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From the Vatican to a French marketplace, Lodi couple explores Western Mediterranean

Lynn and Steve Templeman went on a Western Mediterranean cruise.

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  It’s that time of year again, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. Several events have been scheduled throughout Lodi and surrounding areas during the holiday weekend.

 The four-day holiday weekend will kick off with an event entitled “Celebrate America” set for July 1 at 5 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125. S. Hutchins St., Lodi. The event will be held at the Square’s West Park and will feature Victor Vandenburg as the master of ceremonies and the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Galaxy ensemble as the special guest.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or a small chair and to dress in red, white and blue. The first 500 guests will receive a free flag. For more information on Celebrate America, visit www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com or call 209-333-5550.

A Fourth of July Picnic and Croquet Game is set for July 2 at the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I St., Sacramento. Living History re-enactors will be enjoying a picnic on the grass, followed by their annual croquet tournament. Those attending are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

 On July 3, The Home Church located on 11451 N. West Lane will host Freedom Fest 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those planning to attend the event can look forward to a car show, a field of flags, inflatables, water slides, an outdoor concert with Grace Abounds, a kid’s rodeo, carnival rides and games, train rides and professional fireworks.

 For those with an appetite, free hot dogs and chips will available along with an affordably-priced Americana Food Booth Row, which will include deep-fried Oreos, garlic fries, tri-tip sandwiches, funnel cakes and fried pizza. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 209-339-7333.

 For those who would enjoy spending the day on the lake, 4th of July at the Lake is set for Indepence Day at Lodi Lake. This is an all-day event and gates will open at 7 a.m. with fireworks starting a 9:30 p.m. Admission into the lake is free. The event will feature a Kiwanis International Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $7 for adults 13 and up and $7 for children ages five to 12. Children under five eat free.

 Attractions include a farmers market, the World of Wonders Science Museum, several vendors and concessions. Public swimming will opened from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. and will cost $3 for adults 18 and up and $2 for  children ages 3 to 17. Children under three swim free. Pedal boats, single kayaks and tandem kayaks will be available for rental from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pondl Winery, located at 665 W. Turner Road in Lodi, is hosting its fifth annual Red, White and Blue Pairing  on July 4 from Noon to 4 p.m. where they will be pairing their red and white wines with American Blue Cheese. Admission to the pairing is free. For more information, call 209-367-3672.

 An Indepence Day celebrate is  scheduled for July 4 at the Cal Expo Miller Lite Race Track Grand Stand at 16000 Expositon Blvd. in Sacramento from 5 to 10 p.m. Cal Expo, along with the City and County of Sacramento and iHeartRadio, will produce the largest pyrotechnics display in the area. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. General admission is free, while reserved admission is $10. Parking is also $10.

Fourth of July on the Field is scheduled for 6 p.m. on the fourth at Raley Field located at 400 Ball Park Drive, West Sacramento. The event will feature food trucks, interactive games, a kids area with fun games and inflatables, and live music. The night will wrap up with fireworks synched to America’s favorite patriotic music presented by Raley Field. General admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Solon Club access is $15 for those 21 and up.

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