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Contents

DECEMBER 2019

Features

23 BEING SANTA CLAUS

Darrell Phillips, 80, has been a volunteer Santa Claus for 39 years, and he shows no signs of retiring the red suit anytime soon. Showing up at events throughout the county, Darrell has heard hundreds of kids’ wishes, but the real secret is: he enjoys the gig just as much as the kids do. By Nora Heston Tarte

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52 JAYDEN’S JOURNEY

Jason David’s son, Jayden, was diagnosed as an infant with Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of life-long epilepsy categorized by frequent and prolonged high-intensity seizures that are often drug-resistant. Even medicated, Jayden continued to experience multiple daily grand mal seizures lasting over an hour that caused violent muscle contractions and temporary loss of consciousness. But his dad’s dedication to helping him get better may have saved his life. By Lindsey Rodrian

58 CHAMPIONS OF GIVING

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‘Tis the season of giving, but those hundreds of meals, thousands of presents, and hundreds of thousands of dollars aren’t collected on their own. Every year shining stars in our community put in the time and effort to make the dreams of San Joaquin County’s underserved population come true through toy drives, coat drives, food drives, gift-wrapping parties, bell ringing, and special events. Say cheers to the warriors who are putting the needs of others above their own, and making our region a better place this holiday season. Then, take the pledge to do your own bit of good and get involved with one of many worthy causes to benefit your own backyard. By Nora Heston Tarte

46 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Not sure what to get the people on your list this year? Whether you’re shopping for a food and wine lover, garden goddess, fitness freak, or beauty guru, we’ve got you covered with the cutest local finds and online steals around.

80 WINTER ESCAPES

Whether you’re looking for the perfect destination to hit the mountain, or you simply want to enjoy the snow from a cozy cabin, there are plenty of winter hideaways in both California and Nevada to satisfy your seasonal craving for cold. Learn more about the best cities across the state—and beyond—to get your fill of snow, fireplaces, and all things cozy. By Nora Heston Tarte

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Contents

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100 ART OF THE SCONE

Learn how to make Corner Scone Bakery’s cranberry orange treats

102 COOKIE CRAZY! The

Sprinkle Room is Lodi’s newest place to buy—and decorate—sugar cookies

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BELLISSIMA! Pick up your holiday gifts at this Lincoln Center boutique

YOU'LL KEEP Just don’t break them this year

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30 TOUR EXTRAVAGANT

HOLIDAY HOMES Omega Nu invites you to tour some of the area’s best-decorated houses

32 HOLIDAY DÉCOR MUST HAVE A homemade wreath adds a personalized touch

this super-soft blanket from C.R. Porter in your life

They aren’t as scary as you think… in fact, you may want some around your house

a few tips to keep your Christmas tree fresh

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75 COZY BLANKET You need 78 THE TRUTH ABOUT BATS

36 HOLIDAY 101 Here’s

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104 TOO MUCH

HOLIDAY CHEER Hangover cures for when you over-indulge

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POM Power smoky eggplant dip with pomegranates, Cambozola crostini, and roasted Brussels sprouts

TIDBITS 91 MEXICAN COMFORT FOOD 108 Goat cheese, mulled wine, Soups take center stage at Don Luis Mexican Restaurant

94 CABS FOR CHRISTMAS

Sip this Bordeaux varietal all winter long

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BERGHOLD VINEYARD The décor here is overthe-top, and the wine is top-notch, too

98 GET THE DISH

New food, new booze, new restaurants, and new opportunities to give back

and stuffed French toast

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115 AGENDA 209 What's

happening around the county this month

IN EVERY ISSUE

16 PUBLISHER’S LETTER 108 DINING GUIDE

• HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE • HOME IMPROVEMENT


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from the publisher

OPEN OUR EYES TO NEEDS OF OTHERS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE Ho, ho, ho! The holidays are here! Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, but not just for the reasons you may think. While the weather is warm and any snow found nearby is man—made, the magic of the holiday season is still alive and well throughout San Joaquin County. From Santa visits to festive crafting, our region has an abundance of events boasting Christmas cheer. The best events, however, are those that give back to a part of the community we don’t always see, an underserved population who, without the kindness of strangers, might not have a Christmas at all. In our Seasons of Giving feature this month, we highlight community heroes and their holiday-themed efforts. Plus, every organization offers opportunities for others to get involved in giving back. Flip through the pages to read about the people dedicating their time to spreading holiday cheer, then pick up the phone and become a part of the efforts. After all—we’re stronger together. This month we’re also featuring Jayden’s Journey, a cannabis store in Modesto, and the family behind the company. My 25-year-old daughter is autistic and for my family Jayden’s Journey is more than a store, it’s a place of refuge, a personalized information center, and a gamechanger for our daughter. When the store first opened, some members of the community were enraged. But Jason was willing to do anything to help his son. And, in a way, that national attention gave him a voice that launched his business into success. I’m lucky that Jayden’s Journey is in my own backyard, but there are people who fly from all over the country to visit the Modesto shop. Because of Jason and Jayden’s story, staff understand many of the frustrations parents face when they have an atypical child as well as how to use CBD to better a child’s quality of life. Finding that balance was hard, but Jayden’s Journey made it easier. Peace,

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LAST THOUGHTS FOOD FOCUSED. ‘Tis the season for turkey, mashed potatoes, chocolate, cookies, cakes, and more! This time of year more than any other brings people into their kitchens, their local bakeries, and beyond where yummy treats abound. Don’t miss some of San Joaquin County’s best foodie scores. Our Wine-Dine section this month is overflowing with eats worth drooling over from locally sourced goat cheese to carefully decorated sugar cookies. Flip through the pages and learn where to pick up some of these delicious drinks, desserts, and other bites. After all, on holidays the calories don’t count!

GIFTS GALORE. From online shops to hometown boutiques, our gift guide is stuffed with creative finds for every recipient on your list. Take our list and check it twice—the holidays are about to be twice as nice! (And your shopping twice as easy).


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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE THE PLANET A PRESENT! Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away an extra million tons of garbage each week? Americans also use more electricity to power holiday lights than some countries use in an entire year!

This Season Try Some of These Earth Friendly Tips: Make a little less food; save both your waistline and your wallet. Swap old incandescent holiday lights for energy-efficient LED lights. Use rechargeable batteries instead of alkaline batteries.

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‘Tis the season to give. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa As a not-for-profit hospital, we know that the generous support of our community is the reason we have been able to expand, create, and sustain state-of-the-art services and programs that provide for the changing health care needs of our community. Thanks to our supporters, donors, and patients, we continue to deliver compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care, right here in the Central Valley. This holiday season, we invite you to give a lasting gift, by making a tax-deductible donation to St. Joseph’s Foundation of San Joaquin. Each gift touches the lives of so many in our community - our friends, families, and neighbors. Learn more at StJosephsCares.org/Foundation, or call 209.467.6347.


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CLAUS DARRELL PHILLIPS HAS A MAGICAL SEASONAL GIG  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D

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Darrell Phillips, 80, has been Santa Claus for 39 years. His first gig was at the Clements Buckaroos Christmas Party, a private event for members and their guests. Since then, he’s kept busy being Santa, dressing up in a red suit and donning a full (natural) beard at Santa jobs across the county. In his job, which he does on a volunteer basis, Darrell says the best part is seeing babies start their Santa traditions; little ones just a few weeks or months old, visiting Santa for the first time with parents. When payment is given to Darrell for his efforts, he turns around and donates it to local causes. He’s not in it for the money, and that shows through his dedication to his seasonal role. Many kids who climb onto Darrell’s lap each Christmas—he estimates more than 25,000 kids have taken a seat on his lap so far—ask for the newest toys on the market, or Christmas staples

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passions

VISIT DARRELL AS SANTA AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS 8-10 AM /DEC. 7 Vinewood School For students and families of Vinewood only 10 AM-1 PM / DEC. 8 Micke Grove Festival of Trees Open to the public 1-3 PM / DEC. 14 Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch Open to the public like dolls and LEGOs, but some kids are surprisingly selfless, embracing the true meaning of the holiday season. “Some children ask for things for others, not for themselves, which always touches my heart,” Darrell says. The hardest moments are when kids who believe in the magic of Santa ask him something Darrell, no matter how much he wants to, simply cannot give. “It can be heart wrenching to hear from children at the schools when they ask for one parent or the other to come home, get a job, or sadly, get out of jail,” he says. “There is nothing to be said but to try to give a bit of a hopeful answer.”

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? Darrell Phillips is like the Where’s Waldo of Santa Clauses. Over the years he’s played the role at gigs throughout the county, including the following: Lockeford-Clements Lions Club Victor School Lockeford School Vinewood School St. Anne’s School Darrell says there is one child he knows personally who recognizes him when he visits his school each year, but he’s vowed to not ruin the surprise for the other kids. Instead when he sits on Darrell’s lap he whispers his name in his ear and gives him a thumbs up without letting the other kids in on their secret. Even when Darrell isn’t playing Santa at local events, he’s not exactly breaking character. He spends time with his pet—a dog named Barney, not nine flying reindeer—and works on various projects on his ranch, mainly in his shop out back. He is, however, incognito January through July—that’s when he has to start growing out his beard again for the holidays—which makes spotting Darrell a little bit trickier. Being Santa is not a gig he intends to give up any time soon, either. Darrell says he will continue to play Santa Claus for as long as his health allows. “I have as much fun playing Santa as the kids do in seeing Santa,” he says. SJM

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WINTER IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY CHRISTMAS TREES BY THE NUMBERS

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7 RESOLUTIONS YOU’LL KEEP

HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH!

 BY DEIDRE CARLSON

Each January, one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way, but only about 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. So this year, pick a few worthy resolutions and find success.

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1. MAKE TIME FOR MEDITATION

4. DEVELOP A NEW SKILL OR HOBBY

Although stress may be an inevitable part of life, the benefits of meditation are endless (think better sleep and more focus). Download an app, watch a guided video, or listen to a podcast.

Trying something new can boost memory skills and research indicates that those who complained of major boredom were roughly twice as likely to die from heart disease.

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Whether you're slimming down or just staying well, fruits and vegetables are your friends. Make the plant-based switch (permanently or just a couple days per week) to facilitate weight loss and improve overall health.

Have friends or family that have fallen by the wayside? Reconnect! Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In fact, a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking.

3. GET MORE SLEEP According to experts the optimal sleep schedule is from 10 PM to 6 AM because of our body’s natural circadian rhythm. Can’t meet that time? Take a nap – and don’t feel guilty!

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6. BECOME A PLANT OWNER

Swing by your local garden center this weekend. Just the presence of indoor plants can lower human stress levels and people who work near plants report greater concentration, satisfaction, and air quality.

7. TAKE BACK YOUR LUNCH Break Only one in five Americans actually take a lunch break, even though doing so has been linked to increased productivity. Take that midday pause and grab some fresh air, meditate, or get in some extra steps. SJM


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HOLIDAY HOMES A CHARITABLE EVENT BENEFITS LODI COMMUNITIES  BY NORA HESTON TARTE For one day only, Omega Nu— Lodi’s invitation-only sorority—is hosting its annual holiday home tour, a philanthropic event created to raise money to fuel the group’s charitable efforts year round. Get prepared to ooh and aww at the decorations inside six appointed Lodi homes, a celebration of architecture, interior design, and the holidays. Each home is impeccably decorated, and perhaps a tad over-the-top, serving up a serious helping of holiday inspo for those who haven’t put their own seasonal decorations up just yet. Start with a champagne brunch at 11 AM at Weibel Vineyards, catered by Addy’s Paella, and shop local wares while you are there. At the end of the brunch, ten themed gift baskets will be raffled off to guests. Funds are raised both through ticket sales—the group sells between 500 and 600 each year—and also through the raffle. 30

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All proceeds from the event benefit local charities, most chosen by Omega Nu, however, each homeowner who participates in the home tour gets to designate where $1,500 will go, selecting a favorite local charity to support. “With great consideration, we grant all proceeds from our efforts to needs in our city of Lodi,” says Evonne Shinn, president of Omega Nu and a member since 2013. The Omega Nu Home Tour is one of two main events hosted by Omega Nu to support local charities. With both events, the group of volunteer women was able to donate $60,000 to area charities last year. SJM

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HOLIDAY DÉCOR MUST HAVE A HOMEMADE WREATH Putting together your own holiday wreath is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The nostalgic smell of fresh pine alone will likely have you ready to put on your favorite flannels, make a cup of cocoa, and start decking the halls. When it comes to picking out a wreath, it’s important to make sure that there are no browning needles on it. The fresher the wreath you can find, the better. This is especially true if you’re going to be buying your wreath early on in the season, thus needing it to last a little longer. Once you’ve brought your wreath home, give the branches a light spritz of water every other day or so. This will keep it looking fresh,

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and full of Christmas cheer. The next step consists of picking out your wreath decor. Burlap or checkered ribbon paired with rustic accents, and cotton balls make for a wreath that says trendy with a farmhouse flair, while white or red ribbon accompanied with gold jingle bells and frosted pine cones say classic and timeless. The best part about this step is you can really do whatever your heart desires. When it comes to picking out ornaments and patterns, just have fun. To attach your decor, use a pair of wire clippers to cut individual pieces of floral wire for each item. Next, use the wire pieces to secure the ornaments one by one to the wreath by twisting the ends of the wire together. Be sure to tuck the re-

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maining wire in where it cannot be seen. For the final and finishing touch, tie a bow using your favorite ribbon. Expert Tip: try placing the bow in a few different spots on the wreath to make the best placement. Then, using a piece of wire, attach the bow wherever it sits prettiest. SJM

LEARN FROM A PRO For more advanced wreaths, consider attending a local holiday wreath-making workshop. This is a great way to see firsthand how the pros do it. Annie of AZ Floral will be hosting a local holiday wreath workshop on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6-8 PM at Van Ruiten Family Winery in Lodi. This workshop will include a complimentary glass of wine, small bites, and everything you need to make a holiday wreath so you can just show up, get creative, and have some festive fun! 340 W. Hwy 12, Lodi WREATH WORKSHOP TICKETS: AZ Floral Design (209) 327-2611 AZfloraldesign.com


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BUON NATALE from BELLISSIMA! STOCKTON BOUTIQUE STOCKS HOLIDAY GIFTS  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D

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Deck the halls with Bellissima goodies! The Miracle Mile boutique that sells women’s clothes, accessories, handmade jewelry, gift items, and more, is gearing up for the holidays with new lines and holiday sales. Each week new items and designers come into the store, sourced from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Mateo. Not only does this help inventory stay fresh, it allows Owner Mary Herrera to keep an eclectic collection of classic, chic, bohemian items for her customers. And some of her greatest treasures are made right here in San Joaquin County, including local-made jewelry. “We are huge supporters of shopping small,” Mary says. And, at Bellissima, staff supports the community, frequently 34

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participating in Miracle Mile events, as well as giving back to the University of the Pacific Tigers (where Mary’s two nieces attend college). With shopping small, Bellissima is able to bring guests hard-to-find pieces to impress friends with. It’s the ultimate satisfaction when someone gasps at your newest dress and says, “Where did you find that?!” It’s even better when your response isn’t some chain store anyone can purchase a duplicate at. Just in time for the holidays, Mary is bringing in more La Vie Parisienne jewelry—an L.A. brand—due to its popularity with customers. The label carries chunky bracelets perfect for stacking and big, statement earrings. All of the pieces make great gifts, or little treats for yourself to finish those holiday outfits. Mary’s advice? Don’t forget to ask about the faceted crystal link bracelets while you are in! Looking forward, the New

Year brings new joy to Bellissima. The store will start carrying Bellissima Baby items, a collection of clothing and gifts for the youngest bellas, this spring. Mary also has her sights set on a third location, and a website to open up her business to online shopping, making it possible to shop your favorite goods without leaving the house. SJM SHOP WITH US! BELLISSIMA! 2230 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 469-0369 Facebook.com/ BellissimaBoutiqueStockton @bellissima_boutique_ stockton 821 W. Roseburg Ave., Modesto (209) 284-0007 @bellissimamodesto

SOMETHING FOR YOU, SOMETHING FOR ME During the month of December, Bellissima is running a promotion for shoppers. Stop in and purchase a gift card valued at $100 or more and receive a second gift card worth $20, free to you. Either gift it to someone else, or keep it for yourself.


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HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE FRESH

 BY NORA HESTON TARTE What’s worse than a Christmas tree that doesn’t keep until Christmas Day? For those that like to celebrate the season as long as possible by getting their tree early, the biggest struggle is often making sure the tree doesn’t dry out before the grand finale. Follow these tips to keep your tree kicking all season long so it’ll look just as good on Dec. 25 as it did when you took it off the lot.

PICK A GOOD TREE

One way to ensure a long life for your Christmas tree is to pick one with promise from the get. Signs of a good tree include lush, green needles (with zero or few brown ones in sight) that are pliable and do not easily snap. Test it: Pick up the tree and let it drop a few feet to the ground. A healthy tree will keep most of its needles upon hitting the ground while a tree that is already drying out will lose a bunch on impact.

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START IT OFF ON THE RIGHT STUMP. Christmas trees bought from farms are typically pre-cut. To help the tree absorb water efficiently, make a new cut when you get home, lopping another inch or so off the bottom. This will help the tree absorb water well and stay green.

WATER IT WELL Think of your tree as a giant cut plant, like flowers you may keep in a vase. Prep a stand before you come home to place the tree in and keep the tree in water throughout the time it’ll be in your home. Water it daily so the stump never dries out. This will help keep needles looking fresh.

CONSIDER PLACEMENT When deciding where to place your tree it’s normal to consider aesthetics, but take some other considerations into mind. Christmas trees should be placed away from heaters (watch out for ceiling vents above your tree) and direct sunlight. Both of these elements can brown the tree.

FEED YOUR TREE This isn’t a must, but some people swear by the practice. Drop a tablespoon of corn syrup or table sugar into the tree stand to keep the tree well fed. Perhaps conduct a study of your own to see if the additives make a difference in this tree’s health over last year’s tree. SJM


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Happy Holidays There’s no better time than the holidays to extend cheer to our loyal customers and friends. As

the temperatures dip, the leaves drop, and snow dusts the mountaintops, families and friends gather to celebrate traditions. Good cheer and a sense of wonder is in the air. During this season we are especially grateful for the relationships we enjoy in the communities we have the pleasure of serving. From the entire Bank of Stockton family, we wish you the Happiest Holidays.

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On Thursday, October 3, Dignity Health presented Caring for Me, an exclusive evening of health and fun designed especially for women. The amazing ladies’ night out featured a women’s health forum and expo, delicious dinner, wine tasting featuring local wineries, “Care Chats” with local health care specialists, and swag bags with gifts.

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On September 26, Hospice of San Joaquin hosted its annual dinner to celebrate the efforts of its community partners, Galaxy of Compassion members, and the Butterfly Auxiliary. Cocktails were followed by a program and dinner at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.

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On Saturday, Sept. 28, the CASA Program hosted the CASA Superhero Run held at Lodi Lake to benefit the program, which is dedicated to supporting children in foster care. Funds help volunteers advocate, facilitate, and influence life-changing decisions for these children. Hundreds participated in the run to support the foster youth of San Joaquin County.

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On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Animal Protection League held its first Pawsitively Purrfect Gala Brunch at Heritage Dining. Guests enjoyed brunch, raffles, a silent auction, and adorable adoptables, as APL honored three humane heroes in the community.

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1 DECANTER AND WINE GLASS Your friends will feel fancy sipping wine out of this opulent hand-blown glass (a lustre brandy goblet). Pour local sips from the matching decanter (Miracle de Guadalpe). Available at C.R. Porter. 429 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 956-9250

Gift Guide

If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone but are totally stumped on what to buy, we’ve got you covered! Our holiday gift guide is packed with both local finds and online specials perfect for every kind of recipient of your list. Pick a category and peruse our suggestions with all the info you need on where and how to buy.

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From presentation pieces every hostess will fawn over to local bottles prime for the season, our collection of wine and food gifts includes a little something for everyone.

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2 ICE BUCKET Present your holiday bubbles in this handcrafted creation from the Jan Barboglio collection, where no two pieces are identical. Available at C.R. Porter. 429 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 956-9250

3 CALIVIRGIN DIPS AND OILS Home chefs will love the highquality taste of these local Calivirgin gifts. Add dipping spices (a blend of basil, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and oregano) to your olive oil or steak rub, or get fancy with truffle oil. Available at Cheese Central. 11 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 368-3033


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4 FESTIVE WINE TRAY What better way to enjoy snacks with your wine than a tray that fastens onto any standard size wine bottle for a festive display? It makes the perfect gift for any host or hostess. Available at Boxwood Finch. 606 W. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 224-5781, @ boxwoodfinch

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5 5 CUSTOMIZED GIFT BASKET Customize a gift for your favorite foodie. The Hidden Tea Room offers custom gift baskets that you can craft yourself with goodies from the store. Or, pick up a premade themed basket for easy gifting. Available at The Hidden Tea Room. 310 N. California St., Lodi, (209) 452-5366.

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7 LODI WINE What better gift for a wine lover than a sampling of local wines? Complete any present with your favorite bottle from a Lodi Winery. Available at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center. 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 365-0621, LodiWine.com

6 FORLIFE’S CURVE TEAPOTS Fill your teacup with something extra sweet this holiday season. Forlife’s curve teapots come with a built in infuser making it perfect for enjoying loose-leaf teas or teabags. Grab your pot—featured in red, 24 oz.—and your tea at The Hidden Tea Room. 310 N. California St., Lodi, (209) 452-5366. 7

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We all have that friend who is constantly on the go. For those that love to have the newest fitness gear, we’ve found some special gifts to pop under the tree. 1 FIT BIT FITNESS WATCH. Gift the latest in Fit Bit technology with the Fit Bit versa 2, a health and fitness smart watch with voice technology that brings Alexa (and other apps like Spotify) right to your wrist. Multiple colors, starting at $199.95. Target, Best Buy, & Fitbit.com

3 360 V7 EVERYDAY WATER BOTTLE Those who work out need constant hydration. The 360 V7 Everyday Kit from Mizu features a water bottle with a filter. Keep drinks cold for 24 hours, use the silicone straw to reduce plastic waste, or twist on the everyday filter for instant filtration. MizuLife.com

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1 WHITE MUFFLER. Keep warm this holiday season with a festive faux fur muffler, worn around the shoulders to keep off the winter chill while still looking stylish. This Current Air Clothing, Inc. piece comes in a variety of colors. Available at The Candy Shoppe. 624 N. Central Ave., Tracy, (415) 559-0102

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2 SKINCARE TRIO. We don’t believe it’s possible for skin to be too bright. Chase away holiday dryness and more with this trio of products from Lodi local Crunchy Mama. Mermaid Facial Mask, Herbal Facial Mist, and Tired as a Mother eye cream. Available at Boxwood Finch. 606 W. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 224-5781, @ boxwoodfinch

3 FACE MASK. This antioxidant-rich face mask from Zue Botanicals is packed with vitamin E beads and Moroccan red clay for brighter, more-even skin. The best part? It works on all skin types! Available at ZueBotanicals.com

4 CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE. Versed is one of the newest beauty brands to hit Target shelves and skincare geeks are drooling over all the products. Pick up a serum or two to satisfy your craving. 1 fl. oz. each. Available at Target and VersedSkin.com.


STOCKING STUFFERS 5 SUNGLASSES. Help your friends look like the superstars they are, donning a pair of designer shades. Cartier and Bottega Veneta are responsible for these festive pairs. Available at Great Spectacles. 622 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 955-7570, OpticianStockton.com

Looking for the perfect gift for that hardto-shop-for person on your list? These goodies will not only please anyone, they fit perfectly inside of a stocking. 1 5

1 LETTERS TO A FRIEND. These sweet sentimental gifts are perfect for gifting to someone you love. Each kit provides prompts to write letters for those closest to you as a way to spread cheer year round. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Available at Boxwood Finch. 606 W. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 224-5781, @ boxwoodfinch 2

6 FACE CARE. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! The Alchemy Trio features three products to nurture your skin while cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing. The trio includes three items—Wildcrafted Cleanser, Rose Hydrosol Spritzer, and Illuminate Face Serum. Available at myalchemyskincare.com

2 CANDLES. Keep any home smelling fresh with Cassara Blue candles in scents like black current tea and frosted juniper. These 12 oz. natural soy candles are housed in mason jars for a farmhouse chic look. Available at The Hidden Tea Room Gift Shop or Sexy-Tough.com. 310 N. California St., Lodi, (209) 452-5366.

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1 VICTORIAN PLANTER This green goddess planter is an upscale version of a chia pet that true gardeners will enjoy. The Victorian planter looks best filled with cascading vines. $99.95. Available at VictorianTradingCo. com

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2 WIND CHIMES Bring music to the garden with these melodic wind chimes from the QMC Shenandoah collection. Burgundy, 34 inches. Available at With Garden Flair. 2206 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 933-9009, WithGardenFlair.com 3 PLANTING KIT Paper white flowers are typically a spring staple, but the With Garden Flair planting kit provides gardeners all they need to grow the blooms in winter. Comes with soil, moss, three bulbs, and a pot. Available at With Garden Flair . 2206 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 933-9009, WithGardenFlair.com 4 GARDENING GLOVES These aren’t just any old pair. The Honey Badger Garden Gloves come with claws on one hand to make digging easier. Available at Amazon.com

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5 GARDEN TOOLS Be stylish while you trowel with this Vera Bradley Garden Tool Set that includes a hand trowel and hand fork. Comes in a gift box. Pictured in Lavender Meadow. Available online only at Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus.


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JAYDEN'S JOURNEY Would you do whatever it takes to ease your child’s suffering?

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Jason David’s son, Jayden, was diagnosed as an infant with Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of life-long epilepsy categorized by frequent and prolonged high-intensity seizures that are often drug-resistant. Even so, by his fifth birthday, doctors had prescribed Jayden 22 anti-seizure pills per day that left him nearly immobilized. Still, Jayden continued to experience multiple daily grand mal seizures lasting over an hour that caused violent muscle contractions and temporary loss of consciousness. He also experienced less severe myoclonic seizures consistently throughout the day. As a father, Jason felt defeated, having held his convulsing son countless times since his first seizure when he was just a tiny and perfect four-month-old boy.

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It’s a heartbreaking sight for anyone. And as a parent who wants nothing more than to protect their child, severe seizures are a soul-crushing experience that leaves most feeling helpless and out of control. The daily trauma pushed Jason to consider suicide, but instead, he decided to fight.

Feeling as if the doctors and medical system was failing he and his son, Jason began attending different support groups and seminars throughout the country to learn more about Jayden’s condition and how other parents supported their child’s well being. “It was eyeopening and I really learned a lot,” Jason says. “Everything comes from the autoimmune system. It's about learning to balance the pieces because your sick kid is kind of like a broken puzzle.” After more than four years of daily seizures, 42 times in an ambulance, and 300 shots of rectal Valium to rescue Jayden from the intense fullbody convulsions, Jason began researching Cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana. He reviewed countless studies reporting on its ability to act as a neuroprotectant and even discovered that the Department of Health and Human Services had filed for a patent. In 2011 Jason purchased a CBD tincture from a state-licensed dispensary in Oakland and held onto it for two weeks before deciding to give the holistic treatment a try. “And that was Jayden’s first seizure-free day since the diagnosis,” says Jason. Jason continued providing Jayden CBD for a month as he monitored his son’s progress. After weeks of consistent reductions in seizures, the single-dad decided

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to begin slowly weaning Jayden off of the 22 pills he took daily. “The pharmaceuticals were really impacting his quality of life. He wasn’t eating, walking, communicating,” describes Jason. Every day Jayden teetered between non-responsive or excitably upset demonstrating severe autism-like tendencies. As his dad slowly removed the pills from Jayden’s daily routine, he began smiling, chewing, and walking. “Each time we eliminated a pill, Jayden became more human.” With so much progress made, Jason was frantic when the same CBD brand he had purchased and administered seemed to be less effective. Confused, Jason had the product lab tested for potency and the results were unsettling. “That batch contained no CBD,” he notes. Because of inconsistencies in dispensary products due to a lack of state-mandated regulatory testing at the time, Jason again opted to take matters into his own hands to ensure his son continued to progress via pure and quality-consistent medical marijuana. Jason began consulting Dr. William Courtney, a physician respected globally for his work in pediatric cancer treatment with cannabis. Dr. Courtney educated Jason on the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant, as well as the importance of ratios and testing.

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DRAVET SYNDROME: University of Washington’s departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry tested CBD’s ability to effectively reduce seizures in a well-validated mouse genetic model of Dravet Syndrome. Mice who were given CBD prior to thermally induced seizures experienced shorter and less severe seizures than the mice who did not receive CBD. Mice who received CBD twice daily as a preventative measure experienced a 70 percent reduction in the frequency of seizures. Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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Though medical marijuana’s federal classification impedes its ability to be widely studied, many respected scientific organizations and academic institutions are exploring CBD and THC as treatment options for children and adolescents suffering from severe conditions.

COULD JAYDEN’S JUICE HELP AID IN THE SUFFERING OF A LOVED ONE? “Since 2011, Jayden’s Juice has assisted in the treatment of some of the symptoms associated with severe epilepsy, brain stem stroke, depression, anxiety, insomnia, autism, AIDS, HIV, and various forms of cancer.” “We have personally witnessed the transformative healing power of the cannabis plant when it is delivered in the right ratio. We know each individual has different needs, goals, and tolerance levels, and we understand that numerous health and wellness concerns can be effectively and safely solved using a customized ratio of cannabis (not hemp).” – Jason David, Jayden’s Juice Founder To learn more about medical marijuana clinical studies and case reports visit: cannabis-med.org

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SAY CHEERS TO THE WARRIORS WHO ARE PUTTING THE NEEDS OF OTHERS ABOVE THEIR OWN.

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Since 1992 Good Samaritan Training Center has put on its annual Operation Dreamkeepers event to bring toys to kids who otherwise may not have any on Christmas Day due to reasons including parental drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, physical abuse, unsafe home lives, orphanage, and more. The center works with local community centers as well as Child Protective Service (CPS) agents to sign up 1,100 kids to receive presents every year, plus attend a holiday program featuring a puppet show, seasonal music, nativity show, and a new bike raffle where about 50 bikes are given away to kids at the event. The event is held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in building two. Since its inception, David says the event has given brand new toys to more than 34,000 community kids in need, plus stockings filled with treats. The program also offers gifts to children with special needs that are truly thoughtful, such as a talking doll for a girl who is blind. “If we stop caring about the needs of the poor, if we stop caring about those types of people, what

kind of city would we be?” David asks. David came to Good Samaritan Training Center first in 1998 as a volunteer after his own struggles with alcohol and drug abuse. When he found faith he says he also found a desire to give back to his community. Now, David works for the center full time and he is the executive director of Operation Dreamkeepers. His wife, Loretta Cloxton, is the director. She is one of 100 volunteers needed to put on the event. The goal of Operation Dreamkeepers is to give children in the community not just a physical gift, but also to provide them with a holiday-themed day of fun. The event is completely about the children, with rails that separate them from the parents enjoying the show to make sure kids are front and center for the excitement. The event also exists to remind children that they are not forgotten. Someone cares about them regardless of what is going on at home. “I was there. I was adopted. I was that child,” David says. “There’s no family turned down.”

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OUR GUIDE TO LOCAL GIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WOMEN’S CENTER YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES 620 N. San Joaquin St., Stockton, (209) 941-2611, WCYFS.org WCYFS, a Stockton nonprofit, offers two opportunities for community members to help their cause over the holiday season. The first is by adopting an individual or family from a local shelter. This “adoption” connects individuals with a family to purchase Christmas gifts for. The other opportunity is the holiday toy drive during which WCYFS collects toys and miscellaneous items such as socks, underwear, hygiene products, and more. How to Give: Drop off your donation at the center, or make a donation through the donate tab on the website. FOX 40S TOY DRIVE ShrinersChildrens.org/Toy Every year Fox40 hosts a toy drive to bring brand-new Christmas gifts to the kids at Shriners Hospital. Then, the gifts are delivered and the efforts are broadcast live on TV. To sweeten the deal, Big O offers a free service in exchange for donations. How to Give: Local bins are available at Mountain Mike’s and Big O Tires in Lodi. All donations must be new and unwrapped.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL 540 N. California St., Stockton, (209) 464-4524, NoChildAbuse.org Compassion is the key to success at CAPC, an organization that aims to protect children as well as strengthen families through outcome-driven programming. Over the holidays, community members can adopt a family in need by purchasing Christmas gifts based on a wish list.

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How to Give: Contact the CAPC to be matched with a family, or give your time instead by emailing sbjacob@nochildabuse.org to volunteer.

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Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton PD OFFICER MATT SMITH CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

This year, the Officer Matt Smith Christmas Toy Drive will celebrate its 20th year of gifting to those in need, and Joe Silva has been involved since the beginning. It all started in 1999, when six officers decided to run a toy drive. With holiday spirit in their hearts, they collected toys through a bin at Arroyo’s Café in Stockton and handed them out on Christmas morning to selected families. Today, three teams of police officers and volunteers visit more than 30 families on Christmas morning to show them they haven’t been forgotten. The families selected have often lost loved ones to homicide, been the victims of abuse, or are simply in need. They are families the Stockton PD is made aware of either through their own work or come as referrals from the San Joaquin County Victim Witness Program. “The families that we visit, they were unfortunately a victim to some type of tragedy throughout the year,” says Officer Silva, public information officer for the Stockton PD. Instead of give up time with

his family on Christmas morning, Officer Silva has always insisted his kids come along for the journey. In fact, his kids were never allowed to open their own presents until they got back from handing out gifts to other families. While other groups and communities offer similar programs, Officer Silva says they are the only group who visits on Christmas Day because they want families to have that extra holiday cheer when they need it. “We do not want them to be forgotten on Christmas morning,” Officer Silva says. And the police officers aren’t quiet about their arrival either. It’s not uncommon for cop cars to come down the street with lights and sirens to announce the arrival of Santa Claus and his team of uniformed elves. Through a more recent partnership with Knights of Columbus, police officers also carry jackets and will give them to any children in a home without one, and thanks to Arroyo’s Café, families also get food baskets. “It’s a way for us to give back to those families that were affected by violent crimes,” Officer Silva says.

OUR GUIDE TO LOCAL GIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON EMERGENCY FOOD BANK 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton, (209) 464-7369, StocktonFoodBank.org The Emergency Food Bank works year round to collect and distribute food in an effort to ease food insecurity in Stockton and beyond. During the holidays, food needs often ramp up, and more food and more volunteers are needed to run the program. How to Give: Truck drivers, warehouse workers, and food handlers/sorters are needed to keep the food bank running. To volunteer, sign up at StocktonFoodBank.org as an individual or a group. You can also drop off non-perishable food donations at the food bank.

MATTRESS FIRM 2660 Reynolds Ranch Pkwy. Lodi 10970 Trinity Pkwy., Stockton 2272 Daniels St., Manteca 2753 W. Grant Line Rd., Tracy Local sleep train locations will take donations to benefit the company’s holiday drive during which anyone can donate clothes, toys, shoes, and coats to kids growing up in the foster system. Company-wide, more than 60,000 kids in California benefit from the efforts. How to Give: Drop off your donation at a participating location. Donations for Christmas will be accepted until Dec. 10. All gifts are accepted and distributed on a weekly basis so items given after the 10th will still benefit foster youth.

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Matt Teresi LODI-ADOPT-A-CHILD

Matt Teresi found Lodi Adopt a Child in 2018 when he was volunteering for a fundraiser. It didn’t take him long to fall in love with the organization and its mission, swiftly taking over the role of president. “My great grandpa… had numerous simple yet powerful metaphors that have been passed on to me. One such metaphor is that children, like trees, are easier to straighten when they are young,” Matt shares. That’s what LAAC does. Through gift collection and monetary donations, the organization works to create Christmas memories and spread hope to more than 800 underserved kids every year. This year LAAC will host its 30th annual Christmas Wish program. Started on November 23, community members are invited to stop by the LAAC office to choose a recipient’s angel card. Then, they simply purchase

and drop off a gift for the child on the card. One of the best parts is the kids make their wish lists themselves, so community members know they are buying clothing or toys that kids want. Last year more than 800 gifts were collected, including 200 new bicycles and tricycles. By giving presents to children who may not otherwise have any Christmas presents, LAAC is giving kids more than a wrapped toy. Feeling special during the holiday season and like someone cares for them is a gift that can change a child’s entire life. “If the community can help to instill a sense of hope for the future in children when they are young, their prospects for future success are much improved,” Matt says. In December, all of the gifts are distributed to the kids at a Christmas party hosted in their honor.

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OUR GUIDE TO LOCAL GIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON STOCKTON HEAT COAT DRIVE 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton For one night, the Stockton Heat will exchange tickets for new or gently used coats. On Dec. 7, anyone can get a free game ticket for donating a jacket of any size. Community members in need are then invited to choose a coat from the pile. It’s part of the Stockton Coat, Blanket & Sock Drive that benefits the local community. How to Give: Bring a new or gently used coat to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office in exchange for a game night ticket.

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BRIGHTER CHRISTMAS Tracy Over the Christmas holiday, Brighter Christmas collects, organizes, and distributes toys and food to the underserved population of Tracy. For more than 40 years the organization has used volunteer power to feed families over the holidays as well as provide gifts to many. In 2018 the program helped more than 520 families, including more than 1,250 children. How to Give: Visit the Angel Tree in the West Valley Mall. Each card has the age and gender of one child in need of a holiday present. Gifts can be dropped of between November 29 and December 21. To volunteer, email AngeltreebcTracy@gmail.com.

SALVATION ARMY LODI CORPS 525 W. Lockeford St., (209) 3695896, Lodi.SalvationArmy.org Year-round the Salvation Army in Lodi collects items to give back to those in need. Over the holidays, specific efforts including money MORE WAYS TO GIVE

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Chinu Mehdi & Sharon Benninger UPLIFT ALL FOUNDATION

Chinu Mehdi and Sharon Benninger, along with Meela Mehdi (not pictured), founded Uplift All after bonding with Stockton’s homeless population through St. Mary’s Dining Room. Originally the women came in to take photos of people dining at St. Mary’s for a project, but as they got to talking, the three were touched by the people at the center. What they learned is that many of the homeless people who came into St. Mary’s were bored. They didn’t really have much to do with their free time. So, the women began teaching classes through the center such as dance, tai chi, yoga, writing, meditation, job skills, arts and crafts, music, portrait drawing, and theater. “They sing, they dance. It gives them something to do,” Chinu says. During one of their visits eight years ago, Sharon noticed how cold a man’s hands were. She asked what she could do to help and the man said he really needed a pair of gloves. That sparked an idea. That year the women decided to make Christmas bundles for the people at St. Mary’s that included gloves, hand-knit beanies, a scarf, toiletries, and a snack. It’s been eight years and the efforts are still going strong. Every winter, the www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

group gets together for one day only and creates 500 care packages to distribute at the center on Christmas Eve. “It’s a pretty full bundle,” Sharon says. “The people are St. Mary’s were so grateful.” Chinu says the individuals they help are often isolated from the rest of society. “They don’t look clean, people have this impression that they aren’t nice people, that they smell, that they are infectious,” she says. “They are human beings just like us. It is so important for them to have a little bit of a normal lifestyle, to celebrate Christmas.” The packages are funded through community donations, often by the women who show up to put the bundles together, or donated such as the hats, which are hand-knit by local women. For a personal touch, every gift includes a handwritten Christmas card to ensure every recipient knows someone cares for them. After years of working to better the lives of those in need in Stockton, Chinu, Meela, and Sharon decided to create their own foundation for the work they do. The organization, called Uplift All Foundation, was created in 2016 and makes it easier for others to get involved. JOIN THE CAUSE:

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OUR GUIDE TO LOCAL GIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON collection and gift donations, as well as continued efforts to create food boxes for families in need and personal hygiene care packages for the homeless population in Lodi. Last year alone Salvation Army Lodi Corps raised $75,000 in red kettles during the holiday season. How to Give: Become a volunteer bell ringer through Dec. 24 (sign-up online), choose a child to buy Christmas presents for through an angel tag exchange, or drop off personal hygiene products. The biggest need right now is nonperishable food items to help create 300 weekly food boxes for families.

MARY GRAHAM CHILDREN’S SHELTER 6861 Mary Graham Ln., French Camp, (209) 468-6966, MaryGrahamFoundation.org The shelter works year round to care for kids in the foster care system by bridging gaps in services and care. In total, there are approximately 1,400 kids in foster care in San Joaquin County. Part of these efforts include providing gifts to many of these children over the holidays, gifts that are purchased through donated funds or gifted by the community. How to Give: Drop off your Christmas gift donations to the center, open 24/7. While items are needed for kids of all ages, the shelter specifically requests gifts for teenagers, which are not as commonly donated.

CASE FOR KIDS 1852 W. 11th St., #134, Tracy, CaseForKids.org Year-round Case for Kids helps those going into foster care for the first time. Every kid entering the foster care system in Tracy is given a plastic tote filled with clothes and a few other age-appropriate items so they have something to call their own as they transition into a new home. How to Give: The best way to get involved is to log on to the organization’s facebook page, Facebook. com/CaseForKids. Here, all donation requests are posted and followers can choose a child to support by building a case for them.

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Concrete has been relegated to sidewalks and pool decks for far too long. As a surprisingly versatile medium for indoor décor and DIY projects, it’s time to change the way you think about concrete. “I personally love decorating indoors with cement decor because of the clean, modern feel it has,” says Amanda Denton of Boxwood Finch. “Cement can be modern without being cold.”

Thoroughly grease your molds (the inside of the larger mold and the outside of the smaller mold) to ensure you are able to remove them once the concrete has set.

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Want to get the look in your home? Search out concrete accents like orbs or other geometric shapes to rest on a bookshelf. Then, balance the room with lots of colors or textures or play up the association of concrete and the outdoors by opting for a concrete pot for your houseplant. “It has enough of a natural feel to it to really ground a space and it looks stunning with live plants in it to bring some nature in as well,” Amanda adds. Concrete décor is trending right now, so you won’t have any trouble finding a new piece at local boutiques like Boxwood Finch. Concrete alternatives such as fiberstone (a mixture of fiberglass and crushed stone made to look like concrete) are also available—check out With Garden Flair for some pieces—making it possible to achieve this style without the weight. Concrete also offers the perfect opportunity to get crafty. It’s relatively low stakes and hard to mess up, so roll up your DIY sleeves, throw on your smock, and don’t be afraid to break the mold.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT BATS  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Bats get a bad rap! The flying mammals have long been linked to blood-sucking and infectious diseases, but the truth is these unique creatures are good for the Central Valley, providing many benefits to its residents. First, lets debunk the myths. Yes, bats can carry rabies (as can any warm-blooded mammal), and part of the fear comes from the fact that 90 percent of U.S. rabies cases originate with bats. However, of all bats tested for rabies—i.e. the sick and weak—only six percent test positive, and overall, less than 1 percent of bats are carriers. In fact, experts speculate that the reason human deaths from bat rabies are high is because humans aren’t aware of the rabies risk. In reality, bats do more good than harm. Let’s check it out!

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stings, or simply are not a fan of creepy crawly things, bats may just be your best friend. Bats eat bugs, and different types of bats have different favorite meals. For example, pallid bats, which reside in the Central Valley, prefer to eat non-flying bugs such as spiders, scorpions, and crickets. A small bat can eat up to 3,000 bugs per night, including disease-carrying mosquitoes.

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mostly responsible for the decline in bat populations, however, displacement due to new construction is also sometimes to blame. Bats make up more than one-fourth of all mammal species on the planet, but some of the 1,000+ species are endangered.

3. Bats help the environment in more ways

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It’s easy to find places to ski and snowboard throughout Mammoth Lakes. The region’s premier ski resort, Mammoth Mountain, a lava dome complex west of Mammoth Lakes within the borders of the Inyo National Forest, boasts 3,500 ski-able acres. When you aren’t hitting the slopes, there are plenty of other winter activities that take place in Mammoth.

What to do when you’re not skiing:

For those who want to up the ante on their winter vacation, try out one of these activities made for the adrenaline junkie. Snowmobiling both on and off resort is a favorite among locals, and skijoring is alive and well. Not sure what skijoring is? This type of extreme skiing takes the poles out of your hands, and gives you reigns instead. Traditionally practiced with dogs, horses, or motor vehicles, Mammoth Mountain offers the sport with dogs, attaching humans on skis to the dogs similar to a dog sledding expedition. The expansive trail system within Mammoth Lakes makes this, as well as dog sledding, easily accessible for guests.

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If you’ve purchased a lift ticket at Tamarack Lodge, another option is to try both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the resort. Expert Tip: Locals like to take their activities out of the resorts, finding safe downhill areas throughout the rugged mountain ranges to board or snowmobile on. But remember—safety first! If you’re looking for a more leisurely winter sport, check out the town’s local ice rink. The open-air rink is located in town near the library and is the perfect winter activity for all ages.

Apres Ski:

Whether you’ve been hitting the mountain or trying your hand at a new winter activity in Mammoth, you’ve likely earned yourself a beer. Hit Mammoth Brewing Company for a line-up of delicious post-ski brews. For $25, you can taste all 13 beers (and one root beer) on the menu. 18 Lake Mary Rd.


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Those who visit Mammoth in December shouldn’t miss the Night of Lights at Mammoth Mountain. Canyon Lodge hosts the event to kickoff the holiday season with snowmobile rides, live music, a torchlight parade, and activities for kids. The real draw, however, is the spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky. 1000 Canyon Blvd.

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Winter Camping

This adventure isn’t for the faint of heart. As temperatures dip into the single digits, only those who truly love the outdoors will want to spend a weekend winter camping in Mammoth, an activity often reserved for those training to take on a large Everest-esque climb. But with the right gear, and attitude, winter camping can be a lot of fun. Book a site at Mammoth Mountain RV Park where trailer and tent camping are offered year round. Kids are often the biggest fans of this cold weather adventure, making snow caves and having snowball fights before curling up with hot cocoa around a campfire. Expert Tip: If you’re looking to save dough (and know what you’re doing) this can be the most economical way to visit Mammoth during its peak season. 2667 Main St.

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bounty. 11467 Brockway Rd. Looking for a family-friendly activity? Go ice skating. Strap on a pair of skates and slide around the ice at the Village at Northstar, where skaters of all skill levels are invited to sip hot cocoa rink-side and listen to live music in between runs. 5001 Northstar Dr., Truckee

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Truckee’s charming, yet eccentric, downtown is home to many cozy restaurants with views of the towering mountains outside. Enjoy a romantic meal at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats (10007 Bridge St.) where the lighting is low and the music is phenomenal, or opt for a quick fix at local chains Burger Me (10418 Donner Pass Rd.) and Full Belly Deli (10825 Pioneer Trail #103).

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If you’re looking for a hotel, The Truckee Hotel is a cute, historical building with simple amenities. Many who visit over winter, however, opt to stay in a cozy cabin, rented out by locals through Air BnB and VRBO. 10007 Bridge St.

Truckee River Winery has a reputation for being the coldest, highest, and snowiest winery in California. Despite the cold weather, aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, this winery stays open for guests looking to taste the lineup of wines year round. Stop in noon-7 PM Monday through Friday or 11 AM-7 PM Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the local

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Hope Valley Apres Ski:

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For a more chill escape into the cold, book a stay at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley. Avid skiers and boarders will still be able to get their fix at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, less than twenty minutes down the road, where there are 2,000 feet of vertical drops and 2,300 acres of ride-able terrain (groomed for both beginners and experts). 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Dr., Kirkwood

The Sierras are known for its many hot springs, and the Hope Valley area is no exception. Less than 20 miles from Sorensen’s, Grover Hot Springs boasts natural hot springs on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Stop by for a dip in the swimming com-

plex where the naturally heated water is ideal for a mid-winter dip, open 10 AM-7 PM Thursday through Tuesday. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are offered on site, too. 3415 Hot Springs Rd., Markleeville

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Sorensen’s Resort offers a laid-back winter experience that is anything but dull. Nearby trails are the perfect landscape for snowshoeing as well as areas prime for cross country skiing without leaving for the slopes, all located on the resort’s 165 acres of pine and aspen forests. The best experiences, however, are those that let you truly relax. The small resort features a wood-fired sauna, full-service restaurant, and stargazing. 14255 CA-88 86

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What to do when you’re not skiing:

Staying at Sorensen’s grants guests access to all of the amenities listed above, plus welcoming accommodations in mountain lodges, log cabins, and cottages. Other options include booking a room at Kirkwood Mountain Resort to be closer to the ski action, or trying out winter camping at Grover Hot Springs (just make sure you have the right cold-weather gear to camp in the snow).


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North Lake Tahoe:

North Lake Tahoe pulls visitors from around the world in large part due to its ski resorts. In fact, North Lake has the highest concentration of ski resorts in the nation. Due to early snowfall, the resorts enjoyed early openings, which means the big players are already welcoming guests to the mountain. Whether you’re a beginner or an elite skier or boarder, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is a good choice for a weekend away. In all, there are 12 downhill ski resorts in the region (and that doesn’t include South Lake).

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The country’s largest alpine lake is the ideal backdrop for winter activities. While you’ll want to avoid a dip in the lake—unless you have a polar plunge on your mind—snowshoeing around the lake is a favored activity for both locals and visitors (with plenty of places in town to rent shoes). The Resort at Squaw Creek also offers animal experiences including dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides along Sand Harbor Beach. 400 Squaw Creek Rd., Olympic Valley

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Apres Ski:

North Lake is home to two wine bars worth their weight in cabernet. Step into Uncorked Tahoe City to sample wines from around the world, or show up for one of the scheduled wine classes to go deeper into the educational side of winemaking and production, including five to six wines paired with cheese and charcuterie. 475 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City Or, try out Glasses Wine Bar in Incline Village. The self-serve set-up is convenient for trying as many wines as you like at your own pace, using a re-loadable wine card. 760 Mays Blvd. #8, Incline Village

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local dish inated tender-pork pozole reminiscent of classic Mexican City recipes and the Cuate family recipe used to create authentic menudo made from honeycomb tripe. Sink your spoon into the caldo de camarones (bites of prawn simmered in shrimp stock, blended with sautéed vegetables, and finished with chipotle garnish) or the albondigas (Mexican style meatballs served in chicken broth with fresh vegetables sautéed until tender). Order your soup as a half-size or full, depending on your appetite, (offered on all bowls except for the caldo de camarones). “Don Luis is fresh, made-to-order, natural ingredients, and the food is very authentic,” says Owner Alex Cuate. “Everyone should come in and eat at Don Luis’s during the holidays.” For the ultimate Mexican comfort food meal, pair homemade tortillas with any soup from the menu. Instead of crumbling crackers into the broth, dunk shreds of tortilla into the bowl as you go. At Don Luis you can’t go wrong with the soup and tortilla combo because every part of the meal—yes, the tortillas, too—are made fresh. These steaming soups are surely filling enough to justify being a full meal, but if soup sounds more like an accompaniment to you, try diving into one of Don Luis’ other authentic Mexican dishes. Alex says the torta Cubana, three amigo fajitas (chicken, steak, and shrimp), Chile rellenos, and chipotle fusion are the most popular menu items year round. Plus the establishment offers burgers and sandwiches, too. Don’t forget to upgrade your drink selection while enjoying breakfast (classic

American fare), lunch, or dinner at Don Luis. In December an updated Michelada featuring shrimp and a shot of patron is top-shelf—and recommended by the chef—as well as a collection of tequila shots sourced directly from cities across Mexico. “We welcome everyone,” Alex assures, noting the casual atmosphere of Don Luis’ is just one way the establishment is family-friendly. And the eatery also allows customers to make adjustments where necessary. Staff has adopted a laid-back attitude

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LANGE TWINS FAMILY WINERY AND VINEYARDS, ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON With aromas of rich ripe cherries and notes of warm spice from barrel aging, this easy drinking cabernet has developed tannins and a solid structure from aging in predominantly French oak barrels. Another bonus? It’s produced under the Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program. $15 1525 E. Jahant Rd., Acampo, (209) 334-9780, LangeTwins.com

PASKETT WINERY 2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Smooth and balanced, with earthy aromas, rich, dark fruit, and hints of mild oak. The soft, supple tannins make this wine an easy sipper that pairs perfectly with prime rib. $36 11070 E. Woodbridge Rd., (209) 200-1959, PaskettWinery.com SJM


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BERGHOLD VINEYARD HERE, IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR  BY NORA HESTON TARTE While you’re in grab a bottle of your favorite vino from the lineup to enjoy a waived tasting fee, or pick up a bundle to gift during the holiday season— gift packs of Crankcase, The Capitalist, and the Hypocrite (a brand new wine) are all available for purchase. Next to the check out table is a box of Hammond’s chocolate bars you won’t want to skip over either, including flavors like cookie dough and smores. And don’t forget to grab some goodies before heading out the door. Gift items both in the wine category and outside of it include home décor, Christmas décor, jewelry, Mark Robert fairies, and handbags, allowing customers the opportunity to shop while you sip. Looking to splurge? A magnum of one of the winery’s most popular varietals is an impressive holiday gift. SJM When it comes to the holidays, Berghold Vineyard goes all out. Every corner of the expansive tasting room is covered in towering evergreens decorated to the nines with ornate ornaments and twinkling lights as oversized Santas stand watch nearby. And just outside of the grand front doors the grounds sparkle with holiday splendor. Coming to Berghold in December is a treat not just because the bold red wines are prime for the occasion and the tables are littered with clever, cant-get-justanywhere gift ideas, but because the owners of Berghold truly go all out for the holiday season. Sip favorites like the newest Crankcase, a vintage flagship wine that sells out annually, and The Capitalist, a reserve cabernet sauvignon, while enjoying the festive surroundings both inside and out. Every flight includes six to seven wines to try, including these favorites, offering both whites and reds to guests. The gorgeous bottles don labels fit to match the surroundings of the winery where every piece has been carefully selected to bring old world charm to Lodi. The countertops, furniture pieces, and materials made to build the two large bars in the tasting room were all chosen with luxury and opulence in mind. 96

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THE HYPOCRITE The 2013 Hypocrite was first released in September with a limited release (only 80 cases). The medium-bold red blend boasts strong notes of red berries and cherries with subtle hints of eucalyptus. It is a deep, lush wine with mild tannins that finishes mid-pallet. The best part is this wine pairs well with just about every dish making it a no-fuss table wine to serve at dinner parties and to guests. COME SIP: 17343 Cherry Rd., Lodi, (209) 333-9291 BergholdVineyards.com Open Thurs-Sun, 11 AM-5 PM


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GET the DISH

A ROUNDUP OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE 209 FOOD AND WINE SCENE  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER

BRING ON THE BOOZE

Lodi might be considered wine country, but three different downtown locations are now serving up spirits alongside the traditional beer and wine selections.

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Winery recently acquired a full liquor license and is pumping out colorful cocktails six days per week. If you are already a fan of their beer and wine program, you’ll be happy to know you can now enjoy something a little stiffer.

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Supper Club for the Food and Wine Lover A different kind of food and wine experience is coming to Lodi wine country via Lange Twins Family Vineyards and Winery. The winery, with its well-established reputation for thinking outside the box, recently launched a Supper Club unlike anything our region has seen before. The dinner series will feature five unique meals curated by all-star Chef Nick Kubitz. Each event will have a different theme, ranging from American comfort food, to Farm to Fork, and will pair LT’s award-winning wines with delectable cuisine. The dinners will take place over the next year. Seating is limited. For ticket information, go to SupperClub2020.Eventbrite.com

If you’re a fan of cocktails with flair, Bubbles ‘N’ Birds, is also adding a full bar to its repertoire. With handcrafted cocktails the fairly new-to-the-scene foodie favorite will have a lively evening scene,.

NEW TO THE SCENE There continues to be new growth in the food sector in San Joaquin County, which is great for local foodies. After adding 85 degrees C Bakery in September, Lincoln Center announces two new locations coming to the village in early 2020: Lemon Shark Poké and Sando’s! Lemon Shark Poké will serve up fresh and flavorful local poke lovers seeking lighter fare. The company prides itself on utilizing sustainable, ethically sourced ingredients, which is another reason to stop in. Sando’s, a joint venture between Michael Midgley and Dino Ballin, owner of Pomp Salon, will satisfy sandwich lovers’ cravings with hearty sandwiches and organic salads.

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House, a full-service coffee house has added local wine, beers, and now—fermented wine cocktails! Check out their Bloody Mary garnished with the tastiest grilled cheese, crispy bacon, and all the fixings!

FUNDRAISING WITH FOOD AND WINE The holidays are all about food, wine, and giving back. Grab a seat at the Hutchins Street Square Foundation’s Winter Gala. This glitzy, who’s who, black-tie affair, only takes place every other year, and for good reason. The foundation pulls out all the stops, welcoming guests with bubbly, craft cocktails, and hand-passed hors d’oeuvres. The night continues with a multi-course gourmet meal, as well as silent and live auctions. But the real fun begins when Carte Blanche, a seven-piece big band, fires up its instruments for a lively evening of music and dancing. The funds assist the foundation in maintaining Hutchins Street Square as the premier event and cultural center in Lodi. SJM 98

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ART OF THE

SCONE  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D

At Corner Scone Bakery in Lodi, owner Terrie Green bakes scones daily from 5-7 AM. Most days Terrie makes signature flavors like mixed berry, lemon, chocolate chip, and maple bacon. During the holidays, specialty flavors are introduced including herb, cheddar, and sausage; chocolate duo packed with three types of chocolate; and strawberry with white chocolate. The bakery’s pride and joy this time of year, however, is the everpopular cranberry-orange scones, and if you’ve ever wanted to attempt these 100

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delectable treats on your own, now is the time. Terrie is giving up her recipe for the bakery’s staple, along with all her tips on how to perfect them. Ready? Put away the stand mixer and prepare to get your hands dirty! When making any scones there are a few tips to follow, according to Terrie. Dry ingredients are always mixed together first to create the base. Next, fats are cut in such as butters and shortenings, using a small pastry fork. Terrie suggests cutting fats into pea-size shapes to blend and distribute evenly. Expert Tip: If you don’t have

a pastry fork, use two knives to cut in opposite directions simultaneously. Next up are the wet ingredients such as eggs, milk, and flavorings, poured over the top of the dry ingredients. “So much of these steps are a part of any kind of baking,” Terrie says. “A lot of people don’t take in how important technique is.” When mixing everything together, use your hands and fold the ingredients together. “Never stir,” Terrie warns; this will create unwanted elasticity and compromise the batter. Instead, push batter with the back of a spoon to create a wet-dry consistency. If it’s done right, everything will be incorporated but the batter will appear clumpy. Next, pour the mixture onto a floured work surface. If it sticks, something isn’t quite right in the recipe; the batter should slide right out. Flour your hands and roll the batter into a ball. Then, cut it in half and begin making circles that are two inches tall and 8 inches round. Cut these into six triangles. Expert Tip: a chef’s knife will help eliminate waste. Then, repeat with the other half. Don’t forget the egg wash! Use equal parts water and egg, mix well, and brush over the top of the scone to create a golden brown color. Sprinkle sugar on top to caramelize as it bakes. Want to try it yourself? Flip the page! SJM


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COOKIE CRAZY THE SPRINKLE ROOM DECORATING CLASSES

 BY NORA HESTON TARTE Even the walls are covered in sprinkles at Lodi’s The Sprinkle Room. Opened by Katie Klouda, owner of Bee Love Cookie Co., in March, The Sprinkle Room acts as both a satellite campus and storefront for her burgeoning cookie company, and a creative space where Katie can host both public and private cookie decorating classes year round. “The studio space has just been amazing for classes,” Katie says. Every class, regardless of time of year, uses shaped sugar cookies as the starting point, and then guests are taught how to make the cookies pop with icing and sprinkles. The goal is to

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create masterpieces that look as appetizing as the ones Katie makes for Bee Love Cookie Co. One of the best parts of the class, according to Katie, is that guests get to make their own sprinkle concoctions by mixing different colors and shapes from her impressive collection that she keeps on display in the form of sprinkle shelves. The other big masterpiece is the sprinkle wall, adorned with vinyl sprinkles Katie made herself on a silhouette-cutting machine. In pink cursive letters it says ‘treat yo self,’ over the top and it’s the perfect instagramworthy spot for guests to snap a photo. Katie also uses the

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KATIE KLOUDA, OWNER OF THE SPRINKLE ROOM space as a pickup location for custom orders and to host monthly pop-ups where she sells cookies before big holidays and more quirky celebrations like “end of summer.” The dates are always announced on Katie’s business social media accounts— where she stays active—giving those interested three to four weeks notice to sign up. In addition to sugar cookies, Katie makes macaroons and drop cookies, including a sea salt

caramel chocolate chip cookie that she’s particularly proud of, either to fill custom orders or to sell at pop ups both at The Sprinkle Room and other local businesses throughout town, including Boxwood Finch and GingerBugs. Those who want to order custom cookies for an event or host a private party can do so by contacting Katie directly. All classes include a lesson, personal instruction by Katie, and supplies. SJM

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TOO MUCH HOLIDAY CHEER?  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Imagine this: it’s 7 AM and you’re trying desperately to drag yourself out of bed after a holiday party that went late into the night. Spending the day watching Netflix and feeling sorry for yourself simply won’t fit into the day’s busy schedule, whether it involves shuffling off to a day at the office or taking the kids on a local holiday outing. So what should you do? While there is no cure-all for over-indulging the night before, we do have some tips to help you get on the move. Tried and true methods like cups of coffee and pain killers will certainly help keep the headache and stomachache at bay, but there are options that might put a little extra pep in your step on a hard morning. Staying hydrated is key. Replace some of what you lost by drinking more than a plain glass of water (alcohol can throw your system off balance). Over the counter pick-me-ups in the fridge—or at the nearest gas station—include Gatorade, Powerade, or Vitamin Water. One of the best tricks is taking a few swigs of Pedialyte before bed and again in the morning (mix it with water for the best results). Supplements are one more way to get over that morning hump. Ginger can help stave off gastrointestinal complications (mix it with water, tangerine extract, and brown sugar) while studies have linked prickly pear extract to an overall reduction in hangover symptoms. Red ginseng

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could potentially even reduce your blood alcohol level, according to one study. Lucky for us, many of these cures require no preparation the night before, but the best ways to wake up peppier is to prepare. Take a hangover cure-all the night before, either drinking it before your alcohol or even mixing it in, or get smart while drinking (don’t mix several alcohols and limit sugary beverages). SJM

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GET FESTIVE WITH FRESH POMEGRANATES

 BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER, FINE FOODIE PHILANTHROPIST

With December comes the holidays and loads of festive baking, dressed-up cocktail parties, company potlucks, and family gatherings. Whether you are looking for a dish to wow your party guests or something sweet to bring to your in-laws, pomegranates are a fabulous, fresh fruit to kick up your cuisine. Plus, it’s less expected than other seasonal flavors. If the thought of cracking open a fresh pomegranate sounds too daunting, or the possibility of staining your favorite blouse keeps you from cooking with pomegranates, you can always purchase the colorful arils already deseeded at your local market in the fresh produce section’s refrigerator. If eating them really isn’t your thing, they do have other uses, such as adding a rustic flair to your holiday tablescape. HEALTH BENEFITS Antioxidants help remove free radicals and reduce inflammation, and did you know that pomegranate juice has three times more antioxidants than red wine or green tea? RICH IN VITAMINS These juicy morsels are high in vitamin C, E, and K, and they are also a great source of folate and potassium. HEART HEALTH Fresh pomegranate juice is at the top of the list for heart-healthy juices. Studies have shown that it protects the heart and arteries by improving blood flow, and it may even slow the growth of plaque in the arteries. 106

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Smoky Eggplant Dip with Pomegranates INGREDIENTS 2 medium eggplants 1/3 c. tahini ¼ c. lemon juice 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. Kosher salt ½ c. pomegranate seeds

DIRECTIONS Heat your charcoal grill to medium heat. Brush eggplants with olive oil and place eggplants directly on coals. Cook, turning occasionally, until skins are completely charred and flesh collapses, 1520 minutes. Transfer to a colander set over a medium bowl. Let cool 15 minutes. Remove skins from eggplants. Transfer flesh to a sieve set over a bowl and let drain for 10 minutes. Transfer eggplant flesh to a food processor. Add lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and salt. Process until creamy and season with kosher salt. Transfer dip to a bowl and top with pomegranate seeds, and drizzle with additional olive oil. To save time, make one day ahead. Serve with pita chips or veggies.


Cambozola Crostini INGREDIENTS 1 multi-grain baguette 8 oz. Cambozola cheese 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. grated orange zest ½ c. baby arugula Aged balsamic vinegar (optional)

HAVE POMEGRANATES… NOW WHAT? Sure, using them sounds like a great way to add some seasonal flair to your cuisine, but what types of dishes benefit the most from the tart crunch of a pomegranate? The crimson colored pomegranate arils add the perfect punch to winter salads or lamb entrees, while the tart red juice makes for killer salad dressings and holiday cocktails. Here are a few simple ways to elevate your culinary game with an in-season favorite.

COCKTAILS The holiday season is a time for celebratory toasts. So why not use fresh pomegranate juice in a winter prosecco punch with fresh lime juice, satsuma tangerines, and blood oranges? The acid in the pomegranate pairs perfectly with bubbly by bringing balance. Optional: add vodka. SALADS The possibilities are endless. Layer arugula, blue cheese, walnuts, and apples in a large bowl. Add a cup or two of fresh arils for flavor and top with an aged balsamic drizzle. Or opt for spinach, candied pecans, and goat cheese—just don’t forget the pomegranate arils! ROASTED VEGGIES Think squash, root vegetables, and cauliflower. Roast cauliflower with a Mediterranean flair. Coat thick slices with a mixture of olive oil, salt, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, and pumpkin seeds. Roast until caramelized. Garnish with pomegranates and fresh goat cheese. Another options is to roast squash with vadouvan, curry powder, shallots, and garlic and then garnish with fresh labneh and pomegranates. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the baguette on the bias to ¼-inch slices and brush with olive oil. Bake crostini for 7 to 8 minutes until golden brown. Meanwhile, cut the Cambozola into ¼-inch slices to fit crostini. Remove crostini from the oven, top with cheese, and put back into the oven for 3 minutes. Remove, top with arugula, drizzle with honey, and garnish with pomegranate arils.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. Brussels sprouts 4 oz. chopped pancetta 1 c. pomegranate arils 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 c. feta cheese 1 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. fresh ground pepper 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cover a deep cookie sheet with foil. After washing and trimming Brussels sprouts, spread them out onto the cookie sheet. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a small saucepan over medium heat around six minutes, until brown. Drain pancetta on a paper towel and drizzle remaining juices over Brussels sprouts. Drizzle olive oil over the Brussels sprouts, season with kosher salt and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle crumbled feta over the hot sprouts. Garnish with pomegranate arils and balsamic vinegar.

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S Thas Arroyo’s Café 9 4 serving Stock. 1been ton (and beyond) since 1946. The family-owned restaurant that specializes in traditional Mexican dishes became famous for its fresh tortillas, but today it’s much more than that. Start your day with huevos rancheros, enjoy a beef enchilada for lunch, and go all-out on shrimp salad and carne asade for dinner. Or, take anything from the menu home to enjoy later. Don’t forget to visit the Cantina either for drink specials and more.

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SPENKER WINERY’S HERBINFUSED GOAT CHEESE  BY FAITH LEWIS

Spenker winery’s varietals have a new partner in crime and the dairy goats, already a fan favorite at the winery, are being put to work to produce the winery’s newest offering: fresh goat cheese. Available in several smooth and spreadable flavors, the Herbs de Provance is a favorite amongst visitors. With rosemary and lavender, the French-inspired herb mix complements the mild tanginess of the cheese enhanced with floral and savory notes. These pops of herbs are vibrant enough to complement other flavors, but not too overpowering that they compete, making the Herbs de Provance goat cheese a great topper for bagels, crackers, or 110

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just a spoon. Made fresh in small batches by resident cheesemaker Bettyann Spenker, the cheese is aged for 72 hours to achieve the balanced flavor profile and creamy texture. Visitors feel like part of the cheesemaking process as they sip Spenker’s wines (try pairing the Herbs de Provance with the 2014 Zinfandel) among the bags of cheese hung to drain in the tasting room before being cut and packaged. SJM SPREAD THE LOVE: SPENKER WINERY 17303 N. DeVries Rd., Lodi (209) 367-0467 SpenkerWinery.com CHEESE CENTRAL 11 N. School St., Lodi

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

A little taste of New Orleans in the Heart if Stockton on the Miracle Mile. Serving Breakfast and Lunch Seven Days a week from 8:30am-2:00pm. We offer Beignets daily along with Jambalaya as one of our many options for sides. We have Beer, Wine and Mimosas every day. We offer catering in and outside of the restaurant for parties of all sizes. Gift Cards are available to purchase.

MIDTOWN CREPERIE 2319 Pacific Avenue Stockton, (209)941-9070, Midtowncreperie.com


Enjoy a festive cocktail at Bud’s this Holiday season!

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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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

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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.

Join us for a cocktail & bar bites in our newly expanded lounge!

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

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

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.

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On-site at Michael David Winery is the Farm Café, a breakfast and lunch spot open to the public daily from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Stop in for breakfast and dive into a fruit-forward breakfast plate of stuffed French toast. The café serves up this menu staple using its traditional French toast batter, whipped with cinnamon, and then stuffs the golden-brown toast with cream cheese so that when you slide your fork into it, the yummy warm mixture 112

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | TOP EVENTS | FESTIVITIES ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL

NOV. 13-DEC. 15

DAN NORMAN

This high-energy, toe-tapping take on one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved stories will thrill children and adults alike. Matilda the Musical is the story of a precocious young girl who overcomes a dysfunctional family and a cruel headmistress. Armed with a vivid imagination and the gift of telekinesis, Matilda boldly changes her destiny. First staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the musical has now become a Broadway hit and has won five Tony Awards. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Ln.., Stockton, (209) 473-2424, SCTLiveTheatre.com

CITY OF STOCKTON ANNUAL HOLIDAY AT THE POINT: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

THEATRE OF LIGHTS IN OLD SACRAMENTO

DEC. 7

Old Town Sacramento welcomes you to get in the Christmas spirit with the 11th annual Theatre of Lights. See what it means to deck the halls in Old Sac, knock out your shopping list, and enjoy the holiday light show every Thursday through Sunday starting the last week of November through Christmas Eve. Special performances are scheduled for December 23 and 24 for all of your last minute merry making. Old Sacramento Waterfront, 1014 2nd St., Sacramento, OldSacramento.com

NOV. 27-DEC. 24

Be here to witness the start of the Christmas season in San Joaquin County as the beloved Tree Lighting Ceremony returns once again to Weber Point. Stockton locals know that the holiday season hasn’t started until the switch is flipped and the Christmas lights stun. But the fun isn’t done once the lights are on. Stick around for the famous Lighted Boat Parade as it makes its way into Downtown Stockton. This community event is the perfect way to kick off the season’s festivities. Weber Point Events Center, 221 N. Center St., Stockton, (209) 937-8206, VisitStockton.org www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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DEC. 4-31 Experience a hockey game firsthand and come see how exciting the fastpaced, hard-hitting action of live hockey can be. With a family-friendly and exciting atmosphere, you'll enjoy a night out in Downtown Stockton at the Stockton Arena cheering on the Stockton Heat. Games are also on: Dec. 7, 15, 18, 31. Don’t forget, 2020 marks the 15th year of professional hockey here in Stockton, and the team will be celebrating all season long with special anniversary nights. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1500, StocktonHeat.com

HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING

DEC. 4, 11 Can’t seem to get those Christmas cookies just right? Join Katie Ainslie Wood, owner and cookie artist extraordinaire at Ainslie Lane Cookie Studio, for a step-by-step holiday cookie decorating class at Wine & Roses. Come ready for a night of creativity and leave ready to wow your holiday guests with your newfound icing know-how. Wine & Roses, 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-6988, WineRose.com

PARADE OF LIGHTS

DEC. 5

Manteca Christmas in the Park: A Candyland Christmas DEC. 6-8 Each year the Manteca Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas in the Park and this year’s “Candyland Christmas” theme promises a nostalgic Christmas celebration. Events are hosted all weekend with a parade on Saturday at 5 PM. Admission is free and the weekend will be filled with family friendly activities such as pictures with Santa, a snow play area, music, food and craft vendors, and much more. Library Park, 100 Manteca Ave., Manteca, (209) 823-6121, Manteca.org

or location and guests are invited to socialize, sample food, enter raffles, and more. Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 9406300, HagginMuseum.org

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

DEC. 6 Cirque Dreams Holidaze electrifies the 2019 holiday season with its re-imagined live family holiday spectacular. Artists, singers, dancers, and talent from around the world have come together to mesmerize audiences with new acts, holiday scenes, and theatrical innovation. This critically acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, VisitStockton. org

ZOOLIGHTS AT MICKE GROVE ZOO

DEC. 6-21 Micke Grove Zoo is a family favorite any time of year, but during the holiday season there’s a bit of extra cheer in the air. Join the holiday fun during this year’s ZooLights nights from 5-8 PM on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21. Kids will enjoy the hands-on crafts and games, ogling at the lights, and visits with Santa. Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 331-2138, SJParks.com

The aptly named Parade of Lights takes to the streets on December 5 for the 24th year with more than 80 vehicles and floats decked out with Christmas lights and spreading holiday cheer. The parade is complete with marching bands, dance groups, and more. Zip up your coats and stake out your spot along the Downtown Lodi parade route. Downtown Lodi, (209) 365-1195, LodiParade.com

WINTER DIVERSITY MIXER AT HAGGIN MUSEUM

DEC. 6 One of the most popular business events of the season, the Haggin Museum annual mixer is free and open to all. Mingle with other guests and the many San Joaquin area professionals who represent a variety of local chambers. Each of these organizations will provide small snacks that reflect their ethnicity 116

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2019 NCAA MEN’S WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

DEC. 7-8 Swimming in December might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but thanks to a partnership between Visit Stockton and University of the Pacific, the Men’s Water Polo National Championships comes to Stockton for the first time ever on December


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7-8. Stay warm and dry on the sidelines at the University of the Pacific’s Chris Kjeldsen Aquatic Center as these collegiate teams battle to come out on top. University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 938-1555, VisitStockton.org

CHRISTMAS BLENDING WORKSHOP AT VAN RUITEN FAMILY WINERY

DEC. 7 Try your hand at winemaking and take home a bottle of your very own blend at the end of the day. Van Ruiten Family Winery’s winemakers will be there to guide you through the process and help find the perfect blend to pour at your upcoming holiday get together – or as a reward for getting through that holiday shopping list. This event is open to wine club members and seats are limited. Van Ruiten Family Winery, 340 West Hwy 12, Lodi, (209) 334-5722, VRWinery. com

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FESTIVAL OF TREES

DEC. 7-8 The annual Festival of Trees is a spellbinding introduction to the holiday season. This family holiday event features more than 60 uniquely decorated Christmas trees, children’s activities and crafts, entertainment, food, photos with Santa, historical exhibits, and demonstrations of pioneer or handcrafted work. Visitors will feel as though they took a step back in time to celebrate the holidays with docents dressed in Victorian and pioneer clothes. San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 331-2055, SanJoaquinHistory.org

The annual Lighted Boat Parade is a gift the whole community gets to enjoy before Christmas morning! Sponsored by Stockton Yacht Club and Roger Hahn, the 38th annual event will once again be led by the spectacular Port of Stockton fireboat, Sunrise, with many other light-adorned vessels following. The parade may be viewed from anywhere on the downtown waterfront. Weber Point at the Downtown Waterfront, 221 N. Center St., Stockton, (209) 6037147, VisitStockton.org

It’s starting to sound a lot like Christmas at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and this is your chance to see performers like Ludacris, Ja Rule, Ashanti, DMX, and Money B & Young Hump of Digital Underground. Tickets are on sale now. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, Golden1Center.com

FRIENDS OF THE FOX PRESENT “WHITE CHRISTMAS”

DEC. 8 Friends of the Fox are eager to present the classic film White Christmas as part of their Classic Movies Series! The 1954 American musical film stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. Showtime is 2 PM, but guests are welcome to arrive at the theatre an hour early for an hour of art, music, and complementary snacks and drinks in celebration of the feature film. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, VisitStockton.org

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST

DEC. 10 This free holiday concert is a Lodi community favorite and is once again returning to The Square to kick off the holiday festivities. Come for an unforgettable show from the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rocky Mountains. Free tickets will be available at the Hutchins Street Square Box Office starting December 3. Limit two tickets per patron. Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6782, Lodi.gov

JOHNNY MATHIS CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

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After 60 years of singing professionally, Johnny Mathis still has one of the most remarkable voices in music. In this special Christmas concert, Johnny will perform his greatest hits like “Chances Are,” “It's Not for Me,” and “Misty” along with classic holiday favorites. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 3731400, VisitStockton.org


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DEC. 13 Take a break from the Christmas carols and get your toes tapping along with one of the hottest country music duos. Since their number one hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?” and “If I Didn’t Have You” launched their careers, the husband and wife team have been at the top of the charts. Now they are touring with their third album, “Masterpiece.” Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 8316858, AtTheGrand.org

Sugar Plum Tea Party

Looking for a local option for your white Christmas? It may not be snowing in San Joaquin, but you can still bundle up and enjoy snow tubbing, ice skating, and more at Dell’Osso Family Farms. Indulge in the farm’s fresh fudge and pies or take a ride on the train. And for the most adventurous visitors, the zip lines will get the wind whipping through your hair. Dell’Osso Family Farms, 501 Manthey Rd., Lathrop, (209) 679-1710, HolidaysOnTheFarm.com

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CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE

DEC. 14 If you’ve had enough of the endless lines of holiday shoppers and you’re dreading giving those same go-to gifts, step away from the shopping cart and instead explore the Christmas Boutique at Heritage Oak Winery. Enjoy live music and sip some wine while you peruse locally handmade pieces such as candles, oils, barrel art, soaps, jewelry, cork art, stained glass, décor, and more. Heritage Oak Winery, 0112 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, (209) 986-2763, HeritageOakWinery.com

Bring the whole family out to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her subjects at this year’s annual event. The family tea starts at 11 AM and is the perfect chance for the little ones to make Christmas memories. Or come at 3 PM for an adults-only tea party and indulge in beverages with a little something extra, tea sandwiches, and confections. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 8316858, AtTheGrand.org

STOCKTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS “POPS 2: HOLIDAY POPS”

DEC. 15

COLD WATER, HOT CHOCOLATE

DEC. 14 Cold temperatures are no reason to hide inside all winter. Get out and enjoy the year-round beauty of Lodi Lake with this group kayaking trip on the Mokelumne River and warm up afterward with a tasty beverage from House of Coffees. Lodi Lake, 1101 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 471-5988, HeadWatersKayak.com 120

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The Stockton Symphony, the third oldest continuously performing orchestra in California, will be preforming a festive blend of Americana at this special holiday program. The internationally renowned, Mark O’Connor Band will treat guests to traditional and contemporary favorites, joined by the voices of the Stockton Chorale. The popular sing-along and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus will get the season off to a sensational start. Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 951-0196, StocktonSymphony.org


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OPUS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

DEC. 19

NATALIE GRANT & DANNY GOKEY CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TOUR

DEC. 15 Christmas cheer is coming to Bob Hope Theatre on December 15. Seven-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant and American Idol top three finalist Danny Gokey return for a fourth year. Together, they will ring in the holiday season as they co-bill their popular Celebrate Christmas Tour. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 3731400, VisitStockton.org

STOCKTON KINGS

DEC. 17, 27, 28 The Stockton Kings are a member of the official minor league of the NBA and are affiliated with the Sacramento Kings. The league prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA – and welcomes fans courtside to see the games play out. Tickets are on sale now and start at $16 a seat. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 360–2229, Stockton.GLeague.NBA.com

THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA: CHRISTMAS ROCKS! TOUR AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

DEC. 17 The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with the 16th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour. The acclaimed show features music from their four best-selling holiday albums, as well as original Brian Setzer hits. The orchestra’s big-band horn arrangements are guaranteed to rock you into the holiday spirit! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, VisitStockton.org 122

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2020 “Roaring Twenties” New Year’s Eve Ball DEC. 31 Viaggio Estates & Winery is pulling out all the stops – and corks – this New Years Eve with a Roaring Twenties themed kick off to 2020. Dress your best to join the celebration and enjoy a night of indulgence with a threecourse meal and unlimited beer, wine, and champagne. Then dance the night away as you cheers to the rest of the year! Viaggio Estate & Winery, 100 E. Taddei Rd., Acampo, (209) 333-0431, ViaggioWinery.com

Ring in the holiday season with a special performance by the Opus Handbell Ensemble. The Modesto group has been spreading their cheer since 1992 and the night promises to be the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations. Come early for complimentary wine from Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery and snacks courtesy of the Junior Women’s Group. Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6300, HagginMuseum.org

THE NUTCRACKER

DEC. 21, 22 Join the Children’s Dance Theatre of Tracy as they present The Nutcracker. Travel through Clara’s dreams to see the gallant Nutcracker, watch the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy dance, and glimpse a battle with the Mouse King. You can expect a few surprises in this show as the traditional musical ballet is reimagined on stage. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2019 THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

DEC. 22 Dave Koz & Friends continue their annual holiday tradition! This year Koz is joined by Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington, and special guest Chris Walker. With nine Grammy nominations, nine number one albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you won’t want to miss saxophonist Dave Koz as he celebrates the magic of the holiday season. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 3731400, VisitStockton.org

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

DEC. 28 A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated movie, with more fun, more music, and more finding the true Christmas spirit. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas tunes and carols. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, VisitStockton.org


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