As a staff writer for the Lodi News-Sentinel and Earth.com, I write about history, mental health, the environment, pets, and other topics. I also write speculative fiction.
At Heritage Oak Winery, acres of 10-year-old grapevines are still underwater. It’s been days since Lodi’s last rainfall, but for Heritage Oak’s owner, Tom Hoffman, it may be a while before the flooding brought by two wet months begins to recede.
“You can count on the fact that you’re going to hear ‘Elvira.’ That’s our signature song,” said Richard Sterban, the quartet’s bass. He provides the song’s famous “oom-pa-pa-mow-mow.”
During a drizzle on Wednesday afternoon, the snow leopard at Micke Grove Zoo was in her element. She lounged on a high perch, grooming her enormous paws with half-lidded eyes, the picture of contentment.
For author Jennifer Torres, her latest book, “Stef Soto, Taco Queen,” came from a lifetime of experiences. “A lot of inspiration came from my own upbringing. I come from a Mexican-American family,” she said.
It’s late afternoon, and you’re ready for a quick snack to hold you over until the workday ends. Would you rather have an individual bag of over-salted, broken chips from the vending machine, or a fresh, crisp apple? A slightly stale donut, or a pair of juicy, tart tangerines?
“We will have menus from some of the businesses, we have a sign on loan to us from the Haggin Museum from the Bow On society, we have some Gold Rush-era objects to introduce how the Chinese came to Stockton,” Collections and Exhibits Manager Julie Blood said.
Elementary, middle and high school students throughout Lodi have the unique opportunity to learn about the local watershed. Some raise young salmon in their classrooms. Others create murals or write newspaper stories celebrating local water, plants and animals. At the center of it all is Kathy Grant.
Many Lodi residents are working to save water in their gardens, but draw the line at giving up their spring and summer flowers. Good news: Many succulents and cacti combine beautiful blooms with drought hardiness. Many are visually striking even when they’re not in bloom.
While Pet Supplies Plus has 370 locations in 27 states, Rowland was quick to point out the chain strives to have a good sense of each neighborhood where they’re based. He’s visited Lodi a few times, though most of his time was spent overseeing the store’s remodeling and work to get it ready for the grand opening, he said. “I think the big thing for us is our motto, ‘America’s Favorite Neighborhood Pet Store.’ We’re really big on community,” he said.
Lodi’s wineries have discovered an unexpected pairing: Wine and cycling. With several area wineries sponsoring cycling teams and hosting or co-hosting events — including winery owners working to bring the Tour of California to Lodi two years in a row — they have slowly been turning Lodi into a cycling destination.
Spring is here, and planting season is beginning. Vegetable gardens used to be for people who had the space in their yards and the time to tend them, but with container gardening growing in popularity, even busy apartment-dwellers can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables this summer.
At first glance, the trunk is no different than the other artifacts in the storage room. Like the racks of turn-of-the-century clothing and the artifacts that rest on the storage shelves, it sits, clean and tucked away, in the basement of Haggin Museum, mostly unseen by visitors. The trunk of Emma LeDoux, however, has a darker past.
The Amgen Tour of California announced that it has selected Theresa Larson, general manager of the Lodi News-Sentinel, to help kick off the cycling race’s Stage 5 start in Lodi.
We found out that for most of the year, this particular cache, “The World’s 6th Tallest Structure,” was in a pleasant field that was quite easy to walk through without any trouble. Apparently, we’d timed our attempt for the short span from late August to mid-September when nature fought back against intruders.
One by one, the women shake the hands of several Lodi Health administrators, before filing into the room. “Isn’t this beautiful?” one asks, surveying the cake with bright yellow frosting, the rustic place settings and a horseshoe-shaped table, and the buffet of salad, green beans, pasta and chicken beneath an autumn-themed banner thanking the Lodi Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for their service.