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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 10:00 pm

Primovino Heritage Festival in Acampo

Woodbridge Winery will be transformed into a bigger and better Italian Village this year with the second annual PrimoVino Heritage Festival.

The event, which celebrates its second year, will feature a range of vendors selling artisan wares and Woodbridge wines, bocce ball lessons with the Stockton Athletic Club and a celebrity grape stomp, which will pit public figures like Galt mayor Darryl Clare against Lodi mayor Susan Hitchcock.

"We were very happy with the event, but now we want to take it to the next level," said visitor center manager Larry Pilmaier, who is planning on 2,000 attendees this year.

New this year will be a main stage, featuring the Sinatra-esque stylings of Bob Dalpe, classic Italian folk from the Hot Frittatas and Italian folk dance troupe Balliamo! Live cooking demonstrations will be hosted by chef Julia Collin Davison of "America's Test Kitchen," the popular home cooking show on PBS, based on Cook's Illustrated Magazine. She will host four 45-minute cooking segments, preparing dishes like fettuccine alfredo, chicken marsala and spaghetti and meatballs. Following each segment, Woodbridge Winery's Todd Ziemann and Toni Sickles will lead a short wine-pairing segment, finding the right wine for the dish that she created.

The Club Italo-Americano will prepare and serve sausage sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, fried calamari and pasta with olive oil and garlic, as well as brick oven pizzas, which was last year's favorite. Pair that with a glass of wine from one of the four wine gardens. All wine by the glass sales will benefit the American Heart Association.

Best of all, each attendee will go home with two hard-cover books: "Seasons of the Vineyard: A Year of Celebrations and Recipes from the Robert Mondavi Winery" and "Restaurant Favorites at Home" by the editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine, as well as a signature wine glass, a tote bag and an hors d'oeuvre plate.

DETAILS

When: Today from 5 to 10 p.m.

Where: Woodbridge WInery, 5950 E. Woodbridge Road

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Information: 365-8139 or www.woodbridgewines.com

San Joaquin Historical Museum celebration in Lodi

A birthday celebration for the San Joaquin Historical Museum, which turns 40 this year, will be held on Monday.

On July 28, 1966, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors along with the county historical society entered into a partnership to collect and store historical items for a museum to be built in Micke Grove Park.

Elise Forbes, president of the board of trustees, said it started out as a dream 40 years ago by a number of people who wanted to document history. Today, the museum has a number of different buildings showcasing different parts of history in the county.

"There is a lot that has changed. The vision has been there all along but it just takes time," said Forbes.

The first building at the site was the Micke Building, then came the Delta Building. Some others that have been added include one building focusing on the grapes and fruit trees and the Erickson Building which features exhibits telling about the Native Americans. A school house from the 1800s was brought in, where children get to attend school just like it was in the past. Other children's programs have been added including Valley Days, where children get to live life as it was in the 1880s. Four new buildings have just been dedicated, one of which is an agricultural building.

Forbes said the commitment of the community has contributed to the amount of progress at the museum.

"Anytime you strike a milestone, it indicates there has been success. The community is interested in keeping history alive," she said.

The birthday celebration will include a presentation by Bob Schellenberger, a longtime historical society trustee and former president. He will speak about the historical group's formation and what went into the idea of building a museum. Fran Welch, a 90 year-old former Lodi resident, will share her memories of being a docent in the museum's early years. A barbecue dinner will be prepared by Society President, Claude Brown.

DETAILS

When: Monday at 6 p.m.

Where: San Joaquin Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road

Tickets: $20

Information: 331-2055

Compiled by Pam Bauserman

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