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Take heart: Lodi offers plenty of last-minute ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

While they’d never admit it, some people are procrastinators when it comes to Mother’s Day. Busy schedules, meetings and plain forgetfulness are all routine — and rarely credible excuses.

So for those who are down to the wire and just now looking at the calendar, fear not. There are still several last-minute solutions that’ll make it look like you’ve been preparing for this day since your mom thanklessly brought you into this world many years ago.

For the traditionalists, a brunch or a relaxing trip to the spa may please Mom on her special day.

For the adventurous, watching lions, monkeys and birds — oh, my — might generate an entertaining and unique few hours.

For the extremists, let your mom freefall from 13,000 feet.

Whatever Mom’s fancy, Lodi has your answer. And with only hours to go before your cover is blown, here are some gift and activity ideas that could save your bacon.

Flowers can still be had

Not surprisingly, Mother’s Day is one of the year’s busiest holidays for Village Flowers and Gifts. But people aren’t always flocking toward the bouquets.

Owners Jennifer Shields and Donald Gareis said customers are looking for gifts with a longer shelf life. That’s why people often buy the plant baskets, decorated with an assortment of items including birdhouses and eggs. The baskets range from $50 to more than $100.

Of course, Village Flowers and Gifts, at 1317 W. Lockeford St., Lodi, also offers bouquets built to suit a particular budget, as well as aprons, a popular seller this time of year.

Skydiving: A thrilling memory

In the midst of their daily routine, some moms are seeking adventure — an opportunity to get off the grid.

Luckily for those moms, the Parachute Center isn’t far away. Owner Bill Dause said skydiving is a popular Mother’s Day gift.

A tandem jump from 13,000 feet costs $100. The Parachute Center, at 23597 N. Highway 99, Acampo, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Let the wine flow

For the mom who considers herself a wine connoisseur, Lodi obviously has numerous destinations.

Jessie’s Grove Winery is celebrating the holiday a bit early. From noon to 5 p.m. today, Jessie’s Grove is hosting a special wine tasting event. In addition to sampling the traditional wines, guests can taste Jessie’s Grove’s Library wines, which have aged for many years.

Wine tasting costs $5, and tasting the specially aged wines is an extra $5. The event, at 1973 W. Turner Road in Lodi, will be entertained by a harpist and flutist.

The Van Ruiten Family Winery, at 340 Highway 12, Lodi, is holding an event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In addition to live music performed by Sandra Delores, wine will be offered at a reduced price.

Van Ruiten is offering 10 percent off bottles of 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Cab Sherove. The winery is also offering 20 percent off cases of those wines.

The zoo beckons

With 130 different animal species on display, the kids might enjoy Micke Grove Zoo as much as Mom. The zoo, at 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi, features everything from a mountain lion to tamarin monkeys. See animals such as a Pacific pond turtle, a radiated tortoise or a green iguana, on display in the reptile exhibit.

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for youths ages 3 to 17 years old and children 2 years and younger are free.

Spa and brunch

No mom is going to complain about a day filled by brunch and a spa trip. At Wine and Roses, she can do both.

The resort and spa is hosting Mother’s Day brunch at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in the Garden Ballroom. It will feature music by Éclair de Lune Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, and costs $50 for adults, $17 for children 5 to 12 years old, and $5 for children under 5 years old.

In addition, Wine and Roses, at 2505 W. Turner Road, Lodi, is featuring a watermelon-basil vodkatini pedicure. An hour costs $70, and mom will be polished with a watermelon-basil vodkatini sugar scrub.

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