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A note from the editor: Spring is the season of fresh

For us, Life and Leisure offers fresh opportunities to celebrate our community and the people in it. It’s also a chance for our staff to take on new and varied assignments.

Posted: March 28, 2014
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Morada mom Nicole McBride offers fitness coaching at her home

Most people who have personal trainers usually go to the local gym for their fitness session, but a Morada mom offers her expertise right out of her own home. Nicole McBride, 44, provides personal fitness programs and advice from home for years, balancing her career with raising a family at the same time.

But McBride’s programs are not your typical neighborhood gym setup. The mother of five specializes in functional fitness training, which uses everyday movements to improve strength and endurance.

McBride began in-home training with her 53-year-old husband John, who is a strength and conditioning coach and also works from home on occasion.

Posted: March 28, 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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Wedding photographs of relatives submitted by Lodi residents

Having an interest in the beauty and contrast of old wedding photos, I invited Lodi residents to submit images of their relatives on the day they took their vows. What follows is a sampling of what proved to be a very popular request.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Our day: The wedding ceremony and reception for Ellie Martinez and Sean Talley

The wedding ceremony and reception for Ellie Martinez and Sean Talley were held at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Cooking for children

Here’s an easy refreshing summer recipe you can make with your children that they’ll actually like.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Who’s reading what in Lodi?

Reading isn’t a lost art, despite the increasing popularity of cable TV channels, movies you can watch via DVDs and, of course, the Internet. Some people are actually reading books, though some of them stay on the cutting edge of technology by using a Kindle.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Summer events in the Lodi area

Flexing automotive muscle

Posted: July 30, 2013
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World of Wonders Science Museum offers lots to do for children

Did you know the sun can power a race car? Bake a meal? Or even turn salt water into a tasty freshwater drink?

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Wine, cookies and soaking tubs — bed and breakfasts offer relaxation, elegance

In this world of technology and too many demands on our time, it is refreshing to find something different from the mainstream of our daily lives, to experience something unique among our everyday expectations. It may include adventures down our rivers, hikes across our mountains and tours of our local wineries and vineyards. And it should include a quiet and unique experience at a bed and breakfast.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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A perfect day in Pismo Beach

Located just 13 miles from San Luis Obispo and centrally located on the coast, Pismo Beach offers travelers a variety of activities, whether it’s for relaxation or adventure.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Ski resorts offer summer adventure

Winter might be over, but your opportunity to discover scenic terrain or catch big air at ski resorts in the region is not. Throughout the Sierras, ski resorts are open for summer and complete with an array of adventure possibilities.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Stand-up paddleboarding explained

It’s a cross between surfing and kayaking, only without waves crashing down. It’s a full-body workout and a relaxing nature tour on the lake or river. And for Woodbridge’s Mike and Lori Dixon, stand-up paddle boarding is a chance to start fresh and help grow a community.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Hot fun in the summertime

The kids are out of school, and you’re sick of hearing the same old whine: “I’m bored.”

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Quest for perfection

Sue Tipton has traveled the world. But her true inspiration for building her own winery didn’t come from a villa in Italy or a castle in France.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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At Royce Farms, good food and service are all in the family

Just off Highway 99 south of Lodi is a carnivore’s paradise where fish, fowl and meat are all smoked to succulence.

Posted: July 30, 2013
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Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

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