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PUBLISHER'S note

N

ovember is a month of food, and food

  The holiday season is also a very popular time for

for thought, as we gather around the

engagements, so with our readers in mind, we’ve included

Thanksgiving dinner table and consider

a Wedding Section in our November issue to provide great

all we have to be thankful for. There are

inspiration for engagements, a guide to choosing your

many components and organizations

colors, and an inside look at trending items of the season.

that, all throughout the year, function to support those in

If you are thinking of popping the question, our extended

need in our San Joaquin. Join us for a inside look at The

list of ideas will surely get the ball rolling and inspire the

Stockton Food Bank, one of those very organizations, and

absolute perfect moment.

consider extending your holiday giving throughout the

  We’ve also dedicated pages to the exploration of

year.

the spiciest dishes in San Joaquin! With all the holiday

   Although there are many

cooking to come, we encourage

families that do need our

you to treat yourself, and your taste

help here in our community, we spent time with three local doctors that volunteer their time to change the lives of many children and adults

through

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron

buds to many lovely dinners out on the town. After all, Christopher Columbus did accidently discover America

search

of

spices!

restaurants, and spicy dishes, as we

provision

learn about their inspiration, level of

of health care services in countries like Peru, Cambodia, the Marshall Islands and

spice and more! We wish you the happiest thanksgiving,

Ethiopia. The personal stories, lessons and experiences

and hope that you are blessed with countless things to be

these doctors have shared with us truly warm our hearts,

thankful for. Sometimes, we take things for granted, so we

and make us feel more blessed than ever as we approach

hope this November issue is full of reminders, inspiration

the holiday season.

and enjoyment.

  We’ve learned you can also support the season of giving as you check loved ones off your holiday gift list.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Our “Second Hand for the Holidays” concise guide to thrift and consignment shopping in San Joaquin informs and explores the many joys and values found in shopping second hand. Aside from a personalized, creative gift at a bargain price, thrift stores in our area support local charities, provide jobs and give back. So, if you’ve feeling the pressure of the nearing Christmas season, read our

Tony Zoccoli

explorative piece for information on the different types of

Publisher/Editor

second hand stores, great items to look for, how to identify them and what popular terms like “vintage” truly mean.

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BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

  When Brenna Garcia Butler isn’t busy acting as an advocate for small or minorityowned local businesses, the Chief Executive Officer of San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce can be found riding her beach cruiser along the Delta, and enjoying all the perks San Joaquin has to offer.   As a child, Brenna led a driven life in Salem, Oregon, alongside her younger sister. Together they explored their passion for violin, community service and ballet. The girls challenged and supported each other, and as Brenna explains, their specific focuses

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did the same. “Ballet is such a disciplined art form; one that requires you to push past your comfort zone in order to succeed,” she explains. While all that childhood training, practice and competition didn’t turn Garcia into a professional musician or dancer, she credits her experience as one that broadened her perspectives, gave her a healthy respect and appreciation for individual talent, and taught her when to lead and when to follow. These important characteristics and life lessons followed Garcia into adulthood, as she found herself thirsty for a taste of independence. With family ties to Oakdale and the Bay area, Brenna moved to California to begin her next chapter. The Central Valley immediately felt like home as Garcia explains, because of it’s similarity to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She was able to access the city with just a short drive and still remain grounded by the rural agricultural communities and spectacular scenic landscapes.    As Brenna established herself in the sales industry within the Central Valley, the joys she found as a young girl active in community service resurfaced. She began volunteering, until ultimately deciding on a career change. “My passion for serving others and finding ways to create impact within my community is what drove me to make a career shift to non-profit development. I was so fortunate to have some wonderful mentors along the way that encouraged me to develop my role within some of the most reputable organizations in Central California,” she says. Society for Disabilities, Emanuel Medical Center, Hospice of Emanuel and Jessica’s House welcomed Garcia’s caring heart as she wore many hats developing fundraising strategies, supporting children through family loss, creating workforce development opportunities and much more. From there, her involvement in the Turlock Chamber of Commerce ultimately led her to the position she holds today, as CEO.   So what does this kind heart hope for the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce? “We work to help business owners achieve success quickly and efficiently. By increasing our services online, building strategic partnerships with community agencies to broaden our scope of relevant services and expansion into our outlying footprint areas, we can enhance our members’ opportunities and increase the value in their investment.” Personally, SJCHCC’s leading lady strives to assist local businesses navigate in a streamlined, business-friendly environment all while creating significant impact programs and resources to help the small and minority-owned business community thrive. And through “the development of collaborative strategies that will allow the Hispanic business community to prosper and offer services that will promote sustainability in the marketplace” Garcia hopes she and the chamber can make a serious impact on our community.   With such dedication, Garcia clearly loves the area in which she works to further develop. She praises the community for its great representation of culture, agriculture and industry. In addition, Garcia notes how fortunate we are to have 32

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CREATIONS BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

As we near the holidays, everyone buzzes over the hottest gifts of the season. Sure, the newest electronics are always a great choice, but there is something special about hand made gifts! Patricia Hoffman of Lodi has understood the thoughtfulness of custom gifting from a very young age. Her grandmother, Clara, was a seamstress and taught Hoffman how to make doll clothes as gifts for her friends. Patricia’s love for sewing stayed with her as she grew, even inspiring her to design her very own wedding dress! Years later, she passed her passion to her children as she integrated sewing into their home schooling curriculum. It wasn’t until 1995 that Hoffman realized she might be on to something. Yes, she created gifts for friends and family but never really considered selling to the public until receiving strong encouragement from friends. She wondered how she would begin a project like that; “Just start!” her friends excitedly said. Today, Pat’s Creative Designs can be purchased locally at Taste of Heaven, Vine and Branches and Clements Ridge Produce; and also through Etsy and Facebook. The designs can be custom-made, coordinated and lettered upon request! Pat’s collections include aprons for men, women and children, oven and wrap around mitts, and potholders in a variety of coordinating patterns and colors. Pat layers her potholders and mitts with six layers of insulation called inful-cright, a material that reflects hot and cold, making it a quality gift for any cook in the kitchen! The personalization and customizable ordering of each piece makes Pat’s Creative Designs a great gift option for a family patriarch or as an accessory to a memorable moment clothed in matching aprons! FOR MORE INFORMATION: TASTE OF HEAVEN 115 S. School St. (209) 369-5160 Lodigiftbaskets.com

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   Tony Segale, artist and owner of Double Dip Gallery, mixes art and ice cream for an all-around experience at downtown Lodi’s newest shop. The gallery, open since January 2014, is marked with a gold-leafed sign on the window, and offers visitors more than your typical art show. The best part – guests are welcome to enjoy a delicious scoop or two while admiring the artwork. From handmade silver and gem stone jewelry to watercolor and pastel painted pieces, the gallery showcases signature work from both local and nationally renowned artists, including Segale’s own work. The gallery even features classes for aspiring artists or anyone who wants to learn. “Everything in here is hand painted,” says Segale, “even every letter on every sign,” he adds. Segale, a lettering artist and muralist who works with water colors and gold leaf to create fine art, uses his 31 years of experience and love of art in every detail of the gallery.   Segale found the inspiration for his gallery while working in a previous gallery located next to a sandwich shop. He watched people with their ice cream cones stop and admire the artwork. Since he dreamed of opening a shop in downtown Lodi, he decided “if I am going to open my own shop, I am bringing the ice cream with me!” This unique gallery serves the popular and award winning Gunther’s Ice Cream, a Central California handmade favorite since the 1940s. Mouthwatering flavors include Lemon Custard, Rum Raisin, Black Walnut and Butter Brickle, which Segale describes as an “instant addiction flavor.” Each month, the gallery features a new flavor, and a new show.

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TRENDS | PEOPLE | CULTURE | STYLE WORLD OF WONDERS SCIENCE MUSEUM 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi (209) 368-0969, Wowsciencemuseum.org

If you’re still in the mood for something fun, creative and hands-on, take a step inside the WOW Museum, also within walking distance. Here, you can try out the newest exhibit, Cranium Café, and add some variety and fun by challenging your date to some brain teasers, made for all ages. By the end of your night together, you will have worked up an appetite. Downtown Lodi has plenty of options for mealtime, no matter your cravings. Pizza, sushi, burritos – take your pick. CRUSH KITCHEN 115 S. School St., Lodi. (209) 369-5400, Crushkitchen.com

DATE NIGHT IN LODI BY MELISSA HUTSELL

  Planning a night out can be tedious, especially a first date! Finding the perfect mix of adventure, entertainment and good eats isn’t always as easy as it looks. So, we’ve taken to the street of San Joaquin and have done all the planning for you. Whether this is a first date or a much needed “parents night out” take a look at these suggestions for your next adventure in Lodi. Choosing a handful of the following activities will make for a perfect opportunity to get to know someone, or simply keep the spark alive. Join us for next month’s date night stop, Stockton! DOUBLE DIP GALLERY 222 W. Pine St., Lodi (209) 365-3344, Doubledipgallery.com

Ice cream and art, what can be better? This out of the ordinary gallery showcases both local and national artists, from water paintings to jewelry. The downtown Lodi location also serves up Gunther’s Ice Cream, an award winning central valley favorite handmade in small batches. There are even nondairy options such as fruit freezes. The gallery also offers workshops for artists, and non-artists of any level, and new, featured artwork every month. 38

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THE MUD MILL 115 S. School St., Lodi, (209) 365-9900, Themudmill.com

If you’re feeling inspired by the art and ice cream, take a stroll down the street to the Mud Mill. Try creating your own piece of art and craft something to remember your first date together. Here, you can choose your favorite piece of pottery – from vases to platters, pitchers to wine glasses – pick your favorite colors, and start painting! For the new couples, this is a great way to get to know each other. For those long term relationships, this is an opportunity to create something for an anniversary, gift, or décor for your home. The best part, you can walk and stop along the way at one of downtown Lodi’s many tasting rooms such as Weibel Winery for a glass or two of wine or champagne. Downtown Lodi is filled with opportunities to make something together! From beaded necklaces to holiday décor, check out these other fun locations: BATH AND MORE: 19 W. Pine St., Lodi, (209) 369-2284 BUNCHES OF BEADS: 100 W. Pine St., Lodi, (209) 367-1207, Buncheofbeads.com

For a relaxed atmosphere and a taste of local and fresh cuisine, stop by Crush Kitchen for an impressive menu of seasonal appetizers, entrees and one of the most extensive beverages lists in the county. There is no doubt you and your date will find something that suits both of your tastes, from seafood to steak, salads to burgers and mouthwatering starters. SHANGRI LA ASIAN BISTRO 203 S. School St., Lodi (209) 366-0539, Shangrilaasianbistro.com

If you are in the mood for fresh sushi or anything Asian fusion, take your date night to Shangri La where their motto is, “eating is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s a common ground we can all experience.” The restaurants innovative selection and mix of cultural cuisine will be sure to impress, becoming a date night favorite. DANCING FOX WINERY AND BAKERY 203 S. School St., Lodi (209) 366-2634, Dancngfoxwinery.com

After being filled with amazing food and fun experiences, take your date to the Dancing Fox for some post-meal expresso or coffee. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the restaurant has got you covered with an organic selection of daily homemade pies!


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FEEDING THE SAN JOAQUIN COMMUNITY

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   The Stockton Emergency Food Bank, founded in 1968, is the largest provider of emergency food in San Joaquin County. The food bank serves healthy food to more than one thousand people per day, and gathers nearly six million pounds of food each year to distribute between several locations throughout the county. “That equates to almost 200 fully stocked 54’ semitrailer loads, feeding over 100,000 men, women, and children nutritious food each year, without charge,” says Ralph Womack, Vice President of the Emergency Food Bank Board. Womack, who chose to volunteer with the food bank after entering retirement 11 years ago, says every hour he has donated is well worth the effort. He became a board member with the organization because he wanted to work in an area of the community where there is the most need, “Having sufficient food is such a basic need and one that people should not suffer from.” While the food bank emphasizes health 40

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and nutrition, the organization also highlights food economics and education, offering classes in general nutrition, and healthy meal planning/preparation. All bags that are packed and distributed are geared toward balanced and nutritional meals. “This work is critical to our community as we continue to see an increasing number of citizens who are suffering from what is termed ‘food insecurity’, in other words, they do not necessarily know where their next meal will come from,” says Womack.    “The Food Bank provides food service to 13 satellite pantries throughout the County, over thirty non-profit agencies, treatment centers and scores of public events related to healthy living and nutrition,” In addition, “The Food Bank also provides a service to grocery stores, food processors, farmers and reclamation distribution centers by taking excess or usable foods that would otherwise be thrown away.” The organization delivers food directly to people in need at its main facility on West Scotts Ave in Stockton, as well as various pantries throughout the county. Likewise, they have a great mutual relationship with organizations such as St. Mary’s dining Hall and the Salvation Army, Lodi, among others. These relationships allow the agencies to share food between each other. “Additionally, the Food Bank teaches basic job skills and provides training in data entry, clerical office skills, warehouse operation and truck operation,” adds Womack. Womack says that there are common misconceptions about the food bank, and encourages all community members to give in any way they can. “The Emergency Food Bank is in need of donations, both food and money, year-round. People will oftentimes think about helping during the holiday season but it is our hope that everyone can realize the need is great and continues 12 months a year.” While the holidays remind of us giving, it is important to continue the giving spirit year round.    He assures that any size donations, no matter how small, is a major contribution to the cause, “Much of the food received by the Emergency Food Bank comes from small food drives. Anyone can start a food drive in their neighborhood or at work. The food collected will really add up and make a difference.” This Thanksgiving, the food bank will help host the 10th annual Run Against Hunger. All funds raised from the event will go directly to the Emergency Food Bank. For more information, visit runagainsthunger.org. Anyone wishing to conduct a food drive should contact the Emergency Food Bank at 7 W. Scotts Ave Stockton, OR by calling (209) 464-7369

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L O C A L H I S T O R Y

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    Tracy High School is a staple in the Tracy community and has been since its dedication as The West Side Union High School on May 1st, 1917. Seeing many changes over the decades, the original mission-style building designed by architect W.H. Weeks was torn down in 2006 after being condemned by the State of California. Although the original building is now long gone a new school was constructed in same taste, and erected in 2008 in honor of the original. Prior to the construction of the High School, students were taught on the second story classrooms at Tracy School located at Central Avenue. But before 1912, due to lack of facilities, some students were forced to attend classes as far as Stockton.    The original design of the school was also constructed as a unit system. This meant that the school could be added to as needed without altering the style of the buildings. The unit system came in handy as the original structure consisted of only fourteen classrooms and an auditorium with a seating maximum of one thousand people. Besides being used as an educational facility, Tracy High’s auditorium was utilized as a meeting center for the Tracy Farm Center and numerous civic events. Upon the completion of the high school, the town held a parade, which ended at the new building. During the preceding presentations, local citizen Dr. J.S. West received honor for his determination and efforts in its construction, and the Tracy chapter of the Odd Fellows organization officially dedicated the West Side Union High School.    The school did not stay idol for long, and in 1922 Tracy High School saw the construction of a gymnasium for the purposes of meeting California State requirements. In 1927 the school expanded further with the addition of the football field, named after a San Francisco novelist Peter B Kyne and his Bohemian Club (who donated money that was necessary for early sports.) The first two sports played at Tracy High School were baseball and football, both run by head coach G.M. “Bull” Hunter and assistant coach Pat Bone. Although the football team gave it their all, they did not win a single game in their eight game season. Despite this, their football program grew and several National Football League players including Nick Eddy, Scott Stringer, Bob Swenson and Matt Overton claim Tracy High School as their Alma mater!

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What a completely different perpective one gets when seeing your home town from a different angle. Landmarks and cityscapes that we casually pass by may rarely grab our attention. However, this page is dedicated to our very own "Visual Refresher Course" from the Stockton Visitors Bureau aerial drone. We celebrate our new found venture and view of home.... who knows, you just might be able to pick yourself out in the crowd.

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Lodi Street Faire SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

Sunday October 5, the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce sponsored event filled the 14-square block area of Lodi. More than 500 vendors participated, selling antiques, arts, crafts and more. Attendees enjoyed 25 food vendors offering an array of delicious treats.

Caring for Me WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

On October 1st in Stonecreek Village women gathered for an exclusive event focusing on health and lifestyle. The event, hosted by St. Joseph’s, included a health expo, opportunity to shop, delicious food and wine and a health forum. It was a fun, health-focused night out, to kickoff the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Patient Appreciation BBQ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH

On Friday September 19th Dr. Franklin’s patients and staff gathered for a delicious BBQ catered by Tin Roof BBQ for their annual Patient Appreciation Party. The night was full of fun, food, and a Blue Diamond Almond Gift Basket raffle.

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Operation Clerk by day. “River Rat” by night. Lacy Edwards manages the business for our M-580 Barge Container Service on the Delta. The same Delta she river surfs and wakeboards on today. The Port is the second busiest inland port on the west coast. But for Stocktonians like Lacy, this area will always be #1.

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March of Dimes OCTOBER 9TH

On Thursday evening, October 9 hundreds gathered at the Stockton Arena for the area’s premiere social event to help support the nonprofit organization, March of Dimes Stockton and the San Joaquin Signature Chefs Auction. Each year, the organization raises millions of dollars across the US to support healthy mothers and babies. The arena was filled with delicious tastings of food and wine as the finest chefs and restaurants presented their signature dishes at the culinary event of the year.

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  Thrifting and consignment shopping is somewhat of an art. At times it takes patience and perseverance, but the end result is always worth it. Today, the term “vintage” reins in the fashion and home décor world. Many spend noticeable amounts of money on items that recreate fashions from previous eras; but what about authentic, unique items that boast this name all on their own? With the holidays around the corner and San Joaquin county bursting with an array of quality second hand stores, we’ve created a guide to everything thrift and consignment. From ideas to items, San Joaquin Magazine is here to make this seasons’ gifting the most impressive and thoughtful yet… So, consignment verses thrift? While one is not better than the other, there is a difference. Both thrift and consignment stores can be home to items reflecting a broad spectrum of time, influence and interest. Neither specializes in a specific item, instead, the difference is found in the way the items are obtained and sold. Thrift store inventory is built based on outside donation and in return, a percentage of item proceeds are then donated to charity. Consignment stores stock their floor with second hand items from people’s homes or collections. These people, known as consigners, split the profit of the item with the consignment store in which it was sold. 56

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Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin, surely one of the best-known thrifting opportunities in our area, add extra value to shopping second hand. As Sally Wooden, Direction of Public Relations explains, shopping at Goodwill is not only an experience in itself, but also an opportunity to support a great cause and help those in need. “People can really feel good about shopping here,” she says. You can also feel great about consignment shopping because items you find uninteresting become an asset. Local consignment stores vary in the split, but it’s certainly fun to show up somewhere with a few items you haven’t used in awhile to leave with your newest, greatest find. My Best Friends Closet in Tracy allows up to 15 consignment items at a time, and really, it’s like trading outfits with your most fashionable friend. Everyone wins!   Before you dedicate a day to exploring second hand shops in the area, let’s learn about the joys of aging and the value that comes along with it. Everything we purchase can be placed on a historical timeline and labeled with terms often loosely thrown around, like “mid-century modern” and “retro.” While many brand-spanking-new items refer to themselves as such, there is an extra special uniqueness and quality found in items that really just are. The fun part? Finding value is in the eye of the beholder, because the beauty of second hand gems has no bounds and is personalized just for you.

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Antique items are among the easiest second hand finds to identify and categorize. Generally, an item labeled “antique” should be at least one hundred years old and represent a noticeable era of style or art. Something covered in dust and asking for a new paint job is not automatically antique, so keep an eye out for the authenticity of these specific items as the term often means a higher price tag. Hayley Jackson of Lodi’s New and Again Consignment Furniture Gallery suggests attention to detail when shopping for antique furniture. As Hayley explains, the value of the piece is reflective of its quality. So, pay attention to manufacture style; even the use of nails can be a tell tail sign of age. Today, solid wood pieces are rarely manufactured but antiques are adorned in unique wooden designs making these older items extra special. And when it comes to identifying this quality, Jackson says knowledge is power… “The more information you have regarding the item, the better!”   While antiques offer a timestamp, vintage items are a bit trickier. The term itself originated as a way to classify a staple in the San Joaquin community… wine. Originally referring to grapes harvested during a specific season, the term can also represent a period of origin or manufacture, which is why the term is usually followed by a certain era, like “a pair of vintage 1960s sunglasses,” for example.

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While being attached to a certain decade, vintage items are also known for representing or showing influence from the crème de le crème of the decade in which they are tied. For this reason, vintage items reflect the highest, most fashionable styles from any one person’s favorite period of time. However, the term is really only applicable to decades of at least 20 years our senior. As we creep closer to present day, second hand shopping boasts another perk. Yes, our local shops are great hubs of past times, but they are also home to great values of the most recent decade. Buying gently used items is a great way to get an extra bang for your buck, while adding excitement and personalization to holiday gifting. It’s not always easy to just think up the perfect gift. It often requires windowshopping and consideration, especially with a large family, or office wide holiday traditions like “white elephant.” Wooden really explains it best, when she compares shopping at Goodwill to a treasure hunt for the perfect gift.    The variety of items, spanning from last years still-relevant flat screen television, to a 1950s armoire, make choosing an item for someone much more personalized. This isn’t just an opinion, either. Wooden says Goodwills across the country stock their shelves with two to three thousand new items a day, seven days a week. With so many items to choose from, second hand stores give shoppers the option to find an item they may not just think up on their own. Whether those you love are electronic enthusiasts, book lovers, fashionista’s or anything in between, the second hand shops we have in our area will surely leave everyone on your list feeling loved and wearing a smile! For some, thrifting may seem like a necessity in order to keep a holiday budget on track. But it’s so much more than that – it is an opportunity to find that perfect one-of-a-kind personalized piece you just can’t find anywhere else. It also gives you the ability to avoid the malls, support local businesses and charities, step away from the ‘consumerism’ this holiday season is known for and instead re-claim the deeper sense of gift giving.

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Holidays always evoke gratefulness, and giving back. Here in San Joaquin, we are blessed to have some of the nation’s top medical professionals and facilities. Our access to quality health care is a gift others outside our community don’t always receive. We sat down with three San Joaquin doctors, as they share their powerful stories, providing surgical care and education that change the lives of hundreds otherwise left to live with their crippling conditions. All the while, these kind hearts return to San Joaquin, their home, to continue their good works and much more. To that we say, thanks for giving!

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   Today, Dr. Jeffrey Ing heads one of San Joaquin’s most respected JEFFREY ophthalmology practices, Delta Eye Medical Group, as a corneal specialist. With locations in Stockton, Lodi and Tracy, Jeffrey changes lives throughout our community granting a gift that is often assumed, sight. Ing views his skill and talent as what he describes to be both a moral obligation and a blessing from God. For him, there is no other option

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but to recognize and aid in the needs of others as we look beyond our community to areas of poverty and starvation. Dr. Ing took to helping those in need at a very young age. Growing up as a missionary child, Ing’s parents instilled in him a generous, hard-working heart. Although Jeffrey was born in California, he and his family lived overseas for much of his childhood in Puerto Rico, the Marshall Islands, and Singapore, until he later returned to the states to attend university.    Initially, Ing entered college in hopes to help people through teaching, or as a researcher. He began his studies at Pacific Union College, a parochial school operated by his Seventh Day Adventist church. His clear love for the human race influenced one of Ing’s professors to encourage him to enter the medical field. Shortly after, Jeffrey was flourishing in Loma Linda University’s medical program, and chose to take his first individual mission trip to Mexico, with Students for International Mission Service (SIMS.) Once establishing residency, Ing continued his good works in a country where his missionary family had strong ties. His father worked in the Marshall Islands as a

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returned to the states the girl’s parents reached out to the doctor, asking for additional help. During his most recent visit, the doctor was able to correct the problem, bringing imense joy to the young patient and her parents.   His patient’s conditions and health stay with Ing, even upon returning to the San Joaquin area, his family and his successful practice. So much so that the doctor flew with a corneal transplant, from a local eye bank, back to Fiji; restoring the site of a 36 year old woman he had continued to consider years after first meeting her. His thoughtfulness results in functioning vision and as he explains, “When it was time for me to return to the states, she could see again.” The giving heart and skilled hands of this San Joaquin surgeon has changed the lives of hundreds, both in our community and over seas.

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medical director for much of Ing’s childhood, and as an adult he has returned to the country several times since. Jeffrey’s passion for mission work influenced his life path in additional ways, even leading him to his wife, Helen, a registered nurse. Together, the passionate couple dedicates many weeks out of the year to mission trips, and work as examples to their three children, Ryan, Jessica and Jared.   Within the last year, Jeffrey has visited the Marshall Islands, Fiji and Ethiopia, performing hundreds of surgeries aiding in the leading cause of blindness worldwide, cataracts. Here in the United States, cataracts, or the clouding of our eye’s lens, commonly affect aging adults with more than half of all Americans receiving cataract surgery by the age of 80. The quality of life and access to health care in the countries Ing often visits leave children and even young adults suffering complete loss of sight due to nutritional and genetic issues. It is clear that blindness takes a sobering toll, as Ing discusses specific patients that were abandoned and others whose family members are left helpless, guiding their loved ones through unpaved streets lined in garbage. “You don’t just leave and forget about these people,

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you carry them with you,” he explains. Jeffrey’s strong connection to his patients is clear as he talks about a current case; an eleven-year-old girl completely blind in one eye with a cataract in the other. During a visit to the Marshall Islands Ing was able to perform cataract surgery, but her condition required additional treatment inaccessible in her country. After he


DR. PETER

Salamon

  Dr. Peter Salamon of Alpine Orthopedic Medical Group discovered a strong connection to pediatric work for a variety of reasons. He finds their cases to be both especially interesting, and gratifying. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Salamon was drawn to the sciences and chose to ultimately study medicine at the University of Michigan. At the height of the Vietnam War, Peter served two years of active duty in the Navy, as a medical professional. In 1975, following extended medical training in England, Salamon ended up in Stockton through a series of events he describes as serendipitous. “I’ve called Stockton home for nearly 39 years and I’ve been with the same practice ever since.” Salamon’s strong ties to the community, and his love for medicine ultimately led him to begin teaching at the University of California, Davis. For years, he had read of doctors traveling to other countries, providing

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services and education. Through a friend, Gary Murata, Salamon was introduced to Mercy Ships, an organization that concentrates its efforts in western Africa. Here, Salamon worked on a large ship, home to a fullystocked and capable, mobile hospital with aboility to travel throughout the world to where they are most needed. Salamon’s past Navy experience made this a perfect fit, and he traveled with Mercy Ships to Liberia in 2007.    Peter’s first mission trip was eye opening. Upon departure he found himself wishing for something to leave behind. Of course, the patients receiving orthopedic surgical care are forever changed, but, Dr. Salamon hoped for something more sustainable: a continuation of quality work. After additional overseas volunteer trips, he began to focus not only on pediatric patients in desperate need of care, but also the doctors that will continue that care once the organization leaves. Today, Salamon has visited nearly ten countries, lecturing, performing surgeries and educating overseas doctors. His focus on pediatrics has taught him that people, especially parents and doctors, are all very similar, regardless of where they call home. “There are parents in all parts of the world very concerned with their children, wishing to give them the best possible life; traveling as far as they can to provide them with good healthcare. I see the same in doctors overseas. They wish to provide this excellent care, and it is very gratifying to teach these doctors, and return a year later to find them succeeding.”    For Salamon, the gratitude of these young children is enough to keep the doctor returning. Peter combats the birth defects and effects of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency found in his young patients with a skilled surgical background; and leaves feeling confident, as he also provided education allowing overseas doctors to continue care for these children while he is home caring for San Joaquin.

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  Dr. Hugh Vu and his family moved to California

from Vietnam when he was seven. His family has strong roots in medical care, and Vu felt the same connection, although not by default. He was initially drawn to the sciences, but while studying at University of the Pacific, Vu participated in an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) study that he credits for opening his eyes to the rewarding interpersonal relationship found in medicine; ultimately leading him to follow in his family’s footsteps. Vu’s dedication and hard work led him to become a board-certified plastic surgeon, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and head of his respected practice, Vu Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery of Stockton. To Hugh, his accomplishments are a privilege and a blessing, allowing him to

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victims and those suffering from cleft issues. Vu often travels with Rotaplast International, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through reconstructive surgeries. As he explains, “It’s a lot of work put in place by many people; the doctors are one small fraction. We bring our own surgical instruments and sterilizers, all the way down to gauze and medication. We are a self sufficient unit, all we need when we arrive is a hospital to host us and patients to keep us busy.” And there is no shortage of patients. Vu and the organizations in which he associates perform anywhere from 70 to 160 surgeries per trip. And for those many cases suffering from cleft lip or palate, the benefits of receiving the life-changing surgery stretch far beyond medical and aesthetic concerns.    “Some cultures believe clefts are a sign of the cursed, and believe it brings bad luck to the village,” Vu explains. So much so that people living with this defect must wait until it is dark to leave the house, or cover their face to avoid punishment. “I’ve operated on people that are 30 years old, meaning they’ve been living this way for 30 years. You don’t see that in America.” Vu continues, “I even operated on a woman at 60 years old. Imagine 60 years of being ostracized, and these patients accept it, so it is a truly sad thing.” For Vu, his surgical talents are the perfect way to give back, something he loves to do. And the opportunity to take mission trips makes him truly appreciate the life he lives in San Joaquin. “In our lives... what do we worry about? Am I going to hit traffic? Is there a parking space? Meanwhile a child can’t leave his house until dark because the village thinks he is a monster.”

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help others. “That person-to-person relationship is invaluable, it’s amazing. If I am lucky enough to be able to help someone, I’m going too,” he says.    The gratitude found in his talents led him to think further… “I started thinking, these kids that need help, they are people’s children…I could be that child in Nepal. If I could give two or three weeks of my time a year, why wouldn’t I?” Vu’s thoughtfulness led him to his first mission trip to Peru in 2002. Since then, Hugh has traveled to countries like Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile, Nepal, Vietnam, the Philippines and Guatemala, to perform plastic surgery on burn 64

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Jamaican Jerk Plate BREADFRUIT TREE

8095 N. RIO BLANCO RD., STOCKTON

With a restaurant like Breadfruit Tree, there’s no need to step outside of San Joaquin County for a taste of South Atlantic cuisine. The restaurant, serving an exclusively Caribbean-style menu, has perfected rich, savory and colorful creations from the Islands for more than 24 years. Customers can choose from a broad range of “Jamaican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and French style dishes,” among other influences, says Chef Louis Byone. As for a must-try dish, we chose the Jamaican Jerk Plate, which comes in a variety of spicy levels. This plate is prepared with a homemade marinade, and chicken polished with both dry and wet rubs. Hot and flavorful peppers, and spices such as cloves, are then added. The ingredients are charbroiled before being drenched with sauces and finished with a mesquite flavor. “It is hot,” says Chef Byone, “but we can make it really hot. It depends on the person, we can always make it spicier [upon request].”

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Spicy food has always been on the menu, tracing back hundreds and even thousands of years. The desire for spice is ingrained in our past as Americans. After all, that same desire changed the course of history when Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the Americas along his voyages in search for spices. Fast forward to the present, and it is clear that love for spices has only grown. If you are the type of food connoisseur with a thrill-seeking pallet, then you’re always

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in search of a dish spicy enough to test your tolerance. No matter which culture you are from, or what type of food you crave, each style of food – whether Asian, American or Cajun – has their take on mildly, medium or daringly spicy dishes. These San Joaquin restaurants have dishes that are sure to satisfy your taste buds, and even clear your sinuses. We gathered our resources in search of the area’s spiciest must-try dishes just for you.

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Cameron Ranchero HABANERO HOTS

1024 E. VICTOR RD., LODI

Serving a TexMex twist since 1981, Habanero Hots is appropriately named after its spicy offerings. Upon entering the restaurant, you’re greeted with more than 200 different kinds of hot sauces. Some so hot, you have to sign a waiver. Although the restaurant is loaded with spicy choices, we recommended the Cameron Ranchero plate. The Cameron Ranchero is prepared with jumbo prawns, sautéed with red and green peppers, fresh garlic and Roma tomatoes topped with cilantro and jack cheese. It’s finished with a hint of chili powder, cayenne and habanero. Although it isn’t too spicy, says owner John DeNigris, customers can make it hotter by “kicking it up a little and bringing out the big guns,” which are only served upon request. If you’re up for a spicier challenge, DeNigris mentions the “beat the heat’ challenge, in which thousands of people from all over the world have participated in.

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Tilapia Salad TRACY THAI

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Colorful entrees with kicks of spice define the very essence of Thai food. And at Tracy Thai – they certainly deliver. The restaurant, open since 2007, is a local gem for Thai-food lovers alike. Other than the impressive curries and spicy sauces, dishes served in fire pots, and even their incredible iced tea, we recommend the newest addition to the menu, the Tilapia Salad to cure you of your spiciest desires. The fresh Tilapia dish is prepared by dipping the fish in a homemade batter, and fried. It is then laid on a bed of salad made from apples, cashews, both red and green onions and topped with a homemade chili oil vinaigrette. The vibrant flavor of this dish is brought out with the kick of spice from the salad. The meal comes in a variety of spice levels – prepared specially to each customer’s request. Make it as hot as you like it!

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Hot & Spicy Spaghetti Paired with Southwestern Chicken

ANGELINA’S SPAGHETTI HOUSE 1563 E. FREMONT ST., STOCKTON

Angelina’s Spaghetti House has long been a staple in the Central Valley since first opening its doors in 1976. The Genovese style cooking and recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. The restaurant serves every Italian classic from pasta to sandwiches, seafood and even spicy spaghetti. For this reason, the Hot and Spicy Spaghetti paired with Southwestern style chicken comes highly recommended. The sauce is an extra spicy take on their traditional marinara “with chilies and spices such as paprika, cayenne and mustard, added to make it a hotter version,” says co-owner Sam Taylor. The dish is prepared with grilled chicken, pasta with carrots, celery, parsley and garlic, served with a side of seasonal grilled veggies. And if that isn’t enough, “of course you can make it hotter by sprinkling extra chili to top it off.

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Fire in the Hole ASIAN-CAJUN CRAWFISH 95 W. 11TH ST., SUITE 103, TRACU

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Asian Cajun has made a name for itself by serving seafood with Cajun style sauces and seasoning. For seafood with a kick, try the restaurant’s ‘Fire in the Hole’ sauce, which can be added to any seafood boil such as shrimp, crab, crawfish, clams and mussels. The sauce is blended with Cajun seasoning, then mixed with butter made fresh at the restau-

rant before adding ghost chilies – known to be some of the hottest in the world. Customers have a choice between mild, medium and spicy – the spiciest requires a waiver. “[The sauce is] very, very hot. It’s a flavorful hot, just enough to set your mouth on fire, but still taste the seafood,” says owner and operator Jeremy Magtoto.

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Cajun Chicken Tortellini FRENCH 25

110 N. EL DORADO ST., STOCKTON

New to Stockton since April 2013, French 25 specializes in New Orleans Southern inspired cuisine with a Californian twist. With a Cajun influence in each dish, each is bound to be spicy and flavorful. If you dare, we suggest the spiciest dish on the menu – the Cajun Chicken Tortellini. The dish is sautéed, and prepared with a blend of Cajun cream that is made in house, says managing partner Greg May. It is then tossed with butter and mixed with more hot blackened spices, which are kept secret! Next, the pre-spiced chicken is added. The dish is topped with fresh tomatoes and shredded parmesan cheese. “This dish is spicy all around,” says May, “nobody ever comes back and says it isn’t hot enough. It’s hot, but the flavor is really deep.”

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Green Papaya Salad BANGKOK RESTAURANT

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This family owned and operated business has served old-world style Thai food since opening in 1987. Although there are plenty of dishes worth trying, the Green Papaya Salad is highly recommended, and comes in either Thai or Lao style. The plate is prepared with shredded and cooled papaya, making it crunchy, says co-owner Tevy Soeu. Then fish sauce, lime juice, tomatoes, fresh

Thai chili peppers, sugar, fermented crab paste, and fresh garlic are added. If you opt for the Thai style, peanuts and dried shrimp are included to the dish. The plate comes in mild, medium or spicy. Because it is made fresh, says Soeu, customers can make it as spicy as they’d like or omit the chilies if they wish. “It is easy to adjust,” adds Soeu, “The more spice, the more flavor.” SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 2014

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YOUR COLORS IN EASY STEPS

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BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Deciding on wedding colors can be tough. It’s a lot of pressure; after all, the color scheme will be integrated into almost every aspect of your special day. If you are having difficulties pin-pointing the perfect hues, take a deep breath, keep it simple and answer the following questions:

Wedding TALK101 BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

Now that you’ve chosen your colors let’s take a look at a few trending details that will get any bride-tobe’s creative wheels spinning as she chooses elements of her big day. WEDDING CAKES DRIPPING IN GOLD

The comeback of gold jewelry has influenced other wedding details, like the cake! With metallic in high demand, we’ve noticed many brides choosing sparkling details. The fun found in metallic is that it coordinates well with basically every shade. Make your day extra sparkly with golden accents, trims, and flower art on your cake. OMBRE

This term has taken over, with almost every celebrity and stylist singing its praises. “Ombre” just isn’t for the tresses, anymore. French for “shaded or graduating in tone” Ombre wedding palettes are making a big impact, influencing everything from the coloring of the cake, to dyed centerpieces and bouquets. Integrating the fading ombre style to your already existing color scheme adds a little something extra. Even invitations

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and gowns are available in this style! If a watercolor look is one of your considerations, explore everything ombre as you choose your details. CREATIVE DINING

Long gone are the days of “Please check chicken or beef.” Though you can’t go wrong with the classics, wedding dinning has become a great way to incorporate a theme and create a vibe. Spend time researching out of the box catering options to add even more personalization to your special day. The variety of style, form and even serving options available are fantastic! MORNING WEDDINGS

With availability and budget restrictions, morning weddings are becoming more and more popular. The weather is great, the lightening is perfect and everyone loves brunch. This option is great for those looking for a small, intimate ceremony or certain uniqueness. No one says you can’t add a splash of orange juice to the traditional champagne toast! NATURE

Woodland weddings aren’t just for tomboys anymore. In recent years, the serenity, beauty and mystical aspects of Mother Nature have been utilized through many unique wedding themes, and can be incorporated with ease. From outdoor weddings to centerpieces made from branches, we encourage you to explore the creativity that comes with rustic detail.

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THINK OF YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

Deciding on one of your biggest wedding factors can be as easy as identifying your favorite color. Whether it’s found in your home décor, or while sifting through your closet; take a look around for inspiration! If you’ve always had a go-to color, this will be a breeze! PAY ATTENTION TO THE SEASON

Your specific wedding month can be lots of help! Every season has classic, staple color schemes, so consider yours when choosing hues. CONSIDER THE VENUE

Often venues have existing tones and shades. Be sure to consider both your ceremony and reception venue and choose colors that are complimentary, not clashing! ASK YOUR FUTURE GROOM

If your fiancé seriously dislikes pink, consider throwing out your favorite childhood color. Because your wedding colors are everywhere, make sure both you and your hubby-to-be enjoy the hues. Even consider combining your favorite shades to symbolize your life as one! LOOK TO SEASONAL BLOOMS

Just as inspiring as the season in which you marry, is the seasonal flowers that accompany! Do a little research to find which flowers are in peak bloom during your wedding month and use their shades as inspiration. DON’T FORGET THE BRIDESMAIDS

Bridesmaid’s dresses are often chosen from wedding colors. When choosing yours, think of your bridesmaids, their coloring, and what would be complimentary for everyone.


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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…to Propose BY HEATHER REAGAN

The Holidays are the most popular time of year to get engaged. In fact, 16 percent of all proposals happen in the month of December. And for good reason: there are decorations, champagne and sparkly lights everywhere, plus plenty of gatherings with family and friends. As is customary, you are stumped with how to make the proposal one she (or he) will never forget, and a Christmas marriage proposal is amongst the best and the most romantic! Check out these festive proposal ideas sure to win her heart:

PLAY SANTA

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Ask a local department store to let you play Santa for a day. Have one of your sweetheart’s friends take her shopping and convince her to sit on Santa’s lap. Once she’s in position, give her the ultimate Christmas gift.

Make two time capsules. Put souvenirs and snapshots from your relationship into the capsule for the year that’s ending. Put only a ring box into the second, signifying a new beginning in all senses of the word.

Just before every movie there are advertisements, trivia, word games and the sort. Find a Christmas/Holiday movie and take your sweetheart. Contact the movie theater and buy an ad that asks her (or him) to marry you. To make it extra special, invite members of your family and have them already sitting, hidden, throughout the theater.

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT

BOX IT

Make an Advent calendar. Each door she opens should reveal a sentimental memory or a reason you love her (or him). Hide your proposal behind the door for December 25. If you’re Jewish, use this idea for Hanukkah gifts, with each day’s gift building up to the most important gift of all.

Give her 5 wrapped boxes with a different word (will you marry me) in each box and the ring in the last box. TREE TOPPER

Write out your proposal with roses in the snow or in Christmas lights on your house or fence.

Decorate the tree, and ask her to put the star on the top of the tree. When she climbs up, have the ring on one of the tree limbs by the top for her to find. When she finds it, grab her hand and ask her to marry you.

KISS AND TELL

CHRISTMAS GAMES

On Christmas day, hang a mistletoe in the door way of your bedroom. After she’s seen the mistletoe and you kiss, come back later and hang the ring in the middle of it. Then, when she goes to get something, follow her and stop her under it and say look at the mistletoe. When she looks up she will see it.

Gather a group to play a game of Christmas charades. When it’s your turn up, act out “Will you marry me?”

SPELL IT OUT

BE SWEET

Have a bakery make a special Christmas cookie decorated with the words “Will you marry me?” CUT A FRESH TREE

Coordinate in advance with a tree farm to decorate a tree on their lot with the words will you marry me. Take your sweetheart to cut down the perfect tree, and find your tree.

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It all starts with an idea. Whether it is an intimate settings or a grand scale production. We can help you create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding or special event. Our variety of professional products for sound, up lighting, video projection, photo booth and music management will help bring fun and excitement to any event. The company offers services in the Central Valley, Sacramento and greater Bay Area. Call for a consultation. CAM MANAGEMENT AMERICAN EVENT RENTALS

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No matter the size of your next gathering, American Event Rentals has you covered. The Stockton location serves all of Northern California, and is well equipped to make your next event a success – from weddings to business meetings, parties, banquets and everything in between – there is no event too big or too small. With more than 10 years in the industry, American Event Rentals is prepared to make any size event as memorable as possible with impressive table top décor, catering to concessions, beverages and even chocolate fountains.

HARMONY WYNELANDS 9291 E. Harney Ln. Lodi, (209) 369-4184 Harmonywynelands.com

Nestled among lush wine grapes and beautiful gardens, Harmony Wynelands Winery is the picture perfect setting for any special occasion, whether it be a wedding, anniversary, birthday or family celebration, your guests will fall in love with this remarkable venue. The location also includes a wine tasting room and gift shop, and a gazebo with hand-crafted stained glass, a historic pipe organ, and an on-site event coordinator among other features to make your event luxurious and inviting.

BRIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

2316 Fawnwood Ln., Manteca (209) 239-7542, Briggsphotography.com

The husband and wife team of Briggs Photography specializes in creating timeless photos that beautifully capture the complete love story on your wedding day. Their attention to detail and artistic eye will put you and your guests at ease, as you enjoy lasting memories. While they love shooting weddings, this duo also enjoys photographing seniors, portraits, editorial and just about anything else they can get in front of their cameras.


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SHEILA’S CREATIONS TRAVEL 1917 Watercourse St. Stockton, (209) 982-9619 Sheilascreationstravel.com

Dreaming of an Eastern Caribbean, Alaskan, or Magical Mediterranean cruise…or even a destination wedding? Sheila’s Creations Travel is well equipped to get you there and make the most of your experience. Whatever your next travel destination, whether a sunny holiday vacation, artistic or cultural getaway, honeymoon or family adventure, each client is provided the unforgettable experience with specialized travel plans for each client and their particular budget.

RANDALL’S FINE CLOTHING AND GIFTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN 30 Downtown Mall Lodi, (209) 368-2575 Randallsfineclothing.com

The shop provides fine clothing for both men and women, and provides everything you need for your next formal event. The team at Randall’s offers the proper fitting of slacks, suits, coats, cords, tuxedos and jeans, among other clothing essentials and accessories. Some brand names include Brighton, Nic & Zoe, and Tommy Bahama to name a few. The shop also includes a gift gallery, which features antiques, glassware, and crystal, serving pieces, plates, platters and silver.

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Jason Kimmel has trained with some of today’s master photographers and now, owns his own studio in Lodi. He specializes in all types of photography, from weddings and engagements to portraits, fashion, commercial and advertising. When only the best will do, Kimmel’s high quality equipment and variety of packages will surely live up to your standards and produce impressive photos for memories that will last a lifetime.

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Morris Chapel, located on the University of the Pacific Campus in Stockton, is an on-site non-denominational worship and religious center for the Stockton community and welcomes people of all faiths. This breathtaking chapel was donated to the University in 1942 and has since been a prime event location for the Pacific community and the larger Stockton region including weddings, baptisms, memorials and more.


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DODASA RANCH

5059 Carol Ln., Valley Springs (209) 481-4976, Dodasaweddings.com

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Fizz Bakery offers custom cake design with your special day in mind! We are committed to serving our customers with the highest quality in both the look and taste of our confectionery creations.

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Escape to the country at Dodasa Ranch, an intimate and delightful venue tucked away in the historic gold country of the Sierra Foothills. The Ranch offers romantic packages for Summer, Spring and Fall special events, such as weddings, with up to 200 guests. The Ranch comes complete with horses, farm animals, ponds, a backdrop of the rolling hills and oak trees; while the rustic pavilion includes a fireplace and hard wood tables adding extra character.

FIZZ BAKERY

9210 Thornton Rd. Suite 4, Stockton (209) 951- (FIZZ) 3499, Fizzbakery.com

New to Stockton, Fizz Bakery specializes in custom cake design for all occasions – making every event truly exceptional with the seemingly endless variety of flavors and pastry options, including gluten or sugar free selections. Whether you are in need of an elaborate custom cake, cupcakes, cookies, bread, muffins or even pizza, Fizz Bakery can create an exquisitely delicious and personalized masterpiece for any event including birthdays, weddings and baby or bridal showers.

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With magnificent, mouth-watering fresh fruit bouquets and gourmet chocolate, you can make any occasion – whether an anniversary, birthday, or a congratulations - extra special with an edible arrangement. These palatable pieces of artwork are always fresh and aim to impress. No matter what you are celebrating, Edible Arrangements has exceptional and thoughtful gift baskets filled with their legendary dipped fruit, and so much more!

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The dynamic duo, owners Sylvia Ramirez and Lupe Graham, will transform your table top décor into a memorable landscape with personalized touches for any size event. Many of their design plans use personalized pieces from the client’s own collections – from stemware to heirloom items. Whether you are looking for a complete transformation or a little imagination using existing centerpieces and favorites, the team will take your event to the next level of elegance or simple chic, leaving your guests saying “Oooh My!”


Simple, Relaxed, Romantic. Dodasa Ranch is designed to be a destination venue that’s conveniently close to home and offers a variety of activities that will make your rehearsal dinner, wedding, and day-after brunch a one-of-a-kind experience. We have all inclusive packages to make planning a breeze. Up to 65 guests can sleep comfortably in the various guest cabins, cottage house, and charming ranch house. Just a short drive from the valley…..come experience Dodasa Ranch.

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STOCKTON SUPPLIES 656 Rosemarie Ln. Stockton, (209) 932-0864 Stocktonsupplies.com

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Serving the Central Valley for more than 13 years, Stockton Supplies is the region’s one-stop-shop for all of your catering, restaurant, janitorial, office, and industrial or special event needs. The business carries dinnerware, tables, chairs, skincare items and a variety of other materials including kitchen utensils, cleaners, and storage containers among a seemingly endless list of supplies needed for any type of special event such as parties or weddings. From cleaning to cooking, Stockton Supplies has got you covered.

From cooking to cleaning Stockton Supplies is your one stop for all your party, restaurant, janitorial, medical and industrial needs. We have been serving the valley for over 10 years.

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STYLISH AND SAVVY (209) 482-1472 Stylishandsavvy.net

From small gatherings to spectacular soirees, the team at Stylish and Savvy can make your party dreams become a reality with their passion for planning and attention to detail. They will bring your theme to life and arrange every element from researching venues and vendors to designing décor, candy buffets and coordinating everything for the day of your event; making it memorable and fun while you relax and enjoy yourself. No matter what you choose to celebrate, your Stylish and Savvy event is sure to impress.

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THE EVENT DESIGNERS 427 W. Oak St. Lodi, (209) 479-4384 Theeventdesigners.net

For a beautiful, successful and stress-free experience that meets your expectations, look no further than The Event Designers. The business, located in Lodi, serves the San Joaquin region and beyond, planning and organizing events from Sacramento to the East Bay Area. With more than two decades of experience under their belt in consulting and planning weddings, holidays, special occasions, corporate and state-wide events, the team at The Event Designers will help make your dreams a reality with their passion and attention to detail.

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Our goal at Stylish and Saavy is to help you make your vision a reality. If you allow us to plan your event, it will be as important to us as it is to you. After all, if you’re not happy, we’re not happy!

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THE LIMOUSINE CONNECTION P.O. Box 1826 Lodi, (209) 333-2533 Thelimousineconnection.com

Sit back, relax and take in the natural beauty of your surroundings while the Limousine Connection whisks you and your guests away to the fabulous Californian wine regions of the Central and Napa Valley. Available for a variety of occasions with special packages, including weddings, proms, or nights out, the Limousine Connection will take care of your transportation needs with luxury and style. No matter how big or how small your party is, the company can meet your needs with their fully stocked fleet of limos ready to take you where you need to go without any hassle or worry.


STOCKTON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Any Time...Any Where...Any Occasion...In Style Specializing In Lodi, Napa & Shenandoah Wine Tours

3800 W. Country Clb Blvd. Stockton, (209) 466-4313

Established in 1914 and now celebrating their 100th anniversary, this prestigious private club overlooks the San Joaquin River and the main channel of the Port of Stockton. The Stockton Golf and Country Club offers guests several amenities from their 18- hole course, clubhouse, sparkling pool, the A.G. Spanos Grill and the Delta Ball Room among several other impressive spaces. From charity events to birthdays and weddings, the club and their professional staff will ensure the elegance and quality you expect.

LARSON PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES

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(209) 727-2108 Larsonphotos.com

This father-daughter family owned and operated business takes pride in having one-on-one relationships with their clients, whose satisfaction is their number one priority. Owner Jeremy Larson, a retired Stockton Police Officer, has a passion for photography and looks to capture those special moments that are often gone in a flash, but are remembered for years to come. Larson photography specializes in capturing creative and artistic moments through photography. Whether weddings or graduations, portraits or sports, there is art in all things and Larson Photography is “Where the Art Is You.” The business also exclusively owns and operates the area’s only Viralbooth Photo Booth, which is user friendly, automatically uploads photos to your social media albums and best of all, texts the photos to your cell phone.

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UNIVERSITY PLAZA WATERFRONT HOTEL

110 W. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 944-1140 Universityplazawaterfronthotel.com

Have your dream wedding and receive the royal treatment at The University Waterfront Hotel, located centrally near the Stockton Arena, the Banner Island Ball Park, and several other Stockton attractions. Whether you are planning a spectacular ballroom wedding, or an elegant yet simple waterfront ceremony, the University Plaza offers exceptional wedding packages that will ensure your big day is memorable for you and your guests. The hotel has both outdoor and indoor venues, and with the help of their professional wedding staff, will execute your social event, family reunion or dream wedding down to every detail.

Where the Art is You

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NORWAY

Norway EUROPE’S MOST UNSPOILED COUNTRY OFFERS RICH HISTORY AND UNPARALLELED VISTAS -A Vacation Experience Way Beyond Our ExpectationsBY DON AND ANN JACKSON

  For years we’ve looked forward to visiting Norway and considered a cruise, escorted tours, rental cars and public transportation. Depending on your travel preferences all are great options and can be planned quite easily with help your favorite travel agent, or online. After considerable deliberation we finally decided using public transportation would give us more flexibility and best suit our travel style. It was the perfect choice. Join us as we explore the reasons why we consider this trip one of our all-time favorites and why our readers, especially those with even a bit of Scandinavian heritage, should add it to their bucket list. And for a more current Norway connection consider this: Disney’s recent film, Frozen, (based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen) the world’s highest grossing animated movie ever, used Norway’s stunning landscapes as inspiration.

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NORWAY

Credit Visit Norway Briksdalbreen in Nordfjord

Oslo:

Scandinavia’s oldest capital, with a rich history and cosmopolitan setting, is the perfect place to start and end a Norwegian sojourn. We made our headquarters at the Thon Panorama Hotel, ideally located downtown near the train station. This boutique style property, like every hotel we experienced, featured a huge, full-breakfast buffet. www.thonhotels.com. With a plethora of things to see and do we’d like to recommend buying a VIP Oslo Pass, allowing free entrance into all the top attractions. Rather than list websites for each attraction we urge readers to explore all things Oslo on: www.visitoslo.com.

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History Buffs: shouldn’t miss Viking Ship Museum, home to incredibly preserved Viking ships buried more than 1100 years ago, now uncovered and remarkably restored; Fram Museum highlights the polar expeditions of Fram, the world’s strongest wooden polar expedition ship ever built and still holding the record for sailing farthest toward north and south poles; Kon-Tiki Museum houses original reed rafts, famous for a Thor Heyerdahl expedition and Oscar-winning documentary proving that early man could have mastered sailing before modern navigation inventions

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arrived; Maritime Museum features historic shipping and fishing displays with a do-not-miss panoramic film about the Norwegian Coast; Norwegian Folk Museum provides an amazing display of many traditional homes, farmhouses and a church from the year 1200; The Medieval Akershus Castle (from 1299), sitting on a bluff overlooking town, has been a royal residence and then a fortress in 1592. Starting in 1637 it was remodeled into a true renaissance castle including magnificent halls and government reception rooms still used today. It also contains the Resistance Museum, documenting the strong Norwegian resistance to the Nazis and the infamous traitor Quisling. Into Royalty? Then don’t miss visiting the Royal Palace (1824-1848) where beautiful stateroom tours are available in summer months, with change-of-the-guards viewable daily at 1:30 P.M. Like beautiful walks or jogs? Here are three wonderful possibilities: Vigeland Park, a massive public park filled with 200 plus sculptures in bronze, granite and cast-iron by famed Norse sculptor, Gustav Vigeland; Ekeberg Park, a recently upgraded, ten-acre high-in-the-hills park featuring sculptures, hiking trails and incredible views of Oslo below; another great stroll is the harbor-side Oslo Opera House which has a rare feature- a white marble ramp-like roof starting at ground level allowing slow winding walks to the highest rooftop point for more incredible city views.


Museum was Don’s singular most enjoyable experience in Norway. Hey, he’s still a sports writer at heart! This amazing display representing every Olympic Games, both summer and winter events, was the best and most enthralling we’d ever visited. A chairlift ride up to the top of the ski jump tower, used in the Olympics, provided special thrills as skiers were doing spine tingling practice jumps on the state-of-art porcelain surface utilized in warm weather. Our walk around the Maihaugen Folk Museum, featuring outdoor exhibits (circa 1200to 1980’s) of over 200 Nordic homes, farmhouses and a church, with young costumed actors performing in some locations, provided an entertaining and educational afternoon. Dining: Our Lillehammer meals were more casual than Oslo yet provided some excellent comfort type foods. Egon Restaurant, delightfully overlooking the Mesnaelva River, served up a tasty creamy fish soup at lunch and Nikkers Restaurant added a new culinary adventure to our list of exotic choices-a delicious reindeer stew supper. www.lillehammer.com/en.

Trondheim:

Next on our itinerary was another scenic train ride north to this historic city, founded in 997 by Viking King Olaf and the celebrated capital of Norway until 1217. To thoroughly feel the history of this medieval community you must tour the town, the classic Nidaros Cathedral (the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world) and the adjoining Archbishop’s Palace Museum offering a dazzling display of Crown Regalia and many notable artifacts, some actually excavated at the site. Our brief stay at the modern Clarion Hotel Congress, the newest hotel in Trondheim, provided the best breakfast buffet of the trip with wonderful water views from their rooftop lounge-bar and many rooms. On the culinary front, Havfruen (meaning Mermaid) Restaurant captivated us with a three course dinner fit for gourmands. www.visittrondheim.no

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Love Art? Then don’t miss the National Gallery, Norway’s largest collection of fine art including Cezanne, Manet and the country’s most famous artist Edvard Munch, with his paintings, Scream and Madonna. A major surprise revelation was City Hall, site of the Nobel Peace Prize Award presentations and also home to some of the most majestic artistic wall tapestries we’ve ever seen. Interested in Skiing or Seeking Adventure? Then don’t pass on heading up to nearby Holmenkollen, site of many world ski-jumping events and home to the world’s oldest Ski Museum and an adrenaline pumping zip-line off their highest ski-jump tower. Dining Faves: Our meals at Karlsborg Restaurant (Ekeberg Park) and Tjuvholmen-Sjomagasin (on the newly developed waterfront) were so creative, they validated our pre-trip research indicating the culinary scene in Oslo as world class. Oslo is really a walk-able city allowing us to hoof-it most of these sites.

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   Arriving first at Alesund, our ultimate superlatives begin! In our eyes this was our trip’s most picturesque town and is stage central for the world’s most beautiful fjord region. Hotel Brosundet, a tastefully remodeled historic warehouse, was a lodging gem. To add luster to your visit consider these activities: walk the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla where incredible views of the town, the surrounding islands and distant Sunnmore Alps await; do a walking tour of this fascinating Art Nouveau community and visit their dramatic aquarium, currently expanding into the sea. Also try to arrange a trip out to the fabulous Alnes Lighthouse, one of the most dramatic coastal settings we’ve encountered in eons. Our number one recommendation while in Alesund is to include a Hurtigruten Cruise ship day-excursion or bus ride on treacherous Eagle Road out to see the quaint little town of Geiranger and the majestic Geiranger Fjord. This crown jewel of the Norwegian fjords, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the longest, deepest and probably most awesome fjords on the planet providing vistas unparalleled in the fjord universe. Many stunning waterfalls and imposing high walled narrow passageways are awe-inspiring. Once SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 2014

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Parliament building, Oslo Norway. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

arriving in town, do not miss hiking the strenuous but worththe-energy 400 plus steps up along the rushing glacial river to the Norwegian Fjord Center where the fjord story is brought to life by amazing multimedia exhibits. Our best Alesund meal was at XL Diner where creative cuisine and professional service belied their diner name. www.verdsarvfjord.no, www. visitalesund.com.

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We’d definitely recommend visitors use the Hop-On-Hop-Off tour and not miss the following: Castle Rosenkrantz with the impressive Haakons Hall and the tower climb for more town views; Hansiatic Museum, located in a 1700’s building and provides a fascinating history of the Germans in Norway’s early fishing industry. A few of the original Hansiatic era’s buildings along the picturesque waterfront are still standing. Barely standing or leaning dramatically is a better description but quite unique, nonetheless. The four KODE museums display additional Munch paintings and modern art as well as one of Europe’s finest collections of Chinese artifacts and Norwegian furnishings; Bergen’s Aquarium claims to be the biggest and best in Norway. Another culinary highlight was a mouthwatering dinner at the famous Unicorn Restaurant, overlooking the harbor in another Hansiatic historic building. Their special fish platter of Norway’s finest brought our taste buds into gastronomic heaven. www. visitbergen.com. All three of these beautiful but dramatically contrasting towns are considered integral parts of Fjord Norway and full details on each city may be found at: www.fjordnorway. com.

Our next stop, LOEN, provided our most positive revelations of the trip. Our Loenfjord Hotel stay, on the banks of the roaring Loelva River was a lovely experience and our dinner at their sister property across the road, Hotel Alexandra, was as exceptional as the hotel itself. Norway admittedly doesn’t boast any five star hotels, but the Alexandra was the most upscale Norse lodging property we visited. Our two biggest surprises were rides out to Lovatnet Lake and Briksdal Glacier. The lake was very similar in stunning pristine beauty to famous Lake Louise in Canada but unlike Louise, it has an unspoiled beauty, lack of commercial development and a mind-boggling tourist void. Briksdal, when compared to the glaciers we’ve hiked in Alaska and Canada, was monumentally superior in visual splendor with awesome waterfalls, rock formations and a thundering river. A Norway visit just seeing these sites should justify the trip. If you are particularly into extreme adventure a strenuous guide assisted rock climb hike up Mt. Hoven to a narrow suspension bridge is a definite test of courage.

Bottom Line: Yes, this really was one of the best-ever trips we’ve taken and here’s why: amazing, almost indescribable scenery (especially rich middle-ages history); fabulous sea foods; surprisingly mild weather due to the Gulf Stream; very friendly, engaging people who mostly speak English and genuinely seem to welcome Americans. Admittedly Norway is quite expensive but careful research should locate lodging to fit most budgets. On a future trip we’d like to head further north to visit native Laplander villages, experience the midnight sun’s 24 hours of daylight and visualize the unique luminous color palette of the Aurora Borealis (AKA Northern lights). And by the way we flew roundtrip on the highly regarded Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) non-stop San Francisco into Copenhagen, Denmark and on to Oslo, via a connecting flight. www.flysas. com.

Our last destination, BERGEN, is considered Western Norway’s “gateway to the fjords”. After settling in at centrally located Scandic City Hotel, we walked by the famous fish market to the Floibanen Funicular to the top of Mt. Floyen for the best vistas of this photo-inviting town.

(Editor’s note: In December’s issue our travel team will write about their recent visit to Truckee/Northstar Tahoe, one of California’s best winter and summer resort areas)


Prevention is the best medicine. Kaiser Permanente is well known for its emphasis on prevention and wellness. And while we have the expertise and facilities to care for our patients when they get ill, we would much rather focus on health care, instead of sick care. This has been our mission from the very beginning. On the next several pages, you can read about some of the steps Kaiser Permanente has taken here in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties to promote the overall wellness of our members and the communities we serve. From aggressive cancer screenings, to education and outreach about strokes, sports injuries, and more, we are committed to helping prevent illness and disease so that our members and patients can live healthier lives, and remain able to pursue the things that make them happy. We hope that you can benefit from this information, whether or not you have Kaiser Permanente as a health provider. Because it’s in our mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve health — not only of our members, but also the communities we serve. For more information about Kaiser Permanente, visit us online at kp.org/centralvalley. Yours in good health, Moses Elam, MD Physician-in-Chief Central Valley Area

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PLANNING Life Care Planning is something every adult should consider — so don’t wait until you’re old to start thinking about it.

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It’s usually a subject that most people would like to avoid or ignore — but it could be one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and our loved ones. Thinking through and formally establishing health care directives before the need arises is an opportunity for discussing your wishes with your loved ones who might someday find themselves in the position of making decisions on your medical treatment if you are unable to do so for yourself. As a service to its members, Kaiser Permanente has developed the Life Care Planning process, which is an organized engagement and communications process to help its adult members understand, think about, and discuss future health care decisions that reflect their values and beliefs. This program also helps Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians understand and honor members’ health care wishes at every stage of their adult lives.

The process results in thoroughly preparing an individual’s physician and health care agent (someone designated to speak for the member if he/ she is unable to speak for himor herself), to make future health care decisions consistent with the individual’s preferences. A written plan, stored in the member’s electronic medical record, captures their decisions and will help care providers remind family members of these decisions when necessary. Life Care Planning is distinguished from, but can be related to other established services such as palliative care, hospice, and endof-life care. “All adult members may benefit from Life Care Planning conversations because it isn’t just a one-time event or end-oflife activity,” said Paul Luong, MD, Palliative Care physician. “It is comprised of three distinct


stages, which offer services that span an adult’s lifetime.” The three distinct stages are: • My Values: First Steps planning is appropriate for healthy adults and those with well-managed chronic conditions. • My Choices: Next Steps conversations are for patients with chronic conditions and are experiencing complications or functional decline. • My Care: Advanced Steps conversations focus on endof-life planning. This stage

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is appropriate for individuals whose life expectancy is 12 months or less. “Expressing our health care wishes is one of the most important rights we have as patients,” said Jan Houser, MD, Sub-Chief of Medicine for Elder Care. “Having a life care plan in place enables us to remain in control of our health throughout our lives. It’s one of those things that you hope will never become necessary, but if it does, your health care providers and those who care about you will be able to respect your decisions.” 

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SPORTS Kaiser Permanente’s team of experienced and dedicated Sports Medicine physicians help athletes of all levels stay in the game

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Fall and winter are very active sports seasons, with high school, college, and recreational athletes everywhere breaking a sweat playing football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and many other sports. While individual and team sports are a great way to stay fit and get plenty of exercise, they do come with inherent risks of injury, including pulled muscles, sprained ligaments, and sometimes even broken bones. To rehabilitate a sports injury and prepare the athlete to return to the field or court takes special care and attention – the type that’s provided every day by a committed team of Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine physicians. The Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine team is a sub-specialty of the Orthopedics department, and features six dedicated doctors – three orthopedic surgeons and three certified sports medicine specialists – all with the specialized skills, training, and passion to cater to athletes of

every stripe. Kip Wilkins, MD, is the Chief of Orthopedics in Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Service Area, and a Sports Medicine surgeon. An avid athlete himself – he enjoys cycling, swimming, and running – he understands how frustrating it is to be sidelined with an injury. The goal for his team is to coordinate the care that the patient needs, in the safest and most efficient way possible. “Kaiser Permanente is a great place to practice sports medicine, because our delivery system lends itself to the type of coordinated care that helps get athletes everything they need,” Dr. Wilkins said. “We’re able to put all the pieces of the patient’s care plan into place – from primary medicine, to orthopedic care and surgery, to rehabilitation – quickly and easily because all of those services are right here under our roof. This integrated model of care helps to speed the healing process and ends up being more


convenient for the patient.” Of course, it’s always better to avoid getting injured in the first place, and Dr. Wilkins, along with Sports Medicine Sub-Chief Eric Larson, MD, (a swimmer and basketball player), spend a lot of time in the community educating athletes on how to protect themselves from common sports injuries, such as tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), sprains, and more. Kaiser Permanente doctors serve as team physicians for sports

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programs at some local high schools and are even part of the physician pool for the University of the Pacific’s athletic program. “Education is a big part of what we do, which is aligned with Kaiser Permanente’s focus on wellness and prevention,” Dr. Larson said. “When we can teach an athlete how to stay well and avoid injury through proper stretching, good nutrition, and developing optimal muscle balance, it helps them excel so they can keep playing the sport they love.” 

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Colorectal cancer may be curable if detected early. Kaiser Permanente is working hard to make a difference through education and preventive testing.

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States — but it’s also one of the most preventable. When detected early, this type of cancer is a lot more likely to be curable. That’s why Kaiser Permanente is going after colorectal cancer as aggressively as it does breast cancer — because preventive screening works! “Most colorectal cancer develops very slowly, sometimes over the course of many years,” said Vijaya Nallani, MD, a family medicine physician and co-champion of colorectal cancer screening for Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Area. “With regular screenings, if anything abnormal is detected, it’s usually still very small and can easily be removed, often leading to a full, cancer-free recovery.” Dr. Nallani recommends that all men and women get screened annually for colorectal cancer once they hit age 50. She said that home

screening tests — called FIT, or fecal immunochemical tests — are available and take less than five minutes. Patients provide a small stool (fecal) sample in the included container and mail it back in a postage-paid envelope. “Some people find the test a little icky,” admitted Merle Sogge, MD, Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology, and co-champion for colorectal screening. “But it’s actually clean and quite simple to perform. Plus the benefit of detecting cancer early certainly outweighs any small discomfort about the process.” The FIT test detects blood in the stool, which could be an early indicator of colon or rectal cancer. A positive result requires patients to undergo further testing, but a negative result usually means a person is good to go until their next annual test. Before the home FIT test, colorectal cancer screening used more invasive procedures, like


sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies. Relative to those, the FIT test is pretty low-key. “Colorectal cancer can occur in both men and women, and across all ethnic groups,” added Dr. Sogge. “That’s why it’s important to get screened, especially if you have a family history of this type of cancer.” As part of its PROMPT program of preventive screening, FIT tests are automatically sent to all Kaiser Permanente members ages 50 to 75. Patients also will be reminded if

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a colorectal cancer screening is due whenever they visit their doctor, and physicians will also proactively call their patients who are behind on this screening. “There is no reason why a person needs to suffer, and perhaps die, of colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Nallani. “It’s one of the most easily detectable and curable cancers — and that’s why we work tirelessly to ensure that our members get screened so we can help them to live better lives.” 

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SIGNS OF A

STROKE Time is of the essence when a stroke occurs. Know the signs and act quickly — and you may help to save the life of someone you love.

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Often called a brain attack, stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No matter your age, race, or gender, anyone can have a stroke. Quick treatment can help limit the damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery. If you suspect a stroke in yourself or someone you love, check for these signs F.A.S.T.: • Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile. • Arms: Does the arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms. • Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase. • Time: Time lost is brain function lost. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. “Kaiser Permanente in the Central Valley has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency

Department,” said Deepinder Singh, MD, Stroke Program Medical Director in the Central Valley. “Identifying the risk factors are key, and we want everyone to know that they may be able to save the life of a person experiencing a stroke by just knowing the signs and understanding that every minute counts.” Kaiser Permanente’s Manteca and Modesto hospitals have received the American Heart Association Gold Plus Award, which recognizes their commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted evidence-based treatment standards. Risk factors for strokes include high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. These risk factors are very similar to those for heart attacks and heart disease, as well. 

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

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Life expectancy among the aging population in America has continued to rise for several reasons. Advances in medical treatments and technology do wonders for our health, but fitness, diet and staying active is just as important during the ‘golden years.’ Throughout our youth, getting out and exercising came with ease, but as we age, it becomes more difficult. Motivate yourself to stay active and prevent weakness by keeping your workouts fun and interactive. 116

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BALANCEFOCUSED Exercise:    Not only does exercise help to keep our hearts, organs and metabolism healthy, it helps with balance, focus and moods. In order to prevent balance deterioration, focus on balance-centered exercise. Balancing requires both mental and physical awareness and the ability to change your movements quickly, when necessary. Our reflexes and muscles are key to maintaining balance and it is essential to keep these as sharp as possible. In order to prevent falls among senior citizens, it is important to begin a daily or weekly exercise regimen to stimulate the physical and mental functions that make mobility easier, because, as they say, “if you don’t use it, you lose it!”   According to the Institute for Aging Research’s Center for Translational Research in Mobility and Falls, activities that require use of both our mental and physical fundamentals, such as Thai Chi, dancing and yoga, help to stimulate the interaction between our mind and body. Plus, it’s a fun and enjoyable way to work-out – giving you more motivation to keep it up! Joining a class can help you stay in tune with your body, and remain social. The mindbody interaction promotes balance and muscle memory, minimizing chances of falling, and therefore aiding your ability to stay sharp.

KEEP it FUN:   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 percent of adults in America do not get enough exercise. Staying active has plenty of health benefits for seniors such as decreasing your risk for high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes. Exercise also helps prevent weakness and functional deterioration. But in order to stay active regularly, it should be enjoyable.   Whether you pair your exercise with a book while running on your treadmill, or you enjoy swimming, find something that is fun for you, and fits your lifestyle. This increases your chances of sticking with it. For example, if you experience joint pain due to arthritis, swimming is a great way to get your exercise. Also, make sure to partake in something that fits your schedule, and try exercising with a group of people. If you’re an early bird, take a walk in the mornings to avoid the heat. If you’re a night owl, try putting on some music or exercise while you’re watching your favorite TV show – or try working out during a commercial break. Another important aspect of keeping yourself motivated is to write down “I exercised!” or “walked one mile” on the calendar. The visual sense of accomplishment is rewarding and you’ll find yourself looking forward to your future workouts.

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

 VIENNA NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER

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

 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

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It feels good to belong. At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong. As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood. At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more: • Spacious apartments • Restaurant-style dining • Housekeeping and linen services • Activities and social events • Scheduled local transportation • Warm, friendly staff Please call for a complimentary lunch tour and ask about our amazing specials! RIO LAS PALMAS 877 E. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 957-4711 www.riolaspalmasretirement.com RCFE# 397004515

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

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

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 ARBOR PLACE ASSISTED LIVING

Arbor Place Assisted Living, Lic #297004352, is located at 17 Louie Ave., Lodi, CA 95420. An assisted living center for the senior community, Arbor Place is committed to providing the highest quality of care with compassionate staff 24 hours a day. We understand the varying needs of your loved one and offer three levels of care that address each individual’s particular needs. Our home environment and intimate setting provide a comfortable atmosphere, and our daily activities and social functions offer carefree enjoyment for our residents. We invite you to tour our facility and experience why Arbor Place is the assisted living center of choice. ARBOR PLACE ASSISTED LIVING 17 Louie Ave., Lodi, (209) 369-8282


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 THE SENIOR’S CHOICE

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

 DEDICATED FINANCIAL SERVICES

Choosing a Medicare Insurance plan that is right for you is an important decision. Below are some things to consider when deciding which plan is right for you: • There is more than one way to get Medicare • There is drug coverage available • Your share of cost may be more than you expect • Where you live makes a difference • Examine your current coverage. • Don’t put off your decision You should review your choices once a year, Ask for help. At Dedicated Financial Services we will help you make these decisions and most importantly assist you in finding the best plan for your needs. Call 209-6258755 to review your plan options today. DEDICATED FINANCIAL SERVICES Located in the Lodi Avenue Business Center 1300 W. Lodi Ave., Ste. A1 (209) 625-8755 www.dedicatedfinancialservices.net

 DIAMOND CARE INC.

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

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Brighten Your Day With Macchia Bring on Your Neon... or Bright Colors

Brighten your Day at Macchia’s Fall Release Party where you can taste award-winning wines. Prizes will be awarded to the Bright Color outfits –Bring on your Neon! Come listen to live music provided by the 209 All Stars band. Barrel taste some of the 2014 hand-crafted wines while enjoying the newly-released 2013 and the remaining 2012 wines. Find a picnic under the trees, play bocce ball, horseshoes, or meander around artistic vendors and receive a commemorative wine glass … all for just $10/person. Club Red Members: You can enjoy the privilege of sampling Our “Sold Out” Library selections, get your choice of a glass of wine or lunch on us for just $10 person. You may also pick up your November’s club Shipment at the party and receive 20% discount on any new purchases and/or take advantage of our November’s Special.

Our Party Date: November 22nd & 23rd from 12:00 to 5:00

We hope to see you there! The Macchia Family

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BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON | PHOTOS DAN HOOD

LINCOLN

CELLAR THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE…    Lincoln Cellar is now open and boasts a chic atmosphere, stellar wines, a tantalizing shared plates menu, a brand new wine dispensing system and a perfect place to discover new wines and meet with friends. From the wines and the menus to the ambiance and service, the leadership team at Lincoln Cellar got it right in developing every aspect of the engaging wine bar. Alycia Moreno is a manager and event coordinator at Lincoln Cellar. Together with executive chef and general manager Alex Moreno and owners Sue Arismendi, Maria Mills and Joe Phillips, they have each brought their wine and food passions to Lincoln Cellar. NOVEMBER 2014

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FOOD SPOTLIGHT

“We’re a wine bar and restaurant. We have a full menu of sharable plates for lunch and dinner. “All of our dishes are created with wine in mind at Lincoln Cellar.” Both the wines and the cuisine are globally inspired and provide guests with the unique chance to discover new wines and dishes from around the world.    “Our wine list includes some international wines as well as local wines, from Lodi, Paso Robles region and Napa and Sonoma too.” Moreno states. Food runs the global gamut- Chef Alex Moreno is classically trained in French cuisine, has taught Asian cuisine, has a Hispanic background, and has run an Italian restaurant, so entrees are always guaranteed to be creative and combine unique flavors and textures. “We work with all local purveyors and for the most part, you won’t find any of the produce items that we source from any of the big food distributors. We go right to local farmers,” explains Moreno. A variety of unique sharable plates are a perfect way to compliment an evening of excellent wines. The wine club at Lincoln Cellar will be a big draw. “People will be able to subscribe to our wine club and it will have special features for members-from dinners with chef Alex pairing his foods with guest winemakers, wines of the month, and other members-only events,” Moreno states. A private events room that seats 35 is also available

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for corporate or social events and parties. Check in on the Lincoln Cellar website or Facebook page for a schedule of upcoming events.   Wine Emotion is a state-of-the-art, self-service wine dispensing system that is featured at Lincoln Cellar. “We have 16 available varietals-eight white and eight red available to sample in the Wine Emotion,” Moreno explains. “Simply choose a glass, insert your Wine Emotion card and dispense your choice. You can choose a 2oz., 4oz., or 6oz. pour, which would be considered a full glass. Your card can be loaded with funds in any denomination. The machine is a very chic and modern looking system created in stainless steel. Different wines will rotate through the Wine Emotion dispensing system and will feature wines that are different than what is available by the glass or bottle on the Cellar wine list.   In-house pastry and Sous chef Nichole Basmajian consistently creates unique and

delectable desserts from scratch. “Saltroasted Bosc pear with caramel sauce is a Lincoln Cellar signature dessert”, says Moreno. Other desserts include a house made sorbet trio of cranberry, pear and orange. Each sorbet is made with a small cookie, scratch-made, that compliments each flavor. The late summer peach crisp has also proved to be a popular dessert served with Chévre goat cheese ice cream. Made with fresh local peaches baked into a ramekin, “it’s delightful!” finishes Moreno. Whether stopping in for wine or a selection of small plates and hand-crafted desserts, Lincoln Cellar truly offers its guests a world of flavors.

TASTE THE GOOD LIFE AT: LINCOLN CELLAR 374 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 594-1691 lincolncellar.com


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WINE CULTURE

LO C AL LO DI THIS MONTH'S PICKS FROM THE LODI WINE AND VISITOR CENTER

  The latest release by Lodi’s Mettler Family Vineyards is the 2012 Mettler Family Lodi Aglianico ($40); an estate grown red wine of vivid purplish cast, teeming with intensely focused cherry and plum pie-like aromas, tinged with licorice and finely polished vanillin oak subtleties. Plump, full and zesty on the palate, with a layered feel furnished by round yet densely textured tannin; in simpler terms: big, METTLER FAMILY AGLIANCIO GRAPES bold and sumptuous! You may not have heard of the Aglianico grape, few Americans have, but this ancient grape boasts a well-documented history dating back over 2000 years to its native Italy. In fact, Aglianico still produces two of Italy’s highest ranking red wines, in the regions of Basilicata (where it is bottled as Aglianico del Vulture) and Campania (the famous Taurasi).   Documents show that when Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii along the south-west coast of Italy in 79 A.D., the tiny city (a vacation getaway for well heeled Romans) boasted approximately 200 wine bars. Here is the wording on a price list, referring to “as” (the Roman coinage), on the wall of one excavated wine bar:

Mettler Family’s rare & sumptuous Aglianico BY RANDY CAPAROSO Exclusive to San Joaquin Magazine

lo, Carignan, Garnacha, or Mataro – which could obviously make better wine? Shortly after the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel supplanted Mission as California’s most favored wine grape. Zinfandel, we now know, originated in Croatia; yet it was preferred by most of the nineteenth century California winegrowers – even those of Italian descent. Why didn’t California’s Italian emigrants plant Aglianico, or the famous Sangiovese of Tuscany, the Nebbiolo grape of Piedmont, or one of hundreds of other grapes successfully cultivated in Italy since before the time of Christ?    The simplest answer is that Zinfandel was the grape that was readily available to California settlers during the 1800s. Since then, of course, vineyards in modern day Napa Valley have been blanketed mostly by Cabernet Sauvignon; and in places like Sonoma County and Santa Barbara, it is now all

about Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Still, the last time we checked, Italy is located smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The coastal regions of California are marked by a distinctly Mediterranean climate; and so it probably makes more sense to grow a grape like Aglianico in California, as opposed to Northern European grapes such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Of course, it would probably be too much to ask an ultra-premium winery in Sonoma or Napa Valley to devote good vineyard land to Aglianico. It is true that there is more good vineyard land in Lodi than in Napa Valley; but it also helps that Lodi has more open-minded winegrowers. The happy result: the Mettler Family’s rare, bold, sumptuously flavorful Aglianico! Cheers!

• For one as you can drink wine • For two you can drink the best • For four you can drink Falernian    Ancient Italy’s Falernian wine – immortalized as something of a grand cru of the times by famous scribes such as Pliny the Elder, Galen, Catullus and Petronious – was made primarily from the black skinned Aglianico grape. There isn’t much of the Aglianico grape grown in California: exactly 62 acres according to the 2013 USDA/California Grape Acreage Report. This is something of a mystery, only one of many when it comes to the history of California wine. Why, for instance, did Spain’s’ Franciscan missionaries settling in present-day New Mexico and California, starting in the 1500s, select the Mission grape to plant everywhere they went along the Rio Grande and El Camino Real?    Mission has always been a sturdy cultivar that produces a better sweet fortified wine (i.e. bolstered by brandy) than a dry table wine. But if the Franciscans wanted higher quality drinking wine, why didn’t they plant more classic Spanish grapes – such as Tempranil128

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


We warmly welcome you to THE NEW Lincoln Cellar Wine Bar! We are happy to debut the Central Valley’s first WineEmotion, self-serve, wine dispensing system! At the touch of a button, you can explore sixteen different varietals of wine. Settle in to our comfortable lounge area, or at the beautiful wine bar. Mingle with friends near the stone fireplace and hearth, or tuck away in a quiet corner of our private dining room.

We happily introduce our Executive Chef Alex Moreno. He offers the ultimate wine and food pairing experience! Lincoln Center Shopping Mall, Stockton (209) 594-1691

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WINERY OF THE MONTH

VINO CULTURE

OAK FARM VINEYARDS Historical Beauty & New Wines BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

  More than 100 years ago, owner of Oak Farm Vineyards William DeVries instilled a lifetime of beauty and magnificence into his property. That legacy has carried over to the Panella Family who purchased the 70 acre estate about 12 years ago. The addition of a new wine tasting room provides an excellent chance to discover Oak Farm Vineyards. Over the past 112 years the property has been home to many different crops. “Since taking ownership, we have removed and replaced several types of varietals. We’ve removed zinfandel and planted cabernet sauvignon and Barbera,” says Oak Farm Vineyards manager Dan Panella. “We recently planted approximately 40 acres of grapes composed of eight newly planted different varietals and we have a total of 60 acres of grapes in varying degrees of production levels. The vast majority of our wines are made from the grapes of our neighbors.” Certain varietals don’t do well in Lodi and Oak Farm Vineyards will source from where a particular grape grows best climate-wise and soil-wise. “We grow Zinfandel and the Italian version of zinfandel-primativo. Those are the wines that are currently producing,” explains Panella. Other red varietals planted at Oak Farm Vineyards include cabernet sauvignon, Barbera, malbec, petite sirah, petite bourdeaux and sangiovese. White varietals grown include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and Portuguese grape verdelho. Panella lives on-site at the vineyard, tending to a variety of details in the vineyards and to other areas of the property, including the approximately 10 lush acres of Oak Farm Vineyards that are open to the public.

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   One big draw at the vineyard is the wine club. “There are a couple different options. We have our standard club which is a mix of red and white wines because we are proud of our diverse line up of wine offerings, which include five white varietals,” states Panella. “We have a reds-only club and a whites-only club. People can either choose three bottle, six bottle or a by-the-case club. There is no fee to start; it’s just the cost of the wine per quarter.” Wine club members are also invited to special member-only events at Oak Farm including a quarterly new wine release party with food and music. The new wine tasting room at Oak Farm Vineyards just opened. On Fridays, there will be a few hours where the room will be available as a perk to wine club members. There are also wines that are made available specifically for the club members prior to release to the general public. Tasting flights are $5 per flight and include eight, one ounce pours, with four red wines and four white wines that rotate. “Customers get the $5 back as credit if they make a wine purchase.” The general public is invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery while sitting out under the old trees, many of which have been growing since the days of the original land owner, DeVries. Wine tasting room hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

CHEERS TO THE GOOD LIFE AT: OAK FARM VINEYARDS 23627 N. DeVries Rd. Lodi, (209) 365-6565 oakfarmvineyards.com

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Wine Tours & Tastings

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

Lodi Wine and Visitor Center 2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 365-0621 Klinker Brick Winery 15887 N. Alpine Road Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 333-1845 klinkerbrickwinery.com Weibel Family Winery 13 N. School Street Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 370-6013 weibel.com Harney Lane Winery 9010 E. Harney Ln. Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 365-1900 harneylane.com Van Ruiten Family 340 W. Highway 12 Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 334-5722 vanruitenwinery.com Woodbridge Uncorked 18911 N. Lower Sacramento Road Woodbridge, CA 95258 (209) 365-7575 woodbridgeuncorked.com Macchia Winery 7099 E. Peltier Road Acampo, CA 95220 (209) 333-2600 macchiawines.com

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IN SEASON CRANBERRIES

In Season

CRANBERRIES BY MELISSA HUTSELL

When European settlers first arrived in the US, they stumbled upon theses berries and named them after their resemblance to the Crane, which are still often seen wading through the bogs where cranberries grow. The shape of the berry’s stem, flower and petals reminded the early settlers of the bird. However, before the settlers arrived, these berries had several uses and names. Native Americans were known to use cranberries for food, medicine and dye. Later, the berries were given to starving settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts and therefore incorporated into the Thanksgiving feast, beginning a tradition we still 132

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partake in today. The first recipe for cranberry sauce is said to have appeared in the Pilgrim’s cookbook in 1663. In addition to the seasonal dish we all identify with the holidays - cranberry sauce - these berries are also known for being a super food. High in antioxidants and phytonutrients, cranberries contain Vitamin C, dietary fiber, minerals and manganese among many other health benefits such as reducing your risk of high blood pressure. These berries are also known to aid digestion and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. While ripe, raw, juicy and whole cranberries are the healthiest form of the

berry, containing most of its health benefits in the skin and flesh, these berries can be eaten in a variety of ways. From frozen to dried, whole to jelled, juiced to sauce, cranberries can be thoroughly enjoyed during any season or holiday. They are known for their tartness, and therefore pair well with other fruits such as apples or pears. Whether you are in the mood for a snack or decadent salad, try some of these delicious cranberry recipes to create your take on the seasonal harvest and brighten your table with a festive and healthy dish.


Cranberry

MARGARITA INGREDIENTS FOR JAM: (can be made up to 5 days in advance)

¾ cup fresh cranberries ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice INGREDIENTS FOR MARGARITA:

1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1½ teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder 1 lime wedge, plus 2 oz. fresh juice 4 oz. fresh orange juice 6 oz. tequila DIRECTIONS: JAM: Bring cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and ¼ cup water to a boil in a medium

saucepan; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and jammy, 30–40 minutes. Mix in orange zest; let cool. Mix salt, sugar, and five-spice powder on a small plate. Rub rims of glasses with a lime wedge; dip in salt mixture and fill glasses with ice. For each cocktail, combine ½ oz. lime juice, 1 oz. orange juice, 1½ oz. tequila, and 2 Tbsp. cranberry jam in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice. Cover and shake until outside is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. (serves 4).

*Recipes courtesy of bonappetit.com

OATMEAL COOKIES

WITH ORANGE SOAKED

Cranberries INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup dried cranberries • 1/3 cup orange liqueur • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  1 teaspoon baking soda • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened • 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1 large egg 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar • 2 teaspoons orange zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 cup uncooked regular oats 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped DIRECTIONS:

Combine first two ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Drain and set aside. (To quickly steep cranberries, combine cranberries and liqueur in a small bowl, and microwave on high 30 seconds; cover and let stand 2 hours.) Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually beat in granulated and brown sugars. Beat in egg, orange zest, and vanilla. Add flour mixture, and beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate, and cranberries. Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonful’s 2 inches apart onto greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake, in batches, 10 to 12 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely.

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ASIAN ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH

Cranberries

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons sugar  2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup dried cranberries 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 teaspoon Asian chili-garlic sauce 1 teaspoon canola oil PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 425°. Place Brussels sprouts in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; drizzle with one tablespoon of oil, tossing to coat. Arrange sprouts on pan, cut sides down, and bake 30 minutes or until tender and browned. Meanwhile, bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries, and let stand 10 minutes. Whisk together fish sauce, chili-garlic sauce, and one teaspoon canola oil in a large bowl. Stir in cranberry mixture. Add roasted Brussels Sprouts to cranberry mixture, and toss to coat.

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RESTAURANT GUIDE

Celebrating their 7th year in the Historic Tracy Inn, the chefs at Tracy Thai Restaurant have produced countless satisfied customers, with their wonderfully inventive dishes. The chef makes classics dishes like 'Pad Thai' and 'Tom Kar Gai' that leave the diner feeling that they have been transported to a street in Thailand. Many of the dishes such as Eggplant prawns, or Garlic Pork reflect a homestyle feel. The Menu is a delight and there are always Lunch and Dinner Specials. The wood panels and decors at Tracy Thai will bring you to a classic home style in Thailand. With a warm, cozy ambiance and delicious food, you would enjoy your meal at Tracy Thai. TRACY THAI 1035 Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 833-9703

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Great food, cold beer, and watching a game with friends…you just described Lodi’s newest hot spot…Shep’s Sports Bar and Grill. Our famous pastrami sandwich, giant dawgs, and our homemade 18 wing flavors fill your taste buds as you wash it down with an ice cold beer from one of our many taps. All this while watching 8 games on the big screens. Am experience only to be defined as “the closest it gets to actually being at the game.” Come check out what everyone in Lodi is talking about. It’s all about Shep’s Sports Bar & Grill! SHEP’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 123 W. Elm Street Lodi, (209) 369-7437 shepsbar.com

PAPAPAVLO’S

HOME Take a taste of Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar home with you to infuse any salad, or use as a marinade. The bistro offers two different types of dressing available for purchase, each with a shelf life of one year. Their “house dressing,” described as a classic, Greek, extra virgin balsamic vinaigrette, can be used as both a marinade and a dressing. Papapavlo’s also suggest using the house dressing as a flavor infusion for both chicken

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and veggies. If salads aren’t your thing, the oil-based beef and lamb marinade will surely satisfy any carnivore. Both dressings are gluten free and non-GMO with no monosodium glutamate. Yum!

PICK SOME UP: PAPAPAVLO’S BISTRO & BAR 501 N. Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 477-6133 papapavlos@sbcglobal.net

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


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

Enjoy a tranquil patio while dining with a fountain & cozy fireplace. Open Monday - Friday

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Generations of Italian Women Cooking We Guarantee you no one else can cook like us! A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouth-watering appetizers and salads. Every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. At Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food.

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209.931.8333 Hwy 99 & 8 Mile Rd. www.roycefarmsbbq.com

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

Famous Tri-Tip • Tasty Chicken Juicy Ribs • Savory Sausage This hidden treasure has been dubbed the secret of the Miracle Mile with the best food in Stockton. frequented by the neighborhood locals the Whisky Barrel Tavern is getting more popular every week, for very simple reasons. • The very best certified Angus steaks in town • Free range organic chicken • Homestyle cabbage rolls • Apple glazed pork chop • Cottage pie • Giant Certified angus burger

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Banquet Facility Available for up to 40 people Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm Join us for breakfast Saturdays 9am-2pm

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

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

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

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  If you’re searching for a cool atmosphere and hip bar, Shangri La Asian Bistro in downtown Lodi has got you covered. If you are looking for an impressive dining experience, complete with drinks for a sizeable group - or really just one gigantic bowl of alcohol - look no further than the Mai Volcano Bowl. Perfect for special occasions, or just a good time with friends, this oversized drink is all you will need! Made with Bacardi 151 Dragon Berry Rum, Pomegranate liqueur, passion fruit, cranberry, a splash of sweet and sour, a dash of grenadine, and then set on fire… it’ll getcha! The combination of flavors makes the rum hard to taste, and the drink powerful. But if that isn’t for you, customers are welcome to make their own concoction in the giant bowl, mixed and muddled for two. FOR MORE INFORMATION: SHANGRI LA ASIAN BISTRO 203 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 366-0539 Shangrilaasianbistro.com

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

Our new menu is a collaboration of our most popular items over the past seven years in addition to new items we add each year. Tantalizing your palate with seafood, steak, pasta, chops and crepes, we would like you to try:  the Pan-fried Sea Bass, Cajun Ribeye, Spicy Pastalaya, Panko-Fried Pork Chop and the Lobster Stuffed Crepe.   Begin with our signature crisp shaved potatoes with crumbled blue cheese sauce or the Ahi nachos with homemade tortilla chips.  But, save room for one of our heavenly dessert crepes. Ask our bartender about our fresh fruit cocktails.  Join us for Soul Food Sunday Brunch, Monday Night Mixed Grill, Tapas Night Tuesday, Pasta Night Wednesday and Sangria and Shrimp Night Thursday. We serve an all-day menu, Mon- Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; 5pm-9pm, Now open Sundays 1130am-230pm. Call now to reserve your platters or book your holiday parties. 2515 N Tracy Blvd, Tracy, Ca, 209-832-2727 www.mjbistro.net M&J Bistro, your Taste of San Francisco, right here in Tracy. M & J BISTRO 2515 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy (209)832-2727, www.mjbistro.net


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

Ernie’s Food and Spirits offers a unique dining experience, featuring exceptional cuisine, the highest service standards, an extensive, yet reasonably priced wine list, as well as a notably impressive collection of fine spirits. We are strategically located in Manteca, California, central to Modesto, Stockton and Tracy. Unassuming from the outside, our doors open to a sleek, contemporary environment, reminiscent of dining in San Francisco, Las Vegas or a Chicago Chop House. Our vision is to prepare the absolute best Certified Angus and Kobe style beef, the highest quality Chops, sustainable seafood, and the freshest produce available. Chef Michael Midgley’s menu will tantalize the palate with his modern version of traditional menu items, creative, yet simple ERNIE'S FOOD & SPIRITS 1351 N. Main St. Manteca, (209) 239-3351 erniesfoodandspirits.com

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RESTAURANT GUIDE Owners Harry and Susan Yu have been a major part of the local economy since 2007 when Mikasa opened its location in Lathrop. Cooking with local produce and only using the freshest fish right from the Bay has always been key to their success. Fortunately the Yu's chose Tracy for their newest location stocking the full bar with the most extensive liquor, sake, wine and beer selection around. Plus, with happy hour 7 days a week you'll be sure to get your fill! Mikasa also offers off site catering and a separate banquet room for all your rehearsal dinners, large parties or business needs. Try the special SJM Roll (pictured). MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288 15138 S Harlan Rd. Lathrop, (209) 858-1818

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Royce Farms BBQ Bbq tri-tip, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, hand cut New York and Rib Eye steaks, pork chops and grilled salmon are just a sample of our menu. Try our Award winning chili beans and homemade: baked beans, salads, soups and desserts. We also feature our own BBQ sauces and dry rub. Generations of our family recipes include pesto pasta and vegetarian dishes as well. Join us for Taco Tuesday or Prime Rib Wednesday. Check our website, or follow us on Facebook for daily specials and info on our Car Shows, Jazz nights and catering. With 3 generations of Royce’s, Royce Farms BBQ is ready to serve and or cater your next mouthwatering meal. Open: Monday-Friday 10 a.m-9p.m Saturdays 9a.m.-9 p.m ROYCE FARMS BBQ 10880 N. Highway 99 Stockton, (209) 931-8333 roycefarmsbbq.com

AT BUENO ITALIANO BY MELISSA HUTSELL

  Flashback to your childhood and the cold days of winter in which you spent nestled inside your house. Think back to those warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches that seemed to make the chills subside as you begin to crave something that will warm you from the inside out. The ultimate comfort food for the season, this adult serving of grilled cheese comes complete with toasted Parmesan cheese, encrusted bread, Havarti, Cheddar, Pepperjack cheese, tomato and bacon. To top it off, it is paired with a cup of soup, served up hot, steamy and melty on a decadence-displayed plate. FOR MORE INFORMATION: BUENO ITALIANO 1110 W Kettleman Ln. Lodi, (209) 369-1446

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Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-seven years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. ANGELINAS 1563 E. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 948-6609 www.angelinas.com


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Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer the finest and freshest in gourmet Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many cuisine, and their fabulous menu includes to onevariety ofBistro Northern California’s most Papapavlo’s Bar is considered byunique many abelarge ofand continental dishes. Three fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s to outdoor be one dining of Northern unique patiosCalifornia’s make for amost perfect Lincoln Center. They offer the finest and freshest fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s place to relax during lunch or dinner. in gourmetCenter. cuisine, andoffer theirthe fabulous menu includes Lincoln finest and freshest in Papapavlo’s They offers four private banquet a large cuisine, varietyand of their continental dishes.includes Three gourmet fabulous menu rooms accommodating groups as intimate dining patios make for a dishes. perfect Three place aoutdoor large of continental as 12, variety to as large as 100 guests. Papato relax during lunch ormake dinner.forPapapavlo’s offers outdoor patios perfect place pavlo’sdining is open Sun.-Thur., 11a a.m. to 9 four private banquet rooms accommodating to relax lunch dinner. p.m.,during Fri. and Sat.,or11 a.m.Papapavlo’s to 10 p.m. offers groups as intimate as 12, to as large as 100 four private banquet rooms accommodating guests. Papapavlo’s is open Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m. to groups as intimate as 12, to as large as 100 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. PAPAPAVLO'S guests. Papapavlo’s is open Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m. to 501 Fri. N. Lincoln Center 9 p.m., and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stockton, (209) 477-6133 501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton www.papapavlos.com (209) 477-6133 501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton www.papapavlos.com (209) 477-6133 www.papapavlos.com

AVE on the mile, Stockton’s Premier Lounge & Bistro located in the heart of Stockton's Historical Miracle Mile is a unique culinary experience offering an infusion of cultures with our tapas and small plate menu. Opened in 2010, AVE on the mile has redefined the standard in the casual dining experience and has set the trend for years to come featuring weekly Dinner Specials, Sunday Brunch, Club 3:33 Happiest Hour (3:33-6:33). AVE on the mile is the perfect venue to host any event including birthdays, showers, meetings or just the weekend party. Call early and let AVE on the mile make your next event a success.

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delectable fare for over nineteen years. Creating a restaurant that makes its customers feel like part of the family, the Pappases take pride in remaining upscale with their Andy and Jennifer Pappas have been enticing the people of Stockton with their cuisine, wine list, and atmosphere without sacrificing customer service. Papapavlo’s delectable fare for over nineteen years. Creating a restaurant that makes its customers serves continental cuisine with a slight Mediterranean flair. They specialize in chops, feel likesalads, part ofand the pasta family, the Pappases take portion pride in of remaining upscale with their steaks, dishes, with a small their menu dedicated to cuisine, wine list, and atmosphere without sacrificing customer service. Papapavlo’s Greek recipes passed down through the Pappas family for generations. The restaurant serves continental cuisine with a slight flair. They specialize in chops, recently changed locations, moving to aMediterranean large, elegant space in Lincoln Center with an steaks, salads, so and pasta dishes, with a small of their menu dedicated to open kitchen patrons can view their dishesportion being prepared.

Greek recipes passed down through the Pappas family for generations. The restaurant recently changed locations, moving to a large, elegant space in Lincoln Center with an A favorite among guests who enjoy fine open kitchen so patrons can view their dishes being prepared. dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white marble floor, while still remaining family friendly. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row! Now open for lunch from 10am -2pm Friday and Saturday with a champagne brunch on Sundays

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This new destination in Woodbridge is a café and lounge all in one! Flight’s retro aviation theme is brought to life by its handcrafted bar fabricated from a retired 1960s Bonanza, welcoming you to enjoy local wines and craft beers brewed regionally and imported from around the world! Its baristas are on deck early to serve you gourmet coffee drinks. As a crew, they take pride in their menu consisting of in-house roasted turkey sandwiches, scratch made Bolognese sauce, desserts and much more. Our flights of food, wines and beers are fun ways to travel through our menu.  Become a frequent flyer when enjoying specialty coffees and/or beers from our list of world-wide beers. At Flight Lounge you are guaranteed an uplifting experience! Closed on Tuesday Mon-Thu 7am - 9pm • Fri 7am - 11pm Sat 8am - 11pm • Sun. 8am-7pm FLIGHT LOUNGE 18845 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. Woodbridge, (209) 366-2735

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

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

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

Restaurant-> estblished in Aug. 2013 with the idea of keeping the food as close to the farm as possible. We smoke and cure all our own meats, scratch bake bread daily with a house made flour, we receive produce directly from many Lodi farms such as Red Dirt Acres. Our wine is selected form our local vintners. We want to case all the wonderful products that grow right here in our back yards. HOURS: Wed.- Sat 11am - 8pm Sun 10am - 3pm TOPWATER CAFE 114 W. Pine, Lodi (209) 224-5406 www.topwatercafe.com

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

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GREAT DATES COMPILED BY MELISSA HUTSEL

ALICE COOPER TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25

Witness this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer live at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton in an epic performance as part of his Raise the Dead Tour. Experience the ‘King of Nightmares,’ the original shock rocker, and his legendary gothic rock with mesmerizing concert theatrics with the state of the art lights and sounds systems at the historic theatre. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. (209) 337-4673. Stocktonlive.com.

18TH ANNUAL SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7- THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9

Each year, thousands of visitors come to Lodi’s wildlife refuges and farmlands to celebrate the return of the magnificent Sandhill Cranes in a natural spectacle that is the Sand Hill Crane Festival. At the end of their long migration from nesting grounds as far away as Siberia, the Cranes descend into the rich Californian Delta. The celebration of these birds and their Southern migration includes workshops featuring lectures about the Crane’s journey, workshops, tours and exhibitions focused on birding, preservation and even kayaking! Hutchins Street Square, Lodi. 800-581-6150. Cranefesival.com

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE SCIENCE AND MIXOLOGY SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8

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will get the opportunity to wine, dine and participate in raffles, auctions...and of course, enjoy incredible edible creations. There will also be a special presentation by Brand Alderson. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance because space is limited! World of Wonders Science Museum, 2 S. Sacramento St., Lodi. (209) 368-0969. Wowsciencemuseum.org.

STOCKTON CIVIC THEATRE PRESENTS “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19 – SUNDAY DECEMBER 14

Bring the entire family and enjoy the world’s most popular and beloved musical of all time at the nation’s third longest running community theatre. The musical, directed by Jim Coleman, is rated G and will feature music by Rodgers and Hammerstein by a live orchestra. This historical, captivating and romantic story depicts a family’s narrow escape from the Nazi-invaded Austria to Switzerland during the eve of WWII. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Ln., Stockton. (209) 473-2424. Sctlivetheatre.com.


Sat. Nov. 8, 2014 | Oak Ridge Winery | Lodi, CA 12:00 social | $75/guest ($25 under 12) For tickets call Angelica at 209-644-5327 or nochildabuse.org

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STOCKTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS: CLASSICS 11: BARBER, TCHAIKOVSKY AND BEETHOVEN SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15

Join world class violinist Chee-Yun as she performs classic music by Beethoven, Barber and Tchaikovsky. Chee-Yun’s passion for the ever-evolving world of classical music is apparent in her charming, flawless performances with world-renowned orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and several top notch national symphony orchestras. Chee-Yun will perform alongside distinguished guest conductor David Amado for an enthralling musical experience full of romanticism and soul. Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. (209) 951-0196. Stocktonsymphony.org.

SAN JOAQUIN POTTERS GUILD FINE ARTS FESTIVAL FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21- SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22

Check out a broad range of artwork from more than 35 professional Northern Californian artists at this year’s 21st Annual Fine Arts Festival presented by the San Joaquin Potters Guild, the area’s largest festival of its kind. From pottery to paintings, and clothing to jewelry, guests are welcome to join this free twoday event featuring clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal and photography, among other fine and functional forms of artwork. Spanos Community Center, St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 920 W. March Ln., Stockton. Sanjoaquinpottersguild.org.

26TH STOCKTON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25

For millions of Americans, tree lighting ceremonies are the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season and get into the holiday spirit. This year, join the Hospice of San Joaquin County for Stockton’s 26th annual tree lighting ceremony. Each year, the organizations offers community members a chance to remember lost loved ones, friends and co-workers during the holidays by attributing a light on the Memorial Tree of Lights, which is also accompanied with a card to the family of the deceased. All donations support the county Hospice foundation. Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton. (209) 957-3888. Hospicesj.org.

RUN AGAINST HUNGER THANKSGIVING MORNING, NOVEMBER 27

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Keep those extra holiday pounds off while supporting San Joaquin’s food banks at the 10th annual Run Against Hunger, commencing Thanksgiving morning at the Stockton Ports Baseball Field in Stockton. Join more than 5,000 people as they enjoy a run/walk around the scenic waterfront and back to the field in an effort to stay active and raise funds for the area’s nutrition and food bank programs which serve up to six million people per year. Participants can volunteer by running/walking, pledging or virtually contributing. All proceeds from the event will support the Stockton Emergency Food Bank and Family Services. Stockton Emergency Food Bank and Family Services, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton. (209) 464-7369. Runagainsthunger.org.

FESTIVAL OF TREES STAR WARS NIGHT WITH THE STOCKTON THUNDER SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22

In an arena not so far away, the empire will invade a hockey game at the Stockton Thunder Arena in Stockton. Don’t miss the action at this Star War themed event, one of the most popular and anticipated nights of the season. Fans will get the opportunity to meet, hang out and come dressed as their favorite characters from the movies to participate in the costume contest. The first 500 guests 12 and under will receive a free lightsaber thunderstick. Stockton Thunder, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton. (209) 373-1500. Stocktonthunder.com. 144

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The 23rd annual Festival of Trees, located at the San Joaquin Historical Museum, will kick off the holiday season with historic and handcrafted flair. The festival will feature more than 60 differently decorated Christmas trees and plenty of activities, including holiday arts and crafts for children. Guests will have the opportunity to take a step back in time and explore the museum’s exhibits, docents dressed in Victorian or pioneer clothing, entertainment, food and photos with Santa. San Joaquin Historical Museum, 11793 Micke Grove Rd., Lodi. (209) 331-2055 or (209) 953-3460. Sanjoaquinhistory.org.


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TIPS FOR A GREENER HOLIDAY SEASON: • Be a creative wrapper. Use holiday fabric, paper grocery bags, comics, baskets or reusable bags. • Take time to stop unwanted junk mail and catalogs this season. • Bring reusable bags while shopping for holiday gifts and goodies. • Use fluorescent and LED bulbs to save energy and money. • Recycle your Holiday tree - be sure to remove tinsel and any ornaments. • Got new gadgets? Recycle old electronics for free at all County solid waste facilities. • Frying a turkey this season? Recycle used fryer oil. • Give gifts such as movie tickets or a gift certificate to a nice restaurant.

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DEEP-FRIED Holiday Fires BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

  Long gone are the days when people cooked their Thanksgiving turkeys in the oven. Who still uses an oven, anyway?! Hello, this is the twenty-first century! I was in college when the fried turkey craze began growing in popularity, and because I was eating ninety-nine cent bags of noodles every night, I wasn’t too concerned with how the turkey was prepared; as long as I still headed back to my dorm with a Tupperware full of food. My dad on the other hand; very, very excited about taking a stab at this new craze. “Come out here!” he said as he guided me to an opening in my grandmother’s gravel drive-

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way. “Check it out!” What I was “checking out” looked like the biggest crock-pot I’ve ever seen, on stilts, outside. I didn’t exactly share my father’s excitement, but he always enjoyed trying something new, and figuring it out on his own.   We went inside, leaving the twelvepound turkey to bask in gallons of grease in the driveway. “This is going to be good!” he said to my cousins. The fried turkey was the topic of conversation, no one else in my fam-

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ily had heard of it; they asked my dad questions about the fryer and methods, and he happily answered. Three years later, when most new stations covered the craze and its disasters throughout Thanksgiving Day, I had to admit I laughed to myself, and credited my dad for being ahead of the trend. “It’s on fire,” my cousin said, almost as if he was asking a question. Everyone, huddled around the appetizers and chips, rushing to the window. At this point it had been a few hours… my dad said twenty minutes per pound, and had been checking the driveway feast quite frequently, but yes; “it” was on fire. And “it” was the grease; the grease inside the giant pot, the grease overflowing onto the gravel and the grease that had been spilled during assembling this project.    I squinted my eyes and turned my head slightly as if it was about to explode. What’s not so funny now, is that it really could have. I know it could have because years after this moment I heard of many fried turkeys that did indeed explode. But, due to everyone’s ignorance in regards to this new trend and its hazards, we all fought to hold back our giggles as my dad cursed and put the fire out. In the end, the fire and all the excitement that accompanied it resulted in one hell of a turkey, fried to perfection. We all oo’ed and ahh’ed as my dad cut through the crispy skin to reach perfectly cooked meat. And he served us all, feeling victorious (and maybe even blessed), for burning neither the turkey nor my grandmother’s house.


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