Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:00 pm
When it comes to traveling with family members, you really want to get it right. When done properly, family travel can bring different generations together and leave everyone with memories they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. Given that potential, and considering the fact that family travel can involve substantial expense, it’s a smart idea to rely on experts in the field to make your family travel plans a reality.
Monday, October 28, 2013 5:00 pm
(BPT) - This season, Americans are embarking on all types of journeys, from romantic weekends to outdoor activity focused getaways. In fact, 28 percent of Americans will take a road trip for the Thanksgiving holiday driving an average of 1,117 miles, according to the Hankook Quarterly Gauge Index. But what defines the ultimate road trip? Hear what drivers have to say:
Monday, October 21, 2013 5:00 pm
Exploring cultures, witnessing majestic landscapes and tasting exotic foods – there’s so much to experience when traveling the world. And while a group tour is a great, hassle-free way to experience many of the world’s most desirable destinations, for some, the idea of traveling in a large group may be a bit daunting. Thankfully, many top tour operators are now offering trips with smaller group sizes, providing all the benefits of group travel (ease of planning, all-inclusiveness, high levels of service, guided sightseeing, value, etc.) with the more personalized feel of fewer traveling companions.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:41 am
In this world of technology and too many demands on our time, it is refreshing to find something different from the mainstream of our daily lives, to experience something unique among our everyday expectations. It may include adventures down our rivers, hikes across our mountains and tours of our local wineries and vineyards. And it should include a quiet and unique experience at a bed and breakfast.
Friday, June 7, 2013 12:43 pm
Gifting for fathers can be a tricky challenge. I know. Many dads, including mine, tend to be practical and gifts simply become a surplus in their closet. My dad has more items in their original packaging than I care to count. It’s not that he doesn’t like what I get him, but he has the practical mentality of wearing an item out before opening a new one. (A concept most women will never understand.) That generally doesn’t happen by the time Christmas, his birthday and father’s day roll around each year.
I always try to get creative and find something that he will love or enjoy each time a gifting opportunity rolls around. I figure that he already has an extra set of everything he likes so I have to think out of the box. It’s not easy. This year I googled “father’s day gifts” and found myself scrolling though items such as crab wrapping paper, sardine shaped paper clips and a rubix cube pencil holder. I’m fairly certain none of these things will not knock his socks off.
Because I put a lot of time into this, I thought I would pass along some good ideas to you. Dads of Lodi, you can thank me later.
1. Stick with intangibles. This means something that can be eaten, used, spent, sipped or enjoyed. You know, the things that don’t collect dust. That means no shirts, socks, ties, hats, jackets....all of the items that my dad has a back up (or 2) of.
2. Go with something from the heart that you and/or your children create. Even though they collect dust, they are loved because it’s personal. Here are a few special ideas that are likely to tug a heart string:
• Buy a deck of cards and on the top of the deck, write 52 things I love about you. Have everyone in your family write out all of the reasons your dad or grandpa is cherished.
• Create a photo book with all of the memories you’ve experience together. There are many websites that are user friendly to do this so don’t be intimidated.
• Many places that print photos also have a selection of photo gifts. I generally use the services of Costco or Walmart and they have everything from spiral notebooks to mousepads. You can even get a photo blanket.
• Take the kids to the Mud Mill in downtown Lodi and have them paint something he can use. There are lots of choices, including large platter perfecting for dads that like to BBQ.
• Cook his favorite sweet treat and package it with thought. Check out pinterest.com for many clever ideas.
3. Plan an “experience” such as a trip or outing. Ideas: hot air balloon ride, golf at a special course, professional sporting event, wine tasting, beer making, rafting, concert, bowling, concert or my personal best idea of the year, viewing of his favorite TV show. My dad and I will be a studio audience members of The Price Is Right. If he gets called to “come on down”, I think I might need a pair of Depends. Life is all about making memories and this will be a memory to cherish.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 am
The Clements Rural Fire District and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office ask that rafters in the Mokelumne River borrow life preservers free of charge at the Clements fire station at Highway 88 and Mackville Road.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:41 pm
A 24-year-old man suffered a broken nose, facial fractures and cuts when he was beaten up Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at Stillman Magee Regional Park on Mackville Road, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:59 am
Summer is just around the corner and if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning family adventures to check off the bucket list. Living in the central valley, we have plenty to do within driving distance. Here is a list of ideas close and far to get your wheels spinning.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 am
Thanksgiving Day marked the movie classic "Casablanca's" 70th anniversary. The film is high on critics and fans list of favorites. "Casablanca's" dialogue includes the most heavily quoted movie lines of all time; example: "We'll always have Paris." The theme song, "As Time Goes By," has also endured.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:00 am
Accomplishment: The Elliot Eagles varsity football team was not going to be denied a first victory last Saturday. Not with the way Ben Huckaby was rumbling with the football.
People enjoy a day rafting down the American River in Sacramento. Grab a tube or rent a raft to enjoy a day on the river.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 4:10 pm
What is the attraction? As a last hoorah to celebrate the end of summer, consider tubing or rafting down the American River this weekend. Floating is a fun way to spend the day, enjoying the heat of summer while staying cool in the always chilly water.
Friday, August 10, 2012 8:01 am
Last week I offered a few brief thoughts on some cultural issues surrounding the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., and events that have taken place since then suggest that I failed to address one of the key questions surrounding this tragedy: Is it safe to go to the movies anymore?
Monday, July 9, 2012 5:32 pm
About 26 years ago, a group of neighbors living in Amador County were sitting on the back porch of Katherine Evatt’s home outside of Jackson. Enjoying the view of the sky, stunning mountains and endless forest life, the group wondered what exactly it would take to keep the region exactly as it was in that moment.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi City Councilman Alan Nakanishi's son, a Lassen County judge candidate, has succumbed to injuries he received in a rafting accident celebrating Father's Day.
Sunday, June 17, 2012 5:55 pm
Lodi City Councilman Alan Nakanishi’s son, Jon Nakanishi, 42, is in the hospital after a rafting accident on the Truckee River this weekend.
Lakewood Elementary School Principal Bruce Spaulding enjoys rafting and kayaking.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:04 am
1. The older I get, the less I bounce.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 am
Natalie Hansen, the wife of Capt. Joe Hansen, laughs when she recalls meeting her husband.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:00 am
A contentious planned expansion of Pardee Reservoir on the
Mokelumne River is being shelved by utility leaders.
Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am
When Kathy Taylor, of Lodi, finally crossed the finish line at
Tough Mudder NorCal, she jumped up and down giddily, and performed
a triumphant victory dance.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi resident Virginia Moore remembers cleaning her childhood
home on Turner Road with her mom and sisters while her father and
brothers were out stacking burlap sandbags. The Mokelumne River was
flooding again, and the men were working to prevent the waters from
reaching houses near Lodi Lake.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:00 am
The Jackson City Council has made a symbolic stand against East
Bay Municipal Utility District’s desire to expand Pardee
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:09 am
While the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted to close
two major stretches of the Mokelumne River to public use on
Tuesday, the county Sheriff’s Office may reopen the river a lot
sooner than expected.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 am
Bud Sullivan had a problem saying no, whether it was
volunteering for a local organization or taking his daughter for a
late-night ice cream run.
"He was a really generous, nice man and always willing to get
involved. He's an extremely high achiever, and looking back I'm
just now realizing all of his accomplishments. I'm so proud of
him," said his daughter, Stacey Heminger.
Sullivan died from a heart attack on July 3 at the age of