps is operated by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County. The nonprofit organization is just one of the partners that make up the SJCOE’s Head Start San Joaquin, offering services throughout the county for children from birth to age five and pregnant women. “Research shows that infant, toddler, and preschool children need exposure to high-quality early learning experiences in order to succeed in school and life,” Head Start San Joaquin Director Leticia Sida said. Head Start San Joaquin is currently accepting applications for enrollment in preschool and other services supporting families. 118

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RIO VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL 1110 W Kettleman Ln #10, Lodi (209) 368-4934, RioValley.org

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Homeschooling offers students the flexibility to pursue their own learning styles and interests with the help of a credentialed teacher and a generous student account. Rio Valley offers onsite workshops, field trips, and events to enrich students’ learning. We offer FREE access to online learning platforms as well as a unique reimbursement program. Call today!

Join us on The Second Saturday of every month 9AM TO 4PM, SEPTEMBER 2016 - MAY 2017 AGES 14-24 The CCBVI’s Unique blend of education and social activities’ integration of adaptive technology and techniques, and immersion into a nurturing environment with peers, youth who are blind and visually impaired will gain new levels of confidence and move forward to master even more milestones with the positive reinforcement of each new success.

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Discovery ChalleNGe Academy is a partnership between the California National Guard and the San Joaquin County Office of Education. It serves youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who have dropped out of high school, are at-risk of dropping out, or are credit deficient. Applicants commit to complete the voluntary program, which includes a 22-week residential phase followed by a 12-month post-residential phase.

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YMCA basketball has been part of Tejay’s life for the past year. When his parents signed him up for Y Sports, they expected their child would make some new friends and learn the basic fundamentals. What they didn’t expect was for him to develop a strong passion at such a young age. “Y sports has helped Tejay fall in love with the game of basketball just like his father,” says Frances Lam, “His confidence has gone up and he has become so passionate about the sport. We look forward to game days as a family and we love seeing how much fun he’s having while being active at the same time.” YMCA programs—including day camps, swim lessons and child care—offer fun and enrichment in a safe, nurturing environment. “At the Y, we believe every child has potential, and we’re here to nurture that potential,” Interim CEO Ray Call says. “Every day,

we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that all children, regardless of age, income or background, have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.” Youth Sports is available year-round for kids ages 3 to 17. The Y also offers an Itty Bitty program that teaches the basics of sports in a structured, fun and non-competitive environment for kids ages 3-5

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

YMCA OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY Stockton, (209)472-9622 YmcaSjc.org

Be That Well.” Each student has the opportunity to excel through 20 Honors and AP courses, 18 visual and performing arts, 16 athletic programs and more than 30 student-organized clubs. We have also introduced a Broadcasting class and the 1:1 iPad program this year. There is something for everyone at St. Mary’s High School.    St. Mary’s is one of the oldest institutions in San Joaquin County and dedicated to the valuebased instruction and challenging academic environment that prepare each student for college. St. Mary’s High School has a 100 percent graduation rate. Shadow-A-Ram and Campus Tours are offered through the Admissions Office.

St. Mary’s High School is a Catholic college preparatory school providing academic excellence for 140 years. St. Mary’s draws approximately 900 students from 134 elementary schools, some traveling more than 45 miles to attend. The campus is located in the

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heart of Stockton and occupies 25 acres. St. Mary’s provides quality education to students of all faiths through affordable tuition and scholarship assistance.   St. Mary’s strives to develop the total person – intellectually, creatively, socially, physically and spiritually. Our school theme is “Be Who You Are and

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The holiday season is never complete without a freshly baked batch of cookies. Be they ginger snaps, shortbread, or something in between—that delightful smell drifting from room to room is the best way to bring families together. And in honor of the most wonderful time of the year, we decided to visit Corner Scone Bakery—our local cookie experts—to gain some valuable advice on making a superb batch that’s sure to turn heads! Follow these tips and try them out on your favorite recipes

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SHORTBREAD JAM COOKIES

Make everyone’s night merrier with layers of flavor! Dip one side of your shortbread cookies in chocolate and choose a cute holiday inspired designed for the other to showcase the apricot, cherry, strawberry, or maybe even blackberry jam you’ve filled into the center!

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“Real and fresh is definitely best,” she advises. “With no chemicals, if you can. May not have as long of shelf life, but will taste better AND be better for you and your family.” But wait! Before you touch that oven dial or pick up that cookie tray, there’s one problem that Terrie says people run into most often!

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“A common problem is that people don’t read the recipe. You should read through the recipe to understand what is needed, then bake. Baking is science! Period!”

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“Make sure that before you start, you have all the ingredients and equipment needed for the job.”

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“At home I use a double walled pan. It helps to evenly brown cookies. And at the bakery, we use large baking trays with parchment paper.”

RACK EM’ JUST RIGHT “Use the middle rack, if you can, and rotate half way through baking for an evenly, perfectly baked batch!”

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MERINGUE CHRISTMAS TREES

There’s nothing like that first, crisp bite of a meringue! Green food coloring and peppermint extract transform these lightweight bites into mouth-tingling reminders of the blustery season! Be careful! It’s easy to make a meal out of two or three- or maybe six or seven?


GINGERBREAD COOKIE TREE

Sometimes one cookie isn't enough to satisfy your guests' craving for all things sweet! And when the odds seem stacked against you, you need only stack these star shaped goodies higher for the perfect after dinner treat! Speckled with spice and drizzled in rich layers of icing, each bite is its own work of ginger infused art.

PEPPERMINT MACARONS

Take on broken bits of peppermint candy, the smooth and sweet frosting hidden in the center, and that brittle, sugar-infused macaron surface. It’s like taking a snowball to the face with all that crisp, minty goodness!

SNOW LACED PINE CONES

This is the perfect holiday treat to involve the kids with! Both healthy and fun to build, this cookie is based around a pretzel, a hearty helping of peanut butter, chocolate flavored Fiber One, and powdered sugar! Ohso-simple, with a tasty assortment of textures to tease the palate.

MARSHMALLOW COOKIES

Ready to knock the socks off your sister’s famous chocolate chip recipe? Send her packing and the family gawping over these shortbread beauties, propped onto homemade marshmallows and basking in rich milk chocolate!

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PERSIMMONS  BY COPPER WILLIAMS

There’s definitely a reason why this fruit’s Latin name means “Food of the Gods.” Persimmons are delightfully sweet treats to slip your spoon into when ripened. Originating from China, the persimmon has travelled across the world and split into several variations of itself, including the Japanese, American, and Indian persimmon, to name just a few. Regardless of its slight modifications, persimmons are best eaten when they’ve taken on a completely mushy texture. Think that’s rotten? Think again! Although high in sugar, persimmons boast numerous benefits. Take a bite out of these bad boys and enjoy their antioxidant and vitamin count, including A, C, and Potassium. Its naturally high fiber helps to kick cravings before they can get out of hand, while also promoting healthy digestion. Combine those properties with Betulinic acid, which prevents tumors, Zeaxanthin, which protects your eyes, and Lutein, which combats aging, and you’ve got a super fruit that’s perfect for a plethora of recipes! As with all good things, keep your daily allotment to moderate amounts, as persimmons are high in fructose, and provide a few more calories than your average fruit. Enjoy them in a light salad, alongside gourmet cheese, or go all out and bake them into a delightful holiday cookie for a treat that no one in the family can ignore!

LOCAL FLAVOR Persimmon Old Fashioned by Townhouse

Enjoy this seasonal specialty, with brandy, brown sugar and cinnamon, club soda, a few extra ingredients and, of course, lovely persimmon reduction! Townhouse at Wine & Roses | 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi | (209) 371-6160 WineRose.com

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PERSIMMON SORBET INGREDIENTS:

2 cups water 1 cup sugar 2 cups persimmon pulp 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup vodka DIRECTIONS:

To make simple syrup, add water and sugar to a pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Cool before proceeding with recipe. (Simple syrup can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.) Combine simple syrup, persimmon pulp, lemon juice, and vodka in blender and process until thoroughly blended. Chill mixture. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately, or transfer to container(s) and store in freezer. Makes a little more than 1 quart. *Recipe courtesy of MyNewOrleans.com

RAW PERSIMMON TART INGREDIENTS:

3 Persimmons 1 cup dates 1 cup walnuts 1 tbsp. cocoa powder 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut DIRECTIONS:

Add the dates, walnuts, desiccated coconut, cocoa powder into a food processor. Run the processor until everything comes together and walnuts are broken up. Now, dividing this into four portions, place the mixture into non-stick tart cases. Spread them out well to cover the base and the sides of each tart case. Place them in the freezer for at least half an hour and then begin making the filling. Peel the persimmon fruits, chop into cubes and grind them to form a puree in the food processor or blender. Take out the tart cases with the base filled in, from the fridge or freezer. Using a spoon, add the fruit puree to cover the base evenly up to the top. Garnish with more desiccated coconut. Again chill in the fridge/freezer for half an hour and serve! *Courtesy of EasyBitesOnline.com

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TWISTED BARREL WINERY Taste the adventure When you’ve got the gumption to think outside the box, things can get a little twisted. And that’s how they like it at Twisted Barrel Winery, where wicked results are expected out of each and every barrel. Owners Verl Tanner, Mark Tanner, and Mike Salimbeni have perfected the art of the bottle, creating specialty blends of Italian and Spanish Varietals. This passion for wine led them to craft their own unique taste on Barbera and Montepulciano, Alicante Bouschet, and Malbec, to name just a few. Their business began back in 2014, but the family and friends behind Twisted Barrel spent decades honing their skill before opening their doors. For them, it’s always been about perfecting each blend, then sharing it with the world. There’s no greater joy for the 128

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winery, than the smile they get from visitors after every sip. And that’s why—to the delight of guests—many of the movers and shakers of Twisted Barrel make time to visit with their fellow wine aficionados during their sampling. Standing at that bar isn’t just a tasting, it’s an experience. And staffers are only too happy to share their stories with newly made friends as they are with old. “Our tasting room is small, warm, and welcoming,”

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Maxine Tanner explains. “We are a totally family owned and operated winery. Many times, you will find four generations all working or playing together at Twisted Barrel.” That comfort flows throughout the tasting room, from the double glass doors, to floor to ceiling mural of their label. The perfect place for a few selfies, if we might add! French, American, and Hungarian oak are on the menu for every crushed and pressed

grape that comes rolling through the winery’s eager doors. The barrel is the trick in making each batch so twisted, and rich. Aged just right, what was once a juice becomes liquid gold in varietals such as the 2015 Lodi Malbec and the 2014 Tracy Hills Barbera. It’s no surprise that the wine club is so popular—as members receive two bottles per quarter, a 20% discount on all purchases, and a complimentary tasting for three. So do yourself a favor and join the Twisters, for exclusive invitations to parties, events, and much more. Things might be a little twisted, but here in Lodi, we’re up for the challenge.

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Thank you to San Joaquin Magazine for awarding us Gold for Wine Tasting!

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cravings

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MALLOW THAN MEETS THE EYE  BY COPPER WILLIAMS

Begin with a marshmallow. You know; those bright-white puffballs you hang over an open fire, or watch disappear into your cocoa on a cold night. Now, add the imagination of Heather and Jennifer Frades, sprinkle in an experimental afternoon in the kitchen, three years of experience, dozens of test batches, and voila! You have over 70+ mallow flavors that have become the highlight of parties in San Joaquin. The Rustic Puff, a gourmet marshmallow making business, began in 2013. It’s the brainchild of Jennifer and Heather, and the outcome of inspiration sprouted from a book Jennifer found about creating marshmallows. “She brought it home to me and said she was going to try and make them,” Heather smiles. “I thought she was crazy, but she did, and they were fantastic!” As a wedding and event planner, Jennifer offered the treats as favors and their popularity swelled. The Rustic Puff calls local venues such as StockMarket and Say It With A Box home. More of its rotating inventory can be found online, where customers can make purchases large and small. When asked what their favorite flavors are? “Personally, I love the Peanut Butter Delight and the Buttered Popcorn. I love anything that blends peanut butter and chocolate,” says Heather. Jennifer’s love lies in the Toasted Coconut. “The coconut water gives this marshmallow such a delicious, sweet coconut flavor,” she smiles sweetly. And how are these delightful mallows crafted? It all begins in the kitchen, where the Marshmallow Chef combines a variety of base ingredients according to the mallow flavor. After mixing, boiling, and stirring

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PRIE specializes in small production wines handcrafted of single vineyard-designate. Our passion and mission is to create elegant wines expressing the best of Lodi and surrounding regions. TASTING ROOM: Open Fri-Sun 11 to 5 pm or by appointment FIND US AT: facebook.com/PrieWinery twitter.com/priewinery

away—Jennifer is left with an aerated marshmallow cream that’s poured into large trays and topped with powdered sugar. A day later, the puffy masterpiece is hand cut and packaged! But The Rustic Puff doesn’t stop at creating tasty treats! They cater fondue fountains, s’mores bars, and fire pit parties! “Each of the parties can be fully catered, or setup and tore down,” Heather explains. “Our fire pit parties can have two to three hostesses present during the event to keep the fires stoked, and the marshmallows flowing. Or, we can come setup the pits, chairs, tables, and product so that you can enjoy them at your leisure. When the party is over, we come out and clean it all up.” Whether you’re looking to try a unique twist on the mallows you love, buying that perfect date night snack, or prepping www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

for an unforgettable house party—trust The Rustic Puff to take the fun up to eleven in both flavor and presentation!

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bubbles

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WOODBRIDGE BY ROBERT MONDAVI’S BRUT

Soft, creamy yeast characters accent fresh citrus aromas as flavors of green apple and lemon cream linger along your palate. This Brut pairs well with an array of dishes—from shellfish appetizers and chicken entrées to luscious fruit desserts.

FESTIVE FIZZES Popping bottles is a New Year’s Eve given, and with help from Lodi Appellation wineries, we can welcome 2017 with distinctive aromas and bubbles.

WEIBEL FAMILY VINEYARD’S WEIBEL POMEGRANATE Boasting a rich, vibrant garnet color—Weibel Pomegranate is fresh and enticing. Distinctive aromas of juicy pomegranates, pippin apples, and red currents are followed by a hint of spicy vanilla. On the palate, this sparkling wine bursts with sophisticated flavors!

VIAGGIO ESTATE & WINERY’S CALIFORNIA RASPBERRY SPARKLING WINE This delightful bubbly boats a crisp and refreshing red raspberry flavor with hints of sour apple, currants, and white peach—with a coconut finish. The combination of flavors makes for one sweet, sparkling experience made from one hundred percent Lodi Chardonnay!

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PELTIER’S THE GALA SPARKING WINE The beautiful blush color and delicately dancing bubbles are a perfect start to tantalizing your taste buds. This refreshing Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine, made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is wonderfully structured—serving up lots of fruit, firm acidity, and a long aftertaste.


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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

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.

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lavender  BY COPPER WILLIAMS It doesn’t get much better than a freshly prepared latte on a chilly winter day. Or does it? Imagine yourself nestled in a brick laced alley, settled at one of the tables dotting the patio. Barreled plants keep you company under the crisp, blue skies overhead and lavender tickles your senses. You bring your cup to your lips, take a sip, and the rich, ripened flavor of Jesus Mountain Coffee settles across your taste buds. This mildly sweet 134

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flavor lingers, just like you, during your stay at The Alley in Stockton. This is one of the tried and true favorites on the secret menu. Dried lavender buds, sugar, honey, and magic make this magnificent beverage the highly sought after favorite that it is.

FIND YOUR FLAVOR AT:

THE ALLEY @ TRAIL COFFEE ROASTERS 224 E. Minder Ave., Stockton (209) 603-8292 TrailCoffeeRoasters.com

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MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 296 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 474-7700 midgleyspublichouse.com

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


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Located on the Miracle Mile, Que 225° is an authentic American BBQ restaurant. All of our meats (Brisket, Pulled Pork and St. Louis cut Ribs) are cooked low and slow for up to 14 hours using a combination of Hickory and Apple wood. All of our sauces and sides are made from scratch and we give our own brand of culinary flare along with a distinct flavor to America’s original comfort food. Catering also available.

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Olde Ice House Downtown 27 E. Locust St., Lodi 209.368.0880

jessiesgrovewinery.com Ask to join the Posse Wine Club

Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10:pm DEVEGA BROTHERS 5757 Pacific Ave., Stockton (We are located inside Stonecreek shopping center)

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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

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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. TRACY THAI 1035 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 833-9703

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.

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ly! And what better way to kindle that holiday spirit than by cooling down during your last minute shopping spree with a Peppermint Bark Milkshake? Your friends at the Pink Turtle Shoppe in Tracy are ready to take a step back from making a barrage of ice cream sandwiches, churro sundaes, and tons of baked goods to take your order for this minty mouthful! Make way for classic pepper136

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mint ice cream, bombarded with chunks of peppermint bark candy and mixed into sweet submission. Think the whipped cream is the icing on the cake? Think again! Enjoy a helping of crushed peppermint candy pieces and chocolate covered peppermint chunks! TAKE A SIP AT:

PINK TURTLE SHOPPE 245 E. 11th St., Tracy (209) 830-1300 PinkTurtleIceCream.com

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

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

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


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Live Music Friday & Saturday 6:30-8:30 PM Barsetti Wine Tasting Room

Old Town Galt, 400 4th St. Suite 150

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Awaken your taste buds to a fanfare of flavor at the leading venue for Contemporary American cuisine! Fenix brings out the very best in locally grown produce with every meal, complementing cuts of meat and seafood in their unique and seasonal entrées. Whether you’re in the mood for something light or ready to sample the vast array of appetizers with your dish, save room for dessert and enjoy the décor tucked away in the heart of the Lodi appellation. FENIX 117 W. Elm St., Lodi (209) 400-3950, FenixLodi.com

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PAPAPAVLO’S 501 N. Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 477-6133 papapavlos.com

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We’re all about the holidays in San Joaquin, which is why we go to Townhouse at Wine & Roses to wind down after a busy day. With a seasonal menu and specialty drinks, every visit is every bit as unique as your first. And this winter, we’ve got just the martini to chase away the chill from your weary bones! Try on the Pearfect Tini, a tried and true seasonal favorite that boasts pureed pear 138

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and grated cinnamon for a taste on the exquisite side. Mixed in a simple syrup, Tahoe Blue Vodka, and freshly squeezed lemons, it’s the jolly drink to boost everyone’s holiday spirits! Take a bite out of the skewered pears and sip to your heart’s content.

Newly opened Breadfruit Tree Too offers a taste of the Caribbean with a variety of mouth watering dishes. Open 7 days a week, serving lunch and dinner you can experience something fresh and new every time. From the sweet Chili Fish to the spicy Jerk Chicken, Breadfruit Tree Too is sure to make your dining experience memorable. The bar is open to enjoy a variety of drink specials along with entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Open 7 days a week

TAKE A SIP AT:

TOWNHOUSE AT WINE & ROSES 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi (209) 334-6988, WineRose.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

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A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouth-watering appetizers and salads. Every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. At Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food. So let go of the worries of the day, and Go Outback. Open for lunch Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m. Dinner 7 days a week Happy hour 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 1243 West March Ln., Stockton (209) 954-9615, outback.com

 BY COPPER WILLIAMS Looking for a memento from all those trips to the winery, but can’t quite fit a barrel into the backseat of your car? Why not go for a clock? Rick Serna of Lodi Barrel Designs has taken our Lodi Appellation by storm, crafting unique furniture pieces and room accents out of barrels you’d find your favorite zinfandel aging in. Our personal favorite? Customizable barrel top clocks. With a layer of lacquer spread over his canvas, Rick

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sets to work with acrylic paints and his own unique templates stamped out in vinyl to design clocks that complete any man cave, restaurant wall, or parlor room. Better yet, the barrels can be personalized with family names, wedding dates, or business logos. Give them a call and take a little bit of our appellation back home! CHECK THE TIME AT:

LODI BARREL DESIGNS 1807 LBD Way., Lodi (209) 603-2636

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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


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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET PRESENTED BY FRIENDS OF THE FOX

DEC. 11

Enjoy this long-time classic with friends and family this holiday season! Follow the story of a substitute Santa who eventually takes claim of being the real deal. The curtains rise at 1:00 PM! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

SJ HISTORICAL SOCIETY FESTIVAL OF TREES

DEC. 3

LODI PARADE OF LIGHTS

DEC. 1

Bring out the whole family to enjoy the 21st Annual Parade of Lights, making its way through Lodi in a grand procession of holiday cheer! The festivities commence at 6:17 PM! Downtown Lodi, (209) 367-7840 Ext. 110, GreaterLodi. KiwanisOne.org

FRANKIE BOBBLE HEAD NIGHT

DEC. 3

Come out to the Stockton Arena and share your enthusiasm with the Stockton Heat! Frankie the Firebird will be making an appearance, along with 500 bobble head Frankies for the first 500 kids to enter the stadium 12 years and under! Stockton Arena, Stockton (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

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The Museum’s seven exhibit buildings will be brimming with dozens of festive trees, each decorated according to a unique theme. Also featured are special exhibits, entertainment, model trains and vintage craft demonstrations. For children, there will be many hands-on activities including decorating cookies, making cornhusk dolls, dipped candles and punched tin ornaments. San Joaquin History Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi (209) 331-2055, SanJoaquinHistory.org

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JAZZ CLUB AT THE GRAND

DEC. 8

Enjoy a theatre transformed into a ritzy jazz club, filled with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and entangled in the rich, vibrant sounds of jazz music in all its many styles. The fun begins at 7:00 PM. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

THE NUTCRACKER @ BOB HOPE THEATRE

DEC. 9

Lose yourself in a timeless symphony of music and dance as Bay Pointe Ballet performs across the Bob Hope Theatre. Once again, this classic is brought to life to tell the story of the Land of the Sweets and all the characters that lie within! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

STOCKTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY SKY TOURS

DEC. 9

Enjoy the starry night sky alongside volunteers from the Stockton Astronomical Society as they point out dazzling landmarks along the twinkling solar system. Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 823-0328, StocktonAstro.org

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BOUTIQUE DECEMBER 10 Why spend your evening stuck in the mall parking lot this holiday season? No presents are worth all those potential fender benders! Instead, spend a few relaxing hours among friends at Hutchins Street Square, picking out locally made crafts and artist-perfected pieces! Give your holiday best while supporting local creators! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., # A, Lodi, HutchinsStreetSquare. com

their ensemble for something the whole family will enjoy! It’s show time at 8:00 PM! Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6271, AtTheGrand.org

MAKERFEST @ WOW SCIENCE MUSEUM

DEC. 10

Let your inner child run rampant alongside the kids at this year’s Makerfest, where mixing science and fun is an everyday activity! Enjoy a wide variety of crafts and special programs throughout the day! WoW Science Museum, 2 North Sacramento St., Lodi (209) 368-0969, WoWScienceMuseum.org

STOCKMARKET ON THE MILE

DEC. 10

ROCKAPELLA CHRISTMAS @ THE GRAND

Discover local vendors, incredible vintage steals and delectable treats at this increasingly popular market venue. Enjoy live music, customized goods and original products from our Central Valley and beyond! StockMarket, Miracle Mile, Stockton, StockMarketCa.com

DEC. 9

Discover your love for Rockapella in all its musical glory as the group performs for you listening pleasure an array of pop and soul infused originals. Expect the fantastic five to dust a little holiday cheer into

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LIGHTED GOLF CART PARADE & POTLUCK @ ROSA’S AT TOWER PARK

DEC. 10

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A Trivial Comedy for Serious People Directed by Richard Garvin

January 5-15, 2017 7:30 PM Thursday-Saturday / 2:00 PM Sunday

Linden High School Performing Arts Center 18527 E. Front Street Linden, CA 95236

Box Office: (209) 200-6081 (4:00pm to 6:00 PM Daily)

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unwrapped toys, your favorite dish, and decorate your golf cart to chug through Rosa’s in style! Benefiting the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots, it’s a chilly holiday event that begins at 5:00 PM! Rosa’s at Tower Park, Lodi Lodi, (209) 365-0131

STOCKTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS: POPS II: A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

DEC. 10 - 11

Victor Vanacore, conductor, composer, and arranger, is back for a delightful holiday symphony featuring many of our most cherished, festive songs. Enjoy his spectacular performances alongside the Stockton Master Chorale. Warren Atherton Auditorium at Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 9510196, StocktonSymphony.org

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MASQUERADE @ VIAGGIO ESTATE & WINERY DEC. 31 Bring in the New Year in style! Join Viaggio for an evening of food, wine, and mystery while garbed in your finest! Select the perfect mask and delight in live music and entertainment. Arrive early, appetizers begin at 6:30 PM! Viaggio, 100 E. Taddei Rd., Acampo (209) 368-1378, ViaggioWinery.com

HOLIDAYS ON THE FARM @ DELL’ OSSO FARMS NUTCRACKER @ HUTCHINS STREET SQUARE

DEC. 17

Now in its eleventh year running, the Lodi Ballet is proud to showcase their skill in another magical rendition of the Nutcracker. Enjoy this brilliantly choreographed performance by Ballet Director Kermit Allen and the marvelous array of students from the City of Lodi ballet program. The show begins at 2:00 PM! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi (209) 333-6782, HutchinsStreetSquare.com

DEC. 17- JAN. 2

With so much to see and do, where does one begin?! Whether you’re ready to go tubing down snow mountain, grab a pair of skates and hit the ice, enjoy the light show from the comfort of your car, or prepared to see the holly, jolly man himself, prep yourself and your family for a day of fun! Dell’ Osso Farms, 501 Manthey Rd., Lathrop (209) 679-1710, HolidaysOnTheFarm.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY @ UNIVERSITY PLAZA WATERFRONT HOTEL

DEC. 31

Grab your pals and head on in to experience the countdown we’ve waited all year for by waterside! Featuring live music, entertainment, and plenty to sip down. University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 West Fremont St., Stockton (209) 944-1140, UniversityPlazaWaterfrontHotel.com

NUTCRACKER @ THE GRAND

DEC. 17-18

Enjoy this clever Tracy tradition which adds its own spin to the holiday classic. The Children’s Dance Theatre of Tracy puts on an incredible performance, bringing to life the incredible moments of the original. The show begins at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM! Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6271, AtTheGrand.org 146

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COMMUNITY THEATRE OF LINDEN PRESENTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

JAN. 5

Hold onto your seat, because this Oscar Wilde classic will leave you laughing til you’ve dropped to the floor! Follow along in this romantic comedy performed by the Community Theatre of Linden. Linden High School Performing Arts Center, 18527 E. Front St., Linden, LindenTheatre.com


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