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FIERCE FASHIONISTA BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Sarah Duncan, a Lodi native, fashionista and designer is carving her way into the industry through social media. Celebrities like Mason Disick, Kourtney Kardashians’ son, and Tori Spelling’s kids have sported T’s from her most popular line, titled Bear Family.

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There’s plenty of produce stands and farmers markets to go around here in the Central Valley. It’s safe to say that when it comes to getting our food fresh we’re spoiled! But have you ever tried venturing out and picking your own prized assortment of fruits and vegetables?

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Over 4,000 residents have spoken, and the results are in! The best of the best in categories like food, fitness, retail and wine are debuted in our 9th annual Best of San Joaquin; with personal favorites spotlighted by our editorial team.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE

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ur 9th Annual Best Of Edition is here! With over 4,500 reader votes submitted and two new categories added, we had some serious fun tallying and awarding the best San Joaquin has to offer. Of course, there are hosts of exceptional businesses that stand out in their field, resonate in our minds and continue to secure their title as Best Of, but it’s also exciting to see new names filling our ballot; as we welcome growing gems to the area, yet another reminder of our community’s perseverance, growth and evolution. While this issue is dedicated to spotlighting what our readers consider the best in various categories, our editorial team had some fun choosing a few favorites of their own- check out our Editor Picks throughout the Best of article for specific cocktails, products and items. It’s no coincidence that we debut our Best Of Edition each July, and although results hit the stands after the fourth- we chose the month of Independence Day to showcase the best of our county because we are blessed to live in the best country in the world. For most, the fourth means barbecues, sparklers and fireworks over the Delta. For me, it’s one of my favorite holidays, because I have a thing for boxed packages that ignite and spark and pop, and also because it’s my wedding anniversary. The light-hearted response and ambiance of this holiday can only be credited to our forefathers, and the equality and rights their passion secured for us as a nation. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness brings meaning to our existence, as we in San Joaquin join all others across the country to preserve the philosophy behind the Declaration of Independence; to be free from oppression, to live our lives and to pursue what makes our heart shine. My patriotism is deeply rooted in the opportunity to follow my dreams, to be my own boss and to exercise freedom of speech. On a celebratory level, I express my patriotism by ordering a bunch of

sparklers, rockets and mortar kits and hanging a 10-foot by 20 foot American flag in my back yard, year round. There’s something majestic about watching that flag fly in the wind, and stand strong in bad ass thunderstorm. Patriotism is alive and well in San Joaquin, not just for our country, but for our community. And that spirit is what we at San Joaquin Magazine live for. Without the patriotic, selfless and groundbreaking community members and entrepreneurs, we would have nothing to write about. For our fashionista’s out there, we sat down with a Lodi entrepreneur growing her fashion line through a strong online presence. Her looks have even been spotted by paparazzi on celebrities and their children! For our outdoors’ lovers, we took a look at a local gem, Lodi Lake and the creative social kayak events offered by Headwaters Kayak Shop- a great opportunity to meet new friends, and spend some quality time with those you love. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it! If your personal bests aren’t printed in these pages- be sure to get out and vote next year! We thank you for participating in this edition, shining light on our wonderful community, and the staple businesses in each category.

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DIRT, SWEAT & BEER EAGAL LAKES’ MOUNTAIN BIKE AND SPRINT TRIATHLON ON JULY 25TH BY MELISSA HUTSELL Photos: Scott Jacobson, In The Mix Photography

  Test your endurance while touring San Joaquin’s intense terrain at this year’s fourth annual Eagal Lakes DSB Mountain Bike and Sprint Triathlon on July 25th. Dirt, sweat and determination prevail as triathletes of all levels come to compete as individuals or in groups. In an all-out adventure, participants will test their strength by combating several elements from water to dirt.

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  The triathlon comprises of swimming, biking and running - beginning with a brisk 400 meter swim through the property’s clean and private lake, set at 78 degrees, so there’s no need for wetsuits. Participants will exit the water on a sandy beach where they will transition to an 11 mile bike ride, including bike support and challenging terrains consisting of loose gravel, hills and uneven ground. The last and final stretch will take place along the San Joaquin River, where athletes will run for 3.1 miles over trails, hills and through riparian habitat.   This year’s triathlon will host over 200 participants, Karen Eagal says. The course is as challenging as ever, with several prizes,

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  Summertime calls for exploration and outdoor activity. With the Delta at our fingertips, fishing is an excellent way to enjoy both the sunshine and resources of our area. Jim Pickens, owner of The Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi, says the Delta is home to a variety of fish just waiting to be caught and enjoyed. Species like Catfish, Bluegill, Sturgeon, Striped Bass and Salmon can all be caught throughout the San Joaquin seasons, offering opportunity to consume fresh, unprocessed, 42

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and chemical free fish straight from the ocean. “You are catching what you’re eating, and being self sustainable is truly satisfying,” says Jim.    For those looking to dip their toes in the sport, Jim says a stop at The Fisherman’s Friend is the perfect start. “We are a full service shop, so you can come in with bare hands and say, ‘I want to go fishing for this specific fish, at this location,’ and the staff will walk you through needed equipment, and even show you how to tie knots and bait hooks.” The shop even offers free seminars, with professional guides, at the beginning of each season.   As Jim explains, some may be apprehensive to the

sport, thinking skill, a boat and expensive equipment is needed- but that’s not the case. The Delta offers a variety of bountiful offshore spots and with a little direction, the sport is quite simple and relaxing. Start with a fishing license, available at a variety of shops around town, including Jim’s, and delve in to the healthy hobby that offers exercise, relaxation, satisfaction and sustainability. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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   Stonecreek Village offers more than an open-air shopping experience packed full of your favorite shops and restaurants like KCM Boutique and De Vega Brothers Italian Cuisine. The village’s Summer Concert Series, free and open to the public, offers San Joaquinians an opportunity to enjoy a night of live music as the sun sets in a family friendly environment. Stonecreek’s many restaurants encourage attendees to bring their appetite and enjoy dinner while being serenaded by the host of outstanding jazz, rock, funk, pop and cover bands planned for the season. The series has even extended into October, by popular demand.    This year, Stonecreek is pleased to offer a colorful and diverse line up, starting July 10th and running through early October. First on the roster is The Boys of Summer,

a cover band quickly making a name as one of the top touring Eagles tribute bands in America. Further honoring the spirit of Rock n’ Roll are other bands scheduled for the series, like Evolution, the ultimate tribute to Journey; Joel the Band, a Billy Joel cover band part of Joel’s very own national tour and Tony award winning musical Movin’ Out; and Elton- The Early Years Entertainment, a band boasting the magical sound of Elton John in his early years, complete with polyester, platform shoes and sequins.   Grab the kids, the boys, or your hunny for a night of outdoor dancing as you reminisce the good ol’ days during this years’ Concert Series!

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ON THE WATERF RONT BY MELISSA HUTSELL

  Stockton’s Waterfront Fourth of July celebration is back and better than ever for the 57th annual Barron Hilton Fireworks Extravaganza. This year’s event will kick off with an impressive display of fireworks over the Delta, beginning at dusk. The fireworks will be shot off from a barge anchored off of the Mandeville Tip on the north side of the Delta’s Deep Water Channel between Stockton and Antioch.   In addition to the plethora of fireworks, the Delta will welcome one of the biggest gatherings of private boats in Northern California. Nearly 3,000 boats and thousands of people will come together along the waterway to create the biggest party the Delta has seen all year. Make sure to check out the various events along the water during the day, like the Farmers Market or the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel’s Barbeque and Firework Celebration, featuring music, a buffet and fireworks! Whether you come by boat, car or foot – you can catch the fireworks from many spots along the Delta including the Windmill Cove, Delta Loop and Village West Marina. Fireworks can also be seen from 8 Mile Road and Highway 12.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (916) 777-4041, Californiadelta.org Universityplazawaterfronthotel.com (209) 944-1140


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SEASON IN SAN JOAQUIN BY MELISSA HUTSELL

   The dry season is upon us, and with it, the risk for fire in the Central Valley significantly increases. Complied with high temperatures, wind and the historical California drought, it is vital to take proper precautions to protect our county and the surrounding areas from a potentially devastating fire. We spoke with the President of San Joaquin County Fire Chiefs’ Association and Montezuma Fire Chief, Edward O. Martel to better help us prepare for the season and the abnormally dry conditions ahead.   Generally, the fire season in Central California peaks from May 1st through December 1st each year. “However being this is a drought year, the fire season has started earlier,” says Martel, meaning risks are high for fire hazards most of the year. In addition, the amount of fires that occur each season is rising, which demands attention for prevention in both urban and rural environments.

According to Martel and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District, there are simple steps we can take to avoid increasing risks of fire, including checking daily air quality and burn regulations, as well as keeping dry grass and weeds abated. In addition, Martel advises San Joaquinians to use common sense, and maintain your property. For example, avoid hazards that include, “The use of extension cords on a long term basis (these should only be used temporarily), leaving BBQ pits unattended or too close to a structure, and unattended burn piles,” he adds, “other than heat neglecting property, hoarding, overloading electrical supplies to their dwelling, and poor living conditions,” also create unsafe conditions which can fuel fires and help them spread quickly.   Some of C a l i f o r n i a ’s b i g g e s t and most devastating fires occur close to our county limits, leaving San Joaquin and the surrounding regions, which include the Sierras and several national parks, vulnerable to air pollution. Beyond the clear danger that smoke and ash bring to life and property near burn zones, fires (especially wildfires) threaten our health due to the immense amount of air pollution - even

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hundreds of miles or several counties away. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), smoke from fires is a mix of harmful gases and fine particles. “Due to the fact that we are in the valley, the county is affected by quality of air that in turn creates problems with people that have emphysema, asthma and other medical problems,” explains Martel. This is why the amount of emergency room visits rise when levels of pollution increase. The most susceptible populations include the elderly, and anyone with a heart or respiratory condition, however, everyone is at risk when pollution levels are high. For this reason, it’s advised to stay inside and stop or limit outdoor air from getting inside by closing windows and running the air conditioner, keeping air filters clean and fresh-air intakes closed.

FOR INFORMATION ON DAILY AIR QUALITY CONTROL:

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT (APCD) 4800 Enterprise Way, Modesto (209) 557-6400, ValleyAir.org

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS’ ASSOCIATION OR SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU (209) 468-3380, Sjgov.org


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DO THESE DON’TS BY MELISSA HUTSELL

Good health and behavior typically follow the time-honored rules set for our society. But, like all rules, some are meant to be broken. So go ahead, be rebellious! Re-evaluate old routines and guidelines by challenging stigmas that tell you ‘you can’t.’ Here are some of our recommendations:

STAY AWAY FROM OILY PRODUCTS IF YOU HAVE A BREAKOUT:

For those with oily or combination skin, we tend to avoid products that could add to the vicious, greasy cycle. What most may not know, coconut oil can be used to combat several types of skin conditions. Yes, you heard right, you can fight oil with oil! Coconut oil is packed with nutrients that keep our skin moisturized, and fight off bacteria from ‘bad oil’ including toxins and grime that clog pores. Among many beneficial properties, coconut oil contains anti-oxidants like Lauric and Caprylic acid, which have powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties that naturally combat acne. Kayla Elsholz, Aesthetician Department Manager at Perfect Balance Day Spa in Lodi, says, “Coconut oil is very hydrating and soothing to the skin. It can also be used as a carrier oil for essential oils, when applying them directly to the skin.”

WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY:

Though there’s no single answer to fit everyone’s individual hair type, the fact is we don’t need to wash all that often. With the exception of those with extremely fine hair and oily scalps, or those who sweat a lot, shampooing is becoming less of a daily necessity. Both shampoo and conditioner contain chemicals that leave hair dry. Washing less means using fewer chemicals, less water and saving time, which ultimately improves the overall health of your scalp and the environment! In addition, your scalp oil, or sebum, is a great natural remedy for your hair – especially your ends (so make sure to brush your hair in order to distribute the sebum). Lisa Martinez, Salon Director and Master Stylist at JC Salon in Stockton, recommends that her clients wait between washes for two reasons: “When we wash often, sometimes we lose too much of our natural oils, which dries out our hair and scalp,” she adds, “frequent washing can have a reverse effect, as our body tries to make up for the lack of oil by over-producing it, and in turn, becomes more oily.”

EAT OFTEN:

Evidence shows that eating often throughout the day helps maintain energy levels and weight. It’s no secret that skipping meals negatively affects our metabolism. Whether you eat three or six meals per day – keep it consistent! When eating at regular intervals, we send signals throughout our body that tell us when to store calories and when to not. Though there is a correlation between lower calorie intake and weight loss, instead of withholding calories, space out meals (and therefore nutrients) throughout the day with healthy snacks. “Regardless of how or when you eat, portion control is always important, even if you aren’t making the best quality food choices. Spacing and balancing your meals out makes a big difference,” says owner and Personal Trainer, Ben Mackie of Ben Mackie Fitness.

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SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS HIGH:

How we manage our expectations directly impacts our lives. From dating to jobs – the way we view our experiences and pursue our goals is critical to success and happiness. Having expectations (whether high or low) encourages us to aim for the extraordinary, and take satisfaction in our achievements. Aiming high might mean we have harder to fall, but the power of setting standards increases our chance for achievement. With high expectations comes knowledge, and the ability to discern between when you have control over something and when you don’t.


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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT DR. FRANKLIN AND HIS TEAM SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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for a donation of $150. One hundred percent of proceeds generated go directly to the AACD Foundation to help survivors of domestic violence get their smiles back and maintain dental health. “We participated last year and were surprised that our efforts placed us third in the nation for total monies donated. This year we plan to continue the efforts and far surpass our total from last year,” says a member of the team. We can only imagine what this motivated team will be able to achieve over the next 12 months!    This is not the only project that this group supports. Throughout the year there are many organizations that hold a special place in their hearts.    The 180 Teen Center is a recipient of muchneeded support over the course of the year. “Our youth is the key to a strong community. The 180 Teen Center provides a safe environment for activities and services that help our teens succeed in life,” Dr. Franklin says.   You will see the team out helping The Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) Golf Tournament this year. So many young women are supported through the efforts of the PRC. The new mobile unit is just one example of what community efforts can achieve!    At the start of this article, Dr. Franklin had

just returned from a teaching trip to the East Coast. As founder of the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (PAC), a non-profit for dental education, he travels extensively throughout the United States training other dentists in all aspects of dental procedures. “The PAC was designed to provide world-class education to dentists across the country, utilizing a scholarship based system. This has allowed dentists to receive education through grants that otherwise may have been cost prohibitive,” explains Dr. Franklin.       He then donates his time to organize Study Groups across the country, so that doctors can come together, share ideas and learn from each other. “I really enjoy the opportunity to help a fellow dentist, and see their teams grow as a result of what we provide.”   If you’d like to help save someone’s smile and get yours whiter in the process, support the efforts of Dr. Franklin and his team for the ‘Give Back a Smile’ Whitening Campaign.

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BREWING IN SAN JOAQUIN BY RACHAEL FLEMING Photos courtesy of the Bank of Stockton Information obtained at the Caesar Chavez Public Library Stockton Record Archives.

  Breweries were among San Joaquin’s first industries. Though there were numerous businesses founded during this era, perhaps one of the most well-known was the El Dorado Brewing Company whose “Valley Brew” was enjoyed throughout the Central Valley at numerous restaurants and saloons.    Two brothers, Peter and Daniel Rothenbush, founded this brewery in 1853. Though the original building was partially destroyed in a fire in 1877, it was quickly re-built from brick, and continued its booming business on the corner of American, Stanislaus, Park and Oak Street in Lodi. These brothers quickly gained prominence for their distinct product known as “Steam Beer.” This beer, made with lager yeast and without refrigeration, was created from the tough conditions of the Gold Rush and considered low quality. The El Dorado Brewing Company was very successful at producing their Steam Beer, so much that other breweries soon began making their own.   By the beginning of the 1900s, it became their most popular product and went on to win many awards at numerous fairs including the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Mo., the 1905 California State Fair and the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915.    With the passing of the 18th Amendment in 1919, the production, 54

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transportation and sale of alcohol was outlawed, which as you can imagine, greatly affected the El Dorado Brewing Company. Unlike numerous other breweries, El Dorado did not close, but instead, was among the first to develop a near beer (produced with less than .5 percent alcohol). They dubbed it “Special Valley” and it was widely successful, earning multiple awards and 12 gold medals. In addition, the brewery created multiple sodas and other such products.    By the passing of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment, alcohol was again legal and El Dorado Brewing quickly resumed the production of beer and was restored to its former success.    In 1953 the brewery celebrated its 100th anniversary! A true accomplishment as the brewery began as a single family operation, run from one location. Despite the brewery’s anniversary, it shut its door in October of 1955. El Dorado Brewery was no longer able to compete with the other breweries that produced great quantities, and with the ability to ship their product throughout the nation. Despite closing 60 years ago, the legacy of El Dorado Brewing is still visible throughout the modern breweries of San Joaquin County.


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HOME Grown GOODNESS BY COPPER WILLIAMS

Prepare to step out and into the sun for high quality produce you’ve plucked from the vine yourself! There are plenty of produce stands, farmers markets and countryside stores to go around here in the Central Valley. It’s safe to say that when it comes to getting our food fresh, we’re pretty spoiled! But have you ever tried venturing out and picking your own prized assortment of fruits and vegetables? Read on for local spots ripe for the picking!

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Arya Farm Produce

There’s a plethora of promise ready and waiting for you between Tracy and Mountain House! Using Organic and GMO-free farming methods, the friendly folks at Arya Farm Produce work hard at providing only the finest fruits and vegetables for your enjoyment. What they can’t produce on their own they’re buying from other locally grown farmers just like themselves to bring to you! Visit them in the summer months to pick out your favorite grape bunches straight out of the vineyard! When you’re ready to hit the orchards in fall, wander on out amongst the trees to pluck some plump pomegranates! 21459 S. Reeve Rd., Tracy, aryafarmproduce.com

Lorina’s Edible Garden

Up in the Escalon region is a little patch of paradise that’s tenderly maintained. Lorina’s Edible Garden uses no pesticides when it comes to their precious plots of land. Instead, a little hard work substitutes for any chemicals. Stop by the website to schedule a visit and enjoy plucking a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables. Learn the best ways to cultivate a hearty crop and so much more during Lorina’s demonstrations. When you’re done in the garden check out the variety of spa products and crafts up for sale! 17397 Enterprise Rd., Escalon, (209)402-7567, lorinasediblegarden.net

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Ride the 99 freeway into Ripon to find a farm just ripe for the picking! Whether you enjoy bounding out and into the blueberry bushes or raking the rows of strawberries for the richest reds, Jessop Farms is more than happy to supply the acreage for those prepared to forage for their own fruit! Make a day-trip out of your farming experience by bringing the kids and enjoying the basketball court, puttputt golf and more! Don’t forget to check out what other tasty selections Jessop Farms offers, but make sure you catch them between mid-May and July! 21386 Murphy Rd., Ripon, (209) 824-0341, jessopfarms.com

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Alpine Blue Farms

Bring out the buckets and stockpile your picnic basket for a trip into Stockton! Alpine Blue Farms has all the blueberry bushes you’ll need to satisfy your fruit cravings! Head straight out and collect as much as you can before making a beeline for the picnic tables. Check out the stand for other freshly harvested selections like cherries, blackberries and more! 7490 E. Hwy. 26, Stockton, (209) 931-4392, facebook.com/Alpineblue

Double Dutch Farms

The sublime weather between May and October is the perfect time for a visit down at Double Dutch Farms! Open by appointment, the changing seasons provide rows of ripening cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes and more. When the time is right, check out the citrus trees for something sweet or zesty to add to the menu! A little thirsty? Ask about their line of pomegranate juice! Don’t forget to visit the horse ranch to tour the equestrian scene or to pick up some eggs straight out of the chicken coop! (209) 599-7217 WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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The results are in! Over 4,000 ballots have been cast, and throughout these pages we introduce you to the best of the best, once again.

Another year in the Central Valley has come and gone, filled with bustling events, booming new businesses, and notable people. Attention must be paid! We've called upon our dedicated readers and trend-savvy locals to award the 2015 Best of San Joaquin. We hope this list will inspire you to try new flavors and experiences, revisit old favorites, make lasting memories with your family and put your health, wellness and happiness first. If you don't agree with our readers' choices, make sure you cast your votes next year! Until then, have fun exploring this year's best of the best in San Joaquin.

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BEST OF SAN JOAQUIN 2015 | FOOD

JUDITH ARROYO

Deputy Ag Commissioner, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office BY MELISSA HUTSELL

   Without the plethora of crops and agricultural varieties that grow right here in San Joaquin, our county (and global food supply) certainly wouldn’t be the same. At the very heart of this flourishing industry is Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Judith Arroyo, and her team at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office; who collectively work to protect our cherished farmland and thriving economy.   From food to wine, our agricultural strengths are a source of pride for residents, especially 78

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Judith. With direction from the Agricultural Commissioner, she oversees various programs that help protect the fruit, vegetable and other important industries here at home.   Although she traces her roots to Southern California and Mexico, where she spent most of her childhood, Judith has called the Central Valley home for more than 20 years; moving here with her family in 1993. Here, Judith found her passion for leadership and biological science, which led her into the agricultural industry. Other than establishing a strong connection with the community as a public servant, Judith finds enjoyment in the diversity of her constituents, and the industry where she is always learning something new.

   Through education, enforcement and identification of pests, “Our department oversees the use of agricultural and urban use of pesticides within the county, issuance of required pesticide permits, registration of licensed pesticide and pesticide business registrations,” Judith explains. “Our department focuses on the exclusion of pests that may be introduced into our county through high risk pathways including incoming shipments of plant material and regulated commodities.” This is a major line of defense for growers, as these inspections intercept pests to prevent them from entering the county, as she notes. Without these efforts, San Joaquin crops and the community face infestation from pests such as exotic fruit flies and moths that are detrimental to crops.


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DELI/SANDWICH SHOP FIORI’S BUTCHER SHOPPE & DELI 400 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi (209) 334-4121, FiorisDeli.com

For a handheld, hearty meal that won’t leave you bored, a visit to Fiori’s is a must. This Lodi hot spot lives up to its name as a local delicacy by serving up sandwiches that are out of this world. The deli has claimed this honor with its artfully blended supersized creations and undeniably fresh flavors. Meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans will be thoroughly satisfied by the shoppe’s luscious menu, crisp veggies and abundant offerings. But the Butcher Shoppe doesn’t stop at sandwiches – salads, cheese plates, espressos and meat marinated to perfection, all complimented with local wine make this location a well-rounded delight…is it lunchtime yet?

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The Dancing Fox offers casual dining with upscale flavors. On a menu filled with American and European favorites, an impressive wine list and an array of bakery items, it’s hard to pick a favorite at the breakfast to dinner eatery. However, if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in the morning, the Lodi

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   In addition to pest control, and working alongside local exporters to set standards and safety regulations, Judith helps to set a series of standardization laws that “establish minimum standards for maturity, quality, size, and standard container packaging and marking.” This includes inspecting packing houses, wholesale markets and retail distribution faculties. “The goals of Standardization are to remove from the channels of trade, fruits, vegetables and honey not complying with minimum standards, to assure consumers that they are purchasing commodities at a level of acceptable quality, and to protect and promote the fruit, nut, vegetable and honey industries of California,” she adds.   Judith and the Agricultural Commission are also focused on adapting California Bill AB 1871, instituted into state law in January 2015. “This bill aims at increasing inspections at the farmers markets to discourage misrepresentation of origin of agricultural products.” Through monitoring and enforcement, she will oversee organic registration and sales within the county, egg quality and safety, and crop reports. For Judith and the San WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT SAN JOAQUIN? I’m really in love with all the vineyards and how beautiful they are.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS IN SJ? A lot of the time is spent with our family, and at the Reserve at Spanos Park, where we go watch the birds.

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1563 E. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 948-6609, Angelinas.com

If the smell doesn’t draw you in, the succulent sides and meaty entrees surely will. Juicy ribs that fall right off the bone and tenderly cooked brisket complimented by sensational sides is what BBQ is all about. Dickey’s does comfort food right with mouthwatering main courses like honey ham, pulled pork or spicy cheddar sausage, and home-style sides like baked beans, fried okra, and baked potato casserole….the options are seemingly endless and positively satisfying! Don’t forget about the free ice cream, and complimentary kids meals on Sundays! With offerings like this, it’s no wonder BBQ is an all-American and San Joaquin favorite.

The restaurant’s famous Genovese style, home grown flavors and original recipes from hors d’oevres, to salads, and entrees to sides, can be enjoyed just about anywhere. Customized to your budget, location and occasion, Angelinas Spaghetti House offers its fans the option to indulge at any type of event- including weddings, business parties, fiestas and more! They will even cater to your theme. It’s no wonder Angelinas has been voted best in San Joaquin for several years running, with no plans to hand the title over.

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296 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 474-7700, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

Chef Michael Midgley brought a childhood dream to reality in 2014 when he opened his new, namesake restaurant in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. Midgley’s Public House serves up a creative blend of Americanfusion plates paired with spirits and fine wine. The nationally recognized chef, who has been featured on the Food Network’s Cut Throat Kitchen and Bravo’s Top Chef, has claimed celebrity status in San Joaquin and beyond. Chef Midgley continues to be a source of Stockton pride by sharing his culinary passions.

NOTHING BUNDTINI THE BEST NOTHING BUNDT CAKES 128 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 957-2253, NothingBundtCakes.com

Waiting until a birthday, wedding or other special occasion for cake seems tortuous, however, the idea of picking up a full-size creation for an indulgent treat, might give you a stomachache. Nothing Bundt Cakes solved this conundrum with bite-size bundtinis that patrons can buy by the dozen. Offered in the same decadent flavors as their full-size bundt cakes, bundtinis are just as cute as the name suggests. Stop by the Stockton shop and sample one – or several – signature flavors like marble (swirled vanilla and chocolate cake) or vibrant red velvet. Purchase 12 of your favorite for some of each to share…not. The bakery’s monthly signature flavors allow regulars to mix it up with unconventional tastes like peanut butter chocolate chip and pineapple upside down. BURGER SQUEEZE BURGER AND BREW 856 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton (209) 473-2222, SqueezeBurger.com

The epic simplicity of a Squeeze Burger is far from ordinary, or really anything else you will find in San Joaquin. The freshest ingredients are delivered daily, never frozen, and include a 100 percent ground beef patty, coated and fried in cheese, and stuffed between two Genova Bakery sesame seeds buns to complete the blissful burger. All this and many more American classics can be thoroughly enjoyed while watching a big screen TV, relaxing with brew in hand.

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SWEETS SHOPPE TOOT SWEETS BAKERY AND CAFÉ 4755 Quail Lakes Dr., Suite D, Stockton (209) 474-6692, TootSweetsBakeryCafe.com

For Stocktonains, there’s no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than with a visit to Toot Sweets. Chocolate cheesecake, éclairs, coconut macaroons, very berry pies and scones…the list doesn’t end! The restaurant, which so appropriately takes its name from the French meaning for “Sweet Spot,” has been a Stockton staple since 1991. Each of the shoppe’s plethora of artfully decadent pastries are homemade from original recipes. Top off your visit with a savory meal, or espresso!


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8767 E. Waterloo Rd., Stockton (209) 931-1196, TheFruitBowl.com

With an incredibly authentic menu like this, you might want to skip the appetizers and get straight to the entrees! But from the freshly baked bread, to the antipasti and desserts, each dish is divine. The ‘farm to fork’ type restaurant highlights homegrown ingredients that can be tasted in every bite. The high-quality food is pleasantly complimented by the Tuscan-themed dining experience, which comes complete with terrace, fireplace, flowers and friendly service for an experience that’s truly Italian.

SOUTH OF DIXIE MIDTOWN CREPERIE 2319 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 941-9070, MidtownCreperie.com

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Hidden along Waterloo Road sits this charming Farmers Market and Bake Shop, filled with an abundance of locally grown, handmade goodies that serve up the ultimate slice of summer. With a selection of pies that are ‘to die for’ it is hard to choose just one. However, the Fruit Bowl’s Peach Pie wins us over! The customer favorite transcends typical tastes with its flavorful selection of seasonal peaches, grown and picked by the owners themselves, from a variety of more than 60 different peaches. The flawless combination of fruit and crust is addicting, and just plain... well... peachy!

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Midtown Crèperie & Café offers a splendid menu that’s perfectly fitting to the restaurant’s New Orleans style ambiance. The selection of crèpes, sandwiches and omelets is just as eclectic as the décor, giving this café an all around A+. While any meal choice is satiating, we rave about The Dixie Land Strawberry Crèpe. The golden, sweet crèpe is beautifully folded, filled with a house made crème and topped with fresh strawberries, Ghirardelli chocolate syrup and whipped cream for an irresistible elegance. But don’t just take our word for it! WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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NOT YOUR KIDS’ MAC N’ CHEESE

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

Lincoln Center’s Market Tavern lives up to its namesake, providing Stockton with the freshest farm-to-fork food and drinks at both its restaurant and market. A traditional favorite like Mac n’ Cheese has several takes on the timeless dish – all mouthwatering in their own right. However, Market Tavern’s Mac n’ Cheese just might top our list! Their exclusive recipe (without giving too many details away) is elegantly made to impress even the finest of Mac n’ Cheese connoisseurs. You’ve got to try it.

PIZZA DAVID’S PIZZA, INC. 1744 W. Hammer Ln., Stockton (209) 477-2677, Facebook.com/DavidsPizzaInc

David’s Pizza brings Stockton’s pizza game up to par. But beware, this pizza is beyond compare as quite possibly the best you’ll ever experience. The topping to dough ratio is simply brilliant, as each pie is bountifully topped with gourmet ingredients and a luscious crust that has just the right amount of fluff and zesty sauce. New York pizza? No thanks, we’d rather revel in the endless tastiness that is a David’s Pizza. Also worth raving is the restaurant’s Deep Fried Raviolis, or the Bacon Cheeseburger on a pretzel bun.

AWH, SHOOT! SHANGRI LA ASIAN BISTRO 203 S. School St., Lodi (209) 366-0539, ShangriLaAsianBistro.com

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‘Shangri La’ takes its name from an imaginary place where life approaches perfection. At Shangri La’s Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar in downtown Lodi, they take their namesake seriously by offering an impeccable menu that will leave you amazed. For the adventurous (or down right curious), try their Oyster and Scallop Shooters appetizer, served in a shot glass with hot sake, quail egg, massago, ponzu, spicy sauce and green onions . 82

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

DO YOU BELLINI IN LIFE AFTER LOVE? FRENCH 25 110 N. El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 451-0617, French-25.com

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Here in the Central Valley, we are no stranger to the heat. Escape rising temperatures and find refuge along the Stockton Waterfront’s French 25. The restaurant urges us ‘not to swelter, seek shelter,’ and they’ve got you covered with a cleverly themed drink menu that’s sure to cool you down, including the ever-refreshing Sub-Zereaux Peach Bellini. Find your peach-perfect bliss in this frozen masterpiece, made from champagne, Chambord and peach puree for an un-bellini-ible, heat-liberating libation.

HAPPY HOUR GARLIC BROTHERS RESTAURANT & BAR 6629 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton (209) 474-6585, GarlicBrothersOnline.com

Nothing beats watching the sunset along the Delta with a cocktail in hand, and Garlic Brothers offers a front row seat! The ambiance allows a relaxing environment with an impeccable view, and of course, a satiating yet simple food and drink menu with daily deals and a long lasting happy hour. From 4 to 7 PM Monday to Thursday and from 4 to 6 PM on Friday, Garlic Brothers invites all to enjoy $2.50 well drinks and bottled beers, $3 drafts and discounted appetizers….we’ll drink to that!

SASSY GLASSY THEE GLASSY LADY TheeGlassyLady.com

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Thee Glassy Lady lends her artistic talent to San Joaquin, offering one-of-a-kind gift ideas for all. Heidi Moorefield has been an artist since she first picked up a crayon. Originally drawing animals, she now hand paints wine, champagne, martini, beer, and pilsner glasses for all occasions, giving us the opportunity to transform the plain to personal, representing a special moment or event. She creates one-of-a-kind masterpieces which include portraits in magnificent detail, right down to the toenails, jewelry and eye color. After she carefully paints each piece, Moorefield heat treats the glasses for wash-ability so designs are sure to last for years on end! So sip in style, San Joaquin! These are the gifts that keep on givin.’ 84

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LANI HOLDENER Macchia Wines BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

   Although Lodi has been home to vineyards since the late 1800s, the Lodi Appellation has made quite a name for itself in recent decades; producing premium wines and rivaling the best California has to offer. Macchia Wines’ owners Tim and Lani Holdener are among the vintners leading our industry and securing our outstanding reputation for generations to come.    As Lani explains, Tim began making home made beer with a friend in the early 1990’s, a hobby that led to a winemaking love affair, and the founding of Macchia in 2001. “People ask us what our business plan was, and the only plan we had was to make the best wines for the best price,” says Lani.    Establishing an award-winning winery is no easy task, but the duo applied their dedicated work ethic, passion and personality to the craft, resulting in an array of awards including Macchia’s Barberas Righteous and Delicious being named the top two Barberas produced outside of Italy; four Five Star Gold’s; and multiple Best Zinfandel titles in the state of California… to name a few.    “We are one of a handful of wineries in the area in which the owner is also the winemaker,” Lani explains. “Tim’s passion and competitiveness shines through his wines,” she says with a smile. And it’s clear their zest for life infuses the personality of their family business, as Lani talks of personal accomplishments, like climbing the face of Yosemite’s Half Dome. “Our wedding cake was modeled after the Half Dome, with glass figurines climbing to the top!”    This year, Lani has enjoyed watching her eldest children Tanya and Jonathan gracefully take the torch as assistant winemaker and manager. Macchia’s success and smooth operation has been a long time coming, and each year is better than the last as aspects of the winery improve and expand. The cozy tasting room was originally the house Lani and Tim lived in when first diving into this project. Today, the 100 plus year old farm house offers a personable experience, surrounded by lush grounds equipped with Bocci Ball, horseshoe pits and places to picnic.   “We’re truly family-focused,” Lani says of the property open to children and pets; an aspect that will take new meaning when her daughter welcomes twins later this year. “We look forward to being able to have them at work with us, watching them play and grow!”   The home-away-from-home winery also hosts some pretty noteworthy parties boasting inspirational, creative themes that encourage members to get involved and have some fun. “It’s so great seeing the costumes, they’re incredible,” Lani says of theme participants. “I like to thank people that get involved, by offering giveaways like a free T Shirt, wine glass or a discount on their next order.”    As for future plans, Lani and Tim look forward to many more years with their amazing staff, the evolution of their family business and the continuation of their original, simplistic business plan- great wines for a great price. And to that Lani says, “We want people to drink good wine every night!”

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT? Rosewood, especially during the Farmers Market on Thursday nights.

WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO SHOP IN SJ? Stella Boutique

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ADULT PUNCH HABANERO HOTS 1024 E. Victor Rd., Lodi (209) 369-3791, HabaneroHots.com

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Habanero Hots has captured San Joaquin’s heart as a premiere destination for great food and unbeatable cocktails. The drinks are just as generous as the plate portions. While the restaurant’s famous margaritas and tequila tasting nights are noted regional favorites, we highlight the bar’s Poncho Punch. Reminiscent of Jungle Juice or even a Long Island Iced Tea, this very adult-style punch is made with a mix of tequila, rum and vodka with splashes of pineapple, cranberry and grenadine to give the drink a fruity tang with just the right amount of tart. With cocktails this colorful and creative, we don’t mind if we do!

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

The cocktails at Market Tavern are simply masterpieces. As works of art, each is carefully constructed to impress in more than one way. Indulge your eyes and taste buds with these cleverly named, innovative takes on classic drinks, such as their Bloody Mary. Fitting to the Tavern’s theme, each cocktail is made with freshly squeezed juice and inhouse infused liquors. For the beer lovers, the bar also features several craft brews on tap!

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BECOME YOUR BOTTLE MICHAEL DAVID WINERY 4580 W. Hwy 12, Lodi (209) 368-7384, MichaelDavidWinery.com

Michael David Winery is a local treasure and international gem, based right here in Lodi. It is no wonder they’ve delivered yet another fantastic merger of elegance and gulpablity, complete with a pop of pomegranate and oak for a slightly smoky flavor. In yet another quirky stroke of genius, the 2012 Freak Show Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious, dense red wine with depth.

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SWIPE & SIP LINCOLN CELLAR 357 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 594-1691, LincolnCellar.net

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The Lincoln Center based restaurant, known for their dimensional, flavorful dishes paired impeccably with an extensive selection of wine, is now home to the only WineEmotion in the county. The state-of-the-art dispensing system (much like a vending machine with alcohol-infused options) allows customers to automatically select and be served their choice of wine at the perfect temperature. So swipe, select and sip to your heart’s desire!

KEEPIN’ IT PEACHY KEEN ROSEWOOD BAR & GRILL 28 S. School St., Lodi (209) 369-0470, RosewoodBarAndGrill.com

Found in beautiful downtown Lodi, Rosewood Bar & Grill offers residents an all-around upscale experience with an unbeatable bar menu. If you’re looking for a refreshing treat, we recommend the restaurant’s Georgia Peach. Though sweet, this cocktail is strong both in flavor and alcohol content, so don’t be fooled! Made with splashes of simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and lemon, the concoction consists of Absolut Apeach and Peach Schnapps all muddled together with fresh peaches. Shaken and strained into a martini glass with a half rim of sugar, one sip of the Georgia Peach will have you feeling like you’ve just taken a bite of one of the South’s most cherished exports. Well done, Rosewood, well done!

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LATTE’S FOR THE LACTOSE FREE

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239 N. Ham Ln., Lodi, (209) 368-2611 Facebook.com/House-of-Coffees-Lodi-California

For good vibes and delicious beverages of all sorts, stop by Lodi’s House of Coffees where locals gather for a noncorporate coffee experience. The café impresses with an extensive list of hot and cold drinks, even smoothies or espresso creations that cater to dietary needs (even gluten free goodies)! House of Coffees’ Lactose Free Lattes mean customers can still have their favorite drinks, milk free. Instead, the café uses coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or lactose free-milk to substitute – making for a delicious espresso drink. With menu items like the Grasshopper, the Surprise or Happy Camper….we can’t wait to try them all, catered to our needs!

COFFEE HOUSE EMPRESSO COFFEE HOUSE 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 941-0072, EmpressoCoffeeHouse.com

Empresso Coffee House, exclusive to Stockton’s Pacific Avenue, has revived the Empire Theatre, giving it new life as a café. And not just any café, Empresso has taken full advantage of the theatre-like ambiance to re-create an experience that is far beyond your typical coffee house. Here, you will find an extensive menu from food to drinks, and entertainment to boot. The café offers art in all forms, evident through daily and nightly performances, heavenly pastries and, of course, the epic espresso art!

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

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER FRENCH AT HEART 22 S. School St., Lodi (209) 333-3800

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This local gem is packed with incredible gifts, guaranteed to WOW anyone who steps inside the French-themed oasis. With clever gifts that fill you with wonder, amazement and even laughter, this boutique showcases an unbelievable diversity of products from themed décor items and heavenly soaps to vintage knick-knacks, scarfs, “damnit dolls” and books. Give someone special (or just yourself) the gift of laughter with the selection of box signs that read; “Keep Calm and Wine On,” “Wine Me up and Turn Me On,” “Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right,” or “Pets Welcome, Children on Leash.” Décor comes in a variety of themes, perfect for the wine-lovers in your life, the just married, the animal lovers and many more! From the moment you walk in, you’ll fall in love.

WOMEN’S SHOES DENNIS SHEA MEN’S & WOMEN’S SHOES 286 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 957-7064 LincolnCenterShops.com/dennis-shea-shoes

A shoe can change your life – just ask Cinderella. At Dennis Shea Men’s & Women’s Shoes, patrons can purchase hard-to-find sizes from designer brands. From Cole Haan, Stuart Weizman and Bernardo, to Yellow Box, Rockport and New Balance, the shop at Lincoln Center carries a variety of footwear for both men and women. Stop by any day of the week to meet Dennis and his staff, there to fit you for your own glass slipper.

KINDRA NUNEZ & SHAINA FAHEY Zuesters

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   For sisters Kindra Nunez and Shaina Fahey, owning their own clothing shop was a dream that came to fruition. In October 2011, Kindra and Shaina opened the doors to their Stockton-based shop, Zuesters, which appropriately takes its name from the Dutch meaning for ‘sisters.’ “Our father was born in Holland and Zuesters is part of who we are. We thought it WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

would be fitting to call our store something that represented the both of us,” the duo explains.    Though their family roots trace back to Europe, the sisters grew up in Stockton. “We loved growing up here. Stockton is a close-knit community and we enjoy seeing familiar faces regularly. You don’t get that in a larger city.” Lincoln Center has also been a home of sorts, long before they planted their apparel-based roots. “We grew up in Lincoln Center, our parents owned Payter’s Grill for 35 years. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”    After purchasing the former location of Boggiano’s in September 2011, it wasn’t long before Shaina

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and Kindra established themselves in the community by offering school uniforms and familiar brands with an added personal touch and additional departments to cater to the entire family.   Other than pursuing their dreams as business owners, these successful sisters say they find passion in, “Being able to interact with our customers and friends on a daily basis. It is very rewarding to help others find their unique style or shop for gifts for others.” They also love buying for the store, as it reflects not only their personality, but also the most recent trends.   Their inspiration for brands featured in the store revolves around casual, affordable surf and active wear for customers of all ages. “We strive to be very fun and honest, while providing a friendly environment for everyone who comes in. We love offering distinctive and casual items for the whole family,” adds Kindra and Shaina.    While they continue to style San Joaquin, the sisters hope to expand their online uniform sales and show their dedication and hard work as small business owners in the community. “When people support local, small businesses it truly impacts your community and helps build strong neighborhoods and creates more jobs for residents.”    “We always say we wouldn’t open a business with anyone else but each other. We are very fortunate to be able to be in this business together and have each other to rely on.”

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MIA BELLA’S BOUTIQUE 61 W. 10th St., Tracy, (209) 229-1886 Facebook.com/MiaBellasBoutiqueTracy

Mia Bella’s Boutique, located in Tracy, is filled with treasures including home décor items, accessories and jewelry such as the ever-popular Brighton collection. With high-end items like Luminara candles and linens direct from Italy, your shopping experience will be one-of-akind. Perhaps one of our favorite finds at this local shop is the selection of ‘What’s in Your Locket” branded jewelry. These lockets can be customized to your heart’s desire by offering an extensive assortment of charms, lockets, back plates and chains. Mix and match to create your desired color scheme and theme, so you can wear and share your story!

ACCESSORY RETAIL SHOP FINA 308 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 478-5670

Nobody gives fashion advice like a sister. At FINA, you get the sisterly treatment. Two sisters opened the contemporary clothing and accessory boutique in 1986. While they line the shelves with namebrand denim and top-notch blouses, FINA’s accessories are the real draw. Alex & Ani bracelets and Ray-Ban sunglasses offer the perfect finish for any outfit. Picking up a gift? The staff will wrap your finds. Open seven days a week, we dare you to find an excuse not to stop in. VINTAGE NEW & AGAIN CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE GALLERY

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WHERE DO YOU GO FOR GIRLS’ NIGHT? We usually go out to all the restaurants in Lincoln Center, or to friend’s homes for girls’ nights.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND IN SJ? We unwind by going out in Lincoln Center and around SJ for a glass of wine and dinner. Sometimes we treat ourselves to local pedicures, manicures and massages.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF SJ? There are a lot of locally owned, small businesses and we are grateful to be a part of a community that supports us.

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210 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 368-2200 NewandAgainOnline.com

Now you can sell your old furniture while you shop for new-to-you pieces to revamp your home at New & Again Consignment Furniture Gallery. The consignment model is the perfect way to fund your redesign. An interior designer is on duty to help overhaul every room and inventory is changed frequently. Every time you step into the store, it’s a fresh, new space full of vintage offerings. From hutches and couches to china and knick-knacks, there’s plenty to peruse at New & Again.


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GABE SUBRY CrossFit 209

BY MELISSA HUTSELL

   Since 2009, Gabe Subry has dedicated himself to a healthier San Joaquin through his Stocktonbased strength training and conditioning program, CrossFit 209. As one of the first facilities of its type in the region, Gabe made his lifelong dream a reality by introducing his elite fitness courses, which consist of Olympic weight lifting, gymnastics and aerobic exercise, to the Central Valley. 94

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  Gabe, who grew up in Lodi and returned to the area after graduating with his BA in Business Marketing, was always athletic. In addition to going to the gym on a regular basis since the age of 15, “I played soccer, baseball and board sportssnowboarding, skateboarding, and wakeboarding.” As a natural step for him, he maintained his love for fitness by working as a personal trainer, that is, until he discovered CrossFit. “Initially it was something new and exciting to do with my clients.” After learning more about the benefits of CrossFit, he became intrigued. “It was less about teaching people and myself how to change their physique, but rather how to make them healthy.”

He explains that the programs extend far beyond just daily regimens or strength building by helping to maintain function and live independently as we age. “The more I learned about the science behind the whole program, the more it made sense,” he adds, “It’s hands down the best program for building true fitness and it’s been proven time and time again, and backed up with scientific research.”    On a typical day, you can catch Gabe and his team programming workouts (so that each day is different and there is a balance of fitness), teaching classes, and coaching. “A cool part about the job,” he says, “it’s so different for everyone.”


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

DIY LUSCIOUS LOCKS SIR GAUUAN’S SUPERHAIR SALONS AND BEAUTY SUPPLY

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1209 W. March Ln., Stockton (209) 957-4244, Facebook.com/SGSuperHair

Going far beyond a great place for a cut and color, Sir Gauuan’s stocks their shelves with designer and professional products for the public to enjoy at home. Their helpful staff will help you navigate through their seemingly endless supply, ranging from makeup to nail polish and hair treatments. Just let the gals know what you’re looking for, hoping to achieve or desperately needing, and you will head home with a quality solution. One of our favorites is the Joico K-Pack Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment to revitalize, nourish and repair locks for shining, strong, show-stopping hair.

CHIROPRACTOR HAYES CHIROPRACTIC Lodi: (209) 368-6639 Stockton, Fremont St.: (209) 463-6639 Stockton, Thornton St.: (209) 952-6639 Galt: (209) 745-6639, HayesChiroinc.com

Stockton’s Hayes Chiropractic does much more than treat back and neck pain by offering patients a wide variety of treatment options for disorders that include Carpal Tunnel, neck, back and foot pain, obesity,

He coaches for a broad range of needs, from 70 year old beginners to 22 year old athletes that are deadlifting 500 pounds. “Awareness of health and fitness through CrossFit is seamless. Health should be a part of everyone’s life- but gets put on the back burner because it takes time and it’s hard. But, it could be the difference between you living and dying.”   Gabe is certified in level one and level two CrossFit certification ISSA, and is a member of the level one CrossFit seminar staff, which takes him around the world to teach seminars. His passion for the sport, which continues to gain WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

international momentum as an effective form of exercise, weight loss and fitness for both men and women, not only stems from his own desire for bodybuilding but from seeing the significant difference it makes in the lives of his clients. He sees it as an opportunity to help people change their lives, “it’s more than just losing body fat and gaining muscle. I’ve seen so many people’s lives changed just from working out; they gain confidence, have more energy, learn how to fight harder... and that applies to everything in their life,” he adds, “It’s rewarding to watch those transformations.”

Diabetes, headaches, and Fibromyalgia among much more. A diversity of treatment approaches encompass physical therapy, non-force activator methods, and nutritional advice are used for an allinclusive and well-rounded treatment.

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WHERE DO YOU GO TO UNWIND IN SAN JOAQUIN? Paddle boarding at Lodi Lake.

YOUR FAVORITE HAPPY HOUR IN SAN JOAQUIN? Garlic Brothers

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ORTHODONTIST WHEELER ORTHODONTICS 4568 Feather River Dr., # D, Stockton (209) 951-0151, WheelerOrtho.com

As the prime location in San Joaquin for orthodontic care, Wheeler Orthodontics offers a relaxing environment combined with the latest technologies, so that you can achieve your best smile with the most efficient care. Whether you are looking for Invisalign or ceramic braces, Dr. Wheeler and his team recognize each patient’s individual needs by offering a broad range of services suited for you. Comfort and quality is their top priority!

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BLOOM WELLNESS LOUNGE 4557 Quail Lakes Dr., Stockton (209) 476-1930, BloomWellnessLounge.com

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PERFECT BALANCE DAY SPA 401 W. Pine St., Lodi (209) 333-8117, PerfectBalanceDaySpa.com

Perfect Balance Day Spa offers completely customized skin care regimens, mixing and matching products created by Dr. Murad, in addition to the Age Reform Line, Redness Therapy, Vitamin C and many others, covering every concern from acne and pore refining to aging. Within Dr. Murad’s line, numbers organize formulation of the products; cleansers being number one, treatments number two, and hydrators and sunscreens number three. Just stop by the spa and discuss your concerns and needs, and the educated staff will help you identify your skin type and varying needs, with products to match- resulting in your best skin ever! DERMATOLOGY CENTRAL VALLEY DERMATOLOGY 423 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-SKIN (7546), CvDerm.com

The team at Central Valley Dermatology in Stockton has helped the Central Valley bring out their most beautiful skin by sharing their secrets with San Joaquin. They are so dedicated to their products and services, they use them themselves… giving customers a guarantee they can see! The highly trained team has earned their way to the top as the county’s best with years of experience in services including facials, peels, laser treatment and waxing among much more, in their full-scale skin service business.

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Stockton’s Bloom Wellness Lounge caters to residents looking to improve their health and wellness. Their services are perfect for men and women on the go, offering options both affordable and easily integrated into a busy schedule. Their Herbal Contour Body Wrap allows you to pin point problem areas and lose their unwanted inches. The wraps help to slenderize areas like the abdomen, hips and thighs; or you can opt for a full body wrap, all boasting weight loss results, toned muscles, relief of chronic pain, removal of toxins and much more! HAIR SALON POMP SALON 349 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 954-9255, Facebook.com/SalonPomp

The style, feel and energy of this salon will have you feeling brand new in no time! In order to stay up to date with current fashion trends, each stylist has a constant stream of education, guaranteeing confidence and knowledge. These hair gurus go far beyond a cut and color, but focus on enhancing your overall style for a look that will turn heads. Their obsession with your hair means a fierce attention to detail, tailored for you. So sit back, relax with a complimentary beverage and get ready for a pomped-up transformation.


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

Escape the Central Valley and step into Wine & Roses, a true Eden for San Joaquin. Rose bushes and oak trees set the whimsical, romantic tone for the ultimate spa destination and all-inclusive experience. Their full-scale salon offers top-notch amenities such as a hair and nail salon, steam rooms, facials, massages and hot tubs, to name just a few. To ensure a tranquil, customized spa experience, the spa offers brief consultations with experienced therapists to address your individual needs. From a Spa Decadence package to a Couples Interlude, organic deep pore cleansing facials (for both men and women) to body treatments, you will step out feeling like a new person. This is more than your average spa!

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801 S. Ham Ln., Lodi (209) 369-5008, InnerBalanceMedicine.com

The Lodi location is dedicated to treating San Joaquin with a holistic approach that manages and promotes health through Traditional Chinese Medicine. Their Acupuncturist is skilled in Japanese Meridian Therapy, a style offering a gentle, painless and relaxing experience dependent upon the equal distribution and movement of qi (your body’s energy) throughout the channels. Through restoration of all 12 channels it is believed that the body essentially heals itself.

TANNING SALON HAVATAN Lodi: (209) 333-8267, 100 N. Cherokee Ln., Lodi Stockton: (209) 476-8267, 7145 Pacific Ave., Stockton HavaTan.com

At HAVATAN, it’s always sunny. While our San Joaquin summers make for plenty of sun-filled days, we turn to our regional salons to achieve that perfect, consistent glow so we are always bikini ready. This boutique-tanning salon prides itself in its spacious, inviting salon with a variety of products to guarantee flawless color. Look good and feel good with their assortment of services, including merchandise and an oxygen bar. WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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840 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton (209) 955-0360, BenMackieFitness.com

As the premiere private studio in Stockton, Ben Mackie Fitness offers complete package deals for all aspects of your health. From Pilates to nutrition, massage, and structured workouts to pain and stress management, Ben Mackie trainers work with you to accomplish your goals, whether it’s losing weight, building muscle or just improving your performance through workout routines tailored to your needs. With a team like this, you’re one step away from becoming a healthier you.

2341 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 948-9642, TrueYouHotYoga.com

One step inside Bikram Yoga, now named True You Yoga, and you will see why it’s been voted best several years running. With a plethora of studios, satisfied customers, workout gear and activities, Bikram has made a name for itself in San Joaquin and beyond. The Pacific Avenue location is passionate and dedicated to your health, with instructors that inspire from the beginning. Each customer is assured both physical and mental benefits as Bikram Yoga focuses on healing our mind and body to gain clarity. EDITOR

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BAT YOUR LASHES TOTAL BODY MEDI SPA

1805 N. California St., Stockton (209) 939-3800, TotalBodyMd.com

Total Body Medi Spa & Cosmetic Surgery Center is your one stop shop to an even more beautiful you. Their eyelash perm service creates bigger, brighter eyelashes with no make-up or lash curler required! The perm keeps your lashes upturned resulting in fuller, longer looking lashes every second of the day. You really did “wake up like this!”

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W I N N E R S CHIROPRACTOR Hayes Chiropractic Smallie Chiropractic Shapiro Chiropractic & Integrated Health Clinic COSMETIC DENTIST Dr. Todd Franklin Dr. Lester H. Low Dr. Edward T. Graham

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1805 N. California St., Suite #201, Stockton (209) 939-3800, TotalBodyMd.com

Achieve the ultimate rejuvenation at Stockton’s Total Body Medi Spa. Creativity, vision and experience come together at this state of the art cosmetic facility to give San Joaquinians total wellness through their surgical, spa and medi services. Whether you’re looking for instant radiance, laser treatment or even liposuction, the Surgical Center is a one-stop shop for your beautifying needs.

MEDI- SPA Total Body Medi Spa Central Valley Dermatology Kym with a Y HEALTH CLUB/GYM In-Shape Ben Mackie Fitness Pure Form Fitness MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO Tibon’s Goju-Ryu American Martial Arts Academy Moore’s Martial Arts & Yoga Dojo PERSONAL TRAINER Ben Mackie Fitness Pure Form PFT Combine Fitness YOGA STUDIO True You Yoga (Formally Bikram Yoga Stockton) Now and Zen Yoga Studio Vinyasa Flow Yoga Studio

COSMETIC/PLASTIC SURGEON Dr. Hugh Vu Dr. Joseph Burlin Total Body Medi Spa

HAIR SALON Pomp Salon Alter Custom Hair Design (Tie for 2nd) A Lux Salon (Tie for 2nd) Exclusive Beauty Salon

DERMATOLOGY Central Valley Dermatology California Skin and Laser Dr. Roland Hart, Sutter Gould Medical

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

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HEADWATERS KAYAK SHOP 847 N. Cluff Ave., Lodi (209) 224-8367, HeadWatersKayak.com

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Waterfront property and breathtaking views are enough to tempt patrons, but Lodi Lake has more to offer than picnics. It’s not enough to simply view the sweeping landscapes; Lodi Lake offers one of the premiere offerings for water sports in the Central Valley. Headwaters Kayak Shop provides kayak rentals for lake-goers who don’t have their own, or expert advice for those looking to purchase. Lessons are available for beginners just learning the craft, but the best way to see the Mokelumne River is with a gaggle of other kayak-enthusiasts. On Wednesday evenings, patrons can enjoy sunset tours throughout the summer, while meeting and mingling with other riders. Headwaters provides the tools – including the kayak – and all you have to bring is yourself. It’s a new kind of social gathering that beats a night at the bar, or the gym. TATTOO PARLOR EMERALD TATTOO AND PIERCING 2525 S. Hutchins St. #8 Lodi (209) 333-8282 Modesto: (209) 578-1580 EmeraldTattoo.com

Emerald Tattoo and Piercing is the best venue for a lifetime commitment. Those looking to get inked can stop by locations in Lodi or Modesto for a custom design. From tribal to fine line, color to black and white, the shop has been revered for its dedication to art and a sterilization process that surpasses hospital standards. Customers brag about the quality customer service and ink they’ve received at Emerald Tattoo. Not in the market for a tattoo? The shop offers piercings, as well.

KAREN EAGAL Eagal Lakes Resort BY COPPER WILLIAMS

   There’s a utopia tucked away in our Central Valley, where the great outdoors pair with family fun in all the best ways. With easy access to the beach, miles of trail and campgrounds galore, we’ve only just begun to touch the surface of Eagal Lakes and what this sensational, private hotspot has to offer. And who do you have to thank for this patch of paradise? Look no further than Karen and John Eagal. These

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third-generation Stocktonians opened up their Tracy region resort with high hopes and the desire to provide a retreat for families to have some fun!    John had begun working on the resort in the early 90’s. His passion became something that the couple both began to strive toward. In 2001, Karen stepped in as more of an administrative and support role, fully backing what her husband was trying to give to the people of their community. “His dream was to create a safe haven for kids and families to play. That was his vision,” says Karen. After years of hard work, this vision became a reality for their members to enjoy year-long. SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

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WHERE IS YOUR DATE NIGHT SPOT IN SJ?

STOCKTON THUNDER (209) 373-1500 StocktonThunder.com

The Stockton Thunder has celebrated its loyal fans since 2005 by remaining one of the top sports teams in San Joaquin County. This season, however, was their last. The fans that fill the seats in the Stockton Arena named the minor league professional ice hockey team that represents their town. A similar contest was held to name the Arena’s newest home team – the Stockton Heat. While ice hockey hasn’t left Stockton, the home team has. Fans will surely miss the Stockton Thunder! MUSIC VENUE MILE WINE COMPANY 2113 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 465-9463 MileWineCompany.com

Certified sommelier Paul Marsh owns the eclectic wine-cheese-gourmet, Panini-haven dubbed Mile Wine Company. Jazz music vibrates the exposed brick and salvaged wood building on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Private parties can seek refuge in the music-inspired Brubeck room complete with record album décor, a cork-filled floating wine rack and a floor made of pennies. Simply looking for a seasonal dish or wine tasting? The restaurant’s main room offers a bar and tables for seating.

LIVE, PLAY & STAY RIVER ISLANDS 73 Stewart Rd., Lathrop (209) 808-5168, RiverIslands.com

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  Eagal Lakes is perfect for family, but the resort provides a plethora of opportunity for those coming in to enjoy other highly regarded hangouts. Fishing spots aren’t in short supply when you have a personal lake stocked full of Bass and the San Joaquin River at your back! And the second private lake John and Karen carefully crafted is the perfect platform for watersports. Filtered, fitted with barriers, and ready to take on the pros, this waterway was designed to be a water-skier’s wonderland, easily handling the many kayaks, canoes and kneeboards that pass along its surface. Members can also perfect their swimming technique in the warmer waters.    The couple strives to ensure that any event held at the resort is custom created to provide the perfect setting. Be it a corporate function at the Tuscan Villa or a beachside wedding along the lake shores, each venue is tailored to meet the needs of their guests. “They can choose whatever activities they’d like to do!” says Karen. “Tug o’ war… Bring in bands, DJs, carnival style- whatever they want, we create!”    Eagal Lakes is a labor of love for the couple, but their contributions in San Joaquin County are vast. Karen has been on the board of the Dameron Hospital Foundation for 25 years. She’s kept active in the Tracy and Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Child Abuse Prevention Council. John’s donated free private training sessions to some students honing their cross-country skills and local Tracy high schools are admitted down the trails to practice, free of charge. The couple are big supporters of the Boys and Girls Club and host many organizations around their neck of the woods. But, for them, all this is only natural when they care so much about their community. “We love this city, it’s home.”

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This waterfront community is home to 11,000 homes with a master plan to include a business park, schools and various forms of entertainment that focus on outdoor recreation. The ‘healthy living’ approach encompasses several parks, trails, sports fields, bocce courts, and access to lakes for fishing and boating. Additional perks to living along the waterways give members opportunities to kayak, canoe, paddleboat or row. River Islands is also located near one of the world’s largest estuaries, which encourages a sustainable approach to living and a chance to celebrate and protect wildlife.

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WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO SHOP IN SJ? Marshall’s

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LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE WORLD OF WONDERS SCIENCE MUSEUM 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi (209) 368-0969, WowScienceMuseum.org

Jim Pryers’ Illumination Lab at Lodi’s WOW Science Museum is a wonder all its own. The lab,

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SIP & PAINT PAINTED CELLARS (530) 715-0808, PaintedCellars.com

What better way to bring out your artistic side and create memories than by combining some of our favorite past times: art and wine?! Whether you share the experience with a partner or a group of friends, this is a proven recipe for fun. Painted Cellars, which puts on sip and paint events throughout California, offers San Joaquin a chance to mingle,

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FAIRS & FESTIVALS Asparagus Festival Lodi Grape Festival Zinfest CASINO WITHIN 90 MILES Jackson Rancheria Casino Thunder Valley Casino Black Oak Casino

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SHOT THROUGH THE HEART CQB CITY 3200 E. 8 Mile Rd., Stockton (925) 457-4832, CQBCity.com

Here, you will find a haven for airsoft enthusiasts. The urban combat training facility gives Valley folk the chance to train where the professional do. With areas for the public and law enforcement/combat training, there is no better place to battle it out with a game of airsoft. The Stocktonbased arena is the largest in the world, and so advanced that law enforcement and government agencies train at the location which features an urban simulated environment. So get ready to tune in your skills and prepare for an epic adventure at CQB City.

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paint, relax and of course, enjoy wine at a variety of locations (including vineyards) in Lodi. You’ll walk out with your very own masterpiece, and maybe even a new found talent.

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built entirely from the dedication and passion of local engineer Jim Pryers, offers everyone a chance to learn about light though interactive activities and playful visuals. As the museum’s newest addition, the lab presents more than 10 different exhibits including a shadow table, fiber optics, prisms and a two-faced display. Each of the lab’s displays cater to all age groups, from toddlers to seniors, there is something informative and enjoyable for everyone.

LIVE MUSIC VENUE Mile Wine Company Whirlow’s Tossed and Grilled Jessies Grove Winery PROFESSIONAL LOCAL SPORTS TEAM Stockton Thunder Stockton Ports Pacific Tigers Men’s Basketball TATTOO PARLOR Emerald Tattoo & Piercing Hard Luck Tattoo 12 Monkeys Tattoos

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

WEDDING GOWN THE ELIZABETH BRIDAL 20 S. School St., Lodi (209) 369-9046, TheElizabethBridal.net

Finding the perfect wedding dress is almost as important as finding Mr. Right. After accepting a proposal, the dress becomes the biggest checkmark on the wedding to-do list. Nestled in downtown Lodi, The Elizabeth Bridal Salon is a welcoming boutique that serves as a one-stop-shop for all your wedding apparel needs. In addition to rows of wedding gowns, The Elizabeth Bridal also offers tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses. The atmosphere is relaxing and a full alteration staff is available to transform the dress into your dress.

PUT HIS NAME ON IT BLISS BRIDAL SALON 306 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 473-9200 Facebook.com – Bliss Bridal Salon

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He put a ring on it, so why don’t you put his name on it!? Bliss Bridal Salon of Stockton, owned by Tammie Dimas, offers more than just an array of designer gownsbut also a host of fun, personalized items for you and your wedding crew. Customizable T-shirts are available for the bridal party, so you can proudly sport your brideto-be status and new last name at your bachelorette party and pre-wedding celebrations. Add a custom touch to their existing tops reading “Keep Calm and Marry On,” “It’s All About Me… The Bride!” or, create your very own!

WEDDING PLANNER OOOH MY! TABLESCAPE DESIGNS & EVENTS (209) 910-4159, OoohMyTablescapeDesigns.com

Oooh My! Tablescape Designs & Events removes any worry from your wedding details. The company, started by two best friends in 2013, calls on their imaginative eye to transform tables into the things dreams are made of. From votives to candelabras, the duo has a knack for fusing flatware and linens to complement your wedding atmosphere. Not looking for a complete takeover? Oooh My! will work with couples to build a design around preexisting heirlooms and centerpieces.

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TERI LAWRENCE Viaggio Estate & Winery BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

   ‘Love at first sight’ is how Teri Lawrence describes her initial visit to Viaggio Estate & Winery. At the time, her husband Larry was working in real estate and had listed the property for its previous owners. He encouraged Teri to casually stop by, and after two weeks spent daydreaming of the walnut farm turned winery, the couple happily transitioned to owners in 2012. Together, the duo enhanced the historical grounds, as Teri nurtured her botanical interests; sprouting luscious gardens amongst the granite staircases, olive trees, plush lawns, and 400 year old oak tree overlooking the river. Nestled between it all, a picturesque hanging swing; effortlessly filling the criteria for any modern day utopia. But the magic doesn’t stop there.    What once was a white-walled villa, is nothing short of a life-sized dollhouse, welcoming you through double doors leading to a spiral staircase and 12 uniquely decorated rooms inspired by different eras, cultures and locations, and as Teri perfectly puts it, “takes you to another place.”    The microbiologist turned winery owner and wedding coordinator strives to bring each bride and groom their perfect, dream wedding. With Viaggio’s full wedding services, all the bride needs to worry about is her gown and invitations; the rest of her dreams are in capable hands, sure to be executed. “My motto is, if you want it, and it’s legal, I will do it for you!” giggles Teri.    Although Viaggio is home to nearly 25 weddings a year, Teri and her staff avoid routine in order to honor each bride and groom individually. “One thing I tell my staff before every single wedding is, ‘you might have done this the last 12 weekends in a row, but for this couple, this is the biggest day of their lives…. and we treat each wedding as just that,” she says.    From the Tuscany Banquet Hall and tasting room, to the cottage, man cave and infinity pool, Teri and Larry Lawrence haave successfully created a seamless, dreamy atmosphere for the bridal party to enjoy hours before their wedding; as the girls sip champagne in the cottage, and the boys play pool and watch sports.    “We encourage each wedding party to take full advantage of our amenities. We wait on them and cater to all their needs… this makes for truly stress-free and memorable hours leading to the ceremony.”

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WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT IN SAN JOAQUIN? Cactus Inn- it’s the best! Their food is great and they’re awesome.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND IN SAN JOAQUIN? My two favorite things are bike riding and swimming – I hit the country roads and do 20 miles several days a week- it’s my best relaxation. I also love to attend church on Sunday mornings when I can!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR COMMUNITY? The people! I love the weather, the people, and our wineries.

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WEDDING DJ MARQUIS DJ ENTERTAINMENT 2235 Hacienda Dr., Stockton (209) 951-1982, MarquisEntDjs.com

Music sets the tone for your fairytale evening. The DJ not only spins your favorite records, but acts as the master of ceremonies, as well. Offering a trustworthy voice to take your guests from ceremony to reception, Marquis DJ Entertainment employs true entertainers. DJs not only work with you to organize the evening’s entertainment; they also interact with guests to offer a memorable night for all. In business for more than 25 years, they serve the entire San Joaquin area and beyond.

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1119 W. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 467-7244

Owner Maria Lopez opened Magda’s Cakes in 2002, employing a host of cake decorators and bakers bursting with talent and creativity; bringing San Joaquin unique, special occasion cakes like no other. The team makes dreams come true, creating cakes that display as art and taste like heaven. Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, caramel and lemon are just a few filling flavor choices, and for the outer design, opportunities seem endless. Stop in to meet their accommodating staff, browse their book of design ideas, or bring in a photo or vision of your own.

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BRONZED AND BEA (UV FREE)TIFUL TAYLORED TANNING (209) 222-TANS, TayloredTanning.com

Nothing’s more beautiful than a bronzed and glowing bride, but we’ve all been warned of the sun’s negative effect on our skin, including premature wrinkles, sunspots and even Melanoma. Brides, worry no more! And get that glow without the guilt. Taylored Tanning, owned and operated by Taylor Bova, an elementary school teacher in San Joaquin, is here to help. Taylored Tanning will even come to you, easing the seemingly endless errands leading to your special day. The organic and vegan company offers a full body spray for an extremely affordable price, all in the comfort of your own home. Shimmer on, brides!

WEDDING FLOWERS SWEET PEAS FLORAL DESIGN 6231 Pacific Ave., A2, Stockton (209) 472-9284 SpFloralDesigns.com

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All eyes are on you as you descend down the aisle. The last thing you want guests to remember is running mascara or smudged foundation. Exclusive Beauty Salon offers make-up services for your wedding day to help ease your nerves and bring out your bridal glow. In fact, they’ll pull that inner glow out of every woman in your wedding party. The hair salon offers other services for your big day, or every day, as well. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER CAROLINE PHOTOGRAPHY 1755 W. Hammer Ln., Suite 3, Stockton (209) 477-4363, CarolinePhotography.com

Your wedding day is fleeting. The photos, however, will last forever. Choosing a photographer to capture your first kiss, first dance and first moments as husband and wife just got a little bit easier. With more than 30 years of experience, the award-winning Caroline Photography offers a full-range of photography services catered to meet each couples’ needs. From planning portraits to helping brides and grooms feel and look relaxed, they possess a passion for capturing your day’s biggest – and smallest - moments.

WEDDING RINGS DANZ JEWELERS 220 S. School St., Lodi (209) 368-0424, DanzJewelers.com

A wedding band is a symbol of everlasting love, so why buy a pre-fabricated piece from the mall? Family-owned Danz Jewelers offers custom jewelry design, to ensure your symbol of happily-ever-after is a perfect fit. From engagement rings to wedding bands, experts assist couples in creating the perfect piece. Diamonds are carefully selected in Belgium and inspected by hand. A graduate gemologist is on staff to ensure quality takes precedence.

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The wedding invitation is your guests’ first impression of impending nuptials. It sets the tone for your evening months in advance. Many guests garner exactly what to expect of your evening from that first piece of paper that arrives in their hands. To ensure you are making the proper impression, Best Wishes, in business for more than 30 years, is there to guide you. Owner Julie Van Noate boasts Best Wishes is “your store for all occasions,” including your most important event to date.

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Romance is in the air. Stainedglass windows, arched entryways and towering columns adorn the inside of Morris Chapel, set on the campus of University of the Pacific in Stockton. The picturesque chapel can hold up to 300 of your nearest and dearest while a bridal room offers a sanctuary for the bride and her honored attendants. A red brick façade and lush greenery set the scene for a dreamy ceremony as guests pile into dark-stained pews.

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PARENTS Raising a family in San Joaquin is full of sweet memories, thanks to the many nurturing resources of our area.

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For 77 years, the park has been home to a variety of creatures and critters. It boasts a museum, amusement park and Japanese garden, but the real treasures are the amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates that call the five-acre zoo home. Micke Grove Zoo offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for families to explore the zoo at night with their Zoo After Dark program. Complete with campfire stories and a flashlight tour, attendees get an inside look at how the zoo’s inhabitants behave after dark. Whether for an out-of-the-box date night or a family-friendly excursion, suitable for those ages 5 and up, the adventure combines the best parts of camping. Shining stars, nocturnal noises and gooey s’mores create a summer night made special for the whole family. Don’t waste time monkeying around – Zoo After Dark sells out fast!

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Whether your future dancing queen – or king - wants to perfect their rhythm with hip-hop moves or pirouette into a prima ballerina, The Dance Connection offers classes to fit their dancing dreams. In business for 30 years, the company’s philosophy remains the same -- to help children develop proper technique while exploring dance in a fun environment. Aspiring dancers are invited to attend an introductory level class or join the company’s award-winning competition team – whatever their jete-ing heart desires.

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  It is no secret that children are our future, and nurturing the youth of San Joaquin is one of the best ways to ensure future community success. As Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Center Youth and Family Services, and mother of two, Joelle Gomez works daily to strengthen our county and support our families.    Joelle, a Lodi native, grew up in what she describes as a “classic Mexican-American family, filled with love and fun.” Her parents, Paul and Jovita Gomez, led by example, instilling in her and her siblings the gift of self-acceptance, and the importance

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WHAT ABOUT DATE NIGHT? Rosa’s at Tower Park – great Italian on the water!

WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO SHOP IN SJ? Marshall’s! When I’m bored, sad or stressed…. a good quality deal can’t be beat.

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The dentist’s office can be a scary place for just about anyone, including a child. Take your child to Kids Care Dental to quell their concerns and create a tradition that takes the fear out of teeth cleanings. A waiting room complete with video games and television sets start visits off on the right foot. From there, experienced staff take over and offer an oral care learning experience for children and their parents. From orthodontics to pediatric dental care, Kids Care Dental’s ten offices make quality dental care accessible for San Joaquin residents. CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER HEATHER JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY (209) 406-3682, HeatherJeanPhotography.net

Capturing life’s precious moments is a hard task with children that never sit still. A simple photo op can turn from cute to disastrous in a matter of seconds. That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. From weddings to birthdays, Heather Jean Photography offers on-location photo shoots for babies and families. Whether your little one is turning one, welcoming a new baby brother or sister or hasn’t even arrived yet, Heather Jean Photography is there to capture your life’s precious moments.

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Sassy Pants Children’s Boutique has everything you need for your little fashionista, even an array of adorable two-piece bathing suits, AKA babi-kinis, ranging in size and style. The boutique begins to stock these must-have pieces in January, so snag one while you can! Designers include Isabella Collection, Splendid and Ella Moss. Your kids will be swimming in style! CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE SASSY PANTS CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE 354 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 451-9775, ShopSassyPants.com

If your mini-me is serious about fashion, Sassy Pants Children’s Boutique offers the perfect venue for their every clothing need. From accessories to full outfits, the mother-owned shop boasts edgy clothes for kids; many items even hail from funky European brands. But the tot shop isn’t only aimed at little girls who want to stand out; there are plenty of boy’s offerings, too. Joe’s Jeans, True Religion and Hudson are just a few of the high-end brands carried at the store.


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25 of our Favorite Things to Recommend-For Visitors to Do and See. When we first learned we had this challenging assignment it soon became clear that we needed to define our boundaries for Silicon Valley. Some folks believe that Silicon Valley is just Santa Clara County. Others think it includes some or all of San Mateo County and some now include San Francisco in the North all the way to Morgan Hill in the South. For this article we will not be including San Francisco as we’ve already written our top 25 of that great city awhile back for this magazine and we came to the conclusion that all of the smaller San Mateo County and most of the larger Santa Clara County should be included. None of the coastal beach cities will be on the list as favorite California beach towns could be next year’s favorite 25 feature? So let’s start our journey at the most northern location for ‘our’ Silicon Valley and then head south and a little west and some to the east. And along the way we’ll pass along a couple lodging tips when readers visit the center of our world’s computer industry.

SAN MATEO COUNTY 1 AWESOME AIRPLANES -HILLER AVIATION MUSEUM, located at San Carlos Airport, is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum and features over fifty pioneer aircraft from more than a century of aviation history. A wonderful family educational type experience. Fee ranges from free to $14. hiller.org Our favorite hotel near this museum is the Hotel Sofitel, a delightful French owned property that Francophiles will enjoy. sofitelhotels.com

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY 4 CLASSY CAMPUS - STANFORD UNIVERSITY has a zip code of its own but

this famous and highly regarded institution is really considered part of Palo Alto. Just strolling the campus to see their state-of-theart educational and athletic facilities is worth the stop. Be sure to look inside the Memorial Church, considered the campus’s architectural crown jewel and go to the top of their famous Hoover Tower-entry fee up to $4to view the campus in its’ entirety. Stanford Shopping Center, owned by the university and on university property, is one of Northern California’s finest shopaholic meccas. Free campus walking tours available with full details on their website. stanford.edu 

5 SIGNIFICANT SCULPTURES CANTOR ARTS CENTER, although on

2 HIKING HIGHLIGHT - SWEENEY RIDGE IS PART OF THE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVANCY and

the hike to the summit is one of our favorite treks in the valley. Starting at the end of San Bruno’s Sneath Lane you have a hilly but doable 50 minute one-way hike on an old paved road. Be sure to pick a clear day. At the 1200 foot crest you’ll have incredible panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the town of Pacifica to the West, San Francisco and Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais to the North, Mount Diablo and San Francisco Airport to the East and Silicon Valley cities to the South. Don’t forget to look for the stone plaque honoring Portola’s historic expedition to the area. hiddensf.com Speaking of the airport, if you are staying in the SFO area for any reason, we recommend staying at the classy four star Hyatt Regency. hyatthotels.com

3 EXQUISITE ESTATE - FILOLI MANSION & FORMAL GARDENS, listed on the National

Registry of Historic Places and near the town of Woodside, has excellent tour options. Numerous major movies like Heaven Can Wait and television shows such as Dynasty were filmed here and tours feature the mansion’s outstanding showcase of twentieth century architecture and antique furnishings. Gardening aficionados will be in botany heaven when touring the formal gardens. Entry fees up to $20. filoli.org  124

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the Stanford campus, this world-class museum really deserves a separate slot on our list. The Cantor has one of the largest collections of Rodin bronze sculptures-nearly 200-this side of France. This iconic artist’s stunning worksof-art grace several indoor galleries and a large outdoor sculpture garden which includes two of his most famous: The Thinker and Gates of Hell. Admission is free and the garden is open 24 hours a day. museum.stanford.edu If staying in the Palo Alto area we recommend checking into The Westin within walking distance to all the superb downtown restaurants and the campus as well. starwoodhotels.com/westin 


7 EXCITING EXPERIENCES - NASA AMES EXPLORATION CENTER, located at the famous

Moffett Field in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, has been involved in many pivotal spacecraft missions that have redefined our view of our planetary neighbors and beyond. Models of previous and recent spacecraft missions from NASA Ames, a genuine Moon rock retrieved by Apollo 15’s crew, a Shuttle Cockpit Simulator and the Mercury Redstone Capsule are all on display for viewing. In addition, a high-resolution Immersive Theater with a 14-foot tall and 36-foot wide screen shows high-definition videos of Mars missions in detail, simulated flights through the Milky Way Galaxy and much more! And guess what? It’s all free. You might also want to visit the nearby Moffett Field Museum as well. moffettfieldmuseum.org. Although not open for interior touring and now leased to Google, check out the huge historic Dirigible Air Ship hangers nearby and considered three of the largest freestanding structures in the world. nasa.gov/centers/ ames/home/exploration.html

6 MAGNIFICENT MAIN FRAMES - THE COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM in

Mountain View is the world’s largest and most significant computer-age museum and truly preserves and presents the computer revolution and its dramatic impact on our lives, education and business. The claim that it’s a “massive graphics factory turned fun house” rings true. Be sure to WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

check out the live model of Google’s self-driving car. Admission categories range from free to $40 for the Total Geek Experience. Special tip: As you leave the museum drive two blocks down the road to see the Googleplex with Google employees tooling around on their Google bikes painted in Big G’s signature colors. No tours unless you know an employee but definitely worth a peek! computerhistory.org

8 TERRIFIC THEME PARK - CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA in Santa Clara is Northern California’s premier amusement park for family entertainment and adventure from “mild to wild”. Whether your family members are into thrill rides, a state-of-the-art water park, slower kid’s rides, live entertainment or Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other Peanut’s characters, you’ll find C.G.A. a very fun experience and worth the drive. You advanced thrill seekers must check out the Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. WHEW! For up-to-date prices and seasonal hours: cagreatamerica.com.   SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

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9 SPECTACULAR SPORTS STADIUM - THE SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS LEVI’S STADIUM, the NFL’s

newest facility, is located in suburban Santa Clara. It offers pro football fans one of our country’s most advanced live game stadium experiences and our favorite team museum we’ve ever toured. The 49er’s Sports Museum presented by Sony is super cool with life-size statues of all the most famous 49er players, coaches, and other team icons as well as stunning displays of historic 49er memorabilia. There is also an amazing array of insider’s tour choices of the stadium and museum. To really experience this magnificent venue we recommend attending a 49er game or one of the many other sports or entertainment events that are scheduled throughout the year. For an up-to-date list of tours, events and prices check out both of these websites: levisstadium.com; 49ers.com. If you have the time be sure to dine at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak & Pub, one of our favorite Silicon Valley restaurants, attached to the sportsplex but open 7 days a week even when no game or event is scheduled. michaelmina.net

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10 MAJOR MICROCHIP MARVEL - THE  INTEL MUSEUM, also in

Santa Clara, gives techies and even those of us who are a little lame a surprisingly enthralling and educational computer experience. INTEL is really the heart and soul of Silicon Valley’s beginnings and one of the founders, Robert Noyce was a co-inventor of the microchip and hailed as the unofficial Mayor of Silicon Valley. Very personable well-trained tour guides really put on a show for attendees. And it’s free. intel. com When visiting any attractions in Santa Clara we personally recommend staying at the Hyatt Regency. hyatt.com


11 CLASSIC CHURCHMISSION SANTA CLARA DE ASIS is one of the most beautiful

of California’s 21 missions and the current structure is a tasteful modern interpretation of the mission’s fifth church re-constructed in 1825 which was completely destroyed by a devastating fire. One of the mission bells still in use was donated by King Carlos the 4th of Spain in 1799 and a tall historic cross, erected in 1777, is now in a protective casing standing across from the church entrance. This was the eighth mission built by Father Junipero Serra and a portion of the original adobe walls have been preserved. This appealing site is also home to the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University and the only university ever built on the grounds of a California mission. Strolling the attractive landscaped campus and a visit to the school’s de Saisset Museum are both recommended. missionscalifornia.com; scu.edu

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12 HOCKEY HEAVEN - SAN JOSE SHARKS AT THE SAP CENTER in San Jose has quite

surprisingly become one of the most popular National Hockey League teams in the country and the local fan base is astounding with sell-out crowds expected at most games. Even if you’re not a hockey fan, attending a Sharks game will introduce you to an amazing energy level not found in other sports. Hockey, in our eyes, remains one of the few sports that is much better to view in person than on TV. SAP Center is also home to the national champions San Jose Saber Cats of the Arena Football League, The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, many concerts and special events. Unfortunately they stopped insider venue tours a few years ago. sapcenter.com; sharks.nhl.com

13 SUPERIOR SHOPPING SANTANA ROW in San Jose is our

personal favorite upscale outdoor shopping venue in all of Northern California with a wonderful mix of brand name stores and local shops. When you add in a fourstar boutique hotel, The Valencia, twenty really first rate restaurants, a stunning exterior European ambiance and lots of free entertainment activities, it becomes even more special. The nightlife scene at Valencia’s “V” Lounge should really please the younger revelers. santanarow.com; hotelvalencia-santanarow.com

14 MARVELOUS MYSTIQUE WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE in San

Jose, directly across the street from Santana Row, is quite possibly the country’s most bizarre mansion and was built by Sarah Winchester, widow of the founder of Winchester Arms Company and maker of the famous Winchester Rifles. After her husband’s death she purchased the land in 1884 to begin construction 7 days a week 24 hours a day on her Queen Anne Victorian estate that lasted for thirtyeight years until her death in 1922. According to some sources she felt the need to keep construction going 24/7 to keep away evil spirits that came from all the deaths attributed to Winchester weapons.  Tours feature: stairwells, doors and windows to nowhere; columns installed upside down; confusing maze like hallways; and more weird highlights. Cost of tours range from $24 -$44, children 5 and under are free and reservations are suggested. Onsite visits to their Winchester Historic Firearms & Antique Products Museums are free of charge. winchestermysteryhouse.com 

15 SOCCER SUPERLATIVES - SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES AND THE NEW AVAYA STADIUM has the wow factor! Any

soccer aficionado should attend a game featuring the popular Earthquakes Major League Soccer franchise and past national champion. AVAYA, the newest MLS state-of-the-art-soccer specific stadium in the United States opened just this year next to San Jose’s International Airport and features the closest field views of any American soccer venue and operates under solar power. It also has the largest outdoor bar in North America. sjearthquakes.com

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16 PHOTOGENIC PARK - KELLEY PARK in San Jose is 156 acres of very diverse

offerings for visitors providing something for everyone from age 5 to 95. Within this huge recreational area folks can choose from: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (the young kid’s favorite); the Japanese Friendship Garden; and the unique indoor/outdoor History Park San Jose that has the appearance of the town in the early 1900’s. History Park features: 29 historic buildings such as an 1890 Queen Anne residence, blacksmith shed, doctor/dentist offices, hotel, gas station, trolley/railroad exhibits PLUS the Portuguese Historical Museum, Vietnam Museum, Greek Heritage Museum, Chinese American Museum, and much more. A great place to spend the day! sanjoseca.gov/facilities

17 MUMMIFIED MYSTERIES - ROSICRUCIAN EGYPTIAN MUSEUM was built on its present site in

1966 and houses one of the world’s largest collections of authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo. A very rare opportunity to view genuine mummies on display and to learn about the mystifying mummification process and to learn about the reasons Egyptians of that historic era had all their possessions buried with them in their elaborate tombs. Although not our personal number one attraction in San Jose, Trip Advisor lists it as their #1 in our country’s 10th largest city. egyptianmuseum. org. If time permits walk across the street to stroll through San Jose’s Memorial Rose Garden, one of California’s most lauded floral layouts.

18 ATTRACTIVE ART - SAN JOSE ART MUSEUM, built in 1892 to house the

city’s post office, is now a registered National Historic Landmark and the classic architecture attracts us back as much as their permanent collection of West Coast artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. sjmusart.org. When planning to visit downtown San Jose our recommended hotel to unpack your luggage is the world class Fairmont, practically next door to the museum. fairmont.com

19 FAMILY FUN - TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION also in San Jose’s center

of town offers many permanent creative and educational displays including social robots, an earthquake simulator and a special Google Liquid Galaxy allowing you to fly across the face of the Earth, moon and Mars and explore each with an easy-to-use joy stick. Just make sure your kids fly back home! The IMAX Theater on site is the West’s largest dome screen eight stories high with 13,000 watts of sound showing current blockbuster films as well as educational documentaries for ultimate film experiences.  thetech.org

20 REGAL RESORT & GRAND GOLF - ROSEWOOD’S CORDEVALLE RESORT in the little town of San Martin, a

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jewel to the general public and it shouldn’t be. Although limited to 43 deluxe suites, villas and homes, it’s perfect for a romantic or golf getaway, small business meetings or a ladies’ spa weekend. Their Il Vignette signature restaurant offers creative cuisine and the resort’s 1700-acre foothills offer guests a serene ambiance. rosewoodhotels.com


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25 VIVID VISTAS - MOUNT HAMILTON, at 4,216 feet, overlooks all of Silicon Valley and is the site of University of California’s Lick Observatory. On really clear days you can see as far north as Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais and west to Monterey Bay and even Yosemite National Park to the east providing visitors unbelievable panoramic views even better than Sweeney Ridge mentioned earlier. A curvy 19-mile drive to the top on Mt. Hamilton Road (part of State Route 130) is also very popular with bikers but not hikers. mthamilton.ucolick.org. Most folks take the trip for the views but having dinner, an appetizer or a drink at the dramatically upgraded Grandview Restaurant about one-fourth of the way to the top is a local’s fave outing. grandviewsanjose.com CLOSE CALLS BUT NO CIGAR! St. Joseph Cathedral and Basilica in San Jose may have a more beautiful interior than the Mission in Santa Clara or the Church at Stanford but the downtown San Jose setting, in our eyes, is just not as picturesque as the campus locations of the other two. Curiodyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo is an interesting and educational wildlife and science center and the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose are both excellent kid’s venues but, in our minds, San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation (#19 above) outshines them both. curiodyssey.org; cdm.org. Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga is a wonderful outing yet not as complete a family outing as Kelly Park and their Japanese Friendship Garden and Kelly’s many other park attractions. San Jose Flea Market claims to be the largest open-air flea market in the country with over 2000 vendors and over four million visitors each year but not something we enjoy personally; San Jose’s Opera, Symphony and Ballet Companies are considered by many as world class but just did not quite make our list. San Jose theaters like the Montgomery, California, City National Civic, and Center for the Performing Arts are all first rate venues yet not quite as memorable as the Mountain Winery. sanjosetheaters.org. We originally thought we’d include one of the smaller valley downtowns where we enjoy walking, shopping and dining but just couldn’t narrow the 25 or more down to one. So here are our top eight Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, Burlingame and Woodside. If interested in visiting any of these towns for dining or to attend the many free concerts and food and wine festivals offered by most of them just Google one or all to find out what events might be scheduled. An Apple addict? Apple headquarters offers no tours but their Cupertino headquarters does have a gift shop open to the public for the latest gear. For more information on all things Silicon Valley check out these three informative websites: smccvb.com; sanjose.org. santaclara.org.


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remove the first medication or do behavioral changes to avoid further side effects.”    “Benadryl can cause delirium, urine retention, and increase falls. Narcotics increase urine retention, constipation, and falls. Many studies have also shown that target goals for blood pressure, diabetes, and low thyroid are different in the elderly given adverse effects if tight control is sought. For example, if the physician is targeting a goal blood pressure of 120/80 in a 90 year old, this can actually cause decreased perfusion to the brain leading to confusion, fatigue, and syncope (passing out).”


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  As with all health concerns, it’s important to look toward alternate solutions rather than medication such as anti-psychotics or sedatives. According to both Dr. Del Pozo and the American Geriatrics Society, “anti-psychotic medicines are often prescribed, but they provide limited benefit and can cause serious harm, including stroke and premature death. Use of these drugs should be limited to cases where non-pharmacological measures have failed and patients pose an imminent threat to themselves or others. Identifying and addressing causes of behavior change can make drug treatment unnecessary.” In addition to those listed, there are several medications typically prescribed to the elderly that should only be used as a last case scenario. Research shows that medication including antimicrobials or benzodiazepines is known to increase the chance of falling, accidents, incontinence and infection in elderly patients.    “It is very important to keep track of what medications the elder is on, when medications were added, and if incontinence started after a new medicine was added,” for example, Dr. Pozo adds, “Because elderly patients are so susceptible to side effects of medications, it is important to first find ways to intervene without adding more pills. Keep a diary of what medication changes have occurred or what makes incontinence worse.” Dr. Del Pozo recommends having the patient’s doctor go over your list of medications carefully and try to remove any that cause incontinence. In addition, attempt lifestyle changes like decreasing fluids (especially caffeine and alcohol) after 4 p.m., the use of diuretics (like Lasix) in morning, and lastly – surgery, if necessary.    It’s no secret that medication has side effects, some so severe that it can become life threatening or produce additional symptoms or disorders. For the aging population, it’s important to pay attention to medication and their side effects simply because it can do more harm than good. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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The Community Hospice Difference... You have a choice... Our medical team includes a full-time Medical Director certified in hospice and palliative care and ten Associate Medical Directors

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 GOLDEN LIVING CENTER

Golden Living Center Portside A proven leader in Alzheimers Care

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Golden Living Center-Portside is unique for The Alzheimer’s Enabling Freedom Program. We help the community by providing a safe and secure location where residents’ have the freedom and opportunity to explore life as fully, independently and securely as possible. Recreational opportunities are offered to reflect each resident’s needs and lifestyle. By assessing each resident thoroughly, we stage our resident’s surroundings to a home-like environment so they feel at home which in return enhances familiarity, orientation, and safety as they familiarize themselves to their new home. Supplemental care options we offer are: Short-term rehab, Long-term care for moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s, Care for medically complex, Palliative medicine and Hospice services.

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 DIAMOND CARE INC.

Diamond Care was built upon the idea that a person who was having issues resulting from a medical or non-medical reason, will find comfort and their recovery will be enhanced by being around the things and people that they love and that mean the most to them. At Diamond Care, we have well trained, bonded caregivers, that can be there to assist you 24/7, 365 days a year. We know sometimes you just need a helping hand, we can be there for you. Visit us at www.diamondcareinc.com or call us at 209-914-2859 to design a package of care. Sometimes you just need a helping hand... Call or email us to set-up a consultation!

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 ONE SIMPLE SOLUTION

Specializing in gently relocating our senior citizens and prospective clients.

One Simple Solution is a branch off the parent company, Julie Cosgrove Real Estate Professionals at Keller Williams Realty. The Team Leader, Julie Cosgrove has been in the Real Estate industry for over 30 years. As her business grew, she saw a need to help seniors transition from their current home to either a retirement home or other senior-centered living arrangements. One Simple Solution will coordinate from beginning to end every aspect of the downsizing/ rightsizing and de-cluttering of your current home. Our services also include setting you up in your new living space so you can enjoy a simpler lifestyle. We take the worry and stress from the family every step of the way.

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One Simple Solution is a branch off the parent company, Julie Cosgrove Real Estate Professionals at Keller Williams Realty. The Team Leader Julie Cosgrove is a SRES, Senior Real Estate Specialist as well as a member of NASMM, Nation Association of Senior Move Managers. One Simple Solution will coordinate your transition from beginning to end such as, the downsizing and decluttering of your home for you to enjoy the simpler lifestyle. Our desire is to make our senior citizens and their families feel as calm and stress free during their transition from one home to the next.

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Recovering from a recent Accident? Living with Disability? Recovering from Surgery or any type of Medical Procedure? Are Everyday Tasks getting a little harder for you to handle alone? Are you the Caregiver for the loved one with Alzheimer’s, Or just need a break or some daily help?

Diamond Care is the answer! At Diamond Care, we can provide you with some of the best non-medical help that you need, 24 hoursa-day/365 days-a-year! We will work with you to customize a plan that best fits your needs, or the needs of a loved one. You can expect compassionate, personalized, professional, caring, certified, bonded, and well-trained caregivers to be there when you need some help...

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 ARBOR NURSING CENTER

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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”.

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 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.

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 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: • 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!

Funeral & Cremation Services “Expect More”

Funeral & Cremation Services • Large Chapel with Victorian Chandeliers • Hosted On-Site Receptions Casket & Um Display Room • Multiple Viewing Rooms for Private Visitation • Funeral Web Casting Overflow Room with Closed Circuit Viewing • Complimentary Memorial Web Page for Your Loved One Large On-Site Secure Parking Lot • Package Offerings with Discounts • 24 Hour On Call Funeral Director Own and Operate our own Crematory • Family Owned & Operated

colonial rose Chapel & Cremation

520 N. Sutter St., Stockton, CA 95202 209.565.5279 • www.colonialrosechapel.com FD# 2187

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 COMMUNITY HOSPICE

Community Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based agency, caring for thousands of neighbors and friends since 1979. Founded in a church basement by two volunteer registered nurses, Community Hospice has grown to meet the needs of the community, becoming the largest hospice agency in the Central Valley. Community Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families regardless of ability to pay. Community Hospice offers a variety of support services including bereavement and grief support available free of charge to the entire community. For additional information contact 209.477.6300 or visit www.hospiceheart.org.

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 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.

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 OCW ENGAGING AND ENRICHING!

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 on-campus lecture series (affiliated with the university), to clubs and themed celebrations.

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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.

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 HOME CARE ASSISTANCE

Home Care Assistance provides older adults with 24/7, around-the-clock care. Clients and their families enjoy peace of mind with reliable caregivers that monitor safety, attend to any immediate or daily needs and provide companionship.We take pride in providing the highest level of care for our clients. Our entire team, including our care managers, are on call 24/7 for our clients’ needs. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to the well-being of our clients, and we make ourselves available for regular home visits, family updates, and in-home care assessments. You can always reach us if there’s a concern, an emergency or an urgent need for additional care. See what a difference our care management can make.

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Allergy, Immunology & Asthma

Dr. Balduzzi earned his medical degree from New York Medical College, New York. He completed his internal medicine residency and completed his fellowship in adult and pediatric allergy, asthma and immunology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the World Allergy Organization. At Asthma, Immunology & Asthma Medical Group, our practice is personalized for all ages in the treatment of allergies, asthma, sinusitis, urticaria, food and drug allergies, eczema, insect allergies and more. Dr. Balduzzi’s expertise in these areas will further help serve patients in our community who may suffer from these issues. Dr. Balduzzi will be joined in Stockton by his wife Krystle Balduzzi, M.D. a board certified Pediatrician (a 2005 graduate of U.O.P.) and their two young children. Dr. Balduzzi is looking forward to helping the people of California's San Joaquin Valley breathe easier.

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As a fisherman and seafood lover, Bud always found passion in the food industry. He began his career ordering food for more than 60,000 soldiers in Vietnam, and assisting in the success of a fish market before he took the next natural step and opened what today is known and loved as Bud’s. The establishment is family run, with their son Matt managing the bar and food menu.    The restaurant prides themselves on being ahead of the curve, says Jeanne, by saying true to their motto, “simple and fresh.” Quality ingredients at reasonable prices is priority for the restaurant and, of course, its’ guests who have grown to expect consistently delicious entrees, starters and desserts. From the Coconut Prawns to the Macadamia Mahi and fresh Salmon Cakes, all recipes are prepared in-house, even down to the salad dressings, giving each dish a distinct ‘Bud’s’ taste. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, with an ever-changing menu of specials catering to inseason dishes like Red Snapper and Rainbow Trout. “Halibut is only on the menu when it’s in season, in Alaska,” says Jeanne. “In summer, we offer Linden’s Shady Lady tomatoes right off the vines,” adds Bud. Each summer, the grille brings back its everpopular sandwich, featuring the locally sourced veggie for the restaurant’s Ultimate BLT. “Customers can’t wait for it.” Bud’s also features several other seasonal and local favorites, including a San Joaquin staple, asparagus!    But Bud’s doesn’t stop there, as they aim to keep their reputation as the best seafood joint around. The staff caters to customers and their needs, creating dishes upon request and shaping their menu accordingly. “As a mom and pop shop,” describe the Millsaps’s, “we can go above and beyond for our customers. We always try to accommodate when possible.” Also worth raving about, are the grille’s fantastic portions that will leave just enough for later, and the delicious bread and butter to hold you down before your meal arrives. Did we mention the bar menu?

   Bud’s bar menu perfectly compliments the menu– and it doesn’t just include drinks! The list of satiating bar bites include; Hot, Sweet and Spicy Shrimp, Huevos Diablo, Fish Tacos, salad and bread. The cocktail offerings are cleverly fitting to the restaurant’s seascape theme with options like the “Jaws,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Castaway,” and “Master and Commander,” among more.

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  For 23 years and counting, Bud’s has been a gathering place for all occasions, from a family brunch to a date night, or even just a place to grab a drink after work. Though the emphasis remains largely on seafood dishes, the grille’s classic menu impresses with their non-seafood selections. May we suggest the oh-so-tender Bud’s Beef, the Chicken Marsala, Halibut with Beurre Blanco Sauce and buttered capers, or even Jambalaya? If you aren’t a seafood lover, you are bound to find an alluring entrée! FOR MORE INFORMATION:

BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 956-0270, BudsSeafood.com


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   After emigrating from Northern Italy to San Francisco in the late 1870s in hopes of striking it rich during California’s Gold Rush, Giacomo Peirano settled in Lodi. Here, he planted the cuttings that would grow to become a proud family business and passion that continues to extend beyond several generations.    Giacomo and his wife, Maria, brought Italian Zinfandel cuttings from his family’s vineyard in Italy to their new home in Lodi, where he purchased 300 acres of land. After planting the Zinfandel vines, the Peirano’s became one of the first to grow what would later become an internationally recognized staple to the region. The vineyard has since grown to produce quality 148

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grapes and wines, and has prospered throughout both World Wars, the Prohibition era, and the Great Depression. Since its inception in the 1890s, Peirano has been deeply rooted in Lodi’s history where it remains as one of the area’s pioneers.    Today, the family tradition of the estate vineyard carries on through the sixth generation of Peirano’s, Lance Randolph. In 1992, the Peiranos set out on a new venture to produce their own wine. The winery now offers several varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Merlot, Tempranillo and Syrah, as well as its famous blends, the Other Red, the Other White, and The Unknown. Peirano’s wines have claimed gold, silver and bronze honors from The California State Fair, San Francisco Chronicle, and Wine Enthusiast, to name a few.   Peirano Estate Vineyards opened its tasting room in 1997, one of the first wineries to do so in the region, says Tasting Room Manager, Steven Gomez. The tasting room sets itself apart from others by being the “non-wine club” winery. In other words, the tasting room does not offer a wine club membership, but instead offers all wines at “wine club” prices, every day. Buyers can select their favorites rather than being forced to

take what the winery offers for its wine club shipment. “We are trying to take the pretentiousness out of wine tasting. Our whole goal is to be as accessible as possible,” explains Steven, “The wines are a reflection of our identity.”   In addition to the open environment and exclusive tasting experience, Peirano Estate Vineyards stand out by creating wines made for every day enjoyment. “Wine shouldn’t just be for special occasions! It should be for every day, and meant to be enjoyed with every meal.” Steven adds, “It may not be the wine you are going to drink on your 40th anniversary, but it will be the wine you drink every day from your first to 40th anniversary.” The goal of Peirano Estate Vineyards is to be an inviting part of the community, and a staple for wine lovers. In addition to the one of a kind tasting experience, the company welcomes the public to an ‘overall experience’ at the estate where they can relax with a picnic on the property’s lawn or tables, and enjoy the rose garden. “We want to be a part of everyday life,” adds Steven.

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PEIRANO ESTATE VINEYARDS 21831 N. Highway 99, Acampo (209) 369-9463, Peirano.com


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At Angelinas, we serve spaghetti you can’t get anywhere else. Our gravy comes from an authentic family recipe which has been in our family for generations. We have a full service restaurant, a lounge - “The Hanger”, a deli, and offer take-out orders and reservations for parties of 6 or more.

One stop, full-service professional planning to anticipate every detail of your event and to plan it flawlessly! Wonderful food, served or buffet style.

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For most of us, the month of July will be welcomed on the fourth by a dazzling display of colorful fireworks as we celebrate the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence. Here in Lodi Wine Country, we believe that no celebration is complete without a glass of handcrafted wine. To complement our red and white picks this month, we’ve asked Cindy Della Monica from downtown Lodi’s Cheese Central to suggest a blue (cheese, that is) pairing for each, sure to create some major flavor explosions.

ST. AMANT WINERY 2013 MOHR-FRY RANCH OLD VINE ZINFANDEL

A blend of fruit sourced from two gnarly old vineyards planted in 1901 and 1944, this all-American Zinfandel pops with big and intense flavors of ripe red raspberries and spicy blackberries. This fruit-forward chewy wine makes a great partner to semi-sharp Maytag Blue Cheese from Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa. A ripening period of more than six months allows this cow’s milk cheese to develop a dense, crumbly texture ideal for showering your barbecued Kobe beef burger or ice cold wedge salad with some blue cheese love. Serve up your burger alongside this juicy Zinfandel for an explosion of intense flavor. ($24) Stamantwine.com

MICHAEL DAVID WINERY 2014 SYMPHONY

A crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris, this hybrid grape was originally created by Dr. Harold Olmo of UC Davis in the 1940’s. This wine sparkles with aromas of apricot, citrus and peach, creating a bouquet of pure summer delight. The harmony of frank sweetness and acidity in this wine supplies the fuel for some pretty serious flavor fireworks when paired with Roth Käse Buttermilk Blue® – a delicately-laced, creamy blue cheese with a tangy, yet mellow, flavor. A cold glass of Symphony and a plate of fresh figs, pears and dates generously dusted with this cheese make for a grand old time. ($15) Michaeldavidwinery.com

WHERE TO FIND THESE WINES & CHEESES: Pick up all three of these Lodi wines from the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 365-0621. Open daily 10AM-5PM, Lodiwine.com. Find these yummy cheeses and more at Cheese Central, 11 N. School St., Lodi, Cheesecentrallodi.com.

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BORRA VINEYARDS 2013 GILL CREEK RANCH CHARDONNAY

This all-star Chardonnay shows off flavors of golden apple and honeyed vanilla with just a pinch of banana on the finish. The creaminess of this wine complements Saint Auger (Sant ah-GOOR) – a buttery doublecream cow’s milk blue cheese made in the village of Monts du Velay, France. With its delicate sharpness and low melting point, this cheese is perfect for slicing and adding to grilled chicken sandwiches or pasta with lemon cream sauce. Pair your meal with a chilled glass of Borra Vineyards Chardonnay and you’ve got something to celebrate. ($17) Borravineyards.com


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Wine Tours & Tastings The Lodi winemaking industry has enjoyed tremendous expansion in the last decade. The land devoted to vineyards has increased from 46,000 acres in 1996 to nearly 100,000 today. Now the region produces more fine wine than Napa and Sonoma combined! The Lodi appellation is proudly blowing away the mists of anonymity that have shrouded local wines, allowing them to bask in the sunshine of worldwide recognition. We invite you to take a short ride and discover Lodi Wine Country for yourself.

Lodi Wine and Visitor Center 2545 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 365-0621

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  Woodbridge’s own Flight Lounge offers guests an all-out experience, complete with airplane inspired décor and a menu to fit. Other than the restaurant’s impressive list of salads, entrees, and beers and wines on tap, Flight Lounge offers its customers fantastic starters and uplifting espresso at any time of the day.   Start off your visit with an appropriately themed ‘pre-boarding’ snack, such as a basket of flavored popcorn that comes sweet (chocolate chili) or savory (garlic parmesan). Next, choose your boarding, cruising or landing entrée from a mouthwatering selection of menu items such as the Pressed Cuban Sandwich, Roasted Veggies 154

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Sandwich or the Beet and Pear Salad.   Satisfy all of your cravings with a Flight of Sliders. The dish comes complete with three satiating bite-sized sliders including BBQ and Bacon, Cheddar and Frizzled Onions, Teriyaki with Swiss and Pineapple, Zinfandel with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese. What better way to kick off your pre-flight experience than with these tasty treats!? FOR MORE INFORMATION:

FLIGHT LOUNGE 18815 N. Sacramento Rd., Woodbridge (209) 366-2735, Flightwoodbridge.com

  A visit to Stockton’s Midtown Creperie and Café means you’re in for a real treat! Sweet and savory crepes, and an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with amazing assortments of fixings make this New Orleans style restaurant a regional indulgence. And now, the café has impressed us yet again with another delight to their already mouthwatering menu – wine slushies!   The perfect introduction to summer, and ode to our county’s best export, Midtown’s newest addition is one of the first restaurants in the region to offer the slushies. The beverages are made exclusively with locally made red and white wine from Sorelle Winery. Currently, the café serves six different flavors (with more in development!), which include Strawberry Mango, Lemon Lime, Peach Bellini, Blueberry Pomegranate and Cosmopolitan, says owner Matt Grizzle. “The slushies are super refreshing to enjoy on the patio during the summertime, and have the same alcohol content as a glass of wine. It definitely fits the bill.” GET YOUR OWN SLUSHY, TRY ALL THE FLAVORS AND PICK A FAVORITE AT:

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


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

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

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

Ingredients: • 3 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon reserved for garnish • 1/4 cup mint leaves, plus several leaves for garnish • Juice of four limes (about 8 tbsp) • 1 bottle of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato • 5 oz. vodka • Simple syrup to taste (depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you may not need it at all) • Ice Directions: Add watermelon, mint and limejuice to a blender and puree. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato and vodka. Taste. Sweeten with simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Stir again, and then pour the cocktail into drinking glasses filled with ice and garnish with skewered watermelon.   *Entertaining Tip: for a no-fuss crowd pleaser, double or triple this recipe and serve it in a large punch bowl. Make a gorgeous ice ring by adding lime slices, mint leaves and water to a plain Bundt pan. Freeze, then unmold and add to your punch just before party time!  156

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

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


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

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

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

M & J BISTRO 2515 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy (209)832-2727, mjbistro.net

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

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

Try the special SJM Roll (pictured). MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288

BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270, budsseafood.com

15138 S Harlan Rd. Lathrop, (209) 858-1818

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

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

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

BLEND ULTRA LOUNGE 115 S School St. #13., Lodi (209) 334-2036, blendlodi.com

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Mezzo offers a menu rich in Italian heritage and culture. Multi regional Mediterranean food takes center stage where Chef Buddy O’Dell and his team of creative chefs work wonders in the Mezzo Kitchen. Hand crafted pastas, homemade cheeses, made from scratch sauces and soups ensure that guests are getting the freshest most wholesome Italian cuisine possible. Mezzo uses only the finest most authentic ingredients available, local produce, meats and fish locally and sustainably. “We believe that the ONLY way to offer superlative food is to start with the freshest local produce.” Make a reservation today and allow Mezzo to show you what real Italian food is all about!

MEZZO 3499 Brookside Rd., Ste. A, Stockton (209) 473-7300, mezzostockton.com

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

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

De Vega Bros. is family own Italian Restaurant and focus on very traditional Italian food and using the freshest ingredients. Our outdoor patio is a great place to take advantage for outdoor gathering and dining. Happy hour, full service bar. We offer banquet and catering for large or small events. Open 7 days a week, Lunch and dinner. Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10:pm

DeVEGA BROTHERS 5757 Pacific Ave. (We are located inside Stonecreek shopping center) Stockton, (209)323-4339 www.devegabrothers.com

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

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

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

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


Midtown Creperie IS NOT just a breakfast & lunch place anymore! Midtown Creperie, recently voted the #1 overall restaurant in SJ County. With daily specials every week consisting of in-house slow smoked ribs on Thursday, various seafood dishes on Friday. 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! Also Available For Private Parties & Outside Catering

You do not have to go far to find a quality steakhouse. You can now find the newly reopened Shadows Steakhouse right here in Stockton. With an excellent thought out simple menu to choose from, to the wonderful staff that gives each visitor a warm welcome, the Steakhouse prides itself in providing each guest excellent customer service. With daily specials or featured menu items, we here at Shadows Steakhouse welcome you, friends and family to come enjoy our artfully crafted Appetizers, and entrees that comes from the hearts of our Chefs.

Breakfast/Lunch-7 Days A Week (8:30AM - 2:00PM) Dinner-Thurs, Fri & Sat Evenings (5:00PM - 9:00PM)

THE SHADOWS STEAKHOUSE 7555 Pacific Ave Stockton. (209) 473-3200 shadowsteakhouse.com

MIDTOWN CREPERIE Located On The Historical Miracle Mile 2319 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-9070 www.MidtownCreperie.com

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

Stockton’s newest addition to the Miracle Mile combines two San Joaquin favorites, Thai food and tapas. The modern restaurant and bar serves up an extensive menu of Thai inspired appetizers with classic favorites and innovative dishes in an intimate setting that’s all around authentic. For excellent service and an edgy menu to match, come in and Thai-up your taste buds!

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

THAI ME UP 2125 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 981-9040 Facebook.com/thaimeup209

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

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

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

THE RED ORCHID 126 E. Market St., Stockton, (209) 467-8140

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

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Hours: Lunch Buffet M-F 11am-2pm Mon-11am-2pm • Tues-Frid 11am-6pm

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BELL PEPPERS BY MELISSA HUTSELL

   Native to Central and South America, bell peppers were discovered and named by Christopher Columbus and Spanish explorers who stumbled upon the plants on their search for peppercorn. These colorful sweet peppers were later introduced to Europe and other continents, becoming a popular year-round food, spice and condiment.   Although grown throughout the year, bell peppers are abundant during the summer and early fall months. These peppers come in several varieties, from green to yellow, red to orange. Members of the nightshade family, along with potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant, bell peppers are actually fruits because they sprout from a flowering plant and contain seeds. Contrary to their name, the fruits do not contain enough capsaicin – the chemical that causes the burning sensation or ‘hotness’ - hence the nickname ‘sweet pepper.’    Bell peppers are packed with health benefits. The fruits are a great source of carotenoids (containing more than 30!), Vitamin C (twice the amount of an orange) and Vitamin E in addition to being packed with flavor. These vitamins and carotenoids are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties. Because of their strong, distinctive health benefits, bell peppers are becoming increasingly studied for their ability to fight heart disease, vision damage and Type 2 Diabetes, among other illnesses such as aged-related muscle degeneration.

  These delicious and nutritious peppers are a great way to enjoy a healthy meal. They can be added to just about any savory entrée, salad, pizza, or pasta – making them one of the most versatile summer offerings yet! All Recipes Courtesy of Rima Barkett of At The Table Together For More Information: AtTheTableTogether.com

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STUFFED BELL PEPPERS INGREDIENTS:

6 sweet peppers deprived of stalks and seeds 4 oz of tuna in oil 2 oz of chopped black olives 2 ½ oz of breadcrumbs soaked in milk 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 clove of garlic chopped finely Olive oil Salt and pepper PREPARATION:

In a bowl, mix the tuna with the olives, breadcrumbs, chopped garlic and parsley; season with salt and pepper, drizzle a little olive oil and process in mixer to obtain a homogeneous blend, divide it in equal parts to stuff the peppers. Place the peppers in a baking dish, sprinkle the bottom of a baking dish with a thin layer of oil, place the peppers in baking sheet then bake in the oven (at 350° F), for 40-45 minutes of until cooked. Serve hot.

PEPERONATA INGREDIENTS:

4 bell peppers (any color) 1 clove of garlic 1 onion chopped 2 tomatoes cut in small pieces Salt PREPARATION:

Clean the peppers removing the seeds and pit inside. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. In a large skillet, fry the clove garlic and the chopped onion. When the onion is withered, add the peppers, cook for 15 minutes, add salt, and add tomatoes. Cover with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes.

CHEF RIMA BARKETT, the daughter of Syrian immigrants, grew up in Tuscany, Italy. In her mother’s kitchen she learned the love of feeding people. She perfected her cooking skills at culinary schools Cordon Bleu in Florence and Gambero Rosso in Rome. Rima brought those traditions to the United States in 1993 and fulfilled her American dream when she opened her own restaurant Café Luna Spaghetteria in Stockton, in 2002. In 2006, she took her family to Rome to spend a few years working on the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. She continues to be active in global peace initiatives, appears as a guest chef on ABC, NBC and CBS, and is the proud author of At the Table Together. WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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4TH OF JULY BARBEQUE & FIREWORK CELEBRATION AT UNIVERSITY PLAZA WATERFRONT HOTEL

JULY 4

Reservations are required for this patriotic event including a buffet, live music and of course fireworks! The pool will be available for event attendees- just bring your own towel! University Plaza Waterfront Hotel 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton. UniversityPlazaWaterfrontHotel.com

STOCKTON CIVIC THEATRE PRESENTS “LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL”

JULY 5-12

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage in pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: The Musical features a peppy score and playful book and is very entertaining from start to finish. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard, where she struggles with peers and professors. With the help of new friends, she quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. The film was a tremendous success starring Reese Witherspoon and grossed over $300 million worldwide. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Ln., Stockton (209)-473-2424, Sctlivetheatre.com

from all genres to keep you entertained during those cool summer nights on the Delta. The free 12week concert series will kick off every Wednesday in June, from 6-8 PM and typically attracts more than 12,000 people. So grab your lawn chairs, a picnic and get your dancing shoes ready for an enjoyable evening in the park. Victory Park, 1001 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton. VisitStockton.org

CONCERTS IN THE PARK

JULY 1, 8, 15

Stockton’s Victory Park summer concert series is back for its 63rd annual season with an impressive line-up of live music

CENTRAL VALLEY CRUISERS “CRUISE NIGHT”

JULY 10, 24

Stockton’s Bagel Express, on the corner of March Lane and Pershing, will host the Cruise Night every 2nd and 4th Friday from April – October. What better way to kick of your summer than with some live music and spectating?! The Central Valley Cruisers will showcase classics with trophies awarded to each, a raffle, plaques and an opportunity to put your car on display or just admire. Bagel Express, 1461 W. March Ln., Stockton (209) 598-7955, Facebook.com/CentralValleyCruisers

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POOLSIDE BARBEQUE @ WINE & ROSES FEATURING ONE WAY WINERY

SECOND SATURDAY BIKE RIDE

JULY 10

Enjoy fitness as a family every 2nd Saturday of the month with The San Joaquin Bike Coalition. Beginning at UOP’s DeRosa Center, the free ride will give participants a chance to get to know other bicyclists and bike route through Stockton. Each ride is casual, and taken at your own pace – making for a perfect outing for the entire family! University of the Pacific’s DeRosa University Center, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, Sjbike.org

Join us this summer for our Poolside Barbecues featuring local wineries. Select Friday evenings at Wine & Roses Pool from 5-9 PM. Enjoy music, no host barbecue and bar, pool and Jacuzzi. The entrance free is only $5 per person! No reservations required, but seating is limited, so first come, first served. Wine & Roses, 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-6988, winerose.com

JULY 11

STOCKTON SWAP MEET AND CAR SHOW

JULY 12

If you love automobiles of all shapes and sizes, you won’t want to miss this! The Stockton Swap meet, held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, will bring together thousands of buyers, sellers, collectors and enthusiasts of all types. The event, in conjunction with the Vintage Bicycle Show and Model Car Show, will also feature 50 and 60s music in addition to hot rods, street rods, muscle car, and of course, classic cars from a span of decades. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, (209) 948-5307

CRUISE NIGHTS @ A&W ROOT BEER OF LODI

JULY 16

FRENCH 25 FREE CONCERT SERIES: SALUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS

JULY 10

A San Joaquin summer offers an abundance of live music, and French 25 surely delivers their own take! This summer, the Stockton Waterfront restaurant welcomes its free concert series on the gorgeous building’s rooftop. Watch the sun set above the Delta as you’re serenaded. Exclusive VIP packages pamper guests with a rooftop dinner, VIP seating and entrance to the after party, which includes desserts. French 25, 110 N. El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 451-0617, French-25.com

MOVIES AT THE POINT: MALEFICENT

JULY 10

Celebrate the beautiful summer evenings with a movie under the stars, brought to you by Stockton’s Financial Center Credit Union and Community Service Department. The free showings of family favorites like Big Hero 6 or Wreck-it Ralph, are projected on to the canopy at Weber Point Event Center the second Friday of each month. This July, the movie series will show the 2014 Disney blockbuster, Maleficent, featuring Angelina Jolie. Weber Point, 221 N. Center St., Stockton. VisitStockton.org

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Bring that old Classic Cruiser or that Hot New muscle car for this great family-friendly event. Free raffles, classic cars and trucks, great music, and delicious food! Cruise in with what ever you are proud of and enjoy some classic A&W Root Beer! A&W Root Beer of Lodi, 216 E. Lodi Ave., Lodi, Awrootbeer.com

LINCOLN CENTER LIVE! SHOPPING BAZAAR & FAMILY FUN

JULY 17

Come one, come all! There’s free fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon animals, a 40-foot tall jumbo slide, corn hole games and more. Parents can take advantage of one-dayonly promotions and sales at many of the shops. The evening features live music by a local favorite, The Summit Band. Lincoln Center, Pacific Ave. & Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton (209)-477-4868, lincolncentershops.com


Celebrate the Season De Navidad at Stockton’s 1st Annual Festive Christmas Lights Display!! Regional Talent Search

The event will include:

Volunteers needed to

Tamale Alley Car Show * Music Kids Zone * Games Craft Fair Sports Celebrities Cooking Demos Petting Zoo Great variety of music and much more!

help with setting up festive Christmas & lighting display Sponsorship, Vendor & Volunteer Opportunities Please Call: 209-688-6918

San Joaquin County Fair Grounds

1658 S. Airport Way * Stockton * 209.688.6918

Saturday December 5, 2015

10am-8pm Visit us at: stocktontamalefestival.com for more event information

The Stockton Tamale Festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the people of the San Joaquin Valley!

Hutchins Street Square

Performing arts theater community, conference and senior center

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Al e x R a m o n JULY 19, 2015 • 2 PM Hutchins Street Square

Charlene Powers Lange Theater

125 S. Hutchins Street, Lodi Box Office: 209.333.5550 • www.loditickets.com

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8TH SAN JOAQUIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AUGUST 1

Enjoy a selection of new, innovative, and awardwinning works at the 8th Annual San Joaquin International Film Festival featuring emerging talents and seasoned artists from around the world during this two-day event spanning from Saturday August 1st to Sunday the 2nd. Janet Leigh Theatre @ University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, Uop.edu

STOCKTON OBON BAZAAR & FESTIVAL

AUGUST 1

FRIENDS OF THE FOX PRESENT: AMERICAN GRAFFITI

GROOVIN’ IN THE GROVE WITH JESSIE’S GROVE WINERY

JULY 17

JULY 25

It’s the last night of summer 1962, and the teenagers of Modesto, California, want to have some fun before adult responsibilities close in. Among them are Steve (Ron Howard) and Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), college-bound with mixed feelings about leaving home; nerdy Terry “The Toad” (Charles Martin Smith), who scores a dream date with blonde Debbie (Candy Clark); and John (Paul Le Mat ), a 22-year-old drag racer who wonders how much longer he can stay champion and how he got stuck with 13-year-old Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) in his deuce coupe. As D. J. Wolfman Jack spins 41 vintage tunes on the radio throughout the night, Steve ponders a future with girlfriend Laurie (Cindy Williams), Curt chases a mystery blonde, Terry tries to act cool, and Paul prepares for a race against Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford), but nothing can stop the next day from coming, and with it the vastly different future ushered in by the 1960s. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 3374673, Stocktonlive.com

SUMMERFEST @ WOODBRIDGE WINERY BY ROBERT MODAVI

JULY 18

Enjoy a casual celebration of food, wine, music, and friends at the 30th annual SummerFest at Woodbridge Winery. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit, community owned hospital programs and services of Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, 5950 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo (209) 339-7833, Lmhfoundation.org

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This summer Jessie’s Grove Winery hosts their 13th Annual Groovin’ in the Grove concert series! The July 25 event features blues and rock band AC Myles. Catch the next Groovin’ event on August 9th! 1973 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, Jessiesgrovewinery.com

LODI FOOD TRUCK MANIA @ HUTCHINS STREET SQUARE

JULY 26

Join us monthly at Hutchins Street Square, every 4th Sunday of the month, for an evening of food trucks, music and lots of fun- all courtesy of the City of Lodi Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services. The first event’s lineup includes: Drewski’s, Gameday Grill, North Border Taco, The Culinerdy Cruzer, Bacon Mania Truck Sacramento, Green Papaya Food Truck, Hefty Gyros, Krush Burger, Mamas And The Tapas Catering, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Costa’s Finest Kettle Corn & Have You Found The Sweet Spot all with awesome live music by Damaged Goodz and a frosty beer garden benefiting local youth organizations! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi (209) 333-6782, Hutchinsstreetsquare.com

Enjoy great Japanese food, flower arrangements, martial arts, a Bon Odori Dance, a tour of the temple and lots of entertainment during this annual event hosted by the Stockton Buddhist Temple. Proceeds benefit the temple’s community events. Stockton Buddhist Temple, 2820 Shimizu Dr., Stockton (209) 466-6701, Stocktonbuddhisttemple.org


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