Residents wanting to hear what's new in Lodi can attend the Mayor's State of the City annual luncheon on Thursday.
Attendees will receive a buffet lunch from Touch of Mesquite, learn about 14 featured local businesses and taste wine from the Toasted Toad Cellars, Lodi's newest winery and tasting room.
The city of Lodi and the Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the event, which will feature Mayor Bob Johnson and members of the business community reviewing some of the accomplishments from 2011 and discussing some of the challenges and opportunities in the future.
Lodi Unified School District President George Neely will discuss what is going on in Lodi's schools. Bob and Richard Lauchland will unveil the Lodi Winegrape Commission's new ad campaign, called "LoCA: The Wines of Lodi, California." The two will also review this year's harvest, pricing, how Lodi's wines are being marketed and the state of the industry.
John Ledbetter, chairman of the Lodi Community Foundation, will discuss how the nonprofit benefits donors and recipients and its accomplishments in Lodi.
The last speaker will be Johnson, who will discuss important issues in the city.
"In all the program promises to provide inside information to key sectors of the community, and also perhaps one of the best networking opportunities of the year as business and civic leaders meet, exchanging ideas and comparing notes on current trends and events," Chamber President and CEO Pat Patrick stated in a news release.
The event starts with wine tasting and an opportunity to network at 11 a.m.
The event sells out every year, Patrick said, so if you don't have a ticket yet, you can buy them online at www.lodichamber.com. You can also call 367-7840, ext. 100, or go to the office at 35 S. School St. Tickets are $25. There will be no walk-up sales.