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Dear Dr. Manshadi, “I wish to thank you for the work you have done to treat my poor heart. You identified the occlusion and did an excellent job in placing the stent. This occurred around coincidently with the birth of your baby boy but you put me at the top of your priorities and proceeded with treatment. Please accept my sincerest appreciation for your good work.” - M. Edwards, actual patient.

Its Important to visit a Sport Cardiologist at any age if you have symptoms of chest pains, excessive shortness of breath, palpitations, or passing out.

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Summer is here BRACE YOURSELF

At Wheeler Orthodontics our #1 goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a familybased, high-technology practice. We offer a unique orthodontic experience that is fun, affordable, interactive, and effective. We maintain the most advanced procedures and equipment available, including digital radiography, digital photography, and advanced computer graphics, to ensure that every patient achieves a healthy and beautiful smile.

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CONTENTS JULY 2018

Features + Profiles AND 45 BEAUTY THE BARRE

The exercise program that’s taking America’s fitness culture by storm is inspired by ballet and practiced by the average Joe (or rather, Josephine). In Barre, fitness means strength, but it also means posture and poise. We sat down with Alina Gibson, Barre Instructor and owner of Define Barre and Fitness studio in Stockton to learn more. By Alexandra Krueger

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It’s the vacationing craze that’s taking over the country. Glamping mixes all the best parts of camping with the added IN bonus of luxury accommodations and modern amenities M (think in-room massages and guided yoga practice). Lucky for San Joaquin residents California is home to some of the best glamping there is, making it easy for vacationers to roast s’mores and stargaze before climbing into a real bed. By Nora Heston Tarte

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Over 5,000 locals cast their vote for the best in everything from health and beauty to food, fitness, and fashion. The 12th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards are back and ready to report on the beloved businesses you crowned in this year’s Best of San Joaquin. By Alexandra Krueger & Nora Heston Tarte

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Here’s everything you need to know about the traditional Spanish style wine punch— including how to make it, serve it, and pair it. Our Food & Wine Editor shares her favorite red and white recipes, DIY tips, and local wines to utilize. By Suzanne Ledbetter 34

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CONTENTS JULY 2018

The Fast & The Feminine

Departments 38 PUBLISHER’S NOTE 48 UPFRONTS

Docked & Ready to Rock, The Raw Food Movement, Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique, The Fast & The Feminine, and more!

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143 WINE DINE 209 Sangria: The Ultimate Summertime Sipper

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150 OFF THE VINE The Tasting Room at Lodi Vintners

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Adam Mettler, Mettler Winery

154 BEHIND THE KNIFE Tim Chang, Komachi Sushi

156 CRAVINGS Nekter Juice Bar

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158 IN SEASON Strawberries

167 AGENDA

What’s Happening Around the County This Month

SPECIAL SECTION:

SECTION: 135 SENIOR Understanding Arthritis Adam Mettler

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Welcome to River Islands. Home of the 7-day weekend.

MORE NEIGHBORHOODS. MORE FUN. MORE VALUE! Discover River Islands, and enjoy the best in home design AND a lifestyle built around great schools, parks, trails, lakes and the San Joaquin River Delta! Open daily, 10 - 6. LATITUDE - 3 MODELS OPEN

By Van Daele Homes 3-5 Bedrooms . 1,813 - 2,584 sq ft . Priced from the low $400,000s

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By Tim Lewis Communities 3-5 Bedrooms . 2,129 - 2,806 sq ft . Priced from the mid $400,000s

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By Kiper Homes 3-5 Bedrooms . 2,281- 2,939 sq ft . Priced from the mid $400,000s

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By Richmond American Homes 3-6 Bedrooms . 2,320 - 3,560 sq ft . Priced from the high $400,000s

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By The New Home Company 4-5 Bedrooms . 2,506 - 3,129 sq ft . Priced from the high $400,000s

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By Van Daele Homes 4-6 Bedrooms . 2,939 - 3,812 sq ft . Priced from the mid $500,000s

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By Van Daele Homes 3-4 Bedrooms . 1,575 - 1,776 sq ft . Priced from the high $300,000s

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“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” – John Ruskin

following with over 6,000 locals casting their vote and more than 300 businesses proudly sporting the ‘Best of’ badge on their front door. Sure, it’s a competition—but the top three businesses we crown each year in each category stand out among the hundreds of others in their field. It’s not a, “If you’re not first you’re last” kind of thing. It’s a Best of the Best.   That’s why this year our editorial team covered all three winners in each category—that’s nearly 500 businesses vouched for as top-quality in everything from health and medical to financial, fashion, and fun. No reason to hit the Internet and scan through stranger’s reviews. Our readers and the public have got you covered, and we break it down, business by business, to explain why. Of course, it’s no secret that everyone’s preferences are different and what you like may not be your neighbor’s cup of tea, but we’re sure that our top three are eager—and willing— to please.   What does Midgley’s Public House, David’s Pizza, Fenix, Jessie’s Grove Winery and Oak Farm Vineyards have in common?! They’re a handful of the restaurants and wineries that will be serving and pouring at our Best Of Event Thursday, July 12 at Brookside Country Club. Did you grab your tickets yet? $40 ($60 at the door) gets you full of delicious food and properly buzzed, with help from 25 chefs and wineries crowned Best Of. Enjoy the gorgeous grounds at Brookside, bust a move or two, catch up with friends, and get face-to-face with the businesses and people who make San Joaquin great.   Our biennial event is one for the books, welcoming over one thousand attendees for a high-energy, celebratory party! And with a portion of proceeds benefiting United Way, it’s a good thing that keeps on giving—and we want to share this experience with you! Order your tickets at SJMAG.COM now. See you there!

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Next month our annual Home edition hits the shelves! The tiny space between summer and the holidays— when the kids return to school and there seems to be a sense of quiet—is the perfect time to start that project. Sick of your crammed kitchen and outdated cabinets? Looking to create a space that works for you? We’ve got a slew of local experts in kitchen and bath remodel, interior design, flooring, and furniture ready to inspire and deliver dream-worthy results!

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I’ve never been much of a camping guy. I love to get out and adventure but the thought of missing one of my three daily showers gives me anxiety. The solution? Glamping. This trending alternative grants the glory of the great outdoors without the endless bug bites, outside bathrooms, and deflating air mattresses. Check out our Getaway for an inside look at California’s top glamping destinations and accommodations. It’s a beautiful thing!

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Are you a bit of a history buff? Our newest Section Editor digs it, too— and she’s introducing a bi-monthly page dedicated to blasts from the past. This month features Nina Vitagliano, an early 1900s racecar driver who left a legacy of female ambition in her wake.


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   “It’s all about alignment,” says Alina Gibson, Barre Instructor and owner of Define Barre and Fitness studio in Stockton. “Everything we’re doing at our studio is geared toward attaining proper body alignment, improving posture, as well as improving your self-esteem and making you feel your best.”   Alignment aside, those who practice barre increase their strength and stamina without bulking up. So, if you’re tired of pumping iron and hitting the treadmill, barre might be the perfect booster shot to your routine.   “If you look at dancers, they have extremely long and lean muscles; they’re not bulky,” says Alina. “So, in barre, we’re shaping, lifting, lengthening, and toning. As a result, you’re going to get stronger, leaner muscles.”    And make no mistake, this isn’t just another fitness fad. Though popularity has surged in the past few years, barre classes have been around for almost six decades.   The story begins with German dancer Lotte Berk: Having fled the Nazis in the late 1930s, Lotte moved to London where she suffered a back injury. During her re46

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habilitation, the dancer realized she could combine her ballet bar routines with her rehabilitation therapy to form an exercise program.   Eager to share the program with others, in 1959, Lotte opened a studio in her West End basement, inspiring her students and others to open their own studios as well—and so the practice spread. Original students of Lotte Berk included Brooke Shields, Joan Collins, and Britt Ekland.    Today, it seems that barre classes haven’t lost any of their original charm; in the tradition of barre-pioneers, Alina Gibson simply fell in love with the practice and wanted to share it with others. Though she started dancing at age three, Alina emphasizes that you don’t have to be a ballerina to take a barre class.    “You don’t need any dance experience at all. You will learn dance positions, like ‘first position’ or relevé, but you’re not dancing—you’re just holding the position and working those muscle groups.”    Thanks to the isometric movements that characterize this fitness routine, barre allows you to build strength and burn calories without putting pressure on your

joints. With no jumping or cardio, barre is perfect for anyone with lower-back or knee issues, from an athlete coming off an injury, to expecting mothers, to silver foxes.    “I have clients in their 70’s who come to my class religiously,” says Alina. “There’s just so many things you can do where you don’t have to be running, lifting dumbbells, or bench pressing.”   With fitness balls, weights, and bands provided, all you need to bring to your first class is your activewear, a pair of grip socks, and a good attitude. And with a $10 special on your first class at Define Barre and Fitness, there’s no better time to “raise the bar” on your fitness routine.    “People often say, ‘I feel like I found my inner ballerina!’” Alina laughs. “It’s all about how your workout makes you feel. At the end of a barre class, you feel proud and empowered. Every class is a new challenge.”

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With over a dozen marinas in the Stockton area, it’s not hard to find the perfect place to rest your captain’s hat between adventures down the deep water channel. Here’s our pick of the top four marinas where you can dock, dine, drink, and fully recharge before you float on.

Downtown Stockton Marina & Promenade Want to dock your boat within walking distance of downtown Stockton’s best restaurants? The Downtown Stockton Marina & Promenade is the place to be, offering over 60 permanent berths as well as guest docks. This marina’s proximity to the heart of Stockton also offers easy access to Banner Island Ballpark, Bob Hope Theatre, and the Stockton Arena—so you can catch a Ports game or a classic movie after your Delta outing! 445 W. Weber Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-4200

RiverPoint Landing Marina Resort Take camping to the next level and explore the RiverPoint Landing Marina Resort. This marina features several amenities including overnight and weekly guest docks, heated restrooms, showers, laundry, gas pumps, RV camping, boat valet service, wifi, and horseshoe games, so be sure to mark this marina on your map this summer! 4950 Buckley Cove Way, Stockton, (209) 951-4144, RiverPointLanding.com

Tiki Lagoon Resort & Marina Looking to pop a tent and camp on the water? Look no further than Tiki Lagoon Resort & Marina, a Delta destination offering RV and tent camping, covered and uncovered guest berths, gas pumps, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, picnic tables, a restaurant, and a store. With internet access and activities such as volleyball and horseshoes, this marina is the perfect pitstop on your Delta adventures. 12988 W. McDonald Rd., Stockton, (209) 941-8975, TikiLagoon.com

Village West Marina Boasting guest docks, covered berths and open slips, gas pumps, restrooms, showers, and picnic facilities, Village West Marina is one of the premier locations to dock your boat this summer. Grub on a Giant Cheeseburger from Bob’s at the Marina or sip on a cocktail while lounging on the deck of Garlic Brother’s Restaurant. Featuring boat-detailing services and its own yacht club, Village West Marina is a Stockton-boater’s paradise. -6649 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton, (209) 951-1551, VillageWestMarina.com

NO BOAT? NO PROB! For those who want to skip around the Delta but don’t want the hassle (and cost) of boat ownership, we’re here to tell you that you really can have the best of both worlds. Freedom Boat Club—a national organization that allows members access to their fleet of boats with no storage fees, no maintenance responsibilities, and no hassle—has dropped anchor at our very own Village West Marina!    A one-time membership fee and monthly dues grant access to pontoon, deck, center console, fishing, wakeboard, and wakesurf boats at not only their Stockton location but the 150 others they have throughout the country. With a three-year rotation policy, you can be sure that their fleet is made up of the latest and greatest models around. New to boating? Freedom Boat Club provides both classroom and on-the-water training for all its new members. Join the club and meet fellow skippers at membership socials including dock parties, dinners, party boat cruises, and parades. Make this summer one you’ll never forget and become a member of Freedom Boat Club today! FOR MORE INFORMATION: FREEDOM BOAT CLUB 6649 Embarcadero Dr., Stockto (209) 531-6996, FreedomBoatClub.com

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TAKE A BITE OUT of the RAW FOOD DIET  BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ Everyone’s health could benefit from the natural vitamins and nutrients found in raw fruits and veggies. In fact, the power of leafy greens alone are a guaranteed way to get more fiber, iron, potassium, and calcium into a diet. But the raw food diet isn’t a new fad. In fact, there are several books that date back to the early 1900s such as author Eugene Christian’s Uncooked Foods and How to Use Them that boast the power of eating raw.   Those who choose to eat a completely raw diet follow simple rules. They consume mostly plant-based meals that consist of a lot of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains (sprouted or soaked), nut-based milks such as almond milk, nut-butters, and some people even choose to eat raw eggs or meat, if desired.    Food is considered raw if it hasn’t been heated or cooked at temperatures greater than 115 degrees, but those who practice a raw food diet use alternative methods such as juicing, blending, and dehydrating as ways to prepare their meals. Of course processed or refined foods are discouraged as is alcohol, coffee, and tea. What’s more, foods should not be refined, pasteurized or 50

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treated with pesticides. The claims behind the raw food movement say eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state keeps the quality of the nutrients and enzymes at their optimum, meaning the consumer receives all the benefits.   For Sheri Didreckson, eating healthy isn’t just a once-in-a-while choice, but a lifestyle. Sheri recalls her grandmother instilling in her at a young age that eating well is vital to a healthy and long life.    “I’ve always been very health-conscious. My grandmother was very holistic-minded and she never cooked out of a box or a can,” Sheri says. “She taught me the importance of eating right when I was younger and it just kind of stuck with me.”   Sheri is the president of Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition Center in downtown Lodi, a health store that caters to specialty diets by providing organic vitamins and supplements. She says when she wakes up in the morning one of the first choices she prefers for breakfast is a simple fruit salad because of the energy it gives her.   “I personally think that I feel so much better when I eat raw versus processed food. You can see a big difference,” Sheri says. “They digest better in your system

and they’re healthier for you. I definitely have more energy, more stamina. I have a better outlook on life when I eat more raw food.”    Sheri says a great way to eat raw fruits and veggies is juicing, but also recommends keeping juice either strictly fruit-based or veggie-based to help eliminate indigestion (and gas).    “I try to eat as many raw foods as I possibly can. I do a lot of fresh fruit and veggies and I know a lot of people who are doing smoothies to incorporate them into your diet that way,” Sheri says. “My favorite method would be a salad where you incorporate lettuce, carrots, celery, and shredded raw beets. The next best thing that I would do would be juice. You can juice any and everything like squash, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and spinach.” To eliminate bitter or sour tastes, she suggests using lemon juice or an apple for balance and flavor.

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BeLOVELY LOVELY GIRL MOBILE BOUTIQUE TAKES FASHION ON THE ROAD  BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ/ D

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When it comes to the latest summer styles, Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique has customers covered. Owned by mother-daughter team Jan Peterson and Casey Means, this fashion hub on four wheels stocks everything from trendy sunhats to strappy sandals.   A close-knit pair both professionally and personally (they talk everyday), Casey and Jan launched their on-the-go business four years ago when they transformed an old office supply truck into a full-fledged traveling fashion boutique.    “It’s something we have talked about doing together for a long time because we both love fashion, have always been told by our family and friends that we have a knack for it, and we love the flexibility it gives us,” Casey says.    Lovely Girl’s robin’s egg blue boutique travels to customer’s homes for private fashion parties, and it’s often spotted at wineries, office events, street fairs, schools, and more. Casey, who has two little ones, and Jan, who loves to spend time with those little ones, enjoy owning their own mobile boutique because of the freedom it provides. But the best part, they say, is that Lovely Girl’s possibilities are endless when it comes to going to new places and meeting new customers who share a love for fashion.    Every two to three months, Casey and Jan travel to Los Angeles, where they hand pick the latest trends from local designers. Lovely Girl carries sizes small to 3X and the prices are affordable with accessories such as necklaces starting at $21 and tops priced at $36. Casey says they try to keep their store affordable for everyone regardless of age or shape.    “We would describe the fashions and accessories in our truck as the latest fashions and trends of that season or year,” says Jan. “We try and keep up with what’s new and what people seem 52

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WANT to to like (including ourselves). With the age difference between us, we can cater to all ages.”   So what’s in this summer? Florals, stripes, belts, loose-fitting and flowing blouses, chunky to strappy sandals for those warm summer days, and accessories that sparkle and accent outfits such as long gold necklaces, and cute, over-the-shoulder wallet-sized purses. It’s an intimate shopping experience that is chock-full of fashion.   “We hope that we make it a fun and unique shopping experience and that each woman who leaves with a shopping bag bought something that they love and makes them feel pretty,” Casey says. “When we hear the words ‘I’m wearing my Lovely Girl today,’ it’s truly music to our ears and puts a smile on our face. That has always been our vision and hope for the truck. Lovely Girl Mobile Boutique is truly our dream come true.”

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IGNITING THE SPARK

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German aviator and religious leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “the desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Yet, in adult life, we are so rarely offered the chance to create. Most jobs require us to analyze, produce, or sell—the antithesis of creativity—and we adopt that mindset for our survival, to the detriment of our imaginations.

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  Lucky for us, Dennis Beasley, Artistic Director at Stockton Civic Theatre (SCT), offers a solution for those who’ve been mourning the loss of their creative spark. “For people who don’t get to be very artistic in their daily lives, community theatre can provide a wonderful outlet,” says Dennis. “If you’ve settled down with a 9 to 5 job, it can offer you an opportunity to rediscover skills and talents you don’t get to use very often.”    As a creative outlet, theatre does it all: Not only are you using your imagination to conjure up a character, but you’re expressing emotion through your entire body to portray that character. You project your voice, speak in tones you never would otherwise, and say dramatic, poignant, or funny things you’d never get to say in real life.   And, if you find it hard to be yourself sometimes (don’t we all?) you might find it fun to play someone else, if only for a couple hours a night. Because, as Dennis has seen time and time again, playing isn’t just for kids.

   “For the participants, theatre is a fun hobby, but it also offers a sense of community,” he says. “The people who participate in shows regularly feel like a family. They come in and have a great time together, they meet their best friends… You’re connected to this whole group of people for the rest of your life.”    Interested in auditioning, but have no theatre experience? Have no fear. “To someone who’s never been in a show before and wants to audition, I say do it!” exclaims Dennis. “We have novices in every show. The only way you’re ever going make it happen is by coming in and putting yourself out there.”   With several community theatres in the area, there’s plenty of opportunities to ignite your creative spark. Aside from SCT, there’s Linden Community Theatre in Linden, Changing Faces Theatre Company and Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, and Prospect Theatre Project in Modesto. Browse your local auditions, step out of your comfort zone, get out there, and play! STOCKTON CIVIC THEATRE 2312 Rosemarie Ln., Stockton (209) 473-2400, SctLiveTheatre.com


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 BY ALEXANDRA KRUEGER Looking at this photograph taken in 1918, one can’t help but notice two things: First,

a smiling subject, as opposed to the usual stoic stare that haunts the frames of most old photographs.   Second, a woman behind the wheel of a racecar.   Both surprising factors paint an accurate portrait of Nina Vitagliano, a vibrant woman who loved to race and was far from bashful about it.    In 1918, it was unusual for a woman to even drive, let alone pilot a racecar—women had been banned from official motorsport competition since 1909, and to think a woman could race against a man was scandalous. But Nina was free-spirited and ambitious, not to mention experienced: She raced cars in her motherland of Italy and had no intention of stopping Holt-Atherton Special Collections, just because America was beUniversity of the Pacific Library hind the curve on women’s rights.   After debuting her racing moters decided it would be more exciting skills on the first all-women’s track race at if the women drove the cars of well-known Ascot Park in Los Angeles, Nina and her felmale racers. Nina was given the legendary low “Speederettes”—as the media dubbed Earl Cooper’s #8 Stutz. the group of racing women—made their   The first race was a single-lap sprint, way to Stockton Park, Stockton’s one-mile which Nina won. dirt track, to showcase their skills at the    The second was a five-lap contest. Nina “World Championship” for female drivers. and the Speederettes full-throttled down Rival racer Ruth Wightman had challenged the dirt track, skidded, tires screeching Nina to a rematch at the Championship, around each turn, kicking up billowing which Nina delightedly accepted. clouds of dust. Ruth held the lead from the   Attracting over 10,000 spectators, this beginning and was gaining speed. Undeevent called for greater horsepower than terred, Nina gave the throttle all she had the small stock cars and cyclecars the and attempted to pass Ruth while convergSpeederettes had been working with; proing with a turn. Then, tragedy struck.

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  The famous Stutz blew a tire and Nina lost control. In a horrific crash, the car bounced over the embankment, collided with a tree and fence, and rolled to a stop. Both Nina and her co-pilot lost their lives.   Mourned and remembered by both Stockton and Los Angeles’ Italian-American community as their courageous champion, the fearless Nina Vitagliano left a legacy of female ambition in her wake. Though her passing dissolved the Speederettes, the group’s trailblazing efforts in breaking the gender barrier of the sport inspired many women to pursue racing in the 1920s and beyond.


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Sun-kissed shoulders aren’t cute in the eyes of longtime dermatologist and owner of California Skin & Laser Centers, Dr. Gerald Bock. He’s been in practice since 1974 and tells his patients that sun exposure to the skin is like cigarette exposure for the lungs.    “The whole bit about needing sun exposure to get vitamin D is bullshit. Sunlight is a toxin for the skin,” he says. “The more sun you get, the more problems you’re going to have.”   Instead, Dr. Bock urges the public to take Vitamin D by mouth. “It’s very easy and safe, and you don’t have to ruin your skin to do it,” he notes.   Specializing in cosmetic, laser, and general dermatology, Dr. Bock has seen his fair share of sun-damaged skin. His Lodi and Stockton offices treat everything from wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and age spots to Melanoma—the most serious type of skin cancer.   When it comes to Melanoma, a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells in the skin, it’s very difficult for people to recognize signs on their own. Dr. Bock advises that no one should rely on self-examination as means to properly diagnose Melanoma.   “Melanoma can be very difficult to recognize, even for dermatologists. But, new moles after 30 raise a red flag,” he says. “Now, people get these rough pigmented things on the surface of their skin called Keratosis, and that’s not anything to worry about. But a new mole after age 30 can be a tip-off of problems.”   If a person notices irregular pigment on the skin’s surface or a mole much larger than a pencil eraser, visit a dermatologist immediately. These are all signs of catching Melanoma in its later stages, and according to Dr. 58

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FROM BRUNCH TO BARBITES, AND EVERY ETHNIC EAT IN BETWEEN...

BEST APPETIZERS

When it comes down to it, appetizers are a test of will: You try not to fill up on them, but sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Stop by Midgely’s Public House for their Avocado Fries—and be prepared to slap some hands away! Check out Market Tavern’s ever-changing menu of inspired appetizers and you're sure to be tempted to try them all. Let Garlic Brothers drop the bomb on your taste buds with a serving of Atomic Balls—fried macaroni with bacon and green onion, served with sweet and hot peppers.

Best Breakfast

Nothing starts your day off better than a big breakfast. At the corner of Quality and Quantity we have Chuck’s Hamburgers in Stockton, where heaping hash browns and pancakes the size of dinner plates are standard portions. In Lodi, Avenue Grill is a local favorite; regulars swear by the Poor Man’s Benedict. Got a picky eater in your life? Bring them to Town & Country Cafe and let them peruse through their extensive breakfast menu—from open-faced toasts, to benedicts, to handheld breakfasts, there’s something for everybody!

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Best American Cuisine While diversity abounds

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Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! There are so many options to choose from in San Joaquin to satisfy that sweet tooth. While M&W Dutch American Bakery has provided Stockton with sugary confections of all shapes and sizes for almost 20 years, Corner Scone Bakery’s got Lodi covered with their freshly baked scones, snickerdoodles, cinnamon rolls, and more (and is always generous with their sample plate!). Genova Bakery is Stockton’s oldest bakery, serving the area their famous fresh bread since 1918. If it’s a sweeter taste you’re in the mood for, indulge in Nothing Bundt Cakes’ melt-in-your-mouth bundt cakes and Bundtinis.

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BEST BARBECUE

There’s something about a plate of barbecue that fires up all the synapses in your brain necessary for a good time. Let Fat City Brew & BBQ be your shepherd as you climb to BBQ Heaven, beer in hand, St. Louis ribs as the stairway. Check out Tin Roof BBQ & Catering for lunch, if you dare— their Hot Links Sandwich, Tri-Tip Burger, and other filling options will have you bursting at the seams. Looking for a sit-down dinner? You can’t go wrong with Waterloo Restaurant; try the Waterloo Special and get your fix of both chicken and ribs in one delicious entrée.

Best Brunch

Break out the bottomless mimosas, it’s time for brunch! Check out Fenix in Lodi, where Sunday brunch entrées include bottomless Weibel sparkling wine mimosas, freshly baked pastries, coffee, and soft drinks. The Dancing Fox Winery & Brewery has got you covered if you’re looking for a buffetstyle brunch with a fine-dining atmosphere. A fan of Eggs Benedict? Head over to Bud’s Seafood Grille for their delicious brunch options— the Crab Cake Benedict is to die for!


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BEST CASUAL DINING

Looking to keep it casual? Head to Porter’s Pub in Lodi for a friendly atmosphere and delectable dinner options, no suit or tie required. Garlic Brothers is another great option for a laid-back dining experience, especially if you’re coming in from a long day on the water! If you’re looking for a quiet place with quality food in Stockton, head to Market Tavern for a nice dinner in the heart of Stockton’s Lincoln Center.

BEST CHINESE If your impression of Chinese food is take-out, you’ve been seriously misled; have a seat at Dave Wong’s Restaurant in Stockton and get a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine in a fine dining environment. Also in Stockton, Yen Du specializes in Szechwan, Peking, and Hunan Cuisine. Peking in Stockton is another local favorite. Enjoy the warm ambiance of their restaurant as you feast on homemade kimchi, hearty portions of house chicken with fried rice, or in the winter months, their sizzling rice soup!

Best Restaurant Desserts Just when you think you’re so

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Nothing says, “I’m ready for the big game” like a plate of saucy, spicy buffalo wings. Grab a basket of delicious wings from Smitty’s Wings & Things in Stockton, and make sure to try as many sauces as possible! Kick up the spice with Fire Wings in Lodi, a wing-paradise offering plenty of taste budinvigorating flavors and sides for you to choose from. If you want to nosh on your wings in a pub-type atmosphere, be sure to bring the gang to Porter’s Pub in downtown Lodi for a fingerlickin’ good time.

Best Burgers Having been irreplaceable as

America’s favorite comfort food for generations, most foodies consider the hamburger sacred—while that’s not (yet) its official status, if it were, you can be sure local temples of worship would include Bob’s at the Marina, where their patties are thick, juicy, and blessed with TLC. If it’s cheese you need, look no further than Squeeze Burger & Brew, where the cheese skirts don patties like golden halos. On your foodie pilgrimage through the San Joaquin, don’t forget to check out Flip’s Burgers, Stockton’s hidden gem of a burger joint. 76

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BEST CHEF

With a plethora of fantastic restaurants in San Joaquin, there are so many great chefs working hard to provide locals with unique cuisine. Chef Michael Midgley of Midgley’s Public House is Stockton’s very own celebrity chef, having been featured on television shows including Cutthroat Kitchen, a competition from which Michael emerged the victor. Another excellent chef emerged, not from a TV show, but from literal flames. Chef Richard Hymen of the appropriately-named Fenix restaurant is back at it after an oven accident, and business is booming. Executive Chef Chris Isert cooks up creativity on the daily for members of Brookside Country Club— where he also teaches interactive cooking classes with a dash of comedy and, of course, wine.

full you couldn’t possibly eat another bite, out comes the dessert menu. Suddenly, you have just a little more room! After you’ve filled up on their apps and entrées, Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar offers a delicious Baklava Cheesecake, Rice Pudding, and a wide selection of other desserts. Rosewood Bar & Grill in Lodi is another tantalizing dessert-oasis; try their Dark Colombian Chocolate Tart, Five-Spiced Carrot Cake, or Double Rainbow Vanilla Ice Cream! And don’t forget Midgley’s Public House; you haven’t lived until you've tasted their Doughnut Maple Bacon Bread Pudding!

BEST FINE DINING

In the mood to show off your favorite dress and taste some truly fine cuisine? Grab your significant other by the arm and click-clack into one of San Joaquin’s finest restaurants. Prime Table’s high-quality steaks in tandem with their swanky, throwback décor make this restaurant Stockton’s go-to for a fine-dining experience. Feeling a more open, rustic vibe? Try Fenix: Sourced from local farmers, their newAmerican cuisine is made with fresh, sustainable ingredients, and their large windows let natural light in to illuminate the restaurant’s gorgeous design. Towne House Restaurant is another great option; located at the beautiful Wine & Roses, with a seasonal menu that is a true tribute to Lodi’s rich wine and farming cultures.


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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT The Italian community has roots in San Joaquin that date

FOOD TRUCK The food truck craze is far from over; in our area, we have some truly diverse options to satisfy even the most eclectic cravings. Check out A Moveable Feast on Kettleman Lane in Lodi and pray they’re serving the Ahi Poke Fries! If it’s Mexican food you’re craving, you have to try the Asada Tacos at Tacos El Mayita in Stockton, usually located at the 76 gas station next to In-N-Out. La Picosita is another excellent Mexican food truck; find them on the corner of Church St. and Turner Rd. in Lodi!

BEST FROZEN YOGURT/ ICE CREAM

Smack dab in the middle of summer? One towering scoop of ice cream, please! Tigers Yogurt has all our cold-treat needs covered, with their skyhigh servings of delicious frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors. If you’re looking to beat the heat in Lodi, head over to Honey Treat Yogurt Shoppe, where the frozen yogurt and custard creations are a local favorite. Aldo’s Italian Ice & Gelato has a wonderful selection of cold sweet treats in Tracy including custard, ice, and gelato.

Best Happy Hour After a long day at work, we’d

be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming sight than a tiny umbrella, salt, and a citrus slice adorning the rim of a glass full of liquor—but it’s even better when the drinks are half off! From 3-6 PM Midgley’s Public House offers half-off appetizers, house wines, and draft beers. Swoop on a deal at Garlic Brothers, where happy hour means $2.50 well drinks, house wines, and bottled beers. Stop by Porter’s Pub in Lodi from 2-6 PM and enjoy select beers for only $3, as well as discounted nachos, wings, hot dogs, and sliders. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

back to the early 1900s. It’s only fitting, then, that some of our finest restaurants serve Italian cuisine. Get a taste of the motherland at Pietro’s Trattoria, where they serve up some mean pasta entrées in a wine-country setting. Check out Angelina’s Spaghetti House, a Stockton hotspot since 1973, for some authentic Italian dishes you won’t forget. De Vega Brother’s is another must-try: if you haven’t had their veal or chicken dishes, you’re missing out!

Best Health Food Store It’s never been easier for San

Joaquin to eat healthy. In our county we have a great selection of health food stores where locals can find all the highest quality products and most reputable health food information. Stop by Artesian Natural Foods for all your natural food needs if you’re in Lincoln Center; their friendly staff is there to answer all your questions! Cruising around Lodi? Check out Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition and see if they’re doing a demo of one of their products! If you’re looking for an all-inclusive spot on the Miracle Mile, look no further than Green’s Nutrition, which has everything from natural food, to supplements and pet care products.

BEST

INDIAN

RESTAURANT

Arguably one of the most flavorful cuisines out there, San Joaquin is blessed with some fantastic Indian Restaurants. With recipes brought straight from India, Tandoori Nites in Stockton is a must-try for any lover of Indian cuisine, so order a classic masala dish or try something new! Check out Swagat Indian Cuisine, while you’re at it; their Tandoori dishes are to die for, and don’t forget the Naan! In Tracy, Dhaba Indian Cuisine is the place to be; go for the food and stay for the atmosphere and excellent service.

Best Pizza

Deep-dish? Thin-crust? Cheese-stuffed? San Joaquin’s got all your pizza-preferences covered. David’s Pizza is a local foodie favorite, where you can pick a specialty pizza or create your own cheese-covered creation; if you’re a meatlover, we recommend the #1 David’s Combo! Michael’s Pizza is another excellent choice, with their wide variety of toppings and solid Veggie Lover’s pizza where pie is stacked with the good stuff. Craving some “za” in Lodi? Order a combination pizza at Rick’s Pizza, or take matters into your own hands and Freestyle your own pie!

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BEST MEXICAN

RESTAURANT Fresh tortillas, steaming

Spanish rice, juicy carne asada—If you’re looking for premium Mexican food in California, San Joaquin boasts some of the best spots around. Nestled into the Waterfront warehouse is Stockton’s hidden gem Nena’s Mexican Restaurant, where the portions are large, tortillas are legendary, and the waterfront is within view. In Lodi, we have Habañero Hots, where the slogan goes “Eat the Fajitas, Drink the Margaritas!” They also cater, so book them for your next event! Looking for a contemporary approach to Mexican? Octavio’s is an excellent choice, so grab some friends and come hungry!

Best Japanese Restaurant Japanese is one of the most

artful cuisines out there, and San Joaquin harbors some serious gems. Try the Spicy Chicken Teriyaki dish at Mikasa Bistro & Sushi in Tracy, or the Royal Garlic Tiger Prawns served with miso soup, salad, and rice for a delicious Japanese dining experience. Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi Bar is a Stockton favorite on the Miracle Mile; choose from a variety of Teriyaki, Donburi, or Udon & Soba dishes too pretty to eat. Craving a bento box that has it all? Look no further than Komachi Sushi in Lodi, where the creative, fresh dishes are works of pure culinary artistry. 78

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PATIO

DINING

There’s no sweeter way to dine on a warm summer evening than under an open sky of stars. If you want to hear the soft sounds of water and feel the Delta breeze tousle your hair, ask for patio seating at Garlic Brothers and dine on the deck overlooking Village West Marina. If it’s a Venetian atmosphere you need, Pietro’s patio emulates the open-air Italian dining experience. Get front row seating to the beautiful Lincoln Center at Midgley’s Public House for some choice people-watching and delectable American-fusion cuisine.

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT Shake up your restaurant routine with the new kids on the block:

One BBQ sauce-smothered rib, wing, and sandwich at a time, Fat City Brew & BBQ has claimed its spot in the hearts of Stocktonians, with 28 beers on tap to please even the pickiest beer drinker. Fellow newcomer El Pazcifico Mexican Grill & Cantina has also won over its city; if you’re on the hunt for authentic Mexican food in Lodi, make sure you give this one a try. Upper Room in Tracy has all your health-food needs covered—not only do they serve meals heavy in protein and complex carbs, but they also offer a meal prep service!

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or anxiously waiting to

pop the question, if there’s love in the air, you can be sure that Towne House has something to do with it. Spend your romantic evening in their elegant dining room with classic décor, or under the stars on their lovely patio. Craving steak for your date night? Bring your significant other to Prime Table for their romantic, low-lit ambiance and quality beef. If tu amoré loves Italian, Pietro’s Trattoria is a choice option for spoiling your loved one with exceptional cuisine.


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BEST SUSHI

BEST

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Here in California, if you’re not serving fish, you don’t know your audience! Lucky for us, Bud’s Seafood Grille knows exactly what West Coast customers need, serving up their fresh California Seafood Combo, Seafood Sauté, or their famous Fish and Chips. For some truly divine shellfish, the Whole Dungeness Crab at The Crab Zone tastes like it was prepared by Poseidon himself. Don’t forget Midgley’s Public House; their Lobster, Linguine & Mussels, and Salmon & Prawns entrées are sure to satisfy your sea-side cravings.

Best

Steakhouse We’re no nutritionists, but we’re

pretty sure steak is good for the soul. If you agree, make sure you try El Rancho Steakhouse, where the steaks are thick, juicy, and made with the highest quality beef around. Prime Table also serves up a mean steak; whether you prefer Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, or Bone-In New York, they have what you need. Midgely’s Public House is another local temple of beef—their Tomahawk Ribeye, served with fries and grilled asparagus, is to die for.

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When it comes to sushi, San Joaquin rolls with the best of ‘em. If you haven’t already, go check out Mikasa Sushi for some of the best sushi rolls this side of the Pacific. While any of their specialty rolls make an excellent choice, the SJM Roll is obviously our personal fave! Komachi Sushi is the place to go if you’re looking for some exceptional sushi; we recommend the Flaming Dragon Roll that the server sets aflame! Getting dinner and a movie? Stop by Misaki Sushi & Bar in Stockton next to the movie theatre and enjoy a variety of sushi rolls.

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

If you’re one of those folks for whom nothing is spicy enough, get familiar with Thai cuisine and be ready to feel the burn! Stop by Siamese Street in Stockton, a local hot spot for lovers of Thai cuisine, and try one of their excellent curry, seafood, or rice and noodle entrées. If you’re a local, you’re probably familiar with Thai Me Up—if you aren’t familiar, we recommend their Waterfall Beef Salad or the traditional Pad Thai. Thai Spices offers a massive selection of menu choices at their Lodi location: Spicy Eggplant, New Zealand Lamb, and everything in between.


BEST OF DRINK

HERE'S AN EXCUSE TO BAR HOP.

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BEST BEER

PUB

If you’re in search of something fun to do on a Friday night, head over to Ollie’s Pub in Lodi for the dance floor, back patio, and quality selection of Irish beers on draft. If you’re looking for a good place to settle in with your favorite beer as you watch the game, Porter’s Pub is a sport’s lover’s choice spot. New to the scene is Five Window Beer Co.: its spacious tasting room with large windows, TVs, and tables make it the perfect place to enjoy a beer with your buddies.

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

BEST MARGARITA

In the sweltering summer months, are you in need of a frozen concoction that will help you hang on? Well, look no further than La Palma Mexican Cuisine, where they’re serving up salt-rimmed margaritas that Jimmy Buffet would approve of. Octavio’s in Stockton is another respectable sector of Margaritaville—give their top shelf margaritas a taste. Check out Habañero Hots in Lodi, not just for their delicious Mexican cuisine, for their great margarita selection as well!

Want to hear a joke? Decaf. If that made you giggle, then you’re probably already a fan of Empresso Coffeehouse in Stockton, where caffeine is more than a morning pickme-up, it’s a lifestyle. If you’re looking for a coffee shop with delicious caffeinated creations and excellent customer service, Barista’s Coffee House in Tracy is sure to impress. For those who like a comfortable atmosphere to sit down and enjoy their lattes with a book in hand, make House of Coffees in Lodi part of your morning ritual.

Best Beer Selection As craft beer continues to explode in San Joaquin, there’s never been a better time to familiarize yourself with all the best spots serving our favorite bubbly libation. You can’t go wrong with Porter’s Pub; they offer some of the most popular beers around, with a couple newbies thrown in for those who want to experiment. Taps Barrel House is a favorite of beer aficionados who love to drink local, as the tasting room offers 28 locally brewed beers. Ollie’s Pub is another great spot for any beer lover, so head to Lodi and check out what they have on draft!

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Best Winery

Lodi has such a reputation for excellent wineries that picking the best of the best is no easy task. This year, our readers dubbed Oak Farm Vineyards one of the premier wineries in the appellation, thanks to their beautiful patio and gorgeous winery grounds on which one can enjoy their awardwinning wines. Also in this year’s line-up is Michael David Winery, featuring an onsite café, awardwinning bakery, and of course, delicious wine! Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards is another excellent winery in Lodi—take a stroll through their beautiful garden under towering trees or sit by the fire pit and socialize with fellow lovers of wine.

BEST WINE TASTING ROOM

For the best wine tasting experience around, you have to check out Oak Farm Vineyard’s rustic tasting room: Wood panels, a crackling fireplace, and soft lighting will provide all the ambiance you need as you sip on some of the finest wines in the Lodi appellation. Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards’ tasting room is adorned with adorable merchandise, from home décor, to wine-paraphernalia, to sparkling jewelry, so you can shop while you sip! Viaggio Estate & Winery offers a beautiful tasting room featuring luxurious couches, sleek hightop tables, and cute string lights to add sparkle to your winetasting experience. 82

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BEST WINE

CLUB

When you love vino as much as we do, being a wine club member is just something you do. But with so many options in San Joaquin County, where should you sign up? At Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards it’s always Wine:30 and club members can get their fix with quarterly releases, complimentary tastings, and hefty discounts. Choose from the fourbottle club, six-bottle club, or the case club. Macchia’s wine club is all about customization. There are six different memberships, boasting two to 12 bottles and plenty of tastes. Club Weibel at Weibel Family Winery sends wine shipments three times per year including special reserve wines and Club Weibel only releases.


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BEST OF SHOPPING BEST DESIGNER EYEWEAR

Ditch the drugstore specs and go designer. Optician Lynda Winter owns Great Spectacles, the Lincoln Center boutique in which staff make recommendations for frames while taking into consideration bone structure, face shape, eye color, skin tone, and lifestyle. Brookside Optometric Group is less store more eye care, but they fill shelves with a large collection of frames from high-end designers such as Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Oakley, and more. Also in Stockton’s Lincoln Center, Meyers Optical specializes in designer frames and sunglasses with a large collection of sports eyewear from Oakley, Ray Ban, and Spy.

WHERE TO FIND EVERYTHING FROM NEW LOOKS TO OLD CLASSICS.

BEST

FASHION

ACCESSORIES

BOUTIQUE

The streets of San Joaquin County’s favorite cities are lined with cute fashion boutiques, but how do you know which shop stocks the best stuff? According to readers, Stella Mitchell in Lodi is top notch for accessories, clothing, and more. FINA, with real estate in Stockton’s coveted Lincoln Center, sells jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, and other accessories in a clean, organized space. Look no further that Blackbird Boutique’s colorful Instagram page for fashion inspo. The looks, available in store, are effortlessly put together online so shoppers can grab and go outfits without too much effort.

Best

Consignment/

Vintage The Owl Box in downtown

Tracy has undergone a steady transformation since it opened in 2010. In addition to the refinished antique furniture that once made it famous, the three women who own the shop—a grandmother, mother, daughter trio—also hock home décor, gifts, and DIY craft supplies. New & Again takes a different approach, filling its School Street gallery with consigned pieces from local homes. Caterpillar Children’s Boutique is a thrift store for kids, selling gently used goods for children of all ages, plus a few new items, too. And for women who like vintage garb, Lilou of the Valley Vintage in Stockton sells everything from dresses to t-shirts. 84

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Best Fine Jeweler

Best Gift Shop Picking out a thoughtful gift is

a hard task for many, especially when you want to make an impression. At The Owl Box in Tracy, the owners are threegeneration of women promising gifts suitable for every age, from infant to grandmother. Also in Tracy, Mia Bella’s Boutique boasts home décor and gifts ranging from kitschy, farmhouse-style signs to brightly colored wallets. Best Wishes in Stockton is perhaps the best shop in the region to pick up a greeting card, and with Mud Pie kitchenware and Pinky Up flavored sugars, you’ll never fail to find a hostess gift that impresses.

Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring, a birthday present, or a custom piece for someone special, the fine jewelers in SJ won’t let you down. Gary J. Long Jewelers sells a selection of classic gems and modern pieces. Staffed with experts in all things sparkly, it’s easy to find pieces for him and her inside. At Danz Jewelers experiences are intimate. The family owned shop in Lodi offers custom jewelry design, and a gemologist inspects the Belgium diamonds by hand. Tucked inside Stone Creek Village Shopping Center, Peck’s Jewelers is Stockton’s oldest family owned and operated jewelry store, with roots dating back to 1945.


BEST WOMEN’S

SHOES BOUTIQUE Women and shoes go together like, well, women and shoes. But where do the county’s best-dressed women shop for their footwear? Dennis Shea Shoes & Accessories is certainly a favorite, stocking name brand designs from UGG, Ilse Jacobson, and more while Blackbird Boutique sells every kind of footwear there is from flats and wedges to high heels and boots. Don’t forget Bella’s Closet. When owner Alycia Green says she stocks everything, she means everything, including fashionable floral kicks (in sandals and sneakers).

Best Women’s Clothing Boutique FINA continues its reign

as the most desirable fashion boutique in the county. Readers are still salivating over the high-end styles stocked seasonally, including name brands such as True Religion, Hudson, and Citizen. Stop in for floral blouses or trendy sunglasses. At Bella’s Closet wardrobes are made. Owned by Alycia Green, a stylist turned business owner, the bohochic boutique is bursting at the seams with trendy pieces and closet staples after Alycia’s takeover in 2015. Stella Mitchell is another shop that got a recent redesign and rename, as well as a new, gorgeous location. Now on North School Street, the Lodi boutique sells both feminine outfits and clothes for men, an addition inspired by owner Kelli Ann Knowles’ son. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

BEST BEST SHOPPING

NEW BOUTIQUE

Who can say no to a new place to shop?! The Valley is bursting with new businesses as of late and many are putting their own stamp on local fashion. In Manteca The Nested Owl has residents buzzing over its unique collection of gifts and collectibles, and it always stocks—you guessed it—owls! Lilou of the Valley Vintage specializes in gently used clothing from the past, giving new life to classic garb. Owners and mother-daughter team Amanda Denton and Pamela Snell handpick the inventory at Boxwood Finch, a home décor shop on Lockeford Street in Lodi. Stop in for kitschy pillows, bold statement pieces, and chic holiday decorations.

CENTER

All malls are not created equal, but shopaholics in SJ know where to go. Stockton’s Lincoln Center—home to FINA, Best Wishes, Dennis Shea’s, and more is an expert mix of good cuisine, locally owned shops, and worthy chains. Not far away, Stonecreek Village is home to stores like Crazy 8 and Charming Charlie’s as well as higher-end chains Lane Bryant, LOFT, and J. Jill. Park West Place prides itself on location, location, location. Just a quick drive from the freeway, this premier shopper’s paradise is home to retail giants Cost Plus, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Ross, PetSmart, and more.

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BEST OF PLAY AMP UP YOUR SOCIALITE STATUS, WIN IT BIG, BUST A MOVE, HEAR A TUNE.

Best Art Gallery The vibrant art culture in

Stockton is probably the city’s best kept secret— until now, of course! Our readers love the exhibitions at Haggin Museum; from their photography showcases to mixed media and acrylic works, all exhibitions bear modern cultural significance. Then there’s the Goodwin Gallery on Pacific Avenue, featuring such collections as Carl Vosburgh Miller’s Watercolors, and offering a youth art program. We can’t forget Art Expressions of San Joaquin, the nomadic gallery that pops up in locations around Stockton, providing a creative outlet for artists as well as a rich and diverse cultural experience for the community.

BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL

There’s nothing like a good festival to put a sparkle in your child’s eye. Take the whole family out to the annual Lodi Grape Festival, a four-day event bursting at the seams with entertainment, food, carnival rides and more. Spice up the family’s spring and head to the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, where you and the kids can enjoy carnival rides, Monster Truck Rides, and of course, a plate of delicious deep-fried asparagus. For those who prefer a market over a carnival, Stockmarket in Stockton offers a variety of local art, jewelry, and delicious food for the family to peruse on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

BEST DOWNTOWN STOCKTON HOTSPOT

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL Being the breadbasket of the

world, San Joaquin boasts a variety of wonderful foodcentric festivals for locals to enjoy. Bask in the bounty of our favorite green stalk at the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, and delight in asparagus confections of all shapes and sizes, namely the deepfried asparagus smothered in parmesan cheese! You can’t go wrong with the Greek Festival, either—their lamb gyros and sweet, flaky baklava are a musttry. Celebrate the grape harvest in Lodi at the annual Lodi Grape Festival, where you can wine taste while you enjoy a variety of dishes from local food vendors. 86

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Finding a destination for a night on the town in Port City has never been easier! Deliberation Room is downtown’s newest addition to their bar-scene: This swanky joint emulates an upscale vibe with a relaxing ambiance, so stop in for a cocktail! Cast Iron Trading Co. is Stockton’s trendiest café where locals can indulge in quality food, a wide selection of craft beer, and live performances from local bands. Just a few steps away is Channel Brewing Co.—while you’re tasting one of their unique brews, be sure to check out any upcoming events at their venue!


Best Private Golf Course Swing away, San Joaquin!

This year, our readers picked Brookside Golf & Country Club as their favorite private golf course, and with good reason: their well-groomed, two-tiered driving range is one of the best practice ranges and putting greens in Central California. Stockton Golf & Country Club is another excellent place to put, serving the area with a source of tranquil recreation for over 100 years. Woodbridge Golf & Country Club also sports beautiful putting and chipping greens that have delighted golfers for almost a century.

Best Public Golf Course

Looking for a beautiful golf course you can access sans-membership? Look no further than Swenson Park Golf Course. With towering Valley Oaks adorning the green lawn, this easy walking course is a Stockton gem built for golfers of all skill levels. Visit Elkhorn Golf Club for 97 acres of golfer’s bliss, with manmade lakes and mature trees adorning the 18 holes. Get a country club feel without the cliques at Manteca Park Golf Course, an 18-hole course boasting a quality golfing experience and a family-friendly environment.

BEST LOCAL CASINO

You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, San Joaquin? If you answered yes, then Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort is where you want to be, with 32 gaming tables, 1,700 slot and video machines, and more MegaJackpot winners than any casino in Northern California! Black Oak Casino Resort offers another opportunity to win big, with 1,300 reel and video games, as well as popular table games—if you’re really feeling lucky, try the highlimit machines! Parkwest Casino in Lodi gives locals the chance to take Lady Luck for a night on the town, offering games such as Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack, and NoFee Gaming on popular tables.

BEST SPORTS BAR

There’s nothing better than being able to kick back, watch the game, and enjoy a drink after a long day at work. You can always count on Porter’s Pub in Lodi to be playing the big game, as well as offering a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. With a diverse beer selection and wide array of televisions broadcasting various sports games, Valley Brew in Stockton is another local favorite. Check out Fat's Grill & Bar in Stockton, where the food, drinks, and energetic atmosphere make it the perfect place to cheer on your team. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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BEST OF HEALTH BEAUTY

PLACES TO GET GORGEOUS

& EXPERTS WHO WILL HELP YOU STAY THAT WAY.

Best Allergist Spring was the season for

red eyes, itchy noses, and hay fever, but for many, that misery pours over into summer. Whether you’re suffering from seasonal allergies or food sensitivities, an allergist may be able to help. At Allergy Immunology and Asthma Medical Group, doctors treat skin allergies, food sensitivities, nasal allergies, and asthma. Dr. Dennis W. Del Paine has 34 years of experience as an internist and allergist treating common ailments. Down the road, Dr. Jun Lu handles adult cases as well as pediatric patients suffering from allergies, offering parents a place to turn when their children are suffering.

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Chiropractors fix more than backaches and leg pain. Doctors at Hayes Chiropractic focus on spinal manipulation, care after an accident, family wellness, and nutrition at their four San Joaquin County offices in Lodi, Stockton (two locations), and Galt. If you live in Tracy or Mountain House, the team of doctors at Valley Chiropractic can help, with extended care hours and weekend openings that make stopping in, even after a long commute, easy. Ringer Chiropractic in Tracy even has physical therapists at the office to treat sports injuries and other tendon/ligament tears and sprains.

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BEST COSMETIC SURGEON Whether you’re looking for

a little nip or a tiny tuck, there’s a lot of ways to change the way you look and feel. Cosmetic surgeons in San Joaquin County offer services for the face, breasts, body, and skin. Dr. Hugh Vu has a stellar reputation in the region for his plastic and cosmetic surgery jobs. Dr. Kimberly Cockerham is best known for her expertise in oculofacial rejuvenation and reconstruction, treating everything from eyelid and brow enhancement to facial laser resurfacing. Dr. Thomas McNemar prides himself on creating each patient’s ideal appearance through facelift, breast augmentation, body contouring, and many other procedures. Stop into his Tracy office for a consultation.

BEST COSMETIC DENTIST

A bright, straight smile suggests success, but sometimes it takes more than bi-annual dentist appointments to find perfection. Dr. Todd Franklin offers porcelain veneers and crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and other restorations in a warm and welcoming environment. Every service results in better self-esteem, overall appearance, oral health, and function. Dr. Edward Graham serves Stockton and its surrounding areas boasting high standards and exceptional results. In addition to the services listed above, Dr. Graham does bonding, composite fillings, and porcelain inlays, onlays, and bridges. Ronald Noriesta, DDS, does it all with an emphasis on comfort, convenience, and economics.


Best Dermatologist

Dermatology is the branch of medicine responsible for the skin, nails and, hair, and the diseases that affect these parts of the body. With so many dermatologists in SJ, how do you choose the right one to treat you? Our readers recommend starting with Dr. Stuart Jacobs of the Central Valley Medical Group and Sutter Medical Network. His specialties range from cancerous growths to cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers. At Quail Lakes Dermatology, doctors focus on medical dermatology and skin cancer surgery, tackling some of the more serious issues affecting the skin. However, staff also offers chemical peels. At Central Valley Dermatology, Dr. Clinton E. Prescott, Jr. is at the helm. The doctor boasts a menu filled with cosmetic procedures that include Latisse, chemical peels, waxing, facials, and Juvederm, as well as laser skin therapy and laser hair removal.

BEST

OPTOMETRIST

Best

Dentist

Why does it always feel like finding a quality dentist is an impossible endeavor? Look no further than the experts of San Joaquin County! Lester Low, DDS, provides both family dental care and cosmetic procedures at his office in Stockton’s Brookside neighborhood. His dedication is to improve smiles while also promoting oral health. Kids Care Dental offers the same quality care to the kids in San Joaquin families with offices across the county. Amy L. Scriven, DDS, shares her knowledge with patients to help them make informed decisions whether they are coming in for routine cleanings and preventative dentistry or fixing major mouth problems such as periodontal disease, cosmetic procedures, and restorations.

When your eyesight isn’t perfect, there are treatment options available from reputable optometrists throughout the county. In 1998, three of the largest optometric practices in Stockton joined forces to become Brookside Optometric Group. It’s a one-stop shop for eye exams, glasses fittings, and LASIK surgery. The practice boasts extended hours, an in-house lab, and more than 1,500 frames to choose from. At Zeiter Eye Medical Group, optometrists take it further. In addition to traditional eye care, services include treatment for diseases including glaucoma as well as cosmetic surgeries and BOTOX. If you suffer from an eye turn or lazy eye or need eye training or vision therapy for sports, Midtown Optometry has you covered. There’s no patient too young for the Stockton office.

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Best Eyebrow Artist Want to give your friends brow envy? Perfectly

coiffed brows are all the rage in 2018, and SJ County is home to some serious artists. Pull up a chair and get ready for a face redefined. Otilia Aguila fills her Instagram (@browsbyotilia) with proof of her talent, and she offers brow services out of JC Salon Studio in Stockton. Briana, owner of Makeup Mau Loa, specializes in microblading, the semi-permanent eyebrow makeup beauty gurus applaud, out of her glam spot in Tracy. In Lodi, Shandi Alegre-Hunt is the brow master, offering both waxing and microblading to fierce fashionistas at Rogue Artistry.

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BEST FACIAL

At Perfect Balance Day Spa, the most requested facial is the Signature Spa Facial, customized to target individual concerns such as hyper pigmentation, signs of aging, breakouts, congestion, dehydration, and more.  For Morgan Almanza at ULTA Beauty in Lodi, facials are about more than relaxation. The esthetician that has worked at the salon since early 2017 is dedicated to educating her clients about skin care, treatment plans, and quality products. Hi Pretty Esthetics & Makeup Services enhances natural beauty with affordable treatments that range from 30 minutes to one hour using Image Skincare products. The Spa at Wine & Roses offers nearly 10 different facial options for you, your man, and your teenager, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour.

Best Hair Salon/ Studio

Head into summer with a new look. Get perfectly coiffed at POMP Salon, Lincoln Center’s dream salon dedicated to nurturing creative hair stylists and their craft. It’s the place all SJ beauties in the know head for the trendiest looks. Need an alternative? Get inspired by the bright and bold salon décor at Exclusive Beauty (also in Stockton) and dye your do a bright shade. At Lodi’s Stained Hair & Nail, guests can walk out with a new look, literally from head to toe, and a stockpile of quality salon products.

BEST HAIR REMOVAL Summer is here and getting summer bod ready means removing

unwanted hair. Look no further than Perfect Balance Day Spa where a team of estheticians is ready to rip, wax, and remove hair all over the body. In addition to waxing, Simplicity Skin & Spa offers sugaring, too, an ancient hair removal process that trades wax for a gel made from sugar, lemon, and hot water that pulls hair out at the root. Kym with a Y Organic Spa & Waxing Studio focuses on quality products to protect skin. Services at Kym’s range from $15 for a lip wax to $75 for a full Brazilian.

Best Health Club/Gym (multiple locations)

There’s no better time than summer to start sweating it out. After all, you want to be beach body ready through Labor Day. In-Shape Health Clubs are located throughout the county and every health club offers its own lineup of group classes, personal training schedules, and plenty of fitness equipment. Some gyms even boast a pool! Pure Form PFT (personal fitness training) focuses on teaching gym rats the right form to avoid injury while building strength and fitness with interval training and a fourphase system that helps clients lose, tone, get lean, and increase performance. Planet Fitness is one of the largest gym franchises in the U.S. with more than 1,500 clubs. Facilities are filled with strength and cardio equipment for members to use at their leisure for a really low price.

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There’s more to working out than big-name gym chains. In fact, sometimes it’s the one-offs that offer the home-sweet-home feeling clients crave. At F4 Fitness and Nutrition in Stockton, members come in to get their sweat on and leave with a postworkout protein shake, offering both fitness and nutrition services under one roof. At Ben Mackie Fitness Spin & Movement the focus is on personal training. Members thrive in small groups or one-on-one as they practice yoga, Pilates, spin, and barre. At Twin Arbors Athletic Club, a Spare Time Club in Lodi, the focus is on friendship and fitness for the whole family with a swimming pool and youth and adult sports on-site. 90

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Best Hearing Center Hello—are you there? If your

hearing is declining it’s time to see the doc! For 40 years Stockton Hearing & Speech Center has offered its expertise to the Central Valley. It’s a full service center, with testing services, care, and equipment available under one roof. In Lincoln Center, American Hearing Aids makes evaluations, product pickup, and battery replacement convenient—plus in-home care is available when needed. University of the Pacific’s Hearing & Balance Center cares for patients with hearing loss and balance problems such as vertigo.

BEST LASIK EYE SURGERY CENTER The promise of better sight

without eyewear may sound too good to be true, but 20/20 vision is more achievable than you think. Readers have voted the skilled ophthalmologists at Zeiter Eye Medical Group the best in the region, and with free LASIK consultations, you can see for yourself. If you’re looking to ditch contact lenses and glasses, Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center can help, correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with the same procedure. At Central Valley Eye, a blade-free LASIK procedure is offered to minimize complications caused by the instrument used to create the LASIK flap.

Best Makeup Artist

Say yes to beauty with a full face of makeup expertly applied by one of San Joaquin County’s best MUAs. Shandi Alegre-Hunt offers flawless application for special occasions as well as more permanent options for beauty including lash extensions and microblading through Rogue Artistry. Celebrity artist Hector John hocks makeup at his Tracy boutique and applies it for a fee. At Hi Pretty Esthetics & Makeup Services, ladies line up for expert makeup application (and facials beforehand).

Best BEST OB-GYN You can’t be too picky when it comes to caring for your lady parts. Dr. Medi-Spa A medi-spa, or medical spa, Gill at Gill Obstetrics and Gynecology comes highly recommended is an expert combination of day spa services and medical procedures aimed at enhancing natural beauty. Step into Total Body Medi Spa where Dr. Shah works his magic and offers free consultations. New Body MD has added coveted Hydrafacials to its menu that also boasts laser hair removal and injectables. Spend a whole day at Perfect Balance Day Spa where staff is dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation. The one-stop shop proffers hair care, nail care, facials, massages, waxing, and more. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

and with more than 60 years of experience. In Tracy, Dr. Stephen Tsang is the obstetrician of choice. For ladies who live in Lodi, Dr. Leslie Sackschewsky (part of the Sutter Medical Network) does it all, from laparoscopic surgery and hysterectomies to cervical cancer prevention and high-risk pregnancy care.

BEST ORTHODONTIST

Those pesky braces may cost an arm and a leg, but with the right doctor in charge, the process doesn’t need to be too painful—at least not for parents! Dr. Wheeler at Wheeler Orthodontics focuses on modern technology in his Stockton office. Stop in to learn more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, as well as other discreet options for dental appliances. At Samra Low Orthodontics, Dr. Low treats the whole family and offers both ceramic braces and Invisalign, plus digital molds. Kids Care Dental has offices all over, making it a convenient option for busy parents. In addition to regular checkups and routine dental care, on-staff orthodontists tend to braces. Trosien Orthodontics uses more traditional methods to treat crooked teeth, including braces and elastics that families are familiar with, plus Invisalign.

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Best Retirement Center/Community Where do you want to live out your golden years? Whether it’s assisted

care you need or an activity-rich, independent lifestyle free of home responsibilities, there’s a place in San Joaquin County to call home. Tour O’Connor Woods in Stockton where there are several levels of care available to seniors and a calendar chock-full of fun activities is its main draw. In Manteca, The Commons at Union Ranch promises inspired aging with a long list of amenities, including a fitness center, several dining options, and outdoor lounge areas. A three-story waterfall greets guests as they enter Rio Las Palmas in Stockton, and that feature sets the tone for the rest of the community, dedicated to beautiful surroundings and opportunities to socialize.

BEST DAY SPA

Go ahead, pamper yourself. Among the Lodi vineyards, The Spa at Wine & Roses is dedicated to working “green.” Surrounded by gorgeous grounds, the products echo the spa’s natural surroundings, both environmentally friendly and organic. At Perfect Balance Day Spa, guests are treated from head to toe, with hair, nail, and body services on the menu. If tight muscles are what ails you, Kharma Spa & Boutique is the cure. Located on Stockton’s bustling Pacific Avenue, staff specializes in massage therapy but also offers facials and nail care. 92

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Need a little color before those big summer plans? Hop on over to HavAtan with locations in Stockton and Lodi. The boutique salon offers a mix of tanning services to provide the tan guests crave. Planet Beach in Lincoln Center boasts sunless spray tans as well as UV tanning, plus a whole lot of other beauty and fitness services. Try the custom airbrush spray tan at Sunny Daze in Lodi for a change. The state-of-the-art Infinity Sun technology gives flawless color and an even application.

Best Tattoo Parlor

Getting inked is forever, which makes finding the best tattoo artist a must. Lucky for you, our readers have hyped their favorite nearby parlors for new body art and we’re spilling the beans! Artist Red Hughes owns the Lodi location of Emerald Tattoo and he staffs five other artists (plus a piercer!) to keep clientele coming back. Need a little inspiration? The books at Hard Luck Tattoo in Lodi are filled with pieces you’ll want to replicate— or schedule a consultation for a totally custom piece. In Tracy, 12 Monkeys is a mainstay. The longstanding tattoo parlor on Central Avenue has been a part of the city for a long time, and many residents of the SJ city walk around with the artists’ artwork on display.


BEST URGENT CARE

Whether it’s an emergency or you just can’t get in to see your primary care doctor, urgent care is there to serve. Stockton Urgent Care has earned a reputation as the best in the biz, and patients tend to walk away happy (or as happy as they can leaving an urgent care facility). Also in Stockton, Trinity Urgent Care doesn’t fall far behind in terms of reputation, and the long hours—it’s open 9 AM-9 PM daily—are a plus. Sutter Urgent Care offers a fast and convenient alternative to the ER, with expert physicians and nurse practitioners on hand 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

BEST YOGA STUDIO Perfect your downward dog at Shine Yoga & Barre.

The downtown Stockton studio promotes self-love with its feel-good classes offered in an array of disciplines, and there’s even a second studio in Quail Lakes. At Flow Yoga and Wellness Studio, teachers focus on overall wellbeing through strength, flexibility, and meditation at their Tracy location where they offer something for yogis of all skill levels and ages. Now and Zen Yoga Studio is a little more full service: In addition to fitness classes in yoga and Pilates, experts offer massage, skin care, and energy healing on-site. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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BEST OF SERVICE Best Local Credit Union If you’re looking for a Credit Union you can trust, look no further than Financial Center Credit Union, offering everything from checking accounts, to loans, to mobile services, and serving the San Joaquin County for more than 50 years. Central State Credit Union is another choice among our readers for their top-notch financial services and expertise. Premier Community Credit Union is also among our readers’ preferred financial institutions in the county, offering investment services along with accounts and loans.

BEST NEW AUTO

DEALERSHIP In the market for a new car?

Skip the lots smothered in streamers and balloons and head over to the trusted Chase Chevrolet in Stockton, where the service is genuine and the cars, trucks, and SUVs are of the highest quality. Mercedes-Benz of Stockton will have you driving in style in their luxury coupes, roadsters, and SUVs. Stockton's Big Valley Ford not only offers exceptional automobiles in their lot for you to peruse, but also has a reliable service department for all your vehicle’s needs. 94

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PLAN AND PURCHASE IN CONFIDENCE WITH HELP FROM THE PROS.

BEST LOCAL BANK Picking the right bank can

be a crucial decision for your financial future. Bank of Stockton is of course Stocktonians’ go-to, not just because it’s been a part of the community since 1876, but because of their excellent reputation for providing quality services such as accounts, personal loans, IRAs, mobile banking, and more. Locals also rely on BAC Community Bank, where their extensive portfolio of financial products and services combine with excellent service to provide a quality banking experience. Farmers & Merchants Bank has been providing a complete range of financial products and services to Californians since 1916.

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING COMPANY

Whether you’re saving for retirement, learning to invest, or just wanting to meet a financial goal, The Salvetti Group is San Joaquin’s go-to for help creating a customized financial plan that fits personal needs and expectations using their comprehensive, sixstep process as developed by the CFP Board of Standards. Blakely Financial Services uses WealthVision through LPL Financial to develop a financial plan that’s right for you and your family’s future. Tina Wells Lee works to get to know their customers so that they may not only offer competent financial advice but become your personal financial concierge.


BEST DOG GROOMER

When the pooch needs a good pampering—bath, haircut, nail trim, the works—only the best groomers will do. Local pet owners trust Sycamore Lane Kennels’ award-winning grooming salon to take care of their doggos with services such as a soothing massage bath, hand-drying, and Mini Groom and Full Groom packages. In Lockeford, Country Clippers offers professional pet grooming at affordable prices, ensuring that both you and your pup go home happy. Paw Prints in Stockton is another great choice for the pooch’s pamper day, so stop by and get that puppy polished!

Best Dog/Pet Supplies

BEST VETERINARY CLINIC When a beloved pet is ill, they can’t tell you where it hurts or how

long they’ve felt sick. That’s why you need a quality veterinarian to correctly diagnose your pet. Sierra Veterinary Clinic is an AAHAaccredited hospital, providing only the most advanced care to the furry friends of San Joaquin. Walker Veterinary Hospital offers services including vaccinations, surgery, x-ray and ultrasound, as well as dental series. Staff at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital in Lockeford consistently cultivate a reputation for being friendly, competent, and truly wonderful with their pawed-patients.

From quality pet food, to brushes, to toys and treats, Carter’s Pet Mart has your pet-needs covered with their wide selection pet-paraphernalia that is sure to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. PetSmart is another local favorite, offering a wide range of pet supplies to feed, groom, and care for your puppers at home. Locals also frequent Pet Supplies, the third-largest specialty pet food retailer in the U.S., for all their pet-care needs.

Best Law Firm

When you pick an attorney to be in your corner, not only do you want the best of the best, but you want someone who specializes in your specific area of need. Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson Law Firm focuses on business and litigation, as well as trust and estates. The Law Offices of Lawrence M. Knapp has been committed to representing victims of personal injury since 1993. Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley is a full-service law firm, representing clients in everything from business and commercial law to family law. Neumiller & Beardslee has a diverse array of areas of practice, including environmental law, food and agriculture law, and tax law. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

BEST AIR

CONDITIONING/HEATING

Heating and cooling costs ebb and flow throughout the year, but not only is summer an important time to reduce cooling efforts, it’s often a good time to get your heating unit in order. Lovotti Air services units, helps optimize temperature settings, and installs new units all over San Joaquin. Rod Johnson Air Conditioning, a locally owned and operated Stockton business, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years the company has expanded from small-scale air conditioning jobs to a full-service heating, air, home comfort, and solar business. Air Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Service is better known in the commercial market, but the company does offer some residential services that customers love.

Best Pet Boarding

Leaving for vacation but can’t find anybody to look after Fido? Have no fear: Sycamore Lane Kennels has a variety of services such as spacious kennels, play yards, group play, and a living room setting for cuddle time, so you can rest easy knowing your best buddy is wellcared for. Sunset Kennels is another local favorite, offering the largest indoor/ outdoor accommodations in the area, in addition to play yards, climate-controlled rooms, and designated play time. San Jaoquinians also trust Canine Culture to care for their dogs while they’re away: The kennel provides soothing music to drown out noises, an automatic fresh water system, and climatecontrolled interior, among other services.

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BEST WINDOW

TREATMENTS Shutters, blinds, curtains—

there’s so many ways to cover your windows, how will you know where to begin? Discovery Shutters & Shadings has been voted the best in the business again, and shoppers drool over the store’s Hunter Douglas window treatments. Budget Blinds of Stockton focuses on individuality to bring together a space, using Roman blinds, cordless systems, or luxurious motorized sets. You’ll never imagine the spaces you can create with the Elite Shutters & Shadings staff. Choose from natural wood blinds or bring a room to life with color. Their website shares photos for inspiration!

Best Flooring

Trends in flooring are constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up! But if flooring materials are dating your home, there’s a quick way to fix the problem. Lucky for Lodi residents (and those in surrounding cities) Raphael’s Hardwood Flooring spices it up with custom designs for customers. When convenience is a factor, choose Vineyard Floors. The Lodi business’ mobile showroom—boasting carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, and waterproof materials—will come to you. Also in Lodi, Classic Design Interiors sells more than just floors. It’s a one-stop-shop for home renovation.

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BEST BATHROOM REMODELING

A bathroom remodel is one of the fastest, least expensive ways to add value to your home. Call the professionals at HT Home Design to get started. The expert staff is well equipped to handle remodels from ceiling to floor, with creative solutions that take spaces from cookie cutter to one-of-a-kind. Kelly’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom doles out plenty of inspiration for those looking to remodel their wet spaces. Plus the showroom doubles as a high-end hardware store for DIY-ers. Don’t let the name of this Modesto business fool you—All About Kitchens has a good reputation for handling bathroom jobs, too. Choose from the company’s quick-service options, including flooring, counter tops, and toilet upgrades, or really commit with luxury fixtures and high-end finishes.

BEST GARDEN/ OUTDOOR STORE

What better time than summer to redecorate outdoor spaces? With Garden Flair embraces the unusual, selling recycled wine bottle chandeliers and wild stone sculptures in its Pacific Avenue shop. At In Season, the focus is on fresh organic produce and live plants. And at Delta Tree Farms, customers can choose from hundreds of greenery options—think trees, bushes, and others plants—or partake in a Saturday workshop to turn those thumbs green.

Best Furniture Store

Whether you’re looking for a special piece of furniture or want to overhaul your whole home, there’s a furniture store for that. Knowledgeable staff at Thornton House Furniture & Interior Design are more than just sales people—some double as interior designers to help customers craft a cozy space with special pieces from their collection. Many have heard of Daniger Furniture—its excellent reputation is known throughout the region. Currently in the hands of its third generation owners, Curt and Susan Daniger, staff is committed to the company’s legacy of quality and integrity. Minerva’s Furniture is a classic furniture store in the heart of Lodi, specializing in pieces for the whole home. At C.R. Porter Home Collection (now in Lincoln Center) owner Tammy Kelley is dedicated to embracing customers’ individuality with ever-changing inventory. Search her collections of decorative Sid Dickens tiles and Jan Barboglio wrought iron accessories.

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Remodeling

BEST HOME BUILDER

Ever heard a horror story about someone’s home? It’s possible that lackluster builders set homeowners up for failure. Look to Caresco Homes for a luxury abode, like the ones in Brookside Estates (Stockton), Sedona at Sundance (Manteca), and Windwood Estates (Woodbridge). FCB Homes is dedicated to quality materials and timeless design, lending its expertise to communities in Lodi, Stockton, and Manteca. Grupe, a full-service homebuilder and property management company, contributes to SJ neighborhoods with energy-efficient homes and stately commercial properties.

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Get the chef’s kitchen dreams are made of with the help of a local expert. Skip the national chains and instead check in with San Joaquin County’s remodeling professionals. At All About Kitchens, the name says it all. While the Modesto remodeler offers more than just kitchen remodels, it is the company’s specialty. For HT Home Design, kitchens are just one on a laundry list of spaces the Stockton home store is known for revamping. The family-owned Mazzera’s Remodeling Center has 75 years of experience handling first-time remodelers, and they use that expertise to calm the fears of anxious clientele.

Best Interior Designer

Turn your home into a residence worthy of Architectural Digest. KTJ Design Co. owner Kathleen Jennison has earned a local reputation for creating spaces that suite the individual, trading stuffy cookie-cutter homes for something more you. Staff at HT Home Design uses its own inventory and industry connections to transform dated rooms. Stepping into the Classic Design Interiors showroom is like stepping into every model home you’ve ever toured, with experts on staff who can help you achieve the same professional look in your own home.

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BEST OF WEDDING

BEST WEDDING CATERING In the market for a restaurant

Best Wedding Cakes There are so many

to cater quality cuisine for the big day? Locals love Angelina’s Spaghetti House, where the hors d’Oeuvres and Italian entrées will delight every one of your lovely guests. Let Country Catering & Special Events, Inc. excite the taste buds and nourish the souls of your family and friends with their versatile menu that’s sure to be a great fit for your special occasion. If you’re craving something soulful on your wedding day, check out Smokin’ Yankees BBQ & Catering—their catering services will ensure your guests get their fill of finger-lickin’ good barbeque.

elements that go into making a wedding spectacular, but the cake is the final piece to the matrimonial puzzle. Locals trust Frosted Flour to customize their perfect cake, as the bakery boasts a variety of flavors to choose from and has an excellent reputation for producing beautiful wedding confections. Fizz Bakery promises to create the wedding cake of your dreams, offering a free tasting service as well as a portfolio of their previous work for some cake-inspo! Sit down with the folks at SweetArts to come up with the perfect flavor and design for your special day, and be sure to take advantage of their consultation and tasting services!

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WHO NEEDS A PINTEREST BOARD WHEN YOU HAVE LOCAL INSIGHT. BEST DJ Set the tone for your very

special occasion and book Elite Entertainment, San Joaquin’s number one choice for the perfect wedding playlists (they also offer extra goodies such as a photobooth, confetti cannon, and more!). Locals also trust Marquis Entertainment for all their matrimonial-music needs, as they promise to provide a fun, memorable, and unique atmosphere for your special day. DJ Dave Tilman has DJ’ed every kind of event under the sun, so you know you’re signed up for a night of quality music when you book him for the best day of your life.

Best Event Supply Rental

With so many little details to take care of for the perfect ceremony, let Giuffra’s Party Rentals handle the supply list, providing rentals for everything from sparkling glassware, to fine china, to serving accessories, to arches and columns. Stockton Supplies has local party-needs covered, offering not just rentals for your special occasion, but janitorial services as well! Or, bring your list to American Event Rentals and let them guide you through their extensive catalogue of wedding accessories, flatware, china, tables, chairs, and much more!

BEST EVENT PLANNER

Wedding-planning stress is a thing of the past with So Eventful, who promises to take care of all the details, from venue scouting, to event design, to budget development, and more—when the big day comes, you’ll feel like a guest at your own event! Locals also love Goodstock Productions for planning their special day, as they promise to work with you on design, planning, and organization to ensure that your event is unique to you. Magical Moments is a mother/daughter team that has offered their top-notch wedding planning services to San Joaquin since 2011.

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Best Flowers

A beautiful bouquet is the cherry on top of an elegant wedding. Bring a photo of your bouquet inspiration into Silveria’s Flowers & Gifts, where they’ll sit down with you to design an elegant custom bouquet that suits your unique style. If you’re in Tracy, stop by Little Flower Shop and let them craft an upscale bouquet fit for your dream wedding, and be sure to ask about their wedding packages! Blossoms By Lisa boasts a gorgeous portfolio of her work with wedding bouquets and centerpieces bursting with blooms, so check out her website and book a consultation!

BEST MAKEUP ARTIST

Once you’ve taken care of all the little details to ensure a flawless day, you’ll want to have your makeup looking flawless, too. Brides of SJ trust makeup and beauty expert Shandi Alegre-Hunt to have them looking like a celebrity on their celebratory day. Shandi offers services such as lash extensions and microblading as well as makeup application. In Tracy, locals seek out celebrity makeup artist Hector John Cosmetics, who’s worked with famous fashion designers and photographers, reality TV stars, and more. In Lodi, brides-to-be are pampered at Hi Pretty Esthetics & Makeup Services; be sure to check out their gallery for inspiration!

BEST PHOTO BOOTH Put down the smartphone and step into a photo booth to snap some real selfies you can print and keep forever! Book The Original Selfie Photo Booth and take advantage of customized photo strip designs, props, and an online photo gallery so you can showcase and share easily online. Check out Party Pix People and snap some photos you’ll never forget with their Open Selfie Booth with unlimited prints and a USB flash drive to hold your memories permanently! Snap your photos with a Ro-ShamBo photo booth, that’s decked out to the nines with props, custom boarders and more.

BEST WEDDING DRESS “An unforgettable day

Look sharp when you wed the woman of your dreams and get fitted at Tuxedos of Lodi where all the best trendy and traditional formal wear is in stock in addition to classic wedding apparel—so bring your groomsmen, too! In Stockton, grooms trust Formal Connection, the tuxedo shop for all your formal occasions that carries only the highest quality tuxedos, vests, and other apparel. Make it a date with your bride-to-be and head over to Bliss Bridal Salon— while she tries on wedding gowns, you can check out the many classic and modern styles of tuxedos offered, but make sure you don’t see the dress!

Best Photographer

With all the cherished memories you’ll be making on your wedding day, you’ll want the best photographer to capture those moments in their full glory. Couples of San Joaquin trust the husband and wife team Richard and Shawna at Briggs Photography to capture the true essence of their special day. Peruse the photography packages at Heather Jean Photography and add your romantic day to her gallery of “Love Stories”! Jon and Jess Photography is another excellent choice for capturing your big day’s special moments, so check out their client albums and see the gorgeous shots they’ve taken!

deserves an unforgettable dress” is the motto at Bliss Bridal Salon in Stockton, and we couldn’t agree more. Boasting designer names such as Augusta Jones, Essense, and Lis Simon, you’re bound to find 'The One' amidst the racks at Bliss. Find some drop-dead gorgeous gowns at Sheryl Giles Bridal Couture as you peruse through their endless gallery of designers and styles on their website and in-store. Hunting for a gown in Lodi? Check out The Elizabeth Bridal Salon, the one-stop-shop for all your bridal fashion needs that has served the brides of Lodi for over 60 years. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Best Wedding Rings

Ready to put a ring on it? Before you pop the question, browse the diamonds imported directly from Antwerp, Belgium at Peck’s Jewelers, Stockton’s oldest family owned and operated jewelry store. Pop into Gary J. Long Jewelers—voted Stockton’s best jewelry store for 25 years in a row—where you can peruse exclusive lines from top designers or customize your own unique ring. Drop by Danz Jewelers, boasting the largest selection of diamonds and custom jewelry designs in the area.

BEST OF PARENTING WHETHER IT’S YOUR FIRST OR THIRD, TRUSTED RECOMMENDATIONS RULE.

BEST INDOOR WEDDING VENUE Wishing for a wedding away from

the elements? Book the beautiful Garden Ballroom at Wine & Roses, or their quaint Cellar Room connected to a private patio. Indulge in the breathtaking views of the gorgeous Brookside Golf & Country Club golf course from within their private indoor/outdoor venue. If you’re in the market for a space that leans toward trendy, check out The Sycamore, the Central Valley’s premier event space chock-full of artistic elements and unique design.

BEST OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE

If you’re hoping to marry your SO among Mother Nature, Lodi’s wine country offers some exceptional venues for you to choose from. Couples of San Joaquin love the open space of Wine & Roses’ Wedding Garden, surrounded by regal deodar trees. Celebrate your love on the lush lawn of Viaggio Estate & Winery, where 23 acres of land will lend you and your guests a view of the waterfront, garden, vineyard, and mansion. Tie the knot alongside vineyards on Oak Farm Vineyards’ Great Lawn, the ideal spot for a sunset wedding. 100

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Best

Charter School Few things are more

important for a child than a quality education. At Health Careers Academy curriculum is geared toward giving students with an affinity for the industry a leg up. Venture Academy is another local charter school breaking the mold, promising to encourage curiosity inside and outside of the classroom with individualized education plans that fulfill core requirements. Aspire Public Schools has 14 campuses serving the Central Valley (its first service region) and the schools earn points with parents for dedication to physical and emotional safety as well as academic excellence.

BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY SPOT Create the party of your child’s dreams without the hassle of

going it alone. At Ginger Bugs, moms and dads can customize party packages to fit their needs while giving kids plenty of play options—think imaginative toys, a tricked-out play structure, and an over-sized ball pit. Older kids will enjoy the freedom of open jump and dodge ball games at the indoor trampoline park Sky Zone. Or, hand the reigns over to experienced party planners at Gym Stars. The two-hour, full-service NOVA party is the gym’s most popular option and will earn mom and dad major parent points. All of these kid party spots are sure to have the whole class talking come Monday!


BEST CHILDREN’S DANCE STUDIO Get out those dancing shoes—SJ is home to some stellar studios where tiny toes can grow a

passion for dance. Chelsea Hill is the director at Unique Visions Dance Company where her dance certifications and education make her a star with dancers of all ages and levels. At Dance Connection, young dancers can take their skills to competition in a variety of disciplines including both ballet and hip-hop. Elevate Dance Company prides itself on turning young dancers into professional performers with higher learning in technique, showmanship, and artistry.

BEST CHILDREN’S BALLET At The Dance Connection in

Stockton, prima ballerinas are born through structured dance courses for all ages and abilities in the family-owned studio that feels like a home away from home. Tiny dancers can get their start at Gym Stars where traditional technique, positions, and terminology are used. For those who want to branch out, ballet/jazz classes offer a fun combination of two popular styles. For the youngest ballerinas Pacific Ballet starts aspiring dancers as young as four years old with pre-ballet classes.

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Children’s BEST CHILDREN’S Dentist CLOTHING BOUTIQUE No surprises here—Sassy Pants Children’s Boutique was once again voted the best children’s clothing boutique in the county! Angela Scannavino Karp continues to fill her Lincoln Center shop with colorful duds for boys and girls with an emphasis on designer European labels. Caterpillar Children’s Boutique, however, is often the first pick of eco-friendly moms—those looking to reduce their carbon footprint by buying gently used clothes instead of new pieces. Kids of all ages can find cute clothes at Lodi’s Willow Tree, where baby and toddler gear is front and center. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

Good oral health and beautiful smiles start early. Give your kids the best start with frequent check-ups. Kids Care Dental has plenty of offices in the Central Valley making it a convenient option for great dental care. Dr. Lester Low invites the whole family into his Stockton practice, offering routine dental care and cosmetic procedures to families. Anisha Ranchhod, DDS, MDS, and owner of Lodi Pediatric Dentistry dedicates her time to early intervention, taking her oral health education on the road to local preschools. Dr. Lynn Parker in Stockton is a pro with little ones, drawing on her 20 years of experience as a dentist and many years as a mother of three.

BEST CHILDREN’S GYMNASTICS Parents flip for these local gymnastics hot spots. Gym Stars

comes highly recommended by the region’s moms-in-theknow. The lineup stretches beyond traditional gymnastics to offer instruction in tumbling, cheerleading, karate, and dance. Impact Gymnastics Academy starts kids young, offering classes for gymnasts as young as six months old. At Champion Gymnastics Academy preschoolers can start jumping, twirling, and playing in beginner’s classes before trying out for the gym’s competition team.

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Best Children’s Martial Arts Studio Experts say martial arts

is a great way to teach discipline to young kids. At Tibon’s Goju Ryu Fighting Arts Sensei Tibon mixes Okinawan Japanese straight line fighting and the soft style of Chinese Kemp to create a single fighting form. At Valor Training Center kids and teens are invited to learn martial arts starting at 5 years old, and parents can take a martial arts, Muay Thai kickboxing, or Krav Maga selfdefense class at the same gym. If jiu-jitsu, a Brazilian combat fighting style that focuses on grappling and groundwork, is more your speed check out Stockton Jiujitsu.

Best Children’s Photographer

Capture your brood’s childhood with professional photos close to home. Emily Abbas at Little Love Story Photography & Design trades cookie-cutter studio shots for personality-infused shoots, nurturing a childhood passion that grew along with her own tiny models. Sweet Sister’s Photography has long been a favorite of new moms looking to create lasting memories of their child’s first years. Heather Jean Photography takes advantage of the region’s natural beauty, using outdoor light and surroundings to enhance family photos, maternity shoots, and newborn announcements.

BEST INDOOR FAMILY ACTIVITY

Get the gang together and create some memories. San Joaquin County is bursting with family-friendly outings for all. At Sky Zone, parents and kids can jump, dodge, and get in shape together with jump times and fitness programs. World of Wonders Science Museum makes everyone a kid again, giving those both young and old a chance to explore the natural world around them and solve puzzles together. At Zaps Zone, families bond over a game of laser tag at the twostory, state of the art arena.

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Best Outdoor Family Activity When the weekend hits and its time for some

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Mendocino Grove Mendocino, Calif.

Mendocino Grove is a modern camping experience on Northern California’s picturesque Mendocino Coast. The hoteliers from nearby St. Helena bring the coveted excursion to campers only for the season, closing down shop on October 31.   In its second year, glamping at Mendocino Grove gives over-worked Californians a chance to escape over summer, enjoying all of the perks of traditional camping—reconnecting with the natural world, evening campfires, falling asleep to the sounds of nature—with the additional comforts of cozy accommodations.    Instead of pitching your own tent at Mendocino Grove, retire to one of 60 spacious Safari-style tents (with classic and family sizes available) fully outfitted with comfortable beds, warm down comforters, wool blankets, cotton linens, lanterns, and more amenities that bring an air of extravagance to camping.   The A-frame tents are built atop wooden platforms, each complete with its own redwood deck for lounging and reconnecting with loved ones. Luxury bathrooms complete with cotton towels and hot water, communal campfires, picnic tables, a bocce ball court, horse shoes, games and books, Wi-Fi (if you need it), hammocks, free guided hikes, free outdoor breakfast bar, gas barbecues, working sinks for food prep, hot beverage bar, firewood, s’mores kits and camp boxes for purchase, and access to nearby hiking trails, beaches, canoeing, and kayaking.

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Sneak away to the alluring Central California Coast to Big Sur where ocean views are unparalleled atop Treebones Resorts’ bluff. People from around the globe travel to this little corner of the world to take in its expansive forests, coastal views, and rocky beaches. Lucky for San JoaquiBig Sur, Calif. nians, it’s just a few hours from home.    At Treebones Resort the emphasis is on comfort. It’s easy to unplug from the outside world as Wi-Fi is spotty throughout the region (if available at all) leaving guests to reconnect with their loved ones and bond with fellow travelers.   While tent camping is allowed on the grounds, it’s the glamping experience that draws most in. The yurts feature plush beds with high-end linens, electricity, and a small sink with running water. Large redwood decks proffer views of the stunning coastline with Adirondack chairs provided. Essentially yurts feel like studio apartments built in the wilderness.   Even with all the creature comforts offered, the allure of camping is still there. Tiny surprises throughout the resort offer new ways to view the setting. Sit in an over-sized tree-swing, gaze from the windows of the twig hut, and take guided day hikes through the grounds. You’ll even share communal bathrooms with other glampers.   Meals, however, are five-star. The well-appointed lodge features a focal fireplace with couches to lounge in as well as indoor dining and an outdoor deck. At Wild Coast Restaurant dinners of filet mignon and lobster-prawn pasta are served with patron’s choice of wine or beer. And after the meal guests can retire to their rooms with board games from the lounge or head to the hot tub for a dip.

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in-room massages, guided morning yoga, pool and hot tub, private redwood decks, on-site restrooms and showers, two on-site restaurants, outdoor bar, in-lodge Wi-Fi, golf carts, guided hikes, and complimentary breakfast.

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Regardless of where you sleep the property’s restaurant cooks up mouthwatering meals for visitors. Forego campfire hotdogs and burgers and instead indulge in all-day breakfast and lunch at the Strawhouse Café. Don’t forget to start your mornings with coffee, too—Strawhouse has its own organic blend brewed on-site.    When you’re not longing in your tented yurt or riverfront cottage, take advantage of Big Flat’s surrounding nature. With river access nearby it’s easy to partake in fly fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Out of the water there’s bird watching, hiking, biking, and more.

Ditch the tent, and spring for a vacation cottage. Strawhouse Resorts located on the Trinity River in Big Flat offers a home away from home. A 30’ yurt outBig Flat, Calif. fitted with high-end amenities is available for guests to book. Soak in the claw foot tub, stay comfortable with heating and air conditioning, enjoy the ambiance with an electric fireplace in the bedroom, prepare food with a microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator and coffee maker, and stargaze from the large private deck all before turning in to your queen bed for the night and without leaving your room.    Strawhouse Resorts also has cottages on site, forgoing the camping experience all together for a vacation home on the river. Every cottage has its own private deck including some that overlook the river, and each one sleeps five.

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HIGHLIGHTED AMENITIES: On site-restaurant, organic coffee roasted on site, private massages, private and small group yoga sessions, nearby fishing and white water rafting, in-room kitchens, private decks, river view balconies, outdoor barbecues, private dinners by reservation, and river access.  

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Not only is the geodesic dome house in Joshua Tree, built by a dynamic team of creators who construct unique spaces across the globe, one of a kind, unlike the other spaces on this list it’s also secluded from neighboring Joshua Tree, Calif. campers. Located on several acres of desert land in Southern California, the modern-bohemian dome house offers an escape from the day-to-day replacing deadlines and emails with desert skies and mountain views.    Inside, the dome boasts all the comforts of home—a full kitchen with refrigerator/ freezer, oven/stove, microwave, French Press, Moka Pot, and drip coffee maker as well as a king-sized memory foam bed, a natural wood burning stove, and AC and heating units—in a setting that feels like another world. For those who don’t want to spend their entire vacation secluded, the town of Joshua Tree is just a few miles away. There guests can enjoy restaurants, entertainment, and the Joshua Tree National Park visitors center.   The oasis does offer Wi-Fi but guests won’t find a TV on the premises. Instead the dome is stocked with antique books and games. Take advantage of the chance to recharge and turn your vacation into a health retreat for mind, body, and soul. Outside hikes abound and Angela of Juice in the Desert provides juicing services to guests who stay at the Dome for an additional fee. The dome, as well as Kathrin and Brian’s other luxury accommodations, can be booked through Airbnb.

Dome in the Desert

HIGHLIGHTED AMENITIES: Full kitchen, Wi-Fi, access to several acres of private land, indoor fireplace, hair dryer, linens, games and books, heating and AC, hot water; dishes and cooking utensils, and BBQ.

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Nevada City Inn Town Campground Nevada City, Calif.

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Communal wood burning fire pit, movie nights, easy access to Nevada City, hiking trails, a ping pong table, foosball, board games, private decks/balconies, awnings to protect from the sun, an on-site camp store, communal common area and showers/bathrooms, and coin-operated laundry.

At Nevada City Inn Town Campground, glamping and tent camping are par for the course, but a new kind of upscale accommodation has been added. Families who want to enjoy RV Camping without the hassle can rent the Riverside Retro for the night. There’s no trailer hauling or setup required for families, instead you just drive in and enjoy.    In addition to the queen bed and twin bunks inside, the renovated RV features a dinette, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, air conditioning, and heat; and it sleeps up to two adults and two children. Outdoor seating, a stove, and everything you need for the weekend (linens, towels and dishes) are all included so families can just show up and stay—no assembly required.

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It can get chilly in the forest at night but the glamping tents at Nevada City Inn Town Camground are there to keep you warm. In addition to electricity and real beds and linens, glamping accommodations include heated mattress pads for ultimate comfort. When it gets hot, turn on the fan.   Every glamping tent comes with a private porch or balcony and outdoor seating, plus an awning to provide shade on sunny days. As an added bonus, four-legged family members are invited to join the vacation as a section of the tents are dog friendly.    Even with all the perks of Inn Town’s glamping accommodations, guests won’t lose the allure of camping. The serene forest setting—towering trees shading campsites and rustic trails weaving in and out—plus communal bathrooms and indoor/outdoor showers offer the same laidback atmosphere you’d expect while camping.   Part of what elevates the glamping experience is the on-site extras. Onsite The Commons offers the best in luxury camping experiences with an air of summer camp: Head to the 3000 square-foot lodge to enjoy a hostel-style community kitchen, foosball table, communal eating area and living room, TV, fireplace, reading nook, and covered porch. Outside laundry machines, picnic tables, BBQs, a swimming pool, and a fire pit are available for guest use.

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Twenty miles north of Santa Barbara on the Southern California Coast sits El Capitan Canyon, a nature lodging experience that combines camp-like surroundings with modern amenities—call it minimalism without deprivation.   On-site, nature lodges come Santa Barbara, Calif. furnished with casual fixtures and bedding while safari tents offer something more akin to the traditional camping experience without the set-up and takedown. Every cabin boasts a spacious front porch for gathering under the stars or taking in the sunrise with a cup of coffee. As an added bonus, the cabins offer gadgets for cooking as well as private bathrooms and heat. For added luxury, more romance, or extra guests, upgrade to dwellings with fireplaces, soaking bathtubs, and sleeping lofts.    Even the camp store at El Capitan Canyon goes beyond your typical market, trading bare minimums like firewood for organic groceries, Santa Barbara County wines, aromatherapy oils, reading materials, and more. Local artisans sell clothing and personal goods through the shop, too, so guests can simultaneously shop and glamp.   The Canyon Market acts as the property’s social hub with dining options morning, noon, and night. Plus, El Capitan kits provide everything glampers need to manage dinner on their own from BBQ sets filled with burgers and hot dogs or salmon and vegetables; and every kit comes with fixings for s’mores.

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On-site restaurant, private patios, all-you-can-drink coffee, access to trails, complimentary cruiser bikes, guided tours, boat charters, water sports, yoga, storytelling, heated swimming pool, ropes course, massages, concierge services, and events.

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Have you ever wanted to sleep next to giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, and other wildlife? You don’t Sonoma County, Calif. have to fly to Africa for the experience. The Sonoma Serengeti offers guests a chance to get up close and personal with nearly 100 species of wildlife, most of which you wouldn't find outside of a zoo in the U.S.   Safari West is a 400-acre private wildlife preserve located in Sonoma County. While guests are invited to visit for the day, enjoying a local safari with friends, the chance to stay over night should not be passed up. The Safari West tents are luxurious. Imported from Botswana and customized on site, all 30 tents offer private viewing decks, en-suite bathrooms, hardwood floors, and wildlife sounds of the Sonoma Serengeti to serenade you at night.   When you awake, grub on the complimentary continental breakfast to fuel up for a tour. Classic safari adventures are guided and guests get the chance to head out and look for rhinos, wildebeest, ringtailed lemurs, and other exotic animals. A leisurely walk offers access to hidden species including many of the properties’ resident birds as well as some monkeys.

Safari West

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In-room massages, guided tours, continental breakfast at the Savannah Café, onsite dining, accessible tents, private decks on every tent, space heaters, electric blankets, ceiling fans, and private bathrooms.

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There’s always a way to make your Sonoma Serengeti vacation even more special. If your headed out with a loved one, book the romance package. Romance on the Savannah includes a safari tour for two, en-suite Swedish massage, a one-night stay in the property’s luxury glamping tents, and wine and chocolates delivered to your room. For those who want to enjoy Sonoma’s other import, try the Wild Nights in Wine Country Package. In addition to a one-night stay and a safari tour, Francis Ford Coppola provides a complimentary bottle of wine (diner’s choice) to accompany dinner at the Savannah Café.

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You’ve worked hard to raise a wonderful family. From moonlit strolls with your loved one, to diaper changes, graduation arrangements, and career shifts, it’s been one incredible ride. But now it’s about time for some R&R- and we agree that you’ve earned it! As you advance into your golden years, we’re honored to take this journey with you, and offer up the best financial advisors, healthcare providers, retirement communities and sage wisdom to help your transition into the good life.

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Arthritis is a condition that can, and does, affect millions of people as they age. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans. Another shocking statistic is that more than 78 million people are expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2040.    Although arthritis can affect people of all ages, there are risk factors. Orthopedic surgeon at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and professor of biomechanics at U.C. Davis, Stephen M. Howell, M.D. says, “The first risk factor is too many

one has been an athlete does not necessarily put them at an increased risk of development arthritis. “If you have a long distance runner and they’ve never had a serious knee injury, they could probably run their whole life,” explains Dr. Howell.    In the most severe cases, joint replacement might be necessary. “Two things are happening. People are living longer and there are more 70, 80, and 90-year olds around than there were before, so we are seeing more joint replacements,” Dr. Howell says. “But you do have some athletes who have had injuries. You might have someone who has one great knee, and one bad knee. That bad knee wears at an accelerated rate. One knee will act like a 50-year old knee and the other acts like an 80-year old knee.” When a knee replacement is done, Dr. Howell says he will try to restore a high level of function so the person can potentially return to their regular activities.   Dr. Howell explains, “A person has to individualize their exercises and avoid overusing a joint that is bothering them. For many people, water aerobics and swimming are the two best exercises.” Weight bearing exercises done within reason are also a good choice. Perhaps surprisingly, Dr. Howell says someone doesn’t necessarily have to work with their personal doctor to find an exercise routine that works for them. He says, “It’s common sense. It’s aging. It’s a natural consequence of aging and when arthritis creeps up and starts bothering you, you have to reset what your new norm is. You’re not the same at 65 as you were at 60.” New standards to work with the body’s individual condition should constantly be evaluated. As with any exercise, listening to how your body responds to your physical activities is important.

Activities for those living with arthritis Ongoing physical activity for those who have arthritis is important to maintain range of motion and fitness.

birthdays! People are living longer and joints wear out. It’s almost like cataracts. Age is a risk factor.” He estimates that 50 percent or more of people will develop arthritis as they age. Excess weight is also a risk factor for developing arthritis, particularly in the back, hips, knees, and ankles.    “Weight control and exercise within tolerance are two ways to treat arthritis, plus anti-inflammatory agents as needed,” says Dr. Howell. “When you get older, you slow down, but you try to stay active and fit as much as you can. Short and varied activities are good.” Taking on a variety of physical activities and not necessarily repeating the same strenuous exercises every day are a good way to relieve joints that might get aggravated with constant or heavy use. In more severe cases, injections can sometimes alleviate pain and discomfort.   Athletes who have experienced injuries may have arthritis symptoms that present at an age earlier than the general population, but just because some136

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SWIMMING

Swimming allows the body to be able to move more freely and without heavy or jarring impact. Water aerobics using small weights can also be effective in maintaining muscles mass.


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ELLIPTICAL MACHINE Elliptical machines typically allow a user to adjust the difficulty level to fit their needs. The non-impact movement also allows for good aerobic exercise.

LOW OR NO IMPACT STRENGTH TRAINING Solstice Senior Living is Independent Living at its Finest.

Strength training with weights or resistance bands can help increase strength and retain bone mass. To help relieve joint stress it is best to not do anything too strenuous or exercise the same muscle groups two days in a row.

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San Joaquin County Aging and Community Services

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RESOURCES FOR SENIORS AND GRANDPARENTS We can help you help your loved ones.

Aging & Adult Services • Adult Protective Services (Physical, Financial, or emotional abuse to seniors and dependent adults)

209-468-3780 • Ombudsman; Advocacy Care or Skilled Nursing Facilities 209-468-3785 • In-Home Supportive Services • Caregiver support and assistance • Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors • Senior congregate meals • Senior legal services

• Volunteer opportunities for seniors and retired persons • Medication management • Senior safety programs

Community Services • Utility bill payments from the Home Energy Assistance Program • Energy-effecient home or apartment modifications • Resume building and job search assistance for seniors and other individuals • Emergency food through the Commodity Program

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YOGA OR TAI CHI

Gentle styles of yoga or tai chi can help improve balance and coordination. These exercises can also help to improve overall posture and prevent falls.

OTHER DAILY ACTIVITIES

Regular daily activities such as taking the dog for a walk or mowing the lawn can help to keep a routine of regular movement. Gentle stretching and bending while watching television can also help.


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 ARBOR NURSING CENTER

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

Your community’s nonprofit hospice, providing compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay since 1979. Comprehensive support and care for patients and families 24/7 Admissions 7 days a week Alexander Cohen Hospice House, the only 16 bed hospice inpatient facility serving the Central Valley

Community Hospice is pleased to announce Community Care Choices, a palliative care program focusing on enhancing comfort and improving quality of life for individuals facing a serious illness. Palliative Care may be provided at any time during a patient’s illness and delivered while seeking curative and life-prolonging treatments. For more information visit palliativeheart.org or call 209.578.6333

2431 W. March Lane, Suite 100, Stockton, CA 95207 • 209.477.6300 CommunityHospiceCV hospiceheart.org CA100000783 | CA100000613

 VITAS HEALTH

VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, is committed to meeting the growing demand for quality, compassionate hospice care in the community. Hospice is an end-of-life care option that focuses on the patient, not the disease, by delivering medical care and other services to terminally-ill patients where ever they call home. VITAS’ trained experts understand the importance of attending to the medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients during their final six months of life and are equipped to care for patients with complex symptoms. For more information about VITAS Healthcare—a Medicare-approved hospice provider—visit www.VITAS.com or call (866) 41-VITAS. VITAS HEALTHCARE 16956 S. Harlan Dr. Lanthrop, CA, (800) 723-3233

 REVEL

Revel Lodi is a new independent living apartment community within Reynolds Ranch in the heart of California’s wine country. Revel is expected to open end of 2018 and will promote a healthy lifestyle by offering best-in-class wellness services and community amenities such as a fitness studio, a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, an arts studio and an indoor heated saltwater pool. Outstanding dining experiences will include multiple restaurants with innovative seasonal menus from acclaimed chef and Food Network star, Beau MacMillan. Built on the six pillars of wellness, the community plans on keeping residents connected, engaged and curious.

When someone you love isn’t getting better, turn to VITAS in San Joaquin. Working with your doctor, we can visit your loved one, complete an evaluation, discuss your goals of care and arrange for hospice services that help the whole family. Don’t know what next steps to take or where to turn?

Turn to VITAS.

VITAS.com 800.723.3233 16956 S. Harlan Dr. Lathrop, CA 95330

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 THE WELLNESS CONNECTION AT O’CONNOR WOODS

The greatest breakthrough in senior care? Mom’s cozy cottage. We’re helping seniors stay at home, whether they’re dealing with Alzheimer’s, arthritis or anything in between.

1151 W. Robinhood Dr. B7 Stockton, CA 95207 209.933.9737 HomeInstead.com/284 PERSONAL CARE | 24-HOUR CARE | MEMORY CARE | HOSPICE SUPPORT | MEALS AND NUTRITION Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated. © 2017 Home Instead, Inc.

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The Wellness Connection Fitness Club at O’Connor Woods is recognized for providing comprehensive programming designed specifically for senior adults. Although aging is inevitable, there are things that you can do to face challenges gracefully and by taking an active role in your own health. Members (folks 60+) are provided with options of aquatic and land exercise classes, individual coaching sessions, a therapeutic pool, and equipment that will assist them in meeting their personal goals. We believe that the key to successful aging is remaining physically active, eating well, exercising the mind, and maintaining personal relationships. Fitness Club Monthly memberships available – 209.956.3470 THE WELLNESS CONNECTION 3400 Wagner Heights Rd. Stockton, (209) 956-3470 oconnorwoods.org/wellness_fitness

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You grow with us, we grow with you. That’s O’Connor Woods. On 34 beautiful acres, you’ll discover a community where connection, activity and learning flourish. Here at the area’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), you’ll find premier independent living, along with on-site health care, including an Assisted Living program voted #1 by Best of San Joaquin Magazine. With maintenance-free apartments and cottages and first-class amenities and services, you’ll have more time to do what makes you happy. With confidence in the future, fewer worries and more fun – this is where your liberating retirement lifestyle takes root. O’CONNOR WOODS 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton (209) 956-3400, oconnorwoods.org


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Wine & Roses Hotel features 66 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with amenities including botanical gardens, a modern fitness center, beautiful pool, relaxing jacuzzi, and unparalleled gracious hospitality. The Lodi Wine & Visitor Center is located right on our property, so wine tasting information, maps and advice are easily accessible. Located in a historic farmhouse, Towne House Restaurant features innovative dishes using the highest quality seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients. We offer an extensive wine list including over 70 local wines. The Lounge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy live music, extraordinary cuisine, specialty cocktails, and fine wine. The award-winning Spa at Wine & Roses offers spa services and packages for women, men and couples. Our certified Aveda salon features a full menu of services. Relax in the plunge pools or steam room and enjoy a peaceful moment in the tranquility room. Shop at The Nest, a retail boutique featuring therapeutic products and unique gifts.

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Can you think of a better drink to savor while sitting poolside in the sweltering heat this summer than sangria? It’s the ultimate summertime sipper, and it’s easy to understand why. Sangria is sassy, fruity, flavorful, and oh-so-refreshing!   This traditional, Spanish-style wine punch only requires a few simple ingredients: A bottle of wine, fruit, a sweetener, brandy, and sometimes some bubbly. It is rumored to have made its debut at the Worlds Fair in 1964, and we are sure glad it made its way to America!   

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RED WINE SANGRIA RECIPE INGREDIENTS: 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine ½ C. Brandy ½ C. Orange Juice ½ C. Simple Syrup 8 Orange Wheels 8 Lemon Wheels 2 C. Apples Chopped 1 C. Grapes 1 Liter Club Soda or bottle of Champagne, Optional DIRECTIONS: Combine wine, brandy, orange juice, simple syrup, and fresh fruit, and let sit overnight, or for at least a few hours. Add Club Soda or Champagne just before serving, if desired. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh grapes on a skewer.

WHITE SANGRIA RECIPE If you want to whip up a batch at home, we’ve got all the tips to get you started. First things first—in true Lodi fashion—the wine! Choose a varietal that is fruit forward, but dry and low in tannins. For white sangria, I recommend reaching for a crisp Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for a refreshing base. For a red wine sangria, grab a Grenache, Tempranillo or Zinfandel for their fruit characteristics and historical significance.

Once the wines are secured, the rest is easy. Let the ingredients marinate for at least a few hours to enhance the flavor of the fruit. And speaking of fruit, the options are limitless. Always add some citrus—either lemon, lime or orange slices. Then, think seasonally! If peaches are in, grab some at the Farmers Market. Apples are always a safe bet along with fresh berries, stone fruit, and frozen grapes.

WINES for SUMMERTIME SANGRIA Bokisch Vineyards Granache D’art Wines Tempranillo M2 Wines Tempranillo Klinker Brick Winery Zinfandel Van Ruiten Family Winery Pinot Grigio Bokisch Vineyards Granacha Blanc Lange Twins Sauvignon Blanc

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INGREDIENTS: 1 Bottle Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio ¼ C. Triple Sec or Contreau ¼ C. Agave 1 Orange Sliced 1 Peach, Cut into wedges 1 Pint Strawberries, Hulled and Sliced 1 Bottle of Champagne or Club Soda DIRECTIONS: Slice fruit and combine with wine, agave, and Triple Sec. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. When you are ready to serve you can choose to add sparkling water or champagne for effervescence. Pour over ice and garnish with an orange wheel.

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When it comes to serving sangria, we like to go for ‘family style’. There are two colorful ways to show off your sensational creation, and the choice really depends on the size of your party. The first: Use a glass pitcher with a good pour spout. Or, use a large glass or plastic beverage dispenser that can showcase the fruit and serve a crowd. Don’t forget the stemless wine glasses! Your friends can throw back their sangria without fear of breaking one of your precious stemmed glasses, and let’s be honest, fresh fruit looks prettier in a wine glass!

Head to Twisted Barrel, where their Zingria flows from Thursday through Sunday at the downtown Lodi tasting room. Savor the flavor indoors, or head outside to enjoy a charming, enclosed space with brick-lined walls and an ambiance to die for!

Pair It.

Sangria is super food friendly, so anything goes! But, if you want the ultimate experience, the answer is always tapas. We suggest firing up the grill for a few large pieces of watermelon. Then, dice the watermelon into cubes and thread it on a skewer with chunks of salty feta. Throw some shrimp on the hot coals before tossing them in garlic and red pepper flakes for a taste of the sea. And it just wouldn’t be right if you didn’t include some Spanish cheese and olives!

Also check out: Papapavlo's Bistro & Bar, Lodi's Wine Social, and Nena's Mexican Restaurant.

When the mercury rises to over 100 degrees, pour yourself some sangria by the pool and savor the seasonal fruit and wine of San Joaquin County! Your friends will be impressed, and you will be refreshed!

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TEMPRANILLO  SUZANNE LEDBETTER

Are you looking for a fun and tasty way to celebrate summertime? We’ve got the perfect plan to host a simple gathering with friends, and it includes two of our favorite things—tapas and Tempranillo.    It’s simple to throw an impromptu Tapas and Tempranillo party that will make you the hit of the neighborhood. But what are tapas? Simply put, tapas are small bites of flavorful food. And three to five choices, along with a cheese and charcuterie board, are sure to fit the bill. One of our all-time favorite tapas is as simple as it is tasty! Add

chopped rosemary, olive oil, and sea salt to a bowl of Marcona almonds for a serious crowd pleaser. We also can’t get enough of the sweet and salty bacon-wrapped date—the perfect combination to complement Spanish wines. Patatas Bravas, another tapas staple, are pan-fried fingerling potatoes served with a spicy aioli.   When it's time to assemble your cheese board, grab some Manchego cheese and Spanish Jamón. This is a no cook, no fuss way to feed your crowd! Add some olives and you have yourself the perfect pairings for our local Tempranillo.


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REFRESHING SUMMER WINES

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LODI VINTNERS  BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

The echoes of a freight train’s horn sounds off in the distance and adds to the charm of The Tasting Room at Lodi Vintners by Rippey Family Vineyards.   According to the facility's Consumer Manager, Dennis Fagundes, the building was constructed in 1903 and originally used to load fruit and juice onto trains for transportation.       The Rippeys, a fourth generation family of Napa natives whose children grew up crushing grapes beneath their feet, purchased the historic property in 1991 and turned it into primarily a custom crush facility. It’s a building with a story and is also known as Lodi’s oldest and stillfunctioning winery.   This July marks four years since the tasting room opened with its more modern-industrial aesthetic. Outdoor picnic grounds and bocce ball courts give this tasting room a fun and relaxed vibe. Behind the bar, 22 bottles of wine wait to be uncorked and served to thirsty patrons directly sourced from the Rippey family’s Napa and Lodi vineyards, which gives customers the opportunity to taste the best of both appellations.   Out of the selection available, 11 varieties have either earned gold or silver medals from the likes of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition to the California State Fair Wine Competition in 150

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2018 and years passed.    Dennis, who’s also a Napa native and has worked for the Rippey family since 2012, says they specialize in Cabernet, Petite Syrah, and Zinfandel grapes.    “On occasion, we offer different tastings. We do a junk food tasting where we pair our wines with things like Cheetos and Snickers and everybody enjoys that. We try to make it fun here and break down what wine should be. It should be a fun thing,” Dennis says.    One Saturday a month the tasting room hosts a wine and donut pairing, and a monthly cheese pairing with Cindy Della Monica, owner of Cheese Central in Lodi. On occasion, ambient live music and food sensory classes are also hosted on site.    With summer temperatures rising, there are a few wine varieties that Dennis would recommend to those looking to sip on something refreshing.    “One is our Sip Moscato, that’s one of our bestsellers. It’s like biting into a really cold, ripe, white peach on a hot summer day,” Dennis says. “Another is a Rhône blend of both Roussane and Marsanne [white grapes]. It’s a really nice, dry, minerally

kind of wine that goes really well with oysters. Lastly, our Chenin Blanc, a gold medal-winning wine.”    The Rippey family built their reputation on a love of wine, the land, and the fruit that produces their red and white varieties. But, at the end of the day Dennis says it’s about meeting new people and introducing them to their favorite wine.   “One of the reasons we do more of the fun kind of tastings is because sometimes wine can be intimidating to people. We try to make it less intimidating and bring in more people to create a fun experience that makes you want to come back,” Dennis says.   “It’s because of our love for wine that we’re able to tell people about how great and fun it is, and that there’s something out there for everybody.”

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MEET

MAKER ADAM METTLER

OF METTLER VINEYARDS  SUZANNE LEDBETTER / D ALY MONTEZ

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

I grew up farming and had always been exposed to that side of the industry. When I was around 16 years old I started making beer that turned out really well. Since my family grew wine grapes and fruit was accessible, I shifted my interest to wine. While I was still attending high school, my mom took me to most of the UC Davis short courses on winemaking and I started learning and understanding more about the process.

WHAT WINES DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FROM?

Every season, every wine is a new project. Some vintages are easier but all have their challenges. Inspiration comes from being able to successfully tackle and overcome different hurdles along the path of getting a good wine into the bottle.

IN THE WORLD OF WINE, WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOU MOST?

Starting off as a very young winemaker, my parents, especially my mother was my biggest support in learning winemaking. My mom was like my assistant winemaker at times, helping me punch down bins and monitor fermentations. Together they gave me the resources to take on different winemaking projects which allowed me to gain knowledge quickly. Through college and into my more professional career my biggest mentor in the world of wine is consultant Barry Gnekow. I have spent endless hours working with Barry on numerous projects. He is a master blender and taught me good wine takes attention and diligence. Lazy winemakers make mediocre wines, and that there is always time to make wine better and tools available to do it.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE WINE YOU’VE MADE?

Everyone always asks me, what my favorite wine is. My answer is that they are all my children, and I love them equally. Truthfully, I really don’t gravitate to one wine. I rotate what I am drinking based on place, activity, and food. I tend to not drink much of my own wines and largely branch out and see what others are doing. I think it helps maintain focus on what I will then create. But every once in a while, 152

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I will be tasting through some wines I made and a certain wine will really resonate with me and I’ll be really proud of it.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE WINE MAKING PROCESS?

Hands down the process of fermentation. To create something that has added value from a raw material. I have always liked creating.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN THE WORLD OF LODI WINE, AND WHY?

I have always liked being the underdog who shocks the critics and over the years Lodi has been that. We continue to rise over the critics and grow individually and as a wine community. No longer being underrated, Lodi is truly one of the most premier appellations in the industry and has so much potential. The AVA is diverse and vast, and the people are passionate and proud.


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theKNIFE: BEHIND TIM CHANG OF KOMACHI SUSHI  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER There’s a new man behind the knife at Komachi Sushi in Lodi and foodies from around the Central Valley are sure to rejoice for the new tastemaker in town! Chef Tim Chang—formerly of Mikuni Sushi in Folsom and husband of Komachi co-owner Sunny Chang— landed in Lodi’s trendy sushi spot last month.   Tim plans to incorporate an East meets West philosophy at Komachi. While his wife, Sunny, is an expert on authentic Japanese cuisine, Tim’s role will focus on highlighting the trendier sashimi and avantgarde style sushi dishes popular among the masses.   Before ending up in the kitchen, Tim spent an entire career in the corporate world. After years working in the semi-conductor business and paper manufacturing, Tim decided to partner with his wife to put out delicious dishes for diners in San Joaquin County. They worked together at Hana Sushi, where Tim honed his craft, digging in through hands-on learning. He is completely self-taught but credits the other chefs and his wife for their guidance in the kitchen.   Tim’s favorite local ingredient to work with is asparagus. “We love to work with local asparagus farmers during peak season,” says Tim. “We use the asparagus in rolls, traditional Japanese dishes, and sides.” They also utilize local persimmons in a seriously delicious seasonal appetizer.

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   Chef Chang recommends the signature Flaming Dragon, savory Spider Man or the Golden Gate roll for first time sushi goers. But what he is most excited about, is launching grand Omakase style dinners, sashimi specials, and expanded varieties of fish for diners. And look for a new sushi roll dubbed the Tim-Tation, developed with a global influence and world harmony.   One of Tim’s talents is developing layers of flavor throughout the cooking process. “I don’t want a dish to overwhelm you with one flavor,” he explains. “I want every dish and every drink to have balance.”   Tim is grateful to the Lodi wine community for their support of Komachi Sushi, and reciprocates by

stocking their bar with award-winning Lodi wines. “We have really embraced each other,” says Tim. “We often host wine dinners for trade and media, offering reputable cuisine alongside Lodi wines.” He believes that building partnerships and giving back to your community is key to success in the restaurant industry.   Join us in welcoming Chef Tim Chang and be sure to stop into Komachi for some fresh, inventive sushi served alongside traditional Japanese cuisine!

ROLL IN FOR KOMACHI SUSHI AT: 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Ste. D. Lodi, (209) 334-3131 @komachisushi @komachilodi


Ernie’s Food and Spirits offers a unique dining experience in the Central Valley featuring excep­tional cuisine, the highest service stan­ dards and a notably impressive collection of fine spirits and wine. Unassuming from the outside, Ernie’s doors open to a sleek, contemporary environment and the menu tantalizes the palate with mod­ern versions of traditional and seasonal plates. Ernie’s is proud to be your premier destination for all of your special occasions and intimate private events. ERNIE’S FOOD & SPIRITS 1351 N. Main St. Manteca, (209) 239-3351 erniesfoodandspirits.com

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WHAT’S the JUICE  BY ALEXANDRA KRUEGER

To describe what’s happening in the world today as a “health food craze” would be a misnomer; “craze” implies a temporary obsession, and, as Mark Sarale has seen firsthand, America’s fixation on healthy food is not some flight of fancy, but rather a collective consumer enlightenment.   “We’re seeing a lot of young people becoming educated on health and nutrition, even more so than the older generations, because they’ve grown up in this age of information,” says Mark, owner of Lincoln Center’s newest juice bar, Nékter. Having opened its doors just five months ago, Mark says the Stockton store has been the franchise’s top-selling location since day one.    If you’ve yet to visit, we’re here to tell you to believe the hype: From sweet acai bowls, to juice cleanses, to vibrant smoothies and green juices, everything at Nékter Juice Bar is all-natural, healthy, and really, really yummy. We know—it shouldn’t be possible to be all those at once, but Mark says Nékter’s recipe for success is simpler than we think. “You don’t have to put a lot of science behind fresh food,” he says. “It’s good, and good for you.”    Marcus Sarale, Mark’s son and General Manager at Nékter, says the juice bar’s most popular products are their bowls, namely the Acai Banana Berry Bowl. While the staple bowl is packed with fresh fruit, it’s also adorned with hempseed granola and chia seeds, giving it a boost of fiber and protein.

   However, Nékter’s juices are also winning the hearts of both health-fanatics and foodies alike. And if you think you wouldn’t like veggies in your drink, think again: Their most popular juice is the Toxin Flush, starring spinach, parsley, and ginger. And then there’s Mark’s personal favorite.   “I hate beets. My mom used to try to make us eat them all the time,” he says. “But amazingly, The Little Beet is my favorite juice. It has beets, cucumber, fennel, carrots, oranges, and I add ginger to mine. It tastes incredible!” Because beets are a powerful superfood, Mark says he tries to drink one each day.   Whether you’re an athlete in need of a post-workout boost, a foodie hunting for your newest haunt, or just a local looking for a treat, make sure you stop by Nékter Juice Bar and experience the sensation for yourself. “In all the business ventures I’ve been involved in, I’ve never before had people thank me for bringing a business here,” says Mark. “But people thank me for Nékter all the time. Stockton needs this.” GET YOUR GREEN ON: NÉKTER JUICE BAR 211 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 636-4694 NekterJuiceBar.com

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STRAWBERRIES SAVOR THE SWEETNESS:

ORIGINAL RECIPES FROM THE FINE FOODIE PHILANTHROPIST  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER Strawberries are often called nature’s candy, and lucky for us, these sweet berries are ripe for the picking just in time for backyard BBQs! As a seasonal summertime sensation, fresh strawberries are one of the many perks of living in San Joaquin County.   Sure, they may be small in stature, but their health benefits are mighty! Capable of satisfying your sweet tooth, strawberries are also low in sugar and calories. An entire cup of strawberries contains only 50 calories, 8 grams of sugar and a healthy 3 grams of fiber. The sweet treats also serve up a healthy combination of vital nutrients, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and cancer fighting phytochemicals. In fact, eating just one serving of strawberries a day is said to improve heart health, help manage diabetes, and support brain health.   Could there be another reason to sink our teeth into these summertime strawberries? How about the fact that a single serving has more Vitamin C than an orange? This has us thinking we may need to change up our mimosa game, because nature’s candy is also packed with essential nutrients like potassium, folate, fiber, and magnesium. In other words, strawberries are one of the best 158

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snacks to fill you up, satisfy your cravings, and give your overall health a lift! So where can you find the best berries? In short, everywhere! Here in California, we harvest up to 83% of the nation’s fresh strawberries on over 24,000 acres of farmland. And in San Joaquin County, you can find an abundance of farm-fresh strawberry stands scattered alongside country roads and on the outskirts of town. The satisfaction and nostalgia from picking up a flat of freshly picked strawberries at the neighborhood farm stand makes them one of our favorite fruits to devour. Wondering what

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you can do with these plump and juicy strawberries? One of the most versatile fruits, that can be used in a variety of cuisines, from traditional desserts like strawberry short cake to savory dishes like strawberry glazed ribs, the bright berries are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. After all, who doesn’t love sliced strawberries over a bowl of ice cream? We know we do!   Enjoy the summertime strawberries and be sure to stop by your neighborhood strawberry stand in support of your local farmers.

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LOCAL FLAVOR Savor the Strawberry Season with this Strawberry Funnel Cake from Costa’s Finest Kettle Corn. Call (209) 810-0608 or follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they are parked!


ULTIMATE SUMMERTIME SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1 Head of Butter Lettuce 1 ½ C. Fresh strawberries, sliced 2 Avocados, sliced 1 16 oz. Package of sliced fresh mozzarella ¼ C. Citrus flavored Olive Oil Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar Salt/Pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: On a large square or rectangular platter, layer butter lettuce, strawberries, avocado, and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. This summertime salad pairs perfectly with the Lange Twins Sangiovese Rosé. Add grilled chicken or salmon to make this a main course.

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

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At the zenith of the hottest part of the year, it’s time to rediscover your love of margaritas. Nena’s Mexican Cuisine in downtown Stockton serves up summer’s favorite cocktail with a twist that is satisfyingly sweet, sour, and spicy. If you have yet to discover the Jalapeño Margarita, let Nena’s be your guide as you explore this special, spicy sector of Margaritaville for the first time. Made with fresh jalapeños, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and sweet and sour mix, this 160

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margarita tastes best when served on the rocks. With its sunset-orange hue and refreshing taste, it’s the perfect drink for those who are looking to escape the heat but kick up the spice. Cool the flames with some tortilla chips and fresh guacamole as you gaze out onto the glittering waterfront, sipping and socializing into the summer night.

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

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

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It’s that time of year again—Summerfest is around the corner, and that means it’s time for you to get in the spirit of food, wine, and philanthropy. On Saturday July 14, attendees of the 34th annual food and wine fundraiser can expect another delicious feast on the gorgeous lake of Michael David Winery, complete with award-winning wines from their historic vineyards.    Put on by the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation (LMHF), over the last three decades this event has raised nearly one million dollars for Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital. This year, the proceeds will go toward the purchase of a Dexa Scan machine, the most 162

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cutting-edge technology for diagnosing osteoporosis and estimating fracture risk.    With 400 guests expected to attend, the event will last from 6 to 9 PM, and will be catered by up to 20 local restaurants that will serve generous tastings of their various cuisines. A smooth jazz performance by Westbound Jazz will set the mood as you feast for the cause, watching the sunset paint the sky over the sparkling lake. Tickets are just $65, so grab them before they’re gone at the LMHF office in Lodi, or online at their website. SAVE THE DATE: MICHAEL DAVID WINERY 4580 CA-12, Lodi (209) 339-7833, LMHFoundation.org

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Celebrating their 8th year in the Historic Tracy Inn, the chefs at Tracy Thai Restaurant have produced countless satisfied customers, with their wonderfully inventive dishes. The chef makes classics dishes like ‘Pad Thai’ and ‘Tom Kar Gai’ that leave the diner feeling that they have been transported to a street in Thailand. Many of the dishes such as Eggplant prawns, or Garlic Pork reflect a homestyle feel. The Menu is a delight and there are always Lunch and Dinner Specials. The wood panels and decors at Tracy Thai will bring you to a classic home style in Thailand. With a warm, cozy ambiance and delicious food, you would enjoy your meal at Tracy Thai. TRACY THAI 1035 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 833-9703

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

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Welcome to BellaVista. We are excited to share with you an authentic Italian experience. Choose savory dishes made with passion and dedication to traditional Italian cooking. Simple and elegant fare served in the heart of downtown Stockton. BellaVista prides itself on using the freshest ingredients available to create homemade sauces and dishes that will delight the palate. Enjoy Aperitivo (Italian Cocktail Hour) while watching the sunset from our terrace, the only rooftop bar overlooking Stockton’s historic waterfront. BELLAVISTA 110 N. El Dorado St. Stockton, (209) 949-2104

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Hailed as one of the most authentic powerhouses of Japanese cuisine in the San Joaquin valley, Komachi offers a diverse array of exquisite dishes, ranging from the freshest sashimi to mouth-watering sushi rolls. “Come as a customer, leave as our family.” Hours: Mon - Thur 11AM to 9PM, Fri Sat 11AM to 9:30PM, Sun closed KOMACHI SUSHI 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. Ste. D Lodi, (209) 334-3131 SushiKomachi.com

AT EL PACZIFICO MEXICAN BAR AND GRILL  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER The heat isn’t the only thing sizzling in San Joaquin County. Over at El Pazcifico Mexican Bar and Grill, they are serving up a piping hot molcajete and you are going to want this dish in your life!    Served tableside and sizzling with flavor, a molcajete is a Mexican dish for foodies. It’s a winning combination of meats, seafood and veggies, that is combined in a molcajete and heated up until it’s dangerously scorching! El Pazcifico’s Molcajete Cantinera is oozing with cheese, stacked with nopales, spring onion, and jalapeno peppers in a vibrant tomato 164

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sauce. And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, this bubbling combination of flavors is then topped with seared steak, grilled chicken, shrimp and chorizo. Can you say, 'Yes, please?'    This dish is the ultimate in savory satisfaction, so be sure to stop in to El Paczifico in charming Downtown Lodi and tell them you want to try the sizzling Molcajete Cantinera. Grab a tasty mango margaritas to wash down your delicious dinner. You can thank us later! TASTE THE SIZZLE: EL PAZCIFICO MEXICAN BAR AND GRILL 114 W. Pine Street, Lodi (209) 224-8126

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

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JULY 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 31 AUGUST 1, 2

Take the whole family out to the ballgame this month and watch the Stockton Ports dominate the opposition at Banner Island Ballpark. This month, the Stockton Ports are having a variety of special events and giveaways, such as Baseball Bingo night, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night with a Jersey Auction, and a Matt Chapman bobblehead giveaway, just to name a few. So, gather up the family, grab a hotdog and soda, kickback and enjoy America’s favorite passtime! Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 644-1900, MILB.com

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Honoring our heroes has never been so fun! At this year’s Freedom Fest, celebrate your freedom and check out the Truck & Car Show, train ride, outdoor concert, Dad Joke Contest, carnival rides and games, and much more! Indulge in carnival food-classics such as deep fried oreos, funnel cakes, and pulled pork & tri-tip sandwiches, and be sure to catch the firework show! The Home Church, 11451 N. West Ln., Lodi, (209) 339-7333, TheHomeChurch.net

It goes without saying that Modesto loves their car culture—but they love their ComicCon culture just as much! Graffiti-Con combines them both, featuring beautiful vintage vehicles on display in amidst panels and Cosplay Contests. With hundreds of vendors and artists, there’s something for everybody at this Retro Pop Culture Event, so bring the whole family for a day of fun! Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St, Modesto, (209) 577-6444, Graffiti-Con.com

Support your local community theatre and delight in this classic Broadway musical starring Bobby, the perpetual bachelor in a group of friends that include five married couples. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this production focuses on Bobby’s inner musings as he examines the pros and cons of his friends’ marriages, and wonders whether he, too, should have gotten hitched. Groundbreaking and consistently relevant, this is one musical whose notes ring true every time. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Ln., Stockton, (209) 473-2400, SCTLiveTheatre.com

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Brown Bag Support Group is open to all widowed persons in need of a support, no membership required. The group meets at 11:30 AM the first Thursday of every month in Room 6, Knowles Building, at the Central United Methodist Church. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch; coffee and cookies are provided. Come share your story and find solidarity with your community members who share your experience. Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave, (209) 561-6625

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Join Art Expressions of San Joaquin as they celebrate Stockton’s art culture in the heart of downtown. Engage with works of Arturo Vera, George Adair, and Sydney Spurgeon, and indulge in the poetic musings of Bob Laird as you sip on wine and snack on food provided at this celebration of the city’s creative side. San Joaquin County Administration Building, 44 N. San Joaquin St., Stockton, (209) 460-0780

SUP YOGA

JULY 3, 10, 17, 31

Paddle down the Mokelumne River and channel your inner Yogi as you reach a state of tranquility on the river’s sparkling waters. If you’re not a pro Stand-up Paddleboarder or a regular yoga-practitioner, have no fear—instructors modify the class to ensure the comfort of all participants. Bring your own board or try out one of Headwaters Kayak’s rentals for an evening of balance and beauty. Lodi Lake Boat House, 1101 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 224-8367, HeadwatersKayak.com

4TH OF JULY PARADE IN DOWNTOWN STOCKTON

JULY 4

Celebrate our great nation’s independence and honor the men and women who guard our freedom with their lives as you enjoy the annual 4th of July parade in downtown Stockton. Organized by the United Veteran’s Council, elaborate floats and marches that will roll through the streets, accompanied by live music. There’s no better way to pay tribute to the red, white, and blue! The parade begins at 10 AM. Weber Point, 221 N. Center St., Stockton, (209) 361-9422

CONCERTS IN THE PARK

JULY 4, 11, 18, 25

Indulge in several summer evenings of free, live music in Victory park for the 65th year of Stockton’s Concerts in the Park series. Grab a couple lawn chairs and picnic under the stately oak trees with your family, friends, and dogs as you enjoy diverse genres, from country, to rock, to Latin jazz, every Wednesday night at 6 PM. Victory Park, 1001 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton

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BRIT FLOYD JULY 6

Witness the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show as it graces the stage of Stockton’s historic Bob Hope Theatre this month. For the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, “The Dark Side of the Moon,” Brit Floyd will perform classics from the iconic album alongside hits such as “Wish You Were Here”, “Animals”, and “The Wall”. Complete with a million-dollar light show, Brit Floyd’s renowned performance will take you back to an age of rock, redefined. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole once more in this classic, whimsical performance at the beautiful Jessie’s Grove Winery. Presented by Lodi’s very own Changing Faces Theatre, tickets to this show include access to wine, food, and a variety of games the whole family will enjoy! Support your local theatre scene and grab your tickets before they’re gone! Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 W Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 3272754, ChangingFacesTheatre.org

COMEDYLICIOUS AT MICHAEL DAVID WINERY

JULY 7

If laughter is the best medicine and a glass of wine day keeps the doctor away, then this comedy event at Michael David Winery is sure to be a cure-all! Grab a glass of zin and get ready to giggle, because Michael David Winery has a hilarious line-up for you. Show starts at 7 PM, don’t miss it! Michael David Winery, 4580 CA-12, Lodi, (209) 263-3089, MichaelDavidWinery.com


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INTRODUCTORY BIRDING WITH THE SAN JOAQUIN AUDUBON SOCIETY

JULY 7

Rise and shine with the birds and let yourself be introduced to the fun, fascinating world of bird-watching. Don’t forget your binoculars as you learn about the wide variety of birds that call our beautiful San Joaquin Valley home. This course begins at 8 AM, making it a great way to start your day! Lodi Lake, 1301 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, SanJoaquinAudubon.org

S.H.E. 365 WOMEN’S 5K

JULY 8

Need some motivation to get your cardio in? How about a mimosa, catered lunch, chocolate, Bundtinis from nothing Bundt Cakes, custom jewelry from Gary Long Jewelers, and a flute of champagne—oh, and you get to finish your run on the red carpet. If that sounds more your speed, don’t miss the sixth annual all-women’s 5K held at Woodbridge Winery! Bring all your girls to the run for a day of beautiful scenery and healthy fun. Woodbridge Winery, 5950 Woodbridge Rd. E, Acampo, FleetFeetStockton.com

ASTRONAUT TRAINING SUMMER CAMP

JULY 9 - 13

We all wanted to be an astronaut at some point; there’s just something about the vastness and otherworldly beauty of space that invigorates the minds of children and adults alike. If your little one shares that same wonder, then be sure to enroll them in this exciting, educational summer camp at the WOW Museum, where they’ll learn everything from health and fitness standards for astronauts, to fun facts about rockets, engineering, and the International Space Station. WOW Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 368-0969, WOWScienceMuseum.org

MODESTO-CON

JULY 9, 10

Break out the wigs and superglue, it’s cosplay season in Modesto! Let your inner-geek shine and engage in fun, safe activities the whole family will enjoy. With celebrity guests including Sam J. Jones AKA Flash Gordon and Doug Jones from the Hellboy movies and Shape of Water, as well as a variety of awesome panels, this is one convention you won’t forget! Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. Modesto, ModestoCon.com

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Join us in celebrating the finest local businesses at our biennial Best Of Party! Delight in cuisine from across the county and taste the finest wines from local wineries as 25 chefs and winemakers who were crowned Best Of serve and pour. Enjoy music, entertainment, and dancing as we honor the local business owners and entrepreneurs who color the San Joaquin! Grab your tickets before they’re gone! Brookside Golf and Country Club, 3603 St. Andrews Dr., Stockton, SanJoaquinMagazine.com

BRUSH LETTERING IN WATERCOLOR

JULY 13-15

Learn the delicate art of brush lettering with Tony Segale, owner of Double Dip Gallery and practitioner of brush lettering and calligraphy for over 30 years. In this three-day workshop, you will acquire the skills to paint in three lettering styles, sans serif, roman, and script. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon! Double Dip Gallery, 222 W. Pine St., Lodi, (209) 365-3344, DoubleDipGallery.com

BIKES, BOATS & BIKINIS

JULY 14

Spice up your summer with an afternoon of food, music, and bikini contests at Windmill Cove! One of the largest events on the Delta, this event features three bands, including the hilarious Spazmatics. Whether you’re boating through the sparkling Delta Channel or coming by car, you won’t want to miss this fun-filled afternoon. Windmill Cove, 7600 Windmill Cove Rd., Stockton

LODI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SUMMERFEST

JULY 14

Feast by the beautiful Michael-David Winery lake with the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation at their 34th annual food and wine fundraising event. As you indulge in dishes catered by a dozen of the best local restaurants, sip on some of the finest wines Lodi has to offer. Proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing cutting-edge technology for diagnosing osteoporosis. Michael David Winery, 4580 CA-12, Lodi, (209) 339-7833, LMHFoundation.org

WILDLIFE TOUR WITH HEADWATERS KAYAK

JULY 14

Explore the wildlife of the beautiful Mokelumne River with wildlife-expert Bill Beckett, discovering all the birds, mammals, and plant life that call the river home. Watching the sun rise over the riverbanks and listening to the musical sounds of morning, this paddle is the perfect start to a relaxing summer day. Lodi Lake Boat House, 1101 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 2248367, HeadwatersKayak.com

LODI CYCLE BOWL

JULY 14

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Lodi’s historic Cycle Bowl, competing for fun and for glory. Having been a cornerstone of Lodi for over sixty years, Lodi Motorcycle Club invites you to be a part of history in the making and get in on the two-wheeled action, so be sure to get your fill of thrill before season’s-end! Lodi Cycle Bowl, 5801 E Morse Rd, Lodi, (209) 368-7182, LodiCycleBowl.com

STOCKTON BEER WEEK BREW FEST

JULY 14

Kick off Stockton Beer Week by exploring the vast array of craft beer and cider styles from over 30 microbreweries across the state. Expand your pallet with unlimited tastings and enjoy live music, games, giveaways, and food vendors as you peruse the booths. If you love all things craft beer, this is one event that deserves a spot on your calendar! Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 938-1555, VisitStockton.org

STOCKTON BEER WEEK

JULY 13-22

Celebrate craft beer culture in the San Joaquin and beyond during Stockton Beer Week, when local breweries, bars and restaurants will hold beer-centric events such as tap takeovers, specials, beer and food pairings, and trivia nights. Featuring quirky, beer-related activities such as the 3rd annual Brews & Shoes Showdown run, this week is sure to be foaming over with fun and delicious beer. Various Locations, VisitStockton.org

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Delight in the musical stylings of one of the most innovative ukulele players in the history of the instrument, Jake Shimabukuro. A Hawai’ian native, Jake first picked up his ukulele when he was four years old, and in the decades that followed, blew the world away with his renditions of classics such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Come hear his talent for yourself at the Stockton’s historic Bob Hope Theatre! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

who helped the organization grow and thrive. For the Shelters’ 25th anniversary, this four-course meal will feature an upscale BBQ-theme, with prime rib as the main course. With raffle baskets, a silent auction, and a full bar, being philanthropic has never been more fun—or delicious! The event needs Sponsors, so support the cause and become one today! MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant Ave., Manteca, (209) 824-0658, HopeFamilyShelters.org

SUMMER JAZZ JAM

JULY 14

Snap to the rhythm, swing to the saxophone, and sway to the sultry sounds of smooth jazz at the highly anticipated Summer Jazz Jam. With the award-winning compositions of jazz and fusion guitarist Joel Del Rosario, the renowned stylings of saxophonist Mike Philips, and the soulful grooves of jazz band “Times 4”, there’s no better way to beat the heat this summer than with the cool, smooth sounds of this memorable jazz performance. Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 225 N. Center St., Stockton, (408) 515-4420

PORT CITY ROLLER GIRLS DERBY BOUT

JULY 14

Block, jam, and hip-check vicariously through the Port City Roller Girls, Stockton’s rough and tumble roller derby team that’s skating through their 11th season. Grab a couple of friends, head down to the Indoor Sports Complex, and support our girls in green and black as they paint the opposition black and blue! Stockton Indoor Sports Complex, 3251 Ad Art Rd., Stockton, (888) 993-3729, PortCityRollerGirls.net

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Does your child bring you “gifts” from the garden, including slugs, bugs, and pies of mud? Don’t squash that curiosity with a scream—let them cultivate that curiosity for all things sticky, slimy, and ooey-gooey at the WOW’s Gross-ology Summer Camp! This summer, science and “gross” will come together in a beautiful harmony that is sure to reduce the number of wayward bugs and mud-creations you find in your home. Reserve your child’s spot today! WOW Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 3680969, WOWScienceMuseum.org


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STOCKTON KIDZ EXPO AT THE STOCKTON ARENA

JULY 21

Featuring Iron Man, Black Panther, and Bunk’d! star Peyton List, taking your child to the Stockton Kidz Expo will award you months of parental braggingrights. Stars aside, this Expo is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with the family and enjoy bounce houses, face painting, vendor booths, magicians, and more! Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 546-8200, GateHouseLive.com

LODI MUSIC IN THE PARK

JULY 25

Don the suntan lotion and round up your very best buds, Lodi’s free summer concert series is back for another year of fun, sun, and local bands! Have a picnic and socialize as you enjoy the talents of local music artists in one of Lodi’s beautiful parks. Every fourth Wednesday will feature a different band, so make sure you see them all! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6782, VisitLodi.com

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SIP & SNACK AT THE MAC

JULY 28

Taste the rich history of Galt at the Galt Area Historical Society’s 8th annual Wine, Food & Beer event! Set at the magnificent McFarland Ranch, delight in the countryside charm as you sip on fine wines and beer and sample gourmet food from 6 to 9 PM. Entertainment includes hay rides around the ranch and tours of the historic home. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes—you can look forward to live music and dancing under the stars! McFarland Living History Ranch, 8899 Orr Rd., Galt, (209) 745-1477, GaltHistory.org

“THE DROWSY CHAPERONE”

AUGUST 3, 4

When an asocial theatre buff soothes his sorrows with a record from the 1928 musical “The Drowsy Chaperone”, characters spring to life in his living room, dance numbers and all. Winner of five Tony Awards, this classic spoof of the 1920’s Jazz Age musical will have you rolling with laughter and singing jazzy tunes all night long. Showbiz Theatre Company, 1744 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 938-0447, ShowbizTheatre.org

“STUCK IN LODI” CAR SHOW

Couple Chris and Ken Gorman arrive at Charley and Myra Bock’s 10th anniversary party only to find that Myra is missing, and Charley has “accidentally” shot himself in the ear. Since Charley is the Deputy Mayor of New York City, the couple does what they can to cover up what they assume to be a scandal as more guests arrive. Farcical humor ensues as the evening becomes awash in insanity. Grab your tickets and witness the hilarity firsthand at the Linden Community Theatre! Linden High School Performing Arts Center, 18527 E. Front St., Linden, (209) 401-8549, LindenTheatre.com

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FULL MOON RIDERS

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Take a turn down the streets of Downtown Stockton with the Full Moon Riders and pedal along Stockton’s historic waterfront with other active members of your community. After the ride, check out a restaurant downtown for some quality grub to wrap up the night. Safety first, so don’t forget to light up your bike! Registration starts at 5:15 PM. Janet Leigh Plaza, 222 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, (209) 464-5246

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Cruise on down to the 23rd annual classic car show in downtown Lodi that draws hundreds of locally-restored, classic American vehicles. Hosted by the American Steel Car Club, last year there were over 300 classic cars entered in the event, and this year, they’re expecting an even bigger turnout. Come support American Steel and their charity work while trading notes with other classic car-buffs as you admire the inventory of vintage beauties. Downtown Lodi, (209) 369-6303, AmericanSteelCarClub.com

LODI INTERNATIONAL WEDDING FESTIVAL Head to Hutchins Street Square for an elegant wedding event for the books, presented by International Wedding Festival! Discover top wedding professionals to book for your special day and nail down key details through a spectacular display of vendors, live fashion shows, entertainment, and prizes and tastings! Tickets are $15. Be sure to visit the SJ Mag Booth! Hutchins Street Square, 125 S Hutchins St., Lodi, InternationalWeddingFestival.com


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San Joaquin Magazine July 2018  

12th Annual Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards, More than 500+ Local Winners!

San Joaquin Magazine July 2018  

12th Annual Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards, More than 500+ Local Winners!

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