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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:00 am


50th Annual Spring Art Show

Today and Sunday. Woodbridge Winery will provide a picturesque site for the Lodi Community Art Center's 50th Annual Spring Art Show. Guests will view the pre-juried art pieces as they stroll among the barrels in the winery's rustic red wine aging room and taste the most popular Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines. Admission is free, and all displayed art pieces will be for sale. The center expects to feature more than 300 pieces of art, including sculpture and photography, from more than 100 Northern California artists. Music, hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting will be provided. Admission is free. Woodbridge Winery, 5950 E. Woodbridge Road in Acampo. Noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. 333-3855.

Tamara Little Concert and 2009 Wine Futures Sales Event at Heritage Oak Winery

Kick off the wine futures season with the official barrel tasting and futures sales event at Heritage Oak Winery. Taste wine right from the barrel and take advantage of specials on wine futures. Discounts for mixed case and complete case purchases range form 25 to 35 percent off the tasting room price. Joining the March 20 event will be the Tamara Little Trio. Tamara plays the tenor guitar and sings her own compositions that span multiple genres, from acoustic rock to folk, to old time and bluegrass. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. This is a free event. Wine will be sold by the glass or bottle. Appetizers and light snacks will be available. Heritage Oak Winery, 10112 E. Woodbridge Road in Acampo. Noon. 986-2763.

Bird Walk at Heritage Oak Winery

Local birding expert, David Yee, will lead two series of monthly birding tours. David is among the leading experts in native bird identification in San Joaquin County and northern California. The tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at about 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot at Heritage Oak, and will include walks through portions of vineyards, along the Mokelumne River bank and across riparian woodland. Both series will be geared toward birding enthusiasts of all levels. Children are welcomed. The cost is $20 per person. An optional lunch, served with wine, is available for another $10 upon request. To make reservations, contact Yee at 329-5490 or email him at Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Binoculars and field guides are also helpful. Heritage Oak Winery, 10112 E. Woodbridge Road in Acampo. 9:30 a.m. 986-2763.

Spring Flight at Woodbridge Uncorked

Join Lobo Loco Wines and Swing Shift for Spring Fling at Woodbridge Uncorked. Flight fee can be put toward any bottle purchase to drink on site or to take home. Song selections include classics such as "It Had to be You," "I've Got the World on a String," "Night and Day," as well as newer pieces by Jim Brickman, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Monheit, Diana Krall and others. Woodbridge Uncorked, 18911 N. Lower Sacramento Road in Woodbridge. 7 p.m. 366-1800.

March 26 and 27

30th Annual Lodi Spring Wine Show

The 30th Annual Lodi Spring Wine Show will be held from 6-9 p.m. each night in the Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds. More than 3,000 people attend this event featuring wine tasting from over 50 wineries, hors d'oeuvres, music, wine related vendors, beer tasting from local and national breweries and a chance to win over 100 bottles of wine in the Ultimate Wine Basket Raffle. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door each day of the Show. There is a $3 processing fee for online and phone orders. Lodi Grape Festival, 413 E. Lockeford St. 6-9 p.m. 369-2771.

March 29

Vino Con Brio Wine Dinner at Alebrijes Mexican Bistro

Join us for an amazing wine dinner at Alebrijes Bistro in Lodi on Monday, March 29th at 6 pm. Alebrijes is a cozy, newer restaurant known for their innovative and seasonal Mexican cuisine. Chef Ruben Larrazolo is crafting an amazing menu paired with five Vino Con Brio wines. The cost is $50 per person not including tax or gratuity. Space is limited to 28 people; call them at 209-368-1831 to reserve your spot today! Alebrijes Mexican Bistro, 1301 W. Lockeford St. 6 p.m. 368-1831.

March 31

Winemaker Dinner at Wine & Roses featuring Bokisch Vineyards

Experience the cuisine of Wine & Roses paired with the wines of Bokisch Vineyards. Each of their varietals are harvested and crafted into wines rich with flavor and true to their varietal integrity. Cost is $75 per person (tax and tip included). Wine & Roses, 2505 W. Turner Road. 6 p.m. 334-6988.

Salsa Dancing at the cellardoor

Unleash those twinkle toes and dance your way in for our fun salsa lesson, special sangria, and delicious appetizers. This is a popular event and space is limited, so call or come by today to reserve your spot!. $10 per person. cellardoor, 21 N. School St. 7 p.m. 339-4394.

First Friday Art Hop

View art, meet the artists, sample wine and hors d'oeuvres. 7 different locations: Thomas Theatre Gallery at Hutchins Street Square, Lodi Community Art Center, Dancing Fox Winery, Bakery & Eatery, Scooters, Java Stop, McKinley's Frame Shop, and Vision Flooring, Interiors and Gifts. Various locations, 6-8:30 p.m. 333-5511.



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