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Kofu Japan: “We Made It Again!”

by Tatsumi Akita LODI360 Contributing Reporter in Kofu, Japan Kofu First High School (Kofu Dai-ichi Koukou in Japanese) held the Annual Exhausting Hike called “Kyoukou Ensoku” on October 3rd and 4th. 365 boy students started at the school in Kofu, Yamanashi, at 2:00 p.m. on October 3rd and headed to Komoro City, Nagano.  They are … Continue reading

4th Annual West Coast IMaC Competition

Radio controlled aircraft swarmed the sky over Tyler Island Saturday and Sunday for the 4th annual West Coast IMaC Competition.  Hosted by the Tokay RC Modelers of Lodi, CA, individuals from several states joined like-minded enthusiasts to compete in this two-day event open free of charge to all spectators. Track future events from the Club’s … Continue reading

Cinderella and Seven Brides Meet at Hutchins Street Square

Within the last few weeks two theater events at Hutchins Street Square featured the outstanding talent of local producers, dancers, singers and actors.  Troupe Cabana Studio, directed by Nicole Howton, presented Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  The Lodi Youth Ballet, under the direction of Judy Pittman, presented Cinderella. If you missed either performance and/or want … Continue reading

100th Anniversary Photographs of Lodi Japanese American Baseball League

This season’s opening game on Saturday afternoon at Zupo Field may have ended in a 10 to 0 loss to the San Francisco Hawks, but smiles prevailed among the men who play for the joy of it and honor their mentor Mauch Yamashita. Click on any thumbnail photo below or here to see a gallery … Continue reading

Sister City Committee Crab Feed

The Lodi Sister City Committee held its annual crab feed last Saturday.  A record number of hungry participants helped raise funds to continue the committee’s efforts to strengthen economic and cultural relations between Kofu, Japan and Lodi, Italy.  In August of 2011, Lodi hosted a delegation from Kofu, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lodi’s and Kofu’s … Continue reading

Kofu, Japan: “SNOW Again?”

by Tatsumi Akita in Kofu, Japan Kofu (Lodi’s Sister City) was the top topic on the nationwide TV program on February 14th and 15th  because of SNOW!  The snow started falling in the morning on the 14th and, at 8am on February 15th, it reached 44 inches!  This is the deepest record after Kofu started … Continue reading

Moldova Delegation Visits Lodi

Four business leaders from Gagauzia, Moldova visited Lodi last Wednesday to discuss agritourism and wine industry marketing strategies. They were invited to tour the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Frank Gayaldo of Gayaldo International hosted the visitors with support from Barsetti Vineyards, The Velvet Grill Restaurant and Creamery in … Continue reading

Les Miserables – Lodi Musical Theater at Its Best

This local production of Les Miserables at Hutchins Street Square’s Performing Arts Theatre is a definite “Go See!”.  It truly rivals anything you may have seen in New York and San Francisco. And if audience reaction to Saturday evening’s performance is any indication, you’ll regret missing one of the four upcoming showings scheduled for this … Continue reading

Sister City Committee Tours Japan

The Lodi Sister City Committee, along with community supporters, is touring Japan.  They left from San Francisco airport on Tuesday, October 15th and are scheduled to return on the 26th.  Follow their daily activity on as we publish their photos.  The Sister City Committee maintains cultural relationships with Lodi, Italy and Kofu, Japan.   Photographs … Continue reading

“BANDing” Together in Support of High School Music

On Saturday November 2nd, the collective efforts of parents, students, teachers, and community members will culminate in the 36th Annual Grape Bowl Classic.  The Grape Bowl Classic is a Middle and High School band competition featuring categories in Jazz, Parade Band, and Field Show performances.  Planning for the event is 10 months in the making, … Continue reading

Lot’s of Pirates – Lot’s of Fun!

Changing Faces Theater Company, headed by Mike Bartram and Sabrina Willis, entertained us over the past couple of weeks with several presentations of the classic play, “Treasure Island”.   In fact, Lodian’s were treated to both a pre-show featuring young, novice thespians, followed by a second presentation that rivaled anything you’d expect to see on 42nd … Continue reading

Pretty Faces At Taco Truck Cook-Off

I don’t know of a photographer that doesn’t appreciate a pretty face … which made today’s Taco Truck Cook-Off a photographer’s delight.  Good food, music and colorful dancers (Ballet Folklorico) made Central Avenue the place to be this warm Saturday afternoon.  Two Taco Trucks received awards for outstanding food …  La Fondita (#9) the Judge’s … Continue reading

Flying Back to China

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist My family and I are all settled into our “new” house. I say “new” because our house is actually pretty old, but we’re happy with it and that’s what counts. Instead of saying it’s old, I like to say it has character. Saying it has character excuses the … Continue reading

Sister Cities Exchange Police Patches

Ciao Lodi! … my name is Paolo Vittorini and I am a police officer in the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato) on duty in Lodi, Italy.  I enjoy reading the articles published on LODI360 by the Lodi, CA Police Department.  Recently Lt. Chris Piombo and Cpl. Dale Eubanks kindly exchanged police shoulder patches with … Continue reading

Lodi Amateur Vitners Honor Their Founders

L.A.V.A. (Lodi Amateur Vintners Association) held a banquet last evening to honor its founding members. Festivities including wine tasting, raffles, auctions, dinner and live music. Founded in 2001 for the purpose of promoting amateur wine making in the Lodi area, L.A.V.A. meets monthly to share ideas and resources concerning wine making. Regular guest speakers, drawn … Continue reading

ZinFest – 2012

Several thousand people sipped, swirled and savored from a selection of 250 handcrafted wines from 50 Lodi wineries today.  While many enjoyed the ZinFest Wine & Cooking School, others perused the merchandise of regional vendors or just relaxed along the beautiful Mokelumne River.  Tomorrow, all are invited to tour the Lodi Appellation as participating wineries … Continue reading

Faces of Lodi

Photographs by Keith Colgan Tel:  209-329-4158 .

Lodi Arts Commission Celebrates 30

The Lodi Arts Commission celebrated its 30th year last night with a Commissioner’s Reception, refreshments, raffle drawing and ABBA Tribute Band.  Founding commissioners, commissioners emeritus and current commissioners received due recognition and commendations for their hard work and support of the arts in Lodi.  Note audience reaction to the music by the “Waterloo” band … … Continue reading

Return to Beijing

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist My husband is a teacher and we decided that over his 3-week Winter break we would make a return trip to Beijing, China with our son (The Boy), who is now 15 months old. The trip was amazing, the 12 hour plane ride there and back was not … Continue reading

Lodi-Shanghai Export Summit

The Lodi-Shanghai Wine and Agriculture Export Summit was held at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce today. The chief organizer of the event was Tie Zhang, President of the US-China Business & Culture Association, which is a bilateral U.S. – China trade organization with offices in Sacramento, CA and Shanghai, China.  The eight person delegation from … Continue reading

The Event Planner

An Essay by Maxine Shear – Lodi, CA The email states:  comfortable shoes, gloves to ward off the cold and as many large, recyclable shopping bags as you can find.  The limo driver has been given a must have list of coffee, orange juice and energy bars.  The pick ups will begin pre-dawn.  Our first … Continue reading

Sandhill Crane Festival – 2011

For 15 years, Lodi’s Sandhill Crane Festival has celebrated the return of the cranes. In partnership with the City of Lodi, the Festival continues to welcome an ever-growing circle of friends to our community to share the experience.  The following photos highlight activities held at Hutchins Street Square, which included an art show, workshops, presentations … Continue reading

The Great Wall and the Axe Lady

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist As we ran across the dam and onto to the trail leading up to the Wall, our friend was yelling, “They have guns! Oh no! They have guns!” I almost peed my pants, mostly because I was laughing so hard and was trying to hold it, so I … Continue reading

Allure of Water 2011

Prominent local artists (many associated with Lodi’s Knowlton Gallery) participated in a demonstration of plein air painting along the promenade at the Stockton Waterfront Warehouse on Saturday, October 15th, 2011. …

Chinese Culture Jolt

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Living in a new country is not only educational, but entertaining. Each time we had visitors from the United States, I was reminded what it felt like to be in China for the first time … namely the assault of newness and the cultural jolt of everything feeling … Continue reading

Cops and Robbers Chinese Style

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist It was 9:00 pm on a Monday in Beijing and I was completely worn out.  My wallet was stolen,  I chased the robber, a gang of old women helped me,  I rode in a police car and got to see the inside of a Chinese police station. So … Continue reading

Grape Festival – 2011

Video produced by Misael Garibay [] ..

A Woman of Patience

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Get comfy – this anecdote is five hours long. One day in September we were sent a package from the U.S. It was packaged with care and sent to us at our correct Beijing address … International Priority, no less. One week after it was originally sent I … Continue reading

Lodi/Kofu 50th Sister City Celebration

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lodi’s and Kofu’s relationship as sister cities, Mayor Masanobu Miyajima and five other Kofu representatives (Tamotsu Shimizu, Kazuo Tanaka, Mikio Yokouchi, Masayuki Shindo and interpreter Jon Durham) from the City of Kofu, Japan visited Lodi last Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  The Lodi Sister City Committee, made up of Bill … Continue reading

Chinese Food: the Good, the Bad, the Gelatinous

by Myra Brien – The Calculated Adventurist Have you ever felt like you were destined for something?  Not that there’s some grand master plan laid out for you, but that a bunch of small events in your life were preparation for something greater? It sounds strange to say it, but I feel that way about … Continue reading

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