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Joann Marks, RN, MSN, puts her heart into her career. As the director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Marks has a passion for raising awareness of women’s heart health, and she is persistently working to promote education around heart disease—the number one killer of women in the U.S.

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We’ve got a confession to make. We’re not sure if it’s all the trips we’ve taken together across the Lodi appellation, or maybe the cold winter nights we’ve spent curled up on the couch, sharing with you all the latest trends. But, well… We love you. That’s why we scoured the streets to make sure that this Valentine’s Day is just as perfect as you. Only the best, sharable, appetizers, drinks, and desserts to wrap your taste buds around.

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’m not a mushy-gushy guy. I mean, I call my wife “honey,” and I kiss and hug my kids everyday—but when it comes to romance I often find myself in the dark. One area I’m strong in, however, is sharing. There’s not much I enjoy more than sitting down at a table with family and friends and ordering almost everything on the menu. There are many share-worthy items at our local restaurants geared to enhance your Valentine’s Day charm, and we rounded them all up for you. So relax, don’t worry. Just make sure to set that reservation well in advance and remember that she likes white roses more than red.   If the wheels are still turning, and you feel unprepared, inadequate or just basic… consider our list of pre-approved, unique dates. Whether your love is a beer aficionado or an adrenal seeker our personalized and well thought options cover all the bases. And when in doubthead to Wine and Chocolate Weekend! Watching this event grow over the years has been a treat in itself, and with Lodi being named Wine Country of the Region, I’m sure they’ll be bringing out the big guns for this one. Take the weekend festivities further, and continue your wine and chocolate weekend at home with our personalized pairing suggested by some of our favorite local wineries. They’ve paired our favorite blends with unique choices like dark chocolate and chilies and classics like milk chocolate caramel. Go ahead… pretend you’ve concocted these pairings yourself, and enjoy them by the fire—you expert, you.

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   Now that we’ve settled into 2016, it’s time to keep up with the times! If you’re still riding trends from the 2000s, that’s okay, we’ve got your back. We know change is scary, but we can’t deny our excitement for what’s cooking in kitchen trends. The days of traditional, “allgranite-everything” are being replaced by modern, industrial designs that happily welcome your personal touches. There are so many creative opportunities and options to enhance your kitchen, play on optical illusions, and change, change, change. Dive in, confidently, and discard any restrictions you think you may have to adhere too. If you like it, get it!    If you’re still stuck on Valentine’s Day at this point… maybe kitchen trends can help. Of course, you can’t get her that blender or new dishwashing machine for the holiday… what a horribly cliché choice. But… what if that dishwasher is reminiscent of Jane Jetsons?! With all the bells and whistles?! In that case… I say it’s okay.

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A WORK of HEART

Joann Marks, RN, MSN, puts her heart into her career. As the director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Marks has a passion for raising awareness of women’s heart health, and she is persistently working to promote education around heart disease—the number one killer of women in the U.S.

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upfront 209 | TRENDS | PEOPLE | CULTURE | STYLE Swathed in a red dress (a staple of the Go Red movement), Marks stands at a podium and tells the story of how she first became acquainted with St. Joseph’s in 2008. It’s a story she tells often. Although a resident of Modesto, Marks found herself in St. Joseph’s Stockton waiting room, a bundle of nerves, while her father underwent an atrial fibrillation ablation (an invasive procedure used to treat cardiac arrhythmia). And though the situation was a stressful one, when Marks thinks back on that day, she can see the good that came out of a poor situation. After all, if it weren’t for her father’s procedure, staff may have never approached her about a job opening in the catheterization (or cath) lab. Her background, which includes four years in the cardiology cath lab at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, a stint as an instructor in the nursing program at Modesto Junior College, a nursing career spanning more than a decade, and an inherent affinity for the profession (“When I was in nursing school, I felt immediately comfortable in the cath lab,” she says), made her the perfect fit. She was hired, and the rest is history. At the time, Marks admits she didn’t recognize St. Joseph’s as a leading institution for cardiac care. “We’re just a little gem that not a lot of people think about,” she shares. “We’re very much on the forefront of everything.” Marks’ position allows her to work with both research and outreach, playing into her passion of educating women about heart disease. One observation she’s made is that women tend to brush their symptoms off, not realizing the imminent danger high blood pressure or high cholesterol can pose. “Women don’t always get that sudden crushing chest pain typically associated with a heart attack,” she explains. And it doesn’t help that many women think of heart disease as a man’s illness. “We’re so aware and we’re so focused on breast cancer and female cancers, [but] more women still die of heart disease than all cancers combined.” Now she speaks out to save lives. And she’s leading by example. “Every year on my birthday I give a gift to myself and I get a full physical and I have them check my cardiac health, my female health, and everything else.” As she continues to grow with St. Joseph’s Heart and Vascular Institute, Marks takes every opportunity to align herself with organizations she admires—like the American Heart Association (AHA), the Fight The Lady Killers campaign, and the Women’s Heart Alliance. She also works with other St. Joseph’s staff to put on the hospital’s annual heart fair, run cardiac awareness booths at community events, conduct studies to further research, and participate in Go Red for Women efforts like the AHA Heartwalk. That’s all in addition to her public speaking where she wears her red dress with purpose. “I want people to see the red dress just as they see the pink ribbon,” she says. FOR MORE INFORMATION: StJosephsCares.org


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2. WHAT IS ROCKY’S FAVORITE TREAT OR REWARD? On the job it’s apprehension (locating suspects), but at home he likes normal dog treats like Greenies. 3. WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK LIKE FOR ROCKY? We start our shift at 3 PM and we get off at 1 AM. There are two dogs on each shift, one on each side of Stockton. Rocky works in south Stockton. On average we respond to 15-20 calls a night, varying from building, area, and vehicle searches to regular service calls. The SPD typically sends K-9 units to any kind of high-risk call, or for service where the K-9 can be utilized. 4. TELL ME ABOUT ONE OF ROCKY’S CALLS. We responded to a burglary in progress and officers were already on the scene, watching the suspect go up and down the stairs inside the house. Rocky and I positioned ourselves near the back yard. As the suspects made their way to the backdoor of the residence, I sent rocky in to apprehend them. All you could hear was “splash, splash, splash,” and when I stepped into the back yard, all of the suspects and Rocky were in the swimming pool.

5. WHAT DOES ROCKY DO IN HIS DOWNTIME? At home, he’s basically a family dog. He hangs out with my two other dogs, both shih-tzus, and does what any other normal dog does at home.

Officer Rocky Q&A with Rocky’s handler Gabe Guerrero

1. HOW DID ROCKY BECOME YOUR PARTNER? I’ve had rocky since he was six months old. Rocky’s father worked for Stockton Police Department (SPD) as well, so they bred him and I purchased him from another handler. I did the majority of the training with Rocky and a K-9 trainer. He’s my dog; he’ll come home with me when he retires.

6. HOW DOES ROCKY INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY? We frequently do demonstrations for schools and other community events. Officers are able to talk about the dogs and explain how they are used in the field. We take our K-9 support team members out with us and demonstrate the K-9’s obedience and apprehension abilities. Our main goal is apprehending suspects as safely and peacefully as possible. The kids really enjoy interacting and watching the dogs jump over obstacles. Rocky is very sociable and he enjoys it, too. I have two kids of my own and he’s just a big baby when he’s around them.

7. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT ROCKY? Rocky is a hard working, strong dog. Earlier in the year, he was stabbed during an apprehension. He recovered after a month and a half and was right back to work. K-9s are important to SPD and to the community. They keep us safe!

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St. Valentine Approved in San Joaquin BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Are you a victim of clichéd dating? Update your tired dinner-and-a-movie routine to something more adventurous. Whether you crave competition, have a need for speed or simply want to connect on a more intimate level, we’ve got you covered with five great date ideas across San Joaquin County. before heading for one of the Valley’s scenic options. Tidewater Bikeway in Manteca, an 8.2-mile asphalt trail that attracts active road bikers, is one such option, as well as the dependable Lodi Lake Trail, a 2.5-mile paved loop. If you choose the later, stop in for a drink at Bikes & Bites. Here you can shop for upgrades, repair your ride or fuel up with a Wackey Mackey (kiwi, pineapple, banana, and strawberry) smoothie at the organic juice bar. Make it special: ride tandem. Bikes & Bites 651 N. Cherokee Ln., Lodi (209) 224-8504, BikesandBitesLodi.com

DART, DASH & DIVE. Couples who play together stay together—or rather they feel closer, experience more positive emotions, and report being overall happier together (it’s true, just ask science). So instead of splitting a popcorn and browsing Fandango, head into battle. CQB City in Stockton has a swank indoor air soft arena where you can try your hand at the competitive sport that pits people against each other in a fight for survival. To sweeten the deal: loser buys dinner. CQB City, 3200 E. 8 Mile Rd., Stockton (925) 4574832, CqbCity.com

RIDE ON. Hold on tight while you climb coastal roads, traverse wide-open desert or navigate redwood forests by motorcycle. Whether you’re looking for a day trip to Daffodil Hill or a three-day excursion to Death Valley, AdventureWest in Manteca has a calendar filled with mini-adventures for you and your loved one. Add some romance: plan your ride to last into the evening when you can literally ride off into the sunset together. AdventureWest Motorcycle Tours, 1169 S. Main St. #295, Manteca (209) 9104238, AdventureWestMoto.com

CLIMB ROCKS. Recreate the thrill of romantic attraction from your first date by partaking in a pulse-quickening pastime together. Psychology Today claims couples that sweat together have staying power in part because the symptoms of exercise mimic those of physiological arousal. Get creative with an activity like indoor rock climbing and build strength, flexibility, and balance while you scale the

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GRAB A BREW. Taste and get tipsy together at Valley Brewing Company where bartenders pour an array of appetizing brews in addition to tastings at events. The experience opens the door for conversation as you and your partner discuss flavor profiles and discover new favorites together. Designated driver recommended. Do it again: head to Delta Brews in Tracy where beer flights are on the menu daily. Valley Brewing Company, 157 W. Adams St., Stockton (209) 4642739, ValleyBrew.com


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Consider spending a few hours on a Saturday raking and bagging leaves, mowing grass and tidying up bushes and plants in a neighbor’s yard. Make sure to put all yard waste in the designated yard waste bin, and kick your kindness up a notch as you help the environment as well.

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Have you ever pulled up to a drive-thru window to discover the person in front of you paid for your order? Wouldn’t it be lovely? Wouldn’t it turn an OK day into something better, adding a little pep in your step as you sport a ferocious smile? What a kind human that was in front of you.   Each year we dedicate a week in February to something we should truly practice throughout the year: random acts of kindness. In full support of the “kindness movement,” The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation aims to help everyone create a better world through awareness and inspiration. Visit their site for a plethora of stories, lessons, studies, and more. In honor of this week, we’ve picked five acts sure to brighten someone’s day, making you that kind stranger on the street. 38

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COMPLIMENT A STRANGER

Pumping up a passerby is a great way to participate in the kindness movement. A random boost of confidence is sure to make anyone feel extra good. Whether it is a “Cute jacket!” or a bold, “Beautiful smile!” your random act of acknowledgement might be just what that person needs. Take it a step further and keep it in the same sex circle. Women empowering women never goes out of style, and vice versa.

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It may seem strange, but there’s a sincerity and kindness found in locking eyes and sending a smile to a passerby, a clerk, waitress, or anyone and everyone you encounter as you walk to lunch or through the parking lot at the grocery. Every life on this earth deserves to be acknowledged- and sadly, people today are making less and less eye contact. Let someone know they are seen. They matter.

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Next time you pass someone asking for a monetary donation, or pull up to someone holding a sign on the street- reach in your back seat and pull out a little care package. Spend a day at the store picking up things like travel size shampoos, Chap Stick, cold medicine, vitamins, granola bars, socks, and the sorts. Pack little bags of items and keep them in your car for such opportunities.


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HighTEA with CORNER SCONE BAKERY BY COPPER WILLIAMS

There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of tea among friends. Having that exquisitely simple second to just sit, sip, and savor both the flavor of the conversation and the lovely blend of leaves is a pastime enjoyed by countries across the world.   These beautiful moments are what the High Tea parties held by the Corner Scone Bakery bring to the table. Mother and daughter Terrie Green and Tara Miller host these events each Saturday afternoon out of the Hidden Tea Room, a piece of paradise tucked away in a separate building just south of their bakery. Their sensational hostess skills, matched with the bakery’s batches of sweets and soothing blends of tea, are just the ticket to draw in a myriad of guests.   And how was such a well-received occasion first concocted? Tara explains that it had been an idea of her mother’s. “My mom loves entertaining and there’s no local tea rooms to take tea, so we were

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Heading to your local spa for a Valentine’s Day rub down? Consider forgoing your usual treatments—hot stones, aromatherapy, and sugar scrubs—for something a little, well, unusual. Luxury spas are sweetening the pot with offbeat menu items that might have you scratching your head. You don’t have to embrace animal droppings and slithering snakes (yes, high end spas offer treatments with these uncommon extras) to enjoy a different sort of spa experience. Instead, crank the dial up just a couple notches and take pleasure in treatment accessories, unique techniques and massage-adjacent services created for full-body wellness. THE SPA AT WINE & ROSES The Spa at Wine & Roses focuses on organic treatments and green products to give guests a rejuvenating experience. Not only is the spa itself surrounded by towering trees, the facility also incorporates nature’s beauty into its treatments. New to the menu is a sticks and stones massage, a deep rub with sculpted basalt stones, handmade Birchwood massagers, and 44

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natural oils, to soothe body and soul. The tactile and mechanical stimuli offered by these natural accessories combine with the warm, flowing massage movements of the stones to support tissue purification, tension relief, and metabolism stimulation (perfect for your post-holidays health regimen). 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-6988, WineRose.com

REIKI MIND BODY Reiki is gaining popularity amongst spa enthusiasts. Focused on improving mental health, the handsoff treatment has been linked to removing mental blocks, boosting moods, and offering a non-invasive way to improve spiritual wellbeing. Perhaps the most unusual part of this body treatment is that it doesn’t necessarily involve touch (some practices employ light touch). Instead, the treatments can be handsfree and applied to people fully clothed. Not only does Reiki assert many of the same benefits of traditional massage, including pain and stress relief, without physical manipulation, it has also been linked to positive mental health and personal growth. Locations in Modesto and Sonora, ReikiMindBody.com

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA & BODYWORK CENTER Sometimes the magic is in the method. While traditional massage has been linked to muscle relief, improved circulation, and stress reduction, employing different strokes offers more health benefits for those looking to unwind. The raindrop technique—used at Tranquility Day Spa in Stockton—refers to placing drops of oil along the spine to promote nervous system health including energy alignment, stress relief, reduced spinal inflammation, and removal of toxins and bacteria along the spinal column. 1955 Lucile Ave., Stockton (209) 957-2224, TdsBc.com


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intimate hotel packages During the month of February, we have special hotel packages available or customize your own! Wine & Roses Hotel features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with amenities and unparalleled gracious hospitality.

passionate dining Towne House Restaurant features innovative dishes using the highest quality seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients. The Lounge is a roman tic spot to enjoy live music, cuisine, specialty cocktails, and fine wine. Make any night Valentine’s with 25% off all sparkling wines and champagne during the month of February (full bottle).

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WRITING WITH

Passion Local children’s author Danna Smith discusses life, love, and the pursuit for publication BY NORA HESTON TARTE

According to Danna Smith, writing children’s books is more than her career—it is her calling. Inspired by her early love of writing as well as the creatures she was exposed to as a young girl through her father who trained, bred, and rehabilitated animals, becoming a children’s DANNA SMITH author was always in the cards for Danna. “I have written for as long as I can remember,” she says.   The Salt Lake City-native made her home in Lodi with her husband and two children 15 years ago when they relocated for his job. Since then, a cocker spaniel named Peanut has joined the family.

Her quest to become a children’s author really took shape when she was in high school after a creative writing class reintroduced her to picture books. “I knew then that I wanted to write children’s books one day,” she admits. However, it didn’t happen right away.    Danna continued to write for her own enjoyment after college as she focused on being a wife and a mother. But in 1998, she got more serious about her pastime. She joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), attended conferences, found a critique group and furiously began working toward her ultimate goal—to get her works published. Fast forward to 2004 after years of practice and rejection, one of Danna’s manuscripts, A Wild Cowboy, caught the eye of an editor at Disney-Hyperion Books, and the rest is history.   As a young girl, Danna’s favorite toy was a

pen—though she has more recently traded it in for a keyboard—and she wrote her first poem when she was just six years old. Now her affinity for rhyming has spilled into her work. “Many of my books are written in rhyme and have an interactive element,” she explains. “Which makes them great for reading aloud as well as encouraging reader/ listener participation.”   Since 2004, Danna has added six more stories to her award-winning collection and this fall she will welcome an eighth— Swallow the Leader, a colorful, underwater counting book for toddlers. In 2017, Hawk of the Castle, a unique story about the art and sport of falconry set in medieval times, will follow.   With two children of her own, Danna is no stranger to child rearing, and each of her written endeavors has been like raising another child. “I created them, spent time with them, worried over them, and waited two to four years for each to become illustrated and published,” she shares. “They are all my babies.”    Over the years Danna’s works have been revered and recognized for their appeal to early readers, but one of Danna’s most rewarding achievements so far came when Two at the Zoo was chosen as a special edition “Raising Readers” board book. This means that approximately 30,000 copies were made available to children free of charge through their birth hospital and well-baby visits. “What a great way to get children excited about books and reading at an early age,” she exclaims.   “Writing books for children (and only children) is my passion. I honestly believe this is what I was born to do,” Danna shares. And her favorite quote about writing just about sums it up: “I write because creating something that didn’t exist before is as close to magic as I’ll ever get,” (whyiwrite.tumblr. com). LEARN MORE: DannaSmithBooks.com


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delicious APPETIZERS, SPIRITS & DESSERTS We’ve got a confession to make. We’re not sure if it’s all the trips we’ve taken together across the Lodi Appellation, or maybe it’s the cold winter nights we’ve spent curled up on the couch, sharing with you all the latest trends. But, well… We love you. Oh, man. There. We said it.   The truth is, San Joaquin, there could be no better bunch of fun-loving folks and that’s why we want to make sure this Valentine’s Day is just as perfect as you. We’ve scoured the streets for only the best appetizers, drinks, and desserts to wrap your taste buds around. So go ahead, lovey. Head out for a night on the town with your special someone, because the Valentine’s Day dining experiences we’ve found for you were built for two!

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delicious APPETIZERS Got a hankering for something both you and your sweetheart will enjoy? Take a look at some of these dishes and know that we had you, and only you, in mind! From plentiful plates that are larger than life, to recipes whose simple flavors, when embellished together, boast delectable results. we’ve got your back for tantalizing apps!

Mikasa Japanese Bistro’s Mercedes Benz

There’s a reason this sushi roll touts such a classy name. The Mercedes Benz is the high roller among rolls. Weighing in at nearly five pounds, this masterful dish of unrivaled flavor holds within its depths an assortment of tempura shrimp, spicy tuna, and cucumber. On top you’ll be sinking your teeth into mounds of fresh salmon, albacore, and crabmeat. Would you like your cherry on top? What if that cherry was a garnish of cilantro, tempura bits, and fried calamari? It’s no wonder this revolutionary roll keeps guests coming back for more. Mikasa Japanese Bistro, (209) 858-1818 MikasaSushiLathrop.com

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Delta Bistro’s Tempura Prawns

Settle down alongside the delta channel with your Valentine’s Day buddy and share an artful arrangement of tempura prawns. These juicy morsels are dipped in tempura batter and deep fried until a golden brown has settled across their surface. Drizzled with teriyaki sauce and dusted with spring onions, you’ll be digging your fork in for one more bite while finishing off the cilantro lime rice and fresh vegetable sides! Delta Bistro, (209) 944-1140, UniversityPlazaWaterfrontHotel.com

Towne House’s Artisanal Cheese Plate

Looking to sample something just as smooth and exquisite as your lovely self? Then turn your undivided attention to the platter of sublime cheese choices at Towne House. Layer on each artisan cracker with Mt. Tam, Red Hawk, or Devil’s Gulch, rich and creamy selections made all the more tantalizing when mixed with the sweet taste of white Hawaiian honey. Tie it all together with the crunchy goodness of blanched almonds and you have the beginnings of beautiful foodie bliss! Towne House Restaurant, (209) 371-6160, WineRose. com

Papapavlo’s Flaming Cheese

The flames of love are burning bright down at Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar! Especially when that scorching heat is served direct to your table. Enjoy this exquisite performance as a breaded block of Kasseri Cheese is doused in Ouzo apéritif and lit on fire. Once your delectable dish is melted and a crisp shell has taken shape over the top, your show-stopping server will ebb the flames with a little bit of lemon, presenting you with your savory appetizer and a side of warm pita bread. Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar, (209) 477-6133, Papapavlos.com

Midgley’s Steak & Eggs

Does this dish sound a little too simple? Then allow me to elaborate, because you and your cute companion simply cannot miss out! Stop on by the Public House and dip your spoon into a Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon tartare, a concoction brought to life with choice capers, parsley, and red onion, and blended together in egg yolk and Dijon mustard. Smooth some of that rich flavor over a serving of garlic toast and dig into diced hardboiled eggs for one appealing appetizer! Midgley’s Public House, (209) 474-7700, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

Market Tavern’s Devil “ish” Eggs

Show your sweetie how you really like to turn up the heat! Market Tavern’s Devil “Ish” Eggs can kick your date night up a notch with each and every bite of choice bacon, hot jalapeno, and a special blend of Market Tavern’s own spices. Enjoy that delicious, creamy tang that only a platter of six can provide to your palate. Market Tavern, (209) 932-8001, MarketTavernStk.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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sparkling SPIRITS Why not get the party started off right with a few drinks, some friendly faces, and a host of fun! If you’re stopping in for a bite to eat or sitting at the bar before the movie begins, scoop up a few of these concoctions and carry on with your romantic adventure!

Ernie’s Food and Spirits’ Martini Flight

Fall into the spirit of the sweetest day around by swinging into Ernie’s for a few rounds of their martini sampler! You and your dining companion simply can’t miss out on selecting your favorite, flavorful combinations for a cocktail hour of epic proportions! Try out exceptional blends such as their Bloodhound, French Revolution, Chambord Sour, and Lemon Candy cocktails. Go bold and try a double date for your big day, so your lovely consort and fellow friends can sample each’s favorite! Ernie’s Food & Spirits, (209) 2393351, ErniesFoodandSpirits.com

Shangri La’s Volcano

There’s no reason to leave San Joaquin with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Just head on over to Shangri La Asian Bistro and dive into a drink that will send you spinning off and into the tropics! Served in a rather large bowl with a center brim high above the rest of the surface, Shangri La’s Volcano is exactly what the name depicts! This bowl is filled with iced rum and at the very middle is a small volcano with an equally dazzling flame dancing across its surface. Shangi La, (209) 366-0539, shangrilaasianbistro.com

Lodi Beer Company’s Beer Flight

Take a seat down at Lodi Beer Company and let the fun begin with seven hopping brews! These drinks are served in small glasses and set over a sheet that tells you a little bit about what makes each blend so wonderful! Enjoy the Lodi Lite Lager, the Umna Heseweizen, Gilt Edge Maerzen, School Street Brown, What the Helles IPA, Doppelbock, and the Plowshear Porter. Lodi Beer, (209) 368-9931, LodiBeerCompany.com

Komachi Sushi’s Sake Flight

Unleash your inner sake aficionado when you drop in for a sample of Komachi’s sake flight. These outstanding samples are selected in such a way as to bring you a thorough understanding of the styles of sake, keeping your taste buds entertained with every sip! Enjoy a nigori unfiltered, a premium smooth, a dry sake, and a sparkling flavored sake. Komachi Sushi, (209) 334-3131, SushiKomachi.com

Casa Flores’s Tequila Flight

Do you know your tequila? Because Casa Flores is ready to take you up on that with samples of their bartender’s premium selections! Have yourself a seat at their bar and prepare for three flute glasses filled with an outstanding blanco, resposado, and añejo tequila. These varying flavors are definitely for those who know how to have a good time! Casa Flores, (209) 451-1116, MyCasaFlores.com

Weibel Family Vineyards’ Sparkling Wine Sampler

Wining and dining across the Valley? Why not pull up a chair, then? Because when you visit Weibel Winery’s exquisite tasting room in downtown Lodi, you’re taking a seat for a five-star flight of exceptional, sparkling flavors. Select from over six flavored varieties that include almond, peach, peach-mango, citron, raspberry, and pomegranate- or pick a few from the non-flavored sparkling wines to create a five sampler arrangement you and your date can clink your drinks to! Weibel Family Tasting Room, (209) 370-6013, Weibel.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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DESSERTS Show your date just how sweet it really is to be loved by you! From customized cakes and bundles of bundtinis, to decorated apple delicacies and more, there are just so many confections that we’ve compiled. So take your pick and set the time, because no magical night is ever complete until you’ve found that perfect treat!

Ernie’s Food & Spirits’ Dessert Sampler

Ready to pull all the stops for your sensational Valentine’s Day extravaganza? Then set your sights on Ernie’s line-up of picturesque desserts! For it is here you’ll find the chance opportunity to reel in such delicacies as a Valrhona double chocolate cheesecake, chocolate macaron, raspberry sorbet, cabernet huckleberry topped panna cotta, a rich crème brulee, or Ernie’s tres leche cheesecake. Find out by placing your reservation in for a Valentine’s Day dinner not soon forgotten. Interested in ensuring your sampler’s sweet combinations? Plan your next event at Ernie’s with a party larger than 10 to choose your confections personally! Ernie’s Food & Spirits, (209) 239-3351, ErniesFoodandSpirits.com

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Kyodai Sushi’s Tempura Fried Cheesecake

What do you get when you serve two large scoops of sweet, chilly ice cream between three tempura-fried helpings of cheesecake? After being drizzled with strawberry sauce, dotted with pieces of fresh fruit, and topped with two crunchy pirouette cookies, you’ve concocted an artistically delicious dessert that’s pretty hard to share! When it comes to that final flaky bite of cheesecake bliss, you better break out the knife and slice it down the middle, because the chivalry ends here! Kyodai Sushi, (209) 323-5495, KyodaiRestaurant.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes’ Bundtinis

Try a bite-sized dessert on for size, whose flavor is larger than life! Introducing the Bundtini, an adorably delicious accessory to your lovely day, bundled up by the dozen for on the go dates! These cuties are covered with thick layers of icing and produced in popular flavors like lemon, red velvet, and white chocolate raspberry. Choose your absolute favorites and spend your special evening out on the town with nothing “bundt” you and your special someone! Nothing Bundt Cakes, (209) 9572253, NothingBundtCakes.com

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Treats

Indulge in something just as sweet as holding hands with the one you love! Rocky Mountain has got the drop on dipped cherries, strawberries, and apples galore, all lovingly wrapped, boxed, or ribbon-garbed in Valentine’s Day spirit! Treat your honey to some delicious truffles and heart shaped-chocolates, perfect for taking with you on a tour of the ultimate Valentine getaways in our area! Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, (209) 823-6500, Rmcf.com/ca/manteca50712

Frosted Flour’s Custom Cakes

Tired of the constant cookie cutter date night? Looking to add a little charm to your evening that’s just as classy and distinct as your romantic self? Then why not begin with a cake that’s crafted according to your stylish specifications! Frosted Flour knows all the right moves when it comes to the pastry tango. They offer a wide selection of cake flavors, from traditional vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, to banana, coconut, and snickerdoodle! Choose your favorite frosting or go fondant and add even more pizazz! There’s simply no end to the amazing creations that Frosted Flour can bake to life! Frosted Flour, (209) 369-2253, FrostedFlour.com

Flight Lounge’s Dessert Flight

You’re on a collision course for a sampler of delectable opportunity! Check out Flight Lounge’s triad of tasty treats, all lined up and ready to hit the runway! Enjoy the rich flavors of cheesecake with strawberry or chocolate drizzle, each luscious bite of their delectable brownie a la mode, and last, but certainly not at all the least, their chocolate chip walnut bread pudding! Flight Lounge, (209) 3662735, FlightWoodbridge.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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As the desire for all-granite-everything evolves and homeowners welcome an innovative industrial look—one thing remains the same: The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather to play games, complete homework, create projects, make memories, and promote tradition.  

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The biggest difference homeowners, renters, and buyers notice between a new and old home’s layout is generally the kitchen floor plan. While older homes hold endless character and charm, walls dissecting the largest entertainment areas are most likely present. As we welcome an array of new housing communities in San Joaquin, we also open doors to those loving the open floor plan, as it gracefully guides guests from the kitchen to the living room and formal dining room—giving the cook ample opportunity to remain involved in conversation without “too many cooks in the kitchen.”    “The kitchen is now the hub of the home,” says Interior Designer Kathleen Jennison of KTJ Design CO., as she notes an increase in “furniture look cabinets” that make the kitchen look less utilitarian. “Adding other types of

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seating, like a sofa in the living room make its feel more like a place to linger than to just prepare food,” she adds.   Tiffany Gomez of Classic Design Floor to Ceiling also notes an increase in islands that double as eating areas, eliminating the kitchen table all together. This option is great for someone looking to revamp the kitchen of their older home without knocking down walls and investing in a changed floor plan, as the island “takes advantage of small space and doubles up on usage of one area,” Tiffany notes.    Another space and function conscious trend taking foot is the request for two sinks in separate work zones, says Larry Diggs of Paradise Designs in Manteca. They make dinner creation and clean up an un-cluttered breeze, as the separate sinks are perfect for both the chef


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Gourmet Chef de Cuisine’s and wannabes alike drool over this state-of-the-art oven. Virtual flame technology utilizes induction cooking, the most efficient heating process, allowing for faster boiling and cooking with simmer control. The stylish single oven splits into two thanks to Samsung’s Smart Divider that offers two temperature controls to cook dishes. Dual True Convection cooking is also offered, allowing you to cook food faster and more evenly. With Dual True, you can choose to use convection in both ovens, or opt for the dual mode that turns the top oven to Fan Convection and the bottom to True Convection. Wait, there’s more! The guiding light controls boast step-by-step instructions for cooking options, and can even program your favorite recipes!

Yes, the time has come; we’re living like the Jetsons! Though we’re not zooming to work in an aerocar, the newest kitchen appliances sure are reminiscent of those found in Jane’s kitchen.

Samsung’s Chef Collection Refrigerator

Samsung teamed with SodaStream to rock sparkling water lover’s worlds. This French, fourdoor, stainless steel fridge houses a state of the art water filtration system with the power to remove impurities and an indicator that alerts when a filter change is needed. SodaStream’s thru-the-door water and ice dispenser offers both filtered still and sparkling water at the touch of a button.

The Opal

Everyone loves nugget ice…. it just has this sense of novelty, and it somehow makes cocktails taste better. In comes the Opal, created by General Electric’s co-creation, FirstBuild, a countertop ice maker that produces over 20 pounds of ice a day. Now that’s a lot of Moscow Mules! The 16.5 x 10.5 x 14 inch sleek, stainless steel design is much more stylish than that bag of ice you must remember to pick up at the gas station before your party. With the power to hold up to three pounds of ice, there will be no more running to grab another bag mid event.

Miele Futura ProfiLine Dishwasher

Dubbed “The World’s Most Intelligent Dishwasher,” this luxury appliance boasts a 23-minute wash cycle, adjustable and LED illuminated tiers, the Perfect GlassCare System that monitors rinse water’s mineral content, and a drying technology that adjusts to your home’s temperature and humidity level. To top it off, Futura’s dishwasher is 35 percent more efficient than previous generations and also offers a host of energy-efficient options.

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General Electric’s Café Series French Door With Keurig K-Cup Brewing System

Keurig cult members—don’t drink the Kool Aid just yet! GE’s Café Series is here to save the day. The fridge’s internal K-cup handler accepts all of your favorite coffee and tea Keurig-style pods. A direct result of 3D-printing capability, this essentially hands-off coffee creator has a direct water line that first passes through a filtration system said to remove 98 percent of unwanted impurities.


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WineDine 209 RESTAURANTS | OFF THE VINE | DRINKS | SWEETS

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A symphony of Italian flavor is exactly what you’ll find when you walk through the double doors of De Vega Brothers in Stonecreek Village. Having been in the business for over 17 years, owners Alberto and Rafael Vega know the secret to keeping their guests coming back for more. It starts with only the freshest, top quality ingredients, sensational service in and out of the kitchen, and most importantly, the close connections with guests transformed into family.

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  Alberto and Rafael’s renowned restaurant first began with their culinary training among some of our most wellknown local restaurants in the Central Valley. It was during these enlightening years that their genuine love and devotion for food flourished and their decision to open their own restaurant solidified. As Joanne Vega, manager of De Vega Brothers, explains, “It had been their dream since they were children.”   The skill that the brothers cultivated during their culinary apprenticeships was more than enough for them to open De Vega Brothers, a singular business that started small in Manteca, and grew into the magnificent restaurant San Joaquin knows it as today. Joanne fondly recalls their humble beginnings and more than a few of their amazing guests that still follow them today. “We have a customer from Manteca who still orders catering from us. And there’s a

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lady and a group of her friends who still come in every month!”   It may have something to do with dishes such as the Chicken Piccata, an entrée of chicken sautéed in white wine, mushrooms and capers, blended with fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice. It’s certainly been a longtime favorite of old time friends! And fingers always seem to pause when they slide across the Deep Fried Ravioli, a delicious dining opportunity prepared just as the name describes. Enjoy each parmesan dusted bite with a side of ranch dressing and marinara sauce!    The atmosphere at De Vega Brothers has always been a perfect blend of elegance and class, with the warmth of family and close friendships. It’s something that Alberto and Rafael pride themselves on. “Our business is not looking for one time customers,” Joanne explains. “We’re looking for return customers. If someone likes our food, they tell their friends and come in for

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parties. That’s why, every year, we have Christmas parties from repeat customers.”   If you’re looking to come in and enjoy this sensational experience, allow us to help guide your oh-soeager palate to some tried and true favorites! Test out De Vega Brother’s Lamb Chops, a sliced rack of lamb that has been marinated amongst De Vega Brother’s choice seasonings, sautéed, and then placed on the grill. It’s served up with a house crafted auju with thinly sliced mushrooms. If you’re looking for a dish with some port-side appeal, dig into the Sautéed Mussels, a plate that, Joanne can attest, you’ll be sipping up until the very last drop! Enjoy chopped garlic, onions, and fresh tomato sautéed until a golden brown. Combined with mussels that have been steamed with

a white wine, it’s a flavorful lesson in seafood done right.   Whether it’s a family function or a work related dining day, De Vega Brothers is pleased to make you a part of their family. Host your gathering under their doors for a party no friend or colleague will soon forget. And don’t forget to drop by during the upcoming summer months for a few luxurious hours outside on De Vega Brother’s patio, sipping on local wine near the water fountains and listening to Stonecreek’s own summer concert series. BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY:

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GRAPEFRUIT BY COPPER WILLIAMS

Take on the tang of champions when you slice up a grapefruit and stick your spoon straight into that powerhouse of nutrition! This mighty citrus is loaded with plenty of vitamin C, keeping each and every cold at bay that just so happens to be heading your way. Indulge in a grapefruit and receive over a quarter of your daily vitamin A, which helps to keep your skin in top form and your eyes sharp, especially when you’re heading out and into a bright and sunny day!    If you’re looking to lose weight, the grapefruit is an excellent accessory to your diet. It’s low in calories and high in fiber, so dig in! You won’t be feeling hungry for a while! Care to acquire some of these amazing benefits, but aren’t too fond of that bitter taste? No problem! Carve out that lovely pink pulp and mix it with sugar for your own home-made scrub! Use it on your skin for a fresh and healthy exfoliate that can help to improve your skin’s texture the more you use it!

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Wash, peel, and juice fruit. Pour into glasses and garnish with basil. Chill according to your tastes and enjoy! *Recipe courtesy of BestHerbalHealth.com


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WineDine 209 | VINO

WINE &

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With Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend just around the corner, we’re anxiously awaiting the blissful combinations of indulgent chocolate treats and equally delicious fine local wines. A weekend simply isn’t long enough to cram all of these diet-busting cravings into our mouths, so San Joaquin Magazine is setting you up for culinary success at home with local wine and chocolate pairings recommended by the experts.

JESSIE’S GROVE’S ZINFANDEL

If Earth, Zin & Fire—a medium-to-full bodied, fruity-yet-dry zin—is the vino of your choice, go for something sweet and spicy like dark chocolate with chilies, suggests Sarah Williams, wine club coordinator at Jessie’s Grove. Rich chocolate is sure to complement the award winning sipper that flirts with unconventional flavor blends, complete with notes of apple pie, minerals, juicy boysenberry, and just the right amount of spice.

TWISTED BARREL MERLOT

This bright, fruity Merlot includes hints of eucalyptus, a perfect presence of wood and a smooth, clean finish. So what chocolate best pairs with the Twisted Barrel Merlot? Maxine Tanner, vice president of marketing at Twisted Barrel, says her personal recommendation would be a dark chocolate, specifically a truffle with a soft center. If you’re stopping by Wine & Chocolate weekend however, sample the winery’s dessert pizza (a traditional crust spread with thick vanilla pudding and drizzled with chocolate). 88

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BARSETTI CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon is customarily revered for its rich, complex flavor and aromas of blackberries and black currants. Barsetti’s cab stays true to this flavor profile, presenting a soft and supple wine that is rich, bold, and fruity. Aged in oak barrels, hints of vanilla, spice, and mocha have seeped into the wine, which just begs to be paired with dark, rich chocolates, especially those with soft, fruity centers. Barsetti staff advice? Avoid anything too, too sweet.

VIAGGIO SUMMERTIME PINOT GRIGIO

For some reason, red and dark seems to be the go-to combination when it comes to wine and chocolate, but if you’re partial to white varietals, that doesn’t mean you should forgo dessert; sometimes ignoring tradition is the best way to surprise your taste buds. If you’re filling your glass with Viaggio’s Summertime Pinot Grigio, made from Lodi AVA grapes, staff says milk chocolate with caramel is the perfect match.

PRIE VERMENTINO

With an initial palette of light, peachy flavors that finish with a lemon zest, this Lodi wine uniquely offers no oak presence as it is barreled in stainless steel to retain its crisp flavor. The refreshing white wine is perfectly balanced with semi-dark chocolate. If you want to get technical, PRIE’s owner—John Gash—says chocolate-labeled 41-60 percent cacao is best.

MACCHIA “DELICIOUS” BARBERA

This food-friendly, local wine is known for its refined tannins and lively acidity, heavy with vibrant red fruit and blackberry flavors and aged in oak barrels to further underscore the deep colors, low tannins, and high levels of acid. None of that, however, can dull the fruity flavor the Lodi barbera is known for. Co-owners Tim and Lani Holdener suggest dark chocolate and salted caramel to complement any of their Barbera wines, including two more labels—“Righteous” and “Infamous.”

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WineDine 209 | OFF THE VINE

MACCHIA Winery Offers a Laidback Tasting Experience BY NORA HESTON TARTE

The name says it all at Macchia, where the moniker itself means “the spot” in Italian. Here, it’s hard to turn down the parade of appropriately named wines, including a “Vivacious” 2012 Nebbiolo—a popular choice of famous Italian variety normally sourced from the Piedmont region, and “Delicious” 2013 Barbera, a food-friendly wine brought to California by early Italian immigrants.    In Lodi, zinfandels reign superior, but the Macchia menu isn’t exclusive to these favored flavors; Italian varietals are also aplenty. “One of our claims to fame is our bold, award-winning red wines,” shares Lani Holdener, co-owner of Macchia Winery. Whether you’re keen on petite sirah or prefer a 90

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port, there’s a wine here perfect for your taste buds—and each one is stamped with an eye-catching title that will pull you in, although the aromas should achieve that on their own. And while zins and other reds have been the winery’s focus, Macchia will release its first white wine in April.   So what’s the secret of these magical elixirs? The husband-wife team of Tim and Lani Holdener have used their expertise in the Lodi appellation to uncover the hottest spots to source their grapes since opening in this region in 2001, all while operating under the motto “it’s all about the grape,” more specifically stating that while wine technology changes, the quality of the fruit matters most. The owners’

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selective process of choosing small lots of the finest grapes possible from California’s most prestigious wine growing regions has led to prized sips that keep guests coming back for more. From the Lindsteadt Vineyard to The Original Grandpere Vineyard, one of the oldest in the United States, the Amador Valley is responsible for many of the flavor profiles. From spicy, “Adventurous” zinfandel to vibrant, fruity barbera that lives up to its “Righteous” label, every patron can find a wine that satisfies his or her predilection.   The true draw (aside from the wine) is the no-fuss atmosphere, a far cry from other wine regions that think uppity spells taste. “We offer a relaxed, enjoyable environment,” Lani says of the outdoor patio and subsequent grounds that create a kickback atmosphere for guests to stay and play. Pack a picnic and pick varietals to pair with your basket of goods under the flowering fruit trees, or hang around to play horseshoe or bocce ball with your friends.    So, pull up a chair, grab a blanket or snag a spot at the bar to partake

in some of the finest tasting the Lodi Appellation has to offer. Like what you try? Wine lovers are encouraged to join Macchia’s Club Red, which promises to keep your wine cabinet stocked with quarterly shipments and discounts. And while you’re at it, check out the winery’s stash of exclusive bottles that cannot be purchased anywhere else. Each weekend, the grounds host several visitors and lounging is optimal under mature shade trees. FEBRUARY 13-14, the winery will pour for Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate weekend, serving its famous meatballs in a habanero, chocolate port reduction sauce to compliment barrel tasting and live music. PRESIDENT’S DAY (Feb. 15) Dejay Mullins will entertain guests on the saxophone. VISIT:

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All BOTTLEDUp PS We LOVE You So, you think Petite Sirah is simply a more “petite” version of Syrah? Think again. Petite Sirah (a.k.a. Durif) is actually a distinct grape variety – a crossing of Syrah and Peloursin created by Southern French botanist François Durif in the mid-1800’s. In recent years, wines made from this packs-a-punch grape have become more popular than ever; so much so, in fact, that an industry advocacy named “PS I Love You” was formed in 2002 for the sole promotion of Petite Sirah. Despite Petite Sirah’s popularity however, it is an exceptionally rare grape with less than 10,000 acres planted worldwide. Lucky for us, the vast majority of plantings reside in California with the Lodi Appellation being the largest cultivator at approximately 2,000 acres. This Valentine’s Day, you can declare your love for Lodi Petite Sirah along with dozens of other handcrafted Lodi varietal wines during the 19th annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend, February 13 & 14 (LodiWineandChocolate.com). Here are three Lodi Petite Sirah wines worth keeping an eye out for:

D’ART WINES 2013 LODI PETITE SIRAH

Inky and full-bodied, this quintessential Lodi Petite Sirah shows graceful tannins that are softened and complimented with fruity blackberry and black cherry. Hints of smoke, chocolate and a touch of hazelnut make this beauty the perfect wine to serve by the glass or bottle alongside creamy wild mushroom risotto, chicken in rich mole sauce or barbecued beef burgers topped with melted Swiss cheese. ($24) DArtWines.com

M2 WINES 2013 VIÑEDOS AURORA VINEYARD LODI PETITE SIRAH

Sourced from the Viñedos Aurora (roughly translated to “first light of day”) Vineyard in Lodi’s Clements Hills sub-appellation, this dark and velvety Petite Sirah captivates your taste buds with flavors of blackberry, blueberry and licorice. Eighteen months of aging in heavily toasted American Oak barrels adds spicy notes of coffee and caramel, making this wine an ideal partner to grilled short ribs with blackberry BBQ sauce or a wedge of smoked cheddar cheese. ($28) M2Wines.com

MICHAEL DAVID WINERY 2013 LODI “PETITE PETIT” PETITE SIRAH

Don’t be fooled by the cartoon-like label, the 2012 vintage of this stunning wine just earned the number two spot on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s coveted Top 100 Wines of 2015 list. While the vintage has changed, the depth and complexity of this ruby-black wine has not. Generous tannin smoothed out by plummy aromas and notes of peppery bacon provide the perfect backdrop for smoked bratwurst sausages, braised beef brisket or roasted vegetable stew. ($18) MichaelDavidWinery.com

WHERE TO FIND THESE WINES: Pick up these Lodi wines from the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 365-0621. Open daily 10am-5pm. LodiWine.com

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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. Open for lunch: Fridays 11am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5pm-9pm, Fri 5pm-10pm All Day Dining: Sat 11am-10pm Sun-11am to 9pm Bar open daily at 4pm

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Have you ever caught falling snow on the tip of your tongue? Felt the icy sensation swirled with a unique texture you thought was reserved only for snowflakes? Well, that one-of-a-kind feeling has been recreated at Bon Mange, a Stockton dessert shop that serves an array of delectable goodies including bubble teas and macarons. One of their most popular menu items, however, is the Coffee Toffee Crunch Snowflake, a treat reminiscent of Taiwanese snow ice, made with a base of coffee-flavored ice cream-shaved ice hybrid that enjoys a consistency akin to fresh fallen snow. Topped with 94

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almonds, toffee bits and Oreo crumbles and served with a side of marshmallows and originalflavored mochi (a Japanese rice cake), the delicacy is a creamy, dairy-based concoction that gives guests a very different impression. Though the indulgence hails from Taiwan, the owners of Bon Mange (a French phrase meaning good eats) first tasted it in Hawaii. Despite its influence, however, staff assures this recipe is all their own.

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


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WineDine 209 | SIPS The newly opened Kyodai Restaurant serves modern, Japanese inspired cuisine, offering dishes that can’t be found anywhere else in Stockton. We’re proud to serve fresh, high-quality sashimi and nigiri that doesn’t need to be covered in sauce. We also offer a wide variety of small plates, salads, grilled dishes and specialty rolls to satisfy the whole family. Look for special fish and a seasonal menu that highlights what our local farmers have to offer. Our contemporary space offers a full bar and patio seating as well as a large dining room with seating at the sushi bar for a unique dining experience with the chefs. Open 7 days a week. Lunch Monday through Saturday. KYODAI RESTAURANT 5779 Pacific Ave. Suite 115. (Stone Creek Plaza) Stockton, (209) 323-5495

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Love a long island ice tea but looking for something subtly sweet? The Grateful Dead cocktail at Midgley’s Public House is a strong concoction of vodka, gin, rum, house-made sweet and sour, and raspberry liquor. This punchy pinkish-purple beverage is a Friend of the Devil that just may have you Dancing in the Street. The inspired blend is actually a well-known drink, mixed differently from bar to bar, and Midgley’s version lives up to the hype. Whether you’re looking for a festive sipper for Valentine’s Day, or simply want a beverage that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized, the Grateful Dead hits the spot. 96

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Celebrating their 7th 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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Blend is excited to offer a new dining experience to Lodi and the surrounding communities in the form of a hybrid style Restaurant/ Bar/Ultra Lounge. We believe in using only the best local ingredients, sustainable proteins and the freshest farm to table produce. We offer a vast Tapas menu with a modern twist in the form of Ahi Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Dates and Salmon Cakes. For the more traditional diner, we serve Pork Chops, Grilled Skirt Steak and Seared Salmon. Our bar proudly serves “Craft” Cocktails, Local Wine, and 8 beers on Tap. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights we will feature a nightclub setting with local DJ’s for your dancing pleasure. Please feel free to make a reservation in our Bar & Lounge area, Dining Room, or on our Patio. Tues and Wed 3pm-9pm Thurs-Sat 3pm-2am • Sunday Noon-9pm

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

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

~Live the Scene, Leave the Hassle~ THE RED ORCHID 126 E. Market St., Stockton, (209) 467-8140

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A GUY’S GUIDE TO COOKING BY NORA HESTON TARTE

For decades experts have been doling out the same tired advice to women: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Today, however, fewer women are throwing on an apron and retiring themselves to the kitchen to cook nightly dinners for their male partner. Instead, take out is becoming a quick fix for women on the go as they stop in to their favorite local eatery to grab a bite after work. Because of this shift in traditional gender roles, it behooves men to get acquainted with their kitchen. In fact, it may 98

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

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

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A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouth-watering appetizers and salads. Every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. At Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food.

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WineDine 209 | SIDE DISH With its seasonally based menu and gourmet preparation, the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Offering a farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from local farms as well as their own garden, the Towne House Restaurant captures the subtle elements of fun and excitement while also providing unparalleled food. The Lounge features live music and an extensive wine list showcasing the best Lodi has to offer. Dine in the intimate setting of the dining room or outdoors on the veranda where guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the gardens.

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

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

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   At Thai Spices in Lodi, making fresh spring rolls is a serious business. Diners will delight in the scrumptious veggie-noodletofu filling wrapped in crunchy, white rice paper that boasts a refreshing, crisp texture. Stuffed to the brim with seaweed salad, spinach, cucumber, rice noodles, shredded carrots and tofu, it’s enough food to fill you up. And don’t forget to take advantage of the special dipping sauce. The secret recipe offers diners an ideal combination of savory and sweet with the perfect amount of kick. This homemade vegetarian dish comes in generous portions, with three thick rolls served halved, at $7.95 per serving. 100

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

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TWO PERFORMANCES OF LATIN JAZZ WITH THE STOCKTON SYMPHONY

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The Brilliance of ARTURO SANDOVAL He is, quite simply, one of the most brilliant and honored musicians of our time. The Stockton Symphony is proud to present the multifaceted Arturo Sandoval in two intimate concerts, featuring this modern master of classical music and Latin jazz! The winner of 10 Grammy Awards, you’ve seen Arturo Sandoval on the Oscars, the Grammys and performing at the Super Bowl. (He’s even won an Emmy Award and the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.) Come for a concert which blends some of the best loved music in jazz, Latin music and the popular canon—from Tico-Tico No Fubá to Aquarela do Brasil to A Time For Love and more—all utilizing luscious arrangements, Mr. Sandoval’s virtuosic trumpet playing and the brilliant musicianship of our Stockton Symphony.

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ROWLAND CHENEY RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION AT THE DELTA LH HORTON JR GALLERY

FEBRUARY 2 – 5, 9 - 11

Celebrate the life of a dear friend, professor and artist during your visit to Delta College’s LH Horton Jr Gallery. Numerous pieces of work are on display by local sculptor Rowland Cheney, a powerful beacon of artistic enlightenment who taught sculpting, drawing and printmaking for 35 years at the Delta Campus. Delta College’s LH Horton Jr Gallery, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 954-5151 DeltaCollege.edu/div/finearts

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Little girls and boys with Frozen fever are sure to jump for joy over the movie-themed Disney on Ice production when it takes over Stockton Arena in February. The heart-warming and Academy Award® winning tale of love and friendship, capturing the incredible dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, has captivated audiences around the world. The live telling will give audiences a chance to sing along with the famed soundtrack of Disney classic musical masterpieces including “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.” Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 3731400, StocktonLive.com

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Ready to go a few rounds in the chili cookoffs? Or perhaps you’d rather sample the final product of these spicy concoctions? Regardless of which side of the table you’ll be having a seat at, head on down to Rosa’s at Tower Park and prepare for a superior Super Bowl Tailgate Party! Enjoy the game while kicking back some drinks and casting your vote for the best bowl of chili. Rosa’s at Tower Park 14900 W. Hwy 12., Lodi (209) 365-4693, CaliforniaDelta.org

FEBRUARY 10

The show that has dropped our jaws and pulled at our nation’s heartstrings time and time again is about to hit our very own portside city! Dancing with the Stars is taking North America by storm in their upcoming “Dance All Night Tour.” This showcasing of exceptional talent will be hitting 43 cities, with Stockton among that lucky number, to bring you never before seen choreographed performances and classic favorites from the show itself. Still not enough action for a die-hard fan like you? Purchase your own VIP package and not only will you be enjoying every breath-taking moment at the Bob Hope Theatre, but you’ll be heading back-stage to meet with a few select members of the cast for photo opportunities and exclusive merchandise! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 337-4673, StocktonLive. com

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Experience Motown music in all its glory with the Best Intentions. These showstoppers will help to rekindle the old flame that thrived in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with special guest performances from The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and Gladys Knight & the Pips. Join them at the Grand at 8:00 PM when the curtains draw. Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

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When it comes to taking terrifying turns and slipping those tires across the roadway, the drivers at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds know how to have some fun! Sit yourself square in the middle of all the action on Sunday and prepare for a full day of incredible drifts and burning rubber! All proceeds for this event will benefit St. Jude’s. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Rd., Stockton (209) 9688413, Stockton99.com

UNIVERSITY PLAZA WATERFRONT HOTEL’S ANNUAL BRIDAL SHOW

FEBRUARY 10

Join Stockton’s most respected wedding professionals at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel as they host this elegant event complete with a red carpet entrance, live DJ, VIP reception, informative vendors and other surprises. The highlight of the evening will be the wedding giveaway; brides-to-be can enter to win a FREE wedding on the website! $15 Admission, 6:30-9 PM. University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 944-1140, UniversityPlazaWaterfrontHotel. com

THE TEMPTATIONS REVIEW AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

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Experience old Motown charm like you’ve always remembered it with a live performance by the Temptations Review, featuring one original member of The Temptations. This live concert will take you back in time to when the group was at their prime, exemplifying their classic Motown sound. Other musical talent will join the show with appearances by Main Ingredient with Cuba Gooding Sr., Shirley Murdock, and The Intruders. Swing, dip and sway your way over to Bob Hope Theater and pick up your tickets before they run out. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 337-4673, StocktonLive.com


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FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC PRESENTS BOSTON TRIO AT UOP

FEBRUARY 14

As part of its 60th season, the Friends of Chamber Music, along with University of the Pacific, is bringing some Northeastern charm to the Central Valley as they welcome the Boston Trio to Faye Spanos Concert Hall. The event is sure to be music to your ears as the group of distinguished musicians—Violinist Irina Muresanu, Cellist Astrid Schween, and Pianist HengJin Park—seranade guests with their musical stylings this Valentine’s Day from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tickets are available online. Faye Spanos Concert Hall at University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 946-0540, ChamberMusicFriends.org

FLEETWOOD MASK AT THE GRAND

FEBRUARY 19

Drop into the Grand on Friday for a tribute like none other you’ve ever enjoyed. Witness Fleetwood Mask, in their fantastic levels of talent and skill, recreate the music of Fleetwood Mac in a show stopping evening Let them rekindle your flame for a much loved band while bringing their own depths of the music to life. The Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

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FEBRUARY 20

ITALIAN DINNER AT THE GRAND

Relive the remarkable music of a legend who left his mark in the hearts of millions in the presence of Scot Bruce, one of the King’s best tribute artists. Step back in time with his concert performances, dance style and uncanny voice, all reminiscent to the days when Presley reigned strong upon his throne. Enjoy all the classics that made this man great at 8 PM. Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, HutchinsStreetSquare.com

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Take a bite out of Italy without ever leaving the Central Valley! This special event, taking place at the Studio Theatre, features a delectable Italian dinner, music and no host beer and wine for those willing to pay a little extra. Enjoy this very special occasion before visiting the Wallin & Barretta concert, taking place only a short time thereafter! Dining begins at 6 PM. Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

WALLIN & BARRETTA AT THE GRAND

FEBRUARY 13

Enjoy Larry Wallin and Rick Baretta’s tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and so many more incredible acts in their spirited ‘50’s Las Vegas headliner style. These salutes to the Italian singers of our past help to remind us of the beautiful impact Italian music has made on our culture and the pieces we listen to today. Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 831-6858, AtTheGrand.org

Once a year, San Joaquin residents have a unique opportunity to overindulge in two of their favorite guilty pleasures—wine and chocolate. At the annual wine and chocolate weekend in Lodi, hosted over Valentine’s Day weekend, lovers and friends can taste wines at more than 50 Lodi appellation wineries. And don’t forget the droolworthy, decadent chocolate treats. As you fall in love with the bounty of Lodi, keep your eye on the prize. One chocolate treat will come with a “golden ticket” for the ultimate prize—a return trip to Lodi Wine Country for a special getaway adventure, and even if you don’t take home the trip there’s still over 100 other prizes to be won. Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi (209) 365-0621, LodiWineandChocolate.com


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STOCKTON SYMPHONY RESENTS POPS III: AN EVENING WITH ARTURO SANDOVAL

FEBRUARY 20 & 21

Sit back, relax and enjoy the musical stylings of Arturo Sandoval. The awardwinning trumpet player dazzles audiences with his repetoire of Latin music and other brilliant arrangements. Winner of 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and an Emmy, Arturo is no stranger to the stage with performances at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Awards, and even the Super Bowl under his belt. Catch his vivacious performance at San Joaquin Delta College on February 20 and 21. Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 951-0196, StocktonSymphony.org

PEDALING PATHS TO INDEPENDENCE

FEBRUARY 20

Bring your bike and get a little fresh air at the eighth annual Pedaling Paths to Independence bike ride on February 20. Here, riders can enjoy a leisurely cruise through the quiet rural roads of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Calaveras counties. The loop—which begins and ends at DeVinci’s Delicatessan and Catering in Linden— offers gorgeous views as you pedal through verdant pastures, orchards, and vineyards. Choose between two rides—a 65-mile trek that boasts 1,300 feet of elevation gain or a more mild 25-mile course with just 300 feet of elevation gain. As you step off your bike at the end of your chosen course, celebrate with a meal catered by DeVinci’s and entertainment by Creative Sounds DJ and Sound Services, 18847 E. Front St., Linden (209) 298-1372, CommunityCenterForTheBlind.org/pedalingpaths/ 108

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Grab your gadgets and gear, folks. Because the second annual showcasing of Grape City Con is about to hit the Lodi fairgrounds. Revel in outstanding artistic displays of your favorite comics, animes and so much more. Enjoy the many panels providing insight on your favorite superheroes and long-time fictional favorites! Test your skills in a variety of tournaments, featuring card and video games, or show off your attire in the costume contest! Not enough? No problem! You’ll have a chance to shop for memorabilia galore while helping local artists in our region bring their works to life! As an extra bonus to this already amazing event, a part of proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army of Lodi. Stop by and be an instant hero in your own right. Lodi Grape Festival Fairgrounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, GrapeCityCon.com

LODI’S 17TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EVENT

FEBRUARY 21

Plan your dream wedding at Lodi’s upcoming 17th Annual Bridal Event. Here, brides-to-be can sample cakes, view favors and find the wedding gown of their dreams. Vendor displays offer the latest in wedding technology and trends while a fashion show brings premiere gowns and wedding attire to life. With “Love in the Heart of Wine Country” as the theme for the evening, it will be easy to envision your wedding day amongst the vines right here in Lodi Appelation. From venues to caterers to photographers, it’s all at your fingertips. Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St. # A, Lodi (209) 333-6782, BridalEvents.info

RIPON ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

FEBRUARY 26-28

Always the last weekend of February, this annual event marks the first festival of the season as the Ripon Chamber of Commerce presents a carnival, fun run, community parade and other activities to commemorate the beginning of almond blossom season. This local staple is celebrating its 54th year. From a fashion show to a pancake breakfast, an art exhibit to a diaper derby, the event is full of activities for the whole family. (209) 5997519, RiponChamber.org


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Have a seat in the stands at the University of the Pacific and watch our Pacific Tigers take on the UNC Bears in an outstanding night of baseball, fun, and fireworks galore! At the conclusion of each contest, the sky will ignite with dozens of flowering lights, cascading over the field. Make sure to reserve your family a seat before they’re gone, because tickets always sell out fast! UOP Athletic Box Office, 1042 Dave Brubeck Way, Stockton (209) 946-2474, Tkt.xosn.com

Confined to his wheelchair, L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies, an avid photographer, spends his days idly spying on his neighbors from his apartment window. But when one evening a woman’s scream spills through the air and a string of strange occurrences are kicked off thereafter, Jeff begins his own personal investigation from his apartment on the very man he suspects of murder. The show begins at 1PM! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 337-4673, StocktonLive.com

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Watch as our Port City gals rail through their competition at the Stockton Indoor Sports Complex in another exciting match of the season! Each well placed elbow, knee and slip of the leg will bring them one step closer to victory and an incredible showcasing of their undeniable prowess. Get your tickets now or at the door for a fantastic evening of fun! The game starts at 7PM. Stockton Indoor Sports Complex, 3251 N. Ad Art Rd., Stockton (888) 993-3729

Enjoy the thrill of the court with snacks in hand and friends and family in tow as eight teams from across California face off for the CCAA championship at the Stockton Arena! Watch these incredible college campuses give it their all as the time whittles down, the plays are made and only two final contenders remain. Stockton Arena, 248 W Fremont St., Stockton, GoCcaa.org

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CHEERSPORT 2015 – 2016 GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

MARCH 5 – 6

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