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Hollywood Actor Visits Lodi

Hollywood actor Mr. James Hong visited Lodi Sunday evening to meet the students of local self-defense instructor Tony Nunez and to receive an award of appreciation for his work in the entertainment industry. Mr. Hong has credits for over 500 television and movie appearances and is celebrating his 60th anniversary in Hollywood. He is known … 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

Lodi Senior Follies – 2014

In Lodi, fine wine isn’t the only thing that improves with age.  Just ask any of the 400 who enjoyed this year’s senior talent show Sunday afternnon.  19 professionally staged acts showcased a variety of dance styles,  singers and talented musicians.  91 year old vocalist Pat Perea set a high bar with a beautiful rendition … Continue reading

Lodi High Gets Ready for Baseball

Besides the great weather in Lodi (75 degrees today), Spring means the start of baseball season. This afternoon varsity coach Hobie Schultz and his staff drilled the team in preparation for their first games against East Union and Liberty Ranch.  In 1980, Coach Schultz received the James E. Conklin Memorial Award and was named Lodi … Continue reading

Photographs: Lodi’s Got Talent – 2014

The Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre at Hutchins Street Square once again hosted Mike and Sabrina Bartram’s production of “Lodi’s Got Talent”.  The event’s emcee, Dave Simmons, presented sixteen local talents ranging in age from nine to fifty.  They included vocalists Davis Mahoney, Gidget Herren, Rhett Hill, Erynn Kinch, B.J. Bell, Katelyn Chapman, Mistique … 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

Game Photos – Lodi Flames Season Finale

It was a disappointing loss last Friday night to the Lincoln High Trojans. But as seen in the following pictures, Lodi fought hard and made the best of a short-handed, injured team.  For many players, this was their final game as high school seniors which contributed to the after game emotions seen on the faces … Continue reading

Grape Bowl Classic Band Field Show Photographs

This year’s Grape Bowl Classic featured high school bands from as far away as Utah.  The all day program began on Saturday with a Jazz Competition, followed by a Parade, and concluded with an exciting four hour Field Show that delighted all in attendance.  The Lodi High Band gave a fine performance as the host … Continue reading

Game Photos – Lodi vs Franklin

Evenly matched teams made for an exciting, high-scoring game last weekend between the Lodi Flames and Franklin Yellowjackets.  In addition, the supporting cast of Cheer Leaders and Band members put on an entertaining halftime show and loyal spectators responded in kind. Click any thumbnail photo below to see the full gallery.  Photographs are available to order as … Continue reading

School Street Wine Stroll – 2013

Over 25 wineries poured their newest vintages and confirmed Lodi’s growing reputation as the home of award-winning wineries. School Street’s shops and boutiques served delectable appetizers with special shopping discounts and Breast Cancer Awareness resources.  If you were there, click over to our photo gallery to see and purchase pictures of the event. More Photos … Continue reading

Chili Cookoff and Car Show – 2013

On Saturday, Woodbridge Winery hosted the 11th Annual California State Championship Chili Cookoff as a fundraiser benefitting the Lodi Public Library.  In addition, classic cars (of all description) and their proud owners filled the Visitor Center’s parking lot. Admission was free to the public.  Photos of the event can be seen and purchased by clicking 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

LOEL Senior Center Lobstermania

What happens when you put over 200 Lodi residents in the same room with an equal number Giant Lobsters?  It isn’t pretty!  But it was great fun for those attending this year’s Lobstermania fund raiser for the LOEL Senior Center last Saturday evening.  In addition to the great food served and eaten in a manner … Continue reading

Football, Body Paint & Spirited Fans

Last Friday night’s high school varsity football game between the Tokay Tigers and Lodi Flames may have ended with a lopsided score (44 to 7), but enthusiastic fans filled seats on both sides of the field.  Lots of cameras were on hand to capture all the action.  Please enjoy the following LODI360 pictorial overview of … Continue reading

Ken Cantrell Captures America’s Cup From Above

Oracle Team USA stayed alive in the America’s Cup sailing regatta on Thursday, taking the first of the day’s two scheduled races by a comfortable 31-second margin and preventing Emirates Team New Zealand from closing out the competition. The event was captured from the air by Lodi resident and fellow photographer Ken Cantrell, who operates … Continue reading

Julie Ball’s Balloon Flight Over Lodi

My children are grown adults now, but when they were small we attended Lodi Field and Fair Day every year.  It was a tradition to get up early in the morning and head to Hutchins Street Square (HSS) to watch the balloons being set up, filled with gas, and lift slowly away.  When I heard … Continue reading

Faces of the Lodi Grape Festival

In ways the annual Grape Festival is a very predictable event with the usual carnival rides, many of the same vendors, grape murals and table settings.  So what makes us go?  For some it’s the plate of chile verde and cold beer.  Others enjoy the many and varied art exhibits, the live entertainment ranging from … Continue reading

Dr. Steele Memorial Golf Tournament

The Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted the annual Dr. Steele Memorial Golf Tournament today at Woodbridge Golf & Country Club.  Nearly 200 local golfers helped to fund hospital-related projects while enjoying a round of golf on one the the area’s finest courses.   A fine lunch was served for all competitors and volunteers.  Prize drawings and … Continue reading

Lodi Police Annual K-9 Competition

The 10th annual Art O’Keefe Memorial K9 trial was held today at Tony Zupo Field.  Highly trained police dogs competed in search, obedience, agility, protection and narcotics. As always, seeing determined dogs take down bad guys was the crowd-pleaser. Click here or on one of the thumbnails to see the full gallery. More Photos …

Labor Day at Hutchins Street Square

The day started at dawn with sprinkles from dark, cloudy skies.  The decision was made to cancel the hot air balloon ride.  However, after an hour and several test balloons, the skies and high altitude winds calmed enough to give Julie Ball and her daughter, Jaime Worthen, the ride of their life.  By 10am the … Continue reading

Shootout at Kingdon Corral

Yes, it’s true … guns were blazing in Lodi this weekend.  As part of a radio controlled model airplane event hosted by the Delta Flying Club, young people took turns at splattering paint balls on and shooting holes in low-flying aircraft made of plastic and foam.  In addition, RC pilots put on a dazzling display … Continue reading

Lockeford Civil War Encampment

The Lockeford Historical Society hosted a Civil War encampment on Saturday that featured historical reenactors. The soldiers marched, drilled and fired muskets.  Visitors were treated to history lessons that included period firearms, medicine, traditions, grooming, clothing, social values and customs. It was difficult to get anyone to smile for the camera. But, then again, people … Continue reading

“Got Milk?” Breakfast Challenge

Just in time for the new school year, the California Milk Processor Board is partnering with Lodi Unified School District to challenge local high schools to start the day off right with a nutritious breakfast with milk for better academic performance and overall health.  Lodi, Bear Creek, Tokay and McNair High Schools started the three-week … Continue reading

Stuck In Lodi Car Show – 2013

Vehicles of all description lined School Street today as the 18th Annual Stuck in Lodi Car Show presented some of the best local “Classic” cars and trucks.  The “American Steel” included vintage Jeeps, revolver-handled sedans, snake infested rumble seats, and 500 horse power muscle cars.  Proud owners were on hand to explain the features, options … Continue reading

Chinese Wine Buyers Visit Lodi

An eight person wine buyer delegation from Shenyang, China visited Lodi yesterday to acquaint themselves with the people, land and wines of our area.  China is the fastest growing imported wine market in the world.  Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Camron King, welcomed the delegation.  Also in attendance were local wine growers, Mayor … Continue reading

Lodi SummerFest 2013

SummerFest, a community fund raising event for Lodi Memorial Hospital, was hosted this year by Steve and Lillian Diede.  It featured live music, Woodbridge by Mondavi wines, and delicious foods prepared and served by many of Lodi’s finest restaurants and catering companies.  SummerFest is one of several annual events that support quality health care in … Continue reading

Art + Tacos = Education

One cannot deny that Lodi’s Annual Taco Truck Cook-Off appeals first to the stomach.  But beneath the aroma of freshly prepared Quesadellas lies another, often under served appeal … Art Education … the kind of education the improves motor and language skills, decision making, inventiveness, cultural awareness and academic performance. Yes, the Lodi Arts Commission … Continue reading

Tokay Modelers Host 2013 RC Competition

Competitors traveled from the Bay area, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and Colorado to make the 2nd IMAC event (International Miniature Aerobatic Club) a huge success. The local TRCM club members (Tokay Radio Controlled Modelers) hosted the event at their first class flying site located near Walnut Grove.  Young and old … Continue reading

Field Day and Emergency Prepareness

Every year licensed civilian radio operators, known worldwide as HAMS, demonstrate their ability to establish emergency lines of communication.  Last weekend about 30 such volunteers from the Lodi Amateur Radio Club gathered to set up multiple antenna systems, solar arrays for power, computers and an assortment of radio transceivers to participate in Field Day. Since … Continue reading

Police Officer Manetti Promoted to Sergeant

It was a family affair for Sergeant Michael Manetti as his family and friends looked on as retired Lodi Police Captain Larry Manetti pinned his badge and proudly delivered a father’s hug.  These ceremonies rightly recognize a career advancement, but this event seemed more than that.  Police officers carry a responsibility unlike the rest of … Continue reading

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