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History: Stockton Takes the Streets

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114 Women In Business Special Advertising Section

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123 The Good Life: Planning for Retirement in San Joaquin

FOOD&WINE

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141 Smack Pie Pizza 144 Vino Culture 150 In Season: Watermelons 152 Best Dining in San Joaquin 158 10 Great Dates this July 162 Last Word

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PUBLISHER'S letter

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e love this time of year because the month of July brings a few of our favorite things: a celebration of freedom and what makes this country so great, and of course, revealing the coveted “Best of San Joaquin” where we can showcase local favorites. We look forward to this edition, our biggest and most anticipated issue of the year, to see what our readers enjoy the most about the place we call home. We can’t wait to see what you, our readers, voted as your favorite spots to shop, eat, play and drink. We are also excited to share our editorial picks for the best adventures, people and places that make this region so great to live in.

"I realize that humor isn't for everyone. It's only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive."

We know nothing compares to finding your favorite place to grab a drink or get your hair done, which is why we explore the latest and greatest around the county. Check out the picks that YOU helped vote for in all of our sections, from home and wedding, to eateries, health and beauty. The best part is that these businesses and people help to make up the heart of the communities we live. If you are looking for something new, it is always great to start out with the things that are right under your nose, in your own backyard. Plus, you’ll positively add to the local economy, and perhaps even find your new favorite gem. Once you’ve had a chance to take a look at the reader’s picks, check out the editor’s choices. If you are in the market for a new scented soap, or trying to find environmentally friendly products for your home, then we’ve got you covered. The “Best Ofs” aren’t the only exciting material within our pages that showcase such San Joaquin treasures. Check out local talent in our 209 Opener about youth Baton twirlers ready to battle it out at Nationals. Also, don’t miss our featured winery of the month, or the New Orleans Getaway. You can also get your retail rhap, haute looks and date ideas for July right here within our pages. Be sure to take a look inside the Children and Parents Magazine for a plethora of topics and summer time hints. San Joaquin offers a little something for everyone! With that said, we hope you have a happy 4th of July. Enjoy the summertime, friends, family, and our Best Of San Joaquin edition. Hopefully, you’ll get to see your community display their affection for the wonderful place we call home.

TONY ZOCCOLI Publisher/Editor San Joaquin Magazine

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  Owners Casey Means and Jane Peterson find uniqueness in their shop by applying their own personal taste.   As they are a mother-daughter duo, the team’s individual styles fuel their mission statement, allowing them to cater to all ages and sizes. A few years ago, the growing popularity of food trucks and other mobile businesses sparked Casey’s interest. After the birth of her daughter, Emma, friends and family encouraged her to embark on her dreams of owning her own. Casey approached her mother with the idea, and Jane was thrilled to begin establishing a business with her daughter. “It was really a family affair,” Jane explains. “My husband, Ted, has done construction his whole life, so we designed everything together as a family.”   After purchasing the truck, Ted and Matt [Casey’s husband] brought their design ideas to life in less than three months. This meant a lot to the ladies of Lovely Girl Boutique, because both men worked full time jobs and spent the weekends and holidays constructing their dream. Even the name, Lovely Girl, came to be through a family vote. “We 38

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wanted something that sounded pretty, spoke to women, and fit all ages,” Casey explains. Similar to the name, the gals of Lovely Girl Boutique take pride in their inventory’s ability to speak to all ages. “We carry items for all women, ranging from age 20 to… 90,” giggles Casey. “Really! We had a 90-year-old woman come into the truck recently, and she loved our options!” Their styles, which include classic, contemporary and everyday wear, also come in a variety of sizes from extra small to XXL. This aspect was important to Casey, but was also her biggest learning curve, as many vendors are not always true to size. But, Casey and Jane spend lots of time exploring brands in Los Angeles’ fashion district, finding their favorites to represent the store. Currently, Natural Life and Sweet Rain are among their top picks. The quality and flattery of any age offers something for everyone.   In addition to tops and dresses, an array of accessories can be found at Lovely Girl Boutique, from scarves to statement necklaces. Cross body purses and tri-fold wallets in every color, size and style deck the walls of this super-chic truck. Always

staying true to their goal, the accessories carried apply to an array of age groups and styles. Another unique aspect of this mobile boutique lies in their specialty, private events! Lovely Girl Boutique is here to spice up your baby shower, summer shindig, or lunch break. Available by appointment, Casey and Jane travel the San Joaquin area bringing the shopping experience to your doorstep or venue for two to three hour sessions. “There is no cost for this personalized shopping experience; we just ask that you have seven or more shoppers,” says Jane. As if you need an incentive, all hosts receive 25 percent off their purchases! “We’re just really having fun with this!” Casey beams. And San Joaquin, we are sure you will too.

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  Yoga is an excellent way to get in shape and improve the blood flow in your body. Performing weekly stretches can improve flexibility, as well as have a positive effect on your mentality. Unfortunately, many of us can’t always find the time during the week to break away from our lives and head to a yoga studio or purchase a package of classes that can be expensive. Fortunately, the city of Stockton has seen fit to solve this dilemma by providing free Yoga in the Park every Saturday morning from 9 – 10:15 a.m. From April 5th through October 25th in Victory Park, come out and enjoy the great outdoors while you try out your yoga moves and improve your balance. Regional yoga teachers will volunteer their time to teach you various yoga positions and will tailor the classes to celebrate the cultural diversity within the Central Valley.    Since the classes are free, the instructors simply ask that you bring a towel, yoga mat, water and your smiling face while participating in the classes. What better way to begin your Saturday morning then with breathing and stretching exercises that will invigorate you for the rest of the weekend? Yoga in the Park will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the park’s surroundings and give you the chance to feel more at one with nature. Take advantage of the classes while they last! FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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   As one of the largest fairs in the Central Valley, the California State Fair will undoubtedly hold many exciting attractions this summer for you and your family. Each year the California State Fair holds more than one million visitors that are eager to explore the many attractions and exhibits on display and ride the numerous rides available for both adults and children. In the midst of these attractions are the livestock competitions. This year, the fair will hold the County Fair Best of Show as well as a Champion Challenge. If imbibing wine and beer is more your style then you are set as well! There will be a Commercial Wine Competition during the fair, the California’s Grape and Gourmet as well as the Friends of the California State Fair Brewer’s Festival.    The California Grape and Gourmet is a charity event that benefits the Cal State Fair Scholarship Fund. There will be wine tasting of 800 award-winning wines from almost 90 of Northern California’s favored restaurants. Visitors will also receive a commemorative wine glass and tote bag. The Friends of the California State Fair Brewer’s Festival will be held on July 19th at the fair and will feature wristbands for $20, which includes a 10-5oz sample of award winning brews. With the purchase of your wrist band you will also receive a souvenir mug. There are $5 Designated Driver tickets available for those abstaining from the samples. Whether you will be enjoying the livestock competitions, the award winning wines, award winning brews or any of the other numerous attractions and concerts there is sure to be something for everyone. The Cal State Fair will be held from July 11th-27th, make sure you don’t miss it.

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    The first Friday of every month brings our community boatloads of art and entertainment. Thanks to Lodi Arts Commission and the City of Lodi, your first Friday of every month will leave you longingly looking to next month’s festivities. The Art Hop is the perfect way to merge creativity and a night on the town. As Jennifer Winn, Recreation Manager for the city of Lodi explains, “The art hop is an opportunity to share art with the residents, while offering an entertaining and social experience.” Over ten galleries, restaurants, shops and wineries band together to create the experience that is Lodi’s Art Hop. Between 6 and 8:30 pm you can explore and enjoy the streets of Lodi as you travel along the hop. Start at any location, tasting heurdourves and local wines, while enjoying creations from some of the greatest artists in our area. Within the participating venues you can find art ranging in style and form. Photography, oil painting, street art, and sculpture are all available for viewing and purchasing pleasure. Among the paintings and sculptures are unique presentations like painted wine barrels, sure to add to any San Joaquin’s wine-loving home. And according to Winn, the artists are just as versatile as their creations, “We have a very talented 17 year old artist, and we also have a woman in her 70’s!” This versatility brings something for every taste and interest. Or, if you are looking for a custom piece, many participating artists are available for commission to bring your idea to life! So, go enjoy a night on the town, encouraging your creativity and sipping on great local wines! START YOUR HOP HERE:

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  Nothing beats a night spent looking at the stars. For Stockton physician Clarence Custer, sharing his passion for astronomy was so strong, he founded the Stockton Astronomical Society (SAS) in the 1950’s. At that time, the society was made up of a few locals working together in hopes to foster interest and promote the general knowledge of astronomy to those in the San Joaquin area. Today, the group inspires the community in many ways. The second Thursday of every month the society hosts a meeting at the University of the Pacific. The meeting includes a guest expert speaker, and is open to the public. In addition, the society provides a hands-on approach with two public viewings each month. These viewings occur at both Delta College and Oak Grove Regional Park. “Each viewing has five or six telescopes available for attendees to use,” explains SAS President Eric Holland. “And our members bring some seriously powerful telescopes!”   Speaking of telescopes, the society also holds a monthly Amateur Telescope Makers meeting, where the public is welcomed to explore the world of telescopes, build your very own, or polish your mirrors. In addition, SAS funds the Striking Sparks Telescope Awards Program. This program invites teachers in the San Joaquin area to nominate students excelling in the sciences and showing interest in astronomy. The nominated students then provide an essay sharing their love for science, and the winner is awarded with a brand new telescope! Summer nights are an excellent way to enjoy the magic of space. Spend some time with the Stockton Astronomical Society for a night of powerful telescopes and close up encounters with outer space. CHECK OUT THE STARS:

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ABOARD!   There’s a train enthusiast in us all. Who isn’t fascinated by the way trains seamlessly glide from one location to another, transporting us to a new destination while the beauty of nature speeds by us. Although trains aren’t as popular a mode of transportation as they once were, they can still offer a unique and exciting experience you will remember for a lifetime. One of the companies making these rides happen is Sacramento River Train. Up and chugging since 2005, trains now depart from two locations, Woodland and West Sacramento. All trips usually last about 3 hours, and each will take you on an exciting adventure before returning you to your initial location.   The rides are creatively planned to honor the Sacramento River Train’s commitment to ingenuity and a memorable adventure. Depending on your desire, there

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are various themed train rides that you can partake in as well, including meal trips that specifically cater to your dining experience like Murder Mystery rides, dinner trips, and lunch/brunch rides. There are also children’s trips, including the Western Show with a BBQ stop along the river, Easter Egg train, Pumpkin Train and the Christmas trip that occurs each year. For the adults, there is a beer or wine tasting train. Chris Hart, president of the company, says the beer tasting trips typically carry 200-300 people and feature four breweries onboard the train. “The Sacramento area is loaded with breweries, and we try to have at least three of our four local beers,” he explains. Hart also mentions that because of the amazing popularity of the beer tasting trips, they will be featuring a similar trip in Oakdale.   One of the most popular themed train rides is their Zombie Trip, which has sold out almost every time it goes on sale. “The season begins in July. The Zombie Trip is a loose plot where you see a variety of different scenes. Some guests have laser guns and become part of the entertainment, and we have a targeting system where you can affect how the scene ends.”   Another train adventure to try

is California State Railroad Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad. It runs from Old Sacramento Saturdays and Sundays, through September 28th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Once you’ve finished with the train ride, why not stop in at the California State Railroad Museum and check out the 21 restored locomotives and cars on display? They have six buildings for you to walk through while examining the different exhibits, including their more popular room, the Railroad History Museum that opened in May 1981. On display is the Pullman-style sleeping car and a Railway Post Office that you can walk aboard. Make sure to hit the museum store on your way out to commemorate the occasion. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

SACRAMENTO RIVER TRAIN 400 N. Harbor Blvd. West Sacramento (800) 866-1690 sacramentorivertrain.com

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HISTORY OF SAN JOAQUIN

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   The technology behind travel has come a long way in a very short amount of time. Examples of this can be found in many places; most notably, the famous streetcars of San Francisco. However, streetcars were not only found in the City by the Bay, they were once the most common form of transportation utilized in cities across the state, including Stockton. As early as 1869, Stockton attempted to build a streetcar system using horses and mules, but it was denied by the city council. The rejection may have stemmed from the small size of the city. At this time, it boasted only two square miles and 10,000 citizens. Nevertheless, the idea was not forgotten, and the first lines were ready for operation on March 1, 1874. In celebration of the first day, fares were free and children and adults alike were excited to take their first ride.    Through the years, additional lines were added, and by 1885 they expanded to the city’s limits--Harding Way in the north, Charter Way in the south, Wilson Way in the east and Pershing Way in the west. All of the cars were purchased from San Francisco and typically pulled by one animal. They accommodated Stockton’s seasons well with open cars in summer and covered ones in winter. While many individuals enjoyed these streetcars, technology soon found an alternative

to replace them – electric cars. While it took some persuasion, the Stockton City Council approved the streetcar’s conversion to electricity, and the first run occurred on July 15, 1892 from Goodwater Grove to Main Street. The new system ran from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and took anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes.   With the city’s growth, the streetcars were also expanding, not only to accommodate the new streets but also the population boom. This mode of transportation did not experience much decline until the Great Depression hit in 1929, affecting the entire country. This decline was not only due to the depression but also the growing popularity of cars and buses. Many individuals began to complain about the street congestion and noise caused by the competing automobiles and streetcar system. Despite numerous attempts by the streetcar company to halt buses, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce completed a survey that showed the success a bus line could hold for the city.    Progress could not be halted much longer, and plans were made to tear out the tracks and erase all evidence of the Stockton streetcars. The last street car ran in Stockton on September 28, 1941, ending the 65-year history of this service to the city.


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Frequent visitors to this market highly recommend finding the booth for Hummus Heaven, where one can sample their unique varieties of hummus, including beet and artichoke. This San Leandro-based company is one of the many vendors who offer a wide variety of goods, from ice cream to olive oil, at reasonable prices. The price of the produce is competitive with what you would find in a grocery store. Samples abound and you can go from produce stand to produce stand until you find the sweetest peach or nectarine. Unique features of the market have included “grab bags” of mixed fruits at a reduced price and a tamale stand that takes custom orders.

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Directly off the freeway, the bounty of the Valley can be found at the Park West Place Shopping Center. Fresh eggs, flowers, local honey, organic produce and herbs await those who come out on a Sunday. For your convenience, they are now accepting debit and credit cards. Come during lunchtime to be serenaded by the live music. Enjoy your sweet or savory purchases at the shaded outdoor seating area next to the fountain.

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Shop for the ingredients for your next culinary creation in the setting of beautiful University Park near St. Joseph’s Hospital. Fruits in season include nectarines, cherries and plums. Some of the herbs that can be found this time of year are dill, tarragon and thyme. Representing the vegetables are kale, okra, peppers, radishes, and much more.

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Put on by the Lodi District Chamber of Comm erce, the popularity of the Lodi Farmers Market is attested to by this year’s extended season. Visitors to the market agree it is family-friendly and has a laid-back feel. The market features almost 30 farmers offerin g a wide variety of local produce. The Food Court has umbrella-shaded tables where you can enjoy your purchases in the festival atmosphere . Given its location in an area renowned for its wine production, it should come as no surprise that several local wineries are represented at the market. The market has both a Wine Garden and Beer Garden, each with live music. In addition to food and beverages, the market has a numb er of handcraft vendors who offer their wares, from jewelry to scented soaps. Look out for special events throughout the season.

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not to miss is found on Saturday Of all the markets in the area, the one Stockton. Established in 1979 in ay freew mornings under the crosstown ees to both buy and sell produce, as a place for Southeast Asian refug ors and attracts up to 9,000 vend today the market boasts over 80 dients that are responsible for customers. Here you can find the ingre Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, China the unique flavors in the cuisine of nded to include an even wider expa has and India. Today the market an array of distinctive cultures, variety of herbs and produce used by by the culinary adventurous. from Italian to Pakistani, to be used ction of seafood on display. colle the is et Another feature of the mark


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Russ Munson has served San Joaquin County for more than 30 years as a local businessman, community volunteer, Visit Lodi board member, and now, candidate for the San Joaquin County 4th District Supervisor. Among his many roles, it is clear that Munson is committed to supporting the region’s agritourism, and continual growth that brings jobs and value to the San Joaquin Valley. Munson and his wife of 45 years, Kathryn, are both Lodi natives, and San Jose State University Alum. They have committed themselves to the community by expanding Lodi’s growing wine industry, and by continuing the legacy of Lodi’s most notable landmark, Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa (also known as the Towne House). Although the Munsons have demonstrated their commitment to the 76

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local community and its expansion, they have gained recognition for creating one of Northern California’s most popular destinations for private events and weddings. Munson’s involvement in the Wine and Roses hotel development began in the mid 1980s. In 1999, the Munsons purchased the property from a general partner and began creating Lodi’s very own Garden of Eden. The Munsons, along with the help of investors and community leaders, devoted themselves to making their dreams a reality. “The only thing here was a house, a tent, and a bar,” said Russ. What was once a small bed and breakfast with 10 rooms and more than 100 years of history, is now a central valley attraction that offers 66 suites with amenities, an award winning spa, a

restaurant with a regionally sourced and seasonal menu, and a wine list with more than 70 local varieties. Although the vision for the hotel is always changing and growing, it remains a center of exceptional service and settings. “Wine and Roses is a commitment to the community. This is something that we did not have, that showcases the local growers, and is something special for our [region]. We want to do more and more, and continue to grow.” The classy atmosphere and gorgeous botanical gardens have helped this local gem to win an excellence award from Trip Advisor, and features in Sunset, Martha Stewart Living and Gourmet Magazines.


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APPETIZERS

MARKET TAVERN 236 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 932-8001 markettavernstk.com

Market Tavern goes above and beyond your average, or even above-average, expectations of dining out. The restaurant simply redefines what it means to be a local delicacy. All ingredients are organic, selfsustainable and straight from local farms. If you are looking for a light meal and a place to hang out for happy hour, the Tavern’s appetizer selection cannot be beat. Fresh bread baked daily, hand-ground pork and beef meatballs, deviled eggs topped with a chunk of bacon, and thin-crust woodfired pizzas make for a whole new level of appetizers.

THAI RESTAURANT

SIAMESE STREET THAI 3236 Pacific Avenue Stockton, (209) 466-0130 siamesestreetrestaurantstockton.com

Enjoy the Queen of Cookies MACRONAGE MACAROONS 7610 Pacific Ave. Suite B6 Stockton, (209) 955-0857 facebook.com/macaronagebygrace

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This isn’t your average cookie! In December 2013, Grace of Macronage Macaroons introduced San Joaquin to the world’s most sophisticated cookie. Hailing from Paris, this special cookie is almond-based and gluten-free. Some of Macronage’s famous cream fillings include jam, caramel and butter cream. Stop by to enjoy a variety of 12 flavors everyday. Keep an eye out for favorites and specialties like Red Velvet, Honey Lavender, Espresso and S’more. The sometimes 24hour preparation time is evident in each bite of this delicacy!

ITALIAN DINING

ANGELINA’S SPAGHETTI HOUSE 1563 E. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 948-6609, Angelinas.com

With daily specials, and pasta or salad buffets, it is no wonder Angelina’s is a local favorite. The Genovese-style recipes, handed down from generation to generation, give the restaurant (particularly the sauces) a truly authentic flavor found nowhere else. The food impresses and so does the historic and romantic ambiance. Although one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, it is much more than a Spaghetti House. In addition to gluten-free pasta, meat and seafood dishes, costumers can also try the one-of-a-kind chocolate ravioli, drizzled with chocolate and caramel and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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If you like options, this is the place for you! The restaurant prides itself on its flexibility, offering gluten-free, vegan, and plenty of omnivore options. Every dish is prepared from scratch, making each meal different and fresh. Costumers can choose from a variety of meats, vegetables and noodles to build their perfect dish. The Pineapple Fried Rice, topped with chicken, cashews, carrots and peas is a must-have. Another highly recommended dish is the Kra Tim. “It’s a garlic perfection,” says employee Riassa Fernandez. The stir-fry comes with your choice of meat, tofu, vegetable or seafood and is topped with fried garlic.

Spice up Your Life HABANERO HOTS 1024 E. Victor Rd. Lodi, (209) 369-3791 habanerohots.com

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With over 33 years of spicy experience, Lodi’s Habanero Hots is not only a restaurant, but also a cantina and a hot sauce shop. Those at the restaurant cantina encourage you to ‘Eat the Heat’ and be a proud member of Habanero Hots ‘Hall of Flame’. The delicious menu is a based on family recipes handed down from generations to owner and restaurateur John DeNigris. Bring the spice home from their hot sauce shop featuring over 200 different brands with tastes like The Insanity Sauce, Crazy Jerry’s Brain Damaged, and others featuring extracts from chili peppers, used to add an extra kick.


FOOD & DRINK

“Where Steak is Still King”

Full bar open all day till closing

Winners BEST BARBEQUE Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Waterloo Club Royce Farms BBQ

BEST CUPCAKES

Frosted Flour M &W Dutch American Bakery Toots Sweets Bakery and Café

BEST BREAKFAST Chuck’s Hamburgers Avenue Grill LumberJacks

BEST BURGERS

Flips Burgers Manny’s California Fresh Café Bob’s at the Marina

BEST APPETIZERS Market Tavern Ave on the Mile Finnegan’s Pub and Grill

BEST SWEET SHOPPE / CHOCOLATE SHOPPE Toots Sweets Bakery and Café Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Manteca M & W Dutch American Bakery

BEST DESSERTS

Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar Market Tavern Midtown Creperie

BEST ITALIAN DINING

Angelina’s Spaghetti House Pietro’s De Vega Brothers Italian Cuisine

BEST THAI DINING Siamese Street Thai Thai Spices Royal Siam

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Dinner Fri & Sat 4:30-9:30pm Open for lunch Tue-Fri 11-2 Closed Sun & Mon.

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

UJ’s Restaurant Market Tavern Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar

Celebrating

75 years in business

BEST SUSHI

CoCoro Bistro RAW Mikasa Asian Bistro & Sushi

BEST LUNCH SPOT

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Michael’s New York Style Pizza David’s Pizza Dante’s California Style Pizza

Tigers Yogurt Yogurt My Way Oh My Yogurt

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Call us for a free catering quote

KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAYS! (See store for details)

BEST DELI

Gian’s Delicatessen Podestos Market and Deli Fiori’s Butcher Shoppe

BEST OUTDOOR DINING PATIO

Garlic Brothers Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar Pietro’s

BEST BURRITO

Adalberto’s Gourmet Burritos La Campana Taqueria (tie) El Grullense (Tie)

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WINE&DRINKS A tip to the lips of a wonderful libation is just the thing to sweeten a scrumptious San Joaquin afternoon.

BARTENDER AREZOU SOLEMAN, MARKET TAVERN 236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 932-8001 markettavernstk.com

Arezou Soleman pours love and passion into everything she does at Market Tavern. From the unique cocktail recipes to the comprehensive beer list, to the inclusion of fresh sea salt at every table, Soleman has an eye for small details. She is an advocate of using fresh products in their innovative drinks at Market Tavern. “Nothing comes from our gun but soda,” she says. She includes freshsqueezed grapefruits, oranges and lemons in cocktails and even handextracted jalapeno-infused agave syrup for the Jalapeno Margarita. “We also take into account what’s seasonal, and I take the time to listen to our customers.

Berry on up to the Bar WHISKY BARREL SALOON 114 N. Sacramento St. Lodi, (209) 938-9192 WHISKY BARREL TAVERN 151 W. Alder St., Stockton www.whiskybarrelsaloon.net

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The Huckleberry Martini at Whisky Barrel is a sweet and delicious twist on a martini that virtually defines the essence of summertime. The unique libation includes Bulleit Rye Whisky, sweet and sour, huckleberry liquor and orange, lovingly shaken to produce a refreshing summer drink. Come discover why huckleberries are prized for the vivid color and sweet juice. Live music and special events are always in vogue at Whisky Barrel. Check the website for a schedule.

WINE TASTING ROOM HARNEY LANE WINERY 9010 E. Harney Ln Lodi, (209) 365-1900 harneylane.com

Harney Lane Winery, from intimate food and wine pairing events to the outstanding and knowledgeable staff, anyone visiting the tasting room is guaranteed to enjoy outstanding wines and world class service. This summer, stop in and enjoy the Albarino wine; a Spanish wine that imparts a crisp citrusy flavor or the Lizzie James Old Vine Zinfandel from the 110-yearold vineyard. The Wine Club features release parties and quarterly wines. Wine fans can select their level of involvement in the club and enjoy a 20% discount on all wines. Also, enjoy tapenades, spreads, crackers, salami and cheese, and more on the beautifully manicured grounds.

Sake to Me!

MIKASA ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209) 830-8288 mikasabistro.com

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If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss at Mikasa Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, it is the sake sampler. The rice-based spirit is a staple at Mikasa, and if you haven’t discovered sake, here’s your chance! Choose three samples from a selection of 40 sakes. Some varieties are smooth and dry and others are sweet and fruity. Find a tantalizing new libation, and don’t forget to order up some of Mikasa’s famous sushi rolls.

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LESLIE SNYDER

DELTA SIERRA BEVERAGE MARKETING & SPECIAL EVENTS BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Next time you sip a cold craft beer at a favorite event like Stockton’s Asparagus Festival or the Lodi Grape Festival, tip your hat to Leslie Snyder, Delta Sierra Beverage’s leader in Marketing Services and Special Events. Snyder, a San Joaquin native, has played a large role in our area’s special events for the last 20 years. She not only provides us with delicious local beers from breweries like Tioga Sequoia and Dust Bowl, but Leslie’s role at Delta Sierra allows her to help the community’s many non-profit organizations, too. “My favorite part is being out in the community helping people,” she reports. “Times are tough, and for many non-profits, these special events play a huge role in raising needed funds and reaching goals.” Leslie’s years of event planning have allowed her to establish and nurture working relationships with local charities like Give Every Child a Chance and the United Way. Her position allows her to aid in their fundraising by offering her expertise in the beverage industry. “I try to give them the best prices and the best brands for the specific audience, allowing the event to be most profitable,” she explains. Although event planning is considered one of the most stressful positions out there, Leslie takes it in stride, saying with a smile, “It helps that I am such an organized person. I make sure all my details are in a row and ready to go for my team. It is sometimes a challenge because a lot of events are under financial restrictions, so I try to help as much as I can to make it a win-win situation for everyone involved.” Her hands-on approach also makes things that much more enjoyable and rewarding. You can find her on-site with her team executing her plans, setting up signs, providing support, and acting as the liaison for all involved parties. A few of Leslie’s favorite team members are the Budweiser Clydesdales. Her “babies” accompany her on different events throughout the eight counties that Delta Sierra sources. The joy and excitement they bring to the community, young and old, make their involvement a favorite for Snyder. “I love to see the looks on people’s faces! They amaze people; it’s so fun to spend the day with them!” Outside of her job at Delta Sierra, Leslie is a huge part of the Asparagus Festival, serving on the board for the last 17 years. This year, Leslie was our fearless president, brining us an abundance of eats and entertainment at the beautiful downtown Stockton Waterfront. For Leslie, being active in the San Joaquin area is more than just a job. The tight-knit community inspires her through childhood memories, the promise of future opportunities, and the smell of General Mills Cheerios in the air. Just as much as Leslie enjoys the character and personality of Lodi, the residents enjoy the dedication and passion she provides for the many memorable events of our area. WHERE DO YOU GO ON A FRIDAY NIGHT?

We will normally frequent one of the local restaurants in downtown Lodi. IF YOU HAD $500 TO SPEND WHERE WOULD YOU GO SHOPPING? I would live in running or yoga clothes if I could, so

definitely Fleet Feet in Lincoln Center.

WHAT DO YOU DO LOCALLY IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Run;  yoga at Now & Zen; shop and lunch in downtown Lodi with my daughter or friends. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A “HIDDEN GEM” OF THE AREA?

I love Lodi Lake…especially the nature area on the back part of the lake. There is a perfect one-mile loop through the nature area, and we often have a spotting of the local deer family or turtles out on the logs in Pigs Lake. It’s very peaceful and cool along the river – perfect running area! WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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WINE SHOP FOR COOL GIFTS MILE WINE COMPANY 2113 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 465-9463 milewinecompany.com

For your next special event, celebration or party, give them something to wine about! Mile Wine Company has something for every wine lover on your list. Sure, you will find a great selection of local, Napa and international wines, but look closer for gifts such as do-it-yourself wine blind taste test kits, olive oils, classic Reidel crystal overture glasses, wine racks, gift bags and clever wine holders crafted from vintage license plates. A wide variety of books on everything wine-related will teach, tempt and inspire. If you’re not sure what to give, check in with the sommelier for inspired giftgiving advice.

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Hey… I’m Walking Here! Firestone Walker’s 805 Beer VALLEY BREWING COMPANY 157 W. Adams St., Stockton (209) 464-2739, valleybrew.com

Sit back, relax and enjoy a light and refreshing Firestone Walker 805 beer. Slightly sweet and with a clean finish, the brew boasts an all-malt recipe that fits summer perfectly by itself or paired with just about any meal. Just in time for summer, Chef Eric Davis has reimagined the Valley Brewing Company menu with flavorful selections. Also, look for their bi-annual beer pairing dinner that coincides with Beer Week at the end of August.

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Wine Social Slushi CHILL OUT! Wine Social, 7 N. School St. Lodi, (209) 224-5740 facebook.com/lodiwinesocial

Remember when you were younger and you’d have an ice cream or shake and then…brain freeze! Take that experience, change it up and enjoy the adult version of brain freeze with the Wine Social Wine Slushi. Available in lime, cosmopolitan and blueberrypomegranate, you can cool off and re-live that pleasant sting of childhood with a twist. Be sure not to miss their small plate selections that are as delicious as they are beautifully presented.

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LOCAL WINE EVENT

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND FEB. 7-8, 2015 VARIOUS LODI WINERIES (209) 367-4727 lodiwineandchocolate.com

Wine and chocolate together makes the perfect annual event. Take a winery hopping wine lover’s tour that includes wine and chocolate parings, live music, barrel tastings and cellar tours. With more than 40 wineries participating in the festivities, each stop gives participants the chance to try new wines and perhaps discover some new wineries. The flat fee ticket price is good for both weekend days of the event and can be purchased in advance or at any participating winery. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, a chocolate treat, wine tasting, and admission to all participating wineries. Designated drivers are complimentary.

Bubbly Breakfast Buzz AVE ON THE MILE 2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 462-5283 aveonthemile.com

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Sunday brunch is a real treat at AVE on the Mile Premier Lounge & Bistro with generous three-course service and bottomless mimosas to keep you happily buzzing along. The bubbly and fruity champagne and orange juice cocktail is always a brunch highlight for the over-21 crowd and a deliciously sophisticated way to start and end a relaxing Sunday. Pair your classy drink with a Dungeness Crab Cake Benedict for a breakfast fit for royalty.

ZINFANDEL 

7 DEADLY ZINS, MICHAEL DAVID WINERY 4580 Highway 12 Lodi, (209) 368-7384 michaeldavidwinery.com

With a name like 7 Deadly Zins, you know you’re in for something uniquely delicious. This flagship Zinfandel blends the flavorful grapes of seven different Lodi old vine vineyards into a sinful blend that will tempt and tantalize the taste buds. David and Michael Phillips devised this devilishly clever wine that includes dominant notes of sweet plum and pepper, while the flavors of blueberry, raspberry, cinnamon and black pepper round out the bold and flavorful experience. This decadent wine is a must for any fan of Zinfandel or wine aficionado and is available at the winery or by mail order.

MARTINI

AVE ON THE MILE 2333 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 462-5283, aveonthemile.com

The Ave on the Mile is the place to enjoy quiet ambiance, relax on the patio or on one of the interior coaches and sip to your heart’s content. There is a good reason that The Ave on Mile celebrates Tini Tuesdays (with a $5 featured martini). Don’t miss The Tiffany with passion fruit rum, pineapple juice and whipped cream, all shaken. The Ave has a hint of mandarin vodka, Cointreau and fresh juices. Or, sip The Mile with prestigious Belvedere Vodka and an olive, which symbolizes the Ave on the Mile logo. Don’t miss happy hour 3:33-6:33 p.m. Monday-Friday. WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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Harness a Hurricane FRENCH 25 110 N. El Dorado St. Stockton, (209) 451-0617 french-25.com

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Harness a hurricane at French 25 and any day can be just like Mardi Gras. Their proprietary hurricane mix boasts hints of cherry, citrus, passion fruit and pineapple. The “Category One” features Bacardi Light Rum, “Category Three” has Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Amaretto and Myers’s Dark Rum and if you’re brave, the “Category Five” boasts Southern Comfort, Bacardi Light Rum and Myer’s Dark Rum. The “Fleuricane” is made with champagne and Chambord in place of rum. SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE | JULY 2014

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Spice It Up!

MARKET TAVERN 236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 932-8001, markettavernstk.com

If it’s time to add a little spice to your life, look no further than the signature Jalapeno Margarita at Market Tavern. Kick it up a notch with hand-squeezed jalapeno-infused agave syrup with Grand Marnier, silver tequila, fresh house-made sweet and sour, fresh lemon and lime juices topped with a fresh jalapeno slice and a smoked sea salt rim. Jalapenos are sourced locally from the Lodi area, and this is one cocktail you won’t soon forget.

PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS AFTER 10 P.M. THE AVE ON MILE 2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 462-5283 aveonthemile.com

The Ave on the Mile wins this category because of the easy sophistication and chic setting that greets guests in every part of the lounge and bistro. Owner and Stockton native Kevin Hernandez has thought of everything, offering patrons a relaxing, fun and unforgettable experience. From the warm and inviting atmosphere, comfy seating and room to spread out, to the spacious outdoor patio, tantalizing small plates, live entertainment, weekly events and world class customer service, The Ave on the Mile is the “go to” place for friends who want to enjoy each other’s company in a comfortable and classy setting.

BEST PLACE TO GRAB A COCKTAIL

BEST WINE TASTING ROOM

BEST LOCAL COFFEE HOUSE

BEST WINE SHOPPE TO BUY A COOL GIFT

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COOLEST BARTENDER / MIXOLOGIST

Arezou Solemani (Market Tavern) Matt Wohl (Finnegans) Michael Thorpe (Ave on the Mile)

Harney Lane Winery Michael David Winery Mile Wine Company

Mile Wine Company Wine Wizards Van Ruiten Family Winery

BEST ZINFANDEL Michael David Winery Klinker Brick Winery Van Ruiten Winery


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BEST LOCAL WINERY EVENT

Wine Chocolate Weekend Zin Fest Lodi Wine Spring Show

BEST OVERALL WINERY Michael David Winery Harney Lane Winery Van Ruiten Family Winery

BEST MARGARITA

Casa Flores Marina La Palma Mexican Cuisine Ave on Mile WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

BEST MARTINI

Ave on Mile Market Tavern Finnegans Pub and Grill

BEST SPORTS BAR Valley Brewing Company Finnegans Pub and Grill Fat’s Grill & Bar

BEST HAPPY HOUR Ave on the Mile Garlic Brothers Finnegan’s

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SHOPS & GIFTS Locally-owned shops in San Joaquin bring the finest in unique and specialty goods.

GIFT/ACCESSORIES RETAILER

BEST WISHES 325 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 478-3220 facebook.com/BestWishesLincolnCenter

There are few guarantees in life, except that you will find a unique gift at Best Wishes. The adorable store is stocked floor to ceiling with specialty gifts, kitchen accessories, tools, gadgets and cookware, bridal gifts and invitations and seasonal items that make shopping a thrill with each visit. Candles, soaps, pillows, jewelry and Vera Bradley items make for fantastic gifts. Tasty gifts include bread and scone mixes, olive oils, salsas, dip mixes and herbs, rubs, specialty sea salts and cane sugars. The welcoming staff is always ready to jump right in and find you the perfect accessory or gift.

BUY VINTAGE

THE OWL BOX ANTIQUES 8010 11th St. Tracy, (209) 830-0796 owlboxvintage.com

The interests of the three generations of women who head this vintage boutique make it the one-stop shop for everything vintage. Whether you have a love for jewelry, furniture, books or ephemera items, this Tracy location has something just for you. Specializing in vintage home and garden accessories, The Owl Box offers an extensive, ever-changing inventory collected from auctions, estate sales and markets. Browse pieces fitting an array of styles, including everything from industrial chic to charming cottage.

Display Your Love

MCKINELYS FRAME SHOP 11 W Pine St, Lodi (209) 625-8194 mckinleysframeshop.com

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Frame your memories for all to see in a gorgeous display adding style and personality to your home décor. With over 1,000 frame and corner styles to choose from, you can mix and match, finding the perfect frame for every room. Owner Julie McKinely has 28 years of custom picture framing experience, and can surely create the perfect display case for any meaningful object. As a customer, you can bring in any photo or items for a shadow box and Julie will assist you in building a frame to compliment your item from glass to matting. If a shadow box is your goal, Julie will sew the objects into the shadow box to ensure an ever-lasting memory.

TALIA FERRAIOLO CHASE CHEVROLET

BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

 

Shopping for life’s staple items is retail therapy in its most thrilling form, and nothing adds excitement to daily life tasks like accomplishing them in a new vehicle. Talia Ferraiolo, Marketing Director for Chase Chevrolet, understands the importance of this particular shopping excursion, and is dedicated to enhancing the experience of purchasing your new ride. “The auto industry has certainly changed over the years, it is a WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

much more social experience now.  Most people come in to Chase Chevrolet with a car in mind and a smart phone in their hand.” Talia explains. For her, social media was the main focus when she joined the Chase Chevrolet team in 2011. Back then, Facebook and other social media sites were just beginning to take off for businesses, and people were still a little hesitant in utilizing them. Today, social SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE | JULY 2014

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Get out and enjoy all that San Joaquin has to offer, from sports to music to theater, and more.

PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS WHEN IT’S HOT MICKE GROVE 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd. Lodi, (209) 331-2010 sjparks.com/parks/micke-grove-regional-park

Micke Grove Park is not your ordinary park. With towering oak trees to provide ample shade, it offers various outdoor activities with a way to get some relief on those hot days. More than just a playground and some picnic benches, Micke Grove is also home to a zoo, Japanese Garden, ball fields, a historical museum, and a small amusement park, so there’s something that can appeal to all ages. Though it doesn’t come with air conditioning, with all the fun you’ll have, you won’t miss it. Plus, it makes even nicer to come home to it after an active, adventurous day.

Play and Stay the KOA Way

STOCKTON DELTA KOA 14900 W. Highway 12 Lodi, (209) 369-1041 koa.com/campgrounds/stockton/

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Whether you want to bring your RV, stay in one of the comfortably equipped on-site cabins or just tent it, kids from 1-100 will have a ball fishing, swimming in the resort-style pool, playing, exploring or just getting away from it all. Take in a game of horseshoes, join the ice cream social, watch movies under the stars or participate in themed seasonal activities at one of the most fun and affordable family-friendly vacation spots.

LOCAL CASINO WITHIN 90 MILES JACKSON RANCHERIA 12222 New York Ranch Rd. Jackson, (800) 822-9466 jacksoncasino.com

You may recognize the name Jackson Rancheria from one of their radio or TV advertisements. Familyowned and in business since 1985, this casino resort offers a lot in terms of entertainment, dining, and, of course, the games themselves. The casino contains more than 30 table games, six poker tables, and 1,700 slot and video machines for hours of entertainment. They also have four restaurants right inside, so it’s easy to take a break from a few rounds of Texas Hold ‘Em to recharge. With plenty of promotions up their sleeves, there’s always something to entice people. Go ahead and try your luck!

Might as Well Jump! PARACHUTE CENTER 23597 N. Highway 99 Acampo, (209) 369-1128 parachutecenter.com

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There’s no need to make a reservation at Parachute Center; just go with your gut feeling, show up and jump! Trust one of the largest and oldest drop zones in the U.S. as they welcome skydivers of all abilities. Prices for each skydiving experience depend on the service purchased and which independent business operator you choose. Tandem and individual jumping are available, along with a skydiving training program for those who want to learn skills.

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WADE KIRKLAND

STOCKTON PORTS INFIELDER BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Stockton Ports infielder Wade Kirkland is proudly sporting his red and blues this season, as he and his team work toward the playoffs. Kirkland, a Florida native, grew up playing baseball, and when the Stockton Ports invited him aboard he was thrilled to take the next step toward his dream of playing in the major leagues. Kirkland grew up playing baseball. His dedication and dream led him to Florida Southern College, where he spent his college days with the Moccasins, playing short stop his junior year and second base freshman and sophomore year. After being drafted in 2010, Kirkland moved to Burlington, Iowa where he played shortstop, second and third base with the Burlington Bee’s. His two years with the Iowa team led Wade to spring training, where he was then invited to play with the Stockton Ports. “It was the next step toward my goal of playing in the major leagues, so I couldn’t be happier,” Kirkland states. For Kirkland, Banner Island Ballpark is the best in the California league. “The field has a lot of character and interesting dimensions, its location is great!” And not to mention, the field fits almost 6,000 fans! Another perk for Kirkland, because, as he puts its, Stockton fans are the best! Well, shucks. We are a loyal bunch! Aside from the fans and the park, Wade is lapping up the weather here in San Joaquin. His days spent in humid Florida made for many rainy afternoons. But Kirkland is excited to report the lack of rain, “We didn’t have one rain out all season! The weather makes it even more enjoyable to come to the park everyday.” And every day, Wade and the rest of the Ports do just that. For the 2014 season, the Ports play everyday, whether it is here at home or another California park. “We are looking forward to playing everyone in the league,” Kirkland states. “We play some of the teams multiple times throughout the season, so you get to know everyone in the league and it makes for a great time!” This season, you can enjoy a game at the beautiful ballpark and catch Kirkland at second base, or playing shortstop. “Shortstop is my favorite, because the throw is longer and you have more of an opportunity to have a fun play,” he continues, “Going in the hole, throwing guys out, that’s the good stuff!” WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON SATURDAY NIGHT?

After our games, we usually head to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner and try to relax. IF YOU HAD $500 TO SPEND WHERE WOULD YOU GO SHOPPING?

Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or a golf shop WHAT DO YOU DO LOCALLY IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Usually golf at Swenson Park WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A “HIDDEN GEM” OF THE AREA? 

The restaurant Whirlow’s on Pacific Avenue in Stockton

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You’ve Got the World on a String BUNCHES OF BEADS 100 W. Pine St. Lodi, (209) 367-1207 bunchesofbeads.com

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It’s a blast to make your own jewelry at Bunches of Beads with a massive assortment of beads, semi-precious gemstones, charms, glass beads, Kazuri beads, freshwater pearls, Swarovski Crystals and more. Customized parties for guests 9 and older will enjoy personalized instruction and two hours in a dedicated party room. Classes are also available in everything from wire wrapping and bead knotting to crafting with polymer clay and chain maille. Let your creativity run wild.

DANCE STUDIO DANCE XTREME 6 Central Ct. Stockton, (209) 915-1891 dancextreme.com

Dance Xtreme has been around for over 10 years now, with experienced instructors capable of teaching almost all styles of dance. From ballet to jazz and hip-hop to contemporary, classes are available for all ages. Many of the instructors have danced professionally in the NFL and NBA and have numerous awards for dance under their belts, making them perfect for teaching students interested in competing for national titles. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in dance or picking it up as an adult, then definitely dance on down to Dance Xtreme!

TATTOO PARLOR

HARD LUCK TATTOO, LODI 7 N. Sacramento St., Lodi (209) 365-1455, hardlucktattoo.com

Hard Luck Tattoo creates stunning artwork with each tattoo. Located in downtown Lodi, they’ve been in business 15 years. Locals in need of ink trust that they can get the quality they’re looking for right in the heart of Lodi. Hard Luck has a gallery on their website, as well as their Facebook page, displaying their variety of work done by many talented artists, so you can be sure your styles match up to create the look you’re seeking.

Having a Ball

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS SPORTS PARKS 1077 Milo Candini Dr. Manteca, (209) 824-2400 bigleaguedreams.com/contact/manteca-ca

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Who says kids get to have all the fun? Big League Dreams delivers adult fun in the form of softball, indoor soccer and kickball leagues. With fields that replicate those at Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Angel, Yankee and Tiger Stadium, team sports have never been so fun. Upscale facilities include a playground (for kids in tow) and batting cages. Players of all skill levels are welcome to join leagues at Big League Dreams 94

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Winners BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Finnegans Pub and Grill Whiskey Barrel Whirlow’s Tossed and Grilled

BEST PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS AFTER 10PM Ave on the Mill Market Tavern Finnegans Pub and Grill

BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS WHEN IT’S HOT Micke Grove Zoo Lodi Lake Oak Park Ice Arena

BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS WHEN IT’S COLD

Children’s Museum of Stockton Dell’ Osso Farms World of Wonders Science Museum

BEST PROFESSIONAL LOCAL SPORTS TEAM Stockton Thunder Stockton Ports UOP Men’s Basketball

BEST LOCAL CASINO WITHIN 90 MILES Jackson Rancheria Thunder Valley Casino Resort Red Hawk Casino

Get Wet and Wild EAGAL LAKES 12 W Lorenzen Rd. Tracy (209) 640-4252 www.eagallakes.com

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Water skiing has never been as much fun as it is at Eagal Lakes Resort, where you can challenge yourself to a thrilling water ski slalom course as you zip through one of two man-made lakes filled with clean, filtered water. Everyone in the family can get in on the cool action! Other watersports at Eagal Lakes include water ski lessons, wake board rides, lessons and camps, knee boarding, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

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BEST DANCE STUDIO Dance Xtreme Dance Connection Stockton Ballet School

BEST CHILDREN’S ATTRACTION

Childrens’ Museum of Stockton Micke Grove Zoo Pixie Woods

BEST TATTOO PARLOR Hard Luck Tattoo 12 Monkeys Tattoo

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AMY PIJL

ST. JOSEPHS MEDICAL CENTER MARKET DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

The San Joaquin area is a small community offering big city-like health care. Amy Pijl, Market Development Representative for St. Josephs Medical Center, works to connect our community, the hospitals, and physicians, allowing for this top-notch care. “When everyone is connected, we can all work together to bring the best services and treatment options to people in the area,” Amy says. “I try to introduce physicians to specialists in the community so that our residents don’t need to travel to the Bay Area for specialty treatments – they can get the care they need right here at home.” For Amy, choosing the healthcare field seemed like a no-brainer after having a firsthand patient experience at St. Joseph’s during the birth of her first child. “It really opened my eyes to the healthcare industry,” she explains. Amy, who was also born at St. Joseph’s, has loved every one of her six years at the Medical Center. “The people here are amazing,” she beams. “My boss has worked here longer 96

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than I’ve been alive! And that really says something.” With a Master’s in Business from University of the Pacific, and a people-person- driven character, Pijl enjoys her day-to-day responsibilities. Her role within St. Josephs gives her the opportunity to utilize her strengths. “Everyday I get to go into different doctor’s offices to meet with the physicians and their staff,” Amy says. “I love building relationships and connecting people." And it goes beyond those in the healthcare field, as Amy explains, “I love that my job gets me out in the community and has allowed me to collaborate with organizations like the American Heart Association, the Breastfeeding Coalition of SJC, the Stockton Thunder, Ports, and the University of the Pacific to name a few. I have learned so much since I started working at St. Joseph’s!” Amy felt the positive influence of those connections during her second pregnancy. “I had so much support from the doctors, staff and my co-workers. It was so comforting to have my second child here at St. Josephs. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!” Amy hopes to share that same comforting experience with residents of the area. “To provide healthcare for people in need is a really good feeling. I can lead people to the right doctors, and the best care… these are sometimes life-changing connections, and to


HEALTH & BEAUTY There’s nothing like feeling good both in body and in mind, and San Joaquin delivers.

COSMETIC SURGEON DR. HUGH L. VU, STOCKTON 1617 St Marks Plaza Stockton, (209) 476-7074 vuplasticsurgery.com

No wonder Dr. Vu is this year’s best cosmetic surgeon – he is established in his field, boasting various certifications and affiliations, with over 15 years of experience under his belt. His Stockton office provides plastic and cosmetic surgery on the face and body, using the most advanced techniques in the field. Procedures include liposuction, tummy tucks, saline or silicone breast augmentations, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelifts and more. In addition, Dr. Vu supports the community as an active volunteer, providing his expertise to change the lives of young children suffering from burn trauma and other complications. Through the RotoPlast Mission, an organization that focuses on treatment of cleft lips and palates, Dr. Vu also travels to other parts of the world performing life-changing surgeries for those in need.

COSMETIC DENTIST DR. TODD FRANKLIN 1208 W. Tokay St. Lodi, (209) 334-4370 toddfranklindds.com

Dr. Todd Franklin returned to Lodi after finishing dental school because he simply loves the area, and San Joaquin loves him right back! Today, Dr. Franklin is established in his field, giving thousands of people a reason to smile. Specializing in porcelain veneers, bridges and crowns, laser gum lifts, lumineers, and more, his many years of experience shine through his patients’ pearly whites. If you’ve ever resorted to a close-mouthed smirk while you dream of white, straight teeth, Dr. Franklin’s “Smile Makeover” – a customized program that fuses two or more cosmetic treatments – can make that dream a reality. During the initial consultation, Franklin builds a plan to achieve your customized desire. You’ll surely leave smiling.

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Juice for Health

MIKE’S COFFEE, RAW JUICING, YOGURT AND SPIRITS 1120 N. Main Street Manteca, (209) 823-8765

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Open since March 2013, Mike’s is already a local gem and family favorite. Each creation is prepared by hand, and contains only raw fruits and vegetables, making it the most delightfully healthy drink in the Valley. The fresh ingredients make for unmatched flavor so good that one won’t be enough. For sweet succulence, try the Tropical Turbine, complete with bananas, mangos, strawberries, apples and orange juice. For a drink with more of a kick, try the fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with organic vodka or a Mai Tai. While the menu offers everything from breakfast to lunch plates, Mike’s is a must if fresh-squeezed juices make you happy!

OPTOMETRIST

BROOKSIDE OPTOMETRIC GROUP 3133 W March Ln #2020 Stockton, (209) 951-0820 brooksideoptometric.com

The 13 doctors at Brookside Optometric Group keep our community’s sight in the forefront of their minds. With a variety of specialties, the group covers everything from eye exams to Lasik surgery. Advanced technology like The Optomap and Atlas Topographer assist Brookside in providing optimal care. Born from the fusion of three of Stockton’s largest optometric practices, Brookside has excelled in optometry care in San Joaquin for the last 16 years. Take advantage of top-notch care, extended hours, an in-house lab, and access to a variety of contact lenses and frames, including brands like Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry and Versace. SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE | JULY 2014

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me that is extremely rewarding.” Lastly, she reminds us of the capabilities in our area, saying, “Stockton is first-class when it comes to healthcare offerings. So many people believe that in order to get cutting-edge care they need to travel, when in actuality, they can be treated here. Undergoing a major medical procedure is hard enough, why add long drives, hotel stays and unfamiliar cities to the equation? I hope people do their homework when they need something done medically - we invite prospective patients to take tours of our facility to get a feel for the experience. People should take advantage of that!" WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU FRIDAY NIGHT?

On Food Truck Fridays, we hunt down our favorite, The Mamas and the Tapas! Or I might meet up with friends for a bite to eat at one of the latest popular local restaurants. I also love going to baseball games at the Stockton ballpark - especially when they have fireworks! IF YOU HAD $500 TO SPEND WHERE WOULD YOU GO SHOPPING?

I’d go visit the girls at Zuester’s, KCM Boutique, or Bellissima Boutique! I love to shop!    WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Clear my head at Vinyasa Flow yoga studio, stroll with the kids to the park or one of Stockton’s awesome farmers markets, go play at the Children’s Museum, or sample wines at one of the many local wineries in the area. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A “HIDDEN GEM” OF THE AREA?

The back patio at the student center at UOP. They have these great big rocking chairs and picnic tables where you can bring your lunch and look out at the water and just enjoy the peace and quiet. 

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RYDEL’S HEALTHY HOME 26 W. Lodi Avenue Lodi, (209) 333-2941 rydelshealthyhome.com

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Rydel’s truly is a breath of fresh air, proving products that keep your home healthy and free from potential toxins. Choose from a variety of allergy relief appliances, air purifiers, and micro-fiber cleaning supplies that are thoroughly tested to great lengths, guaranteeing efficiency and safety. They even have a ‘try before you buy’ policy. With their green approaches to backyard cooking, hypoallergenic and non-toxic cleaners, it is easy to see the commitment to safe products for you, your family and the earth. Rydel’s has everything needed to keep your personal atmosphere and the San Joaquin environment clean and healthy.

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KYM WITH A Y ORGANIC SPA STUDIO 307-b Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 952-2299 kymwithayorganicspastudio.com

Kym Thompson’s organic spa studio makes waxing sessions a breeze with her top-of-the-line Azulene (Chamomile) Wax and Hard Blue Wax. The hard wax only sticks to hair, not skin, making it perfect for a painless Brazilian. With 14 years of aesthetic experience, Kym and the salon provide our community with excellent products and services. Covering everything from brows to Brazilians, Kym with a Y Organic Spa Studio will leave you silky smooth and feeling good. Book your appointment today, with availability on weekdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

SKIN CARE

GERALD N. BOCK, MD OF CALIFORNIA SKIN AND LASER 1617 St. Marks Plaza Suite C Stockton, (209) 956-4260 californiaskinlaser.com

Since 1975, Dr. Bock has found joy in boosting confidence levels. Throughout his years of experience, he never stopped educating himself and exploring the newest advances in his field. His passion leaves clients feeling comfortable at consultations and ecstatic at the end result. California Skin and Laser offers everything for beautiful skin, from head to toe. This includes top-of-the-line procedures and technology to treat acnes scars, varicose veins, and even tattoo removal.

Homemade Suds FRENCH @ HEART 22 S. School Street Lodi, (209) 333-3800

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There is no comparison to indulging yourself with high quality soap that lasts for weeks. But that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank for a magically therapeutic feeling. The artisan soaps by Juniper Tree, only $7.50 at French @ Heart in Lodi, are made with pure botanicals and dipped in flowers. The collection of 12 scents, ranging from Patchouli Amber Peach to Pink Sugar Pear, is non-toxic and made from a veggie base. The subtle woody and sweet blends are calming, and smell and look good enough to eat!

HAIR SALON

THE B HIVE, STOCKTON 302 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 478-8600

The B Hive’s killer team of creative stylists keeps San Joaquin on the cutting edge of hair trends. Originating in 2013, the salon was born from the fusing of two of the areas top stylists – Brady Davis and Dino Dallin. The salon’s 25 stylists keep things fresh with current styles like the Balayage, similar to Ombre but possessing a higher starting point and achieved using plastic wrap instead of foil. In addition to every cut and color need under the sun, The B Hive houses an aesthetician offering full body waxing, eyelash extensions, permanent makeup, facials and more.


HEALTH & BEAUTY Winners

BEST COSMETIC SURGEON Dr. Hugh L. Vu Dr. Burlin Dr. Gerald Bok (TIE) Dr. McNemar (Tie)

BEST COSMETIC DENTIST Todd Franklin Lester Low Edward Graham

BEST ORTHODONTIST Lyndon Low Wheeler Orthodontics Gary Baughmann

Pack in the Protein

THRIVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS 1420 Kettleman Lane, Suite A Lodi, (209) 625-8010 thrivelodi.com

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For the tastiest balance of sweet and healthy that is blended to perfection, stop by Thrive for your daily doe of protein shake. Whether you are coming in after a workout or looking for a low-calorie hydration source, the variety of Herbalife24 formulas help to rebuild muscles over a period of several hours. The blend of whey and protein will help cure your body’s craving for nutrients with flavors like Apple Pie, Blueberry Cheesecake and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, to name just a few.

Tend to Your Toes DETOX COTTAGE 470 Krider Court Tracy (408) 680-1739 detoxcottage.com

Brookside Optometric Group Zeiter Eye Medical Group Midtown Optometry

BEST KIDS DENTIST Kid’s Care Dental Group Lynn Parker Saghi S Razi

BEST SKIN CARE/ DERMATOLOGIST

Gerald Bock Kym with a Y Central Valley Dermatology

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Sit back, relax, and enjoy a foot spa while also ridding your body of impurities. Detox Cottage in Tracy offers therapeutic experiences that do wonders for your health. The Ionic Foot soak (or body bath) will naturally re-balance and detox your body in just 30 minutes, a difference you will be able to feel in just five minutes. The bath cleanses your pores of toxins caused by stress and the environment. You are guaranteed to leave feeling like a new person.

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BEST OPTOMETRY/ OPTEMETRIST

BEST MEDI-SPA

Total Body Medi Spa Kym with a Y CA Skin & Laser Center

BEST DAY SPA

BEST WAXING/ HAIR REMOVAL

Kym with a Y The B Hive Browtique & Body Lounge

BEST HAIR SALON COMPANY The B Hive Salon Avanti Hair Discovery

BEST TANNING SALON

HavAtan Solarium and Spa Planet Beach Automated Spas La Stella

BEST HEALTH CLUB In-Shape Health Club Pure Form Fitness Training Ben Mackie Fitness

BEST PERSONAL TRAINING FACILITY Ben Mackie Fitness Combine Fitness Pure Form PFT

BEST YOGA STUDIO Vinyasa Flow Yoga Studio Bikram Central Valley Now and Zen

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Tibons Goju-Ryu Fighting Arts Moore’s Martial Arts Shou Shou Tony Nunez MMA & Kickboxing Academy

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WEDDING It's your special day, shared with the one you love and cherish, so celebrate in San Joaquin style.

Make a Memory

GIGGLE BOX Lodi (209) 472-1223 thegiggleboxphotobooth.com

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Thanks to this husband and wife team, your party guests will never be bored again with a Gigglebox. The photo booth keeps everyone entertained while also providing party favors, personal scrapbooks of the event with messages from attendees, and props for the perfect picture. The experience also includes one-on-one service, two attendants, and high quality equipment to ensure professional and fun service. The best part, the photo strips, curtains and backdrops can be completely personalized to your color scheme or theme.

FLORIST

SILVERIA’S FLOWERS AND GIFTS 995 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 477-4407 silveriasflowersandgifts.com

Silveria’s Flowers and Gifts arranges beautiful bouquets of their carefully cultivated flowers for any and all events in the Stockton area. Familyowned, they maintain a friendly environment while also upholding a professional workspace. Ordering arrangements has never been easier, especially when Silveria’s hand delivers their arrangements and gift baskets. They promise there is no hassle of having to put the bouquet together yourself, as with some companies that deliver the flowers in a box. From the moment Silveria’s flowers are delivered, they make their statement. Each bouquet or basket is meticulously pieced together to suit each client’s needs and arrives with zero hassle.

WEDDING CAKE

FROSTED FLOUR CAKERY AND SUPPLIES 904 W. Lodi Avenue, Lodi (209) 369-2253, frostedflour.com

A gorgeous custom cake makes for quite the statement at any wedding reception. Luckily for us in San Joaquin, Lodi’s Frosted Flowery and Cakery Supplies brings bridal dreams to life with their detailed, artful designs. Serving Lodi since 2010, the bakery takes pride in providing a unique, tailored piece of art for a most memorable day. Owners Lisa and Christine credit their great group of decorators with having “some seriously amazing talents”. With seemingly endless options of custom designed frostings, cake and filling flavors, the bakery offers a free consultation full of samples. Here, the bride-to-be can provide an image of her dream cake or brainstorm with creators to create a sketch that is all her own. 100

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Blingtastic Bliss Bridal Salon

306 Lincoln Center Stockton (209) 473-9200 blissinstockton.com

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The collection of modern and whimsical footwear at Bliss is sure to shine just as bright as your dance moves. The high quality bling, made from Austrian Crystals laid on a delicate silky backdrop from the Benjamin Adams collection, will turn heads. The collection prides itself in quality and comfort, making these shoes this year’s best accessory for the big day. From toned down flats, to modest or strappy heels and decked out platforms, these shoes accent any style. The iridescent crystals glisten to reflect any hue, a flawlessly fun match for any bride.


RYAN & NICOLE KIDD TAPSNAP BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Everyone loves a photo booth opportunity. Pair it with green screen capabilities, instant touch-screen editing powers, and Facebook and Twitter links; and you’ve got TAPSNAP, the hottest new wedding reception accessory. Ryan and Nicole Kidd couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand their business, Access DVD, when approached with the TAPSNAP kiosk in 2013. Because as Ryan explains, “It’s just such a cool product!” As one of California’s very first TAPSNAP owners, Ryan and his product wowed corporate parties and events in the San Joaquin area. The product, launched in January 2013, is a one-stop shop for sweet memories and smart branding. And all it takes is space and power. The mobile kiosk holds a camera, a 42inch touch screen monitor, a printer for instant photos, and a green screen for a customized backdrop. “It’s a versatile, complex product packaged in a simple, user-friendly way,” says Kidd. The user-friendly machine allows for custom photos, catering to your special day. Brides can create a green screen background, prior to the special day, so that they are apart of everyone’s photo, or, Ryan and his team can stage a backdrop, showcasing the beauty of the reception or bridal colors. “Its all customizable,” Ryan explains. Once the backdrop is set, attendees can enjoy hours of photo fun. Once the photo is taken, those involved can edit the photo on the touch screen. “The program offers a variety of fun edits,” Kidd explains, “like cartoon hats, thought bubbles, mustaches, a coloring option, and a bunch of other options.” With Facebook and Twitter capabilities, the kiosk allows those photographed to instantly upload their pictures to their profiles. According to Ryan, this generates impressive exposure for any event or brand. Kidd even took his TAPSNAP to Sacramento for the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The night of the premiere, TAPSNAP visited 26 cities to participate in the Lionsgate premiere. This was great fun for Kidd and the TAPSNAP crew. Ryan, a Lodi native, is excited to offer a new take on the classic photo booth. “We love to get out in the community, and be apart of those moments,” Nicole continues. “And being able to offer new, fun and creative aspects brings extra excitement!” WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT?

We LOVE sushi! Our favorite sushi restaurants include Haru Sushi and Oz Sushi- both in Lodi.  IF YOU HAD $500 TO SPEND WHERE WOULD YOU GO SHOPPING?

My wife and I have very different views on this answer. She says she would spend her money at one of the many boutiques in Lincoln Center. I would be spending it at Home Depot. WHAT DO YOU DO LOCALLY IN YOUR FREE TIME?

We like to take our son to one of the many parks in town or for a walk around the nature trail at Lodi Lake. During the summer, we take our boat out for some wake boarding and enjoying the sun on the Delta. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTRY?

Our favorite aspect would probably be the small town feel. We love this community and we think it is such a wonderful place to raise a family. Everyone sticks together to support small town business. WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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TUXEDO SHOPPE FORMAL CONNECTION 6019 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 477-2442 formalconnection.com

Formal Connection has been in business for 28 years, serving Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca for all of their formal wear needs. As one of the only tuxedo rentals in the area that happens to carry their tuxedos in stock, they are able to offer last-minute rentals for those pressed with finding something with little time to spare. They have all sizes available to try on, and the staff is very attentive and knowledgeable when it comes to getting fitted for formal wear.

OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE

Specializing in carrying high-end designer dresses, Bliss Bridal Salon brings the best of the best to San Joaquin. Owner Tammie Dimas stocks her store with creations from around the world, showcasing excellent quality and craftsmanship. She is especially excited about the newest of the nine designers she carries, Ellis Bridal, from London, England. In addition to their impressive gown selection, the Salon carries tuxedos, gifts, veils, shoes, custom jewelry and accessories to compliment your dream dress. Choose shoes made of Austrian crystal and silk from Paradox of London, or have a one-of-a-kind necklace created just for you by Bella Figia. The quality customer service and personal consultations will rid any bride of her “zilla” feelings, leaving her simply blissful.

Sweet Fix

WINE AND ROSES 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi (209) 334-6988, winerose.com

For a gorgeous wedding venue, you don’t have to go far. Wine and Roses in Lodi has a picture-perfect outdoor space for ceremonies and receptions, large or small. The Wedding Garden sets the stage for the bride and groom, surrounding them with lush, green foliage and their botanical gardens. The Garden Ballroom has ample room for dining and dancing into the night. And, while the ballroom is indoors, it has access to its own private garden to allow guests a breath of fresh air and the ability to take in the tranquility of nature surrounding them. With several different wedding packages to choose from, Wine and Roses is one of the stars of wedding venues in San Joaquin County.

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For a sweet and different treat that caters to a broad range of tastes, Midtown’s Mobile Gelato Bar is perfect for any event, no matter how big or small. The bar and its server can be set up anywhere, making it an ideal and interactive dessert for your summertime events. Choose from more than 60 original flavors that give your guests more choices and more fun. For only $3.50 per guest for two hours, you and your guests can enjoy as much gelato as you can eat. 102

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Bliss Bridal Salon The Elizabeth Bridal Maggie’s Bridal

BEST WEDDING CAKE

Frosted Flour M and W Dutch American Bakery Baker’s Boutique

BEST FLORIST

Silveria’s Flowers and Gifts Sweet Peas Floral Design Charter Way Florist

BEST TUXEDO SHOPPE

BLISS BRIDAL SALON 306 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 473-9200, blissinstockton.com

MIDTOWN CREPERIE AND CAFÉ 2319 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 941-9070 midtowncreperie.com

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Share your story with friends and family and catch them off guard with a personalized video invitation to your wedding, created by Media Fusion’s team of videographers. A short video, or your very own minilove story, comes complete with photos and interviews that will add a more personalized and unique touch to your special day. Along with save the dates, these DVDs will give your guests something they can keep for a long time after the wedding and will be sure to surprise.

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

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BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Invite Everyone

MEDIA FUSION 1833 West March Lane Suite 5 Stockton, (209) 957-4003 Mediafusionstudios.com

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PEPPERMINT CREEK 19925 Peppermint Falls Dr. Jamestown, (209) 533-2599 peppermintcreekcarriage.com

Formal Connection Tuxedos of Lodi Bliss Bridal Salon

BEST WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER Media Fusion Oyler Video Dee yates

BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

D.A Yates Photography and Design Briggs Photography Caroline Photography (tie) Mary Gillespie Photography (tie)

BEST OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE Wine & Roses Viaggio Estate & Winery The River Mill

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No fairytale wedding is complete without a horse-drawn carriage from this family owned and operated business. Whether you are looking for ‘THE’ white Cinderella carriage or a classic fringe-top wagonette, Peppermint Creek will make your arrival and exit memorable, to say the least. Sit back, relax, and be transported back in time in one of these authentic rides. After all, nothing says romantic like an elegant carriage with lavish decorations and powerful Belgian Draft Horses.

BEST INDOOR WEDDING VENUE Morris Chapel Wine & Roses The River Mill

BEST LIMOUSINE COMPANY

Aurora Limousine & Sedan Service Vintage Limousine Service One Limo


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We let our patients know they are valued by serving them in a courteous, professional, and kindly manner. It is our hope to develop long-term relationships with each and every one of them so that we may help them enjoy a lifetime of good health. Member of:

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Women

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The women featured in the following pages have quite a bit in common. Each of these San Joaquin women is a pillar of the community: intelligent, business savvy, and successful. These women are exemplary of the type of people that fill our community, people that are looking to make a change, to better themselves, or to better our surroundings. Read on to meet these admirable women.

KATHI J. KIMMEL CAS

SHAPING UP RX. | AYURVEDIC HEALTH CARE

209-329-5859 www.ShapingUp.info

shapingup@hotmail.com

Welcome to Shaping Up Rx. – Ayurvedic Health Care. De-stress, Get Fit, Live Long. Perfect Health “A balance between body, mind and Spirit.” My name is Kathi and I am an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. My Ayurvedic practice is a complete system that takes the whole body and mind into consideration. Evaluating your constitutional mind/bodytype (Somatology), along with (Epigenetics) preventative healthcare routines, allows our practitioners to create a guide for preventing and treating diseases. Our Stress Reduction Techniques are scientifically proven. We include Age Appropriate Fitness for your body type along with fitness therapy.   Ayurvedic Nutritional Therapy a balanced diet individually planned. Feel better today by improving your digestion, vitality and energy. Improve your posture and build healthy bones, muscle and joints, and build weight loss plans that are sustainable and easy. Holistic Disease Prevention and Therapeutic Treatments. Your wellness improves with stress reduction, physical movement and a nutritional plan

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

JULIE MCKINLEY Owner

MCKINLEYS FRAME SHOP 11 W. Pins Street, Lodi STORE: CELL:

209-625-8194 209-224-1225

www.McKinleysFrameShop.com

  After studying Commercial Art and Interior Design in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Julie McKinley walked into a frame shop in 1984 and was intrigued by the designing, color creativity, and precision of picture framing. That was the beginning of her lifelong dream of owning her own custom frame shop. Taking a few side roads along the way to that dream, Julie served in the U.S. Air Force as a Firefighter and a Medic. She also challenged herself in the fitness world by becoming a Personal Trainer, and competed in bodybuilding. But, she always came back to her passion, picture framing. McKinleys Frame Shop opened in 2008 and is successfully growing and reaching new heights in the Lodi community.   Traveling throughout the world, Julie worked in management positions and at various framing departments at Air Force Bases, teaching framing classes to military members, retirees, and civilian employees. Many of the flight jackets and military medal shadowboxes displayed in Air Force Headquarter buildings have been created by Julie. McKinleys Frame Shop has something for everyone, from metal to wood frames, regular framing to conservation and museum quality products. “I try to accommodate all budgets, at the same time providing the highest quality framing,” says Julie. She is hands on from the beginning design to the final framed product. McKinleys Frame Shop carries Old Town Paints and Shabby Chic Paint, both are Chalk Style Finish Paints, and offers fun and easy “How to” Classes every month on repurposing and renewing your home décor. These chalk style paints adhere to almost any surface, no prepping or sanding needed. She also offers gift and home décor items, local artwork, pre-framed wall art, an online art gallery that allows custom sizing, and commercial framing.   The First Friday Art Hop is a monthly event at McKinleys. Having a different artist show their artwork each month allows new and seasoned artists the opportunity to gain more recognition, sell their artwork, and bring “the arts” into the Lodi community. The artist’s work remains in the Frame Shop the entire month for continued viewing and sales. Julie McKinley is a member of the Lodi Community Art Center. She volunteered with Lodi Support Our Troops until the non-profit disbanded this year, leading various fundraising events to send Holiday Cheer Boxes to our military troops stationed overseas.   Follow McKinley’s Frame Shop on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, KCRA 3 A-List, and at www.McKinleysFrameShop.com. Located at 11 W. Pine St., Lodi, CA 95240, and can be reached at (209)625-8194 store or (209)224-1225 cell. Store hours are Tue.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-2pm.

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PATRICIA LEE Owner

CARATS 309 Lincoln Center, Stockton

209-955-0715 caratsjewelry.com

San Francisco native, Patricia Lee, has always loved jewelry. Pat started in 1994 and has been at Lincoln Center since 1997. Carats is the only authorized dealer in Stockton of the world renown PANDORA Jewelry from Denmark. PANDORA is famous for their sterling silver charm bracelet. Working as a team with husband, Curtis Chong, they also own a franchise PANDORA store located in downtown San Francisco at the Westfield Mall since 2010. Visit Pat and her team at Carats to see stylish bling including personalized jewelry lines such as Kameleon with interchangeable Jewel Pops, Victorian-inspired slide charm bracelets and mother’s bracelets in sterling silver & gold with names and birthstones of family members. Europe’s hot and upcoming brand, Endless, featuring colored leather bracelets with themed charms is a new addition for Carats. For the jewelry lover, trendy Chrysalis bangle bracelets with meaningful symbols, classic Crislu cubic zirconia jewelry, and Silvana K’s handcrafted “green” jewelry made from recycled metals are popular items at Carats. Visit Carats at Lincoln Center in the Atrium and we’ll help you with your jewelry selection!

GRACE AQUINO Founder

MACRONAGE MACARONS 7610 Pacific Ave., Stockton

209-955-0857

Grace Aquino is the founder of Macaronage Macarons and co-founder of Mobility Express Transportation. Macaronage Macarons is a specialty French Macarons and glutenfree pastry shop located in Hammer Ranch Shopping Center. Aside from the delectable macarons, Macaronage bakes a variety of gluten-free pastries. Humble beginnings, passion, determination, and a big dream are all three components that contributed to the start of Macaronage Macarons. The Macaronage Macarons store that you know today did not appear overnight. Grace developed a love for baking macarons by herself in 2011 at home. It wasn’t very long before her friends discovered her macarons and soon she was filling orders for anyone who wanted the adorable French cookies. With a small oven and a line of requests, she was baking tirelessly night after night on her small home kitchen.   Grace wanted Macaronage to be unique. She wants to inspire others to have the courage to pursue their passion. She loves to think big and push limits, and encourages others to do the same. Just like Macaronage’s motto, “dare to dream & be inspired, one bite at a time” she lovingly encourage everyone she meets to dream big, and with hard work and determination, your dreams will become a sweet reality. By: Makaila Lagrimas

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

PAM LEWIS

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

VINYASA FLOW YOGA www.vinyasaflowstockton.com

In 2011, after 30 years of working in the fitness industry as an instructor, personal trainer, and massage therapist, Pam Lewis felt the urge to create a space for her most prominent passion, yoga. With the help of those she respected, her vision of a studio where people could experience a communal atmosphere without judgment came true. Vinyasa Flow’s blend of mindful and energetic practice has become an inviting environment where all are welcome to revitalize themselves both physically and spiritually. The Vinyasa Flow staff embraces all willing participants and ensures their comfort by offering various levels of yoga to help evolve their own practices. Check out their schedule at vinyasaflowstockton.com.

LISA MINAZZOLI

INDEPENDENT DAMSEL PRO

DAMSEL IN DEFENSE

209-471-8630

www.mydamselpro.net/stockton Damsel Pro Lisa #5268 FB

Independent Damsel Pro Lisa Minazzoli, wife, mother of 2 has been an active H.O.A member and Neighborhood Watch Captain for the past 5 years.  Neighborhood watch has guided me to a dream JOB.  Educating, empowering and equipping women to remain safe in a multitude of situations.  My mission started was to learn how to be an unacceptable target most of the time.  Once my girls started walking I realized it was time to learn how to teach them fact based strategies that will keep all of our family as safe as possible.  My mission then became, to be part of the solution by educating other moms, women, girls about how to stay of the danger radar.  Damsel in Defense is a home business that has taught me  how to provide workshops, presentations and demonstrations of liberating experiences that include awareness of tools that can be used to detour danger or help get you out of the hands of danger.  At the end of the day I fall asleep knowing that I helped prepare many people of the sudden swerves life gives us.

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RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

2160 W. Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130, Tracy

209-834-1307

www.tracypediatricdentist.com

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

DESTINATION SALON 6360 Pacific Ave., Ste. 3

209.473.1043

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/destinationsalon

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DESTINATION SALON is a best of San Joaquin, and an award-winning salon offering a full line of Aveda beauty and wellness products. We offer all hair services, haircuts, custom color, hair extensions, hair spa treatments, facial waxing, bridal services and make up. We opened our doors in June 2009 and are proud to be a partner with the Aveda Corporation. We are very passionate about Aveda’s mission “To care for the world we live in,

from the products we make, to the ways we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.” We welcome new guests to experience our relaxing environment. All of our stylists are educated and trained to work specifically with every hair type. We welcome you to stop in, and be our guest.


WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Tiffany Gomes President

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Carmen Wendorn SalesDesign

Gwen Borges Sales Design

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Michelle Middleton Office Manager

Olga Mitchell Sales Design

Stephanie Brink Showroom Assistant

Leah Fisse Receptionist

CLASSIC DESIGN FLOOR TO CEILING 2303 South Stockton St., Lodi

209.334.4060

www.classicdesignftc.com

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Classic Design Floor to Ceiling is a beautiful interior design showroom providing professional design services and products for new and remodeled kitchens, baths, floors, and custom interiors. It is owned by a woman, staffed by women, and aimed toward women. A spacious showroom displays products, and the design staff pulls samples together so you can see your entire project from floor to ceiling at one time, in one location. From there, you will receive project management, installation, and after-care service, all of

which are guaranteed to take the stress away. “Women tend to make the purchasing decisions for their homes, so I wanted to create an environment where they would feel comfortable and able to complete all their projects under one roof,” says owner Tiffany Gomes. “I know how valuable time is these days, and picking out your interiors while dodging fork-lifts shouldn’t be your only option for convenience.”

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

HEIDI SOWERS HILL OWNER

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS LODI 224 N. Ham Ln., Ste. 103

STOCKTON 135 N. Hunter St.

209-368-8875 209-943-1200 MODESTO 3020 Floyd Ave., Ste. 103

209-551-3030

Heidi Sowers Hill was born and raised in Lodi. In 2006, Heidi started looking at different business opportunities where she could be her own boss. She came across the franchise opportunity of Edible Arrangements. Edible Arrangements was a new concept and had no competitors in the area. Heidi, along with her husband, opened their first store in Lodi in April of 2008. The opportunities seemed right so they opened another store in Downtown Stockton in December of the same year. Today Heidi owns and operates four successful Edible Arrangements stores in Modesto, Stockton, Lodi, and Vacaville. Heidi has served on the Advisory Committee for many local charities, including Challenge Failure, and enjoys giving back locally to the communities surrounding her stores. She is also an active member in the LeTip Business Group of Stockton.

LUPE GRAHAM & SYLVIA RAMIREZ OWNERS

OOOH MY! TABLETOP DESIGNS & EVENTS

209-910-4159

OooMyTablescapeDesigns@gmail.com ooohmytablescapedesigns.com

Oooh My! Tablescape Designs & Events is owned and operated by Lupe Graham and Sylvia Ramirez. Lifelong friends, this dynamic duo finally decided to launch their own business late 2013. With stylish designs for any holiday, wedding, or special event, they are taking San Joaquin County by storm! What makes Oooh My! Tablescape Designs remarkable is the vision of these inspired women. Whether you are looking for them to completely transform your party space, or build a new design around existing centerpieces, their imaginations will bring your dreams to life! Their style, vision, and design work will take your event to the next level of elegance and sophistication or simple chic. Their unique tablescapes will leave your guests saying, “Oooh My!” Contact them today to schedule your own special event. You won’t believe your eyes!

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Laura Watson, RDA

Shelly Guebara, RDH Hygienist, 19 years

Dental Assistant/Office Manager

22 years

ALLAN COREY DDS

Cosmetic and Family Dentistry 1372 W. Robinhood Dr. B, Stockton

209-951-3703

Julie Moore RDH Hygienist, 10 years

Sarah Tolang RDA Dental Assistant, 6 Years

The 4 amazing women working with Dr. Corey Are commited to providing all their patients with High Quality Personalized Dental Care. Their combined total of 57 years with Dr.Corey builds long lasting patient relationships while providing lifelong oral health.

KELLI GAI Owner

STELLA BOUTIQUE 224 N. Ham Ln., Ste. 102, Lodi

209-369-7231

Kelli Gai was born and raised in Stockton and enjoyed fashion and design for as long as she can remember. Kelli attended UCLA School of Interior Design and lived in the LA area for six years. When she returned to the central valley, Kelli worked in the design business while raising three children. As they matured, all four of them enjoyed an interest in fashion together! “I always thought it would be fun to have a boutique that offered something for a wide range of ages and with their encouragement, decided to pursue my dream!” says Gai. “Most lines carried at Stella Boutique can be worn by young and old alike and we enjoy assisting customers in selecting pieces that bring out their individuality - we have a sign in the shop that reads ‘Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful’ which truly epitomizes our goal for each customer, in life and in fashion.” Kelli is constantly looking for new lines that exemplify Stella’s style which would be described as "classy comfortable"…current without being trendy, and high quality for the price. A few of Kelli’s favorites are Free People, Michael Stars, AG Jeans, and J Brand. In the last year, Stella Boutique has added a handmade line of shoes and has become known for their extensive selection of Chan Luu jewelry. Kelli’s future plans include opening a second store this fall in Capitola called Stella Mitchell, which will also carry men's clothing. “I want every customer who walks through our doors to feel welcome and appreciated and confident that we will continue to strive to meet their fashion needs. We want to be their one stop shop for every day outfits, special occasion ensembles and gift giving!”

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–Kelli Gai, Stella Boutique

LISA DIXON & DEANNE GARIBALD Co-Owners

FINA 240 Lincoln Center, Stockton

209-478-5670

Sourcing what’s new and exciting from Los Angeles and New York and bringing meaningful fashion to the Stockton area is what Lisa Dixon and Deanne Garibaldi have been doing at FINA since 1986. Always ahead of the trend, without being trendy is what they strive for. You can find fun and functional classics from lines like Vince, Joie, Bailey 44, Wildfox, Gypsy 05, AG, Current Elliott, Paige and Equipment. The sisters share a philosophy of providing excellent customer service, and it has paid off with loyal and satisfied generations of customers who return for that special well-made garment & equally well delivered level of personal attention. SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE | JULY 2014

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Throughout their lives, your parents have worked hard to raise you, to provide for the family, and through thick and thin, they’ve always been there for you. But now you’re an adult, and it’s finally their time to kick back, relax, and celebrate the golden years— after all, they’ve earned it. Our Good Life Guide is a great way to help your parents make the most of their retirement. From dependable financial advisors and personal trainers, to beautiful apartments and the area’s top healthcare professionals, our local senior resources will give you the tools to make sure your loved ones are truly living the good life!

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THE SAN JOAQUIN

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Plan ahead for retirement with our guide to local services, communities, and options for the most important time in life.

n ACCESS HOME CARE

As one grows older, things like daily tasks become more difficult. At Access Home Care, we understand and want to help you and your loved ones maintain a comfortable and safe environment at home. In home care can be too costly for many families; that is why Access Home Care is rolling out our cost friendly bathing visits. Our experienced care givers will come out to the home simply to bathe your loved one. Bathing tends to be the number one reason the elderly are forced out of their homes into an assisted living. Access Home Care is here to change that pattern and keep people in their homes. Merced to Elk Grove, (209) 918-8010 myaccesshomecare.com

n VIENNA NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER

Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lodi combines a compassionate team of experienced caregivers and a modern facility to provide the finest in skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Locally owned and operated since 1967, this 150-bed facility near Lodi Memorial Hospital features 24-hour registered nursing care. The new Vienna rehabilitation center—offering physical, occupational and speech therapy—is open six days a week for inpatient therapy and five days a week for outpatient services. The new, 3,000+ sq. ft. rehabilitation center features a gymnasium, flat screen TVs, and the latest in rehabilitation therapy. Visit anytime to meet administrator Corey Wright and his long-time staff and learn about Vienna’s activities, dining program, and all-inclusive rates. Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation 800 South Ham Lane, Lodi, (209) 368-7141, ViennaNursingRehab.com

n DEDICATED FINANCIAL SERVICES

Choosing a Medicare Insurance plan that is right for you is an important decision. Below are some things to consider when deciding which plan is right for you: • There is more than one way to get Medicare • There is drug coverage available • Your share of cost may be more than you expect • Where you live makes a difference • Examine your current coverage. • Don’t put off your decision You should review your choices once a year, Ask for help. At Dedicated Financial Services we will help you make these decisions and most importantly assist you in finding the best plan for your needs. Call 209-625-8755 to review your plan options today. Dedicated Financial Services Located in the Lodi Avenue Business Center, 1300 W. Lodi Ave., Ste. A1 (209) 625-8755, www.dedicatedfinancialservices.net

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Call 209.625.8755 For Your FREE No Obligation Financial Check Up!

Advisory Services are Provided through Creative Financial Designs, Inc. A Registered Investment Advisor, and Securities are Offered through cfd Investments, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, member FINRA & SIPC, 2704 S. Goyer, Kokomo, IN 46902 765.453.9600 Dedicated Financial is not owned or operated by CFD Companies

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n RIO LAS PALMAS

It feels good to belong.  At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong.  As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood.  At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more:

RCFE# 397004515

Discover a community rich in

hospitality and friendship.

• Spacious apartments • Restaurant-style dining • Housekeeping and linen services • Activities and social events • Scheduled local transportation • Warm, friendly staff Please call for a complimentary lunch tour and ask about our amazing specials! Rio Las Palmas 877 E. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 957-4711 riolaspalmasretirement.com RCFE# 397004515

n OCW ENGAGING AND ENRICHING!

877 EAST MARCH LANE |STOCKTON | 209-957-4711 | WWW.RIOLASPALMASRETIREMENT.COM

Living at O’Connor Woods Retirement Community is an engaging, enriching experience! Although our campus is beautiful…filled with century old oak trees and walking paths... living here is about a lifestyle that most say they wish they had chosen much earlier.Residents enjoy beautiful apartments and cottages, designed with full kitchens, washers/dryers, and complemented by an array of services included in the affordable monthly fee. Additionally, they may choose to partake in a multitude of life enrichment programs, events and activities… running the gamut from stimulating trips and outings, to oncampus lecture series (affiliated with the university), to clubs and themed celebrations. 3400 Wagner Heights Rd. Stockton, (209) 956-3400 Respect for Individual Preferences is a Service Mark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA. ®Reg. U.S. Patent and TM Office.

n VISITING ANGELS

EMPLOYEE BASED • SCREENED • BONDED • INSURED

Visiting Angels® is the premium provider of in-home care services for Stockton, Tracy and the surroundings areas! • FREE In-Home Care Assessment • On-Call Coordinators 24/7 • Immediate response to scheduling needs • Comprehensive Personal Care • Medication Reminders • Light Housekeeping • Meal Preparation • Errands/Shopping • Joyful Companionship Day or Night, Live-in or Live-out care • Temporary Long term Care • Weekends/Holidays • Respite for Family Caregivers • Flexible Schedules

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TRACY PRESS READER’S CHOICE

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209-952-3585

It is stressful being a caregiver for a loved one, no matter how much you care for them. There can be a significant amount of disruption to your life, as well as the worry and sorrow of watching the one you love become more needy. There can also be feelings of frustration, guilt, and hopelessness. Ways to combat the stress of elderly care include maintaining your health, staying organized, and getting professional help. Maintaining your personal health helps deal with the stress of elderly care. Getting proper nutrition, rest, and exercise allows for your stable physical and mental health. Neglecting your health will lead to emotional exhaustion, depression, and illness. You must stay organized and aware of the details of the loved one’s care. You should be educated about legal matters, finances, and have knowledge of their medical condition. This helps the care process move smoothly so that you do not become overwhelmed with logistics. Allowing yourself assistance and support is critical to managing stress when caring for someone. Seek additional help from professionals, community resources, or support groups. Visiting Angels is the premier provider of in- home care that can provide the professional support you need. Their professional and caring staff offers a full range of services to help your loved one. They provide respite for family members with services like meal preparation, housekeeping, hygiene assistance, shopping, transportation services and companionship. For more information on why Visiting Angels is “Americas Choice in Homecare” please contact their office at (209) 952-3585


■ #1 in short-term post hospital care services.

■ 5 Star rated facility by Medicare. ■ Awarded perfect survey by Medicare in 2013.

■ Recognized as 2014 Best Nursing Homes by US News and World Report.

■ Recipient of Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best in extended care. 1032 N. Lincoln St. ■ Stockton

209.466.5341 www.lincolnsquarerehab.com

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n THE SENIOR'S CHOICE

In-Home Care Services Based in and serving San Joaquin County since 2001. V FREE In-Home Assessment V Personalized Service Tailored to Individual Needs V Customizable Schedule

SERVICES INCLUDE:

Meal Preparation | Grocery Shopping and Errands Exercise | Companionship | Recovery Therapy Personal Care | Bathing Assistance | Personal Hygiene “I wanted to take a few minutes to thank the ladies that have been coming to my house to help me the everyday tasks I can no longer do so well. They are very nice, always have a smile and do their best to satisfy my needs to make me comfortable. They make me happy, since being alone in a house is not always a happy place. Thank you all very much.” –Mrs. V | Lodi, CA

CALL TODAY

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1806 W. Kettleman Ln., Ste. L | Lodi

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Since establishment in 2001 by Phalin Klusman, The Senior’s Choice has provided in-home care services to the disabled and senior members of San Joaquin County and beyond. This has allowed our clients to continue living at home while being safely cared for. The services provided by our “Caregivers” may be Homemaker or Personal Care type assistance. While our services are not Home Health nursing, Physical Therapy or Hospice, we do support and compliment these medical services by having our caregivers available up to 24/7 if needed. The Senior’s Choice has qualified as a “Certified Home Care Aide Organization” from the California Association for Health Services at Home (cahsah.org). The Senior’s Choice 1806 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite L, Lodi, (209) 369-7712 seniorschoice@sbcglobal.net, www.seniorschoiceoflodi.com

n SOMERFORD PLACE

Somerford Place in Stockton, California is an assisted living community home specifically designed to care for people with a Dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis since its inception in 1998.  Somerford Place is nestled in the Brookside area, away from busy streets and noise of the city, in a safe and secure environment. Our only focus is helping those affected with memory loss live a quality life. At Somerford Place, our unique approach to caring for residents with memory loss includes helping each person to continue engaging in the world around them. Somerford Place offers Adult Day Care, Respite Stay and Permanent Residency. Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living & Adult Day Care 3530 Deer Park Dr., Stockton (209) 951-6500

n ARBOR PLACE ASSISTED LIVING

Arbor Place Assisted Living, Lic #297004352, is located at 17 Louie Ave., Lodi, CA 95420. An assisted living center for the senior community, Arbor Place is committed to providing the highest quality of care with compassionate staff 24 hours a day. We understand the varying needs of your loved one and offer three levels of care that address each individual’s particular needs. Our home environment and intimate setting provide a comfortable atmosphere, and our daily activities and social functions offer carefree enjoyment for our residents. We invite you to tour our facility and experience why Arbor Place is the assisted living center of choice.

Alzheimer’s Assisted Living “We are Family Serving Families”

n ARBOR NURSING CENTER

We know that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia not only affect those who have the disease, but those who love them as well. We provide care for our families no matter what stage of the disease your loved one has reached. Start off in our Adult Day Program...come for a weekend stay of respite or join our permanent family of residents. Our activity programs keep our residents and day care attendees active and engaged all day. Whatever your needs are...we can provide you the comfort and much needed breaks that come with caring for someone with dementia. Call to schedule a tour of our beautiful 60 bed Assisted Living, located in Brookside and learn more about our various programs and services. Friendly Caring & Compassionate Staff Medication Management Supervised with Nursing Staff 7 Days A Week Rehab Services Diabetic Management Salon Services Overnight Respite Care Adult Day Care Program Alzheimer’s Support Group Elegant Home Like Environment Sitting on 2 Acres Internal Medicine & Geropsych Physicians Available Hospice Care Available

(209) 951-6500

3530 Deer Park Drive, Stockton RCFE License# 397001229 Adult Day Care # 397001230

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Arbor Place Assisted Living 17 Louie Avenue, Lodi, (209) 369-8282

Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! They exceeded Quality of Care in 4 Clinical categories EVERY month in the year 2010! Arbor Nursing Center is centrally located in the quiet northern part of town. A few minutes from downtown, a few blocks from H.W. 99 and only 5 minutes from Lodi Memorial Hospital and our Doctor’s offices. Their 149 bed family facility provides some Private Rooms, Private Dinning and Private Family room all located on the Terrace Unit. In addition their semi-rooms have views of one of two different large outdoor patios. The state-of the-art Therapy gym with full windows on three sides and access to one of the patios creates a very enjoyable atmosphere. Please come by for a visit and receive a complimentary gift from us. Have a very Happy & Healthy Holiday Season. “We are Family Serving Families”. Arbor Nursing Center, 900 North Church Street Lodi, (209) 333-1222


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For Dialysis, there’s no place like home. Discover the benefits of home dialysis today. Davita Home Dialysis Programs In Your Area Stockton Davita Stockton Home 545 E Cleveland Street Stockton, CA 95204

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Lodi DaVita Tokay Home 777 S Ham Lane Lodi, CA 95242

To learn more about Kidney Disease and treatment options, call 1(209) 470-2194 or visit DaVita.com/Home. ©2011 DaVita Inc. All rights reserved. 05579-01-DVAH-Home

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Santa Monica

BY ELIZABETH BORSTING

Life Really is a Beach at this Seaside Sanctuary Santa Monica offers sojourners the best of both worlds and is best described as equal parts sandy utopia and urban oasis. The city, which rests along L.A.’s coast, boasts nearly four miles of glistening beaches coupled with pounding surf and cloudless skies. On

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the flip side, it’s got a city vibe littered with multi-starred restaurants, celebrity sightings and a plethora of designer boutiques. The city’s former mayor is none other than Kennedy-offspring Bobby Shriver. How many destinations can make that claim?

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SANTA MONICA Still, what Santa Monica does best is provide a luxurious landscape for those yearning to be pampered. You’ll discover a mix of haute and historic attractions with lines often blurred as old buildings and relics receive new leases on life, resulting in swank surroundings and unexpected pleasures. An escape to Santa Monica can be simple or simply indulgent. Whether navigating a tandem bike along the paved oceanfront pathway or rubbing toques with celebrity chefs at the local farmers market, Santa Monica is proof that paradise has indeed been found.

The Beach Butler

Where to Stay:

The Annenburg Community Beach House

Viceroy Hotel

With its A-list celebrity clientele, this is a dream destination for paparazzi - if only they could get past the velvet rope. This luxe hideaway fuses together a coastal cosmopolitan vibe with a collection of spectacular guestrooms. If money is no object, book the penthouse-level Monarch Suite with its incredible ocean views, whirlpool tub, steam shower and a fully-stocked, ready to uncork private bar. All guests enjoy Champagne upon arrival, a pair of cabana-laden swimming pools and complimentary poolside yoga. viceroyhotelandresorts.com Where to Eat:

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen

If there’s one thing Santa Monica isn’t lacking, it’s good restaurants. The new darling to whet the appetites of restaurant writers is Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen. Contrary to its name, Rustic Canyon isn’t located in such a setting. The moniker is more an homage to founder Josh Loeb and the intimate dinners hosted at his nearby treehousestyle home. What he’s recreated through the talents of Chef Jeremy Fox is a menu of farm-to-fork favorites with communal tables for a shared culinary experience. The menu is seasonal and ultra-fresh with some quenchable crafted cocktails that are worthy of a toast. rusticcanyonwinebar.com What to Do: The great thing about Santa Monica is you can do as much or as little as you want. There’s the historic Santa Monica Pier with plenty of amusements and, of course, the weekly farmers market where foodies and celebrity chefs convene. A few of our favorite distractions include:

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Want to work on that tan? You certainly can and with as little effort as possible thanks to The Beach Butler, a service offered by Perry’s Café. Your personal beach butler, clad in khaki shorts and a white polo, will have done all the heavy lifting by the time you arrive: lounge chairs and table set up with a shaded umbrella. He’ll leave you with towels and a walkie-talkie so you can summon him when needed. When hunger strikes, he’ll bring you a meal. Forgot your sunscreen? No worries, he always has an extra stash. Packages start at $50. perryscafe.com

If you prefer to pose poolside, the Annenberg Community Beach House is the way to go. Located on a five-acre oceanfront sprawl that once belonged to a magnificent estate built by publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies, philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, of the Annenberg Foundation, helped to usher in a new era of seaside elegance when she spearheaded the site’s multi-million dollar rehabilitation, opening it for public use in 2009. The Beach House combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate, including an original guest house and historic pool, with new splash pads and a gallery. Docent tours are also available. beachhouse.smgov. net Shopping: Shopping in Santa Monica can be likened to a sport, and the competition, at least for retailers, can be fierce. It all takes place in the open-air, multi-level Santa Monica Place, featuring such favorites as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, along with the likes of Kate Spade and Kitson. Adjacent to Santa Monica Mall is the Third Street Promenade, a wide pedestrian-only esplanade featuring wellknown brands, such as Anthropologie and Forever 21, along with some local favorites as well. Then there’s leafy Montana Avenue with its throngs of celebrity shoppers, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and never-ending parade of designer togs and luxury vehicles.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL CATALINA TOURS, EVENTS, LODGING AND DINING, CHECK OUT: santamonica.com


Viceroy Hotel

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen The Annenburg Community Beach House

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8 N. School Street • Lodi, CA

209.369.5016

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the HOUSE of CLOCKS

 

Family Owned & Operated Since 1970

Grandfather Clocks • Wall Clocks • Mantel Clocks Cuckoo Clocks • Magic Motion Musical Clocks

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209.369.7961 or 209.951.1363 www.thehouseofclocks.biz

Serving San Joaquin and surrounding areas for 43 years

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We  are  Going  Out  of   Business  

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We Carry:

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Classe Available.

New & Again Consignment Furniture Gallery

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Please join us for a showing of two local artists Date: Saturday, July 19th, 2014 Time: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. Location: Antique Group 15 West Oak Street, Lodi, Ca 95240 209.625.8281

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The mother-daughter team of Vicki Snell (also the owner of The Mud Mill) and Krysta Pleyte decided to provide an innovative way for guests to get exactly what they want, affordably and quickly. The concept is easy and works something like a Chipotle restaurant, only with pizza. Guests have the opportunity to customize their pizza by selecting the toppings they want for their 11-inch pizza, or they can select one of ten specialty pizzas like “Lodi Grape” or “Smack Daddy”, the all-meat pizza. Employees assist guests in creating their ultimate pizza right before their eyes, and then it cooks to perfection in a Wood Stone oven. Pizzas are just one low price of $7.95, and considering the cost of dining out, it’s the tastiest bargain in town.   “For years at The Mud Mill I’ve heard customers say that there wasn’t a place for families to eat or that they couldn’t find a good place for lunch,” states Snell. “There was not a place that was fast and casual while providing a friendly atmosphere.” Pleyte and Snell had been discussing a joint venture for some time, and Pleyte had quite a bit of food experience while in college. Plus, opening a pizza place really seemed to fit the needs of the area.   Just because it’s quick, affordable and convenient doesn’t mean Smack Pie Pizza has skimped on quality. Much of the meat and produce are sourced locally from the surrounding area. Smack Pie also hopes to partner with local growers and vendors who frequent the city’s farmers markets to introduce even more locally grown, fresh ingredients. Their original red sauce and dough are both house-made, along with a handful of their salad dressings. Besides homemade sauce and dough, Smack Pie also cooks chicken, roasts red bell peppers and makes their own caramelized onions.

   Smack Pie Pizza is truly one-of-a-kind. Not only is it a family-owned operation, but with their featured finishing sauces, Smack Pie Pizza offers a lasting signature on every pizza. “Finishing sauces are really becoming popular and a good signature tool that we have. We have a balsamic glaze, sweet chili, BBQ sauce, pestos and spicy buffalo sauce,” notes Snell. “After a pizza is cooked, a finishing sauce adds a bit of originality at the end, as well as another opportunity to completely personalize the pizza.” Smack Pie offers Gold Peak teas along with a variety of domestic, imported and craft beers, both in the bottle and on draft. They also have house wines as well as local wines, so grab your favorite brew or vino and head out to the patio to enjoy your custom-made pizza.    With all the different possible combinations, it is very easy to eat healthy, gluten-free or vegetarian at Smack Pie Pizza. “A lot of people are selecting our gluten-free crust, for dietary and nutrition purposes, as well as due to specific allergies. For dairy-free guests, our sauce is vegan and pizzas can be loaded up with various vegetables, making a delicious pie. Since you’re watching the pizza

being made right in front of you, customers can have as little or as much as they’d like added to the pizza,” says Snell. With so many potential pizza combinations, guests could eat at Smack Pie Pizza year-round and not have the same pizza twice.    So, what’s with the catchy business name? “Because I already have a funky name for the pottery studio at The Mud Mill, I knew it had to be to be fun name that stuck in people’s heads. I knew it had to be different or people wouldn’t remember it,” says Snell. “We wanted something that kids could say and felt a little silly saying. Also, to ‘smack’ your pizza is another description of how to top or decorate your pizza.” After guests enjoy their personalized pizza pies, commemorative shirts with sayings like, “I Got my Smack on at Smack Pie” will make a trip to Smack Pie Pizza complete.

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L O CAL L O DI THIS MONTH'S PICKS FROM THE LODI WINE AND VISITOR CENTER

Bokisch Grows & Produces the Cutting-Edge of White Wines BY RANDY CAPAROSO Exclusive to San Joaquin Magazine

  Albariño is the native white wine of the Rías Baixas region of Galicia, Spain, but this grape may have found its ideal second home in Lodi, California – thanks to Markus Bokisch, owner/ grower of Lodi’s Bokisch Vineyards. For going on 15 vintages, Bokisch has solidified its reputation as one of California’s leading Albariño specialists. The latest edition, the 2013 Bokisch Terra Alta Vineyard Albariño ($18), is a doppelgänger for the original Spanish versions of the varietal: flowery and honeyed, with peach, citrus/lemon peel notes underlined by a subtle minerality. Perfectly dry, the wine’s medium body comes across as lemony crisp and edgy in its citrus/stone fruit qualities – mouthwatering, delicious.   This, mind you, is not something that happened overnight. Mr. Bokisch freely admits that earlier vintages were a tad on the overripe and alcoholic side; often with a closer resemblance to Viognier than to Albariño. But with experience comes the wisdom of hindsight: viticulture has been meticulously sharpened; and the winemaking approach – now hinged upon development of all the flavor components necessary earlier in the season, when grapes can be picked at lower sugars, with more perfect natural acidity – now yields lighter (alcohols closer to 12%), crisper (acid adjustments no longer necessary), more fragrant expressions of the grape. Bokisch Ranches is now one of Lodi’s major growers; with over 2,500 total acres of vineyards planted to nearly 30 different varieties. Out of this, only 28 acres are

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planted to Albariño (it’s mainstream grapes like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that butter their bread). But among Bokisch’s 50-plus winery/clients are some of California’s most innovative small wineries; “cool kid” producers such as Forlorn Hope, The Scholium Project, and Odisea/Cochon. In a way, these “outside” wineries are doing as much to bolster the reputation of Bokischgrown grapes as Markus and Liz Bokisch themselves (who utilize less than 1% of what they grow for their own label).   At the same time, Bokisch wines take the backseat to no one’s in terms of pure quality. Earlier this spring, for instance, the 2013 Bokisch Vista Luna Vineyard Garnacha Blanca ($18) was released; a light and lacy dry white wine that out-“cool kids” the best of them: bursting with wildflower, violet and lavender perfumes, framed in the mouth by a bright, zingy sensation of the same. The 2013 Bokisch Vista Luna Vineyard Verdelho ($18) is just as cutting-edge in its lemon/lime varietal character, tinged by tropical flowery, minerally, almost briny nuances; plus leafy green, lemon balm-like suggestions, diving deep into a medium-full body – tasting thick, viscous, yet bracingly light, tart and dry.   Finally, for something completely different, Bokisch released their first-ever Verdejo; a white wine grape once associated only with the Rueda region of Spain. Imagine a vinous version of a fresh, juicy, drippy tangelo. The 2013 Bokisch Clay Station Vineyard Verdejo ($18) is that and more: its orange blossom/tangerine fruit qualities laced with the lightest green leafiness; and a lightly tart, easy-going medium body tasting fleshy and toothsome with refreshing, orange peel sensations. Oh, what lovely summer sippers! Randy Caparoso is the multi-award winning sommelier/restaurateur and longtime wine journalist who also pens the blog for the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com.

Randy Caparoso is the multi-award winning sommelier/restaurateur and longtime wine journalist who also pens the blog for the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com.


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Macchia Winery BY KELLY POLLARD

In the romantic language of Italian, ‘Macchia’ means ‘the spot’. Macchia Winery is truly the spot to experience unique zinfandels and other Italian varietals at reasonable prices. Owners Tim and Lani Holdener, who started operating in the Lodi Appellation in 2001, have discovered the hottest spots to source their grapes. Prestigious vineyards such as The Original Grandpere Vineyard, amongst the oldest producing zinfandel vineyards in the United States at the ripe age of 140 years old, fittingly supply the grapes that go into Macchia’s Prestigious Zinfandel wine.     Do you like your wines spicy? Sip on Macchia’s Adventurous Zinfandel, Righteous Barbera or Dangerous

Port, sourced from the Lindsteadt Vineyard in Amador County. And what’s not to love about wines named Luxurious, Flirtatious, or Adventurous? The cool, laid back vibe at Macchia is a refreshing departure from more uptight wine regions, another reason to stay loyal to local Lodi Appellation wines. It’s no wonder that their wines have all won top honors in major wine competitions. The Holdeners’ philosophy as winemakers boils down to a simple concept: it’s all about the grape. Start with a quality lot of grapes picked at the perfect ripeness and lovingly create a high quality wine.   Heighten your tasting experience by taking advantage of Macchia’s lush grounds. Pack a picnic lunch and grab a seat on their patio. Play bocce ball or horseshoes, or just lounge under the mature shade trees with a glass of wine and complimentary snacks. Wine lovers are encouraged to join their Club Red wine club, for discounts on quarterly shipments. Peruse their stock of Library and Award-Winning wines which are unique to the winery and cannot be purchased anywhere else. It’s not all about the Zin at this fine establishment. Macchia produces Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Barbera, picking small lots of the finest grapes possible. It’s no wonder that Macchia Winery has become a Lodi hotspot, with as many as 100 visitors coming through on a typical weekend. The summer months promise plenty of fun to help you beat that valley heat.   During August, the action will heat up when Macchia Winery will have a live band every weekend. Come out and enjoy a variety of music and indulge in Paul’s Rustic Oven serving homemade, mouth-watering pizzas, a perfect pairing to the variety of wines being poured.

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WATERMELON BY KADIE JEPSEN

  Watermelon. Your mouth just watered a little, didn’t it? That’s because watermelon is delicious, especially on hot summer days when it’s been chilled in the refrigerator. The watermelon is believed to have originated in South Africa and was later grown by Native Americans in the 16th century. Since its global expansion, watermelons have captivated the masses with their juicy, sweet interior and nutritional benefits. There is only 6% sugar in a watermelon and 91% water, which can assist with dehydration during the outrageously hot 150

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summer months. And, like many other fruits, it is a great source of vitamins A, B6 and C. The rind of the watermelon has nutritional benefits as well, but since they are unappealing to eat, most forgo that part of the fruit. In China, however, the rind of the watermelon is considered a vegetable and is stirfried, stewed or even pickled. However you choose to eat your watermelon, there are tons of health benefits, and the fruit itself is exceptionally tasty.    When you are about to purchase a watermelon, make sure it has a nice rich color, is firm and free

from bruises or dents, and has a yellow spot on the underside from where it sat on the ground. This yellow spot is what farmers look for before they pick their watermelons; it indicates that the fruit is ripe enough to pick. There are two different types of watermelon – with or without seeds inside. The seedless variety is a hybrid that was developed by watermelon breeders. Neither fruit is more beneficial than the other; selection occurs from simple personal preference.


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Tracy Thai

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

Lodi’s Wine Social BY ANNE MARIE BERGTHOLD

Lodi’s Wine Social is located downtown and features two local labels, Six Hands Winery and Sorelle Winery. The two families behind these wineries created the tasting room to be a place for good conversation and great wine. Sip on one of their European-style offerings at the circular bar, a comfy sofa or a communal table. Every aspect of the interior, from the brick walls to the refinished wood floors, adds to the atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. Even with the charm of the decor, it is the wine itself that is the star of the show. Regular events include weekly live music, monthly guest chefs, and Ladies Night Out.

La Palma is a quaint, authentic dining venue located in the heart of the ‘Miracle Mile’ on the corner of Pacific & Tuxedo. La Palma specializes in superior Mexican cuisine such as Sizzling Fajitas, Fish Tacos, and Chipotle Shrimp; all of which come served with Spanish rice and your choice of black, pinto, or refried beans. Alongside an exquisite selection of local wines from which to choose from, La Palma Mexican Cuisine boasts a full service Tequila bar with more than 50 of the finest imported tequilas. Come experience Mexico, without the air miles! Open everyday for Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Serving homemade torillas. LA PALMA MEXICAN CUISINE 2301 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 941-4179 www.lapalmaonthemile.com

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With its seasonally based menu and gourmet preparation, the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Offering a farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from local farms as well as their own garden, the Towne House Restaurant captures the subtle elements of fun and excitement while also providing unparalleled food. The Lounge features live music and an extensive wine list showcasing the best Lodi has to offer. Dine in the intimate setting of the dining room or outdoors on the veranda where guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the gardens. TOWNE HOUSE RESTAURANT 2505 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 371-6160

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Asian Cajun Crawfish satisfies your craving for fresh seafood along with Southern hospitality. Picnic style benches and butcher paper covered tables give you the feeling of an Authentic Louisiana Boil. The boils include generous potions of clams, mussels, snow crab, king crab, shrimp, and Dungeness crab when in season. Choose from five specific seasonings and five flavored heat levels. Side dishes include pepper jack crawfish mac & cheese, garlic noodles, corn bread with honey butter made daily. Asian-Cajun (as locals call it) has become a standout family friendly restaurant that’s simply fun! Tue, Wed and Thur 11-3 and 5-9 Fri 10-9, Sat 11-9, Sun 11-8 closed on Mon. ASIAN CAJUN CRAWFISH 95 W. 11th St., Ste.103 Tracy, (209) 207-9940 asiancajuncrawfish.com

Established January 2014, Tap House Pizza sheds new light on how pizza should be done. Owners Amin Mozeb and Chris Rothenberger offer a unique twist on hand made, thin crust, gourmet pizzas. Crafted only with the freshest ingredients, prepared daily, tossed 100% by hand, this old style is quite refreshing. Coupled with outstanding food, Tap House also provides twelve constantly changing craft beers and fruit and herb infused wine based spirits. Having a quaint pub-like feel, the atmosphere is extremely cozy and family friendly as well. So, when looking for a unique flair and variety, Tap House Pizza is definitely the best at what they do. TAP HOUSE PIZZA 2525 S Hutchins St Lodi, (209) 333-7777

This hidden treasure has been dubbed the secret of the Miracle Mile with the best food in Stockton. frequented by the neighborhood locals the Whisky Barrel Tavern is getting more popular every week, for very simple reasons. • The very best certified Angus steaks in town • Free range organic chicken • Homestyle cabbage rolls • Apple glazed pork chop • Cottage pie • Giant Certified angus burger Not to mention The impressive whiskey selection of over 100. And last but by all means not least is the incredible lineup of bands that no other venue in town can compare to. Check out our schedule www.whiskybarrelsaloon.com

Shangri La Asian Bistro is located on beautiful School Street in downtown Lodi. The restaurant is open from 11:00am9:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00am-10:00pm Fri-Sat. Happy hour is available 7 days a week from 2:30pm5:30pm which includes $5.00 sushi rolls and discounted appitizers. All well drinks, house wines and beers on tap are $3.00. We are known for our Hong Kong Pan Fry Noodles, Honey Walnut Prawns and lunch bento boxes. The most requested sushi roll is the "Moms Roll" which consists of spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, snow crab, avacado, tai snapper, white tuna and a garlic Mayo. This one of kind roll is then toarched and topped off with unagi sauce, spicy mayo and massago. You can order online at our website www.Shangrilaasianbistro.com. We are a family run restaurant and family dinning is our style! SHANGRI LA ASIAN BISTRO 203-A S. School Street Lodi, (209) 366-0539

AVE on the mile, Stockton’s Premier Lounge & Bistro located in the heart of Stockton's Historical Miracle Mile is a unique culinary experience offering an infusion of cultures with our tapas and small plate menu. Opened in 2010, AVE on the mile has redefined the standard in the casual dining experience and has set the trend for years to come featuring weekly Dinner Specials, Sunday Brunch, Club 3:33 Happiest Hour (3:33-6:33). AVE on the mile is the perfect venue to host any event including birthdays, showers, meetings or just the weekend party. Call early and let AVE on the mile make your next event a success. Open Sundays 10am-2pm for brunch Mon-Wed 3:33-12am Thurs and Friday 3:33-1:30am Saturday 4:33-1:30am AVE ON THE MILE 2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 462- 5283 aveonthemile.com

A favorite among guests who enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white marble floor, while still remaining family friendly. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row! Now open for lunch from 10am -2pm Friday and Saturday with a champagne brunch on Sundays ROSEWOOD BAR AND GRILL 28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470

WHISKEY BARREL TAVERN 151 W. Alder Street Stockton, (209) 938-9192

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Sara Randall’s life long dream was to open her own Italian café where she could serve the community old style Italian comfort food, the same recipes her Northern Italian family had made for generations. Sara, along with her mother Barbara Coldani and daughter Heather, are living the dream at Bueno Italian Cafe. As Sara proudly puts it “We guarantee you that nobody else can cook like us.” Excellent local wines and beers compliment homemade pastries, entrees, deserts and an espresso bar. With cozy Italian style dining inside and out, the cafe also offers box lunch delivery to commercial establishments, plus catering. Follow us on Facebook. Open Monday-Friday 10:30am-8pm. BUENO ITALIANO CAFE 1110 Kettleman Ln. #19, Lodi (Upstairs in Bella Terra Plaza) (209) 369-1446 fax: (209) 369-5202

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.

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SUMMER SPECIALTY BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

The Towne House Restaurant at Wine and Roses is supplying us with the perfect seasonal libations for summertime. First being their twist on the classic strawberry lemonade. Their take goes by the name of Berry Limoncello, which includes Grey Goose vodka, Absolut Citron, Caravella Limoncello, muddled strawberries, lemon juice, house made simple syrup and a splash of club soda, served on the rocks. For those martini lovers our there, the bartenders at Towne House have something for you, too. The Summer Tropical Tini is made with Flor De Cana rum, lime juice, agave nectar, pomegranate juice, ruby red grapefruit juice and muddled mint that is grown on property! Try these cocktails with their truffle fries or thai red curry lettuce cups, by the pool, enjoying live music or watching the Macaws. Cheers to summer!

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FRENCH 25 110 N El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 451-0617, french-25.com

M&J BISTRO A TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO CREPES, SEAFOOD, STEAK, PASTA & CHOPS

If you want San Francisco style cuisine without the commute, stop into M & J Bistro in Tracy. Our simple, but diverse menu features gourmet New American and French Basque Style: crepes, seafood, steaks, pastas and chops. Satisfy your palate with one of our popular dishes: the Eggplant Neapolitan, Cajun Ribeye, Blackened Tilapia or Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli. Begin with an order of our crisp shaved potatoes with crumbled bleu cheese sauce and save room for one of our heavenly dessert crepes. Ask our bartender about our fresh fruit cocktails. Join us for Tapas Tuesday starting November 2013. We serve an all day menu. Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm 5pm-9pm, Sundays Available for private parties, Call now to reserve your platters or book your holiday parties. M & J BISTRO 2515 N Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209)832-2727 www.mjbistro.net M&J Bistro, your Taste of San Francisco, right here in Tracy.


Midtown Creperie IS NOT just a breakfast & lunch place anymore! Midtown Creperie, recently voted the #1 overall restaurant in SJ County, has a brand new dinner menu for Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. With daily specials every week consisting of in-house slow smoked ribs on Thursday, various seafood dishes on Friday and exceptional beef dishes on Saturday you are sure to find something you’ll love. They offer New Orleans favorite Abita beer to complement their exclusively local wine & champagne selections. Come in today to check out their new fantastic larger location right next door to their old restaurant! Breakfast/Lunch-7 Days A Week (8:30AM - 2:00PM) Dinner-Thurs, Fri & Sat Evenings (5:00PM - 9:00PM) Also Available For Private Parties & Outside Catering MIDTOWN CREPERIE Located On The Historical Miracle Mile 2319 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-9070 www.MidtownCreperie.com

MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288 15138 S Harlan Rd. Lathrop, (209) 858-1818

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

Royce Farms BBQ Bbq tri-tip, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, hand cut New York and Rib Eye steaks, pork chops and grilled salmon are just a sample of our menu. Try our Award winning chili beans and homemade: baked beans, salads, soups and desserts. We also feature our own BBQ sauces and dry rub. Generations of our family recipes include pesto pasta and vegetarian dishes as well. Join us for Taco Tuesday or Prime Rib Wednesday. Check our website, or follow us on Facebook for daily specials and info on our Car Shows, Jazz nights and catering. With 3 generations of Royce’s, Royce Farms BBQ is ready to serve and or cater your next mouthwatering meal.

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

ROYCE FARMS BBQ 10880 N. Highway 99 Stockton, (209) 931-8333 roycefarmsbbq.com

We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol-free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. If you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accomodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available.

Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-seven years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner.

Mon-Fri: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m and 5-10 p.m. Sat-Sun: 12 p.m.- 10p.m. Serving San Joaquin County since 1979 PEKING RESTAURANT 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617 www.pekingstockton.com

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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).

Open: Monday-Friday 10 a.m-9p.m Saturdays 9a.m.-9 p.m

ANGELINAS 1563 E. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 948-6609 www.angelinas.com

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Lodi’s HOTTEST restaurant and Bar. With their farm to fork philosophy, extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu, and customer service that is warm and inviting, it’s no wonder why Crush has received so many accolades in their four years of operation. Crush was named “Best Place to Stock Up” by Sunset Magazine and recently placed for "Best Happy Hour", "Best Martini" and "Best Fine Dining" by the Stockton Record. If you’re a foodie in search of your next great meal or someone who simply enjoys excellent food, Crush offers a hip and chic big city vibe with inviting small town service. When you are at CRUSH, you are FAMILY! Banquet space is available for groups up to 50 without a rental fee, so please remember Crush for your next corporate or holiday party!! Thursday-Monday 11:30am - close Tuesday closed, Wednesday 5pm – 9pm. Join us on Wine Wednesday’s for 50% off select European bottles! Happy Hour all day Sunday and Monday. Daily 4pm6pm - $3 drafts/wines, $4 well drinks, $5 appetizers

CRUSH KITCHEN + BAR 115 S. School St. (inside Woolworth Place) Lodi, (209)369-5400, Crushkitchen.com

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So let go of the worries of the day, and Go Outback. Open for lunch Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m. Dinner 7 days a week Happy hour 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 1243 West March Lane, Stockton (209) 954-9615 www.outback.com

BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ, and nothing says BBQ quite like chicken drumsticks. When planning a summer party to remember, having go-to items makes things a bit more manageable. Lucky for us in San Joaquin, Home Thyme, in Stockton, makes our summer party menu planning and preparing a breeze with easy, convenient items like the 365 Leg Griller and Jalapeno Roaster. As Nordic Ware notes, no one likes an overcooked chicken drummie! So, grab this great grill item to ensure all your guests are satisfied. And, the griller allows for 17 perfectly cooked chicken drumsticks to be obtained without even turning them! This means you will have two free hands to tend to the potatoe salad and desserts. Happy BBQing!

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A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouthwatering 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.

Michael’s Pizza has been supported by this community since 1978 and voted the best Pizza in San Joaquin County. We take pride in every pizza we make using the freshest ingredients and making our dough every day. All of our pizzas can be made with our original dough and we are happy to offer whole wheat dough. Also at Michael’s Pizza is our fun Café featuring full breakfast and fresh baked goods. Come in with a group, sports team, or birthday party and enjoy our party room that seats 30+ people. For fast delivery, or take-out, Please Call 462-6668. MICHAEL'S PIZZA 2300 West Alpine Stockton, (209) 462-6668


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Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Open daily 6am- 10:30pm

7628 Pacific Avenue, Stockton

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GREAT DATES COMPILED BY KADIE JEPSEN

Bikes, Boats & Bikinis at Windmill Cove JULY 26, STOCKTON

Bikes, Boats & Bikinis at Windmill Cove in Stockton and is presented to you by Too Much Fun and sponsored by Eagle’s Nest Harley-Davidson. The event caters to motorcycle and boat enthusiasts, but everyone is welcome to attend and check it out. The pre-sale cost of the event is $25, but includes a t-shirt, food, music and way too much fun! Spend a day out by the water and check out some of the hottest motorcycles and boats in the Central Valley. It’ll be a day filled with sun and laughter you won’t want to miss this. 7600 Windmill Cove, (209) 423-0029, visitstockton.org/events/bikes-boats-bikinis

“The Good Life” at the Haggin Museum MAY 1 – JULY 20, STOCKTON

Crosstown 5 at Abundance Vineyards JULY 26, LODI

Summer nights are best spent with music flowing freely and wine swirling in your glass. Abundance Vineyards is hosting its 5th Annual Summer Music Series, and on July 26th they will feature Crosstown 5, a Bay Area band that plays a wide range of music from classic rock to Motown, and even some country. General admission ticket prices are only $5, and Wine Club members get in free. Abundance Vineyards rests on a beautiful landscape and features fantastic wines that will pair well with the band’s melodies. The event will make a memorable night out for you and a loved one. 1150 W. Turner Road, (209) 334-0274, abundancevineyards.com 158

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The Haggin Museum presents watercolors of the 1930s through the 1950s. The exhibition includes selected pieces by Mark and Janet Hilbert, whose work depicts ordinary life settings in California from 1930 to 1950. “The Good Life” represents a period in California history that chose to embrace the blessings in life despite the misery of the Depression. The small town depictions and various other settings in the Hilberts’ work are wonderfully captured in the watercolors, and will fill your soul with simplistic beauty. 1201 N. Pershing Ave, (209) 940-6300, hagginmuseum.org

Way Out West Opening at Knowlton Gallery JULY 12, LODI

Taking in the beauty of an art exhibit can be a great way to fill your day with educational fun. The Way Out West exhibit at the Knowlton Gallery will be shown from July 1 through August 23, with the Opening Reception on July 12 from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit will feature works by Ray Roberts, Clark Mitchell, Kate Starling, Kathleen Dunphy, Charles Muench and so many more! Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity while these artists’ works are on display. The Knowlton Gallery is unique to Lodi, focusing on and emphasizing local artists from the Bay Area, Central Valley, Sierra Foothills and Sonoma County. 115 S. School Street, (209) 368-5123, knowltongallery.com.


STOCKTON CIVIC THEATRE presents

Directed by James Reed

Directed by James Reed

Rated PG

Rated PG

Live Music!

June 25th - July 20th, 2014

2312 Rosemarie Lane ~ Stockton, CA 95207 Box Office (209) 473-2424  (Hours: Tues-Fri, 9am-2pm) www.sctlivetheatre.com

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Raiders of the Lost Ark at Bob Hope Theatre JULY 13, STOCKTON

Everybody loves Indiana Jones. What’s not to love with the exciting adventures and the ever-amazing Harrison Ford portraying the heroic star character himself? Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton will be playing Raiders of the Lost Ark on July 13th at 2 p.m. This movie has been nominated for 9 Academy Awards and features an amazing cast that will captivate you and the other audience members. Bob Hope Theatre features a state-of-the-art sound system and red velvet seats that will make your movie experience extremely comfortable. Tickets are only $4-$8, so make sure you don’t miss this incredible opportunity. 242 E. Main St, (209) 373-1400, stocktonlive.com

Spamalot

JUNE 25-JULY 20, STOCKTON

The Stockton Civic Theatre is bringing Spamalot to life. Spamalot, directed by James Reed, is a comedy adventure that was a Tony Award Winner in 2005 for Best Musical. It tells the story of King Arthur and his knights that also features cows, killer rabbits and a few French people to really round it out. The comedy adventure is adapted from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and has been mesmerizing audiences ever since its Broadway premiere. Showtimes will vary depending on the day, so check the website for more information. 2312 Rosemarie Lane, (209) 473-2424, sctlivetheatre.com

DSB Super Sprint Mountain Bike Triathlon

Lodi Cyclefest 5K JULY 13, LODI

Beginning at 8 a.m., hundreds of spectators and cyclists will gather at Michael David Winery for the Lodi Cyclefest. The amateur races will begin at 8 a.m., and the day will finish with the professional racers at 1:15 p.m. The online registration for the event closes July 11th at midnight. There will be prizes for the winning cyclists, which include cash and wine, as well as the chance to win a custom-etched Lodi Cyclefest magnum bottle of 7 Deadly Zins. 1139 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 369-2700, deltavelo.com

JULY 26, TRACY

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the importance of exercise in our daily lives. Getting in a great workout makes you feel good about yourself and keeps you healthy. The DSP Super Sprint Mountain Bike Triathlon at Eagal Lakes Resort in Tracy is the perfect way to get some exercise and a glimpse of the captivating San Joaquin River. The triathlon includes a 400m swim, 11-mile bike and 5k run. Participants receive an event t-shirt, free beer for those who are over 21, food, and there will be a post-race party filled with music and fun. You only have to be 14 to sign up, so check out the website for more information. 12 West Lorenzen Road, (209) 640-4252, eagallakes.com

Port City Roller Girls Derby Bout JULY 26, STOCKTON

Take time out of your summer schedule to cheer on the Port City Roller Girls. On July 26th, the Stockton Indoor Sports Complex will feature the Port City Roller Girls Derby Bout from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for the event are only $10 for general admission or you can get 2 for $15. Stockton’s only Roller Derby league has entered into their 9th season, and the women are eager to show off their impressive skills earned from hours of practice and training. Support the green and black and purchase your tickets at the door or from your local roller derby girls. 3251 N. Ad Art Rd, (888) 99-DERBY, azrollergirls.org 160

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Stockton Explorer’s Competition AUGUST 1-3, STOCKTON

Do you have what it takes to become a police officer? The Stockton Police Department and the Stockton Police Junior Cadets are putting on an explorer competition. The event is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, a ticket for dinner on Friday night, as well as a ticket for lunch and dinner Saturday. You will be given the opportunity to compete in police-related events and showcase your knowledge in the field. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with an awards ceremony. 6844 Alexandria Place, (209) 937-5424, stocktonpoliceyouthactivities.com


Hutchins Street Square Performing arts theater

community, conference and senior center

HENRY KAPONO Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm

Kirst Hall • Reserved Seating • Cabaret Style • No Host Bar

This award winning Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter has taken home numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammy’s) including Male Vocalist of the year, Song of the year, Single of the year, and album of the year. University of the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletics and the Pacific Athletic Foundation request the pleasure of your company at

ORANGE & BLACK BALL

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium

University of the Pacific Come enjoy this premier Stockton event taking place in the beautiful Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium! Wine Tasting, Live & Silent Auction, Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner, Live Entertainment, Dancing, and much more!

The World Famous

Glenn Miller Orchestra Saturday, August 16 at 7:00 pm The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With it’s unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.

Proceeds benefit Pacific’s 19 Division I intercollegiate athletic teams and the PAF Scholarship Fund.

5:30 pm ............................................................ Doors Open 5:30 pm ....Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction 7:30 pm ........................................ Dinner & Live Auction 9:00 pm ................................... Dancing with Live Music

Reservations PAF Member - $75 Table of 10 - $675 Non-Member - $95 Table of 10 - $855 RSVP with Mike Becker at (209) 946-2591 by Friday, August 15 Designed by SASS! Public Relations

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SIMPLY BY KELLY POLLARD

  This issue celebrates the best of the San Joaquin Valley. We flaunt our favorite restaurants, wineries, parks, and all of the fantastic businesses that make this such a great community. Recognizing the best got me thinking: what does it mean to be the best? The best means something is the most successful, the most useful or helpful. More awesome and amazing. I have my personal bests. I often wonder though, if always favoring a certain person, 162

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place or thing, that I’m somehow limiting how I live my life. If my best wine, as in most ‘useful’ to yours truly, is a Sauvignon Blanc, am I missing out on that lonely shelf of Chardonnays? Of course, I’ll gladly drink a good Chardonnay, or almost anything except a blush, but I still have my goto brand and type.    Same goes for foods. Maybe you’re dying to know what I believe is the best restaurant. Then again, you may

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not care about my opinion. Either way, I won’t call out a specific place. Maybe I don’t want to share it with you and lengthen my wait to be seated, even if this specific restaurant does have a killer bar area to wait in. Let’s just narrow it down to amazing Mexican food and call it a day. I have my opinion on the best sports teams—I’m all about the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco 49ers. Here I use best and favorite as somewhat interchangeable, although there are nuances. My favorite may not be the same as the best team in major league baseball. Though, go ahead and try to challenge me on that one once the stats are in after the all-star break. And although the A’s are the best, I do love going to Giants games to enjoy their newer, sparkling stadium. My favorite wine may have won less awards than the best wine in the San Joaquin region, but hey, it’s simply my best.    How about children? I can say one son is the best and the other is my

favorite. Who wins that contest? The best son could have just won an award celebrating his academic brilliance while the favorite son could have saved up all his chore money to buy me a diamond necklace. Of course, this is completely theoretical, the kind of logic perhaps best reserved for the rare occasion that I am drinking red wine instead of white. I’ll celebrate my theoretical son with the awards even if he leaves his dirty socks all over the house. I’ll equally celebrate my son that showers me with jewelry, although every afternoon features a homework war against him at the kitchen table. So maybe you have a favorite local haunt that we didn’t include in this issue, but you can also claim it’s the best even if we don’t list it. No matter what, when we recognize all that is great around us, we support our communities and make our region a more wonderful place.


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