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Life and Leisure has become a showcase for the artistry of Dan Evans, our multi-talented resident photographer. Dan joined us as a part-timer at age 19, fresh out of Lodi High. He’s now 29, our photo chief, and a fellow who loves to learn and try new things.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Julie Schiess teaches the youngest swimmers how to stay afloat

Moms sat around the edge of a backyard pool on Kristmont Street in Lodi, watching their preschool-aged children splash and swim in the water, while an infant swim lesson was about to begin. Julie Schiess, a water safety swimming instructor, took hold of 17-month-old Max Manna above the water. He was fine before in the arms of his mother until Schiess held him. Then he began crying.

“This is very common,” she said. “I don’t take it personally, because I know I’m giving them something important.”

Schiess gently dunked baby Max under the water near the side of the pool and let go. He wriggled and doggy paddled under the water until his little arms reached up to the edge of the pool. He then pulled himself up above the surface and took a deep breath. And cried a bit again.

Posted: July 26, 2014

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Seasonal outings in the Valley designed to entertain the whole family

Heard enough of the “there’s nothing to do” or “I’m bored” whine from your children this summer? Grab the sunscreen, your bathing suits and maybe a tent. Then pack up the car for a day or overnight because we’ve compiled a list of family friendly locales in the greater Lodi area.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Beat the heat by making your way to a nearby beach

Summer is the time of year for sand and surf. You may wish to roam the coastal beaches while listening to the waves come in. Or you may prefer the calmness of lake beaches where the temperature is warmer and the water more relaxed. Although there is Lodi Lake locally, where can you go if you want to head out of town? And how far should you go? Here is a guide to some of the best — and closest — beaches.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Tying the knot? Choose the right person to capture the moment

Summer can be a popular time for weddings and for romance. But before couples even make it to the big day, they have to get engaged.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Children have fun while learning golf skills and life lessons

Wendy Taylor stands with a red Velcro target in her hands, crouched and ready as pint-sized golfers gets ready to whack tennis balls her way.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Judy Peterson: Embracing fashion and fitness

Judy Peterson knows her life’s calling. From coaching basketball and teaching physical education to running her own shop of high-end ladies’ clothing, Peterson has dedicated her career to helping people, especially women, feel good about themselves and look good doing it.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Crush Kitchen + Bar in constant flurry of changes to high-end menu

Since Crush Kitchen + Bar’s opening five years ago, it has lived by one simple motto.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Dean Machado explores the ocean depths

Dean Machado has seen more shark species than he can count on all of his fingers and flippers. The 46-year-old Woodlake Cleaners owner may spend most of his time working on land, but would much rather spend his relaxing time underwater.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Micke Grove Regional Park: A special place of discovery

Summertime is a time for activities, for family bonding and delighting in new discoveries. And for many Lodi-area families, summer leads to Micke Grove Regional Park just south of town.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Mokelumne River home in Lodi built for recreation, relaxation

This home at 1320 Rivergate Drive offers unique opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Built in 1980, the property is designed to take full advantage of its riparian setting.

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Events on the horizon for Lodi and surrounding areas

Here are some upcoming summer and early fall events to keep you entertained in the Lodi area:

Posted: July 26, 2014
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Easter eats

Springtime means Easter is coming. It’s time to dust off those favorite dishes that help celebrate the holiday. You may have a craving for an egg sandwich in a white sauce, stuffed leg of lamb or even a cake with jelly beans inside. We asked readers and local foodies to share their favorite Easter recipes and they came through with a wide array of dishes.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Spring into fashion

Spring marks the end of dark and heavy coats and the start of a new and brighter wardrobe. As boutiques in Lodi make the switch to a warmer season, shoppers can expect to see an influx of color, vibrant prints and lace. One trend specific to Lodi is a love of crosses, which can fit into most fashions this season. Here’s a spring sampler from Lodi boutiques.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Kid’s corner

As the weather warms up, it’s time to find some fun activities to keep kids active and entertained. Here are three kid-friendly options to keep kids busy this spring.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Wedding photographers go beyond the ceremony to capture special moments

Every wedding album is full of the classic photos of the bride and groom standing at the altar, lined up with their bridal party, or dancing with friends and family at the reception.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Upcoming: Wine, art and strawberries

Upcoming events for Lodi and surrounding areas.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Nestled in vineyards, a home both stylish and secluded

Southeast of Lodi, located in vineyards along North Alpine Road, is an estate blending modern conveniences with traditional style. Created by builder Lisa Hindergard-Jennings, the home includes the warmth of alder wood finishes and a striking kitchen with granite countertops, a large island and a vegetable sink.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Amador County carries a bright spring tradition in Daffodil Hill

For families, it is an escape into nature, as kids discover fragile blooming flowers and interact with peacocks and miniature donkeys. History buffs spend time looking at the 1880’s barn and historic farming equipment while imagining the two and a half story boarding house that once stood on the ranch, housing teamsters as they traveled the main highway over the Sierras. Armed with cameras and multiple lenses, shutterbugs can spend the day trying to get the perfect shot of the unfolding petals.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Marilyn Storey shows Lodians the world

When she took an accounting job at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, Marilyn Storey probably never thought she’d play travel agent.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Downtown Lodi’s Topwater Cafe brings new twist to old favorites

Topwater Café was only days old in August when Matt Halecky was trying to get the word out during Lodi’s downtown Street Faire. He stood on the corner of School and Pine streets with a stack of menus giving away free samples of tri-tip sandwiches.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Oak Farm Vineyards is more than just wine

Tucked away on the outskirts of Lodi is a place lost in time. The colonial-style home, built in 1864, during a time when our nation was at war with itself, still stands as a testament to the strength of its era.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Coming up ...

‘Les Miserables’

Posted: October 30, 2013
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Winter fun: Ice dreams

The change in seasons comes with a change in footwear.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Autumn is the perfect time to travel

Children have returned to school, the temperatures are dropping and the leaves on the trees are turning into a kaleidoscope of colors. Of course that means it’s the perfect time to travel.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Conquering rainy days

If you are currently or have been a parent, you understand the head-down slump children get when they can’t play outside due to rainy weather. It’s easy to park them in front of the TV for an afternoon movie marathon, but why not do something together?

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Kids Corner

What to craft: Paint a pumpkin

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Plant a winter garden

While the season may conjure up images of terrible weather, ice, barren branches and a complete lack of colors apart from brown and white, there’s no reason that has to apply to your Lodi area garden.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Snow machines lead to high adventure

This winter, when the lift lines at your favorite Sierra resorts become overwhelming, remember there is a sport that will take you miles away from the crowds. With a throttle and an engine, you can explore deep into the snow-clad mountains.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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A perfect day in Nevada City

Located along state highways 49 and 20, Nevada City was developed along the banks of Deer Creek in 1849. After its establishment, it was a bustling Gold Rush town with a population of 10,000.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Sandhill Cranes are coming!

Standing out at the Isenberg Crane Reserve off Woodbridge Road, the sky darkens as thousands of birds start circling to find a place to roost for the evening.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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How about them apples?

To describe one day spent on Apple Hill will not do justice to this beautiful harbinger of fall. It takes more than one day to see the sights, smell the smells, and taste the tastes that this area has to offer. With that in mind, I will describe my one day spent on Apple Hill and hope you can get an idea of how to plan your own trip.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Joe Guzzardi tells how hot cocoa delivers the profound essence of chocolate

Bruno Feldeisen of the Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th St. is convinced that hot chocolate delivers the highest chocolate experience possible.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Make your Thanksgiving meal an adventure

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and the family is ready to sit down to a feast. The table is piled high with turkey ... along with grits, sweet potato soufflé and a casserole featuring artichoke hearts? We asked readers to share the unique side dishes on their Thanksgiving tables, and they obliged with everything from new twists on corn, Jell-O and cranberry sauce to family recipes like jollof rice and shirin polo.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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Chase the chill away with hot cocoa

The sweet, spicy aroma invades your senses just seconds before the silky, smooth decadence touches your cold lips. In seconds you feel a rush of warmth as the luscious ribbon of richness engulfs you and the flavor takes you back it time.

Posted: October 24, 2013
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